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SRQ DAILY Sep 18, 2019

Wednesday Philanthropy Edition


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Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

"It's a perfect way to kick off the fall beach season by helping keep one of our beautiful waterfront parks pristine."

- Sarah Kitlowski, Omeza

[Environment]  Sarasota County Plans For International Coastal Cleanup Day
Brittany Mattie, brittany.mattie@srqme.com

This Saturday, September 21 marks International Coastal Cleanup Day (ICCD), a day set aside each year by nonprofit environmental advocacy group Ocean Conservancy. ICCD continues to be one of the world's largest annual preservation and protection events and volunteer efforts for oceans, waves and beaches. The global movement encompasses 6 million volunteers in 90 countries and across the United States. 

Zooming in to this particular coastal metropolis, a Ringling Bridge Park Coastal Cleanup event will be taking place on Saturday, in conjunction with Sarasota County’s Keep Sarasota County Beautiful (KSCB) program. The county-wide beautification program has been around since 1987—initiating community cleanup projects to help keep the region free of litter and improve the overall vivacity of our immediate environment.  

Participating in the event is Sarasota-based medical technology and consumer healthcare products company, Omeza as "a perfect way to kick off the fall beach season by helping keep one of our beautiful waterfront parks pristine,” says Leigh Kramer of Helicopter Marketing. Residents, visitors, local media and businesses are welcomed to come participate, and volunteers are still needed from 8am to 11am. The cleanup will commence at Marina Jack's east parking lot behind Unconditional Surrender Sculpture, and will go from there to Causeway Park 422 John Ringling Causeway. Trash bags, gloves, particle masks and high-fives will be provided. 

Photo of Sarasota Bayfront, courtesy of Marina Jack

[BrandStory]  Selby Gardens: Exploring the Master Site Plan

Since 2017, the leadership at Selby Gardens has participated deeply with its surrounding neighbors, hosting more than 60 meetings and workshops, listening to the input from neighborhoods and developing key components of the plan to be responsive to feedback from community stakeholders. Selby Gardens is committed to presenting the facts of the Master Site Plan in a transparent manner, thoughtfully addressing concerns and thoroughly articulating the opportunity to strengthen its mission to build on its preeminent position as the world’s only botanical garden focused on epiphytes. As a direct result of these conversations, Selby Gardens has invested more than $2 million in improvements to the Master Plan.

Visit the Selby Gardens Master Site Plan website to learn more. 

Click here for more information

[Philanthropy]  Mattison's to Benefit 12 Local Charities with Round Up For Charity Program

Mattison’s Riverwalk Grille is rolling out a program that will benefit 12 local charities and thousands of individuals and families in need. Each month, over the next year, Mattison’s will designate a local charitable organization to benefit from its ROUND UP FOR CHARITY program, where guests can round up their lunch or dinner check to the nearest dollar or donate any amount they wish. The chosen charities will cover organizations that assist children, animals, veterans, the homeless, the terminally ill, the hungry and small family farmers.

For more information on the charities the program will benefit visit the website below. 

Mattison's Riverwalk Grille

[Philanthropy]  FSPA Raises Funds for Bahamas Relief Efforts

The Florida Swimming Pool Association (FSPA) raised $46,500 in just under a week span to deal with the humanitarian crisis in the Bahamas. All donations to this fund were matched dollar-for-dollar by The Bill Kent Family Foundation. In addition, FSPA matched $5,000 of donations from its members. Donations were given to the National Christian Foundation (South Florida) Angel Relief Fund. 100% of all funds received went directly to relief efforts.

The Florida Swimming Pool Association, based in Sarasota, serves as the coordinating organization for 16 local FSPA Chapters. FSPA also connects consumers with trusted pool companies, provides government relations representation on behalf of its members and provides educational courses for industry professionals.  

Florida Swimming Pool Association

[Philanthropy]  Mote Receives Support from Arthur Vining Davis Foundation for Coral Research

With strategic support from the Jacksonville, Florida-based Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium is continuing to push forward with its vital coral research and restoration initiative. As a “Designated Partner” in the Foundation’s new Environmental Engagement, Stewardship, & Solutions grant-making program, Mote will receive significant, two-year support of $250,000 from the Foundations to study resilient corals to be used in restoration efforts.

Corals worldwide, including those on the Florida Reef Tract, face massive threats from climate change, as rising ocean temperatures and decreasing pH levels alter the marine environment. Additionally, a devasting Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease along Florida’s reef is causing mass mortality among over twenty species of corals. With support from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, Mote coral scientists will identify resilient coral genotypes and the mechanism behind their resiliency, and anticipate the effects of various climate scenarios on individual species of coral and entire reef ecosystems. These and other findings help to ensure that outplanted corals have the highest chances of surviving future environmental conditions. Mote is one of the only marine research organizations focusing simultaneously on all three major threats to coral species: coral disease, rising water temperature and changes in pH. 

Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium

[Philanthropy]  Youth Advocacy Team Working to End Youth Homelessness

More than 400 unaccompanied homeless youth live in Sarasota County. The Youth Advocacy Team, a group of social-service providers and funders that coalesced through Gulf Coast Community Foundation’s Unaccompanied Homeless Youth initiative, has been working on several key strategies to improve services for these vulnerable but resilient teens and young adults. One new approach that is working: housing subsidies that help 16- to 24-year-olds who are experiencing homelessness secure a safe and stable place to live while they continue their education.

Thanks to the support of generous donors, the group is currently funding 10 such subsidies—five housing subsidies for youth over 18 who are ready to rent their own apartment; and five room-rental subsidies for youth to stay with a responsible family. Funding for the subsidies comes through Gulf Coast Community Foundation and Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation, while the Sarasota Housing Authority manages the rental placements.

The teens and young adults who utilize this assistance must attend school and meet regularly with a case manager; for the housing subsidies, they also must work at least part-time and put a portion of their earnings toward their housing. 

Gulf Coast Community Foundation

[Philanthropy]  Parkinson Place Announces Redmonde as New CEO

Parkinson Place has announced that Alix Redmonde, a face familiar to Suncoast television viewers, has been appointed as the organization’s new chief executive officer. Redmond joins the Parkinson Place team from CAN Community Health, where she served as media relations director. She was also the health and medical reporter for ABC 7 (WWSB-TV), as well as a former show host and journalist for SNN 6 (WSNN-TV).

Bringing more than 30 years of fundraising experience to Parkinson Place, Redmonde previously served as regional chair of New York’s Workout for Hope, benefiting City of Hope’s Beckman Research Institute. In addition, Redmonde was the 2016 fundraising champion of CAN Community Health’s annual signature event, CANDance. 

Parkinson Place

[Philanthropy]  All Faiths Food Bank Receives $150,000 Grant from Publix

All Faiths Food Bank has received a $150,000 grant from Publix Super Markets Charities to help end hunger for children and their families. The donation will provide funding to support the Backpack Program, which provides students with nutritious food for the weekends, and the School Pantry program, which provides access to fresh produce, meats and groceries, and an after-school snack program. The grant is part of a $5 million donation to Feeding America member food banks and other nonprofit organizations across the Southeast as part of Publix Super Markets Charities’ ongoing support of hunger relief efforts and in recognition of September being Hunger Action Month.  

All Faiths Food Bank

[TODAY]  MUSEUM: Natasha Mazurka: Order Systems , March 17 – September 29

Mazurka’s work reflects the communicative potential of pattern by combining visual references to architecture, biology, data analytics and instructional code. From her intense research into pattern languages, Mazurka presents an art exhibition that flatters and disturbs concepts of certainty and stability residing within pattern systems existing all-around us.

The Ringling, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota

[TODAY]  GALLERY: CFAS: Halflants + Pichette , September 12 – October 10

Center for Architecture Sarasota opens its fifth season at the McCulloch Pavilion with its new Solo Architecture Series. The first exhibit of the series features the Sarasota firm of Halflants + Pichette. The opening reception is September 12 from 5:30pm until 7:30pm. Light hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served. Information and registration is available at the CFAS website.

McCulloch Pavilion, 265 South Orange Ave., Sarasota.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Van Wezel Friday Fest featuring Ari and the Alibis , September 20

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. Rounding out Friday Fest 2019 is the high-energy band, Ari and the Alibis! Infusing Funk, Jazz and Samba with Blues Soul and Rock, this 5-piece group has earned two Grammy® nods (Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance) and an award for “Best original song by a local group” in the Bradenton Times “Best of the Bay.” Don’t miss Ari’s powerhouse voice filled with emotion and strength – live at the Van Wezel’s Friday Fest!

Van Wezel

[SOON]  GALA: ACS Real Men Wear Pink Fashion Show , September 21, 5pm

Don’t miss the 2019 Real Men Wear Pink fashion show at 5pm on September, 21st in the Grand Court at The Mall at UTC. The show will feature Sarasota and Manatee candidates and each man will be dressed by one of the stores in the UTC Mall. These men are raising awareness and funds to fight breast cancer in our community.  Public is Welcome. Reserved Seating available. Contact Bethany Lynch at bethanyk.lynch@cancer.org to reserve your seat. Let's support these men in our community who are dedicated to fighting breast cancer.

