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"It is our hope that he and his family feel the love and support of not only the Amore staff, but the Sarasota community at large."

- Liana Vitorino, Amore Restaurant

[Philanthropy]  Amore Restaurant Hosts Fundraiser for Head Chef
Philip Lederer, Phil.Lederer@srqme.com

On December 1, Amore Restaurant opened its doors for the first time on Pineapple Avenue, relocating from its famous locale on Longboat Key. But it opened without a key member of the Amore family—head chef Sam Hatfield. Less than a week prior to the opening, while riding his motorcycle, Hatfield was struck by a truck. He survived the incident, but with extensive injuries to his left hand, arm and leg, leaving him unable to work but facing mounting medical bills. Not one to abandon family, Amore Restaurant will be hosting a fundraiser at the restaurant this Sunday, Dec. 17, to help the young father of twin five-year-old girls back on his feet.

“He’s part of the family,” says Amore’s Liana Vitorino, who runs the restaurant with husband Tito and owner Howard Rooks. “At Amore, we will always be a big family.” And you always help family, says Vitorino. The restaurant did open on schedule, with Stefano Sasso from Café Epicure stepping in as head chef (“An angel,” says Vitorino.), and now Vitorino wants to help Hatfield.

The event begins Sunday at 2pm, when, in addition to fine food and drink from Amore, three local musicians will take the stage in a series of mini-concerts throughout the day. Coming out in support of Hatfield, the multilingual crooner Michelet Innocent takes the stage and injects some romance with love songs in French, Spanish, Italian and English, followed by the Latin boleros of Yusuke Horiguchi and the “voice of solid gold” John Rinell. Admission is $20, which includes free hors d’oeuvres and one complimentary drink (from 3pm to 4pm). The event lasts until 9:30pm, nominally, though Vitorino says it doesn’t really end until the last person wants to leave.

In addition, Amore will host a silent auction featuring donations from local businesses, including gift cards from the restaurant itself and a ring from Artisan Jewelers. Proceeds go to Hatfield.

“We are grateful to be part of the community as a new restaurant in the heart of Sarasota,” says Vitorino. “We are also compassionate and care for those who are in need, such as Sam. It is our hope that he and his family feel the love and support of not only the Amore staff, but the Sarasota community at large.” 

[SRQ Story Project Partner Spotlight ]  After New College, Still Serving Her Sarasota Community

Abigail Oakes graduated from New College of Florida in 2014, and the lessons she learned on campus have kept her in Sarasota, working to improve her community.

Abby studied sciences, but took her academic work in novel directions: For her senior project, she used sailing to teach high school students about physics and math.

She also spent much of her time doing community service. She tutored children at Newtown’s Robert L. Taylor Community Center, and was a founding member of SailFuture, a non-profit that started at New College and uses sailing to mentor at-risk youth.

Now Abby is manager of nonprofit services for the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, where she helps the region’s charities be more effective in doing their good works.

“I get to work with organizations in multiple fields and on multiple topics, and see how they interact,” Abby says. “I love what I do because I get to be a tiny part of the good that each organizations contributes to our community!”

Abby is also pursuing a master’s degree in non-profit management at Northeastern University through its distance-learning program. She already sees the degree helping her in her work.

“I’m looking forward to how I can grow and have an impact on the community here at the Foundation. I couldn’t see myself doing anything else,” she said. “And it all started with the things I did at New College.”


New College of Florida

[Exec Moves]  Trace Named Manatee County Commission Chair

Manatee County Commissioners elected District One Commissioner Priscilla Whisenant Trace as chairman of the Board of County Commissioners for 2018.  Additionally, Commissioner Robin DiSabatino will serve as first vice chairman, Commissioner Carol Whitmore will be second vice chair and Commissioner Charles Smith will be third vice chair. Commissioner Vanessa Baugh will continue as Port Authority Chair, and Commissioner Whitmore as Tourist Development Council Chair. Commissioner Stephen Jonsson will serve as first Vice Chair of the Port Authority, where Commissioner Betsy Benac will be second vice chair and Commissioner DiSabatino will serve as third vice chair.  

