Financial assistance

Honored Holocaust survivor; Career Advantage; Veterans Day Concert


CareerEdge helps the workforce
at Manatee Memorial Hospital

CareerEdge Funders Collaborative – the Grand Sarasota Chamber of Commerce’s workforce initiative – recently awarded $ 42,500 to skilled workers at Manatee Memorial Hospital.

Manatee Memorial plans to develop 25 employees, ranging from entry-level employees to mid-level employees, as part of its overall workforce training initiative. Manatee Memorial has received financial assistance from CareerEdge for over 10 years.

“The long-standing partnership between CareerEdge and our hospital has increased the income potential of our employees in a variety of areas: nursing and direct patient care, laboratory services, respiratory therapy, hospital administration and leadership, and so on. Said Tom McDougal, CEO of Manatee Memorial.

CareerEdge Funder’s Collaborative is a partnership of business, government and philanthropic organizations aimed at providing opportunities for better jobs and wages in Manatee and Sarasota counties. For more information visit or call 941-556-4045.

CenterPlace Health receives
$ 30,000 for the vax broadcast

CenterPlace Health received a $ 30,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Sarasota County to support its mobile health clinic and outreach vaccination initiative.

CenterPlace Health works with the Shots in Arms coalition to reach underprivileged communities. The grant from the James Franklin Warnell & Dorothy J. Warnell Fund will be used to ensure that residents of Sarasota County have equity and access to vaccines.

The mission of CenterPlace Health is to provide effective and efficient delivery of quality and affordable health services. For more information visit

New chairman of the board of directors, members
for Sarasota Teen Court

Katy McBrayer-Lynch served in October as chair of the Teen Court of Sarasota board of directors for a one-year term.

McBrayer-Lynch is a long-time board member, former Teen Court student, and owner of McBrayer Realty Group. “It’s a once in a lifetime moment to come full circle from a lost, troubled and at risk teenager… to the chairman of the board of the same program that made me who I am today. ‘hui,’ McBrayer-Lynch said. .

New board members were also announced: Amir Chokr, a former Teen Court volunteer and co-owner of The Diamond Vault; Megan Leaf of the State Attorney’s Office, 12th Judicial Circuit; and Major Brian R. Woodring of the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office. Gabriel Mirman, president of the Outdoor Adventure Club at Sarasota High, has been named a member of the Teen Board of Directors. For more information, contact Executive Director Heather Todd at 941-861-8460, [email protected], or visit

Veterans Day concert planned
at the Neel Performing Arts Center

The State College of Florida Manatee-Sarasota Symphony Orchestra will perform a Veterans Day concert on November 11 at 7:30 p.m. at the CFS Neel Performing Arts Center, 5840 26th St. W., Bradenton. Entrance is free for veterans.

Entitled “Welcome Home: In Gratitude to Our Veterans”, this traditional Veterans Day concert will feature favorites such as “Battle Hymn of the Republic”, “America the Beautiful”, “You’re a Grand Old Flag” And “God Bless the USA.” General admission tickets are $ 15; student and staff tickets $ 5. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or call 941-752-5252.

ALSO Youth receives a grant
to support individual counseling

ALSO Youth will begin offering free one-on-one counseling sessions with a licensed LBGTQ + youth therapist thanks in part to an equity and access grant of $ 23,920 from the Community Foundation of Sarasota County.

Starting in November, LGBTQ + youth between the ages of 10 and 24 in Sarasota and Manatee counties will be able to sign up for free sessions with a licensed clinical social worker. Youth will have three options for meeting the therapist: in person; online from your home; or online in one of the two ALSO Youth reception centers.

Youth can register by contacting ALSO Youth (470 Blvd. of the Arts, Sarasota): 941-951-2576 and Funding is provided in part by the James Franklin Warnell & Dorothy J. Warnell Fund and the McCauley-Brown Fund of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County.

Around and around …

The Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller of Manatee County honors military veterans and active duty personnel by providing free passport photos, notary services and copies throughout the month of November. “Our team would like to express our gratitude to those who have served our country to protect our freedoms,” said Registrar and Manatee Controller Angel Colonneso. Valid ID is required. Call 941-749-1800 or visit

• BLVD bike rides is hosting a “Mobility Week” event Tuesday in downtown Sarasota. The 2 mile ride begins at 5:15 p.m. at the DreamLarge Yard at 600 Central Ave. Mobility Week promotes smart transportation choices and safety. To register, visit

• The Alliance Presbyterian Church, 7950 S. Tamiami Trail in Sarasota, will be holding its Fall Fair on November 6 from 8:30 am to 1:30 pm There will be a Christmas table with collectibles; a treasure table; a period table; jewelry; and pastries (credit cards accepted).

• Gulf Cove United Methodist Church, 1100 S. McCall Road in Port Charlotte, offers free take-out dinners on the first Monday of each month. The menu for November 1 includes a shepherd’s pie. Book a meal on; send an email to [email protected]; or call 941-697-1747.

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