A Fabulous "Fun" Raiser

The Plantation Community Foundation hosted its first fundraising event of the 2019-20 season on Thursday, November 14 at the Plantation Golf & Country Club in Venice. 


The event featured the “Atlantic City Boys” performing rock-n-roll harmonies of the Beach Boys, Drifters, the BeeGees and of course Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, a lively auction, cash prize drawings and great food.  A 1950’s-60’s theme was the style for the night and most of the attendees dressed in the Bobby Sox/Hippie attire.  The Foundation’s first fundraising event of the season outdid itself with over 300 participants.  A fabulous time was had by all participants who helped kick off the season.  

Big Shootout - 56 Card Winners


Stephanie Simpson

Don Broman

Gerry Gruber

Lucky Draw Raffle


Al Gatto

James Sundahl

Shirley Kasko



Shirley Kasko


    one of the evenings LUCKY DRAW winners

Live Auction Winners


  • 3 & Me Tennis Lessons - Bill Roberts
  • Entertainment Package - Bill Sweeney
  • Diamond Necklace - Tom Kubik
  • 18-hole Lesson with Michael Raber - Bill Walker
  • Gourmet Dinner for 10 w/Chef Bruce Bailey - Ellen Camp
  • Wine Tasting Experience - Eileen Kruzynski
  • Fitness Package - Donna Kubik

PCF Volunteers

Jane Batchelder &

Don Broman - Royal Ride Committee Members



Event Greeters



Bobby Sockers





January      Vincent & Patsy Scuzzo     

                  Robert & Janice McClanaghan


February     Robert & Venus Belger

                  Michael & Linda Catalano


March         Dan & Barbara Witmer

                  Tom & Donna Kubik


April           Bernie Brown

                  Herman & Judith Feldhusen


May            Dan & Maureen Geary

                  Robert MacDonald


June           Bob & Lili Jones

                  Pat & Nancee Duffy


July            Ray & Jane Leather

                  Dave & Sharon Phillips


August        Jerry & Ruth Armstrong

                  Robert MacDonald


September  Lou & Anne Valery

                  Paul & Sheila Suffredini


October      Donald & Stephanie Sexton

                  Pete & Barbara Petrie


November   Tom & Beverly Zwetschke

                  Bob & Joanne Hayden


December   Doug & JoAnne Koplein

                  Bill & Cathy Trent




Two of our "greeters", aka "traffic cops"



Pictured:  Pat Magennis and Marlys Roslansky

Our volunteers at Registration.....What would we do without them!!!

The excitment builds at the Registration Table.

Cash, Check, or Credit Card?  These volunteers were there to help with purchases.


Pictured L - R:

Donna Castellano, Kathy Mason, Mary Juday, Lin Gruber

So many generous donors made the Lucky Raffle exciting.

Reena McBride created the program artwork.


Pictured is just some of the fabulous art donated by the many talented artists in the area:


Donna Atkins, Patti Campbell, Jerry Clauss, Patti Lauer, Mike Mason, Peg Morgan, Suzanne O'Regan, Roxcy Platte, Pat Richards, Charles Shoup, Joanne Stramara, and Judy Welch





The Fashion Show had 267 guests for the luncheon and show.  The beautiful floral arrangements were created by Garden of Eden Florists of Venice


Music was provided by Jackson Smedley.

Guest Speaker - Nicole Britton, Director of Development, The Twig Warehouse


As one of our grant recipients, the Twig Warehouse, whose organization's mission is to "encourage and inspire foster families by meeting their needs", provided the group with insight into their program.


Without your participation, we could not

"Make a Difference" in South Sarasota County!



Pete Petrie, PCF Board President, welcomed ladies, thanking them for attending the 29th annual Fashion Show Luncheon.

Fashions and commentary provided by:


Sandy McGowan, Sandy's Designer Clothing

Lisa Vander Wall, Lisa's Classic Rose

Norhala Houck, SunBug and Twist Boutique


not pictured:  Renee Dees, St. Marco Boutique

Just Some of the Styles Presented

SunBug & Twist

Marilyn DeMara

Lisa James














Claire Peterlin and Olivia Corlett wearing outfits from SunBug

Sandy's Designer Clothing

Gina Borgia

Elaine Lapinski

Marcia Major

Zeddie Pitt

Lisa's Classic Rose

Susan O'Regan

Barbara Sellis

Marcia Grove

St. Marco Boutique

Vivian Freeman

Whitney Sale

Judy Thuer


You Look Marvelous!!!






