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SRQ DAILY Mar 2, 2022

Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

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Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

"These investments from our community partners at United Way Suncoast and Florida Power & Light continue to make a critical impact on those we serve. We are deeply appreciative to be included in Power to Care Week and bring awareness to our mission of strengthening our community's most vulnerable children and families."

- Philip Tavill, Children First CEO.

[Fundraising Event]  'Cooking for Wishes' Grants Wishes for Critically Ill Children
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Cooking for Wishes, Make-A-Wish Southern Florida’s showcase event in Sarasota, took place last Tuesday at Michael’s on East. At this interactive cooking luncheon, guests at tables of eight were able to prepare a one-of-a-kind four-course meal led by Chef Jamil Piñeda and Phil Mancini of Michael’s on East, and enjoy specially-selected wines, curated by co-proprietor, Michale Klauber.

More than 250 people attended the event that featured live and silent auctions, raffle prizes, and the touching story of a child whose life was changed forever by a wish to go to Hawaii with her family. More than $400,000 was raised, enough to grant 50 life-changing wishes for critically-ill children on the Suncoast.

"The wishes we grant aren’t just nice, they’re necessary," says Taylor Marini, Regional Director, Make-A-Wish®Southern Florida. "Research shows the anticipation of a wish and the memories made during them can have a positive and significant impact on the health and well-beingof the children, families, and extended networks we reach.”

Make-A-Wish Southern Florida has granted more than 13,000 life-changing wishes since 1983 for children who have critical illnesses. The Southern Florida chapter’s territory includes 22 counties/four regions: the Suncoast (Sarasota, Manatee and surrounding counties), Tampa Bay, southeast and southwest Florida. It also includes the U.S. Virgin Islands. 

Pictured: Creative meal preparation at 'Cooking for Wishes' interactive cooking luncheon.

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[Honoree]  David Rubin, 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 good hero and donor, David Rubin. David is driven by the philosophy of "thinking globally and acting locally.” He has deeply impacted our community through thoughtful charitable giving, with a focus on uplifting others through education and meaningful connections. He has collaborated significantly with SOAR (Seeds of Academic Resource), a community-based education program for students in grades K to 3 in Newtown. David contributed gifts from his fund at the Community Foundation of Sarasota County to help construct SOAR’s 3,000-square-foot, permanent learning center facility and set up a Fund at the Community Foundation so that interested supporters could invest back into the center. To date, the fund has raised $944,000 to finish the construction of SOAR’s building and to support its programs. Guided by his faith in Nikiren— Buddhism, David sees everything as an opportunity to create value for others, holding deep respect for the value of connections. 

Pictured: Photo I.D. (from left to right): Dr. Anita Rogers, David Rubin, Mrs. Jacquelyn Paulk, and Mrs. Celestine Campbell at SOAR. Photo credit: Karen Arango Photography.

[Grant received]  Education Foundation of Sarasota County Receives Grant to Inspire Success

The Consortium of Florida Education Foundations (Consortium) recently awarded Education Foundation of Sarasota County $90,252.82 in matching funds through the School District Education Foundation Matching Grant Program.  This Consortium grant supports the Education Foundation’s project titled “Inspiring Success with College, Career, Life Readiness.” This project supports Sarasota County Schools students grade 6 – 12 during the 2021 – 2022 school year. The Education Foundation is committed to instilling a college, career, life readiness mindset in students and to supporting students as they develop a plan for life after high school.

In middle school, students access college- and career-planning software that helps them identify their strengths and interests and map both to possible careers. In high school, students can access Education Foundation Student Success Centers at four area high schools and at a standalone resource center in downtown Sarasota, where they work one-on-one with expert College Career Advisors to identify purpose and pathways and ultimately formulate a plan. At these Student Success Centers, students can access workshops, open houses, college and career fairs, and other valuable resources that help at every step of the college and career search process. Students can also access software to manage college applications and search for potential careers. This grant also supports mentoring for those students who need extra support in the process of applying for education after high school. The Education Foundation supports students and helps instill a mindset of readiness so that young people find their purpose. When students find purpose, they aremore likely to progress intentionally through high school. They are more likely to live fulfilling, successful lives. These efforts help ensure a thriving community and state. They align with the Florida legislature’s Sail to 60 initiative, which seeks to ensure that 60% of working-age Floridians obtain a high-value postsecondary certificate, degree, or training experience by 2030. 

