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SRQ DAILY Mar 23, 2022

Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

"Now more than ever it is important to bring hope and inspiration to the future leaders of our community."

- Judy Alexander, Founder of Every Child Sarasota

[Charitable Event]  Fairy Tales Come True with The Cinderella Project
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For 23 years, Judy Alexander, founder of Every Child Sarasota has made it her mission to help as many underprivileged children as possible. This spring, with a little help from some very generous friends, she was able to make a dream come true for several young ladies who might not have ever imagined attending their high-school prom due to their family's financial situation. On March 17 & 18, 2022 from 10 am - 2 pm, underprivileged girls felt very privileged to come to the Carlisle Inn, 3727 Bahia Vista Street and chose a dress, jewelry, a purse, and shoes to wear to their prom and keep forever.

Judy formed Every Child, Inc. 23 years ago with the goal of providing backpacks filled with school supplies to underprivileged children. Since its inception, thousands of children have received backpacks. In 2008, when Judy heard that young girls couldn’t go to prom because they didn’t have gowns, she knew she wanted to help again. Her friend Teresa Gutierrez who works at The Perfect Dress called Judy to let her know that the owners of the shop, Vicki Sack, Kim Frazer and Trillian Sack wanted to donate dresses. Other generous donors soon joined in by contributing new or gently used dresses, shoes, purses and jewelry. And the rest is history.

CoreSRQ, Inc., a Sarasota non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life in our community through family fitness and recreation centers proudly partnered with Every Child for this year’s return of the Cinderella Project by helping with advertising for donations by reaching out to their member base. Pamela Peters, Event Coordinator at CoreSRQ was thrilled with the reults. "We have over 4,500 members and each one contriubuted something to this event," she said.

The Carlisle Inn performed like a department store for the girls by offering up a room to shop shoes, jewelry, gowns, and of course fitting rooms with full-length mirrors. There were many volunteers, known as “Fairy Godmothers” working the room (these are often the same volunteers who return year after year because they have so much fun) who helped the girls choose their "just right" outfit. The finishing touch was provided by Regina McDermott, Senior Sales Director with Mary Kay cosmetics who helped with matching the perfect shade of makeup for each girl. The Cinderella Project has helped hundreds of kids year after year and Judy hopes to keep it going for many more to come. “Now more than ever," she says "it’s important to bring hope and inspiration to the future leaders of our community!” 

Pictured: Judy Alexander (left) and Pamela Peters (right) help a Lakewood Ranch High School student find her perfect prom outfit. Photo by Wyatt Kostygan.

[Leadership]  Gulf Coast Community Foundation Announces Promotion and Growth

Gulf Coast Community Foundation has announced the promotion of Jennifer Johnston to Director of Community Leadership, and welcomes Dr. Kameron Partridge Hodgens as she joins the community leadership team to serve side by side with Johnston as a Director of Community Leadership. The move reinforces Gulf Coast’s leadership position to serve the community and advance its mission. In their new roles they will focus on developing and stewarding strategic initiatives that create long-term systemic improvements and regional transformation. Johnston has served on the community leadership team since 2017, working closely with Senior Vice President for Community Leadership Jon Thaxton on critical initiatives fueled by research- driven Regional Scans. She leads the Here4YOUth Mental Health initiative together with Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation, and drives change to positively influence the long-term health and wellbeing of our region. Johnston’s background is in public health, and she received her Master of Public Health (M.P.H) from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Kameron Partridge Hodgens joins Gulf Coast from The Glasser/Schoenbaum Human Services Center where she served as the CEO|Executive Director since 2014. In her role, she was responsible for the management of the five-acre campus that houses regional nonprofit partners, fundraising efforts for the sustainability of the organizational mission, vision, and values, as well as overall strategic planning. She received her Masters and Ph.D. in Lifespan Developmental Psychology from University of Alabama at Birmingham, and brings a breadth of knowledge in the areas of health and human services, and public policy influence. 

