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SRQ DAILY Sep 4, 2019

Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

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Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

"These events are going to be opening up difficult conversations in an environment that will help cultivate and shape these discussions in productive ways."

- Kim Anderson, New College of Florida

[Community]  New College Unveils Bold and Broad-Ranging Season of Events
Philip Lederer, Phil.Lederer@srqme.com

Summertime is no vacation for the faculty and staff at New College of Florida, many of who spent those sweltering months planning the jam-packed fourth season of “Connecting the Arts + Humanities on Florida’s Creative Coast.” A full schedule just released this week. Nearly all are free and open to the public.

The season opens September 11 at the NCF Black Box Theater with the first of two movement workshops from Eliza Ladd, head of movement at the FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training, and those looking for avant-garde artistic programming will find themselves satisfied throughout the season. The Sarasota Ballet co-hosts a demo and presentation on innovative choreographer Paul Taylor in September, and New Music New College returns this year with concerts and artist conversations in October, November, January, February and April.

Programming also takes a bold turn for the political early in the season, with the first installment of a new series focusing on migration, Communities in Transit, kicking off with a presentation of Humanizing Deportation, an oral history project seeing Dr. Robert Irwin, professor of Spanish at UC Davis, speaking with deportees to Mexico and documenting their thoughts and experiences. The second installment comes in February with The Ethics of Diaspora: Race, Citizenship, and Activism in the Black Mediterranean

The popular Asian Film Series also returns, this year with a focus on immigration, global migration and cultural conflicts that result, first screening the documentary Abacus: Small Enough to Jail on September 20, followed by Amreeka in October, Finding Kukan in October, Human Flow in February and The Reluctant Fundamentalist in March. Each will also feature post-screening discussions with faculty experts.

Programming is still being finalized for this year’s slate of events commemorating Black History Month, but will include a juried art event, a music festival, an open mic night and a conversation with experts on the nuance of translating African fiction.

Funded by a five-year grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the initiative this year totals near 60 cultural and educational events, including a “Talking Religion” series and The Colette Project—a collection of films, lectures and more, celebrating the progressive French author on the centennial of her novel Cheri. With guest lecturers, guest artists, film screenings, musical concerts, dance performances, community conversations and a whole slate of material designed to inspire, challenge and inform, excuses to stay home dwindle by the day.

“There’s just so much for students and for the community to participate in this year,” says Kim Anderson, New College Associate Professor of Art and director of the Connecting Arts + Humanities program. “These are programs that we hope to continue once the grant sunsets next year, and interest is growing. I’m optimistic.”

For a complete detailed listing, follow the link below. 

Pictured: UC Davis Professor Dr. Robert Irwin conducts an interview for an oral history,

Full Schedule for 2019-20 Connecting Arts + Humanities on Florida's Creative Coast

[Philanthropy]  Community Foundation Approves Nearly $10 Million in Grants

The Community Foundation of Sarasota County’s Board of Directors recently approved nearly $10 million in grants, with more than $1 million dedicated to supporting access for families to needed services and cultural amenities in honor of the foundation’s upcoming 40th anniversary. By partnering with more than 60 nonprofit organizations, as well as local schools and universities, educational and cultural programs will be expanded, providing greater access for families and adults throughout the region.

In addition to these celebratory anniversary grants, funding was also approved in support of leading initiatives of the Community Foundation, including: the 20th Anniversary of Season of Sharing, which helps adults and families with unexpected expenses that threaten homelessness; EdExploreSRQ, which funds curriculum-based, experiential learning opportunities for all Sarasota County public school students; and the Giving Challenge 2020, an online giving event that provides unrestricted funding to hundreds of nonprofit organizations. More than $3 million in gifts from current Community Foundation donors was also approved. 

Community Foundation of Sarasota County

[Philanthropy]  Coastal Orthopedics Donates Computers to Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee County

The full-service practice Coastal Orthopedics recently donated 16 Dell Precision M4500 laptops and corresponding equipment to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee County, an afterschool and summer program that offers hope and opportunity to every child in the community. The laptops and computer equipment will be used in the nonprofit’s teen center at the Palmetto Boys and Girls Club, which serves about 40-50 students daily.

With five locations, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee County reaches more than 3,000 youth annually. The nonprofit offers programs for academic success, good character and citizenship and healthy lifestyles and has been serving the community for over 73 years. 

Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee County

[Philanthropy]  All Faiths Food Bank Receives $30,000 in Grants

All Faiths Food Bank recently received $30,000 in grants from the following organizations and for the following purposes: Ameriprise Financial in support of the Mobile Pantry Program; Bank of America Charitable Foundation in support of the Mobile Farm Market Program; TJX Foundation on behalf of the HomeGoods Regional Grants Program in support of the Mobile Pantry Program.

