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SRQ DAILY Sep 7, 2022

Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

"Since the pandemic, mental health concerns of children and families in this community have increased 200 percent."

- KT Curran, Executive Director, Wingspan Productions.

[Grant awarded]  Wingspan Productions Receives Here4YOUth Mental Health Initiative Grant

The Here4YOUth Initiative of Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation and Gulf Coast Community Foundation has awarded Wingspan Productions, Inc. a $25,000 grant from the Here4YOUth Mental Health Initiative. Wingspan Productions, Inc. is a nonprofit educational film company based in Sarasota, Florida that addresses vital issues of our time. The grant will fund various aspects of Wingspan’s year-round educational initiative, including community screenings, discussions, and talkbacks, partnerships with community organizations, social media, and resource materials to accompany the new film about mental health, Bridge to the Other Side.

“Since the pandemic, mental health concerns of children and families in this community have increased 200%,” said KT Curran, Executive Director of Wingspan Productions." Bridge to the Other Side is a powerful story about first responders as they work to address the rising crisis of mental health. We are so grateful for this generous grant that will help us share not only the film, but valuable mental health resources locally, statewide, and around the world,” continued Curran. Bridge to the Other Side, a powerful film about resilience, mental health, and finding strength in dark times, was created out of 150 interviews in the community with youth, parents, teachers, police officers, nurses, therapists, firefighters, and agency leaders. Filmed in Sarasota and Cape Coral, the movie features numerous professional and volunteer actors, and was created by a crew of 55 film professionals, interns, and volunteers. The film will have its international premiere in Toronto at Commffest Global Film Festival and its national premiere in Los Angeles at Lady Filmmaker's Film Festival in Beverly Hills. It will go on to screen nationally with Reel Recovery Film Festival, a national festival that focuses on mental health and addiction, and will premiere in Florida at the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival in November. Many local screenings are planned in Sarasota and across Florida in the coming months. 

Pictured: Bridge to the Other Side poster, courtesy of Wingspan Productions.

[Nonprofits]  Register for Nonprofit Workshop on Building Better Bylaws

It’s time to register for the upcoming workshop Building Better Bylaws with Whitney Crettol on Friday, September 30. The workshop is for nonprofit board officers, members of governance or board development committees, or directors of organizations that have not updated their bylaws in three years. Registration is available online at www.gulfcoastcf.org/events.The workshop is intended to help nonprofits set themselves up for success when building their bylaws and policies. Participants will learn about the relationship between state law, Articles of Incorporation, and bylaws; discuss the most recent leading practices; and explore specific examples to assist in developing relevant and understandable governing rules. Topics include, yet are not limited to, board size, officer positions, term limits, meetings, committees, amendments, and change of control, among others. The morning-long workshop (8:30 a.m. breakfast; 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. presentation) costs $35, which includes breakfast, and will take place at Gulf Coast Community Foundation’s new Sarasota Philanthropy Center, 1549 State Street, Sarasota. Reservations are required to attend. Invest in Incredible is Gulf Coast Community Foundation’s nonprofit capacity-building initiative. Through free online resources, group training workshops, and customized consulting engagements, Invest in Incredible helps nonprofit organizations across the Gulf Coast region improve their board governance and operational effectiveness. 

To learn more click here.

[Fundraising]  Sarasota Trauma Nonprofit Nears Goal to Obtain $1M Match

Resilient Retreat, a new local non-profit that serves abuse survivors and those who experience trauma in the workplace, proudly announces that the organization is now less than $300,000 away from completing its Road to Resilience Capital Campaign goal. Once reached, the non-profit will receive a $1M match from a local anonymous donor. The match is made in honor of the late Jim Roque, a longtime supporter of the organization, and will help establish a general endowment fund. The Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation Board has also approved $600,000 in grant funding for Resilient Retreat to expand its mental health programs. The grant additionally features its own match opportunity so that every dollar given to the organization will be matched up to $200,000. Free and open to the public, Resilient Retreat’s Campus Building Dedication and Open House will take place from 9 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, October 18. Inspired by the Danish design concept of hygge, reflecting coziness and self-care, the Retreat’s new facilities will be available for small group, guided tours. Attendees will also experience program samplings, a sage ceremony and the placement of a time capsule to help commemorate this important milestone for the local community. The official Grand Opening Celebration Luncheon with Keynote Speaker Ashley Judd will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, November 3. This ticketed event will feature a ceremonial ribbon cutting, a sponsor reception and book signing and a tented luncheon on the retreat’s magnificent 84 acres of conservation land. Individual seats start at $250 per person. 

To learn more click here.

