Spotlight on...The Loveland Players

Loveland Venice Jigs It Up in Style

Caution! Hard working cast and crew at work bringing smiles and joy to captive audiences! The Loveland Players took center stage February 24-26th with Jig it Up to Safety- a collection of informative scenes, comedic sketches, and toe-tapping dance numbers promoting the importance of safe practices. From identity theft to stranger danger, the Loveland Players presented a diverse range of hazardous scenarios and how one would approach these situations in the appropriate manner.

Thanks to the Wilson-Wood Foundation, the Loveland Players arrive in safety each and every day to rehearse and prepare for its upcoming performances. For a list of Loveland Performing Arts needs, from $23 sound cables to a $2,000 sound board, visit our Performing Arts link to learn more about how you can support this growing and vibrant program.

To get involved with our Performing Arts program and see our volunteer opportunities, visit https://www.lovelandcenter.org/engagement/today! Questions? Camille Cline at ccline@lovelandcenter.org.


At Loveland Bradenton, Jackie has shown progress this month! She has started requesting preferred activities and will assist with cleaning up. She enjoys engaging in arts and crafts and puzzles. 

At Loveland Venice this month, Peter has stepped up and been actively participating in cooking! Today he helped make jello and with verbal prompts helped to measure and mix the ingredients. The staff of Building C is very proud of Peter.

Welcome Orlando and Christian!

We want to welcome Orlando to Loveland Port Charlotte. Not only has Orlando transitioned well into his new surroundings, but he has already made friends. Orlando loves to draw pictures and even has some of his artwork on the walls already.

We would like to welcome Christian to Loveland North Port. He has already adjusted to a smaller campus and seems to enjoy making friends and going out into the community. He has been able to stay with his peers the whole day without needing time away.

Third Annual 5K Run/1K Walk is Here!

Register here 

PGT Innovations is proud to be the Presenting Sponsor at the Third Annual Loveland Center

5K Run/ 1K Fun Walk

Funds raised will benefit Loveland Center’s Charlotte County-based programs and services for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Come run with us to help bring visibility to disability! 

“PGT Innovations is honored to have the opportunity to sponsor Loveland’s third annual race and support the programs offered through the organization to Charlotte County residents,” said Bob Keller, Senior Vice President, Customer Strategy & Innovation. “For over 42 years, PGT Innovations has seen tremendous growth thanks to the support we’ve received from the communities we operate in, and we remain committed to serving those communities, such as Charlotte County, that have helped us thrive. We look forward to seeing the great accomplishments Loveland Center will make in this area in 2023.”

“We are so grateful to PGT Innovations and the local community for rallying around Loveland’s 5K Run for the third consecutive year,” shared Camille Cline, Chief Advancement Officer. “Great friends come together for great fun in this paradise to elevate and celebrate our friends with intellectual and developmental disabilities. It is particularly important this year as we are looking for a larger center to provide our services to our participants and their families. We need to get the word out that Loveland is growing and we want everyone to be a part of it.”

The Third Annual 5K Run will be held at Laishley Park, Punta Gorda, Florida, on Sunday, March 26th. Open registration is available.

For questions, email Race Director Caryn McCullough at cmccullough@lovelandcenter.org and visit this Link to Volunteer. Bring the whole family for a taste of local food trucks, music, games, and much more!

See you at the finish line.

Register here

Thank You Run Sponsors!

Spotlight on The Clinic

Meet Lauren Osmond

Director of Clinical Services

I'm starting my second year with Loveland and manage The Clinic at Loveland Center. I came to Loveland because I was looking for something different but still wanted to help people. Loveland offered me a unique opportunity be a part of a new therapy program.

My favorite part of Loveland is the culture. I am looking forward to continued growth of new programs and therapists to the Clinical team.

My advice for living life? “Be crazy. Be stupid. Be silly. Be weird. Be whatever. Because life is too short to be anything but happy.”

Congratulations, Lauren, on your One-Year Anniversary with Loveland!

The Clinic is Growing! Tell your friends and loved ones to visit our Indeed.com posting to learn more about our need for Physical Therapist and Occupational Therapist Assistants and another Speech/Language Pathologist and apply. Questions? Contact Lauren Osmond at losmond@lovelandcenter.org.

Upcoming Events

March 2

Early Childhood Action: What You Need to Know Before Your Kids Grow Up

6:00 p.m.

Virtual and Loveland North Port, 6919 Outreach Way, NP

Presented by Becca Eldredge, Vice President of Programs

Transitioning to adulthood can be challenging for anyone, but for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their parents, it's important to take action as soon as possible. Come learn about the types of services available to adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and what you need to know to apply for funding for these services from the state. Due to the length of time it takes to be approved for funding, this workshop is recommended for families with children as young as 5 years old.

April 4

Engagement Launch Event

11:00 a.m.

Loveland Venice, 157 S Havana Road, Venice

April 27

Friendship: How to support your loved one with IDD in making, and keeping, friends

6:00 p.m.

Virtual and Loveland Port Charlotte, 4075 Tamiami Trail

Presented by Lora Carter, ADT Program Manager

Friendships are hard for everyone, but for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities navigating the complicated social environments can feel overwhelming. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to help your child build authentic friendships and support them through some of the challenges that may be specific to having a disability. 

May 17


Hops & Heart Party

6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

MotorWorks Brewing Biergarten

1014 9th Street W, Bradenton

To benefit Loveland Bradenton

Details and sponsorship opportunities to come

May 18

Is That Legal?: Guardianships, Power of Attorney, and Rights of Individuals with IDD

6:00 p.m.

Virtual and Loveland North Port, 6919 Outreach Way, NP

Presented by Kathy Loughran, Chief Operating Officer

What do I need to do to protect my loved one with a disability? Should I become their guardian? Does Power of Attorney give me the ability to protect my child enough? What rights do I have, and what rights do they have, if I am their legal guardian? These questions and more will be answered to help you determine what is best for you and your loved one with IDD. *Please note that Loveland Center and its staff are not attorneys and no advice given should be taken as legal advice. Please consult with an attorney before making any legal decisions.


Pittsburgh Pirates Host a Block Party on Old Main Street and Loveland is There!

The Pittsburgh Pirates have officially docked in Manatee County kicking off their 2023 Spring Training Season. The festivities commenced with a community Block Party on Saturday, February 18th, in the heart of Downtown Bradenton. Loveland was thrilled to support their new friends and neighbors and continue their mission of providing visibility to disability in the Manatee Community.

Save These Dates

Loveland Golf Tournament

to Benefit Loveland North Port and Raise Awareness for New Center

Saturday, September 30

Limited to first 30 foursomes

Details and sponsorship opportunities to come

Loveland North Port is out.of.space. Help get the word out that Loveland is looking for 7,500sf in the NP area to continue providing quality day training programs, HERO After-School Care, and evolve into the number-one program for individuals with IDD in the area.

Loveland's 15th Annual BBQ

to Benefit Loveland Venice

Tuesday, December 5th

6:00 p.m.

Venice Community Center

Details and sponsorship opportunities to come

More AdvoCan Series Events

Sponsorships for all events are still available. Contact us at philanthropy@lovelandcenter.org to customize for your business today.

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