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SRQ DAILY Feb 17, 2021

Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

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Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

"Sarasota has such a marvelous reputation for thoughtful and beautifully dressed philanthropists."

- Ellen Stirling, The Lake Forest Shop

-Coconut Confection, as seen in SRQ's February 2021 edition out now. Click photo for the full article.
[Shopping]  Exclusive ALGO Spring Pop-Up to Benefit Selby Gardens and Mote Marine Lab
Brittany Mattie, brittany.mattie@srqme.com

Founded in 1922 "on a whim" by Chicago socialite Margaret Baxter Foster, The Lake Forest Shop has been dressing discerning women of style for almost 100 years. Located in historic Market Square in downtown Lake Forest, IL, Ellen Stirling now runs the iconic shop after having inherited it from her grandmother, Margaret. With style running through her veins, Ellen continues to keep The Lake Forest Shop on the forefront throughout the decadesstanding the test of time as trendy boutiques and Instagram shops come and go. Fashion designer, Bill Blass, has even proclaimed "Lake Forest women to be among the best-dressed in the country," and "Ellen Stirling’s shop is one of the reasons." 

Bringing some of that chic Chicago to sunny Sarasota, Ellen will be coming to town next month to host an exclusive fashion pop-up preview featuring the ALGO Spring/Summer 2021 Collection. She remains a longtime fan of ALGO of Switzerland and longtime friend of the Goetschels, the Swiss family behind ALGO's sophisticated, high-end women's fashion line out of Zürich. This event takes shape as a Champagne Reception at the Hyatt Sarasota, Monday, March 1, from 5-8 pm. Gather the girlfriends and get excited for some springtime fashion amongst champagne and an exclusive sneak peek of ALGO's luxury Spring/Summer 2021 pieces. "Sarasota has such a marvelous reputation for thoughtful and beautifully dressed philanthropists," Ellen says. "I am excited to be bringing some of the world’s finest clothes for them and Sarasota to see!"

Photo courtesy of ALGO of Switzerland. Check out ALGO's Lookbook here.

10% of all sales from this evening will go to support Selby Gardens and Mote Marine Lab.  

For questions or to RSVP to the event, email ellen@thelakeforestshop.com

[Child Therapy]  Child Protection Center’s Therapy Program ‘Exceeds Expectations’

 The Child Protection Center (CPC)’s Sexual Abuse Treatment Program has once again received a 94/100 “Exceeds Quality Standards” on their recent Department of Health Clinical Monitoring. The program also received a 94 on their last evaluation and was the highest clinical monitoring score in the entire state of Florida. “I am extremely proud of our therapy team for scoring a 94 out of 100 on the Quality Assurance Monitoring from the Department of Health (DOH),” said Doug Staley, CPC’s Executive Director. “This score means our staff exceeds the Quality Standards set by DOH and they are highly skilled in providing Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and other interventions to our clients, which simply translates that our staff is skilled in helping children and families impacted by child abuse.” 

Click here for more information.

[Child Education ]  Safe Children Coalition Encourages Families to Read Together

In order to encourage families with young children to read together, the HIPPY (Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters) program of the Safe Children Coalition is offering the “100 Books in 100 Days” reading challenge. “We know and data proves that children who are introduced to reading early on are far more likely to be ready for kindergarten and excel in school,” said Brena Slater, president and CEO of Safe Children Coalition. “For families in our HIPPY program – many of whom don’t have access to formal preschool programs due to financial, logistical or geographic barriers – it is especially important that caretakers play an active role in a child’s development. Plus, reading is fun!” 

Pictured: HIPPY mom Yulma Ruiz reads to her son, Milan Rosales.

Click here for more information.

[Performance Update ]  Sarasota Opera Opens 62nd Season

On Friday, February 12th, Sarasota Opera opened its 2021 Winter Opera Festival with a fully staged production of Gioachino Rossini’s The Happy Deception (L’inganno Felice) to a live audience filling 25% of the seating capacity of the Sarasota Opera House. The opening of the 62nd season came after many months of preparation to plan and implement the lengthy protocols designed for the health and safety of the artists, crew, staff, and audience. Sarasota Opera Executive Director Richard Russell said, “None of us imagined that opera houses, theaters, and concert halls around the world would be mostly shuttered for a year (and counting) and that most of our artists would be out of work. As we navigated the uncertainty of the situation, we realized that we couldn’t remain silent. Despite the health emergency, we felt it was important to keep a connection with our audience, community, and artists.” 

