« Back To SRQ Daily Archive

SRQ DAILY Oct 13, 2021

Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

Please allow images to view this email properly

Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

"Our garden will provide produce that will be used for dining during the retreats and will also be used for participant programs like nutrition and cooking classes."

- Lisa Intagliata, CFRE, Certified Trauma Professional of Resilient Retreat

-Wild manatees rehabilitate back to health at The Bishop Museum of Science & Technology, as seen in 'Underwater Therapy' in October's issue of SRQ Magazine
[Fundraiser]  Farm to Table Event Supports Healing Through a Taste of Historic Florida
Brittany Mattie, brittany.mattie@srqme.com

Join Sarasota-based nonprofit Resilient Retreat at their upcoming outdoor 'Farm to Table Feast' dining experience on Sunday, November 14, 2021, from 5pm - 9pm. The inaugural event's proceeds will benefit Resilient Retreat’s mission to empower survivors of trauma and abuse to thrive through self-care and community. The goal this year is to raise $60,000+ at the event, to which funds raised will help continue to serve survivors of trauma, first responders and helping professionals. 

Besides helping a great cause, attendees can look forward to immersing themselves among the majestic live oaks and star-filled night sky at Resilient Retreat’s 84 acres of conservation land where the organization also hosts its free, evidence-based PROGRAMS to heal the mind, body and spirit. 

In true farm-to-table fashion, a select group of renowned chefs and restauranteurs will craft a festive tasting menu featuring the very best local seasonal foods to create an alfresco dining experience. Of the culinary lineup, guests can look forward to highly innovative, reimagined dishes from Christopher Covelli of Sage Restaurant and Bijou Cafe; Darwin Santa Maria of  Almazónica Cervecería & Peruvian Eatery; Greg Campbell of GROVE and Pier 22; and Jim Angus of ATRIA Cafe. In addition, Honorary Chair and Chef Tommy Klauber, who's opened local restaurants Pattigeorge’s and Polo Grill & Fête Catering, has been integral in establishing some of the region’s top culinary events and will help to coordinate the menu with the top local chefs.

“Creating a Farm to Table fundraiser was a natural fit for Resilient Retreat as we are currently building a retreat center on 84 acres of conservation land in Sarasota and one of the features of the property is a beautiful vegetable and flower garden,” says Lisa Intagliata, executive director of Resilient Retreat. “Our garden will provide produce that will be used for dining during theretreats and will also be used for participant programs like nutrition and cooking classes. Nutrition plays an important role in dealing with psychological trauma. Eating a healthy dietcan reduce the negative effects of stress on your body. A healthy diet builds a solid, more enduring foundation for your body by reducing oxidation and inflammation.” 

Truist is the Presenting Harvest Sponsor for the Farm to Table Feast. Get involved on November 14, 2021 (Rain Date: December 2, 2021). The outdoor venue is located at 13010 Fruitville Road, Sarasota 34240. 

Sponsor, buy tickets ($325) or donate here 

Photo courtesy of Resilient Retreat

[Nominations]  Lakewood Ranch Community Fund Seeks Nominees for Humanitarian of the Year Award

The Lakewood Ranch Community Fund is accepting nominations for the annual C. John A. Clarke Humanitarian of the Year Award. The Fund will honor an individual who has made outstanding, sustained and unselfish contributions to community enrichment and whose commitment and dedication exemplify the ideal of service to the community. Nomination forms are available on lwrfund.org and nominations must be received by 5:00 PM on Friday, October 29, 2021. 

The Lakewood Ranch Community Fund established this prestigious award in recognition of John Clarke’s lifelong dedication to humanitarian ideals that have perpetuated the high ethical, moral and professional standards that epitomize his life. For additional information, contact Bryan Boudreaux at BBoudreaux@bankoftampa.com. 

[Swim Safety]  Promoting Water Safety Initiatives in the Sunshine State

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Drowning Data, Florida ranks fourth in the nation for unintentional drowning deaths including swimming and boating-related incidents. A joint partnership kicked off this month with a formal signing ceremony on Friday, October 8 with swimming and pool industry leaders from the Pool & Hot Tub Foundation (PHTF), the Florida Swimming Pool Association (FSPA) and the International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) announced a joint partnership to help combat drowning in the state. The one-year agreement between the three organizations marks a pivotal collaboration to further promote swimming education and share available resources providing free or reduced-cost swimming lessons in Florida communities.  

