Unity Awards

Our 2021 Unity Award Winners Are the Ultimate Connectors

This year more than ever, we need the hope and hard work of these women and men.

01/13/2021

Unity Awards

A Black-Owned Businesses Facebook Group Opened the Doors to a Vibrant, Hidden Market

"We’re all human; Black businesses want the American dream, too."

01/12/2021 By Megan McDonald

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Sarah Hernandez’s Work for Social Justice and Racial Equality Is Rooted in Her Own Heritage

“My interest has always been to be somebody who contributes to social justice,”

01/12/2021 By Kay Kipling

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Philip Tavill Is Dedicated to Helping Infants, Toddlers and Their Families Through Children First

“We want no wait list for care for children below the poverty line. We’ll never rest on our laurels.”

01/12/2021 By Kay Kipling

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From Food Inequality to Education to Emergency Funds, Joe and Mary Kay Henson Always Step Up

“We’re problem solvers, or at least we like to think we are."

01/12/2021 By Ilene Denton

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E. Scott Osborne Battles for Gender Equality in Sarasota and Across the Globe

“Gender inequality is bad for everyone. It’s bad for men. It’s bad for women. It’s bad for societies.”

01/12/2021 By Cooper Levey-Baker

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Dr. Randall Morgan Has Spent His Life Fighting for Health Care Equity

"I seek balance, fairness and understanding.”

01/12/2021 By Susan Burns

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New College Professor Queen Zabriskie Creates Powerful Conversations About Race

“To be able to do this work is an honor, a joy and a responsibility.”

01/12/2021 By Allison Forsyth

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Trevor Harvey Has Spent Decades Fighting for Newtown

“In spite of our differences we can still have meaningful dialogue and fellowship.”

01/12/2021 By Susan Burns

An Eye on the World

Photos: Our Former Party Photographer Captures Intimate Photos of Local Life

Photographer Rebecca Baxter captures images of neighbors, visitors and their pets in a warm, intimate fashion.

01/05/2021 Photography by Rebecca Baxter

Listening to Black Voices

Finance Executive Ted Downing on Redlining, the Wealth Gap and Hope for the Future

Downing, a former NCAA track and field star, also recalls his time at the 1968 Olympic trials and the Black Power salutes.

01/05/2021 By Heather Dunhill

Silver Linings

Five Sarasotans Share the Lessons They Learned in 2020

Despite all of its challenges, there were moments of hope to be found this year.

12/30/2020 By Heather Dunhill

Holidays

Covid-19 Has Upended Beloved Holiday Traditions

But some have chosen to look at the pandemic as a way to get creative.

12/23/2020 By Elizabeth Djinis

Listening to Black Voices

Boston Celtics Co-Owner and Business Leader James Cash on Breaking Barriers

A rare interview with the former basketball star and first Black tenured Harvard Business School faculty member.

12/22/2020 By Heather Dunhill

Real Estate Junkie

Mick Jagger Purchases Home in Lakewood Ranch

You can't always get what you want...but for $1.98 million, you just might get what you need.

12/17/2020 By Robert Plunket

Politics

Manatee County Commissioner Named Port Authority Chairman

Reggie Bellamy will serve a one-year term overseeing Port Manatee expenditures.

12/17/2020 By Staff

New hires

Property Management Company Names New Vice President

Ryntal Property Management recently hired Adam Wagenhauser as vice president of operations.

12/16/2020 By Staff

New hires

Sarasota Law Firm Welcomes New Attorney

Fergeson Skipper, P.A., recently named Daniel Tullidge an associate attorney.

12/16/2020 By Staff

Government

Marlon Brown Named Interim Sarasota City Manager

Brown succeeds Tom Barwin, who will retire at the end of this month.

12/08/2020 By Staff