[New Hire]  CenterPlace Health Announces New Chief Executive Officer

CenterPlace Health, a provider of primary care health services for children and adults and Sarasota County’s only Federally Qualified Health Center, welcomes a new CEO. The Board of Directors selected Kari Ellingstad, MPH to the position of Chief Executive Officer. She started in the position on September 2nd. Involved in community health initiatives in Sarasota County for more than 20 years, Kari was formerly the Director of the Community Health Improvement Partnership. In that role she supported the coordination of citizen-led initiatives to address community health interests of local concern, facilitated a four-County healthcare leadership collaborative, and oversaw CHIP’s research activities, including the design and implementation of regular, large-scale community health surveys. Kari also has experience in the corporate world, having served most recently as the Vice-President of I-Net Consulting, a local firm providing managed IT services. A native of Wisconsin, Kari initially moved to Florida to attend New College in Sarasota. She earned her BA at New College and later went on to receive her Master’s in Public Health from the University of South Florida. 

To learn more click here.

[Recognition]  Jordan Chancey Earns RE/MAX Hall of Fame Award

Jordan Chancey, a Broker-Associate with RE/MAX Alliance Group, has received the RE/MAX Hall of Fame Award, which recognizes high-achieving real estate professionals for their service to buyers and sellers during their career. Chancey joined RE/MAX Alliance Group in 2017 in the Bradenton office and quickly earned the Rising Star Award. As a sixth generation Florida Gulf Coast resident and 15-year real estate professional, he brings extensive market knowledge and real estate expertise, specializing in residential, commercial and land. He has been named a “Realtor to Watch Under 40” by the Realtor Association of Sarasota and Manatee and its Young Professional Network (YPN). Chancey’s commitment to professionalism is reflected in his numerous past designations, including Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist (CLHMS), Certified Waterfront Specialist (CWS), Certified Distressed Property Expert (CDPE), Accredited Commercial Professional (ACP), Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES) and Certified Professional Property Manager (CPPM). He is president of the Palmetto Historical Commission and supports All Children’s Hospital, Children’s Dream Fund, American Heart Association and Downtown Ministries Bradenton. The RE/MAX Alliance Group Bradenton office is located at 3007 Manatee Avenue West. Chancey can be reached at (941) 545-8816. 

[Grand Opening]  Jimmy John’s Opens Second Airport Location

On Tuesday, September 6, 2022, Jimmy John’s opened a new location at the Sarasota Bradenton International Airport (SRQ), bringing to busy jet-setters its signature fresh-baked French bread, all-natural hand-sliced meat and cheese, hand-sliced fresh veggies and more.
Located post-security on the second floor of the Main Terminal on Concourse B, the new restaurant will provide breakfast, lunch, and dinner options to all travelers, airport staff, and airline personnel. The new Jimmy John’s at SRQ will mark the brand’s second-ever airport location in the country. Travelers can enjoy Freaky Fast sandwiches when it’s convenient for them, including before the first flight of the day departs, and after the last flight arrives. Multi-franchisee Mark Mitchell is the owner of the new SRQ Jimmy John’s. Jimmy John’s has more than 2,600 restaurants in 43 states. As part of the Inspire Brands family, Jimmy John’s franchisees have access to best-in-class franchise support, including restaurant development planning, design and construction, operations, training and marketing. To learn more about franchising opportunities with Jimmy John’s, please visit jimmyjohnsfranchising.com. 

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: The Players Centre: Side by Side by Sondheim , September 8 – September 18, Varied

Join The Players in their 93rd Season with Six That Matter – shows that explore finding purpose, the universal desire to live a life that matters, to fully appreciate aspiration. Be it finding true love, sacrificing it all, a life of devotion, cultivating artistry, finding fame, each of these unforgettable shows- important in their own genres, are celebrations of greatness, of striving for more, that will make memories, sparking feelings of joy- of what being alive fully means. Side by Side by Sondheim is a revue that celebrates the wit and genius of musical theatre’s most influential artist, who searched for what it means to be alive. Get ready to laugh, cry and fall in love with lyrics that are heartbreakingly true and music that captures the soaring emotions of a new generation with Side by Side by Sondheim. Simple and unpretentious, this Tony Award-winning musical is a perfect introduction to the work of this contemporary master and a must for diehard fans. September 8th-18th, 2022. For tickets visit theplayers.org, Ph. 941-365-2494, email BoxOffice@ThePlayers.org

The Players Centre For Performing Arts, Performance Venue & Box Office The Crossings at Siesta Key 3501 South Tamiami Trail, Suite 1130 Sarasota, FL 34239

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: ELLING EIDE CENTER: Two Streams of Poetry in the Vietnamese Tradition , September 8, 11am

