This Week's Good Deeds

Garden harvests, help with taxes and fundraisers galore.

Research by staff April 28, 2016

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Gianna Artusa and Lauren Kleiner with freshly picked fennel

Third and fourth grade classes at Goldie Feldman Academy harvested from their school garden and donated the fresh vegetables to the All Faiths Food Bank Sprout Mobile Farm Market truck last week. Immediately following the harvest, the Sprout truck brought the food to its regular stop in North Port to distribute to local families in need.

Since 2013, United Way Suncoast has partnered with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County during tax season to designate the Lee Wetherington Boys & Girls Club as a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance site. The Free Tax Preparation Program connects low-income residents in the area with IRS-certified volunteers who file their tax returns at no cost. This year, the Lee Wetherington Boys & Girls Club was the highest volume tax assistance site in the area, serving 445 working families and securing $664,000 in tax refunds by accurately preparing and e-filing tax returns.

The FBI (Fathers Being Involved) of Goldie Feldman Academy, a Hershorin-Schiff Community School, recently presented a fun event in the spirit of the Jewish holiday, Purim. "Pour'em Some Whiskey," a whiskey tasting event at Louies Modern, brought GFA supporters together, with proceeds benefiting the school. More than 100 community members enjoyed refreshments, socializing and food, and more than 60 of those attendees participated in the whiskey tasting.

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, and Osprey Management has asked all of the tenants in the Sarasota City Center, 1819 Main St., Sarasota, to help "Paint the Town Blue" by wearing blue jeans, dresses or outfits Friday, April 29, in support of the Child Protection Center’s month-long campaign. As a tenant of the building and member of the Child Protection Center's Advisory Council, Brian Mariash of Lowther Mariash Wealth Management came up with the idea.

Wowzza the Amazing Candle, a novelty candle company, will kick off a campaign to raise $1 million for cancer research and awareness for families who are battling the devastating disease on Monday, May 2. The #CelebrateMoreBirthdays campaign will include partnerships with various foundations over the next year. Beginning May 2, $2 from every candle purchased through the website will go to The Payton Wright Foundation.

Duncan Real Estate will be a Silver Duck Sponsor for the PACE Center for Girls' 7th Annual Lucky Ducky Race, which takes place Saturday, May 14, at the Tarpon Pointe Marina, 215 Eighth St. E., Bradenton. The event benefits PACE Center for Girls, which began as a community response to the realization that girls involved with the justice system were either being placed in programs designed for boys or placed further into the system for their own protection. PACE has created a new alternative to institutionalization or incarceration for girls.

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