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SRQ DAILY Sep 1, 2021

Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

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Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

"Rise & Nye's and GTFO believe in an inclusive future, and we believe Sarasota has the ability to be the most inclusive city in the nation."

- Chase Pettey, founder of GTFO and Adventure for All

-Featured in the July/August 2021 Edition of SRQ Magazine | Hang Out with Gladys and Gina from The Barnyard
[Fundraiser]  GTFO and Rise & Nye's to Host Bike Ride/Block Party to Support Inclusive Nonprofits
Brittany Mattie, brittany.mattie@srqme.com

Join in on the first-ever ‘Ride Together. Rise Together.’ community run/bike ride fundraiser on Saturday, October 16, 2021. Founder of the GTFO hat company and Adventure For All nonprofit Chase Pettey as well as owner of Rise & Nye’s Ice Cream Beaver Shriver will lead a public pedal on the Rise and Nye’s mobile tricycle all around Sarasota at select checkpoints to spread the power of inclusion. Starting at 9:00am, ending around 1:00pm, the event will be followed by a block party at 4:00pm on Downtown Sarasota’s State Street—including live music, raffles, giveaways, good food, and, of course, Rise & Nye’s ice cream. 

“Personal growth consists of activities that develop a person's capabilities and potential, build on their strengths, facilitate employability, enhance their quality of life and the realization of dreams and aspirations,” says Pettey. “In the special ability community, those dreams and aspirations become hard to realize and obtain with so little opportunity at their disposal.”

The purpose of this event is to raise money for Adventure For All and Inclusion Revolution by bringing a giving community together to show the power of inclusion. With a fundraiser goal of $22,000, Adventure For All hopes to raise enough funds to sponsor two exceptional adventure athletes and their families for the GTFO training and life skills process along with a week-long adventure trip outdoors. In addition, Inclusion Revolution hopes to sponsor a key team member (an individual with an intellectual or developmental disability) for a year of employment at Rise & Nye’s, a coffee and ice cream shop whose main initiative is to hire people with intellectual and physical disabilities, which Pettey and Shriver like to instead refer to as “exceptionalities.” Rise & Nye’s gives them the opportunity to join a workforce with a supportive and inclusive environment.

“This event will represent the message of ‘Stronger Together,’” says Pettey. “Rise & Nye’s and GTFO believe in an inclusive future, and we believe Sarasota has the ability to be the most inclusive city in the nation.”

Tickets are limited to 250 participants and are now on sale. Purchase your ‘Ride Together. Rise Together.’ tickets, or donate, here. 

100% proceeds will be going to nonprofits Adventure For All (AFA)—a 501 (c)(3) that expands inclusive opportunities for individuals with intellectual and/or developmental exceptionalities through interactive adventure programs, and Inclusion Revolution—a 501 (c)(3) that provides secure, successful jobs for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. 

Photo courtesy of GTFO

[Grant]  Bay Park Conservancy Awarded $300,000 Grant from Gulf Coast Community Foundation

Gulf Coast Community Foundation has awarded The Bay Park Conservancy a $300,000 grant to support the development of the first 10 acres of The Bay Park. “The plan for The Bay reflects our community’s bold vision of what’s possible on this precious stretch of bayfront,” said Mark Pritchett, president and CEO of Gulf Coast Community Foundation. "From the beginning, we have been confident that The Bay Park Conservancy can deliver what our community values most.” The funding will help transform land that is mostly a parking lot into a blue-and-green oasis that celebrates nature, promotes environmental sustainability, and provides accessibility for all. 

“The community's collective vision to transform the Sarasota bayfront into a world-class park, accessible to all, has been a driving personal inspiration for this project,” said Jon Thaxton, Gulf Coast’s senior vice president for community investment. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to correct numerous environmental mistakes of the past, provide jobs, and offer future generations a sustainable asset that will benefit the community in perpetuity.

For more information or general inquiries about this initiative, visit thebaysarasota.org or call 941-203-5316. 

Imagery of the Mangrove Bayou Walkway and Phase 1 renderings, courtesy of The Bay

[Sponsorship]  Sun N Fun Sponsors Pets for Vets Program at Humane Society of Sarasota County

The Humane Society of Sarasota County (HSSC) has received a very generous gift from Sun N Fun RV Resort to be the program sponsor for the Pets for Vets Program for the next 12 months. This program gives our military veterans and their families the greatest "thank you" of all: the extraordinary love of a companion pet. HSSC believes in harnessing the healing powers of the human-animal bond to help veterans. Companion animals can reduce stress and anxiety levels, mitigate depression, ease social reintegration, provide comfort, and restore confidence in affected veterans.

