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SRQ DAILY Sep 16, 2020

Wednesday Philanthropy Edition


Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

"We all have a story about that special teacher that redirected our lives for the better and gave us hope and encouragement, all while challenging us at the same time."

- Susan Leonard, Shore owner

[Community]  Shore Brand Donates 4,000 Upcycled Masks to Area Schools in Need
Brittany Mattie, brittany.mattie@srqme.com

Yesterday morning, the ladies of Shore Brand visited three area schools to donate approximately 4,000 high-quality masks to students and staff. Sarasota’s Booker Elementary and Brookeside Middle, and Bradenton’s Ballard Elementary were among the schools that received these unexpected donations. “When the pandemic hit our country, and specifically our community, we at Shore wanted to make a difference,” says owner Susan Leonard. “We wanted to give back to those who give so much. Who better than our teachers? We all have a story about that special teacher that redirected our lives for the better and gave us hope and encouragement, all while challenging us at the same time.” 

The masks were developed in a small family-owned factory in LA, which is where the local brand produces its clothing and swimwear lines. Shore designers made sure to construct the masks to CDC standard guidelines in terms of fit and fabric, including two layers of a Polyamide Spandex blend, much like the high-end swimsuits Shore is well-known for supplying at its two retail boutiques and online shop. “We developed our adjustable masks from upcycled fabrics and lined them with a soft Supima cotton backing for safety and comfort,” says Leonard. The fabric fibers are tightly woven together to help assist in blocking more bacteria from exiting or entering the nose while moisture-wicking properties keep them breathable to the face. The ear straps, similar to tie-bikini strings, are entirely adjustable for a custom fit for the wearer, whether adult or child. 

“We chose to upcycle fabrics from past productions to make our masks more sustainable and reduce waste,” says Victoria Madrid, wholesale account manager for Shore. “We wanted to donate them to the schools because the teachers are such impactful figures in all of our lives. We wanted to give back to them as they spend years giving back to their students and the communities. It is also so very important to us that all students and teachers are kept safe and healthy during the Covid-19 pandemic and this was our way to help!” 

Since the start of the pandemic, Shore has also donated masks to a few area doctors offices in need, all of its retail wholesale partners for their teams and families, as well as neighboring local restaurants and grocery stores.

These masks do not replace other recommended measures to stop the community spread of COVID-19. Please continue to follow CDC guidelines, practice social distancing, wash your hands, and refrain from touching your face. 

Photo courtesy of Shore. Shop their masks here.

[New Grant]  Habitat for Humanity Sarasota and Wells Fargo Team Up in Sarasota to Help Build Affordable Housing

Wells Fargo Foundation has awarded Habitat for Humanity Sarasota with a $15,000 grant to renovate an affordable home for a family in Sarasota. The funding is part of an $8.1 million donation to Habitat for Humanity International for capacity building and direct mission support to build, renovate and repair more than 350 affordable homes across the United States.  The grant is provided through Wells Fargo Buildsâ„  and is part of the Wells Fargo Foundation’s $1 billion philanthropic commitment to create more housing affordability solutions by 2025. “We’ve had a rich history of working with Habitat for Humanity Sarasota to strengthen our neighborhoods through philanthropy and volunteerism,” said Jeff Ospina, Wells Fargo’s Gulf Coast Region Bank President. “Safe and stable housing enables people to build upon the rest of their life and, together, we can shift the narrative to help others understand that housing affordability is both an economic and humanitarian crisis that’s taking a toll on millions of people.” 

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[Recognition]  Dick Vitale Gala Raises $7.4 Million Bringing Total to $37 Million for Pediatric Cancer Research Past 15 Years

The V Foundation for Cancer Research, a top-rated cancer research charity, and ESPN Hall of Fame Sportscaster Dick Vitale announce the 15th Annual Dick Vitale Gala, “Passion 4 Pediatrics,” in conjunction with Vitale’s year-round fundraising, raised more than $7.4 million for pediatric cancer research, bringing the total raised over the past 15 years to $37 million.  The annual Gala, originally scheduled for May and one of the largest in Sarasota – Bradenton, was postponed and then transitioned to a virtual event in July due to the COVID-19. “I am in awe of the generosity and kindness shown in making this Gala so special,” said Vitale. “To think that we achieved record-breaking numbers with a virtual gala while facing the challenging pandemic is simply a tribute to all the beautiful people that joined in to help kids battling cancer. All I can say is, ‘Thank you, thank you, thank you,’ to everyone that was part of this incredible effort.” 

