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SRQ DAILY Jul 4, 2018

Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

"People came from as far away as Pine Level and Arcadia, on horseback or in oxen-drawn wagons."

- Excerpt on Sarasota's first Fourth of July
 

[History]  From the First to the Fourth: Party On, Sarasota
Philip Lederer, Phil.Lederer@srqme.com

Today, Sarasotans celebrate the Fourth of July with fireworks and barbecues, big-screen TVs and swimming pools, boatside bashes and Selby Gardens soirees, but 100 years ago the people—and the parties—looked little like they do today.

According to newspaper clippings preserved by Sarasota County Historical Resources, Sarasota celebrated its first Fourth of July celebration in 1887, with a festival at the village dock on the end of Main Street. “People came from as far away as Pine Level and Arcadia, on horseback or in oxen-drawn wagons,” says the retrospective. And they came to party—19-century style. In attendance would also be A.B. Edwards, who would eventually serve as mayor of Sarasota from 1919 to 1921 and then spearhead efforts to create Myakka State Park.

But Edwards was only 12 at the time of this first Fourth of July celebration (and Sarasota not even incorporated), so he likely missed out on the festivities, including a greased pole contest he would later recount. Extending 12 feet out over the water and with a large prize ham waiting at the end, folks tried their best to traverse the slippery post, with many taking a swim for their trouble. Other than that, Sarasotans amused themselves with foot and horse races, watermelon seed spitting contests and “townball”—baseball played with homemade balls made from buckshot and wool socks. And everyone ate well, as a boat laden with mangoes, bananas and red Spanish pineapples sold its entire stock to ye olde partying Sarasotans.

Perhaps they partied too hard. According to the Sarasota Times in 1911, revelers returned to find Sarasota completely deserted for the occasion, as everybody had gone away for the holiday.

No such problem exists today, and those looking to celebrate can find fireworks displays, good company and good drinks everywhere from Selby Gardens and Island Beach to the Bradenton Riverwalk and beyond. 

Pictured: The dock at the end of Main Street, circa 1890. Image courtesy of Sarasota County Historical Resources.

[Community Foundation]  Sarasota Young Professionals Ignite Summit
Brittany Mattie, brittany.mattie@srqme.com

The Sarasota Young Professionals Group (YPG), a program of the The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, proudly hosts its third annual event at The Westin Sarasota on Friday, August 10 from 8AM-12PM. The half-day conference focuses entirely on learning new ways to grow personally, professionally and develop as a leader in the community we strive to thrive. Attendees will hear words from Keynote Speaker Trey Lauderdale, Founder and CEO of Voalte—who’ll be discussing how to “Create a Work/Life Balance”. Attendees will also hear from local community leaders in various fields—with presentations on how to find your voice, how to pitch ideas, tips on how to successfully manage your team and what you need to know about money management.

Know someone with that hungry drive for success that should be not only acknowledged, but rewarded for their insightful contributions and early-career achievements? The Community Foundation of Sarasota County wants to remind any nonprofit organizations with talented young professionals on staff, to nominate them for the 2018 Young Professional of the Year Award, which will be presented during the event. Eligible applicants must be a member in good standing of the YPG, be between the ages of 21-40 and work in a professional capacity in Sarasota County for at least 30 hours per week. Here’s a great opportunity to recognize that spritely individual in our community who has demonstrated outstanding leadership personally and professionally. The deadline to nominate is July 11 and self-nominations are also accepted.

The Community Foundation of Sarasota County is proud to partner with SRQ Media Group to highlight stories about community impact powered by philanthropy in our region, thanks to the support of donors and our local nonprofit partners. The Community Foundation is a public charity founded in 1979 by the Southwest Florida Estate Planning Council as a resource for caring individuals and the causes they support, enabling them to make a charitable impact on the community.  

Ignite YPG Summit 2018 Tickets

[Theater]  Urbanite Announces Final Production of 2018-19 Season

Urbanite Theatre has announced the final production in its upcoming 2018–19 season—Dike. Written by Hannah Benitez and directed by Tatiana Pandiani, Dike tells the story of two sisters from a religious family, reunited after years of separation, and how their coming together sends four millennial women down a rabbit hole full of questions about faith, family and love. Running from November 9 through December 16, tickets are currently on sale. Pandiani will be the third female guest director in Urbanite's upcoming season. 

