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"I feel blessed to have the opportunity to devote my time to Mote's transformative efforts."

- Kevin Cooper, Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce

-Stacey and David Crawford at SRQ Media's Roaring Twenties Holiday Soiree.
[Business]  Cooper Leaving Chamber for Mote Marine
Lisl Liang, lisl.liang@srqme.com

Kevin Cooper, president of the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, will step down to take on a new position at Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium.

“Ever since I began working with the team at Mote on the creation of the Siesta Key Crystal Classic sand-sculpting event, I’ve admired the organization,” Cooper says. “I feel blessed to have the opportunity to devote my time to Mote’s transformative efforts.”

Mote officials announced late Wednesday that Cooper would join the organization as Vice President for Communications & Strategic Initiatives starting in early 2019. The move comes as Mote looks to expand its footprint and its research initiatives. Mote leaders announced plans earlier this year to open a new aquarium in Nathan Benderson Park while devoting its existing Sarasota aquarium to research space.

Mote President Michael Crosby says Cooper will also help evolve execute a long-term vision and strategic plan for the organization.

“A critical role for Kevin will be to work with and influence people across the entire organization and external stakeholder groups, and provide me with recommendations related to optimal effectiveness and efficiency of overall Mote operations,” Crosby says. “Mote’s mission depends on strategic thinking coupled with caring commitment—this is exactly what we see in Kevin.”

Cooper has played increasingly significant roles in the region’s business community since his arrival here in 2008. He led the Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce before coming on as vice president at the Sarasota Chamber. He briefly left that organization to work as director of Community Investment for the Gulf Coast Community Foundation before returning to serve as president of the Chamber again.

Cooper will remain with the Chamber into 2019 before making the switch to Mote, and he plans to work with organization leaders on a transition. “In the meantime, Kevin will continue working hard on initiatives that will further The Chamber’s mission in our community,” says John LaCivita, Chamber chairman.

LaCivita says the Chamber remains strong as Cooper looks at his next move. “I am proud to say The Chamber could not be in a better place, and membership is continuing to grow within the community,” he says. 

Photo by Wyatt Kostygan: Kevin Cooper

[ShopTalk]  Ink to Drink
Brittany Mattie, brittany.mattie@srqme.com

‘Tis the perfect time to gear up for that brewhead on your gift list. Calusa Brewing is hosting local ink purveyors Oddity Tattoo Studio and Gallery at its brewery this weekend for a killer glassware release party, ‘Art & Ale.' The event features 15 different Oddity artists and their collectable artwork printed on glass. Uniquely cool for gift giving or collecting, each artist stands out with their own drawing styles, ranging from traditional tattoo imagery to abstract designs, futuristic creatures and fun colorful cartoons. Different size glassware is also available for artists' designs, including tumbler, pint glass, can glass, becher and tall boy.

Meanwhile, Calusa will also be releasing bottles for sale and consumption at noon of its Seas of Infinity Sour Brown Ale, a two-year red wine barrel-aged with black currants. And Taste Time to Love Us food truck will be providing a little bit of Philly, with authentic cheese steaks, sandwiches, fries and more.

Preorder the Oddity Glass Collection here. 

Art & Ale, Saturday, December 15 at 6pm at Calusa Brewing, 5701 Derek Ave., Sarasota, 941-922-8150.

Photos provided by the Facebook event page

[PIER 22]  A Waterfront New Year's Eve with PIER 22

PIER 22, downtown Bradenton’s landmark restaurant invites you to celebrate New Year’s Eve by the waterside! Serving a special holiday menu from 4:00PM - 11:00PM, the first floor and terrace dining areas will boast party DJ entertainment, photo booth access, New Year’s Eve party favors and a champagne cash bar for revelers 21+. Those looking to take their celebration to the next level should make their way to the second floor and the VIP Ballroom Party, where they will receive exclusive access to the newly renovated PIER 22 Grand Ballroom and enjoy a premium dinner buffet created by Executive Chef Greg Campbell, as well as a premium open bar for adult guests. Take to the al fresco terrace dance floor for party DJ entertainment throughout the night, and kick off 2019 with a midnight toast and balloon drop.

