Dr. Holbrook, the regional chancellor at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee campus, brings a wealth of expertise, including a longstanding connection with the Sarasota-Manatee community. All Star Children’s Foundation has welcomed Karen A. Holbrook, PhD., to its board of directors. Dr. Holbrook is the regional chancellor at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee campus […]
The former CEO of the Early Learning Coalition of Duval, Denise Marzullo brings a wealth of expertise, education, and vision to All Star. (July 11, 2023) After an eight month search, All Star Children’s Foundation’s board of directors has appointed Denise Marzullo, MBA, LMHC as its new CEO. Marzullo most recently served as the President […]
A fundraising event in March raised more than $5,000 for both child welfare agencies. (May 3, 2023) Can cheesecake save the world? Ask Jennifer and Kane Geils, owners of Cheesecake Cutie & Café in Holmes Beach, and they’ll tell you it can certainly raise valuable funds for an important cause. The Geils are not only […]
(March 16, 2023) All Star Children’s Foundation has welcomed a new member to its board of directors: Byron Shinn. Shinn is a partner with Carr, Riggs & Ingram CPAs and Advisors, a nationally acclaimed accounting and advisory firm. He brings 42 years of public accounting experience to the All Star team. Graci McGillicuddy, All Star’s […]
All Star Children's Foundation Founder, Graci McGillicuddy, Honored As '100 Women To Know' In America
Graci McGillicuddy was recently honored as one of the “100 Women to Know” by The KNOW Women, a global women’s group.
Raising Awareness for National Foster Care Month May was National Foster Care Month and All Star focused on appreciating foster parents and raising awareness of the need for more foster parents throughout the month. Support from the community makes a huge difference in building brighter futures for children in foster care. They say it takes […]
With hundreds of kids in the child welfare system on the Suncoast, the need for foster parents is great. “Currently, there are over 400,000 children in foster care, nationally,” All Star Children’s Foundation Chief Development Officer Stephen Fancher said. “And in our local judicial circuit, there are over 1400 children currently in foster care- There is more […]
Bringing CARE into the Community Chelsea Hernandez, a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) with nearly 10 years of clinical experience working with children and families, now serves as All Star’s new clinical director. Chelsea is already covering a lot of ground this year by leading Trauma 101 presentations and co-facilitating Child Adult Relationship Enhancement (CARE) […]
All Star Children’s Foundation, a non-profit organization in Sarasota that works to create brighter futures for children in foster care, continues to expand its staff. The nonprofit recently hired Chelsea Hernandez, LCSW, as its new clinical director. Read More
Hundreds of kids on the Suncoast have been removed from their homes due to neglect or abuse. During Child Abuse Prevention Month, we share some of the resources helping children through this trauma. Read More
Check out these highlights of what All Star has accomplished in 2021! From trainings and outreach to celebrations and support for our campus kids and foster parents, it’s been an incredible year of happy memories! Thank you to our dedicated staff, volunteers, board members, donors, and the community for helping us create brighter futures for […]
Despite the best efforts and good intentions of the child welfare system, children and families with foster care involvement still experience negative outcomes on a regular basis.
Community of Support A sense of community can be felt everywhere on the All Star Campus. You can see groups of kids playing on the playground and foster parents grilling outside their homes or talking at the picnic tables. Clinical staff can be seen driving kids around the campus on the red golf cart and […]
Recent funding from Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation strengthens organizational capacity to support regional foster parents and children.
A partnership between All Star Children’s Foundation and the Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation is seeking to build brighter futures for children in foster care and the families who support them. The effort is focusing on providing direct support for families currently caring for foster children, while also providing the most-cutting edge trauma-informed therapy to help heal the emotional tolls on the child.
Building Resilience Early in Life Helps Children Cope with Trauma Children who come to live on All Star’s campus have endured abuse and neglect that increases the risk of multiple health problems throughout their lifespan and hinders healthy brain development. All Star’s model tackles this problem head-on. An important component is building resilience – preparing […]
All Star Children’s Foundation Continues Vital Clinical Outreach and Welcomes New Clinical Team Members
Since beginning trauma-informed outpatient clinical services on April 1, 2019, All Star has treated 96 children and their families with trauma-informed, innovative therapies. The organization has also adapted quickly to the challenges brought on by the COVID-19 crisis. (SARASOTA, FL) Since beginning trauma-informed outpatient clinical services on April 1, 2019, All Star Children’s Foundation has […]
Kristin Hoffman, Ph.D., joins All Star Children’s Foundation as chief program officer and Sharon Ghazarian, Ph.D., joins as All Star’s chief research officer.
All Star Children’s Foundation Continues Vital Clinical Outreach and Welcomes New Clinical Team Members
Since beginning trauma-informed outpatient clinical services on April 1, 2019, All Star has treated 96 children and their families with trauma-informed, innovative therapies. The organization has also adapted quickly to the challenges brought on by the COVID-19 crisis.
Junior League members purchased $5,000 worth of linens and made 42 beds in a generous act of giving to the All Star Children’s Foundation.
