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SRQ DAILY Jan 26, 2022

Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

"I love my job because I can really focus on preventative care right from the very beginning, before a baby is even born. "

- Chelsea Arnold, First 1,000 Days Initiative Manager, Sarasota Memorial Health Care System.

[Family Services ]  First 1,000 Days Suncoast Expansion Helps More Mothers and Babies
Barbie Heit. Barbie@srqme.com

During the first 1,000 days of life, 80 percent of a child's brain development occurs. First 1,000 Days Suncoast is a community initiative that helps families during pregnancy and their child during those important first 1,000 days, regardless of race, education or socio-economic status.

The initiative spearheaded by Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation in 2018, was formed to strengthen the systems of care serving families and babies. Since that time, it has united healthcare providers and nonprofit organizations to reduce systemic barriers, implement solutions proven to lead to better outcomes, and pilot innovative programmatic elements. The earlier the investment, the greater the return. This is Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation’s philosophy.

Using a robust care coordination platform, called Unite Us, initiative partner agencies have referred over 2,088 residents to behavioral, medical, and social services across the Suncoast region. To date, Sarasota Memorial Hospital Women and Children services itself has helped 1,394 families and sent 2,182 referrals.

Dr. Chelsea Arnold has been the Initiative Manager at Sarasota Memorial Health Care System for the past three years. She has seen firsthand the barriers families faced in trying to navigate a complex web of services. She knows how critical it was to address social determinants of health such as housing, food, financial assistance, etc. to improve a child’s overall health. For example, a poor living environment with mold, old carpets, and cockroaches can cause severe asthma attacks in young children. “I love my job now because I can really focus on preventative care right from the very beginning, before a baby is even born. I also get to work with and learn from many collaborative and incredible non-profit, philanthropic, and healthcare community leaders across the region,” says Arnold.

The First 1000 Days Suncoast team members are experts on services available for pregnant individuals and families with children 0-3 years of age. They reach out directly to families and refer them to support across the community. According to Arnold, “This support is particularly helpful for families who are not connected with a service provider or case manager. This first interaction with our small but mighty team (Tina Wilson, Family Navigator, and Siena Kelley, Community Support Specialist) forms a trusted relationship with a compassionate and knowledgeable professional.” Families are often connected with support services in less than 24 hours from point of contact.

Recently, the initiative elected leaders and expanded membership on its Steering Committee to reflect their new four-county regional focus. Now, even more mothers and babies will be helped through First 1,000 Days Suncoast. Kameron Hodgens, Chief Executive Officer of The Glasser/Schoenbaum Human Services Center was elected chair of the First 1,000 Days Steering Committee. The Steering Committee represents the 80+ nonprofit, government and healthcare partners who all work together on First 1,000 Days to form a supportive safety net for mothers and babies. Hodgens, and fellow committee volunteers, oversee the initiative’s governance, fiduciary and strategic direction. Six new committee members have joined to represent Charlotte, DeSoto and Manatee counties, as well as deepening strategic emphasis on areas of public health, child welfare, and service to Latino families. Their involvement will support the initiative’s regional expansion to connect with babies and families who are born or receive care at Sarasota Memorial Hospital but live in surrounding communities. Parents in need of support for themselves or their child, can visit First1000srq.com to submit an assistance request form to begin the process.


Pictured: Tina Wilson, Family Navigator (left) Siena Kelley, Community Support Specialist (right) at a community station at Sarasota Medical Pregnancy Center. Photo courtesy of First 1,000 Days Suncoast.

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[Honoree]  Brian Mariash, Local Philanthropist Honored at SRQ's Good Hero Luncheon

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.

Today we are recognizing Good Hero, Brian Mariash of Mariash and Lowther Wealth Management. Brian is described as “not only being brilliant at what he does, but also instilling in his entire team the ideology and mandate to serve others.” He gives back to so many organizations that serve so many in need and exemplifies everything that we would hope for in a good, honest, dedicated, compassionate, caring human being. And his firm is also a founding sponsor of SB2. Brian's personal mission is to Educate. Connect. Contribute. He has devoted much of his personal time and treasure as a deeply engaged Board member and volunteer for numerous organizations over the years including: All Faiths Food Bank, Circus Arts Conservatory, Child Protection Center, Easter Seals of Southwest Florida, JFCS of the Suncoast, C-F-B-H, and Embracing Our Differences. 