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[Meal Donations]  Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee Providing Fresh Produce at Manatee County Locations Near Six Title 1 Schools

Beginning on Thursday, September 17th, Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee, through The Food Bank of Manatee, will provide fresh produce each month, from September through May, to families in need in Manatee County. “This initiative is aimed at getting fresh, nutrient-rich fruits and vegetables into Manatee County homes,” said Maribeth Phillips, President & CEO of Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee. “Our selected Community Partners are near six Title 1 schools, enabling us to serve as many families as possible with this tremendous resource,” Phillips said. Locations near Blackburn Elementary, Daughtrey Elementary, Oneco Elementary, Rogers Garden Elementary, Samoset Elementary, and Tillman Elementary have been identified, though families living anywhere in Manatee County can participate. The produce will be provided free of charge on the third Thursday of the month from September through May at the following locations:

  • Visible Men Academy: 921 63rd Ave. East, Bradenton 34203 from 8:00am – 10:00 am
  • Sozo Missions: 3124 17th Street East, Bradenton 34208 from 8:00 am – 10:00 am
  • Increasing Joy Ministries: 2515 37th Street East, Palmetto, FL 34221 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

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[Blood Drive]  SunCoast Blood Centers Opens New Donor Location in Port Charlotte

To ensure an adequate supply of blood products for the community, SunCoast Blood Centers is pleased to announce the opening of its new donor center in Port Charlotte. Located at 2150 Tamiami Trail, Unit 17, the donor center will operate Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm and on Saturday, 7am to 1pm  Appointments are required for plasma and platelet donations, while walk-ins are welcome for blood donations.  “Port Charlotte is one of the fastest-growing communities on the Suncoast,” said SunCoast Blood Centers CEO Scott Bush. “The new donor center will help meet the needs of the community and make blood and platelet donations as stress free as possible for those giving a gift of life.”   


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[New Show]  Sarasota Contemporary Dance Presents Evolving/Revolving October 1-4 at Historic Asolo

The Historic Asolo Theater, located on the campus of The Ringling Museum in Sarasota, will be the setting for Evolving/Revolving, the first of four programs presented by Sarasota Contemporary Dance in its 15th season, Quinceanera. The four performances of Evolving/Revolving, October 1-4, can be purchased either through in-person (limited) seating or virtual viewing. Evolving/Revolving celebrates the past of Sarasota Contemporary Dance with artists who have had an impact on the company. Artistic Director Leymis Bolanos Wilmott states, “I am proud and excited by the depth of our programming this season, beginning with a welcome back to three Southeast choreographers to expand their works previously set on the company into evening-length pieces." The performances will be held at the Historic Asolo Theater, Thursday, October 1 – Sunday, October 4. Performance times are 7:30pm Thursday-Saturday and on Sunday at 2pm. In-performance and virtual tickets can be purchased online. 

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[Debut]  Sarah Brightman Makes Her Sarasota Debut in Van Wezel 2021-2022 Season

Sarah Brightman, the world’s best-selling soprano, makes her Sarasota debut with Hymn: Sarah Brightman in Concert on Tuesday, December 14, 2021 at 8pm. Brightman is known for her three-octave range and for pioneering the classical-crossover music movement, amassing global sales of over 30 million units. Single tickets for the multiplatinum Grammy-nominated artist’s performance are $65-$175 and go on sale Friday, September 18, 2020 at 10am. 


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[Bishop Science Museum]  New Exhibition Opening: Water's Extreme Journey

The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature is continuing its year-long celebration of Our Blue Planet with the September 23 opening of its newest special exhibition: the Wyland-inspired Water’s Extreme Journey. This special exhibition in the Museum’s East Gallery transforms visitors into raindrops and sends them through a maze depicted as our watershed — a journey that takes them through mountains, streams, wetlands and even their own backyards — all while trying to steer clear of pollution and ultimately reach a healthy ocean.Matthew D. Woodside, The Bishop’s Chief Curator and Director of Exhibitions says, "The Bishop is a natural science and history museum on Florida’s Gulf coast, so clean water and healthy watersheds are fundamental topics for us.” 

