The Spirit of Philanthropy: New Gifts to Celebrate

By Becky Pazkowski

Dennis and Priscilla Heindel Donor Advised Fund

For the past several years, Plymouth Harbor has been the fortunate recipient of a gift from the Dennis and Priscilla Heindel Advised Fund, administered by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County.  This year they directed their gift to the Smith Care Center.

Some of you may remember the Heindels, who moved into Plymouth Harbor in 1997.  Mr. Heindel passed away in 2006, and Mrs. Heindel moved to Albuquerque in 2011, to be closer to her children.  We have been in touch with Priscilla’s daughter, Kathy, who tells us that her mother is doing pretty well in an assisted living residence in Albuquerque.  We are very grateful and send thanks to Mrs. Heindel and her family for their continued support of life here at Plymouth Harbor.

Ted and Fran Rehl CD Offering

Many thanks to Ted and Fran Rehl for offering a CD of Ted’s March 28, 2014 concert entitled Piano a la Carte.  The Rehls have made the CD available for a donation of any amount to the Plymouth Harbor Foundation to support Improvement of the Arts.  The concert includes selections from Liszt, Schubert, Brahms, Chopin, Scarlatti, Ravel, and Bartók.

Another Kayaking Adventure for Plymouth Harbor Residents

There are a number of avid kayakers residing in the Plymouth Harbor community. Of course, for those who store their own kayaks there by the Bay, paddling through the nearby mangrove tunnels could be a daily routine.  For others, they can look forward to the semi-regular group forays organized by our Wellness team.

Just such an outing was planned for the morning of March 20.  It  was a picture perfect  day and the participating residents had a guide to lead them through the many mangroves stands on the fringe of Sarasota Bay.

The tour was both peaceful and exhilarating.  Imagine gliding silently over the water with fish and fowl so close by. Of course there was plenty of friendly chatter, but kayaking is a often a meditative activity as well.

The  group observed several beautiful birds with their young such as Osprey, Ibis, Blue Herons, a rarely seen Wood Stork and, of course, the ever-present companions, the Cormorants.  From the shallow waters of the mangroves the tour guide pulled a Florida Horse Conch and a very large sea snail called a Lightning Whelk (pictured below with Nancy Lyon).

It’s so beautiful and stimulating to be enjoying the day this way, that few kayakers where thinking about the benefits of this low impact activity to improve their aerobic fitness, strength and flexibility. In fact, there are some specific health benefits that sneak into this activity that make it all the more enticing:

  • Improved cardiovascular fitness
  • Increased muscle strength, particularly in the back, arms, shoulders and chest, from moving the paddle
  • Increased torso and leg strength, as the strength to power a canoe or kayak comes mainly from rotating the torso and applying pressure with your legs
  • Reduced risk of wear-and-tear on joints and tissues, since paddling is a low impact activity.

Don’t worry, there will be plenty of other opportunities to kayak at Plymouth Harbor. After all, the beautiful Sarasota Bay IS our backyard!

Carlos Anguiano-Moreno, Our April Employee of the Month

Congratulations to Carlos Anguiano-Moreno, our April 2014 Employee of the Month.

Carlos is originally from Tamaulipas, Mexico, however moved to the United States in 1993. Luckily for us, he chose to re-locate to Sarasota in the late 1990′s and by 2010 he was working at Plymouth Harbor on our Dining Services staff as a full-time Steward.

Always willing to work hard, he’s quick to identify what needs to be done and equally quick to take action.  Of course, his supervisors love that!

Not only is he quick and efficient, providing service that keeps our dining room humming, Carlos is loved for his courtesy and good humor with dining guests as well as his co-workers.  No wonder he was promoted to Lead Steward in 2013 and is now our Employee of the Month.

On a personal note, Carlos has two grown children.  His son lives in South Carolina and his daughter and her family live with Carlos.  He enjoys spending time with them.  Congratulations Carlos, well deserved!

Foundation Forums Take a New Form

In this second year of offering Foundation Forums, we have aligned the content of the Forums with the initiatives of the Foundation to bring you educational, intellectually stimulating subject matter.  This year we are delighted to offer a New College of Florida faculty series, two of which you heard in January and March, the third and final being at the end of this month, presented by Gordon Bauer, Ph.D., professor of psychology, entitled “The Sensory World of the Manatee.”