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

[Donations Needed]  The Cinderella Project

On March 17 & 18, 2022 from 10 am - 2 pm, girls who cannot afford to purchase a gown for prom can come to CORESRQ and chose a dress, jewelry, a purse, and shoes. CORESRQ is located 1075 S. Euclid Avenue and is proud to partner with Every Child for the return of Cinderella Project. Every Child, Inc. has been helping the children in our community for twenty-three years. They have given out thousands of backpacks filled with school supplies, holiday gifts, books and groceries. Their past projects include the Cinderella Project, the Cinderella Project Runway, and Welcome Baby. They have collaborated with many other agencies to help the children in our community. CoreSRQ, Inc. is a Sarasota, Florida non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life in our community through family fitness and recreation centers. More donations of new or gently used dresses, shoes, purses and jewelry are needed, For more information, contact Judy Alexander at judyalex1@aol.com.


[Gulfcoast South Area Health Education Center]  There's never been a more important time to quit tobacco.

There’s never been a more important time to quit tobacco.

Gulfcoast South Area Health Education Center, as part of the Tobacco Free Florida AHEC Cessation Program, offers free tobacco cessation sessions to help individuals quit all forms of tobacco. These group sessions—held virtually and in-person—will assist you with developing your own customized quit plan. Free nicotine replacement therapy in the form of patches, gum or lozenges (if medically appropriate and while supplies last) and follow up support from a trained tobacco treatment specialist are provided with the session. Contact us today at 866-534-7909 or visit our pageto schedule a class or learn more about the program!

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[New Hire]  Asolo Rep Welcomes Adam Ashraf Elsayigh as Literary Manager and Dramaturg

Asolo Repertory Theatre proudly welcomes Adam Ashraf Elsayigh as its new Literary Manager and Dramaturg. Elsayigh serves as a key member of Asolo Rep’s artistic team, closely collaborating with Producing Artistic Director Michael Donald Edwards, participating in season show selection and curating public programming. As Literary Manager and Dramaturg, Elsayigh manages and executes all dramaturgical and literary functions for the theatre, including shepherding new play development efforts, providing dramaturgical research for productions, creating program content, networking with literary agents, cultivating playwrights, and acquiring and evaluating new scripts.

An Egyptian writer and theatre maker, Elsayigh writes scripts for theatre and television that interrogate the intersections of queerness, immigration and colonialism from his lens as a queer, Arab immigrant. He seeks to tell and amplify stories from communities that have been historically under and misrepresented on American stages and television screens. Elsayigh’s plays, including Memorial, Jamestown/ Williamsburg, Revelation and Drowning in Cairo, have been developed and seen at The Lark Theater, NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, LaGuardia Performing Arts Center and Golden Thread Productions. He is a co-founder of The Criminal Queerness Festival with National Queer Theater and a fellow at Georgetown University's Laboratory for Global Performance. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theater with an emphasis in Playwriting and Dramaturgy from NYU Abu Dhabi and is a Master of Fine Arts candidate in Playwriting at Brooklyn College. 

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[Comedy]  New Sketch Comedy Revue Roasts Today's Culture and Current Events at FST

Florida Studio Theatre (FST) presents Laughing Matters (Variant 6): Paranoia on Parade, a new edition of the theatre's hit musical sketch comedy revue inspired by today's culture and politics. Featuring parodies of popular songs and musical theatre classics interspersed with original comedic sketches, Laughing Matters pokes fun at everything—from the impact of social media and the steep rise of inflation to Sarasota's rapid development and the seemingly endless COVID-19 pandemic. Created by a team of writers from across the country led by Head Writer Rebecca Hopkins with Musical Arrangements by Jim Prosser, Laughing Matters (Variant 6) begins playing February 9 in FST's Court Cabaret.  FST's production of Laughing Matters (Variant 6) is supported, in part, by Sarasota County Tourist Development Tax Revenues; by the Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council of Arts and Culture and the State of Florida; and The Exchange. 

