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SRQ DAILY Aug 24, 2022

Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

"These dogs change lives, and so do our supporters. The work we do at Southeastern Guide Dogs transcends the Tampa Bay area and even the state of Florida. This fundraiser will help people across the entire United States, and we are grateful to Daiquiri Deck and their patrons for supporting our mission."

- Andy Kramer, Vice President of Philanthropy for Southeastern Guide Dogs.

[Politics]  Conservative Coalition Sweeps School Board Contests
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

A coalition of conservative School Board candidates backed by Gov. Ron DeSantis swept School Board races in Sarasota and Manatee counties.

Despite Republicans suffering a turnout disadvantage in early voting before polls opened for the Aug. 23 primary, voters shows up in force to cast their ballots in person the day of the election. That helped School Board Member Bridget Ziegler win re-election to a third full term, and also carried political allies Robyn Marinelli and Tim Enos into two other seats on the board. The group in November will now hold majority status as soon as new officials are sworn in.

“The Community has spoken and it is crystal clear — they are demanding a reset of the School Board,” Ziegler said. “And that’s exactly what they are going to get. Taxpayers will be appreciated. Parents will be respected and involved. Teachers will be respected and supported.

"Kids will be protected and served. And our School District will get the focus back to our mission - educating our children!”

In Manatee, Chad Choate, who was appointed by DeSantis to the School Board last year, won a full term. Richard Tatem, meanwhile, unseated James Golden from his District 5 seat on the board. Cindy Spray led Harold Byrd in a three-person race for the open District 2 seat and both will advance to a November runoff.

Regionally, U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Sarasota, easily fended off a primary challenge from Martin Hyde, winning a higher percentage of the vote than he ever received in a contested primary. 

State Sens. Jim Boyd, R-Bradenton, and Joe Gruters, R-Sarasota, both won universal primaries open to all voters and secured four-year terms in the Florida Senate. Gruters said he was “thankful to all the voters from all parties for the overwhelming victory and support.”

County Commission races also generated surprises in both counties. After a contentious and often personal campaign season in Manatee, long-time County Commissioner Carol Whitmore was defeated in a countywide Republican primary by newcomer Jason Bearden, while challenger Mike Rahn unseated County Commissioner Misty Servia in a primary in District 4. Both will face write-in opposition only in November. County Commissioner Reggie Bellamy won a rematch with Charles Smith in a Democratic Primary and advanced to a November fight with Republican Amanda Ballard.

"The voters have spoken and they want a conservative who will represent their values on the county commission,” Bearden said. “I will fight for term limits, lower taxes and for all the conservative principles I ran on. I'm humbled by the overwhelming victory and will work everyday to improve Manatee's quality of life."

In Sarasota, the biggest surprise may have come with Fredd Atkins, a former Sarasota Mayor, winning the Democratic Primary for County Commission in District. An off-year redistricting scheme shut down a candidacy for Atkins in 2020, prompting him to sue but ultimately losing in court. This year, he ran for the first time for a county seat with more Democrats than Republicans registered, and he defeated better financed candidates in Sarasota City Commissioner Hagen Brody and activist Mike Cosentino.

“You cannot buy respect. You can’t buy tradition. You can’t buy a history of a man who has been consistently and persistently fighting for your way of life,” Atkins said. “That’s where we are. We have lived this. We have been disinherited all of our history in Sarasota County. Now finally there is a chance to sneak by and get into the general election.”

In the general election, he will face Mark Smith, who won a Republican primary against Lourdes Ramirez. In the more conservative District 4, Joe Neunder handily won a GOP primary and will face Democrat Daniel Kuether in November.

As for the City of Sarasota race, three candidates advanced from the August first election: incumbent Jennifer Ahearn-Koch, Debbie Trice and Dan Lobeck. In a six-person race where voters could vote for two candidates, Ahearn-Koch dominated with 34.72% of all votes cast. Trice took 19.51% of votes and Lobeck had 19.13%. In November, the top two vote-getters of the three will win seats on the City Commission. 

