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SRQ DAILY Aug 25, 2021

Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

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"Our selection is a reflection of the hard work of our staff in effectively implementing this important federal program. This program is an important part of our Building Strong Families program."

- Arthur Lerman, JFCS Suncoast

-Home and Design 2021 Flipbook, as seen in SRQ's July/August 2021 edition. Click photo for the full article.
[Family]  JFCS of the Suncoast's Ignite Program Selected in a National Evaluation Project for the Responsible Fatherhood Program
Brittany Mattie, brittany.mattie@srqme.com

The Responsible Fatherhood grant is one of two grants awarded to JFCS of the Suncoast by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services to fund its entire Ignite program, which promotes “strong, healthy family formation and maintenance, responsible fatherhood and parenting, and economic stability.” 

Last fall, JFCS received a $1.49 million Responsible Fatherhood grant for its Ignite program and is among nine other Responsible Fatherhood programs in the US that were selected to participate in the highly competitive federal evaluation project, Strengthening the Implementation of Responsible Fatherhood Programs (SIRF).

“JFCS is very pleased and honored to be selected to participate in the evaluation project," says Arthur Lerman, JFCS President/CEO. "Our selection is a reflection of the hard work of our staff in effectively implementing this important federal program. This program is an important part of our Building Strong Families program."

On behalf of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families (ACF), the polic research organization MDRC will oversee a collaborative examination by Ignite and SIRF to increase fathers’ involvement in Responsible Fatherhood programs. The organizations will co-design and test strategies that will assist Responsible Fatherhood programs nationwide in overcoming implementation challenges such as recruiting and registering fathers and keeping them actively engaged in services. Research findings will be released throughout the course of the project. They will help SIRF build evidence to improve program effectiveness and introduce opportunities for future research.

To encourage participation in the Ignite program and reduce engagement barriers, JFCS is testing out new coaching strategies for fathers and providing economic support for them and their families during their participation. 

“JFCS’ supportive coaching strategies will encourage fathers and father figures to take an active role in reshaping their lives," shares Katelyn Kopakin, Program Director, REACH & Ignite. "The Ignite program will support them in achieving self-sufficiency and in acquiring advanced leadership skills that are essential to building a positive family environment for themselves, their partners, and their children."

Ignite staff will recruit and engage 250 fathers and father figures annually through the end of 2025. Fathers or father figures who live in Sarasota or Manatee Counties, and are interested in learning more about the Ignite program, should contact Katelyn Kopakin at 941-366-2224, ext. 109 or KKopakin@JFCS-Cares.org 

For more information, visit JFCS of the Suncoast here.

[Grant]  Local Black-Led Nonprofit Organizations Join National Give 8/28 Giving Day to Build a More Equitable Community

To culminate the month-long celebration of Black Philanthropy Month in August, several local nonprofit organizations will participate in the fourth annual Give 8/28, a national giving day hosted by the Young, Black and Giving Back Institute to inspire philanthropy by and for Black communities.

For the second year in a row, the Community Foundation of Sarasota County awarded $250 kickstart grants to more than 10 nonprofits in Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte, and DeSoto counties to encourage local involvement and help build greater support for a more equitable community. This year, these local organizations will be joined by more than 300 Black-led and Black-serving causes across the nation.

“Within the spirit of Give 8/28 lies the steadfast truth that any step taken by each of us can combine to drive macro changes for generations to come,” says Roxie Jerde, President and CEO of the Community Foundation. “This is the power of charitable giving, during Black Philanthropy Month, and every month, to give individuals and communities opportunities to shape and invest in our shared future.”

To join this year’s celebration of Black philanthropy and support these local causes on Saturday, August 28, visit give828.org

[Grant]  PNC Awards Grant to the Child Protection Center

The Child Protection Center, Inc. (CPC) has received a $10,000 grant from the PNC Foundation. This funding will provide essential support to the nonprofit as it faces the increased demand for child abuse services brought by the pandemic. “The pandemic has created a greater demand for all of CPC's programs and services,” said Doug Staley, CPC’s Executive Director. “Specifically, the severity of child abuse has increased and CPC's Therapy Program has over 60 children, who have been physically or sexually abused, on a waiting list for services. This in itself is an epidemic”

The PNC Foundation’s funding will directly support the four core programs of the organization- the Personal Safety & Community Awareness Program (PSCA), the Child Protection Team (CPT), the Children and Families Supervised Visitation Program (CFSVP), and Therapy.

