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SRQ DAILY Apr 10, 2019

Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

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Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

"We are a small but mighty team."

- Jennifer Mitchell, Circus Arts Conservatory

[Circus]  Circus Arts Conservatory Unveils Upgraded and Iconic Arena
Philip Lederer, Phil.Lederer@srqme.com

On a normal Tuesday, the sight of stilt-walkers at 10am could be surprising. Throw in a trio of besequined jugglers, and the whole situation would be downright strange. But yesterday was no normal Tuesday, as the Circus Arts Conservatory—and all its local friends and supporters—gathered outside the freshly renovated Sailor Circus Arena to cut that big red ribbon and see what CAC and the Sailor Circus Academy have in store for the next 70 years.

It’s been little more than a year since the Sailor Circus Arena shuttered its doors, and in that time Tandem Construction and the minds behind the CAC have transformed a 40-year-old facility with no air conditioning and more potential than space into an iconic arena—and the largest event venue in town.

Boasting 28,050-square-feet of open space, the upgraded arena can comfortably seat 2,287 spectators, light any show or performance with 160 lighting relays (complete with dimming system) and, all told, a 100,000 square foot, four-story building could fit under the metal dome. But in perhaps the most important addition for the performers and teachers who will be sweating away in the space, a new dual set of massive air conditioning units keep the air as cool as the aerialists twirling through it. Thanks to the expansion, the CAC will also now offer new programming for all ages and abilities, and be open year-round.

With a $4.35-million price tag, the project represented a joint effort, and CAC leaders took their time in front of the ribbon to thank the many supporters gathered. The institution—CAC and Sailor Circus Academy—is “much more than just a circus,” said CAC Founder Pedro Reis, and this new arena a “milestone” and a “dream come true” for the school and the greater circus legacy. “Life is about making a difference,” added Dolly Jacobs-Reis, fellow CAC founder, “and we have made a difference for these kids.” CAC Board Chair Jack Brown agreed. “It has taken a village of caring people,” he said in his brief remarks. “Here’s to caring people.” 

And not only the young performers of the Sailor Circus Academy will benefit from this substantial upgrade, according to CAC COO Jennifer Mitchell. In addition to being available to rent for any performing organization or business looking to put on a production or host an out-of-the-box conference, the new facility will be put to work as the CAC finds new ways to create even more educational opportunities for surrounding high schools. “I guarantee that’s coming,” said Mitchell. 

Photo by Cliff Roles, courtesy of Circus Arts Conservatory.

[On Planning]  Selby Gardens Earned Its Quality Reputation
Mike McLaughlin

It has been my pleasure to lead the horticultural operations of Selby Gardens for the last 15 years. I’m very excited about our Master Plan, which will dramatically increase our ability to achieve our mission and serve our diverse visitors.  

This plan is thoughtfully crafted and will unify our property as a botanical garden in perpetuity, significantly expanding our garden space without increasing our footprint. Our Master Plan will enable us to better protect and care for our world-renowned living and preserved collections. New hurricane-resistant structures with cutting-edge sustainable technologies are needed at the Gardens, in fact, as hurricane season is fast approaching, it is a reminder that we need to act sooner than later.

Selby Gardens has earned a reputation for high quality programs, exhibitions and research, and I am certain that our planned improvements will also be of the highest caliber and a source of pride for Sarasota. As we look toward the future, we must take the necessary steps that will enable us to uphold our reputation. I’m very appreciative of our community’s support for Selby Gardens’ future- one that better provides our visitors, scientists, and local residents with a verdant downtown oasis for generations to come.

Mike McLaughlin is senior vice president for Collections and Site Operations at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. 

[Government]  Sarasota County Celebrates National Library Week with Living Library Program

Sarasota County is celebrating National Library Week by inviting the community to check out the new Living Library program, which started yesterday at all locations. The program is an effort to enhance relationships and encourage open dialogue among the members of the community in a one-on-one setting. Library patrons will sign-up for 20-minute sessions with a "book," which are featured speakers that represent the diversity of Sarasota County. A similar program was started at North Sarasota Library in 2018. It proved so successful, the decision was made to expand the access to the program for citizens in all areas of the county. 

