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SRQ DAILY Sep 9, 2020

Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

"These one-of-a-kind luxurious handbags are sure to become favorites with fashionistas and Tidewell supporters alike!"

- Tidewell Foundation President Debbie Mason

-Photo from SRQ Magazine's SEPT/OCT2020 Feature A Latte Fun. Photography by Wyatt Kostygan.
[Fashion Philanthropy]  Tidewell Foundation and BSWANKY Partner to Launch Handbags in Support of Family Grief Centers
Brittany Mattie, brittany.mattie@srqme.com

Tidewell Foundation, Inc., an independent charitable foundation exists to sustain wellness programs and services provided through the not-for-profit mission of Tidewell Hospice. In order to continue its philanthropic strides, the foundation recently partnered with local handbag atelier, BSWANKY. Founded by designer Gretchen Bauer in Sarasota, BSWANKY created a luxury handbag collection to support Tidewell's Blue Butterfly Family Grief Centers. Blue Butterfly, launched in 2018, remains the only evidence-based program in the region that helps grieving individuals through professional counseling, peer-support groups and therapeutic activities. “Blue Butterfly offers a safe and caring environment for children, teens and caregivers to connect with others and grieve in a way that makes them feel supported,” says Tidewell President and CEO Jonathan Fleece. “Thanks to the generosity of donors, Tidewell is able to offer these services at no cost and we are incredibly grateful for that.” Therapy and bereavement services remain completely donor-supported and available for free to community members, in addition to its hospice patients and their families. 

According to the foundation, each year, more than 8,000 children in Charlotte, DeSoto, Manatee and Sarasota counties experience the loss of a parent—increasing their risk of struggling with mental health or substance abuse issues. Inspired by the personal stories of children and families apart of the Blue Butterfly program, Bauer jumped on board with the common belief that no child should ever grieve a lost loved one alone. Creating a give-back collection, dubbed Sofita Mariposa (mariposa translates to butterfly in Spanish), each honey-colored heritage leather handbag comes hand-painted by Dallas-based artist Cherie Fruehan. Fruehan donated her services to hand-paint each one-of-a-kind, luxury bag to represent the Blue Butterfly program. Much like its namesake, the partnered Mariposa collection was created by the two women to symbolize hope and lifetruly making this fashion accessory an emotive, meaningful piece of art. “At BSWANKY, we empower people through fashion,” says Bauer, “whether they are the women handcrafting or carrying our luxury handbags, or the community we give back to with initiatives like these.” 

Fifteen percent of the total sale of each Mariposa handbag, and one hundred percent of the total sale of each Sapphire Mariposa BSWANKY keychain, will be donated to the Tidewell Foundation to fund the Blue Butterfly Family Grief Centers and programs. "We hope that with the sale of these limited-edition luxury handbags we can help women and children alike to spread their wings." 

Sofita Mariposa recently launched on August 25, and has already been included in PURSEonality: A Stylish Handbag History exhibit curated by Ilene Wood. The collection, along with three other artisan BSWANKY handbags, will be on display at the Historic Bethlehem Museum in Pennsylvania, until it moves down to Coral Gables Museum this fall for Floridians to visit from September 15, 2020 - January 15, 2021. 

Photo courtesy of BSWANKY, shop here.

[Donation]  Teen Court of Sarasota Receives a $15,000 Donation

Nonprofits unite to make sure that young people referred to Teen Court get the wrap around services and support that they need, now more than ever. Personalized Estate Liquidation (PEL) Benefiting Youth, Inc.—an affiliation of estate sale company, PEL Consignments, LLC – presented Teen Court of Sarasota, Inc. with a $15,000 gift to support their local wrap around services. Executive Director, Heather Todd added “Support from PEL means that as we see a need, we are able to implement quality services that benefit the students we serve at Teen Court. It takes a village to raise a child and we are so thankful that PEL is part of our village.” 

Click here for more information.

