Easterseals Southwest Florida Raises $500,000 at Annual Luncheon
The Hambrick Foundation, a nonprofit organization which supports and gives
back to special needs educators, has awarded funds to benefit ReImagine Dance, which offers dance instruction to students with disabilities. Funds will be used to purchase materials for students and volunteers including recital costumes, dance shoes, volunteer shirts and volunteer appreciation gifts, as well as toward renewal of the organization’s website.
In a bid to circumvent homelessness that can lead to recidivism, the Community Foundation of Sarasota County aided with a real estate purchase for Project 180, a local nonprofit organization that helps formerly incarcerated people reintegrate into society. At the end of 2022, the Community Foundation provided $360,000 through a combination of grant funding and a low-interest loan to make the transaction possible. The three-bedroom house is home to six men who are working to rebuild their lives in mainstream society with the guidance and supervision provided by the 15-year-old organization.
Easterseals Southwest Florida’s annual Abilities Shining Luncheon recently raised more than $500,000 for Easterseals Happiness House—the largest luncheon amount raised to date.
Bank of America has donated $25,000 to Feeding Empty Little Tummies (F.E.L.T.), which will help address food insecurity in Manatee County by providing access to nutritious meals.
The Education Foundation of Sarasota County has received a grant of $5,000 from the Florida Lottery. Through the Lighting the Way to a Bright Future program grant, this grant will support the Education Foundation’s work to help low-income students prepare for college, career, and life.