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SRQ DAILY Feb 9, 2022

Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

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Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

"The ability to award grants to help provide state-of-the-art medical facilities, technology, enhanced patient care and clinical staff wellness programs speaks to our mission at the Healthcare Foundation."

- Mason Ayres, President, Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation.

[Honoree]  Erin Minor, 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 honoring Erin Minor, Executive Director of Harvest House. Erin has worked tirelessly to help families and children with housing support, addiction recovery, and workforce development. The word “no” doesn’t exist in her lexicon. When the pandemic struck, she doubled down on her efforts to secure new resources, collaborate with others and ensure that no one was turned away from her door. Erin and her team kept the shelves of the Harvest House Food Pantry stocked for anyone in the community who needed a helping hand. Despite the challenges of her work, she performs it with grace—always with love and without judgment. Thank you, Erin for your commitment to finding your way through the storm.


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

[Grants Awarded]  Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation Awards Over $4,000,000 in Grants

Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation recently awarded four grants totaling more than $4 million. Two of the grants will support SMH in the expansion of its Rehabilitation Pavilion and the purchase of high-tech ultrasound systems at SMH-Sarasota.

$3,910,000 was granted to add six new inpatient rehabilitation rooms at SMH-Sarasota. The grant will help fund construction, information technology and furnishings. The expansion will allow more patients recovering from an illness or injury to receive medical, rehabilitation and mobility care in the state-of-the-art pavilion. $120,032 was provided to help purchase two Sonosite PX Ultrasound systems for the Emergency Care Center at SMH-Sarasota. The new point-of-care visualization tools will enhance patient care by providing advanced image clarity when treating and diagnosing patients. $44,000 was awarded to Good Samaritan Pharmacy & Health Services to fund prescription medications for indigent patients supplied by the all-volunteer community pharmacy for a two-year period. $21,000 was granted to the USF Foundation and USF College of Nursing for partial funding of a collaborative nursing program with SMH, “Excellence in Nursing During COVID and Beyond.” The pilot program will provide SMH nurses and USF nursing students mentoring and preceptorships designed to improve their health and wellness and promote resiliency during critical nursing shortages now and in the future.

“The ability to award grants to help provide state-of-the-art medical facilities, technology, enhanced patient care and clinical staff wellness programs speaks to our mission at the Healthcare Foundation,” said Mason Ayres, president of the Healthcare Foundation. “We are grateful to our supporters who are helping strengthen healthcare for our community.” 

[Nonprofit Leaders]  Announcing Sara Grivetti as Panelist for March SB2 Luncheon

SRQ MEDIA recognizes nonprofits who have the ability to lean into change in the face of either challenge or opportunity. The Change Agents in Philanthropy Awards focus on the capacity of the independent sector to be innovative in the face of change in fundraising, donor cultivation and development, mission, programming, branding and visibility and operations. We invite the community to nominate local nonprofits, local nonprofit programs and individuals who have embraced change and leveraged innovative thinking, strategies and practices in engaging their organization to more powerfully realize its mission.

The Change Agent Catalyst organizations who will be represented in the panel discussion at the SB2 | Transformation in Philanthropy Luncheon on Thursday, March 10, 2022 are: All Faiths Food Bank; Children First; Neuro Challenge Foundation for Parkinson’s; Resilient Retreat; Education Foundation of Sarasota County. Every week leading up to the event, we will highlight one of our incredible panelists and his/her organization.

Today, we are pleased to highlight Sara Grivetti, Chief Executive Officerfor Neuro Challenge Foundation for Parkinson’s. Sara brings to the organization nearly 30 years of experience in healthcare and disability services. She holds a master’s degree and doctorate in Rehabilitation Counseling from Michigan State University. Her research includes adjustment to disability and chronic health issues. Throughout the pandemic, Sara and her team had to change all of their programs to be virtual. This led to an opportunity to connect with entire families spread throughout the country to discuss patients' disease and care. 