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[Donations Needed]  Baltimore Orioles Host Food Drive for Mayors' Feed the Hungry Program March 30th

Volunteers will be accepting donations of food when the Orioles host the Rays for spring training at Ed Smith Stadium at 1:05 p.m. on March 30. Look for Mayors’ Feed the Hungry partners at each entrance and at the community booth on the concourse. The Mayors’ Feed the Hungry Program coordinates with churches and food pantries throughout Sarasota and Manatee counties. The program also works with agencies that serve children in low-income families, survivors of domestic violence, and the elderly. Please consider bringing a donation to support the efforts. The Orioles will donate the proceeds from the speed pitch machine on the concourse to the Mayors’ Feed the Hungry Program, so test out your skills for a good cause! The team will also let kids run the bases, which doesn’t raise money for the hungry but is another incentive to come out and cheer on the Orioles and the Rays. Remember, you can help the hungry year-round by donating online! Visit FlanzerTrust.org and
choose the Mayors’ Feed the Hungry Program when you make your donation to raise matching funds from the Flanzer Trust. 

[Grants]  Selby Foundation SAM Grants Q2 Cycle opens April 1

The William G. and Marie Selby Foundation Q2 Small and Mighty (SAM) Grants Cycle opens April 1 and will close at 3:59 p.m. on May 1. The Grant Portal will be open until that time for area not-for-profit organizations to create an account and access existing accounts as they begin the application process. The Selby Foundation will notify grant recipients of awards by June 30. This program was developed to meet the needs of small-scale, non-profit organizations within our community (Charlotte, DeSoto, Manatee, and Sarasota counties), and be responsive and reactive to those needs.
To qualify for this program, organizations must have been in operation for more than a year and have less than $300,000 in annual operating expenses. Additionally, the request must be for a
capital expenditure(s). The Foundation specializes in supporting local area not-for-profits with capital grants which support construction, acquisition and/or renovation of facilities as well as the purchase of equipment or software. Grants requests may also include the costs of related technical services like legal, architectural and engineering. Not-for-profit organizations are required to be primarily located in Charlotte, DeSoto, Manatee or Sarasota Counties. The Selby Foundation is a private foundation founded by William G. and Marie Selby in 1955. The Foundation supports Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte and DeSoto counties through capital grants and scholarships. Since its establishment, the Selby Foundation has provided more than $120 million to the community. For more information on the Foundation’s grant and scholarship application process, including the newly established Small and Mighty Grants program, visit www.selbyfdn.org. 

[Recognition Given]  Kerkering, Barberio & Co. Ranked as Leading Accounting Firm in the Gulf Coast Region

Kerkering, Barberio & Co., Certified Public Accountants, is pleased to announce that the Sarasota accounting firm has been ranked by Accounting Today as a 2021 Regional Leader for the Gulf Coast. Firms from across Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi comprise the region, which experienced an average firm growth rate of 14.35% for 2021. Accounting Today is the leading information resource for public accountants, reaching over 325,000 professionals across the full breadth of public accounting. Each year, the publication ranks the largest practices in tax and accounting, both nationwide and in 10 major geographic regions.

Kerkering, Barberio & Co. is one of the largest independent certified public accounting firms in Southwest Florida and offers a wide range of services to businesses, organizations, and individuals. The firm has been serving clients since 1972. Kerkering, Barberio & Co. has three locations: 1990 Main Street, Suite 801, Sarasota, FL; 9423 Town Center Parkway, Lakewood Ranch, FL; and 4350 West Cypress Street, Suite 850, Tampa, FL. For more information, visit kbgrp.com or Facebook.com/KBGRP. 

[Romantic Comedy]  The FSU/Asolo Conservatory Presents Twelfth Night

The FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training wraps up its 2021-22 season with William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. Adapted and directed by Jonathan Epstein, and with original music by Daniel Levy, the show runs April 6 – 24, with a pay-what-you-can preview on April 5.