Sarasota County Libraries

[Government]  Sarasota County Hosts Kensington Park Cleanup

Just in time for residents to clean out the garage and gather discarded household items, appliances, junk, tree trimmings and other garbage for Spring Cleaning, Sarasota County will hold a free community cleanup in the Kensington Park area from 8am to noon, Saturday, April 13. 

Dumpsters will be available at the following intersections: Tee Road and Tee Lane (Main Site); Prudence Drive and Melgert Lane; and Randa Boulevard and 24th Parkway. Hazardous materials will be accepted at the main site only. However, hazardous materials may also be taken to the Sarasota County Chemical Collection Center 8am to 4pm, Wednesday through Saturday. 

Sarasota County Government

[Philanthropy]  CTAC 2019 Adds New Physicians for April 13 Fundraiser

Coming Together Against Cancer (CTAC) has announced the expansion of its physician/researcher/donor engagement model by adding four new pioneering physicians to the upcoming CTAC 2019 event being held on April 13 at Eloise Werlin Park. CTAC is a donor-driven community uniting donors with pioneering physicians, researchers and institutions as ‘Partners in Discovery’ with the common goal of eradicating cancer. CTAC’s medical advisory staff, led by Dr. Dean Hautamaki, helps select leading edge programs from candidates across the country in order to bring four new pioneering physicians each year to Sarasota.

Attendees at this year’s free event will be treated to presentations by physicians about their research, their progress and a look ahead at the treatments for cancer by the people most in the know. Participants in the inaugural 2018 CTAC event collectively donated $750,000 and 100% of the funds went to directly benefit 35 cancer programs from coast to coast. These institutions included Johns Hopkins, Duke, Sarasota Memorial Hospital, Moffitt, M.D. Anderson, U.N.C.-Lineberger, Sloan Kettering, Cleveland Clinic, University of Florida Cancer Center, NYU Lagone Health and Dana-Faber Cancer Institute. Local organizations supported through CTAC include Breast Health Sarasota, Florida Cancer Specialists Foundation, Jewish Family and Children’s Services and Team Tony Cancer Foundation. 

Coming Together Against Cancer

[Philanthropy]  Impact 100 Opens Applications for Two Nonprofit Grants

Impact 100 SRQ, a group of local philanthropists committed to high-impact strategic grant-making, recently announced it will award two transformational grants of $114,000 to Sarasota and Manatee nonprofits in the Fall. The two grants, which are open to nonprofits in Sarasota and Manatee counties, will be awarded at the organization’s Annual Awards Celebration on November 3, 2019. Grant applications may be submitted online for projects in any of the following areas: Arts & Culture; Education; Environment & Recreation; Family; Health & Wellness. Applications should have a focus on serving residents in Sarasota and Manatee counties.

There will be a nonprofit workshop on Tuesday, April 9, from noon to 1pm at the Selby Library. RSVP is required. The workshop will focus on the Impact 100 grant application process for the 2019 review of all required forms and instructions in the digital grant submission.

The Impact 100 SRQ grant application is open from April 1 to June 18, 2019 and available online at the website below. 

Impact 100 Grant Applications

[Philanthropy]  Junior League of Manatee Hosts Mark Wandall Foundation Camp Reunion

The Junior League of Manatee County will be hosting a free event, The Mark Wandall Foundation Partnership Camp Reunion, a safe, fun, family event that empowers children and families to grieve, heal and grow in healthy ways. The Mark Wandall Foundation Partnership is national nonprofit organization that provides a safe and fun place for kids grieving the death of a parent, sibling or significant person in their life. The Junior League of Manatee County will sponsor the reunion event, for the attendees of the Mark Wandall Foundation Partnership Camp and local Manatee County families, to further develop and foster the mission set forth by the Comfort Zone Camp held in early April 2019. This event will help children and families in Manatee County continue to grow a safe network of grief support, to help facilitate ongoing healing and growth in healthy ways.

The program will include food, games, and entertainment. Participating youth must be between the ages 7-17 (18 if still in high school), and have experienced the death of a parent, sibling or significant person. The event will be held Creekwood Park on Sunday, April 28, from noon to 3pm. 

Junior League of Manatee County

[TODAY]  FOOD: Musical Chefs Interactive Dinner , April 10

Musical Chefs Interactive Dinner is a lively, interactive dinner event featuring La Musica artists joining Philip Mancini and Michael’s On East’s Executive Chef Jamil Pineda to lead guests in cooking demonstrations to create the evening's meal.

