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SRQ DAILY Apr 27, 2022

Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

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Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

"You have to remember that change can be positive. If you do not change, you remain stagnant. That is just not something we are willing to do."

- Sara Grivetti, CEO Neuro Challenge Foundation.

[Awards Luncheon]  Neuro Challenge Foundation for Parkinson's 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.

In the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and the ensuing aftermath, the Neuro Challenge Foundation for Parkinson’s, like many other foundations and nonprofits across the country, faced a litany of challenges. But for the Neuro Challenge Foundation, their obstacles were particularly unique. Their programs for people with Parkinson’s Disease - which range from therapeutic to educational to emotional support - typically conducted in person, had to be switched to an online format. This forced the team at the Neuro Challenge Foundation to not only create an online program to conduct their programs on, but also learn how to interact with people with Parkinson’s Disease and their caregivers on this new online platform.

How do you dispel potentially life altering advice over zoom? Advising people with Parkinson’s Disease and their families on future care plans is no easy task. The Care Advisors adapted to this challenge by honing their active listening skills - offering up care, advice, and a shoulder to lean on when patients and their families had to deal with COVID related issues like feelings of depression and isolation.

In the long run, however, the Neuro Challenge Foundation’s transition to online Care Advising proved beneficial to all. The shift allowed the Foundation to provide Care Advising to people with Parkinson’s Disease and their families throughout the country, not just in the Sarasota area. The shift to online programming also allowed the Foundation to conduct their 2021 Parkinson’s Expo virtually - attracting people from 36 states and 14 countries.

According to CEO Sara Grivetti, “You have to remember that change can be positive. If you don’t change, you remain stagnant. That’s just not something we are willing to do.” 

Pictured: Members of the Neuro Challenge Foundation. Photo by Noah Magnifico.

[Grants]  Florida Winefest & Auction to Begin Accepting Grant Requests

Florida Winefest & Auction, Inc. is pleased to announce it will once again be accepting grant requests. Due to Covid and the subsequent cancellation of events, the last requests were received in 2019. Sandy Loevner, President, Board of Directors of the non-profit organization, is thrilled to announce her team is ready to jump back in and continue their support. She says, “The children in our community need our support, perhaps now, more than ever.”

Florida Winefest &Auction /Caring for Children Charities will be accepting Grant Applications commencing April 15, 2022 through June 30, 2022. Grant monies will be distributed in 2023. Qualified 501(c)(3) charities in Sarasota and Manatee Counties who have programs benefiting at-risk children and youth may apply. Organizations receiving grants will be announced at the Truffle Dinner November 12, 2022. The application will be available on our website www.floridawinefest.org. Simply complete the application on-line and submit it pursuant to the instructions. Any questions regarding the grant application or to receive one via USPS should be submitted via e-mail to sandy@floridawinefest.org or by calling 941-952-1109. 

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[Spanish Resources]  Hispanic Resource Community Fair Offers Assistance to Spanish-Speaking Families

The School District of Manatee County is hosting a Hispanic Resource Community Fair this week to assist Spanish-speaking families with much-needed services. The fair is taking place from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. this Saturday, April 30, 2022 at the Wakeland Support Center, located at 1812 27th Street East in Bradenton. Volunteers are helping families with important information such as school or transportation registration, summer camp enrollment, accessing student grades, applying for job opportunities, filing for rental assistance, enrolling in adult English classes, answering questions about healthcare access and more. There will be a food pantry for families, as well as free haircuts, medical exams and clothing. Community partners who are participating include: Centerstone, Farmworker Career Development Program, Florida Department of Health-Manatee, Manatee Literacy Council, Manatee Technical College, Manatee County Government, MCR Health, Project HEART, Unidos Now and more. For more information, families are encouraged to call the School District of Manatee County ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) Program at 941-909-1999. 