[Plant Benefits]  Paddle Plants and Ponytail Palms: The Most Popular Houseplants of 2022

Houseplants are known to have a lot of mental and physical health benefits, such as, improving your mood, lowering stress and improving work performance and focus. With Google searches for ‘houseplants’ increasing by 200% over the last year, experts at Clear It Waste Collection decided to conduct a Reddit study to see which houseplants are the most talked about online. In first place is the Pothos plant, with 10,205 Reddit posts. The Pothos plant ranks the highest overall, with over 5000 post mentions in the r/houseplant and r/plantclinic subreddits. It is known as one of the easiest to care for houseplants as it requires minimal watering. This plant is particularly great for darker offices and workspaces as it requires little sunlight and attention. The second most talked about plant on Reddit is the Philodendron, with 10,136 Reddit posts. The Philodendron grows well as an indoor plant, and doesn’t need direct sunlight in order to grow - perfect for the winter season! In third place is the Snake Plant, with 10,123 Reddit posts. Snake plants are known to have a lot of health benefits, including filtering indoor air and boosting mental health. This plant was particularly popular in the r/houseplant subreddit. In fourth and fifth place, respectively, are Spider Plants(10,098) and Peperomia(9,666). 

Link to the full dataset available here.

[New Library]  Manatee County Seeking Community Input to Name Library in Lakewood Ranch

The Manatee County Library System is seeking community input through an online survey to name a new library branch, currently under construction at 16410 Rangeland Parkway in Lakewood Ranch on the Premier Campus. The brief, three-question online survey asks participants to rate three names in order of preference: Lakewood Ranch Library, Manatee County Library at Lakewood Ranch and Manatee County Library East County Branch. The second question is an option to enter a suggested name. The survey can be accessed at bit.ly/LibraryNameSurvey until end of day on March 8, 2022. Manatee County’s six other library branches are named for their location: Downtown (which was originally “Central” because that’s where the Administrative Offices are housed), Braden River, Rocky Bluff, Island, South Manatee and Palmetto. With the exception of the Rocky Bluff Branch Library in Ellenton, all location names help indicate approximately what city or region of the county each is located. Rocky Bluff was named after a three-foot ledge (consisting of fuller’s earth and limestone) that hung above the Manatee River about a mile from the library. Geologist Angelo Heilprin reported his findings during an expedition of Florida’s West Coast in 1886. 

[Summer Camps]  Registration Now Open for Asolo Rep Summer Camps

Asolo Repertory Theatre’s Education & Engagement team announces an exciting lineup of creative camps for young artists ages 6 to 14 this summer. The weeklong sessions run July 5 through Aug. 5, and each week of camp brings a new and exciting theme, so campers can choose to attend more than one session. Participants of all experience levels will have the opportunity to blossom and hone their theatrical skills in a creative, playful and welcoming environment.

The adventure kicks off July 5-8 with a compact Drama Days Mini-camp, which invites campers to choose as many camp days during the week as they’d like. Each day is themed for a new adventure to ignite the imagination and spark creativity. Artistic Adventurers Summer Camp, for ages 6 to 7, encourages students to dream big and experience bold new stories as they build teamwork and creative problem-solving skills through theatre. Camp runs July 11 – Aug. 5, and weekly themes include Quest!, Miniature Worlds, Go Wild! and Enchantment. Courageous Creating Summer Camp is for 8 to 10-year olds who are eager to create, collaborate and discover. This camp introduces students to storytelling structures and drama skills as they bring stories and characters to life. Weekly themes for July 11 – Aug. 5 are Quest!, Miniature Worlds, Do Different! and Campamento Encanto. The TheatreMakers Lab Summer Camp engages young artists ages 11 to 14 as they learn about the methods of theatrical storytelling, ignite a creative fire and see the world through new eyes. Students are invited to “explode stories,” looking at every aspect of the theatre development process, including performance, design, writing, building and more. Themes for the July 11 – Aug. 5 weekly camps include Quest!, Miniature Worlds, Be Bold! and Theatre Magic.


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[SOON]  GRAB BAG: The Ringling: ROAR! , February 10 – April 29, 2:30pm and 10:30am

ROAR! is The Ringling's free storytime program that connects art with early literacy. Every week we read together, make art, and learn about an object in the museum. This program is designed for preschoolers and toddlers, but all ages are welcome. ROAR! will take place from February 10, 2022 to April 29, 2022 at 2:30pm and 10:30am in the Museum of Art.