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[Achievement]  Engineer at SouthTech Obtains Prestigious CISSP Certification

One of SouthTech’s most senior engineers recently obtained the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certification. This is a highly prestigious certification granted by an independent, third-party organization known as the International Information System Security Certification Consortium. The CISSP is often referred to as “the world’s premier cybersecurity certification,” and is only granted after an extensive examination and verification of the participant’s experience in the field of technology. 

[Career Seminar]  Small Business Seeks to Expose Children to Nontraditional Career Paths

The Dream Law Firm, PLLC and Dream Succeed Become LLC present: Dream Career Day 2021. We invite all business owners, managers/supervisors, and high level employees to give an exciting 10 minute presentation via Zoom that is educational and appropriate for children ages 10-18. The goal of Dream Career Day is to expose children to traditional and non-traditional careers paths.Dream Career Day will be held via Zoom on April 17, 2021 from 10-2pm. There is no cost for children to attend. All proceeds will be awarded to local graduating seniors in June 2021. The cost to become a presenter is: $60 for businesses and $30 for individuals.


Click here to register.

[Kids Sports]  First Tee PGA Jr. League Registration Now Open

First Tee - Sarasota/Manatee (FTSM), a youth development organization empowering kids to build their strength of character through the game of golf, announces open registration for PGA Jr. League, age (8 – 13). Registration to play continues now through Monday, March 1 at 5:00p. Kids can play with friends and learn the game with expert coaching in a fun atmosphere with friendly competition. Andy Mears, League Director and Development Director for First Tee – Sarasota/Manatee says, “PGA Jr. League is ideal for kids that enjoy team sports. We’re much like a youth baseball or soccer league. Players receive uniforms, team name, and jersey number…and have a great opportunity to play wonderful golf courses in the area.”  Mears added, “It’s a can’t miss opportunity for families during these COVID times.” 

Click here for more information.

[Volunteer Opportunity ]  Become An Energy Coach to Help Those in Need

Learn to help low-income residents save energy, water, and money at home while making Sarasota more equitable and sustainable, by becoming a Sarasota County “Energy Coach” volunteer. Registration is now open at ufsarasotaext.eventbrite.com for this program, which includes 12 hours of training on home energy systems, energy and water saving techniques, conducting virtual consultations with community members and moreAlia Garret, energy program specialist with Sarasota County’s UF/IFAS Extension and Sustainability office said, “As an Energy Coach volunteer, you can help underserved community members in Sarasota County and protect the environment while you do it.” 

Click here for more information.

[Celebratory Books]  Sarasota County Looks to its Centennial for 2021 'One Book' Selection

Sarasota County Libraries and Historical Resources announces “Suncoast Empire: Bertha Honoré Palmer, Her Family, and the Rise of Sarasota" as their 2021 One Book selection. "The One Book, One Community program encourages discussion across the community, and the Bertha Palmer story is one that still fascinates and inspires us today " said Di Pilato. "Whether you are new to the county, or have lived here your whole life, you have likely been affected by some decision or influence that Bertha or her family had. In 2021 our department is sharing programming, displays and exhibits as part of the Centennial, and this One Book selection complements those efforts.” 

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[In This Issue]  Deliberate Divergence

Painter, writer and wandering creative K.D. Tobin takes the road less traveled. 

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

[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]  GRAB BAG: Virtual: Art Center Sarasota: Mixed Media Workshop , February 17, 1:30pm-4:30pm

Mixed Media Workshop with Allison Lehti will take place on February 17 from 1:30pm to 4:30pm on Zoom. Discover the joy of mixed-media acrylic painting in this 3 hour workshop designed to increase your creative skills using an abstract composition with a limited color pallet. For beginning to intermediate skill levels. Instructor will provide examples of artwork, overall and step by step methods, informational handouts and links for continued explorations. 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]  SEMINAR: Virtual: Women's Resource Center: Woman-Owned Business Webinar , February 17, 12pm-1pm

Women’s Resource Center Hosts A Free Woman-Owned Business Webinar on February 17 from noon to 1pm. Guest speakers include representatives from the Small Business Development Center, the Manatee County Libraries Information Services, CareerSource Suncoast’s Thrive program, and the owner of Snarky Tea. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, new business applications are up over 26 percent compared to last year with many of those coming from companies started by women. A recent study found that, between 2014 and 2019, the number of women-owned businesses climbed 21 percent to a total of nearly 13 million companies, representing 42 percent of all U.S. small businesses with revenue topping $1.9 trillion—growing at double the rate of all U.S. businesses. Women’s Resource Center (WRC) is hosting a free online webinar, February 17, noon-1 p.m., to help connect women to free resources to help them evaluate this potential career path. The session is part of WRC’s monthly Career Connections program to link women to quality jobs and funded trainings. Participants can attend by phone or computer and will be able to ask questions via a chatbox. Register at www. mywrc.org/womenowned or call (941) 256-9721 for more information.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Virtual: Florida Public Relations Association: Striking the Balance in a Year of Transformation , February 17, 12pm

