The Sarasota Bradenton International Airport (SRQ) received an award for $9.1 million in FY2014 grants from the Federal Aviation Administration. The grant is part of the Airport Improvement Program; the funds will be used for several projects, including a new Air Traffic Control Tower (ATCT), the continuing terminal renovation project, expansion of the U.S. Customs & Border Protection Federal Inspection services facility and airfield taxi lanes.
Big Brothers Big Sister of the Sun Coast received 695 school supply items ranging from backpacks to binders from Sarasota Young Professionals Group, PGT Industries and Brides Against Breast Cancer. The original goal was for each organization to collect and donate 100 items, but it was far exceeded as donations were collected through the month of July. Additionally, Big Brothers Big Sisters was awarded a $1,200 grant from the Sarasota Kiwanis Foundation for its Decisions to Win program, where an adult mentor is paired with a student at risk of dropping out of high school.
Hyatt Regency Sarasota’s Chef Kory Foltz prepared his shaken chopped salad for the tasting table at All Faiths Food Banks’ Summer Hunger Programs by volunteering for a Sprout Mobile Farm Market produce distribution this summer. Sprout provides food at 13 locations each week for anyone needing assistance. Still in its pilot year, Sprout has provided more than 140,000 pounds of fresh produce to more than 29,000 people.
Bill Robertson, CEO and personal injury attorney with Kirk Pinkerton, P.A., in Sarasota, is expanding the Helping our Heroes initiative, which assists returning military veterans with financial and employment needs, by creating new partnerships within the community. Robertson hosts the “Let’s Talk Law” radio show that airs on WSRQ’s 106.9FM, 98.9FM and 1220AM. On the last Friday of each month, the show is dedicated to veterans and the initiative. Additionally, as part of the effort, Kirk Pinkerton Veterans Scholarship Fund gifts $2,500 per year to veterans seeking higher education; to date, two people have received scholarships.
Community Haven for Adults and Children with Disabilities, Inc., in Sarasota, expanded the Haven Industries program by signing a new work contract with United Natural Foods Incorporated. Eight Haven Industry clients will be transported daily to the United Foods Sarasota Distribution Center to perform general warehouse duties. The clients will work as teams in a 950,000-square-foot warehouse shifting product and maintaining clean work spaces.
The Suncoast Science Center "Queen of Discovery" Jennifer Holt has engaged children in programs exploring robotics, electricity, the use of microscopes and "gloop." Programs were held at Girls Inc., several Boys & Girls Clubs locations, the Honi Hanta Camp of the Girl Scouts and at various public libraries. Additionally, SCC offered activities to Sarasota libraries to complement summer reading programs which had the theme of "Fizz. Boom. Read." Each library chose its activities, which Holt led. Nearly 3,600 children and 300 adults enjoyed science-related activities through the efforts of SCC.