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"To watch Hunter and his excitement to be given such an amazing gift, it was just humbling to know that there are people that care."

- Christina Hill, mother

[Nonprofit]  From Wish Receiver to Wish Granter
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

Few things excite teenage boys like a trip to GameStop with money in their pockets, so Hunter Hill felt powered up when a party bus dropped him off at the store with a $400 gift card in hand. The Bradenton teenager shopped through titles to play on a new Xbox One purchased earlier in the day by the Make-A-Wish Foundation, as well as PC titles to play on his new laptop computer. “It was really cool what they pulled together,” Hunter says, “especially in such a short period of time.”

The foundation made sure to grant Hunter’s wish for a well-stocked game collection before an extended stay at All Children’s Hospital in Bradenton, where he was due for a tune-up to treat ailments related to Cystic Fibrosis, a genetic disease that can force such hospital visits up to four times in a year. A serious gamer, Hunter, now 18, wanted an MSI Ghost Pro laptop that could play cutting-edge games but could also be taken easily into his hospital room.

Make-A-Wish officials are used to granting the desires of children with life-threatening ailments, but a special aspect in fulfilling Hunter’s wish was that his “wish granter,” the volunteer assigned to carry out the realization of dreams, was herself a former Make-A-Wish recipient. Nicole McDowell suffered from cardiac problems and needed two open-heart surgeries and a mechanical heart valve to be put in while she was a teenager. Make-A-Wish put her on a cruise for her 16th birthday, and she has remained a supporter of the organization herself ever since, speaking at galas and now working with the organization. The University of South Florida grad, now 26 years old, said she cherished the chance to bring happiness to the Hill family. “It was cool to be able to talk to him on a normal kiddish level,” she said.

Rebecca Blitz, regional director for Make-A-Wish, said it was great to see a former recipient of services come back to help the foundation and its beneficiaries, especially since McDowell, like Hunter, was a teenager at the time her wish was granted. “This is her way of giving back,” Blitz said.

And for the Hill family, it was a relief in ways beyond putting flashy additions in Hunter’s video-gaming arsenal. “When you experience a chronic illness, everything is extremely difficult and stressful and costly and scary,” said mother Christina Hill. “You forget over time that all you do is focus on his breathing and medications and the next doctor’s appointment. Needless to say, there are not a lot of extras and fun things that happen from it. To watch Hunter and his excitement to be given such an amazing gift, it was just humbling to know that there are people that care.” 

[Good Bite]  Summer Foodie Fun
Kaye Warr

Summer in Sarasota is a humid, heated, happy affair, especially if you, like I, derive happiness from delicious new menu items from your favorite restaurants.

Jack Dusty at The Ritz Carlton: Once you’ve tried the BBQ Fried Oysters with Winter Park “Sunshine Blue” cheese dip, you’ll wonder how you’ve lived this long without them. The textures are crisp yet melty and the local cheese dip sets off the smoky sweet oysters beautifully. Pair with one of the exciting new craft cocktails for a truly sensuous experience.

Darwin’s on 4th: I can’t get enough of the El Patron Ceviche, which features a ginger cream sauce that I would happily bathe in. I also love the Marinated Tender Beef Heart, which lives up to its name in that a dollar from each sale of this dish goes to a Peruvian charity supported by Chef Darwin and his wife. Customer favorites Tuna Tiradito, Skirt Steak and Lima Salad are still on the menu but there are over 14 new items to try!

Amore by Andrea: The Chicken Liver Pâté is so aesthetically pleasing that you’ll insist on taking a picture for Instagram before you let anyone eat (check out the one above). The intensely flavorful pâté is paired with a Meyer lemon glaze, sautéed onions and toast points. I could eat this dish every day with a glass of pinot noir in the beautiful front room of Amore that feels like an elegant tree house.  

[Synergy]  Winn-Dixie Launches Winn-Local

Consumer demand for locally made items is increasing, and Winn-Dixie is seeking vendors in Tampa Bay, Orlando and surrounding areas to participate in its Winn-Local program, which sources local products to bring to neighborhood store shelves. Winn-Local is Winn-Dixie’s initiative to buy products local to the cities it serves. The event will allow Central Florida suppliers to pitch products to Winn-Dixie in hopes of earning shelf space in more than 150 area stores. Winn-Dixie is looking for finished goods, pre-packaged products and other general merchandise.The event will be held in Tampa, July 15-17, at the Winn-Dixie store located on Florida Avenue. The deadline to apply is July 3. Vendors interested in learning more , including product specifications, may send an email with complete vendor contact information to svc_localdsdsupplsup@segrocers.com


[Exec Moves]  King Joins RE/MAX

Realtor Barbara "B.B." King joined the Venice office of RE/MAX Alliance Group. She brings 10 years of real estate experience.Originally from Columbus, Georgia, King moved to Venice almost 11 years ago, after taking an early retirement from her position as executive director with Verizon Information Services. She is active in the Venice First Baptist Church, the Venice Area Chamber of Commerce and Big Brothers Big Sisters, and serves on the board of the United Way of South Sarasota County. 

