SARASOTA/BRADENTON, FL – During the annual “Miracle Fest,” the primary fundraising event for Ave Maria Preparatory School, Goodwill Manasota vice president of mission services Margie Genter will be honored with the “Archangel Award” for 2016. The award is given to a person who has gone above and beyond to help those with special learning needs, who is committed to improving the quality of life for others, and exemplifies the true meaning of leadership throughout the community.
The Miracle Fest will be held on Wednesday, March 9 at Renaissance on 9th (1816 9th Street W., Bradenton) from 6-9pm. Special guest at the event will be Joy Weston, internationally published best-selling author; emcee will be Veronica Brandon Miller, Goodwill Manasota Foundation vice president. Guests will also enjoy dinner and live and silent auctions.
“We are extremely fortunate to have such committed and proud supporters, and the help of the wonderful staff of Goodwill Manasota. Margie has been involved in helping us to achieve our mission since Ave Maria Preparatory School began, and she has served on our board for many years,” said Sister Gilchrist Cottrill, founder and CEO of Ave Maria Preparatory School. “She’s a champion for those with diverse abilities at our school and throughout the region, in her capacity as vice president at Goodwill. We look forward to showing our appreciation to the entire community during the Miracle Fest.”
Genter has served as the vice president of mission services at Goodwill for 28 years. She provides administrative oversight for services including case management, housing, job placement and neighborhood development. She has numerous certifications and has completed the Goodwill Industries International Executive Training Program. She is a board member with Ave Maria and the Beneva Oaks apartment complex, which offers low-income housing for people with disabilities, and is the secretary on the board of directors of Turning Points.
The Miracle Fest Archangel Award-winner for 2015 was Goodwill Manasota president and CEO Bob Rosinsky; he was thrilled that the honors stayed close to home this year.
“Ave Maria is close to our hearts at Goodwill because we believe everyone who wishes to work should have the opportunity. We are always looking for ways to improve the lives of those in our community, regardless of background, education, experience, or the barriers to employment that may exist for each individual,” said Rosinsky. “Goodwill is proud to partner with Ave Maria to help young people reach their potential and achieve their life goals. I offer my congratulations to my valued colleague Margie Genter for this well-deserved recognition.”
Located in Myakka City, Ave Maria Preparatory School is the only grade 2-12 school for children and young adults with special learning needs in Sarasota, Manatee, Desoto and Hardee counties. The nonprofit school serves individuals ages 6-22 with issues including autism, Attention Deficit Disorder, Asperger’s Syndrome, Tourette syndrome and bipolar disorders, helping students to receive a standard diploma.
Tuition at Ave Maria is $12,000 and, although many students currently receive the McKay Scholarship – which provides, on average, half of the tuition – the remaining balance can be difficult to cover. Many parents of students at Ave Maria face higher medical costs than other families and cannot afford the remainder of the tuition without assistance. Fundraisers are critical to the success of the school, and the annual Miracle Fest has offered a way for local businesses and community leaders to lend support to this important and much-needed institution.
About Goodwill Manasota
Goodwill Manasota is an industry-leading, 501(c)(3), not-for-profit organization that changes lives through the power of work. With the sales of donated goods and philanthropic donations, Goodwill is able to assist people with disabilities and other barriers to employment by providing job skills training and employment opportunities. In 2015, Goodwill Manasota served 22,739 people, placed 961 people in jobs and assisted 358 veterans as they reintegrated back into the civilian workforce. Goodwill Manasota’s economic impact back to the community is worth $81.3 million. Goodwill is one of the pioneers of the reduce-reuse-recycle movement and this past year diverted 41 million pounds out of the landfill. We accomplish our mission through a network of Good Neighbor Centers in Sarasota, Manatee, Hardee and DeSoto counties and our Mission Development Services (MDS) around North America. Goodwill Manasota is accountable to a local Board of Directors. Goodwill Manasota in essence belongs to this community, and is not owned by any individual or company. For more information, visit www.experiencegoodwill.org.