“We are proud to partner with the Pool & Hot Tub Foundation and International Swimming Hall of Fame to provide learn-to-swim programming to hundreds of thousands of children across the country,” said Maurice Bushroe, 2021 FSPA President. “The members of our 16 chapters across Florida will be providing support for critical water safety awareness that will continue to make a difference in the lives of children and their families.” 

As part of the collaboration, the organizations will work together to advance water safety and support each organization’s respective swim education initiatives—Step Into SwimTM (PHTF), Florida Swims  Foundation (FSPA) and Every Child A Swimmer (ISHOF), which all strive to empower people around the water and decrease drowning, particularly with young children who are at an increased risk. 

“The partnership couldn’t come at a better time as the International Swimming Hall of Fame is building upon the momentum from Florida’s Every Child A Swimmer bill, which requires schools to inform parents on the importance of teaching their children how to swim,” said Bill Kent, Chairman of the International Swimming Hall of Fame. “The more we all advocate for safe water practices, the bigger impact we’ll continue to have.”  

Olympian and three-time gold medalist, Rowdy Gaines, is leading the Step Into Swim initiative on behalf of PHTF. “Drowning is largely preventable and it pains me to see drowning rates increase in the U.S. and for my home state of Florida to be high on that list. This trifecta of support from leading organizations will give Floridian families and communities access to critical water safety skills,” said Gaines, Vice  President of Partnerships and Development for PHTF. “By teaching our youth the lifesaving gift of  learning to swim, we can make a real, lasting impact and instill confidence in people as they take to the  water.”   

[Health + Wellness]  Third Annual Spa & Bra Event Provides Mammogram Screenings

The LWRMC Breast Health Center, along with Sirius Spa is hosting a Spa and Bra event for the third consecutive year for women in the community. The event will take place on Thursday October 14, from 4:30pm-7:30pm at LWRMC Breast Health Center
Medical Office Building 1, Suite 160 8340 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., Lakewood Ranch. Attendees will be able to get a mammography screening*, enjoy free massages and mini manicures from Sirius Day Spa Salon & Med Spas and sample some lite bites. Register for this event by visiting 

*A physician order is required for services. If you have an order from your physician, please bring it with you to the event. If you do not have an order, please contact your physician’s office and have them fax an order to our Breast Health Center at 941-782-2584. If you or your physician’s office have any questions or concerns, please call us at 941-782-2662. 

[Recognition]  Sheila Miller Named 'Empowering Woman of the Year' at Venice Area Chamber

Sheila Miller, VP of Philanthropy at the Child Protection Center (CPC), has been named the ‘Empowering Woman of the Year’ by the Venice Area Chamber of Commerce at the Women Empowering Women event. Sheila was nominated by several staff members of the Child Protection Center, citing her vast impact on the nonprofit. Miller has a long history of advocating for children, which can be seen in her years of work as a teacher, later as a principal, and for the past 11 years at CPC. Just over two years ago, Sheila finished her last round of chemo in a tiring battle with breast cancer. She often used the support she received from her diagnosis to shed light on the children fighting child abuse. “Why is it okay to talk about cancer but taboo to talk about child abuse? Every victim needs that same level of support," she said. 

Following the Women Empowering Women event, Sheila said, “I am honored and humbled by this award. The words, ‘Women Empowering Women’ are very meaningful to me. As individuals, we don’t realize how we sometimes inspire or empower others by showing up and admitting your struggle. I have learned through surviving cancer and listening to victims of child abuse that sometimes sharing your difficulty, (which you may see as your weakness), is really the message that empowers others to share their struggle or to get help. Sometimes ‘acting brave’ makes others brave.”

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

Photo courtesy of CPC

[Healthcare]  SMH’s Brian D. Jellison Cancer Institute Appoints Chief of Surgical Oncology

As Sarasota Memorial Health Care System prepares to open its new oncology tower next month – the second phase of the expanding Brian D. Jellison Cancer Institute – the health system has appointed a leading GI oncologist to serve as its Chief of Surgical Oncology. Kenneth Meredith, MD, a world leader in robotic surgery and the treatment of gastrointestinal cancers, was promoted to the Jellison Cancer Institute executive team Oct. 1. In this new, critical role, Dr. Meredith will lead Sarasota Memorial’s team of oncology surgeons and help provide strategic direction as the health system moves forward with future phases of the Jellison Cancer Institute.

