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SRQ DAILY Nov 7, 2018

Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

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Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

"I will continue to fight for the issues this district cares about -- protecting Medicare and Social Security, veterans benefits, confronting opioid abuse, stopping animal cruelty and preserving our pristine ocean and beaches."

- Vern Buchanan, U.S. Representative

[Politics]  Buchanan, Steube Head to Congress, Good Holds on in State House
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

Whatever hopes existed for a blue wave heading into Election Day, any tide seemed elusive in Florida on Tuesday night.

U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Sarasota held onto his House seat in District 16, fending off a challenge by Democrat David Shapiro. The Sarasota Democrat performed well within Sarasota County, but Buchanan dominated the vote in Manatee county and held onto his seat with a comfortable lead. Ultimately, he claimed more than a 10-percent win, a larger margin than when Buchanan last faced a serious challenge from Democrat Keith Fitzgerald in 2012.

"I'm honored to be the people's voice in Congress for another two years," said Buchanan. "I will continue to fight for the issues this district cares about—protecting Medicare and Social Security, veterans benefits, confronting opioid abuse, stopping animal cruelty and preserving our pristine ocean and beaches."

State Rep. Margaret Good, D-Sarasota, won a full term in state House District 72, but by a surprisingly slim margin. She ultimately took just under 51 percent of the vote to Republican challenger Ray Pilon’s 49 percent, with a margin of victory under 1,200 votes. The race proved much tighter than when Good beat Republican James Buchanan in a special election in February.

“Thank you so much for all of your support,” Good tweeted. “It’s a Good day.”

Greg Steube coasted into a Congressional seat in District 17, where he will succeed retiring Rep. Tom Rooney, R-Okeechobee. That means Sarasota will serve as home county to two members of Congress next session.

“I am humbled to announce, by God's grace and mercy, that I have been afforded the opportunity, thanks to you, to serve this district in the 116th United States Congress,” Steube wrote to supporters.

Joe Gruters, chairman of the Republican Party of Sarasota County, won a promotion to state Senate in District, overcoming a challenge by Democrat Faith Olivia Babis, a disabled rights activist. Gruters ultimately took about 56 percent of the vote. Republicans also swept other House seats up for grabs, with Will Robinson beating Tracy Pratt in District 71, Tommy Gregory besting Liv Coleman in District 73 and James Buchanan, the same one defeated in February by Good, this time coming out ahead of Tony Mowry in District 74.

Sarasota County Commissioner Al Maio won re-election and Christian Ziegler won a seat on the board beside him. County voters also approved a bond for Legacy Trail, voted to reacquire Beach Road, and, in a move that will reshape commission elections, votes in favor of a switch to single-member districts. City voters in Sarasota elected to move their city races to an August-November cycle of even years. North Port kept Commissioner Jill Luke and elected Pete Emrich. But Venice voters apparently ousted Councilman Fred Fraise for Helen Kirchner Moore (though that margin of victory could trigger a recount).

In Manatee County, County Commissioner Carole Whitmore won re-election and will be joined by Misty Serve and Reggie Bellamy. School Board member Scott Hopes also held onto his seat, despite coming in second to challenger Joe Stokes in an August primary. In a shock upset, Bradenton City Councilman Bemis Smith lost to challenger Bill Sanders, while Patrick Roff kept his seat on that board.  

[Opera]  Sarasota Opera Seeking "Supers" for Spring Performances

Sarasota Opera is seeking a number of enthusiastic, outgoing men to volunteer as supernumeraries, or “supers,” the non-singing and non-speaking extras in the opera productions for its 2019 Winter Festival Season. Age range for these characters is from young adult to 65. The “super” roles are for men only.  To be considered for a super role, applicants must be no taller than 5’10”, weigh no more than 170–175 pounds, be physically fit, be able to stand for extended periods of time, be able to perform onstage without glasses, be able to see in both dim and bright light, be able to walk on slopes and stairs, be able to kneel, be able to wear elaborate and sometimes very heavy costumes and be willing to shave. Rehearsals will start in mid-January 2019 and the final performance of the winter season is March 24, 2019. The operas for which supers are needed are Puccini’s epic Turandot and Verdi’s biblically inspired Nabucco. The super roles include soldiers, banner carriers, Hebrew and Babylonian priests, servants and others. 

Sarasota Opera

[People]  10x10 Finds New Home in Art Ovation Hotel

With the closing of the Francis, the organizers behind the popular 10x10 speaker series has had to seek a new venue for the growing 10x10 events. And the November 8 event at the Francis has been cancelled. However, 10x10 organizers have found a new location in Art Ovation Hotel, which has agreed to host the 10x10 in 2019 in a larger meeting hall. Future 10x10 events will take place at Art Ovation at 5:30 pm on: Thursday, January 24, 2019; Thursday, April 11, 2019; and Thursday, October 3, 2019. Art Ovation is at the corner of Coconut and Palm avenues, immediately adjacent to the Francis and the public parking garage. The hotel will provide a well-staffed cash bar within the space itself. Admission will remain at $10 to cover room reservation. 