Pictured: Bright Futures completion day at North Port High School Student Success Center.

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[Nonprofit Leaders]  Announcing Lisa Intagliata 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 Lisa Intagliata, CFRE, the Executive Director of Resilient Retreat. Over the past thirty years, Lisa has worked in the fund development field for nonprofit organizations primarily in the areas of healthcare and higher education. She has an extensive background in non- profit management including Annual, Major Gift, Corporate, Capital Campaign and Event fundraising. Lisa is a graduate of the Leadership Sarasota program and is on the Board of the Southwest Florida Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and is a Certified Fundraising Executive and a Certified Trauma Professional. Lisa is dedicated to creating a healing environment at Resilient Retreat where people feel culturally, emotionally and physically safe. 

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[Community Support]  FPL Teams Up with Children First, United Way Suncoast to Help Head Start Students

On March 3, the Power to Care effort will bring 25 FPL employee volunteers, friends, and family members to Children First’s main campus, 1723 N Orange Ave. in Sarasota, to build a butterfly garden for students, faculty, and staff to enjoy and improve the area’s landscaping. The volunteer corps is scheduled to arrive at 8 a.m. and conclude the project by noon. Children First is the exclusive provider of Early Head Start and Head Start services for Sarasota County and offers comprehensive services at 15 different sites.The butterfly project will extend UWS’ work with both FPL and Children First. As a UWS partner, Children First received $165,000 in grant support from UWS’ Community Investment Fund for the 2021 fiscal year. Children First enhances the physical, social, emotional, and intellectual development of children through Early Start (birth to 3) and Head Start (3-5), achievements that dovetail with one of UWS’ primary focuses: early learning.

“These investments from our community partners at United Way Suncoast and Florida Power & Light continue to make a critical impact on those we serve. We are deeply appreciative to be included in Power to Care Week and bring awareness to our mission of strengthening our community’s most vulnerable children and families,” says Children First CEO Philip Tavill. 

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[Music Event]  Sarasota Concert Association presents the Takács Quartet with Pianist Joyce Yang

The Sarasota Concert Association is proud to present the Takács Quartet with Grammy award-nominated pianist Joyce Yang for a one night only performance at Riverview Performing Arts Center on Tuesday, March 15, 2022 at 7:30 PM. The program includes Maurice Ravel’s String Quartet and Robert Schumann’s Piano Quintet. The Takács Quartet is now in its 47th season with artists Edward Dusinberre and Harumi Rhodes, both on violin, Richard O’Neill on viola and András Fejér on cello. They perform world-wide and are recording artists for Hyperion Records. The Takács Quartet members hold prestigious appointments as Christoffersen Faculty Fellows, based at the University of Colorado and are again serving as Associate Artists at London’s Wigmore Hall for their 2021-2022 season. In addition to their four performances this season at London’s Wigmore Hall, they also have performed at other venues in the UK and the Paris Philharmonic, Berlin Konzerthaus, and Teatro della Pergola in Florence. Their North American tour includes performances in New York, Washington DC, Princeton, Ann Arbor, Berkeley, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Vancouver, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Cleveland, and Portland, in addition to Sarasota. The Takács Quartet members collaborate with theatre artists, writers, conservatories, and music programs world-wide to offer innovative programming. They use their expertise in music to curate string programs for emerging artists that concentrate on chamber music, such as the one at the University of Colorado. In 2018 at the Edinburgh Festival, Marc André Hamelin referred to them as “Chamber Music Royalty” on the performance website Bachtrack. 

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[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Van Wezel: Celtic Woman: Postcards From Ireland , March 3, 7pm

Grammy-nominated global music sensation CELTIC WOMAN returns to Sarasota with this all new show on the main stage, bringing the beauty of Ireland to life. POSTCARDS FROM IRELAND celebrates the rich musical and cultural heritage of Ireland — all while taking audiences on a journey of story and song from across the Emerald Isle. Embrace an evening of angelic voices, breathtaking harmonies and instrumental virtuosity as you’re transported to the lush landscapes of Ireland on March 3 at 7pm. Celtic Woman's fresh fusion of traditional Irish music and contemporary songcraft celebrates Ireland's ancient heritage while reflecting the vibrant spirit of modern Ireland. With Irish dancers, bagpipers and an array of traditional Irish instruments — including the bodhran, tin whistle and uilleann pipes — this dynamic and multi-talented group has captivated audiences around the world.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Sarasota Opera: The Pearl Fishers , March 5 – March 19

The Pearl Fishers (Les pêcheurs de perles) by Georges Bizet with words by Eugéne Cormon and Michel Carré. Set in legendary Ceylon, longtime friends Nadir and Zurga are reunited. Their friendship had faltered when they shared the same forbidden love for the priestess Leila - a love they swore to renounce. The Pearl Fishers will run from March 5 until March 19, 2022.

