Good News Friday: Good Deeds - Aug. 7, 2015

By Chelsey Lucas August 6, 2015

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Johnette Isham, executive director of Realize Bradenton

Realize Bradenton and Michael Saunders & Company West Bradenton office have partnered to create #BradentonROCKS, a creative social media campaign to showcase Bradenton’s civic pride. From Aug.10-31, people who love Bradenton are asked to personalize a rock, snap a photo of themselves with their rock and share it on social media platforms with the hashtag #BradentonROCKS to build awareness for Bradenton, Realize Bradenton and the 2015 Giving Challenge. Michael Saunders & Company West Bradenton is donating $5,000 to challenge Realize Bradenton donors to double their impact.



The Van Wezel Foundation received a grant from AT&T Aspire in support of the Van Wezel’s Schootime Performances – IMPROVing Communications Project, which launches this upcoming 2015-2016 school year. The program, tied to the Schooltime Performance of The Improvised Shakespeare Company, is intended to target middle and high school students not traditionally seeking higher level education while focusing on learning improvisation and college/career readiness skills.



Sabal Palm Bank’s senior vice president and Sarasota city executive Kathy Collums is a founding member of the Sisterhood for Good, an active giving circle of women that is associated with the Lakewood Ranch Community Fund. Through Sisterhood for Good, four nonprofit organizations received a total of $1,500 in grants, including BioScent K9, Child Protection Center, The Mark Wandall Foundation and We Care Manatee.



Donte’s Den received a $2,500 grant from the Community Foundation of Sarasota County from the Hubert and Ruth DeLynn Fund to sponsor the first dog to enter into the Semper Paw Military Program: A 2-year-old American bulldog mix named Dozer. Dozer’s “Army mom” deployed to Africa for up to one year.



The Literacy Council of Sarasota received a second-year $5,000 grant for continued implementation of a health literacy program to benefit its adult learners. The grant, awarded by Florida Blue and the Florida Literacy Coalition, will continue to integrate health and nutrition into the Literacy Council’s curriculum.

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