SARASOTA/BRADENTON, FL – Goodwill Ambassador and businessman Darrell Turner of Turner Tree and Landscape has created a garden at Goodwill Manasota’s Corporate Campus offices in honor of the late community leader Rick Fawley and his beloved late wife, Coni. Rick passed away last September but made a permanent impression on our community. Not only did he achieve career success through his business, Fawley Bryant Architects, Inc., he was also committed to helping others and served on the Goodwill Manasota board of directors for 20 years.
At last year’s Goodwill Ambassador of the Year Awards Dinner, the “Rick and Coni Fawley Scholarship Fund” was launched. Funds are helping Goodwill team members who do not have their high school diploma to earn their GED.
“Rick designed the beautiful Goodwill Corporate Campus and I wanted to create a special place to honor him and his wife, Coni, who also passed away last year,” said Turner. “So I selected four crepe myrtle trees to be the focal point. These trees are the essential Southern trees with its blooms and attractive bark. It was the Fawleys’ favorite; in fact, I planted a few of them at their home.”
In addition to the crepe myrtle trees, Turner also planted native Sabal palm trees – Florida’s state plant – live oaks and red cedar trees, surrounded by viburnum shrubs, which provide fragrant flowers and showy berries.
“Rick personified Goodwill’s mission and every aspect of the building embodies his passion. We are thrilled that Darrell has captured Rick and Coni Fawley’s spirit outside the walls of our Corporate Campus with the addition of this beautiful garden,” said Goodwill Manasota president and CEO Bob Rosinsky.
Fawley, who served as the president of Fawley Bryant since 1995, distinguished himself in Manatee County through his service and leadership. He was a graduate of the Leadership Manatee program and served on numerous committees and boards in the community, including Goodwill, the Manatee Education Foundation, the Lakewood Ranch Community Fund, Art Center Manatee, USF Brunch on the Bay and more. He was deeply engaged with local business and economic development efforts, with involvements including the Bradenton Area Economic Development Council, Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance, Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, Manatee Chamber of Commerce, and many more.
Fawley’s longtime friend and business partner, Mike Bryant, said, “I am touched how the community has continued to remember what an incredible person Rick was, and the effect he had on so many lives. Both Rick and Coni would be touched that they are still being remembered and honored in such a beautiful manner.”
About Goodwill Manasota
Goodwill Manasota is an industry-leading, 501(c)(3), not-for-profit organization that changes lives through the power of work. With the sales of donated goods and philanthropic donations, Goodwill is able to assist people with disabilities and other barriers to employment by providing job skills training and employment opportunities. In 2015, Goodwill Manasota served 22,739 people, placed 961 people in jobs and assisted 358 veterans as they reintegrated back into the civilian workforce. Goodwill Manasota’s economic impact back to the community is worth $81.3 million. Goodwill is one of the pioneers of the reduce-reuse-recycle movement and this past year diverted 41 million pounds out of the landfill. We accomplish our mission through a network of Good Neighbor Centers in Sarasota, Manatee, Hardee and DeSoto counties and our Mission Development Services (MDS) around North America. Goodwill Manasota is accountable to a local Board of Directors. Goodwill Manasota in essence belongs to this community, and is not owned by any individual or company. For more information, visit www.experiencegoodwill.org.