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SRQ DAILY Apr 20, 2022

Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

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Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

"The pandemic brought hunger out of the shadows and everyone felt the panic. It leveled the playing field and raised awareness in our community."

- Sandra Frank, CEO, All Faiths Food Bank

[Awards Luncheon]  All Faiths Food Bank Recognized at Change Agents in Philanthropy Awards Luncheon

On March 10th SRQ Media recognized five local nonprofits who have leaned into change, particularly after an extremely challenging year, at the SB2 Transformation in Philanthropy luncheon and panel discussion. The event took place at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota where all parties were thrilled to be gathered together in person. 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 are pleased to highlight each of the nonprofit groups recognized at the luncheon as part of our Wednesday Philanthropy edition.

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is felt through many facets of communities across the country. As income has been reduced while the cost of nearly everything else has risen, the issue of food insecurity is more prevalent than ever. This rendered the services of All Faiths Food Bank, the only food bank and largest hunger relief organization in Sarasota and DeSoto counties, absolutely vital. Despite the drastic decline of on-location workforces, Closing the Food Bank was never an option - those who already struggled with food insecurity found themselves in a crisis and even families who’d never been in need of the Food Bank’s services, found themselves needing a helping hand. According to CEO Sandra Frank, “The pandemic brought hunger out of the shadows and everyone felt the panic. It leveled the playing field and raised awareness in our community.”

All Faiths Food Bank has dedicated themselves to preventing future hunger insecurity - not just the current struggles our communities face. They are doing so by trying to address the root of food insecurity - poverty. The Food Bank is helping community members apply for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits as well partnering with the Florida Healthy Kids Corporation to increase affordable health and dental coverage. The Food Bank is also working with other healthcare providers and non profits to screen families for hunger - and provide immediate on-site nutritional benefits to families that are deemed food-insecure 

Pictured: Members of All Faiths Food Bank. Photo by Noah Magnifico.

[]  Junior League of Sarasota Tour of Homes


Join the Junior League for the reimagined Tour of Homes event, presented by Charlotte's Grace, at the landmark Sarasota Art Museum on the Ringling College Museum Campus on Saturday, April 30th. Celebrate the modernism, flair, and legacy of Sarasota architecture through the ages.

They are bringing back the VIP Trolley Tour and featuring a virtual tour of six homes including two that are still under construction and they are also excited to announce an all women home design and style panel discussion, a pop-up marketplace and entertainment, followed by Happy Hour at the Café in the Park where they will wrap up with our raffle and silent auction! Your ticket includes admission to the museum and the Bistro as well. This year the returning presenting sponsor is Charlotte’s Grace. The main event is from noon to 4 pm at the Sarasota Art Museum. Playing in the Auditorium throughout the day, our virtual one-of-a-kind tour will showcase the iconic Zig Zag house, exclusive Indian Shores estates, and the Lido Shores home of Adrienne Vittadini. There is also a special HGTV-style sneak peak of two homes still underway by Trinity Construction.

From 1:30-2:30pm renowned local historian John McCarthy is leading an all women home design and style focused panel discussion in the Auditorium, featuring: Interior Designer Jen Masters of And Masters, Architects Hannah Boehmer and Caitlin Jenson of Sweet Sparkman, and CEO Jamie Vrinios of Keller Williams on the Water.

All proceeds from this event benefit the Junior League of Sarasota, including the signature project of supporting youth aging out of the foster care system. 

For ticket information and to learn more click here.

[Brandstory]  Giving Challenge with Cat Depot

Did you know that Cat Depot will rescue and care for over 800 kittens this year? With Kitten Season upon us, your support is needed now more than ever. It also makes our 2022 Giving Challenge theme - “BE THE ONE TO HELP THEM GROW” – even timelier.

The average cost to get a healthy kitten ready for adoption, is $150-$200. Each kitten receives a medical exam by shelter medical staff; spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations, and even a microchip! Should a kitten require specialized care or time with one of our dedicated foster families, costs can go up.

