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SRQ DAILY Apr 17, 2019

Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

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Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

"I'm fully committed to the power of art and music to change the world."

- Rosanne Cash

[Music]  Rosanne Cash Talks Latest Album, Projects in the Works
Philip Lederer, Phil.Lederer@srqme.com

Next Thursday, April 25, country music royalty comes to the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, as Rosanne Cash takes the stage with her band for a night full of new songs, old tunes and unforgettable memories. Promoting her latest album, She Remembers Everything—the anticipated and now-acclaimed follow-up to her triple Grammy-winning masterpiece The River and the Thread—Cash will showcase new material, as well as more than a few “chestnuts” from the back catalogue, and preview music she has written for an upcoming stage musical inspired by the 1979 film Norma Rae. In an exclusive interview with SRQ, the artist talks inspiration and urgency, #MeToo and the power of art. Look for the full interview in an upcoming issue of SRQ magazine.

What’s the story behind this latest album, She Remembers Everything? Cash: The last three albums I did were very much constructed around a theme—The River and the Thread being about the south, The List being the list of songs that my dad gave me (they were all covers), then Black Cadillac, which was really a map of mourning and about death and loss. Everybody was saying, "These are great. River and Thread was so successful. You should do another themed record."

But you weren’t sure that’s what you wanted to do? I felt myself resisting that with all my might. I really wanted to return to personal songwriting and just write what my next 12 songs were, you know? I felt this sense of urgency about it, in fact. Women my age still have a lot to say and a lot less time to say it. I felt that if I were going to have any regrets about it, it would be about not saying these things. Sales and reviews be damned.

And you’ve also been working on a musical version of Norma Rae? It's been a few years. I wrote the lyrics. John Leventhal wrote the music. John Weidman wrote the book. We're nearing the point where we're going to stage it. That should happen in 2020. I'm really excited about that.

What about that story drew you in? It seems timely, because it's not just about union organizing and that kind of social community. It's about a woman's transformation, and her transformation through finding a mission and through creating community. That just seemed like a very powerful story and very timely.

Why is it important to tell these stories? Music and art have tremendous power to change people's hearts and minds, whether the subject matter is overt or whether it's just about feeling. Because once people access their own feelings, then things start to change. I'm fully committed to the power of art and music to change the world.

Cash will be performing April 25 at the Van Wezel, tickets are currently on sale. 

Pictured: Rosanne Cash. Photo by Michael Lavine.

[Philanthropy]  Veteran Air Conditioning Holding Donation Drive for Goodwill Manasota

Throughout the month of April, Veteran Air Conditioning is holding a donation drive to support Goodwill Manasota’s mission services. All month, the company is picking up gently used items that its clients in the Sarasota-Manatee area no longer want or need, and transporting them to Goodwill, where they are being sold in retail stores throughout the area. Proceeds support Goodwill’s mission of changing lives through the power of work. Veteran Air Conditioning owner Kevin Henault, an Ambassador for Goodwill Manasota for several years, supports the organization in particular for its commitment to helping veterans, and has hired several through Goodwill's Veterans Services Program.

Items appropriate for donation include clothing, shoes, jewelry, furniture, functioning computers, household items and décor, kitchenware, books and more. Veteran Air Conditioning, which will provide a donation receipt for tax purposes, held a similar donation drive to benefit Goodwill in 2016. 

Veteran Air Conditioning

[Philanthropy]  Graber Named 2019 James Wischer Child Advocate of the Year

Kathryn Graber has been named the 2019 James Wischer “Child Advocate of the Year” by Manatee Children’s Services. Nominated by peers in her community, on April 12, a commemorative ceremony will honor Graber, a local individual who demonstrated her commitment to children in an exemplary manner, much like James Wischer, a dedicated child advocate who spent his life ensuring Manatee County children and youth were afforded a safe and nurturing environment. Criteria for the award includes: dedicated service for a minimum of two years, must make a difference in the lives of children and demonstrate positive impact on community. Graber has a long career in child advocacy and works closely with Child Protection Services as a Behavioral Health Consultant with Centerstone. This is the third year for this award, which coincides with April, Child Abuse Prevention Month. 

