Sarasota supporters honored at reception

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Families in our communities are stronger because of our volunteers, donors, community partners and other supporters. Together, we all help families overcome devastating crises and rise up stronger than ever. On Tuesday, May 17, we honored those in the Sarasota region who have helped us lend a hand up to families here. Over the years, Better Together has served more than 3,400 children.

While all our supporters have a vital role in our success, we recognized the following with our annual special awards for going above and beyond:

  • Host Family of the Year: Lisa and Seth von Marschall
  • Family Advocate of the Year: Kim Harry
  • Doug Campbell Generosity Award: The Bill & Ann Templeton Foundation
  • Church Partner of the Year: First Baptist Church of Bradenton
  • Community Partner of the Year: Sarasota County Jail – Re-entry Navigator Team
  • Department of Children and Families Partner of the Year: Emily Higgs
  • Better Together Staff Appreciation: Jessica Braemer

Thank you to our generous sponsors: Grace Community Church, Rise & Nye’s, Target, The Purple Lotus Flower Shop, The Farm House, BonFire Ministries, Detwiler’s Farm Market, Sonny’s BBQ, Children’s Therapy Solutions, Inc., and Chick-fil-A — Addie’s Corner.

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Dawson JordonBetter Together Team

Dawson Jordan
Creative Director

Dawson is an exciting addition to the Better Together Team. Since graduating college in 2015 from Florida Gulf Coast University with his bachelor’s degree in Business Management he has managed to create a successful career for himself as a self-employed freelance videographer/photographer. He has recently relocated back to his hometown in SWFL and is excited to join the team as the Creative Director to help us tell the Better Together story. Dawson is passionate about telling stories through a creative lens, especially when it comes to seeing families stay together and for individuals to thrive and become the best version of themselves. When Dawson is not in the office he likes to hang out with his friends, workout, and watch sports.