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SRQ DAILY Jul 20, 2022

Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

"If someone is seeking dedicated, loyal employees, hiring veterans is the way to go."

- Ron Thomas, Operations Manager of Ready Containment and Air Force Veteran.

[Board Members]  Two New Board Members at Making An Impact, Inc

Making An Impact, Inc. (MAI) announced the appointment of two new board of directors joining the organization (pictured below left to right): retired accounting executive Arthur Isaacson and Marianne Nestor, C.F.R.E accomplished fundraising professional. Arthur (Art) Isaacson joins MAI with over 30 years of experience in finance and accounting leadership roles at Kraft Foods and Kraft Heinz Company. In addition, he has expertise in database management, process design, and cash flow optimization. Marianne Nestor retired after a long and successful executive career in fund development for a large hospital system. A few of her talents in addition to fundraising include strategic planning, event management, and volunteer administration. She received her Certified Fund-Raising Executive (C.F.R.E.) designation in 1995. 

[Veterans]  Goodwill Manasota Recognizes National Hire a Veteran Day

This month, as National Hire a Veteran Day (July 25) approaches, Goodwill Manasota affirms its commitment to helping veterans reintegrate into society and overcome barriers to career and life success. Through its American Veterans and Their Families Program, area veterans receive free career services and are connected with employers – especially veteran-friendly employers – who understand the value they will bring to their companies. Veterans face many hurdles upon their transition from military service back into the civilian labor market. They may have lower rates of higher education and often face difficulties in translating their military experience to domestic workplaces. Many are also struggling with health challenges and injuries suffered during their service as well as mental health conditions, such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Goodwill’s American Veterans and Their Families Program was created in 2013 to help veterans reintegrate into their families, communities and jobs. The program – which is staffed by veterans – provides comprehensive case management and vocational services, networking opportunities, and assistance in navigating the wide array of available social service programs. An important focus of Goodwill’s veterans program is to provide career development and upskilling opportunities for veterans, in order for them to be able to bolster their job prospects and earn more money.

Ron Thomas is the operations manager of Ready Containment, a manufacturer based in Palmetto that builds spill containment products. An Air Force veteran himself, Thomas understands the challenges of reintegrating into civilian life and the workforce. Thomas has hired seven veterans referred by Goodwill over the past two years; six of those are still with the company. He strongly encourages local employers to look at veterans when considering workforce recruitment. “You can expect a veteran to be on time, they will work as hard as they can, and they will stay until the job is done. You don't have to ask. They also take responsibility seriously and know how to make decisions,” Thomas said. “If someone is seeking dedicated, loyal employees, hiring veterans is the way to go.” 

Pictured: Goodwill Manasota veterans services team member Randy Wright (left) and program manager Todd Hughes, with his service dog, Ghost.

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[Community Event]  Kids Wellness and Resource Fair at Lincoln Park in Palmetto

On Thursday, July 21, 2022, the School District of Manatee County’s Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) is hosting a Kids Wellness and Resource Fair at Lincoln Park, located at 501 17th Street East in Palmetto. The event is taking place from 12:30 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. and is FREE to all Manatee County children and their families. The Kids Wellness & Resource Fair will have free lunch for kids, ages 18 and younger. Fun prizes are available for the first 500 kids who attend, along with a chance to enter a drawing for a bicycle. Families will also have the opportunity to apply for Free or Reduced Meal Benefits for the upcoming school year. Many community resources will be available offering information on health, nutrition, fitness and social services. Community resources include Whole Child Manatee, Manatee County Rural Health, Early Learning Coalition of Manatee, Centerstone, UF/IFAS Extension, Teen Pregnancy Prevention, District Student Health, School District of Manatee County Early Learning VPK, Soar in 4 Manatee, Safe Children Coalition, Just for Girls, Parents As Teachers, Manatee County Health Department, SDMC Food and Nutrition Services, Meals on Wheels Plus, Food Bank of Manatee County and others. A special thanks to Jones Potato Farm and Tropicana for their donation of school supplies. For more information, please call the District’s Food & Nutrition Services office at 941-739-5700 or visit www.ManateeSchoolFood.net. 

