A happy home is part of the American dream. For many children, that dream can become a nightmare of abuse and neglect. As a result, just under 700,000 abused or neglected children pass through America’s foster care system every year— more than 1,500 in Manatee, Sarasota and DeSoto counties alone. The problem is big, but…

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By JIMMY PETERS Arcadian Hometown Editor Aug 8, 2019 When I walked through the door of the Louis and Gloria Flanzer Boys & Girls Club, I was immediately bombarded with the happy shouts of energetic kids. Three young boys were huddled around a computer, a group of girls danced to a program on the television,…

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Grateful patients often leave flowers or chocolates at the nurses’ station, but philanthropist Gloria Flanzer had the means to think big. In the early 2000s, she asked her personal physician, Dr. Raymond Dean Hautamaki, what she could do for Sarasota Memorial Hospital… Read More…

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The countywide collaboration known as First 1,000 Days Sarasota County — which started in April with the goal of supporting local families during a child’s most critical period of development — announced Thursday a donation that will fund a key initiative: hiring hospital-based navigators to guide new mothers through pregnancy, birth and beyond… Read More…

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Perhaps the only thing more impressive than the great love Gloria and Lou showed for each other during their 66 years of marriage is the generosity behind their longstanding commitment to philanthrophy… Read More…

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Philanthropist Gloria Flanzer died Monday, at the age of 87, at her home on Longboat Key.    Born May, 23, 1927, in Manhattan, N.Y., Flanzer was preceded in death by her husband, Louis Flanzer, who died in 2013 at the age of 93. Both were long-time residents of Longboat Key; they called the island home for…

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Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Sarasota Manatee’s purchase of prime downtown Sarasota property was made possible by a $1.8 million from the Louis & Gloria Flanzer Philanthropic Trust. Read More

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