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This Week's Good Deeds

Local support for veterans' programs, children with disabilities and more.

Research by staff March 31, 2016

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Veronica Brandon Miller, vice president of the Goodwill Manasota Foundation, with Kevin Henault, owner of Veteran Air

Throughout April, Veteran Air will hold a donation drive with its clients and the general public to support Goodwill Manasota’s Veterans Services Program. Veteran Air will pick up items members of the Sarasota and Manatee County community no longer want or need and will transport them to Goodwill, where they will be sold in retail stores throughout the area. Veteran Air owner Kevin Henault served in the Army, comes from a long line of veterans and hires veterans for his company when possible.

The North Port High NROTC recently presented a $5,000 donation to Scott Bill of the Brian Bill Foundation during the group's annual Navy Ball. Scott created the foundation in honor of his son Brian, a Navy SEAL. The organization is working to construct a retreat home in the Florida Keys where Navy Special Warfare families can find comfort, support and healing.

Anna Maria Oyster Bar was recently recognized by America’s Blood Centers as the 2015 Corporation of the Year for the restaurant's commitment to hosting blood donation events. Resteraunt representatives accepted the honor at the 19th annual Awards of Excellence event, which was held March 14 in Jacksonville.

Members of the Gulf Coast Builders Exchange recently helped build a concession stand for the Miracle League of Manasota. The Miracle League, headquartered at Sarasota's Longwood Park, is a nonprofit that gives children with disabilities in Sarasota and Manatee counties the chance to play baseball during two 10-week seasons in the spring and fall. Over nine seasons, the Miracle League has grown from 54 players and four teams to 184 players and 12 teams.

Wilde Lexus of Sarasota is sponsoring the United States Tennis Association's pro circuit event taking place this week at The Oaks Club, 301 Mac Ewen Drive, Osprey. The event continues through Sunday, April 3. Daily tickets are $10-$20. In addition to promoting tennis in the U.S., the Tennis Association's foundation awards grants to youth programs and scholarships to college students.

Habitat for Humanity South Sarasota County, Inc. will host its annual signature fundraising event, Sweet Home Habitat: Hope Is Growing, from 6 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, April 2, at The Plantation Golf and Country Club, 500 Rockley Blvd., Venice. Tickets are $85.

From April 15 to 17, Community Youth Development SRQVolunteen youth volunteers will spearhead a community volunteer effort as part of Global Youth Service Day. The day is observed in more than 135 countries, where it celebrates and mobilizes millions of young people who improve their communities through service.

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