SARASOTA --The Florida ARF Award Committee has selected Brad Jones, director of adult services at the Community Haven for Adults and Children with Disabilities, Inc. as the recipient of the Michael Goodman Award.
He will be recognized for his outstanding achievements in promoting the independence and greater quality of life for Floridians with disabilities at the 2013 Florida ARF & RESPECT of Florida Annual Awards Luncheon on Sept. 18 at 11:30 am at the Marriott Suites Clearwater Beach on Sand Key.
The Michael Goodman Award is an annual award voted on by the Florida Association of Rehabilitation Facilities. It is given to one company leader in recognition of outstanding and significant contributions to serving Floridians with disabilities.
As director of adult services since August 2011, Jones has been instrumental in expanding the Haven Industries Program from 75 adult clients to more than 125 in the last year. Contracts with companies seeking light assembly work has also doubled from six to more than 12 companies in the same time period. Under Jones direction, a new group home known as "Jacquelyn's House' is now complete adding to the other three group homes which will now accommodate a total of 33 adult residents on Community Haven's serene 32-acre campus. Other campus based cottage industries such as the Heavenly Haven Bakery & Catering, Haven Landscaping Services and Chair Caning are also thriving.
Legacy of Valor luncheon scheduled for Nov. 7
MANATEE COUNTY -- The Junior Leagues of Sarasota and Manatee counties are hosting The Legacy of Valor Celebration Luncheon on Nov. 7, as part of the Legacy of Valor Campaign, which honors veterans and their families.
The keynote speaker at the event will be Keni Thomas, a decorated combat veteran of the elite 75th U.S. Army Ranger Rgt special operations unit. Thomas has worked as a military analyst and author and now spends his time as a singer, songwriter and performer.
Thomas will recount his personal experiences in the 1993 Battle of Mogadishu. His book, "Get It On!" reminds readers "that we, as individuals, do indeed matter, that we are anything but ordinary, fully capable of carrying out life-changing assignments at any level and in any situation. We can make a difference in this world."
His message at The Legacy of Valor Celebration Luncheon will help celebrate and honor area veterans for their military service. The luncheon will raise awareness of the yearlong Legacy of Valor campaign and be an opportunity to share current information about programs specifically designed to help veterans in Southwest Florida.
The Legacy of Valor Celebration Luncheon begins at 11 a.m. at Dolphin Aviation, 8191 North Ta
For advance ticket sales, contact Tody Pillsbury at 612.280.5800 or TodyPillsbury@yahoo.com.
Apple offers iPhone trade-in ahead of unveiling
LOS ANGELES -- Excited about the new iPhone expected to be unveiled Sept. 10? Apple will now join others in allowing you to trade in your old model.
The company said starting Friday that it would give customers credit for functioning older models at Apple Stores. The credit can be used toward the purchase of a new iPhone, which will be activated in the store.It didn't say how much older phones would be worth. But other brokers such as Gazelle.com offer anywhere from $10 for a working iPhone 3G to $350 for an iPhone 5 that is in pristine condition.Similar trade-in programs are run by retailers including Best Buy, Target and Radio Shack.
-- Herald staff and wire reports