Goodwill Manasota CEO honored with Humanitarian of the Year Award from Lakewood Ranch Community Fund

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Bob Rosinsky, a 42-year veteran of Goodwill recognized for his leadership, business innovations

Goodwill Manasota's Robert Rosinsky accepts the 2014 C. John A. Clarke Humanitarian Award from Lakewood Ranch Community Fund board member Dr. Richard Wharton

Goodwill Manasota's Robert Rosinsky accepts the 2014 C. John A. Clarke Humanitarian Award from Lakewood Ranch Community Fund board member Dr. Richard Wharton

"I have been fortunate to spend my entire 42-year career with Goodwill, changing one life at a time through the power of work," said Rosinsky.

Bob Rosinsky, president and CEO of Goodwill Manasota, was presented with the C. John A. Clarke Humanitarian of the Year Award by the Lakewood Ranch Community Fund (LWRCF) on Oct. 17.

Rosinsky was honored for his leadership of Goodwill Manasota which, in 2013, served 16,000 people, placed 537 in jobs and assisted hundreds of local veterans and their families in need of employment, housing and personal services. The 42-year veteran of Goodwill noted the award was an affirmation for the purpose of Goodwill and all of the people who supported him over the years.

"This award is really an affirmation of all of those who have helped me by supporting Goodwill," he said during his remarks. "John Saputo, the recipient of this award last year, exemplifies what it means to be a servant leader. I have been fortunate to spend my entire 42-year career with Goodwill, changing one life at a time through the power of work."

During Rosinsky's tenure at Goodwill Manasota, he has spearheaded numerous innovations at the organization including: attended donation centers; the Job Connection, which provides free job-placement services to individuals seeking community-based jobs; Good Partner Coach Program, which provides a personal or family coach to every Goodwill employee; the Good Neighbor Program, which offers opportunities for communities in our area to come together for free learning opportunities; and the Ambassador Program, which engages hundreds of volunteers in spreading the mission of the organization.

The Lakewood Ranch Community Fund established C. John A. Clarke Humanitarian of the Year Award in recognition of the former president and CEO of Schroeder-Manatee Ranch’s “lifelong dedication to humanitarian ideals that have perpetuated the high ethical, moral, and professional standards that epitomize his life.” Nominees are selected based on the qualities of exemplary leadership, vision, integrity, compassion, cooperation, and generosity of time and talent. Nominees should have made significant lifetime contributions in such areas of community service as youth, education, community development, human services, health, or the environment. In addition, they should live, work or actively participate in the life of the Lakewood Ranch community.

Past recipients include Clarke, Don O’Leary, Pat Neal, Lorraine and Dick Vitale, Darrell Turner, Stuart J. Roth, Bob and Billie Delaney, Lou and Ann Marinaccio and, most recently, Col. John W. Saputo, USMCR.

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