"The Pets for Vets program waives the adoption fee for all active-duty and veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces when they adopt a companion animal from HSSC," said Anna Gonce, executive director of HSSC. "We are extremely grateful for Sun N Fun Resort's kindness and compassion for our veterans and our community." Sun N Fun’s Sponsorship will cover around 100 adoptions for local service members in our community for the next 12 months.

“We are extremely excited for this new partnership and humbled by the ability to give back to the service men and women in our community. Together with HSSC, we hope to provide many of our local heroes with a new family member that could have a great impact on their lives. We hope that this opportunity will encourage those in need to look into adoption. We will be collecting donations from our guests at the resort on a day-to-day basis to support veterans with food, toys, and other supplies, even after adoption. Thank you to HSSC for providing us with this opportunity. We look forward to a successful Pets for Vets Program,” said Anthony Herzog of Sun N Fun RV Resort.

Veterans wishing to adopt can visit hssc.org/pets/pet-adoptions for a real-time list of adoptable dogs and cats. Service members simply need to show proof of military service at the time of adoption. 

Pictured: Brianna Bibb, Sheila Wilson, Anthony Herzog, Austin York.

[Technology]  Weekend Science Classes for Kids Return at the Fab Lab

The Suncoast Science Center/Faulhaber Fab Lab’s STEAM Saturdays classes are back by popular demand. STEAM Saturdays classes are developed and led by volunteers from the lab’s Student Proposals & Education Committee (SPEC), an innovative leadership program that empowers high school students to pursue their passions while making STEAM learning fun and approachable for students of all ages. The weekly courses provide students from grades 1-12 with a unique opportunity to explore various science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) areas through engaging hands-on activities and the use of high-tech Fab Lab equipment such as laser cutters, vinyl cutters, 3D printers and more.

STEAM Saturdays run weekly from 10 am-1 pm beginning Saturday, October 2. Returning classes include Robotics, Engineering, Chemistry and Art Lab, while new courses like Coding & Artificial Intelligence, Electric Engineering, and Build Your Brand have been added. There are classes to suit every age and interest, from creating spooky pumpkin volcanoes in “Halloween Chemistry” to programming a robot to travel across a zipline in “Engineering” class. No experience is required. Classes are $40 and include all supplies and take-home projects. Limited spaces are available, and sessions sell out quickly. For the full schedule and more information, visit suncoastscience.org/steam-saturdays. 

[Coding]  Coding Bootcamp Providers Offered by PLANit Sarasota and Education Foundation

A new curated list of coding bootcamps is being made available to the community as a free resource by PLANit Sarasota, a cross-sector group of education and youth services organizations and community partners focused on increasing the rate of area students who pursue a purposeful postsecondary pathway, particularly among those historically underrepresented in higher education. 

A primary goal is to increase the number of Sarasota County residents, 18 to 24, who obtain a high-value certificate, degree, or training experience. The three- to six-month courses offered by coding bootcamp providers are designed for students without previous coding experience as well as those who want to improve their skills. Providers included in the new resource guide focus on training full-stack software developers who combine both front-end and back-end development. “Video games and other applications have millions of lines of codes, and people who like writing those codes can earn good salaries even in entry-level jobs,” said Thomas Williams, PLANit Sarasota director. According to the providers, graduates of the online programs can earn starting salaries around $49K in the current market. The entry-level jobs also can be gateways to evolving, exciting careers that command salaries up to $121K with experience and demonstrated proficiency. While there are open jobs in the Sarasota-Manatee labor market, a person also could work remotely from home and be networked to an employer around the globe.  

In addition to the online coding bootcamps, State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota, a PLANit Sarasota partner, is offering three related classes this fall semester and plans to start software developer and cybersecurity bootcamps in January 2022. Links to the coding bootcamp providers, as well as helpful tips about paying for and choosing a training provider, are available at EdFoundationSRQ.org/planit-sarasota/online-coding-bootcamps. 

[People]  Ryan Perrone Receives Rare Florida Master Builder Certification

Florida Certified Master Builder (FCMB), an organization created to help consumers find trustworthy builders, has recognized Ryan Perrone, the owner and co-founder of the Sarasota-based luxury builder Nautilus Homes, as a Florida Certified Master Builder. Builders who are awarded this certification follow a higher standard than required for a State of Florida license. This designation is given to elite homebuilders, remodelers and commercial contractors who are dedicated to excellence in building and client satisfaction. Perrone is one of only 32 builders in Florida and three in Sarasota County to receive a Master Builder certification. Perrone says he feels “deeply honored” to receive this elite professional recognition. “I’m passionate about my work and thrilled to be included in this circle of top-level professionals. Nautilus Homes is dedicated to building expertise, long-term business stability, integrity, and exceptional customer service. This certification recognizes our commitment to those values — and it means so much to our team.”