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[Nonprofit News]  Applications Now Open for Fall 2022 Gulf Coast Board Institute

Gulf Coast Community Foundation is now accepting applications for its October 2022 Fall Gulf Coast Board Institute (GCBI). The online application and overview for the program are available at https://www.gulfcoastcf.org/gulf-coast-board-institute. This high-demand program is delivered through Gulf Coast’s Invest in Incredible consultants to active nonprofit board members in the Gulf Coast region. The deadline to apply for this governance training series for active nonprofit board members is Sunday, August 21. “Gulf Coast Board Institute not only provides best practices in governance, but also a network of relationships that provide invaluable support. You can be the key to unlocking new opportunities for your organization by being a part of this unique, in-depth training. Together, with programs like Gulf Coast Board Institute, we can build thriving communities with opportunities for all,” said Veronica Thames, Chief Operating Officer of Gulf Coast Community Foundation. The group will participate in training experiences through four consecutive Fridays from October 7 to 28 at Gulf Coast Community Foundation’s new Sarasota Philanthropy Center, 1549 State Street, Sarasota. Topics will include fundamentals of nonprofit board governance, financial and legal oversight responsibilities, and how to create a diverse, highly functioning and engaged board. Training is led by certified consultants who are part of Gulf Coast’s Invest in Incredible nonprofit capacity-building initiative. 

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[Music Event]  The Hermitage Artist Retreat and Sarasota Opera Present: Music’s Masterpieces

The Hermitage Artist Retreat announces a new program presented inpartnership with Sarasota Opera featuring the work of Hermitage Fellow Hilan Warshaw, a filmmaker and musician whose work focuses on the lives and works of some of music’s most influential figures. The film screening and discussion will take place on Friday, August 26 at 6pm at the Sarasota Opera House, 61 N. Pineapple Ave. Registration is required at HermitageArtistRetreat.org. Hermitage Fellow Hilan Warshaws films explore the lives and minds of great
composers, delving into the often controversial passions and experiences that informed some of musics most influential masterpieces. Blending documentary, narrative film techniques, and his own musical background as a violinist and conductor, Warshaw’s internationally broadcast films shine a new light on musical and operatic creators including Wagner, Schoenberg, Berg, Bach, and Mahler. He is currently the video director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestras on-demand Classical Series. For this program on August 26, Warshaw shares excerpts from his films and discusses the close relationship between the art forms of cinema and music. Please note: unlike most Hermitage programs, ths event will be held indoors at the Sarasota Opera House. Capacity for this event may be limited to accommodate safe social distancing, so early reservations are recommended. Admission is free with a $5 per person registration fee. Face masks are strongly encouraged at check-in; the Hermitage and/or the Opera reserves the right to add additional health and safetyprotocols for this event as deemed necessary. This event is one of many Hermitage programs and collaborations planned throughout the season, spanning Sarasota County and the surrounding region — all free to the members of our community with a $5/person registration fee. To register for an upcoming Hermitage program or to learn more about the organization, visit HermitageArtistRetreat.org. 

Pictured: Hermitage Fellow Hilan Warshaw. Photo provided by the Artist.

[Arts & Entertainment]  The Players Centre Presents 2020 New Play Festival Winner

The Players Centre for Performing Arts is proud to present the winner of the 2020 New Play Festival Douglas Gearhart’s The Manager, July 29 to 31 at Studio 1130 located in the Crossings at Siesta Key mall (3501 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34239). The Players Centre’s Annual New Play Festival presents four to five never-before-seen plays in reader’s style theatre. The winner is then produced the following season. Unfortunately, due to Covid-19, the 2019 and 2020 winners were delayed. Now, The Players is excited to finally present this completely new work, fully staged for your enjoyment. Come witness the birth of a brand-new play.

Synopsis: Rusty is an out of work middle-aged little league manager who is facing divorce and is in his last year as coach for his son Axel. But the season is coming to an end, and their future together as a family is uncertain. Performances: July 29-30 at 7:30pm; July 31 at 2pm at Crossing at Siesta Key – Studio 1130, 3501 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Patrons are asked to park and enter the mall by Connors Steak and Seafood. Tickets: $20; $12.50 Student. 

