April 3, 2019


Michelle Crabtree to be President of the PAWC.

The last meeting of the season is shaping up to be one you will not want to miss. At the May 10th luncheon, the winners of the PAWC 2019 grants will be named and introduced. Chairwoman Peg Beck and her committee have selected small, independent charities that truly make a difference in our community. This year’s grant recipients include: Baby Basics of Sarasota County, Brotherhood of Men Mentor Group, Brothers and Sisters Doing the Right Thing, Dollar Dynasty, Healthy Teens Coalition of Manatee County, Hearing Loss Association of America Sarasota/Manatee Chapter and Mothers Helping Mothers.

Baby Basics supplies diapers and wipes to 100 low-income working families who do not receive government assistance. They also work with the Sarasota Library System to help these families with literacy issues. Brotherhood of Men Mentor Group offers support to young black males. The mentors work to break the cycle of crime and incarceration by helping them stay in school and achieve positive goals. Brothers and Sisters Doing the Right Thing- works directly with students in local schools, offering tutoring, homework help, snack programs and summer programs for teens. Dollar Dynasty assists underprivileged adults and children with basic needs and counseling. Healthy Teens Coalition of Manatee County- offers peer education to help teens reduce risky behavior and make informed choices regarding their physical, mental and emotional well-being. Hearing Loss Association of America Sarasota/Manatee Chapter offers education, advocacy and support to the more than 145,000 hearing impaired in the area. Their new program allows consumers to try and compare different hearing aids. Mothers Helping Mothers furnishes basic needs as well as baby items to families.

The PAWC recognizes the valuable work these organizations accomplish in assisting the community. Nonprofit charities depend upon donations to continue their work in caring for the less fortunate. It is inspiring to support the critical work these organizations are doing on behalf of the needy.

The 2019/2020 PAWC board will be installed in a traditional candlelit ceremony at this luncheon. The nominated officers for the 2019/2020 Executive Board are: President– Michelle Crabtree, Vice President- Carmen McAllister, Recording Secretary- Susan Romine, Corresponding Secretary- Kimberly Lege and Treasurer– Ivonne Cardona. This inspiring ceremony serves as a reminder of the long history of the club and demonstrates that its ideals remain unchanged.

Mail your luncheon reservation checks for $25.00 to the PAWC, P O Box 21051, Bradenton FL 34204. Please contact Barbara at blink22542@gmail.com to confirm your reservation.

At the very successful March Book Sale luncheon, the audience was kept on the edge of their seats listening to Nate Jacobs recount the history of the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe. All listened to how he fought to get his troupe established and how the “traveling” troupe finally found its permanent home in the middle of Sarasota.

Nate founded WBTT in December 1999, as a Sarasota non-profit. This is the only professional black theatre company on Florida’s west coast. WBTT produces musicals, comedies and thought-provoking dramas. The Troupe also provides community outreach and education programs. Programs include summer musical theatre camp, a Jazz Links program for high schools, and a Young Artists series in which aspiring artists produce and perform in their own individual concerts.

Nate Jacobs and his assistant, Mike Mendez both performed songs from their latest show and were received with standing ovations. Lucky Sylvia Agachinsky was ecstatic to win the door prize of two tickets to the WBTT’s latest production.

Our "Mix and Mingle” gatherings are growing more popular every month. Don’t miss the fun. Everyone is guaranteed a wonderful time. It’s also a great time for new and old members to get acquainted. Don’t miss the next one. Please check emails for dates and times.

Remember, the PAWC usually meets on the second Friday of the month at 11 AM (registration at 10:45) from October to May. Membership is open year-round and is not limited to Palm Aire Country Club members. For information, contact membership chair, Cecelia Massey at Ceceliamassey@aol.com. Dues are now $40 yearly.

Club Mailing Address
PO Box 21051
Bradenton, FL 34204