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SRQ DAILY May 12, 2021

Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

"My mother was a fighter for her constituency, and she was very popular for her advocacy and spirit of tenaciousness in getting things done."

- Mary Glass, Featured in SRQ Magazine's May/June 2021 Edition

[Health & Wellness]  NYT Best-Selling Author to Speak at Brain Health Scholars Program Fundraiser
Brittany Mattie, brittany.mattie@srqme.com

The BHI Brain Health Matters! lecture series is back and is kicking off its first lecture of the year with neurologist and New York Times best-selling author, Lisa Genova. Dr. Genova will be signing on virtually to speak at The Brain Health Initiative (BHI)'s special hybrid fundraiser event in support of its Brain Health Scholars program. She will be "Zooming in Live" from Cape Cod, Massachusetts to discuss her new nonfiction book Remember: The Science of Memory and Art of Forgetting, in which she explores the intricacies of how memories are made, how we retrieve them, why we forget and what we can do to protect our memories. In her book, Dr. Genova talks about why forgetting is actually completely normal—and potentially useful for your brain. "Just because your memory sometimes fails, doesn't mean it's broken or succumbing to disease. Forgetting is actually part of being human."

The Brain Health Scholar program consists of youth leaders (over the age of 16) who have a particular interest in science, medicine, and/or health and wellbeing. They represent some of BHI’s collaborating schools, colleges, universities and youth development organizations from throughout the Suncoast region and beyond. "I learned that I am in charge of my own brain health and that the choices I make on a daily basis—such as exercising, eating, sleeping—impact not only my physical function but my cognitive and emotional wellbeing," shares a member from the inaugural class. The Scholars also work with the scientists and clinicians from the BHI to promote and protect brain health, fight brain illness, and improve brain performance for all ages throughout Sarasota and Manatee Counties.  

“We are so proud of our Brain Health Scholars,” said BHI Founder and Executive Director Dr. Stephanie Peabody, “and this special event will help us continue and grow this important program in our region.”

This special event will be offered both live and virtually from 11:45 am to 1:30 pm on Tuesday, May 18. Guests may attend the live brain-healthy luncheon at The Lake Club in Lakewood Ranch, or online. Registration for tickets of this hybrid event can be purchased here, with all proceeds from this program benefiting Brain Health Scholar Program.


Photo courtesy of Brain Health Initiative, a collaboration with Massachusetts General Hospital.

Learn more here.

[Fundraising]  Sweet Success for Elementary-Aged Philanthropist

A group of caring students is raising money for childhood cancer in honor of their classmate. Oneco Elementary School’s N.U.B.S. “Never Underestimate Brave Students” brought in more than $3,200 for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. According to advisor Marie Mueller, the cause hits close to home. The N.U.B.S. are raising money in honor of their friend Austin, a third-grade cancer survivor - and Ms. Mueller’s nephew Brian who passed away more than 20 years ago from cancer. There are seven students participating in the service club this year, which is closely aligned with Manasota Elks 2734. The N.U.B.S. recently setup a lemonade stand collecting donations outside of Fiona’s Recipe Box Eatery, owned and operated by former Oneco Elementary students. They are changing the world, one-act of kindness at a time. 

[Recognition]  Manatee Girl Scouts to Earn Top Honor

Seven Girl Scouts from Manatee County will earn the highest and most prestigious honor available to Girl Scouts—the Gold Award—May 16. The Gold Award is the mark of the truly remarkable—earned by a high school Girl Scout who works to address an issue she’s passionate about in a way that produces meaningful and lasting change. Local Gold Award Girl Scouts from Manatee County and their projects include: Jessica Burdette, Manatee High School: Inspired to Read, Julia Craig, Saint Stephen's Episcopal School: Save the Turtles: Plastic is Not Fantastic, Sadie Johnson, Manatee High School: It is your Business!, Hana Kaffka, Manatee High School: Express Yourself Art Gallery, Cameron Murphy, Manatee High School: Sensory Treasure Box, Sydney Shepard, Braden River High School: The Silver Flower, Olivia Townsend, Braden River High School: Guide to Adulting.


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[Fundraising]  New College Foundation Raises $500,000 during the O’Shea Formula

MaryAnne Young, executive director of the New College Foundation, announced that more than $500,000 was raised during the “O’Shea Formula,” a virtual event on May 6 that celebrated New College of Florida President Donal O’Shea’s accomplishments. Dr. O’Shea is retiring in June after serving nine years. Young explains that, in honor of Dr. O’Shea, the Foundation has established the Donal B. O’Shea Scholarship Endowment. This endowment fund will afford five to 10 students annually the opportunity to access their dream of a New College education. “We are gratified by the outpouring of support to honor President O’Shea.” 

