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Six Nonprofits Received More Than $9,000.

2018 06 20 yourobserver2

June 2018 - Two weeks after moving to Lakewood Ranch from Pennsylvania in September, Theodora Stern was getting a manicure when she began chatting with fellow Lakewood Ranch resident Angela Massaro-Fain.

The pair hit it off and a few days later had breakfast together with their husbands. The next thing Stern knew, she was becoming a member of the Sisterhood For Good, a women's-only Giving Circle within the Lakewood Ranch Community Fund.


Lakewood Ranch's Sisterhood For Good Takes Center Stage

2018 04 12 yourobserver

April 2018 - It was an interesting thing to hear, especially from Sisterhood For Good founder Angela Massaro-Fain, who was attending a special event at The Players Centre April 13 in Sarasota. 

Massaro-Fain, who was attending "Funny Girls and Pearls," a fundraiser for her Giving Circle organization of the Lakewood Ranch Community Fund, said Sisterhood For Good is a "no-drama group."

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Business Observer Mark Wandall Check Presentation

December 2017 - Tears flowed at a ceremony in June, when a group of women business owners and senior executives gathered to disburse checks to nonprofits. 

The women-powered organization, Lakewood Ranch-based Sisterhood For Good, is in its fourth year of giving out money to a bevy of groups, and its sixth year overall. Several of the group’s chosen charities bring out raw emotions.


Gravitas Magazine

Gravitas Magazine: Sisterhood For GoodMarch 2017 - Established in May 2011 by founding donor and administrator Angela Massaro-Fain, Sisterhood For Good is a fun, active giving circle that unites women who share common philanthropic goals. The group distributes grants annually to a number of local causes, including women's and children's issues, animal welfare, arts and education, health and safety, and hunger and homelessness.

Source: Gravitas Magazine

Gals' Generosity Comes Full Circle

your observer 2016 02 16February 2016 - Members of the Lakewood Ranch Community Fund's six women's giving circles celebrated their charitable spirit during the seventh an-nual "Be My Galentine" event Feb. 8 at The Lake Club's Grande Clubhouse, Stillpoint House of Prayer celebrated as well. The Women's Charitable Fund, one of the six giving circles, presented a check for $4,000 to Stillpoint, which buys food to feed those in the commu-nity who are hungry.

Source: Your Observer

Sisterhood For Good Has A Laugh And Helps Grow Funds for 2017

2016 10 CCLOctober 2016 - With this year's annual grant ceremony behind them, Sisterhood For Good, a donor-advised fund of the Lakewood Ranch Community Fund, hosted its first public "FUNdraiser" on September 1st at McCurdy's Comedy Theater. Their goal? To have a laugh and help a cause.

And that they did - With more that 150 supporters in attendance, comedian Carmen Ciricillo had the crowd roaring with laughter, all in hopes that Sisterhood For Good's 2017 grant ceremony will recognize even more recipients to build upon those awarded this past July.

Source: Country Club Living

Fourth Annual Grant Distribution Event

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October 2016 - Sisterhood For Good, a donor-advised fund of the Lakewood Ranch Community Fund, held its fourth annual grant distribution event in July. With another record number of grant applicants this year, the giving circle awarded more that $3000 to local non-profits.

Each year the women of the giving circle gather to raise funds, discuss the varying needs of our community and vote on grant distribution based on the applications received. The organizations chosen by Sisterhood For Good to be this year's recipients are:

  • Sarasota Manatee Association for Riding Therapy, Inc (SMART)
  • Mark Wandall Foundation
  • Children's Healthy Pantry
  • Meals on Wheels Plus of Manatee/Food Bank of Manatee
  • Child Protection Center, Inc.
  • Source: West Coast Woman

Rowing Park COO Joins Sarasota County Parks Department

Nicole Rissler

Sarasota County’s Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources department recently hired Nicole Rissler as its new deputy director of operations.

April 2016 - Sarasota County’s Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources department recently hired Nicole Rissler as its new deputy director of operations. Rissler is expected to start in early May. She will serve in a leadership role assisting department director Carolyn Brown in planning, implementing, directing and managing all operational functions and resources of the department. Rissler is currently the chief operating officer for Suncoast Aquatic Nature Center Associates, which manages Nathan Benderson Park. She has held that position since June 2015.


Krouse Joins FCCI Insurance Group Board

Lisa Krouse

Lisa Krouse is FCCI’s executive vice president and chief human resources officer.
April 2016 - Sarasota’s FCCI Insurance Group announced Friday that Lisa Krouse has been appointed to FCCI’s board of directors, effective April 27. Krouse is FCCI’s executive vice president and chief human resources officer and will retain her current position along with her board duties. Krouse has more than 30 years of experience in the insurance industry and in human resources. She joined FCCI in 2005. She is the first woman appointed to FCCI’s board.


Coveted Silver Medal Award Presented to Angela Massaro-Fain

Angela Massaro-Fain

Coveted Silver Medal Award Presented to Angela Massaro-Fain by the American Advertising Federation
Grapevine Communications Founder & President Earns Recognition for Success in the Industry

March 2016 - Grapevine Communications, the area’s leading full-service advertising, marketing and public relations agency, is proud to announce that President and Founder Angela Massaro-Fain was recognized with the prestigious Silver Medal Award by the American Advertising Federation (AAF). The honor was presented at the ADDY Awards Gala on Saturday, March 12, 2016. Massaro-Fain is one of only five recipients of the Silver Award in over 20 years, and the second woman to receive the mark of distinction.

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