The Giving Challenge is a 24-hour day of giving hosted by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, with giving strengthened by The Patterson Foundation. Over 650 non-profit organizations come together to share their mission with the community. This year’s day of philanthropy will take place from noon to noon on Tuesday, April 26 – Wednesday, April 27.

Once again, The Patterson Foundation will be providing a 1:1 match up to $100 per unique donor, making your donation go even farther to support the sick, inured, and homeless kittens we care for each year!

To give directly as part of Cat Depot’s largest fundraiser of the year, please visit www.givingchallenge.org and select us as one your benefitting charities, at which time your one-time donation of $25 to $100, made via credit card, will be matched by The Patterson Foundation.

Your generosity and support of our lifesaving mission is most appreciated. Thank you for BEING THE ONE TO HELP THEM GROW! 

Click Here for More Information

[Promotions]  Entech Announces Executive Promotions

Entech announced Tuesday the promotion of Chris Brenes from Director of IT and Security to Chief Information Security Officer, Stephen Tracy from Director of Managed Services to Vice President of Service Operations, and Josh Stevens to Vice President of Platform Operations. As Entech’s Chief Information Security Officer, Brenes is responsible for all of Entech’s cybersecurity, compliance, and IT infrastructure. As one of the company’s CIO for clients, Chris also consults with firms across Southwest Florida to provide design, analysis, and cybersecurity. As Entech’s VP of Service Operations, Tracy now oversees all of the company’s relationships with clients, while continuing to grow its existing partner base. He truly believes that there are no other managed service providers that are able to achieve the level of customer satisfaction and partnership that Entech can. 

[New Hire]  Becky McDonough, the New Executive Director at ALSO Youth

ALSO Youth is pleased to announce the hiring of a new Executive Director, Rebecca “Becky” McDonough, who assumed the role on April 11, 2022. Ms. McDonough has a distinguished career in business and behavioral healthcare administration. Her most recent role was Director of Clinical Services at Palm Shores Behavioral Health Center, a psychiatric residential treatment center for youth with trauma history. Ms. McDonough has a master’s degree in Human Development Counseling from Bradley University, and a Doctorate degree in Counseling Psychology from Argosy University. Becky is a 20-year member of MCC Church of the Trinity and currently serves on their board as Vice-Moderator. She also served on the board of Trinity Charities, a non-profit AIDS service organization, managing their benevolence program and writing grants. 

[New Hire]  Manatee Habitat Hires New President/CEO

Roger Arnholt, Chairman of the Board stated "The Manatee Habitat Board is excited to welcome Bernie Quinn as the next President/CEO. His long history of involvement with community organizations and developing responses to address community issues fits well with our mission to expand our response to the ever-growing need for affordable, sustainable housing in our community. He is a proven leader, able to connect passion with purpose with staff, volunteers and community partners."

After graduating from the University Valley Forge with a B.S. in Theology, Mr. Quinn went on to achieve his M.A. in Psychology. He then led the Grace Community Church in Rochester, NH for nineteen years. Mr. Quinn also brings to Manatee Habitat his knowledge of the Habitat for Humanity principals having been the Development Director of Strategic Partnerships for Habitat in Lee and Hendry Counties. His vast leadership experience along with his heart for the Habitat for Humanity mission will serve the organization well. Manatee Habitat is looking forward to his joining and leading the team starting April 25, 2022. 

