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SRQ DAILY Jun 29, 2022

Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

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Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

"We know students can be derailed from attaining their degrees for a variety of reasons; we feel it is important to support students who are persistently pursuing higher education and help them achieve their goals."

- Kay Carrington, Manager of Scholarships at the Community Foundation.

[Scholarships]  Millions in Scholarships from Community Foundation of Sarasota County Support Local Students Completing Degrees

During a time of increased costs for gas, food, and school supplies, young adults pursuing higher education are also facing higher prices for enrollment in secondary education. With a focus on ensuring students have the means to complete their education and earn degrees, the Community Foundation of Sarasota County adjusted its scholarship awards this year to more fully address the true cost of college attendance.

“Getting to college is one thing, but staying there is an entirely different matter,” said Kay Carrington, Manager of Scholarships at the Community Foundation. “We know students can be derailed from attaining their degrees for a variety of reasons; we feel it is important to support students who are persistently pursuing higher education and help them achieve their goals.”

Of the 294 scholarship recipients who received more than $1 million from the Community Foundation for the 2022-2023 school year, 100 – more than one third of awardees – were already enrolled in college. This reflects a larger national trend of supporting students already in college with related expenses, as well as renewable scholarships. The average scholarship awarded this year was about $3,500, with some annual awards reaching as high as $12,500 for the school year as with the Lela D. Jackson Foundation Scholarship – a 4-year, $50,000 scholarship – which recognized seven students this year. Additionally, the Suncoast Nursing Action Coalition (SNAC) provided 33 scholarships to working nursing professionals who are pursuing RN, BSN, Doctorate and PH.D. degrees to enhance the local nursing workforce. Nearly 80 percent of this year’s scholarship recipients will be attending institutions in Florida with the University of Florida, University of South Florida, Florida State University, University of Central Florida and State College of Florida making up the top five colleges for enrollment among scholarship recipients. By completing a single application, local students are considered for more than 88 scholarship funds. The applications are reviewed by nearly 90 local community volunteers. 

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[Homelessness]  Second Heart Homes Expands its Successful Supportive-Housing Program For Homeless Adults to Manatee County

An effective mental health and supportive-housing program for homeless adults in Sarasota will be expanding its work into Manatee County. Second Heart Homes recently purchased a property in Bradenton on June 9, expanding its program capacity to serve 43 men and women. The timing of the expansion comes as homelessness is up 25 percent in Manatee County since September, and more than 65 percent of those are homeless for the first time. Second Heart Homes’ high-touch, tailored-services approach sets it apart from other homelessness nonprofits by providing long-term housing and care that revives dignity, establishes stability, and teaches independence. Clients come to the organization based on their commitment to address their mental and physical health, remain sober and achieve personal goals toward self-sufficiency. Many later rejoin the community. The purchase of the new property was enabled by a $300,000 grant from Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation. Other community leaders came together quickly to support the purchase, too, Howell said. Since being founded in 2019, the organization has provided its clients with more than 10,000 nights of living off the street. This has helped alleviate the strain on emergency and other social services personnel to care for homeless individuals, as well as the prevalence of panhandling. 

Pictured: Megan Howell, founder and executive director of Second Heart Homes (second from left) celebrates with Premier Sotheby’s International Realty team members Emilie Sebion, Craig Cerreta and Tamara Currey, who helped facilitate the purchase. Photo

[Grants]  Gulf Coast Board Approves Final Fiscal Year 2022 Grants

Gulf Coast Community Foundation’s Board of Directors approved over $3.3 million in grant awards last week. The funding, approved at the final Board meeting of the foundation’s 2022 fiscal year, included grants from legacy donors who established funds which allow Gulf Coast to fulfill their philanthropic goals and support the causes most important to them in perpetuity. Some of these donor legacy fund grants approved by the Gulf Coast Board were made to support incredible community projects and causes. These grants included: $150,000 to support Phase 2 of The Bay Park; $125,000 to Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce CareerEdge; $50,000 to Education Foundation of Sarasota County. 

