This Week's Good Deeds

Baseball basics, scholarships and more in this week's roundup of local businesses giving back.

Research by staff August 18, 2016

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Sienna Hanson, 9, from Girls Inc. works on her batting form with help from Orioles Minor League players Matt Trowbridge, Kory Groves and Nick Vespi (from left to right)

One hundred girls ages 6-13 swarmed the practice fields at Ed Smith Stadium to learn baseball basics from Baltimore Orioles Minor League players during a free clinic held Aug. 16. The team hosts numerous clinics for local youth organizations throughout the year as part of the Orioles’ Sarasota 365 community initiative.

The Community Foundation of Sarasota County announced last week that from June 2015 to June 2016, it awarded 575 scholarships to local area students and residents, totaling $1.7 million. Scholarships went to 402 graduating high school seniors in Sarasota, Manatee and Charlotte counties; 134 adult learners returning to college or vocational school; and 27 younger students who are pursuing opportunities at sports academies, dance studios and music programs across the country.

Meals on Wheels of Sarasota recently received a $2,500 grant from Meals on Wheels America and a $5,000 grant from The Mary Scharf Charitable Fund at the Community Foundation of Sarasota County to support its PETLove Program. Funding will be used to provide food, supplies and animal care, all of which can be financially and physically burdensome to seniors. The Sarasota program will support nearly 100 companion pets that belong to clients living in northern Sarasota County who receive Meals on Wheels deliveries six days a week.

Icard Merrill attorney Jessica Farrelly recently participated in a Brunch & Learn career development program at Girls Inc. of Sarasota. On July 18, Farrelly led a discussion with middle school students about careers in the law. The group discussed the education and skills required to become an attorney and the different roles attorneys fulfill in educating and advising individuals and businesses about the law.

Lakewood Ranch Medical Center will host Pump it Up, an event celebrating heart health, fitness and fashion and raising money for the American Heart Association, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20 at the University Town Center mall, 140 University Town Center Drive, Sarasota. To contribute, sign up to join one of the event’s six indoor cycling classes, taught by CycleBar, and a $1 donation will be made for every mile completed.

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