ORLANDO SENTINEL

Central Florida 100

Carol Wick, CEO, Sharity Last week: Across the country, laws are being proposed that will go into effect if Roe v Wade is overturned. Many of these proposed laws would ban abortion in rape and incest cases. What if lawmakers focused instead on stopping these...

Central Florida 100: GIVE VICTIMS CERTAINTY & MORE TO COME

Carol Wick, CEO, Sharity Last week: GIVE VICTIMS CERTAINTY: For five years, advocates have fought to pass legislation that forces FDLE to track rape kits and give victims the ability to access their kits’ status online. As state Rep. Scott Plakon said this week,...

Central Florida 100: SPRING AWAKENING

Carol Wick, CEO, Sharity Last week: SPRING AWAKENING: Growing up in the Midwest, Easter coincided with the arrival of spring. The daffodils, tulips and lilies were almost always in full bloom. The dogwood and apple trees would be pink with blossoms. And little...

Central Florida 100: MENTAL ILLNESS DEFENSE

Carol Wick, CEO, Sharity Last week: MENTAL ILLNESS DEFENSE: The U.S. again watched in horror as another mass shooting was carried out. The defense attorney of the man charged in the crime is asking for a mental-health evaluation. When individuals do horrific things,...

Central Florida 100: BAKING AS AN ART FORM

Carol Wick, CEO, Sharity Last week: BAKING AS AN ART FORM: Prior to the pandemic, I spent many days traveling and I would often grab my camera and explore the local museums. The shutdowns and the pandemic cut off a much-needed creative outlet that had to be filled. My...

Central Florida 100: RAPE-KIT LEGISLATION & READY TO TRAVEL AGAIN

Carol Wick, CEO, Sharity Last week: RAPE-KIT LEGISLATION: SB 1002 passed its first hurdle and moved on to the next Senate committee. The bill is named after a local rape survivor whose rape kit sat on a shelf for 32 years before being tested. Gail’s Law will ensure...

Central Florida 100: Resolution for 2021: HELP A CAUSE

Carol Wick, CEO, Sharity Resolution for 2021: HELP A CAUSE: For 2021, before setting another New Year’s resolution to lose weight or spend more time at the gym, pick a cause that’s greater than yourself but closest to your heart, like the environment, feeding the...

Central Florida 100: MAJOR PHILANTHROPY

Carol Wick, CEO, Sharity Last week: MAJOR PHILANTHROPY: MacKenzie Scott donated $4.2 billion the last four months to 384 chronically underfunded organizations addressing high poverty rates, food insecurity, and racial inequity. After giving away $1.7 billion to 116...

Central Florida 100: SEXUAL ASSAULT IN THE MILITARY

Carol Wick, CEO, Sharity Last week: SEXUAL ASSAULT IN THE MILITARY: A military survey found 20,000 service members experienced sexual assault last year. A CBS News investigation revealed significant numbers were retaliated against. Nowhere is the “permissive” culture...

Central Florida 100: GO, NONPROFITS! & THANK YOU

Carol Wick, CEO, Sharity Last week: GO, NONPROFITS! In the face of surging demand, from COVID-response to food banks to shelters, our nonprofits performed valiantly in 2020. Given that most nonprofits are without rainy-day funds in such a grueling financial year, I’m...