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SRQ DAILY Dec 1, 2021

Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

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Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

"We are deeply appreciative for everyone joining us on GivingTuesday and bringing such hope through their generosity and kindness."

- Child Protection Center

[Philanthropy]  Region Celebrates GivingTuesday and the Holiday Season of Giving
Brittany Mattie, brittany.mattie@srqme.com

Yesterday marked GivingTuesday's 10th year—a decade of celebrating the global humanity network that reminds us that everyone has something to give, and every act of generosity counts. Though a year-round initiative, the simple idea of giving comes to real light on the first Tuesday following the Thanksgiving holiday—a day dedicated to encouraging people to do good. Over the years—and especially in philanthropic-forward locales such as Sarasota-Manatee—GivingTuesday has grown into a collaborative worldwide movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to show kindness and celebrate generosity in their community and beyond.

With 150 local nonprofits registered members with the Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, and over 4,000 more nonprofits and 501c3 organizations in Sarasota County alone, there's no surprise we've nicknamed this altruistic region 'The Giving Coast'. And yesterday's GivingTuesday (#GivingTuesday) saw no shortage of giving from Sarasotans and Manateeans—with many organizations announcing dollar-for-dollar matches and doubling the impact of gifts. 

"We are blown away by our amazing community!" said Child Protection Center (CPC). "We are deeply appreciative for everyone joining us on GivingTuesday and bringing such hope through their generosity and kindness. It's invigorating to know how many children will have the resources to begin their path of healing."

"We are so grateful for our supporters this giving season!" shared ALSO Youth. "Whether it is $5 or $500, your contribution directly and positively impacts the lives of LGBTQ+ youth."

"The gift you give not only goes twice as far but goes to work immediately," said Cat Depot, "enabling us to help thousands of cats get the care they need annually. Thank you for keeping Cat Depot in your minds and on your heart as the season for giving gets underway."

Beyond monetary donatations to great causes, the 10th annual GivingTuesday movement called-to-action small acts of kindness that certainly count too. From helping out a neighbor or colleague, volunteering at a toy or food drive and advocating for an important issue, to sharing a skill, lending a listening ear or planning a fundraiser, every kind of act of goodwill brought the community together yesterday—whether in-person or virtually. And will make an impact not just on a Tuesday, but rounding out these last 31 sleeps of 2021 and setting the tone for the coming new year. 

If you're looking for local nonprofits to support, want to stay up-to-date on grant opportunities and events this giving season, Manatee Community FoundationThe Community Foundation of Sarasota County and Gulf Coast Community Foundation are great resources to utilize. 

"We think of our donors as family. And we work closely with our family of donors to ensure that their generous gifts have the most impact possible," said Kirstin Fulkerson, Senior VP for Philanthropy at Gulf Coast Community Foundation. "This time of year, many of our donors give to Gulf Coast to replenish their funds to maximize their charitable dollars and minimize taxes. Our hard-working, local nonprofit partners benefit and receive grants from our donors year-round. We are so grateful for our big, generous family that transforms our region through their philanthropy!"

[YMCA of Southwest Florida]  SKY Academy at YMCA of Southwest Florida

YMCA of Southwest Florida operates two A-rated, tuition free, public charter middle schools- SKY Academy, which stands for Strength and Knowledge at the YMCA. SKY Academy supports middle school students and their families by providing strong academics, healthy living and a supporting environment allowing children to thrive.  SKY Academy has the same standards as other public schools; it’s our approach that makes us unique. Subjects are studied through the lens of wellness.

SKY Academy’s focus is based on research that proves physical activity builds and conditions the brain for learning. In fact, schools around the nation using this philosophy have shown outstanding results in students’ academic achievement, fitness and well-being. 

With schools in Venice and Englewood, YMCA of Southwest Florida is able to advance its mission to ensure every child has access to an education that promotes students’ overall well-being.  At SKY Academy, there is not only a focus on academics and physical activity, but also mental health and positive character development.  Students are provided opportunities to develop a further understanding of self and others.  This approach allows students to strengthen and develop their mental, physical, social and emotional health while achieving academic excellence.  

For more information about SKY Academy, visit skyatthey.com. 

[Training Series]  Applications Open for Winter Gulf Coast Board Institute

Gulf Coast Community Foundation is now accepting applications for its February 2022, in-person Winter Gulf Coast Board Institute (GCBI). The deadline to apply for this high-level nonprofit governance training series is Sunday, December 12. The online application and overview for the program is available at gulfcoastcf.org/gulf-coast-board-institute. The Winter 2022 Board Institute will consist of four training sessions over four weeks. The sessions will be held in-person at the Gulf Coast Community Foundation’s headquarters, 601 Tamiami Trail South, Venice.

