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SRQ DAILY Sep 30, 2020

Wednesday Philanthropy Edition


Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

"As our community develops actionable solutions to the climate challenges facing our current and future generations, we are proud to stand alongside our visionary donor and local foundation partners in expanding energy alternatives for a more sustainable future."

- Roxie Jerde, President and CEO of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County

[Wellness]  Sarasota-based Leadership Company Create a Tool to Help Stress Less and Achieve More
Brittany Mattie, brittany.mattie@srqme.com

Co-founded by two sisters and college professors, Lauren Henry and Candice Henry, Aretios was created as an online device to cultivate leadership, success and strategy tools to help others stress less and achieve more. Together, the Henrys have a combined 13 years of experience as leadership trainers for young adults. “Aretios is all about helping people to become the best version of themselves and embrace the adventure of life," says Lauren. "We infuse everything we create with actionable strategies, refined design, and engaging imagery to fuel your personal growth and sense of adventure.” 

Recently, the sisters launched a new tool, dubbed 'The Daily,' which teaches four power practices that are common traits among successful leaders, high performers, and personal growth experts that are backed by science-driven data and time-tested examples to produce results. The four power practices, according to Aretios, are gratitude, goals, affirmations and reflection. The Daily then teaches how to turn them into daily habits for maximizing your time, supercharge your efforts, increasing focus, boosting clarity and restoring intentionality to the everyday. “We realized that while people may be aware of these practices, they often lacked consistent application, which is essential to success," says Candice. "So, we created a tool that would make it easy for people to integrate these habits into their daily routine for maximum results.”  

The Daily is a small batch print journal with limited editions released each season (every three months). Each 129-page edition features a different color scheme and guided theme that transports you to new locations around the globe. Each season, The Daily encompasses exercises to expand on personal growth and adventure through the featured destination with daily prompts, weekly thoughts, travel imagery, monthly reflections and a destination guide. "Especially with the current circumstances that people are facing with increased distractions, heightened stress, and upheaval of routines," they say, "The Daily provides the meaningful rhythm, self-care and successful results we’re all craving right now." 


Photo courtesy of Aretios.

[Renewable Energy ]  Local Funders Collaborate to Fulfill $200K Matching Grant Supporting Solar Power Expansion

Generous funding provided by Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation and the Gulf Coast Community Foundation has fulfilled the $200,000 grant match requirement for a pilot solar investment program spearheaded by an anonymous donor with the Community Foundation of Sarasota County. The cross-foundational support ensures local nonprofit organizations have access to energy alternatives and sustainable practices while navigating heightened needs and shifting organizational capacity to serve brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. “Caring for our environment is one of those unique causes that can unite donors and funders who want to impact the present while also sharing a vision for the future,” says Roxie Jerde, President and CEO of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County. “As our community develops actionable solutions to the climate challenges facing our current and future generations, we are proud to stand alongside our visionary donor and local foundation partners in expanding energy alternatives for a more sustainable future.” 

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[New Grant]  Lakewood Ranch Community Fund Awards $91,900 in Grants Bringing 2020 Total to $165,000

The Lakewood Ranch Community Fund has awarded $76,900 in grants to support organizations in COVID19 relief and recovery and $15,000 to support the Brain Health Initiative, bringing the total amount granted in 2020 to $165,000. “For the past 20 years, the Lakewood Ranch Community Fund has been proud to invest in organizations that make life better for those who live and work in the east county and Lakewood Ranch area,” said David Fink, chair of the board of advisors. “This year, we had a special responsibility to improve outcomes related to COVID19 recovery and relief. Knowing the difference our grants will make inspires us to feel good about our community’s ability to help our friends and neighbors during challenging times like these.” 

