Good News Friday: Good Deeds - Nov. 21, 2014

By Chelsey Lucas November 20, 2014

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On Thanksgiving morning, Nov. 27, ALSO Youth hosts its fifth annual Turkey Trot across the John Ringling Causeway. The five-kilometer run starts at 8 a.m. at the Hyatt Regency and is open to all skill levels and age groups. The race concludes with a post-race party at the Hyatt, featuring Tropicana orange juice, Starbucks coffee, music, snacks and local craft beer from Big Top Brewing Company. Registration is $40 at (under ALSO Turkey Trot); more information available at



Sarasota Bay Watch received a $25,000 grant from the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund in recognition of its efforts to restore scallops to local bays and waterways. The grant, along with $10,000 from area organizations and $20,000 in donations, boosts the community-led scallop restoration project, which has released 54 million scallop larvae into the bay over the last two years. For information on Disney’s fund and a complete list of 2014 grant recipients, visit



Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County and Comcast NBCUniversal have launched My.Future, a new learning initiative designed to teach club youth about the digital world and inspire a passion for technology. Comcast NBCUniversal is the presenting sponsor of My.Future, which allows club members to select from more than 40 activities that reinforce digital literacy. To support the technology needs of My.Future, Comcast Southwest Florida Area presented Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County with a grant for $23,000 on behalf of the Comcast Foundation.



Manatee Community Action Agency, Inc. received a $20,000 unrestricted, one-time gift from The Patterson Foundation in recognition of its staff donations of time and resources to deliver emergency assistance throughout the Season of Sharing campaign’s history. MCAA was one of 12 organizations that received a one-time gift from The Patterson Foundation in appreciation for past efforts to distribute Season of Sharing funds to individuals and families in need, according to The Patterson Foundation. This is the first gift MCAA has received to help offset those costs.



Luhrsen Law Group announced the five winners of its iPromise Pledge scholarship, awarding $1,000 scholarships to Kelley Visicaro, Benjamin Weiner and Amanda Wade of Tampa, John Rivera of Lutz, and Mason McColl of Bradenton. In addition to the 400 pledges received during the spring campaign, 260 more were received at the close of the fall campaign on Veteran’s Day. The iPromise Pledge aims to reduce incidences related to texting while driving.



Food truck owners in the greater Sarasota area have formed the SRQ Food Truck Alliance, an organization of more than 20 food truck owners that seeks to work with the city and county officials to improve laws that they say currently make it nearly impossible for food trucks to operate. The partnership seeks to make food trucks available on public and private property while protecting the public’s health and safety.



The annual United Way Stuff the Bus event takes place tomorrow, Nov. 22, from 9 a.m. until dark, and on Sunday, Nov. 23, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Manatee County School District buses will be parked at every Manatee County Publix Super Market, giving customers the opportunity to purchase food to donate to the Food Bank of Manatee.

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