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[Leadership ]  Manatee County Superintendent and Director of Federal Programs & Grants Selected for Leadership Florida Program

Leadership Florida, an organization made up of community leaders in the state, has welcomed Superintendent Cynthia Saunders and Latrina Singleton, the School District of Manatee County’s Director of Federal Programs and Grants, as their newest class members. They join five others appointed to the Education Class 7 in the Calusa region, which includes Manatee and Sarasota Counties. Leadership Florida was created in 1982 by the Florida Chamber of Commerce to “build a sense of statewide community by identifying and educating individuals who have the passion, commitment and positioning to help make great things happen.” It’s a program designed to enhance the understanding of issues critical to Florida and develop bonds among leaders who use their talents and resources to build better communities. The goal of the Leadership Florida Education Class Program is to propel Florida’s K-12 public schools to national prominence. Members include accomplished superintendents, school board members, principals, teachers, state education department professionals, education foundation representatives, business partners and other public officials. The eight-month program will focus on best practices, schools, classrooms, partnerships, innovation and more. A total of 45 new class members were chosen for the 2022 Education program statewide. Since being sworn in June 2018, Superintendent Saunders has led the School District of Manatee County with exemplary energy and imagination. She has guided the school district to impressive improvements academically and financially, while introducing innovative new programs and initiatives. Latrina Singleton became the Director of Federal Programs and Grants in October 2020. She leads the department that supports the successful implementation of federal, state and local programs and grants to ensure that all children have an equal opportunity to obtain a high-quality education. Ms. Singleton previously served as the principal of Blackburn Elementary in Palmetto. 

[New Technology]  Hospital Invests in Additional Robotic/Minimally Invasive Technology

HCA Florida Sarasota Doctors Hospital continues to invest in the latest medical technology for the community. The hospital recently opened its 11th operating room. The hospital now has an entire suite dedicated to robotic/minimally invasive surgery. Robotic surgery is used to perform many operations, including general, gynecology, orthopedic, thoracic and urological procedures. Surgeons guide robotic arms to make small, precise movements during the surgical procedure. Smaller incisions allow patients to recover faster and have shorter hospital stays. The use of robotic/minimally invasive surgery is the latest in medical technology. Surgeons say that, by having this available in the Sarasota area, patients don’t have to travel to larger cities and can receive all the benefits of complex operations through a minimally invasive approach. 

[Recognition Given]  Bentley Goodrich Kison Attorneys Named to Florida Trend’s Legal Elite List

Sarasota-based law firm Bentley Goodrich Kison (BGK) is pleased to announce that Morgan R. Bentley, Brian D. Goodrich, Amanda R. Kison, and Jennifer L. Grosso have been named to Florida Trend magazine’s prestigious Legal Elite list. Lawyers on the list are chosen by their peers, who are invited to name attorneys whom they hold in the highest regard or whom they would recommend to others. Legal Elite lawyers are considered among the top 2% of lawyers practicing in Florida. Bentley Goodrich Kison focuses primarily on business and commercial litigation. Businesses throughout Southwest Florida turn to the firm for pointed advice and assertive legal representation. The team is well-equipped to handle even the most complex, high-profile commercial matters in an effective manner. 

[Van Wezel Foundation]  Sarasota Performing Arts Center is once-in-a-lifetime opportunity guided by community aspirations

On September 6, 2018, the city of Sarasota adopted a master plan for the Bay Park, with a new performing arts center at its heart. Now, over three years later, the city has partnered with the Van Wezel Foundation to lead this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity forward, guided by the aspirations of our community.

Through community feedback from 18,000 residents, one thing is clear - there is a passion to ensure Sarasota is the preeminent destination for the performing arts. 

You told us you want a performing arts center that’s a civic asset and iconic symbol. We assembled global experts for siting and engineering studies to plan for a contemporary venue that’s environmentally sustainable, resilient and designed for future sea rise.

