Sarasota and Venice – A $50,000 grant from the William G. and Marie Selby Foundation will update and support technology for educational and wellness programs at the Friendship Centers in Sarasota and Venice. It will be used to purchase 32 laptop computers and 80 desktop computers.

“This is an investment in wellness and education that will have a direct impact on the quality of life and health for  older adults in Sarasota County,” said President and CEO Erin McLeod. “We are happy to be part of a community that shares and supports the vision of positive aging for the future, and understands the value of using technology to empower people with tools to enhance their health and wellness.”
This funding will be leveraged with additional support from the Gulfcoast Community Foundation and a grant from Drs. Pat and Bob Gussin, in a collaborative effort to improve the quality of life and health for our aging population.

About the William G. and Marie Selby Foundation
Mr. and Mrs. Selby created their private foundation in 1955. They were interested in long-lasting endeavors that were well regarded and made a positive impact in the community. Today, over five decades later, their legacy continues to enhance our area as a result of more than $94 million in grants and scholarships given to nearly 400 organizations and over a thousand students. For more information, visit

About the Friendship Centers
The Friendship Centers’ mission is “To promote health, dignity and quality of life throughout the journey of aging.” For more than four decades this organization has served persons 50 and older with programs and services which include medical and dental clinics, activity centers, lifelong learning, meals at our centers and delivered to the homebound, caregiver support, adult day services, supportive aging services and volunteer opportunities. More than 1,000 volunteers give time valued more than $3 million annually. The Friendship Centers serve in Sarasota, Charlotte, DeSoto, Lee and Collier Counties. For more information, visit our website at, or call 941.955.2122.