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SRQ DAILY Aug 11, 2021

Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

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Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

"Those whose take care of our community deserve to be taken care of. For too long the burden has been on the individual to help themself cope."

- Teri A Hansen, Barancik Foundation

[Health & Wellness]  Resilient Retreat Scales Up to Support the Community with Trauma Care
Brittany Mattie, brittany.mattie@srqme.com

First responders, medical professionals, teachers and nonprofit employees that often witness trauma in the workplace are continually and commonly reporting higher levels of burnout, stress, and demoralization—all factors that take tolls on the mind and body. And the prolonged pandemic isn't helping—increasingly impacting those on the frontline. Community surveys report that 50 percent of our first responders/helping professionals are experiencing 'compassion fatigue' in our community, and 74.6% noted their job has been harder since COVID-19. 

Which is where Resilient Retreat is stepping in. The organization recognizes caring for others comes at a cost and is helping those impacted by second-hand trauma and abuse throughout the last 18 months. The number of people served by Resilient Retreat has increased by 196% over the past year.

Yesterday, Resilient Retreat announced they received funding from Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation to ramp up their efforts in providing therapy and programs to help those at risk. Thanks to $125,000 from the Barancik Foundation, the grant will fund a second phase of Resilient Retreat’s neurofeedback program, which will offer services to 21 responders and healthcare professionals. The organization says this therapy is a leading treatment for reducing the symptoms of traumatic stress and can decrease anxiety, reduce substance abuse, and improve memory, concentration and wellness.

“Those whose take care of our community deserve to be taken care of,” says Teri A Hansen, President &  CEO of Barancik Foundation. “For too long the burden has been on the individual to help themself cope. Now these programs will help facilitate healing and reduce burnout.”

The organization will also use this grant to hire an additional staff member  Candice McLeod –  to provide input on program development, organize the Resilient Retreat network of over 150 community volunteers, as well as increase trauma-informed training at workplaces.

“Employers now better understand the factors that lead to burnout and emotional exhaustion,” says Lisa Intagliata, Executive Director of Resilient Retreat. “Led by certified trauma professionals, our free programs are helping people heal from the impacts of stress and trauma on their mind, body, and spirit.” 

Learn more about Resilient Retreat here.

[Grant]  Children First Awarded $50,000 Grant from McCune Family Foundation

The McCune Family Foundation has awarded Children First a $50,000 grant in support of scholarships for Sarasota County’s most economically vulnerable children, ages six weeks to five years old. Scholarships ensure access to comprehensive services that includes early childhood education, nutrition, and emotional and behavioral support as well as family strengthening services for parents. Since 2017, the McCune Family Foundation has granted $230,000 to Children First through support of the agency’s Raise Your Hand Campaign, high-quality services, and family wellbeing.

Children First serves at-risk children and families at 15 locations throughout North Port, Sarasota, and Venice as the exclusive provider of Head Start and Early Head Start services for Sarasota County. “The need for our services has never been greater as we continue to battle the ongoing effects of the pandemic. The McCune Family Foundation’s support allows us to focus on our mission of empowering parents and building a strong foundation for the healthy development of the children we serve. Thank you for your investment in accessible, high-quality education and care for our community’s most vulnerable children and families,” says CEO Philip Tavill. 

Image courtesy of Children First

[In Conversation]  In Conversation With Rick Yocum of Humane Society of Manatee County

Published in the July edition of SRQ Magazine, In Conversation with Non Profit Leaders features a roundtable discussion among representatives from local non profit organizations. Below is an excerpt from the conversation in which Rick Yocum of The Humane Society of Manatee County shares insight on how the organization has looked forward to the future throughout the pandemic. 


I see a very optimistic bright and brilliant future for our community as we come out from this past year. Last April, we purchased the property next to our veterinary clinic and expanded our campus by 30% and our building square footage by 30%. We’re expanding into dermatology services in September, basic orthopedic surgery is up next. We’ve been mission-focused over this past year, but also building for the future. I’m so optimistic for the future of our community and for the futures of the animals we care for. 

This is an excerpt from the In Conversation with Non Profit Leaders published in the July 2021 edition of SRQ Magazine. Click here to see the full article.  

Pictured: Leah, a mixed breed currently up for adoption at Humane Manatee.

Read More From In Conversation Here

[People]  The Hermitage Artist Retreat Announces New Members of National Curatorial Council

Each year, the organization’s esteemed Curatorial Council selects artists of extraordinary ability across multiple disciplines for Hermitage Fellowships. The Hermitage Curatorial Council is comprised of visionary leaders from some of the most renowned cultural institutions in the world. The Hermitage Artist Retreat recently announced its 2021-2022 Curatorial Council, comprised of distinguished national arts leaders spanning the fields of theater, visual art, music, literature, and arts education. The newest additions to the Council include Oregon Shakespeare Festival Artistic Director Nataki Garrett, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Mitchell Jackson, and celebrated WQXR radio host Terrance McKnight.

