This Week's Good Deeds

Big fundraisers, donations and ribbon-cuttings, plus lots of volunteer work.

Research by staff April 21, 2016

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Baltimore Orioles executive vice president John Angelos at the Child Protection Center's fundraiser

Child Protection Center recently held its fourth annual Blue Ties & Butterflies at Michael’s on East, with more than 350 attendees adorned in blue, the color for child abuse prevention. The event has raised more than $1.5 million over the last four years for the Center's five core programs focused on the prevention, intervention and treatment of child abuse.

The Junior League of Sarasota presented Harvest House Transitional Centers with a donation of $8,640 on April 11 to help the organization equip new residents’ kitchens. For nearly 25 years, Harvest House has provided permanent supportive, transitional, low-income rental homes and emergency shelter for families, and affordable, residential drug and alcohol treatment for individuals in Sarasota.

Manatee County's Ballard Elementary School recently received a $2,500 grant from the Eugene F. and Elizabeth Hull Fund at the Manatee Community Foundation in support of the school’s Media Center. Funds will be used to purchase books designed to promote grade-level reading. Also, the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program of the Manatee County School District was recently awarded a $1,520 grant by the Harris and Micheline Silverman Fund at the Manatee Community Foundation to support children and adolescents who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Attorneys and staff from the law firm Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP painted a house for Habitat for Humanity Sarasota in Palmetto on April 9. Attorney Ryan Nichols coordinated the day of service. About 20 volunteers from Shumaker participated in painting the interior and exterior of the home.

The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce’s 2016 Leadership Sarasota County class will hold a ribbon-cutting event at 10 a.m. Friday, April 22, to reveal the enhanced Academy Farms organic-certified garden, maintained by Easter Seals Southwest Florida. The unveiling will take place at Easter Seals Southwest Florida’s 350 Braden Ave. campus in Sarasota.

North Sarasota and Newtown-area churches are joining together for the fourth annual Gospel Explosion event promoting community health and wellness in recognition of April being National Minority Health Month. The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 30, at Booker High School's Visual and Performing Arts Auditorium, 3201 N. Orange Ave., Sarasota.

The Community Foundation of Sarasota County announced this week that since 2012, the organization has awarded more than $1 million in Immediate Impact Grants to local nonprofits to address urgent and emergency needs.

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