The Central West Coast Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association (CWC-FPRA) is hosting “Striking the Balance in a Year of Transformation” on February 17 at noon, featuring Universal Orlando Resort’s Alyson Gernert, APR, CPRC. As the Senior Director of Corporate Communications, Gernert will be discussing how her team worked to strike the balance amidst a global shutdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, including finding new ways to communicate, care for their guests, care for their employees and care for self. Gernert has worked on Universal’s communications team for more than 12 years and also serves as the state president for Florida Public Relations Association. Tickets for the program are $10/FPRA members, $15/guests; cost includes access to the recordings after the event. To register, visit cwcfpra.com/events. This event is virtual via Zoom. Upon registration, event attendees will receive a Zoom link for the event. A link to a recording of the webinar can be provided to registered event attendees following the event as well. The Central West Coast Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association meets monthly for professional development luncheons and networking. Visit www.cwcfpra.com for more information.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Virtual: Art Center Sarasota: Art Marketing: The Business of Selling Your Art Lecture Series with Kate Burridge , February 16 – February 18, 6pm-8pm

Art Marketing: The Business of Selling Your Art Lecture Series with Kate Burridge will take place on February 16 and 18 from 6pm to 8pm on Zoom. Two informative lectures on marketing yourself, your work, and your brand presented by Kate Burridge. Want to sell your Art? Kate will answer your questions - "Do this...not that," is the focus of these workshops, all geared to help you be a successfully selling artist. February 16: Artist Self-Promotion, Websites & Social Media - Use social networking to your benefit, why have a website, write great artist promo statements and how to put together a winning portfolio. February 18: Basic Training: Pricing, Commissions and Solo Exhibitions - Get your act together! Establish a pricing structure, learn the why of copyright law, all about licensing and goof-proof commissions, and how to negotiate and navigate solo exhibitions. 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]  SEMINAR: New College: Reflections on a Congressional Career With Lincoln Diaz-Balart , February 18

Reaching agreement is often a difficult task, but in a democracy, lasting progress is only possible through dialogue. What makes true dialogue possible? Lincoln Rafael Díaz-Balart (’72-’76) is a Cuban-American attorney, consultant, and human rights advocate. He represented South Florida in the Florida Legislature from 1986 to 1992, and in Congress from 1993 to 2011. He authored and passed significant pieces of legislation in Congress, such as the Nicaraguan Adjustment and Central American Relief Act of 1997 (NACARA), which granted legal residency to hundreds of thousands of immigrants in the U.S. who were previously at risk of deportation. Díaz-Balart founded the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI) in 2003, which he still serves as chairman. CHLI provides internships and leadership training in our nation’s capital to college students. After leaving Congress in 2011, he founded El Instituto La Rosa Blanca (The White Rose Institute), which stands in solidarity with the pro-democracy movement in Cuba. He currently is a practicing attorney based in Miami. This event will take place on February 18, 2021.


[SOON]  GRAB BAG: The Ringling: Restorative Ringling , February 18, 4pm-5pm

Join us at Restorative Ringling on February 18, 2021 from 4 pm to 5 pm for a variety of activities designed to soothe body, mind, and spirit. Herb gardening with Royce Davis in the herb garden.

The Ringling Museum

[SOON]  MUSIC: Artist Series: Women of Note Live at Selby Gardens , February 18, 5:30pm-6:30pm

A Celebration of Female Voices and Female Composers on February 18 from 5:30pm to 6:30pm at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens with Jenny Kim-Godfrey, soprano; Robyn Rocklein, mezzo-soprano; Joseph Holt, piano and narration by Marcy Miller: In the classical music world, the last names Mendelssohn and Schumann usually evoke the first names Felix and Robert, two great composers of the 19th century. But Felix Mendelssohn’s older sister, Fanny Mendelssohn, and Robert Schumann’s wife, Clara Schumann, were each brilliant musicians and composers in their own right. "Women of Note" showcases works by them plus two other formidable but often overlooked female talents, Amy Beach, the first composer to have a symphony performed by a major orchestra, in 1896, and Marion Bauer, a contemporary of Aaron Copland and a key figure in the shaping of 20th-century American music. Noted area sopranos Jenny Kim-Godfrey and Robyn Rocklein are joined by pianist Joseph Holt and narrator Marcy Miller as they reprise their roles in a live performance of the program that they recorded on video in summer of 2020 as part of Florida Studio Theatre’s Suffragist Project. 

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