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[New Grant]  The Players Centre Receives Grant from Sarasota Kiwanis Foundation

he Players Centre for Performing Arts is incredibly grateful to have received a $1,500 grant from the Sarasota Kiwanis Foundation in support of the Building Better Grownups scholarship. This scholarship creates opportunities for youth ages three to 17 to experience the personal and creative development that comes from theatre arts education. The grant will be used to award scholarships to low-income families through The Players Studio, the Education Dept. of The Players Centre. “We appreciate the generosity of the Kiwanis Club of Sarasota and the Sarasota Kiwanis Foundation for their continuing support of our Building Better Grownups scholarship program,” says Morgan Gerhart, advancement director for The Player Centre. “Our motto is that ‘no child is turned away for their inability to pay’ and with this grant, we can uphold that belief and offer local youth a life changing performing arts experience.”   

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[New Grant]  Van Wezel Foundation Receives $25K Matching Gift from James and Maryann Armour Family Foundation

The Van Wezel Foundation kicks off its 2021 giving season with a $25,000 matching gift, thanks to the generosity of the James and Maryann Armour Family Foundation. Now through October 4, all donations received as part of this campaign will be matched dollar for dollar up to $25,000 and go toward Virtual Schooltime Performances, led by the Van Wezel’s Arts Education Department. “This has been a challenging time for so many teachers and their students,” said Maryann Armour. “With the amazing Virtual Schooltime Performances planned, our gift will ensure even more children begin a love of learning and experience the performing arts in a meaningful and relevant way.” The retired teacher and her husband have supported the Van Wezel Foundation since 2006. They share the Foundation’s belief that engagement in the arts is essential for communities to thrive. 

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[New Grant]  FST Receives $5,000 CARES Grant from Manatee County

Florida Studio Theatre (FST) has received $5,000 from Manatee County as part of the CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security) Act, providing funding to help businesses recover from the pandemic. These funds provide crucial assistance to the arts and cultural venues, like FST, that were severely impacted by mandated closures. They will help cover unexpected costs related to PPE and implementing new health and safety procedures necessary to operate safely. 

[Student Aid]  Community Partners Collaborate to Connect High School Seniors to College Money

Millions of dollars in untapped Pell Grant dollars are left on the table each year in Manatee County, according to the Florida College Access Network (FCAN). A community collaborative known as REACH Manatee is working hard to help high school seniors apply for this free funding for college and technical training programs. The coalition is offering free virtual workshops to high school seniors and their families to assist them with completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The online support will be provided on Tuesday evenings from 6pm to 8pm starting October 6th through December 1st. “Many families make the erroneous assumption that they will not be eligible for support when, in fact, they would qualify for financial assistance,” explains Shirley Hurley, the Advanced Studies Coordinator for the Manatee County School District. Her team is leading the effort to get more high school graduates on a post-secondary path. 


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[New Grant]  Grant Enables Goodwill to Subsidize Security Guard Training

In order to help community members who are looking to enhance their skills and earn a better, more livable wage, Goodwill Manasota has enabled security guard training through generous funding from the Evans Family Charitable Fund of the Manatee Community Foundation. “With licensure, certification and employment in a growth industry, our hope is that participants are able to break the cycle of poverty for their families,” said Goodwill vice president Margie Genter. “Increasing financial stability results in an increased likelihood of continued advancement as well as other benefits such as becoming banked, enjoying more stable housing, better nutrition, and so much more. We are grateful to Manatee Community Foundation for investing in this pilot program.”  

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[Recognition]  Ringling College Receives Houdini Certification

The Motion Design Department at Ringling College of Art and Design is now recognized as a Houdini Certified School. Being a Certified Partner of Sidefx allows Ringling College to issue our trained students with fully featured EDU licenses of Houdini FX for home use, and when they graduate, a one-year Core or six-month FX license. “In the Motion Design department at Ringling College, we are uniquely and primarily using Houdini as a design tool,” confirmed Graham Clark, Motion Design faculty. “We have been chosen by more than 35 judges from major studios that reviewed our application material, our student work in Houdini, and our curriculum in Motion Design where Houdini is utilized. All judges agreed that we should be part of the SideFX team.”   