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: American Littoral Society: Eco-Tours Aboard the Carefree Learner , February 10 – April 14, 1pm-3pm

Enjoy wildlife and a hands on experience around Sarasota Bay from 1pm to 3pm. Departing from Bayfront Park near the LeBarge. Cost: Adults $20, Members $15, Children 10 and under $10. For reservations for February 10, March 3, March 24 and April 7 call John 941-966-7308. For reservations for February 24, March 10, March 31 and April 14 call Linda 607-423-9027.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: The Ringling: Sharing Grandmothers , February 11 – February 12, 7:30pm

Sharing Grandmothers is an original multidisciplinary song cycle exploring the profound contributions of Black women to humanity. The two principal artists are Inez Barlatier, a Miami-based Haitian-American singer/songwriter, percussionist and dancer, and LORNOAR, a Cameroonian artist whose work also encompasses traditional and original songs, music, and dance. Under the direction of Miami-based director Carlos Caballero, a Latino/Caribbean artist, the work will celebrate the legacy of shared ancestry and traditions between Cameroon and Haiti, celebrating the influence of Africa on the Caribbean and its diaspora, and the empowerment of the 21st Century Black Woman. Sharing Grandmothers focuses on women's oral traditions, lullabies and folk tales, as well as the combined musical traditions of Africa and the Caribbean, replete with percussive rhythms, rituals, and vocal expressions. The project brings together two multidisciplinary musicians who each embrace a rich cultural heritage and mastery of traditional songs, stories, rhythms and dances from their respective cultures. This collaboration between two contemporary artists who have jointly created new music and lyrics that provide a modern-day commentary on issues that women face globally, speaks to the double oppression of Black women both in the U.S. and Africa. This performance will show on February 11 and 12 at 7:30pm.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Key Chorale: A.D. 387 , February 11 – February 12, 7:30pm-9:30pm and 4pm-6pm

A.D. 387 will take place on February 11, 2022 7:30pm-9:30pm and February 12 4pm-6pm. According to ancient legend, in A.D. 387 the Te Deum was spontaneously composed and sung alternately by St. Ambrose and St. Augustine on the night St. Ambrose baptized St. Augustine in Milan. Experience this ancient text from its origins of Gregorian chant, to trumpets and timpani of the Baroque, to the soaring melodies and rich harmony of the Romanic period. Anton Bruckner called his Te Deum, “the pride of his life.” After conducting this monumental composition, Gustav Mahler crossed out the words “for choir, soloists and orchestra” and inscribed the page “for the tongues of angels, heaven-blest, chastened hearts, and souls purified in the fire!”

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: The Circus Arts Conservatory: Circus Sarasota 2022 , February 11 – March 6, Varies.

Circus Sarasota 2022 will take place at 200 University Town Center Drive from February 11 through March 6. International circus artists will leave audiences awestruck. Every year features a new cast in an intimate one-ring European style Big Top. This year’s show features incredible artists, many that have been featured on tv’s America’s Got Talent. Be thrilled by aerialists, hand-to-hand acrobatics, juggling and much more.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Jazz Club of Sarasota: The Sarasota Jazz Project , February 11, 2pm-4pm

The Sarasota Jazz Project Big Band will take place on February 11 from 2pm to 4pm at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 3975 Fruitville Rd. One of the finest jazz bands in the area under the direction of co-founder, George McLain. The band is comprised of some of the best musicians on the Gulf Coast. The 16 piece band plays original compositions and the music of the great big bands of the past. You’ll also hear vocals from the American songbook.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: The Hermitage Artist Retreat: Pen to Paper with Pulitzer Prize-Winning Playwright Paula Vogel , February 11, 5pm