We will also offer a series on brain health and dementia.   Alan Grindal, M.D., a neurologist in Sarasota, will talk about the clinical aspects of dementia and brain health.  Teepa Snow, a nationally-known dementia expert who trains and consults for healthcare professionals and families, will present on particular behaviors and the best care-giving techniques for persons with dementia.  We hope to offer a third Forum to complete that series on the research that is being done  on diagnosing dementia-related illnesses and the best treatments.

Finally, we hope to bring you a series that speaks to our roots in Sarasota, the life-changing impact that philanthropy has had on our mission, and how the love of giving has shaped the lives of Sarasota philanthropists over the decades.

We are excited about our 2014 Forums and we hope you will be, too.

And for our next Forum, we hope to see you there !

The Sensory World of the Manatee

Gordon Bauer, Ph.D.
Peg Scripps Buzzelli
Professor of Psychology
New College of Florida

Wednesday, April 30 at 4 pm
Pilgrim Hall

Professor Bauer will present the findings of recent investigations into the sensory world of the manatee, which reveal a unique constellation of attributes important to the development of effective conservation recommendations.

A Resident Snapshot: Cynda Grenfell

By Ila Preti

A pretty, petite person, Cynda has many interests and talents in the arts: she’s a perfect fit for Sarasota!  (She first visited her mother-in-law here, and then spent many winters on Siesta Key.  She knew it was the place for her.)

Growing up in New Rochelle, N.Y., an easy commute to New York City, Cynda became enamored of drama, art and music.  Her entire life has been art-centered: painting, sculpture and quilt designing have been favorites.  She participated in arts activities and sang in choral groups wherever she lived.

A drama major at Vassar College, she has fond memories of playing Nellie Forbush in “South Pacific.”  She met her husband there and they began married life in Hot Springs, Arkansas, where he entered the family lumber business.  Cynda and her husband founded an art and drama center in Hot Springs.  Sadly, she was widowed at an early age.

New Mexico has been her home for many years.  As a rancher, she bred and raised Appaloosa horses, further developing her love of the environment and horticulture.  When she sold theranch and moved to Santa Fe, she had an opportunity to become involved in that city’s outstanding arts community.  She still has a home there and plans to spend the summer in the cool mountains (at 7,000 feet).

A love of learning has enriched Cynda’s entire life—wherever she lived, she enrolled in classes in many areas. Sometimes, when there was no college available, she took ‘correspondence’ courses.

The mother of three, she has three granddaughters and three great-grandchildren.  One of her daughters, Liz, has lived on Longboat Key for many years; some of you may know her!  Her son and another daughter live in Colorado; grandchildren live in California and in North Carolina.

While Cynda’s life has centered on the arts, she has many other interests.  She is fascinated by “New Age” studies and loves sports; she was part of the 19th Colony Bocce team that played the North Garden Colony in the first Plymouth Harbor ‘tournament.’

A fascinating, enthusiastic person, Cynda is a wonderful addition to Plymouth Harbor and to Sarasota.  We warmly welcome her!

Introducing Cade Sibley – Plymouth Harbor Foundation Board

 “Moving to Plymouth Harbor was a gift my parents gave to me.  Serving on the Foundation Board is my gift back to them.”  -

Cade Sibley
Trustee, Plymouth Harbor Foundation Board of Trustees

For nearly two decades Cade Sibley has been visiting Plymouth Harbor, where her father Jack Denison has lived since 1996.  Teasley, Cade’s mom and Jack’s late wife, lived here with Jack until she passed away in 2006.

A resident of Longboat Key, Cade moved here in 2010 with her husband, Whit from Denver, Colorado.  For nearly 30 years in Denver, she designed and implemented advanced estate, business-transfer, and investment-planning strategies for affluent business owners, executives, and those with inherited wealth.

Cade was a longtime member of several of Lincoln Financial Group’s most prestigious honors societies, and served as Vice Chair of the Rocky Mountain Multiple Sclerosis Center Board for The Denver Foundation, and on the Denver Arthritis Foundation Board.  Cade and her husband are both members of the Bird Key Yacht Club where they are serving on several committees and are active with the club’s cruising fleet.


Another Box Office Hit – The Stash on the 17th Floor

After so many years of excellent performances, it’s not surprising that when word goes out that Don Wallace has a new idea for the residents of ‘Puritan Cove’ and Naomi Wittenberg has once again donned her producers cap, excitement starts to build.

