Volume 1 . Issue 4                                        MAY 2018  
ANNOUNCEMENTS

Thank you for your support  during this year's Giving Challenge.   Loveland Center raised over $34,500!


The lives of hundreds in our community were impacted due to your generosity. 

Loveland Center was one of 18 local 
organizations that participated in a Giving Challenge Fair held at Sharky's On The Pier.   Thank you to Emma Kate Scovill, as well as Mike and Justin Pachota for this nonprofit opportunity at Sharky's.


Another special thank you goes out to Community Foundation of Sarasota and The Patterson Foundation.
DID YOU KNOW?
 
The Loveland Chorus held its first Welcome To Spring Concert in April at the Lamoureux Clubhouse. A group of 45 Loveland participants dazzled the audience with 17 songs ranging from patriotic tunes to several original pieces.

The chorus goes out to perform weekly at local area nursing homes, senior centers, community centers, and assisted living facilities. Since January 2018, the chorus has performed 13 times throughout the county, with their next performance scheduled on May 9th at Doctor's Hospital.  The participants of the Loveland Chorus are helping make our community a better place through their love of music. 
EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT

Loveland Center announces two positions that will enhance the presence of the agency and its mission in Sarasota and Charlotte Counties. Jennifer Bushinger, director of community impact and Julie Kostelec, community support specialist, will lead Loveland Center's outreach efforts.

"The creation of the community impact team will undoubtedly provide the springboard for our participants to become  a part of our community, and not be  apart from it," said Patrick Guerin III, president and CEO.

Press Release in Sarasota Magazine: 
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Mayor Holic got caught  supporting Loveland at  The Giving Challenge Fair at Sharky's!


FEATURED STORY 

The Hearty Kitchen Academy (HKA) recently concluded its third session, featuring the theme of "Soups, Stews, and Casseroles." 

Ten participants prepped and prepared a variety of foods ranging from chicken noodle soup with homemade noodles to lasagna and chili.

As a vocational training 
program, it also instills healthy eating habits and  develops culinary abilities to empower individuals to care for themselves; thus, becoming  more independent.  T his  p rogram expands their palettes, introduce s new cooking methods,   and motivates  them to opt  for healthy food choices. The HKA impact stretches  well-beyond the walls  of the 
kitchen  a nd int o their homes and their lives.


The HKA is proud to announce that after competing in the Suncoast BBQ Bash Chili   Cook Off, their "Conquistador Chili" took home 

JUDGES CHOICE  2nd Place

Chef Craig and ten participants prepare d over eleven gallons of chili for the competition and several were on-hand to offer samples to the judges. Thank you to all the volunteers who made this event a success.

C ONGRA TULATIONS 
HEARTY  KITCHEN 
ACADEMY !
FOSTER CARE AWARENESS MONTH

May is National Foster Care Awareness Month.

Loveland is celebrating Foster Care Awareness Month by partnering with The Twig, a nonprofit in Venice that serves children in foster care in a unique and chic way. The Twig provides free new or like-new brand name clothing and accessories exclusively for children from birth to age 18. 

Forty Loveland participants through the Aktion Club, an international service organization sponsored by the local chapter of the Kiwanis Club, will have as their Spring service project a Shoe Fund Drive. The Aktion Club will raise funds for sneakers and dress shoes for The Twig's 750 children in foster care!  We hope you will join the Aktion Club in this amazing project and help them reach their goal of $26,000.
 
Other collaborative efforts with The Twig will include volunteerism of the Loveland LION Initiative group as well as assisting in the store setup twice a month so that the store is ready to welcome the children when they arrive to shop.
 
There are currently 98 children with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the foster care system in Southwest Florida, so Loveland decided to support The Twig's mission and established the collaborative partnership. Both agencies strive to impact the lives of individuals that face the same struggle against bullying, social discrimination, and being ostracized in their respective environments by the way they look. 
SUPPORT LOVELAND

I nstant dollar-for-dollar match of any gift amount.

The Lamoureux Family Match Challenge is coming soon.

Don't miss this opportunity to increase your gift and impact Loveland twice. Supporters like you know how much help is needed to continue to provide the programs and services for those individuals we serve at Loveland.  

Through the $35K Lamoureux Family Match Challenge, we hope to raise $70K to fund much needed support for Loveland Center.

Watch your mail for your chance to double your donation through the generosity of The Lamoureux Family. 
UPCOMING EVENTS

MYAKKA RIVER BLUES FEST
7th Annual Blues Festival at Snook Haven celebrating some of the best Florida Blues Talent! A portion of the proceeds will benefit Loveland Center.
Monday, May 28 (Memorial Day) at Snook Haven

LOVELAND PLAYERS 
23rd Annual Loveland Players at the Venice Theatre presents "Unplugged: The Best Day of Your Life".
Thursday, May 31 at 7 p.m.
Friday, June 1 at 7 p.m.
Saturday, June 2 at 7 p.m.
Sunday, June 3 at 2 p.m.