SARASOTA- More than 400 people came out to the Lee Wetherington Boys & Girls Club Friday morning to the 13th Annual Intertape Polymer Group Leadership Breakfast.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County is a garden for a bright future; serving Sarasota County teens for more than 48 years.
“When I found the Boys & Girls Club, it was the biggest light of my life and I’ve been able to extensively find my full potential and have a great future,” said Student leader Rickey Tedesco.
Leaders of today are helping plants the seeds for the leaders of tomorrow; Todd Jones and Dick Vitale.
Todd Jones, CEO of Publix Super Markets, said he follows a motto, using a passion to serve through Publix charities. “Our founder, George Jenkins, one of his favorite sayings that we all live by today was someone asked him once ‘how much he thinks he’d be worth today, if he hadn’t given so much away?’ and his response quickly was, ‘probably nothing’.”
The second leader honored was Dick Vitale.
“This is special because anything that involves kids really excites me and this is really a situation where kids, you want them to chase their dreams and that was my message today,” Vitale said.
Vitale has touched the lives of teens in Boys & Girls Clubs presenting five scholarships annually to students for more than 20 years.
“A lot of these kids really come from some tough, tough situations but they want to chase goals and dreams as well and if I can inspire some of them, motivate them, and they they can look at people like myself like, ‘He made it, why can’t we?’ and that’s why I do it. I love young people,” he said.
All proceeds from the event were donated to the club’s teen leadership programs.