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SRQ DAILY Sep 28, 2022

Wednesday Philanthropy Edition


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Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

"It seemed like everyone we talked to, not just participants, had a story about their own pets and how much they mean to them."

- Autumn Steiner, Senior Director of Philanthropy, The Humane Society of Sarasota County.

[Fundraising Event]  Two Paws-Up for the Humane Society of Sarasota County's Pup Crawl
Barbie Heit, barbie.heit@srqme.com

The Humane Society of Sarasota County (HSCC) held the first-ever Ruffs & Fluffs Pup Crawl on Saturday, September 24th and it received a very paws-itive response from all two-legged and four-legged fans.

Participating bars/restaurants included Evie’s Tavern & Grill on Main Street; The Gator Club; Joe’s; Pizza N’ Brew; and Raffurty’s Bar & Grill. The overall event was put on by Motorworks Brewing. All of these establishments are pet friendly and supportive of the HSSC mission. Many of them have also held fundraisers for HSCC in the past.

The fun began at Evie's Tavern & Grill where the 39 participants met to register. The registration fee included VIP access into the bars and one Motorworks beer at each stop. There were lots of games and prizes and college football playing on televisions throughout.

For those looking for a new fur baby, there were adoptable dogs at the beginning of the event. Former Sarasota Mayor Hagen Brody brought his dog, Rudy, an HSSC alum who was adopted exactly one year ago. Brody attended HSSC's grand opening on September 24, 2021, where he spotted this cute little puppy named Preston. HSSC Executive Director, Anna Gonce, was fostering Preston and considering adopting him, but when Brody showed interest in Preston, she conceded; however, she did [jokingly] tell people, “The Mayor stole my puppy.”

And the best part of all, $1,870 was raised to benefit the shelter animals at HSSC.

Senior Director of Philanthropy, Autumn Steiner was delighted by the outcome of the pup crawl. "We love events like these because they expose so many people to our mission, and they’re just fun in general," she says. "It seemed like everyone we talked to—not just participants—had a story about their own pets and how much they mean to them. It was a heartwarming day all around."

If you missed this pup crawl, you're in luck because there will be another one on Saturday, October 8th. This one will be on Siesta Key, though, not downtown. HSSC will also be holding a family-and-pet-friendly 5K and 1-mile fun run/walk inside the gates of SRQ Airport on November 12, 2022, called Vets, Pets & Jets. Details about those events are available at hssc.org/get-involved/events. 

Pictured: Adoptable beer, produced by Motorworks Brewing, is designed to help shelter dogs find their furever homes. Photo courtesy of HSSC.

[Hurricane]  All Faiths Food Bank Poised for Disaster Response

When Hurricane Ian makes landfall, All Faiths Food Bank will be on the ground and ready to provide food and water to shelters, disaster relief organizations, and storm victims in our community. As one of the lead emergency response organizations in Sarasota and DeSoto counties and the State of Florida, All Faiths is prepared for immediate activation. All Faiths Food Bank has already initiated the movement of product – such as ready-to-eat meals for shelters and agencies, snacks, and many pallets of water – bound for shelters throughout Sarasota County. Six agencies are designated as emergency food partners: in Sarasota County, they are Harvest Food Pantry, Faith to Faeth, Englewood UMC and Trinity Presbyterian; in DeSoto County, they are the All Faiths Food Bank DeSoto Food and Resource Center and Arcadia Trinity UMC. All Faiths distributed generators to those locations today (September 27) and these agencies will be open after the storm passes to distribute food. Community members need to contact the agency or the All Faiths’ website to find out when they open after the storm. These locations are open to the public. All Faiths is distributing water to 14 shelters at this time. Additionally, 4,000 backpacks were distributed through 10 schools that have a high percentage of students on free and reduced meals and that already had backpacks in stock. Volunteers at All Faiths packed additional backpacks the morning of September 27; the food bank will replenish school supplies as soon as schools reopen. Four members of the food bank’s emergency response team will remain at the organization’s headquarters through the storm and two will be located at the Sarasota Emergency Operations Center. When roads are cleared, AFFB drivers will be delivering water and food. Eight members of Sarasota’s Tactical First In Teams (TFIT), who are responsible for clearing roads to make it safe for first responders – like All Faiths – to navigate the roads, are sheltering at the food bank’s headquarters.

Post-hurricane, All Faiths will assess the disaster relief capability and needs of its 200 partner agencies and programs and continue distribution of additional food items from its warehouse on Fruitville Road. All Faiths Food Bank also works with Feeding Florida and sister food banks around the state to coordinate recovery efforts, stage product and transport food to Florida communities affected by the storm. Depending on the magnitude and location of the damage, All Faiths’ fleet of trucks carrying food may be deployed to other food banks in Florida. The national organization, Feeding America, will coordinate resources from around the nation to help sustain relief efforts. For the safety of its staff and our neighbors, All Faiths Food Bank will close from noon today through Thursday, September 29. When roads are clear, the food bank plans to immediately begin distribution of food and water on Friday morning, September 30. 

