macneil_monogramIt gives us great pleasure to welcome the following new members of the MacNeil Society in 2016. These new members join the existing 26 members of the MacNeil Society, bringing our total membership to 37.

The amount of deferred giving represented by this 2016 group of members totals over $1,543,600. The total deferred giving from all living members of the group totals more than $2,825,000, and we have received over $394,000 since 2012 from those who have passed away. We are very grateful to those who have made a gift in their estate to benefit Plymouth Harbor — planting seeds for the future.

New in 2016

Tom and Marie Belcher, Celia Catlett and Gene Heide, Harold and Kathy Dombrowski, Charles Gehrie, Nancy A. Gross, Fran Knight, Vera Kohn, Ted Rehl, John W. Markham, III, Rebecca and Paul Pazkowski, Charleen Sessions

Members Since 2012

Joe Berkely, Charles R. and Gloria J. Broderick, Ruth Carmichael, Even T. Collinsworth, Evelin Corsey, Bruce Crawford, John and Alida DeJongh, Jeanette M. DeVore, Carl Denney and Winnie Downes, Beatrice Doheny, Elsie Dreffein, Matilda Fontaine, Harry and Nancy Hobson, Allen and Stephanie Hochfelder, Henry and Janet Jacobs, Susan Johnson, Elizabeth and William Johnston, Gerda and Vytas (Mac) Maceikonis, Walt and Gerry Mattson, Jeanne McNulty, Anne Moore, Joan Runge, Bobi Sanderson, Joan Sheil, Jack and Peg Smith, Phil and Barry Starr

 

Congratulations 2016 Scholarship Recipients! We are very pleased to present the following individuals who have been awarded scholarships from the Plymouth Harbor Foundation this year.

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Carol Bello — Daughter of Martha Chavez, Housekeeping Staff, 
Foundation Scholarship ($2,000)

Carol is in her final year at Florida State University, pursuing a degree in social work and political science. She hopes to go on to law school after earning her bachelor’s degree. One day, she wants to make a difference in the government and assist in creating better laws and regulations to help immigrants.


Picture2Dallas Conklin — Dining Staff, Foundation Scholarship ($1,500)

Dallas has been accepted into the Art of Sound Recording Course of the Audio Engineer Training Program at Clear Track Studios in Clearwater. Dallas has been a musician and writer of music since grade school and wishes now to pursue the technical and production aspects of recording. He hopes someday to have a career in music production/engineering.

 


Picture3Dayle Cortes — Son of Hernando Cortes, SCC Nursing Staff, 
Foundation Scholarship ($2,000)

Dayle has been accepted into the University of Florida Innovation Academy to pursue an accounting degree. He hopes to become a CPA in the next five years. He is excited to be attending the Innovation Academy, as he will be able to explore entrepreneurship while working on an accounting major and an innovation minor.

 


Picture4Desiree Whatley — Home Care Staff, Foundation Scholarship ($2,000)

Desiree is a student at Manatee Technical College, studying to be a Surgical Technical Assistant. She recently earned her Associates in Arts degree at State College of Florida and hopes to eventually earn a Bachelor’s in Health Science. The Surgical Technical Assistant program certification at Manatee Technical College will get her one step closer to her goal.

 


Picture5Vernicia (Nici) Crenshaw — Dining Staff and Daughter of Michelle 
Brinson, Housekeeping Staff, Bea Davis Scholarship ($1,500)

Nici is a student at Meridian College, studying obstetric sonography. She is intrigued by the 3D and 4D ultrasounds, and has a passion for being part of the process as parents first “meet” their babies, seeing their faces through the advanced technology. Nici said she knew when she was in high school that this was the career for her.

 

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Hannah Matosky — Daughter of Steve Matosky, Security Staff, 
Foundation Scholarship ($2,000)

Hannah is a senior at University of Central Florida, earning her bachelor’s degree in human communications. She hopes to work in brand development after graduation and has several internships lined up along the way. Her passion is to help companies be the best they can be by helping them tell their story.

 


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Kaylee Hood — Dining Staff, Evelin Corsey Scholarship ($1,500)

Kaylee is a student at University of South Florida, majoring in health sciences and healthcare administration, and would eventually like to earn her master’s degree. She hopes to become a speech pathologist so that she can help children with speech disorders adjust to the society around them.  

 


Picture8Lucas Smith — Son of Edna Pineda, Housekeeping Staff, Jeannette 
Gehrie Music Scholarship ($1,500)

Lucas is our youngest scholarship recipient, having turned six this year. His mother shares that he has shown an inclination in music for several years and during testing was shown to have an ear and talent for it. He will be taking drum and keyboard lessons for the next six months.

