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SRQ DAILY Sep 15, 2021

Wednesday Philanthropy Edition


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Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

"We have chosen to support the Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center so the employees and victims they serve have a comfortable and a relaxing place to decompress or get some fresh air."

- John Taylor, Manasota Chapter President of FNGLA

[Health + Wellness]  FNGLA Help SPARCC to Create New Peaceful Outdoor Space
Brittany Mattie, brittany.mattie@srqme.com

SPARCC, Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center, recently announced its partnership with The Manasota chapter of the Florida Nursery, Grower's & Landscape Association, commonly known as FNGLA. Since 2020, the Manasota chapter has selected one nonprofit organization each year to support through an outreach project that aims to help improve an outdoor space in order to make it more purposeful and enjoyable. "We have chosen to support the Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center so the employees and victims they serve have a comfortable and a relaxing place to decompress or get some fresh air," says Manasota Chapter FNGLA President John Taylor. "Our goal is to make the outdoor space low maintenance, tranquil and aesthetically pleasing."

SPARCC's outdoor courtyard already encompasses a wooden pergola, but after the landscaping is finished, it will become a much more lush, green and pleasant space for advocates to meet with clients, as well as for visitors, survivors and staff who support them to retreat to. The outdoor transformation project is scheduled to take place at their outreach service location (2139 Main St., Sarasota) this Saturday, September 18 and will be completed in one day. The FNGLA shared they plan to use an assortment of granite and Mexican Beach Pebble to create a zen garden. Incorporated into the serene scene will also be a stone bench and fountain installed to create a Florida-friendly landscape, while plants like blue daze, jasmine, crotons and liriope will be planted to give the space color and provide more dimension. 

“We are thrilled to be chosen as this year’s Florida Nursery, Grower's & Landscape Association recipient," says SPARCC President & CEO, Jessica Hays. "We believe that this project will not only be appreciated and utilized by our staff but, it will also provide a much-needed, peaceful outdoor space for all those we serve at our Main Street location.” 

Pictured: the outdoor courtyard space at SPARCC halfway done, courtesy of the organization

[In Conversation]  In Conversation With Veronica Thames

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 Veronica Thames of Gulf Coast Community Foundation shares insight on fundraising during the pandemic.


As a non-profit community, we didn’t stop working on our initiatives, we added to them. Our non-profits needed their staff and then some to execute on the transition to virtual and on the new programmatic needs of the community especially around mental health, resilience, and now readiness to handle the re-entry into the workplace and what’s going to happen to our families when the moratorium is lifted and their living quarters are in jeopardy. We built a strategy around donor affinity groups: identifying donors’ main priorities and drive and helping them hone in and focus on those missions that spoke the most to them. A stronger focus on legacy planning and planned giving which is the key to longterm sustainability of the organizations in a region. We are so blessed and so lucky to be in this incredible region, with over 5,000 non-profits conducting incredible missions that meet the community need. Those needs emerge and grow, so all hands on deck, more help, more dollars needed, and the honing in of our donors’ philanthropic journey for greater footprint and greater impact has been incredible to watch and something that we expect will continue and make us an even greater region. 

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

[People]  All Faiths Food Bank Team Members Selected for Leadership Programs

Two professional leaders at All Faiths Food Bank were recently recognized with, and will benefit from, their selection for two prestigious area leadership training programs. Rachel Bradley, Director of Philanthropy, was chosen to participate in the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce’s 2022 Leadership Sarasota cohort. Allison Craigie, Executive Assistant to the CEO/Liaison to the Board of Directors for All Faiths Food Bank, has been selected to participate in Gulf Coast Community Foundation’s Leadership Institute, in the Fall 2021 cohort.

“We are thrilled for our team members to have been recognized for their talents, commitment to community, and desire for professional growth,” said All Faiths Food Bank CEO Sandra Frank. “How fortunate we are to have high-quality leadership training available through Gulf Coast Community Foundation and the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce. I know our organization – and the wider community – will benefit from Rachel and Allison’s participation in their respective programs.” 

Pictured: All Faiths Food Bank's Rachel Bradley (left), Director of Philanthropy; and Allison Craigie, Executive Assistant to the CEO/Board Liaison, courtesy of the organization

[Grants]  The Bishop-Parker Foundation Awards Over $3M in Funding

The Edward E. and Lillian H. Bishop Foundation along with the Mary E. Parker Foundation (now known together as the Bishop - Parker Foundation) announce a total of $3,432,500 in grants has been awarded for the first half of the 2021 grant funding year. The Foundation partners with nonprofit organizations by providing funding to support investment in a wide variety of services, primarily for Manatee County residents.

