Manatee Children's Services


As we kiss our children good-bye and put them on the bus for the new school year, we worry that they will be as safe and happy at school as they are at home.  There are, however, children in our community who are not safe and happy at home. ManyContinue Reading

Austin Baxter


Austin was born on March 8, 2012. He is the son of Shawn & Sonya Baxter. He also has a big brother, Corey who is 10 yrs. Old.  At the age of 9 months, mom noticed something different with Austin’s left eye. She took Austin to the Pediatrician’s multiple times and was repeatedly told he was fine. At Austin’s 1 year exam, the doctor noticed what looked like a lazy left eye. He sent them to see an eye specialist and within 30 minutes, Austin was diagnosed with a rare disease called Retinoblastoma.  This is a cancer that forms on the back side of the eyes. Austin was immediately transferred to  All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, where they did an MRI.

Sarasota Charities


Part Two In A Series of Articles on a Timely and Pertinent Subject:   The Hard-earned Money You Donate to Charities- How Much Really Goes Towards Their Actual Mission?  Whether your passion is art or education, there is a charity that would like you to apply your hard-earned bucks to use for their mission.  Choosing a charity can be a hit or miss, though, if you don’t do your research. It’s fortunate that we have certain watchdog groups in place to monitor their activities and financial information.  Charities must fill out certain documents and that documentation is supposed to be available to the public.

For Pete's Sake


Sunday, August 4, 2013 was a very special day in Sarasota, Florida.  Hundreds of wonderful people from all walks of life came out to JR’s Old Packinghouse Café to support Pete Arevalo, FOR PETE’S SAKE.   Pete is a musician and an owner of Spirit Ranch Recording Studio.  He is well known for being a part of Acoustic Pete Blues Trio and Swamp Grass.  Pete is a giver….always supporting folks and hosting benefit shows for people in need.  Pete is battling back from oral cancer and this wonderful benefit helped to pay some of the medical bills he has incurred and go towards lost income for Pete.  A lot of money was raised for Pete.

Oklahoma Tornado Relief


There were so many nice people that attended the fundraiser for the Oklahoma Tornado Victims Saturday night at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Sarasota.  There was great music, food and awesome stories were shared all night.  Several new friendships were forged and it was the place to be for a great evening of entertainment for an important cause.

Oklahoma Tornado Disaster Relief Benefit


Saturday, June 15 from 6-11pm, Columbus Hall 4880 FruitvilleRd Sarasota FL 34232…….. Oklahoma Tornado Disaster Relief Benefit. Come out to help raise money for Oklahoma and other Midwestern communities ravaged by storms that continue today!

Ladies Sing The Blues Group Photo


Ladies Sing the Blues at Primo Ristorante!

Magical, exhilarating, humbling…..these are just a few of the words that come to my mind after attending “Ladies Sing the Blues” last night at Primo Ristorante.  The singers and performers were a “who’s who” of lady blues singers in our area.  Karen Greenley, Lani “C,” Savannah Brady (14 & the newest lady!), Meredith Garofalo, Gwen Fogt, Christine Berstling, Rebecca Bird, Karyn Denham, Lauren Mitchell, Carolyn Davis, Melanie Massell, Kara Nally, Syl Vee, Sudie Brattli, K Sue, Professor Michael Hensley & Musical Director, Steve Arvey put on a show that won’t be forgotten!

Bradenton Woman's Club


Bradenton Women’s Club Celebrates 100 Years of Service…

The Bradenton Women’s Club is a non-profit charitable organization serving the Bradenton Community in so many helpful ways and with a powerful mission statement. As a member of The General Federation of Women’s Clubs, which is the world’s oldest, non-partisan, non-denominational, and non-profit volunteer service organization, it is dedicated to community improvement through volunteer service and to providing opportunities that strengthen the role of women.

For 100 years the Bradenton Women’s Club has offered their services to philanthropic projects including the Bradenton Library, The Children’s Academy of Southwest Florida, Habitat for Humanity, Special Olympics, and so many more needy causes that would fill this page. The stately old mansion that houses the Bradenton Women’s Club was completed in 1921 for $23,000 and has been serving the community ever since. - Sarasota Charity

2011-07-31 is a local Sarasota – Bradenton Charity organized by the Elks of Lodge 1511 in Bradenton.  This great effort is put together for the benefit of the 2,000 children that the Manatee County School Board has identified  as homeless or living in food deprived homes.  Some of these kidsContinue Reading