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"We're strong in Southwest Florida and we're excited to be here."

- Bud Hafer, Allegiant Air

[Travel]  SRQ Airport Announces Arrival of Allegiant Air
Philip Lederer, Phil.Lederer@srqme.com

Sarasota Bradenton International Airport has added a new airline to its roster with today’s announcement of the arrival of Allegiant Air. Beginning April 2018, Allegiant Air will offer year-round, nonstop flights from SRQ Airport to Indianapolis, Pittsburgh and Cincinnati. This brings the total number of carriers working through SRQ Airport to seven, with 15 cities available for direct flights between them. “The airline community is recognizing the tremendous growth of the Manatee and Sarasota communities,” says Sarasota Manatee Airport Authority Chairman Robert Spencer.

“This is a significant day for Sarasota,” adds SRQ Airport CEO Rick Piccolo, noting that the airport has pursued an arrangement with Allegiant for years. A “long desired” carrier, rarely a public event would pass when he wouldn’t receive at least one Allegiant-related inquiry. And with an annual economic impact of nearly 1 billion, expansion of airport facilities and services remains a “joint goal” between SRQ Airport, the convention and visitors bureaus of Sarasota and Manatee counties and both the Sarasota and Bradenton Area economic development corporations. This latest development “would not be possible” without those efforts, credits Piccolo.

Speaking for the Las Vegas-based airline, Allegiant Air Manager of Airport Affairs Bud Hafer took the podium to announce the three planned routes and deliver details. Nonstop flights to Indianapolis and Pittsburgh will both start April 11, 2018 with fares as low as $56 for the former and $50 for the latter. Nonstop flights to Cincinnati begin two days later, on April 13, with fares as low as $48. Flights will be twice weekly and year-round, bringing more than 50,000 passengers to and from the area.

Low costs come from low overhead, says Hafer, with Allegiant buying many of its aircraft used and seeking out smaller, less-trafficked and therefore less expensive airports with underserved markets to operate from. These savings are then passed to the consumer. In addition, Allegiant operates from a base fare, meaning that ticket-buyers purchase exactly that—a ticket. “And if you want to pay for a bag, you pay for a bag,” says Hafer, but no passenger subsidizes another passenger’s extras.

Sarasota is “a natural fit,” Hafer continues. “We’re strong in Southwest Florida and we’re excited to be here.” The move was a natural progression, and Allegiant is interested in where this progress will lead next. More destinations are possible, depending on demand. 

Pictured, from left: SRQ Airport CEO Rick Piccolo, Bud Hafer of Allegiant Air and Chairman Robert Spencer of the Sarasota Manatee Airport Authority announce the arrival of Allegiant Air. Photo by Phil Lederer.

[SRQ Story Project Partner Spotlight ]  Give Gratitude, Grateful Patient Program

Outstanding healthcare is one of the foundations of a strong community. Since 1976, Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation, Inc. has served as an independent charitable organization working with Sarasota Memorial Healthcare System (SMH) and others to improve the delivery of world-class healthcare throughout our community.

The Foundation works to ensure that this renowned facility and its outstanding staff have everything they need to provide services that excel in caring, quality and innovation at the doorstep of our daily lives.

If you have been a patient at Sarasota Memorial, perhaps you can look back to when the care you received exceeded your expectations. Maybe it was kind words from a doctor or nurse, the patience of a technologist who took the time to explain a procedure, or a volunteer, housekeeper or food service staff who went the extra mile to ensure you or a loved one felt cared for. If so, you are not alone. The Give Gratitude, Grateful Patient Program gives patients and their families the opportunity to make a donation, share a memorable experience and show gratitude in a meaningful way.

You can honor your caregiver and Give Gratitude by visiting smhf-givegratitude.org. 

Give Gratitude

[Exec Moves]  Karpathy Joins Circus Arts Conservatory as VP of Philanthropy

The Circus Arts Conservatory has announced that Zoltan Karpathy, long-time local nonprofit executive, has joined the CAC staff as the vice president of philanthropy. The Conservatory is conducting a major fundraising effort to enhance CAC programs and renovate the Sailor Circus Arena through the Arena Renovation Campaign. Karpathy will be directing the effort and be responsible for all future aspects of The CAC’s fundraising. Prior to joining the CAC, Karpathy was a nonprofit management and fundraising consultant. His professional skills include all aspects of fundraising, with special emphasis on major gifts, charitable estate gifts and capital campaigns. He has worked as a national fundraising consultant with more than two dozen charities, managing the raising of millions of dollars. Additionally, he has federal and state advocacy experience in healthcare, human services and enabling legislation issues. In volunteer roles, he has served as president of both the Rotary Club of Sarasota Bay and its foundation. He also served as a local board member, president and national treasurer for the Association of Fundraising Professionals and board member. 

