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SRQ DAILY Nov 17, 2021

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"When the pandemic hit, we refused to abandon the Walk. We knew that many, many women were at higher risk of intimate partner violence during lockdown, so we made the Walk virtual."

- Scott Osborne, UN Women USA Gulf Coast Chapter

[Empowerment Walk]  UN Women USA Gulf Coast Launches Strides Against Violence Campaign
Brittany Mattie, brittany.mattie@srqme.com

According to a UN Women study, almost one in three women have been subjected to intimate partner violence, non-partner sexual violence, or both, at least once in their life. Further, the ongoing global pandemic has negatively impacted that number for the safety and security of women in many countries. This issue remains common, yet in the shadows, as UN Women USA aims to bring it to light and de-stigmatize it. In a leap to combat this figure, the nonprofit organization announced its first national campaign to raise awareness, advance global programs and funding to prevent and end violence, in all forms, towards women and girls. 

“Gender-based violence does not discriminate by race, ethnicity, marital status, religion, age or socio-economic status,” said Elizabeth Thompson-Locke, President of UN Women USA. “In our first grassroots, nationwide campaign, we aim to shed light on the root causes of gender-based violence, reduce any stigma against speaking out and encourage more men and women to become advocates.”

The Women’s Empowerment (WE) Walk: Strides Against Violence campaign launched last month among the seven UN Women USA city chapters: New York, Los Angeles, Miami, San Francisco, Durham, Chicago, Sarasota and the Washington, DC headquarters. 

The Sarasota Chapter happens to be one of the oldest (and the largest) of the seven national UN Women USA Chapters. “Our Chapter has actually already been doing this Walk in Sarasota for 15 years – in neighborhoods, at the beach and at Payne Park downtown,” says Scott Osborne, President of the UN Women USA Gulf Coast. “When the pandemic hit, we refused to abandon the Walk. We knew that many, many women were at higher risk of intimate partner violence during lockdown, so we made the Walk virtual. Many of our Chapter member programs now have their own virtual Walk teams. Our Walk is significant because it helps people make a difference—we broaden their understanding of the issue, give them tools to change their day-to-day lives and channel resources to global programs that need it most.”

Osborne went on to share that the organization experienced a record year in terms of support and growth during the pandemic from all walks of life and around the world. 

So the second pivot, after going virtual, for UN Women USA Gulf Coast this year was that the Chapter took the lead in getting all of the other city Chapters to join in—making it a bigger event with great impact. “We are chairing the National effort and are delighted at the creativity and enthusiasm of our fellow Chapters,” says Osborne.

“All our proceeds will go to support UN Women programs such as those in Thailand, where San May Khine, a social worker, is supporting women migrant workers to move past experiences of violence, or Argentina, home to one of the highest rates of femicide in the world, where Irene Cari provides violence prevention training to women in their own indigenous languages.” 

UN Women USA Gulf Coast’s Strides Against Violence campaign will culminate with a virtual recognition event on December 10, which is International Human Rights Day. Registration is now open to the public at WE Walk: Strides Against Violence

Follow along on UN Women USA's social media and hashtags: #stridesagainstviolence / #walk4women for up-to-date fundraising events and stories. 

Pictured: Kuda Mariam, a domestic violence survivor, with two of her children. Through a UN Women-supported program in Cameroon, Kuda received counseling and training to manage a business. Photo credit: UN Women/Ryan Brown

[Gala]  The Florida Center's Winter Gala will Benefit Thousands of Local Children and Families

The Florida Center for Early Childhood will host its 34th Annual Winter Gala: Lighting the Way at Michael's On East on Friday, December 3, 2021. The event, formerly known as Festival of Trees, is the organization’s primary fundraiser, helping to ensure services are available for over 3,500 children and families annually.

Guests attending the winter gala will enjoy a gourmet dinner, entertainment by the band Ovation, a chance drawing, live and silent auctions which will feature a private Happy Hour Cruise for 20, a John Lennon statue created by esteemed sculptor Jack Dowd, a week stay in Key West, the organization’s signature Wall of Wine and more, all for a very worthy cause. The silent auction, which is open to the public, will go live on Black Friday (November 26). There is something for everyone with exciting packages featuring some of the area’s best restaurants, spas, sports, entertainment and unique experiences. “We are so glad to be celebrating the successes of our children and families with this fun event,” said Florida Center CEO Dr. Kristie Skoglund. “Even those not attending in person can participate through online options.”  

