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SRQ DAILY Oct 5, 2022

Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

"We want to get these people out of harm's way and restore their lives to normalcy as soon as possible."

- Jon Thaxton, Senior Vice President for Community Leadership, Gulf Coast Community Foundation.

[Hurricane Relief]  Gulf Coast Community Foundation's Hurricane Ian Disaster Relief Fund
Barbie Heit, barbie.heit@srqme.com

In response to the devastating impact of Hurricane Ian, Gulf Coast Community Foundation has activated the Hurricane Ian Disaster Relief Fund.

According to Jon Thaxton, Senior Vice President for Community Leadership at Gulf Coast Community Foundation, the immediate focus of the funding will be on triage for families in crisis in those areas most affected by Ian: South Venice, Northport, Englewood, Port Charlotte, Punta Gorda and possibly DeSoto County.

Saxton, a fifth generation Sarasotan has had a great deal of experience with tropical storms and flooding and as soon as he saw the path that Ian was going to take, he told his staff, “This is one we need to worry about.” Sure enough, he was right. “Gulf Coast Community Foundation, as the name implies, has a laser focus on our immediate area and that does not change when a disaster occurs,” says Thaxton. “Our gig is raising money and applying it in the most strategic way to provide relief. We have our partnerships and relationships established and everything we needed to make this happen, was set up over the weekend.”

Thaxton and his team have been working with nonprofit and for profit partners on assessing the immediate needs and then providing funding quickly. However, because of the hazards created by Ian, they are just now able to get into the hardest hit areas. For food needs, the Foundation is teaming up with All Faiths Food Bank. For mental health, they are working with partners like Centerstone and First Step. With these and other agency partners, the Foundation is able to get relief money to those in need within a very short time. As soon as the Gulf Coast Hurricane Ian relief initiative was activated, the Foundation added $800,000 into it as an initial investment. As of Tuesday, they’ve received numerous donations, including one for $100,000.

“Like the real estate market and the pandemic, this storm is going to disproportionately impact our working core,” says Thaxton. “Covid was first to hit and then on top of that, there was a second hit that drove housing costs into the stratosphere beyond their ability to reach. Ian is the final blow. These families are going to need a lot of help for a long time to survive. We can convert generous philanthropy into actionable relief efficiently and immediately,” he adds.

The website for Gulf Coast Community Foundation is now dedicated to hurricane relief. You can make a tax deductible donation there and know that your money will go immediately to emergency triage. The Foundation will be covering all credit card fees.

“There has been a lot of emotion inside our organization,” says Thaxton. ”That’s why we are in this business. It's our passion and we want to take our personal feelings and convert them into assistance to our brothers and sisters to the south of us. We want to get these people out of harm's way and restore their lives to normalcy as soon as possible.” 


[Hurricane Relief]  Van Wezel & Sarasota Orchestra Hurricane Relief Concert

Sarasota Orchestra and the Van Wezel announce a special concert with proceeds to benefit Hurricane Ian recovery efforts through the Suncoast Disaster Recovery Fund. The concert
program is 60-70mins and showcases a broad range of inspiring music. The performance will be held this Friday, October 7, 2022, at 7:00 p.m. at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. Tickets are $10-$25 and can be purchased at VanWezel.org/HurricaneRelief, by calling the Van Wezel Box Office at 941-263-6799. 

To learn more click here.

[Hurricane Relief]  Education Foundation of Sarasota County Establishes Hurricane Ian Disaster Relief Fund for Schools

The Education Foundation of Sarasota County has established a Hurricane Ian Disaster Relief & Recovery Fund to accept monetary donations to support Sarasota County Schools and its 5,000-plus employees. The ferocious hurricane caused widespread damage with areas in South Sarasota County receiving the district’s worst impact. Full assessments of damages to schools are underway and will be ongoing as district officials are able to access campuses and receive updates from teachers and school support staff. Concurrent with initial assessments to determine if properties are safe for students and personnel to return, the district’s priority will be cleaning up and restoring school campuses so teachers and students can return to classrooms at a date to be determined. Several schools operated as emergency shelters before and during the onslaught of Hurricane Ian, and two schools continue to serve as shelters for displaced residents. In addition to debris removal on each campus and comprehensive cleaning and disinfecting required for each building, individual classrooms will need to be restored and basic supplies replenished.

“We are working in partnership with Superintendent Asplen, the Sarasota County School Board, and the Education Foundation Board of Directors to align our collective efforts to help ensure our students can continue to learn, teachers can continue to teach, and schools can become operational as quickly as possible,” said Jennifer Vigne, president and CEO of the Education Foundation. Donors who wish to mail contributions are asked to make checks payable to the Education Foundation of Sarasota County and include Hurricane Relief Fund in the memo field. Checks can be mailed or dropped off at the Education Foundation’s LaunchPad4U location in the Rosemary District, north of downtown Sarasota, at 1413 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota, Fla., 34236, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday. 

To donate click here.