Pictured: An All Faiths Food Bank truck is loaded with snacks for school shelters. Photo courtesy of All Faiths Food Bank.

[Hurricane]  Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee Adjusts Operations Schedule Ahead of Hurricane Ian

Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee has adjusted operations schedules ahead of Hurricane Ian. Programs for Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee include: Home-delivered Meals, The Food Bank of Manatee, Daybreak Adult Day Center, and Friendship Dining Center locations. Operations schedules are as follows: Normal operations for all programs are scheduled to occur on Tuesday, September 27th. All programs will close on Wednesday, September 28th. All programs will close on Thursday, September 29th. Additional closures may be possible. As access permits, updates will be posted at www.MealsOnWheelsPLUS.org. 

[Fundraising Event]  CreArte Latino Cultural Center Presents A Taste of Latin America

CreArte Latino Cultural Center presents “A Taste of Latin America,” a fundraising event that celebrates the food and culture of Latin America. The evening includes a dance performance by local artists and Latin American cuisine. A Taste of Latin America is October 13, 5:30-7:30 p.m., at CreArte Latino, 8251 15th Street East, Suite I, Sarasota. Tickets are $100 per person. Event sponsors include Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation, Gulf Coast Community Foundation, Mi Lic Hispano Abogados de Accidentes, and an anonymous donor. To purchase tickets, visit www.creartelatino.org.  

[Event Rescheduled]  Jerry Seinfeld Performances Rescheduled to January 13

Due to the impending storm and out of concern for his fans, the Jerry Seinfeld show originally scheduled for Friday, September 30, 2022, at the Van Wezel Performing Hall has been rescheduled to January 13, at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., 2023. All tickets purchased for the September 30th performance will be honored for the new date. The Van Wezel’s Box Office will be following up with patrons directly affected by this change. Patrons should hold onto their tickets as they will be honored for the future performance date. Patrons who will not be able to attend the rescheduled performance will have the opportunity to retain an account credit to use toward a different performance. Patrons may also donate their tickets or receive a full refund. If patrons donate their tickets, they enable the Hall to deliver on world class entertainment, bring arts integrated learning to children, families, and educators, and invest in the power of the human spirit.

The Van Wezel Box Office will be closed from Tuesday, September 27 at noon, through Thursday, September 29. For ticketing questions, contact the box office at 941-263-6799 beginning Friday, September 30. Normal Box Office hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All single tickets for the Van Wezel’s 2022-2023 season are on sale now. For the latest Safety Protocols, visit the Van Wezel’s Safety Page. Protocols will be revisited and revised as circumstances evolve.  

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[SOON]  GRAB BAG: UF/IFAS Extension Manatee County: Master Gardener Volunteer Plant Fair , October 1, 8am-1pm

2022 Master Gardener Volunteer Plant Fair is an exciting community event, drawing in a variety of consumers from casual houseplant owners to dedicated horticulturalists. Saturday, October 1, 2022, from 8:00am to 1:00pm UF/IFAS Extension Manatee County will be hosting a plant fair at the Barbara Davis Educational Gardens located at 1303 17th St W, Palmetto, FL 34221. Instead of buying your next plant at a big box store, why not find a more affordable, expertly grown plant that supports your local community? All our plants are grown by Master Gardener Volunteers and all proceeds go towards supporting and maintaining Manatee County’s Master Gardener Volunteer Program. People can register for free for a one hour time slot on the UF/IFAS Extension Manatee County Eventbrite page. 1303 17th Street West, Palmetto Saturday, October 1, 2022 8:00 am - 1:00 pm Information Call Alyssa Vinson at 941-722-4524 extension 1822


[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Florida Studio Theatre: New York State of Mind: All the Hits of Billy Joel With The Uptown Boys , August 9 – October 2, Varies.

With more than 40 years of cumulative work on some of Broadway’s biggest hits, The Uptown Boys use Billy Joel’s rich songbook as a way to share their stories of life, love, and trying to make it in New York City. Whether you’re a fan of Billy Joel’s entire catalogue or just a casual listener, The Uptown Boys have something to satisfy everyone. Featuring such hits as “Only The Good Die Young,” “For the Longest Time,” “Piano Man,” and many more you know and love. New York State of Mind: All the Hits of Billy Joel With The Uptown Boys™ by Alexander Aguilar and John De Simini will play beginning August 9, 2022 in FST's John C. Court Cabaret. Run Time is 70 minutes with a 15-minute intermission.

