SCF Students Collecting Toiletries for Women in Shelters

(Bradenton, Fla., Mar. 19, 2019) — State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) students in the Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) Club are collecting travel-size toiletries – including shampoo, conditioner, soap, deodorant, feminine hygiene products, toothpaste and lotion or sunscreen – for women in need. The club plans to package the items into gift bags to deliver to women’s shelters before Mother’s Day.

The OTA Club will bring the gift bags to shelters in Manatee, Sarasota, Hillsborough and Pinellas counties. Donations may be dropped off through April 30 at SCF Bradenton, 5840 26th St. W., at a donation box inside Building 28.

The OTA program often works with women in shelters and students came up with the idea of giving them something on Mother’s Day to acknowledge their courage and to promote their new start. This is the fifth consecutive year the students have sponsored this initiative. Last year, about 450 individual bags were delivered to five shelters.

Over the years, women’s organizations, dentist offices, businesses and the community have helped contribute to the bags and make a difference in the lives of the women embarking on the next stage of their lives.

For more information, contact Debbie Chasanoff, OTA program director, at or 941-752-5346.

Enjoy an Evening Under the Stars at SCF Venice April 6

(Bradenton, Fla., March 19, 2019) — The State College of Florida Foundation will host “Take Me Out to the Ballgame,” a fun-filled gathering that features food, music and fireworks as part of its 31st annual Evening Under the Stars. The event begins 6 p.m. Apr. 6 at SCF Venice, 8000 S. Tamiami Trail. 

Help welcome the Atlanta Braves Spring Training Facility to the neighborhood with an evening of baseball-themed music performed by The Venice Symphony and SCF musicians under the direction of SCF’s Music Program Manager and Director of Instrumental Studies, Dr. Robyn Bell, followed by a grand fireworks finale. Bring your friends, coolers and chairs, then sit back and relish popular tunes from Kenny Rogers, Bruce Springsteen, Madonna, Eddie Vedder, Count Basie, Neil Diamond, the Sugar Hill Gang and more.

General admission tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the gate. Children under 10 are free. Reserved general admission tickets are $30 in advance and allow ticket holders to bring chairs and coolers to the campus between noon and 2:00 p.m. on April 6, to reserve a spot. In case of rain, the event will be held at 6 p.m. April 7 at SCF Venice.

Tickets for the event can be purchased online at or through select ticket outlets including the SCF Venice Cashier’s office, Bldg. 100, 8000 S. Tamiami Trail, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty, 400 Barcelona Ave., Venice or Key Agency, 1201 S. McCall Road in Englewood and 14942 Tamiami Trail, Suite H, in Northport.

Lead sponsors for the event include the Edmund & Elizabeth Campbell Foundation, SEI Investments, Synovus, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty, Venice Regional Bayfront Health, Venice Gondolier Sun, Gulf Coast Community Foundation, Redenta & Stephen Picazio, Turbine Weld, Sheriff Tom Knight, Premier Community Bank, Atlanta Braves Spring Training Facility and Key Agency.

For information, call 941-752-5390, or visit