Respondents prioritized universal design, building accessibility - including center aisles - and state-of-the-art technology. We’ve researched arts centers and compiled best practice models and case studies to inform the architectural selection process.

Respondents want a main hall large enough to compete for first-run Broadway tours, popular contemporary acts, and internationally renowned artists. The building program outlines a 2,200-seat main theater, a 300-400-seat flexible space, and multiple public and event spaces.

The time is now to invest in building a contemporary civic asset —A place for ideas. A place for the arts. A place for you.

For more information, visit vanwezelfoundation.com/spac. 

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[Drama]  The Players Centre presents the 2022 Players New Play Festival

The Players Centre for Performing Arts is excited to announce the finalists for this year’s New Play Fest July 5 through 8, 2022. Four plays written, directed and performed in readers-style theatre by Sarasota locals will take the stage at The Players Studio, 1400 Blvd. of the Arts, Suite 200, Sarasota. Be the first to experience a never-before-seen play and support local arts and those creating it! These playwrights have earned the opportunity to have their work read and critiqued by area professionals. Each reading will conclude with a question-and-answer session for the audience to participate in to help the playwright improve their work. Listed below are the four competing shows. Congratulations to following playwrights. Of the Lake;  Gin Rickey; Lateral Moves; When Lightning Strikes.  Tickets are $10 per show, $24 for three shows and $28 for a four-pack. Seating is first come first served. Learn more about The Players New Play Fest and other upcoming Players Centre events by visiting us at www.theplayers.org.To access our discounted prices, patrons must call the box office at 941.365.2494.  

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[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Florida Studio Theatre: Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash , June 1 – July 2, Varies.

Johnny Cash was one of the most revered storytellers in American music. Now, his remarkable life story is told through his iconic songbook—from “I Walk the Line” and “Folsom Prison Blues” to “Country Boy” and “A Boy Named Sue.” With a cast of performers playing their own instruments, Ring of Fire takes audiences on a rousing adventure of love, faith, and struggle—told with the strength, humor, and authenticity that made Cash a music legend. Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash, created by Richard Maltby, Jr., conceived by William Meade, and adapted from the Broadway production by Richard Maltby Jr. and Jason Edwards, will play June 1 - July 2, 2022 in FST's Gompertz Theatre. Run Time is 2 hours with a 15-minute intermission.

Florida Studio Theatre's Gompertz Theatre

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Florida Studio Theatre Improv: When X Meets Y: American Revolution , July 2, 7:30pm

FST Improv Presents: When X Meets Y: American Revolution on Saturday, July 2 at 7:30pm. Inspired by one location and three random notes on the keyboard, the cast of FST Improv’s When X Meets Y weaves a story of love during the American Revolution. In the style of Hamilton, our cast of musical improvisers follows a band of colonialists as they try to fight the British… while falling in love at the same time.

Florida Studio Theatre's Bowne's Lab

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: 31st Annual Siesta Key Fireworks , July 4, Varies.

The Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce the 31st Annual 4th of July Community Fireworks Celebration, will be held Monday, July 4th, at Siesta Beach. The fireworks show will launch at dusk at the Siesta Public Beach (948 Beach Road) and is free and open to the public. The event is held in partnership with Sarasota County and supported by many generous community sponsors. Fundraising efforts are now underway. All sponsorship packages of $500 and greater include reserved parking, VIP seating, complimentary beverages, light bites, and the best view on the beach! VIP area opens at 6:00 p.m. Patriotic music will be choreographed along with the display!

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Bayfront Fireworks Spectacular at Marina Jack , July 4

Celebrate the July 4th holiday along the Sarasota bayfront by watching one of the best fireworks displays in Southwest Florida. This fireworks display over Sarasota Bay is organized by Suncoast Charities for Children in partnership with Marina Jack and produced by Pyrotecnico. Best viewing is from Bayfront Park near Marina Jack. For more information or to make your dinner reservation, contact Marina Jack at (941) 365-4232.