New this year is an opportunity to recognize people who have been lights in your life with a $25 donation. Each “Luminary” will have their name showcased in a light display at the event, on our website and on social media. “We all have people in our lives who really helped us become who we are,” said Skoglund. “This opportunity to recognize them with a small donation will provide a brighter tomorrow for children with special needs.”

To participate in the event or contribute, visit TFCWinterBenefit.org 

[Competition]  Winners Announced at the 11th Annual Siesta Key Crystal Classic

The top sand sculpting champions were declared during the 11th annual Siesta Key Crystal Classic International Sand Sculpting Festival, held November 12-15, which drew thousands to Siesta Public Beach. Awards were presented November 14, to the winning doubles teams and solo master sand sculptors. Eight doubles teams and eight solo artists competed. 

First Place Doubles: ($6000) “Skull Duggery” by team sculptors Karen Fralich and Dan Belcher;  Second Place Doubles: ($3,000): "Twas the Tide Before…" by Matt Long and Brian Wigelsworth; Third Place Doubles: ($2,000): "Hand Me Down Genes" by Matt Deibert and Ian Deibert; First Place Solo: ($3000) "A Rose Without Thorns" by Thomas Koet; Second Place Solo: ($1,500): "Angel of Death" by Chris Guinto; Third Place Solo: ($1000): "Let the Light In" by Rick Mungeam; Sculptors’ Choice Artist Team: “Skull Duggery” by Karen Fralich and Dan Belcher; Sculptors’ Choice Solo Artist: "A Rose Without Thorns" by Thomas Koet; People’s Choice: Solo: ($1000) Thomas Koet, “A Rose Without Thorns” and, Doubles: ($2000) Brian Wigelsworth and Matt Long, “Twas the Tide Before...”

A portion of the proceeds from this year’s Siesta Key Crystal Classic will benefit scholarships at Ringling College of Art and Design and will assist talented, creative students so that they may be able to pursue their dreams of higher education in art and design. The Siesta Key Crystal Classic is presented by the Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce.  

Pictured: First place 'Skull Duggery' with sculptors Karen Fralich and Dan Belcher

[Recognition]  Cliff Coddington Named 2021 Outstanding Agriculturalist

At the 64th Annual Kiwanis Club of Bradenton’s Farm City Week luncheon yesterday, Cliff Coddington of Myakka City was named the 2021 Manatee County Agriculturalist of the Year. Cliff is a 6th generation lifelong resident of Manatee County who can trace his ancestors to some of the original homesteaders of the county. 

Cliff discovered his passion for cattle through his great grandfather who started him in the cattle business. Shortly after graduation, he went to work for Schroeder Manatee Ranch as a ranch hand and equipment operator. During his 25 years of service, he worked his way up through the ranks to the Cattle, Farm Lease and Bahia Sod Manager. At the time Schroeder Manatee Ranch was a 28,000-acre diversified agricultural operation. At their peak the ranch was home to over 3,000 head of momma cows. During his time at Schroeder Manatee Ranch, he was able to improve the herd genetics and transform the herd into a highly productive Brangus herd. Today, you know this ranch as Lakewood Ranch. 

Cliff went to work for Buster Longino at Longino Ranch in eastern Sarasota County as the general manager. Longino Ranch is a vast family-owned agriculture operation in Eastern Sarasota County. Along with the cattle, he has diversified the operations at Longino Ranch to include Rangeland Management, Timber, Citrus, farming and sod along with several other operations. Under his direction Longino Ranch was awarded the Farm Bureau CARES Award for voluntarily implementing Best Management Practices and promoting environmentally sound and economically viable farming and ranching practices. Cliff’s nomination was summed up by saying “he has been a cowboy and a rancher for many years. But much more than that, he’s an industry leader.” 

