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Representatives from the Realtor Association of Sarasota and Manatee present a $5,000 contribution to Habitat for Humanity Sarasota

The Realtor Association of Sarasota Manatee recently presented a check for $5,000 to Habitat for Humanity Sarasota. Members will also provide volunteers on three separate occasions to work on the construction of an affordable home for a deserving family in Sarasota. Also, the Eluned and Edward Russell Charitable Foundation recently awarded Habitat for Humanity Sarasota a grant for $17,000.

Publix Super Markets Charities recently awarded a $20,000 grant to Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast as a sponsor of the nonprofit's mentoring program. Also, Freedom Boat Club, a boat club with 12,000-plus members in 21 states and Canada, recently concluded its first national cause-marketing partnership to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. The 16 corporate-owned Freedom Boat Clubs from Bradenton to Marco Island raised $23,751, which will directly benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast.

USF Sarasota-Manatee recently received a $5,000 check from the Enterprise Holdings Foundation. The donation elevates the foundation’s giving total to $25,000 since 2007. Started in 1982 by Enterprise Rent-a-Car’s founder Jack Taylor, the Enterprise Holdings Foundation was established to allow the company to support communities where its customers and employees live and work. The foundation has contributed more than $230 million to thousands of registered nonprofits.

Bradenton's Cloud Termite and Pest Control will begin tenting Selby Gardens' two-story Christy Payne Mansion to combat termites on Wednesday, July 13, for no charge. With its steep, slate-tiled roof, the house poses a particularly challenging tenting job, likely necessitating the use of a crane or other lifting equipment to ensure the structure is properly tented.

Attorney Michael Resnick, president and founding partner of the Sarasota law firm Syprett, Meshad, Resnick, Lieb, Dumbaugh, Jones, Krotec & Westheimer, P.A., was recently honored by Cat Depot, which named an exam room after him. Resnick has been a champion of Cat Depot's mission and has in particular supported the organization's Community Cat Emergency Care Fund. Last year, Cat Depot rescued 1,430 homeless cats and kittens, and placed 1,332 into loving homes.

Attorney Michelle Lajoie Hermey recently received Sarasota High School’s Outstanding Adult Volunteer of the Year award. She has been a volunteer at the school for the past three years and was recognized for her service as a director of the school's Association of Dramatic Arts. Hermey is a shareholder with the Sarasota law firm of Fergeson, Skipper, Shaw, Keyser, Baron & Tirabassi, P.A.

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