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SRQ DAILY Jul 24, 2017

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"Donors are consumers, and they want the Amazon Prime experience."

- David Odahowski, Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation

[Museum]  Snooty Dead at 69
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

Snooty, Manatee County’s beloved mascot and the oldest known manatee in the world, died the night after a birthday bash honoring his 69th birthday, officials from South Florida Museum announced on Sunday. In the end, it wasn’t natural causes which claimed Snooty’s life, but a “heartbreaking accident” in his tank.

He had so much personality that people couldn't help but be drawn to him,” said Brynne Anne Besio, South Florida Museum CEO. “As you can imagine, I— and our staff, volunteers and board members—considered him a star and we all deeply mourn his passing.”

Besio said Snooty was found Sunday morning in an underwater area only used to access plumbing for the exhibit life support system. “Early indications are that an access panel door that is kept bolted shut was dislodged and that Snooty was able to swim in, but there was insufficient space for him to turn around,” she said. “We're reviewing what happened and will be continuing to look into the circumstances surrounding his death.” Snooty's habitat undergoes a daily visual inspection and there were no indications of problems the previous day, museum officials said. Three smaller manatees in the tank were fine.

Snooty, born Baby Snoots at the Miami Aquarium and Tackle Company on July 21, 1948, originally came to Manatee County in 1949 as part of the Desoto Celebration before moving into the South Florida Museum permanently that same year. Since 1979, Snooty has been Manatee County’s official mascot. 

[SB2]  Building Capacity in Our Philanthropic Sector
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

Today’s donors expect involvement in how their dollars get expended, a major shift from decades past, according to local philanthropic leaders. The subject was discussed at the most recent installment of SB2, Good Hand: Building Capacity in Our Philanthropic Sector, where panelists stressed that organizations who fail to work with those giving funds may see the resources head someplace else.

Veronica Brandon Miller, Goodwill Manasota Foundation vice president, said she witnessed that years ago when the Smithsonian lost a $30 million gift to the Kennedy Center because curators initially did not want to acquiesce to a donor's desires regarding the theme of an exhibit. “You have to be a part of that shift in donors’ thinking,” she said, noting many giving today contribute hard-earned dollars, not inherited family money, and therefore want more certainty about how that funding gets used.

Ultimately, those giving today want concrete results, not just a nebulous feeling they did something good simply in writing a check. “A lot of donors care about changing lives and the impact of giving,” said Stacey Corley, Ringling College of Art and Design vice president for advancement.

Roxie Jerde, president of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, said those working in the independent sector today need to work closely and listen intently to those willing or donating. “Bring great questions and what it is they want to achieve,” she said.

Similarly, Manatee Community Foundation Executive Director Susie Bowie said her organization’s top goal remains honoring intent. “Talking with donors, we really want to understand what they want to achieve through legacy funds, and work closely with many donors while they are living,” she said.

Heidi Brown, president and of Jewish Family & Children’s Services of the Suncoast, said that makes it all the more important to zero in on specific needs to ensure resources get leveraged to the best ability to serve those giving dollars and those benefiting from philanthropy. “If we are spread too thin or working in areas where we do not have the expertise and praise, then I’m not certain we’re serving the community or the donor,” she said.

The demand for effective use of dollars in turn requires nonprofit leaders then to stay up to date with the most innovative practices utilized and to interface with the giving community as effectively as possible, according to keynote speaker David Odahowski, president and CEO of the Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation. “Donors are consumers, and they want the Amazon Prime experience,” he said during his address. 

Photo by Wyatt Kostygan: Veronica Miller, Stacey Corley, event sponsor Cool Today's Jaime DiDomenico, David Odahowski, Susie Bowie, Heidi Brown and Roxie Jerde.

[Exec Moves]  Link Joins Ryntal Property Management

Ryntal Property Management has announced the addition of Cynthia Link as a residential property manager, where she will work with the Residential Property Management Team to support the company’s growth and ensure extraordinary customer service. Link brings a wealth of industry knowledge and more than 30 years of experience in property management, customer service and administration. Ryntal Property Management is a privately-owned company founded in 2008 whose owners have over 40 years of property management experience. Ryntal has approximately 500 properties under management. Ryntal Property Management is a full-service property management company with a complete staff to handle all aspects of property management. 

Ryntal Property Management

[Exec Moves]  CenterState Bank Names Forson Vice President

CenterState Bank Market President Shaun P. Merriman has announced the appointment of Michael G. Forson as vice president and commercial banking relationship manager. In this capacity, Forson will be responsible for developing new commercial banking relationships while maintaining excellent relationships with CenterState’s existing highly-valued business clients throughout the Sarasota and Bradenton markets. Forson brings more than 28 years of experience in the financial services industry and extensive knowledge of commercial and consumer lending and deposit services. Forson joins CenterState Bank from his most recent position as vice president and private banker at Fifth Third Bank in Sarasota. In addition to his participation on the Goodwill Veterans Task Force, Forson has recently been appointed a Board Member of the Ringling College Library Association. 

CenterState Bank

[Recognition]  Sarasota County Receives Award for Excellence

Sarasota County has earned the 2017 Achievement of Excellence in Procurement (AEP) award from the National Procurement Institute (NPI) for the third consecutive year. This achievement honors organizational excellence in public and nonprofit procurement, provides benchmarks for continued excellence and increases awareness of public procurement as a profession. "This accomplishment reflects the hardworking, professional efforts of Sarasota County's procurement team, the strength of our internal processes, and the board's ongoing commitment to transparency and stewardship of public dollars," said Sarasota County Administrator Tom Harmer. NPI established the AEP in 1995, with criteria designed to measure innovation, professionalism, productivity and leadership attributes of an organization's procurement practices. The AEP Evaluation Committee, which measures those criteria, is comprised of procurement officials from around the country. Sarasota County will officially be awarded at NPI's 49th Annual Conference and Products Exposition in October. 

