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SRQ DAILY Mar 30, 2022

Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

"This venue enhances our exhibition and publicly acknowledges our community message of tolerance and acceptance for all of our citizens."

- Hon. Judge Charles E. Williams.

[Fundraising]  Simply Sweets SRQ is Lending a Sweet Helping Hand
Barbie Heit. Barbie@srqme.com

With a lifelong love for baking and spreading joy, Francesca Fago opened her home bakery, Simply Sweets SRQ a little over a year ago, when so many people and businesses were struggling. The busy mother of three is grateful for all of the community support she has received during the past year, and so now, she is paying it forward by raising funds to help those affected by the Ukraine conflict.

Fago and Simply Sweets SRQ is offering a box of six rich chocolate cupcakes filled with a decadent chocolate ganache and decorated with a vanilla frosting in Ukraine colors. Each box is twenty dollars and one hundred percent of the profits will support Ukranian people through World Central Kitchen. WCK is serving thousands of fresh meals to Ukrainian families fleeing home as well as those who remain in the country.

To order, visit www.SimplySweetsSrq.com; Instagram @SimplySweets_SRQ; Facebook @SimplySweetsSRQ. 

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[Annual Luncheon]  Diversity and Inclusion Celebrated at Embracing Our Differences Luncheon
Barbie Heit. Barbie@srqme.com

After taking some time away due to the pandemic, Embracing Our Differences, the nonprofit group that uses the the power of the arts to honor diversity, gathered in person for its celebratory luncheon on Wednesday, March 23rd at Michael's on East.

Attendees heard from Board Chair Charles Williams, Gulf Coast Community Foundation's Matt Kahn and others. The keynote speakers were Sarasota High's Taiz Caminero, Booker High's Ashley Rosas Rios, and Venice High's Mya Fraser. The students shared their personal experiences and talked about how Embracing Our Differences has helped to make their schools a safer and more inclusive environment for everyone.

Embracing Our Differences currently has its annual arts showcase on display at Bayfront Park through April 10. Judge Williams acknowledged the beauty and importance of the Bayfront space: "This venue enhances our exhibition and publicly acknowledges our community message of tolerance and acceptance for all of our citizens." 

Pictured: Hon. Judge Charles E. Williams. Photo courtesy of Cliff Roles.

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[Ceremony]  Sarasota Memorial to Break Ground on New Cornell Family Behavioral Health Pavilion

At a time when more people are seeking care for anxiety, depression and other mental health issues, Sarasota Memorial Health Care System is moving forward with a new behavioral health pavilion that will expand and centralize care for people with mental and behavioral health challenges. A groundbreaking ceremony marking the start of construction of Sarasota Memorial’s new Cornell Family Behavioral Health Pavilion will be held on the site with leaders of the health system, project managers, community partners and donors. The ceremony will include a brief presentation and remarks from health system leaders and Target Corp. Chairman and CEO Brian Cornell, who with wife Martha donated $10 million to support the pavilion’s comprehensive approach to care. SMH will be following CDC recommendations and limiting the gathering to invited guests and local media. The ceremony will take place Wednesday, March 30th from 10-11am at Cornell Behavioral Health Pavilion construction site, 1625 S. Osprey Ave. (enter off Waldemere Street). 

[Fundraising Event]  Shumaker’s John Burgess Executive Event Chair for the 2022 Sarasota Walk to End Alzheimer's

Shumaker is pleased to announce that Partner John Burgess has been named Executive Chair for the 2022 Sarasota Walk to End Alzheimer’s, where he has volunteered his time to the Sarasota Walk to End Alzheimer’s for three years. Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's is the world's largest fundraiser for Alzheimer's care, support, and research. This inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to join the fight against the disease. John is a partner in Shumaker’s Labor, Employment and Benefits Service Line, where he brings a depth of experience to his law practice. Focused on employee benefits, executive compensation and employee stock ownership plans, he is a certified public accountant with an extensive tax and accounting background, which includes experience as an auditor with a large accounting firm. Clients draw on John’s ability to take a 360 degree view of their benefit plans and how they affect other areas of their business. In addition to working with the Alzheimer’s Association, John is the President-elect of the Florida West Coast Employee Benefits Council and a member of the Board of Directors of the Florida Center for Employee Ownership. 