Manatee County Commission

[Recognition]  Aaron White Named Manatee County 2017 Employee of the Year

Nominated by fellow Public Safety employees, voted on by Manatee County employees and unanimously approved by Manatee County Commissioners, Emergency Medical Technician Aaron White has been named Manatee County's 2017 Employee of the Year. As an EMT, White responds and cares for medical and trauma patients in northern areas of Manatee County. He provides patients with basic life support, and assists with advanced life support patients. Emergency Medical Services Chief Paul DiCicco said White has an outstanding attitude and he provides much-needed levity in a stressful position. 

Manatee County Government

[Exec Moves]  Coryea Named Manatee County Deputy County Administrator

Manatee County Commissioners unanimously confirmed Cheri Coryea as Deputy County Administrator. Coryea has 28 years of experience, including 26 in management with Manatee County. She has served as interim County Administrator since former Deputy Administrator Karen Windon retired over the summer. She has been Director of the Neighborhood Services Department for the past 10 years, recently overseeing the merger of the Community Services Department into the Neighborhood Services Department. As Neighborhood Services Director, she managed an annual budget of over $44 million including federal, state and local grants. She focused on building community relationships and interacting with the over 150 not-for-profit agencies, hospitals and intergovernmental organizations that collaborate with Manatee County to serve citizens. Coryea has also led the development of several key Manatee County initiatives including: the creation of the Economic Development Incentive Program (EDI), Health Care for the medically needy, Children’s Services Tax, Manatee Millennial Movement (M3) and more. 

Manatee County Government

[Community]  GCCF Accepting Applications for Gulf Coast Board Institute

Gulf Coast Community Foundation is now accepting applications for its next Gulf Coast Board Institute, a governance training series for new and experienced nonprofit board members. Gulf Coast will select up to 25 applicants to participate in the Board Institute. The group will take part in four full-day training sessions from February 2 to March 2. Topics covered include the basics of nonprofit board governance, financial and legal oversight responsibilities, organizational planning and how to create a highly functioning and engaged board. Participants will be selected through a competitive process with the intent of creating a group of individuals with a variety of experiences. Gulf Coast will provide all components of the Board Institute at no cost to participants in exchange for their commitment to use what they learn to strengthen the governance capacity of a nonprofit in the region. Applications for the Winter 2018 Board Institute, which begins in February, are available on the foundation’s website and the deadline to apply is December 29. 

Gulf Coast Board Institute

[Community]  Bobby Jones Golf Club To Host Open House

Sarasota's historic, municipal golf course Bobby Jones Golf Club will host an open house on Thursday, December 14 from 4pm to 7pm at the Bobby Jones Grille. The grille recently relaunched with a brand new food and beverage manager called Landscapes Management Company. The open house will offer the public a first look at the newly relaunched grille with complimentary appetizers and non-alcoholic beverages. The event will also include half-off rentals of the grille space for events along with other special promotions for 2018. With more than 40 years of experience in the golf business, Landscapes Management Company has revamped the menu to cater to golfers before, after and during their rounds. 

Bobby Jones Golf Club

[Best Of SRQ Local]  Cast Your Vote For Best Local Pasta!

Restaurateur, Joe Bastianich, shares, “Pasta is the one food I can't live without. It's the food I eat to fuel my running.” This is the case for many of us, even if we don’t plan on going running afterwards! Where do you go for the Best Local Pasta in town? Cast your vote in the 2018 Best of SRQ Local Raeder’s Competition.  

Vote Here!

[TODAY]  MUSEUM: Aftermath: The Fallout of War - America and the Middle East , October 8 – January 21

Active in the US and Middle East, the artists in the exhibition depict the conditions and people caught in the crossfire of wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Palestine, and Israel from a variety of perspectives. The artists included are Lynsey Addario, Jananne Al-Ani, Jennifer Karady, Gloriann Liu, Rania Matar, Eman Mohammed, Farah Nosh, Suzanne Opton, Michal Rovner, Stephen Dupont, Ben Lowy and Simon Norfolk.