For more information on CPC, visit cpcsarasota.org or call 941-365-1277. 

Photo courtesy of Child Protection Center.

[In Conversation]  In Conversation with Arthur Lerman

Published in the July 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 Arthur Lerman of JFCS of the Suncoast shares insight on the importance of adapting for the future. 


There are many significant challenges that exist within our society, COVID notwithstanding. As long as we are creative and are able to marshal the resources necessary to make a difference in people’s lives, we have fulfilled our mission as an organization. Fundamentally, we’re just here to serve the needs of the community. This is not about people fitting into our squares or circles. This is about us being nimble and flexible to really meet people where it works best for them and we’re eager to face the new challenges that exist within our community. 

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.  

Read More From In Conversation Here

[Board]  Florida Public Relations Association Announces Board, Celebrates Member Achievements

The Central West Coast Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association (CWC-FPRA) installed its 2021-2022 board of directors and recognized outstanding members during the Chapter Awards & Board Installation held at LWR's The Grove. The event, which continued the honored tradition of the passing of the gavel by former presidents of CWC-FPRA, was a celebration of the past year of successes and opportunities for the coming year. 

The following members were honored during the program:  Sheryl Vieira was named Member of the Year; Laitin Sterling, APR, earned the Ginya Carnahan Promoting the Profession Award; Hunter Carpenter earned the Thomas Nunan Rising Star Award; Erin Hoffer, APR, CPRC, earned the Ginnie Duffey Troyer Award of Professionalism; and Stephannie Kettle and Andrea Knies, APR, each received Transform Awards for going above and beyond their board duties throughout the year.

Additionally, the board celebrated some highlights from the recent FPRA Annual Conference in Orlando. During the conference, CWC-FPRA earned chapter awards for its financial management and networking leadership. Two board members were also recognized for graduating from this year’s LeadershipFPRA program: Melanie Reda, APR, CPRC, and Sheryl Vieira.

“The energy and grit shown by our chapter board of directors this past year, through one of the most difficult times in our history, was inspiring,” said Kouvatsos, APR. “While it’s been an honor to serve as chapter president, I’m thrilled to have passed the gavel to Melanie Reda, APR, CPRC, whose graceful professionalism and leadership has already begun shining through in her new role as president. The best is yet to come.”

The Central West Coast Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association meets monthly for professional development luncheons and networking. Visit cwcfpra.com for more information. 

Photo courtesy of the association.

[People]  Tom R. McDougal, Jr., Named New CEO of Manatee Memorial Hospital

Manatee Memorial Hospital is pleased to announce the appointment of Tom R. McDougal, Jr., D.Sc., MSHA, MBA, FACHE, to Chief Executive Officer/Managing Director of Manatee Memorial Hospital, effective August 23, 2021. Prior to joining Manatee Memorial Hospital, Tom served as the Market CEO at Merit Health Biloxi, a regional system of providers and facilities with more than 300 physicians, outpatient clinics, and outpatient imaging centers serving the coastal region of Mississippi. In this role, Tom completed a new affiliation with another regional health system, improved employee satisfaction scores, reduced
employee turnover, expanded the robotics program and established a Gastro Center focused on pediatric and adults. 

“I am pleased to join the Manatee Memorial Hospital team,” said Tom. “I look forward to working with the employees and medical staff to enhance the excellent reputation of the facility, continue to focus on patient-centered care, and expanding our services in the community and surrounding areas.” 

[Utilities]  New Bill Payment Options Available for Sarasota County Utilities Customers

Sarasota County's Public Utilities Department is launching a new user-friendly bill payment options for customers. Starting Wednesday, September 8, the new website offers a "Pay Now" function to make quick payments without registering an account. Enhanced functions for those who register an account allows for greater flexibility to make additional payments using credit or debit cards.

