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SRQ DAILY Nov 27, 2019

Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

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Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

"We were overwhelmed with the warmth and hospitality bestowed upon us by our friends from Sarasota."

- Dave Varty, Londolozi Game Reserve and Good Work Foundation

[Education]  Sarasota Community Raises $225K for Education in South Africa
Brittany Mattie, brittany.mattie@srqme.com

It had been young 16 year-old Leanna Knopik’s dream to return to South Africa to bring opportunity to the children and support education in some of the most rural areas. Sadly, Knopik passed away almost a year after visiting South Africa’s most remote communities, and never made it back. Since her passing, the Good Work Foundation (GWF), a nonprofit organization that provides education to thousands of children in rural South Africa, and its US-based fundraising arm, All Heart Fund, have helped expand and celebrate Knopik’s selfless venture. In particular, a biennial weekend of events known as Safari Sarasota raises significant funds for the two nonprofits and since its inception in 2013, has raised more than $600,000. These funds have inevitably allowed the GWF to expand its digital learning footprint to now have five digital learning campuses serving over 7,000 students per week. Meanwhile, funds raised by All Heart Fund leaders have helped sponsor three Sarasota County elementary school teachers to travel to South Africa and work alongside the teachers at the GFW digital learning centers.

This year, more than 900 people from the Sarasota community attended Safari Sarasota 2019, which spanned over the course of three days in October. Members of the public were invited to attend five individual Safari Sarasota events over the weekend—including celebrity guest talks and presentations from South African author, wildlife and literacy activist Boyd Varty, as well as an interactive culinary tour featuring Londolozi Game Reserve Executive Chef Anna Ridgewell who cooked up traditional South African dishes to pair with award-winning wine at the African Bush Dinner, hosted by Michael’s On East. “We were overwhelmed with the warmth and hospitality bestowed upon us by our friends from Sarasota,” said Dave Varty, Owner of Londolozi Game Reserve and GFW Chairman. “We witnessed the remarkable commitment of the Sarasota community and outpouring of generosity and support for the work we are doing in Africa.”  

Recently, it was announced that this year’s Safari Sarasota raised a total of $225,000. The funds will go towards supporting innovative education programs for children as young as kindergarten and all the way up to adulthood in remote villages in South Africa. Aside from building the additional digital learning centers, the foundation will continue to create opportunities for students to travel to larger communities and cities for higher quality educational and leadership experiences and to connect with real-life businesses. “There are not enough words to thank everyone who has supported the Good Work Foundation and the All Heart Fund. With the money raised, you can be assured it will be empowering and bringing huge opportunity to the children in some of the most rural areas of South Africa,” said Kate Groch, CEO of GFW. “To the entire Sarasota team, you are truly ‘all heart.’ What more can we say?”


Photo from Safari Sarasota 2019 event, courtesy of Sokos Social.

[Cat Depot]  Making a Difference Every Season

With the holiday season quickly approaching there’s definitely something in the air - Something truly meaningful and heartwarming. It’s the sound of over 1,000 cats and kittens Cat Depot rescued so far this year meowing their thanks for your support! We are thankful for all of our Miracles on 17th Street.

Cat Depot’s mission is to save lives, find loving homes, and provide resources and education to improve the destiny of homeless cats. It is because of you, so many lives are touched. For this we are grateful. In addition to the cats and kittens rescued, over 6,000 cats annually receive veterinary care in Cat Depot’s affordable care clinic. We aim to help keep cats healthy and in their homes and work with donors to help special needs cases receive the attention that every individual deserves. 

Additionally, you helped feed 7,600 community cats and personally-owned pets through Cat Depot’s monthly Community Food Bank. We rely on direct donations of food as well as monetary support to implement this service. We launched a service learning opportunity for students seeking projects. Their assistance, along with yours, is what keeps this volunteer-led program afloat. 