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Sarasota Spring Fine Art Festival , March 5 – March 6, 10am-5pm

Are you an art collector, seek art for your home or office, or merely wish to support the arts? If so, join us for the 9th Annual Sarasota Spring Fine Art Festival in downtown Sarasota on March 5-6, 2022. The event is located in JD Hamel Park at Gulfstream and Main Street. Your support has made this art show a signature event for the Sarasota community. This event is produced by Paragon Festivals and graciously hosted by the Downtown Sarasota Enrichment Association. The Sarasota Spring Fine Art Festival transforms JD Hamel Park into an outdoor gallery of original, handmade works by artisans from across America. This tapestry of art is woven from creations in painting, sculpting, jewelry, photography, glass, ceramics, fiber and wearable art, mixed-media, woodworking and much more. Talk with artists and order a unique piece of art created just for you. Hours are Saturday and Sunday from 10am-5pm with free admission. Bring your sense of discovery and appreciation of the beautiful! Come be inspired and discover something of yourself as you explore art.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Guitar Sarasota: International Concert Series: David Russell - Scotland , March 5, 7:30pm

Classical guitar legend David Russell returns to the Guitar Sarasota stage on Saturday, March 5, 2022 at Riverview Performing Arts Center at 7:30pm. GRAMMY award winner in 2005 for his CD AIRE LATINO, in the category of best instrumental soloist in classical music. Honorary Doctorate in Music by the University of Arizona in Tucson in 2014. Classical guitarist David Russell is world renowned for his superb musicianship and inspired artistry, having earned the highest praise from audiences and critics alike. In recognition of his great talent and his international career, he was named a Fellow of The Royal Academy of Music in London in 1997.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Sarasota Contemporary Dance: Dance Your Part: Noche Tropical , March 5, 6pm-9pm

Join Sarasota Contemporary Dance for their annual fundraiser, Dance Your Part: Noche Tropical, on Saturday, March 5, 2022 from 6pm to 9pm at Waterworks Sarasota, 1005 N Orange Ave. Fundraising to benefit the company’s performances, educational outreach, and training programs, Sarasota Contemporary Dance will treat you a Cuban-inspired evening, including Latin Grammy award-winning Renesito and salsa dancing with beloved former SCD company member Jahrel Thompson.  

[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]  GALLERY: The Ringling: Metadata: Rethinking Photography from the 21st Century , March 6 – August 28, Museum hours.

The exhibition features work from the past decade by an international selection of artists and visual activists that are working to make palpable the unseen information, or metadata, that undergirds the image regime. This includes not just the tags or descriptors attached to image files, but the power relationships, biases, and economic interests that are not always visible in the image itself. The exhibition emphasizes an expanded concept of photographic practice that includes research-based projects, installation, conceptual work, and activism as well as analog and digital photographs. Artists featured are Mohsen Azar, Viktoria Binschtok, Mladen Bizumic, Joy Buolamwini, Jason Lazarus, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Lilly Lulay, Trevor Paglen, and Penelope Umbrico. Metadata: Rethinking Photography in the 21st Century will be held at The John and Mable Museum of Art, Sarasota, Florida from March 6 through August 28th, 2022. The exhibition is curated by Christopher Jones, Stanton B. and Nancy W. Kaplan Curator of Photography and Media Art.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Van Wezel: RAIN: A Tribute to the Beatles , March 6, 7pm

RAIN - A TRIBUTE TO THE BEATLES performs songs from Abbey Road & the Rooftop Concert LIVE, in addition to all your favorites hits. This mind-blowing performance takes you back in time with the legendary foursome delivering a note-for-note theatrical event that is the next best thing to seeing the Beatles on March 6 at 7pm. Experience the worlds’ most iconic band and get back to where you once belonged with RAIN – A TRIBUTE TO THE BEATLES.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Ringling College Galleries + Exhibitions: POW! The Comic Art of Mike Zeck from the Costas Collection , October 18 – March 25, 9am-3pm

