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Financial Summary

PARC Board of Directors 2012-2013 Frank Farkas, DC Chairman Paul A. Manfrey Chair Elect Marcos E. Hasbun, Esq. Treasurer/Secretary Elliott M. Ross Past Chairman Lena M. Ayoub, Esq. John Bilchak Anne F. Borghetti, Esq. Mary L. Tyus Brown Robert P. Byelick, Esq. Douglas E. Carlan, M.D. Michelle Clower Dick Crippen Lyman L. Dukes III, Ph.D Roger Edelman Douglas J. Hicks April D. Hill, Esq. W. Gregory Holden David Joffe, BSPharm, CDE, FACA Kevin G. Kelso Keith M. Lawless Fay Lazaris Judy Owen Nancy Plants Ross D. Preville Harold E. Shinitzky, Psy.D Laurie Stogniew M. Jessica Ventimiglia John Wurzbacher

Karen Higgins President & CEO 3190 Tyrone Boulevard N. St. Petersburg, FL 33710 727.345.9111 727.345.7130 (Fax) PARC’s mission is to provide opportunities for children and adults with developmental disabilities to exercise their independence and experience life to the fullest.

PARC depends on the involvement and contributions from the community to serve over 800 adults and children in the multitude of services offered daily. There are many ways you can support PARC:


ANNUAL REPORT Celebrating 60 Years of Service PARC in Bloom

Become an annual Circle of Friends Sponsor or PARC Pal.

Made possible by Leadership St. Pete® Class of 2013

Donate to PARC through Memorial & Honorary Gifts. Consider a major or planned gift. Donate in-kind goods or services. Sponsor or attend a special event. Ask about Business Partnership opportunities. Shop at PARC at our Thrift Store or Art Boutique. Volunteer at PARC or for one of the special events. Take a tour of PARC. Invite a PARC representative to speak to your company or group.

PARC depends on individual and corporate donations, endowments, bequests and grants to support its efforts. Donors can take pride in knowing they are helping to turn disabilities into capabilities. PARC is funded in part by Agency for Persons with Disabilities, Coordinated Child Care of Pinellas, Inc. and Early Learning Coalition of Pinellas County, Department of Education – Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Department of Health – Children’s Medical Services, Juvenile Welfare Board – Children’s Services Council of Pinellas County and the United Way Suncoast.

This generosity will allow PARC in Bloom to offer a garden of healthy food choices, sustainable job training opportunities, revenue generating initiatives, and a therapeutic work environment that fosters personal growth.

Financial giving from the community has been imperative in being able to offer a multitude of services for the adults and children. PARC appreciates the civic groups, religious organizations, schools and others who have made gifts to the agency to further enhance the mission.

The enthusiasm and dedication of the entire Leadership St. Pete Class of 2013 made PARC’s 60th Anniversary a year to remember!

Special events throughout the year give PARC much needed financial support as well as opportunities to present to the community the mission and spirit of the agency. The annual Black Tie Ball, Golf Tournaments, Tampa Bay Blues Festival, Art in the PARC and 97X Next Big Thing were well attended and generously sponsored.

Grants & Foundation funding helps PARC with improved safety, much needed building upgrades, and subsidizes diverse services needed to strengthen the quality of life for the adults and children at PARC. PARC is grateful to the private and government grant & foundation opportunities that have helped PARC significantly.

PARC was fortunate to have been selected as the class project by the Leadership St. Pete Class of 2013. The group started its planning and fundraising efforts in early 2013 to help PARC develop an inclusive and vocational horticulture program - PARC in Bloom. With fun events, direct appeals, and grassroots efforts, the Class of 2013 raised the necessary funds and in-kind contributions to make PARC in Bloom a reality. Project Day included building various garden stations, building and erecting multiple trellises, installing new paving, planting new landscape throughout PARC, revitalizing a greenhouse, and planning for a much-needed irrigation system. The Class of 2013 and those involved with this project donated a staggering 696 hours of volunteer service.

Grand A B C C Opening A B utism

Since 1953, volunteers have been the strength of PARC. Volunteers serve in many areas including the Board of Directors, LARC, Thrift Store, special events, Parents, Guardian & Friends, and in many programs at the agency. Also, college internships are encouraged as short term experiences which provide a real insight into what it’s actually like working in a particular job or career field with individuals with developmental disabilities. Volunteers are diverse and bring a tremendous amount of talent and energy to PARC. In 2012-2013 volunteers dedicated over 11,000 hours to the agency.



In its 60 year history, PARC’s focus has been on providing services that are important to the community. Autism research shows that 1 in 88 children will be born with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Additionally, Autism Spectrum Disorder is 5 times more common in boys. The increase in diagnosis leaves families and many schools in need of additional support for a child on the spectrum. To ensure there are no potential gaps in services for those with an ASD, PARC opened the Autism Behavioral Center on May 13, 2013. The Autism Behavioral Center at PARC provides Applied Behavior Analysis as medically prescribed therapy to children and adults diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The Autism Behavioral Center boasts private therapy rooms, family observation areas and a multisensory Snoezelen Room, a state of the art therapy environment. The ABC Grand Opening included opening remarks from Pinellas County Commission Chairman Kenneth Welch and a special presentation from Wellcare of Florida, a major sponsor of the Snoezelen Room.

Applied Behavioral Analysis is covered by most major healthcare plans.


