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SRQ DAILY Dec 29, 2021

Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

"After quickly raising $19 million, our campaign for the re-development of our Campus for Jewish Life was delayed. Now, our community is counting on us to accelerate the effort."

- Shep Englander, CEO of The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee

[Honoree]  Mark Barnebey, Local Philanthropist Honored at SRQ's Good Hero Luncheon
Barbie Heit. Barbie@srqme.com

Each year, SRQ Media invites the community to nominate individuals with hearts of giving who have made a significant impact with local nonprofit organizations — from volunteers and board members to individual staff members and donors. This year, attendees were thrilled to be together as we recognized our annual Good Hero Philanthropic Award recipients at the SB2: Philanthropic Agenda Luncheon and Good Hero Philanthropic Awards Luncheon on Thursday, December 9, 2021 at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota. In the coming weeks, we are happy to feature each of the twelve honorees in our Wednesday Philanthropic edition of SRQ Daily. 

Mark Barnebey is the second Good Hero honoree we are featuring. Mark spent his 35-year career supporting local nonprofits both financially and professionally. He is the Chair of Take Stock in Children of Manatee County, an organization that sends low-income students to college through mentorship and scholarships. And one of his colleagues who nominated him says he is “an unsung hero for so many in our community!”

Mark chairs Just for Girls Foundation and served on the Board of Directors for The Great Outdoors Conservancy, Manatee Performing Arts Center, Realize Bradenton and the City of Bradenton Public Art Committee. Mark gives his time, talent and heart-of-gold to the community he lives in— and loves—and the community is lucky to have him.


Pictured: Mark Barnebey (center), Wes Roberts (left), SRQ Media Vice President and Executive Publisher, and Arthur Lerman of JFCS (right). Photo taken by Wyatt Kostygan.

[Staff Announcement]  Jewish Federation Announces Hiring Hermione Gilpin as Chief Advancement Officer

The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee proudly announces the appointment of its new Chief Advancement Officer, Hermione Gilpin. Ms. Gilpin will be leading a team of development professionals and volunteers to support the Federation’s mission: to strengthen Jewish life, provide for people in need, and promote support for Israel. Ms. Gilpin will join the Federation on January 24. "Our Federation is incredibly fortunate to have found in Hermione Gilpin a development professional who met our many requirements," said Shep Englander, CEO. “COVID made our needs even more numerous. After quickly raising $19 million, our campaign for the re-development of our Campus for Jewish Life was delayed. Now, our community is counting on us to accelerate the effort. So we not only need a development leader with experience successfully managing development teams and securing significant annual, capital and endowment gifts, we also need a development leader who knows the Sarasota-Manatee Jewish and philanthropic communities. Hermione’s track record fully matches our needs.” As Vice President of Institutional Advancement and Planning at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens for the past several years, she was instrumental in securing many leadership gifts and building a winning team of development professionals. Ms. Gilpin also played key roles in the capital campaign for Selby Gardens' Master Plan. She was a Philanthropic Advisor for the Gulf Coast Foundation for three years. She started her local development career in this community at the Asolo Repertory Theater. 

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[Cancellation]  WBTT Cancels Remainder of ‘Joyful! Joyful!’ Show

The WBTT announced it is canceling the remainder of the "Joyful! Joyful" performances. According to a news release issued yesterday afternoon, "After gaining significant momentum over the course of the run of its holiday show, with sold-out shows in its final week, Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe officials have canceled the final three performances of “Joyful! Joyful!” due to positive COVID-19 test results among the production team. While the cases appear to be asymptomatic or mild, the organization felt it would be in the best interests of public, artist, crew and staff health and safety to cancel the shows instead of trying to work around the affected individuals.

"While we had hoped we had finally transitioned to a ‘post-Covid’ world, increasing virus numbers are putting us on high alert, once again," said WBTT Executive Director Julie Leach. "We were thrilled to be facing sold-out audiences for our final week but, with the positive test results, we felt an abundance of caution necessitated closing the curtains and continuing to follow CDC guidelines for quarantining and retesting before affected individuals return to work."

The Box Office will automatically issue refunds to ticket holders. The Box Office will be closed for in-person inquiries and transactions but the phone lines 941-366-1505 are staffed. 

For more on WBBT.

[Van Wezel]  New Date for Proud Tina: The Ultimate Tribute to Tina Turner

Proud Tina: The Ultimate Tribute to Tina Turner has been rescheduled from Thursday, Jan. 13 to Tuesday, March 22 at 8 pm. Patrons should keep their original tickets, which will be honored for the future performance date. Patrons who will not be able to attend the rescheduled performance can retain an account credit to use towards a different performance. Patrons may also donate their tickets or receive a full refund. Patrons who donate their tickets enable the Hall to deliver on world class entertainment, bring arts integrated learning to children, families, and educators, as well as invest in the power of the human spirit.

For ticketing questions, contact the box office at 941-263-6799. Box Office hours are Monday through Friday from 10 am and 6 pm and Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm. For the latest Safety Protocols, visit the Van Wezel’s Safety Page. Protocols will be revisited and revised as circumstances evolve.


[SOON]  MUSIC: Jazz Club of Sarasota: Jazz at Two: Jazz Club Scholarship Winners Concert , December 29, 2pm

Since Friday is New Years' Eve, this Concert has been moved to Wednesday December 29 at 2pm. The concert features the 2021 Jazz Club Scholarship winners along with a house rhythm section, led by bassist Isaac Mingus. Joining Mingus are Simon Lasky, piano and Cole Hazlitt, drums. The number of scholarship winners performing depends on their availability due to class and performance schedule. Join us to support these fine young talented student/musicians. 

