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SRQ DAILY Oct 28, 2020

Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

"Patients are encouraged to experience their immersive life review, an important process for anyone facing end of life, by revisiting significant places from their past, and check off bucket list items, all through the immersive experience that VR offers."

- Tidewell Hospice on their new Virtual Reality Technology

-Bright Brews, as seen in SRQ's November 2020 edition. Click here to read the full article.
[Senior Wellness]  Tidewell Hospice Rolls out Largest Virtual Service in Hospice Care
Brittany Mattie, brittany.mattie@srqme.com

Tidewell Hospice is deploying the largest virtual reality rollout in hospice care history for the 1,100+ patients they serve daily in Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte and DeSoto counties. Rendever, the leading provider for VR technology for seniors, aids with memory care and helps overcome social isolation. Tidewell is able to enhance its care programs by now providing patients and their loved ones moments of enjoyment and relief from pain and loneliness. "The VR platform allows groups of people to leave the four walls of their residence and engage with the world in ways they never thought possible," Tidewell shares. "Patients are encouraged to experience their immersive life review, an important process for anyone facing end of life, by revisiting significant places from their past, and check off bucket list items – all through the immersive experience that VR offers." 

Clinical staff members have been trained to use the VR headsets in the assisted-living, long-term care, home and hospice house settings. Clinical Director Harris Zeliff recently facilitated a VR session at the Sarasota Hospice House with a patient and the patient’s wife , both of whom had never tried VR before. “It was an amazing experience for everyone, myself included,” Zeliff said. “We went skydiving, enjoyed an elephant safari, explored a volcano and visited the International Space Station. The patient and his wife had a friendly competition popping virtual balloons. At the end of our experience, we relaxed with the technology’s meditation app, which guided them through breathing techniques while in a calming meadow.”

The Tidewell Foundation, Inc. received a pair of grants that assisted with the purchase of Rendever's equipment and accessories. The Lakewood Ranch Community Fund provided funds for headsets and iPads at the Lakewood Ranch Hospice House. The J. Milton & Nellie E. Hoffa Memorial Foundation funded headsets and iPads for the Tidewell Hospice unit at Venice Regional Bayfront Health.

“Social isolation and loneliness was classified as an epidemic within the aging demographic long before the COVID-19 pandemic hit. With quarantine restrictions and physical distancing measures in place to keep older adults safe, the issue has been exacerbated and the data around loneliness and depression are absolutely alarming," says Cofounder and CEO of Rendever, Kyle Rand. "There has never been a more important time to keep older adults engaged and connected. It is incredibly gratifying to be a part of the solution and witness the impact that Rendever is already having on Tidewell’s patients. We are so delighted to work with their dedicated team to bring joy and connection to the hospice patients they serve."  

Photo courtesy of Rendever.

[New Shows]  Sarasota Opera Adds Matinee to Fall Season Performances

 By popular demand, an additional “Live from the Sarasota Opera House” concert featuring favorite opera selections by Verdi, Rossini, Puccini, Wagner, and Mozart, accompanied by piano, is now scheduled for Sunday, November 15th at 1:30 pm. The concert will feature the same repertoire as the Friday, November 13th performance. Tickets $25-45. A limited number of seats are still available for the Friday, November 13th 7:30 pm performance, and tickets for the live stream are available at $10. The live stream will be available for viewing for two weeks.  

Visit SarasotaOpera.org or call the Box Office at 941-328-1300 for tickets or more information.

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[New Shows]  The Perlman Music Program/Suncoast Announces Three New Virtual Concerts

The PMP Alumni: At Home virtual concert series, presented by The Perlman Music Program/Suncoast, continues in November and December with performances by three alumni of The Perlman Music Program. On Sunday, November 1 at 7:30pm, violinist Max Tan visits Sarasota and hosts a free live Zoom presentation featuring a recorded performance of Poulenc’s Sonata for Violin and Piano, with Marisa Gupta on piano. On Thursday, November 19 beginning at 11am, PMP Alumni: At Home features a virtual recital by Hungarian violinist Erno Kallai.  The concert will be available at PerlmanSuncoast.org and on the PerlmanSuncoast YouTube Channel. Last, on Thursday, December 10 at 11am our virtual series continues with a recital by cellist Sterling Elliott, available at PerlmanSuncoast.org and on the PerlmanSuncoast YouTube Channel. 

