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SRQ DAILY Feb 10, 2021

Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

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Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

"We are happy to partner with Goodwill to ensure that community members have access to life-changing supports such as VITA,"

- Bronwyn Beightol, Chief Impact Officer for United Way Suncoast

[Celebration]  Humane Society of Sarasota County Celebrates its 69th Birthday
Brittany Mattie, brittany.mattie@srqme.com

Sixty-nine years ago, the Humane Society of Sarasota County (HSSC) was formed as the area's first animal welfare organization and no-kill shelter. Yesterday, February 9, the HSSC team celebrated the private nonprofit’s 69th birthday with an animal “paw-ty” for its furry residents and the staff. The celebration also extends to all the animals currently residing n the shelter who don’t have a known birthday. In addition to the party and "good boy / good girl" treats, an anonymous donor gifted the organization and animals a birthday gift that'll keep on giving–sponsoring the next 20 adoptions, paying for all fees and adoption costs.

“Every animal in the shelter will get a special birthday treat, including pupcakes provided by Woof Gang Bakery & Grooming - Sarasota, cookies from DOGPerfect - Sarasota as well as popsicles and cat snacks made by the executive director of the Humane Society of Sarasota County, Anna Gonce. “We are entering into an amazing year for the organization, for our staff and, of course, our beloved pets," says Gonce. "we are so grateful to all the donors and volunteers who have supported us."

 With almost seven decades under its belt, its mission remains the same–to find a safe and loving home for every adoptable pet the shelter houses. "It is amazing to see how far we have come from the tiny house on 15th."  

To view available pets, visit hssc.org/adoption/  

Photoo of the Animal Paw-ty yesterday, courtesy of @Humansocietysrq

Humane Society of Sarasota County, 2331 15th St., Sarasota, 941-955-4131.

[Tax Help]  Goodwill and United Way Partner to Provide Free Tax Preparation

Goodwill Manasota is partnering with United Way Suncoast to provide free tax preparation services in Sarasota County to low- to moderate-income households. Starting on February 13 and continuing through April 14, volunteers will assist with free tax preparation at Goodwill’s North Sarasota (5150 N. Tamiami Tr.) and Venice (676 S. Tamiami Tr.) locations. “We are happy to partner with Goodwill to ensure that community members have access to life-changing supports such as VITA,” said Bronwyn Beightol, Chief Impact Officer UWS. “Our partnership will make it possible for more of our ALICE families and individuals to take advantage of this free service.” 

Pictured: A VITA volunteer assists a community member during the 12-hour VITA Tax-a-Thon event in Tampa in 2020.

Click here for more information.

[Recognition]  Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties Names 2021 Youth of the Year

On February 5, Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties presented its prestigious 2021 Youth of the Year title to local high school student Jorge Hernandez-Perez during its Steak & Burger drive-in celebration. "This program fosters a new generation of leaders, fully prepared to live and lead in a diverse, global and integrated world," said Bill Sadlo, President/CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties. "As our 2021 Youth of the Year, Jorge will go on to the state competition with the chance to advance to the regional and national competitions." 

Click here for more information.

[New Grant]  All Faiths Food Bank Receives $115,000 in Support of the Backpack Program and Hunger Relief Programs

In support of the Backpack program which provides children and students with nutritious snacks, and our programs that provide hunger relief to children, families, seniors and veterans in our community. All Faiths Food Bank recently received grants and support from the following foundations:  $6,000 from The Cook Family Foundation in support of the Backpack program, $30,000 from the Roberta Leventhal Sudakoff Foundation in support of the Backpack program, $40,000 from the Harry Sudakoff Foundation in support of the Backpack program, $10,000 from the Culverhouse Family Foundation in support of hunger relief programs and $29,000 from the Wells Fargo Foundation in support of hunger relief programs.  

Click here for more information.

[Education Foundation of Sarasota County]  FAFSA Help for Families

The Florida College Access Network estimates, “Each year Florida students leave $100 million dollars on the table!” 

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) can seem overwhelming, and some families incorrectly assume that they need not bother because their students would not qualify for aid. 

The FAFSA is worth taking time to complete because: 

  • Financial aid is not just for low-income students. 
  • Many scholarships, grants and other types of merit-based awards require the FAFSA information. 
  • Technical college students are eligible for financial aid; it is not limited to traditional college or university students.   

Help in completing the FAFSA is available at no charge to students and families. PLANit Sarasota, the local college access network, is providing FAFSA open houses, with trained volunteers, in February virtually or at LaunchPad4U, the Education Foundation of Sarasota’s community resource center located in the Rosemary District. 

