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SRQ DAILY Feb 23, 2022

Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

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Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

"We continue to fight the darkness of child abuse and strive to further serve our mission in the prevention, intervention, and treatment of child abuse."

- Doug Staley, CPC Executive Director.

[Honoree]  Heather Todd, 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 Heather Todd, the Executive Director of Teen Court of Sarasota. Heather's passion for her job is beyond measure. With her help and leadership, thousands of youth have received a second chance. She remains sensitive to each of their situations at home and offers to help them purchase shoes, food and school supplies. She pushes them to do better and cries with them when they feel lost. Heather has been the Executive Director of Teen Court of Sarasota for five years. Prior to that she worked for the non-profit organization for 20 years as a Case Manager. Teens referred to Teen Court from local law enforcement and the Sarasota Public Schools are offered services and counseling to help them stay in school and receive guidance and tools to learn to make better choices. This community is a better place with Teen Court and with Heather at its helm. Thank you Heather for seeing hope in every child. 

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

[Nonprofit Leaders]  Announcing Philip Tavill 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 Philip Tavill, President & CEO of Children First, Sarasota County’s exclusive Head Start provider, since 1996. After obtaining a baccalaureate degree in psychology from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee in 1989, Mr. Tavill has worked in the human services field both in direct service and management capacities. He returned to Sarasota in 1990 and was appointed Executive Director of the Loveland Center in 1991. At Case Western Reserve University, he earned a Master of Nonprofit Organizations from the Weatherhead School of Management and Master of Science in Social Administration from the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences. 

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[Recognition Given]  Gulf Coast Community Foundation Promotes Kelly Carlstein

Gulf Coast Community Foundation has announced the promotion of Kelly Carlstein to Vice President of Brand Strategy. Carlstein previously served as the Director of Strategic Marketing and Public Relations for over three years, and launched Gulf Coast’s 25th anniversary campaign and brand. She will lead the public relations and communications efforts that enhance and position the Gulf Coast brand across the region. Before joining Gulf Coast, Carlstein served at Healthcare Corporation of America’s (HCA) Blake Medical Center where she worked on the marketing and public relations team and was involved in marketing strategy, campaign launches, events, and community sponsorship and engagement. At Gulf Coast, Carlstein has lead digital and traditional marketing strategies and innovative storytelling in coordination with donors and community partners. She will be growing the impact of Gulf Coast’s brand through new strategy and operational growth. For more than 25 years, Gulf Coast Community Foundation has been dedicated to serving the needs of our region through integrity, leadership, excellence, and collaboration. The Foundation takes innovative approaches and invests in scalable solutions that lead to regional transformation. Together with our donors, Gulf Coast transforms our region through bold and proactive philanthropy. 

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[Wellness]  Gulfcoast South Area Health Education Center

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 page to schedule a class or learn more about the program! 

Gulfcoast South Area Health Education Center, 2201 Cantu Ct. # 220, Sarasota, FL 34232

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[Fundraising]  Child Protection Center Awarded Funds From SouthBay Yacht and Racquet Club

The Child Protection Center, Inc. (CPC) was chosen as one the recipients to be awarded $2,284.84 at the SouthBay Yacht and Racquet Club’s Rio Carnaval event, hosted on Wednesday, February 9 th , 2022. SouthBay residents and professional Fundraising Auctioneers, Jason and Tarryn Troutman of Auction Horizon, hosted the event and all were reminded that money was being raised for a greater cause. “May the day never come where children are never hurt or abused again.”, says Jason and Tarryn Troutman. CPC’s Executive Director Doug Staley attended the event and expressed his sincerest gratitude for the awarded funds. “With the continued expansion of our organization, due to the increased need for services in North Port, these funds will support the comprehensive programs that CPC offers for children and families in Sarasota and DeSoto Counties.” says Staley. “We continue to fight the darkness of child abuse and strive to further serve our mission in the prevention, intervention, and treatment of child abuse.”  The Child Protection Center’s mission is the Prevention, Intervention, & Treatment of Child Abuse. CPC has been serving Sarasota and DeSoto Counties since 1980. In fiscal year 2020, CPC provided 66,698 services to individuals.  