In addition, the new payment system also offers the following features: autopay and paperless statements; payment reminders; view consumption, payment and bill history. A new automated phone system is also available for customers to quickly check their account balance, and use debit and credit cards to make payments.

According to Public Utilities Director Mike Mylett, the new system will offer customers a safe, convenient and secure way to pay their bills. "As an organization we are always looking for innovative ways to provide the best services to the community. This new payment system is user-friendly and convenient, without sacrificing security," Mylett added.

To access the new system online visit the following link. The phone system is accessed by calling 941-861-6790. 

[SRQ Competition]  Nominate the Good Hero in Your Life

Do you know a local philanthropic hero? SRQ Media invites the community to nominate individuals with hearts of giving who have made a significant impact with local nonprofit organizations — from volunteers and board members to individual staff members and donors. We will recognize our annual Good Hero Philanthropic Award recipients at the SB2: Philanthropic Agenda Luncheon and Good Hero Philanthropic Awards Luncheon on Thursday, December 9, 2021 at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota. Nominate your hero by September 17th!  

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: St. Armands Circle: Sol of the Circle: St. Armands Family Day , June 27 – September 26, 11am-1pm

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. St. Armands Family Day will take place every last Sunday from 11am to 1pm. Dates are June 27, July 25, August 29, and September 26.

[SOON]  GALLERY: We Dream A World: African American Landscape Painters of Mid-Century Florida, The Highwaymen , July 10 – September 26

We Dream A World, African American Landscape Painters of Mid-Century Florida, The Highwaymen, explores the depth of art and business enterprise created by a unique set of landscape artists. Guest Curator Radiah Harper takes visitors through the experience of African Americans who, living in a hostile climate of racial injustice, were able to both learn their artistic craft through formal and informal education, and successfully break away from traditional field labor jobs to monetize their work. This exhibition will be presented in collaboration with the Sarasota African American Cultural Coalition from July 10 to September 26.

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens , 1534 Mound St., Sarasota

[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]  MUSEUM: The Ringling: Blue Star Museums Initiative , May 15 – September 6, Museum hours.

The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art announced it will join museums nationwide in the Blue Star Museums initiative, a program that provides free admission to currently-serving U.S. military personnel and their families this summer. The 2021 program will begin on Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 15, and end on Labor Day, Monday, September 6. Find the list of participating museums at arts.gov/bluestarmuseums. Blue Star Museums is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in collaboration with Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and participating museums nationwide. Blue Star Museums include children's museums, art, science, and history museums, zoos, gardens, lighthouses, and more, and hail from all 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The current list of participating museums will continue to develop over the summer as organizations are welcome to register to be a Blue Star Museum throughout the summer.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Virtual: The Ringling: Private Lectures presented by Dr. David Berry , April 13 – December 31

David Berry, Associate Director of Academic Affairs and Special Projects, is one of Sarasota’s favorite lecturers. His dry sense of humor and wealth of knowledge is sure to both entertain and educate your group. Dr. Berry is available to speak on any of the following subjects: The origins of museums, museum architecture and display, The Victorian museum, early museums in America, museums, education, and community engagement, great women collectors, the illicit trafficking of cultural property, world fairs, an introduction to natural history, great illustrated natural history books, natural history and children’s literature, scientific illustration, natural history specimens, natural history collections, art and medicine, the art of anatomy, the art of astronomy and microscopy, the art of geology and paleontology (including dinosaurs), botanical and zoological art, botanical and zoological gardens, the golden age of botanical exploration, the orchid craze in Victorian Britain, and Japanese garden design and horticultural practices (ikebana and bonsai). $100 flat fee; must be scheduled at least 3 weeks in advance, $250 for custom topics; must be scheduled at least 6 weeks in advance. Lectures include a single-speaker, slide illustrated lecture. All programs are hosted via Zoom. For additional information, or to book a virtual program, contact Laura Steefel-Moore, Head of Educational Programs, at laura.steefel-moore@ringling.org.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Arlington Park & Aquatic Complex: Summer Swim Lessons, Programming & Extended Hours , May 8 – August 31

