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SRQ DAILY Dec 2, 2020

Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

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Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

"Our retail partners throughout the natural channel will now be able to offer this one-of-a-kind product to their environmentally-conscious consumers seeking alternatives to single-use plastics."

- Jose Fernandez, TEN Alkaline Spring Water

[Environment]  TEN Water Responds to Rising Consumer Concerns Over Single-Use Plastics with New Packaging
Brittany Mattie, brittany.mattie@srqme.com

TEN® Alkaline Spring Water, a commercial water company out of Boca Raton, FL, offers the highest pH water available at 10 pH, rich in electrolytes and hydration. TEN is sourced and bottled from natural springs, filtered by the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in underwater caves. These caves are natural quartzite and granite aquifers with rock so dense, they naturally filter the water to an incredibly pure state—free of chemicals, impurities or pollutants. Many other bottled waters, and filtered tap water, come to the consumer sourced from municipal sources or limestone aquifers and deliver non-absorbable calcium. Alas, TEN still finds itself guilty of being an industrial culprit in contributing to the concerning plastic plight worldwide—landing on the shelves of grocery stores packaged in single-use bottles just like its competitors. 

Keeping an earth-friendly mindset, the Florida-based company recently announced its distribution and expansion of new 12-ounce sustainable aluminum cans with national partners, United Natural Foods (UNFI) and KEHE Group. The more eco-friendly packaging was introduced in an effort to reduce plastic waste before the close of 2020 and beyond to combat the significant uptick of single-use plastic consumption this past year as the entire nation stocked up on COVID provisions and essentials (bottled water) throughout quarantine. 

In a response to rising pollution concerns, the company launched the first aluminum can of 10pH alkaline water on the market in a convenient and sustainable 8-pack carton, which are now available at Sarasota and Manatee County Whole Foods and Publix locations. “With national distribution through UNFI and Kehe,” says Jose Fernandez, chief executive officer for TEN, “our long-standing retail partners throughout the natural channel will now be able to offer this one-of-a-kind product to their environmentally-conscious consumers seeking alternatives to single-use plastics.” 

Photo courtesy of TEN Alkaline Spring Water

[Shopping]  Wyland Foundation Jewels Made with Recycled Metals and Stones to Benefit Healthy Oceans
Brittany Mattie, brittany.mattie@srqme.com

Founded by renowned marine life artist and conservationist Wyland, the widely-recognized Wyland Galleries' 501c3 non-profit organization, Wyland Foundation, continues to inspire lifelong stewardship of the planet's waters. From oceans and lakes to rivers, streams and wetlands, the foundation designs and creates pieces of art through science, research and community engagement programs. For the holidays, Wyland Foundation recently launched a line of sustainable jewels of aquatic-themed pieces in gold, platinum and silver. Free of lead and nickel, each piece of marine animal-inspired jewelry is hand-crafted in So-Cal and made with recycled metal and natural stones. 

All proceeds directly support the Wyland Foundation's annual education campaigns for clean water and healthy oceans. The goal is to bring attention to water quality, availability, and the importance of safe, reliable water distribution systems which have become issues of national interest in recent years. Thousands participate every year and participants have pledged to save billions of gallons of water in addition to practicing greener lifestyles.

Shop the collection here or at Wyland Gallery, 314 John Ringling Blvd. Sarasota, 941-388-5331. 

Photo courtesy of Wyland Foundation

[Boys & Girls Clubs]  Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County changes its name to reflect a new milestone

Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County announced a change to its name to better reflect its impact on the communities the nonprofit serves. With the addition of its sixth Club location in Arcadia, the organization formally changed its name to Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties.

“This announcement means so much more to our organization than just a name change,” said Bill Sadlo, President/CEO. “This evolution of our brand is a testament to five decades of impact on thousands of local youth and families across our region. Now, more than ever, we are committed to the success of our future leaders in both Sarasota County and DeSoto County.”

The organization is currently celebrating its 50th anniversary, and Sadlo says this name change could not have come at a better time.

“The new name is the perfect platform to launch into our next 50 years as a leader in positive youth development,” he said. “As we embark on this new era, we are positioned to provide even greater opportunities to those we serve through bold initiatives, including capital projects and enhanced programming and safety efforts in Arcadia, Newtown and North Port.”

To learn more, visit bgcsdc.org

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[New Hire]  Isabel Anchin Becker Joins Glasser/Schoenbaum Board

The board of The Glasser/Schoenbaum Human Services Center welcomes Isabel Anchin Becker to join their efforts in supporting the human services nonprofit community at the Campus of Caring. Dr. Kameron Hodgens, Executive Director and CEO says, "It is our honor to welcome Isabel to our board as she continues her family’s legacy of support and visionary leadership."  