Pictured: Back row: Tarryn Troutman, Doug Staley, Lee Ann Rodriguez, Jason Troutman, Linda Baglio and Brian Barrett.

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[Live Music]  Mattison’s City Grille to Host Legendary Dixie Jazz Band for One Day Only

Skip’s Dixie Mix is bringing New Orleans, Mardi Gras, Dixie style music to Mattison’s. They will play one day only on Sunday, February 27 th at Mattison’s City Grille, 1 North Lemon Avenue, Downtown Sarasota. There are two seating times. The first seating is at 11:00am-11:30 with the band playing from 11:30 – 12:30. The second seating is 1:00-1:30 pm with the band playing 1:30 – 2:30. This is a free event to attend but reservations are recommended. Skip’s Dixie Mix is a band of seven seasoned musicians who have been immersed in the music scene for more than six decades and have played the circuit with some big names in the music business. Their collective portfolio includes time on stage and touring with Patti LaBelle, Bo Diddley, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Engelbert Humperdinck, Ben Vereen, and Tom Jones. Members have also played with well-known orchestras and symphonies such as our own local Venice Symphony and at Asolo Theater performances. Others have played with the United States Navy School of Music, US Army Band and at Jazz Festivals throughout North America and Europe. Mattison’s will feature special New Orleans style menu items such as made-from-scratch Seafood Gumbo, made-to-order Beignets, Po Boys, Shrimp and Grits, Baby Back Ribs, and more. A special New Orleans Hurricane cocktail will also be featured. Reservations are highly recommended. Call 941-330-0440 to reserve your seat for this special event. 

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[New Program]  WBTT Launches ‘Conversations’ Program with Danielle Moné Truitt

Westcoast Black Theater Troupe, Semkhor Productions and FOUNDERS+ held their first in a planned series of artist master classes, titled “Conversations with Nate Jacobs.” Featured artist for the first program was Danielle Moné Truitt, who is currently starring in the NBC series “Law & Order: Organized Crime.” Truitt is equally comfortable on stage and screen: she starred in the U.S. West Coast premiere of “The Mountaintop” and a television presentation of the musical “Dreamgirls” as well as held TV roles in BET series “Rebel” and Fox series “Deputy.” She has received nominations for Ovation and NAACP Theatre Awards.

Prior to the master class, Truitt toured WBTT and watched some of a rehearsal of WBTT’s upcoming production, “Broadway in Black.” During the 1.5-hour class, Truitt talked about her career, tips for building a successful career, the importance of Black theatres as incubators for industry talent, and suggestions for staying grounded and determined through the extreme ups and downs of artistic careers. Truitt emphasized the importance of having faith in one’s purpose and approaching one’s work with love. Upon a request from the audience, Truitt – whose early years included leading praise worship – wrapped up the session with an a cappella gospel hymn. She then spent 45 minutes taking questions from the WBTT actors and attending high school and college students. The next offering will feature Golden Globe winner and Emmy Awards and Screen Actors Guild Awards nominee Ving Rhames (“Pulp Fiction,” “Con Air,” “Dawn of the Dead,” HBO’s “Don King: Only in America” and a recurring role in the “Mission: Impossible” film series) on March 29. 

Pictured: Nate Jacobs (left) and Danielle Mone Truitt during the artist master class. Photo by Sorcha Augustine.

[SRQ Event]  SMARTgirl Applications are Now Open

We invite girls in the 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grades in Sarasota, Manatee and Lee Counties to apply for the 2022 SMARTgirl Summit. There is no fee to apply, and the girls who are accepted into the program are invited to attend at no cost due to the generous support of our sponsors.