Six categories of interest were funded: Environment - Mote Marine Lab & Aquarium; Arts & Culture - Art Center Manatee and The Center at Anna Maria Island; Animal Welfare – Humane Society at Lakewood Ranch, Nate’s Honor Animal Rescue, and the SPCA at the Bishop Animal Shelter; Health Services – Manatee County Family YMCA, Neuro Challenge Fund for Parkinson’s, Prospect Riding Center, University of Florida Research, and the Suncoast Nursing Action Coalition; Human Services - Bradenton Woman’s Club, Children’s Guardian Fund, Healthy Teens Coalition of Manatee County, Manatee County Habitat for Humanity, Meals on Wheels Plus of Manatee, and the Women’s Resource Center; Education – Boys & Girls Club of Manatee County, Bradenton Christian School, Just for Girls, New College Foundation, PACE Center for Girls, Project Light of Manatee, Ringling College of Art and Design, Take Stock in Children, Truly Valued, and UnidosNow. The Foundation also awarded a grant to the Field Of Interest Fund at Manatee Community Foundation.

A fall-winter grant cycle of the Bishop Parker Foundation will be available to nonprofits starting September 15. Applications and more information are available online at bishopparkerfoundation.org. Foundation interest areas will continue to include: Environment, Health, Human Services, Education, the Arts, and Animal Welfare.  

[Visual Arts]  Suncoast Black Arts Collaborative Receives Grant from GCCF for its Visions in Black Initiative

Michéle Des Verney Redwine, the founder of the Suncoast Black Arts Collaborative (SBAC), announced that the nonprofit was recently awarded a $5,000 grant from the Gulf Coast Community Foundation for its 'Visions in Black' initiative. According to Redwine, the program was created to help regional college students of color, who are also emerging artists, discover opportunities to promote and exhibit their art. Artists Jesse Clark and Krystle Lemonias were selected to coordinate the program at area-based colleges and higher education institutions. These include New College of Florida, Ringling College of Art and Design, State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota, and USF Sarasota-Manatee and Tampa. This initiative will culminate with a juried “Visions in Black” exhibition of works by some of the program’s participating artists at Art Center Sarasota in January.

“The overarching goal is to ignite greater interest in art by artists of African descent and engage our school systems on proactive paths to work with students from underrepresented communities," said Redwine, "‘Visions in Black’ was created to spread this level of interest, advocacy, and education to the next generation in the college and university communities.”

Jesse Clark and Krystle Lemonias were winners of the 2021 “Black Muse” exhibition and program, a joint collaborative between SBAC, Art Center Sarasota, and the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH). The three groups collaborated to present the 2021 exhibit, which solicited work from artists of African descent throughout the state of Florida. 

For more information about the Suncoast Black Arts Collaborative, visit suncoastblackartscollaborative.org. 

Pictured: Krystle Lemonias, courtesy of the organization

[People]  Dr. Jerome Adams, Former U.S. Surgeon General, Joins Lumos Diagnostics as a Strategic Healthcare Adviser

Lumos Diagnostics (ASX:LDX), a leader in rapid point-of-care (POC) diagnostic technologies, announced that Jerome Adams, MD, MPH, will serve as a Strategic Healthcare Adviser to Lumos and will be appointed to the Company’s Medical Advisory Board. From 2017 to 2021, Dr. Adams served as the 20th Surgeon General of the United States. 

As the immediate former U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. Adams brings a real-world public health perspective to the ongoing impact of global issues such as antimicrobial resistance and COVID-19. Utilizing his robust knowledge of public health, public policy and health equity, Dr. Adams will advise Lumos on the effective deployment of its POC diagnostic technologies, beginning with the launch of the FebriDx® test in approved markets. FebriDx is a novel fingerstick blood test that can differentiate if a person has a bacterial or viral infection, which often have overlapping signs and symptoms, within 10 minutes. The patented, dual biomarker FebriDx test is approved for sale in Europe, the UK, Canada and Australia and is currently under review for sale in the U.S.

“The pressing health challenges of the last 18 months have highlighted the importance of diagnostic testing as one of the key tools to fight both the current pandemic as well as the looming pandemic of antimicrobial resistance,” said Jerome Adams, MD, MPH. “We need to get ahead of these problems with a truly accessible outpatient solution. By measuring a patient’s immune system response in addition to assessing symptoms, clinicians can quickly determine if the patient has a bacterial infection requiring antibiotics, a viral infection that may benefit from additional confirmatory testing, or no infection that allows a safe return to school or work – all while reducing unnecessary antibiotics.”

