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The Venice Area Chamber of Commerce (VACC) honored START with a Business Celebration (formerly “Ribbon Cutting Ceremony”) for our recent great news of obtaining our 501(c)(3) status as a nonprofit charitable organization.


In May, we entered the Gulf Shores Realty NonProfit of the Month contest. Thanks to all our members, neighbors and friends, our Outreach budget just got $1,000 bigger! We now have a little more money to carry out the START mission of improving the lives of others. Thank you so much to everyone for casting their votes for START!

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START of SC is Officially a 501(c)(3) Nonprofit

After a long and arduous application procedure that started in 2019 and required multiple 

reapplications during the Covid crisis, START has now received a letter from the IRS stating that START is exempt from federal income tax under IRC Section 501(c)(3).

This is great news for our membership as we continue to support other nonprofits. Future

fundraising opportunities now have the opportunity to receive matching funds from other

foundations when available.

START Board members were invited to participate in the Venice Suncoast Rotary Club ceremony on January 31st honoring Mary Beth Hansen, owner of the Paradise Grill, as the recipient of the prestigious Paul Harris Award for “Service Above Self for Outstanding Community Service for 2020-2021”. We were applauded for providing 250 volunteer hours to help Mary Beth and her staff furnish over 16,000 meals to those in in need. They prepared the free hot meals, ready for pickup, every Friday night for seven months. START members helped by distributing the meals through car windows as the recipients drove


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