National Procurement Institute

[TODAY]  GRAB BAG: Museum of Art Mondays , June 12 – July 24, 11am-2pm

Join The Ringling on Mondays to receive free admission to the Museum of Art as well as a special art-making program tied to works of art you can find in the galleries. You can also pick up a Museum of Art Family Guide for a new way to enjoy the art museum as a family. For more information please visit www.ringling.org

The Ringling, 5401 Bayshore Rd., Sarasota

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Chamber University: SEO Basics - Get Found Online (with Shana Tibi) , July 25, 3:30pm - 5pm

Learn expert tips from First Page Advantage's Shana Tibi on how to "be the answer for a Google search." Bring your laptop, as hands-on instruction will be provided on how to stand out online above competitors. Complementary for Chamber Members; $10 for non-members.

The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce , 1945 Fruitville Rd., Sarasota

[SOON]  MUSEUM: Conversation-The Age of Bronze: Past and Present , July 25, 10:30am

The ability to cast tools, weapons and works of art in bronze was so important to the development of civilization that we refer to an entire era as The Bronze Age. Explore the processes used to create works in the collection and the methods of casting developed in different cultures. Less formal that a lecture presentation, Conversations are designed to be programs where staff and guests can share research projects or topics of special interest. All Conversations take place in the Chao Lecture Hall in the Center for Asian Art.

Museum of Art Chao Lecture Hall, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Art Making , July 27

Drop by the Children’s Welcome Center in the Visitors Pavilion which has been transformed into an art studio for the evening. Instructors will teach you how to become comfortable will many different materials that artists use. This event is free and all ages are encouraged to participate. For more information please visit www.ringling.org

The Ringling, 5401 Bayshore Rd., Sarasota

[SOON]  THEATER: Liz Pascoe-Broome & Friends present Not My Type , July 27 – July 28

Liz and her cast of talented singers – including David Walker, Dorian Boyd, Charlotte Crowley, Jamie Lee Butrum,and Brian Craft – will perform songs by iconic musical theatre characters that they will never get to play because they are the wrong “type.” With Eli Schildkraut on piano, Not My Type will feature songs from a variety of great musicals like: Little Shop of Horrors, Book of Mormon: The Musical, Jesus Christ Superstar, and many many more!

Pinkerton, 140 Tampa Ave. W., Venice

[SOON]  DANCE: Sarasota Ballet Presents: International Intensive Summer Showcase , July 28 – July 29

The Sarasota Ballet’s International Intensive Summer Showcase will feature students from across the world performing works by some of the big names in dance, including Sir Matthew Bourne, Marius Petipa and Antony Tudor! These pre-professional students have spent the 5 weeks leading up to the performances working with an incredible faculty featuring guest teachers from The Royal Ballet, Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures and Elmhurst Ballet School. Join Sarasota Ballet for spectacular performances July 28 and 29 at the FSU Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are available on their website or by calling the box office at 941-359-0099.

FSU Center for Performing Arts, 5555 North Tamiami Trail Sarasota, FL 34243

[SOON]  GALLERY: Painting Children's Portraits , July 28 – July 30

Often without much experience, students contend with washed-out or chalky flesh tones when painting portraits, In this seminar, learn how to capture a likeness, as well as the vibrant tones of a young person's skin tone. 

Southern Atelier, 7226 21st St. E., Sarasota

[SOON]  THEATER: Zombie Prom , July 28 – August 12

Set in the atomic 1950s at Enrico Fermi High, where a zany, tyrannical principal lays down the law, a pretty senior has fallen for the class bad boy. Family pressure forces her to end the romance, and he charges off on his motorcycle to the nuclear waste dump. He returns a glowing zombie still determined to take her to the prom. Directed by Brad Wages.

Venice Theater , 140 W. Tampa Ave., Venice

[SOON]  DANCE: In the Round , July 29, 2:00pm to 7:00pm

An intimate performance produced and presented by Sarasota Contemporary Dance company members joined by four selected choreographers from the summer dance intensive. 

New College of Florida, Black Box Theater , 5850 General Dougher Pl., Sarasota

[SOON]  THEATER: Michelle & David Pruyn present A Tribute to the Carpenters , July 29 – July 30

This gifted husband and wife duo will serenade you with all of The Carpenters’ hits along with a top-notch five-piece band.

Pinkerton, 140 Tampa Ave. W., Venice

[SOON]  THEATER: The Players New Play Series , July 31 – August 4, 7:30pm

Witness the birth of a brand new play as regional playwrights compete each night to have their play produced at The Players the following season. Each night a new play just waiting to be born! Now held at the new Arnold Aimonsen Players Studio! For more information and to purchase tickets please visit http://www.theplayers.org/shows/snap/

The Players Theatre of Sarasota, 838 N. Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

[SOON]  THEATER: Doublewide , August 2 – August 20

Jim Starkey’s American Dream is a modest one: to replace the family’s doublewide trailer with a comfy house his daughter can inherit. Forces and desires beyond his control, though, may shape his family’s aspirations. Doublewide is a heartfelt and resonant comedy about a blue-collar family’s elusive dreams, and just how far they will go to hold on to them… and to each other. For more information and to purchase tickets please visit www.floridastudiotheatre.org

Florida Studio Theatre , 1241 North palm Ave., Sarasota

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