Photo courtesy of Manatee County Parks & Natural Resources Department

[New Technology]  Manatee Memorial Hospital Offering Shockwave Technology to Treat Calcified Coronary Plaque

Manatee Memorial Hospital is now offering severely calcified coronary artery disease patients a new treatment option that uses sonic pressure waves to safely break up calcium blockage that can reduce blood flow in the heart. The new shockwave technology, also known as intravascular lithotripsy or IVL, allows physicians to fracture the problematic calcium - using sonic pressure waves - so that the artery can be safely expanded, and blood flow is restored with the placement of a stent and without unnecessary complications. S. Jay Mathews, MD, performed the first case with the Heart and Vascular team in August. James Nguyen, MD, Anthony Pizzo, MD, Enrique Rivera, MD, Jeffrey Rossi, MD, and Gino Sedillo, MD, are also trained in this procedure. Currently the hospital has completed 55 procedures. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. Each year, more than 600,000 people in the United States die of heart disease. As people with heart disease, specifically coronary artery disease, grow older and their disease progresses, plaque in the arteries evolves into calcium deposits, which can narrow the artery. Physicians often use stents to open an artery, and of the approximately one million patients that undergo a stent procedure each year, 30 percent have problematic calcium that increases their risk for adverse events. Calcium makes the artery rigid and more difficult to reopen with conventional treatments, including balloons, which attempt to crack the calcium when inflated to high pressure, and atherectomy, which drills through the calcium to open the artery. While atherectomy has been available for several decades, its use remains low, as it can result in complications for patients who are undergoing stent procedures. 

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[Park Development]  City Approval Enables The Bay Park to Open Five Years Earlier

The Bay Park Conservancy (BPC), the non-profit organization responsible for overseeing the redevelopment of 53-acres of City-owned land along Sarasota Bay into a public park, announced that the second amendment to the Partnership Agreement between the City of Sarasota and the BPC was approved unanimously by the Sarasota City Commission on November 15. This milestone moment, backed by tremendous community support, allows The Bay Park Conservancy to bring The Bay Park to fruition at least five years sooner than expected. The amended Partnership Agreement, which enables a high-functioning, long-lasting partnership between City and the Bay Park Conservancy, will save an estimated $15-20 million in capital costs and an additional $5-10 million in BPC operating expenses, while accelerating the development and completion of The Bay for the benefit of all.

“The Commissioner's unanimous vote will accelerate the development of The Bay, a park designed for all - the full and rich diversity of our Sarasota community,” said AG Lafley, Founding CEO for The Bay Park Conservancy. “We are extremely grateful for the support of the City Commission, the City Manager Marlon Brown, City Attorney Robert Fournier, city management staff and supporters throughout the community who helped us achieve this historic decision.”

The amended Partnership agreement proposed a simple, streamlined process by which The Bay Park will be designed and planned, funded and built, operated and sustained. It simplified multiple agreements into one and includes the BPC Guiding Principles, the City-approved Master Plan for the park, the Implementation Agreement for managing the park, and both a Naming Rights and Conflict of Interest policy. “Smart delegation to qualified people is a sign of good governance and good leadership,” said Commissioner Hagen Brody. “We’re excited to take this next step in ensuring that we develop a park that can soon be enjoyed by our entire community.”

With its passing, the amended Partnership Agreement eliminated redundant approval steps and delegated operating responsibilities to City management/staff and the BPC, saving time and resources for the City, the public and the BPC. It speeds up design and development, co-funding from private and public sources, activation and programming, and the enjoyment and use of the park by the entire community

To read the amended Partnership Agreement discussed at the November 15 Commission Meeting, visit the Resources page on the BPC website or visit here.

For more information about The Bay Park Conservancy, visit thebaysarasota.org 

Pictured, City Commission Approval, courtesy of The Bay

[Ceremony]  The Manatee County Law Library to be Renamed in Honor of Layon F. Robinson, II

The Manatee County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller, in partnership with Manatee County Government and the Manatee County Bar Association, announced they will be hosting a renaming and dedication ceremony of the Manatee County Law Library in honor of the first African American member of the Manatee County Bar Association, the late Honorable Layon F. Robinson, II. The ceremony will take place on November 29 at 11 a.m at the law library located on the first floor in the Manatee County Judicial Center at 1051 Manatee Avenue West, Bradenton, 34205.

In 1973, Mr. Robinson passed the Florida Bar Examination, thus becoming the first African American member of the Manatee County Bar Association. Throughout his life, Mr. Robinson was a generous and devoted public servant.  

