A longtime community member, Todd has been a key contributor to the Sarasota County Fire Department for twenty-three years. A graduate of the Venice Fire Academy, Todd has served as a lieutenant at fire station #16, in addition to reporting as a paramedic, engineer, and a component of the special ops and honor guard teams for the past fourteen years.
Throughout Spring Training at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, we honor members of our extended Orioles community who have distinguished themselves by selflessly working or volunteering in fields that care for, serve, teach, protect, and improve the lives of others around the corner or around the globe. Selected honorees each receive four game tickets, parking, an award medal, and the opportunity to be featured on the video board during an in-game ceremony.
As a longtime resident of Sarasota, Michael has dedicated countless hours of his time volunteering at Manasota BUDS. Founded in 2002, Manasota BUDS is a volunteer-based non-profit organization that has helped over two hundred children with down syndrome and their families, as well as raised and extended over 1.4 million dollars to the community. Over the past seventeen years, Mike has averaged over 140 hours of service each year; that is over 2,380 volunteer hours.
After completing her first year of teaching visual arts to elementary and middle school students, Education Foundation of Sarasota County named Heather the 2020 Sarasota County Teacher of the Year. Heather will represent district educators for 2020 and will receive a nomination for state Teacher of the Year. As a teacher, she views her classroom as an extraordinary, fair space for teaching problem-solving, in addition to other essential lessons to her students. Heather was awarded the Florida Best and Brightest Award for consecutive years since 2015.
Colonel Bill Goodwin entered the military in 1950 and retired in 1983. He was a commander specializing in tanks and aviation in the Korean and Vietnam Wars. He served as the helicopter pilot for presidents Kennedy and Johnson -- flying Army One.
Colonel Goodwin's military decorations include the Legion of Merit, Soldier's Medal, Bronze Star and ten Air Medals. Following retirement, he served as a peace keeper with multinational forces in the Sinai Desert, ensuring peace in the region.
A lead volunteer at five mobile pantry sites for All Faiths Food Bank, Dan exemplifies the dependability and kindness demonstrated by the Food Bank's many volunteers. Together they contribute more than 47,000 hours of service each year to help the hungry.
Inspired by her own struggles earlier in life and seeing the need of many in our community, Dr. Glasco founded Second Chance-Last Opportunity to help people help themselves.
The nonprofit organization, supported by foundations and individual donors, offers life management skills training, counseling, after-school youth programs, and more.
Lynn was a passionate supporter of the Sarasota YMCA and Sarasota high school baseball. A coach for Sarasota Little League and youth football, Lynn helped establish the long-running Sarasota Baseball Classic and facilitated many other youth tournaments in Sarasota county. For many years he coordinated parking at Ed Smith Stadium to benefit the Sarasota YMCA.
An outspoken advocate for the overlooked and under-represented, Lynn was a tireless and reliable volunteer, even while founding and operating a successful business in Sarasota.
Nestled on 32-acres, The Haven offers programs and services to enhance quality of life for adults and children with disabilities. The Haven's staff -- and volunteers like Michael -- encourage independence, champion inclusion, and advocate for individual rights for people with disabilities.
Michael has volunteered at the Haven for 10 years. twice a week, over 100 adults with disabilities join Michael on nature walks he leads around the campus. He knows each of The Haven's 250 adult clients individually and makes sure they have gifts on their birthdays.
A firefighter / E.M.T. with the Sarasota County Fire Department, Paul has served the Sarasota community for 13 of his 26 years in fire service. As president of the Sarasota County Firefighters Benevolent Fund, Paul donates his free time to assisting Sarasota County Firefighters and citizens during times of crisis.
Sarasota County's 2019 Teacher of the Year! Shane provides music education and therapy services to students ages 5 to 22 at Oak Park School, Sarasota County's School for Special Needs. Oak Park is one of ten schools participating in the Orioles Health & Fitness Challenge.
Shane is known for being able to quickly build rapport and engage with children. he uses highly creative methods to motivate students and encourage learning gains, such as increasing eye contact and interacting with peers. He builds on students' abilities instead of dwelling so much on disabilities.
Stricken with a rare form of brain cancer, Holly's daughter Payton passed away at the age of 5. Holly and her husband Patrick were inspired by their daughter's brave fight and moved by the financial and emotional stress facing the families of seriously ill children.
Today, the Payton Wright Foundation assists families who have children being treated for brain and spinal cord malignancies. The foundation pays for gas cards, monthly rent, mortgage, and utility bills, and provides uplifting care packages filled with items that can bring comfort to children.