 

 

VPicture9alerie Bixler — Daughter of Shelley Bixler, SCC Nursing Staff, Jane T. Smiley Scholarship ($2,000)

Valerie aspires to become a dental hygienist, as she would like to help educate patients on the importance of dental health and prevention. She is currently at State College of Florida pursuing her associates’ degree and will then continue on to the dental hygiene program.

 

 


Picture10Venise Andre — Dining Staff, Foundation Scholarship ($2,000)

Venise Andre is attending Valencia Community College to pursue a degree in business management. Venise is the youngest of five siblings, the first to finish high school, and the only one to go on to college. She lost her mother when she was 10 and hopes that by furthering her education, she will be fulfilling a dream her mother had for her.

 

Resident Vera Kohn passed away in March of this year. During her lifetime, Vera made annual gifts to the Employee Assistance Fund to benefit Employee Hardship cases. In July, we were fortunate to receive a gift of $10,000 from the Vera Kohn Trust to benefit employee hardship. The trust officer said in his letter to us: “Vera held you in high esteem and she wished to express her appreciation and admiration.” We are very honored and appreciative of Vera’s kind feelings for our hardworking and deserving employees. We welcome Vera as a new member of the MacNeil Society.

 

In 1999, Anne and Albert Moore established a Charitable Remainder Unitrust (CRUT) with their financial managers, naming Plymouth Harbor as one of the recipients of the remainder. Albert passed away in January 2015, and a little over a year later, in February 2016, Anne passed. In June, we received the unrestricted distribution from their CRUT in the amount of $29,000. Anne shared this information with us years before she passed away, so we were able to recognize the Moores in the MacNeil Society over the years and celebrate their estate gift while they were alive. We are very grateful for their forward thinking in establishing this gift.

A Charitable Remainder Unitrust is a gift vehicle that has several advantages to the donor:

1) Generates income to the donor for life;

2) Offers a tax deduction at the time the gift is made;

3) Rate of income is a fixed percent for life;

4) Donor may use cash or appreciated securities to fund;

5) Donor may name more than one charitable beneficiary. With a CRUT, the donor continues to receive a fixed percentage of income over their life, and whatever remains in the trust at the end of life is what is distributed to the charitable beneficiaries.

 

Last month, we learned that Fran Knight had passed away. Fran lived at Plymouth Harbor for nearly 20 years before she moved in early 2015 to be closer to her daughters in Massachusetts.

During her years with us, she was involved in a variety of committees and activities at Plymouth Harbor. One such involvement was in art, as she was both an artist and a lover of art. We are honored to have recently received $5,000 from Fran’s trust, which her daughters wish to benefit the Plymouth Harbor Art Fund. The fund was established to support both resident artists and overall art at Plymouth Harbor. It is our pleasure to include Fran Knight as a member of the MacNeil Society.

 

It is with pleasure that I announce that Becky Pazkowski has been promoted from Vice President to Senior Vice President of Philanthropy for Plymouth Harbor. Becky has done an admirable job in a key leadership position to help us establish The Plymouth Harbor Foundation since her arrival on June 11, 2012.

During her four-year tenure at Plymouth Harbor, she has successfully led the Wellness Center Capital Campaign and the Pilgrim Hall Rejuvenation Campaign.  In addition, working with donors, she has helped us establish over $14,000 in annual educational scholarships awards, grow the employee hardship fund, establish a young person volunteer program to assist residents, seek grant funding from other foundations, and establish a planned giving program for legacy gifts. In the last four years, Becky has helped to generate over $4,000,000 in gifts to support life at Plymouth Harbor now and into the future.

In addition to her duties as our chief philanthropic officer, Becky has assisted me on other key projects. I hope that you will join me in congratulating Becky Pazkowski, our Senior Vice President of Philanthropy, for earning this promotion.

Harry E. Hobson, President/CEO

 

By: Becky Pazkowski

Picture154Mildred and Bernard Doyle (Mimi and Larry to their friends) lived at Plymouth Harbor from 1977 until they passed away in 1996 and 1997. Mrs. Doyle was a Sarasota native and one of four in the first graduating class of Sarasota High School. She was the sister of Verona Burns, who was married to Owen Burns (of Burns Court).

Mr. Doyle was from Baltimore and came to Sarasota to work on completing the “hard road” that we now know as U.S. 41, between Fruitville and Phillippi Creek. The two met during his time in Sarasota, but he left for the war and other jobs in Baltimore. When his friend mentioned that Mimi was being courted by another, Larry quickly returned to Sarasota on a Thursday, proposed on Friday, and they were married on Saturday! So began their life together.

Although bright and ambitious, neither of the Doyles was educated beyond high school, yet they valued education immensely. When they came to live at Plymouth Harbor, they had much adoration for the employees. The Rev. Dr. Jack Smith, former executive director of Plymouth Harbor, having known them both very well, knew of their passion for education and employees and suggested that a scholarship program be established with the gift they left Plymouth Harbor in their endowed trust. Known today as the Doyle Scholarships, nearly 30 individuals have directly benefited from this generous gift throughout the years.

