June 29st, 2017
Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix Brings Children’s Charity into Spotlight
Sarasota, FL (June 29, 2017) – As they climb on new playground equipment, at-risk toddlers at Children First probably don’t know they’re building important developmental skills. Meanwhile, thousands of race fans and spectators may not realize that while they attend festivals and enjoy powerboat races off the shore of Lido Key, they are helping those toddlers by providing funding for equipment like this.
Suncoast Charities for Children provides annual grants to the Suncoast Foundation for capital improvements and special projects for local non-profit agencies like Children First, the exclusive Head Start program for Sarasota County, serving the area’s most vulnerable children. As a Program of Excellence, ranking in the top one-percent of Head Start programs nationwide, Children First relies on community support through grants like these to accomplish its mission of strengthening children and families by improving the quality of their lives through a comprehensive approach to development, education, health and well-being. In addition to grants from individuals through the partnership, Children First is able to operate one of its 13 locations by leasing the facility for just $1 per year thanks to the Suncoast Foundation!
Powerboat P1 Director, Azam Rangoonwala visited Children First’s Dr. Elaine Marieb Early Learning Center on Thursday, June 29 to see to catch up with the children that have benefited from his team’s involvement in the Grand Prix and grants they have provided the organization through Suncoast Charities for Children.
PHOTO ID: Powerboat P1 Director Azam Rangoonwala at the helm of boating playground equipment with students at Children First
About Children First:
Founded in 1961 and designated as one of the top 10 Head Start programs in the country, out of 1,800 similar programs nationwide, Children First strengthens children and families by improving the quality of their lives through a comprehensive approach to development, education, health and well-being. At 13 sites throughout Sarasota County, Children First offers full-day preschool, infant and toddler care, as well as nutrition and health care assistance, to children ages birth to five years old from low-income families. Through Children First, the children receive the social and cognitive skills needed to enter kindergarten and elementary school on track. For more information, call (941) 953-3877 or go to childrenfirst.net.