Neals support day school, Selby Foundation awards grant to theater

Neals support day school, Selby Foundation awards grant to theater


Philanthropists Charlene and Pat Neal have made a generous gift to Hershorin Schiff Community Day School in support of the school’s “Owning Our Future” campaign.

The ongoing $12 million “Owning Our Future” campaign has funded the recent construction of two new buildings as well as renovations to existing facilities on the school’s brand-new campus in Central Sarasota, and will assist with ongoing capital and annual needs over the next five years.

Community Day School is a private Jewish day school in Sarasota serving children of all faiths in preschool through eighth grade. Community Day will welcome 270 students to its new campus in mid-August for the 2021-2022 school year.

Members of Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe's crew, Michael Mendez, left, Juanita Munford, Adrienne Pitts and Patrick Russini, wear new headsets and bodypacks funded by a Selby Foundation grant.

To help Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe implement the highest possible standards in producing professional-quality theater, the William G. & Marie Selby Foundation has recently awarded a grant of $45,745 to WBTT to purchase a state-of-the-art theater communications system, a much-needed upgrade from WBTT’s previous one-way communication system. 

The grant subsidized the purchase of a base station, six antennae, 12 wireless bodypacks, headsets and batteries, as well as all cabling required to implement the system. The new system will be used during rehearsals, any filming and all live performances and programs.

It is expected that 30,000 patrons and community members will benefit from the enhancement each year.

Ryan Young, store manager, Suncoast Auto Parts; Matt Owen, store manager, 1 Stop Car & Truck Repair; Charles Adkins, service manager, 1 Stop Car & Truck Repair; John Culkin, recipient of donated car; and Rich Yunker, ASE Certified Master Technician,1 Stop Car & Truck Repair.

Through a combination of donations, John Culkin, a longtime customer of 1 Stop Car & Truck Repair, received a free car recently from another longtime customer.

Mary Kloet donated the car. NAPA Auto Parts donated over $2,500 in parts to get the vehicle in running shape again. 1 Stop Car & Truck Repair, in Venice, donated about $1,850 worth of labor.

NAPA Auto Parts, dba Suncoast Auto Parts, in Venice, is owned by Ernie Kopyscinski. Matt Owen is store manager of 1 Stop Car & Truck Repair.

Ethan Morton, left, and Roland Lytle receive their scholarships from members of the CDBIA board of directors.

The Charlotte DeSoto Building Industry Association supports local high schools through mentorship and on-the-job training throughout the year.

This year, as it has for the past 14 years, the association awarded construction scholarships to 10 students. The CDBIA has awarded a total of over $65,000 in scholarship funds to students interested in a career in the construction industry, including its “Tools of the Trade” Scholarship, given to students going directly into the workforce.

Scholarships were awarded to the following students.

• CDBIA Construction Scholarships:

Aidan Kelley, graduate of Florida Southwest College and Florida Southwest Collegiate High School, will be going to Florida Gulf Coast University, majoring in civil engineering.



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