Shakespeare’s beloved romantic comedy of (mis)identity begins with twins being shipwrecked. The young woman, believing her twin brother dead, disguises herself as a boy for her own safety. But she finds herself playing go-between for the beautiful countess Olivia and Count Orsino, with whom she herself has fallen in love! When her brother reappears, identities are mistaken, and chaos abounds. Full of some of Shakespeare’s most glorious characters, this masterwork is performed by the entire second year FSU/Asolo Conservatory company. Twelfth Night plays April 5 – 24 in the Cook Theatre at the FSU Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are $32 and are available online at asolorep.org/events/detail/twelfthnight, by phone at 941.351.8000 or in person at the Asolo Rep Box Office at 5555 N. Tamiami Trail in Sarasota. Student prices are also available. 

[Podcast]  InConversation | Perspectives in Medicine Podcast

SRQ MEDIA is thrilled to announce the launch of our first video podcast: In Conversation | Perspectives in Medicine!

In our second episode, we sat down with Dr. Danielle Babb of Ramos Center for Interventional & Functional Pain Medicine. Dr. Babb shared with us how she got into pain medicine, as well as what it's like working with her patients and their families.

Click here to watch or listen! 

[SOON]  FOOD: Mattison's Forty-One: Round Pond Wine Dinner , March 24, 6:30pm

Join Round Pond Winery Estate Winemaker John Wilson and Chef Paul Mattison, owner of Mattison’s Restaurants and Catering for an immersive 5-course Wine Dinner. Chef Paul and his team of chefs have created a menu perfectly paired with the wines from the Round Pond portfolio. Price is $125 per person. The Round Pond Wine Dinner will take place at Mattison’s Forty-One private event space, the Galleria on March 24, 6:30pm. Reservations are required. Call 941-921-3400 to reserve a seat or table. Round Pond Estate, owned and operated today by the second generation of the MacDonnell Family, is a 468-acre Rutherford farm and winery that specializes in the creation of pure, expressive wines from the heart of Napa Valley. Sustainability, people, place, and purpose are at the forefront of their daily operations and creation of some of the finest wines in the world.  

[SOON]  MUSEUM: Bishop After Dark: Mystery at the Museum , March 24, 6pm-9pm

Join The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature for Bishop After Dark for a night of high fashion and mystery with a museum-themed dinner-show heist where guests become detectives to find the thief who stole a precious diamond on the very night of its unveiling. In this Murder Mystery Co. production of “Now You See It…” guests will have an opportunity to get in on the crime of the century as they seek clues to the identity of the burglar in order to restore the “Stomach of the Ocean” diamond. Dress in your fanciest threads and help get this unveiling back on track! With dinner by Blue Water Catering. Mystery at the Museum will take place on March 24 from 6-9pm in the Museum Courtyard.

[SOON]  DANCE: Sarasota Ballet: Program 6 - A Comedy of Errors , March 25 – March 26, 7:30pm and 2pm

Program 6 brings the World Premiere of A Comedy of Errors, a full-length balletic adaptation of William Shakespeare’s iconic comedy The Comedy of Errors, to the stage. Sir David Bintley, one of today’s most sought-after choreographers, puts his personal touch on this beloved story, with a score commissioned from renowned composer Matthew Hindson and sets and costumes by celebrated designer Dick Bird. Knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2020 for his services to dance, Bintley has spent the last 40 years choreographing for some of the world’s most prominent ballet companies. Simultaneously, he has created a reputation for choreographing works that seamlessly use dance as part of a rich narrative and has established himself as one of Britain’s finest choreographers. A Comedy of Errors will take place on March 25 2022 at 7:30pm and March 26 2022 at 2pm and 7:30pm at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 North Tamiami Trail.