For more information on Lumos Diagnostics, visit lumosdiagnostics.com, and for more information on FebriDx, visit febridx.com 

Photo courtesy of the company

[Job Market]  Aqua Plumbing & Air Celebrates National Tradesmen Day

Friday, September 18 is National Tradesmen Day, a day to recognize the many skilled people working in these challenging fields. Celebrated by Aqua Plumbing & Air, this day honors the men and women who work every day with their hands to keep America running strong,” said Chuck Jacobson, co-owner of Aqua Plumbing & Air. Jacobson shared further that the skilled trades are in dire need of workers right now, with a particularly high demand for apprentice-level and skilled labor positions. These are steady, well-paying jobs that hold a bright future, even in an unpredictable economic climate. "For the millions of Americans who are struggling in their job hunt right now, our message is simple—consider a career in the skilled trades,” he said.

Their skills and jobs are so valuable that training is available in nearly every skilled trade job market sector—from electricians, plumbers, masons, mechanics, carpenters, and everyone in between. “Even though the industry changes, the need for it does not. In fact, as the country grows and qualified workers retire, the demand for skilled workers grows,” said Jacobson. “Skilled trades are one of the fastest-growing sectors in the job market today. So, not only does their know-how keep the country going, but their salaries do, too. They’re a major influence on the economy.”

To learn about Aqua Plumbing & Air’s employment opportunities, visit aquaplumbingsarasota.com 

Pictured: Chuck Jacobson, Co-Owner and Maykel Rodriguez, Electrical Supervisor of Aqua Plumbing & Air.

[People]  Florida Swimming Pool Association Hires New Executive Director

The Sarasota-based Florida Swimming Pool Association has announced its new Executive Director. Elizabeth McMurray will join the state office in Sarasota this week. A search committee formed by the state Board of Directors coordinated an extensive search and interview process leading to the decision to hire McMurray. “This organization is involved in so many amazing initiatives for its members and the industry as a whole, and I’m honored to be a part of this team and the organization’s potential future accomplishments. I am particularly excited about our 50th Anniversary Everything Under the Sun Expo, in 2022. I know it’s going to be a great tradeshow and I can’t wait to get to know and serve our members there,” said McMurray. 

[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: Arts A Blaze Studio: Saturday Morning Pottery and Donuts , September 11 – October 30, 10am

Bring your Coffee, Tea or Hot Cider and join Arts A Blaze Studio at 8111 Lakewood Main St. #107, Bradenton on Saturday Mornings throughout September and October at 10am. Free Donuts for every Painting Customer while they last.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: The City of Sarasota: Public Input Meetings for Penny Sales Tax , September 15 – October 6, 6pm-7pm

The City of Sarasota will host three community meetings to welcome input on infrastructure projects for the continuation of the countywide Penny Sales Tax. Residents are invited to suggest infrastructure projects during the following public listening sessions: Wednesday, Sept. 15 6pm– 7:30pm at Robert L. Taylor Community Complex, 1845 34th St., Thursday, Sept. 16, 6pm – 7:30pm at Arlington Park & Aquatic Complex, 2650 Waldemere St., and Wednesday, Oct. 6 6pm – 7:30pm at City Hall Annex – SRQ Media Studio, 1565 First St. Input also can be provided online at www.SarasotaCountySurtax.net. The Sarasota County Penny Sales Tax, also known as the sales surtax, surtax, or one cent tax, is a countywide voter approved one percent sales tax used to invest in local infrastructure improvements, including parks, libraries, schools, sidewalks, police vehicles, street resurfacing and mobility upgrades. Sarasota County voters approved the Penny Sales Tax in 1989 and again in 1997 and 2007. The current surtax expires at the end of 2024. Voters throughout Sarasota County will have an opportunity in November 2022 to continue the Penny Sales Tax for another 15 years to fund local infrastructure projects.

[SOON]  HEALTH: Let's Get Healthy Tampa Bay Wellness Expos , September 18 – September 26, 10am-2pm, 11am-3pm, 10am-2pm, 12pm-4pm

Let’s Get Healthy Tampa Bay Wellness Expos, Florida Penguin Production’s annual wellness expo series, is returning to 4 locations this September. (Brandon, Sarasota, Clearwater & Citrus Park) Each “Let’s Get Healthy Wellness Expo” will feature 30-40 wellness related resources & activations catered to patrons of all ages. From Geriatrics to Pediatrics, and holistic to modern, we have it all in one place for Tampa Bay to learn more about all the options available to them. Activities include fitness demos, free health checks, healthy food & drink samples, product sampling stations, a Teddy Bear Giveaway sponsored by Florida Blue, and dozens of vendors on display including many of the top Health Insurance brands, chiropractors, mental health, government services, primary care, fitness, and healthy food and drinks. Sponsored by Florida Blue, Liberty Dental Plans, Life Guard Imaging, and Your CBD Store. September 18th (10am-2pm) at The Mall at University Town Center - 140 University Town Center Dr, Sarasota, September 19th (11am-3pm) at Westfield Brandon Mall - 459 Brandon Town Center Dr, Brandon, September 25th (10am-2pm) at Countryside Mall - 27001 US Hwy 19 N, Clearwater, and September 26th (12pm-4pm) at Citrus Park Mall - Center, 8021 Citrus Park Town, Tampa.

