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SRQ DAILY Sep 2, 2020

Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

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Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

"This gift will connect youth to educational resources, inspire life-long learning in a state-of-the-art classroom and have long-term impact."

- Bill Sadlo, President/CEO of the Boys & Girls Club of Sarasota County

-SRQ Magazine's Sept/Oct 2020 Edition Arrives. Click to view the digital edition.
[New Grants]  Nonprofit Presents Boys & Girls Clubs with Grant for Renovation and Education in Newtown
Brittany Mattie, brittany.mattie@srqme.com

A fellow nonprofit of Sarasota is stepping up to ensure thousands of children and teens in Newtown have access to award-winning youth-development programs for years to come. Personalized Estate Liquidation (PEL) Benefiting Youth, Inc.an affiliation of estate sale company, PEL Consignments, LLCpresented Boys & Girls Club of Sarasota County with a $65,000 gift to support its local academic enrichment programs. This generous funding will ensure thousands of children and teens residing in the underserved Newtown neighborhood will have access to youth-development programs for years to come. PEL has been conducting estate sales of fine furniture, art, jewelry, accessories and more since 2017—continually forwarding its proceeds to initatives that ensure youth-serving organizations continue to help at-risk children create paths for success. “We are excited to be contributing and helping the kids of the Boys & Girls Club reach their full potential,” says Sharon Kenworthy, PEL Board President. “We would not be able to make donations of this magnitude without the countless hours our volunteers tirelessly put in from sorting, cleaning, pricing, staging, selling and more.”

Of the total gift amount, a good $50,000 chunk of it will be used to transform an outdated program area into the new PEL Learning Lab. Plans are to fully-renovate the outdated classroom at the Irving and Marilyn Naiditch Campus, home of the Roy McBean Boys & Girls Club, to outfit a newly-refurbished lab outfitted with advanced technology, equipment and supplies. The generous grant will allow the nonprofit to integrate an enriching 21st century learning environment and ultimately foster further academic success. This award is the second gift in support of the major capital expansion and remodel projectjoining Marilyn Naiditch’s $1 million lead gift made in honor of her late husband and long-time Boys & Girls Clubs Board member Irving Naiditch. 

The remaining $15,000 will support Boys & Girls Club's educational curriculum designed by youth development professionals that supplements students’ school experience and helps them meet state academic standards such as STEM demonstrations, lessons in robotics and group-tutoring sessions. “PEL’s demonstrated commitment to our community’s future leaders enables our organization to provide greater opportunities for them to achieve their full potential,” says Bill Sadlo, President/CEO at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County. “This gift will connect youth to educational resources, inspire life-long learning in a state-of-the-art classroom and have long-term impact.”

To learn more about this capital project, call 941-366-3911 or visit bgcsarasota.com.  

Photo courtesy of Boys & Girls Club of Sarasota County

[Guide Dogs]  DOGPerfect and Southeastern Guide Dogs Team Up for National Guide Dog Month

To celebrate National Guide Dog Month, DOGPerfect is offering free Perfect Club memberships to all who Sponsor a Puppy for Southeastern Guide Dogs in September. The locally owned pet retail company with stores in Lakewood Ranch, University Park and Sarasota will also help raise funds for Southeastern Guide Dogs through its Round Up for a Cause program. Customers who choose to participate can round up the price of their purchases to the nearest dollar and all proceeds will go to the nonprofit.“We’re proud to be a strong supporter of Southeastern Guide Dogs,” said Fernando Carrera, Director of Operations at DOGPerfect. “Their extraordinary dogs transform lives, and we invite our customers to join us in making a difference.”  

Click here for more information.

[Diabetes Awareness]  Help A Diabetic Child Foundation with Drive for Awareness

Help a Diabetic Child Foundation, a not-for-profit public charity dedicated to helping families and individuals who are dealing with diabetes, announced that it is partnering with Drive for Diabetes Awareness (DFDA) to highlight the symptoms of ketoacidosis and the need for medical supplies and insulin for at-risk kids. “Misdiagnosis is the leading cause of death in children with Type 1 diabetes. A recent online survey found 25 percent of all participants were misdiagnosed and that diagnosis was associated with an increased risk of diabetic ketoacidosis,” said Tami Balavage, Founder/President for Help A Diabetic Child Foundation. “We hope that our partnership with DFDA will provide the power of knowledge and help save many children’s lives.” 

Click here for more information.

