Good News Friday: Good Deeds - Sept. 26, 2014

By Chelsey Lucas September 25, 2014

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Mote Marine Laboratory received a grant for more than $99,600 from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to use toward its dolphin and whale rescue and rehabilitation efforts. The grant was part of about $2.7 million total awarded as 35 grants to organizations in 18 states through the 2014 cycle of NOAA’s John H. Prescott Marine Mammal Rescue Assistance Grant Program. Mote’s Stranding Investigations Program provides 24-hour responses to reports of sick, injured and deceased whales, dolphins and sea turtles in Sarasota and Manatee counties.



Community Haven for Adults and Children with Disabilities, Inc., in Sarasota has received a $50,000 grant award from the Bank of America Client Foundation, Virginia White Clark Fund, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee by the Distribution Committee for the foundation. The grant funds are an important boost to the ongoing capital campaign to expand the facilities of the Haven Industries vocational training program for the disabled, which trains and employs more than 150 disabled adults from the Sarasota-Manatee area. Members of the community interested in supporting the Haven Industries capital campaign are invited to tour the Community Haven campus and view the site plans.



Biolife is donating 5,000 WoundSeal applications to health workers treating Ebola victims in West Africa as part of President Barack Obama’s call to have the U.S. lead the fight against the illness. Additionally, the company has set a goal to donate 80,000 additional applications to charity through a retail promotion where one retail purchase equals four additional applications donated.



To celebrate its 60th anniversary, CS&L CPAs launched a new philanthropic initiative called “CS&L CAREs” to provide a platform for employees to get more involved in the community. To kick off the initiative, the firm held weekly “Jeans Day” fund raisers during the month of August, in which a different nonprofit was the recipient of donations if an employee wore jeans to work on Friday. In total, $1,000 was raised for five local organizations and causes. The net CS&L CAREs activity is the Manatee Glens “Walk for Life” taking place tomorrow, Sept. 27.



The managing partners of Sarasota Orthopedic Associates gathered for a ribbon-cutting ceremony held on the 9th Floor Orthopedics Connector in Sarasota Memorial’s new Courtyard Tower. Their pledge of $35,000 to Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation, Inc. names the Connector, an entire wall of windows with a spectacular view of Sarasota. All visitors must pass through the space to reach patient rooms and oftentimes just stop to take in the scene.



HearCare Audiology Center is providing 1,500 free hearing screenings this year. For every free screening completed, the Center will donate toward a set of hearing devices for an individual in need. Call or visit the Sarasota office at (941) 225-2756, 2800 Hillview St., or the Venice office at (941) 234-4628, 315 Nokomis Ave. S.

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