All Faiths Food Bank’s Mobile Pantries distribute fresh produce, meats and groceries and Mobile Farm Markets distribute fresh produce to those in need throughout Sarasota and DeSoto counties. 

All Faiths Food Bank

[Philanthropy]  Doctor's Choice Raises Nearly $4,000 for Local Charities

Doctor’s Choice Home Care, Inc. raised nearly $4,000 to benefit local charities through an internal “Core Values” fundraiser. Each Doctor’s Choice branch was given $100 to create a basket that represented and reflected the company’s core values. Raffle tickets for the baskets were sold to raise funds that were then donated to a charity of each branch’s choice. The internal initiative provided an opportunity for employees to work together, be creative, and have fun while giving back to the communities that they serve every day.

Charities that benefited from the donations include H.O.P.E., an organization that serves domestic violence survivors in Manatee county, Crisis Center of Tampa Bay, Mothers Helping Mothers, Project 52, Suncoast Humane Society, Ronald McDonald House, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Lighthouse Ministries, St. Matthew’s House, Helping Hands, Center for Abuse Rape and Emergencies (C.A.R.E.), Alzheimer’s Foundation, Family of Roman Miller and NU-HOPE Elder Care Services, Inc. 

Doctor's Choice Home Care

[Guide to Colleges]  SRQ Magazine | Guide to Regional Colleges

In the September Guide to Colleges, SRQ Magazine explored opportunities to develop academically and professionally at the colleges in our region. From curriculum to the guiding philosophies behind each post-secondary institution, learn how New College of Florida and State College of Florida, Sarasota-Manatee (SCF) provide diverse, enriched and responsive environments to prepare and advance you into your career pathway. 

Click here to view the feature

[TODAY]  THEATER: Who Love You, Musical Tribute to Frankie Valli and Beyond , September 3 – October 13

Experience the signature songs and dance moves of one of the most successful acts in music history: Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. A musical tribute to the group that has sold more than 100 million records worldwide, Who Loves You will have you clapping and singing along to hits like “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Walk Like a Man,” “Rag Doll,” “December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night),” and many more you know and love.

Florida Studio Threatre, 1241 N Palm Ave., Sarasota

[TODAY]  PERFORMANCE: Stars, Stripes and Style 26th Annual Fashion Show , September 4, 11am

Join us in celebration of the Women's Council of Realtors Sarasota Network 26th Annual Fashion show on Wednesday, September 4 at 11:00 am. WCR will honor America's veterans at the Stars, Stripes and Style fashion show featuring fashions by Goodwill Manasota. Enjoy lunch by The Hyatt Sarasota and a fun filled fashion show by local realtors and business partners. There will be a live auction, lotto tree raffle, silent auction and shopping at tabletop boutiques.

Hyatt Sarasota, 1000 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  FILM: Gazebo Starlight Cinema Series , September 6

Join the Gazebo Starlight Cinema series with this month’s movie: X-Men. With a screen stretched around the Gazebo pillars and family flicks back-projected from within, what better place than the facing grassy knoll to relax in a beach chair or curl up on a blanket? Bring the whole family to kick off your weekend while enjoying the park! Support local Venice Avenue businesses by bringing snacks, dinner, ice cream (or gelato!) to enjoy during the movie.

Downtown Venice Centennial Park, 200 West Venice Ave.

[SOON]  MUSIC: The Goldtones , September 7, 8pm

The Goldtones have been called the “hottest doo-wop group in Florida” and entertain their audiences with the sweet sounds of street-corner harmony and all the favorites from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s. The group is back by popular demand after performing at Venice Theatre for five years in a row. Proceeds benefit the Venice Theatre Guild’s Scholarship Fund!

Venice Theatre MainStage, 140 W Tampa Ave.

[SOON]  BUSINESS: 14th Annual Intertape Polymer Group Leadership Breakfast , September 13, 730am

Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County will honor Jaime DiDomenico, Cool Today/Plumbing Today/Energy Today President, and Dr. Rachel Shelley, Booker High School Principal, at the 14th Annual Intertape Polymer Group (IPG) Leadership Breakfast for their commitment to empowering our community’s future leaders to reach their full potential. The event will take place on Friday, September 13, from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the Lee Wetherington Boys & Girls Club, located at 3100 Fruitville Road in Sarasota.  Individual tickets are $50 per person and can be purchased at bgcsarasota.com. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. Please contact Tanya Orr, Community Engagement Manager, for more information by calling (941) 366-3911 or emailing torr@bgcsarasota.com.