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[Clothing Donations]  Goodwill Provides Gift Certificate to Streets of Paradise to Purchase Warm Coats for Clients

In late November - just before the cold front moved through Florida - Goodwill Manasota provided a gift certificate to nonprofit organization Streets of Paradise so that volunteer Karin Ireland could purchase warm coats for clients. Streets of Paradise, whose headquarters is located on U.S. 301 in Sarasota, seeks to combat homelessness in Sarasota County. In order to maximize available funds, Ireland reported that she planned to use the gift certificate at Goodwill's Bargain Barn, where apparel is sold by the pound. Each year, Goodwill Manasota provides gift cards and vouchers to multiple agencies and schools that serve people in need as well as those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. The organization also provides clothing, gently-used attire that is generously donated by community members, throughout the year for agencies with clients in need. For more information, go to experiencegoodwill.org. 

Pictured: Goodwill Manasota vice president of mission services Margie Genter presents a gift certificate - for the purchase of warm coats for clients - to Streets of Paradise volunteer Karin Ireland.

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[Recognition]  Fergeson Skipper Awarded 2021 Best Law Firm by U.S. News Best Lawyers

Fergeson Skipper, P.A. is pleased to announce the firm has received Tier 1 Rankings in the 2021 Edition of U.S. News and World Report – Best Lawyers list of "Best Law Firms" for its tax law and trusts and estates law practices. This is the third consecutive year the Suncoast firm has achieved the honor. “We are proud to be recognized for professional excellence from our clients and peers," said the firm's president, Michelle Lajoie Hermey. "Best Law Firm achievement reflects our quality of work and breadth of legal expertise. We congratulate our attorneys who consistently achieve Best Lawyers’ highest honors."  

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[Achievement]  Grand Longboat Key Estate Sets New Residential Record

An architectural masterwork along the shores of Longboat Key closed today for $16.5 million, making it the highest registered residential purchase ever in the tri-county region. Michael Moulton of Michael Saunders & Company represented the sellers of the iconic Venetian-style estate located at 845 Longboat Club Road behind the gates of the exclusive Longboat Key Club. Moulton has represented the property since its initial listing in 2017. 

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[Spirit of Giving ]  Now Online: The Spirit of Giving

Twenty-five Spirit of Giving Champions share their stories with our readers in the SRQ December 2020 edition, which is now available to view online and download

Learn how philanthropically-minded companies and individuals engage the community through an incredibly vibrant ecosystem of nonprofit organizations powering good. 

Click here to view the feature

[SOON]  MUSEUM: The Ringling: Being Seen: Recent Photography Acquisitions , April 19 – January 3, Museum hours.

Curated from The Ringling’s photography collection, this exhibition features works by photographers who examine the complexities of identity and the staging of selfhood. Consisting primarily of self-portraits and portraits of empowered subjects, these works explore personal agency at the intersection of politics and the female body. Many of the artists in the exhibition are recognized as leading voices in contemporary art and offer diverse perspectives on issues surrounding power, sexuality, and self-representation. Each photograph presents a unique invitation to renew the dialogue on the authority of the gaze in the twentieth-first century. Being Seen also includes numerous works by significant women photographers from the twentieth century, added to the collection in recent years. This exhibition offers visitors a rare opportunity to explore themes of agency, visibility, and gender through the lens of a broader historical context. This exhibit began April 19, 2020 and will end on January 3, 2021, during museum hours.

The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Road

[SOON]  HEALTH: Van Wezel: Bay Park Yoga , November 21 – December 26, 9:30am-10:30am

Relax, stretch and enjoy a free fulfilling yoga session every Saturday from November 21 until December 26, 2020 from 9:30am to 10:30am on the Sarasota’s scenic bayfront while instructor Erin Hurter guides you along the way. Participants should plan to bring their own yoga mat and water bottle.

Van Wezel Lawn

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Holiday Splendor: Drive-Thru Toy Donation Experience , December 3, 6pm-8pm

The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art invites the community to a very special holiday event on The Ringling campus. Join The Ringling in supporting the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots, serving Sarasota and Manatee counties. The social distancing/Covid safe event, held December 3 from 6pm to 8pm, is a new twist on the traditional Holiday Splendor toy drive. Christina Fraser, Director of Events at The Ringling said, "We love working with the Toys for Tots program and were committed to finding a way to participate this year, even with Covid precautions in place. We have created a unique and safe experience in which guests will drive through the beautiful Ringling grounds. This year instead of having live performances by local school groups, we will be showcasing giant Christmas cards that children have created for the event. We are grateful to live in such a generous community and hope that people will join us in making Christmas brighter for area children." Cars will drive through the Central Campus Gate and complete the loop around the Museum of Art and exit via the South Gate. In exchange for unwrapped new toys, guests driving through will receive a $5 off coupon for their next visit to the Museum. Metz Catering will serve free cocoa and cookies. All toys should be new and unwrapped.