“Pen to Paper with Pulitzer Prize-Winning Playwright Paula Vogel” A “Hermitage @ Booker” program is Presented in Partnership with Booker High School and Florida Studio Theatre. It will take place on Friday, February 11 at 5pm at Booker High School, outdoor courtyard (Entrance at: Building 1, 3201 N Orange Ave.) Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, American Theater Hall of Fame Honoree, and Hermitage Fellow Paula Vogel offers an exploration of playwriting in which Paula and members of the audience will write a short play and work on writing exercises together. Culminating in an event Vogel lovingly calls a “bake-off” in which writers create and design a short play, there are no critiques during the workshop; rather, all writing prompts are seen as gifts to everyone in the room. No knowledge of theater or playwriting required – just an open mind and a willingness to explore the theatrical voice.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Van Wezel: Audra McDonald , February 11, 8pm

Audra McDonald is unparalleled in the breadth and versatility of her artistry as both a singer and an actor. The winner of a record-breaking six Tony Awards, two Grammy Awards, and an Emmy Award, she received a 2015 National Medal of Arts from President Barack Obama and was also named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people that year. Tony-winning performances include Carousel, Master Class, Ragtime, A Raisin in the Sun, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, and Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill — which served as the vehicle for her Olivier-nominated 2017 West End debut. This performance will take place on Friday, February 11 at 8pm.  

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Chef Paul Mattison's 1st Wine Dinner of the New Year , February 11, 6:30pm

Join St. Supéry Estate Vineyards Regional Director, Elizabeth Parenteau and Chef Paul Mattison on Friday, February 11th at 6:30pm as they present an exclusive 5-course wine pairing dinner featuring the 100% Sustainable, 100% Estate, and 100% Napa Green Certified wines of the St. Supéry portfolio. The event will be held at Mattison’s Forty-One in their private event space, The Galleria. Reservations are required. Call 941-921-3400 to reserve your seat for this special event. Perfectly paired and perfectly timed for Valentine’s Day. Make it a special Valentine’s Day for you and your special someone.

[SOON]  DANCE: Sarasota Contemporary Dance: In-Studio Performance Series featuring Raychel Ceciro and Eugenia Titterington , February 11 – February 12, 7pm

Have you ever had a bad day? Have you endured life-changing traumatic events that corrode your will to survive? You have more in common with the Great Barrier Reef than you think. Take the great leap with accomplished marine scientists and coral experts Raychel Ceciro and Eugenia Titterington as they guide you through the rocky, violent, torturous, agonizing life of a coral on this planet earth– and learn a little something about your own doomed existence along the way. This performance will take place on Friday February 11th and Saturday February 12th 2022 at 7pm and Virtual Stream will take place on Saturday February 12th at 7pm.

[SOON]  SPORTS: Run Baby Run 5K and Family Fun Run , February 12, 8am-11am

Run Baby Run 5K and Fun Run supporting Healthy Start on Saturday, February 12 at Payne Park, 2050 Adams Lane. The annual Run Baby Run 5K and Fun Run will help raise funds and, more importantly, awareness about the importance of maternal and child health in the Sarasota area. Fun Run starts at 8am rain or shine, 5k run starts at 8:30am, and Family Fun Village will take place from 9:30am to 11am. This is a great race for seasoned runners, families and those just getting started. Bring your friends and family to enjoy a wonderful day at the park. Thank you for supporting The Healthy Start Coalition of Sarasota County. 

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Van Wezel: The Simon & Garfunkel Story , February 12, 8pm

The immersive, concert-style theater show chronicles the journey shared by the folk-rock duo, PAUL SIMON and ART GARFUNKEL. It tells the story from their humble beginnings as Tom & Jerry to their incredible success as one of the best-selling music groups of the ‘60s to their dramatic split in 1970. It culminates with “The Concert in Central Park” in 1981 with over half a million fans. This performance will take place on Saturday, February 12 at 8pm.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Selby Gardens: The Orchid Ball 2022: Because the Night , February 12, 7pm-11pm

The Orchid Ball 2022: Because the Night will celebrate these glorious Gardens and the artistic legacy of Robert Mapplethorpe and Patti Smith with dinner and dancing on the Great Lawn on February 12 from 7pm to 11pm at the Downtown Sarasota Campus. Attire is black and white, black tie, and we will provide valet parking service. 

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