We are saddened by the loss of our Lifetime Board Member, Sam Shapiro, on Thursday, Feb 15 2018. His obituary is pasted below, but you can read the original article here. We are grateful for his partnership and hard work in building the Sally & Sam Shapiro Babies and Children's Medical Center here on our campus. His legacy will live here always.

Sally & Sam Shapiro with great-grandchildren

Sally & Sam Shapiro at the groundbreaking for the Sally & Sam Shapiro Babies & Children's Medical Center in 2013

Shapiro, Samuel
October 29, 1918 - February 15, 2018
Samuel Shapiro, 99, of Longboat Key, formerly of Wooster, Ohio, passed away peacefully on February 15, 2018. Born on October 29, 1918, he was the son of Jennie and Meyer Shapiro of Wooster.
Sam was the husband of Ellen Levin Shapiro who passed away in 1983. He married Sally Gardner Shapiro, who passed away in 2014. He was father to a blended family: Steve Shapiro (Cheryl), Tom Shapiro (Debbie), Pam (Gardner) Wolf, Jill (Gardner) Joseph and Judd Gardner. Sam's legacy continues in the love of his nine grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
Sam graduated from The Ohio State University. After serving in the Marine Corps during World War II, he returned to Wooster and joined his father at Wayne County Iron and Metal. Sam was the founder of Wayne Steel. Over the next 35 years as president, he led the company through its transformation into one of the most successful businesses in Wayne County.
A true philanthropist who believed in giving back to his community and the world, Sam was a long-time supporter of The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee, Glasser Schoenbaum Human Services Center, numerous organizations in Wooster, and Israel-based causes.
Sam and his wife, Sally, created STEP – The Shapiro Teen Engagement program at The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee, to provide a gateway for hundreds of local Jewish teens to become engaged with their community, Judaism and Israel. STEP's mission is to educate, engage and empower Jewish teens to STEP into leadership roles in the Jewish community.
The couple's deep love of children was also expressed in the building of the Sally and Sam Shapiro Babies & Children's Medical Center on the Glasser Schoenbaum campus. Since its opening in 2014, 12,000 children have been treated at the clinic by board-certified pediatricians.
Shapiro Medical Center with rainbow

Sally and Sam Shapiro Babies and Children's Medical Center

Sam enjoyed traveling the world, a good bridge game, spending time with family and friends and living each day to the fullest.
He will be remembered by his family not only for his love of them but also for his love of community. His charitable contributions and leadership were an example to everyone who knew him.
A funeral service and burial will take place on Tuesday, February 20, in Wooster. A memorial service in Sarasota will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee ( or Glasser/Schoenbaum Human Services Center, Sally and Sam Shapiro Babies & Children's Medical Center (


Published in Herald Tribune from Feb. 19 to Feb. 20, 2018



left quote

The Glasser/Schoenbaum Human Services Center empowers non-profits to closely network with other agencies and create synergistic energy towards the life changing opportunities we all want for our clients and those in our community.

right quote
Chris Johnson Chief Executive Officer Suncoast Partnership to End Homelessness
left quote

Real estate is one of the greatest costs in a business budget. Our partnership with the Glasser Schoenbaum Human Services Center allows more money to go towards our mission. And what better place to house our office than on a campus with nineteen other outreach agencies.

right quote
Janet Kahn Executive Director Early Learning Coalition of Sarasota County
left quote

We are a small and young organization and having the ability to network and partner with other community organizations is key to the quality and impact of our work. In addition to the affordable space that The Glasser/Schoenbaum Human Services Center provides to all of us, it inspires us to use this collaborative model as we work to empower our students and their families.

right quote
Luz Corcuera Executive Director UnidosNow
Learn More


Collaboration Celebration logo
Big Blue Grilled Cheese logo
GS Connects Logo with Sponsorship from Gulf Coast Community Foundation
GS Connects: Banyan Pediatric Care Centers 05.16.23
05/16/2023 12:00 pm Bayan Pediatric Care Centers: A Special Place For Your Special Needs Child Banyan Pediatric Care Centers are medical day care centers that deliver skilled nursing services to medically fragile or […]
Read More
GlasserPassports logo with sponsor logo Gulf Coast Community Foundation



Peruse our newsletter archive below. Sign up here to receive our monthly newsletters, with information about the campus and the community:
Read Post

A Statement about Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

A Statement from our Board of Directors, Executive Director, and staff: Our shared natural human behaviors of connection – handshakes, hugs, kindness, and trust – are now turned upside down […]
Read Post

Emerging Leader Program and Award Launches

Glasser/Shoenbaum is launching the Emerging Leader Program, sponsored by community advocates Bill and Barbara Little. The program will select three emerging leaders in the following categories: physical and behavioral health, […]
Read Post
1 2 3 70
Connect with us image

Connect with

We appreciate your interest in our campus and the organizations that provide services here. Please make a selection below to connect with the best department. Together, we can make a difference on our community and beyond!
footer left cloud
footer left bird
footer right bird
footer right cloud
footer houses
© 2017–2022 The Glasser/Schoenbaum Human Services Center. All Rights Reserved. | Sitemap
All donations are made to The Glasser/Schoenbaum Human Services Center (a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation), and are tax deductible as provided by law. A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE (800-435-7352) WITHIN THE STATE. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE. Our Registration is #CH1216. 100% of your contribution goes to support The Glasser/Schoenbaum Human Services Center, Inc. EIN 59-2707877