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SRQ DAILY Aug 14, 2019

Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

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Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

"It's always exciting to get more engaged with the process of art-making."

- Lisa DiFranza, Art Ovation Hotel

[Visual Arts]  Artist Wanted for Battle to the Not-Quite-Death
Philip Lederer, Phil.Lederer@srqme.com

Though the last official Art Battle in Sarasota came to a conclusive end this past January, with Judy Robertson emerging victorious, another skirmish is set to break out this Thursday, this time at the Art Ovation Hotel in Downtown Sarasota. The prize will be a week as the artist-in-residence in the Art Ovation studio, and previous Art Battle finalists Karen Chandler and Mara Torres will face off in a duel of painterly combat at the event, but they will be joined this time by a mysterious “Wild Card” challenger, to be selected from the audience on the day of.

No one will be dragged to the easel against their will, but anyone in attendance can enter their name for consideration, regardless of previous artistic experience or training. Here’s how it works.

From 5pm to 5:30pm, the crowd will gather in the Art Ovation lobby for this free-to-attend “Sizzling Summer Skirmish,” and everyone is welcome to throw their hat in the ring as a potential challenger. At 5:30pm, the Wild Card challenger will be selected at random and all three artists—Chandler, Torres and the Wild Card—will be given paints, canvas, brushes and all the assorted painting necessities, before being seated at their easels. At 5:45pm, the contest begins.

Artists are given 30 minutes to paint whatever they may desire, but no reference materials are allowed—meaning no photographs or sketches or anything of the sort. At 6:15pm, the audience casts their votes for the best painting or painter, and a winner is announced by 6:30pm. The winner will then receive a week as artist-in-residence at Art Ovation Hotel, at a time to be determined by the artist and hotel management.

And while this skirmish may not be an official part of Art Battle International, says Lisa DiFranza, cultural curator at Art Ovation Hotel, it serves as a fun way to keep the blood up between January battles. More importantly, it’s one more opportunity for Art Ovation to allow guests and visitors a look at artists at work and a peek behind the artistic veil.

“It’s always exciting to get more engaged with the process of art-making,” DiFranza says. “That’s what we’re all about—so people engage not just with the art on the walls, but with the creative process and what’s behind it.”

The Sizzling Summer Skirmish begins at 5pm this Thursday, August 15. Artist-in-residence Bart Blankenship will also be on hand, playing music from the electric guitars he makes out of cigar boxes and shovels and more. 

[Philanthropy]  Lakewood Ranch Community Fund Accepting Nominations for Humanitarian of the Year Award

The Lakewood Ranch Community Fund of Manatee Community Foundation is accepting nominations for the 15th annual C. John A. Clarke Humanitarian of the Year Award.

The Fund will honor an individual or individuals who have made outstanding, sustained and unselfish contributions to community enrichment and whose commitment and dedication exemplify the ideal of service to the community. The Fund established the C. John A. Clarke Humanitarian of the Year Award in recognition of John Clarke’s lifelong dedication to humanitarian ideals that have perpetuated the high ethical, moral and professional standards that epitomize his life. Past recipients include John Clarke, Pat Neal, Lorraine and Dick Vitale, Col. John W. Saputo, Robert Rosinsky, Lee Wetherington, Donald and Vanessa Baugh, Rick Fawley, John Fain and Angela Massaro-Fain and more.

Visit the website below to download the application. Nominations must be received by 5pm on Friday, September 13, 2019.  

Lakewood Ranch Community Fund

[Philanthropy]  Two Foundations Matching Donations to Girls Inc. Through August

Throughout the month of August, two generous foundations have pledged to match all donations made to Girls Inc., dollar for dollar up to $100,000. With the support of these two foundations, Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation and another anonymous foundation partner, Girls Inc. will continue its mission to serve girls who need them the most at its center on South Tuttle Avenue and further its program expansion directly into area schools. Girls Inc. programming is research-based, backed by hard data and informed by the girls who participate. Through after school, summer and outreach programming, the organization serves girls to build lasting skills across every facet of their lives, from healthy decision-making and critical thinking to perseverance and leadership. 

Girls Inc.