Reservations are strongly recommended for both celebrations, and tickets are required for the VIP Ballroom Party. 

1200 1st Ave W, Bradenton

[Philanthropy]  Goodwill Manasota Launches Giving Mobile

While Goodwill Manasota does extensive study of geography and real estate in the region to plan where its stores and attended donation centers (ADCs) should be located for maximum impact, there are still numerous areas where appropriate facilities aren't available or the costs are too high. But now, with Goodwill's brand new Giving Mobile, there is no corner of the community that can't be reached in order for donations to be conveniently made to the local nonprofit. For its debut deployment this week, the Giving Mobile was brought to St. Boniface Church on Siesta Key, where there are no Goodwill stores or ADCs. The hours for the dedicated donations vehicle are 9am–5pm. Items accepted include clothing, shoes, small household items, books and electronics—basically anything that might fit in someone's trunk (not large furniture). Goodwill is currently reaching out to other locations, such as shopping centers, country clubs or any community that could use the mobile Goodwill presence for varying lengths of time. For more information, or to request the Giving Mobile at your location, call 941-355-2721, ext. 131. 

Goodwill Manasota

[Healthcare]  SMH Fully Accredited as Designated Chest Pain Center by American College of Cardiology

The American College of Cardiology has awarded Sarasota Memorial full accreditation this month as a designated Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI and Resuscitation for demonstrated expertise in treating patients with chest pain. Sarasota Memorial is the first hospital in Sarasota County to receive the highest-level designation, which followed a rigorous onsite evaluation of the staff’s ability to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack or cardiac arrest.

To earn this high level Chest Pain Center designation, hospitals must maintain a “No Diversion Policy” for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest patients and demonstrate exceptional competency in treating patients with heart attack symptoms, including offering primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) 24/7, every day of the year. Also known as coronary angioplasty, PCI is a non-surgical, catheter-based procedure that uses balloons to open narrowed or blocked coronary arteries to reduce heart damage during or after a heart attack, and inserts stents to keep the arteries open and prevent further heart disease. 

Sarasota Memorial Hospital

[Business]  Registration Open for GCCF Invest in Incredible Workshops

Registration is now open for two upcoming workshops for nonprofit organizations presented through Gulf Coast Community Foundation’s Invest in Incredible initiative. A January 10 workshop will cover human resources compliance and best practices for small organizations, while a January 18 workshop focuses on grant-writing strategies. Each morning-long workshop costs $25, which includes breakfast, and will take place at Gulf Coast Community Foundation’s headquarters in Venice.

Registration and more information is available online at the website below.

Invest in Incredible is Gulf Coast Community Foundation’s nonprofit capacity-building initiative. Through free online resources, group training workshops, and customized consulting engagements, Invest in Incredible helps nonprofit organizations across the Gulf Coast region improve their board governance and operational effectiveness. 

Gulf Coast Community Foundation Workshops

[TODAY]  THEATER: Straight White Men , December 12 – March 1

Monty Navarro may be distant heir to the family fortune, but there are several deadly ways to jump the line of succession. All the while, Monty must juggle his mistress, his fiancée, and the constant threat of landing behind bars. Of course, it will all be worth it if he can slay his way to his inheritance… and be done in time for tea.

Florida Studio Theatre , 1241 North Palm Ave., Sarasota

[TODAY]  THEATER: Black Nativity , December 12 – December 21

Originally written by Langston Hughes, this Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe production is a celebration of the Nativity story with gospel, blues, spiritual, and Christmas music, paired with the poetry of Langston Hughes and the creativity of WBTT. Will inspire and entertain all ages.

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe, 1012 North Orange Ave., Sarasota.

[TODAY]  GALA: Men, Whiskey and Watches , December 13, 6:00PM - 9:00PM

Men, Whiskey & Watches is an annual event that will benefit the Child Protection Center of Sarasota, FL. Featuring whiskey tastings from select distillers, an assortment of fine watches, premium cigars, a live auction and plenty of business networking opportunities.