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[SOON]  BUSINESS: Christmas in July , July 21 – July 23, 10am-3pm

Ho! Ho! Ho! Head over to the Limelight District if you are ready to find great deals on unique, one-of-a-kind gifts and visit with Santa! The Bazaar on Apricot & Lime is celebrating Christmas in July from Thursday the 21st to Saturday the 23rd from 10-3 each day. The 40 creators and curators are offering great deals on clothing, original art, plants, jewelry, unique one-if-a-kind items, and so much more! Plus, kids can always pick out a free book when they visit. It’s Breakfast with Santa at Hamlet’s Eatery in The Bazaar courtyard from 10:30-12:30. Enjoy delicious breakfast items off the menu and bring your camera. Our neighbors across the street, Creative Liberties, are also celebrating Saturday with deals, cookies, and activities for the kids. 821 Apricot Ave in Sarasota. For more information call 941-445-1938 or visit www.BazaarOnApricotandLime.com

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Venice Theatre: The Fantasticks , July 21 – July 24

The Fantasticks, with Book & Lyrics By Tom Jones and Music By Harvey Schmidt, will show July 21 - 24. “Try To Remember” a time when this romantic charmer wasn’t enchanting audiences around the world. The Fantasticks is the longest-running musical in the world and with good reason: at the heart of its breathtaking poetry and subtle theatrical sophistication is a purity and simplicity that transcends cultural barriers. The result is a timeless fable of love that manages to be nostalgic and universal at the same time.

Venice Theatre Jervey Main Stage

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Love, Linda at The Players , July 14 – July 24, 7:30 pm and 2:00 pm

The Players Centre presents Love, Linda: The Life of Mrs. Cole Porter. July 14-16 & 21-23, 2022 at 7:30pm; July 17 & 24, 2022 at 2pm. The timeless music and lyrics of Cole Porter weave through the compelling narrative of Linda Lee Thomas, the Southern beauty who was the driving force behind the legendary songwriter. Studio 1130-The Crossings at Siesta Key, 3501 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Please park and enter the mall at the Connors Steak & Seafood.

[SOON]  SPORTS: International Dragon Boat Federation Club Crew World Championships , July 18 – July 24

The 13th CCWC will be held from July 18 to 24, 2022 at Nathan Benderson Park (NBP), located in Sarasota-Bradenton, Florida. Held in alternate years, these championships are for entire boats from individual clubs around the world. Dragon boat races are water sport activity in which teams race in a canoe-like vessel.

Nathan Benderson Park

[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]  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]  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]  GRAB BAG: The Bishop: Laser Light Nights , May 26 – August 13, 7pm and 9pm

Break out the big hair and acid-washed denims—Laser Light Nights are back at The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature. Every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night from May 26 through August 13 at 7pm and 9pm, we are rocking out to some of your favorite artists in the Planetarium. A variety of food options and drinks are available for purchase onsite with cash or card. Tickets are going fast—get yours today! Please note: Laser Light Nights run at a volume similar to a rock concert. Ear plugs are advised for those who prefer a lower volume.

Bishop Museum of Science and Nature

[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]  DANCE: The Sarasota Ballet: InMotion , July 28 – July 30, 7:30 pm and 2:00 pm

The Sarasota Ballet’s InMotion Performances are a culmination of the Summer Intensive Program. These performances showcase the talent of future artists of the dance world, featuring the multitude of students who have spent the last 3 - 5 weeks developing their artistry and technique under the careful guidance of The Sarasota Ballet's exceptional faculty. These performances will be located at the FSU Center for Performing Arts -5555 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota Fl, 34243 on July 28th 7:30 pm; July 29th 2pm and 7:30pm; July 30th 2pm. To learn more about the performance and purchase tickets, the link is https://www.sarasotaballet.org/events/inmotion-2022.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Geckos Grill and Pubs , December 6 – January 1, 7:30 pm

Gecko’s Grill & Pubs Trivia – Think While You Drink!  If you love Trivia, join the #BestTrivia award-winning fun at Gecko’s on Clark Road and Gecko’s on Hillview year round and at Gecko’s on SR 64 starting back up in April.  All Trivia starts at 7:30 pm. Prizes, Giveaways & Specials plus the Gecko’s fare you love. www.geckosgrill.com.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Tripletail Seafood and Spirits Wine Down Wednesdays , July 11 – July 31, 3pm-close

Every Wednesday from 3:00 to Close we offer discounted pricing on select bottles of wine. Explore our extensive domestic and imported wine list or just indulge in your favorites. Tripletail Seafood & Spirits will extend Savor Sarasota to Tripletails Summer Savor, through July. Taste Chef Traes extensive special Savor Menu of appetizers, entrée’s and desserts, with suggested wine pairings from our imported and domestic wine selections. Tripletail Seafood and Spirits Happy Hours menu. 3pm-6pm Every Day, Classic & Signature Cocktails, Wine and Beer $1 off plus some delish new Small Bite offerings. https://www.tripletailsrq.com/

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