[Recognition]  All Three Mattison’s Restaurants Win 2020 Tripadvisor Travelers’ Choice Award for Best Restaurant

Mattison’s announced that all three of its locations have been recognized as 2020 Travelers’ Choice award-winners for Best Restaurant. Based on a full year of Tripadvisor reviews, prior to any changes caused by the pandemic, Mattison’s is known for consistently receiving great diner feedback, placing them in the top 10% of hospitality businesses around the globe. According to Owner and Executive Chef, Paul Mattison, “We are honored to receive this award and want to thank our guests who have given us high marks for our food and customer service. We strive every day to make each guest experience unique and wonderful. We are thankful that our hard work is being recognized. I also want to thank our entire staff who go above and beyond daily to make sure our guests are happy.”


[Recognition]  Local PR Chapter Recognized by the Florida Public Relations Association

The Central West Coast Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association (CWC-FPRA) was recognized during FPRA’s annual Golden Image Awards held for the first ever virtual event recognizing and celebrating excellence in outstanding public relations program in Florida and to encourage and promote the development of public relations in the state of Florida. CWC-FPRA won the President’s Award for “Community Involvement,” in recognition of the chapter’s commitment to community service by creating and hosting an event called “Operation Gratitude” which not only gave financially to an incredible cause but also generated strong media coverage in the region. The chapter set a goal to raise $10,000 and surpassed that goal by $576. Chapter president Kim Livengood said, "It’s been a privilege to serve as the Central West Coast Chapter President. The Florida Public Relations Association State President, Alyson Lundell, APR, CPRC is such an inspiration and one of my heroes. To be recognized by her at the State level is such an honor,." 

Pictured: Kim Livengood, APR, CPRC, 2020 President with 2021 Incoming President, Eleni Kouvatsos.

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[Patient Care]  FebriDx® Test Featured in UK National Institute for Health and Care Excellence

Lumos Diagnostics today announced its rapid point-of-care (POC) diagnostic test FebriDx® was featured in a Medtech Innovation Briefing (MIB), as part of the United Kingdom’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidance for the COVID-19 pandemic response. This MIB addresses the impact that the FebriDx test can have on the concurrent COVID-19 pandemic and antimicrobial resistance global health crises. “As hospitals and clinics continue to struggle with capacity and patient care during the COVID-19 pandemic, the ability to facilitate prompt and accurate testing is the key to not only better patient care but also an accelerated recovery. FebriDx offers rapid results, which helps clinicians make accurate triage and treatment decisions,” said Robert Sambursky, MD, president and chief executive officer for Lumos Diagnostics. “As the UK continues to work to control the COVID-19 pandemic, the FebriDx MIB will give clinicians critical diagnostic information to improve patient care and therapeutic outcomes, while also protecting their healthcare facilities and communities across the UK.” 

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[New Shows]  Van Wezel Announces Additional Virtual Performances

The Van Wezel has announced four additional digital presentations coming up in 2020, including something for everyone! A special screening of John Lewis: Good Trouble with exclusive bonus footage in September is followed by a virtual celebration of Gilbert and Sullivan favorites: I Have a Song to Sing, O! in October. This December, Jim Brickman and the Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker light up the holiday season with virtual performances that are perfect for the whole family. Tickets for the John Lewis events, the Great Russian Nutcracker and I Have a Song to Sing, O! go on sale Thursday, September 10 at 10am Tickets for Jim Brickman: Comfort & Joy at Home 2020 go on sale Friday, September 11 at 10am. 

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[Contest]  The Ringling Announces UnGala Getaway

The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art is thrilled to announce their UnGala Getaway Giveaway. One lucky winner will receive a plethora of fabulous prizes and surprises, all centered around a stay in The Ringling’s exclusive and storied guest cottage. Christina Fraser, assistant director and the driving force behind The Ringling’s events, said, “Following up on the tremendous success of UnGala 2019, we had planned an even more incredible experience for our guests in 2020. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic sidelined our plans. But in true Ringling spirit, we put our heads together and came up with a virtual event that will not only benefit the museum’s mission and commitment to community engagement, but provide one lucky winner with the experience of a lifetime!” Tickets will go on sale on September 9. A limited number will be sold and the cost is $100 per ticket. Follow The Ringling on Facebook to view the drawing live from the Ca’ d’Zan October 17 at 6pm  

[In This Issue]  Escape to Crystal River

Get away from the crowds, and close to nature. 