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[Tourism]  Visit Florida Launches In-State Tourism Marketing Campaign

Visit Florida has initiated Phase Two of its tourism marketing recovery plan with the launch of an in-state travel campaign designed to support the state’s economic recovery and struggling tourism industry. Set to run through Nov. 22, this integrated campaign aims to inspire Florida pride among residents while introducing them to unique experiences available in-state. In addition, the tourism bureau partnered with four strategic Florida-based influencers to engage their social media followers and highlight hidden gem experiences and local businesses across the state. Visit Florida will also utilize its in-state advocacy platform, @LoveFL, to showcase the vacation experiences close to home through paid social efforts across Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, etc.Along with the campaign, the newly-launched LoveFL.com encourages Floridians to explore day trip options to cities across the state. 

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[Online Update]  MBJ Group Unveils New Website

The talent management company MBJ Group recently unveiled its new user-friendly website. Updated with a more modern look, the optimized website is accessible from any device and features smoother search functionalities and a streamlined user experience. The site gives visitors a glimpse at the premier provider’s staff development and strategic services, lists current and past job placements, showcases the team’s talents and provides a preview of the company’s work. 

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[Recognition]  City Earns Budget Presentation Award for 30th Straight Year

 For the 30th consecutive year, the City of Sarasota has received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award, the highest form of professional recognition a municipality can receive for its budget document. “This award reflects the tremendous time and professional effort that goes into producing such an excellent financial plan, as well as the City’s ongoing commitment to transparency and fiscal responsibility,” said Assistant City Manager John Lege. “We appreciate the hard work of our Financial Administration Department, as well as the contributions of all other City departments and the important roles they play in our budget process.” 

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[New Grant]  Tidewell Receives Grant to Facilitate COVID-19 Partnership in Manatee County

On behalf of a local collaborative of nonprofit providers and community groups, Tidewell Hospice has received a grant from Manatee County to facilitate a countywide initiative that will bring together community partners to protect the health and well-being of at-risk residents during the COVID-19 pandemic, known as the Multicultural Action Team (MAT). Tidewell will serve as administrator of the $342,000 grant, distributed through the Manatee County CARES Community and Wellness fund. The MAT is a collective impact project – a project in which multiple partners share common goals, execute common strategies and achieve collective results for a community goal. “Tidewell Hospice is pleased to be a key partner with MHI and others to address the disparities of COVID 19 among minority populations,” Tidewell President and CEO Jonathan Fleece said. “Through our newly formed Tidewell Foundation, we plan to actively engage even more in the future in health issues impacting our community. Now more than ever is a time to reinforce our commitment to equality, service and love for humanity, with a special focus on helping at-risk people during this pandemic.” 

[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: Virtual: Susannah Marren Chats about New book , September 23, 6pm

A Zoom author visit with Susannah Marren chatting about her page-turning, commanding new novel, A Palm Beach Scandal. Registration is needed for participation. The Zoom link will be sent one day prior to the event. A Palm Beach Scandal will be published on September 15th. You can pre-order a copy of A Palm Beach Scandal here and it will be mailed to you after the publication date.

[SOON]  FOOD: A Taste of Sarasota , October 7, 5:30pm-8pm

The 20th annual Fall Class features 17+ Local Eateries Serving Up Awesome Tastes. Early Bird Tickets Available for $15 until they’re Sold Out and General Admission is $20. Tickets include all Food Tastings and Beverages are available at the Cash Bar.

Sarasota Event Center, 600 N. Beneva Road, Sarasota, FL

[SOON]  HEALTH: Monthly: Lakewood Ranch Community Bike Ride , October 17 – March 20, 8am-9am

Join your Lakewood Ranch Ambassador, Greg Spring, on the third Saturday of each month from 8am to 9am October-March for a 10-mile, 1-hour casual bike ride through Lakewood Ranch. We will meet at the fountains on Main Street. This is a great way to see the Ranch. Don't forget to bring your helmet.