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[Virtual Learning ]  Asolo Rep Announces BardWired: New Streaming Program for Schools

Asolo Repertory Theatre is pleased to announce the launch of BardWired, an online adaptation of its award-winning program, Asolo Rep On Tour, which has brought professional, live theatrical experiences to over 15,000 Florida students each fall since 2008. Available for streaming to schools from November 4, 2020 through April 28, 2021, BardWired’s premiere production will be one of Shakespeare’s most celebrated comedies, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. “Our goal, as artists and educators, is to connect deeply with our community through theatre," said Muriel O’Neil Education & Engagement Director, Sara Brunow, “we may not be able to bring Shakespeare physically into schools this year, but it’s possible that the online BardWired program could be even more accessible, both in content and in reach – bringing innovative, unique, and affordable professional theatre experiences to more students, more schools, and more communities.” 

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[Virtual Lectures]  New College Foundation Announces the 2020-2021 New Topics Lecture Series

The New College Foundation announces the 2020-2021 season of New Topics, a six-part lecture series showcasing national speakers from a broad range of disciplines exploring topical issues. To mark New College’s 60th anniversary, this year’s series features noteworthy alumni whose New College experience prepared them for lives of note and careers of exceptional impact. The series runs October through March and will be presented via the Zoom platform. Each lecture will be presented at 5pm. Tickets are $10, and all proceeds go to fund student scholarships.  

Registration is required and can be made at ncf.edu/new-topics or by calling the New College events hotline at 941-487-4888.

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[Educational Programs]  Suncoast Technical College Partners with Florida Department of Education

Suncoast Technical College (STC) is excited to join forces with the Florida Department of Education (FDOE) for a new workforce education initiative aimed at raising awareness of short-term career and technical education programs. Get There Florida highlights the key benefits of the programs available locally in Sarasota, and to all Floridians statewide. “Get There accelerates student success, preparing them for their future and ensuring a talented workforce,” said Kathy Hebda, Chancellor of the Florida College System. “With 28 state colleges and 48 technical colleges and centers spanning the state, there is a program for everyone. Whether you’ve recently experienced job loss, graduated high school or are simply looking for a career change or opportunity to stack your credentials into a degree – we want to help you Get There.” 

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[Climate Change]  Sarasota County Democratic Jewish Caucus Presents “Climate Change: The Threat and the Opportunities”

The Sarasota County Democratic Jewish Caucus (SCDJC) will host guest speaker Dr. Mark Paul in “Climate Change: The Threat and the Opportunities” on Sunday, October 18, 11am.-12:30pm, via the Zoom platform. This virtual meeting is part of SCDJC’s “Nosh and Knowledge” series. Admission is free but registration is required. Visit www.mobilize.us/sarasotacountydec/event/326046/ to sign up. “It’s a human issue,” says Jerry Fleischer, SCDJC’s president. “That makes it a Jewish issue. Climate change is the greatest problem of the 21st century,” he says. “It’s an existential threat to our economy, our ecosystems and the human race. Although Florida’s subtropical region is especially vulnerable to sea level rise and catastrophic storms, we’ve failed to take action in many areas. We all need to take act now." 

For more information about the SCDJC, call 941-330-9400 or visit www.srqjewishdems.org.

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[New Project]  Firmo Construction to Build New Hampton Inn by Hilton in Downtown Fort Myers

Sarasota-based construction management firm, Firmo Construction, has been hired to build a new Hampton Inn by Hilton in Fort Myers. In partnership with hospitality and development group, HOS Management, from Savannah, Ga., the two companies will bring decades of experience with the Hilton brand to deliver a dynamic and modern, pandemic and tourist safe hotel to the heart of downtown Fort Myers. “Firmo is excited to partner with this leading hotel development team to bring the Fort Myers area a new hospitality opportunity,” said Eric Collin, President of Firmo Construction. “And with multiple completed Hilton builds in the Gulf Coast, I’m excited to continue our relationship with the Hilton brand.”  

