Special thanks: Crosthwait organizers thank local students

June 21, 2013 

Once again this year the competition for outstanding public service announcement on behalf of the Crosthwait Memorial Fishing Tournament was exemplary. Four local high schools, Lakewood Ranch, Saint Stephen's, Braden River and Southeast, submitted PSAs promoting the fishing tournament. The winning entry aired approximately 400 times on Bright House Networks. The PSAs were viewed and reviewed numerous times by the Crosthwait committee before a winner could be selected. The quality of all the entries was so stellar the winning entry had to be decided through the process of elimination requiring multiple votes.

In the end, Lakewood Ranch High School prevailed, with last year's winner, Saint Stephen's Episcopal School, coming in second and Braden

River High School taking the third-place prize. Lakewood Ranch High School will be presented a $500 check from the Crosthwait committee, with Saint Stephen's and Braden River High each receiving checks for $50. Along with the cash prizes each school will receive a plaque reflecting their respective finishes in the competition.

On May 19, during the presentation of the tournament's winners, Lakewood Ranch was awarded a traveling trophy. The trophy is a new tradition started this year wherein the winning high school will have possession of the trophy with their name and those of previous winners engraved on a plaque displayed in the center of the award. Each year thereafter, the new winner will have the trophy to display at their high school. Saint Stephen's and Lakewood Ranch have their names engraved on the plaque with room for future winners.

The Crosthwait committee would like to thank all participating high schools for their entries and hope to see additional high schools involved next year. The committee would also like to thank Bright House Networks for running the PSA and allowing local high school media departments exposure on television.

This year's tournament, like last year's, saw a significant increase in the number of boats entered. Hopefully future PSAs will continue to grow the tournament so it may retain its stature as the biggest fishing tournament of its kind on the west coast of Florida.

-- E. Jon Weiffenbach, committee member, Crosthwait Fishing Tournament, Palmetto

Community Haven recognizes supporters

Community Haven for Adults and Children with Disabilities, Inc., would like to express its appreciation for the many acts of kindness and financial support to the following companies and individuals: Temple Emanu-El volunteers spent their Mitzvah Day cleaning up our 32-acre campus; Judi Athari and her team from Buffalo Lodging/Comfort Suites University Parkway for hosting an Easter egg hunt/pizza party for the Selby Preschool Children; Peter and Sherry Tracy, through the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, for donating a stunning orchid in honor of the great work our agency does to empower people with disabilities; Phyllis Siskel for generously funding a painting project to improve our Haven Industries and Selby Administration and Learning Center buildings and The Home Depot at University Parkway for donating more than 40 gallons of paint for the project; The Fresh Market donating herbs and flowering plants for our plant nursery; The Selby Foundation providing a sizable grant to re-purpose the Selby Academy Building into classroom space, kitchen, upscale re-sale store and administrative offices; the Bradenton Marauders baseball players for visiting our adult clients and providing them an informal baseball game, autographed baseballs and other fun activities; The Fry Family Foundation providing grant funding to build an athletic court and computer lab on our campus; Harvest Methodist Church for hosting a fun pizza party for our adult residents; Joanie Been, marketing analyst for IRISS Corporation for donating her time and talent in putting together our annual report; Janine Scanni of Wells Fargo, University Parkway branch for securing a $1,000 grant; The Service Club of Manatee County recently awarding Community Haven with a $7,000 grant from its 48th annual Antiques and Collectibles Show in February; The Florida Winefest and Auction for presenting Community Haven with a $5,000 grant for our Transitions Program; The Patterson Foundation contributing $300 in the 36-Hour Giving Challenge that took place in early March; The Miracle League of Sarasota for hosting an end of the season party at Longwood Park; Director of Adult Services at Community Haven Brad Jones for coaching our New York Yankees Miracle League Team to a very successful season; The Manatee Community Foundation for a $2,500 grant that will fund three summer camps and supplies for our teens with disabilities enrolled in our Transitions Summer Program; a $1,000 Grant from the Venice Yacht Club for athletic equipment; and a $3,500 Grant from the Lakewood Ranch Community Fund to help further our Transitions Program for Teens with Disabilities ages 14-21.

Community Haven has been very fortunate to be in a community that supports the work we do and the people we so lovingly serve. Thank you one and all.

-- Bethany Higgins, Director of Development, Community Haven for Adults and Children with Disabilities, Inc., Sarasota

Good Samaritan helps woman

On June 6, during heavy rain and wind, I was parked in the University Parkway and Lockwood Ridge Road shopping center. I had just left from physical therapy and my car had a dead battery. A young gentleman saw my predicament and came to my rescue. He jump-started the car, but left before I could express my thanks for all his help. Yes, Bradenton (Manatee) is still the "Friendly City."

Thank you, sir, for helping this elderly lady.

-- Joan E. Kennett, Bradenton

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