[New Grant]  Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center (SPARCC) Awarded $30,000 Equity and Access Grant

The Community Foundation of Sarasota County awarded Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center (SPARCC) a generous grant to support the SPARCC Emergency Shelter. The SPARCC Emergency Shelter serves as a safe haven for survivors and their children who have experienced the devastating effects of domestic and sexual violence. Additionally, it provides the opportunity to heal, create stability and explore opportunities that will ensure safety and a way to move forward.  

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[Volunteer Opportunity ]  Meals On Wheels for Kids Needs Volunteer Drivers

Tampa Bay Network to End Hunger (TBNEH), a tri-county leader in hunger relief, research, and program development, is in great need of volunteers to help pack and deliver Meals On Wheels for Kids (MOW4Kids) in Hillsborough, Pasco, and Pinellas counties each week. Background checked volunteers drive their own vehicles to deliver shelf stable boxes of food and cold meal packs to children and families. Delivery begins at 10am on Mondays, Wednesdays, or Fridays and routes take about 60 minutes to complete. 

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[Recognition]  Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading Receives National Recognition for Pandemic Programming

 The national Campaign for Grade-Level Reading has honored the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading as a Bright Spot community in 2021. The regional campaign was recognized for its innovative “THIS BOOK IS COOL!” virtual reading web series that helped children from asset-limited families continue their progress toward third-grade reading proficiency last summer during the pandemic. In addition, the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading provided up to 20 free books featured in the webisodes to qualifying students, thanks to the generous support of The Patterson Foundation. In 2020, more than 1,000 children across the Suncoast region qualified to receive free brooks through the “THIS BOOK IS COOL!” program. By the end of the summer, more than 5,300 children participated and read nearly 100,000 books.  

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[Recognition]  Student Filmmakers Shine at Sarasota Film Festival

Two Lee Middle School students are among filmmakers participating in the 23rd Annual Sarasota Film Festival. This year’s Parallel Universes student film contest encourages youth to tell a story about how much their lives changed because of the pandemic. In “Lee vs Corona,” a four-minute film by 8th grade student Liliana Torres, she interviews school administrators and teachers about school safety measures and how the year looks different. The end of her film focuses on the positive, in “Lee vs Corona, Lee always wins!” 6th grade eLearning student Taylor Schmitt created the short film, “2020: The Journey to 2021” with an animation creator. Using a calendar - the film reflects on how long the year feels, completing tasks, losing time and surviving through it all. Both students will be attending a screening of their films with educators Terri Rohde and Starloe Galletta.  

[Book Release]  Launch of "The Ladybug's Lament" by Sarasota Resident and Artist Vicki Chelf

Meet Vicki Chelf, the author and illustrator of a new children’s book, “The Ladybug’s Lament,” and a multimedia project called the “Bug People Project.” Natalie Laughlin Tanner, a co-founder of the project and narrator of the audible version of “The Ladybug’s Lament,” will also be onsite for interviews. Thursday, May 13, 5:30pm located at 1731 Cunliff Lane, Sarasota. Vicki overcame dyslexia and an eating disorder to become a cookbook author and professional artist. She has written a dozen vegetarian and vegan cookbooks published in two languages and is the founding owner of Le Pommier Fleure, one of the first natural food stores in Canada. Vicki is a graduate of Ringling College. The Bug People stories are inspired by personal experience. 

RSVP to: Natalie Laughlin Tanner at NatalieLTanner@me.com.

[New Program]  Van Wezel Education Department Announces All New 'Teen Voices' Program

The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall’s Education and Community Engagement department announces “Teen Voices,” a program developed in response to the need for creative outlets for teens and young adults as they navigate life’s challenges, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic. This program is part of the Van Wezel’s Artworks Anywhere initiative, providing online arts education resources to students, families and educators since the beginning of the pandemic. The program launches on Friday, May 14 at 12pm on the Artworks Anywhere website. 

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[Update]  Kellogg & Kimsey, Inc. Named General Contractor for Bryce Landing Apartments

Kellogg & Kimsey, Inc. proudly announced today that they have been named as the general contractor for Bryce Landing, a new affordable apartment community in Clay County, Florida. “Kellogg & Kimsey continues to have a strong presence in the commercial construction industry, and this project fits well within our core competencies of multifamily and hotel construction,” said Charles Kimsey, Executive Vice President of Kellogg & Kimsey, Inc. “We are honored to have been selected to partner with HTG and manage the construction of Bryce Landing.”


