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SRQ DAILY Jul 6, 2022

Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

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Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

"As chefs, we all kind of operate in our own bubbles where we are concerned about our restaurants sourcing, menu, personnel, etc., so to get a chance to spend time with chefs I admire on top of cooking for a cause is really fulfilling for me. In my mind, this is what cooking is all about."

- Michelle Wolforth, State Street Executive Chef.

[New Chair]  Q&A with Gulf Coast Community Foundation's David Green
Barbie Heit, barbie.heit@srqme.com

The Board of Directors of Gulf Coast Community Foundation has a new Chair. David Green, who succeeds Pauline Wamsler, officially began his one-year term on July 1st and has served on the Gulf Coast Board since 2018.  Prior to retiring to the Gulf Coast region, Green spent his 45-year career in marketing and branding with major international consumer brands. For 30 years, he worked for McDonald’s Corporation, most recently as its senior global marketing officer. Green introduced many iconic marketing campaigns at McDonald’s, working with some of the best agencies and minds in the business. He helped develop Ronald McDonald House as a national, then international charity, and made Happy Meals a cultural phenomenon. This week, Green took some time to talk with us about his new role and his desire to give back post retirement.

You retired from the corporate world many years ago. Why not just sit back and enjoy life in paradise? 

I loved my time in the corporate world but when I retired it was clear I wanted to continue to be active and challenged. Working in the non-profit world has been the most rewarding and joyful experience of my career.

What are you most looking forward to accomplishing in your new role?

I am so proud of the donors, staff and leadership of Gulf Coast Community Foundation. The board is a terrific group of diverse and smart people. My job as Board Chair is to do everything possible to keep the success and momentum of the organization going, especially in the areas of mental health resources, workforce housing and the environment. I believe that philanthropy is a team sport where generous and passionate people work with excellent non profits, governmental agencies and collaborators/conveners like Gulf Coast to make transformational projects happen.

Tell us about your philanthropic spirit. What has inspires this desire to give back so much?

There is no higher calling than trying to make a difference in your community, making life better for as many as possible. No matter if you volunteer or donate $50 or $50,000, you get a great feeling of being a part of the solutions rather than the problems.

Do you have a favorite mantra?

When I retired an old friend sent me a note and ended it with this: Never let your memories be greater than your dreams! I've tried to follow that ever since.

In addition to the Gulf Coast Board, you also serve as a board member of the Sarasota Orchestra and a trustee of the Hermitage Artist Retreat. When do you find time for yourself and what do you enjoy doing in that time?

I love flying my airplane, hiking, canoeing and spending time with my wife and kids who are not really kids anymore. But I find that the joy of seeing such great institutions as Gulf Coast, the Orchestra and the Hermitage flourish adds greatly to my life satisfaction. 

Pictured: David Green, Board Chair, Gulf Coast Community Foundation. Photo courtesy of Gulf Coast Community Foundation.

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[Food Drive]  Neal Land & Neighborhoods Supports June Hunger Awareness Month with Donation for Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee

Neal Land & Neighborhoods, a Manatee and Sarasota-based master-planned community developer, organized a community-wide food drive at North River Ranch in support of Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee. In addition to over 550 lbs. of food items collected, a $2,500 donation was made as part of the Pay It Forward commitment. With this donation, the organization will provide 2,500 meals and serve over 80 families. Neal Land & Neighborhoods has donated a total of $15,000 to date to the Meals on Wheels cause and continues the Pay It Forward program at North River Ranch. Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee provides nutritional assistance and caring, supportive services to homebound seniors and disabled residents throughout Manatee County. Since 1972, Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee has delivered over 11 million meals to homebound seniors, distributed tens of millions of pounds of food to local families and provided social services for local seniors. Neal Land & Neighborhoods is a founding member of Step-Up Suncoast’s Founding 50 – Step Up is a non-profit organization which helps over 12,000 individuals and families to achieve long-term economic stability through education, support services and community partnerships. North River Ranch supports the Healthy Kids Running Series, a five-week running program in the spring and fall for kids, Pre-K through 8th grade.


Pictured: John A. Neal with Maribeth Phillips, president and CEO of Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee

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[Charity Event]  State Street Gives Back

