(Sarasota, FL) The Friendship Centers, a non-profit organization serving older adults in Southwest Florida for more than 40 years, has received a $10,000 grant from the Wells Fargo Foundation and a $1,000 grant from the Michael Saunders & Company Foundation (MSC Foundation) to again offer the Aging Mastery Program®. The Friendship Centers was one of three organizations in the state selected to offer the series of classes as a pilot program in 2015. With support from The Patterson Foundation, we are part of a collaborative group of organizations in our region offering the Aging Mastery Program®, an initiative of the National Council on Aging.

 “While we have offered adult education and other programming in Newtown for some time, this is the first time we have presented the Aging Mastery Program® at the North Sarasota Library,” said Terry McGannon, director of programming at the Friendship Centers. “We could not offer these important programs without the generous donations from Wells Fargo and Michaels Saunders & Co. Foundations.”

“Wells Fargo is pleased to once again support the Aging Mastery Program® offered through the Friendship Centers,” said John Zimmerman, Greater Florida Skyway Area President, Wells Fargo. “We strive to help support people in all stages of life and applaud the Friendship Centers for offering this program in our community.”

The program, which consists of 10, two-hour long classes, is scheduled to be held in the North Sarasota Library, June 9 through August 11, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, once a week. If you are interested in attending, please register beforehand by calling Erin Clay, library assistant manager, at 941.861.1368. The series is being offered in Newtown free of charge, and registered participants are expected to attend all classes in the series to get the most out of the program.

The North Sarasota Library is located at the corner of Newtown Blvd. and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Way, 2801 Newtown Blvd, Sarasota FL, 34234.

For more information about the Aging Mastery Program®, visit the website here. For more information about the Friendship Centers and its programs and services, please visit our website, follow us on Twitter or like us on Facebook.

About the Friendship Centers

The Friendship Centers serve older adults in Sarasota, Charlotte, DeSoto, Lee and Collier Counties. Its mission is to promote health, dignity and quality of life throughout the journey of aging.  For more than four decades the organization has served persons 50 and older with programs and services that include medical and dental clinics, activity centers, lifelong learning, meals at centers and delivered to the homebound, caregiver support, adult day services, and case management.  Almost 700 volunteers give their time valued at more than $3 million annually. For more information, visit or call 941.955.2122.