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Ranch Nite Wednesdays , November 10 – May 31, 6-9pm

Your favorite weeknight hangout has arrived at its new home, Waterside Place, the newest town center in Lakewood Ranch. Ranch Nite Wednesdays will take place from 6-9pm, every Wednesday, starting November 10, 2021 and through May, 2022. It will feature New food trucks + dessert truck each week, Weekly live music from local artists, Night market every 2nd Wednesday hosted by Main Street Market LWR, Outdoor bar hosted by Waterside Place tenant Good Liquid Brewing & Scratch Kitchen, and The 2nd largest recreational cornhole league in the nation hosted by MVP Sports & Social.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Sarasota Art Museum: Jazz Thursdays , January 13 – January 12, 5:30pm-8:30pm

Jazz Thursdays at Sarasota Art Museum will runs through January 12, 2023 from 5:30pm to 8:30pm. FREE for Members, $20 for Not-Yet Members. Sarasota Art Museum invites you to be our guest at our first Jazz Thursday at SAM, featuring Hot Club of SRQ. Sarasota Art Museum is partnering with the Jazz Club of Sarasota for Jazz Thursdays. Join us for our special late-night performances on the Marcy & Michael Klein Plaza. Jazz Thursdays will occur on the second Thursday of each month until January 12, 2023. Galleries + Bistro + Shop will be open.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Atelier de SoSi: Trashed , March 4 – April 22, Gallery hours.

“Trashed ”—an art show where 85% of the materials have been found or otherwise set aside to be “Trashed”. This seven-week show focused on “Turning Trash into Treasure” is meant to shed some light on what we so easily toss aside to be sent to our landfills and waterways. Artists have a unique way of looking at objects through a different lens. These artists have taken “trash” and transformed it into imaginative pieces of unique artwork. The show includes sculptural, functional and beautiful objects, this will be a rare chance to snag one of a kind pieces for the local art lover. “Trashed” will encompass different events during the show’s run, including a Trashed” Comedy show, on March 25th. Visual artists and comedians will come together to present an experience of laughter and good times. This collaboration only highlights and cultivates the growth of a dynamic arts community here in St Petersburg. Hosted by Lauren Dufault, she brings a group of the area's favorite comedians: Shellie Harris, Brad Gilmore and the headliner John J Murray. “Trashed” will finish out with an Earth Day Celebration on April 22nd. Opening is March 4th 6-9pm, Art Walk is March 12th 5-9pm, Comedy Show is March 25th 8pm, Art Walk is April 9th 5-9pm, and Earth Day Celebration is April 22nd.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Beyond Van Gogh , March 4 – April 24, 10am-9pm and 10am-10pm

Immerse yourself in the world of Vincent Van Gogh like you've never experienced before from March 4, 2022 to April 24, 2022 at the Starry Night Pavilion at University Town Center, 195 University Town Center Drive. Beyond Van Gogh is a rich and unique multimedia experience, taking the viewer on a journey through over 300 iconic artworks including instantly-recognizable classics "The Starry Night", "Sunflowers", and "Cafe Terrace at Night", now freed from their frames. Set to a symphonic score and using the artist's own dreams, thoughts, and words to drive the experience as a narrative, Van Gogh's art comes to life by appearing and disappearing, flowing across multiple surfaces and heightening the senses with their immense detail. Guests will leave with a new appreciation of this prolific artist's stunning work. Hours of Operation are Sunday through Thursday: 10am to 9pm and Friday & Saturday: 10am to 10pm. The visit will take around one hour with final entry one hour before close.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe: Broadway in Black , March 9 – April 24

Honoring the significant contributions of African Americans over the years on the “Great White Way” is “Broadway in Black.” Broadway musicals have charmed the world for decades; WBTT salutes that genre with an original revue by Nate Jacobs – who will direct – that was first presented in the summer of 2017. Sing along with your favorite songs from award-winning shows and breakthrough roles that helped launch the careers of such African-American artists as Melba Moore in “Purlie,” Ben Vereen in “Pippin,” Jennifer Holliday in “Dreamgirls,” and Nell Carter in “Ain’t Misbehavin’.” It’s Broadway, WBTT style! Jacobs will direct; resident choreographer Donald Frison will take the production to the next level with thrilling new choreography. Show runs from March 9 to April 24, 2022. Ticket sales are scheduled to begin in the late summer. Call the Box Office at 941-366-1505 or visit westcoastblacktheatre.org.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Arts Advocates Gallery: Monthly Speaker: The Architecture of Mote's New Aquarium , April 21, 11am