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Discover Sarasota: Circus Secrets Of Sarasota , January 1 – December 31

Learn about the rich circus history of Sarasota on an unforgettable trolley or van tour. Pass by key city landmarks as our informative and passionate tour guide, Bob Collins, tells stories about the colorful cast of circus characters, showmen, and performers who called Sarasota home. Meander through historic neighborhoods such as the Rosemary District, known for its vibrant food and art scene. Learn about the rich history of the Ringling brothers, the five brothers who owned and operated the circus renowned as the “Greatest Show on Earth.” Pass by the 21-gallery museum John Ringling constructed to house his extensive artwork collection, which opened to the public in 1931. Explore several other locations intimately involved in Sarasota’s circus history, including Sarasota Jungle Gardens, Circus Arts Conservatory, and the Circus Ring of Fame on St. Armands Circle. This 90-minute trolley or van tour is perfect for all ages and shows you a whole new side of Sarasota. Get ready for a fun-filled circus adventure during this show on wheels. It’s an illuminating experience you don’t want to miss. Tours with fewer than 10 guests will travel in our comfortably air-conditioned high-top van. Tour tickets are $34.99 and include FREE Parking.

[SOON]  GALLERY: The Ringling: Heart Gallery's Faces of Foster Care , September 15 – January 5, Museum hours.

FREE Event, Special Exhibition that will be on display until January 5, 2022, to view this exhibition, please ask for a Community Gallery wristband in the Visitors Pavilion upon your arrival. Please note that this Exhibition is not open on Saturdays, Sundays, and Holidays; including Veterans Day, Nov 11, Thanksgiving break Nov 24-28, Christmas break Dec 24- Jan 1, and MLK Day Jan 17. The Heart Gallery is a traveling photographic exhibit created to showcase portraits of children in the foster care system. Local photographers capture the child’s character and spirit to attract the attention of prospective forever families. Many of the children featured in Faces of Foster Care are at risk of aging out of the foster care system or are part of a large sibling group that makes them harder to place. The Ringling is honored to showcase the first Heart Gallery exhibit since the pandemic. For more information visit: www.heartgallerysarasota.org. To view this exhibition, please ask for a Community Gallery wristband in the Visitors Pavilion upon your arrival. Once you enter the education building, check-in at the security desk before viewing the exhibition.

[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]  FOOD: Sarasota Opera: Moonlight & Melodies Dinner Series , November 1 – February 21, 6pm

Moonlight & Melodies Dinner Series is a new dining experience for opera lovers. This year Sarasota Opera welcomes our community into the Donna Wolf Steigerwaldt Courtyard for an immersive themed dinner series that highlights composers from the season. As we come together to share our awe for the exquisite art these composers created, enjoy curated cocktails and food prepared by the best of Sarasota’s chefs in a setting that will transport you to a different location each evening. Make your reservations now so you won’t miss out on this exciting and new event. Moonlight & Melodies Dinner #1 will take place on Monday, November 1 at 6pm and Moonlight & Melodies Dinner #2 will take place on Monday, February 21 at 6pm.

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Sarasota Audubon Society Guided Walks: Oscar Scherer State Park , November 4 – April 7, 8:30am

Sarasota Audubon Society (SAS) Oscar Scherer State Park Walks will take place every Thursday, from November 4 through April 7. Meet 8:30am inside park at Lake Osprey Nature Center (fee). 1st, 2nd and 5th Thursdays led by Venice Audubon; 3rd & 4th Thursdays led by Peter Brown (508-241-5541).

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast: Annual Giving Tree Toy Drive , November 8 – December 3

Fifth Third Bank is partnering with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast for its annual Giving Tree Toy Drive campaign. The Giving Tree Toy Drive program will begin on November 8, 2021 and end on December 3, 2021. Each Fifth Third financial center will host a “Giving Tree” decorated with gift tags with specific information that pertains to the need of a child in the community. We encourage you to visit any local Fifth Third Bank financial center in South Florida during the month of November to pick up your gift tag. Your donation of a gift or gift card will help make a difference and ensure a brighter holiday season for the underserved youth in our community. All donations can be dropped off at any local Fifth Third Bank in Collier, Lee, Charlotte, Sarasota, Manatee, Hillsborough, Pinellas, Broward and Palm Beach. To find the nearest location, visit 53.com.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Van Wezel: Celtic Thunder: Ireland , November 17, 7:30pm

Celtic Thunder storms onto the mainstage with their latest live show, IRELAND. IRELAND is a brand-new revue show that revisits their most popular Irish and Celtic songs of the past decade and celebrates the influence of Irish and Celtic music around the world. Tickets go on sale Friday, April 3 at 10am and the show is on November 17, 2021 at 7:30pm. The Celtic Thunder IRELAND live theatrical show embodies the essence of the public television stars, delivering a blend of lively, fast paced and upbeat songs “A Place in The Choir,” “The Galway Girl” and “Raggle Taggle Gypsy,” classic ballads “Mountains of Mourne” and “The Wild Rover” and renowned Irish love songs such as “She Moved Through The Fair” and “Danny Boy” – all with a special Celtic Thunder twist, of course.

Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 North Tamiami Trail

[SOON]  GALLERY: Conservation Foundation: Photography of Mary Lundeberg , November 16 – December 31

Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast welcomes nature photographer and writer, Mary Lundeberg, and her exhibit, Share the Shore. Lundeberg’s exhibit highlights the variety of threatened coastal wildlife species that nest on our beaches, including least terns, black skimmers, snowy plovers, American oystercatchers, and sea turtles. The opening artist’s reception is November 17 from 5pm to 7pm in the foundation’s Burrows-Matson House headquarters at Bay Preserve, 400 Palmetto Avenue in Osprey. Limited edition photography printed on infused aluminum will highlight beach-nesting wildlife and their habitat. A portion of the proceeds from these limited-edition prints will benefit Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast. In addition to the artist’s reception, Lundeberg will host a virtual presentation on Thursday, November 16 at 10am, entitled Beach-Nesting Wildlife and the Challenges They Face. The one-hour presentation will feature her images of threatened beach-nesting birds, as well as coastal sea turtles. Registration for both the artist’s reception and virtual program is required. To learn more and RSVP, please visit conservationfoundation.com/events or call 941-918-2100. The exhibit will be on display through December 2021 and may be viewed Monday-Friday from 9am to 4pm.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Selby Gardens: Cocktails at the Cottage: An Open-Air Evening by the Bay , November 17, 5pm-8pm

Chairs Renée James Gilmore, Mary Evelyn Guyton, Cornelia Matson, and Jeannie Russell cordially invite you to Cocktails at the Cottage: An Open-Air Evening by the Bay at the Historic Spanish Point campus will take place on Wednesday, November 17, 2021 from 5pm to 8pm with a special toast to the future of the Historic Spanish Point campus at 6pm. Join us for a fun, casual evening with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres overlooking Little Sarasota Bay. Watch the sunset and be the first to hear about exciting developments at Selby Gardens' Historic Spanish Point campus. The evening will take place bayfront in front of the 19th Century White Cottage, Sunken Garden, and Pergola.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Crosley Theater Company: DraMature's Got Talent , November 17 – November 18

DraMature's Got Talent Runs from Wednesday November 17 2021 to Thursday November 18 2021 Bradenton Kiwanis Theater, 502 Third Avenue West, Bradenton. Approximate running time: 2 hours. Manatee Performing Arts Center’s resident senior theatre troupe, DraMature presents a showcase of entertaining songs, sketches and surprises.

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Sarasota Audubon Society Guided Walks: "BIRKING" Biking & Birding at the Celery Fields , November 17 – November 24, 8am-10am

“Birking” at the Celery Fields will take place every week on Wednesday, repeating until November 24, 2021 from 8am to 10am at the Celery Fields, 6893 Palmer Blvd. Birking (biking and birding) at the Celery Fields. Meet at the Nature Center. Bring your own bike and binoculars. We will bike about a 4-mile loop around the Celery Fields, stopping to bird along the way. Email Kathryn Young or phone (612-760-1771). 

[SOON]  SEMINAR: CWC-FPRA: Newtown Alive: Storytelling as the Key to Preserving, Sharing, and Celebrating History , November 18, 11:30am-1pm

During this month’s professional development program, the Central West Coast Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association (CWC-FPRA) will present “Newtown Alive: Storytelling as the Key to Preserving, Sharing, and Celebrating History” on November 18, 2021, from 11:30am – 1pm at The Bazaar at Apricot and Lime (821 Apricot Ave.). The event will feature Vickie Oldham, President/CEO of the Sarasota African American Cultural Coalition (SAACC), who is leading an initiative to open an arts, cultural and history center in Newtown. In this discussion, Oldham will share Newtown Alive’s evolution from its inception in 2014 to the present and how this groundbreaking project is causing Sarasota to take a second look at Newtown, one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods. Using traditional and multi-platform storytelling tools, Newtown Alive features the early pioneers who built Sarasota's infrastructure, education about Newtown’s historic landmarks, and the neighborhood’s history. In addition to local acclaim, the project has received local and state awards.

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