Every life is precious.  Pets warm our hearts and our families. Stop by Cat Depot this Holiday Season to help spread some joy and share in celebrating our Miracles on 17th Street. With your continued support just think of what we can accomplish in 2020! www.catdepot.org 

Visit the Cat Depot Website

[Grants]  Impact 100 SRQ Announces 2019 Grant Recipients

Impact 100 SRQ awarded $228,000 in strategic, high impact grants today to two local non-profits committed to improving the community. The group of local women philanthropists announced the 2019 grant recipients at Impact 100 SRQ’s annual meeting and grants award celebration today. The two Sarasota and Manatee nonprofit recipients were selected from five finalists recognized during the meeting. Both receive a grant of $114,000 to support the following “community changing” programs:

  1. The Haven: Selby Preschool Expansion. This grant will fund the preschool’s expansion to accommodate more children.
  1. Mothers Helping Mothers:  Mothers Helping Mothers is Expecting. This grant will go toward the purchase of the building they are currently leasing.

The final vote to select the two high-impact grant recipients happened after the five finalists delivered a 10-minute presentation to the Impact 100 SRQ membership. Members cast their live vote and the two $114,000 grant recipients were immediately announced. Through this collective giving, Impact 100 SRQ members demonstrate leadership and camaraderie as they cultivate community transformation together, said Jane Watt, Impact 100 SRQ chapter president. As of the end of today’s event, over 100 women have stepped up to contribute to 2020 grants. “That ensures we have the support we need to award at least one $100,000 grant,” Watt said  “But we think we can do even better. Our goal is to fund five $100,000 grants in 2020 making this more impactful as more women join this powerful new way of giving as one, allowing us to support more non-profits doing amazing work in our community. 

For 2020 membership, ongoing sponsorship or community partnership details visit www.impact100SRQ.org

Photograph courtesy of Cliff Roles

[Grants]  SMART Awarded $6,250 Grant from Autism License Plate Proceeds

Sarasota Manatee Association for Riding Therapy (SMART)  received a $6,250 grant from funds generated through the sale of the Florida “Support Autism Programs” specialty license plates. The grant will support therapeutic riding scholarships for individuals with autism spectrum disorder. The Autism Services Grants Council awarded a total of $106,900 in grants to 22 Florida-based nonprofit organizations that provide services and programs for individuals with autism and related disabilities. The funds available through grant opportunities offered by the Autism Services Grants Council, are generated through the sale of the Florida “Support Autism Programs” specialty license plates. “SMART provides a unique, enjoyable and structured environment where our students work on improving physically, emotionally and cognitively. Goals based on life skills are set and realized.  We are grateful to the Autism Services Council for their support of the SMART therapeutic riding program”, said executive director Dee Danmeyer. “Thanks to their continued support, we’ll be able to provide scholarships to children with autism who are in need of our program.” Danmeyer stated that the grant will be used to provide 250 therapeutic riding sessions for 10 children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. 

In 2009, the Florida Legislature authorized the “Support Autism Services” specialty license plate and provided for the creation of the Autism Services Grants Council. The Council oversees a grants process to fund service programs for individuals with autism and related disabilities and their families throughout the state. This year through a partnership with the Indian River Tax Collector’s office the process of purchasing a specialty Autism License plate throughout Florida has been streamlined so it’s easier than ever to purchase your plate. You can go online or call the Indian River Tax Collectors office directly to purchase your plate from anywhere in the state.  

For more information on the Florida “Support Autism Programs” specialty license plate, please visit autismlicenseplate.com.  For more information about SMART’s programs, please visit smartriders.org

[Grand Opening]  Holiday Open House Marks New Peterbrooke Chocolatier Shop Location and Benefits Southeastern Guide Dogs

A holiday open house will be held Saturday, December 7 from 6 pm—8 pm at Peterbrooke Chocolatier. The open house celebrates the recent opening of its new University Park location. and 10% of the day’s proceeds will benefit Southeastern Guide Dogs, which will have dogs and puppies at the open house for plenty of tail wagging fun. Peterbrooke intends to make a splash this holiday season with the University Park shopping center decked out in holiday finery and the shop itself featuring many holiday gifts and treats including Peterbrooke’s signature chocolate covered popcorn. Other favorite items which may be discounted or free by playing games during the open house will include truffles, handmade caramels covered in chocolate, chocolate cherry cordials, chocolate covered cookies, chocolate covered pretzels, marshmallows covering chocolate and chocolate dipped potato chips. Strawberries and other items are hand-dipped daily with Peterbrooke’s own proprietary blend of milk, dark and white chocolate.