“We are honored to welcome these visionary leaders to the Hermitage Curatorial Council,” says Andy Sandberg, Artistic Director and CEO of the Hermitage. “Nataki Garrett, Mitchell Jackson, and Terrance McKnight are forward-thinking creative minds with a finger on the pulse, each highly regarded for their unique contributions to their respective fields. The 14 members of this esteemed Curatorial Council share a collective passion for the development and creation of new work from bold and diverse voices, and we are incredibly fortunate to have them in the Hermitage family. With their breadth of experience, their vast networks, and their insightful ability to identify extraordinary talent, we know that the selection of our Fellows could not be in better hands.” 

[Career Seminar]  An Exciting New Opportunity for Young Professionals in Sarasota-Manatee

Mitch Lomazov with EXCELLence Performance is launching a brand-new event designed for the next generation of leaders. Redefining the Course to Success: Confidence, Communication, and Career is an original seminar specifically designed for young professionals by young professionals to accomplish two things. 1. Prove that there are more than 100 young adults in the Sarasota-Manatee area and 2. Equip young adults in this community with the tools for success. 

Scheduled for September 8th from 5 pm – 8:45 pm at the State College of Florida newly renovated building at 26 West Center designed by local architecture firm, Fawley Bryant Architecture, for 1 hour of open networking with appetizers and desserts provided by Mean Dean’s Local Kitchen and a 2.5-hour training event with activities throughout.

Tickets are $25 with an additional discount for committee members of any of the local Chambers. Space is limited. Reserve at epcoaching.com/product/young-professionals and reach out to mitch.lomazov@epcoaching.com with any questions. 

[Travel]  Allegiant Announces New Nonstop Service to Two New Destinations from SRQ

Allegiant Airlines announced nonstop service to Cedar Rapids, Iowa and Tulsa, Okla. from Sarasota Bradenton International Airport. To celebrate, Allegiant is offering one-way fares on the new routes as low as $49.* The new routes are part of a 22-route expansion across Allegiant’s network, launching just in time to plan winter holiday getaways. 

The new routes to Sarasota Bradenton International Airport (SRQ) include:

  1. Cedar Rapids, Iowa via The Eastern Iowa Airport (CID) – beginning Nov. 19, 2021 with one-way fares as low as $49.*

  2. Tulsa, Oklahoma via Tulsa International Airport (TUL) – beginning Dec. 15, 2021 with one-way fares as low as $49.*

*About the introductory one-way fares: Seats and dates are limited and fares are not available on all flights. All flights must be purchased by August 11, 2021 for travel by May 17, 2022. Price displayed includes taxes, carrier charges & government fees. Fare rules, routes and schedules are subject to change without notice. Optional baggage charges and additional restrictions may apply. For more details, optional services and baggage fees, please visit Allegiant.com.

[Accreditation ]  Cindy Quinn Earns Platinum Club Status

The esteemed RE/MAX Platinum Club Award honors high-achieving real estate professionals for their service to buyers and sellers during the past year. This is the second year in a row that Cindy Quinn of RE/MAX Alliance Group has received this high honor. “It’s a tremendous honor to receive this prestigious award,” said Quinn, who has more than 20 years of real estate experience with strong local knowledge of the Anna Maria Island, Longboat Key and Bradenton markets.  

[People]  Attorney Todd Kaplan Named New Icard Merrill Shareholder

The law firm of Icard, Merrill, Cullis, Timm, Furen, and Ginsburg, P.A., is pleased to announce that Attorney Todd D. Kaplan has been named a shareholder of the firm. Kaplan, who joined the firm in 2006, has a diverse practice serving clients in the areas of tax, estate planning, and corporate law. He represents individuals and families in all aspects of estate planning, wealth transfer and business succession. 

[In This Issue]  Summer Sizzler 2021

Our collection of hot local summer experiences. 

Click here to read the full article in SRQ's July/August 2021 edition.

[SOON]  MUSEUM: Skyway 2020: A Contemporary Collaboration , June 20 – October 3, 10am-5pm

The Skyway 2020 exhibition, now in its second iteration, is a celebration of artistic practices in the Tampa Bay region, as it is a collaboration between four institutions: the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg; The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota; the Tampa Museum of Art; and the University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum, Tampa. Working together, curators from each institution will offer context for the diversity of art being made in Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, and Sarasota counties. Artworks and projects in the exhibition will be selected by museum curators and the guest juror, Claire Tancons, an independent curator and scholar whose practice takes a global focus on the conditions of cultural production. Tancons has curated biennials around the world, including Prospect.1, New Orleans; the 2008 Gwangju Biennial; and the 2019 Sharjah Biennial. This exhibit will begin on June 20, 2021 and will end on October 3, 2021. Runs from 10am to 5pm.