Included in general admission ticket price: Open Bar, whiskey tasting and cocktail sampling, cigar sampling and food from some of the best local restaurants in the area such as: JPan Sushi & Grill, Mattison's, Selva Grill, Gold Rush BBQ, Naples Flatbread and more!

Edson Keith Estate , 5500 S. Tamiami Trl, Sarasota

[TODAY]  BUSINESS: SRQ Magazine's 6th Annual Women in Business Competition , December 10 – January 25

Nominations are now open for SRQ Magazine’s 6th Annual Women in Business Competition, recognizing extraordinary women who have made meaningful contributions to the Sarasota and Bradenton communities through their business, non-profit and philanthropic endeavors. Know someone who deserves to be recognized? Nominate them today! Once nominated, individuals will be invited to submit a formal application which will be juried by a panel of outside judges.

Nominations are open through Friday, January 25, 2019; midnight.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Art and Jewels , December 14 – January 7

This intersectional exhibition pairs specific paintings and wall sculptures with vignettes of art jewelry that create a collaboration and conversation between the two. Representing nearly 30 different artists and jewelry designers, 530 Burns blurs the lines between art and jewelry and sparks the warm, fuzzy feelings conjured up during the holiday season.

530 Burns Gallery, 530 Burns Ct., Sarasota

[SOON]  THEATER: An Evening of Operetta , December 14

Just in time for the holidays, Sarasota Opera will light up the Sarasota Opera House with sparkling musical gems to enchant and delight. Opera singers present a showcase of beautiful melodies such as “The Merry Widow Waltz,” “Thine Alone,” “Wanting You,” and “A Toast to Champagne.”

Sarasota Opera House , 61 North Pineapple Ave., Sarasota

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Holiday Pops , December 14 – December 15

Steven Jarvi, guest conductor in February 2018, will lead the orchestra for a concert featuring a mix of seasonal music including selections from The Nutcracker, Brazilian Sleigh Bells, Feliz Navidad and more. Guest Soprano Soloist Johanna Fincher will present Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas. Bring the family to this seasonal celebration that concludes with a traditional sing-a-long.

Venice Symphony, 1515 South Tamiami Trl. #7, Venice

[SOON]  MUSIC: Classical Holiday Brass , December 15 – December 16

Seraph Brass, a dynamic brass quintet drawing from a roster of America’s female brass players, presents a lively and varied program of familiar holiday classics and popular song—including Winter from Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite, Leroy Anderson’s Sleigh Ride and more.

Historic Asolo Theatre, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota.

[SOON]  THEATER: An Afternoon of Operetta , December 16

As Sarasota Opera embarks on its 60th Diamond Anniversary Season, join the celebration as they take the audience on a European journey in this recital of operetta favorites. With principal artists and pianists from Sarasota Opera, come hear arias and ensembles from Viennese and French operetta as well as other selections with piano accompaniment.

Venice Performing Arts Center, 1 Indian Ave., Venice

[SOON]  MUSIC: Itzhak Perlman - In The Fiddler's House , December 17, 7:30PM

Regarded as the world's greatest living violinist, Itzhak Perlman is no stranger to audiences in Sarasota and Manatee counties. Almost twenty-three years have passed since Perlman made his iconic album of klezmer music, “In the Fiddler’s House.” In this only-area performance, Perlman revisits this meaningful and personal project, joined onstage by Hankus Netsky, Music Director, Saxophone and Piano; Andy Statman, Clarinet and Mandolin; members of the Klezmer Conservatory Band; and other special guests.

Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

[SOON]  MUSIC: 15th Anniversary Perlman Music Program Sarasota Winter Residency , December 20 – January 5

The 15th Anniversary Perlman Music Program Sarasota Winter Residency takes over USF Sarasota- Manatee beginning December 20, culminating with the Celebration Concert at the Sarasota Opera House on January 5. 20+ free events will be held in the Performance Tent, including orchestra and chorus rehearsals, master classes, and works-in-progress recitals. Super Strings, December 29, features Florida students performing side-by-side with PMP students under the baton of Itzhak Perlman. Complete schedule and tickets available online at PMPSuncoast.org.