[Virtual Learning/Working]  TradeWinds Becomes “Remote Retreat” for Distance Learners and Workers

School is in session and the office is open at the TradeWinds Island Grand Resort, located along acres of sugary white beaches on the island of St. Pete Beach, Florida. The resort has announced two new “remote retreat” programs – “Learn from Paradise” and “Work from Paradise” – designed for students who are learning from home, office employees who are working from home, or both. Available Monday through Friday beginning September 8, the innovative programs feature a range of perks, benefits, and amenities.“With these new Remote Retreat programs, our goal is to make things a little less challenging and a little more rewarding for both students and parents during these difficult times,” said Bob LaCasse, Managing Director of TradeWinds Island Resorts. “We’ve put together some great services, amenities, and extras to provide a welcome respite for those who continuing to work or learn from home, and an environment that is more fun and productive for everyone.” 

For more information on TradeWinds Remote Retreats call 855-292-8724.

Click here for more information.

[Recognition]  The Bay Recognized By the Florida Public Relations Association

ATLARGE, an award-winning communications firm located in Sarasota, was recognized at the Golden Image Awards for its recent work on The Bay. Held every year by the Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA), the Golden Image Awards recognizes PR professionals, as well as the best practices and campaigns in public relations and communications across Florida. “From the beginning, our close partnership with ATLARGE has enabled the creation of a unique, distinctive brand for The Bay that has generated high levels of awareness and community engagement,” said AG Lafley, Founding CEO, The Bay Park Conservancy.  “In addition, with ATLARGE’s help, we’ve successfully executed a content strategy that includes a broad mix of engaging topics communicated through surveys, various visuals, video, social media, email and the website. This has helped us reach thousands of people within our community on a daily and weekly basis, ultimately helping us create a public park that truly reflects our broad and diverse community.” 

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[New Position]  Embracing Our Differences Welcomes Dr. Christina M. de Guia to Board of Directors

Dennis McGillicuddy, co-founder and board chair of Embracing Our Differences, announced recently that the organization has welcomed Christina M. de Guia, M.D., to the organization’s board of directors. “Dr. de Guia has participated as a panelist in our bullying prevention teacher workshops,” says McGillicuddy. “Her expertise in this field is remarkable—and it’s animated by a heartfelt passion for the welfare of children. She fits in perfectly with our mission and our values. We’re delighted to welcome her to our board.” 

[New Website]  Telement Publishes New Website to Aid Schools

Telement - the Telehealth Provider for Florida Schools - announced the official launch of their new website that highlights the services available to Florida schools to help them meet the requirements of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act (Senate Bill 7030). This bill serves to provide accessible mental health services to at-risk middle and high school students "who are referred to a school-based or community-based mental health service provider for mental health screening for the identification of mental health concerns and ensure that the assessment of students at risk for mental health disorders occurs within 15 days of referral.""This is a win-win-win for students, their families, and the schools that serve them," said Dr. Stacie Herrera, Owner of Telement which is based in Bradenton, Florida. "By partnering with Telement, our team of mental health professionals will work with you to understand the needs of the at-risk student and provide therapeutic support within the 15-day threshold. We work hand-in-hand with your school and caregivers throughout the entire process, helping to keep everyone informed along the way." 

Click here for more information.

[Taxes]  Sarasota County Business Tax Bills Arriving Soon

Sarasota County Business owners will be receiving their Business Tax bills over the next few days. You'll notice the top portion of the bill is a Sarasota County business survey being conducted by Economic Development Corporation (EDC) of Sarasota County. They encourage everyone to complete the survey before returning the bill and payment.This is an opportunity as a business owner to provide important feedback on business issues that matter to you. The survey will also allow them to put you in contact with available business resources if so requested. Your voice matters and is important in strengthening our business community.  

Click here for more information.

[Nursing Care]  Approved Home Health Now Provides Skilled Nursing Care in Sarasota

Stratum Health System is pleased to announce that Approved Home Health, one of its affiliate companies, has received a license to provide in-home skilled nursing care in Sarasota and Manatee counties. “Approved Home Health is committed to world-class health care for all clients – of any age,” Approved Executive Director Lori Vasquez said. “We continue to recognize the importance of knowing what the clients’ needs are out in the community as a home care provider. Adding skilled nursing services catered to all ages will support those needs and will result in sustaining higher clinical outcomes while at home, and focus on patient centered care. Approved is a provider of choice, exceeding the expectations of each family member and loved one.” 