For hours, locations and more details, visit edfoundationsrq.org/fafsa 

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[Fundraising]  National Pediatric Cancer Foundation Fundraiser Fashion Funds the Cure

Fashion Funds the Cure is a nationwide runway tour shares the story of local children battling cancer and weaves their dreams for the future into a high-fashion, upscale event. Sarasota locals can enjoy the event on March 6th at the Mall at university Town center. Guests will enjoy live entertainment, the latest fashion designs, delicious bites and beverages, and passionate community leaders, Fashion Funds the Cure is truly an event to remember.  

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[New Grant]  First Step of Sarasota Receives $4M Grant from Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

First Step of Sarasota announces it was awarded a $4M grant over the next 2 years from Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to become a Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) under their expansion Program. CCBHC Certification will further allow First Step of Sarasota to strengthen partnerships with local non-profits, medical communities, law enforcement agencies, judicial systems and schools to provide the necessary support and outreach services that are part of the designation. 

[Job Opportunity ]  ALSO Youth in Search of New Executive Director for Expanded Operations

ALSO Youth’s work to support the LGBTQ community has officially expanded (with the merger of Prism Youth Initiative in Manatee County) and is now searching for a new Executive Director to lead the combined non-profit serving both Sarasota and Manatee counties. The two nonprofits finalized their merger late last year to become a united organization. ALSO Youth has focused on advocacy, leadership, support and outreach for LGBTQ youth since 1992 – while Prism began its likeminded work to empower LGBTQ youth in Manatee County in 2010. Despite the year’s many challenges with COVID that forced most of the services to go virtual over the past year, ALSO Youth has been moving forward during COVID due to the tremendous community support for the organization and the dedication of its growing board and staff. ALSO Youth has resumed in-person programming at its Sarasota headquarters and Bradenton location. The new Executive Director will act as the CEO of ALSO Youth Sarasota/Manatee and is responsible for the overall administration and management of the Center(s), including: all personnel, fiscal and operational matters. The Executive Director will provide leadership in executing ALSO YOUTH strategy and oversight on all programs, services, fundraising development, and community outreach. 

For more information, and applicants, please submit resume and questions to: resumes@alsoyouth.org

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[New Installation ]  B&I Provides Florida Gulf Coast University Indoor Air Quality Solutions

Florida Gulf Coast University has taken proactive measures to help safeguard its students, faculty and staff in buildings throughout the campus. B&I Contractors and Commercial Air Management recently partnered with the university to install of fifty-two bipolar ionization units inside air handlers in thirteen different buildings on the FGCU campus. These energy-efficient needlepoint bipolar ionization units are designed to reduce particulate matter, odors and pathogens such as bacteria, mold and viruses––including COVID-19. 

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[New Hire]  Community Leaders Join Doctors Hospital Board of Trustees

Three prominent local leaders have joined the Board of Trustees at Doctors Hospital of Sarasota. Robert Browning, MD, Erin McLeod, and Veronica Thames will serve on the hospital board for three-year terms. 

[In This Issue]  Plenty of Horsepower
Ariel Chates, ariel.chates@srqme.com

Fallen Pine Farm raises 50 mini horses with big hearts. 

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

[SOON]  FOOD: Selby Gardens: Garden to Plate Wine Dinner , March 5, 6pm-9pm

Join us in the Gardens for a casually-elegant and safe outdoor Garden to Plate dining experience on March 5 from 6pm to 9pm at the Downtown Sarasota Campus. Socially distanced tables will be set for guests on the Great Lawn where you will enjoy fine wines selected by Michael Klauber that complement a multi-course dinner personally designed by Phil Mancini. This year's event will look a bit different. Rather than one long table, we will have multiple tables set up under the Banyans.  Guests may choose from a variety of table sizes (two to eight guests at each) to allow for social distancing.  All guests will be contacted prior to the event to confirm these details.

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Guerrilla Art Market , February 13, 5pm-10pm

A Burg favorite, local art market kicks back off Saturday, February 13 from 5pm to 10pm at Bayboro Brewing at 2390 5th Avenue South in St. Petersburg. Bayboro Brewing is right on the ArtWalk trail so be sure to stop in as you make the rounds. The Guerrilla Art Market presents the best in approachable and original local art with the freshest emerging artists in the Tampa Bay area. The market will feature individual artist exhibits, food from M-N-M BBQ and live music from Quaid Bastian aka Day Labor. Get into St. Pete’s local culture and buy original work by many artists whose creations can be seen around town on the walls and streets of St. Pete. Artists working in all 2D and 3D media are encouraged to apply for upcoming markets. There is no cost to participate. Spaces are limited and selected artists will be notified no later than two weeks before each event. For artist submissions, please send a brief bio and work samples to guerrillaartmarket@gmail.com.

