Community Heroes; musical garden; tidal well; back to school


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More Too Life Inc. celebrates
Head of the Gulf Coast Foundation

Kameron Partridge Hodgens, Director of Community Leadership for the Gulf Coast Community Foundation, received the Community Hero Award presented by More Too Life Inc. at its recent Inspire Change Anniversary Fundraiser event.

Kameron Partridge Hodgens is director of community leadership for the Gulf Coast Community Foundation.

“Kameron Hodgens is a breath of fresh air who embraced me and More Too Life from the first moment I met her,” said Brook Parker Bello, Founding CEO of More Too Life. “She listened to my ideas and engaged our entire team with true authenticity. They say if you want to go far, do it together. Kameron is the ‘together’ everyone is lucky to have.”

More Too Life’s mission in the fight against human trafficking is to provide opportunities to transform “victims into survivors, survivors into thriving and thriving into champions”. For information, visit

“I am honored to receive this award from such an incredible organization that works to prevent human trafficking,” said Hodgens, former CEO of Glasser/Schoenbaum Human Services Center. “They are relentless in providing help and hope to survivors who need it most.”

Resilient Retreat welcomes
new board member

Joy Miller, an internationally renowned psychotherapist, professional trainer and author of seven books, has joined the board of directors of Sarasota-based Resilient Retreat, which offers free, confidential programs for survivors of abuse, first responders and helping professionals.

Joy Miller is an internationally renowned psychotherapist, professional trainer and author of seven books.

“I’m especially excited to have the opportunity to serve on the board,” said Miller, a senior certified addiction counselor who has been featured on “Oprah Winfrey” and other syndicated talk shows. “Americans are experiencing anxiety, depression, complicated grief, loss, and overwhelming episodes of fear and discord, with many reporting feelings of isolation, loneliness, and being emotionally drained by the pandemic. I believe Resilient Retreat’s mission is consistent with my focus on strength-based resilience training and evidence-based treatment strategies.

Resilient Retreat, founded in 2018, plans to open a new 84-acre retreat campus Nov. 3 that will house an 18,000 square foot retreat center and a 5,000 square foot community center at 13010 Fruitville Road, Sarasota. For more information, visit or call 941-343-0039.

$20,000 grant helps Tidewell
developing youth bereavement services

The Tidewell Foundation received a $20,000 grant from the Brave of Heart Fund for Tidewell Hospice’s Blue Butterfly Bereavement Support Program.

A new support group for children and teens ages 9-16 kicks off August 4 to help young people and their families deal with loss to COVID-19. Tidewell’s Blue Butterfly Program will lead the group for six Thursdays (5:30-7:30 p.m.) at the Blue Butterfly Family Grievance Center, 6800 Professional Parkway W., Lakewood Ranch.

All Tidewell Blue Butterfly Bereavement Groups are free, but registration is required. To register for the COVID-19 Bereavement Group, call 941-893-6610 or visit to learn more.

Back-to-school events
at E. Manatee, UTC Mall

The League of Women Voters of Manatee County and community sponsors are hosting a Back to School Party August 6 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Full Gospel Church, 4955 15th St. E., Bradenton.

Also on August 6, State College of Florida is hosting its annual Back to School at The Mall at University Town Center from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will include activities for children, an interactive treasure hunt, sports mascots, artists. , and a large trade show with dozens of companies providing services for after-school programs. Sponsors include ReFlex Arts Dance, GTE Financial, America’s Pharmacy, MidFlorida Credit Union and Cool Today.

The Block Party event includes 1,000 backpacks full of school supplies, Meals on Wheels Plus food bags, and free resources. There will also be a live DJ, free food and activities for children. The League is also looking for additional backpack supplies. Donations of school supplies can be made at For booths, contact Ruth Harenchar at [email protected]

Around and around…

The Chamber of Commerce Port Nord Young Professionals organizes the second edition Back to school today from noon to 10 p.m. at City Center Front Green, 4970 City Hall Blvd. Food trucks, games, live entertainment. A concert will take place at 7 p.m. Proceeds will be donated to schools in North Port. Information:

Temple Beth El, 5150 Peridia Blvd., Sarasota, is hosting an open house August 14 starting at 4 p.m. . For more information, email [email protected], call 941-755-4900, or visit

• Online advance tickets and parking passes are available for 12th Annual Siesta Key Crystal Classic November 11-14. Volunteer and sponsorship opportunities are also available. Visit; [email protected]; or contact the Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce at 941-349-3800. The festival features 24 master sand sculptors competing for top prizes in the solo and duo categories.

Compiled from press releases and community submissions


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