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.
By the time Greg Cruz, Streets of Paradise President, was 11 years old he had what is often referred to as Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Without caretakers to protect him he endured chronic and multiple repeated traumatic events that began in infancy and continued into adulthood.
$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.
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.
Controls Engineer by day, rock star by night! You can see and hear Butch play around Manatee county. He can be seen at the Cortez Clam Factory on Tuesday night when they have their Clam Jam. You can hear and buy his music on his website anytime! Most people would consider Butch to be in the Americana genre of music. But he is an eclectic musician: he also plays Acoustic, Swamp Pop, R&B, Classic and Southern Rock, and Soul. He comes from Indianapolis, Indiana and has been influenced by midwestern music from Chicago, Illinois to Louisville, Kentucky.