Area Family Gives Major Donation to Community Day School

Sarasota's Mitch and Colleen Blumenthal donated $500,000 in support of Community Day School's new middle school building.

By Staff January 8, 2020

A rendering of the Blumenthal Family Middle School Building. 

Hershorin Schiff Community Day School has received a gift of $500,000 from a local family. The gift will support the new school building on the Larry and Mary Greenspon Family Campus for Jewish Life, which will be named the Blumenthal Family Middle School Building. The middle school is being custom designed for project-based learning spaces, including science and language labs; highlights also include a 21st-century makers lab, a library media space, a covered courtyard and lanais for group work, and a student lounge. In addition to the middle school features, the “new” Community Day School will feature an expanded garden and greenhouse, full-size gymnasium and outdoor athletic fields, a catering-quality kitchen, art studio, access to a professional-grade theater and performance spaces, and much more. It will open for the 2021-2022 school year.

Mitch Blumenthal, former CEO of Global Organic Specialty Source—which was sold to United Natural Foods, a national distributor, in 2016—is currently a co-chair of the school’s board of trustees. His wife Colleen, chief operating officer and managing partner at HealthTrust—a senior healthcare and real estate valuation firm—is a former president of the board. Their sons, Sam and Noah, as well as a cousin, graduated from Community Day School (formerly known as Goldie Feldman Academy) in the 2000s. 

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