The Ringling Museum, 5401 Bay Shore Road

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Choral Artists: American Fanfare , July 4 – August 17, 4pm

American Fanfare concert will be held Sunday, July 4 at 4pm at the Sarasota Opera House and will be available on demand from July 17 to August 17. Rousing patriotic anthems and stirring inspirational choral works celebrate Independence Day. The Lakewood Ranch Wind Ensemble joins Choral Artists for the first time, performing Sousa marches to complement the program. Musical fireworks abound in this annual salute to America.

[SOON]  GALLERY: "Oh, the places we can go!” exhibition of fine craft , July 9 – August 28, 6pm

"Oh, the places we can go!” is a juried exhibition of handmade fine crafts where artists have created imaginative pieces inspired by places they’ve been or would like to go. From around the state, 37 artists created more than 80 pieces in ceramics, fiber, glass, metal and wood. At the opening and awards reception on Friday, July 9 at 6 p.m., people will have the opportunity to meet many of the talented artists and the show’s judge, Desmond Clark of St. Cate Fine Art.


Florida CraftArt, 501 Central Ave., St. Petersburg

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: In Dialogue with Nature: Glass in the Gardens , July 10 – September 26

Selby Gardens and the Duncan McClellan Gallery in St. Petersburg present the fourth annual summer glass show at Selby Gardens’ Downtown Sarasota campus from July 10 to September 26. This year’s exhibition, featuring nature-inspired glass work created exclusively by Duncan McClellan, will be displayed in the Tropical Conservatory and the Gardens against a backdrop of lush flowers and plants.  All artworks are available for sale with a percentage of proceeds benefiting Selby Gardens.

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens , 1534 Mound St., Sarasota

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Veterans Equine Therapy , July 12 – August 23, 3-5pm

Operation Warrior Resolution has another session of Veterans Equine Therapy starting July 12th. It’s 6 sessions, running each Monday from 3pm-5pm, July 12-August 23 (break on August 9) at InStride Therapy, Inc. in Nokomis, FL. Those veterans who have been apart of this previously say it is  an incredible experience! The program is specifically designed to address veteran specific issues through the use of horses. The horses provide a very unique experience to learn how to become more self-aware, regulate the nervous system response, be in the present moment, build trust, confidence, connection, and more. To join this upcoming session please email at info@operationwarriorresolution.org, 1629 Ranch Rd, Nokomis

Operation Warrior Resolution

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Rounding Third by Richard Dresser , July 28 – August 29

Florida Studio Theatre (FST) presents Rounding Third by Richard Dresser, a sharp yet touching comedy about two Little League coaches who turn the ball field into a battlefield as they try to navigate the curveballs life throws their way. Rounding Third will run in FST's  Gompertz Theatre starting July 28. Tickets are now on sale at FloridaStudioTheatre.org. Rounding Third centers on Don and Michael, two polar opposites whose lives are in no way going according to plan. When fate conspires to put their sons on the same Little League team, the men are forced to coach the group together. Don is a veteran coach who values winning at all costs, while Michael, a newcomer to the game, just wants the players to try their best and have fun. As the two experience breathtaking victories and crushing defeats both on and off the field, they pour all their energy into “America’s favorite pastime” in hopes that they’ll discover a greater sense of meaning in their lives.

Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N Palm Ave., Sarasota

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: 2021 August Play Reading Festival , August 2 – August 16, 7pm

FST is presenting three staged readings of new work by members of its Playwright Collective, a select group of artists dedicated to developing new work for FST’s stages, in the 2021 August Play Reading Festival. After over a year of developing new plays virtually over Zoom and holding reading series online, this Festival will be FST’s first live, in-person New Play Development event since March 2020.

The three playwrights featured in this Festival—Thomas Gibbons, Kenneth Jones, and Jason Odell Williams—will each travel to Sarasota for one week of rehearsals and play development sessions with FST’s artistic staff, followed by a staged reading of each of their plays for live audiences. Professional actors from across the country will also fly to Sarasota to help bring these new works to life. After each reading, attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and give feedback to the playwrights. These sessions are essential to the development and creation of new plays, giving playwrights direct access to artistic support as well as valuable audience feedback.

FST has played a role in the development of each of the featured plays. Last year, the theatre commissioned Jones to write Last Call at the Old Slave Quarters Lounge and Williams to write America In One Room. Gibbons has been working closely with FST’s artistic team to develop Steal Her Bones since its first draft.

