(Sarasota, FL) Board President Ida Zito was delighted to present a check for $50,000 to the Asolo Theatre recently as part of Designing Women’s annual grant program funded by their business enterprises in 2013.
Among the grant recipients attending the awards reception were The Sarasota Ballet, Sarasota Museum of Art, The Salvation Army, Art Center Sarasota, Boys and Girls Clubs, WestCoast Black Theatre Troupe and All Faiths Food Bank. All are 501(c)(3) organizations in Sarasota County. The event was held at the new second floor Gallery in Designing Women’s storefront and was attended by the group’s Board of Trustees.
Two new grants were awarded this year, each given in honor of their patrons. Jay Berman received a grant for the Glasser-Schoenbaum Human Services Center in honor of Betty Schoenbaum, while Olivia Thomas of SPARCC received in a grant in honor of Mary Ann Robinson. Several grants were presented in memory of the late philanthropist Ethel Taub. One grant was sponsored by Designing Women’s Ambassador Guild (Selah Freedom), and another was named for Designing Daughters, who chose the Child Protection Center as their recipient.
“Our whole organization works hard as a team to raise funds for these grants,” said Barbara Epperson, who serves as co-chair of the grant committee and a board trustee. “It’s wonderful to know the results of last year’s fundraising. When we present these awards, it reinforces how important our work in the community is, and how much it is truly appreciated by the receiving organizations.”
Designing Womensetsthe standard for consigned, donated and new designer fashions, home furnishing accents, accessories and antiques. Their ever-growing Estates & Downsizing Sales division, under the direction of founder and CEO Jean Weidner, provides compassionate, full concierge service for handling all of one’s treasured estate belongings. Designing Women welcomes inquiries about this service from attorneys, estate planners and their clients. This not-for-profit’s mission is to grow funding for the programs, projects and endowments of Sarasota’s arts and human services organizations. Since its founding in 2002, Designing Women has given over $1.75 million in grants and merchandise to more than 75 recipients.
The business is located at 1226 North Tamiami Trail at 13th Street. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. For information on merchandise, volunteering or becoming a supporter, call 941-366-5293 or visit online at designingwomenboutique.org.