Good News Friday: Good Deeds - June 12, 2015

By Chelsey Lucas June 11, 2015

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All Faiths Food Bank gave more than 100 backpacks filled with kid-friendly food to the students at Newtown Estates Summer Camp at the North Sarasota Library. The event introduced the Food Bank’s new partnership with the Sarasota County Library System. An expansion of All Faiths’ summer Backpack Kids program, libraries throughout Sarasota County will give bags of food to children 18 and under all summer long. For library hours and other food assistance schedules and maps, go to or call (941) 379-6333.




Gulf Coast Community Foundation recently recognized 10 professional advisers who facilitated philanthropic gifts for their clients that have resulted in charitable endowments of more than $1 million at the foundation. The endowed funds created through these gifts will benefit the causes and organizations of the donors’ choice in perpetuity. The 10 advisers are Gary Chmielewski and Peter O. Mason of Raymond James Financial Services; David Dunkin of David A. Dunkin P.A.; Bruce Haltinner, James L. Hinck, Thomas J. Hinck and Scott Pinkerton of Wells Fargo Advisors; Jay McHargue and Stephen Picazio Sr. of Merrill Lynch; and Merrill Wynne of Habif, Arogeti, and Wynne, LLP.




Waterscapes Pools & Spas, a sister company of Neal Communities, donated $1,000 to Water Smart Tots, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing pediatric drowning in Hillsborough County. The company, with more than 40 years of experience building residential and commercial pools, designed the pool used for Water Smart Tot’s survival-swimming lessons.




Coastal Orthopedics Sports Medicine and Pain Management donated clinical supplies to University of South Florida students who traveled to Nicaragua in May to provide basic medical services to communities in need. During their weeklong stay, 28 USF students helped approximately 700 Nicaraguans. They are all members of the USF chapter of Global Brigades, an international nonprofit that connects undergraduates with under-resourced communities around the world. The USF medical brigade is made up of roughly 35-40 students each year.




Donte’s Den’s Semper Paw military program has received its first canine member, a 2-year-old American bulldog mix named Dozer. Semper Paw provides pet counseling, discounted veterinary care and temporary care for companion dogs during qualified members of the U.S. Armed Services’ deployment, service commitments and emergency hardships. Dozer’s “Army mom” is being deployed to Africa for up to one year. The organization is also seeking additional financial support to fund its Rainbow Bridge construction project and finalize Phase I construction of its canine community. The Rainbow Bridge will span a 40-foot area of the lake that features foot paths and memorial benches where people can pay their respects to beloved pets that have passed. To make a donation or inquiry, please contact the founder and president of Donte’s Den, Marsha Panuce, at (844) Dontesden.




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