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SRQ DAILY Aug 28, 2019

Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

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Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

"What argument can you make for not doing it at this point?"

- Sarasota County Commissioner Charles Hines

[Politics]  Sarasota Co. Moves Ahead With Redistricting
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

A controversial plan to redraw Sarasota County Commission districts will be done ahead of the 2020 U.S. Census. Commissioners voted 4-1 in favor of the move, saying a decision by voters to elect commissioners in single-member districts made the change a necessity.

“It would be very hard to overcome and defend not doing it in a court of law,” said County Commissioner Charles Hines. “What argument can you make for not doing it at this point?”

But members of the public brought plenty such arguments to Tuesday county commission hearings. Supporters of single-member districts said the move amounted to county commissioners choosing their voters rather than the other way around. “Last November, we didn’t vote to change the district boundaries before the 2020 Census,” said activist Pat Rounds. 

Still, commissioners said data produced already by consultant Kurt Spitzer shows too great a disparity in districts as they exist now. Spitzer produced numbers showing a 12-percent population difference between District 5 and District 2, respectively the most and least populous districts.

County Commissioner Christian Ziegler, while critiquing the logic behind single-member districts, cast the lone vote against redistricting now. “I do not support what we’re doing,” he said. But he did push back on public suggestions the process of redrawing lines will not be transparent.

What happens now? State law requires new district lines be set before the end of the calendar year. Spitzer must now produce options and also collect public suggestions about district lines. County administration expects to have a proposal ready in November, enough time to still make tweaks in necessary before the clock runs out.

Spitzer’s analysis, based on data from the University of Florida’s Bureau of Economic and Business Research found Sarasota County has 417,442 residents. Ideally, each district will have 83,448 residents or a close amount. That means District 2 is about 3,898 short while District 5 has 6,336 too many residents.

County Commissioner Nancy Detert, the biggest advocate for redistricting, expects further controversy as proposals come together. “That will continue through the whole process,” she said. “Expect the same kind of criticism. But I will stick with my original assessment that everything needs to be done in a transparent and open way.” 

[Environment]  Girls Inc. Goes Solar in Sarasota County

The local sector of the youth-serving organization recently activated the largest private canopy of solar panels in Sarasota County. Their facilities now operate fully on renewable energy.  The switch will ultimately save Girls Inc. more than $20,000 in utility expenses each year. This mindfully thought after array includes 564 solar panels, and will produce on average 300,000 kilowatt hours of energy per year. With the concept of cultivating the next generation of environmental conservationists, the curriculum was designed specifically around sustainability and STEM concepts for installation. The young girls also elected their first energy council made up of members to guide the organization’s sustainable practices. 

“It’s our future, and we’re not waiting around for grownups to get it together,” says Sloan, an 11-year-old member of Girls Inc. and current president of the Sustainability and Energy Council. Similar sentiments line the Girls Inc. walls on environmental awareness posters, one reading “If you don’t clean up trash, the earth won’t feel good.” The organization inevitably began a new recycling program, planted a sustainable garden and plans to host its first “RecycleBall” dance party for the girls.  

As more nonprofits look to implement and foster solar panel technology, the Solar Powered by Barancik Foundation pilot will serve as a model to expand impact, guide best practices and provide learning opportunities to avoid missteps. Meanwhile, the Sarasota installation and curriculum were so notable, Girl Inc.’s national affiliate has shown interest in replicating the project at other locations across the country. “Right now, a bunch of girls hold the record for the largest solar project in the whole city,” says Sloan. “But in this case, we want others to break our record. Businesses can do better—bring it on!”

The project was conceptualized and funded by a $575,000 investment from Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation.


Photo courtesy of Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation

Girls Inc. SRQ

[Arts and Culture]  Key Chorale Names Cappadona Director of Community Engagement

Key Chorale has hired Johnette Cappadona for the newly created position of Director of Community Engagement. Cappadona comes to Key Chorale with a long history of arts management and development work to her credit. She was Director of Patron Services with her hometown Austin Symphony Orchestra for 18 years. After moving to Florida, she worked at JFCS and developed two significant fundraising events. Subsequently, she worked at New College Foundation, and USF Sarasota-Manatee Foundation. Three years ago, Cappadona started her own business, SRQ Special Projects, and has worked for many local nonprofits helping them with development/fundraising and will continue to do so in addition to her new role with Key Chorale.

Additionally, Key Chorale has recently appointed Jamal Sarikoki to Associate Conductor. Sarikoki also currently serves as Minister of Music and Worship at Venice Presbyterian Church and additionally as the Artistic Director of the Venice Community Concert Series. 

Key Chorale

[Philanthropy]  Boys & Girls Clubs Board Recognized By National Organization

Boys & Girls Clubs of America and its Florida Area Council presented the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County Board of Directors with the 2019 Board Team of the Year Award at the annual Florida Area Council conference. This award recognizes the Board’s commitment to excellence and outstanding performance in marketing, planning, resource development and outreach.

