Goodwill Manasota, Sarasota Kiwanis Club Host Veterans Day Breakfast

Annual event to benefit Goodwill’s Veterans Services Program and the Sarasota Kiwanis Foundation

Published Friday, November 6, 2015

SARASOTA/BRADENTON, FL – For the second year, the Sarasota Kiwanis Club invites the community to attend the Veterans’ Day Breakfast benefiting the Sarasota Kiwanis Foundation and Goodwill Manasota’s Veterans Services Program. The breakfast will be held on Veterans Day, November 11, from 7-9am at Robarts Arena (3000 Ringling Blvd.) in Sarasota.

The event will feature keynote speaker Brigadier General Charles Shugg, a retired vice commander of the 24th Air Force in Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. The 24th Air Force provides combatant commanders with trained and ready cyber forces that plan and conduct cyberspace operations.

In addition to the guest speaker, the breakfast will feature a medley of service anthems played on the trumpet by Danny Bilyeu, and the Sarasota County Veterans Commission will conduct a commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War by awarding a commemorative lapel pin to all Vietnam-era veterans in attendance.

“Goodwill Manasota is proud to be a gold sponsor and participate in this annual event with a valued community partner like the Sarasota Kiwanis Club,” said Goodwill Manasota president and CEO Bob Rosinsky. “Our organization works hard to provide much-needed programs and services for our returning heroes because we believe that veterans deserve to be recognized for their many sacrifices every day – not just on Veterans Day. We hope the community will come out in force to honor our veterans and let them know we appreciate all they have done and continue to do for us.”

Purmort & Martin Insurance Agency is the presenting sponsor, Community Aids Network is the diamond sponsor, and gold sponsors are Williams Parker Harrison Dietz & Getzen and Goodwill Manasota.

The breakfast is scheduled to begin at 7am; the program starts at 7:35am. Tickets are $25/person; sponsorships are still available. To register, contact Kim Noyes at (941) 925.2970 or

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 2014, Goodwill Manasota served more than 16,000 people, placed 680 people in jobs and assisted 520 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 39 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