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SRQ DAILY Jan 15, 2020

Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

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Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

"We got this grant to promote awareness of the tech industry in the entire 1-4 corridor, and Sarasota is one of our main assets in that pursuit."

- StarterStudio's Terry Berland
 

[Business]  Connecting Potential Investors with Local Tech Entrepreneurs
John Witte, john.witte@srqme.com

Digital technology has often been referred to as “the modern frontier” or “the electronic frontier,” recalling images of homesteads, covered wagons, and fur skin caps. But Tuesday’s Upsurge Florida event—organized by Economic Development Administration, in coordination with the Sarasota Chamber of Commerce and Bridge Angel Investors, and quietly paid for by Goldman Sachs—used a different image: open water. Framed by beautiful Sarasota Bay, the event occurred at the Sarasota Yacht club, and sought to connect potential investors with local tech entrepreneurs. Water spanning towards the horizon, teasing endless possibility, made a compelling image for an event provoking its attendees to imagine a brand new Florida. A Florida where the capital, like the water, is fluid and plentiful.

The tone of the event was educational—a succinct one hour program (sandwiched between two leisurely paced mixers), aimed at walking its audience through the idea of investing in small scale, early-stage technology companies. Attendees were ‘accredited investors’ meaning that they met certain SEC standards for net worth and minimum income. Speakers like StarterStudio’s Terry Berland, an alumni of McKinsey Consulting, and a veteran of the technology industry, walked these potential investors through Tampa Bay’s financial and academic landscape.

“We see Sarasota-Bradenton as a part of Tampa Bay," said Terry Berland. "Tampa Bay in our minds is Tampa, St. Pete, Lakeland, Sarasota-Bradenton and all the points in between. We got this grant to promote awareness of the tech industry in the entire 1-4 corridor, and Sarasota is one of our main assets in that pursuit.”

Allen Clary, the architect of the event, is the founder of an organization called Tampa Bay Wave, who act as a “venture accelerator” by holding these sorts of events. He says he always wanted to be a rockstar, so the Upsurge events are his big chance to go on tour. 

[Scholarships]  Community Foundation of Sarasota County Accepting Applicants for Scholarship Program

Students from four area counties are now invited to apply for more than 70 scholarship opportunities offered through the Community Foundation of Sarasota County. By completing a single application, students under the age of 24 who are graduating high school seniors or prior graduates of high schools in Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte or DeSoto counties pursuing education at an accredited university, community college, technical school, or certification program have an opportunity to be selected for scholarships that range from $500 to $25,000 annually in financial support. Students have until February 18 to complete the “Traditional Scholarship Application”. 

For students interested in applying for a scholarship, visit here.

[Food Drive]  UTC Hosts Food Drive to Benefit All Faiths Food Bank

A whopping 2,423 pounds of food was collected this holiday season at UTC’s Holidays on the Green to benefit All Faiths Food Bank. The amount translates to 3,634 meals for children, families, seniors and veterans in need in the community. From Nov. 15 through Jan. 6, visitors of UTC’s festive winter event were encouraged to bring new, nonperishable food items in exchange for ticket discounts and special prizes. Hundreds of generous supporters rallied behind the effort to raise more than a ton of food.

  

Photo courtesy of All Faiths Food Bank

[Grants]  Venice Theatre Receives Match Challenge of $1M

Dr. William H. Jervey, Jr., has pledged one million dollars to match community support of Venice Theatre’s Next Act Capital Campaign. Venice Theatre purchased its new Arts Education Building on Friday, Nov. 15, for $1,060,000, enabling it to expand classroom and rehearsal spaces and enhance its educational programs for all ages. The second-largest community theatre in the nation and celebrating its 70th season, Venice Theatre is the heart of the arts in Sarasota County. The Next Act Capital Campaign is its $2.5M campaign for the expansion and improvement of Venice Theatre’s production and education campus. In addition to Dr. Jervey’s gift, lead donors have pledged generous gifts to The Next Act, but there are still many naming opportunities available. They range from $25,000 to $1,000,000. “If you support education, the arts, or this theatre, The Next Act offers a space to name in honor of those who have inspired you,” shared Camille Cline, who is running the campaign. 