For more information, click here

[Holiday Giving]  Jingle Jog and Toy Drive

The Junkluggers of Sarasota have partnered with The Haven, a local nonprofit that supports and provides opportunities for children and adults with disabilities.  The Haven hosts their annual fundraiser a Jingle Jog 5K this Saturday December 4th at 7:00am.  Junkluggers has partnered with them to host a toy drive this year as well to donate back to the kids they support. Register for the 5k at runsignup.com/Race/FL/Sarasota/JingleandJog5k or call Jacob Wilcox 941-248-6687 for any questions.  

[Expansion]  All Faiths Food Bank Expands Team in DeSoto County

In an effort to better serve the community in DeSoto County, All Faiths Food Bank has hired San Juana “Janie” Ramirez as its new DeSoto Food & Resource Center (FRC) client services representative. In this role, Ramirez – who is bilingual – will serve as the primary point of contact for all clients and visitors to the DeSoto FRC, whether in person or via telephone. This position is critical in ensuring that all clients are properly registered into the client database, welcomed compassionately, and provided needed information or directed to the appropriate staff member.

“We felt it was crucial to ensure that this position was filled by someone who has the capacity to navigate the social service system and advocate for others, through the display of empathy, respect, and understanding of community values and members,” said All Faiths CEO Sandra Frank. "In addition to her professional skills and work ethic, Janie has lived the life of a migrant worker and will be able to relate, with compassion and understanding, to those we are working to not only provide nutritional assistance but also to lift out of poverty so that we can end hunger, once and for all.”

To learn more about All Faiths, go to allfaithsfoodbank.org or call 941-379-6333. 

Pictured: All Faiths Food Bank DeSoto FRC client services representative San Juana 'Janie' Ramirez

[Fundraiser]  Temple Emanu-El Presents Sapphire Celebration

On February 27, 2022, Temple Emanu-El will present its 65th anniversary Sapphire Celebration, honoring Rabbi Elaine Rose Glickman for her many contributions to the temple’s growth and vibrance. The goal for the fundraising event is to raise $150,000; proceeds will be used for the Religious School, Susan Schwaid Early Learning Center, and temple enhancements.

Since the Glickmans arrived in Sarasota in 2006, as Rabbi Brenner Glickman assumed the post of Senior Rabbi, Rabbi Elaine Glickman has contributed tremendously to the building of community – particularly among the fast-growing family population – among the congregation, presented innumerable parent and adult education offerings, greatly expanded community service offerings, and provided skilled and effective public relations services on behalf of the congregation. “When you look at our temple’s growth and success since the Glickmans’ arrival 15 years ago, it is impossible to imagine that any of it would have been possible without Rabbi Elaine’s dedication, passion and participation on nearly every front,” said Temple Emanu-El President Barry Gerber. "As a devoted member, Rabbi Elaine has served as a role model to our congregants. As a virtuous person, she provides her sacred work to the temple from the kindness of her heart."

The Sapphire Celebration takes place on Sunday, February 27, 11 am at the Benderson Family Hall of Temple Emanu-El (151 McIntosh Rd., Sarasota). Brunch will be catered by Michael’s On East. Tickets are $75/person; sponsorships and tribute book ads are available. Call 847-331-8518 for sponsorships and ads; visit sarasotatemple.org for tickets. 

Rabbi Elaine Rose Glickman will be honored during Temple Emanu-El’s 65th anniversary Sapphire Celebration. Photo by Nancy Guth.

[Coping Help]  SRQ Strong Creates Video Recording for Those Who've Lost Someone to COVID19

Losing a loved one at any time in our lives bears great weight on our mental, emotional, and physical state. For those who have lost someone to COVID19, the sudden and unexplainable tragedy takes a toll on individuals, families, and communities as a whole. Featured speakers share their stories of navigating the loss of a loved one to COVID19, coping strategies, professional resources and supports offered in the community, and healing from the mass trauma of the pandemic.

Watch the video on YouTube here. 

Learn more about SRQstrong.org here

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Sarasota County Sheriff's Office 5th Annual Holiday Toy Drive , December 1 – December 12, 7am-7pm

Sheriff Kurt A. Hoffman is pleased to announce the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office is hosting its fifth annual holiday toy drive benefitting the 12th Judicial Circuit of Florida’s Guardian ad Litem program. There are currently more than 1,300 children from throughout Sarasota, Manatee and DeSoto counties who have been removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect and as such, appointed a Guardian ad Litem. Because the children range in age from newborn to 18 years old with varying personal needs, the sheriff’s office has chosen to focus the holiday initiative solely on toys and gift cards. Citizens are asked to refrain from donating clothing or stuffed animals and to make sure all donations are new and unwrapped. The initiative begins Wednesday, December 1 and continues until Sunday, December 12. Citizens can deliver donations to the agency’s headquarters located at 6010 Cattleridge Boulevard, Sarasota, every day between 7am and 7pm. The initiative launched in 2017 when the agency moved into its new headquarters facility on Cattleridge Boulevard in Sarasota. To date, with help from agency members, residents, local businesses and organizations, the sheriff’s office has donated more than 7,000 gifts including $20,000 in gift cards to the Guardian ad Litem program. Thanks to a partnership with the Sarasota Memorial Hospital Public Safety Department, public safety personnel are once again generously donating a holiday tree which will serve as the collection site for the toy drive. The tree will be delivered to the sheriff’s office headquarters on Monday, November 29 at 11am.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Sarasota Orchestra: Great Escapes: Holiday Lights , December 1 – December 5, 5:30pm, 7:30pm, 8pm and 4pm

