Over the last 26 years, each of these charitable children’s programs have directly benefited from the funds raised through Florida Winefest & Auction. Each year we accept new applications for grants. Each application is reviewed by the Grants Committee and the money allocated is distributed three weeks after the last Winefest event closes. Programs are monitored throughout the year by our dedicated volunteers. The following charities are benefiting from our 2016 event:
Community Haven for Adults and Children with Disabilities, Inc. is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit.
“Through the support of the community and the generosity of its donors, Community Haven empowers independence and inclusion in all aspects of society for children, teenagers, and adults with disabilities by meeting their needs for therapy, education, socialization, housing, fitness, vocational training, job placement, and recreation.”
“Our vision is that all people with disabilities have good health, the fullest measure of success with school, a loving home, meaningful work, and unity with family, friends and the community.”
“Winefest’s grant will help fund our Transitions program which is the regional provider of High School/High Tech, a national program for students who are on track to receive a standard diploma, but have physical, emotional or other learning disabilities. Through HS/HT, students are encouraged to set their sights on college and career in the fields of science, technology, engineering or math. Students with disabilities who are not on track to obtain a standard diploma participate on Transition’s Work Trek program, which focuses on the employment preparedness skills required to obtain employment upon graduation. Work Trek exposes students to vocational training and job opportunities at Community Haven and elsewhere.”
Child Protection Center
“The Child Protection Center (CPC) is extremely grateful for the support and generosity of the Florida Wine Fest and Auction. Their funding is crucial for CPC to ensure that we have the resources needed to achieve our vision of creating a community where children are safe from abuse and free to thrive. The Florida Wine Fest is part of our “Together” that makes a difference in the lives of the children and families impacted by the traumas of child abuse and is helping CPC to change lives and empower families to Break the Cycle of Abuse.”
“Children First is incredibly grateful for Florida Winefest & Auction’s continued support of the children and families we serve. This grant will provide support for our Families First Institute. The Families First Institute strengthens and enriches the lives of the community families we serve. By focusing on the family as a whole, we are helping families achieve greater self-sufficiency and ensuring a better community. We offer several classes and workshops that focus on child development, parenting strategies, career and personal growth, and money management.”
Community Youth Development
“CYD is committed to providing the skills necessary for success in the 21st century workplace – leadership, problem solving, communication, and teamwork. Through programs focused on leadership, service-learning, and community service, youth gain skills that have a long-lasting impact on their future. In 2014, CYD reached over 2,000 middle and high school teens in programs throughout Sarasota County.
Communities across the country are faced with a multitude of pressing issues: homelessness, drug and alcohol abuse, poverty, mental health, and more. Strategies are developed and implemented to deal with these issues, with the invaluable participation, support, and awareness-raising power of the nonprofit community
But what about one of the most important, but perhaps under-addressed issues facing our community and our country: Youth Development! How are we training the next generation to take the reins of leadership or, at the very least, to become more confident, successful, and civically engaged adults? CYD does just that.”
Early Learning Coalition of Manatee County
“The grant from the Florida Winefest & Auction will help us to further our mission of helping children prepare for and be successful in school. The Raising a Reader program will provide low-income children, ages 0-5 access to books they may not have at home and engage parents in a routine of daily reading with their children to foster healthy brain development, parent-child bonding, and early literacy skills critical for school success. This program will also connect the children and families to libraries to promote continued interest in reading. It will also stock the preschool centers’ classroom with the books that will rotate weekly for each child and serve new groups of children each year for the life of the books.
Additionally, the program is aligned with the agency’s active involvement in the county-wide/regional Campaign for Grade-Level Reading and will serve as an early learning strategy to address the 51% of Manatee County children that are not reading at grade-level by the end of third grade.”
Every Child, Inc.
“Without the help of a caring community, Every Child, Inc. would not have been able to help so many of our neediest children. For 16 years we have provided thousands of backpacks filled school supplies and holiday presents. We have done weekend food distributions for families and given away thousands of free books. We also have sponsored the Cinderella and Her Prince event for seven years and for the past three years have sponsored Cinderella Project Runway. Our newest project is “Welcome Baby”. We provide for the mothers of newborns a bag filled with some of baby essentials. We are doing this through the Sarasota Health Department. Our goal is to make sure every child realizes their potential by showing them that someone cares. Thank you, Florida Winefest, for helping us do this.”
