2020 Charity of Choice - Joshua House
In 1992, a group of concerned citizens, including Dottie Berger MacKinnon, Bob Thomas, Olin Mott, Jim Zimmerman, Laurence Hall, Greg Johnson, Alberto de Alejos, and others dreamed of a safe haven for the abused, neglected and abandoned children in their Tampa Bay community. After dedicated planning and development their dream was realized in the creation of Joshua House.
Joshua House is a safe haven for these abused, abandoned, and neglected children, offering a therapeutic residential group care program that provides a protected, nurturing, family-like environment for children six - seventeen. These children have been removed from their homes due to crisis and many have been through multiple foster homes.
Hundreds of children have passed through Joshua House since it opened. Each story of abuse and neglect is as unique as the child. With five homes on 11 acres, Joshua House promotes growth, stability, and support specific to each child’s need. Keeping sibling groups together is just one of the many ways Joshua House makes a difference.
Joshua House is a program of the Children’s Home Society of Florida, Gulf Coast Division. The caring and dedicated staff and volunteers at Joshua House provide homelike environments, love, nurturing and stability for every child in their care.
To learn more about Joshua House, visit www.friendsofjoshuahouse.org
2019 Charity of Choice - Our Daily Bread of Bradenton
Our Daily Bread of Bradenton is a community-driven organization devoted to feeding the hungry. They are supported by churches, individuals like you, support foundations, and numerous other community-oriented organizations
Organized in 1984, Our Daily Bread is a response to our community's need to feed the hungry regardless of race, color, or belief. Since then, with extremely limited resources and space, OUR DAILY BREAD has served over 2,000,000 meals to needy men, women, and children in a storefront on 14th Street West in Bradenton, seven days a week including holidays.
OUR DAILY BREAD serves an average of 250 men, women, and children daily, 364 days a year.
They also have a grocery store "Loaves and Fishes" where families can shop free once a month for food items and fresh produce. The Store has items not available from other food sources, such as peanut butter & jelly and produce. We served over 20,000 people through this program last year. No one is turned away, but in many instances, relief is only partial. Many need more than food.
FRSA raised over $8,600 for Our Daily Bread of Bradenton through various activities and fundraising events.
To learn more about Our Daily Bread, visit www.ourdailybreadofbradenton.org
2018 Charity of Choice - Sarcoma Foundation of America
The mission of the Sarcoma Foundation of America (SFA) is to advocate for sarcoma patients by funding research and by increasing awareness about the disease. The organization raises money to privately fund grants for sarcoma researchers and conducts education and advocacy efforts on behalf of sarcoma patients.
The spark that ignited the start of the SFA was the diagnosis of then 3-year-old Jeffrey Thornton with sarcoma. His parents, Dr. Mark and Patricia Thornton, along with physician, Dr. John Brooks, were motivated to act not only to help treat his cancer but others’ as well. Grappling with the Jeffrey’s diagnosis, they found there wasn’t a national patient advocacy and research organization dedicated to sarcoma patients and their families. They sought to fill that void.
The Sarcoma Foundation of America was founded in 2000 and became recognized as a 501(c)3 organization by the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in 2001.
Through these humble beginnings, the SFA has grown exponentially, and is the only national prominent charitable organization focused on the mission of finding new and better therapies to treat sarcoma. Today’s SFA has attracted thousands of members from across the nation and around the world with our work to advocate for sarcoma patients and their families and to find the cure in our time.
FRSA raised over $9,300 for the Sarcoma Foundation of America through various activities and fundraising events.
To learn more about the Sarcoma Foundation of America, visit www.curesarcoma.org.
The Fuller Center was started by a great man, Millard Fuller, who had a dream that all people would have a decent home to call their own. This great charity has many chapters all over the great USA and the world. The Central Florida Affiliate has replaced roofs for Mr. Colston, a disabled man with a handicapped child; Mrs. Sainey, an elderly widow; Rose and Marie Torres, elderly disabled widows, and many more wonderful deserving individuals. The Fuller Center also has replaced siding, repaired driveways, repaired falling ceilings, doing whatever a person may need around their home to make their last years as comfortable as possible. They have built more than 10 wheelchair ramps locally, built 10 new homes with other chapters in the Chattahoochee Valley of Georgia and Alabama, helped rebuild homes in Shreveport Louisiana after hurricane Katrina, and many other projects.
All monies raised during 2017 were donated to Florida Chapters and used locally for people in need.
To learn more about the Fuller Center for Housing, visit www.fullercenter.org.
Donations to the 2016 Charity of Choice, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, totaled more than $8,000. Donations were collected from the Heads or Tails game hosted by the Young Professionals, the Affiliate Competition during Convention, and Team FRSA participating in the Great Strides Walk - where we were in the Top 3 Teams! Thank you to everyone that donated to this worthy cause.
2015 Charity of Choice - Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children
Donations to the 2015 Charity of Choice, Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, totaled more than $3,600 and were used to purchase two media carts, televisions, games systems, and games for the hospital. The carts are being put to good use on a daily basis helping children cope with the difficulties of hospitalization.
We thank those that donated to this worthy cause!