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[Leaseback]  SVN Commercial Advisory Group Manages Sale-Leaseback of Stearns Bank Branch in St. Petersburg

Senior advisor Brad Lindberg, of SVN Commercial Advisory Group, recently coordinated the sale-leaseback of an 11,236 SF bank building located at 7555 MLK Jr. Street North in St. Petersburg, FLA. PR St. Pete, LLC was the buyer. Stearns Bank, N.A., was the seller.  Lindberg and Mark Phillips from Strategic Development Group worked together in the representation of the seller. Lindberg represented the buyer.  

[Sale]  SVN Commercial Advisory Group Manages Sale of 3,000 SF Office in Englewood

Senior advisor Gail Bowden, of SVN Commercial Advisory Group recently coordinated the sale of a 3,932 SF office suite located at 900 Pine Street, Suite 111 in Englewood, FLA. Tammy Birbeck D.O. PLLC was the buyer. Lemon Bay Vilco, LLC, represented by Bowden, was the seller. Gary Miller with Key Realty represented the buyer. Purchase price was $485,000. 

[Reading]  Young Readers Battle Over Love of Books

The District celebrated its 3rd annual Battle of the Books on April 21, 2021. Students from 10 Manatee County schools participated in the virtual event including: Anna Maria Elementary, Freedom Elementary, Kinnan Elementary, Miller Elementary, Mills Elementary, Willis Elementary, Buffalo Creek Middle, Dr. Mona Jain Middle, Nolan Middle and Braden River High. Teams earned points by answering text-based questions about books in their grade-level from the Sunshine State Young Readers Award and the Florida Teens Read programs. The friendly competition is open to students of all grade-levels who love reading. Braden River High’s media specialist Jessica Reid was this year’s event organizer. The winning teams include: Freedom Elementary led by media specialist Diane Muckefuse and Braden River Middle led by media specialist Kelly Chambers. 

[Construction Update]  Construction Begins on Fawley Bryant-Designed Baseball Complex at Binghamton University

Fawley Bryant Architecture is pleased to announce the beginning of construction on the 84,000-square-foot baseball stadium complex the firm designed for Binghamton University in New York. The $60 million project is a result of an anonymous donation, the largest in University history.  

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[New Hire]  The Bay Park Conservancy Adds Jeannie Perales to its Executive Leadership Team As its Chief Experience Officer

The Bay Park Conservancy (BPC), the non-profit organization responsible for overseeing the redevelopment of 53-acres of City-owned land along Sarasota Bay into a public park, has appointed Jeannie Perales to its executive leadership team as its Chief Experience Officer. 

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[SOON]  BUSINESS: Limelight Market , May 15, 10am-3pm

The Limelight Pop Up market happens outside every 3rd Saturday with different guest vendors, live music, and food. Support Locals from 10am to 3pm this Saturday, May 15. Located at the courtyard of The Bazaar on Apricot & Lime, 821 Apricot Avenue, Sarasota. May 15 guests include: Animal Network, Myakka’s Gold Apiary, The Sugar Board, Marla Katz Pottery, Copper & Sage, Siesta Key Sea Bee Dee, Pour It On Creations, and Aquarius Collection. Live music by Sean Adam Walsh. Hamlet's Eatery will be open, as well as the 25+ vendors inside The Bazaar
For more information visit www.BazaaronApricotandlime.com.

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Virtual: The Bishop: May KidSpace , May 22, 10:30am-11:30am

We unleash the awesome power of The Planetarium during KidSpace, where kids can become scientific masters of the universe. Join us on Saturday, May 22 from 10:30am to 11:30am as we take off from the Earth’s surface and fly to places humans have never been: the Sun, planets, other moons in our solar system, newly discovered solar systems in our galaxy and beyond. KidSpace is designed for grades 1-5 and their grown-ups, but everyone is welcome. Please note this program will be hosted via Zoom. Registration confirmation with Zoom meeting details will be sent to the email address provided at check out.

