Good News Friday: Good Deeds - Sept. 5, 2014

By Chelsey Lucas September 4, 2014

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All Faiths Food Bank is receiving support from Hyatt Regency Sarasota during September, National Hunger Action Month, as the hotel “goes orange” by lighting its building with orange beams and the words “Fight Hunger.”



Columbia Restaurant has partnered with local organizations for its 17th annual Columbia Restaurant Community Harvest program, which donates 5 percent of all guests’ lunch and dinner checks to the organization of the diner’s choice. Visit the restaurant’s website to learn more about the program.



Chiles Restaurant Group—the Sandbar in Anna Maria, the Beachhouse in Bradenton Beach and the Mar Vista Dockside on Longboat Key—will join restaurants nationwide to support Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign by donating one dollar from the sale of every grouper sandwich and adult burger sold from Sept. 8-21 to the effort. This effort marks the third year the Chiles Group has taken part in the campaign, having raised more than $1,500 in 2012 and $1,250 in 2013.



The builders at The Concession are hosting the “Building Her Future” Progressive Dinner, a fund raiser for Girls Inc. Sarasota. Tickets (available here) are $60 per person and include all food and drink, with dishes provided by Fete Catering of the Polo Grill. All proceeds from the 200-ticket event will benefit the nonprofit.



Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast has received a $1,000 grant through the Walmart Foundation and Facility #2459’s Local Facility Giving Program. The funds will support the school-based program where an adult mentor meets with a child for one hour per week at school.



Manatee Technical Institute received $3,000 from Air Products and Chemicals in an expression of appreciation and support to MTI for training welders for the company. The welding program plans to use the money to fund scholarships for students with financial need to purchase required welding gear.



Goodwill Manasota is partnering with radio personality "Maverick" of Clear Channel station 106.5 CTQ, to present the “Deployment to Employment” radio campaign, helping area veterans find jobs. Starting this month, on the 106.5 CTQ Maverick & Lulu Show, the station will run prerecorded spots featuring local veterans, who will announce highlights from their resumes. The spots will air along with encouragement for local businesses to contact the show to find out how to hire these veterans. Last year, Goodwill Manasota participated in Clear Channel's national “Show Your Stripes” effort, helping to connect 18 veterans to Clear Channel; all of the participants were hired.

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