A live radio remote broadcast hosted by local DJ Meredith Michaels from 107.9 WSRZ, an iHeartRadio station. She will emcee the two-hour celebration, adding her personal brand of entertainment excitement and fun to the event. In conjunction with opening the new location, Peterbrooke owners Karen and Michael Andrews have joined the Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance (LWRBA) and will host an official ribbon cutting at the new location the following week. Officials from LWRBA in attendance together with the Peterbrooke owners will present the donation check from Open House proceeds to Southeastern Guide Dog representatives during the ribbon cutting. “We were so thrilled to move into our new University Park location that we decided to throw a massive party and help a great cause at the same time,” said Karen Andrews. “We are looking forward to becoming acquainted with our new friends and neighbors in this community and we encourage everyone to stop in during this holiday season and say hello because we really do want to be your neighborhood chocolatier.”

The new Peterbrooke Chocolatier location in the Sarasota area is located at 8105 Cooper Creek Blvd., University Park, 34236. To contact the shop directly, call 941-330-7616 or visit peterbrooke.com

[Recreation]  Sarasota Non-Profit Funding Free Swim Lessons for Florida Children

The Sarasota-based Florida Swimming Pool Association (FSPA) and its Florida Swims Foundation announced they’re pursuing an appropriation from the State of Florida to fund childhood swim lessons. House Bill 4245 is a $200,000 Appropriations request for the Florida Swims Foundation to support and expand existing childhood swimming lesson programs in Broward, Hillsborough, Manatee, Miami-Dade, Pasco, and Pinellas Counties. These counties have some of the highest childhood drowning rates in Florida. “Ultimately, the top priority for us and the Florida Swims Foundation is to reduce the drowning rate in our state and funding more childhood swimming lessons is the first step in the process,” said Jim Bingold, FSPA president. “Swimming is an essential life skill for children that will save lives.”Bingold mentioned this being just the first step in a larger effort from the Florida Swims Foundation and FSPA. The goal with their appropriation is to identify and multiply the effectiveness of childhood learn to swim programs that have the potential to be scaled up for statewide implementation. The Florida Swims Foundation (Swimming Pool Education and Safety Foundation) funds swimming lessons throughout Florida and the dissemination of safety information and materials. In 2017 in partnership with local Florida Swimming Pool Association (FSPA) chapters, provided $27,095 in grants for swimming lessons. 

[Holiday]  Veterans' Groups Collaborate to Brighten the Holidays

On Saturday, December 7, from 8:30 am-noon, organizations including Goodwill Manasota, SRQ Vets, Vets 2 Success, and VFW 3233 are holding a Christmas Toy Drive & Breakfast at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3233 (124 S. Tuttle Ave., Sarasota). The organizations are remembering the infamous attack on Pearl Harbor while working together to make a brighter day for veterans and families in need. The public is invited to attend the event, which will feature delicious food – sponsored by Detwiler’s Farm Market – including an omelet bar, home fries, sausage and bacon, a yogurt/oatmeal bar, fresh bread, and beverages. A new, unwrapped toy for a child or a $10 donation gets one plate of breakfast. All financial donations will be split between the four presenting organizations and go to their relief funds for veterans in need; all toys will be distributed by Toys-for-Tots. For more information, call Goodwill’s Veterans Services Program office at 941-355-2721, ext. 451. 