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[COVID-19]  Limited Visitation to Resume at SMH

SMH leaders continually monitor COVID-19 indicators in our hospital and region, and have determined that we can safely lift some of our restrictions on hospital visitors. As of Monday, September 28, Sarasota Memorial will permit visitors for non-COVID-19 patients.

Visitor requirements:

  • Visitors must be age 18 or older.
  • Visitors must undergo a screening and temperature check.
  • Visitors are required to wear a mask that covers their nose and mouth at all times while in our facilities.
  • Visitors must stay in the patient’s room for the duration of their visit.
  • Vendor visits require advance hospital approval.

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[Schedule Change]  Van Wezel Announces Changes to 2020-2021 Season

The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall announces the following changes to the 2020-2021 season:

  • The new date for The Choir of Man’s Sarasota debut performance is January 30, 2022.
  • Renée Fleming’s performance on January 13, 2021 has been rescheduled to January 5, 2022.
  • The Russian National Ballet’s performance of Swan Lake on March 22, 2021 has been canceled.

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[Virtual Hearing]  Sarasota Residents Gather to Voice Concerns on Construction of Industrial Fish Farm

This Wednesday Sarasota residents will gather for a virtual hearing to share their concerns about a proposed permit for the first industrial aquaculture facility in the Gulf of Mexico. If permitted, the facility would grow thousands of fish in net pens in federal waters off the coast of Sarasota, releasing waste, pesticides and other pollutants directly into local ecosystems. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is currently poised to issue this permit without the opportunity for public input, so the organizers of the virtual hearing will record and deliver residents’ comments to public officials. This hearing follows several recent efforts from the White House and federal government to speed development in the Gulf of Mexico. The virutal Zoom hearing will be held  Wednesday, September 30 from 10:30am to 12pm. 

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[SOON]  SEMINAR: Privacy and Accountability: Not a Contradiction With Dr. Anita L. Allen , October 1

Dr. Allen will explore how ideals of freedom and moral responsibility for personal conduct can be squared. The pandemic of COVID 19 and increased state and industry surveillance raise this issue acutely. Anita L. Allen (’70-’74) is the Henry R. Silverman Professor of Law and professor of philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania. Allen is a global thought leader in the fields of privacy law, data protection and ethics. She is the chair of the board of the Electronic Privacy Information Center and has received EPIC’s Lifetime Achievement Award for 30 years of pioneering privacy scholarship and advocacy. Allen is one of the first African-American women to receive a doctorate in philosophy and the very first in history to be elected president of the American Philosophical Association. A prolific scholar, Allen has written and spoken about a wide range of topics, including privacy law, the philosophical basis of privacy, bioethics, women’s rights, and race relations. These issues mark the fault lines of American society—and explain the seismic shift in our law and culture.


[SOON]  MUSIC: Women of Note: A Celebration of Female Composers of the 19th and 20th Centuries , October 1 – October 12

As part of Florida Studio Theatre’s Suffragist Project, an artistic celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the ratification of women’s right to vote, this stellar all-female quartet which includes Artist Series Concerts co-founder Lee Dougherty Ross, performs pieces by Fanny Mendelssohn, Clara Schumann, Amy Beach and Marion Bauer. The concert was filmed in July 2020 at Church of the Palms in Sarasota. Women of Note is hosted by Marcy Miller, executive director of Artist Series, and features cameo appearances by Kate Alexander, Ariel Blue and Meg Gilbert. With Jenny Kim-Godfrey, soprano; Robyn Rocklein, mezzo soprano; Gail Berenson and Lee Dougherty Ross, piano.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Connections Documentary Film Series: Made in Boise , October 13, 2:30pm-4:30pm

In the conservative heartland of Boise, Idaho, a most unexpected industry has emerged— commercial surrogacy. Here, 1 in 15 mothers (most of whom are Mormon or Catholic) will carry a baby for strangers who struggle with infertility, for gay couples, and single men from around the world. The local hospital St. Luke’s, runs the most comprehensive surrogacy program of its kind with a network of community, medical, and legal support. Made in Boise is an eye-opening rare glimpse into how this red state became the unofficial surrogacy capital of the U.S. and is redefining family in unexpectedly progressive ways. This surprising story is beautifully told and heart-warming at every level. Tuition: $15. Member: $10. Registration closes on October 10 at 12am.