Circus Arts Conservatory

[Recognition]  Sarasota Memorial Earns Baby-Friendly Hospital Designation

Dozens of new moms and their babies will gather with Sarasota Memorial’s mother-baby team for an important announcement and information about SMH’s international designation as a Baby-Friendly Hospital. More than two years in the making, the hard-earned achievement is a milestone event for Sarasota Memorial and the families of more than 3,600 babies it delivers each year. The new designation comes from Baby Friendly USA, part of a global initiative of the World Health Organization and United Nations Children’s Fund that encourages hospitals around the world to create care environments and cultures that support mother-baby bonding, breastfeeding and best practices in maternity care. Sarasota Memorial is the first hospital in southwest Florida – and among a select group in the nation and world to earn international recognition as a Baby-Friendly Hospital. SMH Chief of Pediatrics Rene Sueiro, MD, and SMH Chief of Obstetrics John Abu, MD, will discuss what the designation means to our community and how the global initiative is lowering the risk of certain diseases for both mothers and their babies and giving babies the healthiest start in life. Members of the media are invited to attend and interview/photograph/videotape SMH staff, physicians and, of course, all the new moms. 

Sarasota Memorial Hospital

[Expansion]  Sarasota, FPL Expand and Update EV Charging Stations

The City of Sarasota, in partnership with Florida Power & Light, recently added three new electric vehicle charging ports and updated seven existing ports in parking garages and surface lots around the City. Like the original EV charging stations which were installed in 2011, these new and updated stations came at no cost to the City thanks to the renewable energy, energy efficiency and energy sustainability agreement that is part of the 30 year franchise agreement with FPL. Here are the locations of the new or updated EV Charging Stations: City Hall Parking Lot (1565 1st St.), one port added and one port updated; Palm Ave. Parking Garage (1289 North Palm Ave.), two ports added and four ports updated; St. Armands South Parking Lot (58 Fillmore Dr.), two ports updated. EV charging ports are also available in the State Street Garage and Bayfront Park parking lot and will be available at the St. Armands Garage once constructed. In total, the City currently offers 16 EV charging ports to residents and visitors at no cost. The new equipment, created by a company called ChargePoint, uses a screen-based operating system to connect drivers to a network of more than 40,000 other EV charging stations across the country. This is a part of the City’s plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions, expand the use of renewable energy resources and create a sustainable community. 

City of Sarasota

[Opening]  Sarasota Chamber of Commerce Launches New Website

The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce has launched a new website designed to highlight members and provide important business and relocation information. The fresh look and user-friendly navigation is designed to engage visitors with images and allows them to easily find the information they seek. The website has been redesigned and includes a mobile-friendly interface, a user-friendly and easy-to navigate layout and search engine optimized content, allowing visitors to easily access resources and information. Moreover, the new site offers additional benefits and increased exposure to members through an online directory with enhanced listings, advertising opportunities, an interactive events calendar, secure members login area and more. 

Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce

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

Let’s face it, hair is one of the first things people notice about you and life is too short to have boring hair. We want to know the Best Local Salon to invest in your hair? You wear it everyday after all! Vote now in the 2018 Best of SRQ Local Reader’s Competition! 

Vote Here!

[TODAY]  GALLERY: Shine the Light , January 10 – February 2

This three-tier, multi-media exhibition focuses on the current and historical aspects of refugee displacement, persecution and the struggles of finding home. The show features a glass installation by Laura Donefer, photo essay exhibition by Charlotte Schmitz and a short film preview by director Dave Marshall and Deborah Haber. The exhibition is curated under the direction of Deborah Haber, executive artistic director of DEEP Arts, a nonprofit arts organization whose mission focuses on the promotion of new works.

Alfstad& Contemporary, 1419 5th St., Sarasota.

[TODAY]  GALLERY: Shine the Light Opening Night Reception , January 10, 5:30pm

This three-tier, multi-media exhibition focuses on the current and historical aspects of refugee displacement, persecution and the struggles of finding home. The show features a glass installation by Laura Donefer, photo essay exhibition by Charlotte Schmitz and a short film preview by director Dave Marshall and Deborah Haber. The exhibition is curated under the direction of Deborah Haber, executive artistic director of DEEP Arts, a nonprofit arts organization whose mission focuses on the promotion of new works.

Alfstad& Contemporary, 1419 5th St., Sarasota.