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Venice Theatre: Rocket Man , December 29 – December 31, Varies.

Rus Anderson has spent years perfecting the piano playing, vocals, and mannerisms of Elton John and has traveled the world over with thousands of performances to his credit. This insanely energetic performer is endorsed by the official Elton John Fan Club. Rocket Man will show from December 29 to 31 at the Venice Theatre.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: McCurdy's Comedy Theatre: Bermuda Mavericks , December 30, 7pm

Les McCurdy and Ken Sons are.... The Bermuda Mavericks. With the perfect combination of stand up comedy and improvisation, they are a favorite of audiences all over the country. The Bermuda Mavericks will perform on December 30 at 7pm in The Green Room.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe: Joyful! Joyful! , December 1 – December 30

During the holiday season, WBTT presents its Christmas card to the community, the world-premiere musical revue “Joyful! Joyful!” Enjoy high-spirited, uplifting songs of the season as only WBTT’s singers, dancers and musicians can perform them. A blend of new takes on traditional holiday tunes, gospel-infused classics and pop songs, the concert will include a twist on the carol “Joy to the World,” a version of “Carol of the Bells” that’s an homage to the O’Jays, and a lively gospel rendition of Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus,” to name a few. Some talented Stage of Discovery students will be featured; Jacobs will direct. Show runs from December 1 to 30, 2021. Ticket sales are scheduled to begin in the late summer. Call the Box Office at 941-366-1505 or visit westcoastblacktheatre.org.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: FST Improv: Resolution Rewind , December 30 – December 31

FST Improv celebrates the year’s end on December 30 and 31 in FST’s Bowne’s Lab with Resolution Rewind, two special New Year’s Eve performances providing a humorous look back at 2021. Audience members shape the show by voting for their favorite improv games from the past year online, determining which twelve will make the lineup for Resolution Rewind.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Sailor Circus: Let It Snow , December 26 – December 30, 1pm, 6pm, and 7pm

Sailor Circus presents Let It Snow from Sunday, December 26 to Thursday, December 30, 2021 at Sailor Circus Arena, 2075 Bahia Vista St. Sunday at 1pm and 6pm and Monday through Thursday at 7pm. America’s longest running youth circus presents amazingly talented student performers in this highly anticipated annual holiday show. Thank you to our Presenting Sponsors: Shari and Stephen Ashman and Phyllis Siskel and Sweet Sparkman Architecture and Interiors.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Selby Gardens: New Year's Eve at Selby Gardens , December 31 – January 1, 7pm-1am

Sarasota’s most sophisticated black tie New Year’s Eve experience includes private access to Lights in Bloom®: An Open-Air Holiday Light Show, an exquisite four-course dinner, view of the fireworks over the Bay, and entertainment by the Sarasota Ballet. New Year’s Eve at Selby Gardens will take place on December 31 2021 from 7pm to 1am at the Downtown Sarasota Campus. 

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Downtown Sarasota Block Party and Pineapple Drop Celebration , December 31 – January 1, 1pm-1:30am

Ring in 2022 at the Downtown Sarasota Block Party and Pineapple Drop at Five Points Park, 100 Central Avenue, starting at 1pm on Friday, December 31, through 1:30am on Saturday, January 1. Admission to this family-friendly event is FREE. The festivities will include amusement rides and games; live music; food, drinks and full bar concessions; and a Pineapple Drop at midnight followed by a fantastic fireworks display on Sarasota Bay. Enjoy a great view…without leaving the party. Enjoy performances by Kettle of Fish, the Dr. Dave Band and Twinkle. 

[SOON]  GALLERY: Sarasota Art Museum: Hands-on for the Holidays , December 26 – December 31, 1pm-3pm

Hands-on for the Holidays will take place the Week of December 26 – December 31 at Sarasota Art Museum from 1pm to 3pm. It is FREE for Members and Included with Museum Admission. This year, the Museum is introducing a new lineup of art-making activities for all ages. Whatever your holiday traditions, Sarasota Art Museum is here to help you make new memories and revisit cherished ones. Visit our studios and enjoy drop in hands on art-making activities with a professional artist-educator. From snow globes to imaginary animal portraits, you’re sure to find activities to spark creativity and fun. Sunday, Dec. 26 – Create your own Winter Scene Snow Globes. We’ll play in the studio with oil pastels, watercolors, and fine lines. Monday, Dec. 27 – Inspired by the beauty of birch and aspen trees, we’ll paint together in our Into The Woods workshop. Tuesday, Dec. 28 – Lions, and tigers, and bears, oh my. Drop into our studio and make your own glittering Imaginary Animals. Wednesday, Dec. 29 – Celebrate one of our favorite spirit animals in the Turtles and Tides workshop. We’ll explore these magical creatures and the patterns and textures that define them. Thursday, Dec. 30 – Capture the essence of this adorable primate in our Lemur Portraits studio. Friday, Dec. 31 – Boom, crack, pop! It’s time to ring in the new year. Let’s create a sky full of light and color in our Cityscape Fireworks workshop.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: McCurdy's Comedy Theatre: New Year's Eve Al Romas , December 31, 9pm

Join us to toast in the New Year at McCurdy’s. Les McCurdy will be Hosting and the Headliner is Al Romas. Al's TV credits include "Standup Spotlight, "Evening at the Improv" + Comedy Central. There will also be a few guest performers. Al Romas will perform on New Years Eve, December 31, at 9pm in The Green Room.

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