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[New Employee]  Ashore Realty LLC Welcomes New Agent

Ashore Realty LLC is proud to announce that Lella "Dee" DeFino has joined their office. Lella comes to us as a top producing agent from New Jersey. She moved to Florida last year and recently received her Florida License. Lella is an agent with the knowledge and expertise in residential, commercial and investment properties. She is currently licensed in both Florida and New Jersey. As a Realtor, Lella is a dedicated and hardworking professional. She takes the time to know her clients so that she can find the perfect home, or commercial property for them. Her dedication is what makes her stand out from the rest. Her previous clients speak very highly of her and her commitment. Lella can be reached directly at 732-890-9844 or in the office at 941-417-7777 her email is lelladee@comcast.net. 

[SOON]  GALA: Van Wezel: 20th Annual Inspiration Gala , January 27

The Van Wezel Foundation announced the return of its annual Inspiration Gala on January 27, 2022, featuring a performance from Grammy® and Emmy® Award-winner Harry Connick Jr. Now in its 20th annual year, the Inspiration Gala further enables the Foundation to fulfill its mission to create and sustain a vibrant performing arts center, advance education, and enrich communities by inspiring minds through the power of the arts. Harry Connick Jr. has exemplified excellence across multiple platforms in the entertainment world including music, film, television and Broadway for over three decades. But music and live performances remain the foundation of his art, and he will showcase classics from his remarkable career. Susan Travers and Kathy Martella are returning co-chairs for this year's Inspiration Gala, which also includes a Host Committee of dedicated benefactors. The evening will feature a program that boasts a cocktail reception, gourmet dinner, live auction and other special surprises, all leading to Harry Connick Jr.’s performance on the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall stage. As part of the annual celebration, the evening will also announce the Appleton Arts Integration Award, honoring an individual who best incorporates arts integration techniques in their approach to better our community. The Award is made possible by a legacy gift from Mrs. Louise Appleton, a local philanthropist who had a passion for arts and its connection to education. Sponsorship opportunities for the Gala are available from $50,000 to $10,000. Sponsorships can be reserved online by following this link: https://bit.ly/3zooiIF. To request additional information or inquire about becoming an event sponsor, please contact Carly Evans at 941-271-4185.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: The Ringling: An Untitled Love by Kyle Abraham/AIM , January 28 – January 29, 7:30pm

Born into hip-hop culture in the late 1970s and grounded in Artistic Director Kyle Abraham’s artistic upbringing in classical cello, piano, and the visual arts, the mission of the company is to delve into identity in relation to personal history. His work entwines a sensual and provocative vocabulary with a strong emphasis on sound, human behavior and visual representations in an effort to create an avenue for personal investigation. Founded in 2006 by choreographer Kyle Abraham, A.I.M by Kyle Abraham is a Black-led contemporary dance company that provides multifaceted performances, educational programming, and community-based workshops. The mission of A.I.M by Kyle Abraham is to create a body of dance-based work that is galvanized by Black culture and history. The work, informed by and made in conjunction with artists across a range of disciplines, entwines a sensual and provocative vocabulary with a strong emphasis on music, text, video, and visual art. While grounded in choreographer Kyle Abraham’s artistic vision, A.I.M draws inspiration from a multitude of sources and movement styles. This performance will show on January 28 and 29 at 7:30pm. Post show talk back following the Saturday evening performance.

[SOON]  DANCE: Sarasota Contemporary Dance: Dance Makers 2022 , January 27 – January 30, 7pm and 2pm

This year, Dance Makers features new imaginative dance pieces created by nationally acclaimed contemporary choreographers. This year’s program includes dances from Dazaun Soleyn (San Francisco, CA), Jennifer Nugent (NYC), and Christal Brown (NYC) who was recently in residency at Jacob’s Pillow. Excitingly, Dance Makers will also revive Kinda Cagey, the fan-favorite grand piano and dancer duet from SCD’s 2nd season, performed by Leymis Bolaños Wilmott and Francis Schwartz. The choreography is diverse, the impact profound, and the dancers utterly captivating. Dance Makers will take place Thursday, January 27, 2022 through Sunday, January 30, 2022. All shows are at 7pm, except Sunday at 2pm. Tickets are $10 - $45. Available Virtually Friday, January 28, 2022 through Sunday, January 30, 2022. Virtual Tickets are $25.

