SARASOTA — Goodwill Manasota held its second Ambassador Recognition Luncheon on Monday, honoring those in the Manatee and Sarasota communities who go above and beyond in donating their time and work to help those in need.
The second annual luncheon hosted area philanthropists and Goodwill company executives being honored at the Michael's on East ballroom in Sarasota.
"This is really important for us, too honor the good work of those that really drive us forward in the Manasota community," said Yen Reed, director of marketing for the Manasota chapter of Goodwill. "It really shows those around us, and those who help us, that they can change lives through the power of work."
Goodwill also announced their partnership with the Girl Scouts at the event, working to teach young girls to give to their community and change lives of the less fortunate for the better.
"Over 80 percent of women CEOs were Girl Scouts. Virtually all female astronauts were once Girl Scouts," noted Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida CEO Sue Stewart. "These are the partnerships that really make an impact in the lives of our youth, assisting in the community to enrich the lives of others."
The theme of the event was superheroes, based off the thinking that Manasota area Goodwill employees, contributors and their supporters have the power to change lives.
Manasota Goodwill president and CEO Bob Rosinsky was on hand for the event, which drew over 200 supporters.
"Goodwill exists solely by virtue of those who support us and the community," Rosinsky said.
A veteran of Goodwill, Rosinsky has been with the company for 42 years and has been with the Manasota branch since 1996. He envisions this area as his final spot, and isn't shy about his affinity for the Manatee-Sarasota community.
"Generosity aside, I really believe this is the best place in Florida to live," Rosinsky remarked. "The community here supports every bit of non-profit endeavors in this sector as much as possible."