[TODAY]  SEMINAR: SMARTgirl Mentorship Summit Call for Applications , January 10

SRQ MEDIA is calling for 6th, 7th & 8th grade girls to find your inner “roar” at the 2018 SMARTgirl Mentorship Summit and Luncheon on Friday, March 16, 2018 from 10:30am-1:30pm at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota.

Explore the possibilities and celebrate every girl’s potential at SMARTgirl. Participants will engage in an innovative program designed to educate middle school girls in 6th, 7th and 8th grades on career imaginings and the tools they need to succeed through mentorship, soft skills training and hands-on workshops with some of the community’s top women leaders.


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

[TODAY]  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

[TODAY]  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]  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

[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]  BUSINESS: Emily Larned , January 12 – March 17

This exhibition celebrates the ten-year anniversary of Impractical Labor in Service of the Speculative Arts (ILSSA), a social engaged art project founded in 2008 to investigate labor, time, and what we value. A selection from the first ten years of the project will be featured, and ILSSA co-founder Emily Larned will be in-residence in the gallery for the first two weeks of the show.

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

[SOON]  GALA: The Hospital Gala , January 13, 6:00PM

Join us for the 2018 Hospital Gala at the Rtiz Carlton to raise funds for the Sarasota Memorial Hospital's Emergency Services team. All proceeds work to ensure that our families and communities receive the best care and that the accidents or traumas people suffer from can have their urgent medical needs be addressed.

The Ritz Carlton, 1111 Ritz Carlton Drive Sarasota, Florida 34236

[SOON]  MUSIC: Fred Johnson Jazz Quartet , January 13, 8pm

Fred Johnson is an accomplished musician who has toured with the likes Aretha Franklin, Chick Corea and Miles Davis. A jazz, world music singer, and percussionist, Fred has been collaborating with Tampa Bay musicians for a series of performances with the theme of unity. Don't miss the evening of inspirational poetry, music, and art.

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

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: We Love Israel Shuk & Fair , January 14, 12pm

This event celebrates Israel's 70th anniversary of statehood. Attendees will be able to enjoy entertainment, food trucks and have the chance to purchase Israel-made products. Additionally, activities for children and educational opportunities are available. Admission is free and open to the public.

Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee, 580 McIntosh Rd., Sarasota

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: SWAC Speaker Series , January 17, 6:30PM

The Sarasota World Affairs Council Lecture Series is a collective of local discussions on world issues. It will continue in January with Raymond Baker. Baker is an author, businessman, and CEO who will be speaking at the Mildred Sainer Pavilion on global financial integrity. More specific topics which will be covered include how dirty money affects less-developed countries, human rights abuses, and economic inequality.  

Mildred Sainer Pavillion, 5313 Bay Shore Road Sarasota, FL 34243

[SOON]  THEATER: Singin' in the Rain , January 18 – February 4, 2pm or

Don Lockwood, with humble roots as a musician, dancer and stuntman, must navigate his movie studio’s transition into “talkie” production. Lockwood falls in love with Kathy Selden, the lovely back-up singer dubbing over the tone-deaf Lina Lamont. A classic love-battle ensues and will determine who shall have their happy ending, as if audiences don’t already know.

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

[SOON]  FOOD: Nosh & Knowledge , January 23, 7:00PM

Join the Jewish Housing Council Foundation over dinner on January 23 at Michael’s on East for the conclusion of Nosh and Knowledge. Investigative journalist and author, Carl Bernstein, will be here to share his experience reporting on the Watergate scandal with Bob Woodward as well as participate in audience Q & A. 

Michaelís On East, 1212 S East Ave Sarasota, FL 34239

[SOON]  THEATER: Native Gardens , January 24 – March 25, 2pm, 3pm, 7pm or 8pm depending on day

When lawyer Pablo and his pregnant wife Tania move into a new house next to Frank and Virginia, two members of the community, a dispute over a longstanding fence spirals out of control into a battle of comical proportions. Clashing on everything from taste and privilege to accusations of entitlement, when a molehill becomes a mountain, nobody wins.

Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 North Palm Ave., Sarasota

[SOON]  MUSIC: Amadeus , January 24 – January 27, 5:30pm, 7:30pm, and 8pm

The maniacal and quirky music prodigy stereotype exists for a reason. From Mozart’s impishness to Schubert’s obsessive work habits, this presentation explores the intriguing and outrageous stories behind many of the best known musicians and composers. Guest conductor Stefan Sanders will be joined by operatic tenor Jason Collins and Principal Bass John Miller.

Holley Hall, 709 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

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