State Street Eating House + Cocktails recently participated in an invitation-only Celebrity Chef Dinner culinary event, hosted at Pops Sunset Grill in Nokomis, Florida. Sponsored by the James Beard Foundation, the event featured some of the best chefs in the country, including State Street’s own executive chef, Michelle Wolforth. At the intimate waterfront establishment, Wolforth and her colleagues dazzled the 200+ ticketholders with inspired courses that showcased a delicious survey of styles and cuisines. Notable James Beard Foundation award winners at the event included Martin Rios from New Mexico, a three-time finalist for Best Chef in the Southwest; Rabii Saber of Four Seasons Resort in Orlando, a 2019 semifinalist for his pastry work; and Justin Aprahamian of Milwaukee, a frequent finalist for and one-time winner of the national Best Chef award. For State Street’s offering, Chef Wolforth created a special agnolotti pasta dish, a branch of the repertoire she’s used to help take the downtown Sarasota establishment to new heights. Stuffed with pea and ricotta, and served with petite spring vegetables, jamon and green romesco, its colorful presentation was matched only by the depth of its flavor profile. “Michelle is just a master of blending flavors and reimagining traditional preparations,” says State Street owner Chris Voelker, “and we’re extremely proud that she mastered such a creative, tasteful dish upwards of 200 people.” For Wolforth, meanwhile, the opportunity to work side by side with such distinguished colleagues gave her an opportunity to talk shop with esteemed colleagues. “As chefs, we all kind of operate in our own bubbles where we’re concerned about our restaurant’s sourcing, menu, personnel, et cetera,” says Wolforth, “so to get a chance to spend time with chefs I admire on top of cooking for a cause is really fulfilling for me. In my mind, this is what cooking is all about.” 

Pictured: State Street Executive Chef, Michelle Wolforth. Photo courtesy of State Street Eating House + Cocktails.

[Funds Awarded]  Child Protection Center Awarded Funds for Prevention Education in Sarasota Schools

The Child Protection Center (CPC) has been awarded $10,000 from the William and Harriet Sturdevant Memorial Charitable Trust for ongoing support of our Personal Safety and Community Awareness (PSCA) program. Statistically, 1 in 3 children online will be contacted by someone they don’t know, which in turn creates an opening for unsafe conversations and behaviors to occur. “Teaching children internet safety skills is vital to their growth and development, and to ensure they know what to do if they come across something that makes them feel uncomfortable online.” Says Michelle McSwain, Program Director of the PSCA. “The internet has opened a whole new arena for perpetrators, and it’s our job to educate our community on how to spot red flags and feel equipped to tackle the issue head on.” According to THORN’s latest Online Grooming Study, teens share that they consider online connections with people they don't know to be some of their closest friends. “This abuse prevention education is a critical part of the services we provide at the Child Protection Center,” says Doug Staley, Executive Director of the Child Protection Center. “Without prevention, we act like a hamster running on a wheel. Specifically, PSCA is hard at work addressing the issues of online safety for children across Sarasota County.” With the help and support of the William and Harriet Sturdevant Memorial Charitable Trust, PSCA will be able to continue to provide internet safety lessons to protect children that are susceptible to abuse. The Child Protection Center’s mission is the Prevention, Intervention, & Treatment of Child Abuse, as the organization envisions a community where children are safe from abuse and free to thrive. For over 40 years, CPC has been serving Sarasota and DeSoto Counties in the State of Florida, and is accredited by the National Children’s Alliance. For more information on CPC or to book a personal safety workshop, visit www.cpcsarasota.org or call 941-365-1277. 

[Election]  Vote-By-Mail (Absentee) Ballots Available for August 23 Primary Election

Vote-by-mail (absentee) ballots are now available for the August 23, 2022 Primary Election, Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections Ron Turner announced. Voters may request their ballot online at SarasotaVotes.gov/VotebyMail or by calling 941.861.8618. The deadline to request a vote-by-mail ballot be mailed to a voter is 5 p.m., Saturday, August 13. Under Florida law, all registered voters are eligible to vote by mail. Voted ballots may be returned by mail or in person but must be received in the elections office by 7 p.m. election night to be counted. The cost to return a ballot by mail is one Forever stamp or $.60 postage. Turner said voted ballots may be dropped off in person at secure ballot intake stations, located inside elections offices in Sarasota, Venice and North Port as follows: Now through Friday, Aug 12, weekdays (M-F), 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday, Aug 13 – Monday, Aug 22, daily (including weekends), 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Tuesday, Aug 23 (election day), 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Sarasota County elections offices are located at: Terrace Bldg., 2001 Adams Lane, Sarasota; R.L. Anderson Admin Bldg., 4000 Tamiami Trail S., Rm. 114, Venice; Biscayne Plaza, 13640 Tamiami Trail, North Port; Ballots may also be dropped off during early voting (Aug 13 - 21, including weekends, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.) to a ballot intake station located inside the following early voting sites: Terrace Bldg., 2001 Adams Lane, Sarasota; R.L. Anderson Admin Bldg., 4000 Tamiami Trail S., Rm. 114, Venice; Biscayne Plaza, 13640 Tamiami Trail, North Port; North Sarasota Public Library, 2801 Newtown Blvd., Sarasota; Fruitville Public Library, 100 Apex Road, Sarasota; The Devyn Event Center, 7113 South Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Turner urges voters to follow the instructions included with vote-by-mail ballots to ensure their ballots are counted. Voters should complete and sign the Voter’s Certificate on the ballot return envelope and the voter’s signature should match the signature on record. Voters may track their vote-by-mail ballots and sign up to receive vote-by-mail ballot status notifications at SarasotaVotes.gov/VotebyMail. Voters with questions may contact the Vote-by-Mail team by calling 941.861.8618. 

