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The Florida Center, which provides therapeutic services, early education and healthy development for children in southwest Florida, recently received $100,000 in grants to help children and families cope with adverse outcomes associated with the COVID-19 pandemic and other social conflicts.

The McCune Family Foundation provided $75,000 for mental health, speech/language and occupational therapies for young children and their families. The grant aligns with the one of the foundation's focus areas: serving troubled or at-risk youth. The Community Foundation of Sarasota County awarded a grant of $25,000, from the James Franklin and Dorothy J. Warnell Fund, Sheldon L. German Fund and Mildred Schwartz Lentini Fund for mental health services for preschool students and their families.

Additionally, the Florida Center recently welcomed two new board members: Eddie Pérez-Ruberté, senior lean internal consultant at BayCare Health Systems, and Melissa Walsh, principal and wealth advisor at Allegiant Private Advisors.

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