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[Public Health]  City Commission to Resume In-Person Meetings November 2

The Sarasota City Commission will resume in-person meetings next week, with capacity limited at City Hall and other procedural changes in place to protect public health during the COVID-19 pandemic. High-quality air filters have been installed in the commission chambers to prevent transmission of airborne diseases such as COVID-19. Commissioners and other City staff who must be present will be rapid-tested for coronavirus before meetings begin, and there will be frequent meeting breaks to allow for cleaning of the dais, presenter’s table and speaker’s podium by Facilities staff. 

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[New Hire]  The Sarasota Bay Estuary Program Welcomes New Executive Director Dr. David Tomasko

The Sarasota Bay Estuary Program (SBEP) is announcing a transition in leadership following the retirement of SBEP Executive Director Mark Alderson, who has served in the position since SBEP’s inception in 1989. On November 9, 2020, Dr. David Tomasko will join SBEP as Executive Director. "I am looking forward to working with SBEP to build on their long-standing efforts to protect and restore the health of Sarasota Bay,” said Dr. Tomasko. Together with local stakeholders and policy makers, we can secure a healthy and resilient bay for residents and visitors, as well as for future generations." 

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[New Building]  Fawley Bryant Architecture Completes Batting Tunnel for the St. Louis Cardinals

Fawley Bryant Architecture recently completed the design and build of a 9,307 SF batting tunnel for the St. Louis Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Florida. The project served as a catalyst for upcoming improvements, additions, and renovations to the Cardinals’ spring training complex that will also be led by the Sarasota/Bradenton firm. “Many organizations recommended the team at Fawley Bryant. As soon as we started working together, it was evident why,” said Dan Good, VP of Business Development for the St. Louis Cardinals baseball organization. The collaboration is the latest addition to Fawley Bryant’s growing sports portfolio that includes projects with the Atlanta Braves, Pittsburgh Pirates and Miami Marlins baseball teams, along with Gatorade, Under Armour, PBR Sports Performance, IMG Academy, Prince Tennis and Binghamton University.  

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[New Hire]  Williams Parker Continues Growth with Addition of Kimbrell J. Hines Along with Three New Associates

Williams Parker is pleased to announce Kimbrell J. Hines has joined the firm as a law clerk focusing in the area of labor and employment law. The firm is also pleased to announce it will be adding three new associates from its 2020 Summer Associate Program. Law students Adrienne Phillips and Hayleigh Sawyer are expected to join the firm in late summer 2021 after completing the Florida Bar exam, and Jesse Hubers will join the firm after completing his LLM program and the Florida Bar exam in February 2022. “The firm is delighted to have Kimbrell with us, and we look forward to Adrienne, Hayleigh, and Jesse joining,” said Ric Gregoria, president of Williams Parker. “We are fortunate to experience continued growth and to be able to expand our ranks with top talent.” 

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[In This Issue]  Subject to Change
Andrew Fabian, andrew.fabian@srqme.com

In the wake of COVID-19, performance arts organizations scrambled toward an uncertain future. 

Click here to read the full article in SRQ's November 2020 edition.

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Online Learning Labs: Mote Marine High School Program , October 7 – December 2

Mote’s Learning Labs are a series of virtual, interactive college and career preparatory labs that will provide students the opportunity to develop and hone professional skills for future STEM careers. Participants will gain basic knowledge in marine science concepts and experience in lab/field work. Additionally, marine science professionals will introduce participants to a variety of career opportunities and conduct career explorations. The intention of this program is to offer participants a head start toward their future goals in STEM and advance the next generation of STEM professionals. Learning Labs take place monthly on Wednesdays from 5pm to 8pm, via secure Zoom webinar. Registration for each Learning Lab is $10 and covers all necessary materials for your session.

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Selby: 45th Anniversary Orchid Show: Women Breaking the Glasshouse Ceiling , October 10 – November 29

The year the land for Selby Gardens' Downtown Sarasota campus was purchased is also a momentous one in women's history. The dynamic display in the Tropical Conservatory celebrates the Suffrage Movement and the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, granting women the right to vote. The Museum of Botany & the Arts will showcase our preserved plant collections. Our Historic Spanish Point campus Gazebo will also receive the Orchid Show treatment and pay tribute to Sarasota pioneer Bertha Palmer. This year marks the 45th anniversary of the official opening of Marie Selby Botanical Gardens' Downtown Sarasota campus. To celebrate, the Orchid Show will honor founder, Marie Selby, and highlight the accomplishments of the many notable women who have built on her legacy and helped to make Selby Gardens home to the best scientifically-documented collection of orchids in the world. The year the land for Selby Gardens' Downtown Sarasota campus was purchased is also a momentous one in women's history. The dynamic display in the Tropical Conservatory celebrates the Suffrage Movement and the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, granting women the right to vote. The Museum of Botany & the Arts will showcase our preserved plant collections. Our Historic Spanish Point campus Gazebo will also receive the Orchid Show treatment and pay tribute to Sarasota pioneer Bertha Palmer. 

