From left to right: Joy Mahler, CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast; Tom Wood of the Wilson-Wood Foundation; Donna Chianese, administrative assistant to Joy Mahler; and Susan Wood of the  Wilson-Wood Foundation.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast has received multiple grants from Southwest Florida organizations in support of its mission to provide one-to-one mentoring relationships to children ages 6-18 years old in Sarasota, Manatee, DeSoto, Highlands, Hardee, Charlotte, Lee, Hendry and Collier counties. The organization received a $20,000 grant from SunTrust Foundation - Tampa/Southwest Florida and $22,000 from United Way South Sarasota County for its Beyond School Walls program; $15,000 from the  Wilson–Wood Foundation for its Reading Bigs program; $3,000 from The Wawa Foundation to support its Decisions to Win program in  Lee, Manatee and Sarasota Counties; and $2,000 from the Heron Creek Community Foundation to supports its Gateways To Graduation program in North Port. The four grants total $62,000.

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