[Housing]  Foundations Increase Housing Access for Homeless Youth

Affordable housing in Sarasota is a perpetual problem, even more so for young adults who have suffered hardships in life and found themselves without a consistent roof over their heads through no fault of their own. But more young people in this vulnerable group now have access to the financial support they need to secure safe, stable housing. The Youth Advocacy Team, a collaboration of funders and service providers working to build a system of care for homeless teens and young adults in Sarasota County, recently more than doubled the number of housing subsidies it offers. With funding from Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation and several donors through Gulf Coast Community Foundation, the group is now able to subsidize housing costs for 23 local youth who otherwise would be homeless. “Investing in our young adults by offering them housing stability and support to complete high school and transition safely into adulthood is good for the future of Sarasota,” said Jennifer Johnston, senior community investment officer at Gulf Coast Community Foundation. “Without community care, these youth could become our next generation of homeless adults.” 

The housing subsidies are administered by the Sarasota Housing Authority, while the room-rental subsidies are overseen by the Safe Children Coalition. Other partners in the Youth Advocacy Team include nonprofit agencies Harvest House, More Too Life, and Suncoast Partnership to End Homelessness, government representatives from Sarasota County and child welfare, and philanthropic funders Barancik Foundation and Gulf Coast Community Foundation. 

[SOON]  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]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: The Orchid Show , October 12 – December 1, 10am-5pm

Blossoms of Asia combines a dazzling display of living orchids in the Tropical Conservatory with an elegant exhibition of orchid treasures from Selby Gardens’ bibliographic and preserved collections in the Museum of Botany and the Arts. The magnificent orchids in the Tropical Conservatory will include Asian specimens from Selby’s living plant collection. The display will reference traditional Japanese garden design and horticultural practices, including ikebana (the art of flower arrangement) and bonsai (the creation of miniaturized trees), in order to evoke a sense of Asia in the heart of Sarasota.

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 900 S Palm Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  GALLERY: Jack Davis: Drawing American Pop Culture , October 18 – December 6

Famed in particular for his speed and a tendency to create images overflowing with colorful characters, Jack Davis was one of the founding members of Mad Magazine's "Usual Gang of Idiots." He supplied covers for Tim and TV Guide, designed numerous album covers and movie posters, and, over his 60-year career, became one of the most in-demand caricaturists and cartoonists in the world. This exhibition attempts to show Davis' range by bringing together a selection of his original work that demonstrates his breadth of subjects and his skills as an artist. This body of work focuses on American popular culture, diving deeper into his career than the sports and caricature work for which he is best known. Opening Reception, Friday, October 18, 5-8pm. Evening Panel Discussion, Thursday, November 14, 6-8pm.

Lois and David Stulberg Gallery in the Richard and Barbara Basch Visual Arts Center, 2700 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

[SOON]  GALLERY: Artists Minding Their Business , October 18 – December 6

How do you go from creative spark to creative business? An interactive multimedia exhibition and event series, Artists Minding Their Business takes us on the evolution from making art to making a living. Ringling’s Business of Art & Design Department and founder of Culture Hustlers, Lucas Spivey (BFA/MBA) have curated the Willis Smith Gallery into a visual showcase of the entrepreneurial journey. Inside interactive installations, visiting founders and creative entrepreneurs swap inspiring stories and provide visitors with practical advice. Opening Reception, Friday, October 18, 6-8pm.

Willis Smith Construction Inc. Gallery in the Larry R. Thompson Academic Center, 2700 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

[SOON]  THEATER: The Sound of Music , November 13 – December 28, 7:30pm and 8pm evening performances and 1:30 and 2pm matinees

Like a breath of fresh Alpine air, this beloved musical masterpiece sweeps onto the Asolo Rep stage just in time for the holidays. Maria, a young nun causing trouble at the abbey, is sent off to be governess to Captain Von Trapp’s seven troublesome children. She brings much-needed love and joy to the family – and the widowed captain – and transforms their world and hers through the power of music. But the looming threat of Nazi Germany’s invasion of their native Austria darkens their future. Overflowing with some of the most iconic songs of all time, this heart warming family musical will be helmed by Josh Rhodes, returning on the heels of his spectacular production of Evita in 2017.