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 1534 Mound Street Sarasota, 34236

[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]  GRAB BAG: 2020 AIA Gulf Coast Sarasota Design Conference , October 29 – November 1

For over three decades, AIA Florida Gulf Coast Chapter has hosted the Sarasota Design Conference, a unique event in a unique city. The Conference aims to be motivational for both attendees and speakers and has created a history of featuring design-innovative speakers both established and up-and-coming who are able to interact with their attendees in a casual setting that encourages dialog and learning. This biennial event is well attended by industry professionals, primarily architects in the Florida Caribbean region. Registration for virtual attendance is open now through October 25, 2020

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Selby Spooktacular , October 31, 10am-5pm

Join Selby for family-friendly Halloween fun at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. Everyone is encouraged to wear their Halloween costume and enjoy the wide-open spaces at Selby Gardens' Downtown Sarasota and Historic Spanish Point campuses. Guests 12 and under in costume will receive a special Halloween goodie bag (while supplies last). Be sure to pick up a copy of the Garden Discovery Guide for fun activities like bird bingo and plant hunts.


[SOON]  FESTIVAL: SarasotaMOD Weekend , November 6 – November 8
Please join in celebrating the architectural legacy of Carl Abbott FAIA at this year's SarasotaMOD.
[SOON]  FOOD: Glow Table Dinner , November 6, 7-9:30pm

It's time to celebrate safely, joyously, and with great food all while being entertained between meal courses with skillful, artistic cirque performers.  Glow Table DInner, presented by Lamborghini Sarasota, will highlight its first of several magical dining experiences utilizing their chic, colorful dining tables with tempered glass on Friday, November 6, 2020 in Lakewood Ranch, FL, just off Main Street, in front of Grove's restaurant and ballroom.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Online: Selby Gardens Fall Lunch in the Gardens , November 11, 11:30am-1pm

Co-chairs Ariane Dart and Pauline L. Wamsler cordially invite you to the in celebration of Selby Gardens' 45th Anniversary Orchid Show: Women Breaking the Glasshouse Ceiling. While we cannot be together in-person, all attendees will enjoy a delicious lunch while creating a unique floral design led virtually by one of Washington, D.C.’s most sought-after floral designers, Sarah von Pollaro, Founder, of Urban Petals Floral Design.Proceeds from Lunch in the Gardens support Selby Gardens' community outreach education programs; international research and conservation; and beautiful, world-class horticulture displays. It is their hope that they can help children and families develop an appreciation for nature.


[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Empty Bowls Fundraiser , November 12 – November 13, 11am-1pm

Join celebrating the 20th Anniversary of our annual Empty Bowls Fundraiser. While the luncheon this year will look very different, the purpose is the same, uniting to show support for the critical work of Meals on Wheels PLUS through The Food Bank of Manatee. With a generous sponsorship, you can treat your staff/organization to a socially-distanced appreciation luncheon with an assortment of soups, fresh-baked bread, and dessert delivered from our event to your location. Show your support for Meals on Wheels PLUS and The Food Bank of Manatee. The fundraiser will be held from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm on November 12, 2020 at Manatee Performing Arts Center 503 3rd Avenue West in Fowntown Bradenton and on November 13, 2020 at Main Street in Lakewood Ranch.

Manatee Performing Arts Center, Nov 12: 503 3rd Avenue West, Downtown Bradenton Nov 13: Main Street, Lakewood Ranch

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Big Cat Habitat Annual Wild-O-Ween , October 31, 12-4pm

Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary is hosting its annual kid friendly Wild-O-Ween Halloween event Oct 31. The events will be held during normal admission times from 12 to 4pm, for the regular admission prices of $20 for adults and $10 for children ages three to 12. Children under two and active military and veterans are admitted free. Events include costume and mummy wrapping contests, a live animal demonstration and pony rides. Children also can participate in pumpkin bowling and pumpkin painting.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Boo at The Bishop , October 31, 10am-2pm

The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature invites you to a special Halloween-themed family day of spooky science and fantastic physics. You won't want to miss Phreaky Physics a one-day-only show about black holes at 11am and 12:30pm in The Planetarium. During Boo at The Bishop, you can stop at the spooky selfie station, discover an eerie science experiment and real fossils, and explore the Museum with a Halloween-themed scavenger hunt

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