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The Sarasota Manatee Chapter received the Distinguished Service Award at the 2016 Installment Dinner and Awards Presentation.

Read The Full Article Published in the November 2016 Issue of "The Docket" - The Official Newspaper of the Sarasota County Bar Association
The Sarasota Manatee Chapter donated funds to Sarasota County Technical Institute (SCTI) as part of the National Association of Legal Administrators Community Connection Program which sent two of their students to a leadership competition in Orlando.
Community Challenge Event: SMCALA hosted a baby shower for 40 teenage students enrolled in the Sarasota County Cyesis Teen Parent Program ("Cyesis").

Cyesis is a little known dropout prevention program within the Sarasota County (Florida) School system, whose goal is to increase the likelihood that pregnant and parenting students will earn a high school diploma or its equivalent. Students are also given vocational counseling and continuing education opportunities to enable them to leave the program with plans for continued success.

All SMCALA members collected new baby items and donations from area law offices. On October 16th we hosted a luncheon for the students, and provided each new mother with a diaper bag filled with necessities for their newborn's first months, including diapers, cream, wipes, and assorted clothing and bibs and a $25 gift card from Babies 'R Us. Since several of the students had recently delivered their babies, after the girls ate lunch, we were treated to a visit from the newborns, most of them just weeks old! An article and photos were published in the local newspaper following the event.

As a result of this project, our chapter was able to offer the students and their babies assistance in starting their lives together. We received so many donations that we were able to give the school a supply of baby items for future students. Publicity from the event will hopefully bring more donations to the Cyesis program from the community. For further information, please review the Cyesis website at http://www.srqk12.net/Cyesis/Home.aspx

Cyesis Acknowledgement Cards | Sarasota Herald Article
Community Challenge Event: The Chapter celebrated the 10th anniversary of ALA's global philanthropy effort by collecting items to fill care packages for soldiers deployed from Florida to Iraq. The recipients of these care packages were men and women who had been identified by their commanding officers as not receiving mail or packages from "home". Although the solders can purchase items themselves, it is especially nice for them to receive a box from a stranger who may or may not support the war but supports the troops.

Award of Excellence for Bar Relations | First Place
Award for Excellence in Education "Ducks In A Row, Continuing Education Luncheon Series for Legal Staff" | Honorable Mention