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[New Position ]  Maureen Serrano Named Sales Executive for London Bay Homes' Sarasota Collection

London Bay Homes, a leading homebuilder and developer in Southwest Florida for three decades, has announced Maureen Serrano as the newest sales executive of the Sarasota Collection team. With 27 years of experience in luxury, new home sales, she is an expert in helping buyers prioritize their wants and needs to help them find the home that best matches their lifestyle and interests. Originally from New York, Serrano is a third-generation realtor and has been an industry leader in the Sarasota and Lakewood Ranch area since 2002. She has been named one of the area’s top new home sales consultants and has successfully sold more than 500 homes.  

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[Grants]  All Faiths Food Bank Receives Multiple COVID-19 Relief Grants

All Faiths Food Bank recently received grants and support from the following organizations: Humana Foundation through Feeding America ($26,340), Morton’s Gourmet Market ($25,000) and CitySide Apartments ($10,000).


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[New Deal]  Mattison's City Grille in Downtown Sarasota to Offer Free Delivery

Mattison's began this program because they understand that your staff may not have time to go out for lunch and that some people don’t feel comfortable visiting restaurants right now. Mattison’s Free Delivery program offers contact free delivery at no charge and it will also help staff keep working and the restaurant to remain open.
They also can cater office events or meetings or even send a delicious lunch or dessert tray to a client. 

Click here for more information.

[COVID-19]  Free Antibody Test at Bobby Jones Golf Club with Blood Donation

Join Bobby Jones Golf Club on Wednesday, September 23, 2020, for another fantastic blood drive. OneBlood will be available on location from 10am to 4pm. Please note the last appointment is at 3:45pm. Get a free COVID-19 antibody test with a blood donation. Appointments are required. 

Click here to register.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: SRQ MEDIA Where the Votes Are Webinar-Precinct by Precinct Analysis by Jacob Ogles , September 3, 8:30-9:30am

Register for SRQ MEDIA's first virtual Where The Votes Are Webinar  taking place Thursday, September 3, 2020 from 8:30-9:30am  where Contributing Senior Editor and political guru Jacob Ogles conducts a precinct level analysis of the recent election results in Sarasota and Manatee counties.

- Where did Republicans and Democrats enjoy the greatest levels of turnout?
- Which voters migrated to mail amid the pandemic? Which drifted away over security concerns?
- How did turnout differ by age, race and gender?
- What can be gleaned about turnout in the presidential election this fall?

Find out this Thursday morning at the SRQ Media Where The Votes Are webinar. 

Register required. Register online by clicking here.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Selby Gardens Presents In Dialogue With Nature: Glass in The Gardens , August 8 – September 20, 10am-4:30pm

Glass Artists from the Duncan McClellan Gallery in the Conservatory and the Gardens. Selby Gardens and the Duncan McClellan Gallery (DMG) in St. Petersburg presents the third annual summer glass show. This year we are featuring the nature-inspired glasswork created exclusively by Duncan McClellan and his studio artists which will be displayed in the Conservatory and in the Gardens against a backdrop of lush flowers and plants. The beautiful botanically-themed glassworks will be for sale with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Selby Gardens’ mission. 

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

[SOON]  MUSEUM: Yoga on Ca'd 'Zan Lawn , August 20 – September 17, 7:00pm

Yoga Instructor Ashley Stewart will lead a yoga session the front lawn of Ca' d'Zan. With your health and safety as a top priority, these classes are limited to 50 participants and at least 7 feet of distance will be maintained between people. Class size is limited, tickets must be purchased in advance

The Ringling, 5401 Bay Shore Road

[SOON]  HEALTH: Moving Meditation in the Museum of Art Courtyard , August 28 – October 30, 10:00am

Join Claudia Baeza, a Kripalu trained yoga instructor, for Yoga and Meditation on the loggias of the Museum of Art Courtyard for a unique opportunity to gently move the body and calm the mind. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

The Ringling, 5401 Bay Shore Road

[SOON]  SPORTS: Football Legend Reggie Williams at A Bookstore1 Special Virtual Event , September 8, 7:00pm

NFL Football legend Reggie Williams will virtually visit Bookstore1Sarasote for a Zoom book launch of his new memoir, Resilient by Nature. This amazing memoir follows the story of Reggie Williams: ex-NFL linebacker, former Disney executive, renaissance man, and the epitome of determination in the face of extreme challenges. The event is free, but registration is needed for participation. The Zoom link will be sent one day prior to the event.

