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SRQ DAILY Jun 9, 2021

Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

"We hope that by providing students with the resources they need to thrive outside of school, we are positioning the next generation for success and are in turn helping the community prosper for years to come."

- Mike McCoy, Bank of America Sarasota-Manatee

-Building A Legacy, as seen in SRQ's May/June 2021 edition. Click photo for the full article.
[Education Funding]  Education Foundation of Sarasota County Partners with Bank of America to Support Student Success Program
Brittany Mattie, brittany.mattie@srqme.com

Bank of America is granting a total of $410,000 to 19 nonprofits across Sarasota-Manatee this quarter, including the Education Foundation of Sarasota County (EFSC). The bank said it is focusing on creating opportunities in health, jobs, training and affordable housing systemic in order to achieve sustainable and significant progress to the area. Through investment and direct action, the Bank of America Charitable Foundation recently helped fund the EFSC's College, Career, Life Readiness initiative with a $15,000 grant. 

The gift will go directly towards EFSC's Student Success Program, designed to provide students with the tools and resources they need to prepare a plan for their lives after high school. Jennifer Vigne, Education Foundation president and CEO, said providing access to college and high-quality degree certification to all students in Sarasota County has been the driving force for the Foundation’s growth over the past five years, and the grant will provide needed support to carry out timely, important initiatives such as supporting students' pathway beyond high school to college graduation or certificate and entrance into the workforce.

Another prong of the Student Success Program is PLANit, which aims to help Sarasota students from low socio-economic backgrounds with an array of services to make college and high-value certifications more accessible. According to the Foundation, since 45.4% of students in Sarasota County Schools are economically disadvantaged, these programs are crucial to assuring that students have the support that they need to succeed in life and society. 

"The Education Foundation’s mission of developing and implementing targeted programming aligns with the Bank of America’s commitment to driving economic growth and opportunity for Sarasota-Manatee residents,” says Mike McCoy, President of Bank of America Sarasota-Manatee. “We hope that by providing students with the resources they need to thrive outside of school, we are positioning the next generation for success and are in turn helping the community prosper for years to come.”

More information about the Education Foundation and its programs that support student success is available at EdFoundationSRQ.org. 

Photo courtesy of the EFSC

[Donation]  Teen Court of Sarasota receives a $50K Donation from Personalized Estate Liquidation Benefiting Youth, Inc.

Teen Court of Sarasota, recently received a $50,000 donation from Personalized Estate Liquidation Benefiting Youth, Inc. (PEL) to support our shared mission to help at-risk youth in Sarasota County. Heather Todd, Executive Director said, “PEL’s work and generous gifts to at-risk youth in our community is extraordinary. Their attention and philanthropy to this population allows for a substantial return when young people are given a second chance with positive redirection." 

[Celebration ]  Resilient Retreat To Hold ‘Topping Off’ Celebration at New Retreat Center

Resilient Retreat is pleased to invite supporters, press and the public to a Tuesday, June 15th ‘Topping Off’ celebration in which the last beam of the new Resilient Retreat Center will be lifted into place on the roof. The event will run from 9 to 10:30am at the Resilient Retreat Center at 13010 Fruitville Road in Sarasota. The brief program begins at 9:30am with a ceremonial wall signing by supporters, the construction team, designers and local dignitaries for posterity. 

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[New Grant]  Mark Feinman Awarded the Jim Rolston Memorial Professional Development Grant

The St. Petersburg Arts Alliance is pleased to announce the recipient of the fourth annual Jim Rolston Memorial Professional Development Grant, Mark Feinman. Mark Feinman is a drummer, composer, and educator from the Tampa Bay area with over twenty years of extensive performance and composition experience, ranging from film scores, albums, leading masterclasses at universities, and performing at festivals and venues around the US and Europe.  

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[Military Services]  Sarasota Art Museum to Offer Free Admission this Summer to Active Military Personnel and Their Families as an NEA Blue Star Museum

 Sarasota Art Museum of Ringling College of Art and Design announced that as part of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Blue Star program, active military personnel and their families will enjoy free admission this summer, from Saturday, May 15, 2021 to Labor Day, Monday, September 6th. 

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[Celebration ]  Tidewell Hospice and Tidewell Foundation Host Celebration of Life Events

Tidewell Hospice and the Tidewell Foundation are hosting a series of community celebration of life events in Manatee and Charlotte counties. These free outdoor events will give members of the community an opportunity to gather and mourn the loss of loved ones, friends, caregivers, coworkers, pets or other important aspects of their lives. 