Board certified in surgery and fellowship trained in surgical oncology at the Moffitt Cancer Center, Dr. Meredith was recruited by SMH to expand its robotic surgery capabilities and develop a specialty program for people with gastrointestinal malignancies including: pancreatic, esophageal, colorectal, gastric, liver and other hepatobiliary cancers and conditions. “Dr. Meredith is a superb surgeon and researcher who has helped us build a nationally recognized GI surgical oncology program,” said Richard Brown, MD, medical director of the Jellison Cancer Institute. “As chief of surgical oncology, he will work closely with all of our surgical subspecialists to bring the latest treatments and technologies to our community and ensure the best patient outcomes through collaborative, multi-disciplinary cancer care.” 

In his expanded role, Dr. Meredith will oversee the Cancer Institute’s surgical oncology team, which includes subspecialty care for breast, gastrointestinal, genitourinary, thoracic, ENT, endocrine, gynecologic and neurologic cancers. While maintaining his surgical oncology practice with Sarasota Memorial’s First Physicians Group, Dr. Meredith also continues to serve as medical director of Gastrointestinal Surgical Oncology at Sarasota Memorial and professor of clinical medicine at the Florida State University College of Medicine. 

[People]  Omeza Appoints New Director of Sales - East Region

Sarasota-based Omeza, LLC announced that James “Jim” McSweeney is joining the company in the role of Director of Sales – East Region effective October 11, 2021. Mr. McSweeney has worked for 3M/KCI since 2018 and currently holds the position of Director Corporate Accounts. In his new role, Mr. McSweeney will be central to Omeza’s strategy of wound healing delivered simply and completely to restore patient quality of life. Omeza recently received 510(k) approval of its lead drug-device combination product, Omeza® Collagen Matrix, and FDA clearance to go to market. Company Founder and CEO Tom Gardner, commented, “Jim brings significant expertise into this new, critical role for our organization. His extensive experience in chronic wound care, ability to drive sales organizations, and depth of knowledge about customer requirements will be valuable in the commercial launch of our lead Rx only Omeza® Collagen Matrix as well as our 2 OTC drugs, Omeza® Lidocaine Lavage and Omeza® Skin Protectant.”

Inquiries from medical and health professionals should be directed to info@omezapro.com. 

[Agendas]  City Commission Adjusts Meeting Times

The Sarasota City Commission has adjusted its regular meeting times to 9 a.m. on the first and third Monday of each month. The changes commence with the commission’s next meeting, scheduled for October 18 at City Hall, 1565 First St. The agenda can be viewed on the City’s website.

Individuals who wish to participate in the meeting in person may do so by coming to City Hall. Those who prefer to participate remotely can receive instructions on how to join the meeting via Zoom by emailing Clerk@SarasotaFL.gov by 5 p.m. the Friday prior to a meeting. Written comments can be provided for agenda items up until 72 hours prior to the start of the meeting by clicking on the eComments link next to the published agenda. Comments can also be sent to City Commissioners on any topic at any time by emailing CityCommissioners@SarasotaFL.gov.

To view agendas and details for upcoming meetings of the City Commission or other City boards or committees, visit www.SarasotaFL.gov and click “Meetings/Agendas/Video.” City Commission meetings can be viewed there via live stream or on Access Sarasota television (Comcast channel 19, Frontier channel 32). Meetings will also be broadcast live on the City’s Facebook page (search for “City of Sarasota, Government”). 

For more information, contact the City Auditor and Clerk’s office at 941-263-6222 or Clerk@SarasotaFL.gov

[SRQ Competition]  Best of SRQ Nominations are Now Open

2022 Best of SRQ Nominations are officially open. The people and places garnering the MOST nominations during the first phase of the competition will make it to the voting playoffs in January - so, nominate early and nominate often!  

[SOON]  MUSIC: Sarasota Orchestra: Great Escapes: The Roaring 20s , October 13 – October 16, 5:30pm, 7:30pm and 8pm

Enjoy classic ragtime and blues tunes of the 1920s, arranged for orchestra on Wednesday, October 13 at 5:30pm, Thursday, October 14 at 7:30pm, Friday, October 15 at 5:30pm, and Saturday, October 16 at 8pm at Holley Hall. This toe-tapping program includes songs by Irving Berlin, Eubie Blake's "Charleston Rag," and "Sweet Georgia Brown."