Michaelís Wine Cellar, 1283 South Tamiami Trl., Sarasota, FL

[TODAY]  GALA: Blue Ties & Butterflies , April 10

Join The Child Protection Center for its 7th annual Blue Ties & Butterflies event on April 10Th at Michael’s On East from 6-9pm.  This signature event is beautifully designed to build awareness about CPC’s mission in the prevention, intervention & treatment of child abuse.  The evening will include cocktails, dinner, & live auction, which includes a Darkness into Light – Original Painting , Dinner in the Sky, Kentucky Derby Experience trip & Masters Golf Tournament Experience.  Purchase tickets at https://cpcsarasota.org/events/blue-ties-and-butterflies or call 941-365-1277 Ext. 120                 

Michael's On East

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Financial Markets and the Economy , April 11

Cumberland Advisors, USF Sarasota-Manatee and Global Interdependence Center host their third annual Financial Literacy Day with keynote speaker, Gretchen Morgenson, a senior special writer in the investigations unit at The Wall Street Journal. The panel discussion includes topics ranging from the US Stock Market & Global, Geopolitics, health, hunger and philanthropy.

Selby Auditorium, 8350 North Tamiami Trail., Sarasota

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Financial Markets and the Economy , April 11

Cumberland Advisors, USF Sarasota-Manatee and Global Interdependence Center presents their third annual Financial Literacy Day. Panel Discussions include: Outlook for the US Stock Market & Global Economic Outlook, How the World Looks in Economics and Geopolitics, Sessions on Health, Hunger, and Philanthropy.

Selby Auditorium- USFSM, 8350 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

[SOON]  GALA: 2019 Artist Series Concerts FRIENDS Gala , April 11

Open Bar Cocktails and Hors d’ Oeuvres. Dinner, Entertainment, Live & Silent Auctions, Raffle, Wall of Wine. Gala Entertainment provided by Katherine Herbert and Luca Stine, both past award winners of the Suncoast Music Competition. And the Bill Buchman Trio playing throughout the evening.

Michaels on East, 1212 East Ave S., Sarasota

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Spotlight Florida: Moving Ethos girlwoman , April 12 – April 13

Moving Ethos Dance Company presents the world premiere of girlwoman, an intimate portrayal of the glamorous and messy nature of being a woman. Follow three women as they navigate the demands of the world with an imperfect grace that is relatable and refreshing. Their strength is met with fragility as they transparently share their stories. In her characteristically bold voice, Artistic Director, Leah Verier-Dunn, leads the audience through a web of imagery that pulls at heart strings one moment and evokes laughter the next. girlwoman is a telling tale that challenges us all to consider the complexities of the female experience.

Historic Asolo Theater

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Spring Sensations Fashion Show , April 12, 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM

We’ve got a PASSION for FASHION!

Enjoy champagne, seated luncheon, cash bar, runway show featuring WORTH New York and Debbie Dannheisser THREADS collections, as well as jewelry & eyewear trends. 
Bid on fabulous Silent Auction baskets and enjoy the company of your friends.  Tickets available online.

Go Forth and Be FABULOUS!

Sisterhood for Good is an all-volunteer, 501(c)(3) women-only organization dedicated to helping enrich our community through our annual grant program. Registration #: CH 57279

GROVE Ballroom , 10670 Boardwalk Loop, Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202

[SOON]  SPORTS: The Parkinson's Expo , April 13

Boxing, Cycling, facillitated movement and yoga will be featured activity at the 2019 Parkinson's Expo. Leading the array of strategies for living well with Parkinson’s are the national Parkinson’s specialists who will be speaking to the latest medical findings and projections on the disease. New this year, physicians and allied healthcare professionals can earn continuing education credits at no charge.

Bradenton Area Convention Center , 1 Haben Blvd., Palmetto

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Bikinis, Bulldogs & Bloody Marys , April 13

Fashion show featuring swimwear collection from JP Holahan Swimwear, accessories by if by Roxanne and an amazing Bloody Mary Bar sponsored by Mermaid Vodka and Cocktails by Spencer.

Bulldogs will be on site looking for homes from Florida English Bulldog Rescue.