Take time to savor the holidays as Broadway conductor William Waldrop serves a program of seasonal favorites, including Winter Wonderland, Festive Sounds of Hanukkah, and Christmas at the Movies on Wednesday, December 1 at 5:30pm, Thursday, December 2 at 7:30pm, Friday, December 3 at 5:30pm, Saturday, December 4 at 8pm, and Sunday, December 5 at 4pm at Holley Hall.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Van Wezel: Michael Londra's Celtic Yuletide , December 1, 8pm

Emmy® nominee & PBS host MICHAEL LONDRA brings an evening of “Christmas from Ireland” to the Van Wezel, told in song, dance and the festive stories of his youth. The famed Irish tenor, best known as the voice of Riverdance on Broadway and host of Ireland With Michael on PBS, sings beloved carols such as “O Come Emmanuel” and “The First Noel,” in his signature Celtic traditional style. Rounding out the evening are the breathtaking Celtic Fire dancers, performing traditional and modern dances. This show will take place on Wednesday, December 1 at 8pm.

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: City Christmas Tree Lighting , December 2, 6pm-8pm

Downtown Sarasota's Christmas Tree is the perfect backdrop for your holiday snapshot. The annual tree lighting event will take place Thursday, December 2nd from 6pm to 8pm in Selby Five Points Park, located across the street from the Selby Public Library. Holiday Performance by Ring Sarasota. Enjoy refreshments, music, and photos with Santa! The Christmas Tree will be lit at 7pm where photos can be taken.

[SOON]  DANCE: Sarasota Contemporary Dance: SCD + Duke Ellington in Collaboration with Shane Chalke B.E. Jazz , December 2 – December 5, 7pm and 2pm

Duke Ellington was one of the most impactful musical forces of the twentieth century, influencing classical music, popular music, and, of course, jazz. SCD joins forces with Shane Chalke B.E. Jazz, a 3-pc jazz band playing the legendary notes of Duke Ellington live alongside original choreography by SCD Artistic Director Leymis Bolaños Wilmott, inspired by Ellington’s musical drama and artistic expertise. Duke Ellington will take place from Thursday, December 2, 2021 to Sunday, December 5, 2021. All shows are at 7pm, except Sunday at 2pm. Tickets are $10 - $45. Available Virtually Friday, January 28, 2022 through Sunday, January 30th, 2022. Virtual Tickets are $25.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Van Wezel: The Temptations and The Four Tops , December 2, 8pm

Known for their smooth stepping, The Temptations were honored with the Recording Academy’s Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award in 2013. As trailblazers of the 1960s, “The Temptations Walk” became a staple of American style. Their legendary tunes include “My Girl,” “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg” and “Papa Was a Rolling Stone.” The Four Tops, who have been marveling audiences since 1954, are known for chart-topping hits “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch),” “It’s the Same Old Song,” “Reach Out I’ll Be There” and so many more. The group was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1990, having 24 Top 40 pop hits to their credit. Show on December 2, 2021 at 8pm.

Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 North Tamiami Trail

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Siesta Beach Seafood & Music Festival , December 3 – December 5, 12pm-6pm, 11am-9pm and 11am-6pm

Come share in the festivities of the 5th Annual Siesta Beach Seafood & Music Festival in Siesta Beach, FL. The event sets up on the Siesta Key Pavilion and runs December 3-5, 2021 and is graciously hosted by Sarasota County. The event begins Friday December 3 with hours noon-9pm and continues Saturday 11am-9pm and Sunday 11am-6pm. Bring family and friends to enjoy fresh seafood and outstanding live musical performances. This event will offer a variety of seafood, cooked fresh on site. Seafood dishes are prepared using fresh, local and sustainable ocean resources from the Florida Gulf Coast. Select from meat and vegetarian offerings and a diverse menu of side dishes and desserts. Alcoholic, non-alcoholic and fruit drinks are available. While savoring your meal, relax to some of Florida’s top musical groups from genres. Friday, December 3rd: 2:30 - 4:30pm Shaw Davis & The Black Ties, 4:30 - 6pm Frank Bank, 6:30 - 8:30pm Gas House Gorilla. Saturday, December 4th: 12:30-2pm Prodigal Sons, 2:30 - 4pm Shaw Davis & The Black Ties, 4:30 - 6pm Twinkle & Rock Soul Radio, 6:30 - 8pm Have Gun Will Travel, 8:30 - 10pm Damon Fowler Band. Sunday, December 5th: 12:30 - 2pm The Whole Band, 4:30-6pm Billy Rice Band, 4:30 - 6pm 22N. On the breaks between performances, enjoy shopping in a marketplace of fine arts, crafts, and select fine products and food items. So much to see and do. We will lay the table, all you need do is come and partake in the feast.