Contribute to the Next Act Capital Campaign.

[Community Cleanup ]  Newtown Community Cleanup Set for January 25

It's time to clean out the garage and gather discarded household items, appliances, junk, tree trimmings and other garbage as Sarasota County will hold a free community cleanup in the Newtown area from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 25. Sarasota County Hazardous Waste staff will be at the main site only to accept hazardous materials, electronics, televisions and computers.

 Dumpsters will be available at the following locations: 

  • Newtown Estates Park and Dr. Martin Luther King Way (Main Site). 

  • 44th Street and Lockwood Ridge Road.

  • 23rd Street and Chester Avenue.

 For more information, call the Sarasota County Contact Center at 941-861-5000. 

For more information, visit here.

[Housing]  Harvest House Hosts 7th Annual Fundraiser

Harvest House’s annual Home Again Luncheon will be held at Michael’s on East on Wednesday, February 26, 2020. This fundraiser benefits the 1,000+ families, unaccompanied youth, veterans, and adult men and women annually served in supportive housing at Harvest House. This year’s luncheon will offer a unique glimpse into the youth’s perspective of the homeless experience. Guests will also be the first to view an engaging video telling the real story of two clients whose paths crossed at Harvest House in the most powerful way. 

For tickets, visit here.

[Accolades]  "Canopy Meg" Selected as First Female STEM Visiting Distinguished Professorship at National University of Singapore

Dr. Margaret Lowman, known world-wide as "Canopy Meg" for her tireless efforts to save global forests, and the visionary behind the creation of the canopy walkway in Florida's Myakka River State Park, has been selected by the National University of Singapore as the institution's first-ever female Visiting Distinguished Professor in STEM studies. During the school's spring semester, Dr. Lowman will lecture both in public science forums as well as for the university's science department seminars, and mentor STEM students, particularly women. She will also continue her important conservation work nearby in Malaysia, submitting a UNESCO world heritage nomination for an important rain forest near Penang.  Dr. Lowman is a global scientist and the Executive Director of the Sarasota-based TREE Foundation, an international non-profit organization dedicated to tree and forest research, exploration, education, and conservation. 

[Health & Wellness]  Sarasota Memorial Hospital Celebrates with 1,000th TAVR Patient

Danny Hierholzer was the 1,000th patient to have a Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) at Sarasota Memorial Hospital. Before his procedure, Hierholzer, 72, was suffering from symptoms associated with severe aortic valve stenosis, in severe cases, it can lead to heart failure and sudden cardiac death. Rather than undergoing open-heart surgery, Hierholzer received a new, artificial valve through the much less invasive TAVR procedure, a catheter-based treatment alternative to replace leaking or narrowed heart valves. With the minimally invasive procedure, patients do not have to endure a long incision through the breastbone or be put on a heart-lung bypass machine. Previously, TAVR was approved only for patients deemed too sick or high-risk for open-heart surgery. In the past year, the FDA approved the procedure for low-risk patients, increasing the number of heart patients who qualify for the life-saving treatment. More than 90 percent of SMH’s patients undergo TAVR under conscious sedation and do not require an ICU stay. A few hours after his procedure, Hierholzer was joking and looking forward to going home the next day. 

[Awards]  Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County to Announce its 2020 Youth of the Year

Six local high school students are finalists for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County’s 2020 Youth of the Year title. This prestigious honor will be presented to the selected candidate at the organization’s annual Steak & Burger celebration on Friday, February 7 at 6:00 pm at the Lee Wetherington Boys & Girls Club, located at 3100 Fruitville Rd. in Sarasota. Youth of the Year has been the premier recognition program of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America that fosters a new generation of leaders, fully prepared to live and lead in a diverse, global and integrated world economy. The program celebrates the extraordinary achievements of Club members across the nation. Individual tickets are $150 and can be purchased online. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. Adult guests will be served burgers while Club members in attendance will eat steak. Guests are encouraged to dress in casual western attire for this themed event.  

