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06/28/2013

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WIN-WIN (From left) Sherri Reynolds of the Sarasota County Schools, state Rep. Doug Holder of Sarasota and Kathryn Shea, Florida Center president and CEO, were among the participants at last year's Legislative Breakfast. Photo courtesy Kathryn Shea LEGISLATIVE BREAKFAST A SUCCESS FOR LOCAL COMMUNITY HEALTH ORGANIZATIONS By Cooper Levey-Baker Associate Editor As the cliché goes, if it ain't broke, don't fix it. Greg Steube and Ray Pilon, both of Sarasota. That's why little will change at this year's leg- One by one, the Alliance representatives outislative summit and Legislative Breakfast of lined the most important budget and funding Champions, organized each year by the Com- issues local nonprofits were facing, pushing munity Alliance of Sarasota County to educate the legislators to support them during the spring session in Tallahassee. area lawmakers on the highest-priority comAnd, well, it worked. munity health issues facing the area. Our delegation was behind us 100 "Our delegation was percent on our priority issues. behind us 100 percent Last November, Allion our priority issues," ance representatives Kathyrn Shea says Kathyrn Shea, the and other stakeholdPresident and CEO The Florida Center for Early Childhood president and CEO of ers met over breakfast The Florida Center for with state Rep. Doug Holder of Sarasota and Sen. Mike Bennett Early Childhood and the chairwoman of the of Bradenton and staffers from the offices of Alliance's legislative advocacy committee. state Sen. Nancy Detert of Venice and Reps. "We have done a really good job cultivating

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