For more information, visit Nautilus-Homes.com or call 941-366-3650. 

Photo courtesy of Nautilus Homes

[People]  Boys & Girls Clubs Professional Selected for Leadership Sarasota Class of 2022

Roscelyn Guenther, Director of Program Services for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties, was selected for the Leadership Sarasota Class of 2022 by the Sarasota Chamber of Commerce. Roscelyn said, “Being a part of Leadership Sarasota is a phenomenal opportunity providing an additional avenue to impact our community and work alongside other amazing professionals.” Leadership Sarasota represents a diverse group of candidates including business leaders, professionals and academics, directors, and staff of community service organizations and civic associations, managers from government agencies, and community servants. Leadership Sarasota provides a way to further develop professionals and bring awareness to the inter-workings of the county. Roscelyn shared, “When advocacy is at an all-time high, this program allows professionals like myself to be empowered and create the support needed for our community.” 

[Awards Section]  2021 Elite Top Attorneys Awards Section

Announcing the honorees of the 2021 Elite Top Attorneys in a special September 2021 Awards Section. Meet our honorees and explore their areas of expertise. 

Click here to see the digital edition.

[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]  GALLERY: Downtown Sarasota Alliance: First Friday Gallery Walk , February 5 – December 3, Times vary.

The DSA Presents First Friday Gallery Walk. Enjoy your walk or stroll in Downtown Sarasota with participating galleries, including State of the Arts Gallery on State Street, AlexArt International located at 25 North Pineapple Avenue, Dabbert Gallery on Historic Palm Avenue, Art Uptown Gallery on Sarasota’s Main Street, and 530 Burns Gallery in Historic Burns Court.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Motorworks Yappy Hour to Benefit Friends of Manatee County Animal Services , February 21 – December 19, 1pm-4pm

Friends of Manatee County Animal Services (FoMCAS) invites everyone to join them at the February Yappy Hour at Motorworks Brewery. FoMCAS will be the featured nonprofit and will have over $4000 in raffles and silent auction items plus a 50/50 drawing to help fundraise for the Manatee County Animal Services shelter animals. The family friendly and pet friendly event will be held on Sunday, February 21st in the Motorworks Beer Garden from 1pm to 4pm. The event will feature vendors selling an array of pet and non-pet related products with drink specials and food from local food trucks all in the 12,000 sq ft. artificially turfed beer garden. Raffles and silent auction items include resort stays on Anna Maria Island, spa packages, restaurant gift cards, sailing excursions, fabulous gift baskets, pet items, tickets to sporting events and a golf package, handmade arts by local artisans, jewelry, baskets of spirits, gourmet gift packages, and much, much more. Pet owners are encouraged to bring their leashed pets to enjoy the day and help contribute to the Friends of Manatee County Animal Services whose mission it is to work hand in hand with Manatee County Animal Services to enrich the lives of the shelter animals by raising funds to provide additional resources, medical care and heartworm treatment. Animal Network is the event partner with Motorworks Brewery for the monthly Yappy Hour held on the third Sunday of each month. It features different local nonprofit animal organizations that support, rescue, and find loving homes for dogs and cats in our community. Each month, the guest organization receives the funds raised through the silent auction, raffles and 50/50 split drawing. Over the last three years the event has raised over $100,000 shared among the various guest organizations. Animal Network, Dawg Phonics and Motorworks are sponsors of the Yappy Hour.

[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]  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]  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]  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

[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]  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]  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]  FESTIVAL: Manatee Pride Festival , September 18, 12-5pm

We are please to announce that the 7th Annual Manatee Pride Festival is scheduled for Saturday, September 18, 2021, once again at the beautiful downtown Bradenton Riverwalk, from noon to 5 pm. We credit our sponsors, donors, vendors, volunteers, and patrons for making Manatee Pride the success it has become. We know and appreciate that you have supported Manatee Pride in the past, and we also know LGBTQ+ youth in Manatee County would not have a safe space in Manatee County without the corporate and community support we've received since 2010. We would welcome your continuing support at our 7th Annual Festival. In the past, all of the proceeds benefited Prism Youth Initiative Inc., a non-profit Florida corporation, however, in October of 2020, Prism Youth merged with Also Youth. Also Youth continues to provide even more services to the LGBTQ+ youth in Manatee County and all the proceeds will benefit the youth in Manatee County. Also Youth’s mission is Empowering LGBTQ+ Youth and their Allies, and Creating Inclusive Communities. Manatee Pride 2021 will again have live performers and renowned bands, great food at reasonable prices, beer, cider, health checks and more. We expect our attendance to meet or exceed our previous attendance record. Our all inclusive community is growing every day. 452 3rd Ave W., Bradenton

Manatee Pride

[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

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