[Company Growth]  Fawley Bryant Architecture Launches New Sports Division

Fawley Bryant Architecture (FBA), one of the fastest-growing full-service architecture firms on the Gulf Coast, announces the launch of its sports division. With construction value equating to more than $500 million in sports-related work since 2017, the division will serve the firm’s roster of notable clients, while strategically expanding the market segment for the company. Headquartered in Sarasota, Florida, the 22-person firm has created a significant impact for many local and national sports organizations. Recently completed work includes projects for seven Major League Baseball teams, the Professional Bull Riding Association in Pueblo, Colorado, master planning for IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, and Binghamton University in Binghamton, New York. The team is currently working with the St. Louis Cardinals and Miami Marlins on the renovation and expansion of their spring training home in Jupiter, Florida.

Leading the new division is Kirk Bauer, promoted to director of sports. With over ten years at FBA, Bauer has led many significant jobs for the team, including CoolToday Park for the Atlanta Braves, IMG Academy’s Gatorade Sports Science Institute and its recently completed indoor basketball and tennis facility, Binghamton University’s baseball complex, and the St. Louis Cardinals’ batting tunnels. In his new role, Bauer will be responsible for the oversight of all sports projects and division-specific client relations, staff management and business development efforts. To support Bauer, FBA recently hired Shane Johnson, who will act as senior project manager for the sports division. The division is also supported by four dedicated architectural staff members and the entire FBA design team. 

Pictured: Kirk Bauer (left), Director of Sports and Shane Johnson, Senior Project Manager.

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[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Discover Sarasota Tours: Sarasota's Leading Ladies , November 10 – May 18

A city tour led by one of Sarasota’s Founding Women: Rose Wilson, Mable Ringling, Marie Selby, and Bertha Palmer, as portrayed by actress and guide Kathryn Chesley. History comes to life on this Sarasota City Tour led by Rose Wilson, Mable Ringling, Marie Selby, or Bertha Palmer, as portrayed by actress and guide Kathryn Chesley. Each week’s 90-minute tour features a different leading founder and focuses on her contributions to Sarasota. Tour ticket includes FREE Parking.

[SOON]  GALLERY: As long as there is sun, as long as there is light: Selections from the Bring Gift and The Ringling Collection of Modern and Contemporary Art , November 21 – August 13, Museum hours.

The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art is pleased to announce the opening of As long as there is sun, as long as there is light. Selections from the Bring Gift and The Ringling Collection of Modern and Contemporary Art. The exhibition will run Nov. 21, 2021 – Aug. 13, 2023, in the museum’s Searing Wing. In 2020, The Ringling received a significant gift of art from Murray Bring and Kay Delaney Bring, in support of the modern and contemporary collection. Highlights from the gift include an important minimalist work by Anne Truitt and a monumental work on canvas by Gene Davis, both artists affiliated with the Washington Color School, an art movement during the 1950s to 1970s in Washington D.C., made up of abstract expressionist artists Additional works in the gift represent a generation of prominent artists who work, or have worked, in abstraction, including Clement Meadmore, Jules Olitski, Beverly Pepper, Rebecca Salter, Kenneth Snelson, and Yuriko Yamaguchi, among others. Also on view are sculptures and paintings by distinguished African American and Latin American artists from The Ringling collection, including William Edmondson, Eduardo Mac Entyre, Omar Rayo, Baruj Salinas, and Joyce de Guatemala.  

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: The Ringling: ROAR! , February 10 – April 29, 2:30pm and 10:30am

ROAR! is The Ringling's free storytime program that connects art with early literacy. Every week we read together, make art, and learn about an object in the museum. This program is designed for preschoolers and toddlers, but all ages are welcome. ROAR! will take place from February 10, 2022 to April 29, 2022 at 2:30pm and 10:30am in the Museum of Art.

[SOON]  : BEE Aware: Discover the Wonder of Bees , April 30, 1-3pm

“BEE Aware: Discover the Wonder of Bees” will be held at the Manatee County Agricultural Museum on Saturday, April 30th, from 1:00 to 3:00 PM. This FREE event will be held indoors/outdoors at the Ag Museum, 1015 6th St. West, Palmetto. Join the Ag Museum in partnership with Soar in 4 and Suncoast Beekeepers Association for this family event that will BEE a blast!