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[New Show]  Florida Studio Theatre Tours Summer Family-Friendly Production Across Sarasota

Florida Studio Theatre (FST) announces that it will tour a free, family-friendly musical performance to over twenty locations from June – August. On The Road Again: Family Musical Roadtrip is an all-new revue-style performance, celebrating everything that makes this country special from sea to shining sea. With hits like “Country Roads,” “Surfin’ USA,” and “Deep in the Heart of Texas,” the musical touring show includes two public outdoor performances – one at Nathan Benderson Park (Sunday, July 11 at 7pm) and another at Phillipi Estate Park (Sunday, July 18 at 7pm).  

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[New Show]  Sarasota Opera Announces 2021-2022 Season

Sarasota Opera Artistic Director Victor DeRenzi and General Director Richard Russell are pleased to announce the 2021-2022 Season. Inspired by the enthusiastic audience response to the early Rossini works performed this past winter and spring season, Sarasota Opera will present The Silken Ladder (La scala di seta) for the 2021 Fall Season in November. The 2022 Winter Season will see the return of grand opera, with the four works originally planned for 2021, including Puccini’s Tosca, Donizetti’s The Daughter of the Regiment, Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers, and Verdi’s Attila. 

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[New Show]  Blues-Rock Star Joe Bonamassa Makes Sarasota Debut

Joe Bonamassa is finally getting back on the road! The blues-rock star will make his Sarasota debut at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall on Wednesday, December 8 at 8pm Bonamassa, backed by a stellar band of legendary musicians, will perform brand new songs alongside career-spanning fan favorites. Tickets go on sale Friday, June 11 at 10am.  

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[Animal Exhibit ]  Sarasota Jungle Gardens Unveils Largest Snakes in the World Exhibit

Sarasota Jungle Gardens is pleased to introduce its guests to the largest snakes in the world. “These snakes are of particular interest not only because of their size, but because they are found in jungles all around the world. Recently, the State of Florida deemed them a prohibited species,” explained Flavio Morrissiey, Director of Operations for Sarasota Jungle Gardens. “As time goes on, it will be a rarity to see these types of animals in captivity. The exhibit gives you an up-close view of just how big the snakes are and can leave you imagining what they might be like in the wild." 

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[Re-Opening]  The Bishop Manatee Habitat Reopens June 16

 The newly renovated Habitat will reopen to the public on Wednesday, June 16. They'll be caring for two manatees when we reopen: Janus is a subadult female manatee that was rescued in January from Philippi Creek in Sarasota and Iclyn is another subadult female manatee. She was rescued in January from Whitaker Bayou in Sarasota suffering from cold stress. 

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[New Hire]  Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe Names New Trustee

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe is proud to announce its 2021-2022 board of trustees, charged with guiding the well-loved arts organization into its post-pandemic future. New to the board this year is Michele J. Hooper. 

[New Hire]  Fifth Third Bank’s Jim Weiss to Succeed Retiring David Call as Regional President in South Florida

Fifth Third Bank, National Association, has announced David Call, regional president for South Florida, will retire in June after dedicating more than 20 years to Fifth Third. Jim Weiss, a credit risk executive, will succeed him.  

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[New Hire]  Atlas Insurance Welcomes Matt DeMasi

Sarasota-based Atlas Insurance welcomes Matt DeMasi to its team, serving as a commercial producer for the independent agency. DeMasi is an IRMI-certified Construction Risk and Insurance Specialist, uniquely qualified to provide customized insurance advice for his clients’ specific construction coverage needs. 

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[New Hire]  Lighthouse Vision Education Center Welcomes Additions to the Organization

The Lighthouse Vision Loss Education Center announces two additions to the organization’s Development team. The Development Department encompasses all fundraising, communication and marketing efforts for The Lighthouse. Dane Gass, Communications Associate and Abigail Rillo, Communications Intern.  

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[In This Issue]  Good Fortune and Friendships

A wholesome, whole-foods hangout in Bradenton, Good Fortune is spreading the love. 

