Good News Friday: Good Deeds - Dec. 18, 2015

By Hannah Wallace December 17, 2015

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The Bank of America Charitable Foundation recently awarded Turning Points ( a $15,000 grant. Turning Points will use the grant to assist men, women and children who are struggling with homelessness in Manatee County.

The Lakewood Ranch Medical Center Auxiliary ( has awarded grants totaling $20,000 to three community organizations to help them achieve their missions of helping children in Manatee County. Recipients include Feeding Empty Little Tummies ($10,000), Meals on Wheels Plus of Manatee County ($5,000) and Guardian Angels of Southwest Florida ($5,000).


The Gulf Coast Builder’s Exchange (, a nonprofit trade organization, recently hosted its holiday networking social, during which members donated gifts to benefit 150 children at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County (, a nonprofit that enables young people to reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens.


A generous donor has pledged to match up to $25,000 on all donations to the Roskamp Institute ( from now till the end of 2015. The Sarasota-based nonprofit research institute is dedicated to finding therapies for neuropsychiatric and neurodegenerative disorders.


Goodwill Manasota ( received a donation of 24,000 copies of a children’s book from an anonymous donor, with the request that children in Manatee and Sarasota counties receive copies. The books, titled “Inside the Human Body,” are from the award-winning “Magic School Bus” series.



Caldwell Trust Company ( recently awarded $5,000 in grants, with two grants totaling $3,000 to Sarasota Military Academy ( and a third awarded as a $2,000 scholarship to an SMA alumnus who is a freshman at The Citadel. The Sarasota Military Academy is a public charter secondary school and is the largest charter school in Sarasota County with more than 1,500 students.



Brilliant Harvest (, a solar contractor serving Southwest Florida, will donate $1,000 to the Sarasota Audubon Society ( for every Audubon member who purchases a 10kW solar electric system on their home or business through Jan. 9. Brilliant Harvest installed the solar array at the new Sarasota Audubon Nature Center at the Celery Fields; this philanthropic gesture celebrates the grand opening of the Nature Center on Jan. 9.


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