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Circle of Champions

The Circle of Champions are dedicated individuals and corporations who care about students and teachers in Sarasota County Schools. They provide annual gifts of $1,000 or more to support our mission of enhancing the potential of students, promoting excellence in teaching, and inspiring innovation in education, guided by strategic philanthropy. We work to inspire students early in their K – 12 journey and help them find their unique sense of purpose and develop a plan. We want each and every student to graduate equipped to thrive in life after high school. 

Thank you to all our current members of the Circle of Champions!

2023-2024 Circle of Champions Benefits

Community Champion | $25,000+
  • Recognition in our annual Impact Report
  • Listing on our Circle of Champions page on our website
  • Listing in our annual press release
  • Recognition at LaunchPad4U, our community resource center
  • Invitations to special events exclusive to Circle of Champions members
  • Circle of Champions keepsake
  • Personalized thank you on social media
  • Personalized Impact Report
  • Logo in our email newsletter
  • Personalized invitation for a private tour at a Student Success Center
  • Logo recognition in our annual Impact Report 
  • Verbal recognition at Circle of Champions events
  • One spotlight in our monthly newsletter
  • Linked logo and/or name listed on homepage on our website
Educator Champion | $2,500
  • Recognition in our annual Impact Report
  • Listing on our Circle of Champions page on our website
  • Listing in our annual press release
  • Recognition at LaunchPad4U, our community resource center
  • Invitations to special events exclusive to Circle of Champions members
  • Circle of Champions keepsake
Impact Champion | $10,000
  • Recognition in our annual Impact Report
  • Listing on our Circle of Champions page on our website
  • Listing in our annual press release
  • Recognition at LaunchPad4U, our community resource center
  • Invitations to special events exclusive to Circle of Champions members
  • Circle of Champions keepsake
  • Personalized thank you on social media
  • Personalized Impact Report
  • Logo in our email newsletter
Champion Member | $1,000
  • Recognition in our annual Impact Report 
  • Listing on our Circle of Champions page on our website
  • Listing in our annual press release 
  • Recognition at LaunchPad4U, our community resource center
  • Invitations to special events exclusive to Circle of Champions members
Student Champion | $5,000
  • Recognition in our annual Impact Report
  • Listing on our Circle of Champions page on our website
  • Listing in our annual press release
  • Recognition at LaunchPad4U, our community resource center
  • Invitations to special events exclusive to Circle of Champions members
  • Circle of Champions keepsake
  • Personalized thank you on social media

2022-2023 School Year Circle of Champions Members

Community Champions – $25,000+

  • Bob and Liz Pozen
  • Community Foundation of Sarasota County
  • Consortium of Florida Education Foundations
  • Cornelia T. Bailey Foundation
  • Gulf Coast Community Foundation
  • H. Jack Hunkele Family Foundation
  • Louis and Gloria Flanzer Philanthropic Trust
  • Lela D. Jackson Foundation
  • Mimi Wood
  • Mitchell and Dawn Epstein
  • Publix Super Markets, Inc.
  • Scheidel Foundation
  • Suncoast Credit Union
  • Sunset Automotive Group
  • Tom and Sherry Koski
  • Truist

Impact Champions – $10,000 – $24,999

  • Achieva Credit Union
  • Andrea Pilch
  • Bank of America
  • Bill and Betsy Johnston
  • Bob and Karen Jones
  • Bob and Terry Lewandowski
  • Brock and Julie Leach
  • Butt Family Foundation
  • Coca-Cola Beverages Florida, LLC
  • Dona and Sam Scott
  • Evalyn Sadlier Jones Foundation
  • Patti Gondelman
  • Harold C. and Jacqueline F. Bladel Foundation
  • James M. Doss Charitable Foundation Trust
  • John and Nancy Harris
  • Judith E. Hoffman
  • Publix Super Markets Charities
  • Steinwachs Family Foundation
  • Stephania and Jamie McClennan

Student Champions – $5,000 – $9,999

  • Andy and Karin Tugendhat
  • Anne and Bob Essner
  • B & I Contractors, Inc.
  • Becky and Giles van der Bogart
  • Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation
  • Dan and Jennifer Vigne
  • Florida Blue
  • Florida Lottery
  • Keith Monda and Veronica Brady
  • Mildred and Bernard Doyle Charitable Trust
  • Nick and Lynne Giordiano
  • Patsy and Ed Garno
  • Sarasota Classified / Teachers Association
  • Sarasota County Foundation

Educator Champions – $2,500 – $4,999

  • Anonymous
  • David and Lucy Lapovsky
  • Eloise Malinsky
  • Equitable Advisors
  • Freeman Orthodontics
  • Grand Canyon University
  • Internet Essentials from Comcast
  • Ken and Carrie Cox
  • Lisa Russo
  • Loretta Lauer
  • Michael Saunders & Company
  • Nelle Miller
  • Tandem Construction
  • Swift Family Foundation and Jon F. Swift Construction

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