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SRQ DAILY Dec 6, 2021

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"Buyers should be prepared to be patient, competition will be fierce for the foreseeable future and there isn't a market correction around the corner."

- Alex Krumm, broker-owner of NextHome Excellence.

[Real Estate]  Study Shows Sarasota a Top Snowbird Destination
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

A new study on the best places for retirees fleeing winter weather to buy a home put eight Florida cities in its top 10 locales. Sarasota came in as the No. 4 market in the country for snowbirds, according to ProMoveReviews.com.

Kara Griffin of ProMoveReviews said Sarasota offers “another slice of paradise where you can enjoy boating, beaching, or touring art museums.” She said the study looked at three major areas — well being,affordability, and health and safety — as factors in spotlighting markets on the list. From there, 13 specific factors were studies in detail including snowfall levels, proximity to beaches and golf courses, hospitals per capita, and the average charge for professional movers setting up customers in a three-bedroom home.

Ultimately, Sarasota scored 68.8 on a 100-point scale in the study, behind only Fort Myers, Orlando and Naples.

The measures used on the study certainly favored Florida; the only markets outside the Sunshine State to crack the top 12 were Honolulu, Hawaii and McAllen, Texas. But the study informs one of the reasons the real estate market continues to boom in the greater Sarasota region. The Realtor Association of Sarasota and Manatee shows prices continued to rise in the region through the month of October as houses spent less and less time on the market.

The median price of single-family homes in Manatee County reached $425,000, and in Sarasota it reached $410,000, a record high. The median price on Sarasota condos for the month was $332,990 and in Manatee, it was $278,000.

Notably, about 61% of condo sales in the two-county area that closed in October were cash transactions. For home sales, cash deals represented 39% of closings. There’s also less than a month’s worth of inventory of any kind of homes throughout the market, with the average time between a listing and a closing hovering around a week.

“Buyers should be prepared to be patient,” said RASM President Alex Krumm, broker-owner of NextHome Excellence. “Competition will be fierce for the foreseeable future and there isn't a market correction around the corner.” 

Graphic courtesy Pro Mover Reviews.

[Live Painting]  Meet Artist Tim Rogerson and Margaret Kerry, the Original Live-action Model for Tinker Bell

Meet Tim Rogerson and Margaret Kerry, the original live-action model for Tinker Bell at The Art Ovation. Show Hours: Thursday, December 9 through Saturday, December 11, 11:00 am to 8:00 pm and Sunday, December 12, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm; Friday, December 11. On Saturday, 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm, Tim will be painting live on a new Disney creation and Margaret will be sharing Disney tales from her book. 

Tim Rogerson is a Disney Fine Artist and Ringling College Alumnus. He is one of only several artists allowed to recreate iconic Disney characters and scenes. Margaret will be sharing her amazing story of how Walt Disney chose her to be the original Tinker Bell model for the Disney animators in her book, “Tinker Bell Talks.” Tim's originals, giclees on canvas, prints, and Margaret's book are available for purchase at Art Ovation Hotel from December 9 through 12. The artwork and book can also be purchased by calling the Madeby Gallery at 941-822-0442. 

[Hotel Updates]  New at The Hyatt Regency Sarasota

Like most businesses over the past two years, the Hyatt Regency Sarasota has had to adjust their traditional way of doing business.  There is now a younger vibe in hiring to reflect the growing younger demographic of Sarasota, plans for future renovation, and new leadership in place. General Manager, Wes Santos, is new to the Hyatt, but certainly not new to the hotel industry. Wes is a seasoned leader who has spent a number of years working in the hospitality busines in several markets across the country. During his tenure as General Manager, he has received various leadership awards, including Marriott’s General Manager of the Year during his first year as GM. His top priorities are coaching and development of his team members. 

Recently, a new plan was introduced to get line level team members more involved in decision making and planning. The Commitment to Excellence Special Council invites employees from different departments of the hotel to meet monthly and talk about what is being done well and what can be done better. The purpose is to aid in developing associates, share best practices and gather feedback from hourly team members—tasks that were once typically handled by management. The council consists of supervisors and associates working together, introducing and sharing ideas to affect positive changes for the hotel, community and personal growth. “The council members are really ambassadors for excellence in the hotel,” says Santos. It’s a plan that benefits both the hotel and the employee, as being part of the committee provides mentorship and growth opportunities within our management. Council members are empowered with community leadership opportunities and greater involvement in planning.  

