Carlton, Roberts honored by Argus
By ROGER BUTTON
More than 300 guests attended the Argus Foundation 2015 Lifetime Achievement Awards at the Hyatt Regency in Sarasota to honor the Rev. Don Roberts and, posthumously, T. Mabry Carlton Jr.
A dedicated community activist and advocate, Roberts led Goodwill Manasota as its president for almost 40 years, until his retirement in 2011.
Carlton, an eighth-generation Floridian, rancher and notable Sarasota County philanthropist, was a Sarasota County Commissioner from 1980 to 1989, when he passed away after a plane crash.
The 24,000-plus-acre T.
Mabry Carlton Jr. Reserve was named in his honor for his efforts in the county’s acquiring the land.
“These award nominees share the common values of a philanthropic spirit and dedication to the community with our membership and our founders,” said Joe Hembree, president of The Argus Foundation board of directors. “They have left a lasting legacy on our community and exemplify the philosophy of service to others in all they have done throughout their lives.”