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[In Conversation]  Now Online: In Conversation With Nonprofit Leaders

Published in the September magazine, In Conversation shares dialouge between nonprofit leaders about building opportunities to pivot, survive and thrive during the pandemic. This insightful discussion with eight Directors of regional nonprofits is now available in digital format to view and download

Click here to view the feature

[School District]  Manatee District to Unveil COVID-19 Dashboard

 To provide families, employees and the community additional information on Coronavirus cases in our schools and support sites, the School District of Manatee County will unveil a COVID-19 Dashboard on its website beginning this evening. The Dashboard can be accessed from the home page under the heading of “COVID-19 Dashboard.” Similar to dashboards used in other school districts in Florida, the Manatee District’s COVID-19 Dashboard will display the number of confirmed cases in individual Manatee District schools and support sites dating back to the first day of school on Monday, August 17, 2020. The dashboard will also include the total number of cases in the district dating back to the start of the current school year. “The dashboard will be help our parents and employees understand how COVID-19 is impacting our schools and school district on a daily basis as well as over time,” said Superintendent Cynthia Saunders. “We are still committed to protecting the medical privacy rights of individuals impacted by COVID-19, and we believe the dashboard will provide useful insight while also protecting individual confidentiality.” 

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[Schedule Annoucment]  Register Now for Sarasota Contemporary Dance

Fall class schedule for Sarasota Contemporary Dance has been announced for September 8th through December 12th. New student discounts offered as well as virutal and drop in classes. Click below to register and for detailed class schedules.  

Click here to register.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Ian Dean: Nostalgicons , August 28 – October 2, Open by appointment 8/28-10/1 Mon-Fri 10am-4pm. For appointment please email galleries@ringling.edu

Nostalgia can be a powerful trigger of emotions and memories, sometimes even invoking forgotten past events, places, and moments. Nostalgia also sells. Products replicating or calling back to the 1980’s and 1990’s have seen a surge (resurgence?) of popularity recently. These products are often marketed to younger generations who are fascinated with the decades, right along with the adults who actually owned the original items - or still do.

Dean photographs both the popular and old toys he still has from his childhood. Well-known toys that evoke nostalgia in others, the obscure tokens, and the items made by companies that no longer exist; all have histories which have been lost to time. In doing so, Dean found himself pondering the origins of the objects, who might have designed and created them, how many of them were made, the persistence of similar colors, and how many still exist. Over time, each object also picks up its own unique set of bumps and scratches, becoming tiny fragments of years that only grow more distant. Dean creates new art out of the mass-produced trinkets. He makes new memories out of the old, playing with color and shape; creating something for the viewer to enjoy looking through. Perhaps connecting with them as well by unlocking a buried snapshot of a distant time and place.

Patrician Thompson Gallery in the Keating Center, 2700 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34234

[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: 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]  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]  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.

[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]  BUSINESS: Sarasota Bradenton Fall Home Show , September 11 – September 13, 10am-7pm and 10am-6pm

At the Home Show, our goal is simple: to inspire, motivate and excite you for your upcoming home improvement - whether it's a minor renovation or a major remodel. Our events feature a wide selection of home improvement professionals in a fun, interactive environment. After meeting with and comparing our expert exhibitors, we know you'll be inspired and motivated to start planning with confidence. More importantly, we want you to be excited for all the fantastic possibilities that come with your project. When it's all said and done and you're ready to celebrate your home, we'll do a little celebrating ourselves, knowing we had some part in it.

Robarts Arena at the Sarasota Fairgrounds, 3000 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34237

[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

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