[New Board Member]  Tampa Bay Banking Powerhouse Rita Lowman Joins Caldwell Trust Company Board of Directors

Rita Lowman, a banking powerhouse in the Tampa Bay area for over four decades, has joined the board of directors of regionally based Caldwell Trust Company, the leading wealth management company in Venice with a significant presence in Sarasota and the central Gulf Coast area. In announcing Lowman’s appointment, R. G. “Kelly” Caldwell Jr., CEO/president, praised Lowman’s all-around record of accomplishments, which encompass business sectors as well as community causes. “Rita’s experience with banking issues, combined with her financial expertise and passion for serving nonprofit institutions, makes her an ideal fit and very welcome addition to our board,” he said.

Lowman began her banking career 45 years ago as state administration executive for NationsBank/Bank of America and has blazed trails ever since--especially for women--up to her most recent position as president of Pilot Bank. Having managed over 20 acquisitions during her career including the Nations Bank-Barnett Bank merger in 1997, she brings valuable experience in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, branding and community involvement. Besides Caldwell Trust Company, she is a current board member of Southeastern U.S. American Cancer Society and Tampa Bay Bowl Association. She previously served on executive boards of directors of the Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce and the St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce. Lowman’s community service has seen her named as 2020-2022 chair of the Tampa Bay Bowl and serving on its board of directors from 2013 through present day. 

[Construction Industry]  U.S. Representative Buchanan Speaks at GCBX 70th Annual Dinner

The Gulf Coast Builders Exchange (GCBX), a not-for-profit construction industry trade organization, recently held its 70th annual installation and awards dinner with guest speaker Congressman Vern Buchanan. On Monday, Feb. 28, over 400 GCBX Members packed the room at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota to hear Congressman Buchanan provide an overview of issues facing the federal government and matters of interest in the construction industry. Frederick Derr, Chairman & CEO of Frederick Derr & Company, was honored with the 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award, granted to members in recognition of a lifetime of distinguished service and contributions to the GCBX, the commercial contracting industry and the community. GCBX’s current chairman, Michael S. Bennett, Supervisor of Elections for Manatee County, passed the gavel to the incoming chairman Mark Freeman, President, McIntyre Elwell & Strammer General Contractors. The surprise Chairman’s Award was presented to Marlon Brown, Sarasota City Manager and Jared Hawkins with Atlas Insurance received the Volunteer of the Year Award. 

Pictured: Congressman Vern Buchanan and Gulf Coast Builders Exchange Executive Director Mary Dougherty.

[New Logo]  Public Survey to Inform Brand Refresh for City of Sarasota Launches March 8

The City of Sarasota is seeking public input through a brief online survey to inform its logo and seal rebranding effort. The City has partnered with DreamLarge, the first registered benefit corporation on the Gulf Coast of Florida, to design the survey and better understand how the community sees Sarasota. This survey is the first step in a six-month process, which will include a range of community engagement efforts including a future design competition for the City Seal. The survey will gauge the overall public sentiment toward the City’s brand identity, and responses will inform the creative direction of the outcome. “As Sarasota evolves, so does the City’s brand,” said Sarasota Mayor Erik Arroyo. “Our image should reflect the vibrancy of Sarasota to the greater community and the world. Our image should reflect our standing as a top destination, as a cultural hub, as an innovation driver, and the best place to live.”

The 5-minute survey is now available online. It closes on Friday, April 8, at 11:59 p.m. https://www.dreamlarge.org/sarasotabrandsurvey. For more information, contact Marketing and Outreach Coordinator Ciera Coleman at 941-263-6321. 

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Estate and Gift Planning Essentials for Artful Philanthropy , March 30, 10:30am

The John and Mable Ringling Museum will offer a variety of seminars, lectures and presentations on philanthropy, estate planning and making an impact on arts and culture. This months seminar investigates planning your legacy with gift giving essentials. 

Chao Lecture Hall

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Mayors' Feed the Hungry: Strike out Hunger , March 30, 1:05pm

Volunteers will be accepting donations of food when the Orioles host the Rays for spring training at Ed Smith Stadium at 1:05pm 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 our 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. 