Two great streams flow within the long history of Vietnamese poetry, two tributaries or aquifers that nourish its culture and, sometimes, its politics. The older, native poetry called ca dao is more than a thousand years old. It is an oral poetic tradition and is sung but not written. Mr. Balaban’s talk will describe how these two kinds of poetry, sometimes flowing together, have influenced Vietnamese culture. Thursday, September 8 at 11:00am ET (attend in person or online) $30 to attend in-person lecture (per person) $20 – Reception add-on (per person who attend in-person lecture & reception) info@ellingoeide.org (941) 921-4304

Elling Eide Center , 8000 South Tamiami Trail Sarasota, FL 34231

[SOON]  SPORTS: WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup , September 9 – September 18

The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) and host USA Baseball revealed the new dates for the next WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup, with the 30th edition of the youth world championship to take place from 9 to 18 September 2022 in Sarasota and Bradenton, Florida. The elite international tournament will be played at Sarasota’s Ed Smith Stadium and Bradenton’s LECOM Park, the respective Spring Training homes of the Baltimore Orioles and the Pittsburgh Pirates of Major League Baseball (MLB). The XXX WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup will include 12 national teams, whose rosters will feature the best youth players in their respective countries.

Ed Smith Stadium and LECOM Park

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Venice Theatre: God's Country , September 9 – September 25, Varied

God's Country by Steven Dietz. A riveting, highly theatrical docudrama about those dedicated to revolution against the U.S. government and the expulsion from "God's Country" of non-Aryans. Three narrative spines are skillfully interwoven in this thought-provoking, unsettling, and challenging fare that examines America’s dark soul, and asks, “What can/should we do about it?” * Includes violent and graphic images, adult language and heavy adult themes. Audience discretion advised. September 9th-25th, 2022. For more information visit venicetheatre.org, Ph. 941.488.1115, email info@venicetheatre.net

Venice Theatre, 140 Tampa Ave. W Venice, FL 34285 (The Box Office is currently closed for walk-up business)

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Florida Studio Theatre Improv: Thank You For Being A Friend , September 10, 7:30pm

FST Improv Presents: Thank You For Being A Friend on Saturday, September 10 at 7:30pm. Thank You For Being A Friend is a unique blend of stories and games in which actors improvise two half-hour episodes of an original sitcom which the audience will help create! Complete with improvised commercials and theme song, Thank You For Being A Friend captures the essence of television’s most beloved genre. As television plummets down to the extent where most is reality TV and less that a third of all new Sitcoms make it to its tenth episode, FST Improv promises to take you back to a time and place where "Everyone knows your name". That's what we're talking about Willis!

Florida Studio Theatre's Bowne's Lab

[SOON]  FILM: MOTE MARINE: International Ocean Film Festival , September 10, 3pm & 7pm

On Sept. 10, Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium invites you to view a selection of imaginative, inspiring and award winning films presented in partnership with the International Ocean Film Festival. Two showing times are available (matinee & evening) for this family friendly event. Cost: $8 for Mote Member tickets, $10 for Early Bird Tickets (now through Sept. 1) and $12 for Regular Tickets (Sept. 1 through Sept. 10 at the door). Be inspired by the work of award winning filmmakers as you immerse yourself in vibrant images and creative storytelling. Doors will open 30 minutes prior to the showing and concessions will be available from the Deep Sea Diner. Both showings take place in the WAVE Center attached to Mote Aquarium, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, Florida. 

[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]  THEATER: Urbanite Theatre: Mr. Yunioshi , September 7 – September 11, Varied

MR. YUNIOSHI Written, Directed and Performed by J. Elijah Cho. A Limited Engagement. September 7 - 11, 2022. Urbanite Theatre. What compels an actor to play a character that they probably shouldn't? In this side splitting roast, J. Elijah Cho cleverly answers that question by exploring Mickey Rooney's infamous yellowface performance of Mr. Yunioshi in Breakfast at Tiffany's. For tickets and info contact - phone (941) 321-1397, email info@urbanitetheatre.com, website www.urbanitetheatre.com

Urbanite Theatre , 1487 2nd Street Sarasota FL, 34236

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: The Artful Giraffe: Sunday Funday , September 11, 11am-3pm

Join us the 2nd Sunday every month for Sunday Fundays! IT'S GOING TO BE AN ARTFUL GOOD TIME! Outdoor Market, Activities, Live Music, Food Trucks, Raffles & More! Support local artists and businesses in the Historic Downtown District. Tap into your creative side and browse through a vast collection of fine art and handmade one-of-a-kind gifts! From shopping to creating you can unleash your inner artist with ceramic painting and other fun activities. Portion of proceeds donated to local charities and organizations. Sun, September 11, 2022 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM EDT At The Artful Giraffe 1861 Fruitville Road Sarasota, FL 34236. To Book a Sunday Funday VIP Ticket (All Ages, 4hr -$40) visit artfulgiraffe.com


The Artful Giraffe , 1861 Fruitville Road Sarasota, FL 34236

[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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