Good News Friday: Good Deeds - Dec. 12, 2014

By Chelsey Lucas December 11, 2014

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Selby Gardens has received five grants totaling $189,250 just five months into its current fiscal year. The Gardens was one of only five applicants chosen to receive the Community Foundation of Sarasota County’s Partnership Plus grant. The multiyear $150,000 grant will expand and support programs offered at the botanical gardens. The Frank E. Duckwall Foundation granted $10,000 toward the “Exploring Eden” installation on display through February 2015; the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program also provided $2,250 toward the installation. The Roberta E. Leventhal Sudakoff Foundation provided a $20,000 gift for infrastructure and energy efficiency improvements in the Gardens’ Tropical Conservatory greenhouse. And a $7,000 marketing grant was bestowed by Visit Sarasota County to supplement a broadcast advertising campaign on WUSF radio.



Angers Garden Deli owners Jim and Peggy Minor donate 100 percent of all their profits to the Restoration Ranch Children’s Home of Bani in the Dominican Republic. In less than a year, the deli’s business has increased by 40 percent and $7,500 has been donated. Diners can support the cause by visiting the deli at 243 N. Lime Ave. in Sarasota.


The William G. and Marie Selby Foundation awarded a $200,000 capping grant to Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast to help permanently conserve up to 1,000 acres adjoining protected lands along Myakka River. The Foundation also granted $50,000 to the New College of Florida Foundation for restoration of the college’s historic Caples waterfront.



In recognition of its upcoming 85th anniversary, Sarasota Music Club will donate $8,500 to music performance and education programs to nonprofit organizations in Sarasota and Manatee counties. Organizations can apply for a donation of $500 or $1,000 by submitting three copies of a one-page application with contact information, a description of the organization and an explanation of how the funds will be used to Susan Hicks, 2100 Constitution Blvd., Suite 167, Sarasota, Fla., 34231. Applications must be received by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 30.



Grapevine Communications launched a Facebook-based Santa Lineup campaign to provide $1,000 to a local charity. Visit to vote for your favorite naughty or nice Santa Claus Grapevine staff costume by Christmas Eve; staff will select the nonprofit to receive $1,000.



Shumaker, Loop and Kendrick, LLP, donated $2,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast, bringing its year-to-date giving total to more than $10,000 to area nonprofits. Leadership Shumaker Sarasota, the philanthropic arm of the Sarasota law firm, elected to support Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast as one of its three main beneficiary organizations this year, along with Family Promise and the Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center, Inc. (SPARCC).

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