Unity Awards

Bill Sadlo Helps Youth Cope With Unprecedented Mental Health Challenges

“We go where the youth and families really need us.”

01/09/2023 By Lauren Jackson

Fast Track

Selby Foundation Names Susie Bowie Its New CEO

Plus, Ringling College Library Association hires Lauren Kurnov as executive director and Project Pride SRQ and Sarasota Pride merge.

11/28/2022 By Staff

Grant Report

Barancik Foundation Board Approves $8 Million in Grant Funding

Plus, the Van Wezel Foundation reports $540,000 in funding over the past year and more.

08/22/2022 Photography by Staff

Grant Report

Barancik Foundation Grant Supports 'Legal Lifeline for Youth' Program

Plus, Forty Carrots receives a $50,000 donation for its mental health program and more.

08/15/2022 By Staff

Grant Report

The Bay Raises $5 Million; Triggers $1 Million in Matching Funds

Plus, Safe Children Coalition awards scholarships and the Boys & Girls Clubs receive $300,000, three-year grant from United Way Suncoast.

07/18/2022 By Staff

Fast Track

Julie Schwartz Named Director of Development at Van Wezel Foundation

Plus, more local hires, promotions and scholarships.

06/13/2022 Photography by Staff


Boys & Girls Clubs Receives $250,000 Grant from Barancik Foundation

The flexible funding will support the organization’s operations, programming, and scholarships for club members.

05/11/2022 By Staff


Philanthropist Donates $1 Million to Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties

The funding comes from Jean Weiller and is designated for renovations and expansions.

02/17/2022 By Staff


Boys & Girls Clubs Announces 2022 'Youth of the Year' Finalists

This winner will be named at the organization’s annual Steak & Burger celebration on Friday, Feb. 4.

01/31/2022 By Staff


Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties Graduates 22 Youth

The graduates come from Boys & Girls Clubs' STAR and PYE programs.

01/27/2022 By Staff

Unity Awards

Former MLB Star Ian Desmond and Biz Pro Vince Northfield Help Underserved Youth

Their nonprofit, Newtown Connection, uses baseball to teach healthy living, leadership and inclusion.

01/04/2022 By Susan Burns


Rotary Club Awards $50,000 Grant to Boys & Girls Clubs

The funding will support youth scholarships for the Boys & Girls Clubs Great Futures Academy.

11/10/2021 By Staff

Fast Track

Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties Names VP of Teen Initiatives

Suriya Khong joined the Boys & Girls Clubs in January 2017.

11/05/2021 By Staff

Fast Track

Boys & Girls Clubs Names 2021-2022 Board of Directors

The organization also named its Foundation board of directors.

10/04/2021 By Staff


Sarasota Lawyer Named 2020 Florida Board Member of the Year by Boys and Girls Clubs

Meghan Serrano is a partner at Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick.

09/25/2020 By Staff

The Youth Director

Suriya Khong Empowers Young People

“No one makes it in the world alone, but with supportive and caring adults who take active interest in young people, their possibilities become limitless."

09/17/2020 By Allison Forsyth


Local Teens Receive Scholarships From Sportscaster Dick Vitale

For the past 22 years, Dick and Lorraine Vitale have donated $5,000 each year to be distributed to deserving members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County.

10/21/2019 By Staff


Boys & Girls Clubs Receives $20,000 Grant From Maytag

Volunteer Jim Martin was recently honored with the appliance manufacturer's Dependable Leader Award.

10/18/2019 By Shelby Schwartz


Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County Wins 'Board Team of the Year,' 'Core Service Program' Awards

The awards were presented by Boys & Girls Clubs of America and its Florida Area Council.

08/27/2019 By Staff


Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County to Honor Jaime DiDomenico and Dr. Rachel Shelley

DiDomenico and Shelley will be lauded for their commitment to empowering the community’s future leaders to reach their full potential.

06/24/2019 By Staff