The City of Sarasota Parks & Recreation District is increasing the accessibility and enjoyment of swimming at the Arlington Park & Aquatic Complex. From lessons, to extended hours, they have your swimming needs covered. Learn to Swim: This program provides a positive, fun-filled opportunity for youth to learn abilities that will help reduce the number of water accidents and provide lifelong skills in swimming. Swim lessons are geared toward youth ages 6 months to 12 years. Participants will be divided into classes based on their abilities and ages. Sessions offer eight lessons for a registration fee of $65. Parent & Me classes are offered in a four-week session consisting of four lessons on Saturday mornings for $35. Adding to Arlington Park & Aquatic Complex’s Aquatic Programming is the Aqua Blast Class. Join us every Tuesday and Thursday for a steady paced cardio exercises mixed with weights and resistance training. This new class is a great way to burn calories just before lunch time. Non-swimmers welcomed, as this class is in our 3-foot Water Instructional Pool. Tuesdays and Thursdays starting May 11 from 10am to 10:45am. Ages 18 and up are welcome, and classes are $3 each. Purchase a 5-Class Pack for $55. Registration Deadline: Mondays prior to Tuesday class and Wednesday prior to Thursday class. Call 941-263-6732 or register on eTrak: https://www.letsplaysarasota.com/program-guide/online-registration/how-to-register. Starting May 8 Arlington Park & Aquatic Complex will be open on Saturdays. Reservations are available on the hour between 11am and 4pm. The high diving board is closed, but the low diving board will be available. Reservations for Saturday swim are now available on eTrak: https://www.letsplaysarasota.com/program-guide/online-registration/how-to-register.

[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]  GRAB BAG: Virtual: Children's Cancer Center: 9th Annual Chick-fil-A Fall Stampede , September 1 – September 30

This year marks the 9th annual Chick-fil-A Fall Stampede benefitting the Children’s Cancer Center. The event is held every September, Childhood Cancer Awareness month. We challenge you to virtually walk or run with your herd for the Children’s Cancer Center. Run/Walk: We challenge you to set a mileage goal to complete by the end of September. All participants will be entered in a chance drawing where 30 people will win FREE Chick-fil-A for a MONTH; 1 Mile, 5 Miles, 10 Miles, 25 Miles, 50 Miles, and 100 Miles. Raise: Create a fundraising page and raise funds throughout the challenge for the immediate needs of children battling pediatric cancer. The top 10 fundraisers will receive FREE Chick-fil-A for a MONTH. Packet Pickup: Drive by our COVID-19 compliant Packet Pick Up Party on Monday, August 31 from 8am to 10am or 6pm to 8pm where all participants will receive a t-shirt, swag bag and a Chick-fil-A sandwich. Tampa: Children’s Cancer Center (4901 W. Cypress St. Tampa) or Sarasota: Fruitville Chick-fil-A (5384 Fruitville Rd., Sarasota). Free Chick-fil-A for a Month consists of 30 promotional cards redeemable for a free Chick-fil-A entrée (Chick-fil-A Sandwich, Original or Spicy, Chick- fil-A Nuggets, Original or Grilled (8-count) or a Grilled Chicken Sandwich). Valid during lunch and dinner hours only.

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: ALSO Youth: Manatee Pride , September 18, 12pm-5pm

We are pleased to announce that the 7th Annual Manatee Pride Festival will be held on September 18, 2021, at the beautiful downtown Bradenton Riverwalk from noon to 5pm. Manatee Pride is a fund raiser, and all proceeds benefit ALSO Youth Sarasota/Manatee a 501(c)(3) non-profit Florida corporation, providing Advocacy, Leadership, Support and outreach for LGBTQ youth in Sarasota and Manatee Counties and dedicated to supporting, affirming, encouraging, enabling and empowering all LGBTQ youth. We would welcome your participation and support at our Festival on September 18, 2021. Our 7th annual Festival, Manatee Pride 2021 will again have live performers and renowned bands, great food, beer, refreshments (and other favorites), health checks and more. We expect our attendance to meet or exceed our previous attendance record. Mark your calendars & tell your friends. We look forward to seeing you in September for a safe & fun Manatee Pride. If you are looking for ways to get involved as a volunteer, participate as a performer, have a booth as a vendor or support our non-profit via a donation, please reach out to Craig@ALSOYOUTH.ORG.

