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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!

2022-2023 Benefits for Corporate & Individual Partners

Community Champion | $25,000+
  • Donor recognition at our LaunchPad4U office
  • Invitations to special events exclusive to Circle of Champions members
  • Company listed in our annual press release
  • Company listed on our website
  • Mention and/or tagged on social media
  • Logo in our email newsletter
  • Full page recognition in annual Impact Report
  • Verbal recognition at Circle of Champions events
  • One spotlight in our monthly newsletter
  • Twice a year exclusive invitation to a virtual coffee and conversation with Jennifer Vigne, president and CEO of the Education Foundation
Impact Champion | $10,000
  • Donor recognition at our LaunchPad4U office
  • Invitations to special events exclusive to Circle of Champions members
  • Company listed in our annual press release
  • Company listed on our website
  • Mention and/or tagged on social media
  • Logo in our email newsletter
Student Champion | $5,000
  • Donor recognition at our LaunchPad4U office
  • Invitations to special events exclusive to Circle of Champions members
  • Company listed in our annual press release
  • Company listed on our website
  • Mention and/or tagged on social media
Educator Champion | $2,500
  • Donor recognition at our LaunchPad4U office
  • Invitations to special events exclusive to Circle of Champions members
  • Company listed in our annual press release
  • Company listed on our website
Champion Member | $1,000
  • Donor recognition at our LaunchPad4U office
  • Invitations to special events exclusive to Circle of Champions members
Community Champion | $25,000+
  • Donor recognition at our LaunchPad4U office
  • Invitations to special events exclusive to Circle of Champions members
  • Company listed in our annual press release
  • Company listed on our website
  • Mention and/or tagged on social media
  • Logo in our email newsletter
  • Full page recognition in annual Impact Report
  • Verbal recognition at Circle of Champions events
  • One spotlight in our monthly newsletter
  • Twice a year exclusive invitation to a virtual coffee and conversation with Jennifer Vigne, president and CEO of the Education Foundation
Educator Champion | $2,500
  • Donor recognition at our LaunchPad4U office
  • Invitations to special events exclusive to Circle of Champions members
  • Company listed in our annual press release
  • Company listed on our website
Impact Champion | $10,000
  • Donor recognition at our LaunchPad4U office
  • Invitations to special events exclusive to Circle of Champions members
  • Company listed in our annual press release
  • Company listed on our website
  • Mention and/or tagged on social media
  • Logo in our email newsletter
Champion Member | $1,000
  • Donor recognition at our LaunchPad4U office
  • Invitations to special events exclusive to Circle of Champions members
Student Champion | $5,000
  • Donor recognition at our LaunchPad4U office
  • Invitations to special events exclusive to Circle of Champions members
  • Company listed in our annual press release
  • Company listed on our website
  • Mention and/or tagged on social media

2021-2022 School Year Circle of Champions Members

  • 100+ Women Who Care-Greater Sarasota
  • Achieva Foundation
  • Judith Alexander
  • Anonymous
  • Atlas Insurance
  • B & I Contractors, Inc.
  • Ali and Gloria Bahaj
  • Bank of America Charitable Foundation
  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Jeff Blanchette and Randy Sharp
  • Bob Blattberg and Rebecca Donelson
  • Marty and Barbara Bowling
  • Veronica Brady and Keith Monda
  • Dannie Brown
  • Bob Browning
  • Bruce J. Heim Foundation
  • CareerSource Suncoast
  • Jeremy Chambers and Jules Price
  • Charles and Margery Barancik Foundation
  • Charles O. Wood, III and Miriam M. Wood Foundation
  • Comcast
  • Community Foundation of Sarasota County
  • Consortium of Florida Education Foundations
  • Core Construction
  • Ken and Carrie Cox
  • John and Kitty Cranor
  • Curriculum Associates
  • David and LeeAnn Darrin
  • James M. Doss Charitable Foundation Trust
  • DWY Landscape Architects
  • Peppi Elona and Wendy Surkis
  • Mitch and Dawn Epstein
  • Bill and Jennifer Esposito
  • Bob and Anne Essner
  • Florida Blue
  • Florida Power & Light
  • Florida Virtual School
  • Richard Fredd
  • Freeman Orthodontics
  • Mark Freeman
  • David and Ellen Gallagher
  • Gettel Automotive Group
  • Gettel Foundation, Inc.
  • Bob and Joan Geyer
  • Patty Gondelman
  • Scott and Cheryl Gordon
  • Gulf Coast Community Foundation
  • H. Jack Hunkele Family Foundation
  • Harold C. and Jacqueline F. Bladel Foundation, Inc.
  • John and Nancy Harris
  • Kent and Lauren Hayes
  • Peter and Katie Hayes
  • Karl Hees
  • Rick Helbing
  • Josephine Hennelly
  • Allen and Stephanie Hochfelder
  • Darren and Kelly Howard
  • Mike and Jenny Infanti
  • Informa Group PLC
  • James M. Doss Charitable Foundation Trust
  • Bill and Betsy Johnston
  • Bob and Karen Jones
  • Bev Koski
  • Tom and Sherri Koski
  • Koski Family Foundation
  • Steven Krause and James Laporte
  • David and Lucie Lapovsky
  • Retsy Lauer
  • Brock and Julie Leach
  • Lela D. Jackson Foundation
  • SRQ Media Gives Back Foundation
  • Louis and Gloria Flanzer Philanthropic Trust
  • Eloise Malinsky
  • John and Janet McIntyre
  • McIntyre, Elwell & Strammer General Contractors
  • Ryan McIntyre
  • Michael Saunders & Company Foundation
  • Betsy Mitchell
  • Philip and Susan Morris
  • Tim and Diane Muldoon
  • Loretta Naylor
  • Neal Communities
  • Isabel Norton
  • Chuck and Nancy Parrish
  • PGT Industries
  • Andrea Pilch
  • Amber and Joe Post
  • Publix Super Markets Charities
  • Publix Super Markets, Inc.
  • Brandie Puls
  • Britt and Noah Riner
  • Anne Rollings and Gary Harney
  • David and Adrienne Rubin
  • Lisa Russo
  • Sibley-Saltonstall Charitable Foundation
  • Sarasota Classified Teachers Association
  • Drayton and Kara Saunders
  • Michael Saunders
  • Scheidel Foundation
  • Wesley Scheufler
  • Jack and Priscilla Schlegel
  • Ron and Ann Skipper
  • Smally Family Land Corporation
  • Len Smally
  • Lewis and Janet Solomon
  • SRQ MEDIA
  • Steinwachs Family Foundation
  • Suncoast Credit Union Foundation
  • Sunset Automotive Group
  • Sweet Sparkman Architecture & Interiors
  • Swift Family Foundation
  • Jason and Lisa Swift
  • Jon and Janey Swift
  • Jon F. Swift Construction
  • Tandem Construction
  • The Frank E. Duckwall Foundation
  • The Patterson Foundation
  • Jim and Susan Tollerton
  • Josh and Sierra Tomlinson
  • Tommy’s Express
  • Toyota Match Program
  • Truist Bank
  • Andres Tugendhat
  • Becky and Giles Van der Bogert
  • Venice-Nokomis Rotary Club
  • Dan and Jennifer Vigne
  • Juan and Jennifer Villaveces
  • Heather Wamsley
  • Craig Wedge and Linda Jellison
  • Dan and Sheila Weiss
  • Wells Fargo Corporate Responsibility & Community Relations
  • Lynn Wentworth
  • Willis A. Smith Construction, Inc.
  • David and Michelle Young

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