After attending Ringling College in the late 60s, Zeck made a name for himself illustrating the horror stories of Charlton Comics before turning his talents in both illustration and storytelling into one of the most successful careers of The Bronze Age of comic books. His talents served him well for both Marvel and DC. Zeck is credited with creating the alternative black costume for Spider-Man that would eventually become the character Venom, and his work on Kraven’s Last Hunt is considered one of the best stories in the Spider-Man canon. In the DC universe, he helped modernize Batman into the flawed and dark knight he would become in the modern era. With “POW!,” Ringling College Galleries has compiled the best of The Costas Collection, featuring over 60 original illustrations of Zeck’s most iconic storylines and covers. This exhibition will be on view from October 18, 2021 – March 25, 2022. In-person viewings are free and open to the public Monday-Friday, 9am-3pm at The Lois and David Stulberg Gallery is located inside the Richard and Barbara Basch Visual Arts Center on campus at Ringling College of Art and Design at 1188 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Way.

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: The Ringling: Bayfront Garden Tours , November 1 – March 28, 10:30am

The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art is pleased to announce that they are once again offering guided tours of the Bayfront Gardens. The tours will start Nov. 1 and run through March 28, 2022. Garden Tours are available Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays, beginning at 10:30am. This walking tour led by volunteer guides will introduce guests to interesting botanical specimens on the 66-acre campus while providing a historic overview of the development of the estate. The Ringling’s grounds have been accredited as a Level II Arboretum through ArbNet.  The property boasts over 2350 trees within the arboretum representing native, exotic, historical and culturally significant trees. The Bayfront Gardens tours last approximately 90 minutes and cover about 1 mile in distance. Guests are encouraged to bring bottled water, and wear appropriate closed-toe footwear, sunblock and hats. There will be a maximum of 10 participants per tour. Tours are subject to weather conditions. Tickets will be available 30 days before each tour. Price: $15 / $10 for Members. More information and tickets are available at: https://www.ringling.org/events/bayfront-garden-tour. 

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Florida Studio Theatre: Friends in Low Places , November 17 – March 27, Varies.

Friends in Low Places celebrates the contemporary country musicians who transformed their genre and rocketed to the top of the charts. Artists like Garth Brooks, Miranda Lambert, and George Strait spiked their honkytonk with Rock & Roll flair, and yet, they never strayed from country music’s core: truthful, authentic storytelling. Featuring such songs as “Could I Have This Dance,” “Bluebird,” and “Good Hearted Woman.” Friends in Low Places, by Rebecca Hopkins and Richard Hopkins with musical arrangements by Jim Prosser, will play beginning November 17, 2021 through March 27, 2022 in FST's Goldstein Cabaret.

[SOON]  GALLERY: The Ringling: Rhodnie Desir: Conversations , December 11 – April 3, Museum hours.

The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art is pleased to welcome Haitian-Canadian artist Rhodnie Désir for the world premiere of her first gallery installation. Rhodnie Désir: Conversations, which opens Dec. 11 and will run through April 3, 2022 in the Ringling's Monda Gallery. Désir’s inaugural exhibition, Conversations, is a co-creation with artists Paul Chambers, Lighting Design; Engone Endong, Music Composer; Manuel Chantre, Video and Sound Design; and Cecilia Bracmort, Curatorial adviser, who combine video, light, and sound to sculpt the space to explore Désir's experiences on the BOW’T TRAIL and bring the onstage performance into a new gallery-based medium. The installation evokes a liminal space, which is the in-between or transitional space that is often accessible through visions and rituals. With a cumulative and polyrhythmic approach, the artist seeks to share new perspectives through a plural conversation between the past and the present.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Docent-Guided Tour of Arts Advocates Gallery , November 3 – June 1, 11am-11:45am

For the first time since its founding in 1969, Arts Advocates has its own gallery to display works from its collection of Florida artists. Located in the Siesta Mall, 3501 S. Tamiami Trail, Suite 119, in Sarasota, the opening exhibit features works by Sarasota Art Colony artists. Docent-guided tours of the exhibit are open to the public from 11am to 11:45pm on the first Wednesday of each month: November 3, December 1, January 5, February 2, March 2, April 6, May 4, and June 1. Tours are $10 per person, or $5 per person for Arts Advocates members, and can be booked below. Attendance is limited to 10. Group and special tours can be arranged by contacting Stephenie Frasher, docent team leader, at docent@artsadvocates.org.  

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