Major Sarasota Philanthropists Die

Chuck Barancik and his wife, Margery, died in a car crash on Gulf of Mexico Drive.

By Staff December 19, 2019

Margery and Charles Barancik

We were dismayed to hear that philanthropist Charles Barancik, 91, and his wife, Margery, 83, whose generosity impacted thousands of people in Sarasota, died in a car crash on Gulf of Mexico Drive. His wife, Margery, was hospitalized with  injuries. News reports state the Baranciks pulled out in front of the police car as they were leaving their condominium. Barancik and his family launched the Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation in 2014. With $100 million in assets, the foundation has granted $55 million to 154 nonprofits, impacting education, the arts, legal justice, the environment, medical research  and much more. Those who worked with Chuck Barancik and were recipients of his generosity described him as one of the most inspiring people they’d ever met. We interviewed him about his philanthropy in 2018.

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