[SOON]  FOOD: Vegan Valentine , February 13

The day before Valentine's Day, The Bazaar on Apricot & Lime welcomes VEGAN-focused vendors to the outside courtyard for a unique pop-up market. Come learn more about being vegan, listen to live music, and pick up some last-minute gifts for your loved ones. Come hug the adorable rescues from Florida Skunk Recuse and meet these Participating vendors including Lelu Coffee, Little Sweet Vegan, Catalyst Creamery, Mad Wolfe Designs, Arbonne, Dharma Dog, Humble Honey and Navi Brand. Hamlet's Eatery will be open for lunch as well as the 25+ vendors inside The Bazaar. Live Music by Sabrina McClenithan The event is outside and free to attend. Located at 821 Apricot Avenue.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Virtual: SaraSolo WinterFest: An Evening With Gwendolyn? , February 9 – February 13, 7pm, 8:15pm, 3:15pm

An Evening With Gwendolyn? premieres on February 9 and will play on February 11 and February 13. The performance was conceived and performed by Eileen Earnest, written by Edgar Allan Poe. Gwendolyn Crosley, wife of inventor Powel Crosley, thoroughly enjoyed last night's séance. It's a shame she didn't get to speak with her favorite author, Edgar Allan Poe. She did make contact with an enigmatic friend of his, Sarah Royster. Alas, the encounter was brief and Gwendolyn returned home alone. Or did she? Eileen is an actor, improviser, and singer based in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is a member of OTRimprov (Citybeat Magazine's Best Improv Troupe 2014-2020) and ComedySportz Cincinnati, a Red Nose Doc for Healthy Humor Inc (Cincinnati Children's Hospital), a detective with Cincinnati Dinner Detective, and 50% of the comedy team, Two Sketchy Dames. In 2019, she became the Associate Artistic Director of Powel Crosley Theatre in Sarasota, FL.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Virtual: SaraSolo WinterFest: As Live As It Gets These Days , February 9 – February 13, 8:15pm and 7pm

As Live As It Gets These Days will play on February 9, 12 and 13. It was conceived and performed by Stevie Coyle. Songs, tunes and stories. Stevie Is proud as Punch to be returning to the SaraSolo Festival, even though this time he will be much smaller and much, much flatter. Grammar school spelling bee champ, altar boy, ardent Catholic, Ventures fan, guitarist, complicit in Folk Masses, high school drama freak, senior class vice president, seminarian, theatre/theology major, commercial & voiceover actor, theme park announcer, stage manager/actor, touring musician, guitar shop owner, stay-at-home entertainer.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Virtual: Art Center Sarasota: Loosen Up with Aquamedia Painting Workshop , February 8 – February 10, 11am-5pm

Loosen Up with Aquamedia Painting Workshop with Visiting Artist Robert Burridge will take place February 8 through 10 from 11am to 5pm on Zoom. Burridge’s popular “Loosen Up” workshops nurture individual success and personal enrichment with a big emphasis on daily painting projects at your own pace. It is stress-free, but be warned; you could end up with too much enthusiasm for painting. This Burridge flagship workshop offers a variety of painting subjects for everyone. Designed for the professional painter who is stuck in a style as well as for the novice who wants to conquer their fear of painting. Starting each day with multiple, small “warm-up painting exercises” and up to larger-format paintings, Burridge’s positive approach towards the act of painting will inspire you to loosen up, have fun again and paint more. Expect an intense, concentrated and lively workshop where you will create many works of art using spontaneity for maximum effect. This workshop has become a must for artists who want the confidence and permission to paint the way they have always wanted to paint. Students will take home handouts with useful and need-to-know information. Burridge’s newest color combination technique is also demonstrated. A positive attitude is a must. This is an online course. When you register (and are paid in full), a Zoom link will be emailed to you. If your teacher has additional handouts, those will also be emailed to you.

[SOON]  DANCE: Sarasota Cuban Ballet School: Black Box Series Live 2021 , December 16 – February 10

Join the Sarasota Cuban Ballet School on December 16, 2020, January 13, 2021 and February 10, 2021 to witness the future in dance and see up close the amazing students of SCBS. 

[SOON]  MUSIC: Artist Series: Amore Love Songs with Anthony Nunziata , February 10, 6pm

Songwriter, recording artist, “romantic singing sensation” and Artist Series Concerts favorite Anthony Nunziata returns to town with a brand new show. Joined by noted Broadway pianist and arranger Eugene Gwodz, Nunziata performs his signature, soulful takes on such classics as “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You,” “The Very Thought of You,” “Unchained Melody,” “O Sole Mio,” and more at 6pm on February 10, 2021.

Plantation Golf & Country Club

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Virtual: Ringling College: Disney Fine Artist Alumnus Tim Rogerson , February 10 – March 12, 5:30pm-6:30pm

Madeby Gallery hosting Disney Fine Artist - Ringling College of Art and Design Alumnus Tim Rogerson and the original Tinker Bell Margaret Kerry. Zoom Virtual Opening Reception on Wednesday, February 10 from 5:30pm to 6:30pm. Margaret, a Sarasota resident, will be sharing her amazing journey of how Walt chose her to be the original Tinker bell model for the Disney Animators’ in her book, "Tinker Bell Talks." Tim will be taking us on a tour of his magical Disney artwork. Originals, giclees and prints will be available for purchase. Tim has created exclusively for the show, his newest original of Tinker Bell, titled "Pixie Pose." The show runs from February 10 through Friday, March 12.