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Manatee Community Foundation: Spirit of Manatee , March 30, 11:30am

2022 Spirit of Manatee will take place on Wednesday, March 30, 2022 at 11:30am at the Bradenton Area Convention Center. Purchase a table of 8 ($1,000), table of 4 ($500) or single ticket ($125). Questions? Contact Amy Treis at ATreis@ManateeCF.org. Premier sponsor Milestone Financial Group at Morgan Stanley. 2022 Spirit of Manatee Honorees... Lifetime Spirit Award: Joe and Barbara Najmy, Nominated by Easterseals Happiness House, Lakewood Ranch Community Fund, Inc., State College of Florida Foundation. Leadership Spirit Award: Steve and Carolyn Roskamp, Nominated by School District of Manatee County & United Way Suncoast and Omar Edwards, Nominated by Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity. Community Spirit Award Honoree: Bank of America. Young Spirit Award Honoree: Gabriella Cortes-Alban, Nominated by Healthy Teens of Manatee County. Charles Clapsaddle Community Spotlight Award Honoree: Paul Sharff.

[SOON]  GALLERY: SPAACES Gallery: Properties of Ground: Post (post) Painterly Abstraction , March 18 – April 2, Gallery hours.

Properties of Ground: Post (post) Painterly Abstraction, A Two Person Exhibit with Michael Crabb and Tom Stephens. The artwork in this exhibition is foregrounded by the artist’s practice, making the experience of painting paramount to the outcome. Post-painterly abstractionists rejected the mysticism of abstract expressionism and their preconceived references to the external world. They created a purely factual kind of art which functioned in terms of the basic elements of the medium itself; form, colour, texture, scale, composition and so on. Two abstract process painters, well known in the Sarasota/Bradenton/Tampa Area, Michael Crabb and Tom Stephens show their works in this very Post (post) Painterly exhibition focused on the studio experience. These painters emphasize the physical act of painting as an essential part of the finished work, taking precedence over content or representation. Opening Night Reception is Friday, March 18th, 2022 from 6pm to 8pm. Open Exhibition Dates are March 19th through April 2nd By Appointment Only.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Sarasota Orchestra: Masterworks: Breaking Boundaries , April 1 – April 3, 8pm and 2:30pm

Maestro Bramwell Tovey leads a program of works by composers who fearlessly charted their own paths on Friday, April 1 at 8pm, Saturday, April 2 at 8pm, and Sunday, April 3 at 2:30pm at the Van Wezel. British composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor's Ballade for Orchestra is alternately tender and highly dramatic. Violinist Angelo Xiang Yu stars in the cinematic Concerto for Violin by Korngold, the first composer of classical music who was also renowned for his career writing Hollywood film scores. The program concludes with the glorious Symphony No. 7 by classical music's most famous "bad boy," Beethoven.

[SOON]  DANCE: Sarasota Contemporary Dance: In-Studio Performance featuring Monessa Salley , April 1 – April 2, 7pm

This In-Studio Performance featuring Monessa Salley will take place on Friday April 1st and Saturday April 2nd 2022 at 7pm and its Virtual Stream will take place on April 2nd at 7pm.

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: International Chalk Festival , April 1 – April 3, 10am-8pm

A museum in motion as professional pavement artists from around the world use chalk as their medium and the pavement as their surface with a few pushing the boundaries, including walls and other materials. You are an integral part of the creative process as the viewer laying witness to artists creative process, turning the pavement into a museum in motion while creating oversized masterpieces in chalk. Become a part of the illusion by stepping onto the 3D paintings for photo opportunities and sharing memories. Each day the interactive zone for the 'Young and Young at Heart' is so you have the opportunity to be creative with chalk. We provide colorful chalk, ground surfaces and chalk walls so everyone can create their own mini-masterpiece, or just scribbles to see how easy, or challenging it can be to create with chalk. You can chalk your name or whatever comes to mind. Each day of the festival you can sit under the big tent and listen or dance to live music featuring a diverse selection of local and national musicians and bands. The line-up of live performances will be listed one month prior to event. Each day arts and craft vendors, food vendors, and beverages and spirits of all kinds are available so you can spend a few hours or all day getting lunch, listing to music, shopping with vendors, having a drink and taking your time strolling the artwork. The Chalk festivities run 3 days starting on Friday, April 1 - 3, 2022 from 10am to 8pm at the Venice Airport, 610 Airport Avenue East, Venice.

