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2019 Nonprofit of the Year

Children First was honored to be recognized as the 2019 Nonprofit of the Year at the 14th annual WEDU Be More Awards. As recipient of the Be More Unstoppable Award, Children First was chosen from a field of the Tampa Bay area’s most esteemed organizations. WEDU notes that the award is the most coveted and [...]
March 6, 2019

Venice Gondolier: Children First Receives Support from All Angels

Frank Martucci, left; Children First Board Member Katherine Martucci; Vice President of Philanthropy Jessica Rogers; and parishioners Elaine Smith, Michael Clay and Gail Clay. Children First Inc. thanks All Angels by the Sea Episcopal Church for its ongoing support of the community’s most vulnerable children and families. Children First received three separate grants from the [...]
March 4, 2019

Observer: The New Word on the Street in Sarasota

February 22nd, 2019 – People who are especially passionate about teaching literacy congregated at Michael’s on East on Feb. 22 to celebrate the 12th Literacy Matters Luncheon hosted by the Literacy Council of Sarasota. Over 100 people came out to support the organization. The Literacy Council of Sarasota uses this event to award those who have supported [...]
February 8, 2019

Herald Tribune: Venice Yacht Club Launches Charitable Efforts for 2019

The Venice Yacht Club and the VYC Charitable Foundation celebrated a successful 2018 year with its membership at the annual Donor Appreciation Night on Jan. 24. It was a milestone year for the foundation, which received more than $118,000 in donations and provided grants to local charities of approximately $103,000. One of the guest speakers, Phillip Tavill, [...]
January 31, 2019

Observer: Children First Supporters Honored for Philanthropy

January 16, 2019 – Long-time Children First supporter and former Chairwoman of the Board, Jo Rutstein, was honored at the National Council of Jewish Women “Women in Power” luncheon on January 16th. Jo was one of four honorees selected by the organization for her social justice work improving the lives of women, children and [...]
January 31, 2019

Scene: Embracing the Spirit of Giving

January 2nd, 2019 – Like so many area residents, Frank and Katherine Martucci started off as Sarasota snowbirds. “We rented here for one month out of the year,” reports Katherine. Then it was two months. And in 2017, she explains that “we found we were spending more and more time here. We felt like [...]
January 14, 2022

Creating a Sustainable Future Through a Cross-Sector Partnership

Solar energy and sustainable practices are setting records across America and the state of Florida as demand for renewable resources continues to grow. As part of an on-going effort in environmental stewardship for Sarasota County, Children First is working to create a more sustainable future through a cross-sector partnership, Partners for Green Places (PGP). Launched in October [...]
March 3, 2022

Not All Superheroes Wear Capes

Not all heroes wear capes, and the philanthropic spirit of our community during the 2020 Giving Challenge helped to save the day for hundreds of at-risk children and families. During this time, our families were suddenly facing a crisis like never before due to the unforeseen circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic. At Children First, 89% of [...]
March 16, 2022

Children First Recognized as Change Agent in Philanthropy

Children First was one of five human service agencies honored with the 2022 Change Agent Philanthropic Award by SRQ Magazine. The awards were presented at a luncheon held at the Hyatt-Regency Sarasota recently, as part of SRQ’s SB2 symposia series. The award was presented to organizations which have “proven their grit, determination and capacity to [...]
April 18, 2022

A Journey “Into the Woods”

Once upon a time, on April 9 to be exact, more than 300 guests traveled “Into the Woods” for the 22nd annual Fairytale Ball, hosted by Children First at Michael’s on East, which was decorated as a magical forest, filled with dreams and discoveries waiting to be made. The sold-out event was the first in-person gala [...]