Click here to purchase tickets to Youth of the Year

[Attractions]  Manatee Memo for Mote Marine Aquarium Visitors

Resident manatees Hugh and Buffett will be away from their habitat temporarily, while Mote Marine completes renovations and upgrades. As of yesterday, January 13, both manatees will be behind the scenes for several weeks. Throughout this period, guests can continue visiting the other amazing animals and exhibits at Mote Aquarium. 

Photo courtesy of Mote Marine. For more information on the manatees, redirect here.



[SOON]  MUSEUM: Manuel Álvarez Bravo: Specters and Parables , December 8 – March 1

Born and raised in Mexico City, where he spent most of his career, Manuel Álvarez Bravo (Mexican, 1902-2002) was one of the most important figures in 20th century Latin American photography. Although he took art classes at the Academy of San Carlos, his photography was mostly self-taught, but he was savvy to the emerging international artistic avant-garde. Considered to be one of the founders of modern photography, his work extends from the late 1920s to the 1900s. He was a key figure from the period following the Mexican Revolution—often called the Mexican Renaissance—in which arts and literature flourished. This “Renaissance” owed to the happy—though not always tranquil—marriage between a desire for modernization and the search for an authentic national identity with Mexican roots, in which archaeology, history and ethnology played an important role. Support for this exhibition has been provided, in part, by the Ringling Endowment at the Florida State University Foundation. Paid for in part by Sarasota County Tourist Development Tax Revenues. 

John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota

[SOON]  GALLERY: Dabbert Gallery Presents "Local Color, Florida Style" , January 3 – January 31, 11am-5pm

Dabbert Gallery presents the exhibition "Local Color, Florida Style" to open at the First Firday Gallery Walk on Friday, January 3, 2020 and continues through January 31, 2020. Featuring six of the gallery's Florida artists including Arnold Desmarais, Martin Dunn, Bill Farnsworth, James Griffin, Joe Palmerio and Luke Steadman. Open from Tuesday to Saturday from 11am to 5pm.

Dabbert Gallery, 46 S. Palm Avenue, Sarasota, FL

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Sarasota Institute of Lifetime Learning (SILL) , January 7 – March 26, 10:30 am

Sarasota Institute of Lifetime Learning (SILL) is preparing for its 49th year of extremely popular global issues lectures and musical conversations. In 2020, these programs will begin in January and continue through the end of March. Speakers of global issues lectures are well-known, highly experienced experts, and guests on musical conversations are internationally renowned musicians, singers, and performers. SILL is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization. In its 49th season, its programs will include 96 lectures and musical conversations presented in Sarasota, Venice, and Lakewood Ranch. SILL audiences mostly consist of highly educated and intellectually curious seniors living on the Suncoast year-round or during winter months. SILL also simulcasts some of its lectures to selected senior communities. Last year, attendance at SILL events exceeded 40,000. Single tickets to SILL events are only $10 at the door when available, and a season ticket for 12 same-day lectures cost just $85, which represents substantial savings. For program schedules, venues, speaker bios, and ordering season tickets visit sillsarasota.org

First United Methodist Church, 104 S. Pineapple Ave.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: The Art of Architecture Lecture by STRANG Architects , January 16, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Max Strang, FAIA, of STRANG Architecture firm presents this informative lecture focusing primarily on residential design projects and the exhibit. Refreshments and light appetizers provided. $20 for members, $25 for non-members. $10 for Young Moderns. Free for students.