RE/MAX Alliance Group

[Recognition]  Metz Culinary Makes Power 20 List

Metz Culinary Management, which has a southern corporation office in Sarasota, was named to Restaurant Business magazine’s “Power 20” list. The “Power 20” list recognized 20 families nationwide that are leaders in reinventing their family restaurant dynasties for a new generation. Metz Culinary Management is a family-run food service provider for more than 200 schools, hospitals and corporations along the east coast. 

Metz Culinary Management

[TODAY]  BUSINESS: The Nilon Report ft. Jacob Ogles , June 10, 4pm-6pm

Tune into "The Nilon Report" today at 4PM to hear Susan Nilon with SRQ Magazine's Senior Editor Jacob Ogles on the latest in local news and politics. Anna Maria Sun Reporter Joe Hendricks will be joining to discuss the Bradenton Beach Mayoral recall of Bill Shearon and other headlines from the island. Find them on 98.9FM, 106.9FM and 1220AM or online at wsrqradio.com.

WSRQ Radio

[TODAY]  BUSINESS: Shark Tank , June 10, 5:30pm-8pm

A Night in the Shark Tank will feature Kevin Harrington, the original shark from ABC’s hit show Shark Tank. The speaker will tell his “Entrepreneur Story” and then moderate a panel of investors as they discuss what they look for when investing in a company. Cocktails and light bites will be provided by Michael’s on East. Tickets are $80 and free for Gulf Coast CEO Forum members.  

Mote Aquarium , 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota

[TODAY]  BUSINESS: Power Hour Luncheon , June 10, 11:45am-1pm

This event at Seasons 52 allows The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce members (and future members) to meet, greet and eat. Each guest has the opportunity to introduce themselves to the group, and new members are also permitted to make a 30-second presentation about themselves and their business.
RSVPs are requested 24 hours prior to the event. The price is $20 for pre-registered members and $30 non-members. 

Seasons 52, 170 University Town Center Drive, Sarasota

[TODAY]  THEATER: Woodie Sez: The Life and Music of Woodie Guthrie , May 29 – June 21

The exuberant musical spotlights the music of the revolutionary singer and songwriter, including "This Land is Your Land," "The Ballad of Tom Joad" and "Goin' Down That Road Feelin' Bad." Four actor/musicians, Darcie Deaville, David Finch, David M. Lutken and Helen J. Russell, play 20 different musical instruments in this celebration of Woody Guthrie's music and the social justice that his songs inspired. Cast-led Hootenannies will follow every Sunday matinee, where patrons will have the unique opportunity to play their own instruments at hour-long jam sessions. Tickets for “Woody Sez” are $22. 

Mertz Theatre, FSU Center for the Performing Arts, 5555 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

[TODAY]  FOOD: Best of the Best Menu , June 1 – June 14

The Savor Sarasota Restaurant Week celebration, showcasing special-priced lunch and dinner menus at 45 participating restaurants, returns this year. At Michael’s on East, the three-course Sarasota Epicurean Adventure dinner menu is available Monday through Saturday evenings for $29 per person. The two-course lunch offering features a choice of entrée and dessert for $15 per person and is available Monday through Friday, 11:30am. to 2pm. Specialty cocktail and themed wine pairings are also available through the entire month.

Michael's on East, 1212 South East Ave., Sarasota

[TODAY]  GALLERY: Confluence: France , May 21 – June 26, 10am-4pm

The exhibit features the work of 11 artists from the region of Sarasota’s sister city, Perpignan, France. Curated by Adeline Besson, a noted Paris-based curator, "Confluence: France" is the second installment of the acclaimed “Confluence” exhibition series. This annual international art exhibit showcases works by emerging and mid-career artists from the home countries of Sarasota’s sister cities. The 11 artists in “Confluence: France” are Armelle Caron, Julien Cassignol, Nicolas Daubanes, Jean Denant, Philippe Domergue, Samuel Dufour Kowalski, Agnès Fornells, Sylvain Fraysse, Pablo Garcia, Emilie Losch, and Aurélie Piau.

