Grant Report

Three Local Donors Give $1 Million for Hurricane Ian Relief

Plus, more grants and donations from local organizations.

By Staff November 28, 2022

With a referral from a partner organization, community members in need can receive vouchers for clothing, household items, and furniture from team members such as Jill Shroyer (right), a Goodwill Manasota career development facilitator

With a referral from a partner organization, community members in need can receive vouchers for clothing, household items, and furniture.

Sarasota Private Trust Company, New York Private Bank & Trust Company, and the Milstein Family have donated $1 million for Hurricane Ian relief. Of the $1 million contribution, Goodwill Manasota will receive $750,000 to provide gift cards to Publix, Wawa and Walmart, as well as vouchers for clothing, household items and furniture. The remaining $250,000 will be directed to the state’s Florida Disaster Fund.

The Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation recently approved grants for Hurricane Ian relief, including a $43,750 grant to Legal Aid of Manasota and a $94,746 grant to Gulf Coast Legal Services to provide legal services for  hurricane victims; a $60,000 grant to Senior Friendship Centers for repairs to one of the region’s premier organizations serving older residents and support for economic losses and staff issues for an early childhood organization; and a $215,362 grant to The Florida Center for Early Childhood's economic losses and staff impacts.

Gulf Coast Community Foundation has awarded $10,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast for gift cards for Sarasota County "littles" and their families recovering from Hurricane Ian.

To help teens dealing transition foster and homeless/unaccompanied youth successfully from the state care system to independent living, the Junior League of Sarasota has awarded a grant of $7,458 to Safe Children Coalition  in support of its new Independent Living Life Skills program.

Neal Communities recently donated $8,000 to various organizations in the Venice community: $5,000 to sponsor the Venice High School Volleyball Association; $1,500 as a platinum plus sponsor of the Venice Moose Lodge Golf Outing benefiting Special Olympics; $500 as a season sponsor for the Venice Vikings Football & Cheer program; and $500 as a silver sponsor of the Women’s Sertoma of Venice Sun Fiesta.

Sarasota-based Pürlin LLC, a recyclable hospitality, and healthcare linen company, has donated 3,580 queen sheets and 6,700 standard pillowcases to FEMA’s Temporary Sheltering Assistance Program, which helps Floridians displaced by Hurricane Ian. 

DreamLarge announced that its RADD Night at The Bay raised more than $22,000 for Hurricane Ian relief, thanks to matches from Gulf Coast Community Foundation and anonymous supporters of The Bay, as well as support from the Rosemary District Association, Calusa Brewing, Art Center Sarasota and vendors who donated a portion of their profits. Funds are being donated to Gulf Coast Community Foundation’s catalytic Hurricane Ian Disaster Relief Fund.

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