Urbanite Theatre

[Government]  Manatee Paramedicine Chief to Receive 2018 EMS Award

The Florida Department of Health has named Manatee County's Community Paramedicine Chief recipient of its 2018 EMS Injury Prevention Award. Manatee County’s Community Paramedicine Team creates a continuum of care between the patient, the physician and other resources located in the community. The Community Paramedicine Team uses evidence-based fall prevention and balance programs to reduce a patient’s risk of falling. Since the program launched in 2016, Community Paramedics have diverted nearly 600 calls for ambulances and more than 450 trips to the hospital—a diversion of $808,783 in healthcare costs.  The award will be presented July 11 during the 28th Annual Excellence in EMS Awards in Orlando. According to the DOH, the Injury Prevention Award recognizes an individual who "has demonstrated outstanding initiative and promoted best practices to prevent injuries in at least one area of injury prevention, such as motor vehicle safety, drowning, falls or burn prevention, etc." 

Manatee County Community Paramedicine

[Community]  Gulf Coast Leadership Institute Graduates 25

Twenty-five emerging community leaders from across the region graduated last week from the 2018 Gulf Coast Leadership Institute. The group made up the 13th class to complete Gulf Coast Community Foundation’s long-running leadership initiative. The 2018 program comprised seven training sessions over a three-month period led by faculty of the Leadership Development Institute of Eckerd College in St. Petersburg. Gulf Coast Community Foundation commissioned the training and provided all other resources at no cost to participants in exchange for their commitment to use their new skills to benefit their communities. Participants were selected by Gulf Coast back in March through a competitive application process. Gulf Coast Leadership Institute is structured to help community-minded individuals develop leadership knowledge and capacity to more effectively serve their communities. At the same time, GCLI is designed to connect participants into a tight-knit group of skilled, action-oriented leaders. To date, about 325 community members have taken part in this leadership-development initiative. 

Gulf Coast Leadership Institute

[Education]  Rogers Serves as Expert on State Civics Committee

Michael Rogers, associate professor of history and politics at State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF), was selected to serve on the state’s Civic Literacy Competency bias and Sensitivity Review Committee as a subject matter expert. The committee, organized by the board of governors for the State University System of Florida and the Florida Department of Education, was tasked with reviewing, revising and confirming civic literacy questions to assist in setting standards for civics literacy competency for all students entering the Florida College System for the first time. The Florida Legislature called for the Civic Literacy requirement in House Bill 7069, its 2017 omnibus education act. Seventeen professors within the Florida College System and the State University System were chosen for the committee, which met at the University of Central Florida’s Lou Frey Institute this month. Rogers has served on SCF’s faculty since 2005. 

State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota

[Community]  SMART Receives Grant from Manatee Community Foundation

Sarasota Manatee Association for Riding Therapy, Inc. (SMART) has received a $1,548 grant from the Manatee Community Foundation. The grant will be used to fund improvements to SMART's new website by increasing its secure donation capabilities. Since 1998, Manatee Community Foundation has awarded more than $23 million in scholarships and grants to area nonprofit organizations. Its mission is to partner with citizens to strengthen and enhance the community through philanthropy, education and service. 

SMART



[TODAY]  FESTIVAL: 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular , July 4, 4:30pm-10:00pm

Join Marina Jack for their annual Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular on Independence Day between 11:00 am-10:00pm. Indulge in the decadent menus from the Dining Room, Blue Sunshine Patio Bar & Grill and Deep Six Lounge & Piano Bar all while enjoying the magnificent display of lights in the sky. Marina Jack II will host a three-hour cruise featuring a buffet, live music and premier viewing of the fireworks display.

Marina Jack's, 2 Marina Plaza, Sarasota, FL 34236

[TODAY]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Kayak Trip from Little Sarasota Bay to Palmer Point Beach , July 4, 8:30am-11:30am

Join John Sarkozy, as he shows you the natural beauty of Little Sarasota Bay. All kayak equipment will be supplied to you and is included in the cost of the trip, which is $20 for ALS members and $25 for non-members. A short training session will be given before the trip for those who wish to take it. Take a break on the “crown jewel” of local beaches and take a swim or a walk before paddling back to the mainland.

American Littoral Society

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Kayak Trip From Curry Creek to Nokomis , July 7, 8:30am-11:30am

Enjoy the great outdoors with a kayak paddle led by John Sarkozy, through Nokomis and the Curry Creek Preserve. All kayak equipment will be provided and is included in the cost of the trip, which $20 for ALS members and $25 for non-members. Bring drinking water, suncreen and your sense of adventure. 

American Littoral Society

[SOON]  THEATER: What the Butler Saw , July 10 – July 29

Wild, risqué, and ferociously funny, Joe Orton’s classic farce takes aim at everything from sex to psychiatry. In an exclusive, private mental health clinic, Dr. Prentice is attempting to seduce his prospective secretary when his wife walks in, interrupting his sordid intentions and kicking off a maniacal tour de force involving a state inspector, bellboys, slamming doors, and, above all, Orton’s wicked wit and breakneck dialogue. 

