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.
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.
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.
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.
Ethan Morton, alumni of DeSoto High School, is attending University of South Florida, majoring in electrical engineering.
• Tools of the Trade Scholarships:
Damien Brown, senior at The Academy and dual enrolled at Charlotte Technical College, will be entering the workforce wanting to become an electrician.
Martin Luther, alumni of Port Charlotte High School and recent graduate of Charlotte Technical College, hopes to earn certification in heating, air conditioning and ventilation.
Dekwann Martin, senior at Port Charlotte High School dual enrolled at Charlotte Technical College, construction technology course, who will enter the workforce as a carpenter.
Virgil Luther, senior at Port Charlotte High School and dual enrolled at Charlotte Technical College, construction technology course, will be working on his electrical certification at Charlotte Technical.
• Professional Women in Building:
This past October, the CDBIA started a local chapter of the Charlotte DeSoto Building Association Professional Women in Building.
At the April meeting, members of the PWB Council voted to start a scholarship fund to help support women going into the construction field with scholarships.
Thank you to Debbie Smith, Jacki Johnson (Local Lighting Shop), Shannon Kania (Axis Satellite and Home Theater) and Robin Williamson (D&D Custom Cabinets) for supporting these scholarships.
Jazzlyn Embury, graduate of Florida Southwest College and Florida Southwest Collegiate High School, will attend University of Florida, majoring in economics and prelaw hoping to become a construction attorney.
Laticia Nina, senior at Port Charlotte High School, will attend UF, majoring in architecture.
• Gene Extejt Construction Scholarships
This year, the Charlotte DeSoto Building Industry Association’s Golf Tournament was named Gene Extejt Classic Swingo De Mayo in memory of Gene Extejt, a founding father of the association and an icon of the construction industry. A portion of the proceeds from the golf tournament will be dedicated to the Gene Extejt Construction Scholarship.
The first recipients of the Gene Extejt Scholarship are Roland Lytle and Marshal Francis. Lytle, an alumni of Lemon Bay High School, is attending Kent State University, majoring in construction management. Francis, a senior at The Academy, will attend Charlotte Technical College to earn certification in heating, air conditioning and ventilation.