Stations during the event will feature an interactive demonstration hive (no live bees), honey tasting, games, crafts, story time, and your family will be able to make a bee house (1 per family). Learn about the best plants to attract bees and help them thrive as well as how to avoid being stung. For more information, call 941-721-2034 or email agriculturalmuseum@manateeclerk.com

[SOON]  GALLERY: The Ringling: Eleanor Merritt: Remembrance , February 18 – August 21, Museum hours.

The Ringling is pleased to present an exhibition that celebrates the life and artwork of Eleanor Merritt from February 18, 2022 to August 21, 2022. Eleanor was a dedicated volunteer at The Ringling for many years as a docent and Board member. She also served as president of the Venice Art Center and was active in other arts organizations as well. Eleanor passed away in 2019 leaving a legacy of art and public service. This exhibition is dedicated to her spirit and creativity and represents a small sample of a significant body of work the artist created over her long career. Beginning with an early work from the 1950s Untitled (Seated Figure) and concluding with her last painting Blue Embrace of 2018, the exhibition highlights her creative use of materials, movement between figuration and abstraction, and her commitment to women’s rights. The works in the exhibition come from the artist’s estate and from a few prestigious private collections. The artist’s daughter, Lisa, and artist Mike Solomon were critical guides in the development of this exhibition. 

[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]  GALLERY: Ringling College Galleries + Exhibitions presents: Jude Zawaideh: Pulse , April 1 – May 6, 6pm-8pm

Ringling College Undergraduate and Surrealist artist, Jude Zawaideh will have an exhibition on display April 1-May 6. Celebrtae the opening at the public reception on Friday, April 1st from 6-8pm . Viewings are free and open to the public.

Downtown gallery PS340, 340 Central Ave, Sarasota

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: The Giving Challenge , April 26 – April 27, Varies.

The Giving Challenge is an exciting 24-hour giving event sponsored by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County supporting local nonprofits. From April 26th at noon to April 27th at noon, donors can make a donation, helping their favorite organization. The Patterson Foundation will provide a 1:1 match for all donations, up to $100 per donor, per organization. Explore the nonprofits participating this year and support them.

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Women's Resource Center Offers Free Business Coaching for Female Entrepreneurs , April 27, 12pm

The Women′s Resource Center (WRC) is partnering with the Tampa Bay Women’s Business Centre, Manasota SCORE, and CareerSource, to provide a free, business coaching seminar for female entrepreneurs, Wednesday, April 27, noon-1 pm, via Zoom. Speakers from all three organizations will discuss their programs and resources that assist entrepreneurs in building a successful business. The speakers are: Dr. Kerry Szymanski, director of the Tampa Bay Women’s Business Centre; SCORE certified mentor Arcinée Hermiston; and Michael Meerman, the workforce education director of CareerSource Suncoast.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Art in Common Places Celebrates Poem in Your Pocket Day , April 27 – April 28, Varies.

Art in Common Places is pleased to present two programs to celebrate Poem in Your Pocket Day, April 27 to April 28, as well as National Poetry Month. The April 27 program, noon at Selby Public Library, features poets Melanie Lavender and Don McLagan and artist Ann Burroughs. The April 28 program, 6 pm on Zoom, features poet Danny Shot and artist Mara Torres González. Both programs include poetry readings and discussions about their collaborative works with Art in Common Places.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Selby Gardens: Seeing the Invisible , September 25 – August 31, 10am-5pm

The most ambitious and expansive exhibition to date of contemporary artworks created with augmented reality (AR) technology will premiere at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, opening on September 25, 2021 and ongoing through August 31 2022, as one of 12 participating gardens across six countries. Seeing the Invisible features works by more than a dozen international artists such as Ai Weiwei, Refik Anadol, El Anatsui, Isaac Julien CBE, Mohammed Kazem, Sigalit Landau, Sarah Meyohas, Pamela Rosenkranz, and Timur Si-Qin—including several artists’ first work in AR. Visitors will engage with Seeing the Invisible via an app designed for the exhibition downloadable to smartphones and tablets. Forging new links between botanical gardens located in diverse biomes around the globe, the exhibition fosters collaboration between institutions, artists, and audiences, highlighting the power of art to connect people around the world.

[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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