Manatee Children's Services

[Philanthropy]  Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee Announces Staff Appointments

Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee, a nonprofit dedicated to providing nutrition and supportive services in Manatee County, has announced recent staff appointments. Amy Towery, CFRE, joins the organization as vice president of development. Most recently, Towery served as the chief advancement officer for The Out-of-Door Academy, where she led the Development Department. Haskell Gates has been named to the new position of chief operating officer, overseeing the senior meal programs, Daybreak Adult Day Center, The Food Bank of Manatee and other PLUS programs. Previously, Haskell served as the chief financial officer for Meals on Wheels Plus for nearly 14 years. Bill Grenier, has been promoted to chief financial officer. Grenier previously served as controller for nearly four years, and has an extensive financial background including for industry and public accounting. Judi Bjork, has been named to vice president of events and volunteer services, where she will plan the signature events for Meals on Wheels Plus and oversee the Volunteer Services Department. Joe Stoddard, VP of Operations, Cindy Sloan, Director/VP of The Food Bank, and Stephanie Grepling, Director of Marketing will continue in their roles. 

Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee

[Philanthropy]  All Star Children's Foundation Receives $3 Million from Flanzer Philanthropic Trust

All Star Children’s Foundation has announced a $3 million donation from the Louis and Gloria Flanzer Philanthropic Trust. The gift will contribute to the construction and operation of All Star’s five-acre campus currently underway at 3300 17th Street in Sarasota.

The All Star campus is comprised of: a 13,000, square-foot clinical treatment building, where, in collaboration with Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, All Star will embark on a mission to use brain science research to expand the boundaries of neuroscience while using evidence-based, trauma-informed care to change the outcomes for children in foster care; six, single-family, licensed foster homes that will accommodate five children each, keep siblings together and feature on-site foster parents; the Clubhouse, where children and their families will gather to play, talk, learn and celebrate; and several outdoor amenities.

All Star will begin treating children this month on an out-patient basis and begin accepting children into their family foster homes in late fall. Some 225 children will be treated in the first operational year. 

All Star Children's Foundation

[Philanthropy]  All Faiths Food Bank Receives $10,000 for Cooking Matters Program

All Faiths Food Bank has received a $10,000 grant from the Harold C. and Jacqueline F. Bladel Foundation in support of the Cooking Matters program. The Cooking Matters program teaches people, including children, about healthy nutrition and how to shop for and prepare healthy, low-cost meals. All Faiths Food Bank is the only food bank and largest hunger relief organization in Sarasota and DeSoto counties. 

All Faiths Food Bank

[Philanthropy]  DutchCrafters Accepting Applications for Heritage Scholarships

Sarasota-based DutchCrafters Amish Furniture is now accepting applications for its Heritage Scholarship. Established in 2012 as way to give back, the scholarship will be awarded to two exceptional students who have been accepted to or are attending a four-year college or university. The recipients will receive $500 each to invest in their education.

Along with a brief statement of financial need, applicants are asked to submit an essay explaining how they plan to use their cultural heritage to shape their vocational aspirations, offer creative value to their future employer and serve their community. All applications must be received by May 1, 2019 to be considered.

Information about the scholarship is available at the website below. 

DutchCrafters Heritage Scholarships

[TODAY]  GALLERY: Cycle 4 , March 14 – April 19

Through a visceral mixing of oil and acrylic paint, Walter Matthews’ densely worked canvases create a reflection of the artist’s intensity and anxiety. Continuing the annual tradition, Spectrum IV embeds the independent work of three natural solo artists into an experimental installation that blurs the lines between collaboration and contamination. Split between a series of micro-exhibitions, New Realities features the perspectives and studio practices of junior level Fine Art students attending Ringling College of Art and Design.

Art Center Sarasota, 707 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

[TODAY]  THEATER: Love Sung in the Key of Aretha , March 13 – April 28

Four women musically review their life experiences as told through the songs made famous by the late and legendary “Queen of Soul,” Aretha Franklin. Join to pay tribute to one of America’s most iconic voices in this joyful appreciation of Aretha’s music and its impact on our lives.

Westcoast Black Theatre Mainstage, 1646 10th Way., Sarasota

[TODAY]  PERFORMANCE: Noises Off , March 20 – April 20

In the rip-roaring comedy, Noises Off, a motley crew of actors frantically stumble through a final rehearsal just hours from Opening Night and things could not go worse. Lines are forgotten, love triangles are unraveling, and sardines are flying everywhere but will they be able to pull their act together on stage even if they can’t behind the scenes?

Asolo Repertory Theatre

[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

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Gershwin and Chopin , April 21 – April 22

Hailed by Gramophone as a "star of the future" and acclaimed by Piano Magazine for the "elegance and rapturous beauty" of his music-making, pianist Igor Lovchinsky has performed solo recitals in the United States, Europe and Canada.