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[Board Members]  Community Leaders Join Hospital Board

Shannon Staub and Andrew Rennie have joined the Board of Trustees at HCA Florida Sarasota Doctors Hospital. Staub is a long time Sarasota County resident with a strong track record of community service, who previously served on the hospital board. She served on the Sarasota County Commission from 1996-2010. Her district included Englewood, North Port and Venice. When she retired from government service she focused on her passion for libraries. She is the namesake of the Shannon Staub Public Library in North Port and was the founding president of the Library Foundation of Sarasota County. She also chaired the Positive Youth Development Council for many years. Andrew Rennie is the student representative on the board. He is a student at the Florida State University College of Medicine and will graduate with his doctor of medicine degree in 2023. He graduated with honors from the University of South Florida Honor College with a bachelor of science in biomedical science and a minor in nutrition. He has earned the Chapman Humanism Award for students who demonstrate compassionate patient care and serve as role models in medicine. He is also a volunteer at the All Faiths Food Bank in Sarasota. Staub and Rennie join other community leaders and physicians on the board advising hospital leadership on quality and operations. The board follows standards set by The Joint Commission, which accredits hospitals, in supporting the hospital’s mission to care and improve human life.  

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[SOON]  FESTIVAL: "Waves & Wheels" Summer Party at Robarts Arena , July 9, 6pm-1opm

Suncoast Summer Fest presents the Waves and Wheels Party on Saturday, July 9 at Robarts Arena from 6pm to 10pm for $100 per person. The party will feature live music from Tampa Bay’s ultimate party band, Hurricane Shane Band, as well as an open bar, food stations, raffle prizes, and casino style gaming tables. For more information and registration, visit suncoastsummerfest.org.

[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: Charity Poker Tournament at One-Eyed Jacks Poker Room , July 14, 6pm

The Charity Poker Tournament will take place on Thursday, July 14 at One-Eyed Jacks Poker Room, 4404 Bee Ridge Road. There will be a welcome reception at 6pm with complimentary appetizers, tournament welcome gift, and full cash bar. The tournament will begin at 6:30pm. The entry fee is $115 and all participants must pre-register. $500 will go to each top 5 winner.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Florida Studio Theatre: The Jersey Tenors: Part II , July 19 – September 11, Varies.

Back with a new show, this opera/rock mash-up sensation blends iconic opera classics with Rock & Roll hits from artists like Queen, Journey, and Elton John, along with the songs from Jersey’s finest—Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons and Bon Jovi. From Frank Sinatra to Figaro, hear The Tenors’ original arrangements of songs celebrating artists from the stage to the screen, including “Walk Like A Man,” “Your Song,” “That’s Life,” “Eye of the Tiger,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” and many more. The Jersey Tenors: Part II, created and conceived by Brian Noonan, will play beginning July 19, 2022 in FST's Goldstein Cabaret. Run Time is 70 minutes with a 15-minute intermission.

Florida Studio Theatre's Goldstein Cabaret

[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: 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: Farmers' Market at Lakewood Ranch , January 2 – December 25, 10am-2pm

The Farmers’ Market at Lakewood Ranch is home to more than 90 curated vendors of the region’s best food and flavors, located at Waterside Place in Lakewood Ranch. It takes place every Sunday from 10am to 2pm at Waterside Place. It’s your weekend destination for organic produce, meat, poultry, seafood, bread, pasta, juices and prepared foods. Stay up to date on vendors and events by visiting TheMarketLWR.com.

[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: 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]  HEALTH: Zumba at The Bay , July 9 – September 24, 10am-11am

Join Ya’el Campbell for a special monthly Zumba from 10:00 am – 11:00 am. This is a high energy outdoor Zumba class! Come dance with a fantastic group of Zumba Rockstars who will make you move, smile, jump, shake and sing… (it happens sometimes). Grab a friend, bring your kids, and meet new Zumba friends. Program Dates: July 9 (Bayfront Community Center); August 20 (Bayfront Community Center); September 24; The Bay Park, 655 N. Tamiami Trail.

[SOON]  FILM: Summer Fun Under the Stars at The Bay's Family Movie Night! , July 29, 7:30pm-9pm

Come early to enjoy a walk through The Bay Park, then find a spot on the Civic Green, set out your blanket, lawn chairs and a picnic if desired. We recommend you bring beverages and bug spray, but definitely don't confuse the two! Once the sun sets, enjoy the free movie, popcorn and ice cream stretched out under the stars. Brought to you by our Founding Business Partners of The Bay! Run time: 1.5 Hours Date and time Fri, Jul 29, 2022, 7:30 PM EDT Location The Bay Park - Civic Green North side of the Municipal Auditorium, 801 North Tamiami Trail.

[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]  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

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