[Donation]  Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota Receives Donation for Cultural Immersion Program

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota was recently the beneficiary of a $30,000 donation from Personalized Estate Liquidation Benefiting Youth, Inc. (PEL). These funds will be used for eight participants (seven seniors and one sophomore) nominated by Club staff in early 2022 for the chance to participate in this experience. Nominations were based on a teen’s demonstrated leadership, commitment to service, academic excellence, and follow-through. All applicants submitted a written application and went through an interview process before being named one of our 2022 Cultural Immersion participants. The Club’s Cultural Immersion Program provides high school members with the unique opportunity to
spend their Thanksgiving Break volunteering at a Sister Club in another country. Members spend a week immersed in a different culture, develop leadership skills, and build life-long relationships with Club members from around the world while learning more about the world around them. While volunteering at our Sister Club located in Caisán, Panama, participants will work together for purposeful change and be encouraged to think critically about the issues facing our global community – taking the skills and understanding they develop back to Sarasota and our local Boys & Girls Clubs. 

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[Fundraising]  A Doggone Delicious Partnership sets Fundraising Goal of $50,000

Daiquiri Deck, a worldwide leader in frozen drink innovation and restaurant with five locations that delivers a quality experience, great times, good vibes and the best frozen daiquiris around, recently partnered with Southeastern Guide Dogs with a goal to raise $50,000 for National Guide Dog Month in September through its Daiquiris for Dogs program.Launching Sept. 1 and running through the end of the month, patrons that visit any of the five Daiquiri Deck locations will have the option to round up their checks to donate to Southeastern Guide Dogs. A QR code will also be available so guests can donate a custom amount of their own. Throughout the month of September, Daiquiri Deck will also offer a drink special to coincide with the Daiquiris for Dogs program, which includes a $3 Teremana Tooter to compliment any daiquiri. Several events will also be held throughout the month to benefit Southeastern Guide Dogs, and dogs are encouraged to visit the various Daiquiri Deck locations. The top donor of the month, nicknamed the Top Dog, will receive a VIP tour of the Southeastern Guide Dog facility in Palmetto, a photo opportunity with a puppy in training and a meet and greet session with a recipient of a guide dog.

“When we receive support from local businesses and our own community, it’s always a rewarding venture for everyone involved,” said Andy Kramer, vice president of philanthropy for Southeastern Guide Dogs. “These dogs change lives — and so do our supporters. The work we do at Southeastern Guide Dogs transcends the Tampa Bay area and even the state of Florida. This fundraiser will help people across the entire United States, and we are grateful to Daiquiri Deck and their patrons for supporting our mission. This partnership is about bringing hope and freedom to the people who need it most.” 

Pictured: The hope is to raise $10,000 at each of the Daiquiri Deck five locations for a grand total of $50,000. Photo courtesy of Southeastern Guide Dogs.

[Grants]  Barancik Foundation Summer 2022 Grants

Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation has recently approved grants for affordable housing, human services, and projects that promote environmental sustainability. This funding brings Barancik Foundation’s total philanthropic investment into the region to more than $105 million since 2014. Charles and Margery Barancik Foundation’s Summer 2022 grant round includex the following:

Building a new future for dommunity youth, building a new future for foster youth, protecting the sentinels of our coastal ecosystem, supporting the development and preservation of affordable, service-enriched housing, building a network of strength and resiliency for girls and families, expanding trauma-informed services, reducing recidivism, expanding parenting education, providing comprehensive services for displaced legal residents, diversifying ocean research opportunities, renewing passion for teaching, increasing access to local cultural experiences, creating a suncoast housing collaborative, engaging citizens in meaningful environmental sustainability efforts, providing stability for women and families, increasing transitional family housing, boosting workforce development programs, supporting families affected by Autism and Down Syndrome, growing prenatal and postpartum support and education for Spanish-speaking women, Embracing Our Differences, supporting reading recovery for students, improving homeless care coordination in Manatee County. 

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[Arts & Entertainment]  Sarasota Youth Opera Lead Role Auditions to Take Place on August 23 and 25, 2022

Sarasota Youth Opera is pleased to announce that open auditions for several principal roles for male and female singers in the fall production of Dean Burry’s The Secret World of Og will take place on Tuesday, August 23rd and Thursday, August 25th, 2022. Interested singers should arrive at 5:30pm for music preparation and auditions will follow. Come join this fully staged production on the Opera House stage with professional sets, costumes, and orchestra and see how fun opera can be! Chorus rehearsals have begun and enrollment in Sarasota Youth Opera will continue through the beginning of September. For more information go to our website at sarasotaopera.org, or contact the Youth Opera Coordinator, Conner Stigner, 941-328-1329, cstigner@sarasotaopera.org. 