[SOON]  SEMINAR: Art Lecture Series with Baila Miller: Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict , October 20, 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.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: OLLI: Turbulent Times and their Effect on the 2020 Election , October 21, 3pm-4:30pm

After 47 years of teaching, Susan MacManus retired as Distinguished Professor Emerita of the department of Government and International Affairs at the University of South Florida-Tampa. She is author and co-author of over a dozen books and a sought-after nationally-known political analyst and noted commentator on state and national television news.

In the past, seniors have been America’s most dependable voters and were coveted by political can-didates because they historically voted at the greatest rate in elections. Nevertheless, the country has been undergoing an upheaval that has hard-ened political views and is causing the electorate to make decisions based more on personality than on political competence. Will the 2020 election bring unprecedented younger voters to the polls based on political issues, a trust of the principles of democracy, and a desire to see America regain its prominence in the world?

Called the “most-quoted political analyst in Florida,” Susan MacManus returns to Einstein’s Circle to share her experienced insight with us. She will talk about voting history, changing de-mographics in Florida, and what the numbers are telling us about the outcome of this very conten-tious race.


[SOON]  SEMINAR: Online: New College New Topics, Challenge and Response: Facing Hard Choices in a Time of Economic Crisis With William Dudley , November 12

Thanks to the pandemic, the United States plunged from a record-breaking economic expansion to a severe recession. What choices do we need to make to reverse that trend and secure our economic future? William Dudley (’71-’74) is a senior research scholar at Princeton University’s Center for Economic Policy Studies. He served as president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York from 2009 to 2018 and was also the vice chairman of the Federal Open Market Committee. In 2019, Dudley spoke about our nation’s record-breaking economic expansion. Shortly after, the pandemic cut that short. With breathtaking speed, the United States economy has plunged from its recent heights to the deepest recession in decades. The American economy is sick. What is Dudley’s prescription to bring the patient back to health? What choices must we make to jump-start a recovery? How long will it take to turn things around? Depending on our choices, Dudley will define the best-case and worst-case scenarios.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Violinist Max Tan with Joseph Holt Piano , November 3, 11am-12:15pm

Taiwanese American violinist Max Tan has been praised as “eloquent” by the New York Times and as a “warmly rhapsodic player” by the Boston Globe. As a winner at Artist Series Concerts’ 2018 National String Competition, an alumnus of the Perlman Music Program and a member of the Sarasota Orchestra, Tan is a welcome and familiar presence on Sarasota’s arts scene. He has also been the recipient of numerous other awards, most recently the 2019 Foote Prize from the Harvard Musical Association. He has been featured on WNYC/WQXR and on Belgian radio Musiq3 as a semifinalist in the 2019 Queen Elisabeth International Violin Competition. He has performed as a soloist with many orchestras including the Juilliard Orchestra, New Juilliard Ensemble, Longwood Symphony, Boston Philharmonic Youth, and Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestras. Tan performs on the 1701 “ex-Franko” Stradivarius on generous loan from the Juilliard School. Pianist, arranger and conductor Joseph Holt is director of artist programs for Artist Series Concerts and artistic director of Choral Artists of Sarasota. Dr. Holt served more than 20 years as principal pianist with the United States Army Chorus, performing for U.S. presidents, military officials and dignitaries from around the world. Tan and Dr. Holt perform a variety of works by the composers Tchaikovsky, Paganini, Beethoven, Ravel, Beach and Wieniawski. This program will be presented live at Michael’s On East as well as streamed for an online audience.

Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota , Michael’s On East, 1212 S. East Ave

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Art Lecture Series with Baila Miller: Photographer Francesca Woodman Lived 22 Years , November 17, 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.

[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.

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