USF Sarasota-Manatee, 8350 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Lights in Bloom , December 20 – January 6

For the 15th year, and with an expanded 15-night schedule, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens will light up the holiday season with Lights in Bloom!  More than one million lights will illuminate the Gardens and walkways. The tropical holiday paradise will also include nightly live entertainment, games, crafts, and grilled foods from Michael’s on East. Celebrate the holiday season at Lights in Bloom! Event dates are December 20–23, 26–30, and January 1–6.

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 900 South Palm Ave., Sarasota

[SOON]  GALA: New Year's Eve at Selby Gardens , December 31

This black tie event features a private journey through tropical holiday light displays, passed hors d’oeuvres, a seated four-course dinner, live entertainment and dancing, culminating with a champagne toast overlooking the fireworks on Sarasota Bay.

[SOON]  DANCE: Sarasota Illumination , December 31, 9:00PM - 1:00AM

The most anticipated party of the year is right around the corner....NEW YEARS EVE!

Full Moon Promotions is bringing back THE Sarasota New Years Eve Party to the Sarasota Municipal Auditorium to ring in 2019. This will be THE Biggest & Best Ticketed New Years Party in the area! Tickets are all inclusive; open full bar, bottomless champagne, catered apps, live & DJ entertainment, and a huge dance floor and light show. Ring in the new year right at Sarasota Illumination!

Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Cirque Ma’Ceo , January 4 – February 3

The Magic of Ma’Ceo... described by the ocala star banner as an- “Equine Cirque du Soleil”! This theatrical European style, equestrian themed, cirque show tells a beautiful seamless story with a contemporary blend of Acrobatics, Aerial, Dance, and Equestrian Arts woven to the acoustic beats of rich Spanish guitar. This renowned show has toured the nation this past decade, recently performing in Honolulu, Hawaii, Alaska, and Las Vegas. For the first time ever, Cirque Ma’Ceo will be performing in front of their hometown crowd,Sarasota Florida! To make this occasion even more special, we will be offering a VIP ticket to purchase a Benefit Dinner with the rare opportunity to eat, drink, and personally get to know the cast of Cirque Ma’Ceo right under the Big Top! A large portion of the ticket proceeds will be directly donated to Big Cat Habitat and the animals who have filled our lives with joy.

Big Cat Habitat, 7101 Palmer Blvd, Sarasota

[SOON]  MUSIC: 15th Anniversary Celebration Concert , January 5, 5:00PM

The culmination and highlight of the 17-day Perlman Music Program Sarasota Winter Residency, the 15th Annual Celebration Concert at the Sarasota Opera House features the most gifted, young musical talents of our time. The PMP Chorus is led by Patrick Romano, Chorus Master and the PMP String Orchestra performs under the baton of Itzhak Perlman.

Sarasota Opera House, 61 N Pineapple Ave, Sarasota

[SOON]  GALLERY: Cycle 3: SVAS, Nugent & Arbaugh, ASALH and Work of He(art) , January 24 – March 1

In Gallery 1, Sarasota Visual Artists Studios will present an exciting exhibition featuring the work of Andrea Dasha Reich, Barbara Banks, Bill Buchman, Duncan Chamberlain, Grace Howl and Larry Forgard. A collaboration between Jen Nugent and Jack Arbough uses drawing, collage and video to address competing impulses to conserve and explore in Gallery 2. In Gallery 3, the Manasota branch of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History highlights African-American artists from Sarasota and Manatee counties. And Gallery 4 features an open, juried exhibition.

Art Center Sarasota, 707 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

[SOON]  THEATER: Pirates of Penzance , January 10 – January 27

This rollicking, music-filled farce, which premiered in 1879, includes home-town references to our own Pittsburg Pirates. At eight years of age, Frederic was apprenticed to a group of fun-loving, soft-hearted pirates. Now 21, he decides to leave the pirates to lead “a blameless life.” He makes it his goal to eradicate these pirates. Fun and mayhem follow.

Manatee Performing Arts Center, 502 Third Ave. W, Bradenton

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