SARASOTA -- The Economic Development Corp. of Sarasota County announced the winners of its 2013 EDC Legacy Awards at the organization's annual meeting Thursday at the Sarasota Hyatt Regency.
The Clyde Nixon Business Leadership Award, sponsored by Sun Hydraulics, went to Norbert Donelly, chairman of Tervis.
For more than 25 years, Donelly has contributed to the well-being of Sarasota County by growing a local family business into one of the area's largest private employers.
Donelly supports Booker High School's Visual and Performing Arts program, the Sarasota Ballet, and West Coast Black Theatre Troupe as well as serving as a current board member of the Gulf Coast Community Foundation and a previous board member of the Spanish Pointe and Laurel Civic Center.
The 2013 Community Partner of the Year Award, sponsored by Halfacre Construction Co., went to Goodwill Manasota.
Goodwill Manasota is founded on the goal of improving lives by providing "a hand up, not a hand out" by transforming unwanted items into jobs. The organization has since grown into a major employer and economic driver. Goodwill Manasota employs more than 750 people and provides training and programs that lead to self-sufficiency and provides benefits to the area economically, socially and environmentally.
Goodwill to offerSpanish classes
SARASOTA -- During the month of October, Goodwill Manasota will host a free, five-week long workshop on conversational and practical Spanish as part of the non-profit's Good Neighbor Program. Workshop classes are open to the public and will be held every Tuesday in October from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Goodwill North Trail at Mecca Community Room.
Rosa Payson, a gifted, tri-lingual entrepreneur born and raised in Colombia, and Julissa Baez-Pavon, co-owner of a local Allstate Insurance Company and native of the Dominican Republic, will teach the classes. Each week, they will teach new vocabulary using a method designed to make the language easy for students to speak and comprehend.
Topics will include meeting and greeting phrases, restaurant and travel communication, and tips on how to improve communication with Spanish-speaking service providers and employees.
The workshop will be held at the Goodwill North Trail at Mecca Community Room located at 5150 N Tamiami Trail in Sarasota. To register, call 941-355-2721, Ext. 163 or email GoodwillRSVP@gimi.org.
Jewelry sample sale set
BRADENTON -- The Beaded Soul Jewelry & Accessories will host a public jewelry & accessories sample sale Friday and Saturday.
This will be the first "open to the public" sample sale. Shoppers are invited to the showroom, 2311 63rd Ave. East Suite H, Bradenton, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. All samples will be priced for $15 or less.
-- Herald staff reports