Center for Architecture Sarasota, 265 South Orange Avenue Sarasota

[SOON]  MUSIC: Celebrating Sondheim , January 18, 4pm

Choral Artists of Sarasota continues its 41st season with “Celebrating Sondheim,” Saturday, January 18, 4 pm, at Riverview Performing Arts Center, 1 Ram Way, Sarasota. This tribute to Stephen Sondheim, who is celebrating his 90th birthday this year, features his music from such acclaimed Broadway shows as A Little Night MusicCompanySweeney Todd, and Sunday in the Park with George. Renowned musical theater artists Ann Morrison, Amy Jo Connours, Michaela Ristaino, Ben Pattison, and Matthew Nall will join the 40 singers of Choral Artists of Sarasota in this concert. “In celebrating Sondheim in his 90th year, this performance allows us to present a retrospective of his most iconic works alongside some musical gems that will touch a chord in all of us,” says Joseph Holt, artistic director. “Sondheim has the gift to transform the ordinary into the extraordinary.” Tickets are $28 to $45; $5 for students. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.ChoralArtistsSarasota.org or call 941-387-4900. A free Concert Insights event, which offers audiences the opportunity to learn about the artistic director’s insights about the program theme and music—and a chance to meet soloist Ann Morrison —is Tuesday, January 7, 10 am, at Center for Arts and Humanity, 1226 N. Tamiami Trail.  The event is free but please register online or by phone as seating is limited.

Riverview Performing Arts Center, 1 Ram Way, Sarasota

[SOON]  HEALTH: Doctors Hospital Caregiver Support Group , January 20, 10am-11:30am

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 34233

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Mote Marine Laboratory's Lecture Series: Insights into the Lives of Sarasota Bay's Bottlenose Dolphins , January 20, 6:30 pm

Mote's Special Lecture Series features expert speakers highlighting fascinating ocean topics on Monday evenings. Doors open at 5:30 pm and lectures start at 6:30 pm in Mote Marine Laboratory's WAVE Center, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, 34236. Cost is $10 for members and $15 for non-members (per ticket per lecture). Registration required for all. Jan. 20: Dr. Randall S. Wells—"Insights into the lives of Sarasota Bay's bottlenose dolphins, from 50 years of research"

WAVE Center at Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium, 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  SEMINAR: 2020 Sarasota MLK Memorial Breakfast , January 20, 7:30AM

The 2020 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Breakfast and Community Awards celebrates the late Rev. King Jr.’s advances in social equality for everyone. Community Awards honorees are Dr. LaShawn Frost, Principal, Booker Middle School (education), Mr. Ron Turner, Supervisor of Elections, Sarasota County (community service), Suncoast Women of Action (community service), Progressive Sarasota (community service), Mr. Lem Andrews, College and Career Advisor, Booker High School (champion of youth), Ms. Betty Jean Johnson (Dr. Martin L. King Jr. legacy award), and Mr. Jakobie Green, junior student, Booker High School (youth emerging leader). Dr. Edward E. James II will be posthumously awarded the liberty and justice award. Dr. Rachel Shelley, award-winning principal of Booker High School, is the keynote speaker. 

Robert L. Taylor Community Complex, 1845 34th Street, Sarasota, 34234

[SOON]  HEALTH: Brain Health Matters Lecture Series: Physical Activity and Implications for Brain Health , January 22, 6:30pm Registration. 7-9pm Presentation

Join us for our 3rd Brain Health Matters! Lecture Series: Brain Health & Physical Activity with Dr. John J. Ratey & Dr. Stephanie Peabody.  In this presentation, Dr. John J. Ratey from Harvard Medical School and the Brain Health Initiative will show us that moving our bodies has a profound positive effect on the physiological health of our brains. Further, Dr. Ratey will share how physical activity optimizes our brain performance, including our cognitive abilities and emotional wellbeing across the lifespan. We will see how our brains have evolved to help us move, think and understand to successfully face the demands of our environment. We will end with a series of brain healthy recommendations to apply to your own lives. You will learn how exercise stabalizes blod pressure, improves cardiac performance, decreases diabetes risk, boosts the immune system, increases metabolism, improves our ability to think and remember throughout life and reduces risk for Cognitive Decline, Azheimer's Disease and Parkinson's.