Bookstore1, 12 S Palm Ave

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: 5th Annual Reef and Beach Cleanup , September 12 – September 13

Calling all Scuba Divers, Fisherman and Land Lubbers! This event is for everyone who cares about our shoreline and water ways. This is a "one of a kind" competitive trash collecting event. Bring friends and family. Trash collectors of all ages are welcome. There is NO entry fee. Community Service hours available for groups and students. Over $6,000. dollars in prize money will be spread out over 20 different categories. Categories include: most anchors, most recyclables, chain & other metals, tires, non-recyclable trash, fishing gear, nets, rope, tackle and an award to the most unique item brought in (as determined by judges). We've added a new category this year. There is now a category for Lion Fish. Lion fish are taking over our reefs. They are an invasive species that are killing off indigenous species.

Bradenton Yacht Club, 4307 13th St. West, Palmetto, FL

[SOON]  HEALTH: Sup & Run 5K , September 12, 8am

Three great races, world-class venue, awesome shirts, custom 4" finisher medals, challenge coins, great prizes, spectacular post-race party with the libation lounge, sip & rum, yummy food, live DJ and more. Choose between 5k Run: Choose to run or walk in this family-friendly 5K race around the lake. All skill levels welcome. 5K Sup: Bring your own stand-up paddleboard or rent one in this 5K race on the lake. All skill levels welcome. 5K Sup & 5K Run: Want a challenge? Complete our 5K Sup AND our 5K Run in this race. All skill levels welcome. The "First 100 Club" receive custom super special swag. This means the first 100 people to register each year. $1,000 in cash prizes, awesome shirt, great awards and prizes plus the best (summer) post-race party around.

Nathan Benderson Park, 5851 Nathan Benderson Cr Sarasota, FL 34235

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Art Lecture Series with Baila Miller: Abbie Aldridge Rockefeller and the Founding of MOMA , September 15, 1pm-2:30pm

Join Historic Spanish Point for incredible stories on the artists that shaped and influenced history around the world. We are proud to offer this art lecture series with Baila Miller as part of our monthly programming. Baila’s unique storytelling presentations will connect you to the art world in a whole new way. All presentations take place at Historic Spanish Point’s Visitor Center Classrooms. Tickets: $15 for Historic Spanish Point members and $20 for future members.

Historic Spanish Point’s Visitor Center Classrooms, 337 N Tamiami Trail, Osprey, FL 34229

[SOON]  SEMINAR: VIRTUAL Forty Carrots Presents Mark Brackett, Ph.D. , September 23, 7pm

Forty Carrots Family Center announces its 18th annual Free Educational Community Speaker Event, presented in partnership with the Community Foundation of Sarasota County. This year’s event transitions to a virtual platform, broadcasting at 7 pm on Wednesday, Sept. 23rd. The event is free and open to the community, but advance registration is required. Dr. Brackett will present insights from his book; “Permission to Feel” helping parents, caregivers, teachers and professionals understand how emotions influence our lives; cultivate emotional intelligence in our children and develop tools for greater well-being and success.  Dr. Brackett is a research psychologist and the founding director at Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and professor in the Child Study Center at Yale University. He has developed a remarkable effective plan to improve the lives of children and adults – a blueprint for understanding emotions and using them wisely to help, rather than hinder, an individual’s success and inspiration in equal parts. Advance registration is required. Click to register online.


[SOON]  MUSIC: Young Concert Artists Presents Omer Quartet with Hanzhi Wang, Accordion , October 11, 3pm-6pm

From Young Concert Artists comes one of the most versatile string quartets in classical music today. The Omer Quartet is quickly gaining a reputation for “fearless renderings” (the New York Times) of the standard quartet repertoire as well as compelling performances of works by today’s composers. The ensemble burst onto the scene with top prizes at Borciani, Trondheim, and Bordeaux in Europe all in one year, having already captured the Fischoff National Competition Grand Prize. The quartet was awarded first prize in the 2017 Young Concert Artists (YCA) International Auditions and recently debuted at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall. Joining the quartet from Young Concert Artists is accordion virtuoso Hanzhi Wang. Praised for her captivating stage presence and performances that are technically and musically masterful, this groundbreaking young musician is the only accordionist in 59 years to win a place on the YCA roster. 3pm Pre-Concert Wine Reception. Tickets are $42.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Pumpkin Patch Express Train Ride , October 17 – October 25

October 17th & 18th and October 24th & 25th. Tickets for this popular event go on sale to the general public on August 12th at 10am, tickets will be available on the museum's website at www.frrm.org Early access for members are on sale now by calling the ticket office. The Ticket office is open Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 4pm. Special Note for Covid 19; For 2020 the event will operate at 50% capacity. Due to the complicity of ticketing in reserved seat cars, window seats will only be sold. However, you may consolidate your group using unsold aisle seats within your seating area. Mask requirements will be based on Manatee County mask ordinance at the time of the event.

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