[Recognition]  Rosado-Merced Recognized with Advocacy in Action Award

At Drug Free Charlotte County‘s 2018 Annual Prevention Awards Breakfast held October 26, 2018, GSAHEC’s Tobacco Program Manager, Xenia Rosado-Merced, became the proud recipient of the Advocacy in Action Award for her outstanding work in helping tobacco users live a tobacco-free life. Rosado-Merced has offered tobacco cessation services in the Charlotte County area for the last eight years. She is an active member of various community groups working incessantly towards the goal of a Tobacco Free Florida. Gulfcoast South AHEC envisions healthy communities where every person has access to quality care in our region. Our mission is to provide health education that improves the well-being of the communities we serve. To learn more, follow the website below. 

Gulfcoast South Area Health Education Center

[Real Estate]  Tate Joins RE/MAX Alliance Group Sarasota Office

James Tate has joined RE/MAX Alliance Group as commercial realtor in the Sarasota office. He is an accredited commercial professional (ACP). As the former owner/agent of an independent sales organization providing merchant services and point of sale systems, Tate has helped thousands of business owners over the past 19 years. With this, Tate has gained valuable insight into the retail market in Southwest Florida. Tate’s customers benefit directly from the strength of his negotiation skills based on his market knowledge. Tate is active in both First Step and the Salvation Army, among other organizations, and serves on the board of his Homeowner’s Association. RE/MAX Alliance Group is the #1 RE/MAX franchise in Florida and the #16 RE/MAX franchise in the United States. With more than 300 agents and staff, RE/MAX Alliance Group offers residential and commercial real estate solutions throughout Sarasota, Manatee and Charlotte counties, maintaining offices in Sarasota, Bradenton, Anna Maria Island, University Park, Venice, Siesta Key and Englewood. 

RE/MAX Alliance Group

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[TODAY]  THEATER: A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder , November 7 – January 13

Monty Navarro may be distant heir to the family fortune, but there are several deadly ways to jump the line of succession. Along the way, Monty has to juggle his mistress, his fiancée and the constant threat of landing behind bars. It will all be worth it if he can slay his way to his inheritance… and be done in time for tea.

Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 North Palm Ave., Sarasota.

[SOON]  THEATER: Sight Unseen , November 8 – November 18

A critically acclaimed artist has created art that is so popular, that now his works are bought ‘sight unseen.’ Happily married with a pregnant wife, the artist decides to visit his former model and lover while attending a retrospective of his work. Written in a non-linear progression, expect forward and backward jumps in time.

The Players Centre for Performing Arts, 838 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota.

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Inspire--Modern Home Magazine Symposium , November 8, 5:30PM - 7:30PM

Join SRQ MEDIA as we hear about the inspiration behind some of Sarasota's most iconic home designs. $5 Cover includes one glass of beer or wine and light bites.

SRQ Studios, 331 S. Pineapple Ave. Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  SPORTS: Texas Hold'em Tournament , November 8

Be a winner and save veterans' lives - support ending PTSD! $75 per person includes 20,000 starting chips. Guarantee $1,500. Unlimited cash re-entires until 7:35pm. Proceeds to benefit Reset Therapy Professional Institute, LLC.

One Eyed Jacks Poker Room, 5400 Bradenton Road, Sarasota

[SOON]  THEATER: Dike , November 9 – December 16

Written by Hannah Benitez, a Cuban-Jewish-American millennial originally from Miami, Dike follows a pair of sisters from a religious family who reunite after two years of separation to navigate the cloudy waters of identity. An awkwardly hilarious and gripping exploration of love, sexuality, and sisterhood, with an all-female cast, Dike questions the limitations religion and social conditioning raise within all of us.

Urbanite Theatre, 1487 2nd St., Sarasota.

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Crystal Classic International Sand Sculpting Festival , November 9 – November 12

Recently named America's #1 Beach, the Siesta Key Crystal Classic has become a favorite of the professional sand sculptors who have competed here. From November 9th - 12th, enjoy live music, food and drink vendors and sand art you must see to believe!

Siesta Key Beach

[SOON]  THEATER: Theatre Re: The Nature of Forgetting , November 9 – November 10, 7:30PM

At the intersection of art and science, The Nature of Forgetting bursts with creativity, joy and heartache. Collaborating with neuroscientist Kate Jeffry, the London-based dance theater company, Theater Re, has created a moving articulation of the countless dimensions of memory and amnesia, linking science with real life experiences.

