AIA Florida Gulf Coast Chapter contributes to Goodwill's Rick & Coni Fawley Scholarship Fund

Funds will help Goodwill employees and Job Connection clients to earn their GEDs

Published Thursday, April 28, 2016

AIA DOnationSARASOTA/BRADENTON, FL – Goodwill Manasota recently received a contribution from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Florida Gulf Coast Chapter to the “Rick and Coni Fawley Scholarship Fund.” Community leader Rick Fawley passed away last September; he had lost his beloved wife, Coni, earlier in the year. Not only did Rick achieve career success through his business, Fawley Bryant Architects, Inc., he was also committed to helping others and working to improve lives through public service. He was recognized for his community involvement with the AIA Citizen Architect designation in 2014. Fawley served on the Goodwill Manasota board of directors for 20 years.

Donations to this fund will help Goodwill team members and Job Connection patrons who do not have their high school diploma to earn their GED. Immediately following Rick Fawley’s passing last September, the AIA Gulf Coast Chapter board of directors decided to do a spotlight on Rick at their Annual Meeting. “After all, Rick was not only behind some of our community’s most iconic buildings and landmarks, but he had previously served on our board,” said Lisa Hess, president of AIA Florida Gulf Coast Chapter. “We also agreed to make a charitable contribution in his honor, since Rick was all about making a positive change in our community.”

Following its annual meeting, the AIA Gulf Coast Chapter set up a matching funds drive on its website, eventually raising $1,500 from its members.  Lisa Hess presented the check to Goodwill Manasota vice president, Veronica Brandon Miller, and director of marketing & PR, Samantha Cummins, at the AIA Center for Architecture.

“Knowing that the Rick and Coni Fawley Scholarship Fund is positively shaping our community’s future, as students earn their GED, is wonderful way to continue the Fawley legacy; our chapter is honored to be part of that contribution,” said Hess.

A recent study at Goodwill Manasota found that 133 team members have no high school diploma and that 435 employees have no post-secondary training. Through the Fawley Scholarship Fund, Goodwill team members are taking classes with a GED teacher at the workplace, while on the clock.  Goodwill currently has 15 students enrolled in the GED program, which started in December of 2015. The first group of students is expected to be ready to take their GED exam in December of 2016.

“We are so grateful to individuals in the community who support our mission of changing lives through the power of work, and businesses and business associations that showcase great corporate social responsibility, as the AIA Gulf Coast Chapter has with this generous and heartfelt contribution,” said Bob Rosinsky, Goodwill Manasota president and CEO. “Rick Fawley is still deeply missed by his friends and colleagues; this donation is a most fitting recognition of his dedication to public service and a tribute to his memory.”

Goodwill Manasota would like to thank all of the generous donors who have contributed to the Rick and Coni Fawley Scholarship Fund. To see a listing of all of the donors to the fund, or to donate to the Rick & Coni Fawley Scholarship Fund, go to www.experiencegoodwill.org; call (941) 355-2721 for more information.

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.