[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]  BUSINESS: The Bazaar on Apricot & Lime: Limelight Market , April 23 – December 17, 10am-3pm

Every 3rd Saturday from 10-3 The Bazaar on Apricot & Lime opens their outdoor space for guest vendors, dog rescues, and live music. Check out the 40 local creators and curators inside The Bazaar every Thursday - Saturday. Enjoy a delicious lunch and support local. Free, until you buy something amazing! 

[SOON]  FILM: Summer Movies at Sarasota Opera House , May 22 – September 23, Varies.

Sarasota Opera is pleased to announce the lineup for the 2022 summer movie series: HD at the Opera House and Classic Movies at the Opera House. HD at the Opera House featuring filmed performances of opera and ballet from around the world will open on Sunday, May 22nd at 1:30 p.m. with Giuseppe Verdi’s Rigoletto from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in London, with tickets at $22, and $20 for Sarasota Opera subscribers. The Classic Movies at the Opera House series will open with In the Heat of the Night on Friday, July 8th at 7:30 p.m. with tickets at $12. (Tickets will go on sale starting Monday, May 2nd.)

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Amore Restaurant Extends Savor Sarasota Promotion to December , June 1 – December 18

Amore Restaurant has decided to extend Savor Sarasota Menu through December 18th (not combined with any other offer and, not available on special occasions). Savor Sarasota is a 3 course menu dinner for $35.00 per person. The restaurant offers a Portuguese and an Italian menu. They are open Wednesday through Sunday from 5 to 9PM. Fridays and Sundays 5 to 9:30pm. With indoor and outdoor seating available. Easy and free parking. Menu can be viewed here:https://www.amorelbk.com/savor-sarasota/

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Circus Arts Conservatory & The Ringling: Summer Circus Spectacular , June 10 – August 13, Varies.

Circus fans of all ages, from near and far, can beat the heat at reasonable prices while experiencing the best of the circus arts. Some of the circus world’s most exciting acts have signed on for the annual show - a longtime partnership of the Circus Arts Academy and The Ringling - with performances presented over nine weeks this summer. The lineup for the Summer Circus Spectacular includes a wide range of acts, including duo lyra, adagio, hand balancing/contortion, rolla bolla, and more. Show times are 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, and 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturdays. Tickets are $18/adults, $12/children 12 and under. To complete their circus experience, Summer Circus Spectacular patrons can enjoy access to the Circus Museum on the day they attend a show for just an additional $5 – an incredible value for a full day’s entertainment. Go to Ringling.org or call the Box Office at 941-360-7399.

Historic Asolo Theater at The Ringling, 5401 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota

[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]  PERFORMANCE: Urbanite Theatre: Athena , June 10 – July 10, Varies.

Athena by Gracie Gardner Directed by Summer Wallace will run from June 10 to July 10, 2022. Mary Wallace and Athena are brave young fencers training for the Junior Olympics. They practice together, they compete against each other, they spend their lives together. They just wish they were friends.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Shop Holidays in July and Support Compeer Sarasota , July 10, 11am-3pm

Join Compeer Sarasota at The Artful Giraffe Gallery-Gifts-Studio for Sunday Fundays on Sunday, July 10, 2022, from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm. What a fantastic opportunity to Holiday shop in July for unique, one-of-a-kind gifts at the Artful Giraffe, and support Compeer Sarasota in the process!! Tess and Timothy of The Artful Giraffe are donating a portion of their sales on July 10th to Compeer Sarasota.Free admission, Free parking, Live music, Food trucks, activities, and fun for all ages! Compeer Sarasota provides a 1:1, non-clinical, mentor/friendship program to individuals from ages 5-85+ who have a mental illness. Come learn how to become a volunteer mentor with Compeer Sarasota, a fifty-year-old organization that has been in Sarasota for ten years. If you know how to be a good friend, and you enjoy the gift of friendship, come speak with our representatives for additional information. The Artful Giraffe is located at: 1861 Fruitville Road (parking is in the back of the building). 941-388-3700.

The Artful Giraffe

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