“The mission of Everyday Blessings, Inc. is to provide high quality care for sibling groups of children who have been abused, neglected, and/or abandoned. This work will be done while treating each child with the love, dignity and respect that they deserve. With two locations, our original program in Hillsborough County, and our location in Sarasota, Everyday Blessings provides sibling groups the opportunity to remain together. Live-in, 24/7 caregivers provide ongoing emotional and social support, transportation, and child advocacy. Additionally, the agency’s support staff provides counseling, medical oversight, crisis intervention, case management, tutoring and developmental daycare. Through the generosity of volunteers, educational, social, spiritual and leisure activities are also part of the daily activities. With a grant from the Florida Winefest, Everyday Blessings will be able to renovate caregivers’ rooms, provide more activities to our children, and expand our unique program so it has a larger reach in our community.”
Family Partnership Center
“The generous support from Florida Winefest and Auction will help us further our mission to strengthen families and prevent child abuse through parenting education and support programs.
This grant will help us provide our evidence-based, in home parenting education program to parents of children ages 0-4 with a special emphasis on literacy and school readiness. Parents will learn proven techniques to improve cognitive, emotional, and social development that enable children to reach their full potential. This support will also help us address significant barriers to success such as poverty, isolation and violence. Parents are the most impactful people in a child’s life; thanks to Florida Winefest and Auction, parents will become strong, engaged, and supportive first teachers.”
“Family Promise of Sarasota is extremely grateful to the Florida Winefest & Auction for selecting us to partner with you to address the changing needs of children in our community. This is heartbreaking yet true, in the last year alone Family Promise has witnessed an increasing number of families with minor children that are in crisis and homeless. It means a great deal to Family Promise and our homeless families that the Florida Winefest & Auction is funding the REACH or the Recreation, Education, After School, Day Care and Holiday Program. This program will subsidize child care and funds for summer camp making it possible for parents to work and for children to be in care and attend recreational programs. Spring and summer breaks are particularly difficult for parents who cannot afford day care or camp for their children and this will afford them the opportunity to see that they are in the best programming possible.”
“As of January 2014, Manatee County, Florida, had more than 1,800 school-aged children who have been identified as homeless by the Project Heart Department of the Manatee County School Board as having lived in a motel, car, shelter or doubled up with family at some point this school year. These kids get breakfast and lunch at school, but often go hungry on weekends. Feeding Empty Little Tummies, Inc. (F.E.L.T.) is Manatee County’s original backpack program and was founded in June 2010 to pack backpacks of nutritious food for these children on a weekly basis. F.E.L.T. started by providing food for students at three schools and now serves 16 schools and feeds 275 children (per week). To date this school year, we have served 29,700 meals to children identified as homeless by Project Heart of the Manatee County School Board. The entire school year we will pack approximately 50,000 meals and deliver them to students. Thank you Florida Winefest for your continued support to help us feed Manatee County’s homeless and hungry children!”
Forty Carrots Family Center
“With this generous support from Florida Winefest & Auction, Forty Carrots Family Center will help young, at-risk boys at Visible Man Academy to develop the social and emotional tools they need for achievement in school and beyond through Drama Discovery Therapy. Conflict resolution, expressing feelings, understanding personal boundaries and appropriate verbal expression are vitally important skills – linked by research to violence prevention, healthy personal relationships and school success. Yet the life experiences of these children rarely provide them the opportunity to develop these skills. With the help of Winefest, Forty Carrots Family Center will utilize drama, music, and art to give these young boys a foundation for lifelong success.”
Foundation for Dreams
“Thanks to the generous grant from the Florida Winefest and Auction, children with special needs and chronic illnesses will be provided scholarships so they may attend the 2015 Dream Oaks Camp weekend, spring break and summer camp programs. The Florida Winefest and Auction funding helps us achieve our primary goals of providing a special place for children with special needs and chronic illnesses, so they may have the opportunity to bond with others, build steps toward self-confidence, strengthen activities of daily living and life skills, while providing parents and/or caregivers regular respite time from the daily responsibilities of caring for a child with special needs or chronic illnesses.”
HOPE FAMILY SERVICES
“Thanks to the generous grant from the Florida Winefest and Auction, children who reside with their mother in HOPE Family Services’ (HOPE) Emergency Safe Shelter due to domestic violence will have healthy and nutritious meals made from wholesome and fresh staples. The Florida Winefest and Auction funding contributes to HOPE’s Children’s Healthy Eating Program designed to help residents learn the value of balanced and nutritionally sound meals, while strengthening client’s ability to budget for their family’s nutritional needs. The program is also intended to spark change in the way residents view feeding their children by learning about the hidden costs in prepared and processed food.”
JUST FOR GIRLS
“Florida Winefest shares our vision of a community where today’s young girls grow up feeling safe, capable, and smart, having developed self-respect and self-confidence along with a desire to achieve academically. Thanks to Florida Winefest support, Just for Girls has tutors that help young girls with homework and FCAT preparation, and a literacy program that uses discussion, drama, art, movement, laughter, and writing to motivate girls to read.”