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: The Bishop: May Science Sprouts: Terrific Turtles , May 23, 10:30am-11:30am

Our turtle friends are backyard favorites, but what is being a turtle all about? Get to know our resident turtles better, get hands on with “turtley awesome” Museum objects, and get moving like a turtle during Science Sprouts, where budding scientists ages 2-5 can bring their favorite grown-up to explore and discover. Taking place in the Mosaic Backyard Universe on Sunday, May 23 from 10:30am to 11:30am, Science Sprouts sparks natural curiosity through imaginative play with crafts, stories, songs, and more. $14 per child for members of the Discovery Society; $18 per child for all others. This program does not include Museum admission. Guests may purchase same-day admission for $7 per adult. Includes one adult to accompany each child. Advanced reservations are required. We are unable to accommodate walk-ins.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: The Ladybug's Lament Book Launch and Ladybug Release , May 13, 5:30pm

Join Vicki Chelf, the author and illustrator of a new children’s book, “The Ladybug’s Lament,” and a multimedia project called the “Bug People Project" and Natalie Laughlin Tanner, a co-founder of the project and narrator of the audible version of “The Ladybug’s Lament" at 1731 Cunliff Lane, Sarasota for a book launch and ladybug release on Thursday, May 13 at 5:30pm. Come listen to the book with original music and songs. This event is the first in a series and will teach children a love of self and nature.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Virtual: Manatee County: Town Hall Series on Hurricane Season , May 24 – June 15

For the second consecutive year Manatee County residents will have an opportunity to receive important preparation information for the 2021 Hurricane Season directly from County Commissioners and public safety experts. Each of Manatee County's seven County Commissioners will host a video conference with Emergency Management Chief Steve Litschauer and Public Safety Director Jacob Saur beginning May 24. In addition to the seven town halls, three Manatee County cities will host similar town halls with Chief Litschauer and Director Saur. After officials relay preparation tips, lines will be open for questions from the public. The Commissioner-hosted virtual town hall series is scheduled as follows: District 5 Commissioner and Commission Chair Vanessa Baugh on Monday, May 24 at 6:30pm, District 1 Commissioner James Satcher on Tuesday, June 1 at 6:30pm, District 2 Commissioner Reggie Bellamy on Wednesday, June 2 at 6:30pm, District 4 Commissioner Misty Servia on Monday, June 7 at 6:30pm, At-large Commissioner Carol Whitmore on Thursday, June 10 at 6:30pm, At-large Commissioner George Kruse on Monday, June 14 at 6:30pm, and District 3 Commissioner Kevin Van Ostenbridge on Tuesday, June 15 at 11am. Three additional hurricane prep virtual town halls will be hosted by municipal partners: City of Bradenton on Wednesday, May 19 at 5:30pm, City of Holmes Beach on Monday, May 24 at 3pm, and City of Anna Maria on Wednesday, June 9 at 10am. The video link for each meeting will be announced one day before each meeting at www.mymanatee.org/townhall. Each town hall meeting also will be available for on-demand viewing on that area of the County website for within two days of the event.

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Roundtable Event to Connect Industry with Community Resource Organizations , May 18, 9am-10:15am

On May 18, the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association (FRLA) Suncoast Chapter will host an innovative recruiting event that will allow restaurants and hotels to meet with community resource organizations that can help them connect with and hire future employees. Florida’s hospitality industry was hard-hit by the COVID-19 pandemic but has struggled to fill job vacancies since re-opening, and this event aims to fill those needs through community organizations with job seekers. Representatives from the following career resources will be on-site to discuss hiring needs for all positions: ShortStaf, University of South Florida, Keiser University, Goodwill, United Health Care, New College of Florida, CareerSource Suncoast, Ringling College of Art and Design, Suncoast Technical College, Chattr, and more. The event is open to member and non-member restaurants and hotels and we are seeking more hospitality industry establishments to participate. This event is free to attend. Registration will begin at 8:30am and the event will begin at 9am. Attendees must register in advance online.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Michael Murphy Gallery: Renascence: Revival After Dormancy , May 22 – June 12, Gallery hours.