Florida Studio Theatre's John C. Court Cabaret

[SOON]  THEATER: Manatee Performing Arts Center: RENT , September 14 – October 2, Varies

La Vie Boheme! Jonathan Larson’s iconic Pulitzer Prize-winning musical that shaped a generation of audiences and taught us all to measure our life in love. Set in the East Village of New York City, Rent is about falling in love, finding your voice and living for today. Rent has become a pop cultural phenomenon. with songs that rock and a story that resonates with audiences of all ages. This is theatre at its best – exuberant, passionate and joyous. For more information visit www.manateeperformingartscenter.com, Ticket Office 941-748-5875

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

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Venice Theatre: The Revolutionists , September 16 – October 2, Varied

The Revolutionists by Lauren Gunderson. Four bodacious women lose their heads (literally) in this irreverent, women-centered tragicomedy set during the French Revolution. This witty, thought-provoking, raucously funny adventure was inventively conceived by one of today’s most-produced American playwrights. * Includes adult language/themes. Audience discretion advised. September 16-October 2, 2022. Tickets Adult $29 College/Educator $21 Youth $15 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]  MUSIC: Artist Series Concerts: Virtuoso Violins Magnificent Markovs , October 2, 4pm-6pm

Violin phenom Alexander Markov has wowed audiences playing his gold electric violin in the world’s most prestigious concert halls and packed stadiums. This program unites him with his gifted violinist parents as the “first family of the violin” presents classical favorites, followed by Alexander Markov’s original composition Caesar, for electric violin, organ, choir, percussion, rhythm section and orchestral musicians.  Sunday, October 2, 2022 4:00 PM 6:00 PM at the Sarasota Opera House For tickets visit artistseriesconcerts.org Ph. 941-306-1202

Sarasota Opera House , 61 North Pineapple AvenueSarasota, FL, 34236

[SOON]  THEATER: Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe: Guys and Dolls , October 5 – November 20, Varied

A Tony Award winner for Best Musical, Guys and Dolls tells the story of New York City gambler Nathan Detroit, who dreams of setting up a big dice game while avoiding the authorities—and marriage to his longtime fiancée. Meanwhile, fellow gambler Sky Masterson ends up wooing a strait-laced missionary in a scheme to fund the game. WBTT will add its own special twist to this crowd-pleasing show! Performances run October 5th-November 20th, 2022. For more information visit westcoastblacktheatre.org, Ph. 941-366-1505, Box Office questions email boxoffice@westcoastblacktheatre.org

The Donelly Theatre , 1012 N. Orange Ave Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: The Players Centre: Little Shop of Horrors , October 6 – October 16, 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. Little Shop of Horror will feed the need for musical hilarity with this delicious sci-fi smash about a man who seeks fame at the cost of his morals with the help of a man-eating plant. A deviously delicious Broadway and Hollywood sci-fi smash musical, this musical has devoured the hearts of theatregoers for over 30 years. Howard Ashman and Alan Menken (Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Beauty and The Beast, and Aladdin) are the creative geniuses behind what has become one of the most popular shows in the world. October 6-16, 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]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: MOTE MARINE: Meet the Women of Mote , September 14 – October 7, Varied

MEET THE WOMEN OF MOTE This year, we are celebrating what would have been the 100th birthday of  Mote’s founding director, Dr. Eugenie Clark. Thanks to her amazing legacy, many women have followed in her wake. This fall, we introduce you to the marine science educators, researchers, and ocean explorers that we call "The Women of Mote".  You’ll learn about their journeys, career challenges, and their incredible accomplishments impacting marine environments in our own backyard and around the globe. We hope you'll join us- and find yourself inspired- as we celebrate these talented and pioneering women during the second season of Women of Mote. The three-part series will include two virtual events, and one hybrid event held in the WAVE Center at Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium while being broadcast to our virtual audience. Sept. 14 and 21 and one hybrid event Oct. 7. More event details can be found at mote.org/womenofmote

Mote Marine , 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, Florida.

[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]  GRAB BAG: Friendsgiving - Dessert and Wine Auction , November 5, 6:30pm-9:30pm

Save the date for Friendsgiving, a Dessert and Wine Auction to benefit local shelter animals on November 5th from 6:30 to 9:30 at the Elks Lodge #1511, 2511 75th St. West Bradenton. Delectable desserts made by professional bakeries and gift baskets will be available by live and silent auction. There will be a wine raffle, lite bites and a cash bar. Free to attend. Proceeds benefit: Grace and Friends Medical Fund, Heal My Heart treating heartworm positive dogs, Slumber Fund for dog beds, Traveling Paws transporting dogs to northern forever homes, Enrichment and Food for Ferals. 

Elks Lodge

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