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SRQ DAILY Feb 16, 2022

Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

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Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

"The complex, everyday challenges that our neighbors are facing call on us to meet them, however we are able, with hope and support so they have the staying power to keep them on their feet long after a crisis has passed."

- Roxie Jerde, President and CEO of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County.

[Nonprofit Leaders]  Announcing Sandra Frank 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 Sandra Frank, BA, JD, CFRM, Chief Executive Officer, All Faiths Food Bank. Sandra brings an extensive background in healthcare, law, public health and more than 25 years’ experience in nonprofit management and fund development. She joined All Faiths Food Bank in 2012 after holding senior executive positions with national health and human service organizations. By building a strong leadership infrastructure, she spearheaded the expansion of the Food Bank to double the warehouse, refrigeration and community space. The goal of addressing rural hunger became a reality with the opening of the DeSoto County Food and Resource Center in 2019. During her tenure, the mission of All Faiths Food Bank has pivoted to address hunger as a health issue. 

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[Donations Received]  Season of Sharing” Surpasses $4.4 Million in Donations as 22nd Annual Campaign Reaches Historic Milestone

Building on more than two decades of community generosity, the annual “Season of Sharing” campaign surpassed $4.4 million in donations – the highest annual amount raised since its establishment in 2000 by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County and the Sarasota Herald-Tribune to provide a safety net for neighbors in crisis. During the last three months, more than 3,600 gifts were given by donors of all means to offer stability for those on the economic edge in Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte, and DeSoto counties. Now in its 22nd year, the campaign has restored security and peace of mind for nearly 50,000 individuals and families from Punta Gorda to Parrish by providing more than $34 million to assist with housing, utilities, child care, and transportation.

“This outpouring of generosity reflects the deep trust our community puts in Season of Sharing to be a dependable lifeline for people during their most challenging moments,” says Roxie Jerde, President and CEO of the Community Foundation. “The complex, everyday challenges that our neighbors are facing call on us to meet them – however we are able – with hope and support so they have the staying power to keep them on their feet long after a crisis has passed. Thanks to everyone who counted themselves as a supporter, this historic response will enable us to fulfill that promise of community care in the months and year ahead.”

While fundraising for the campaign officially runs from November through January, support provided by Season of Sharing is counted on all year long and quickly distributed through a network of more than 50 human services agencies to assist those in need. Donations to the Season of Sharing fund are accepted all year and may be made online at www.cfsarasota.org/community-impact/community-care/season-of-sharing or by sending a check (payable to Community Foundation of Sarasota County) to Attn: Season of Sharing, 2635 Fruitville Road, Sarasota, FL 34237. There are no administrative fees and 100 percent of your gift goes to helping go directly to those who need it most, with none of the proverbial “red tape.” All donations are tax-deductible, 

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[Honoree]  Nicole Murby, 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 Nicole Murby, Director of Therapy and Partnerships at EasterSeals Southwest Florida. Nicole has committed her entire professional life to public service starting as a teacher’s aide and Speech-Language Pathology Assistant in an ASD unit in the northeast, to working as a Speech-Language Pathologist with the School District of Manatee County and finally at EasterSeals. In the last 6 years she has created an award-winning inclusionary preschool serving both typically developing children and children with special needs. Nicole was also instrumental in creating parent support groups for families caring for children with special needs, an elementary school serving children with disabilities, a diagnostic clinic to increase the ease with which children receive their diagnoses so they can receive services more quickly, and a behavior therapy clinic serving children with autism. Nicole is a parent herself to two children with unique special needs. She is always composed and soft spoken, yet remains relentless and fierce in her advocacy for all families. Nicole, thank you for opening the doors to new opportunities for our children. 

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

[New Technology]  SMH Introduces ROSA the Hip Robot

ROSA, the robotic surgical assistant who has been helping orthopedic surgeons perform knee replacements at Sarasota Memorial since her debut in 2019, is now primed to do hips. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently approved Zimmer Biomet’s ROSA Hip, the latest addition to the orthopedic robot’s surgical system. The added capabilities allow orthopedic surgeons using an anterior approach to partner with ROSA on total hip replacements. Edward Stolarski, MD, medical director of Sarasota Memorial’s Orthopedic Surgery division, and orthopedic surgeon Sean Dingle, MD, were among the first physicians in Florida to complete training and begin pioneering use of ROSA on knee replacements in 2019. The precision the technology adds to total and partial knee replacement prompted SMH to expand ROSA’s role in the operating room. Using patient-specific data collected by ROSA, surgeons can create and execute highly personalized surgical plans for each patient who needs a hip replacement, partial knee replacement or total knee replacement. Among other tasks, ROSA helps measure bone and tissue tension in a patient’s hips and knees and continuously monitors them with real-time imaging throughout the orthopedic procedures. Although ROSA Hip is designed for surgeons who use a direct anterior approach, work is under way to equip the robot with additional data and tools to assist surgeons who prefer a posterior approach. Dr. Stolarski, who helps educate surgeons from across the nation in robotic hip and knee technology and performs most of his hip transplants using an anterior approach, is slated to perform the first robotic-assisted case this month. 

