Girls Inc. of Sarasota County has announced that the late Charles and Margery Barancik, Dr. Laura Kingsley and Dr. Heidi Anderson, along with her daughter Avery Brannan, will be honored at its 32nd annual Celebration Luncheon. The Girls Inc. Visionary Award is a board-nominated award designated to honor those who not only believe in the mission of the organization, but also see the larger vision for the organization in the community and region.
Girls Inc. will recognize the Baranciks posthumously with its Visionary Award and Kingsley, Anderson and Brannan with the "She Knows Where She's Going" award, which recognizes individuals who are role models for women and girls in the community, have been supportive of Girls Inc. and its programs, and have demonstrated commitment to community activities, professional organizations or nonprofit work that demonstrates a belief in contributing to others. Kingsley is the assistant superintendent and Chief Academic Officer for Sarasota County Schools. Anderson is a dermatologist and her daughter, Avery, is a Pine View School graduated who is currently studying at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.
In addition to these awards, two Girls Inc. girls will be recognized this year. The "She Knows Where She’s Growing" award will be presented to a middle school student, and the Leadership Award will honor an outstanding member of the Girls Inc. high school program.