FRIENDSHIP CENTERS NEWS & EVENTS  | March 2018
 
Promoting health, dignity and quality of life throughout the journey of aging.

Sarasota | Charlotte | Lee | DeSoto | Collier 
 
Join Us March 22 for Friendship Around the World, Benefiting Older Adults in Southwest Florida!
For more information, tickets or sponsorships, please contact Julie Klimek at 941.556.3205 or visit the website event page here.

Sarasota
Typewriter Social is a Big Hit with All Ages
Interesting to see all the different typewriters and talk with attendees about their typewriter memories! And, the younger visitors learned about life before smartphones and laptops! Next Typewriter Social is scheduled for March 7, and will continue on the first Wednesday of every month, from 3-4 p.m. at the Sarasota Activity Center.



Venice
All Faiths Food Bank Mobile Market Visits Venice Campus
All Faiths Mobile Market filled with healthy fruits and vegetables is scheduled to visit our Venice and Sarasota Campuses throughout the year. Venice the third Tuesday of every month from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Sarasota every third Wednesday from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Thanks All Faiths Food Bank for offering this wonderful program! For more information, please visit All Faiths Food Bank at 
allfaithsfoodbank.org.



Charlotte County
Celebrity Bartender Event to Benefit Friendship Centers in Charlotte County 
On Tuesday, March 6, 2018, from 5-7 p.m., please join Punta Gorda Chamber President, John Wright, at Perch 360 - a beautiful rooftop bar at the Wyvern Hotel - for a fundraiser to benefit the programs of Friendship Centers in Charlotte County. Wright will be joined by mixologist extraordinaire Yolanda Baez, who will offer up her signature Basil Martinis. 

Due to the expected sell-out crowd, the Punta Gorda Chamber will be pre-selling tickets at $30 per person. Given the roof's limited capacity, pre-registration will be required. Of the ticket price, $20 per person will be earmarked for the Friendship Centers in Charlotte County. The remaining $10 will go towards your first martini/drink. Perch 360 will also have a menu of small plates available for purchase and will be offering a fixed-price dinner option in their downstairs restaurant, 88 Keys (which will require an advance separate reservation). To purchase your tickets, call the Chamber at 941.639.3720.

DeSoto County
Bayfront Health Port Charlotte and Punta Gorda offers Classes in Arcadia
When: Thursday, March 15, 10 to 11 a.m.
Topic: B.E. F.A.S.T. To Spot A Stroke
Description: Seconds count when it comes to surviving a stroke. Learn how to recognize signs and symptoms.
To register, call: 863.494.5965.
 
When: Thursday, April 19, 10 to 11 a.m.
Topic: Top Ten Things To Do For Arthritis
Description: Arthritis is a condition that causes joint pain, stiffness and swelling. Learn tips to help you cope and find solutions for relief.
To register, call: 863.494.5965.

Note: Both classes are being held at Friendship Centers' Arcadia location, 219 West Oak Street.
Lee County
Attend Lee County's Friendship Through Our Eyes Event,  March 15
Join us for Lee County's annual fundraiser, Thursday, March 15, 2018. This year the event will be held at The Shell Factory, 2787 N Tamiami Trail, North Ft. Myers.

The annual luncheon is held as a fundraiser for the Lee County Friendship Center Adult Day Program, which provides socialization and care for seniors with physical and cognitive challenges and gives respite to the family and care partners. The event is targeted to generate awareness about Alzheimer's disease, dementia and other memory/physical disabilities and how it impacts caregivers. 

The event will offer guest speakers from the community, a fashion show, a silent auction, and a photo exhibit created by the clients of the day program. The event will be capped off by a scrumptious buffet with delicious sweets. To learn more or to purchase tickets, please call 
239.236.8688 or email: jmodelldion@friendshipcenters.org.

Senior Friendship Health Center
Collier County
Former Medical Provider, Dr. Howard Freedman, Hosts Club Celebration
The
 Naples Lions Club recently celebrated its 80th birthday at The Quarry Country Club. The event host was Dr. Howard Freedman, who is a 40-year member of Lions Club International and was a volunteer provider at the Senior Friendship Health Center in Naples for many years. Senator Kathleen Passidomo (District 28) was the keynote speaker and an honorary member. Her parents were volunteers at SFHC when it opened in 1985 in the chapel in downtown Naples and they served for over 10 years. Passidomo presented A Florida Senator's Proclamation tribute of recognition to the Naples Lions Club members who have given so generously to Collier County over the last 80 years. 

Upcoming Educational Classes
Be a Legacy Hero 
Join the Friendship Centers' Legacy Society
A helping hand for generations to come


The  Friendship Centers' Legacy Society recognizes compassionate people who have thoughtfully included the Senior Friendship Centers Foundation, Inc. in their estate planning and have informed us in writing of their plans. 

Every Legacy gift helps to sustain the Friendship Centers and grow core programs and services for older adults in the communities we serve.  Legacy Society members are able to see the fruits of their gifts, in their lifetimes. They are honored and recognized for their generosity  on a permanent plaque in our Legacy Corners, at an annual Legacy Reception and at special events throughout the year.

Let us help you design a gift in perpetuity that reflects your values.

To learn more, contact  Jane Icely Charitable Giving Officer, 941.556.3215.
Corporate Sponsorship Opportunities 
 
Would you like to know more about how a corporate sponsorship can benefit your business while showing your support for older adults in our community?

In Sarasota, Lee, Charlotte and DeSoto Counties contact:
 
Jane Icely at 941.556.3215,  mjicely@friendshipcenters.org


941.955.2122



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