Pictured: Orthopedic surgeons Edward Stolarski, MD (left) and Sean Dingle, MD (right). Photo courtesy of SMH.

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[Opera]  The Curtain Rises on Sarasota Opera’s 2022 Winter Festival

Sarasota Opera opened its 2022 Winter Opera Festival to a sold-out audience with Puccini’s Tosca on Saturday, February 12. The performance signified Maestro Victor DeRenzi’s 57th time at the podium conducting the beloved work. “Opening night always comes with a sense of excitement for everyone—the performers as well as the audience. The opening of Tosca on Saturday night was especially meaningful, because we had the largest company involved in putting on a performance and the largest audience in our theater since the pandemic began in 2020. It speaks to the commitment by everyone and the care they took to keep themselves and each other safe. We all have a lot to be proud of,” said Maestro DeRenzi. Meticulous planning and procedures have enabled the company—with more than 250 artists currently in residence—to keep the COVID-19 virus at bay. Last year, Sarasota Opera was the first company in the United States to hold a season of fully staged opera indoors since the performing arts were forced to shut down in March 2020. General Director Richard Russell has vigilantly overseen operations that center around lengthy protocols designed for the health and safety of the artists, crew, staff, and audience. “It’s thrilling to bring full scale opera—complete with orchestra and chorus—back to the historic Sarasota Opera House. However, our work has just begun. Our festival runs through March 22, so we are not letting our guard down.”

Sarasota Opera’s 2022 Winter Opera Festival continues with Donizetti’s The Daughter of the Regiment opening February 19, Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers opening March 5, and Verdi’s Attila, opening March 12. For more information, visit SarasotaOpera.org, or call the Box Office at 941-328-1300. Sarasota Opera is located at 61 N. Pineapple Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34236. 

[SRQ Competition]  Bayside Pet Resort | 2022 Pets We Love Sponsor

We are thrilled to announce that Bayside Pet Resort is our 2022 sponsor for the Pets We Love Competition

Bayside Pet Resort is Sarasota's award-winning luxury pet resort that is founded on exceeding your expectations. They offer canine and feline lodging, doggie daycare, day lodging for dogs and cats, professional pet grooming, and dog agility and obedience training. Voted "Best Pet Boarding Sarasota", "Best Pet Groomer Sarasota", and "Best Place to Pamper Your Pooch" for the last 5 years!"

Deadline to submit your pet is Friday, February 25, 2022. 

[SOON]  MUSIC: Sarasota Orchestra: Chamber Soirees: Voices of Color , February 17, 5:30pm

These remarkable composers share life-affirming music born of their African-American experience on Thursday, February 17 at 5:30pm at Holley Hall. Inspired by Nikki Giovanni's BLK History Month. This program consists of William Grant Still Miniatures for Woodwind Quintet, Valerie Coleman Red Clay and Mississippi Delta, Valerie Coleman Umoja, and Florence Price String Quartet No. 2 in A minor.

[SOON]  DANCE: Van Wezel: Dancing With The Stars - LIVE! 2022 Tour , February 17, 8pm

America’s favorite dance show returns to the Van Wezel to celebrate its 30th Season with Dancing with the Stars – LIVE! 2022 Tour on Thursday, February 17, 2022 at 8pm. Tickets go on sale Friday, October 8 at 10am. Launching January 7th in Richmond, VA, this year’s all-new production will feature fan-favorite professional dancers thrilling audiences with all of the breathtaking dance styles seen on ABC’s hit show Dancing with the Stars. The show continues its legacy of performing showstopping routines from the TV show alongside new numbers choreographed specifically for the live show, ranging from time-honored dances like the Quickstep and Foxtrot to sizzling Latin styles like the Cha Cha, Salsa, and Tango. In this year’s state-of-the-art production, audiences will have the opportunity to experience the excitement, glitz and glamour they see in the ballroom every Monday night live in their hometowns. The tour delivers a spectacular night of pulse-pounding dance performances from world-renowned dancers including Brandon Armstrong, Alan Bersten, Artem Chigvintsev, Sasha Farber, Daniella Karagach, Pasha Pashkov, Gleb Savchenko, Emma Slater, and Britt Stewart with more surprise casting to be announced. Tickets are $47-$102 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 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. VIP packages are also available. All single tickets for the Van Wezel’s 2021-2022 season are on sale now.

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: 24th Annual Thunder By The Bay Music & Motorcycle Festival , February 18 – February 20

The 24th Annual Thunder By The Bay Music & Motorcycle Festival is a three day event held at the Sarasota Fairgrounds to benefit Suncoast Charities for Children. Bring your lawn chair and enjoy continuous live music with featured headliner FireHouse performing Saturday - February 19th. This year’s Festival includes a “Born To Be Wild” Kickoff Party, a “United We Ride – America Strong” charity motorcycle ride, 17 Class Bike Show, Stereo “Sound Off” contest, burnout contest, great food, and so much more! Dry & full service camping is available on site. Gate admission on Friday and Sunday is $5 and gate admission on Saturday is $10 - 12 and under free.

[SOON]  GALLERY: The Ringling: Eleanor Merritt: Remembrance , February 18 – August 21, Museum hours.

