Bradenton nonprofit gets nice assist in unusual way from Arcadia doctor

vmannix@bradenton.comJanuary 31, 2014 

Dr. Vaidy Nathan gets tour of Turning Points from Executive Director Adell Erozer.VIN MANNIX/Bradenton Herald

BRADENTON -- The donation by Dr. Vaidy Nathan arrived in a circuitous way at Turning Points, but Adell Erozer was grateful for the money and whence it came.

"This will really help us," said Erozer, the nonprofit's executive director, Thursday night.

The contribution is a little more than $12,000, but the Arcadia physician said there is more where that came from for the agency that has assisted thousands of people with everything from job training to housing and medical assistance to clothing and much more.

"There is a great need for people and places like this and a need to support places like

this," Nathan said after Erozer gave him a tour of the 17th Avenue West facility.

How his financial support came to be is a story in itself.

His daughter, Veena, wanted to attend Southeast High School's international baccalaureate program. So her father bought a condo in Bradenton where Veena and her mother, Una, could reside while she attended classes.

She graduated in 2006 and is now doing advanced graduate work at the University of Michigan in pediatric dentistry.

During that interval, the family met and began caring for neighbor Don Blaum, a senior citizen. Subsequently, before Blaum died a year ago at 92, he made the physician executor of his estate.

Nathan, an adjunct associate professor of medicine for the LECOM School of Medicine, intended to take his executor's fee and put it in his hospital foundation.

But his wife had a suggestion.

"Don would want you to do something for the homeless," she told her husband.

So Nathan had his business manager look up nonprofits in the field and found Turning Points.

"Then one day I got a phone call out of the blue from Dr. Vaidy Nathan," Erozer said.

It couldn't have come at a better time.

Turning Points' government funding for food stamps -- presently $13,000 -- will be cut to zero.

A $10,000 grant Turning Points received last year from the Wilson-Wood Foundation Inc. has not been renewed.

Nathan's donation, plus the next $12,000-plus he's promised, should help fill the gap.

"Absolutely, the rest is coming," he said.

Which pleased Erozer.

"This will definitely make up for what we're losing and be put toward our services and operations," she said.

Vin Mannix, local columnist, can be reached at 941-745-7055. Twitter: @vinmannix

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