This Week's Good Deeds

Student celebrations, new scholarships and barbecue fundraisers in this week's roundup of locals giving back.

By staff May 18, 2017

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Members of The Links, Incorporated's Services to Youth Facet, from left to right: Barabara Sturdivant, Linda Thornton, Marilyn Thompson, LaShawn Frost, Sheila Baynes and LaTonya Campbell

The Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe recently hosted students in grades 6-8 from the Booker Middle School DIVAS (Determined Individuals Visualizing Academic Success) program, as well as parents and school personnel, for the DIVAS end-of-year celebration. Also in attendance were members of the Bradenton and Sarasota chapter of The Links, Incorporated, an African-American women's association whose members mentor girls from the DIVAS group. The gathering of approximately 90 enjoyed a tour of the theater, a presentation by Theatre Troupe founder and artistic director Nate Jacobs, music from Ariel Blue, Michael Mendez and Dee Selmore and dinner. The evening culminated with the presentation of certificates to the students, recognizing them for their participation in the DIVAS program.

DTC Engineering recently created a scholarship for Gator Engineering and Engineering Technology students at State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota. The Atluru Family Foundation scholarship is designed to encourage students to apply to the Gator Engineering program and comes with the opportunity to apply for a paid internship with DTC. During the first year, the college plans to offer four $500 scholarships.

Keller Williams on the Water Sarasota associates recently participated in Keller Williams' annual day of service on May 11 by spending the day with Girls Inc. assisting children with their annual end-of-the-school-year transition to summer. The Girls Inc. educational experience focuses on the development of the whole girl, and equips girls in grades K-12 with the skills they need to successfully navigate gender, economic and social barriers and grow into healthy, educated and economically independent adults, prepared employees and strong and ethical leaders.

Florida Studio Theatre is hosting a Southern-style Back Lot BBQ fundraiser at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 6, with live music from the Manatee River Bluegrass Band, plus ribs, chicken, pork and more. The event takes place at the theater's Goldstein Cabaret, 1241 N. Palm Ave., Sarasota. Tickets are $100.

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