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Greetings for the Season - Happy Holidays

by Roger C. Pettingell

Greetings for the Season - Happy Holidays

St. Armands Circle treel lighting ceremony. Happy Holidays.This is the time of year when we say happy holidays and welcome everyone back to Sarasota! I see that lately winter came early for many in the Midwest and Northeast, even breaking some cold temperature records. The warmth of Florida should embrace you soon after you cross the border or step off the plane.

The real estate market was great this year and we were able to help both Buyers and Sellers of homes in the surrounding areas of Longboat Key. For the year of 2013 we have closed $60.9 million in sales for both condos and homes. This was a good year, it is my hope to help clients close even more in 2014.

There is reason for this hopeful prediction. Sarasota was rated in the top 10 exciting small cities by the real estate listing company MOVOTO. This follows the number one and two rankings respectively of Sarasota and northern sister city Bradenton for the best art centers in the United States among small cities by readers of American Style Magazine.

Excitement and art, these are considerations for active buyers of luxury homes. The real estate market is even more active when you throw in some water recreation on the Gulf of Mexico and year round warm weather. Single family median home prices rose to $187,000 in Sarasota County for the month of November, up 20.6 percent over the same month in 2012 as reported by the Sarasota Association of REALTORS®.

All the more reason to be optimistic for home sales in 2014. Now that I am in the holiday spirit I wish everyone a happy holiday season and best wishes for all that the new year has to offer.

Happy Holidays
Roger Pettingell and Family

My Charities for Year Round Support

by Roger C. Pettingell

My Charities for Year Round Support

The holidays are a great time for me to reflect on my favorite charities. I hope one of the greatest gifts we pass on to our two sons is that they have the civic pride to continue giving of their time and resources. With the help of my wife Alisa, our kids have adopted the Spend-Save-Give concept, saving enough of their allowances for charitable donations.

For the past 26 years on Longboat Key and Sarasota I have sought out charities that fulfill my character. Since my family is very important I naturally have migrated to organizations that offer support for children and parenting. These include great organizations such as the Child Protection Center, Forty Carrots Family Center, Sarasota Adopt-A-Family and Big Brothers, Big Sisters of the Suncoast.

The West Coast Black Theatre Troupe is very active here, in my mind one of the best organizations to promote cultural diversity and arts. I proudly serve on the board of WCBT, now in its 14th year. The young actors and dancers are of the highest caliber and such a thrill to watch.

Southeastern Guide Dogs of Sarasota - Charities of Sarasota, FloridaHabitat for Humanity is another organization that I feel deserves my support for the fine work they do. The quality of their homes is impressive and serves to increase the value of homes in all of Sarasota.

I have worked with four guide dogs in training so being a Southeastern Guide Dogs member of the board is a privilege and another position I take very seriously. These amazing animals adapt very well to help the visually impaired acclimate themselves to their surroundings.

Whatever your reasons, I applaud others who get involved with charities. There are many here that need our support to make Sarasota and Longboat Key stronger, either through the arts or support of social programs. I invite all to help in this endeavor and hope this list of my charities below offers some insight into their character.

Child Protection Center
The Child Protection Team and Medical staff are on-call 24 hours a day/ 7 days a week. CPC serves residents from Sarasota and DeSoto counties.

West Coast Black Theatre Troupe
The Troupe is made up of a core group of gifted artists who are mostly founding members of the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe. Some appear regularly in our shows today, others are off in college or seeking their fame and fortune elsewhere and, at times, perform with the WCBT when in town.

Forty Carrots
Guided by the belief that the family is the foundation of our society, Forty Carrots Family Center is a nonprofit organization located in Sarasota, Florida dedicated to strengthening families through educational programs for parents, children, and professionals in the field. Forty Carrots has a Comprehensive Parenting Center, a Nationally Accredited Preschool, a Community Outreach Parenting Education Program and Professional Development and Training Opportunities.

Ringling Museum of Art
In an extraordinary place is an extraordinary collection of art. From the Rubens’ Galleries to the Turrell Skyspace, view the permanent collection’s treasures, the fascinating exhibitions from around the world and the classical sculptures that fill the grand courtyard. The State Art Museum of Florida, this awe-inspiring palace was originally built by famed circus impresario John Ringling as a legacy to the citizens of Florida. Supporting research and scholarship, The Ringling Art Library houses more than 88,000 volumes on art and art history. Stroll the 66 acres of Bayfront Gardens and it’s soon evident that not all of the beauty is confined to the galleries.

Southeastern Guide Dogs
The mission of Southeastern Guide Dogs is to create and nurture a partnership between a visually impaired individual and a guide dog, facilitating life’s journey with mobility, independence and dignity. Southeastern Guide Dogs, Inc. is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization which school has provided guide dogs to people with visual impairments since 1982. Southeastern Guide Dogs is accredited by the International Guide Dog Federation in Reading, England and is a member of the Council of U.S. Dog Guide Schools.

Sarasota Adopt-A-Family
Every holiday season Sarasota Adopt A Family commits to shopping for and providing for over 500 needy and at risk families of Sarasota County. Individuals and families are encouraged to call (941) 955-6767 and Adopt A Family which basically means to go shopping and shop for their "wish list" and then wrap the presents.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Suncoast
For more than 43 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. For more than 43 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life.

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