Asolo Repertory Theatre, 5555 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Kayak Trip From Snook Haven Down The Myakka River , July 10, 8:30am-11:30am

Take a kayak trip led by John Sarkozy from the wild and scenic Myakka River, and travel downstream from Snook Haven. All kayak equipment will be provided and is included in the cost of the trip, which is $20 per person for ALS members and $25 for non-members. For those who want it, there will be a short training session given before launch.

American Littoral Society

[SOON]  MUSIC: Tops from Flops , July 11 – July 22

A musical review of America’s most treasured musical theater songs that came from some of Broadways biggest fiascos.  Enjoy an evening of great and enduring all-time hits from composers like:  George M. Cohan, Irving Berlin, Cole Porter and many more!  An exuberant tour through the last 75 years of Broadways musical giants all spawned from Broadways biggest flops.

Players Centre for Performing Arts, 838 North Tamiami Tr., Sarasota.

[SOON]  THEATER: Tenth Anniversary Sarasota Improv Festival , July 12 – July 14

Troupes are coming from all over the country, from as far away as France and Spain, all ready to bring their best spontaneous hilarity to the Gulf Coast. Featuring an unprecedented THREE headliners - Baby Wants Candy (Chicago), Impro Madrid (Spain) and Impro Theatre (LA) - one for each day of the Festival. Plus, several returning favorites including North Coast (NYC), Parallelogramophonograph (Austin, TX), ImprovBoston (Boston, MA), STACKED (Chicago, IL) and Available Cupholders (Austin, TX). 

Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 North Palm Ave., Sarasota

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Kayak Trip from Caspersen Beach to Lemon Bay , July 15

Enjoy quiet water, open-seated kayaking and exploration from Casperson Beach to Lemon Bay. All kayak equipment will be provided and is included in the cost of the trip, which is $20 for ALS members and $25 for non-members.

American Littoral Society

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Kayak Trip Through The Waterways of Nokomis , July 17, 8:30am-11:30am

John Sarkozy will lead a kayak expedition through the bays and canals around Nokomis, exploring the small islands, the birds and the marine life of the area. All kayak equipment will be provided and is included in the cost of the trip, which is $20 for ALS members and $25 for non-members. A short training class will be offered before the launch, for those interested. 

American Littoral Society

[SOON]  THEATER: The Music of the Night , July 17 – August 19

The Swingaroos return to the cabaret with an all-new show—Music of the Night. Offering their swingin'est versions of songs embraced by the worlds of theatre and jazz, this hit show overflows with hits by the Gershwins, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Rodgers & Hart, Kander & Ebb and many more. With a touch of 30s and 40s flair and bold arrangements, The Swingaroos lend a spirited voice to the most-cherished American songs and personalities of the past century. 

Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 North Palm Ave., Sarasota

[SOON]  THEATER: The Little Mermaid , July 20 – July 21

Disney's The Little Mermaid is a stage musical based on the animated 1989 Disney film of the same name about a mermaid who dreams of the world above the sea and gives up her voice to find love. Come see the theater bring classic underwater tale alive.

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

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Kayak Trip From Snook Haven Down The Myakka River , July 24, 8:30am-11:30am

Take a kayak trip led by John Sarkozy from the wild and scenic Myakka River, and travel downstream from Snook Haven. All kayak equipment will be provided and is included in the cost of the trip, which is $20 per person for ALS members and $25 for non-members. For those who want it, there will be a short training session given before launch.

American Littoral Society

[SOON]  BUSINESS: SB2 Luncheon: Transformation in Philanthropy , July 26, 11:00am-1:00pm

The SRQ Transformative Philanthropy luncheon and panel discussion will explore the organizations and individuals who are changing the face of the nonprofit world through innovative approaches, strategic alliances and groundbreaking initiatives that foster and employ engagement to make a difference. The luncheon will culminate with presentation of the SRQ Local Philanthropy Hero Award honoring area trailblazers whose passion and drive are benefitting nonprofit organizations along the Gulfcoast.

The Francis , 1289 N Palm Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Kayak Trip from Little Sarasota Bay to Palmer Point Beach , July 26, 8:30am-11:30am

Join John Sarkozy, as he shows you the natural beauty of Little Sarasota Bay. All kayak equipment will be supplied to you and is included in the cost of the trip, which is $20 for ALS members and $25 for non-members. A short training session will be given before the trip for those who wish to take it. Take a break on the “crown jewel” of local beaches and take a swim or a walk before paddling back to the mainland.

American Littoral Society

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