FSU Performing Arts Center, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

[SOON]  FOOD: Caregivers Comfort Socializing Lunch , December 2, 12:15pm-1:45pm

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

The Rosemary, 411 North Orange Avenue

[SOON]  BUSINESS: BeingWE: Women Balancing Business & Life - Creating What's Possible Against All Odds , December 3, 4:30-7:30pm

Women are natural-born leaders. Yet, many feel overwhelmed by attempting to juggle life’s demands and have it all—home, family, and career. How to balance work and home life? The Women’s Resource Center will explore these issues with BeingWE (Being Women Empowered), a guided conversation series for women by women, created by Keren Lifrak, an area-based entrepreneur and real estate professional. The series launches with three sessions: The Superwoman Badge, October 29th, Women Balancing Business & Life: Creating What’s Possible Against All Odds, December 3rd and Follow Your Bliss: How Our Brains Are Uniquely Wired to Take Action, January 23rd. Each session is 4:30-7:30 p.m., and all genders are welcome to participate.  

The Women’s Resource Center, 340 S Tuttle Ave, Sarasota, FL 34237

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Sarasota Contemporary Dance: Reverend Barry & The Funk , December 5 – December 8, 7:30pm

As part of Leymis Bolaños Wilmott, SCD Artistic Director’s passion to collaborate with local musicians, SCD will join forces with Reverend Barry & The Funk, an 8-pc funk band featuring a 3-pc horn section, and one of the fastest-rising “buzzworthy” acts in the state of Florida. Fueled by their recent #1 Global Position on ReverbNation’s Funk Charts after the release of their debut album “SxyGdLuv,” and the success of their recent breakout single “LoveShine,” the band is now headlining festivals and larger venues around the state. This is the first time that SCD will be partnering with a funk band, and we couldn’t be more thrilled that they are already a Sarasota favorite. This production will feature original choreography by Artistic Director, Leymis Bolaños Wilmott in collaboration with the SCD dancers. This unique evening is sure to be unlike any other, and is not to be missed!

Jane B. Cook Theatre, FSU Center for the Performing Arts, 5555 N. Tamiami Trl, Sarasota, FL 34243

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Art of Performance: Lagartijas Tiradas al Sol: Tijuana , December 6 – December 7, 7:30PM

This Mexico-city based theater ensemble has created a suite of works that explore ideas of democracy in the 21st Century and blends them with narrative collages from Mexican history. The solo work Tijuana is the staged result of a real anthropological theater experiment undertaken by Lagartijas ensemble member Gabino Rodríguez, in which he abandoned his life in Mexico City to work on an assembly line in a Tijuana factory on the U.S. border. Passing under a false identity for six months, he earned the legal minimum wage to explore how the current day Mexican working-class survives.

Historic Asolo Theater , 5401 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota, FL 34243

[SOON]  GALA: Brunch & Bubbles - Celebrating Sarasota County Teachers , December 11, 10:30am-12pm

On Wednesday, December 11, join the Education Foundation for a morning of brunch & bubbles as they honor phenomenal teachers in Sarasota County. The awards ceremony will recognize an Alumni of Distinction and unveil the 2020 Sarasota County Teacher of the Year. The event is from 10:30am to 12pm. Please use complimentary valet service. 

The Westin Sarasota, 100 Marina View Drive, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Atomic Holiday Bazaar , December 14 – December 15, Noon to 5pm

Atomic Holiday Bazaar, Season 14, returns to the Sarasota Municipal Auditorium. Atomic launched in 2006 showcasing 50 unconventional crafters who needed an affordable and welcoming venue to sell their unusual handmade wares. By producing an alternative craft show for Sarasota’s hip shoppers, Atomic quickly grew into an annual Sarasota holiday shopping tradition. 

The show proved such a success it expanded to a full weekend in 2007 and in 2008 Atomic grew from the main auditorium to the Bay Front room to accommodate the ever growing number of talented applicants and dedicated shoppers. In 2015, Atomic expanded again opening up its first street fair and jumping on the trend of including a handful of delicious local Sarasota food trucks. This season the show introduces a number of new makers who have had the opportunity to be a part of the show due to a number of Atomic Misfit Makers retiring from the craft making scene.