LAUREL CIVIC ASSOCIATION
“Our Florida Winefest grant will make it possible for the Laurel Civic Association to provide a program coordinator and liaison for the children that we serve year round. This person contacts parents and teachers daily to make sure students who need help and support, get it as needed. There are no other options for safe, supervised after-school, homework assistance and summer activities for these students. We will hire someone to cook, serve and manage the Kid’s Café Program which ensures that more than 60 students a day, K-12, receive an afterschool meal. For some, this is their last meal of the day.”
MOTHERS HELPING MOTHERS
“The faithful support of the Florida Winefest has made a difference in the lives of literally thousands of babies in our own back yard. Because of Winefest funding, Mothers Helping Mothers has been able to purchase more than 1,084 cribs for babies whom otherwise would not have a crib; more than 4,250 packs of diapers, about 90 car seats, and 210 Pack n’ Plays that are used as bassinets. 136 toddler beds have been provided for very young children; many of these children have been sleeping on the floor, and this is their first bed. We are so thankful!!”
Police Athletic League of Manatee County
“The Police Athletic League uses athletic and recreational programs as a tool, a way to involve children in the program. While involved with PAL, the message of avoiding gangs, drugs, alcohol, and other detriments, is discussed with the youngsters. Although nationally known as a recreation program, the Police Athletic League has adapted to the changing times. PAL programs now incorporate programs such as computer skills, mentoring, and
homework help, to further aid our children.
Because of Florida Winefest’s funding, the PAL Scholarship Program can help those children who cannot afford to attend thereby tightening the bond between police officers and children in the community.”
Sarasota Manatee Association for Riding Therapy (SMART)
“We are so grateful to the Florida Winefest and Auction for their support of the children in our program with autism. With this grant, and because of this support, we will be able to provide therapeutic riding experiences to even more children with autism. At Sarasota Manatee Association for Riding Therapy, we “empower lives through the healing power of horses.² For children with autism, being around a horse and experiencing the movement of the horse can be especially powerful and life changing. The sky can be the limit in what can be learned and achieved, simply by capturing that elusive emotional connection that can drive a child¹s motivation, no matter their challenge. With the growing number of children who start out in life with these challenges, our society needs to embrace every avenue to nurture their potential. We thank the Florida Winefest and Auction for caring about the children with autism in our community, for believing in the important work that takes place at SMART–and for helping us continue making a difference in so many lives!”
TAKE STOCK IN CHILDREN
“Since 1996 Take Stock in Children of Sarasota County, Inc. has provided an avenue for low-income, at-risk middle school students to earn scholarships for four years of post -secondary education. In exchange for this opportunity, the students agree to maintain good grades, remain drug and crime free and to regularly meet with a mentor and student advocate. The goal of the Take Stock program is to break the cycle of poverty and help these students achieve success both in an out of the classroom. TSIC Sarasota thanks the Florida Winefest & Auction for their on-going support and generosity!”
“The Mission of Teen Court of Sarasota Inc. is to introduce area youth to and engage them in activities and services that promote feelings of self-esteem and self-improvement when they develop a healthy attitude toward authority. All organizational activities instill and teach the benefits of law abiding behaviors and civic engagement. Heartfelt appreciation is extended to Florida Winefest & Auction., Inc. for their generous support that provides the implementation of classes called CO-OP~Communicate, Compassion, and Community. Youth referred to Teen Court as the result of delinquent act are required to attend the classes to meet the needs of those youth who have issues relating to anger management, teen dating violence, bullying and cyber-bullying (texting/sexting). Through the utilization of cognitive, behavioral, developmental and gender specific approaches, that young people will better understand the importance of their own personal safety. Participating in group discussions, parenting classes and individual counseling, facilitated by licensed counselor, young people better understand how their decisions can and will lead to a healthy life; will reinforce the importance of positive actions; and helps young people come to understand that feelings of anger, fear, pain are normal. The classes introduce them to the best ways to cope with those feelings.”
