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The 28th annual Celebration Luncheon chaired by Veronica Brady, Susan Malloy Jones and Sally Schule was held on Friday, April 1, 2016 at The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota.


Girls Incorporated of Sarasota County is pleased to announce that Veronica Brady, Susan Malloy Jones and Sally Schule have been named the 2016 Chairs of the 28th annual Celebration Luncheon to be held on Friday, April 1, 2016 at The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota. Veronica is the Senior Vice President for Philanthropy at Gulf Coast Community Foundation. She is an active member of the nonprofit community and is a past recipient of the Girls Inc. She Knows Where She’s Going award. Susan is the Corporate Vice President of Human Resources and Community Relations at JCI Jones Chemicals, Inc. She is a past Girls Inc. Visionary Award Honoree, Past President of the Board of Directors and a past co-chair of the Celebration Luncheon. Sally was recognized by Girls Inc. She Knows Where She Going award for her personal and professional achievements. Veronica, Susan and Sally are long time avid supporters of Girls Inc. and have been instrumental in shaping the future of the organization from a community perspective as well as a business perspective. Girls Inc. could not think of a more impressive group of Strong, Smart & Bold women to represent the organization and we are so fortunate to have had their support for many years, says Angie Stringer, Executive Director.


Girls Incorporated Announces the 2016 Celebration Luncheon Honorees

Individual ticket sales for the 28th Annual Celebration Luncheon benefiting Girls Incorporated of Sarasota County will open on February 26, 2016. The luncheon will be held at the Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota on April 1, 2016. The “She Knows Where She’s Going” award will be presented to Aimee DeMariano Cogan, and Tyesha Brown will be honored as “Girl of the Year.” There will also be a special In Memoriam Tribute to Donna Brace Ogilvie.


The 28th Celebration Luncheon is chaired by Susan Jones, Veronica Brady, and Sally Schule. “Supergirls” is the theme for the luncheon with girls’ superpowers featured throughout the program. Girls Inc. girls will offer a boutique of goods they have created as part of the “Dream Harbor” city within Girls Inc. A chance drawing will feature items from Saks Fifth Avenue with a total value of approximately $10,000. Individual tickets to the luncheon are $125.00 and can be purchased online at or by calling (941) 366-6646 ext. 218. Sponsorships are also available.

Aimee D. Cogan is Managing Director, Senior Investment Management Consultant, Financial Advisor, and Co-Founder of the Bellwether Group at Morgan Stanley. Following her childhood love of math, Aimee earned a B.S. degree in Finance from the University of Florida. She has over 20 years of experience in banking and the financial services industry. Aimee’s talents have been recognized both nationally and regionally and she is consistently named to national lists of top financial advisors. When away from the office, she enjoys time on the water and traveling with her family. Aimee is also very involved in the community and has been a longtime supporter of Girls Inc. She said she is thrilled and honored to be this year’s “Supergirl.”

Tyesha Brown has been attending Girls Inc. since the age of 7 and refers to it as her “second home.” She is now 19 years old and a senior in high school. Tyesha is enrolled in Girls Inc.’s High School Initiative and also works at Girls Inc. part-time. She was recently named a Girls Inc. National Scholar and has been awarded a $20,000 college scholarship. Tyesha plans to pursue a degree in business at Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University (FAMU). She is widely known for her upbeat personality and ability to handle challenges calmly and professionally. “Tyesha represents all that a Girls Inc. girl embodies,” says Executive Director Angie Stringer. “She is a role model to other girls and is quick to take on responsibilities to gain experience and learn from those experiences. Tyesha is truly strong, smart, and bold.”

