Once again our fund-raising activities achieved their goal and we were able to award $122,500 this year at the annual Grant Awards Luncheon to 48 agencies and organizations. It was a very rewarding experience to be able to make those awards to so many organizations that do so much good in our community - neighbor to neighbor “Making a Difference.” Our Royal Ride, Celebrity Classic, and Spring Fashion Show activities were all very successful and involved many wonderful volunteers. To each Foundation member, volunteer and event participant, we express our sincere appreciation.
The 2018 Grant Recipients are:
Asolo Theatre, Inc.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast, Inc.
Boys and Girls Clubs of Sarasota County
Child Protection Center, Inc.
Children First, Inc.
Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast
Englewood Community Care
Epilepsy Services of Southwest Florida, Inc.
Face of Hope Foundation Inc.
Family Network on Disabilities of Manatee/Sarasota,Inc.
Family Promise of South Sarasota County
Florida Camp for Children and Youth with Diabetes
The Friends of the Jacaranda Public Library
Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida
Good Samaritan Pharmacy & Health Services, Inc.
Habitat for Humanity South Sarasota County
InStride Therapy, Inc.
Laurel Civic Association, Inc.
Lemon Bay Garden Club
Manasota SOLVE, Inc.
Mental Health Community Centers, Inc.
Neuro Challenge Foundation,Inc.
North Port Coalition for Homeless/Needy Children, Inc. aka Backpack Angels
Our Mother’s House/Catholic Charities, D.O.V.
Rotary Futures College Resource Center
Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center, Inc.
Senior Friendship Centers, Inc.
South County Food Pantry
State College of Florida Foundation
Teen Court of Sarasota, Inc.
Trinity Presbyterian Church
VHS Project Graduation
Venice Area Mobile Meals, Inc.
Venice Area Pregnancy Center
Venice Art Center
Venice MainStreet, Inc.
Venice Nokomis Community Preschool
The Venice Symphony
Venice Theatre. Inc.
Venice Youth Boating Association
The WareHouse of Venice, Inc.
The Wildlife Center of Venice,Inc.
Women's Resource Center
The Yummy Stuff Club
Our Grant Committee is always looking for people to join and help us review the applications from area non-profit organizations. If you are interested, please send an email to the Foundation office at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 941-497-4826.
Looking for a way to meet people, make new friends, and make a difference in our community? Join the PCF and offer to volunteer for one of our fundraising events by calling Dorothy at the PCF office at 941-497-4826. Choose the Fabulous “Fun” Raiser (November 15, 2018), the Celebrity Golf Classic (February 6 & 7, 2019), A Garden Party and Fashion Show (March 13, 2019), the Blue Grass & Barbeque, or all four!
Keep your information accurate……..Don’t forget to notify the PCF office if you have a change of information.
Back by popular demand....Plantation Community Foundation Notecards and Donation In Honor Of cards (these make great hostess gifts) are available in the Foundation Office. Six cards for $5.00. Come "buy" the office in September for yours!
Fabulous "Fun" Raiser .......... Get ready for a totally revamped November party formerly known as the Fall Frolic/Royal Ride! This year's party will be emphasizing entertainment. We have already retained a major, professional entertainer who will be performing for us that evening. We will still have raffles and the auction, but we will be compressing time spent on these activities.
With apologies to the turkey dinner lovers, there will be two new dining choices this year for your enjoyment.
We will also be projecting an Art Deco feel for the evening through table settings and lighting and hope that you will enjoy the new look and feel.
If you had stopped attending or never attended this event, please give it a try. It promises to be very different, very lively and very entertaining. Both Foundation members and non-members are invited, so please mark your calendar now for November 15 and join us for a truly "fun" evening.
“Bluegrass & Barbeque” ........... an event you won’t want to miss!!
The Plantation Community Foundation has added a new and exciting event to its spring 2019 calendar with a performance by “Bluegrass Central” – one of the best bands around - on Friday evening, April 5. Audience members will be treated to an evening of specialized music in a casual atmosphere on the grounds of the Plantation Golf & Country Club. Reservation information will be available in early 2019.
In the Spring of 2017, the Plantation Community Foundation generously partnered with Habitat for Humanity South Sarasota County, Inc. to launch a new home revitalization program, "A Brush with Kindness". Through the PCF’s $16,000 impact grant and paint donated by Sherwin-Williams, volunteers are painting one home for a qualified homeowner per month. You do not need to be handy with a paint brush to volunteer for this project. Give back to the community. Gather your friends and contact the PCF office to be a part of "A Brush with Kindness".
If you know of someone who qualifies for this program, please contact Brian Scott at (941) 493-6606 ext. 226 for an application. For more information on A Brush with Kindness program, contact Habitat SSC Construction Manager, Michael Sollitto at (941) 493-6606 ext. 231.
DAY DATE EVENT CHAIR(S)
Thur. 11/15/18 Fabulous "Fun" Raiser Pete & Barbara Petrie
Thur. 2/6 & 2/7/19 Celebrity Classic Ron Noble/Dick Butler
Wed. 3/13/19 A Garden Party & Fashion Show Donna Kubik
Fri. 4/05/19 Blue Grass & B-B-Q Festival Donna Kubik
Wed. 4/10/19 Grant Awards Luncheon Kathy Mason
Royal Ride Winners
May - John & Norma Noyes Robert & Dottie MacDonald
June - Pat Hurley Gerry & Lin Gruber
July - Dave & Sharon Phillips Warren & Peg Sisson
August - Jim & Susan Howen Paul & Arolyn Berube
A great big THANK YOU to all Plantation Community Foundation members! The people that are smiling in the pictures are the Grant Recipients for the 2017/18 season. You bought raffle tickets, attended PCF fund-raising events, volunteered, sponsored, and donated. Whether you were a loyal member or a new one, you gave and you “Made a Difference” in the lives of so very many people that live in South Sarasota County! You should smile as well. This Foundation, located right here at Plantation, needed every one of you to make this happen. Be proud of what we’ve done together. We’ve made our part of the world a better place.
In Memory of Leslie Storyk, “Les”
November 4, 1923 - March 23, 2018
Leslie (Les) Storyk (94) passed away peacefully with his immediate family at his side on March 23rd in Sarasota, Florida. He was born in Brooklyn, NY on November 4, 1923. Les and his late wife, Ruth of nearly 70 years were originally residents of the Plantation Golf and Country Club in Venice arriving in 1983 from Woodstock, NY.
He enjoyed golf and was a long-time member of the Plantation Golf and Country
Club. He was President of the St. George Condo Association for many years and was
very active in the Plantation Community Foundation and a member of the Grant
He was President of the American Institute for International Steel; served on the Board of the New York Cocoa Exchange; and was elected in1977 as the first American member of the Baltic Exchange in London.
Les loved music and served on the Board of the Venice Symphony, was a NY Yankee baseball fan, an avid reader as well as a gracious host, loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. Known for his wide world knowledge and a believer in loyalty, honesty and integrity, he lived a full interesting life and will be sorely missed and remembered fondly.
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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 lauch 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.