Center for Climate Adaptation; Bay Park; ‘EngleWoodstock’

A tribute to volunteers

Climate Adaptation Center
hire a chief operating officer

The Climate Adaptation Center, a non-profit organization headquartered in Sarasota dedicated to combating the effects of climate change, recently appointed Amy Grossman as its chief operating officer.

Amy Grossman is chief operating officer of the Climate Adaptation Center.

Grossman will be responsible for day-to-day operations, including communications, media relations, donor relations and development. CAC works with government, academia and the private sector to help develop solutions to mitigate risks in the region caused by hurricanes, flooding, red tide and more.

“We believe Amy is the perfect person to help us with our mission and grow our organization locally, regionally and even nationally,” said ACC CEO Bob Bunting. “With her enthusiasm for our cause and drive to raise awareness of the issues we face here in the Suncoast, I am confident she will be an asset to the ACC.”

Grossman was a principal at Grossman Public Relations Counselors, where she represented a variety of clients in the nonprofit, environmental, business, and healthcare sectors. She has also worked for major communications companies in Philadelphia and Sarasota.

Bay Park and CoreSRQ Announce
health/wellness partnership

The Bay Park Conservancy partners with CoreSRQ to offer visitors a series of free outdoor health and wellness classes taught by certified CoreSRQ trainers at Bay Park.

The 45-minute classes will be held Monday through Thursday starting May 9 at 8 a.m. at Bay’s Civic Green, 801 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, and will include a variety of offerings for all ages and experience levels.

Programs include Bootcamp at The Bay, a Monday workout aimed at building muscle and improving cardiovascular fitness; and Fit Kids at The Bay, a fun workout for kids ages 6-13 on Tuesdays at 8 a.m. starting May 31. For more information on the activities available at The Bay, visit

Names CenterPlace Health
community health worker

CenterPlace Health, a federal provider of high-quality, low-cost health care, recently hired Tiona Settles as a Community Health Worker focused on health equity.

Tiona Settles is a Health Equity Community Health Worker for CenterPlace Health.

Facilities will help patients access services, help improve the quality and cultural competence of care, create an effective chronic disease management system, and increase health literacy and self-sufficiency for underserved populations.

Settles graduated from Florida A&M with a BS in Health Sciences and a Masters in Public Health. She has extensive experience in health and social services both locally and in Tallahassee. She is also a member of the Sarasota Chamber of Commerce’s Young Professionals Group.

Key Chorale receives $10,000
grant from the Selby Foundation

Key Chorale recently received a $10,000 grant from the William G. and Marie Selby Foundation to support their upcoming website redesign/relaunch.

The current website was last updated in 2014. The Relaunch will continue to provide a crucial link for Key Chorale patrons, donors, and community and educational participants.

“We are very grateful to the Selby Foundation,” said Artistic Director and CEO Joseph Caulkins. “We’ve seen a surge in new users in 2021, so we know we’re reaching new audiences, and this website redesign will help us tell our story of transforming lives through the power of music.”

Key Chorale, Suncoast’s premier symphonic choir, produces collaborative musical events that engage and enrich the community. For more information, visit

Englewood Hosts
EngleWoodstock fundraiser

The Englewood Leadership Class of 2022 will host “EngleWoodstock,” a fundraiser to support charities working to meet the needs of children, veterans and pets, on May 14 at the Englewood Elks Lodge, 401 N Indiana Ave., 4-9 p.m.

“The Englewood Leadership Class of 2022 has selected a project to provide valuable resources to charities that meet the growing needs of children, veterans and pets in our community,” said Doug Izzo, executive director of the chamber. of commerce in the Englewood area.

The event will feature 60s music with Paisley Craze and Coastal Jamz. Tickets start at $69 and include a buffet, two drink tickets and a silent auction. A cash bar will be available. All proceeds will be donated to Kids’ Needs of Greater Englewood, The Long Walk Home and Englewood Animal Rescue Sanctuary. To visit and to learn more.

Around and around…

the Venice Area Pregnancy Care Center, 301 Bayshore Drive, is looking for volunteers to meet the needs of a growing clientele. Volunteers are invited to commit for two days per month (of their choice) from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Volunteers with special skills are also needed for services such as finance, grant writing and computers. Email or call Barbara at 516-312-2077 for more information.

Sarasota Memorial Hospital opened a second milk depot on the new SMH-Venice campus for mothers to give breast milk to premature babies. So far in 2022, more than 6,000 ounces of breast milk have been donated through Sarasota Memorial. Moms can begin the screening process by calling Mothers’ Milk Bank of Florida at 407-248-5050 or visiting

Compiled from press recommunity leases and tenders.

James C. Tibbs