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[Job Event]  HCA Florida Healthcare Hospitals to Hold Hiring Events This Week

HCA Florida Englewood Hospital, HCA Florida Sarasota Doctors Hospital, HCA Florida Fawcett Hospital and HCA Florida Blake Hospital, part of HCA Florida Healthcare, will hold hiring events this week. Job fair events planned starting tomorrow include: Tuesday, August 23-Walk in events from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at all four hospitals to meet with local human resources team, HCA Florida Englewood Hospital, HCA Florida Sarasota Doctors Hospital, HCA Florida Fawcett Hospital and HCA Florida Blake Hospital. Wednesday, August 24-Coffee Chat from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Venice Area Chamber of Commerce at 597 S. Tamiami Trail in Venice. Meet with recruiters for an informational session. Thursday, August 25-Hiring Event from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Venice Area Chamber of Commerce at 597 S. Tamiami Trail in Venice. Meet with recruiters and hiring managers; qualified candidates may receive on the spot offers. Candidates should bring a resume with them. Experienced and new graduate registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, nurse leaders, nurse externs, OR and Cath Lab nurses and technicians, patient care technicians, lab (Phlebotomy and technologists), sterile processing technicians, food and nutrition service assistants, transporters, environmental services and maintenance techs are being sought to join the HCA Florida Healthcare team. To learn more about HCA Florida Healthcare, visit HCAFloridaHealthcare.com.  

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[New Hotels]  Lodgco Hospitality Acquires Two New Hotels in Sarasota County

Lodgco Hospitality acquired the 2-Best Western Signature Collection branded hotels, Ameniti Bay and Magnolia Pointe on July 26, 2022. Both hotels are impeccably designed to allow a casual, yet comfortable stay with amenities such as free WI-FI, breakfast, a large-heated outdoor pool. The Hotels are located next door to each other on Brookhill Boulevard, off I-75 and Fruitville Road exit and are just minutes to downtown Sarasota, attractions such as Benderson Park and 10 miles from the Sarasota-Bradenton Airport. A large, resort-style outdoor pool is shared by the two hotels allowing guests to relax and enjoy while basking in the Florida sunshine. Each hotel was also awarded the 2022 Travelers’ Choice Award by Tripadvisor, an award honoring the best spots to choose from, decided by real travelers sharing their experiences. Each hotel is unique, with Magnolia Pointe having 86 comfortable guest rooms, offering free breakfast, free Wi-FI, fitness center, fitness center and a board room. Magnolia Pointe also includes 22 guest rooms complete with kitchenette’s including an apartment-size refrigerator, microwave and sink. This makes the property a great fit for both families and business travelers staying an extended length of time. Ameniti Bay features 107 stylish, well-appointed guest rooms, including larger suites and rooms with balconies. Breakfast is included daily, along with free Wi-Fi and a 1000 square feet of flexible meeting space as well as a 24-hour fitness center. Both Ameniti Bay and Magnolia Pointe are a part of the Best Western Signature Collection, exhibiting creativity and locality in every space. Each uniquely crafted hotel in the Signature Collection connects guest to the Best Western Rewards program. The program rich in rewards and incentives offers rewards like worldwide free night redemption, points that never expire, status match, and exclusive member rates. Lodgco Hospitality also owns and operates the Hyatt Place Sarasota Bradenton Airport, Hyatt Place Lakewood Ranch, Home2 Suites by Hilton Nokomis and opened the Hampton Inn & Suites North Port in December of 2020. 

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: The Players Centre: Let It Be , August 17 – August 28, Varied

LET IT BE Featuring your favorite Beatles hits runs August 17th-28th, 2022 at The Players Centre. The journey of two families learning to lean on each other through the civil unrest of the ‘60s through the brilliant songs of The Beatles. August 17, 2022 at 7:30pm – Preview, August 18-20 & 23-27 at 7:30pm August 21 & 28 at 2pm For tickets visit theplayers.org, Ph. 941-365-2494, email BoxOffice@ThePlayers.org

[SOON]  FILM: BookStore1 Bookseller and Local Film Reviewer Film Discussion , August 28, 7:00 pm

Film Discussion August 28th 7 pm showing of 3000 Years of Longing starring Tilda Swinton and Idris Elba at Burns Court Theater 506 Burns Lane Sarasota. BookStore1 Bookseller and Local Film Reviewer will moderate a talk back after the 7 pm showing of 3000 years of Longing as part of a Script to Screen Series. The film is based on the short story The Djinn in the Nightingale's Eye by Booker Prize Winning Author AS Byatt. Film Discussions include details about the stars and director, audience opinions and questions. A fun way to interact as a community!

