Giving & Galas


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September 2011

Spotlight: Welcome, Roxie

“Philanthropy is personal,” says Community Foundation of Sarasota County president and CEO Roxie Jerde. “Any giving is good giving, but if you get people even more excited about it, they go to truly being an investor” in a certain beloved cause or project, benefiting the community at large. Jerde certainly seems excited when talking about […]

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September 2011

Gala Gold

Sarasota is famous for its creativity, philanthropy and glittering social life, and together those forces have made this one of the greatest party towns on earth. Retired Fortune 500 CEOs, tech entrepreneurs, design stars, artists, young professionals and grande dames come together to produce dazzling events for the causes they care about, pouring an outrageous […]

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September 2011

2011-2012 Charity Register

Sarasota Magazine’s annual listing of local nonprofits highlights a selection of local nonprofits that aid the needy, comfort the infirm, guide our youth, expand our minds and lift our spirits. These listings are a testament to the thousands of inspiring people dedicated to serving the community. This year, we’ve grouped the listings into categories for […]

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September 2011

It Takes A Village

“What’s Rule No. 1?” asks Tim “Stretch” Webber, computer instructor at the Loveland Center in Venice. “No snoring!” exclaims Lisa, one of the students who are scattered throughout the room at computer stations. “That’s right,” says Stretch with a laugh. “Snoring keeps me awake!” The students are halfway through their morning computer lab, a class […]

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September 2011

Local Hero: Civics Lesson

“I have a tendency to stick with things,” says Bruce Dillon. That’s an understatement. The retired utility worker has spent eight years in full-time—but unofficial and unpaid—service to south Sarasota County. “[County commissioner] Jon Thaxton calls me the mayor,” he jokes. Dillon, 59, whose family moved to Venice in 1956, serves dozens of local organizations, […]

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