World sailing

Second Heart Houses; global sailing; North Port Tower; FCS

Second Heart Homes wins
$20,800 Gulf Coast Grant

Second Heart Homes received a $20,800 grant from the Gulf Coast Community Foundation that will add a new volunteer coordinator and case manager position and support homelessness data requirements to better serve clients and community.

“We are grateful for the generous grant from the Gulf Coast Community Foundation,” said Megan Howell, Founder and Executive Director of Second Heart Homes. “The new positions will allow us to expand our services to more homeless adults with mental health issues, including implementing our new program for women.

Second Heart Homes provides essential housing and support services to homeless adult residents of Sarasota with mental health issues.

“In addition, the grant will help us track progress and results to improve response across the continuum of care to help those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness,” Howell said.

Second Heart Homes clients come to the nonprofit based on their commitment to taking care of their mental and physical health, staying sober, and achieving their personal goals of self-sufficiency. For more information and to donate, visit

Sarasota Sailing Squadron
ready for global competition

The Sarasota Sailing Squadron will host 100 competitors at the 50th World Sunfish Championship Oct. 23-29 at the squadron’s home club at 1717 Ken Thompson Pkwy. on the island of the city.

Competitors from North America, South America, Central America, the Caribbean, the Bahamas and Europe will sail aboard new Sunfish Direct boats after competing in qualifying events in their home countries. World Championships have been held in several countries since 1970.

“We’ve hosted this event once before and are confident the 50th will be a great success,” said Sarasota Sailing Squadron Vice Commodore Judy Hodgson.

For more information, visit

National Black Lawyers
honors Sarasota attorney

Attorney C. Jade Davis of Shumaker Law Firm was recently named this year to the National Black Lawyers 40 Under 40, an honorary organization of the 40 most talented black lawyers age 40 or younger in each state or region.

Nominees have an outstanding reputation in the legal community, including notable achievements, settlements, and verdicts. Davis is a member of Shumaker’s Litigation and Disputes Service Line in Sarasota, where she focuses on business and commercial litigation in the real estate, construction, employment and manufacturing industries.

Davis is also the director of the Sarasota County Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division and a member of its Diversity and Inclusion Council.

Registration in progress
for North Port Tower

Registration is underway for the 11th annual Tour of North Port, a scenic bike ride on October 24 with 15, 35 or 65 mile routes that include some of North Port’s most beautiful natural settings.

With pine forests and parks lining Myakkahatchee Creek, each route will have its own color-coded road marking. Breakfast will be provided by FirstWatch. Fully stocked rest areas will include homemade snacks and full mobile assistance and equipment (provided by Louie’s Bicycle and Real Bikes Venice). Online pre-registration before October 22 is $50 ($55 day). Groups of six or more, $45.

For more information, visit; contact Alice White at 941-468-2486; or email [email protected]

CBD retailer donates $10,000
at the Foundation for Dreams

Your CBD Store, the largest hemp retailer in the United States, recently partnered with the Foundation for Dreams, donating $10,000 as a presenting sponsor for the annual “Endless Summer” fundraising event. Nights” from the non-profit organization.

Foundation of Dreams, which provides support for children with special needs and chronic illnesses, recently hosted two days of activities to raise more than $140,000 for its year-round Dream Oaks Camp program.

“We are so honored to give back to our community by partnering with the Foundation for Dreams to promote the incredible work being done through their Dream Oaks Camp program,” said Rachael Quinn, co-founder of Your CBD Store. “Your CBD Store continually seeks to support organizations such as the Foundation for Dreams, which closely align with our core values ​​of promoting health, wellness, and a better quality of life.”

For more information about Foundation for Dreams and the Dream Oaks Camp, visit

The SCF opens registrations
for the spring semester

Enrollment is open for returning students for the 2022 spring semester at State College of Florida Manatee-Sarasota and will be available to new students on Monday.

Registration is available at or through the SCF mobile app for existing students, and for new students. Students can access financial aid, flexible hours, and academic and career coaching. Classes will begin January 10 at SCF Bradenton, SCF Lakewood Ranch, SCF Venice and online.

SCF’s two- and four-year diploma and certificate programs are created to meet the workforce needs of Manatee and Sarasota counties. Credits earned for an Associate of Arts degree at SCF are transferable to any Florida State University.

Weekend College, for students with weekday obligations, offers classes on Friday evenings and Saturdays. Flex Start courses, with different start dates, include one 12-week session, two eight-week sessions and three five-week sessions. For more information or assistance, call 941-752-5050 or text 941-304-5443.

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