[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]  GRAB BAG: Bar Bingo at Geckos on Hillview Street , August 1 – August 29, 7:30 pm

Join Geckos in Southside Village every Monday at 7:30 pm for Bar B-I-N-G-O! Free to play. Sponsored by various local craft breweries and distilleries with prizes galore from our sponsors and Gecko’s. We’ll play between 5-7 rounds of Bingo each week and a special chit will be given out each Monday to be collected by attendees. Every four weeks the final round of Bingo for the night will be a grand prize round and the collected chits will be used to exchange for bingo cards for a grand prize round; this month on 8/29. The more Mondays that a guest plays, the more bingo cards that they will have to play for the grand prize. August Bingo is sponsored by Sierra Nevada Brewery and Nolets Finest Gins. wwwgeckosgrill.com

[SOON]  THEATER: Manatee Performing Arts Center: Gypsy , October 20 – August 30, Varied

A mother who wishes for stardom, and two daughters who were dragged into it because of her. Considered to be the best musical, “GYPSY” tells the story of how a mother uses her two daughters to achieve the dream she has, ignoring the strain it puts on them. Throughout the story, one daughter has all the attention, while the other has almost none. Will both girls succeed because of their mother’s efforts, or will the dreams of their mother crush their relationship with her? For more information visit www.manateeperformingartscenter.com, Ticket Office 941-748-5875

Manatee Performing Arts Center , 502 Third Avenue West Bradenton, FL 34205

[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]  GRAB BAG: To Rum or Not To Rum: That is Not Even a Question , August 31, 5-6 pm

Hamlets Eatery and Siesta Key Rum have come together to create a fun and delicious experience on Wednesday, August 31 from 5-8 pm. Chef Lisa of Hamlet's Eatery will tantalize your taste buds with a five-course tasting menu paired with Siesta Key Rum craft cocktails. Between dishes Chef Lisa and Nicole of Siesta Key Rum will guide you through the pairings. Live Steel Drum music by Nax Steel throughout the evening. Timeline: 5-6 pm Enjoy Siesta Key Rum Tasting, a craft cocktail and live steel drum music; 6pm: Dinner; 8pm: Take your full and happy belly home. Hamlets Eatery is located at 821 Apricot Ave in Sarasota. The event will be outside under a covered patio with fans. Casual attire. Must be 21+ years of age. Tickets are $80 per person and must be purchased in advance. Non-refundable. Purchase tickets here: https://bit.ly/ToRumOrNotToRum For more information call 941-445-1938. Cheers!

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Tap Takeover Tuesdays at Geckos on Hillview Street , August 9 – August 31, 7:00-8:00 pm

Still going strong on the second Tuesday of each month. We are local and we support local! Join us from 7:00-8:00 to sample flights of the latest craft beer offerings from our local craft breweries as they take over our taps, along with all your favorite Geckos fare. August is Sierra Nevada Brewery’s five newest craft beers to enjoy. Hillview-Southside Village, 1900 Hillview Street, Sarasota. wwwgeckosgrill.com

Gecko’s on Hillview

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Forty Carrots Family Center 20th Annual Free Virtual Community Speaker Event , September 21, 7:00 pm

Registration is open for Forty Carrots Family Center’s 20th annual free educational community speaker event Thrivers: The Surprising Reasons Why Some Kids Struggle and Others Shine, presented in partnership with the Community Foundation of Sarasota County. The virtual presentation will feature educational psychologist and best-selling author Michele Borba, Ed.D. at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 21st. The event is free and advance registration is required. Michele Borba’s latest book, Thrivers, is a sharply insightful, science-backed guide that helps parents and educators teach the essential character traits kids need to become “thrivers” – young people who flourish in rapidly changing, digitally-driven and uncertain world. Borba will identify seven teachable strengths that will safeguard kids for the future, offering practical “how-to” strategies and ideas for everyday activities that build up kids’ strength, resilience, happiness, and success. Certificates of Attendance and CEU’s will be available. The previous 19 speaker events have reached nearly 14,000 parents, professionals, and educators in our area. To register for this free virtual community event visit www.fortycarrots.org, email events@fortycarrots.com or call (941) 365-7716. RSVP is required and registration is open at www.FortyCarrots.org.

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