John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota

[TODAY]  THEATER: Heisenberg , December 13 – March 4, 2pm, 3pm, 7pm or 8pm depending on day

Initiating a comic and electric dance of love, young Georgie falls for the much older Alex, planting a surreptitious kiss on his neck as the two collide in the crowded London train station. Strangers now connected through an impulsive act of affection, the two engage in a back and forth of romantic stakes, where everything is uncertain.

Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 North Palm Avenue Sarasota

[SOON]  GALLERY: Floating Cubes , December 14 – January 19

Recently showing with the Skyway: A Contemporary Collaboration exhibition uniting The Ringling Museum with the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg and the Tampa Museum of Art, artist Akiko Kotani comes to Art Center Sarasota for another site-specific installation. Working in weaved plastic, Kotani explores minimalism and simplicity as she pushes the boundaries of her medium.

ArtCenter Sarasota, 707 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

[SOON]  FOOD: Men, Whiskey, Watches and Wheels , December 15, 6:00PM

Men, Whiskey, Watches & Wheels features whiskey tasting from select distillers, an assortment of fine luxury watches, exotic cars, a live and silent auction, casino-style games, and networking with the area’s business community. Proceeds will support Child Protection Center’s mission in the prevention, intervention, and treatment of child abuse. This year's poker tournament will be held on Thursday, December 14, 2017 at One Eyed Jacks Poker Room at Sarasota Kennel Club at 6pm. Ticket to the main event includes an open bar, whiskey tasting and food buffet.

Edson Keith Mansion at Phillippi Estate Park, 5500 South Tamiami Trl., Sarasota, FL 34231

[SOON]  MUSIC: Dynamite Dulcimer Jam , December 16, 8pm

Come out and experience two virtuoso folk artists laying it down individually and in duo performance. Dan Landrum is the nation’s best known dulcimer artist, having been tapped for three world tours with keyboardist Yanni. Aaron O’Rourke began performing on mountain dulcimer at the age of 16. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door.

Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center, 525 Kumquat Ct., Sarasota

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Lights in Bloom , December 21 – December 30, 6:00PM

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens lights up the holiday season with Lights In Bloom. Over one million lights will illuminate the garden and walkways will be transformed into sensory light tunnels. Visitors will have the opportunity to stroll through magical gardens filled with beautifully lit flowers, radiant rainforest butterflies, dragonflies and more. The tropical holiday paradise includes nightly visits from Santa and his elves (before Christmas Eve), children’s arts and crafts activities and games, plus live entertainment with SoulRCoaster each evening. Grilled foods will be available for purchase from the Michael’s on East grill including a cash bar. The Selby House Cafe will also be open with its full menu. In its 14th year, Lights In Bloom has become a tradition for residents and visitors to celebrate the holiday season in Sarasota

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens , 811 S Palm Ave Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  MUSIC: Perlman Music Program Winter Residency , December 21 – January 6

The Perlman Music Program’s (PMP) intensive 17-day Winter Residency offers unparalleled musical training for international students, ages 12 to 20+, who play the violin, viola, cello and bass. With a faculty led by Toby and Itzhak Perlman and comprising some of the most gifted musical talents of our time, the PMP Sarasota Winter Residency offers an artistic and personal experience that changes students' lives forever. The winter residency’s free public events include orchestra and chorus rehearsals, master classes, and works-in-progress student recitals. Question and answer sessions with the Perlmans, PMP students and faculty follow many of these events that take place in a heated, outdoor performance tent on the grounds of the USF Sarasota-Manatee campus. Each year, the winter residency culminates with the Celebration Concert with Itzhak Perlman conducting the PMP String Orchestra and Patrick Romano leading the PMP Chorus at the Sarasota Opera House. 