[Philanthropy]  Forty Carrots PIP Program Receives $9,000 Grant from Gorr Foundation

Forty Carrots Family Center has been awarded a $9,000 grant from John J. Gorr Foundation of Manatee Community Foundation to fund its Partners in Play (PIP) parenting education groups at Manatee County Public Libraries. The PIP program is designed to empower parents to strengthen the bond between parents and children by offering a safe, developmentally appropriate and creative play experience, within a high-quality learning environment guided by professional Parenting Educators who provide resources, referrals and support.

With 88 percent of Manatee County children in PIP not enrolled in preschool, PIP enhances child learning out of school and at home, building the foundations for lifelong learning and empowering parents to be their child’s first teacher. PIP programs are at six library locations in Manatee County and nine library locations in Sarasota County, serving more than 3,600 clients annually at no cost to families. PIP groups are open to parents, family members, caregivers and children ages 0-5, from all backgrounds and socio-economic levels. 

Forty Carrots Family Center

[Philanthropy]  SNAC Awards $50,000 in Scholarships to Strengthen Nursing Workforce

The Suncoast Nursing Action Coalition (SNAC) awarded 14 scholarships totaling $50,000 this month in a continuing effort to strengthen the region’s nursing workforce. The annual scholarships are part of SNAC’s multi-pronged action plan to develop a pipeline of baccalaureate-prepared nurses and ensure continued access to safe, high-quality care on the Suncoast. 

Florida faces a critical need in nurses who are capable of a higher level of critical thinking and application. BSN nursing programs help to alleviate the nursing shortage by graduating nurses who are much more likely to pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN exam) required for practice. In Florida the NCLEX pass rates are the lowest in the U.S., with the exception of BSN degree programs which are above the national average.

SNAC scholarships are targeted toward local nurses pursuing BSN degrees or higher. Since 2016, SNAC has awarded $264,000 in nursing scholarships to 72 local recipients (including those awarded today). Many have already or are slated to graduate in the next two years with BSN degrees and plan to work in the Suncoast region. Several have started work toward master’s and doctoral degrees as well. 

Suncoast Nursing Action Coalition

[Philanthropy]  WBTT Awards Scholarships to Young Artists


Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe has awarded scholarships to select students through its new scholarship program. Four up-and-coming artists were presented with $1,000 scholarships for studies in a college or conservatory program in the arts or arts management for the 2019-2020 academic year. Todd Bellamy II and Maicy Powell received Marie McKee and Robert Cole Artistic Development Scholarship Awards. Charlotte Corporan and Jatavian Peterson received Artistic Development Fund Scholarships. To be eligible, participants must have performed on the WBTT stage in at least two productions, worked at WBTT as an intern, or have been a participant in the WBTT Stage of Discovery summer musical theater intensive program.

Bellamy, 17, has participated in Stage of Discovery since its founding four years ago, and has performed with WBTT in “Raisin” and “Black Nativity.” He plans to study Theater at Florida A&M University in the fall. Maicy Powell, 18, who also attended Stage of Discovery, performed in WBTT's “Black Nativity” in 2018 and wrote, produced and performed in her own Young Artist Showcase. She plans to attend Howard University to complete her Bachelor's degree in Finance with a minor in Musical Theater/Theater Production. Charlotte Corporan, 18, attended Stage of Discovery for the first time this summer. She will attend Rollins College to study Music (Performance and Education). Jatavian Peterson, 18, participated in Stage of Discovery the past two years. He plans to study Musical Theater at Pace University. 

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe

[SRQ Good Hero Award]  Celebrate a Philanthropic Hero

Do you know someone who's making a real difference? Someone whose passion for giving back to a local nonprofit has had a positive impact on our community? Nominate them for the SRQ Good Hero Award. It could be an engaged staff member, volunteer, board member or donor patron who went above and beyond this past year to make our region a better place. Click here to share your story of caring.

Good Hero finalists and winners will be announced at the SB2 Philanthropic Agenda and Awards Luncheon on Monday, December 9, 2019. 

