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John and his family have been Englewood residents for 20 years. In the time since then, John has been deeply involved with the Olde Englewood community. After he and his wife opened Grass Roots Gallery (411 W. Dearborn) in 2001, John was a board member and President of the Olde Englewood Village Association, a founding member of the Arts Alliance and the force behind bringing live street entertainment to W. Dearborn’s “Saturday Night Live” program.
In February of 2004, John was appointed by the Sarasota County Commissioners to the Englewood CRA Advisory Board. He served the Englewood community in that role until late 2014. During that time period he devoted much time and effort to improving our community and was chosen to chair the advisory board 3 times by his peers. A change of jobs in 2014 forced John into leaving before his term expired.
Currently John is Executive Director of Englewood Animal Rescue Sanctuary (EARS). As John says, “What’s good for the animals is good for Englewood!”.
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EARS is a 501c3 non-profit, animal rescue and sanctuary dedicated to helping homeless dogs and cats find their "forever homes" and live the lives they so truly deserve.
EARS is a volunteer-based organization of animal lovers with a desire to help precious pets in need. We work from the heart and receive an abundance of love and gratitude from the animals we save. We are not funded by the state or government and survive solely on the generous donations from our community. The more pets we are able to rescue, the more lives we save. In 2017 we were able to rescue and find “fur-ever homes” for 135 dogs and 95 cats, saving them from almost certain death at the high-kill rate County animal shelters.
Our thrift store enables us to generate some of the much needed funds to care for our animals. Pet adoption fees fund our ability to rescue more animals. Local businesses and individuals generously donate much needed supplies and food. EARS Thrift Store is located at 353 W. Dearborn St. and is open from 10-3 Monday - Saturday. Stop in to meet our great volunteers and get some wonderful bargains. We accept gently used clothing and household goods during business hours.
Candidate John Radkins