Tropicana, Tiny Hand Foundation calls for help for students

July 14, 2014 

Tropicana, Tiny Hands Foundation call for help

SARASOTA -- At 11 a.m. Aug. 2 at the Boys & Girls Club of Sarasota, 3011 Fruitville Road, the Tiny Hands Foundation and Tropicana and volunteers, will put together 1,500 new backpacks filled with school supplies to be given to our community's most needy children.

One of every five children in Sarasota and Manatee counties are growing up below the poverty level. Children in our community face countless obstacles, according to Ron Trytek the Tiny Hands Foundation.

Information:, and 941-704-8379.

Embracing Our Differences granted $46,179 for exhibit

SARASOTA -- The Sarasota County Commission has granted Embracing Our Differences $46,179 to help fund its 2015 exhibition season, which runs March 29-May 31, in Sarasota's Island Park and the Riverwalk in downtown Bradenton.

"This grant will help us continue to get the word out to audiences beyond our immediate region," said Michael Shelton, executive director of Embracing Our Differences.

The 2014 exhibit received 6,079 submissions representing 52 countries and 44 states and 120 schools from such distant lands as Brazil, Iran, Israel, Japan, and South Korea. A call for art and quote submissions is ongoing through Jan. 5.

Information: or call 941-404-5710.

-- Herald staff reports

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