PARC participants live, work and recreate in the heart of the community. Through the generosity of many PARC friends, this year they participated in Special Olympics, attended various sporting events, performed for friends and family with the American Stage Theater Company, visited Clearwater Marine Aquarium many times, and so much more. For many, the chance to work and obtain a job skill and earn a paycheck is paramount to their livelihood. As is true with all people, being independent allows for growth and economic freedom. PARC will continue to make sure all individuals are a part of their community.





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60th Anniversary Highlights

Kelli Caputo & Karen Higgins accepted the 2012 Nonprofit of the Year Award from the Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce at their Annual Meeting in January 2013.


Diamond Celebrations PARC’s 60th “Diamond” Anniversary highlighted the dynamic services for individuals of all ages with developmental disabilities. Celebrations included a Board Alumni Social, a 60th Anniversary Diamond Anniversary Dinner, a Top Hat & Tiaras Resident’s Party sponsored by the LARCs, a 60th Anniversary Dance, and a Discovery Learning Center Talent Show.

Reel Dreams, a Fox Sports Florida series, highlighted the Ringeisen Family, whose two daughters were part of PARC’s early intervention services. The family was treated to a day of fishing with Captain Anderson, and PARC friend and favorite baseball player, Fred McGriff. The TradeWinds Island Grand hosted a get-away weekend for the family which included special time with the lovable dolphin, Winter, at Clearwater Marine Aquarium. CMA gifted annual passes to the family and all of PARC’s participants.

“PARC’s scope of services is fundamental to its success and key to supporting each and every person – young or old – who needs and deserves the same opportunities as all of us,” stated Frank Farkas, Board Chair. Last year close to 300 children received early intervention and therapies through PARC. Over 4.6 million pieces of production were handled by 175 clients who are employees at PARC Center Industries. Over 300 adults were part of adult day training activities. Over 300,000 miles were traveled last year making sure adults and children had the opportunity to be a part of services at PARC. This is the heart of PARC – the adults and children who thrive and achieve independence. PARC received proclamations celebrating this milestone from the City of St. Petersburg, Pinellas County Commission, and Florida Governor Rick Scott. A special U.S Flag from the Honorable C.W. Bill Young was presented to mark the 60th Celebration. Caputo Creative, Inc. donated two new videos highlighting the history and people of PARC. A special commemorative painting was presented by PARC Artists to mark the milestone.

PARC was named a St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce 2013 “Good Burger” award nominee.

The Discovery Learning Center, PARC’s preschool program, has been an amazing partner in our journey to adopt our son Jayden through foster care. Jayden was born exposed to multiple substances and had to stay in the NICU for the first 7 weeks of his life before he could come home. He was on medications to help him ease the symptoms of withdrawl for almost the first year of his life. Jayden still struggles with some special challenges, such as difficulty sleeping, speech delays, difficulty paying attention during age appropriate activities, and low tolerance for frustration. He also has special medical needs associated with asthma and frequent digestive issues. Jayden is now two years old and started at the Discovery Learning Center on May 1, 2012. I don’t know if he would have been able to attend preshool if it had not been for the dedicated and loving staff at PARC. The experienced and knowledgeable team at DLC includes teachers, therapists, nurses, volunteers and support staff who have not only made it possible for Jayden to learn and acquire new skills, but to also excel in all areas of development. Jayden really amazes me every day and I am so thankful that he can attend the Discovery Learning Center five days a week. I feel by having PARC available he has truly been given the best start in life. A heartfelt thank you to all the staff at PARC for making this possible.

Florida ARF recognized Children’s Respite Services Manager, Jo Fort, (pictured left), as a Circle of Champion for her dedication to children with developmental disabilities. RESPECT of Florida awarded Certificates of Achievement to Bruce, Alex & Jeanine (pictured above) for their hard work at PARC Center Industries.

The Carlan and Minutolo Families launched fundraising efforts which provided for a safe play surface and age appropriate playground equipment for toddlers at the Discovery Learning Center.

PARC was named the charity partner for the 97X Next Big Thing 12 concert held at Vinoy Park in December 2012.

PARC staff member, Cheryl “Sunshine” Edmonds (pictured center) was named the annual recipient of the Bert Muller Leadership Award. The award goes to a PARC staff member who exemplifies the leadership qualities set forth by PARC’s first President, Bert Muller. Cheryl is described as “amazing”, “exceptional” and “inspirational” while working daily on a variety of art and life skills with the adults attending the Thoresen Foundation Cultural Center.

Thank you to the community for celebrating with PARC!

Meet Jayden by proud Mom, Amy W.

Marcos Hasbun raised funds for PARC by receiving pledges towards a triathlon competition held in August 2013. The donations helped make a safe concrete path for the residents of the Bert Muller Home.

2012-2013 PARC AWARD WINNERS Philanthropist of the Year Joe & Jennifer Minutolo Community Partner of the Year Caputo Creative, Inc.

Community Volunteer of the Year Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Visionary of the Year Dr. Douglas & Lauren Carlan

Community Service Award Leadership St. Pete - Class of 2013

Enterprise Partner of the Year Bealls, Inc.

Edith B. Smith Award Tom Sarlo

The PARC Thrift Store received a major renovation by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. LDS Members recruited volunteers, raised funds, and engaged vendors to donate their services so that the PARC Thrift Store remains a major thrift retailer in the community. Over $2,550 of in-kind goods and services were donated and more than 70 volunteers participated and gave 420 hours of volunteer time for this much needed project for PARC.

PARC Annual Report 2012-2013  

Celebration of PARC's 60th year, including highlights about the Autism Behavioral Center, PARC in the community, and a financial summary.