The 2021 August Play Reading Festival will take place in FST’s Keating Theatre on August 2, 9, and 16 at 7PM each day. Subscription packages to see all three readings range from $28.50-48.00. Single tickets are $20 per-person for each reading. Subscription packages and single tickets are now on sale at FloridaStudioTheatre.org or 941-366-9000.

Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N Palm Ave., Sarasota

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Virtual: Selby Gardens: Old Florida Captured in Oil: A Personal Journey with The Highwaymen , August 11, 12pm-1pm

This Historical Briefing, presented by John McCarthy, Vice President for Historic Spanish Point, will take place on Wednesday, August 11 from noon to 1pm and is open to all. In the 1950s, young African Americans on the east coast of Florida were inspired to paint their vision of Florida as they saw it. This began a movement that captured old Florida in colorful and evocative oil paintings. The style has seen a resurgence in recent years as newcomers to Florida discover the seemingly simple, yet powerful images created by native-born artists. This virtual program will explore the presenter’s pursuit of highwaymen paintings, the artists and old Florida memories.

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Virtual Part-Time Job Fair , August 26, 10am-2pm

Florida State University usually sese over 1000+ students in attendance who are seeking part-time employment within the Tallahassee region or wanting a virtual job. 10 am – 2 pm EST. Online via Symplicity Virtual Fairs in NoleNetwork $50 registration fee. Virtual  Event.

Florida State University

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Laughter in LWR Stand-Up Comedy Show , August 28, 5pm & 8pm

Grove Restaurant, Patio & Ballroom and Knock Out Marketing & PR presents, “LAUGHTER in LWR™!” a stand-up comedy event on August 28, 2021. The event will have two show times, 5 pm & 8 pm and feature three nationally-accredited comedians at each show: Happy Cole, Mariannetta Torres and Jeff Jena. A portion of the event proceeds will be given to The Players Centre for Performing Arts and The Humane Society of Manatee County.

Ticket prices range from $40 to $60, and the show style encompasses three hilarious comedians back-to-back, creating non-stop laughter. Cash bars will be available as well as service throughout the show by Grove’s finest staff. (Cash and credit cards accepted). The event organizers encourage you to come early and socialize with your friends, as doors open 45 minutes before each show time. Grove is also offering a 10% off voucher with each ticket. You are welcome to enjoy dinner in the Grove restaurant (connected to the ballroom) before or after your show time. Reservations are recommended.Wind down the evening with a night cap and meet-and-greet with the comedians after each show. Leave with a smile and laughter exhaustion.


Grove Restaurant, Patio & Ballroom , 10670 Boardwalk Loop, Lakewood Ranch

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Young Artist Program Showcase , August 13 – August 14, 7:30pm

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe (WBTT) is pleased to present the eighth year of its annual Young Artist Program, through which Troupe members are able to showcase their talents with self-produced, one-person shows. The first Young Artist Program showcase of the 2021-2022 season, featuring 18-year-old student Astrid Victoria (known to WBTT audiences as Astrid McIntyre) is titled, “Love Language: An Evening with Astrid Victoria.” Two performances will take place Friday and Saturday, August 13 and 14 at 7:30 p.m.

In "Love Language," which she describes as “a celebration of inspiration and retrospection,” Victoria will share her great love for music through a selection of songs that she describes as integral to her development as an artist. She will also showcase the ways in which her favorite creators have influenced her own songwriting, with a small collection of original songs.

Backing Victoria will be singers Michael Mendez and Canela Vasquez; the band will be James “Jay” Dodge II, bass, Matthew McKinnon, keyboards, Brad Foutch, guitar, and Mike Andrews, drums.

Young Artist Program showcases take place at the WBTT theater, located at 1012 N. Orange Ave. in Sarasota. Audience capacity will be capped at 50% and masks are required to protect patron and performer health and safety. Tickets are $25 general admission; sponsor tickets, which include reserved preferred seating and playbill recognition, are $100 (ticket fees are added at the time of purchase). Call the Box Office at 941-366-1505 or purchase tickets online at westcoastblacktheatre.org.

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe , 1012 N. Orange Ave., Sarasota

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Summer Circus Spectacular , July 30 – August 14

The Circus Arts Conservatory and The Ringling are happy to partner once again to present the Summer Circus Spectacular at the Historic Asolo Theater. Don’t miss this family-friendly show that runs Friday, July 30, 2021 through Saturday, August 14! The Summer Circus Spectacular showcases some of the finest circus artists from around the world, performing acts to thrill audiences of all ages. The Summer Circus Spectacular takes place at the Historic Asolo Theatre at The Ringling (5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota). Show times are 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, and 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturdays. Opening Night Performance & Celebration, Friday, July 30 @ 7:00 PM

The Ringling Museum , 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota

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