Within the past year, the Board has led the organization through a variety of strategic initiatives that have resulted in greater programmatic and developmental opportunities for thousands of area youth. Key accomplishments include, but are not limited to: opening the Louis and Gloria Flanzer Boys & Girls Club in Arcadia, which is the agency’s sixth Club location and first site beyond Sarasota County lines; expanding existing and building new partnerships with local organizations to provide youth with critical resources that further enhance their development; earning a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator; and launching capital projects and programmatic endeavors to support the organization’s accelerated growth.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County was also presented with the 2019 Core Program Award in Character and Leadership Development for its transformative Teen Program, which provides middle and high school students with top-notch leadership, service, entrepreneurial, vocational and college and career prep opportunities. 

Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County

[Philanthropy]  Ringling Museum Volunteer Selected for 2019 Outstanding Volunteer Award

The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art has announced that museum volunteer Debra Short has been selected by the Florida Association of Museums to receive the 2019 Outstanding Volunteer Award.

Short joined the museum’s volunteer corps in 2013 and currently dedicates time to six different assignments, including serving as a Ringling Ambassador, co-chair of the Volunteer Services Advisory Council (VSAC), Special Events Volunteer, education department assistant, Special Events, and Youth and Family Programs Volunteer.

The award will be presented at the awards presentation and reception during the FAM Annual Conference at The Orlando Museum of Art. 

The Ringling

[Philanthropy]  2019 Tennis Ball Set to Benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County

The 2019 Tennis Ball: A Grand Slam Event will take place on Wednesday, October 16, 2019, at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota. The co-chairs for the event are Barbara Lancer and Christina Bonilla. Proceeds from The Tennis Ball: A Grand Slam Event will support the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County and help more than 9,000 local youth do well in school, become leaders, live healthy lifestyles and create a plan for success after high school graduation. The evening will entertain 250 to 300 guests and feature food and drinks by Michael’s on the Bay, and a live and silent auction. The Tennis Ball: A Grand Slam Event is going to kick-off the Annual Joey Gratton Tennis Championship that will be held on October 18-20 at Longboat Key Club Tennis Gardens. The Joey Gratton Championship will also feature the presentation of the annual Jimmy Arias Cup, as well as a player party and exhibition with tennis celebrities.

Individual tickets for The Tennis Ball: A Grand Slam Event are $375 per person and can be purchased online. Opportunities for table sponsorships are also available. 

Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County

[Education]  Sarasota County Schools Assistant Superintendent Named to RRCNA Board

Sarasota County Schools has announced that Assistant Superintendent/Chief Academic Officer Dr. Laura Kingsley has been selected for the Reading Recovery Council of North America’s (RRCNA) Board of Directors. She will serve as a Site Coordinator Representative for a three-year term.

The RRCNA is a not-for-profit association of Reading Recovery professionals, advocates and partners. The RRCNA provides a wide variety of programs and services to its members, including publications, annual conferences, advocacy and special institutes, among others. These activities strengthen the practical applications of Reading Recovery and enable Reading Recovery professionals to collaborate with early literacy advocates and other education professionals across the continent. 

Sarasota County Schools

[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]  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

[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]  MUSEUM: Interpolations: Artwork from The Ringling and Monda Collections , March 17 – September 8

This new exhibition fuses artworks from The Ringling’s permanent collection of modern and contemporary art and selections from Keith D. and Linda L. Monda’s collection. As part of the four promised gifts from the Monda family, pieces by Beverly Pepper, Teo González, Yayoi Kusama and Richard Serra enable the Museum to present a broader and more complex history of late twentieth- and early 21st-century art. These new promised gifts will be featured along with other selections from Monda’s collection and key works from the Ringling’s own growing collection of modern and contemporary art.

The Ringling, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota

[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: 14th Annual Intertape Polymer Group Leadership Breakfast , September 13, 730am

Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County will honor Jaime DiDomenico, Cool Today/Plumbing Today/Energy Today President, and Dr. Rachel Shelley, Booker High School Principal, at the 14th Annual Intertape Polymer Group (IPG) Leadership Breakfast for their commitment to empowering our community’s future leaders to reach their full potential. The event will take place on Friday, September 13, from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the Lee Wetherington Boys & Girls Club, located at 3100 Fruitville Road in Sarasota.  Individual tickets are $50 per person and can be purchased at bgcsarasota.com. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. Please contact Tanya Orr, Community Engagement Manager, for more information by calling (941) 366-3911 or emailing torr@bgcsarasota.com.

Lee Wetherington Boys & Girls Club, 3100 Fruitville Road, Sarasota, FL 34237

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Oktoberfest , September 13, 5–8pm

Put on your best German lederhosen and get ready to sample beers and shop during Oktoberfest. Ticket holders will be able to enjoy a fall-themed beer tasting at each of the participating locations in Downtown Venice as live, traditional German music fills the air. Attendees will receive a small sampling stein on a lanyard and get to sample a variety of brews in 3-ounce tastings as they follow a map of beer-tasting locations.

Downtown Venice

[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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