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: St. Petersburg Shrimp & Music Festival , March 25 – March 27, 4pm-10pm, 11am-10pm, and 11am-6pm

Join us March 25-27 for the Premiere of the St. Petersburg Shrimp & Music Festival in Williams Park in downtown St. Petersburg. Enjoy live music, shrimp and a variety of other seafoods, meats and vegetarian dishes along with the shopping opportunities in a marketplace of arts, crafts and fine products that will be part of the event. Admission is FREE. Hours will be Friday 4pm-10pm, Saturday 11am-10pm and Sunday 11am-6pm. Fun, food, art and great music await.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: FST Improv: Life's a Beach , March 26, 7:30pm

FST Improv Presents Life's a Beach Playing Saturdays Through March 26 at 7:30pm. From snowbirds to roundabouts, this revue-style show will feature sketches, musicals, and our favorite classic improv games. Poking fun at what makes Sarasota, Sarasota, by using audience suggestions, FST Improv will show us why life here is ‘just a beach.’ Tickets are $15 per person and the performance will take place in FST's Bowne's Lab.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Arts Advocates: Tony Reinemann , March 26 – April 16, 2pm-5pm

Tony Reinemann, Saturday, March 26 – Saturday, April 16, 2022. Fine arts painter Tony Reinemann’s oil paintings have been described as a blend of social and magic realism that evoke a highly exaggerated Edward Hopper in a Hitchcock film. With multiple themes running throughout his works, his sharply defined visuals tell stories limited only by the viewer’s imagination. Reinemann earned a B.F.A. from the School of Visual Arts in New York. His paintings have been exhibited at the Museum of the National Academy of Design in New York and the Whitney Museum of American Art. His painting, “Long Island City,” won First Prize in Art Center Sarasota’s Staying Connected exhibition in 2021.

[SOON]  THEATER: Florida Studio Theatre: The Grandma That Eats Everything & Other Winning Plays , March 26 – April 16, Varies.

Wise, heartfelt, and often comical, this anthology of award-winning short plays celebrates imagination. These winning plays, written by elementary school students from our community and around the world, are brought to life by a cast of professional actors. From a star who could not twinkle to a dragon plagued by hiccups, we've shined a spotlight on the magic of children's creativity through this beloved annual production for over 30 years. Join us in celebrating what stories young playwrights have imagined this school year in an all-new play filled with laughter, lessons, and learning for us all. The Grandma That Eats Everything by award-winning Young Playwrights will play Saturdays and select Sundays from March 26, 2022 - April 16, 2022 in FST's Keating Theatre. Subscriptions and single tickets are on sale and can be purchased by clicking the button above or by calling the Box Office at 941.366.9000.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Art Uptown Gallery: The Art of Losing , March 26 – April 29, Gallery hours.

In April, Art Uptown Gallery will feature the work of Sarasota painter Evelyn McCorristin Peters in an exhibit entitled "The Art of Losing.” The Art of Losing exhibit opens on Saturday, March 26 and runs through Friday, April 29. The public is also invited to a reception on First Friday, April 1, from 6pm to 9pm. Art Uptown Gallery welcomes you to 1367 Main Street, 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]  PERFORMANCE: The Players Centre: Some Enchanted Evening , March 16 – March 27, 7:30pm and 2pm

More than those of any composer or lyricist writing for the stage, the songs of Rodgers & Hammerstein have become an integral part of our everyday lives. This stunning collection of their compositions places five performers in a theatrical setting: first ‘backstage,’ where the songs are sung as personal interplay, and then ‘onstage,’ where the songs are presented to an audience. Offering its performers an opportunity to explore timeless songs within their own styles and sensibilities, SOME ENCHANTED EVENING delights its audience with a glorious parade of genuine hits. Single tickets available Sept. 1, 2021 ($26.50 preview/ $29.50 single/ $14 student). Subscriptions are available now. The show dates March 16-19, 22-26 at 7:30pm and March 20, 26-27 at 2pm.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Van Wezel: ABBA The Concert , March 27, 7pm

ABBA THE CONCERT continues to be one of the top ABBA tribute groups in the world, dazzling all audiences while playing the most iconic hits from ABBA, including “Mamma Mia,” “S.O.S,” “Money, Money, Money,” “The Winner Takes All,” “Waterloo,” “Gimme, Gimme, Gimme,” and “Dancing Queen.” Come dance, sing and have the time of your life at THE ULTIMATE TRIBUTE CELEBRATION on Sunday, March 27 at 7pm.

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