The 90+ girls accepted to the SMARTgirl Summit will spend a half-day developing their soft skills, personal brand, confidence, career imaginings and knowledge base necessary to navigate the challenges of the ever-changing 21st century world. At the SMARTgirl Summit, girls will interact with real-life female mentors and engage in hands-on activities that will give them the energy, focus and perspective to realize their dreams.

Click here for the 2022 SMARTgirl Application!  

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Van Wezel: Stayin' Alive , February 24, 8pm

STAYIN' ALIVE offers to their audiences the songs and sights of a full Bee Gees playlist, singing blockbusters such as “Night Fever,” “Jive Talkin’,” “How Deep is Your Love,” “You Should be Dancing,” “Nights on Broadway” and “Stayin’ Alive.” In addition, they perform softer poetic ballads such as “I Started a Joke,” “Massachusetts,” “Fanny be Tender,” “Words” and “To Love Somebody” among other great hits. Stayin’ Alive is the quintessential tribute band to the Bee Gees, offering big screen video clips, photos and dazzling imagery. This performance will take place on Thursday, February 24 at 8pm.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Hermitage Sunsets at Selby: Violin: Dope, Honest, & Evolved , February 24, 6pm

Hermitage Sunsets at Selby Gardens: “Violin: Dope, Honest, & Evolved” with Hermitage Fellow Lady Jess, Presented in partnership with Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, will take place on Thursday, February 24 at 6pm at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, Downtown Campus. A soloing member of pop superstar Beyoncé’s band and Artistic Director of New York’s Urban Playground Chamber Orchestra, violinist Lady Jess offers an informal concert of music composed for acoustic violin and electronics. Exploring the stages of hope, mania, and revelation borne of an isolated lockdown experience as a Black Woman in 2020-21, including her ‘break-up’ with classical music, the program concludes with a deep dive into the artist’s work and process.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Emerging Stars of Sarasota , February 24, 11am

Emerging Stars of Sarasota, Featuring students from the Sarasota Youth Orchestra: Olivia Leichter, violin, Kristian Mendoza, piano, Haley Sprague, bass, Sophia Tarlton, bassoon, and Margaret Toth, violin, will take place on Thursday, February 24, 2022 with a 11am concert and lunch to follow at Bird Key Yacht Club. This special concert will showcase the exceptional talents of some of the area’s finest young musicians who participate in the Sarasota Youth Orchestra programs.

[SOON]  GALLERY: SPAACES Gallery: Seeking Love: The Journey , February 25 – February 28, Gallery hours.

A Commemorative Exhibit of Ian North’s Works “Seeking Love: The Journey." Ian North invited the viewer to derive their own meaning from his artworks, to discover their own story in his mixed media assemblages. Ian had a successful solo exhibition at SPAACES in February of 2021. The day the exhibition closed he suffered a fatal heart attack. His talent extended far beyond the visual arts. Ian was a musician and songwriter, releasing groundbreaking music in the ’70s and ’80s. He was a Sarasota community icon, well respected for his visual art and music contributions. To commemorate his art and his life, this show will exhibit a collection of his life’s work and the art card collection he lovingly created for his wife over the last 21 years. Opening Night Reception is Friday, February 25th, 2022 from 6pm to 8pm. Saturday Brunch Reception is Saturday, February 26th, 2022 from 11am to 2pm. By Appointment Only on February 28th & 29th.

[SOON]  DANCE: Sarasota Contemporary Dance: In-Studio Performance Series featuring Karim Manning and Monessa Salley , February 25 – February 26, 7pm

"Freestyle through life," A collaborative performance with freestyle musician Karim Manning and SCD Company Member Monessa Salley, bringing a unique and interactive experience to SCD's Home Studio. This performance will take place on Friday February 25th and Saturday February 26th 2022 at 7pm and Virtual Stream will take place on Saturday, February 26th at 7pm.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Booker High VPA Music: Death By Chocolate: In This Hour , February 25 – February 26, 2pm and 7pm