[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]  SEMINAR: Friends of the East Manatee Library: Author Luncheon Presents Author and Journalist Mary Walton , October 6, 11:15am

Author Luncheon presents acclaimed author and journalist Mary Walton. She will share the historic account of one of our nation’s leading suffragettes, as featured in her book, A Woman’s Crusade: Alice Paul and the Battle for the Ballot. Where HIStory meets HERstory will celebrate the perseverance and self-sacrifice of Alice Paul that resulted in the unalienable right for all women, the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Registration is open for the in-person fundraiser that takes place on October 6, 2021 at 11:15am. Very limited seating. Masks strongly encouraged per CDC guidance. Tickets begin at $45 and they can be purchased at https://libraryfriendsemlwr.org/events. Sponsorships available. Mary Walton is a retired journalist for the Philadelphia Inquirer for 22 years, where she wrote scores of articles as a staff writer for the Sunday Inquirer magazine. She has also written for the New York Times, Washingtonian, the Washington Monthly, the American Journalism Review, and PBS. She is a graduate of Harvard University.

[SOON]  SPORTS: Boys & Girls Club: Drive for 75 , October 25, 8am

Save the date for The Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee County's Inaugural Keeping Kids Safe Golf Tournament, celebrating 75 years on Monday, October 25, 2021 at the Ritz-Carlton Members Golf Club at 15150 70th Terrace East, Bradenton. Registration begins at 8AM and a shot-gun start at 9AM. Cost is $1500 per team and includes boxed lunch, cart, awards reception, and silent auction. The event features four person teams, shotgun, and best ball scramble. We estimate a sold out tournament of 100+ golfers. The Silent Auction will feature exclusive items for attendees, ranging from pro-golf packages to high-end sports items. Complimentary beverage cart and cigars on course. Awards Reception/Silent Auction will begin at approximately 1PM. Rules: Bogey is your friend (on any hole, if you get a bogey, pick up and move on), If a team has a combined handicap of 29 or less, they move back a tee. Celebrity – 5th player on par 5s. On-course games include closest to the pin, longest drive, hole in one, and first and second place gross and net.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: 2021 Manatee Leadership Prayer Breakfast , October 28, 6:30am-9am

Join us on National First Responders Day, October 28th 2021, in honor of our HEROES at the 2021 Manatee Leadership Prayer Breakfast hosted by Paul Sharff, CEO of the Early Learning Coalition of Manatee County. Help us maintain the tradition of assembling together to build relationships and pray for our community, our state and our nation in support of our youngest citizens. Doors open at 6:30am, breakfast served at 7:15am, program starts at 7:30am promptly and ends at 9am sharp at the Bradenton Area Convention Center. This event will benefit the From Cradle to College Foundation that exists to support the 6,500 children served every year by the Early Learning Coalition of Manatee County.

[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]  GRAB BAG: The Bazaar on Apricot & Lime: Book Fair , September 25, 10am-3pm

Love to read? On Sept. 25 from 10am-3pm The Bazaar on Apricot & Lime welcomes more than a dozen local authors. Meet the writer of your new favorite books including children's books, vegan cookbooks, romance, mystery, and sci-fi. While you are here, enjoy food from award-winning Hamlet's Eatery, live music, and the 40 local vendors and artisans who make up The Bazaar community. Participating authors include: Vicki Chelf, Ann and Alan Votta, Rena Koontz, Lucia Barrett, Kate Costigan, David Marks, Hannah Bagnall, Christina Westott, Karen Hamilton, Simone Knego, Tara September, Darlien Simos, Teresa Michael, Betty Mann McQuee, MaryKatherine Wainwright, and more. Located at 821 Apricot Ave in Sarasota. For more information visit www.BazaaronApricotandLime.com.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: FST Improv: Comedy Lottery , September 11 – September 25, 7:30pm

It’s the lottery where everyone wins! Twelve lucky audience members determine the fate of our team of highly-adaptable improvisers by selecting the night’s lineup from FST’s bucket of over 50 different improv games. Once the night’s games are chosen, our cast of funny people will be off to the races, spinning scenes, sketches, and songs to win your laughter. What will they come up with next? We have absolutely no idea. But one thing is for sure: every Saturday night at 7:30pm through September 25, their destiny is in your hands.

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