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Learning to cope with Black trauma amid George Floyd and a pandemic

Black America is suffering from post-traumatic stress. The national racial reckoning with policing and the criminal justice system catalyzed by George Floyd’s death last year was difficult enough for Black Americans. That it happened amidst the coronavirus pandemic made it even more challenging, said Brittany Peters, director of the Center for Wellness and Clinical Development in Tampa.
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Ronnie finds hope with new family

Ronnie Blair, now 12 years old and adopted by a Hillsborough detective's family after his own father tried to kill him, says he doesn't want to be defined by the night he nearly died. He loves science, his new siblings, and parents. When he grows up, he wants to become an actor.
Sarasota, FLsarasotamagazine.com

Tidewell Hospice Expanding Children’s and Family Grief Services in Newtown

Tidewell Hospice is expanding its Blue Butterfly program into Sarasota's Newtown community, creating greater access to free grief services for children and families living in one of the city’s oldest historically Black neighborhoods. A lead investment from Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation to the Tidewell Foundation facilitated the creation of Tidewell’s Blue Butterfly Newtown program, which was developed in partnership with Bethlehem Bible Church. The program helps grieving children ages 5-18 and caregivers through professional counseling, peer-support groups and therapeutic activities. The free grief sessions bring children together who are experiencing the complex emotions that follow the loss of a loved one. Blue Butterfly peer-support groups are facilitated by grief specialists and trained volunteers who are equipped with the knowledge and skills to support children and families. Throughout Charlotte, DeSoto, Manatee and Sarasota counties, one in 13 children will lose one or both parents before they turn 18.
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Happy International Friendship Day! Here are 21 Ways to Celebrate in Tampa Bay

TAMPA BAY, Fla. — Happy International Friendship Day! This special day lands on Friday, July 30 and is a time where you can celebrate your friendships. Although we should appreciate them year-round, who doesn't love a good excuse to pile your besties in a car and have a day full of fun? We've rounded up a guide based on your friends' personalities to guarantee a fabulous day together. Whether they're artsy, a foodie or a dog lover, they'll love these suggestions:
Manatee County, FLLongboat Observer

Lakewood Ranch rotarian receives award for Books for Kids program

Country Club’s Ted Lindenberg can’t wait for Aug. 10. August 10 not only means the first day of school for the School District of Manatee County, but it also means Lindenberg, who is the director of the Rotary Club of Lakewood Ranch’s Books for Kids program, and the 150 volunteers can begin going into first, second and third grade classrooms once again to read to children and distribute books.
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Sarasota, FLsiestasand.us

Casting for a Cause

The second annual Casting for the Kids fishing tournament, held to raise funds in support of local families whose children are battling pediatric cancer, will take place Sept. 24 and 25. The event benefits the Sarasota-based Dancing with Clayton Foundation, a non-profit corporation founded in memory of 3-year-old Clayton Van...
Sarasota, FLbusinessobserverfl.com

Former CEO of local nonprofit returns as board member

SARASOTA — The former president and CEO of CAN Community Health, Michael Cuffage, will return to the organization as a board member. Sarasota-based CAN is one of the largest nonprofits nationwide focused on helping people with HIV, Hepatitis C, STDs, and other diseases. During Cuffage’s tenure, he established the Federal 340B Drug Discount Program for CAN, according to a statement. Under 340B, pharmaceutical companies sign an agreement with the government to provide discounts of at least 50% on medications to pre-approved agencies and health care providers, like CAN. In addition, Cuffage created business models that allowed CAN to grow sixtyfold and continue its growth after retiring, the release states.
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Local LGBTQ magazine wins top honors

“Embrace,” a locally produced magazine, recently earned 22 awards, including Magazine of the Year and Best New Magazine, at the 2021 Charlie Awards, sponsored annually by the Florida Magazine Association (FMA). The award ceremony was held on July 16 as part of the 2021 Florida Media Conference in Sarasota. “Embrace”...
Sarasota, FLsnntv.com

Double rainbow a sign of hope for SMH staff

SARASOTA (SNN TV/Facebook) - Many of you may have seen this double rainbow over Sarasota Thursday morning. Well, the folks at Sarasota Memorial Hospital are hoping it was a sign of good luck, or better days ahead(a pot of gold would be nice, too). Casey Hough of SMH snapped this...
Ruskin, FLobservernews.net

COVID takes Frank Ortega; son and wife start foundation

The first annual Coach Frank Ortega Foundation girls flag football tournament was held to a resounding success on a recent weekend in July. The Coach Frank Ortega Foundation was founded by Joshua Ortega, his son, and Melissa Ortega, his wife, in memory of the late Frank Ortega. Frank Ortega passed...
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Support Aubrien Jimenez ♥

At just 14 years old, Aubrien Jimenez has already touched so many lives. This young Bradenton resident, who played softball for both Inspiration Academy and with the Palma Sola Softball League, is now in the hospital fighting for her life. She was recently diagnosed with Esthesioneuroblastoma, a cancerous tumor that...
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Goodwill Manasota names new president

SARASOTA, FL – After a comprehensive nationwide search by a committee appointed by the organization’s board, Goodwill Industries Manasota has named a new president to succeed longtime leader Bob Rosinsky. Donn Githens, who has served as Goodwill Manasota’s vice president of operations since 2015 and worked within the Goodwill system since 2006, has been named the organization’s new president, assuming his new role as of July 1 of this year.