[SOON]  FILM: The 24th Annual Sarasota Film Festival , April 1 – April 10

The 24th Annual Sarasota Film Festival will take place from April 1 to 10 at CMX CinéBistro Siesta Key. Independent and International narratives, docs and shorts are programmed into a schedule of over 100 features, themed shorts packages and additional programming sidebars that change each year to reflect the strengths of submitted films. Festival events include socially-driven parties and private receptions to honor guest filmmakers, community-wide street festivals and the black-tie Filmmakers Tribute Dinner. SFF patrons have enjoyed intimate performances from Aerosmith and The B52's as well as a host of special appearances from local and international musicians. A host of guests and filmmakers attend to promote their films and celebrate the accomplishments of their peers.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Urbanite Theatre: A Skeptic and a Bruja , April 1 – May 1, Varies.

A Skeptic and a Bruja by Rosa Fernandez Directed by Patrice Amon is A WORLD PREMIERE produced in Collaboration with freeFall Theatre and will run from April 1 to May 1, 2022. Priscilla buys a home in the middle of nowhere with the hopes of turning it into a lucrative bed and breakfast. When she starts having paranormal experiences, she calls Sam and Jess from the hit ghost-hunting show "A Skeptic and a Bruja" to help her. None of the women are prepared for the haunting they encounter next.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Booker High VPA: Fool*ish , April 1 – April 2, Varies.

Fool*ish will take place April 1-2, 2022 at The Courtyard at Booker VPA, 3201 N. Orange Ave. We are fools whether we dance or not, so we may as well dance. Fool-ish is a dance concert that dives into our foolish side to see what we are fooled by and how we fool others.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Fresh Fridays: Art on the Block , April 1, 7pm-10pm

Your first-Friday downtown block party continues with ART ON THE BLOCK. The city’s arts are the occasion to dance and celebrate creativity as we showcase performance, visual, and circus arts on Friday, April 1st on Lemon Avenue from 7-10pm. Featuring: dancing, free signature party favors, light bites, arts showcases, free polaroid portraits, beverages al fresco, and more.  

[SOON]  MUSIC: Guitar Sarasota: International Concert Series: Laura Snowden - United Kingdom , April 2, 7:30pm

Join Laura Snowden on Saturday, April 2, 2022 at Riverview Performing Arts Center at 7:30pm. British-French guitarist and composer Laura Snowden is acclaimed for her “poise and intensity” (The Guardian) and playing of “extraordinary dept” (Strings, Classical Music Magazine). The first guitarist to graduate from the Yehudi Menuhin School, made possible by the Rolling Stones, she is currently teaching there. After she was invited by guitarist Julian Bream to premiere his latest commissions at Wigmore Hall, her international appearances have since built rapidly, with festival debuts across Europe, China and the US, as well as concerto debuts with Norrköping Symphony Orchestra and Münchener Kammerorchester, and a recording of Lisa Streich’s guitar concerto Augenlider with the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester.

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Lido Beach Spring Craft Show , April 2 – April 3, 10am-5pm

Join us for the 2nd Annual Lido Beach Spring Craft Show on April 2-3, 2022 at Lido Beach in Sarasota, FL. Produced by Paragon Festivals and graciously hosted by the Downtown Sarasota Enrichment Association with the Humane Society of Sarasota the event’s Special Guest. Artisans and crafters from across Florida and throughout America will create a palette of artistic creations in mediums such as sculpture, jewelry, painting, photography, glass, ceramics, mixed-media, metalwork, fiber art, woodworking and more. If you do not find exactly what you wish, consider commissioning a piece made specifically for you as the artists creating all these works will be present at the event. Hours of the Lido Beach Spring Craft Show are Saturday and Sunday 10am-5pm. Admission is free. Come discover the beauty and functionality in what people create. Find that piece of art for home or office to enrich your life and inspire you each day.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: FST Improv: Comedy Freestyle , April 2 – May 28, 7:30pm

FST Improv Presents Comedy Freestyle Beginning on April 2 and through May 28, 2022 at 7:30pm. What happens when you take some of your favorite improv games…and remove all the rules? Anything goes at Comedy Freestyle, an off-the-wall improvisation potpourri. Featuring a mashup of both short-form and long-form styles, audiences get the best of the art form when styles and techniques collide! We’ll set our performers free from all of the traditional dos and don’ts of improv, and you get to watch them figure out what comes next, completely on the spot. Tickets are $15 per person and the performance will take place in FST's Bowne's Lab.

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