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Bradenton Blues Fest 10 Year Anniversary , December 3 – December 5, 4pm-7:45pm, 11am-7:30pm, 11am-2pm

Realize Bradenton is thrilled to announce the all-star lineup for the 10th anniversary of the Bradenton Blues Festival. Friday, December 3, 2021 will feature Cece Teneal and Soul Kamotion, Johnny Rawls, and Doug MacLeod from 4pm to 7:45pm. Saturday, December 4, 2021 will feature Terrie Odabi, Jimmy Carpenter, James Armstrong, Dawn Tyler Watson, Bernard Allison and Bobby Rush from 11am to 7:30pm. Sunday, December 5, 2021 will feature Ariella from 11am to 2pm. The Bradenton Blues Festival Weekend will take place December 3 - 5, 2021. The Friday and Saturday concerts will be held at LECOM Park and the Sunday Blues Brunch at Mattison's Riverwalk Grille. Tickets go on sale May 1, 2021. 

[SOON]  GALA: Florida Center for Early Childhood: Lighting the Way For A Brighter Tomorrow , December 3, 6:30pm

Join The Florida Center for Early Childhood for the 34th Annual Winter Gala, Lighting the Way For A Brighter Tomorrow. It will take place on Friday, December 3 at Michael's on East. In-person event at Michael's on East with virtual options. Silent Auction opens to the public on Black Friday, November 26. Celebrate luminaries. Recognize people who have been lights in your life and help local children and families with a $25 donation.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Christmas Market Art Caffe Venice , December 3, 4pm-7pm

The Christmas Market Art Caffe Venice will take place on Friday, December 3 from 4pm to 7pm at Venice ART CAFFE, 390 Nokomis Ave S, Venice. We are back in the lovely Patio of the Art Caffe inside the Venice ART Center. The perfect occasion to start your Christmas shopping while enjoying a glass of wine and Gisele's famous empanadas. Shop & Mingle with us, See you there. 

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Hermitage Artist Retreat: Connections with Lisa E. Harris and James Anthony Tyler , December 3, 5pm

“Connections” with Lisa E. Harris and James Anthony Tyler is Presented in partnership with Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe and Resilient Retreat and will take place on Friday, December 3 at 5pm at Hermitage Beach (Entrance at 6660 Manasota Key Road, Englewood). Also Available via Live-Stream. Whether connecting to your breath, the ground you stand on, or a new companion on a train, Hermitage Fellows Lisa E. Harris and James Anthony Tyler will share art and experiences that illuminate how we connect with the world around us. The evening will feature an exploration of songs and short stories from Harris, as well as a reading of Tyler’s quietly provocative play Hop thA A. The connections between these two unique and extraordinary artists provide the starting point for a discussion to conclude the program.

[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]  GALLERY: Madeby Gallery: 8th Annual Alumni and Veterans Show , November 11 – December 13, Gallery hours.

The Eighth Annual Alumni and Veterans Show will run from November 11 to December 13, 2021 with a Zoom Reception on Wednesday, December 1, 2021 from 5pm to 6:30pm. You are invited to view exciting new work by Ringling College Alumni and Veterans. This multi-media exhibition includes artwork from this extraordinary group. The show features a wide variety of media, styles, and approaches from emerging and established alumni and veterans practicing a diverse range of art using mediums including painting, digital design, drawings, prints, and mixed media. All artwork will be on display online only on this page from November 11 through December 13. To purchase please call 941-822-0442 and make arrangements for curbside pickup or shipping.

[SOON]  THEATER: Florida Studio Theatre: Deck the Halls , November 27 – December 24, Varies.

A brand-new rendition of everything that makes the holidays in Sarasota special. With all-new songs and sketches, audiences should get ready to celebrate the holidays – Florida style – palm trees with decorations, swimming in the sea, sand snowmen, and more. An annual Sarasota holiday tradition, Deck the Halls invites families to deck the palms and join in on the fun at this interactive family show. Deck the Halls, by Sarah Durham and Caroline Saldivar, will play Saturdays and select Sundays from November 27, 2021 - December 24, 2021 in FST's Bowne's Lab. Subscriptions and single tickets are on sale and can be purchased by clicking the button above or by calling the Box Office at 941-366-9000.

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