This Week's Good Deeds

Nursing and music scholarships, golf tournament fundraisers and interior design volunteerism in this week's roundup of locals giving back.

By staff May 11, 2017

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From left to right: Vernon DeSear, vice president of marketing for the Manatee Healthcare System; Ashley Eickelman; and Cassandra Holmes, executive director of the State College of Florida Foundation

The Manatee Healthcare System recently presented a $5,000 scholarship for excellence in nursing to a top nursing student at State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota. The scholarship was given to Ashley Eickelman, a nursing student picked because "she exemplifies community spirit through her years of volunteering at Manatee Memorial Hospital before deciding to become a nurse," according to a press release.

More than 200 players participated in the Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation’s 16th annual golf tournament on May 5, raising a record amount of more than $100,000 for Sarasota Memorial Hospital’s Physician Endowment Fund, which supports education for hospital staff.

Suncoast Music Scholarships, a Sarasota Music Club and Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota partnership, recently awarded $22,000 to eight talented young musicians from Sarasota and Manatee counties to be used for music education expenses. Two 10th grade students selected for Suncoast Music Scholarship awards of $1,000 each were Andrea Guaita and Daniel Solowey. The two 11th grade students selected to receive $2,000 scholarship awards were Katherine Herbert and Michael Miller. The four 12th grade students selected to receive scholarships were Graeme Sugden (first place, $5,000), Joshua Guaita (second place, $4,000), Ryan Schmidt (second place, $4,000) and Daphne Waggener (third place, $3,000).

The University Park Country Club’s 9-Hole Ladies Golf Association recently donated $10,000 to the Adaptive Golf Association, which provides lessons to physically and cognitively challenged students.

The homebuilder Taylor Morrison recently presented Habitat for Humanity Sarasota with a donation of $9,500 as part of the company’s charitable donation program. The money will go to support Habitat for Humanity's Veteran Build program.

Forty Carrots Family Center will provide free parenting education and mental health services in Sarasota and Manatee counties with the support of two recent grants. An award of $5,000 from Designing Women will provide weekly group therapy support to mothers enrolled in Salvation Army’s Pathways of Hope program, while a gift of $4,000 from the Weichel Family Fund and Wells Fargo Fund of the Manatee Community Foundation will underwrite Partners in Play parenting classes at Braden River Public Library during the summer months.

Members of the Sarasota chapter of the Interior Design Society recently overhauled the space of ALSO Youth, a Sarasota nonprofit dedicated to providing advocacy, leadership, support and outreach to LGBTQ youth and their allies. ALSO Youth is holding a party to show off the new space, located at 1470 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota, from 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 31.

Hershorin Schiff Community Day School students from kindergarten to fourth grade recently collected cherry tomatoes, kale and beets from the school garden they tend and donated the produce to All Faiths Food Bank’s Sprout Mobile Farm Market. The food was later delivered to local residents who would otherwise have gone without.

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