Pictured: Commitment to Excellence Council- Committee Members (Left to Right) Hailey Thrift, Marie Gaines, Wes Santos, Carmel Koons,Toni Fike, Riley Austin, Michael Kvenberg, Jessica Heiting, Jeff Janssen, Jamie Ujvari

For more information click here

[Holiday Drive]  The Mayor’s Feed the Hungry Program Will Accept Food and Donations at the Showfolks Holiday Circus Dec. 10-12

Families can celebrate Christmas and help their neighbors struggling during the holiday season this year. The Mayors Feed the Hungry Program will be at Robarts Arena
the weekend of Dec. 10-12 for the Showfolks Holiday Circus. Spectators can marvel at the stunning Flying Wallendas, the death-defying Moto-Globe Stunt Riders, and the hilarious clowns of Elmo’s Circus. Horses, elephants, and more will also dazzle crowds, and there are rumors that a certain jovial North Pole resident will also make an

Single-day tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for children. More information and tickets are available at showfolks.com. Families with the means to share are invited to help those who are facing food insecurity this Christmas. The MFTHP will accept food and cash donations on-site. All proceeds stay in the community, helping low-income households in Sarasota and Manatee Counties.

You can also visit FlanzerTrust.org and choose the Mayors’ Feed the Hungry Program to make a donation to raise matching funds from the Flanzer Trust. 

[Wellness]  All Star Children’s Foundation Appoints CEO

Graci McGillicuddy, All Star Children’s Foundation’s co-founder and board chair, announced recently that the board of directors has appointed Sharon Ghazarian, Ph.D, as its new CEO. Dr. Ghazarian had served as All Star’s chief research officer since July 2020. Before she joined All Star, Dr. Ghazarian, was the former senior director for health informatics at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. “Dr. Ghazarian has brought a wealth of expertise, education and vision to All Star that has taken us to new levels,” says McGillicuddy. “She offers valuable experience from a variety of perspectives, including behavioral health, public health, social sciences and hospital medicine. We feel lucky and grateful that she will be leading All Star into its bright future.”

Dr. Ghazarian is a research methodologist and an expert in complex statistical analysis and research processes for medical, behavioral, and social sciences. In her career with Johns Hopkins and other health organizations, Dr. Ghazarian pursued methodological advances in healthcare data, with a particular focus on pediatric development. She has also contributed substantively to the field of parenting behaviors, parent-child relationships and family dynamics by applying robust techniques to examine mechanisms by which parenting and family interactions affect child and adolescent outcomes. Her resulting expertise encompasses behavioral health, public health, social sciences, and hospital medicine. She also has an extensive background as a methodology consultant for federally funded research grants.

For more information, visit allstarchildren.org 

Photo courtesy of the organization

[Accolade]  John Waskom Recipient of Florida Bar Pro Bono Service Award

Icard Merrill Shareholder John J. Waskom has been selected as the recipient of The Florida Bar President's 2022 Pro Bono Service Award for the 12th Judicial Circuit. This prestigious award is presented to an outstanding attorney from each of the state’s 20 judicial circuits and to an outstanding attorney among the out-of-state Florida Bar members. “The Board of Governors and the more than 109,000 members of The Florida Bar salute you for your service,” said Bar President Michael Tanner. “The time and professional expertise you have contributed to making legal representation available to those who otherwise would be unable to afford it show our profession at its best. It is my sincere hope that others in the legal field will follow your outstanding example.”

This is the third time an Icard Merrill attorney has been awarded this honor since its inception in 1982. In addition, the firm received the Chief Justice’s Law Firm Commendation Award in 2010 recognizing extraordinary commitment to provide access to the courts for all Floridians. Upon hearing of his selection, Waskom responded, “I'm of course very honored and surprised to receive this pro bono award. Being of service to the court and of service to those in need is an honor and a pleasure itself.” 

Link to the full story here

[SOON]  MUSIC: Van Wezel: An Intimate Evening with David Foster: Hitman Tour , December 6, 8pm

Sixteen-time Grammy-winner David Foster returns to the Van Wezel on Monday, December 6 at 8pm. Tickets for An Intimate Evening with David Foster: HITMAN Tour are on sale now. A prolific songwriter, David played a key role in the career launches of Celine Dion, Josh Groban, Michael Bublé and more. Some of his most beloved hits include “And Love Goes On,” “Follow Me,” “Only You” and “Please Hold On.” A performer in his own right, he hosted “Foster & Friends” – two star-studded events that were filmed for Great Performances on PBS. David’s Hit Man and The Hit Man Returns became PBS’ highest-rated pledge drive shows. This performance will feature many of David’s top hits, with musicians and vocalists performing along with him. Tickets are $47-$107 and can be purchased at www.VanWezel.org, by calling the box office at 941-263-6799 or by visiting the box office Monday through Friday between 10am and 4pm.

Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 North Tamiami Trail

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: The Ringling: The BOW'T Trail Young Leaders Commemorative Performance featuring Rhodnie Desir and Booker High School Dance Students , December 6, 5:30pm

Join Booker High School Dance Students on the New College Campus as they highlight the anniversary of the Ratification of the 13th Amendment and celebrate the Angola Community and the belongings that were unearthed near the Manatee River. In this special performance, students retrace their journey with Canadian artist, choreographer, and dancer Rhodnie Désir via dance. Sent on a quest to form an artistic creation and interpretation of their experience, this commemorative performance celebrates the students’ process of delving into Sarasota's local black history, including learning about the freedom-seeking people of the Angola Community. After researching, meeting, and interviewing local "memory keepers" these students are now transmitting the oral history and research they encountered through their dance. Join us for this special celebration as they share their stories through movement adjacent to the belongings of the Angola community people. The performance will take place on December 6 at 5:30pm outdoors, on New College Campus in front of the Archeology Lab.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Manatee Community Foundation: 7 Tips for Year-End Giving Webinar , December 7, 9:30am-10:30am

On Tuesday, December 7, 2021 from 9:30am – 10:30am, Manatee Community Foundation will present a free webinar for donors, “7 Tips for Year-End Giving.” The virtual event will include a discussion of what caring people should keep in mind to bring joy and confidence to year-end giving, based on what is most important to each individual or their families. Topics include charitable tax deductions, understanding charitable impact, the value of being flexible and more. Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions. To register or learn more, email Events@ManateeCF.org or visit ManateeCF.org. 

[SOON]  GALLERY: VMA Fine Art Show and Fundraiser , December 7 – December 8, Gallery hours.

World-renowned Gullah Artist Headlines 2-Day Area Event To Benefit Visible Men Academy on December 7 and 8 in Manatee and Sarasota at The Gallery at Art Ovation Hotel. Visible Men Academy (VMA) in partnership with Waterkolours Art Gallery will host a 2-day First Annual VMA Fine Art Show and Fundraiser with globally recognized Gullah Artist, Leroy Campbell. A portion of sales will be donated to raise critical funds to support the efforts of the academy.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Van Wezel: George Thorogood and The Destroyers , December 7, 7:30pm

Since 1975, GEORGE THOROGOOD AND THE DESTROYERS have sold over 15 million albums, played more than 8,000 ferocious live shows and built a catalog of classic hits including “Who Do You Love,” “I Drink Alone,” “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer,” “Move It On Over” and “Bad To The Bone.” Now, “one of the most iconic bands in rock & roll history” (Rapid City Journal) celebrates it all with their Good To Be Bad Tour: 45 Years Of Rock. This show will take place on Tuesday, December 7 at 7:30pm.

[SOON]  GALA: Sarasota Art Museum: Annual Soiree , December 8, 6:30pm

On Wednesday, December 8, 2021 at Sarasota Art Museum. Chairs are Elaine Crouse and Rosemary Oberndorf. Cocktails, Canapés and a Viewing of the exhibit: Judith Linhares: The Artist as Curator at 6:30PM. Seated Dinner and Introduction to new Executive Director, Virginia Shearer at 7:30PM. For tickets and information 941-309-0108 or SpecialEvents@ringling.edu.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: SPARCC Auxiliary Holiday Luncheon , December 8, 11am

Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center (SPARCC) is celebrating the holiday season with its annual Holiday Luncheon. The luncheon will be held on Wednesday, December 8, 2021 beginning at 11am. The location is Michael’s on East, 1212 S. East Avenue, Sarasota with both indoor and outdoor seating available. Get in the spirit of the season and help spread good cheer. Guests will enjoy a delicious lunch, entertainment by the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe and much, much more. Bring unwrapped toys, gifts and gift cards for kids, teens and moms; purchase bake sale goodies from Sarasota’s most notable bakers and outstanding one-of-a-kind holiday decorations while helping the survivors and children SPARCC serves. Andrea Andrus and Maggie Shaw chair this year’s Holiday Luncheon. In the 2020 - 2021 fiscal year, SPARCC provided advocacy services and crisis counseling services to 1,280 individuals; offered a safe shelter to 126 adults, 99 children and 16 pets; responded to more than 4,436 Helpline Crisis calls; and provided legal services for injunction for protection to 256 individuals. To learn more or RSVP, please visit sparcc.net/events or call 941-365-0208 ext. 110.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: The Players Centre: The Marvelous Wonderettes , December 8 – December 18, 7:30pm and 2pm

This smash Off-Broadway hit takes you to the 1958 Springfield High School prom, where we meet Betty Jean, Cindy Lou, Missy and Suzy: four girls with hopes and dreams as big as their crinoline skirts! As we learn about their lives and loves, the girls serenade us with classic ‘50s hits including “Lollipop,” “Dream Lover,” “Stupid Cupid,” and “Lipstick on Your Collar.” In Act II, the Wonderettes reunite to take the stage and perform at their ten-year reunion. We learn about the highs and lows the girls have experienced in the past decade and are charmed to find that no matter what life throws their way, they will conquer it together. Single tickets available Sept. 1, 2021 ($26.50 preview/ $29.50 single/ $14 student). Subscriptions are available now. The show dates are Dec. 8-11, 14-18 at 7:30pm and Dec. 12, 18-19 at 2pm.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: SRQ MAGAZINE SB2 Giving Coast: Good Hero Philanthropic Agenda and Awards Luncheon , December 9, 11am-1:15pm

The SRQ Philanthropic Agenda and Good Hero Awards luncheon and panel discussion on Thursday, December 9, 2021 with a 11am registration and 11:30-1:15pm program at The Hyatt Regency will explore the dynamic and ever changing world of non-profits. What's trending, who's innovating, why are donor-advised funds growing so rapidly and what exactly are donors looking for? The luncheon will culminate with the SRQ Good Hero Philanthropic Awards program at which we will honor individuals who have meaningfully impacted our community for good in the past year and for-profit companies who have been incredible philanthropic partners to the community. The event will feature Keynote Speaker Mark Brewer, President and CEO of the Central Florida Foundation. Featured panelists include the Executive Director of the Manatee Community Foundation Susie Bowie, the Executive Director of the Bishop Parker Foundation Adell Erozer, Senior Community Investment Officer of the Gulf Coast Community Foundation Jennifer Johnston and the Vice President of Knowledge and Equity of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County Ranata Reeder. We invite the community to nominate individuals who have made a significant impact to realize the mission of local nonprofit organizations— from volunteers and board members to individual staff members and donors. We will recognize our annual Good Hero Philanthropic Award recipients, who are ambassadors of the incredible giving back spirit in the region, at the SB2: Philanthropic Agenda Luncheon and Good Hero Philanthropic Awards Luncheon. In honor of the late Steve Seidensticker of Tableseide and its group of local restaurants, the Good Hero Corporate Titan Award recognizes a for-profit organization who has made significant and lasting contributionts to the regional philanthropic community.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Arts Advocates: Sip 'n Shop for the Holidays , December 9, 5pm-7pm

Sip a glass of wine and nibble on cheese with other Arts Advocates members and their guests as you do your last-minute holiday shopping at Designing Women Boutique. You’ll have fun and help Arts Advocates. The boutique will be open exclusively for us from 5-7pm on Thursday, December 9. There is plenty of parking and the store will be fully stocked and decorated for the holidays. It’s so homey and beautifully furnished, it’s like being in somebody’s living room when you shop at Designing Women. Arts Advocates is a member of Designing Women’s Groundworks program. We receive 60% of the proceeds from the sale of items that our members have donated. This supports our gallery, scholarship programs, and other activities. At our recent member reception at the Arts Advocates Gallery, we received incredibly generous donations of many items for us to take to Designing Women: clothing, china, jewelry, decorative items, and more. Thank you so much. No program or speakers. Just a time to enjoy getting together with friends and do a little shopping. Register today.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Education Foundation of Sarasota County: Ignite Education Teacher of the Year Celebration , December 9, 6pm

Join the Education Foundation of Sarasota County in celebrating our finalists at the IGNITE Education Teacher of the Year Awards Celebration on Thursday, December 9, 2021 6pm.

[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.

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