[SOON]  DANCE: Sarasota Ballet: Program 4 - Love & Betrayal , January 28 – January 31, 7:30pm and 2pm

Program 4 – Love & Betrayal sees the return to The Sarasota Ballet’s renowned triple bills, with the choreography of Royal Ballet alumni Dame Ninette de Valois, Sir Frederick Ashton, and Johan Kobborg coming together for the first Program of the new year. Ashton’s Valses nobles et sentimentales holds a special place in the history of The Sarasota Ballet. Having worked with Ashton on the 1987 revival, Webb returned the ballet to the stage after almost 25 years for The Sarasota Ballet’s 2012 American Premiere, reviving the almost-lost ballet and allowing audiences to experience Ashton’s vibrant musicality. In contrast to Valses’ romanticism is de Valois’ The Rake’s Progress, a dramatic cautionary tale of betrayal and excess, showcasing the downfall of a wealthy merchant’s heir through de Valois’ extraordinary choreography and theatricality. Kobborg’s production of August Bournonville’s Napoli rounds out Love & Betrayal. This marks the world-famous dancer, choreographer, and director’s return to Sarasota since 2014. Love & Betrayal will take place on January 28 2022 at 7:30pm, January 29 2022 at 2pm and 7:30pm, January 30 2022 at 2pm and 7:30pm, and January 31 2022 at 2pm and 7:30pm at FSU Center for the Performing Arts, 5555 North Tamiami Trail.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: The Circus Arts Conservatory Gala 2022 , January 28, 6pm

The Circus Arts Conservatory Gala 2022 will take place on Friday, January 28 at 6pm under the Ulla Searing Big Top at Nathan Benderson Park's Regatta Island near the finish tower. Valet parking on site. Help keep the Circus Arts alive and thriving while you experience a Circus Gala curated with your safety in mind. The Gala will feature a festive cocktail hour, world class circus performances, and elegant dining by Michael's On East.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Van Wezel: New Shanghai Circus , January 29, 7pm

NEW SHANGHAI CIRCUS, founded in 1951, has won more Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals in domestic and international circus competitions than any other Chinese acrobatic company. Breathtaking and polished to perfection, their skills have their roots in everyday lives of the village peasants, farmers and craftsman of the Han Dynasty. This show will take place on Saturday, January 29 at 7pm.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Crosley Theater Company: Tony Sands Presents , January 29, 2pm

Tony Sands Presents "Rat Pack Together Again!" will occur on Saturday January 29 2022 at 2pm at Stone Hall, 502 Third Avenue West, Bradenton. Approximate running time: 2 hours. Relive the Glory Days with Frank, Dean, & Sammy. This production takes you on a musical journey featuring the greatest hits from the legendary, Frank, Dean, and Sammy. Enjoy reminiscing with songs like "Come Fly With Me", "You're Nobody", "That Old Black Magic", and many more. Don't miss Rat Pack Together Again.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: The Junior League of Sarasota: Jungle Jamboree , January 29, 4:30pm-7:30pm

The Junior League of Sarasota presents the fifth annual family-friendly Jungle Jamboree from 4:30pm to 7:30pm on Saturday, January 29, at Big Cat Habitat. Sure to be a “roaring” good time, the event will feature exotic animals, face painting, silent auction, sensory learning activities with Easterseals Southwest Florida plus visual art and an interactive story time exploring kindness, respect and inclusion through animals with Embracing Our Differences. Open to the public, tickets start at $15/children and $30/adults. 

