Pines of Sarasota Foundation Board Welcomes Two New Trustees and Announces Officers

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Sarasota, FL: Pines of Sarasota Foundation is proud to announce the addition of two new trustees, Richard Angelotti and Bruce Rakay, and the 2017 slate of officers for their all-volunteer Board of Trustees. The Foundation is a 501(c)3 charged with generating philanthropic support for the endowment, capital and programmatic needs of Pines of Sarasota, Inc.

“We are so pleased to welcome Dick Angelotti and Bruce Rakay to the Pines of Sarasota Foundation Board of Trustees. They each bring a strong commitment to our community and to Pines of Sarasota and the people we serve, especially those who have outlived their financial resources. We are grateful to Dick and Bruce for sharing their expertise and their time with us,” states Estelle Crawford, President of Pines of Sarasota Foundation.

The new trustees for the PINES OF SARASOTA FOUNDATION BOARD:

Richard (Dick) H. Angelotti is the President/CEO of The Advisor Management Group. He was previously the Chief Executive Officer of Global Financial Asset Management and served as Senior Vice President of Morgan Keegan from February 1999 to August 2003. He has over 35 years of experience in the financial industry, and has held executive positions for major investment firms such as Northern Trust Bank of Sarasota, Bank of Boston in Florida, UBS Paine Webber, and Morgan Keegan. Drawing on his 13 years of experience as a practicing attorney, he has specialized his investment strategy to work with his clients on estate planning, tax planning, insurance needs, and annuities. Dick has served as a Director of Phantom Entertainment, Inc. (formerly known as Infinium Labs Inc.) since January 5, 2004. He served as a Director of Infinium Labs Inc.'s predecessor, Infinium Labs Operating Corporation, since its formation and has been a Director since the merger. Mr. Angelotti served as a Director of Global Business Resources Inc. Mr. Angelotti graduated from the University of Notre Dame, and received his Juris Doctor from the Loyola University of Law.

Dick has served on several boards; Mote Marine Laboratory for 15 years (2 years as Chairman), Sarasota Family YMCA for 12 years (2 as President), Sarasota Ballet 21 years (2 as President), Asolo Theater Co. for 8 years, and The Juliard School for 3 years. Dick Angelotti was twice named Sarasota’s Man of the Year.Bruce J. Rakay has been an attorney for more than forty years, graduating from Boston University School of Law. After nine years in the Office of the Attorney General of Ohio, where he eventually became the second highest-ranking law enforcement official in Ohio, he was engaged in private business law practice in Cleveland and Columbus. 

Bruce’s first commercial real estate acquisition was in 1978. He began developing real estate projects in 1989 including mobile home parks, self-storage facilities, and retail buildings.  In 1992, Bruce began developing free standing, single-tenant drugstores for the Rite Aid Corporation, CVS Corporation, Eckerd Corporation and the Walgreens Co.  Bruce has designed, constructed and placed into operation more than 325 drugstore facilities for these national companies.

The Rakay Family Foundation was created in 2006 to aid local and national charitable organizations including those that aid and support family and children`s services, care for the elderly, cancer research, youth athletic programs, university programs, humane animal treatment and Shakespearean theatre.  Since 2013 the Foundation has distributed more than $3,500,000 for these charitable purposes.

The 2017 officers for the PINES OF SARASOTA FOUNDATION BOARD are:

Jim Rutledge                        Co-Chair

Eddie Morton                        Co-Chair

Marilyn Shuman                   1st Vice Chair

Richard Angelotti                 2nd Vice Chair

Shirley Fieber                       Treasurer

Sue Jacobson                      Secretary

For more information about Pines of Sarasota Foundation or to find out how you can help provide for residents of Pines of Sarasota, please contact Estelle Crawford, President of Pines of Sarasota Foundation, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Pines of Sarasota Foundation Receives Grants from Three Local Foundations

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SARASOTA, FL – Pines of Sarasota Foundation recently received gifts from three local foundations. With these donations, the Foundation continues to support Pines of Sarasota’s 253 residents in its Assisted Living, Skilled Nursing and Memory Care Units.

$10,500 was received from The Kiwanis Foundation of Sarasota. This funding will support Ready & Steady – A Plan for Better Balance, an initiative focused on preventing falls among the senior population. Falls are now the number one reason for emergency room visits and can be life-altering or life-threatening. Pines of Sarasota Rehabilitation and Senior Care Community provides free balance assessments for anyone who has a concern about his or her safety in regard to balance.

$25,000 was contributed by the Harold and Jacqueline Bladel Foundation. This grant will help fund a new chiller plant, a critical part of the heating and cooling infrastructure for Pines of Sarasota’s mid-campus buildings.