Fischer/Weisenborne, 7459 Cabbage Palm Ct., Sarasota

[SOON]  FOOD: Easter Brunch and Family Fun , April 21

Waterline Marina Resort & Beach Club is offering some family fun for Easter, including an egg-cellent Easter Brunch at the popular Eliza Ann’s Coastal Kitchen. In addition to the usual fabulous menu options, Executive Chef James Baselici has created several specialty items for Easter.

Waterline Marina Resort & Beach Club , 5325 Marina Dr., Holmes Beach

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Pioneers of Climate Science , April 23

An entertaining talk about the basics of climate science through stories from the lives of scientists, from Benjamin Franklin to Jennifer Francis. Jim Eachus is the organizer of Sarasota Climate Change Meetup.  He is a retired computer geek with a PhD in theoretical physics.  Jim will show slides, tell stories, and disagree with the most powerful man on the planet.

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

[SOON]  GALA: An Emerald Evening , April 25

Join NAMI Sarasota County for an evening to raise awareness and support youth and family mental health programs in our community. The event will include dinner catered by Michael's on East, open bar, live auction, and music and entertainment by the one and only Jonathan Cortez.

Michael's On East Ballroom, 1212 East Avenue, Sarasota

[SOON]  HEALTH: Relay For Life Of Venice , April 26 – April 27, 7:00pm - 7:00am

The American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life is the world’s largest movement to end cancer. Money raised from Relay For Life helps the American Cancer Society save lives by funding ground breaking research to discover cancer’s causes and cures and help people facing cancer today with free programs and services. People form teams and raise money together leading up to the event. Then, everyone comes together for a night of fun that celebrates cancer survivors, remembers loved ones lost to cancer, and unites us in our commitment to fight back against the disease.

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: A Journey Through India , April 26 – April 28

Created in collaboration with local community partners, the festival will celebrate the performing and visual arts, literature, flavors and thought of historical and contemporary India. Friday, April 26, the festival will kick off with a Bollywood dance party in the Museum of Art Courtyard. Saturday, April 27, look forward to a day-long program of cultural exploration, including a series of lectures from scholars speaking on various aspects of Indian culture; music and dance performances by community groups; art-making and other activities for families; and a market featuring local food and artisan vendors. Sunday, the Festival culminates with a free, celebratory morning Hatha yoga event on the Ca’ d’Zan terrace.

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Hear Me Roar Women in Business Leadership and Awards Luncheon , May 2, 10:30am-1pm

Join us for the 2019 Hear Me Roar Awards and Leadership Luncheon taking place on Thursday, May 2, 2019 from 10:30am to 1pm at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota in Sarasota. Every year, this incredibly powerful event features a nationally-recognized keynote speaker, a noted luminary who has made a significant impact in their field and the announcement of the winners of this year’s 2019 Women in Business Competition. We are thrilled to announce this year's Keynote Speaker Geralyn Lucas, author, breast cancer survivor and inspirational speaker and this year's 2019 Trailblazer Award Recipient, Journalist and Civil Rights Activist Dorothy Butler Gilliam. Stories collected over the course of the past year's Women in Business initiative will be shared along with the announcement of the 2019 inductees into the Women in Business Leadership Circle who will engage in the science and art and mentorship through regional programming aimed to empower women—from 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th-grade girls in Sarasota and Manatee counties to professionals looking to expand their capacity for leadership. Tickets online through March 25.

Hyatt Regency Sarasota, 1000 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Evolving/Revolving , May 2 – May 5

"Evolving/Revolving" is becoming SCD's annual homage to the 'upbringing' of Sarasota Contemporary Dance. The final performance of the season will be comprised of diverse, new works by past company collaborators and/or dancers as well as works brought back by popular demand. This year's production will feature Gerri Houlihan, Pamela Pietro, and an aerial work by SCD Co-Founder, Rachael Inman.

Jane B. Cook Theatre, FSU Center for the Performing Arts, 5555 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Phoebe Hunt and the Gatherers , May 2

Named one of the ‘Top 10 New Country Artists you Need to Know’ by Rolling Stone Country, Phoebe Hunt is an accomplished Americana instrumentalist with foundations in jazz and swing music.  Phoebe is skilled at taking seemingly disparate elements and pulling them together in a dazzling kaleidoscope of lush, coherent sound and rhythm patterns. The result is music that swells, crashes, and breathes organically under Phoebe’s soulful, plaintive voice.

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

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