Click here to read the full article in SRQ's May/June 2021 edition.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Homeless Veterans Stand Down , June 26, 8am-12pm

Jewish Family and Children’s Service of the Suncoast’s (JFCS of the Suncoast) Stand Down event for homeless veterans returns to the Sarasota Fair Grounds on Saturday, June 26 from 8am to 12pm. The 2020 event was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, however in previous years, the Stand Down event has attracted over 100 local homeless veterans to the event. Over 25 community organizations partner with JFCS of the Suncoast to provide direct services such as physical exams, haircuts, Veteran Affairs benefit reviews and amnesty court. The following organizations have already confirmed for this year’s event: All Faiths Food Bank, Operation ECO Vets, American Red Cross, Suncoast Continuum of Care, Sarasota County Government, CareerSource Suncoast, Goodwill Manasota, Legal Aid of Manasota, City of Sarasota, Sarasota Police Department, Turning Points, the Salvation Army, Coastal Behavioral Healthcare, Florida Department of Veteran Affairs, Florida Veterans for Common Sense, Sport Clips, VA Partners, Sarasota Veterans Commission, Vet Court, Harvest House, LECOM Military Dental , The Street Dog Coalition/Bay Road animal Hospital, First Step of Sarasota and Suncoast Partnership to End Homelessness. Registration is free for homeless veterans on the day of the event. Veterans may pre-registration for amnesty court. JFCS is asking the Manasota community to support this event by volunteering or by donating items that will benefit homeless veterans. Donations are being accepted at the JFCS administrative office located at 2688 Fruitville Rd. To arrange for a donation pick-up, contact Lynne Spencer at 949-295-8982.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Florida Studio Theatre: On The Road Again: Family Musical Roadtrip , June 29 – August 3

Pack your bags. This summer, FST is taking the whole family on a one-of-a-kind musical road trip in On The Road Again, an all-new live performance. Featuring songs like “Country Roads,” “Surfin’ USA,” and “Deep in the Heart of Texas, we’ll celebrate all that makes this country special from sea to shining sea. Join us for an outdoor concert in this summer touring performance as we hit the road with music that has defined the U.S for generations. June: Tuesday, 6/29 at 10am - Fruitville Library and Wednesday, 6/20 at 10am - Gulf Gate Library. July: Thursday, July 1 at 10am - William H. Jervey Jr. Public Library, Saturday, July 3 at 10am - North Port Public Library, Friday, July 9 at 10am - Frances T. Bourne Jacaranda Public Library, Saturday, July 10 at 7:30pm - Elsie Quirk Library, Sunday, July 11 at 7pm - Nathan Benderson Park, Saturday, July 17 at 10am - Selby Library, Sunday, July 18 at 7pm - Phillipi Estate Park, and Saturday, July 24 at 10am - Betty J. Johnson North Sarasota Library. August: Tuesday, August 3 at 10am - William H. Jervey Jr. Venice Public Library.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Sarasota Opera: The Silken Ladder , October 29 – November 13

La Scala di seta (The Silken Ladder) by Gioachino Rossini with words by Giuseppe Maria Foppa. This spirited one act comedy, which will run from October 29 through November 13, begins with a well-known overture, and goes on to spin a seductive story of a secret husband and would-be lovers who scale a silken ladder into and out of a lady’s room.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Sarasota Opera: Tosca , February 12 – March 19

Tosca by Giacomo Puccini with poetry by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa. Set in Rome, a diva’s jealousy plays into the hands of the lecherous chief of police, Baron Scarpia. An escaped political prisoner seeks the help of his friend, the painter Mario Cavaradossi, the lover of the famous diva Floria Tosca. In an attempt to recapture the fugitive, Scarpia plants a seed of suspicion in Tosca and sets a dreadful trap. Tosca will run from February 12 through March 19, 2022.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Sarasota Opera: The Daughter of the Regiment , February 19 – March 18

The Daughter of the Regiment (La fille du regiment) by Gaetano Donizetti with poetry by Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges and Jean-François Bayard. Love for Marie, a girl raised by a French regiment, will lead the young Tonio to unexpected lengths in this colorful comedy set in the Tyrol during the Napoleonic Wars. The Daughter of the Regiment will run from February 19 until March 18, 2022.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Sarasota Opera: The Pearl Fishers , March 5 – March 19

The Pearl Fishers (Les pêcheurs de perles) by Georges Bizet with words by Eugéne Cormon and Michel Carré. Set in legendary Ceylon, longtime friends Nadir and Zurga are reunited. Their friendship had faltered when they shared the same forbidden love for the priestess Leila - a love they swore to renounce. The Pearl Fishers will run from March 5 until March 19, 2022.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Sarasota Opera: Attila , March 12 – March 22