Nominate a Good Hero Today

[TODAY]  MUSEUM: The Fabric of India , July 7 – October 13

This exhibition showcases over 140 examples drawn from the internationally-renowned holdings of London’s Victoria and Albert Museum and private collections. This exposition illustrates the variety, technical sophistication and adaptability of Indian textiles from the fifteenth to the twenty-first centuries. Through a range of historical dress, carefully preserved fabrics, and cutting-edge fashion, discover how Indian textiles have been interwoven with religion, politics and global trade for centuries. Or join the Curator of Asian Art Dr. Rhiannon Paget for a tour at the Gallery Walk and Talk, 10:30am–6pm on July 25. 

The Ringling, 5401 Bay Shore Road

[TODAY]  THEATER: The Swingaroos: Hollywood Serenade , July 23 – August 30

Back by popular demand, The Swingaroos return to FST with a brand new show. Inspired by the Golden Age of Hollywood, this jazzy music revue pays tribute to such icons as Frank Sinatra, Cab Calloway, and Fred Astaire. Travel back in time this summer to the ‘30s and ‘40s when big bands and swing dancing were all the rage. 

Florida Studio Threatre, 1241 N Palm Ave., Sarasota

[TODAY]  THEATER: Scorch , July 26 – August 25

For Kes, falling in love for the first time happened online. But the exhilarating fantasy quickly turns into a terrifying reality when the young teen is accused of criminal conduct. Inspired by real cases of ‘gender fraud,’ Scorch is a touching and provocative story of love though the eyes of a gender-curious teen.

Urbanite Theatre, 1487 2nd St., Sarasota.

[TODAY]  THEATER: The Cottage , July 31 – August 24

Set in the English countryside in 1923, this sexy comedy of love and betrayal unfolds when Sylvia Van Kipness decides to expose her secret love affair to her husband. The true meanings of love and marriage are called into question as a surprising, hilarious web of secrets unravels in this ridiculous—potentially murderous—romantic comedy.

Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N Palm Ave., Sarasota

[TODAY]  FILM: Sun Xun: Time Spy , August 11 – February 16

A mesmerizing 3D animated film by Chinese painter and draughtsman, Sun Xun incorporates traditional techniques including ink painting, charcoal drawing and woodblock printing. He uses analog and digital technologies to explore pressing concerns of the time.

The Ringling, 5401 Bay Shore Road

[SOON]  MUSIC: Van Wezel Friday Fest featuring Reverend Barry & The Funk , August 16

Join us for The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall’s FREE outdoor summertime concert series! The events run from 5-9pm and are located on the Bayside Lawn of the Van Wezel. Each of the four events will feature food trucks, beverage vendors and more – it’s the perfect spot to enjoy a summer sunset over Sarasota Bay.


Featuring 3 Grammy®-nominated musicians, this 8-piece band plays a high-energy set of originals and covers of funk & soul music including Earth, Wind & Fire, Commodores, Kool & the Gang and Prince. Sit back and relax or dance the night away as Reverend Barry & The Funk returns to the Friday Fest stage! 

Van Wezel

[SOON]  HEALTH: Doctors Hospital Caregiver Support Group , August 19, 10am

On every third Monday of the month, Julie Cook Downing, President of Caregivers Comfort Creations, LLC, facilitates a Doctors Hospital Caregiver Support Group. This group focuses on the caregiver and offers a retreat from the never ending mental and physical responsibilities of caregiving. This free, open group provides compassionate support and an opportunity to explore new solutions together to caregiver challenges. The group meets in the classroom outside of the cafeteria.

Doctors Hospital of Sarasota, 5731 Bee Ridge Rd., Sarasota, FL

[SOON]  GALA: Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Kick Off Celebration , August 29, 530pm

Join us to Kick Off the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer season and for the reveal of the 2019 Real Men Wear Pink candidates.  Hear about the American Cancer Society’s lifechanging research and patient programs that are funded by Making Strides and Real Men Wear Pink events. Light hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served. RSVP is required. Please RSVP by Monday, August 26th to Lucy.Fox@cancer.org or 941-328-3755. MakingStridesWalk.org/SarasotaManatee

The Ritz-Carlton Sarasota, 1111 Ritz-Carlton Drive, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  FOOD: Caregivers Comfort Socializing Lunch , September 2, 1215pm

Julie Cook Downing, President of Caregivers' Comfort Creations, LLC and Doctors Hospital Caregiver Support Group Facilitator, hosts a monthly lunch at The Rosemary restaurant. This event provides caregivers some time to relax, enjoy themselves and eat super delicious food with others sharing similar situations. The lunch takes place from 12:15pm-1:45pm. For lunch details, contact Julie at caregivercomfort@aol.com.