Black Box Theatre at The Out-of-Door Academy, 5950 Deer Drive, Lakewood Ranch

[SOON]  MUSEUM: Syd Solomon: Concealed and Revealed , December 15 – April 26

Concealed and Revealed offers a unique selection of paintings by the artist, along with numerous objects from the Solomon Archive on view for the first time. Syd Solomon (American, 1917-2004) described himself as an “Abstract Impressionist” alluding to the fact that his work infused impressionism into the processes, scale and concepts of Abstract Expressionism. Solomon moved to Sarasota in 1946 with his wife Annie. His was the first work of contemporary art to be collected by The Ringling in 1962. His paintings were greatly influenced by climatic factors and reveal a fascination and concern for Florida’s aquatic environment. Solomon incorporated his experience as a camouflage designer during World War II into his painting. It is not well-known that he was also an accomplished graphic artist, who in his early years designed commercial signage for prominent hotels and businesses in Sarasota. Like his work in camouflage, Solomon’s calligraphic skill was essential to the development of his later gestural abstraction.

Syd Solomon: Concealed and Revealed is presented in partnership with the Estate of Syd Solomon and is accompanied by a 96-page publication with essays by former curator at The Ringling Michael Auping, George S. Bolge, Dr. Gail Levin, and Mike Solomon. The exhibition will include artworks from private collections and The Ringling’s permanent collection.

John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota

[SOON]  GALLERY: Rainforest Masks of Costa Rica at Selby Gardens , January 5 – January 26, Opening Reception: January 4, 2020, 4:30-6:30pm. Exhibit open Gardens hours.

Enjoy a one-of-a-kind display of native Borucan Art at the annual Rainforest Masks of Costa Rica exhibit and sale. The Opening Reception on January 4, will give attendees the first chance to purchase the masks of their choosing before the exhibit opens to the general public on January 5. The hand-carved and painted, vibrant masks will be on display in The Museum of Botany & the Arts. Members of the Borucan tribe will be at the exhibit on select days for mask carving demonstrations.

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 900 S. Palm Avenue, Sarasota

[SOON]  FOOD: Caregivers Comfort Socializing Lunch , January 20, 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]  FILM: When All That's Left is Love Movie Screening Benefitting The Roskamp Institute , January 23, 5:15pm-9:30pm

The Roskamp Institute and director Eric Gordon invite you to attend the Sarasota premiere of the acclaimed movie When All That’s Left Is Love at an exclusive event at Burns Court Cinema in Sarasota. All proceeds will support the work of the nonprofit Roskamp Institute. When All That’s Left is Love is the emotional gripping story of a wife’s determination to care for her Alzheimer’s-stricken husband in their home. With unprecedented, behind-the-scenes access, the film reveals the toll that the disease takes on families coping with Alzheimers, while also showcasing the power of love that sustains both patients and caregivers. The Sarasota premiere will take place on Thursday, January 23 at Burns Court Cinema with a VIP reception to follow at 530 Burns Gallery.

Burns Court Cinemas, 506 Burns Ct, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Creative Kids at Art Center Sarasota: All Mixed Up , January 25, 1-3:30pm

Mixed Media taught by Shelley Kishpaugh. Taking inspiration from Picasso, students will make a face using a mix of things like cardboard, craft foam, markers, yarn and more and then write a brief story about the person or animal they created. This Saturday class is for youth ages 6-10. Projects are created and taught by our talented summer camp teachers. All supplies included. Students must be registered by the Thursday before the session starts. Sessions will be canceled Friday morning if we do not have enough students registered."

Art Center Sarsota, 707 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

[SOON]  HEALTH: Veterans' Caregivers Free Lunch and Learn Support Group , January 20, 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

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