Our mission is to ensure that Sarasota County-based non-profit organizations can continue to serve special needs children in our community in rent free facilities.
It Started As A Dream....
1985Construction of a living center for United Cerebral Palsy - Now occupied by The Florida Center in Sarasota
1987Construction of the original Child Development Center in Sarasota (now known as The Florida Center) and construction of an addition to the Loveland Center in Venice
1990Construction of a third building on The Florida Center’s Sarasota Campus
1991Addition to The Florida Center’s Sarasota Campus
1994Addition to The Florida Center’s Sarasota Campus
1996Construction of a Group Home at Community Haven and Construction of a Hydro-Therapeutic Pool at Oak Park School in Sarasota
1997Construction of a playground area at The Florida Center’s Sarasota Campus
Phase 1 construction of The Florida Center’s Venice Campus
1999Construction of the Gene Whipp Training Center for Special Athletes in Venice
2000Completion of a “State of the Art” Running Track for Sarasota County Special Olympics in Venice Dedication of The Florida Center’s Sarasota Campus in honor of Hollis Tucker, Jr.
2001Dedication of The Florida Center’s Venice Campus in honor of Ronald Foxworthy
2002Dedication of the Cal Erb Building at The Florida Center’s Sarasota Campus
2006Ground breaking and construction of a new “green” building for The Florida Center in North Port
2008Completion and dedication of the John T. Stafford Campus & Kevin Brown Building at The Florida Center’s North Port Campus
2009Maintenance and repairs to The Florida Center’s Campus locations in Sarasota, Venice & North Port
2010Maintenance and repairs to The Florida Center’s Campus locations and Sarasota County Special Olympics facilities
2011Replacement of a new roof on an adult training facility at Community Haven
2012Playground renovations, installation of new sun shade & renovations to Community Haven’s toddler room
Playground, kitchen and other major improvements at Children First’s Venice Campus
2013Renovation of a multi-sensory room for individuals with autism, and other severe disabilities, at Loveland Center’s Venice Campus
Playground renovations & necessary repairs at The Florida Center’s North Port Campus
2014Replacement of multiple air conditioning units at various campus locations
Playground renovation and installation of a sun shade at The Florida Center’s North Port Campus. Replacement of drainage gutters at The Florida Center’s Sarasota Campus
Installation of a security entrance gate at Community Haven
2015Purchase of a new equipment van for sarasota County Special Olympics. Parking lot repairs at The Florida Center’s Sarsaota campus location.
2016Construction of maintenance building at Loveland Village in Venice
Improvements to The Florida Center campus in North Port
Purchase and installation of playground equipment for infants & toddlers at Children First's Sarasota campus
Purchase and installation of new equipment for a multi-sensory room at The Haven in Sarasota
Upgrade to FPL power system at Venice Airport Festival Grounds
Remodeling of the Sertoma Speech Clinic in Venice