[SOON]  GALLERY: Creative Liberties Artist Studios: New Year, New Art! Art Extravaganza , January 29, 10am-4pm

Please join the Creative Liberties Art Studios for an ART EXTRAVANGZA happening in their front yard on January 29 from 10am to 4pm at 901 Apricot Ave. The start of a new year is the perfect time to purge, and that's just what the Creative Liberties Art Studios artists and artist vendors will be doing. It's a win/win - clearing out old art that will free the artists up to make new art - a clearing of their creative chi's. And for you - fabulous new artwork for your home or office at great prices. This is an opportunity you don't want to miss.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Farm to Table 2022 , January 29, 5pm-9pm

Join the Florida Cancer Specialists Foundation for an evening in Ocala, Florida on Saturday, January 29 from 5pm to 9pm at Patel Oaks Farm, 11704 SE 15 Circle, Ocala. The 3rd annual Farm to Table 2022 is a farm–to–table experience with local fare, entertainment, auctions and more. All event proceeds provide non–medical financial assistance to cancer patients.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Art Uptown Gallery: The Imaginarium by Melanie Carlstein , January 29 – February 25, Gallery hours.

In February, Art Uptown Gallery will feature the work of Sarasota sculpture and assemblage artist Melanie Carlstein, in a fun exhibit entitled "The Imaginarium."  Incorporating a variety of mediums such as natural wood, paper clay and repurposed objects, Melanie’s art offers a peek into a fantasy world inhabited by many unique and quirky characters. Influenced in part by having lived in and visited many countries, Melanie’s art is happy, curious and sometimes very colorful, and it is sure to brighten your day. The Imaginarium exhibit opens on Saturday, January 29 and runs through Friday, February 25. The public is also invited to a reception on First Friday, February 4, from 6pm to 9pm.  Art Uptown Gallery welcomes you to the 1367 Main Street gallery, where the diverse art works of 29 local artists are shown seven days a week. Telephone: 941-955-5409 for hours and further information. www.artuptown.com. 

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: 1926 Sarasota: A Guided Walking Tour Experience , January 29 – March 26, 3:30pm

Time travel with us to 1926 - a year of boom and bust, joy and sorrow. Experience downtown Sarasota through this historic and pivotal year. Each tour is approximately 75-90 minutes in length. Tours begin on the corner of Pineapple Avenue and 1st Street in Five Points Park (across the street from Sarasota Opera House, 61 N. Pineapple Ave.) and will conclude near the Palm Avenue parking garage. Walking tours will begin promptly at the listed start time. Please allow ample time for parking and meeting the group. We recommend parking in the Palm Avenue Garage when possible. Compass Rose History Experiences is not responsible for parking fees or fines incurred by ticket holders. We recommend wearing comfortable shoes for walking/standing, and weather-appropriate attire. Walking distance is under 1 mile. 1926 Sarasota Tours will take place on January 29, February 25, and March 26 at 3:30pm.

[SOON]  MUSIC: The Battle of the Area High School Bands , January 30, 12pm-3pm

Local area high schools jazz bands perform before a panel of three local judges on January 30 from 12pm to 3pm. Grants from the Jazz Club of Sarasota will be awarded to the jazz programs of the participating schools based on performance. The highest rated band will also perform at a future Jazz Club event. The judges are local area musicians and/or former educators who are volunteering their time for the event. Please join us to support our local high school jazz programs. The event is free and open to the public. Donations to support jazz in our schools is very much appreciated.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Van Wezel: The Choir of Man , January 30, 8pm

The runaway hit of numerous international music festivals is hitting the road for its first U.S. tour. Known across the globe as “the ultimate-feel good show,” THE CHOIR OF MAN offers up 90 minutes of indisputable joy on January 30, 2022 at 8pm. It’s a party. It’s a concert. It’s a pint-filled good time set in a working pub (free beer anyone?) that combines hair-raising harmonies, high-energy dance, and live Percussion with foot-stomping choreography. The multi-talented cast of nine handsome blokes sings everything – pub tunes, folk, Broadway, classic rock – all to roof-raising heights. It’s the best singing, dancing, stomping, pub crawl of a concert you’ll ever attend! CHEERS.

Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 North Tamiami Trail

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