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Virtual: Bookstore1Sarasota: The Poetry Zoom Book Club , October 13, 2pm

Wednesday, October 13th at 2pm. The Poetry Zoom Book Club led by Doug Knowlton. The Poetry Book Club is currently discussing works of local published poets. This month’s selection is Linda Albert’s Charting the Lost Continent. A fee of $18 is required for participation. This includes a copy of Charting the Lost Continent to be picked up at Bookstore1 and the book club meeting. There is an additional fee of $5.50 to have the book shipped. Poetry has the power to help us deeply connect with others while accessing our higher selves. At its best, poetry can act as a reflective mirror and catalyst for personal growth and societal change. Charting the Lost Continent comes at a time in history when its message is more important than ever as both men and women collectively work toward female empowerment, self-acceptance, and gender equality. Linda Albert is an internationally published award-winning poet, essayist, and former theater director. Her book Charting the Lost Continent has been chosen as a finalist and medal winner by the Florida Authors & Publishers Association. Ticket purchase required for Zoom link. More event info at https://www.sarasotabooks.com/bookclubs or 941-365-7900.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Sarasota High School Theatre: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe , October 13 – October 15

Sarasota High School Theatre’s The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe will show October 13-15, 2021. This dramatization of C.S. Lewis' classic work faithfully recreates the magic and mystery of Aslan, the great lion, his struggle with the White Witch, and the adventures of four children who inadvertently wander from an old wardrobe into the exciting, never-to-be-forgotten Narnia. This story of love, faith, courage and giving, with its triumph of good over evil, is a true celebration of life. 

[SOON]  DANCE: Sarasota Contemporary Dance: Voices: Rising Choreographers , October 14 – November 17, 7pm and 2pm

Opening Sarasota Contemporary Dance’s 16th Season is Voices – Rising Choreographers, a showcase of movement makers, including SCD company members Sea Lee and Jessica Obiedzinski, as well as Miami artist Justice Rodriguez. This program presents rising voices who were selected by adjudication from SCD's Summer Intensive Programs, chosen by Artistic Director Leymis Bolaños Wilmott. This showcase will take place from Thursday, October 14, 2021 to Sunday, October 17, 2021. All shows are at 7pm, except Sunday at 2pm. Tickets are $10 - $45. Available Virtually Friday, October 14th, 2021 through Sunday, October 17th, 2021. Virtual Tickets are $25.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Cat Depot: Purry Pottery , October 14, 6pm-8pm

Do you enjoy painting cat themed pottery pieces with kittens? Join us for Purry Pottery on Thursday, October 14 from 6pm-8pm at the Cat Depot Community Center. Participation is $45 per person and the event will be lead by Tess Kamban from The Artful Giraffe. Spots are limited, so sign up today. Light refreshments will be provided. There are five pottery pieces to choose from, and all pieces will be collected at the end of the event to be glazed and fired. Participants will be notified when the pieces are ready and they can be picked up at the Cat Depot Retail Store.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Hermitage Artist Retreat: Body Language: An Exploration of Movement and Poetry with Jules Downum and Pedro Serrano , October 15, 6pm

Dancer, choreographer, and producer Jules Downum facilitates a “Dance 101” workshop on the Hermitage Great Lawn. No prior experience needed as you start to learn the language of movement through common footwork patterns and dance vocabulary. The use of language will also be explored on the page and out loud by internationally celebrated bilingual poet and Guggenheim Fellow Pedro Serrano, who shares works in both English and Spanish. Attendees are encouraged to dress comfortably for some voluntary, light movement participation. Friday, October 15, 6pm, at the Hermitage, 6660 Manasota Key Road, Englewood.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: McCurdy's Comedy Theatre & Humor Institute: Carlos Mencia , October 15 – October 16, 6:30pm and 8:50pm

Carlos Mencia will perform on Friday, October 15 at 6:30pm, Friday, October 15 at 8:50pm, Saturday, October 16 at 6:30pm, and Saturday, October 16 at 8:50pm. Rated AS. Tickets are $37. “Mind of Mencia” debuted on Comedy Central + became one of the strongest shows in the network’s history. Most recently, Mencia has gone back to his comedic roots, performing at a number of comedy venues – allowing him to share his newest material with a more intimate audience. His current tour, called the “C 4 Urself Tour.”

