Twiggs and Melman, better known as the “Rye Road Giraffes”, along with their human, Crystal Landkas-Coronas, welcomed me to their farm located out East in Manatee County where they quietly reside on ten privately owned acres. This lovely family-owned habitat has never been opened to the public — until now. Continue Reading

The Patterson Foundation Strengthens Season of Sharing Through New Commitment in Sarasota, FL


$100,000 contributions will be made in response to key milestones reached by community giving during the campaign The Patterson Foundation will contribute $100,000 for every $500,000 raised by the community for Season of Sharing, the region’s annual campaign to help individuals and families on the verge of homelessness. There is no cap on number of these contributions the community can activate during Season of Sharing, which runs through Jan. 31, 2019. Created by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County and the Herald-Tribune Media Group, Season of Sharing has raised and distributed more than $19 million to help more than 20,000 individuals and families throughout Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte and DeSoto counties since its inception in 2000. The Patterson Foundation has been a longtime supporter of the campaign and has contributed more than $3.9 million to Season of Sharing since 2010.

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Community That Begins Here at Lakewood Ranch, FL


It is the year of women’s empowerment. Written in the headlines and throughout social media with #metoo movements and as seen at polling stations nationwide, women are taking a more generalized role as the gender in favor on both sides of the aisle. You can see it everywhere as a younger generation of females has complete freedom to celebrate their accomplishments and take on any challenge they see fit in their lifetimes. There are less barriers to success and ceilings are shattering everywhere. Locally, empowerment can be seen in all aspects of our lives from prominent female attorneys and physicians to business owners and leading philanthropists, assisting the less fortunate in the area in a myriad of ways. Such is the case with Kiddie Academy of Lakewood Ranch owner, Marina Wolf-Schmidt.

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