For 28 years residents of Plymouth Harbor have written, directed and produced original plays and these efforts are also supported by the Plymouth Harbor Residents Fund.  Staff are involved as well, but this is clearly one of the most creative and all-compassing group efforts led by residents.  It’s for fun, camaraderie, and probably one of the most entertaining ways to sharpen their wits and skills.

The excitement started several months ago.  It was December, in fact, when residents interested in trodding the boards read for roles in Don’s new play.  Peggy Wallace, Don’s wife, works with him as the stage director, lead prop mistress, lyricist, and vocalist.  Their son, Bruce, provided music, sound and media.  Another son, Gordon, was responsible for filming the video sequences which were important for the story line.

This time Don’s original story was about “The Stash on the Seventeenth Floor” and the performances took place on February 25 and 26 in Pilgrim Hall to the usual packed audience.

If you have been lucky enough to have enjoyed any of the Players’ performances in recent years, then you appreciate the quick wit and pace of the plays which owe much to the playwright.  Follow the natural dialogue that is also slyly humorous without going overboard, and you see the work of an Emmy-nominated writer responsible for soap operas like “The Edge of Night,” “One Life to Live” and “All My Children.”

This year’s “Stash” not only brought all that we have come to expect, but included video in the form of messages from Cassie Crowder’s granddaughter, Cassandra, who is working on her anthropology dissertation in Peru.  Heather Shaw played the doting Cassie who agrees to support her granddaughter by gathering a focus group of her friends to test an old Incan herbal medicine for their arthritis.  We’re tipped off when “in the hemp family” is heard in the first video message, featuring Don and Peggy’s grand-daughter-in-law, Amanda Wallace.

And so the story goes as some residents of Puritan Cove, including Cassie’s friends Chiquita (Francie  Jones), Selma (Ann Williams), and even the doubting Dr. Jules Hartley (Al Balaban) consume the special cookies Cassie bakes using the herb “kinocopa” sent to her direct from the Andes by her Cassandra.

Al Balaban — or rather Dr. Hartley — was the trouble-maker warning CEO Barry Dobson (played by Harry, of course) of the “illicit drug dealing.”  Lawyers were involved, with Bobby Broderick’s clear-thinking Frank Dillon getting the best of the politically ambitious State Attorney General Sam Sparger, given a heightened touch by the tall Paul Groen.

A clever use of the simple tune Frere Jacques with alternative lyrics unified the many scenes and even spiced up the drug inferences.  What do you think of when you hear those bent sitar notes introduced to western ears during the drug-fueled years of the Beatles recordings?  Another favorite reference  came with every “Walk this way” followed by the awkward dragging leg gait we all first saw in the Mel Brooks movie, Young Frankenstein.

Every character, and therefore actor, was given something funny or juicy to play with and we all had fun.  Kudos to so many, such as Carol Lawrence, Macky Groen and Bill Brackett, the only actors not yet mentioned.

Behind the scenes were George Doty on lights, Phil Starr with his videography skills, Sandra Forbes and George Salley with props, Nancy Gross and Sandra Forbes as prompters, Scott Pike providing program art, and finally Hugh Kelly, Jeanne MacArthur and Fran Vancil handling stage and curtains.  Thanks to other staff deeply involved in the production, Karen Smith and Maryanne Shorin.

Meet Bill Johnston of the Plymouth Harbor Foundation Board


“Having spent much of my life here with my parents and other relatives, Plymouth Harbor is near and dear to my heart.  Someday, we will call it home, too.”  – Bill Johnston, Chair,   Plymouth Harbor Foundation Board of Trustees


Well regarded in financial circles throughout the country, Bill was the President and COO of the New York Stock Exchange from 1996 to 2001.  In addition, he has a long and distinguished career on Wall Street with several well-known firms, and is a graduate of Washington and Lee University.  Bill is the consummate Board member who shares his time and talent with many organizations in addition to Plymouth Harbor, including locally DeSoto National Park, Boys & Girls Club of Manatee Foundation, and New College of Florida.  His advisory board service is too numerous to mention in this article, but suffice it to say that he is in demand and gives generously of his time.  Prior to Bill’s involvement with the Foundation Board, he served six years as a Plymouth Harbor Trustee.  He was first introduced to Plymouth Harbor by five relatives who preceded him, including his parents, two aunts, and an uncle.  Bill and his wife, Betsy, are Bradenton residents who also spend part of their time in the northeast.