The Rosemary, 411 North Orange Avenue

[SOON]  THEATER: Who Love You, Musical Tribute to Frankie Valli and Beyond , September 3 – October 13

Experience the signature songs and dance moves of one of the most successful acts in music history: Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. A musical tribute to the group that has sold more than 100 million records worldwide, Who Loves You will have you clapping and singing along to hits like “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Walk Like a Man,” “Rag Doll,” “December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night),” and many more you know and love.

Florida Studio Threatre, 1241 N Palm Ave., Sarasota

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Stars, Stripes and Style 26th Annual Fashion Show , September 4, 11am

Join us in celebration of the Women's Council of Realtors Sarasota Network 26th Annual Fashion show on Wednesday, September 4 at 11:00 am. WCR will honor America's veterans at the Stars, Stripes and Style fashion show featuring fashions by Goodwill Manasota. Enjoy lunch by The Hyatt Sarasota and a fun filled fashion show by local realtors and business partners. There will be a live auction, lotto tree raffle, silent auction and shopping at tabletop boutiques.

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

[SOON]  FILM: Gazebo Starlight Cinema Series , September 6

Join the Gazebo Starlight Cinema series with this month’s movie: X-Men. With a screen stretched around the Gazebo pillars and family flicks back-projected from within, what better place than the facing grassy knoll to relax in a beach chair or curl up on a blanket? Bring the whole family to kick off your weekend while enjoying the park! Support local Venice Avenue businesses by bringing snacks, dinner, ice cream (or gelato!) to enjoy during the movie.

Downtown Venice Centennial Park, 200 West Venice Ave.

[SOON]  MUSIC: The Goldtones , September 7, 8pm

The Goldtones have been called the “hottest doo-wop group in Florida” and entertain their audiences with the sweet sounds of street-corner harmony and all the favorites from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s. The group is back by popular demand after performing at Venice Theatre for five years in a row. Proceeds benefit the Venice Theatre Guild’s Scholarship Fund!

Venice Theatre MainStage, 140 W Tampa Ave.

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Sarasota Wellness Expo , September 15

This expo provides an opportunity for locals to meet with local businesses that promote healthy living, and learn how to better their health and mind. This event caters to all ages and attendance is free. Guests can enjoy free fitness demos, health checks, a teddy bear clinic for kids, healthy food demonstrations, interactive activities and more.

Westfield Sarasota Square , 8201 South Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

[SOON]  HEALTH: Doctors Hospital Caregiver Support Group , September 16

On every third Monday of the month, Julie Cook Downing, President of Caregivers Comfort Creations, LLC, facilitates a Doctors Hospital Caregiver Support Group. This group focuses on the caregiver and offers a retreat from the never ending mental and physical responsibilities of caregiving. This free, open group provides compassionate support and an opportunity to explore new solutions together to caregiver challenges. The group meets in the classroom outside of the cafeteria.

Doctors Hospital of Sarasota, 5731 Bee Ridge Rd., Sarasota, FL

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Voice + Visibility Women's Summit Lift Off Luncheon , September 17, 11am

Don’t miss the Voice + Visibility Women’s Summit hosted by Shannon Rohrer-Phillips, LLC at 11am on September 17 at Michael’s on East. The Voice + Visibility Network of SW Florida convenes diverse female leaders in Business, Philanthropy, The Arts and Community Advancement for maximum impact. At the event, SRP, LLC will highlight local leaders and announce the Inaugural Program for February 4th, 2020. VVWS will feature nationally recognized visionaries who will share their stories of leadership, innovation, wealth creation, and community investing in women and girls.

Michael's on East, 1212 South East Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34239

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