The Healthy Start Coalition
“The Healthy Start Coalition of Sarasota County’s mission is to improve the health and well-being of pregnant women, infants, and young children. This grant from the Florida Winefest will support our mission by providing crucial Psychosocial Counseling to pregnant and postpartum women who are at risk for postpartum depression, anxiety, psychosis, and mental illness. These services are of the utmost importance in ensuring that moms in Sarasota County, and their babies, are healthy, happy, and safe. We are so grateful to the Florida Winefest for making it possible for Healthy Start to provide this invaluable service to mothers in our community. ”
Tiny Hands Foundation
“On behalf of the community children and families who benefit from the Tiny Hands Foundation’s charitable initiatives’ each year, we would like to sincerely thank the Florida Winefest & Auction for their very kind and generous support. We truly could not lead these important charitable initiatives without the help of kind and generous friends like you. We know you have many choices for charitable giving. Thank you again for supporting Tiny Hands Foundation and making a positive difference in our community! The Tiny Hands Foundation’s core mission is to improve the quality of impoverished children’s lives within our area. We believe in fostering an exchange of generosity and gratitude between the fortunate in our community
and those who are in need.”
“The first four days of operations in June (June 1 through June 6) the Community Coalition on Homelessness processed 70 requests from individuals and families desperate for assistance to either get into housing or maintain the housing they are in. The funding from the Florida Winefest enabled 10 adults with 18 children to obtain and maintain housing, one of our most basic human needs. Each of these families had to demonstrate that with the Winefest financial help, they would be able to maintain sustainability. With a stable, safe place to sleep, shower, and basically live, these children we helped have a better opportunity to be successful in all their future endeavors.”
VOLUNTEER SERVICES OF MANATEE COUNTY
“Support from Winefest instills the spirit of volunteerism and philanthropy in children as young as 8 years old as they identify and address local community needs in Manatee County.
Hundreds of ManaTEENs work together after school, weekends, holidays, and throughout the summer months to develop, implement and evaluate volunteer projects that benefit the community at large in the areas of animal welfare, disaster preparedness, environment, health and human service. Teenagers mentor younger ManaTEENs, encouraging them to become decision makers in their neighborhoods and schools. Thanks to Winefest, youth are considered to be compassionate and capable neighbors rather than “the noisy kids down the street! Thank you!”
GRANT RECIPIENTS TO DATE
American Diabetes Association
Asolo Theatre, Inc.
Bay Haven School of Basics Plus – Excellent Reader Program K-6
Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Manatee County
Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Sarasota
Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Sun Coast, Inc.
Boy Scouts of Sunny Land Council
Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee County, Inc.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County, Inc.
Child Development Center
Child Protection Center, Inc.
Community Coalition on Homelessness
Community Haven for Adults & Children with Disabilities, Inc.
Deaf Service Center Manatee/Sarasota
Ear Research Foundation, Inc.
Emma E. Booker Elementary School
Every Child, Inc.
Exchange Club Family Partnership Center of Manatee County, Inc.
Family Counseling Center of Sarasota County, Inc.
Family Resources, Inc.
F.E.L.T. (Feeding Empty Little Tummies)
Florida Center for Child & Family Development
Florida Studio Theatre
Florida West Coast Symphony, Inc.
Forty Carrots Family Center
Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida, Inc.
Girls Inc. of Sarasota County
Greater Newtown Redevelopment Corporation
Gulf Coast Diabetes Foundation
Gulf Coast Marine Institute, Inc.
Gulf Coast Marine Institute, So.
Gulf Gate Elementary School
Helen R. Payne Day Nursery
Hispanic American Alliance
HOPE Family Services, Inc.
Human Services Center
Humane Society of Sarasota County, Inc.
Jewish Family & Children’s Services
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Intl.
Laurel Civic Association, Inc.
Laurel Middle School/Nokomis Elem. School
Mana-Sota Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc.
Manatee Children’s Services
Manatee Council on Aging
Manatee County Girls Club, Just for Girls
Manatee County Police Athletic League
Meals on Wheels Plus of Manatee, Inc.
Mothers Helping Mothers, Inc.
Police Athletic League of Sarasota County, Inc.
Rebound Youth Service, Inc.
Retired & Senior Volunteer Program
Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center, Inc.
Sarasota Ballet of Florida, Inc.
Sarasota County Braille Transcribers, Inc.
Sarasota County Educational Program
Sarasota Day Nursery, Inc.
Sarasota Family YMCA, Inc. HIPPY Program
Sarasota High School Street Smarts
Sarasota Salvation Army
Sarasota Special Athlete Boosters, Inc.
South County Family YMCA
Take Stock in Children of Sarasota County
Teen Court of Sarasota, Inc.
The Children’s Guardian Fund
The Vision Foundation, Inc.
The Wellness Community / Southwest Florida
Tidewell Hospice & Palliative Care
United Cerebral Palsy of Sarasota-Manatee, Inc.
Van Wezel Foundation for Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Volunteer Connections of Sarasota County
Volunteer Services of Manatee County
Women’s Legal Fund of Sarasota County
Women’s Resource Center of Manatee, Inc.
Youth Employment Services (Y.E.S. Kids, Inc.)
USF/New College Foundation