A police officer for the Sarasota Police Department, Tripp is a veteran K-9 Unit, Marine Patrol Officer and a member of the Police Dive Team Unit. He also is an Olympic gold medalist in swimming, competing on Team USA in the 1992 and 1996 games. Today, Tripp volunteers his time and celebrity to support many local and national nonprofits, such as the Sarasota Firefighters Benevolent Fund, Sarasota Sharks and Sarasota Tsunami swim teams, National Pediatric Cancer Foundation, and happiness is camping for children with cancer in New Jersey.
A detective in the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office. First Lieutenant Hammill is a Navy veteran and active member of the U.S. Army. Over the last year, Hammill served in Syria, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, and Iraq.
Lieutenant Anderson is a decorated paramedic with the Sarasota County Fire Department. Since beginning her career as a firefighter and E.M.T., she earned her leadership position through hard work and dedication to the community while serving in some of the county's busiest fire stations. Lieutenant Anderson has received numerous awards for saving the lives of people in life-threatening emergencies and has been named Firefighter of the Year by several community-based organizations.
Named the 2018 Teacher of the Year for Sarasota County Schools, Coach Ivey has taught social studies, world history honors, and A.P. psychology at Riverview High School. He has also served as Riverview's head coach for both the boys' and girls' basketball teams, where he works hard to have a positive impact on all of the children he teaches both on and off the court. Coach Ivey is committed to helping young people succeed in school, in the game, and in life.
Scott is the executive director of the Mayors' Feed the Hungry Program, a nonprofit that collects and distributes food to people in need. Since 1987, the organization has distributed more than 600 tons of food and $3.5 million in food gift cards. Each November, the Orioles host the charity's Thanksgiving Sorting Day at Ed Smith Stadium, where hundreds of volunteers come together to sort donated food. Scott's tireless efforts to organize the nonprofit's annual food drive resulted in a record of 74 tons of food donated to the hungry in 2017.
Dan is the president of the Miracle League of Manasota where Laura is an active volunteer. The nonprofit organization is dedicated to making baseball accessible to everyone, regardless of ability. Dan helped secure Sarasota County's funding for the league's specialized ballfield and currently recruits players, coaches, and volunteers. Laura managed administration, recruited volunteers and currently assists with game day coordination, special events, fundraising, and community awareness. Through the Tellors' tireless efforts, the league continues to grow and inspire others.
A retired business executive, Bob is president of the 500-member Hospital Volunteers of Venice, a nonprofit that supports Venice Regional Bayfront Health. Bob and his fellow volunteers provide caring and compassion to help patients and their families when facing illness or injury. The HVV also raises funds for health care scholarships. Bob's volunteer service extends beyond the hospital as a mentor and tutor for youths in the Venice community. His dedication challenges each of us to do what we can to help our neighbors.
A retired Sarasota County Sheriff's major and former U.S. Army pilot, Kevin advocates for military veterans and their families. He is a dedicated fundraiser and leader for veteran-focused charities, including the national Operation Second Chance, based in Maryland, and Operation Patriot Support, based in Sarasota. No matter the challenge, Kevin's response is to solve and succeed, making the lives of veterans and their families safer, healthier, and happier.
A leader in the Sarasota area's Rotary organization, Jim has spearheaded expansion of the Suncoast Campaign for Grade Level Reading, kindergarten readiness bags, and a dental care program for school children. Jim has demonstrated strategic vision in connecting Rotary's resources with regional needs and solutions identified by the Patterson Foundation, Gulf Coast Community Foundation, Community Foundation of Sarasota County, and the Sarasota County Health Department. Jim is committed to fostering child literacy and wellness throughout Sarasota County and beyond.
A leader in the Newtown Alive initiative, Vickie represents a team of professionals and volunteers who are preserving and sharing the rich history of Sarasota's Newtown neighborhood. The Newtown Alive team has produced a book, a report, installed 15 historical markers, conducted oral history interviews, and inventoried 150 historic Newtown structures. Their work celebrates the ground-breaking social changes brought about by Newtown residents across the generations -- residents such as Negro League legend Buck O'Neil.
A criminal investigation detective in the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office, Rafael has more than 20 years of law enforcement experience. He also is a chief petty officer in the U.S. Coast Guard where he supervises a security unit for seaports and command and control centers. Rafael has deployed with his team seven times since 2004. His service in the Middle East and rescue and relief efforts for Haiti, Hurricane Katrina, and Puerto Rico have required many sacrifices by Rafael and his family. Rafael inspires others by his courage and commitment in serving our community and our nation.
A lead volunteer at All Faiths Food Bank, Murph manages registration at many pantry distributions across Sarasota County. Murph exemplifies the dependability and kindness demonstrated by the Food Bank's many volunteers, who together contribute more than 47,000 hours of service each year to help the hungry. In 2017, All Faiths Food Bank distributed over 10.2 million pounds of food -- equating to 8.5 million meals. This monumental effort is only possible through the dedicated service of volunteers like Murph.