The 2016 Doyle Scholarship recipients are:

 LaToya Jackson

LaToya Jackson has been a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) for seven years, now working in our Home Care department. She is a student at Meridian College, studying Diagnostic Medical Sonography. Her goal is to earn her Bachelor’s degree in Pediatric Cardiac Sonography. She has chosen the healthcare field because she loves to help people and has a “hands-on” approach to care.

She has been described by her supervisors as a compassionate, attentive caregiver, with a deep desire to learn. Anyone who knows LaToya knows that she is a remarkably positive individual with high standards of care, and is a delight to be around. Congratulations, LaToya!

Elly Walton

 Elly Walton just graduated from Riverview High School’s International Baccalaureate Program. She plans to attend Florida State University in a pre-med program, which she has already begun in the IB Program at Riverview. Eventually, she plans to attend Emory University Medical School. Armed with her M.D., she will pursue her longtime goal of service to others somewhere in Africa, hopefully aboard the Africa Mercy (a hospital ship belonging to the humanitarian organization, Mercy Ships).

Elly has over 200 hours of community service, and is a cherished valet here at Plymouth Harbor. She includes her time here at Plymouth Harbor as part of her journey to learning that even one’s wildest dreams can be accomplished. Congratulations, Elly!

 

3212L3-PILGRIM_HALL-SD (3)We are very happy to say that progress is being made in the rejuvenation of Pilgrim Hall. Following is an update on the project, as it stands at the end of May.

The construction drawings have been completed and are with Willis Smith (the contractor) and the City of Sarasota (for permitting). Willis Smith has invited subcontractors to bid on the project, which will result in a final construction cost. We will have the cost by the end of June, at which time we should also possess the permits from the city.

The Project Design Team (Phil Starr, John DeJongh, Fran Rehl, Ted Rehl, Charles Gehrie, Maryanne Shorin, Harry Hobson, and Becky Pazkowski) has been attending a series of meetings with the architect (Laura Adcock, WBRC Architects) and the interior designer (Marne Kaplan, Marne Kaplan Interior Design, Inc.). A color scheme encompassing fabrics, carpet, wood, curtains, wall coverings, and fixtures has been selected for both inside the hall and the corridor directly outside of the hall that complements the café, dining room, and lobby décor. (Note that the previously viewed wall images for the corridor that were discussed at last June’s resident meeting are not in the final design template). The new design of the entrance includes widening of both doors from the corridor by 18’’ each. New seating is progressing, with two companies still in the bidding process. The seating goal is to improve comfort, maintain capacity, and accommodate wheelchairs and scooters.

The acoustician and audio/video experts have submitted their recommendations, which have been accepted by the Project Design Team. The improvements include upgrades of acoustical materials throughout the hall, surround sound, high capacity voice amplification, high definition video projection, and sound monitoring from the rear of the hall. Also included are capabilities to view Pilgrim Hall performances from the Club Room and Wellness Center.

The Club Room voice microphones, surround sound, and TV monitor have all been upgraded. Previously, only two microphones were available…now, we have 10. Previously, the sound for the video projection and the microphones all came from the same ceiling speakers…now, we have a brand new surround sound system that has dedicated speakers in the ceiling and on the floor in the front and back of the room. This system handles any sound coming from the TV. The new 85’’ 4k television takes the place of the previous video projector and screen. Now all video projection, including cable TV, can be viewed on this screen. This includes anything done from a computer, from cable, or from a DVD. We also upgraded the internet access to hardwire, as opposed to Wi-Fi, which will improve the performance of streamed videos.

We anticipate that the rejuvenation in Pilgrim Hall will commence at the end of June, with a projected six-month schedule. Let’s hope for an end of the year grand opening celebration!

 

By: Becky Pazkowski

For the first time, Plymouth Harbor is able to offer Workplace English to our primarily Spanish-speaking employees, as part of our OnBoard Employee Wellness Program. The course is administered by State College of Florida’s Workplace Education program.

The classes are 2 hours per week for 10 weeks, and will be offered here on the campus of Plymouth Harbor for the convenience of our employees who wish to participate. At the end of the 10 week course, which runs March 1st through May 3rd, participants will receive a certificate of completion. This course is made possible through gifts to the Plymouth Harbor Foundation.

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By: Becky Pazkowski

Picture5As of this writing, we have experienced quite a year in our history of The Foundation. So far, we have over $1,200,000 in current gifts, from more than 500 gifts and pledges. In addition, we welcomed nine new members to the MacNeil Society (those who named The Foundation in their estate plans), totaling over $231,000 in new deferred gifts this year.

We are so very grateful for all who have made these contributions! We will detail these gifts and stories in the 2015 Impact Report, coming out in March of 2016.