Humanitarian Award 2017

Local Advertising Executives to be Honored with
2017 C. John A. Clarke Humanitarian Award
Presentation to Take Place at The Lakewood Ranch Community Fund’s Dixieland Jazz Gala

What: Lakewood Ranch Community Fund
2017 C. John A. Clarke Humanitarian Award

Where: The Dixieland Jazz Gala
Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club
7650 Legacy Blvd, Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202

When: Wednesday, March 8, 2017
6:30 p.m.

LAKEWOOD RANCH, Florida – February 6, 2017 – The Lakewood Ranch Community Fund, a philanthropic organization dedicated to enhancing life in and around Lakewood Ranch, is presenting the 2017 C. John A. Clarke Humanitarian of the Year Award at The Dixieland Jazz Gala on Wednesday, March 8, 2017. This year’s recipients are Angela Massaro-Fain and John Fain, owners of Grapevine Communications Advertising Agency, located in Lakewood Ranch.

Massaro-Fain and Fain have a longstanding history of community involvement, ranging from board and committee memberships with both non-profits and community funds, to leadership positions with organizations focused on improving our region. The couple also established The Massaro Kozak Art Scholarship Fund on behalf of their daughter and inspired by ODA art teacher Ms. Paula Kozak. The donor-advised fund of the Lakewood Ranch Community Fund was created in 2014 to provide scholarships to students who embody the creative spirit of our youth in their pursuit of a four-year degree in Arts and/or Communications.

Additionally, Massaro-Fain is founding donor and administrator of the Sisterhood For Good Women’s Giving Circle, a part of the Founders’ 50 of the Lakewood Ranch Community Fund. Sisterhood For Good is a group of local women business leaders who raise funds for grant distributions to local causes, including women’s and children’s issues, animal welfare, arts and education, health and safety, and hunger and homelessness.

Grapevine’s involvement with non-profits is diverse, from causes for children and cancer-related organizations to sponsorships and pro-bono services that assist non-profits in reaching their fundraising goals. Each year since its inception in 2002, Grapevine has donated between $150,000 and $200,000 in pro-bono advertising, marketing and public relations services – amounting to more than $1.7 million for over 70 local non-profits to date.

The couple’s dedication to giving back goes beyond their personal and corporate contributions. Grapevine employees are encouraged to join non-profit boards or committees and actively participate in community events. Grapevine team members’ dues and participation fees are paid for by Grapevine, as well as any travel expenses to these events. When events occur during business hours, Grapevine staff is “on the clock” and continue to receive their salary.

In response to this culture of giving back, the firm has recently earned an array of philanthropic awards, including the 2015 Greater Good Philanthropy Award – Small Business by Biz(941) Magazine and Tampa Bay Business Journal’s 2016 Corporate Philanthropy Award.

The C. John A. Clarke Humanitarian Award has been presented each year to honor individuals who have distinguished themselves through their high professional standards, unwavering ethical and moral values, and steadfast dedication to improve the quality of life for people in our community. Honorees come from a variety of backgrounds, from business executives and local entrepreneurs to those who have provided lifelong philanthropic efforts and volunteer work that inspires others.