USF Sarasota-Manatee, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail Sarasota, FL

[SOON]  THEATER: Home for the Holidays , December 26, 8pm

The five young comedians of local group Millenial Fresh are sure to make audiences laugh in this holiday inspired sketch comedy show. Taking place at Westcoast Black Theatre, this event will be a great way to bust your gut for the holidays.

Westcoast Black Theatre , 1646 10th Way, Sarasota

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: New Years Eve Fireworks , December 31, 7:00PM

The 7th Annual New Years Eve Fireworks Celebration at Marina Jack will be bigger and better than ever. Enjoy a variety of entertainment and menu options onshore at Marina Jack along with a sparkling midnight fireworks show. Climb aboard the Marina Jack II for a four–hour celebration dinner cruise, complete with party favors, live music and fireworks on Sarasota Bay. Either way, you are sure to have a sparkling New Year! 

Marina Jack , 2 Marina Plaza Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  MUSIC: An Evening in Mayberry , January 5

The Dillards are a a musical group with a history dating back to The Andy Griffith Show over 50 years ago. Join them for an evening in Mayberry, and have the opportunity to relive musical memories and meet some of the Mayberry friendly faces. Tickets are $22 in advance and $25 at the door.

Fogartyville Community Media & Arts Center, 525 Kumquat Ct., Sarasota

[SOON]  MUSIC: Musical Landscapes , January 6, 7:30pm

See the world from your seat with an evening of musical panoramas. Whitacre's luminous reimagining of the River Cam, which flowed past his window at Cambridge University, features Sarasota Orchestra's own principal cellist Natalie Helm. Hailed for his "energy and enthusiasm," guest conductor Stefan Sanders dynamically guides guests on this matchless musical tour. 

Sarasota Opera House, 61 North Pineapple Ave., Sarasota

[SOON]  GALLERY: Cast, Cut and Cold - Glass , January 8 – March 24

Technically amazing and visually stunning examples of creations by more than two dozen masters of glass art including Peter Bremers, Vadlec Ciglar and Irene Frolic astound in this exhibition. Numerous examples, styles and methods of glass casting and etching are represented in this one-of-a-kind gallery.

Ringling College of Art and Design Gallery, 2700 N. Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

[SOON]  THEATER: The Mountaintop , January 10 – February 18

This performance depicts a fictionalized portrayal of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his last night of his life. With a theatrical imagination, the play gives viewers a window into what went on in the legendary man's life, and what his hopes, vulnerabilities and fears were.

Westcoast Black Theatre , 1646 10th Way, Sarasota

[SOON]  THEATER: Shakespeare in Love , January 10 – March 28

Adapted for the stage by Lee Hall, Shakespeare in Love will offer an entrancing theater production that follows the story of Will Shakespeare, a struggling playwright tormented by writer’s block. To his rescue comes the vivacious Viola, Will’s greatest admirer. But Viola has a secret and Will finds himself star cross’d.

Asolo Repertory Theatre, 5555 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

[SOON]  THEATER: Nine , January 11 – January 28, 2pm, 7:30pm or 8pm depending on day

Guido Contini is a wreck and dreading his 40th birthday, a dread that stifles the easy flow of his creative juices. He runs off to Venice in search of inspiration. In a swirl of present issues, revisiting traumatic memories and grasping at women likes straws, Contini finds himself on the verge of total annihilation.

Manatee Performing Arts Center, 502 3rd Ave. W., Bradenton

[SOON]  SEMINAR: An Evening With Audrey , January 11, 5:30-8:00pm

Audrey Hepburn (1929-1993) was one of the greatest fashion icons and screen legends in history whose innate style and kindness captivated the world. Pamela Fiori, former editor in chief of Town & Country and Travel & Leisure magazines and six-time published author, presents a portrait of a much beloved woman, award-winnng actress, devoted mother, humanist, passionate gardener and Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF. Join SRQ MEDIA and WIB Trailblazer Honoree Pamela Fiori for an enchanting evening of sparkling cocktails, conversation and exploration into Hepburn’s luminosity through images, film and stories.

Mildred Sainer Pavilion, New College , 5313 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota, FL 34243

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