Attila by Giuseppe Verdi with words by Temistocle Solera. Attila the Hun has conquered most of Western Europe and is about to take Rome itself, but is brought to his knees by his love for a female warrior, Odabella. Attila will run from March 12 until March 22, 2022.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Virtual: Bookstore1Sarasota: Saying the Unsayable: Innovative Storytelling , June 9 – July 14, 3:30pm-5pm

New College creative writing professor Dr. Emily Carr presents a Zoom writing workshop: Saying the Unsayable: Innovative Storytelling in Jenny Offill’s “Dept. of Speculation” & Other Contemporary Works by Women. This six-part workshop series is offered on Wednesdays, June 9-July 14, 3:30pm to 5pm: June 9, June 16, June 23, June 30, July 7, and July 14. This workshop is open to writers in all genres, as well as those who do not yet identify as writers but want to learn more about the art of storytelling. A fee of $105 is required for participation. This includes a copy of The Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill, and all six Zoom sessions. The cost is $110.50 to have the book shipped. Storytelling projects will arise through the reading of The Dept. of Speculation. Reading and conversation will lead to writing; most of the time will be devoted to creation, generation, recreation, transcendence, experimentation, and other process-oriented exploration. Participants will leave with their own inspiration for storytelling projects, and writerly tips and tricks to translate ideas into stories, poems, essays, and more. More event info at  https://www.sarasotabooks.com/events or 941-365-7900.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Virtual: Bookstore1Sarasota: The Poetry Zoom Book Club led by Doug Knowlton , June 9, 2pm

On Wednesday, June 9 at 2pm The Poetry Zoom Book Club led by Doug Knowlton. This month we are discussing Obit by Victoria Chang. A fee of $23 is required for participation. This includes a copy of Obit o to be picked up at Bookstore1 and the book club meeting. The fee is $28.50 to have the book shipped. After her mother died, poet Victoria Chang refused to write elegies. Rather, she distilled her grief during a feverish two weeks by writing scores of poetic obituaries for all she lost in the world. In Obit, These poems reinvent the form of newspaper obituary to both name what has died, and the cultural impact of death on the living. Whereas elegy attempts to immortalize the dead, an obituary expresses loss, and the love for the dead becomes a conduit for self-expression. In this unflinching and lyrical book, Chang meets her grief and creates a powerful testament for the living. Ticket purchase required for Zoom link. More event info at https://www.sarasotabooks.com/bookclubs or 941-365-7900.

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Sarasota Chamber: Power Hour Lunch: The Meadows Country Club , June 9, 11:45am-1pm

Join us on Wednesday, June 9 from 11:45am to 1pm for an in-person Power Hour Lunch at the Meadows Country Club. View map here. Hungry for new business? Leverage your lunch with the power of business connections and referrals at our in-person Power Hour Lunch. Each attendee has the opportunity to introduce themselves and give a short “elevator speech” about their business. Attendees will be socially distanced at each table. Masks and hand sanitizer will be available. Pre-registration is required. Let's network and have lunch together. Member registration is $24 and nonmember registration is $39.

[SOON]  HEALTH: St. Armands Circle: Sol of the Circle: Breathe: An Outdoor Yoga Series , June 9 – September 8, 6pm-7pm

Life on the Circle only gets better when days are bathed in the summer sun. Enjoy a breath of fresh air and immerse yourself in the perfect setting for adventure and fun. Join us for the “Sol of the Circle,” a series of special events for the entire family. Breathe: An Outdoor Yoga Series will take place every second Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm. Dates are June 9, July 14, August 11, and September 8.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Virtual: Manatee Chamber: Headliners: Does Your Workforce Know About 2-1-1? , June 9, 12pm-1pm

Join us for this FREE Headliners event on Wednesday, June 9 from 12pm to 1pm via Zoom. Presented by Christina Russi, Community Fiscal Agent and Liaison at The Glasser/Schoenbaum Human Services Center, you’ll learn how to make helpful connections for your organization’s employees, your neighbors, and yourself through 2-1-1. 2-1-1 provides real time, confidential assistance to hundreds of people across Manatee, Sarasota, and DeSoto Counties every day. These individuals find help for financial assistance, health programs, crisis support, and more. This free service is available by phone, email, chat or text. Reaching out will get you or your employees connected to a multilingual specialist in our area who can put you in touch with local organizations providing critical services to improve and save lives.

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