Leadership Breakfast met its match, raises $135,000 for teen programs

Thank you to everyone who helped make the 12th Annual Intertape Polymer Group Leadership Breakfast a huge success, and congratulations again to our 2017 Leadership Award Honorees Rod Hershberger and Sarabeth Kalajian!  We are so excited to announce that we successfully met and exceeded our $30,000 match from the Rudi Lazarus Foundation at the event, […]


President/CEO Bill Sadlo celebrates 30 years

When our President/CEO Bill Sadlo was just 8 years old, his parents signed him up for the Fruitville Boys Club (now the Lee Wetherington Boys & Girls Club). They wanted Bill to be in a safe, enriching place during the summer while they worked during the day. Now, more than 40 years later, Bill is […]


Leadership North Port cuts the ribbon, unveils new teen center at Gene Matthews Boys & Girls Club

On September 6, the inaugural class of Leadership North Port of the North Port Area Chamber of Commerce celebrated the completion of our newly renovated teen center at the Gene Matthews Boys & Girls Club. “On behalf of all of our teens at Gene Matthews, I want to say thank you to everyone who helped […]


Support our Clubs this September through the 20th Annual Columbia Community Harvest

Let your appetite do the giving while you support local non-profit groups, including the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County by dining at any of the seven Columbia locations in Florida during the entire month of September for lunch or dinner during the 20th Annual Columbia Restaurant Community Harvest program. Through this program, The […]


Club members gain summer intern experience through Career Quest

Four of our rising high school juniors gained invaluable work experience this summer with local businesses through the Career Quest internship program developed by CareerEdge and United Way Suncoast. Through this paid internship opportunity, the teens were exposed to career-oriented occupations, specifically professions in high-demand sectors across Sarasota County including manufacturing and the construction trades, […]


Dick Vitale awards college scholarships to five Boys & Girls Club members, celebrates 20 years of support

ESPN Television sports analyst, author and philanthropist Dick Vitale, and his wife Lorraine recognized the academic success of five outstanding Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County members who will be pursuing degrees in higher education this fall. Each recipient was awarded $1,000 to support their postsecondary education on Monday, August 28, in the Dick […]


Congratulations to the inaugural class of Perlman Price Young Entrepreneurs

On August 1, ten Sarasota County high school students graduated from the Perlman Price Young Entrepreneurs Program (PYE), a new opportunity at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County where teens can receive 65+ hours of entrepreneurial education. The graduates included sophomore Michael Hawthrone and freshman Erick Reynoso from Booker High School; Lucas Richter, […]


Club members awarded scholarships to chase their dreams

Long before Hank Aaron became known as one of the most iconic players in the history of Major League Baseball, he was a kid who humbly lived in Mobile, Alabama, with a passion for the game and aspirations to one day play professionally. Fast forward to 1982 and he’s now known as the “Hammer” and […]


Boys & Girls Club members avoid the summer slide with Great Futures Academy

Boys & Girls Club members headed back to school on Monday, August 14, ready to learn thanks to numerous community partners who helped them avoid the “summer slide,” a phenomenon where young people, especially those who live in low-income households, experience academic learning loss when they do not engage in educational activities over summer break. […]


Incoming Board Chair Jonna Keller is a Finalist in the 2017 Invest in Others Awards

Jonna D. Keller, Managing Member of First Security Investments, LLC in Sarasota, Fla., has been announced as one of three national finalists for the Community Service Award as part of the eleventh annual Invest in Others Awards. Keller is being honored for her work with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County, which will […]