Ruth Ruud & Jean Broman,

Model Coordinators 

        ***2019 Celebrity Golf Classic***

Silent Auction









Reflections in Gold display for the Silent Auction.

The Silent Auction always offers some great finds.














Silent Auction Co-Chairs

Kathy Braglia and Janice McClanaghan

                       Guests Enjoying the Classic Cocktail Party

Putting Contest

Golf Tournament



Dick Butler and Ron Noble










Volunteers - Jane Batchelder, Donna Kubik, Sue Sawulski, Janet Gill and Helen Sarvis welcome golfers.

Celebrities and Corporate Sponsors

And the Winners are........ 



1st Place

Bob Harrison, Celebrity


Brooks/Harrison                                 Score 47


2nd Place

Sam Jones, Celebrity


Slocum/Brady                                     Score 49


3rd Place

Phil Roof, Celebrity


Jackson/Kaminske                                Score 50




1st Place

Ken Hodge, Celebrity


Brining/Connors                                     Score 49


2nd Place

Mike McBath, Celebrity


Olcott/Olcott                                          Score 50


3rd Place

Henry Waszczuk, Celebrity


Johnson/Reiff                                           Score 50




1st Place

Bob Harrigan and Steve Rawley, Celebrities


Moldovan/Rudd                                            Score 50


2nd Place

Skip Lockwood and Bob Guindon, Celebrities

D. Broman/S. Broman

Kubik/Buelow                                               Score 51


3rd Place

Bill Lee, Celebrity


Bridge/Eley                                                   Score 52




1st Place

Ken Frailing, Celebrity


Melkonion/Coughlin                                       Score 47


2nd Place

Nick Longhi and Tom Hume, Celebrities


Smith/Grabowski                                             Score 48


3rd Place

Jim Foubister and Jim Brown, Celebrities

R. Childers/B. Eckard

J. Smith/J. Broman                                           Score 48





We could not make this tournament happen without the more than 135 volunteers.  THANK YOU ALL.

Golf Banquet Happenings

Ray Sinibaldi providing the Celebrity Bio overview at Golf Banquet
















Tim Fox, Auctioneer for Live Auction







Dick and Marie Butler welcome a new celebrity, Parnell Dickinson,

Tampa Bay Bucaneers

              Celebrity Ladies Day




Celebrity Wives gather for shopping on the Isle and lunch at Fins.









Celebrity Ladies and PCF Hostesses Enjoy Lunch at Fins

Shopping on the Isle, a big thank you to the shops along Venice Avenue that offered generous discounts and incentives for the ladies!

Kitchen Krew





Olivia Corlett, Ruth Ruud -  Celebrity Ladies Chair, Vivian Freeman - Hostess, and Mary Juday - past-PCF President, entertain Celebrity Ladies at Vivian's home.

Click on Flyer to Purchase Chances!

Impact Grant


      The PCF was able to award 2 Community Impact Grants in 2019.

      $26,000 was awarded to InStride Therapy to start a new therapeutic program for veterans suffering from PTSD and related conditions.     

     $48,000 was awarded to the Senior Friendship Center in Venice to fully upgrade two of their client lavatories.   


     The 2018 Impact Grant was awarded to Literacy Volunteers of South Sarasota County.  President Bob Hayden and the Impact Grant Committee presented the grant check to Joe Pokorney, LVSSC President, and Claudia Daniels, grant writer and Board Member.   

     The award of $19,271, will be used to fund a Study-Lab Program located in the Family Services Center, North Port, FL.  


The 2017 Impact Grant awarded to Habitat for Humanity South Sarasota County is presented to Aimee Holmes, Chief Develpment Officer.   

The Foundation has generously partnered with Habitat to launch a new home revitalization program, A Brush with Kindness. The award of $16,000, along with paint donated by Sherwin Williams, will be used to paint one home per month for a qualified homeowner. 


Members of Plantation Community Foundation celebrate, with volunteers and the Executive Director of the Englewood Community Care Clinic, Inc., the Community "Impact Grant" which is funding a complete new laboratory.



Plantation Community Foundation's partnership with Gulf Coast Community Foundation provided funding for two new STEMsmart (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) classrooms in Venice Middle School.

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