Atomic features a wide range of items for all: screen printed t-shirts, faux taxidermy, upcycled everything ranging from home decor, clothing, jewelry, (for example, think of “upcycled” as copper pipe that has been refitted into a desk lamp), vintage clothing, kitsch and jewelry, lowbrow to elegant fine art, holiday cards, jams, jellies and the best canned pickle selections ever, one of a kind baby clothing, humorous chatchkes, ornaments, knits, catnip toys, doggie stuff, felted art, plants, plushies (unusual and humorous creatures), pop culture-graphic art posters, dark sentiments, body products, candles, beachy vibe stuff, ethnic Latin textiles, rock n roll edgy clothing, sweet little creations that make you sigh, get the picture? No artsy stone unturned, Atomic has something for all.

Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: The Sarasota Cuban Ballet School: The Nutcracker , December 14 – December 15, 2pm

Returning for the third year, the Sarasota Cuban Ballet brings its stunning production to the VPAC for three performances. Accompanied by 26 musicians from The Venice Symphony with guest conductor Joeseph Caulkins, and a brand new set, these pre-professional performers will stun you with their elegance and strength in this holiday tradition. Single tickets on sale now at veniceperformingartscenter.com or (941) 218 3779.

Venice Performing Arts Center, 1 Indian Ave building 5, Venice, FL 34285

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Marie Selby Botanical Gardens Lights In Bloom , December 14 – January 4, 6pm-9pm

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens lights up the holiday season with Lights In Bloom. Over two million lights will illuminate the gardens and walkways will be transformed into sensory light tunnels. Visitors will have the opportunity to stroll through magical gardens filled with beautifully lit flowers, radiant rainforest butterflies, dragonflies and more. The tropical holiday paradise includes nightly visits from Santa (before Christmas Eve), children’s arts and crafts activities and games and special entertainment. Grilled foods will be available for purchase from the Michael’s on East grill including a cash bar. The Selby House Cafe will also be open with its full menu. In its 16th year, Lights In Bloom has become a tradition for residents and visitors to celebrate the holiday season in Sarasota.

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 900 S Palm Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  HEALTH: Veterans' Caregivers Free Lunch and Learn Support Group , December 16, 12:15pm-1:45pm

Welcoming all Veterans' Caregivers and Veterans caring for a loved one to a free lunch and monthly Caregivers Support Group every third Monday of the month. This group focuses on the Caregiver and not the patient. Julie Cook Downing, Facilitator and President of Caregivers' Comfort Creations, LLC, has over two decades of experience with both support groups and Family Caregiving.

Mindspa Integrative Wellness Center, 5632 Bee Ridge Rd #101, Sarasota, FL 34233

[SOON]  MUSIC: The Perlman Music Program Sarasota Winter Residency and Celebration Concert , December 21 – January 4, 5pm

Each season, The Perlman Music Program/Suncoast hosts The Perlman Music Program (PMP) Sarasota Winter Residency. Founded by Toby Perlman, and with a world-renowned faculty led by her husband, internationally acclaimed violinist and conductor Itzhak Perlman, PMP augments its seven-week summer school program in Shelter Island each December with a 17-day winter residency, December 21, 2019 - January 4, 2020, in Sarasota and Manatee counties. The residency provides valuable mentoring and performance opportunities for approximately 35 young international string musicians, ages 12-20+, and offers 20+ free and low-cost musical events on the campus of USF Sarasota-Manatee. Each year, the winter residency culminates with the Celebration Concert, January 4, 2020, with Itzhak Perlman conducting the PMP String Orchestra and Patrick Romano leading the PMP Chorus at the Sarasota Opera House.

USF Sarasota-Manatee, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota 34243

[SOON]  GALA: The Hospital Gala , January 11, 6pm-11pm

The Hospital Gala has raised more than $2.2 million to benefit Sarasota Memorial Hospital ER/Trauma Services and Cardiac Services. This year, proceeds will support Cancer Services to help the SMH cancer care team deliver the best life-saving care for you, your loved ones and those in our community.

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

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