This Week's Good Deeds

Major donations support new arts and education ventures, therapy for low-income families and much more.

By staff June 8, 2017

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From left to right: Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe executive director Julie Leach, artistic director Nate Jacobs and William G. & Marie Selby Foundation president Sarah Pappas

The William G. & Marie Selby Foundation recently approved a grant of $250,000 to the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe as part of the troupe's Heart & Soul capital campaign. The fundraising effort, which has a goal of $6 million, is intended to transform the organization's 2.5-acre, two-building campus at 10th Street and Orange Avenue into a state-of-the-art performing arts center, enable the organization to develop its education program and create an endowment fund.

Forty Carrots Family Center, a local nonprofit dedicated to strengthening families, recently received a $10,000 grant from the Kates Foundation to provide individual therapy sessions to low-income children, parents and families at Forty Carrots Family Center’s new therapy facility. The agency is experiencing high demand for affordable therapy services.

Goodwill Manasota recently received a $5,000 grant from the Westfield Insurance Foundation to help provide financial literacy programs. The grant is part of the Westfield Legacy of Caring program, which invites Westfield insurance agents to nominate local nonprofits in the areas of disaster recovery, insurance pathways, family stability and safety.

The Realtor Association of Sarasota and Manatee recently awarded $2,000 scholarships to six local students: Charles Arnold, Sydnee Berman, Gianluca Marra, Alexandra Mills, Graeme Sugden and Kelsie Thomas.

Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate CARES, the charitable arm of Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate, recently raised $1,800 in the company's central Sarasota office. Part of the donation will go to Southeastern Guide Dogs, a nonprofit offering service dogs to sight-impaired individuals. Realtor Carol Mitchell coordinated the event.

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