[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]  GRAB BAG: Virtual: Out Of The Blue 2020 Fundraising Event , October 29, 6:30pm-8pm

Welcome to Out of the Blue 2020 – a unique Live Online Event and Costume Contest supporting the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Sarasota and Manatee Counties. Throughout the month of October, you will have the opportunity to enter a picture of your best “BLUE” costume. On October 29th from 6:30-8:00 pm, NAMI will host a Live Online Zoom event emceed by entertainer Jonathan Cortez and featuring local artists and talent all in support of NAMI. Our evening will wrap up by announcing the Costume Contest winners with a “Best in Blue” winner in each category. You don’t want to miss this opportunity to have fun creating a “Bluetiful” costume along with an enjoyable – and safe – evening of entertainment.

[SOON]  MUSIC: The Academy A Homeschool Hub at Music Compound , August 3 – December 31, 8:30am-4pm

Music Compound is officially launching a new program,  The  Academy, for grades 3-8, that offers core curriculum through Florida Virtual School and then afternoon electives in the arts. The registration deadline is July 31. Education Session (Education Coordinator position) is offered daily from 8:30am to Noon Monday through Thursday. Students have the option to attend two, three or four days a week. This portion is being offered with Florida Virtual School. Deadline to register is July 31st. Lunch and relaxation time offered daily from Noon to 1:00pm and available to FULL day students only. Students will have time to enjoy lunch and outdoor play. The last 20 minutes will be reserved for quiet time. Our team will offer yoga or meditation sessions. Students can opt to read a book, nap, or check out in another capacity. Enrichment Session is arts related. (Elective and credit based) and offered daily from 1:00 to 4:00pm Monday through Thursday. The afternoon session will include a daily afternoon snack break for students. The afternoon sessions are based on interest. Afternoon classes sizes will range from 6-12 students per class. Classes that have more than 6 students will be hosted in our large 3,000 sq. ft. event venue. Electives are One hour and 20 minutes per session. Electives are offered quarterly, by semester, or yearly. Courses offered: Art, Dance, Drama, Music / Group Instruction / Music Theory / Music Appreciation, Musical theatre / Show Choir, Band program (Kidz Rock, Rising Stars, Youth Bands) and Career Exploration.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Virtual: ALSO Youth Presents Virtual Variety Show , September 26, 6:30pm-8:30pm

Matthew McGee, a well-known performer in the Tampa/Sarasota area, will host ALSO Youth’s upcoming Virtual Variety Show “Better Together” on September 26th from 6:30 to 8:30. Mr. McGee has performed locally with the Asolo Rep, freeFall Theatre Company, Stageworks, American Stage in the Park, and the Suncoast AIDS Theatre Project. He is a two time Theatre Tampa Bay Award winner and a Broadway World’s Best Actor in a Musical winner. The Virtual variety Show will feature performances by local theater, dance, circus arts, and drag performers as well as cooking and cocktail demonstrations. An online auction featuring vacation stays, experiences and gift baskets will begin two weeks prior to the event and will conclude at the end of the Variety Show. Proceeds from the event will support ALSO Youth’s programs for LGBTQ+ youth. For more information about the event contact TonyBoothby@michaelsaunders.com or james@alsoyouth.org.

[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]  GALLERY: Virtual: Celebrate Selby Gardens: 40th Annual Juried Photographic Exhibition , August 27 – September 20, 10am-4:30pm

We are excited to announce that Selby Gardens will celebrate 40 years of the annual juried photographic exhibition and sale with a virtual edition hosted in partnership with The Observer Group! The virtual exhibition will be viewable August 27 to September 20 on Selby.org and YourObserver.com. As we pivoted to the virtual photographic exhibition format, we adjusted the photo submission deadlines and details as well as the dates of the exhibition. Please review and mark your calendar with the new dates below: Online Photo Submissions: Sunday, August 9 to Friday, August 14. Winners Announced: Thursday, August 27. Virtual Exhibition: Thursday, August 27 to Sunday, September 20. To minimize person-to-person contact, photos must be submitted digitally. Please stay tuned for more step-by-step details on how to submit your photos. Entry is open to all amateurs, but photos must have been taken at either Selby Gardens’ Downtown Sarasota or Historic Spanish Point campuses. Please refer to the entry details below for more information.

Selby's Museum of Botany & the Arts, 900 S Palm Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236

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