The Booker High School VPA Music department will soon host its most delicious event of the year: Death By Chocolate: In This Hour on Friday, February 25 at 7pm, Saturday, February 26 at 2pm, and Saturday, February 26 at 7pm at Booker High School (3201 N Orange Ave) under the Pavilion. Tickets are available at https://bookervpa.com/calendar. Death by Chocolate has long been one of the most anticipated events of Booker High’s VPA season. Patrons enjoy a buffet of music while also indulging in sweet treats. Exploring the nature of time — fleeting, yet eternal, limiting and yet infinite, natural and yet a construct of mankind — Death by Chocolate: In This Hour presents songs of various genres, performed on multiple instruments.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Sarasota Orchestra: Masterworks: Fairy Tales and Fireworks , February 26 – February 27, 8pm and 2:30pm

Grammy Award-winning conductor JoAnne Falletta returns to Sarasota for this colorful program on Friday, February 26 at 8pm at the Neel Performing Arts Center, Saturday, February 26 at 8pm, and Sunday, February 27 at 2:30pm at the Van Wezel. Ravel originally composed his beloved Mother Goose Suite for the children of dear friends. The sounds of the Charleston, ragtime, and blues pervade Gershwin's unforgettable Piano Concerto. Pianist Aaron Diehl brings the work's infectious rhythms and melodies to life. The concert concludes with Rachmaninoff's technicolor Symphonic Dances, a vibrant work that ranks among his most thrilling compositions.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Arts Advocates: Jerry Chesley , February 26 – March 19, 2pm-5pm

Jerry Chesley, Saturday, February 26 – Saturday, March 19, 2022. Jerry Chesley’s watercolor paintings, giclées and mixed media set the stage for surrounding oneself in a rich indulgence of colors. His work showcases a variety of subject matters, including still life, florals, architecture, and land/seascapes. Chesley has art degrees from SUNY College at Buffalo and has studied at the University of Art in Siena, Italy. He is an instructor at the renowned Chautauqua Institution summer program, and a past president of the Florida.

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Sarasota Winter Craft Show , February 26 – February 27, 10am-5pm

Looking for art and craft to beautify your home or office? Or be inspired by? Then join us for the Premiere of the Sarasota Winter Craft Festival in downtown Sarasota on February 26-27, 2022. The event is produced by Paragon Festivals and hosted by the Downtown Sarasota Enrichment Association. The event is held in JD Hamel Park located in downtown Sarasota. The Sarasota Winter Craft Festival in JD Hamel Park lays a diverse palette of original, handmade works by artisans, crafters and vendors from across Florida. On display will be arts and crafts in painting, sculpture, jewelry, candles, photography, glass, ceramics, fiber and wearable art, mixed-media, woodworking and much more. Hours are both Saturday and Sunday from 10am-5pm with free admission. Bring your sense of discovery and appreciation of the beautiful.

[SOON]  SPORTS: Melges 15 Winter Series Event 2 , February 26 – February 27

The Melges 15 Winter Series features three events, the second on February 26 and 27. More than 60 teams from around the country will compete in this sailing regatta. Sarasota Bay will be teeming with colorful spinnakers as the sailors make their way down the course. The Melges 15 Winter Series is hosted by the Sarasota Sailing Squadron. See Sailingsquadron.com for more information about sailing on beautiful Sarasota Bay.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Art Uptown Gallery: Painted Words Mixed-Media Abstract Paintings by Liz Cole , February 26 – March 25, 6pm-9pm

In March, Art Uptown Gallery artist Liz Cole will exhibit “Painted Words,” a colorful collection of acrylic and collage paperworks. Ms. Cole’s paintings are comprised of layers of color, patterns and markings that provide as rich a dialogue to the viewer as the written word. The “Painted Words” exhibit runs from Saturday, February 26 through Friday, March 25. The public is also invited to a reception on First Friday, March 4, from 6-9pm. 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. 