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Sarasota Rocktoberfest , October 15 – October 17, 4pm-10pm, 11am-10pm, and 11am-6pm

October 15-17, 2021, Paragon Festivals with the Downtown Sarasota Enrichment Association bring an authentic 3-Day Oktoberfest experience coupled with fantastic live musical performances to downtown Sarasota in JD Hamel Park. Admission to this family-friendly event is free. Festivalgoers will find a wide variety of food plus a German feast fit for King Ludwig himself! Dine on German foods like Schweinshaxe (roasted ham hock), Steckerlfisch (grilled fish on a stick), Wurstl (Sausages), Brezen (pretzels, Knodel (potato or flour dumplings), Kasespatzel (cheese noodles), sweet mustards, sauerkraut, red cabbage and more. Between performances shop the Marketplace of arts, crafts and select fine products and services. Rocktoberfest will take place on Friday 4pm-10pm, Saturday 11am-10pm, and Sunday 11am-6pm.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Arts Advocates Luncheon: Sarasota African American Cultural Coalition, Inc. , October 15, 11am

Vickie Oldham, president, and CEO of the Sarasota African American Cultural Arts Center and History Museum, knows how to create a story and how to tell it. A native of Sarasota, she had a senior-level position at Albany State University before returning to Sarasota in 2016 to develop a project about the history of Sarasota’s African American community. The result was Newtown Alive, an exciting heritage tourism program that has developed historic markers, trolley tours, a book, a mobile app, a podcast, and a traveling exhibition. This work has evolved into the creation of the Sarasota African American Cultural Arts Center and History Museum, which celebrates and preserves the history of Sarasota’s Black community. This program will be held at Bird Key Yacht Club. Reservations are due October 15. They will begin check-in at 11am; lunch will be served at 11:30am and the program will start immediately after lunch. The cost includes lunch and the program.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: The Players Centre: [TITLE OF SHOW] , October 6 – October 17, 7:30pm and 2pm

Jeff and Hunter, two struggling writers, hear about a new musical theatre festival, however, the deadline for submissions is a mere three weeks away. [TITLE OF SHOW] — taken from the space on the festival’s application form which asks for the [TITLE OF SHOW] — follows friends on their journey through the gauntlet of creative self-expression. In the span of 90 minutes, they write and perform their show at the festival and learn lessons about themselves as people, friends and artists. This show has strong adult language. Show dates are Oct. 6, 2021 – Preview 7:30pm, Oct. 7, 2021 – Opening Night 7:30pm, Oct. 8, 9, 12, 13, 2021 – 7:30pm, and Oct. 17, 2021 – 2pm. This show will be presented at ART CENTER SARASOTA. Single tickets $26.50 preview/ $29.50 single/ $14 student. Subscriptions are available now.

[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]  GALLERY: Sarasota Art Museum: Art and Race Matters: The Career of Robert Colescott , May 29 – October 31, Museum hours.

Art and Race Matters: The Career of Robert Colescott from May 29 to October 31. Art and Race Matters is the first comprehensive retrospective of one of the United States’ most compelling and provocative artists who—through vibrant paintings laced with biting satire—confronted issues of race, gender, identity, and the uncomfortable realities of American life in the latter half of the 20th century.

SRQ Media Group

SRQ DAILY is produced by SRQ | The Magazine. Note: The views and opinions expressed in the Saturday Perspectives Edition and in the Letters department of SRQ DAILY are those of the author(s) and do not imply endorsement by SRQ Media. Senior Editor Jacob Ogles edits the Saturday Perspective Edition, Letters and Guest Contributor columns.In the CocoTele department, SRQ DAILY is providing excerpts from news releases as a public service. Reference to any specific product or entity does not constitute an endorsement or recommendation by SRQ DAILY. The views expressed by individuals are their own and their appearance in this section does not imply an endorsement of them or any entity they represent. For rates on SRQ DAILY banner advertising and sponsored content opportunities, please contact Ashley Ryan Cannon at 941-365-7702 x211 or via email

Copyright © 2022 by SRQ Media Group, 331 South Pineapple Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34236.
Powered by Sarasota Web Design | Unsubscribe

Read More

Foraged Healing

Foraged Healing

Brittany Mattie | Jan 12, 2022


Neuro Nurture

Brittany Mattie in collaboration with The Brain Health Initiative | Jan 11, 2022

Joy In The Journey

Joy In The Journey

Brittany Mattie | Jan 11, 2022



Britt Mattie, Emma Tufano | Jan 10, 2022