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Forty Carrots Free Community Speaker Event , September 22

This free virtual event will feature Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D. who teaches the power of showing up in her book How Parental Presence Shapes Who Our Kids Become and How Their Brains Get Wired. Become a community partner and SUPPORT free quality educational programming for those who care for kids in our community. The virtual speaker event will be held Wednesday, September 22 by the Community Foundation of Sarasota. 

Community Foundation of Sarasota

[SOON]  GALA: Annual Fundraiser at Waterworks Sarasota , October 9

Save the date for Sarasota Contemporary Dance's 16th Main Stage Season "GRIT" is a testament to the company's passion, purpose, and perseverance. After surviving and celebrating its landmark 15th season through a global pandemic, SCD is returning to the stage with greater conviction than ever before in its responsibility to progress contemporary dance in Sarasota. Tickets and subscriptions will become available soon. The fundraiser will be held to kick off the season at Waterworks Sarasota.

Sarasota Contemporary Dance , 1005 N Orange Ave., Sarasota

[SOON]  MUSIC: Sarasota Orchestra: Chamber Soirees: Music of Youth , September 26, 4pm

A program about the joys of youth, written by the young and young at heart on Sunday, September 26 at 4pm at Holley Hall. Inspired by Shel Silverstein's Where the Sidewalk Ends. The progam consists of Josef Suk Piano Quartet in A Minor, Op. 1, Janacek Mladi ("Youth Suite"), Kenji Bunch Shout Chorus, and Mendelssohn String Quartet No. 1, Op. 12.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto: Leadership Breakfast , September 9, 7:30am

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto and Intertape Polymer Group present the 15th Leadership Breakfast on Thursday, September 9, 2021 at 3100 Fruitville Rd. honoring Archie Griffin, two-time Heisman Trophy Winner, and Lisa Bechtold, Executive Director of Take Stock in Children Sarasota. Registration and breakfast service begins at 7:30am and the program begins at 8am. Tickets are $50 per person.

[SOON]  MUSEUM: Ecoperformance Week , September 6 – September 12

The John and Mable ringling Museum of Art is pleased to present Ecoperformance Week, Sept. 6- 12, 2021. Ecoperformance events at The Ringling have an arts-driven focus on conversations, performances, activities and films about ecology, climate, culture and environmental justice. The field of eco-performance looks at climate change and environmental justice as multifaceted environmental and social phenomena that can be transformed through cultural engagement. The week will kick-off with a streaming presentation of Ludic Proxy: Fukushima on Sept. 6. Set a few years after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami disaster in Fukushima, Japan, the film is a video adaptation of Brooklyn-based theater-maker Aya Ogawa’s play Ludic Proxy. The presentation, which runs approximately 35 minutes and is presented in Japanese with English subtitles, may be viewed anytime during the day. Additionally, all ticketholders will have access to an “on demand” version, available from Sept. 6-12, 2021. Performance and Environmental Justice: A Panel Discussion will be offered via ZOOM on Sept. 8 at 7:30 p.m. This panel presents perspectives that elucidate and redefine environmental justice and how culture, performance and storytelling impact awareness and social transformation around these issues. The series will include two films that will be screened in the Historic Asolo Theater. TrashDance will be presented Sept.9 th at 1 p.m. Trash Dance follows choreographer Allison Orr as she finds beauty and grace in garbage trucks, and in the unseen men and women who pick up our trash. Waste Land will be shown Sept. 10 at 6:30 p.m. The week will close with a workshop on Sept. 11 via ZOOM. Decolonizing Theatre Basics with Groundwater Arts will examine the nuances of colonization and how they intersect with how we live and work. The workshop will entail both active and passive activities, videos and discussions, creating radical access points for everyone of all levels to leave empowered.

The Ringling Museum , 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota

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