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Community Foundation of Collier County & Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation to Host Seventh Annual Give Where You Live Collier

(NAPLES, FL – January 13, 2021) – The Community Foundation of Collier County has partnered, once again, with the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation to host the seventh annual giving day in Collier County, Give Where You Live Collier, starting at noon on February 10 through noon on February 11, 2021. The event gives 40 Collier County basic needs and education nonprofits a much-needed boost with donations, a $400,000 matching fund and $50,000 in prizes from the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation, and a $100,000 match from the Community Foundation.
 
The event raised a record $5.65 million in the sixth year and over $25 million for local basic needs and education nonprofits since its inception in 2015.

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Jorge Peña selected to receive the 2021 Ann McDonald Baker Art Ventures Award
Noted violist and co-founder of the St. Augustine Music Festival honored by The Community Foundation
 
JACKSONVILLE, Florida – January 11, 2021 —Jorge Peña, veteran member of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, and artistic director and co-founder of the St. Augustine Music Festival, was presented with the Ann McDonald Baker Art Ventures Award last week.  The presentation was made in front of his colleagues in the Jacoby Symphony Hall as they prepared for the Florida Blue Masterworks Series performance on Friday night.  Peña has performed with the Symphony for 23 seasons.

Left to right: Nina Waters, president of The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida; Jorge Peña; Martha Frye Baker, Chair of the Board of Trustees for The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida.

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Community Foundation of Sarasota County Awards Five Grants  Promoting Equity and Access for Underrepresented, Geographically Underserved Communities Grants focus on educational and health care equity
 
SARASOTA, FL – In its first ever Equity and Access competitive grant cycle, the Community Foundation of Sarasota County has awarded five local nonprofit organizations who have expanded their services to promote educational and health care equity for people facing longstanding barriers in our community.

Nearly $130,000 has been provided to the Center for Religious Tolerance with support from Multicultural Health Institute and SRQ Strong, Family Promise of South Sarasota County, Forty Carrots Family Center, Suncoast Black Arts Collaborative, and Teen Court of Sarasota. Each of these organizations touch one or several underrepresented groups, including geographically underserved neighborhoods, communities of color, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ+ communities, and single mothers, among others.

“Each proposal was reviewed by a diverse committee of community members, whose life experiences and perspectives enriched the decision-making process,” says Kirsten Russell, Vice President of Community Impact at the Community Foundation. “These grant awards reflect the community's voice and vision for creating and increasing access and equity in the place they are proud to call home.”


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Community Generosity, Local Foundations Elevate “Season of Sharing” to more than $2.1 Million
With four matching gifts already contributed by The Patterson Foundation, gifts made now will help fellow neighbors through New Year.
 
SARASOTA, FL – In a holiday season marked by heightened needs as well as heightened charitable giving, an inspiring marker of hope for our community has been reached ahead of schedule. Six weeks into the Community Foundation of Sarasota County’s annual 12-week Season of Sharing campaign, grassroots donors and local foundations have raised more than $2.1 million to alleviate immediate basic needs and restore stability for our most vulnerable in Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte, and DeSoto counties.

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The National Terrazzo and Mosaic Association has been the recipient of the 2020 Honor Award Winner for The Center for Health and Wellbeing in Winter Park, FL.


This health center integrates the realms of fitness, medicine, and wellness. This installation demonstrates the versatility of epoxy terrazzo as an artistic medium, with six medallions in 30 colors, set to advantage against a muted floor and rich woodwork. Intricate strip work went into the medallions, which take inspiration from the Seven Dimensions of Wellness and are both striking art pieces and symbols to orient visitors and reinforce branding. Black PVC divider strips provide maximum contrast between the vibrant resin colors. The steps incorporating metal inlay lettering consist of two-piece precast terrazzo. 
Read more here about their award!

The National Terrazzo and Mosaic Association, Inc. is a full service Non-Profit Trade Association headquartered in Fredericksburg, Texas. The Association establishes national standards for all Terrazzo floor and wall systems and provides complete specifications, color plates, and general information to architects and designers at no cost.


More Adults Returning to Class in 2020: Adult Scholarship Applications at the Community Foundation of Sarasota County Increase by Nearly 40 Percent.
The sharp increase in applications and scholarship recipients reflect shifting economic realities and opportunities in the face of COVID-19.
 
Amber Patrick, 29, and her family. Patrick is one of the 173 scholarship recipients who is able to continue or expand their education to advance their careers, returning to school at the State College of Florida to pursue a major in Pre-Med. Photo credit to Amy McKinlay Photography.
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Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation
recently held a groundbreaking ceremony for their new, landmark home “The Edyth” unveiling in 2022! The Edyth is a complete reimagination of how the Foundation will serve Central Florida and beyond. While COVID-19 prevented the Foundation from celebrating with the
community, we wanted to share this important milestone and day with you.




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