Art Center Sarasota, 707 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

[SOON]  THEATER: Icons , June 11 – June 21

This exciting musical revue by Jeffery Kin and Berry Ayers will highlight the iconic songs and sketches from some of the most fascinating icons of our generation. Our cast will pay tribute to vocalists like Bette Midler, Frank Sinatra and Janis Joplin, as well as personalities like Mae West, Lucille Ball and Shirley Temple. You will fall in love with this fresh look at some of your favorites. Tickets are $18. 

The Players Theatre, 838 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

[SOON]  BUSINESS: MYP Networking Social , June 11, 5pm-7pm

Young professionals in the community are invited to join Manatee Young Professionals  members and guests for casual business networking in a great social setting. Hosted on the second Thursday of each month at different and exciting locations, this MYP networking social will be held at Buffalo Wild Wings. There is no cost to attend for  members or for those who join on the spot and $5 for all others. Complimentary hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar are included.

Buffalo Wild Wings , 5235 University Parkway, Sarasota

[SOON]  GALLERY: (A) State of Florida , June 12 – July 10

“(A) State of Florida” showcases the work of six artists - Michael J. Bauman, Kelly Boehmer, Jeremy Chandler, Vanessa Diaz, Jen Nugent and Ryann Slauson – all inspired by their time and experiences while in the Sunshine state. Featuring 20 paintings, sculptures and photographs. This is the final show of the second season for Alfstad& Contemporary. An opening reception free to the pubilc will be held June 12 from 5:30-8:30pm.

Alfstad& Contemporary, 1419 5th Street, Sarasota

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Reborning , June 12 – July 5

Art and life become disturbingly interchangeable when Kelly, a young sculptor of hyper-realistic baby dolls meets a Emily, a woman desperate recreate her past. The dark comedy takes an unsettling look at motherhood, latex, and the power of creation. This will be the regional premiere for the show.

Urbanite Theatre, 1487 Second Street, Sarasota

[SOON]  MUSIC: Funk Monster Band , June 13, 3pm-6pm

The second annual Sizzlin' Summer Concert Series will kick off with a free, outdoor concert featuring funk-tastic favorites performed by the Funk Monster Band. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and kick back to some great tunes. Each concert will have concessions including BBQ, sliders, and a cash bar will be available on-site.

Laurel Park , 509 Collins Road, Nokomis

[SOON]  MUSIC: Stars and Stripes , June 14, 6pm

Celebrate the 238th birthday of our nation’s flag with a 90-minute musical event by the Pops Orchestra focusing on the origin and history of the United States Flag. Mr. Vane Scott III brings this amazing story to life with an original musical score, followed by a formal Flag Retirement and Retreat Ceremony at Patriot Plaza on the grounds of the Sarasota National Cemetery. This program is free and open public who are invited to come early and view the wonderful artwork surrounding the Patriot Plaza and walk the Cemetery grounds.

Sarasota National Cemetery , 9810 State Road 72, Sarasota

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Singles on the Go , June 14, 2:30pm-4:30pm

Sam Lowry, Director of Audience Development for Sarasota Opera, will offer a presentation that will give you a complete picture of this internationally known opera company. His talk will include an overview of the 56-year history of the company, the artistic vision that has given Sarasota Opera its international reputation for excellence and information on the upcoming 2015-2016 season. 

Faith Presbyterian Church, 1201 North Beneva Road, Sarasota

[SOON]  BUSINESS: AdWorks Workshop , June 17, 11:30am-1pm

Attendees will learn the most important basic tools to begin working with Google AdWords and how to measure and maximize Pay-Per-Click campaign results with speaker Emmalee Legler of C•Suite Communications. The cost is $25 for FPRA members and students and $35 for non-members, and you can register online. The event is open to the public and business owners as well as marketing and PR professionals.

The Francis, 1289 North Palm Ave., Sarasota

[SOON]  SPORTS: Sarasota SUP Championships , June 20

The paddleboard-racing festival returns with the ‘Battle of the Paddle,’ featuring 10 and 5 kilometer and ‘Grom’ races taking place in the morning and the “SUP Rodeo” rolling in the afternoon. Anchored around competitive fun for all ages and ability levels, the afternoon promises team sprint races, obstacle courses, live music, food, cold Kona brews, board and SUP equipment demonstrations, over 40 surf and SUP vendors, and the best raffle prizes in the country. Visit http://sarasotasupchampionships.com for more information and registration. 

Siesta Key Beach

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