Please Enjoy This Picture Tour of the Campus of Hope and Healing! We’ve long held in our hearts the vision of creating a safe haven for our community’s children who have been abused and neglected. But to look at the photos below taken last week by our good friend Cliff Roles, it’s hard for us […]
Spring is Just Around the Corner! And so is completion of the All Star Campus! Every day something new springs forth! We wanted you to see the amazing progress that’s happening right now. Enjoy! Building a Future, One Brick at a Time Would you like to be forever part of the Campus? We invite you […]
Matter Brothers Furniture Donates Over $25,000 to Help Create Nurturing Spaces for Foster Families On the All Star Children’s Foundation Campus (SARASOTA, FL) Matter Brothers Furniture recently donated over $25,000 worth of furnishings and design services to All Star Children’s Foundation for its Campus of Hope and Healing in Sarasota. Matter Brothers Furniture also worked […]
We extend a grateful thank you to each of you who has entrusted us with your finances, gifts and time in makingour dream of creating a safe place for children to heal from the trauma of child abuse a reality. When we think of all the conversations we’ve had over the years with our friends […]
All Star Children’s Foundation has been selected to participate in The Louis and Gloria Flanzer Philanthropic Trust $500,000 Matching Challenge. The matching program, called the 2020 Flanzer Contribution Matching Program, is designed to inspire residents across Sarasota and the Suncoast area to make a difference in their communities. Donate any amount up to $500 to All Star […]
After decades of working with abused and neglected children, Lucia Branton says she can usually tell within six to nine months whether a family can be knitted back together securely enough to safely sustain a young life. But it’s never an easy call to make. Florida law requires its child protection system to “preserve and […]
Sarasota’s rock royalty donated a property that sold for $335,000 to support this non-profit organization dedicated to transforming foster care through innovation, science, and compassion. (SARASOTA, FL) Brenda and Brian Johnson have a celebrated place in rock’s pantheon. Their philanthropy is also well known. Case in point? The Johnsons recently donated a property to All […]
he $100,000 Leveraged Grant provides valuable funds toward completion of the organization’s clinical care program. (Sarasota, FL) All Star Children’s Foundation will be able to treat many more children in the tri-county area who are suffering from trauma thanks to the $100,000 Leveraged Grant recently issued by the Gulf Coast Community Foundation. The funds will […]
Hundreds of Suncoast children in foster care will soon be getting a new home. The All Star Children’s Foundation is building a five-acre foster care campus on 17th Street between Beneva and Lockwood Ridge roads.
The Louis and Gloria Flanzer Philanthropic Trust Donates $3 Million to Sarasota’s All Star Children’s Foundation
All Star Children’s Foundation announced a $3 million donation from the Louis and Gloria Flanzer Philanthropic Trust. The generous gift will contribute to the construction and operation of its five-acre campus currently underway at 3300 17th Street in Sarasota.
PECKY Gets Creative and Proudly Announces its Newest Fundraising Campaign: “PECKY Gives Back” Benefitting the All Star Children’s Foundation
Through a partnership with the All Star Children’s Foundation, founded by Graci and Dennis McGillicuddy and focused on healing children who have been impacted by the trauma of abuse and neglect, they embarked
on this campaign. This campaign is a win-win for all and very simple.
All Star Children’s Foundation gave donors a special look at the new campus and the opportunity to write messages of love to be “embedded in the fabric of our building,” founder Graci McGillicuddy told guests.
The decision and process to become a foster parent is not an easy one and once a child is placed into your home- this decision can be tested, due to many reasons. One of the many reasons is due to the child’s behaviors. With the mission of ASCF to address childhood trauma, we are working […]
Founders, Dennis and Graci McGillicuddy and the ASCF staff , which include, Lucia Branton-Executive Director and Lindsey May- Director of Programs, and, Dr. Kristin Hoffman of Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, will be heading to San Francisco to attend the ACES Conference which is hosted by Dr. Nadine Burke-Harris, a nationally recognized pediatrician who has […]
The Interior Design Society has chosen All Star Children’s Foundation as their main charity to support this year. Julie Szymczak, President of IDS stated that “We feel that what All Star stands for is so important. There are too many abused and neglected children in the system who need help. We are excited to be […]
Each week we get more and more excited as we see concrete poured, bricks laid and pillars standing because, for us, it means we are one day closer to helping children! Construction is finally underway and it’s amazing to see the team of people who are committed to making our vision come true. We are […]
In the spring of 2010, Robin Saenger, then vice-mayor of Tarpon Springs, discovered the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) test, a simple 10-question survey developed through Centers for Disease Control research that calculates the degree of abuse, neglect and family dysfunction an individual has experienced in childhood.
SARASOTA, Fla.– Nutter Custom Construction, a Sarasota-based residential custom-building company, has been selected to build the foster homes for All Star Children’s Foundation, an organization with the goal of providing state-of-the-art treatment for childhood trauma on its Campus of Caring…
When Dennis McGillicuddy asked his wife, Graci, what she wanted for her birthday, she didn’t have to think long. It’s what she has wanted and worked toward for more than 30 years, to bring an end to child abuse and care for abused, neglected and abandoned children…
Sarasota’s All Star Children’s Foundation recently hired Beth Bush as its new vice president of philanthropy.
The Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation recently awarded a $1 million grant to Sarasota’s All Star Children’s Foundation, which is building a center for trauma-focused clinical services and to provide children who have been victimized by abuse with a nurturing, family-style home environment and comprehensive, trauma-sensitive treatment…