The Ringling is pleased to present an exhibition that celebrates the life and artwork of Eleanor Merritt from February 18, 2022 to August 21, 2022. Eleanor was a dedicated volunteer at The Ringling for many years as a docent and Board member. She also served as president of the Venice Art Center and was active in other arts organizations as well. Eleanor passed away in 2019 leaving a legacy of art and public service. This exhibition is dedicated to her spirit and creativity and represents a small sample of a significant body of work the artist created over her long career. Beginning with an early work from the 1950s Untitled (Seated Figure) and concluding with her last painting Blue Embrace of 2018, the exhibition highlights her creative use of materials, movement between figuration and abstraction, and her commitment to women’s rights. The works in the exhibition come from the artist’s estate and from a few prestigious private collections. The artist’s daughter, Lisa, and artist Mike Solomon were critical guides in the development of this exhibition. 

[SOON]  FILM: The Ringling: Sylvie's Love , February 18, 6:30pm

Sylvie has a summer romance with a saxophonist who takes a summer job at her father's record store in Harlem; when they reconnect years later, they discover that their feelings for each other have not faded with the years. Set in New York City, in the late 50’s/early 1960’s Sylvie (Tessa Thompson) and Robert (Nnamdi Asomugha) meet when Robert, an aspiring saxophonist takes a job at Sylvie’s father’s record store and the two fall in love over the Summer. After their Summer romance ends, the two won’t reconnect until 1962, when Robert is now a successful musician, and Sylvie is married with a child; but we soon find that their feelings for each other have never disappeared. This film is part of the Black Love Film Showcase. Sylvie's Love will show on February 18 at 6:30pm at the Historic Asolo Theater. Black Love Film Showcase will take place February 17-19. Celebrate Black love with five films in three days! Let’s journey through time sampling the depiction of Black love by Black Screenwriters and filmmakers. Each film offers a window into a particular perception of black romance, and we will see how that view changes over time.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: The Hermitage Artist Retreat: Say Their Names , February 18, 5:30pm

“Say Their Names” with Hermitage Fellow Matthew Evan Taylor, Presented in partnership with Manasota ASALH, will take place on Friday, February 18 at 5:30pm at Hermitage Beach (Entrance at 6660 Manasota Key Rd., Englewood). The Hermitage Artist Retreat is pleased to partner with Manasota ASALH in presenting saxophonist and composer Matthew Evan Taylor. Hailed as a “risk taker” (Huffington Post) whose music is “insistent and defiant” (Lucid Culture), Matthew is a leading voice at the intersection of musical virtuosity and social justice. Join us to hear selections from Taylor’s solo concert Say Their Names, inspired by the fight against anti-Black racism and police brutality.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: The Ringling: Literati Book Club February , February 18, 10:30am

Join The Ringling Art Library for Literati, a book group that discusses books about art and subjects reflecting the Ringling collections. The February 18 book club will take place at 10:30am: A Discerning Eye by Carol Orange. This program will be virtual via zoom until further notice. This program is free. For further information, contact the Art Library at 359-5700, ex. 2701 or elisa.hansen@ringling.org.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Atelier de SoSi: Feline , January 7 – February 19, Gallery hours.

“Feline”—an art show for cat lovers. This six-week show focused solely on feline inspired art, includes sculptures, paintings, collages, prints, and other eclectic pieces based on the fantastic felines of the world. Artists have created works inspired by these fascinating creatures that baffle, inspire, and infuriate us but most importantly, they fill our hearts with pure joy. Join us for the Opening of “Feline” on Friday, January 7th, 6-9pm. Wear your cat tails, cat ears, and anything you love that is cat-inspired. For this show Atelier de SoSi is especially excited to partner with the “St. Pete Sunshine Kitty Catfe." A percentage of all of the sales will be donated to their fabulous organization that helps cats find their fur-ever homes. For those looking for a new furry friend in their lives, there will be a photo gallery of adoptable cats during the show. "Feline" will encompass many feline-themed events during the show's run, including a cat art yoga class, cat-inspired painting classes, screenings of cat-themed movies, and more. The exhibition will show through February 19th.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Arts Advocates: Elisabeth Trostli , January 12 – February 19, 2pm-5pm

Elisabeth Trostli, Saturday, January 22 – Saturday, February 19, 2022. Digital artist Elisabeth Trostli creates fantastical photographic collages, in amazing detail, using her own original hand-rendered illustrations, antique papers, exquisite embellishments, photography and geometrical fractals. A native Brazilian, she received her artistic education at the Rhode Island School of Design, majoring in Illustration.

[SOON]  THEATER: Florida Studio Theatre: Babel by Jacqueline Goldfinger , January 26 – February 18, Varies.

In this version of the future, expectant parents learn within the first few weeks of pregnancy which traits their child will have and what behaviors it is likely to exhibit. This intriguing new play follows the extreme lengths two couples go to in order to have a baby. Babel probes the world of modern eugenics, explores the societal value of a baby, and asks us what we are willing to risk for love. NNPN Rolling World Premiere. Babel will show from January 26 to February 18, 2022.

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