Contemporary. Expressive. Extraordinary. Renowned Artist Amy Donaldson accompanies her artwork for a limited engagement presentation May 22 through June 12 at the Michael Murphy Gallery. The Solo Exhibition features an opening reception with the Artist on Saturday, May 22 from 6pm to 9pm. RSVP’s requested at Eventbrite. This is a rare opportunity to meet the Artist and view her brand-new artwork. Evident in each work is Donaldson’s strong sense of color and depth of feeling for space and light. The Artist approaches her canvases in a uniquely additive and subtractive technique; an artistic process one may associate with sculpture as much as with painting. Gallery curators are available for private appointments to discuss the works and private commissions. Please contact the gallery at 813-902-1414 or gallery@mmgart.com for availability. For more information, visit http://www.michaelmurphygallery.com/.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Virtual: Madeby Gallery: Family Time Book Show , May 26 – June 18

With summer approaching and children and grandchildren off for the next several months, Madeby Gallery of Ringling College of Art and Design is hosting a virtual book show. The show will feature picture books for the very early learner to unique novels for adults and books for everyone in between. A fun family time to view and purchase outstanding books illustrated and written by Ringling College of Art and Design students and alumni. Live Zoom Opening Reception on Wednesday, May 26 from 5:30pm to 6:30pm. Please RSVP to madeby@c.ringling.edu to receive Zoom link. After the May 26 Zoom show, the books will be displayed online and available for purchase at www.madebygallery.com. To purchase, please call 941-822-0442 and make arrangements for curbside pickup or shipping. The show runs through Friday, June 18, 2021. Please RSVP to madeby@c.ringling.edu to receive the ZOOM virtual link.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Virtual: 5th Annual State of Talent Conference , May 12

CareerSource Suncoast's 5th Annual State of Talent Conference on Wednesday, May 12 is our region's premier workforce conference experience, delivering inspiring content focused on the future of talent development. We're preparing a lineup of experts who will provide unique insights into the state of talent and what you can do - whether your professional role is private, public, educational or philanthropic - to keep moving forward. We're working hard on an engaging virtual experience and look forward to sharing it with you. Registration opens soon, and in the meantime save the date and visit us at stateoftalent.org for updates.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Virtual: Bookstore1Sarasota: The Poetry Zoom Book Club led by Doug Knowlton , May 12, 2pm
On Wednesday, May 12 at 2pm The Poetry Zoom Book Club led by Doug Knowlton. This month we are discussing Indigo by Ellen Bass. A fee of $24 is required for participation. This includes a copy of Indigo to be picked up at Bookstore1 and the book club meeting. The fee is $29.50 to have the book shipped. About Indigo: Indigo, the newest collection by Ellen Bass, merges elegy and praise poem in an exploration of life’s complexities. Whether her subject is oysters, high heels, a pork chop, a beloved dog, or a wife’s return to health, Bass pulls us in with exquisite immediacy. Indigo is a nuanced and profound exploration of life’s complexities—where joy and devotion meet regret and dependence. Ticket purchase required for Zoom link.
[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Selby Gardens: Florida Archaeology , May 12, 10:30am-12pm

Join the staff at Historic Spanish Point campus for this 90-minute program that will include an introduction to the Native American heritage of the region, and observation of in-process archaeological work. This In Person Program will be conducted outside – shine only on May 12 from 10:30am to 12pm. Drop in programs, no registration required. Cost: Selby Gardens members-FREE or paid admission to HSP campus. This event is sponsored by the Florida Department of State – Department of Community Affairs.

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Virtual: The Bishop: May Think + Drink / Science: Totally Tubular , May 12, 7pm-9pm

During think + drink / science we're taking on 'scopes during “Out of Sight The Totally Tubular History of the Telescope and Microscope,” with Dr. David Berry, Associate Director of Academic Affairs and Special Projects at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art on Wednesday, May 12 from 7pm to 9pm via Zoom. Telescopes and microscopes enable us to see what the naked eye cannot and to explore the wonders of the universe and the microscopic world. We'll trace the development of these remarkable inventions from novelty items to scientific instruments used to make some of the most important scientific discoveries in history. Cost is $3 for members of the Discovery Society and $5 for all others.

[SOON]  FILM: Sarasota Military Academy: 3rd Annual Film Festival , May 12, 6pm

Sarasota Military Academy presents their 3rd Annual Film Festival on May 12 at 6pm at Burn's Court Movie Theater. Individual tickets are $10 and families are $20.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Let's Save Siesta Key Public Meeting , May 19, 7pm

Let's save Siesta Key by becoming our own town. Do you believe Siesta Key has a voice worth hearing? We stood up against the dredging of Big Pass and were not heard. The development of the Promenade will create even worse traffic, we spoke but were not heard. Now four large proposed projects that require special exception for density and height are trying to be built, we are not being heard. We believe our community of residents and businesses deserve to have a voice that is heard. The next public meeting will be held on  May 19, 2021 at 7pm at Siesta Chapel, 4615 Gleason Avenue with guest speaker and topic to be determined. Get involved at www.savesiestakey.org to donate, volunteer and learn.

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