$7,000 was received from the J. Milton & Nellie E. Hoffa Foundation. These monies will provide support for the expansion of The Ann Goldstein Rehabilitation Center. With this expansion, the Center will have greater capacity to care for our residents and patients.

For more information about Pines of Sarasota Foundation or to find out how you can help provide for residents of Pines of Sarasota, please contact Estelle Crawford, President of Pines of Sarasota Foundation, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Pines of Sarasota Foundation Receives Underwriting From Saperston for Third Straight Year

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SARASOTA, FL – Pines of Sarasota Foundation is grateful for receiving a generous gift to aid in the production of a vital communication tool.

For the third year in a row, Willard B. Saperston committed to underwriting the Pines of Sarasota Foundation newsletter, which keeps donors and the community informed about what is happening on the Pines of Sarasota campus.

Saperston is the founder of Saperston Asset Management Inc. an independent investment firm, broker dealer, and registered investment advisor. Its purpose is to put the emphasis back onto the client by providing friendly, cost-effective, client-specific investment strategies tailored to their needs

For more information about Pines of Sarasota Foundation or to find out how you can help provide for residents of Pines of Sarasota, please contact Estelle Crawford, President of Pines of Sarasota Foundation, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Pines of Sarasota Foundation Receives $150,000 Grant From the William G. and Marie Selby Foundation

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SARASOTA, FL – Pines of Sarasota Foundation has received a generous grant of $150,000 from the William G. and Marie Selby Foundation for the renovation of a 4,000 square foot building on the campus of the not-for-profit Pines of Sarasota Rehabilitation and Senior Care Community. The new space will be the Pines of Sarasota Entrepreneurial Center.

Formerly serving as the dining facility for Pines of Sarasota’s residents, the renovated building will provide expansion space for current and future entrepreneurial programs that are designed to serve the Sarasota community and help Pines meet our mission of providing ongoing care to our residents who have outlived their financial resources.

Current programs include Ready & Steady, A Plan for Better Balance, which offers free falls risk assessments, and the Pines of Sarasota Education & Training Institute, which creates and delivers training media to family and professional caregivers for individuals with dementia, locally and in 36 countries around the world.

The William G. and Marie Selby Foundation has been a generous Supporter of Pines of Sarasota for nearly 60 years.

Pines of Sarasota Foundation, Inc. is a not-for-profit corporation generating funds for Pines of Sarasota, a not-for-profit community dedicated to providing excellent, compassionate healthcare, as well as support and educational services for seniors and their families in order to enhance the quality of life.

“As we embark on 2017, the exciting initiatives and growth Pines of Sarasota has planned is possible in large part due to the generous contributions and support from the Sarasota community. I urge everyone who has not been to our campus lately to come take a tour and see for yourself why we are leading the way to innovative and compassionate care for seniors,” states Estelle Crawford, President – Pines of Sarasota Foundation.

For more information about Pines of Sarasota Foundation or to find out how you can help provide for residents of Pines of Sarasota, please contact Estelle Crawford, President of Pines of Sarasota Foundation, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Pines of Sarasota Foundation Receives Grants from Husband and Wife Foundations

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SARASOTA, FL – Pines of Sarasota Foundation is extremely appreciative of receiving generous gifts from the foundations of a husband and wife Sarasota philanthropists.

$35,000 was received from the Roberta Leventhal Sudakoff Foundation for a Chiller Plant for the campus of Pines of Sarasota Rehabilitation and Senior Care Community.

In addition, $35,000 was received from the Harry Sudakoff Foundation for the new Chiller plant.

Chiller Plants are machines used to facilitate heat exchange from water to a refrigerant in a closed loop system. The Chiller Plant at Pines of Sarasota provides chilled water for mid-campus buildings as well as necessary cooling for the laundry building, which operates 365 days a year. In turn, the heat generated from these buildings provides pre-heating for the hot water needs for laundry service.

These two foundations have generously supported Pines of Sarasota over the years: the Harry Sudakoff Foundation between 1998-2016 has donated $358,470. The Robert Leventhal Sudakoff Foundation between the years of 2006 to 2016 has gifted Pines of Sarasota $499,000.

For more information about Pines of Sarasota Foundation, please contact Elizabeth Hickman at 941-955-6293. To help provide for residents of Pines of Sarasota, please contact Estelle Crawford, President of Pines of Sarasota Foundation at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Grants and Donations from Local Foundations and Businesses

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SARASOTA, FL – Pines of Sarasota Foundation is very grateful for recently receiving generous gifts from local Foundations, Funds and Businesses. Pines of Sarasota has 253 residents campus-wide in our Assisted Living, Skilled Nursing and Memory Care Units.