The Ringling

[SOON]  GALLERY: By the Sea , November 9 – December 10

This group exhibition celebrates the beauty of glistening waterscapes with inspired artwork. Sarasota-based and nationally acclaimed artist Linda Richichi presents oil and pastel paintings along with Florida Landscape artist Gary Borse and other gallery talents. This show aims to not only highlight nature’s beauty, but also use the space as a platform for conversations about conservation.

530 Burns Gallery, 530 Burns Ct., Sarasota

[SOON]  HEALTH: 2018 American Heart Association Suncoast Heart Walk , November 10, 8:00AM

Be a Heart Walk hero and help the American Heart Association save lives from heart disease and stroke by attending the Suncoast Heart Walk on Saturday, Nov. 10, at JD Hamel Park. Your participation supports scientific research that makes more healthy heart beats possible. The Heart Walk starts at 7:30 a.m. and is family-friendly. Walkers can enjoy a vendor expo with fun, interactive activities, a short program, and a 1-mile or 5k walk. Registering is free and easy! You can register as an individual, on a community team, or with your company! Just visit www.SuncoastHeartWalk.org.

JD Hamel Park, Main St & S Gulfstream Ave, Sarasota

[SOON]  GALA: The Venice Symphony Sapphire Gala , November 10

The Venice Symphony celebrates its 45th anniversary and welcomes Music Director/Conductor Troy Quinn with its biggest soiree in five years. Guests will enjoy dinner, an open bar, live music by several Venice Symphony ensembles, a visual journey through The Symphony’s past and a short and spirited live auction.

Venetian Golf Club, 105 Pesaro Dr., Venice.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: John Denver-Coming Home , November 11 – November 12

The season kicks off with this annual salute to veterans, featuring tribute artist Tom Becker. Come hear Tom Becker sing all of the favorite John Denver songs and wear red, white, and blue as the Pops honors every veteran with God Bless The USA, Salute to the Armed Forces and many more. General reserved discounted tickets are available to veterans and their families. Each performance is at different locations one at 1 Ram Way, Sarasota and the other at 5840 26th St. W, Bradenton.

[SOON]  MUSIC: PMP Alumni: Around Town at Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium , November 11 – November 12, 5:00PM

PMP Alumni: Around Town returns to Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium’s Wave Center with string quartet performances featuring PMP alumni Doori Na and Jeremiah Blacklow, violins, Chloe Thominet, viola and Bryan Park, cello. 

Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium, Wave Center, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Voice & Visibility Salon Series , December 12

Please join us for an intimate evening that will include a featured presentation by Shannon, conversation, and resources for action! Also enjoy light refreshments and an inspired art installation. What does Investing in Women’s Progress look like in this noisy climate? Which women? Where do we start? Investing in Women’s Progress will ensure you:

  • Learn about the diversity of women’s needs

  • Evaluate what resonates with you and your organization/company

  • Create an “invest in women strategy” that yields a strong return

  • Receive resources and an overview of the upcoming Voice & Visibility Salon series offerings

[SOON]  GALA: Rock The Boat - Against Sex Trafficking , November 15, 7:00PM

An extraordinary evening to fight sex trafficking affecting American children on the rooftop of the Westin, downtown Sarasota, Co-Chaired by Marko Radisic and Elizabeth Moore. This will not be a seated event. Enjoy heavy hors d'oeuvres, beverages and entertainment, a fabulous auction and moving survivor speaker! Please contact Sponsorship@SelahFreedom.com with questions or for more information.

The Westin, 100 Marina View Drive, Sarasota

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Lifelong Learning Expo 2018 , November 15, 9:00AM - 2:00PM

Join us Lifelong Learning EXPO 2018!  Light up your life on November 15 at the Carlisle Conference Center in Sarasota. The daylong event will feature renowned speakers and topics, like-minded learners, food, humor and information about all this region has to offer. 

The Carlisle Inn Conference Center, 3727 Bahia Vista St., Sarasota

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Master of Dance , November 16 – November 17

Accompanied with live orchestra and operatic singers, Program 2 features the company premiere’s of Sir Frederick Ashton’s Rhapsody and Jerome Robbins’ The Concert alongside the revival of Christopher Wheeldon’s There Where She Loved.

Sarasota Opera House, 61 North Pineapple Ave., Sarasota

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Festa Italia! , November 16 – November 17

The Venice Symphony debut of Music Director/Conductor Troy Quinn will feature the joyous Festive Overture, op.96 by Dimitri Shostakovich, Ottorino Respighi’s lush Fountains of Rome and Pines of Rome and Carnival of Venice featuring The Venice Symphony’s Aaron Romm on Cornet. Concertmaster Marcus Ratzenboeck solos on Saint-Saens’ showpiece Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, op. 28.

Venice Performing Arts Center, One Indian Ave., Venice

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