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Virtual: Mote Marine: Black in Marine Science Empowerment Panel , December 3, 12pm-1pm

Join us virtually on December 3, 2020 from 12pm to 1pm to learn more about what it means to be Black in Marine Sciences from our featured panelists. Educators and students can register for direct access to the panel. Contact MarSci-LACE Project Coordinator for details. The public can watch this event streamed live on YouTube: youtu.be/ALcJ04yHONQ. Featured panelists include Jasmin Graham, Shark Science, Amanda Hodo, Aquarium Science, and Alex Troutman, Wetland Ecology. Objectives include learning about several career options in marine science, engaging in discussions about the importance of diversity in marine science, and exploring the many paths to marine science.

Online, Online

[SOON]  MUSIC: The Hermitage: Illuminating the Transcendent , December 4, 5pm

The Hermitage Artist Retreat’s popular beachfront series continues with “Illuminating the Transcendent,” with composers Krists Auznieks and Robert Pound and poet Jason Schneiderman, Friday, December 4, 5 p.m. These outdoor, beachside events are at the Hermitage, 6660 Manasota Key Road, Englewood. Admission is free but registration is required at HermitageArtistRetreat.org. Capacity will be limited to accommodate safe social distancing, so early reservations are recommended. Masks are strongly encouraged.

The Hermitage, 6660 Manasota Key Road, Englewood

[SOON]  BUSINESS: 530 Burns Gallery: Julie Vos Pop-Up Event , November 30 – December 2, 10am-6pm

Join us for the Julie Vos Pop-Up Event November 30 until December 2, 2020 Monday through Wednesday between 10am and 6pm. Shop all your favorite looks for the holidays. We continue to practice social distancing, wear masks, and complete frequent sanitizing protocols. If you would prefer virtual shopping, please email or call us to set up a time that works best for you.

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: 2020 Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony , December 5, 6pm

Newtown Community presents 2020 Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony at Fredd "Glossie" Atkins Park on Saturday, December 5, 2020 at 6pm. Help give local children a special holiday with a toy drop off at 1782 Dr. MLK Jr. Way. Free event, masks are required.

[SOON]  MUSEUM: Virtual: The Ringling: Gallery Talk, Kabuki Modern , December 2, 1pm

Join Rhiannon Paget, Curator of Asian Art, for an overview of the exhibition Kabuki Modern at 1pm on December 2, 2020. Actors of kabuki, Japan’s distinctive form of popular theater, were superstars between the 17th and early 20th centuries, and continue to command cultural and celebrity status today. Kabuki Modern presents superb recent acquisitions of kabuki portraits between 1868 and the 1950s. $5 / Free for Members.


[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Drive-Thru Winter Wonderland Experience and Holiday Toy Drive , December 5, 4pm-7pm

Join Safe Place And Rape Crisis Center from 4pm to 7pm on December 5, 2020 at 2139 Main Street for a "touchless" drop-off event and winter wonderland experience to make the holiday season extra special for survivors and their children and raise funds to help SPARCC’s life-saving, free and confidential programs and services.

Safe Place And Rape Crisis Center, 2139 Main Street

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Bard in the Yard: Taming of the Shrew , December 6, 6:30pm

In this film adaptation of the classic Shakespeare play, Grumio (Cyril Cusack) and Hortensio (Victor Spinetti) both long to wed the same beautiful young woman. Unfortunately, her wealthy father (Michael Hordern) will not let his daughter marry unless her hot-tempered sister, Katherina (Elizabeth Taylor), also has a suitor. Luckily, the slovenly Petruchio (Richard Burton) is looking for an affluent woman to marry, so Grumio and Hortensio pay him to try to woo the extremely volatile Katherina. This program will take outside in the Benfer Courtyard on December 6, 2020 at 6:30pm. Tickets will be available starting 30 days prior to the screening date. Available seating will be marked to ensure social distancing. For your protection from COVID-19 cloth face coverings will be required to enter the theater. Be sure it covers your nose and mouth. Stay 6 feet away from people who are not in your household. Due to rising COVID cases and safety concerns this event is subject to cancellation. Ticket holders will be notified and refunded if the screening is canceled.

Historic Asolo Theater Benfer Courtyard, 5401 Bay Shore Road

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