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Sarasota High School Theatre: The Underdogs: A Dinner Theatre Experience , February 26

Sarasota High School Theatre's The Underdogs: A Dinner Theatre Experience will show on February 26, 2022. Our annual Broadway dinner theater is back. Join our theatre students and alumni for an evening to remember as we celebrate Broadway's favorite characters and their stories of struggles and triumph, and look ahead toward a brighter future for our program, our students, our community, and the world. Time and location will be announced in the fall of 2022.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Party Under the Stars 2022 , February 26, 6pm-10pm

The Florida Cancer Specialists Foundation's Party Under the Stars 2022 is A Glamorous Night of Mystery that will take place on Saturday, February 26 from 6pm to 10pm at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota, 1000 Boulevard of the Arts. Their signature event is a festive evening “under the stars” and features entertainment, dancing, dining, and silent and live auctions with fabulous items. All event proceeds provide non–medical financial assistance to cancer patients. Honorary Chairs are Amir Harandi, MD, Anjan Patel, MD, and Ana VanDerWall, MD.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: The Bazaar on Apricot & Lime: 3rd Young Entrepreneur Market , February 26, 10am-3pm

Calling all young entrepreneurs who are 17 and under. Sell your wares on February 26 from 10am to 3pm in the outside courtyard of The Bazaar on Apricot & Lime. For the 3rd time, The Bazaar is hosting this unique pop up market. Past businesses included handmade jewelry, plants, original art, and so much more. Live music will be provided throughout the day by Music Compound’s talented students. Located at 821 Apricot Ave in Sarasota. Cost to participate is only $25 with table and chair provided. Limited to twenty participants,  so email today for an application info@bazaaronapricotandlime.com.  

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Emergency Say Gay Rally , February 27, 12:30pm-1:30pm

To combat Tallahassee's hateful, fast-tracked "Don't Say Gay" bill, Project Pride SRQ and Equality Florida are holding an emergency rally on Sunday, February 27 from 12:30pm to 1:30pm at the John Ringling Bridge, Downtown Sarasota. Join them as they proudly and loudly SAY GAY and unveil the world's largest progress pride flag--700 feet "The Grand Flag" across the John Ringling Bridge. Parking available at Bayfront Park or at the bridge. If inclement weather the event will be postponed. Project Pride SRQ’s mission is to expand awareness and understanding of the LGBTQ+ community by creating strategic partnerships with local organizations, businesses, and governments towards a shared goal. Our vision is an all-inclusive community where everyone is equally united, supported and celebrated.

[SOON]  THEATER: Florida Studio Theatre: America in One Room , December 8 – February 27, Varies.

WORLD PREMIERE. When eight strangers receive an invitation to the America in One Room convention, nobody knows what will happen. However, as each attendee files into the aptly titled Liberty Room, their insecurities, strengths, and beliefs are soon on full display. As everyone is convinced they are right—sparks fly, tempers flare, and humor abounds. Can these eight people find a way to bridge the divide? Inspired by the real-life convention of the same name, America in One Room dissects recent headlines and our nation’s past to answer the question: what does it mean to be an American? America in One Room by Jason Odell Wiliams will play beginning December 8, 2021 through February 27, 2022 in FST's Keating Theatre.

[SOON]  HEALTH: Selby Gardens: Sunset Sound Meditation at the Point February , February 6 – February 27, 4pm-5pm

Discover sound meditation while surrounded by the beauty of Little Sarasota Bay. Sound frequencies and vibrations facilitate relaxation and mental health. A certified sound therapist will be your guide in HSP’s tranquil Sunken Gardens. Wear comfortable clothes and lightweight shoes; bring water and a towel for the final stretch. Open to all age/fitness levels. General admission to HSP included. Please check-in 15 minutes before for your class at the Welcome Gazebo. Sunset Sound Meditation will take place on Sundays from 4pm to 5pm: February 6, 13, 20, and 27. Class fee: Members $50 / Non-members $65. Class Size: 30 Students. Instructor: Lucy Tight.

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