[SOON]  FILM: Virtual: 2021 Jewish Film Festival of Sarasota-Manatee , February 1 – March 25

As we enter the festival’s 12th year, we are especially proud to present a premier line-up of 21 remarkable and diverse films that will impact, provoke, and move you. They are documentaries, narratives, tragedies and comedies, mysteries and love stories. Most have won awards and will have special meaning to our community of viewers. All films are being held virtually. During this time of COVID we want to extend our heartfelt thanks to all of our Sponsors for their continued support of the Jewish Film Festival. In doing so, you are fulfilling our Federation’s mission and the tenet of Tikkun Olam – repairing the world, ultimately, helping to provide our community much needed enjoyment. The Jewish Film Festival is one of many programs also sponsored by The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee. The yearly Film Festival that attracts so many movie-goers, both Jewish and non-Jewish, is all about strengthening Jewish life in Sarasota-Manatee. We hope you will leave energized, inspired and moved by the rich traditions and culture of Judaism found in movies celebrated around the world. See you at the movies.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Virtual: Bookstore1Sarasota: The Poetry Zoom Book Club led by Doug Knowlton , February 10, 2pm

This month we are discussing The Tradition by Jericho Brown on February 10 at 2pm. A fee of $23 is required for participation. This includes a copy of The Tradition to be picked up at Bookstore1 and the book club meeting. The fee is $28.50 to have the book shipped. Winner of the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. Jericho Brown's daring new book The Tradition details the normalization of evil and its history at the intersection of the past and the personal. Brown's poetic concerns are both broad and intimate, and at their very core a distillation of the incredibly human: What is safety? Who is this nation? Where does freedom truly lie?  Ticket purchase required for Zoom link.

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Embracing Our Differences 2021 Outdoor Exhibit , January 20 – April 1, Hours vary.

Since 2004, Embracing Our Differences has used the power of art and prose to promote diversity. One way it accomplishes this is through its annual, juried international outdoor art exhibition consisting of 50 billboard-sized works of art, each accompanied by an inspirational quote. The response to the call for artwork and inspirational quotes brought 15,912 entries pouring in from 128 countries and 48 states. Students from 412 schools around the world submitted artwork or quotes to the juried exhibit. The winning quotes and art will be showcased in the 18th annual exhibit, January 20 through April 1, in Sarasota’s Bayfront Park.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Virtual: SaraSolo WinterFest: Box of Squirrels , February 10 – February 13, 7pm, 8:15pm, 2pm

Box of Squirrels will play on February 10, 12 and 13. It was written and performed by Dennis McSorley. The tale paints the picture of a young man and his serendipitous start in teaching. Doubt and fear and uncertainty open a door he discovers. Who he meets through it become life long connections to trust and learning from others shaping his life in wondrous ways. A native New Yorker based in Vermont, he's been doing theater and storytelling over 20 years, even fooling the Brighton Fringe Festival UK into a Best Actor Nomination. His three solo works have been performed in Solo Festivals in NYC, Prague, Providence RI, Waterbury VT and SaraSolo! 'Typhoon of Tenderness' was cited for excellence in Prague in 2016 and received the "Best Drama" nod at The 2019 SaraSolo Festival.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Art Uptown Gallery: Color & Clay , January 30 – February 26, 11am-5pm, 11am-3pm, 12pm-5pm

Color & Clay, an installation by Joan Libby Hawk, ceramist, and Jana Millstone, painter, presents a unique conversation between artists and mediums at Art Uptown gallery, Sarasota. Artists Joan Libby Hawk, a ceramist, and Jana Millstone, a painter, present Color & Clay - A Duet, their unique conversation between artists and mediums. The collaborative exhibit of clay objects and paintings, on view at Art Uptown from January 30 to February 26, 2021, celebrates color, light and form. Sharing a contemporary visual sensibility, the artists explore the connections between their three-and two-dimensional work, riffing off the play of light, negative space and transparent color. The artists will host a Zoom conversation in early February to talk about their collaboration and the installation’s visual goals. Details to come. Visit this engaging installation at Art Uptown, located at 1367 Main Street, open Monday through Friday, 11am to 5pm, Saturday, 11am to 3pm and Sunday, 12pm to 5pm. You can meet the gallery artists all day on Saturdays. Private appointments can be arranged by calling 941.955.5409. The gallery continues its commitment to visitor and staff safety by the use of masks, sanitizer, frequent cleaning and social distancing.

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