Lee Wetherington Boys & Girls Club, 3100 Fruitville Road, Sarasota, FL 34237

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Oktoberfest , September 13, 5–8pm

Put on your best German lederhosen and get ready to sample beers and shop during Oktoberfest. Ticket holders will be able to enjoy a fall-themed beer tasting at each of the participating locations in Downtown Venice as live, traditional German music fills the air. Attendees will receive a small sampling stein on a lanyard and get to sample a variety of brews in 3-ounce tastings as they follow a map of beer-tasting locations.

Downtown Venice

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Sarasota Wellness Expo , September 15

This expo provides an opportunity for locals to meet with local businesses that promote healthy living, and learn how to better their health and mind. This event caters to all ages and attendance is free. Guests can enjoy free fitness demos, health checks, a teddy bear clinic for kids, healthy food demonstrations, interactive activities and more.

Westfield Sarasota Square , 8201 South Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

[SOON]  HEALTH: Doctors Hospital Caregiver Support Group , September 16

On every third Monday of the month, Julie Cook Downing, President of Caregivers Comfort Creations, LLC, facilitates a Doctors Hospital Caregiver Support Group. This group focuses on the caregiver and offers a retreat from the never ending mental and physical responsibilities of caregiving. This free, open group provides compassionate support and an opportunity to explore new solutions together to caregiver challenges. The group meets in the classroom outside of the cafeteria.

Doctors Hospital of Sarasota, 5731 Bee Ridge Rd., Sarasota, FL

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Voice + Visibility Women's Summit Lift Off Luncheon , September 17, 11am

Don’t miss the Voice + Visibility Women’s Summit hosted by Shannon Rohrer-Phillips, LLC at 11am on September 17 at Michael’s on East. The Voice + Visibility Network of SW Florida convenes diverse female leaders in Business, Philanthropy, The Arts and Community Advancement for maximum impact. At the event, SRP, LLC will highlight local leaders and announce the Inaugural Program for February 4th, 2020. VVWS will feature nationally recognized visionaries who will share their stories of leadership, innovation, wealth creation, and community investing in women and girls.

Michael's on East, 1212 South East Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34239

[SOON]  MUSIC: Van Wezel Friday Fest featuring Ari and the Alibis , September 20

FREE outdoor summertime concert series! The events run from 5-9pm and are located on the Bayside Lawn of the Van Wezel. Each of the four events will feature food trucks, beverage vendors and more – it’s the perfect spot to enjoy a summer sunset over Sarasota Bay. Rounding out Friday Fest 2019 is the high-energy band, Ari and the Alibis! Infusing Funk, Jazz and Samba with Blues Soul and Rock, this 5-piece group has earned two Grammy® nods (Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance) and an award for “Best original song by a local group” in the Bradenton Times “Best of the Bay.” Don’t miss Ari’s powerhouse voice filled with emotion and strength – live at the Van Wezel’s Friday Fest!

Van Wezel

[SOON]  GALA: ACS Real Men Wear Pink Fashion Show , September 21, 5pm

Don’t miss the 2019 Real Men Wear Pink fashion show at 5pm on September, 21st in the Grand Court at The Mall at UTC. The show will feature Sarasota and Manatee candidates and each man will be dressed by one of the stores in the UTC Mall. These men are raising awareness and funds to fight breast cancer in our community.  Public is Welcome. Reserved Seating available. Contact Bethany Lynch at bethanyk.lynch@cancer.org to reserve your seat. Let's support these men in our community who are dedicated to fighting breast cancer.

The Mall at UTC, 140 University Town Center Dr, Sarasota, FL 34243

[SOON]  SPORTS: Totally Tailgate Benefiting Girls Inc. , September 21, 630pm

Get ready to tailgate at the 4th Annual Totally Tailgate benefiting Girls Inc. of Sarasota County. Girls Inc. invites you to the largest tailgate party under one roof with fan favorite food and drinks, classic games, raffles, multiple screens to watch your favorite football games and the opportunity to brag about the team nearest and dearest to your heart. Come out and represent your favorite team and support Girls Inc.

Michael's on East, 1212 South East Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34239

[SOON]  GALA: Sertoma Speakeasy and Casino Night , September 21, 7pm

Come out and support Sertoma Kids at the Speakeasy and Casino Night featuring casino-style games, hor d-oeuvres, cocktails, silent auction and raffle. Entertainment provided by Bill Buchman's Art of Jazz Band. Flappers, Hollywood Glam and Ganster attire is encouraged. True to Speakeasy tradition, the party will be held at an exclusive private location. Password and location will be provided via email after purchasing tickets. All proceeds benefit Sertoma Kids, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit outpatient speech clinic funded by Sertoma Club of Greater Sarasota. Purchase tickets at SertomaKids.org/news.

Private Club in Downtown Sarasota

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