The Mall at UTC, 140 University Town Center Dr, Sarasota, FL 34243

[SOON]  SPORTS: Totally Tailgate Benefiting Girls Inc. , September 21, 630pm

Get ready to tailgate at the 4th Annual Totally Tailgate benefiting Girls Inc. of Sarasota County. Girls Inc. invites you to the largest tailgate party under one roof with fan favorite food and drinks, classic games, raffles, multiple screens to watch your favorite football games and the opportunity to brag about the team nearest and dearest to your heart. Come out and represent your favorite team and support Girls Inc.

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

[SOON]  GALA: Sertoma Speakeasy and Casino Night , September 21, 7pm

Come out and support Sertoma Kids at the Speakeasy and Casino Night featuring casino-style games, hor d-oeuvres, cocktails, silent auction and raffle. Entertainment provided by Bill Buchman's Art of Jazz Band. Flappers, Hollywood Glam and Ganster attire is encouraged. True to Speakeasy tradition, the party will be held at an exclusive private location. Password and location will be provided via email after purchasing tickets. All proceeds benefit Sertoma Kids, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit outpatient speech clinic funded by Sertoma Club of Greater Sarasota. Purchase tickets at SertomaKids.org/news.

Private Club in Downtown Sarasota

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Social Entrepreneurship Conference , September 21, 10am-3pm

Join Cross College Alliance at 10am at the Sudakoff Conference Center for the inaugural Social Entrepreneurship Conference. This free event features panels addressing social issues, green initiatives, and creative endeavors, as well as an incubator program and contest with cash prize. Creative professionals will also be on hand for student portfolio reviews. The conference brings together students from the CCA’s member institutions: New College of Florida, Ringling College of Art and Design, State College of Florida Manatee-Sarasota, and University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee. Free registration at seconference2019.eventbrite.com.

Sudakoff Conference Center, New College of Florida, 5845 General Dougher Place, Sarasota, FL 34243

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Forty Carrots Free Community Speaker Event , September 26, 7pm-830pm

Register now for the Forty Carrots 17th annual Free Educational Community Speaker Event, “Raising Human Beings: Creating a Collaborative Partnership with Your Child,” featuring renowned child psychologist and best-selling author Ross W. Greene, Ph.D. Greene will share how to cultivate a better parent-child relationship using his empirically supported model of collaborative problem solving. Discover how to nurture empathy, resilience and independence, improve communication and avoid power struggles. RSVP is required. Register at www.fortycarrots.org.

Riverview High School Performing Arts Center, 1 Ram Way, Sarasota, FL

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Grey Matters A Symposium on Alzheimer's Research , September 27, 11am

Join us at the Grey Matters luncheon symposium at 11am on September 27th at The Ritz-Carlton. The luncheon will be hosted by The Roskamp Institute, and will involve presentations and interactive Q&As from their leadership team in addition to featuring New York Times bestselling author Kimberley Williams-Paisley as the Keynote Speaker. Attendees will hear updates on various areas of brain health, potential treatments and information for caregivers, preventative measures, early symptom warnings and clinical research updates regarding the potential for new treatment. Proceeds raised go towards research and development at The Roskamp Institute. 

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

[SOON]  SPORTS: Real Men Wear Pink Crawl for a Cure , September 28, 11am-7pm

Join the American Cancer Society on September 28 for the inaugural Real Men Wear Pink Sarasota Manatee Crawl for a Cure. ACS’s football themed pub crawl will transport guests from one sports bar to another, so as not to miss any part of College Game Day! Ticket includes trolley ride to 5 stops, food and drink specials along the way, Real Men Wear Pink swag and goody bag and dinner at the final stop. The day will include raffle prizes, contest for the “Best in Pink” and more. All funds raised through this event support lifesaving research and essential patient programs and services for those affected by breast cancer. Ticket are $75. Contact Bethany Lynch at bethanyk.lynch@cancer.org to purchase tickets.

Evie's Tavern on Main Street, 1560 Main Street, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  FILM: Gazebo Starlight Cinema Series , October 4

Join the Gazebo Starlight Cinema series with this month’s movie: Book of Life. 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]  FOOD: 3rd Annual Taste of New Orleans Benefit Dinner , October 5, 7pm

Truly Valued presents its 3rd Annual Taste of New Orleans Benefit Dinner with speaker Edward James III. Enjoy an evening of elegant dining and live entertainment by the Soul Sensations. Proceeds support Truly Valued programs and services for youth designed to provide knowledge, skills and inspiration that will help them grow to lead happy and successful lives as adults. If you are unable to attend the event, please consider making a tax-deductible contribution. Tickets are $50. Visit www.trulyvalued.org to purchase tickets. Sponsorship and underwriting opportunities are available.

Laurel Oak Country Club, 2700 Gary Player Blvd, Sarasota, FL 34240

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