One Liners Sarasota and Manatee: Bank of America, Sprouts and more

On Ideas, a branding and advertising agency headquartered in Jacksonville, with offices in Sarasota and Charleston, has been selected by Chiles Hospitality as its agency of record. (Pictured above)

The William G. and Marie Selby Foundation awarded $100,000 to Sarasota Audubon in support of the rewilding project at Celery Fields

Sarasota florist Beneva has acquired Whidden’s Florist, which was founded in 1954 as the first flower shop in Brandon. 

► Bank of America awarded $30,000 to Gamma Xi Boule, an organization dedicated to encouraging excellence in education and providing development programs for underserved youth, in the Sarasota-Manatee region. 

► Neil Rainford, a senior executive with Sarasota-based Mullet’s Aluminum Products, has been appointed by Gov. Ron DeSantis to fill the Sarasota County Commission seat that became vacant after the death of long-time community leader Nancy C. Detert. 

Karen Holbrook, regional chancellor of the University of South Florida’s Sarasota-Manatee campus, and her husband, Jim, gave $25,000 to establish the Karen and James Holbrook Study Abroad Scholarship.

► The Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County named Erin Silk president and CEO. 

► Karen Holbrook, regional chancellor of the University of South Florida’s Sarasota-Manatee campus, and her husband, Jim, a physical oceanographer who spent his career with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, gave $25,000 to establish the Karen and James Holbrook Study Abroad Scholarship. 

Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast received a $20,000 grant from the Rita B. LaMere Memorial Foundation. 

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens president and chief executive officer Jennifer Rominiecki has been elected chair of the Visit Florida board of directors,for fiscal year 2024. 

Bank OZK, formerly Bank of the Ozarks, committed to funding one Manatee County Habitat for Humanity home every year, for the next three years, totaling approximately $380,000 in donations. 

Sprouts Farmers Market opened, at 1149 Cortez Road, in Bradenton. 

Cameron Mitchell Restaurants plans to open Sarasota’s first Ocean Prime location in The Quay Sarasota, a 14-acre waterfront development.

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