$5,000 was received from the Margaret McCartney & R. Parks Williams Foundation for needed nursing equipment such as vital sign monitors, specialized lifts, bariatric beds and specialized mattresses for comfort and care.

$4,146 from Designing Daughters of Sarasota for classroom furniture for the Pines of Sarasota Child Care and Learning Center early education classrooms on  campus. The Evalyn Sadlier Jones child care and learning facilities on our campus for infants and toddlers to age five has been an important part of Pines of Sarasota for more than 20 years.

Adams and Reese Sarasota attorneys and staff Bring Holiday Cheer to Pines of Sarasota Residents. The office hosted a holiday tree-trimming party. Adams and Reese employees donated a new Christmas tree along with new decorations to the center, provided holiday treats of cake and hot chocolate, and gifted stockings filled with self-care necessities to each of the center’s 45 current residents. The event was an initiative of the Adams and Reese HUGS employee volunteer program, through which firm employees donate volunteer time and financial resources to partner organizations in need across the firm’s regional footprint.

For more information about Pines of Sarasota Foundation, please contact Elizabeth Hickman at 941-955-6293. To help provide for residents of Pines of Sarasota, please contact Estelle Crawford, President of Pines of Sarasota Foundation at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Gerri Aaron Donates to Pines of Sarasota Foundation

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SARASOTA, FL– Pines of Sarasota Foundation is very grateful for a generous gift from friend and philanthropist, Gerri Aaron.

Gerri recently donated $50,000 to Pines of Sarasota Foundation to benefit the deserving residents served by Pines of Sarasota Rehabilitation and Senior Care Community. With a capacity for 253 residents campus-wide in Assisted Living, Skilled Nursing and Memory Care Units, the not-for-profit Pines of Sarasota cares for the largest number of seniors who have outlived their financial resources in all of Southwest Florida.

“Gerri is a treasured member of the community. She dedicates herself to helping others through her good works on boards, serving as event chairs and her philanthropy. Gerri was this year’s co-chair with Jane Hunder for our Wit and Wisdom of Aging Luncheon,” states Estelle Crawford, President – Pines of Sarasota Foundation. “We are honored to be part of Gerri’s legacy of giving.”

For more information about Pines of Sarasota Foundation, help provide for residents of Pines of Sarasota, please contact Estelle Crawford, President of Pines of Sarasota Foundation at 941-955-6293.

Pines of Sarasota Foundation Hires Janet Ginn as Director of Development

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December 13, 2016 – Pines of Sarasota Foundation President Estelle Crawford announces the hiring of Janet K. Ginn, CFRE, as Director of Development.

Ginn has spent more than 30 years inspiring and assisting individuals to meet their charitable desires. She has lead in every area of Development as well as CEO of multimillion dollar organizations. Her career has allowed her to assist individuals in 32 countries and the 50 United States serving as a guardian of philanthropy.

“We are thrilled to welcome Janet to Pines of Sarasota Foundation,” Crawford shared. “Throughout our 68 year history, Pines of Sarasota has been committed to serving this community. Today, in addition to skilled nursing and assisted living, Pines offers in and out-patient rehabilitation therapy, education for professionals and family members in the United States and internationally who are caring for those with dementia, a falls prevention program, and pre-school for children of staff as well as the broader community.  What has never changed at Pines is our support of residents even after they have outlived their financial resources.  Indeed, we care for the largest number of those residents in all of Southwest Florida. As Director of Development on the foundation team, Janet will focus her considerable talent on raising funds so that we can continue to provide these services long into the future.”

Ginn brings to Pines of Sarasota Foundation a professional history of building relationships and meeting the family, financial and social needs of donors while building organizational sustainability.  She has served as trustee for more than 1600 charitable instruments and 800 named funds. She was awarded the prestigious “Arkansas Traveler” designation by then-Arkansas’ Governor Mike Huckabee, signifying her as an international ambassador for the state of Arkansas. She is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE), Rotarian and Paul Harris Fellow and a graduate of the Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management Course at Harvard Business School.

“I am both humbled and honored to be joining such a remarkable organization and look forward to many years of service to the community through my work with Pines of Sarasota Foundation,” stated Ginn.  “I am passionate about the mission and vision of Pines of Sarasota Foundation as it is one that touches my heart and the lives of so many. I am excited to play a part in the continued success of this life changing organization.” 

For more information about Pines of Sarasota Foundation, please call Elizabeth Hickman at 941-955-6293