Timeline: Bloody Mary bar opens at 11am, noon fashion show, stay after for fun shopping!


Hosted in the courtyard at The Bazaar on Apricot & Lime, 821 Apricot Ave, Sarasota.


ADVANCE TICKETS: $35 VIP tickets include reserved seating for fashion show, Bloody Marys, and amazing SWAG bag or $20 General admisison includes fashion show and Bloody Marys. ($10 more at the door).


Benefits Every Child, Inc. 100% of money raised for Every Child goes back into the community to help children. 

[SOON]  GALA: Art In The Dark , April 13

Lighthouse of Manasota will present its annual fundraising gala, Art in the Dark on Saturday, April 13th at Michael's on East. Supporters will enjoy an evening of French-inspired gourmet dining, dancing, and silent and live auctions of fabulous items. 


With the guidance of The Ringling's Education Department, guests will experience art as those with vision loss do: by using their other senses. The event’s signature piece of artwork is Louise Élisabeth, Madame la Princesse de Conti, as Venus, Noël Nicolas Coypel, 1731, oil on canvas. Guests will decide what type of music best fits the painting; they will also close their eyes and feel tactile objects related to the painting. The Asolo Rep’s head costume designer is recreating the dress from the painting – an actor will walk around during cocktail hour and provide a photo opportunity for guests to enjoy. Additionally, Lighthouse of Manasota clients and instructors will be in attendance to showcase how vision rehabilitation helps those affected by vision loss to lead healthy, happy and independent lives.


Event chairs are Dr. Jody and Angela Abrams, $200 ticket


Michael's On East Ballroom, 1212 S. East Ave, Sarasota

[SOON]  MUSEUM: Blossoms Garden Party , April 13

Join us for this floral affair celebrating the legacy of Mable's beloved rose garden. Surrounded by blooming roses, you will enjoy musical entertainment, mimosas and a variety of foods as you stroll the gardens.

As an enthusiastic gardener, Mable would be pleased to know that the grounds and gardens of the Ringling estate have grown into a park where visitors can spend the day smelling the roses and relaxing under the banyans. In recognition of Mable's legacy the net proceeds from this event will support ongoing maintenance and improvements of the Bayfront Gardens.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Black or White Makes my Music Right , April 14 – April 15

From the Blues to the British Invasion and beyond, this special evening will celebrate the creative cross-fertilization of black and white music. Featuring the Soul Sensations band, with vocalists Ariel Blue, Jnana Cooper, Michael Mendez, Dana Merriwether, Randall Morgan, Leon Pitts and Latraia Savage.

Westcoast Black Theater , 1646 10th Way., Sarasota

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Dance for Parkinson , April 15

Following a co-taught course in Spring 2019, entitled “Dance, Brain, & Parkinson”, Dance Professor Leymis Bolaños Wilmott and Psychology Professor Peter Cook will host, in collaboration with Parkinson Place, the second annual Dance for Parkinson workshop and conversation that is open to the public.

College Hall, College Hall 351 College Dr., Sarasota

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Timothy Enos on School Saftey , April 16

Timothy Enos is the Chief of Police for the Sarasota County School system.  He was sworn in as chief in November 2018.  Sarasota County School district decided to create its own police department in response to security concerns following the Parkland shooting in February 2018.

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

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Sailor Circus 70th Anniversary Spring Show , April 18 – April 27

These performances will be held for two weekends Thursday, April 18-Saturday, April 20 and Thursday, April 25 – Saturday, April 27. To celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Spring show.

Sailor Circus , 2075 Bahia Vista St., Sarasota

[SOON]  GALA: FOMCAS Casino Night , April 20

Are you an animal lover? Get tickets for Casino Night, a fabulous event benefitting the shelter animals of Manatee County. Casino Night is Saturday, April 20th 7:00 pm at Manatee Performing Arts Center. Authentic gaming tables, a poker tournament, amazing silent and live auction items including a stay in Las Vegas, local resort stays and fun excursions and experiences. Fabulous food and cash bars. Tickets are $75 general and $100 for VIP. Everybody gets a goodie bag. Visit fomcas.org to attend Casino Night and help the Friends of Manatee County Animal Services fundraise to help local shelter animals.  

Manatee Performing Arts Center

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