To ensure that nonprofits organizations can continue to serve folks with disabilities.
“To be a marquee destination for competition barbecuing and bluegrass entertainment in a family friendly environment.”
Don Fisher, Founder
Nature of Activities
The Suncoast Foundation was incorporated in 1984, as a nonprofit organization, whose primary purpose is to facilitate the construction or acquisition of facilities and/or equipment for people with disabilities which will assist them in developing their capacity for independence from institutional lifestyles and in so doing enhance their ability to enter and participate in society. The facilities are to be operated by a non-profit organization with the resources and expertise to manage them in a responsible, beneficial, and fiscally prudent manner. The Suncoast Foundation owns real estate, property and equipment and leases them for a nominal charge.
A Good Time
For A Good Cause
Since 2010, the Suncoast BBQ & Bluegrass Bash has established itself as a destination for the best barbecue competition and bluegrass entertainment in Southwest Florida. It is the signature fund-raiser for the Suncoast Foundation for Handicapped Children (SFHC) plus funding many area nonprofit organizations that participate.
The Suncoast Foundation has constructed more than $20 million worth of facilities in Sarasota County. These buildings are located on three separate campuses: Sarasota, Venice, and North Port. The facilities are leased for one dollar per year to nonprofit agencies. Currently, the facilities are occupied by Special Olympics, The Florida Center, Community Haven, Children’s First, Boys and Girls Club, Challenger Baseball, Sertoma Speech Clinic, and the Loveland Center. Each year, they serve more than 5,000 children and families with disabilities.
The net proceeds from the Bash will be used to support and maintain all the facilities now and in the future, ensuring the legacies of Kevin Brown, Tom Brown, John Cox, Tim Erickson, Kathy Hazard, Lt. Gen. Rolland Heiser, Gary Jones, Ken Linguard, John Olliver, Orville Ray, Bob Ritz, John Ryan, Bill Sirios, Bob Stanton, Hollis Trucker Jr., Gene Whipp, Steve Zagony, Dave Jaques, and Robert Woods, who were instrumental in supporting the foundation’s mission.