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Manatee Movers and Shakers, 10/18/12

Published Thursday, October 18, 2012

Lakewood Ranch Community Fund to Award $71,000 in Grants and Name Winner of 8thAnnual Humanitarian Award


The Lakewood Ranch Community Fund, a philanthropic organization dedicated to enhancing life in and around Lakewood Ranch, will award 21 grants totaling $71,000 at 4 p.m. on Friday, October 19, 2012. During the ceremony, the Fund will also announce the winner of the 8th Annual C. John A. Clarke Humanitarian of the Year Award. The presentation takes place at Lakewood Ranch Town Hall, 8175 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., Lakewood Ranch, Florida.


Since 2002, the Lakewood Ranch Community Fund has distributed 207 grants to local non-profit organizations, totaling more than $750,000. This year, 42 applications for grants were received requesting a total of over $180,000 for human services, education, healthcare, arts and culture, environmental, and mental health and crisis intervention causes.


The Humanitarian of the Year Award will honor someone who has made outstanding, sustained, and unselfish contributions to community enrichment and whose commitment and dedication exemplify the ideal of service to the community.  Past recipients include John Clarke, Don O’Leary, Pat Neal, Lorraine and Dick Vitale, Darrell Turner, Stuart J. Roth, and Bob and Billie Delaney.


Anna Maria Oyster Bar Hires New Director Of Operations


John Horne and the staff of the Anna Maria Oyster Bar are delighted to announce the hiring of Scott Bowlin as their new Director of Operations; Scott will be overseeing operations at all three Anna Maria Oyster Bar locations: Ellenton, Cortez Road, Bradenton and “Landside” on 14thStreet, Bradenton.


Scott is originally from St. Petersburg, FL – graduating from Northeast High and St. Petersburg College. He brings with him 32 years of restaurant experience, the last 15 years as a franchisee for Tumbleweed Southwest Grill. After living in Milwaukee, WI for the past 24 years Scott, along with his wife Jackie and three children, Katie, Liz and Scott, has left his snow shovels behind and has moved back home to join us.


The Anna Maria Oyster Bars are award winning full service, family style restaurants with three locations – two in Bradenton and one in Ellenton. Winner of the Manatee Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year and Voted 2012 Best All Round Restaurant, Best Seafood Restaurant, best Early Bird Special and Best Margarita, the Anna Maria Oyster Bar.


Women Owners of Florida, Inc (WOoF) announces Alex Sink as the Speaker for November 27th Meeting

Alex Sink

Alex Sink presently serves as a Senior Advisor with Tampa, Florida based Hyde Park Capital. The firm offers investment banking services focused on mergers, acquisitions, and capital raising. She is also currently serving as Founder and Chair of the Florida Next Foundation, a non-profit, non-partisan organization focused on diversifying Florida's economy through the growth of small businesses and entrepreneurship.

Alex served as Florida's Chief Financial Officer (CFO) from 2007 to 2011 as one of four statewide elected officials. She managed over $15 billion in state treasury funds, was responsible for state accounting, and implemented reforms in contracting and transparency for citizens. She also directed the state's insurance consumer advocacy work, focusing on strengthening laws to protect seniors against insurance fraud. In 2010, she was the state's Democratic nominee for Governor.

Prior to elected office, Alex had a 26 year career with Bank of America. She retired as President of Florida operations in 2000, managing the state's largest bank with $40 billion in deposits, leading 9000 employees in over 800 branches.

Alex has been a statewide business leader, serving as Chair of Leadership Florida, Chair of Take Stock in Children, Chair of The Nature Conservancy Florida Chapter, Chair of the Hillsborough Education Foundation, Vice-Chair of Florida Taxwatch, Vice-Chair of the board at Wake Forest University, and a member of the Florida Council of 100.

Alex has been honored as an inductee into the Tampa Bay Business Hall of Fame. She is also the recipient of numerous awards including the Jewish National Fund Tree of Life Award, Associated Industries of Florida Champion of Business Award, Florida Chamber of Commerce Volunteer of the Year, and Wake Forest Distinguished Alumnus Award.


Coach Cindy Schlorke Retires After 25 years


Coach Cindy Schlorke

Cindy Schlorke, who has been a swimming and cycling coach for the athletes of Manatee Special Olympics for over 25 years has decided to turn in her whistle. Cindy, or "Miss Cindy" to her athletes, has been a much loved part of this special group.


Schlorke was recently recognized with a Plaque of Appreciation by the program's county coordinator Sue Fitzgerald in an emotional ceremony.  "Cindy can never be replaced and will be sorely missed," says Donna Pattison, who handles Public Relations for the Manatee Special Olympics. "She loves her athletes as if they were her own children. " 


Webster University Sarasota Metropolitan campus teams up with Southeastern Guide Dogs for Webster Works Worldwide 2012


A puppy puts the world in perspective!  There is nothing better than a soft little fur ball tugging on your shoestring or a bundle of rambunctious on your lap! The Webster University Sarasota Metropolitan campus staff and students donated their time to the Southeastern Guide Dogs, an organization that trains dogs to help the visually impaired.


As part of the annual Webster Works Worldwide Community Service project the staff and students volunteered several hours by interacting with the puppies in the kennel and “puppy hugging”, walking the dogs on the property and landscaping one of their new gardens. “It was a pleasure to spend time at Southeastern Guide Dogs to learn about the practices and training involved for these special pets that bring independence and comfort to many people.” stated Cindy Saunders, Assistant Director for Webster University Sarasota.


Annually, Webster University sponsors the Webster Works Worldwide program, a campus-wide community service day in partnership with local agencies and nonprofit organizations. Students, faculty, staff and alumni from Webster campuses around the world work in teams to volunteer on various projects and help those in need.


Desoween V, Trail of Haunted Legends:

A Family Friendly Spooky Hike

Come to De Soto National Memorial on October 27th from 6:30pm to 8:30 pm for a family friendly spooky trail walk. Experience a unique and educational Halloween event for all ages. This event and all activities are free to the public. So bring the kids in their costumes and have them try them out before trick or treating. Desoween will feature:


The Trail of Haunted Legends —. Come out and join intrepid explorers and rangers as they investigate Florida’s greatest mysteries. Rangers think they may have located De Soto’s fabled gold ship that sunk in Tampa Bay. But, beware of the haunted guardians of some of Florida’s best known myths and legends like the dreaded Skunk Ape, who will try to stop any who enter the woods. Will you strike it rich or will you fade away and become another story for the Trail of Haunted Legends.


Family Friendly — all activities at DeSoween are designed with a family atmosphere in mind and are free. Our events are suitable for children and adults of all ages.


Event admission and all activities are free. Event hours are 6:30p.m. to 8:30 p.m. All activities are subject to change due to weather.  

DeSoto National Memorial is located at: 8300 De Soto Memorial Hwy, Bradenton at the Northern terminus of 75th street West. I-75 exit 220 SR-64 Manatee Ave.

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