April 21, 2022, 11am, The Architecture of Mote’s New Aquarium – A Mote Marine curator and a member of the architectural design team will discuss the spatial and aesthetic requirements of the new Mote Science Education Aquarium (Mote SEA). Arts Advocates is keeping a close eye on the COVID-19 situation and will decide whether their monthly speaker programs will be in-person luncheons at Bird Key Yacht Club or held via Zoom as each event nears. These programs are open to the public. Visit ArtsAdvocates.org for more information.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: The Ringling: Homeschool Third Thursday: Explore the Center for Asian Art , April 21, 10am-12pm

Explore the Center for Asian Art will take place on April 21, 2022. The Ringling Museum of Art is known internationally for its extensive European collection, featuring famous artworks and artists from the Baroque period. But did you know The Ringling also has an amazing collection of art from Asia? Join us as we travel through the Center for Asian Art, discovering treasures from Asia’s past and present. Join us on the third Thursday of each month, for a special day designed just for homeschool families. Tickets are timed in order to avoid over-crowding; please check in at the Visitors Pavilion at the time noted on your ticket. Please note that this is a self-guiding program. Wristbands, a map, and a program packet with activities and information will be provided at check-in and families are invited to explore the museum at their own pace.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Ringling Museum: Music Around the World , April 21, 6pm

Musician and Hermitage Artist Retreat fellow, Kavita Shah will preform Music Around the World under the Banyan trees at The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Arts. She will perform a selection of her works in a stripped down style to compliment the dreamy outdoor venue.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: The Ringling: Literati Book Club April , April 22, 10:30am

Join The Ringling Art Library for Literati, a book group that discusses books about art and subjects reflecting the Ringling collections. The April 22 book club will take place at 10:30am: The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris by David McCullough. 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]  GRAB BAG: LAUGHTER in LWR! Stand-up Comedy Show , April 23, 5pm

Knock Out Marketing & PR and Grove restaurant have partnered to bring you an extraordinary stand-up clean comedy event on Saturday, April 23, 2022 starring 3 hilarious, headliner comedians and an emcee. Our last comedy shows sold out very quickly and received standing ovations. We hope you'll join us to sit back and laugh with your friends. Come early and socialize. After the Show, meet the Comedians. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Impact 100SRQ.  2 Shows: 5pm & 8pm. Doors open 45 minutes prior to event start time. We encourage you to come early, visit with your friends and hand-selected vendors, purchase beverages and relax. Attire is Formal casual. 3 cash bars and beverage servers available throughout the show. No drink minimum. Cash & credit cards accepted. There will be no food service at the event. Your ticket includes a 10% off food voucher for Grove restaurant. This voucher is valid for the evening of the event. A confirmation voucher will be automatically emailed to you after you purchase event tickets. Grove restaurant reservations are strongly recommended the night of this event. Call Grove at (941) 893-4321 to make your dinner reservation. 

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: FST Improv: To Die For , April 23, 7:30pm

FST Improv Presents To Die For on April 23 at 7:30pm. Join us for the debut of FST Improv’s To Die For, an improvised murder mystery with a different theme every week. With a cast of quirky characters, To Die For features the twists and turns of your favorite mystery thriller without skimping on the comedy. Using audience suggestions, our plucky detective will go to extreme lengths to crack the case. Can you figure out whodunit? Tickets are $15 per person and the performance will take place in FST's Bowne's Lab.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Ring Sarasota: Stage and Screen Performance , April 24, 6pm

Join Sarasotas premier handbell ensemble for a performance of songs from the stage and screen! The ensemble will ring out tunes from movies, musicals and TV, along with a selection of original songs at Church of the Palms, Sarasota.

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