Donna Brace Ogilvie, a Girls Inc. National Distinguished Board Chair and longtime supporter of Girls Inc. of Sarasota County, passed away on October 4, 2015 at the age of 105. Donna led a robust life, making an impact in the lives of all those she met. Donna’s vision for Girls Inc. of Sarasota County helped strengthen the organization and make it the wonderful place it is today. Since the doors opened in 1973, Donna always made certain that the kitchen was fully equipped and state of the art. She was passionate about the importance of teaching girls fun and healthy nutritional habits. Donna was also committed to helping girls explore the world around them and purchased both of the Girls Inc. buses, fondly known as “Ms. Donna buses.” Year after year, she helped launch campaigns with generous challenge gifts which provided scholarships for girls who otherwise would not be able to attend Girls Inc. She also established the Donna Brace Ogilvie Endowment Fund and the Girls Inc. of Sarasota County Endowment Fund. Most importantly, Donna invested her time in Girls Inc. She loved to visit with the girls, hold their hands, and listen to their stories and dreams for a bright future. In December 2014, the Girls Inc. of Sarasota County Tuttle Avenue campus was named the “Donna Brace Ogilvie Center” in recognition of the countless ways she has served Girls Inc. of Sarasota County.


As early as age 5, girls who attend Girls Incorporated of Sarasota County are exposed to life-changing education about entrepreneurship, technology, finances, engineering and science through national Girls Inc. curriculum and experiential learning through a girl-run city called “Dream Harbor.” Eighty percent of those who participate move on to attend higher education and have successful careers.

By investing in these programs you’re giving the girls of Sarasota County the chance for a sustainable future. A donation today to Girls Inc. can make these future opportunities into a girl’s reality.



In 1973, Girls Clubs of Sarasota County was formed through the initiative of community leaders in order to provide a safe place for girls to receive afterschool enrichment programs. Community support allowed us to create a multi-use facility on Tuttle Avenue complete with a swimming pool, gymnasium, tennis courts, classrooms, library and computer lab. During the 1980s, Girls Incorporated established a foundation to manage endowment funds and backed the creation of Coquille, an auxiliary, volunteer-based fundraising branch that attracted significant attention and participation from the community. During this time the agency began to implement the new research-based programs that were coming from the Girls Incorporated National Resource Center. In 1989, following the lead of our national organization, Girls Club of Sarasota County became Girls Incorporated of Sarasota County.

During the 1990s, Girls Incorporated undertook several outreach initiatives made possible by grant-making organizations, private donors and community support. In 1991, the Newtown Project was implemented to provide the girls and parents of the Newtown community access to the agency’s programs. In 1996, Educational Talent Search (ETS) was initiated to assist high school girls in career counseling, educational counseling and financial aid awareness. In 1997, Girls Incorporated launched services into south Sarasota County. Girls Inc. delivers prevention-based programs in collaboration with school officials, community leaders and local families.

In September 2007, with funding from an anonymous donor, Girls Incorporated became the only afterschool program in Sarasota County to implement a unique curriculum model called MicroSociety® AfterSchool. MicroSociety is an innovative program design in which students build and run a miniature society within their afterschool program. It incorporates real world experiences into basic curriculum and helps students apply what they learn in the classroom to real life. Young entrepreneurs produce goods and services, elected officials establish laws, PeaceKeepers maintain order in the halls and reporters track down stories. All citizens earn wages, invest in products, deposit and borrow money from “Micro” banks, and pay taxes, tuition and rent. Teachers take the role of facilitators enabling their students to effectively run their own businesses and government agencies. A premise of the program is that if decision making and authority is placed in the hands of the students, there will be greater student motivation to succeed, to learn, and a climate conducive to educational, social and emotional development will prevail. Each child has a role in running that world with student achievement as the ultimate goal. Partnerships with local businesses and agencies will show the girls the connection to the real world and create learning opportunities.

For over thirty years, Girls Incorporated of Sarasota County has provided vital educational programs to thousands of girls, particularly those in high-risk, under-served areas. Girls Incorporated’s innovative programs help girls confront subtle societal messages about their value and potential, and prepare them to lead successful, independent and healthy lives.


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