[Fundraising Event]  Rescheduled "Sirius Turns 4!" Philanthropic Event

Sirius Day Spa Salon & Med Spas reschedules its 4-year birthday celebration to this Thursday, October 6th at the Lakewood Ranch location. Along with a major announcement, and philanthropic celebration supporting Sisterhood for Good, the spa will also be a collection site for donations for those affected by Hurricane Ian. When Sirius opened in Lakewood Ranch in 2018, the interior road at the Green was blocked off to allow for a stage, live DJ, special guests, makeup applications, and a visit from the charity recipients Big Cat Habitat with their furry and not so furry residents. With amazing support from local businesses including chance raffle for gift baskets, it was just the beginning of the something great. Less than a year later, the second location opens at the Shoppes at UTC with a performance from the charity recipient, Circus Arts Conservatory. “Sirius Turns 4” event now scheduled for Thursday, October 6th is stepping it up in true fashion. With a silver carpet, step and repeat (with the same event photographer, renowned Sally Ullman Photography, music stylings of Sarasota based DJ Joey D, and special guests including Sisterhood for Good, and the team from Inmode/Morpheus8 (recently making headlines in celebrity news with Kim Kardashian treatments). Additionally, Sirius will also be partnering with Manatee Chamber Small Business of the Year, Pineapple Kitchen who will be catering the event and donating back to Sisterhood for Good that evening. The event will kick off at 5pm with a ribbon cutting from the Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance to announce the new segment of Sirius. The main event is Thursday, October 6 th at 5pm at the Lakewood Ranch location (11585 E State Road 70, Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202). Mimosas, Giveaways, Live Morpheus demonstrations, and special one night only package offers, and special guests. RSVP to LWR@SiriusDaySpas.com Sirius Day Spa opened as an innovative, unique concept, featuring over 200 professional & medical spa and beauty services under one roof. Recognized as Readers Choice Best Spa for the last 3 years, Best of SRQ 2022, and Small Business Award finalist for both Sarasota and Manatee Counties, the website (www.siriusdayspas.com), provides online booking, wellness programs, and a gift card webstore. 

[University of South Florida ]  Brunch on the Bay

The table has been set! The 28th Brunch on the Bay is returning to the USF Sarasota-Manatee campus on Sunday, November 6 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Join us for great company and local cuisine while supporting student success. In addition to scholarships, this year’s Brunch on the Bay will support a next level of exciting initiatives – including construction of a planned Nursing/STEM building – that will create new academic and research opportunities for students and faculty and grow the invaluable partnership between the Sarasota-Manatee campus and the larger community.

Tickets and sponsorship packages are now available at sarasotamanatee.usf.edu/brunch


Click here to learn more

[Fundraising]  Big Beignet Eating Championship October 15th. Register Today!

Rise & Nye’s, the downtown Sarasota coffee and ice cream shop with a mission, is hosting its first Big Beignet Eating Championship on October 15th at 11:00am sharp! Show everyone “what cha got” by eating as many beignets as you can in 3 minutes. Two age divisions. A $20 entry fee (supports our nonprofit, Inclusion Revolution) gives contestants the opportunity to win an array of spectacular prizes along with the pride of being named Sarasota’s Beignet Eating Champ. Sign up. Be a winner. Support the amazing team members at Rise & Nye’s. 

Click here to register.

[Arts & Entertainment]  Sarasota Opera Raises the Curtain on the Season by Celebrating 10 Years of General Director Richard Russell

Sarasota Opera’s Curtain Raiser Dinner will celebrate the 10th Anniversary of General Director Richard Russell on October 16, 2022. Attendees will welcome the 2022-2023 Season at this annual event taking place at Michael’s On the Bay at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. Sip on cocktails while enjoying the beautiful grounds and socializing with fellow opera patrons. The event features a three-course meal, highlights about the upcoming season, and reminiscences of Richard Russell’s history with the company. Sarasota Opera Artists from the fall season will perform a special program for dinner guests. Purchase tickets for this event at SarasotaOpera.org/CurtainRaiser, by calling the Box Office at (941) 328-1300, or by emailing soaevents@sarasotaopera.org. Tickets are $210 per person ($135 tax deductible). Cocktails and Gardens--6:00pm. Season Preview and Performances--7:00pm. Dinner and Dessert--7:30pm. 

[Annual Event]  Transition Sarasota’s Eat Local Week Returns for 11th Straight Year

Eat Local Week, Transition Sarasota’s popular annual celebration of local food, will return for the eleventh year Oct. 21-28, with a mix of local food tastings, tours of local gardens, and educational events covering a range of topics, from urban gardening and cooking demos to aquaculture research.This year’s theme is Locally Sourced-Globally Connected. The week-long festival gets rolling on Friday, Oct. 21, with a keynote presentation by Kaytlin Dangaran, at the Sarasota Art Museum. Chef Kaytin is a Tampa native who is inspired by farm-to-table ingredients. Her love of local fresh ingredients is showcased in the menu at the Bistro, which is located at the museum site. She is followed by Detwiler’s Farm Market botanist, Aaron Moffatt. Chef Kaytlin’s kickoff presentation is followed the next day by a drip irrigation class presented by UF/IFAS Extension and a tour of Orange Blossom Community Garden. Some of the Eat Local Week events scheduled so far include plant walks and horticultural classes, a tour of the Mote Aquaculture Research Park, a Cooking with Scraps class with local chef Alyson Zildjian of Zildjian Catering followed by a composting lesson with Sunshine Community Compost, an edible and medicinal plant walk with Bob Linde, and an event at Boys & Girls Club to showcase their student culinary program. Now in its eleventh year, Eat Local Week celebrates the rich local food environment of Sarasota and Manatee Counties, with a growing roster of business and nonprofit partners and a diverse selection of independently organized events. The festival routinely draws many attendees with its unique mix of fun food tastings, inspiring and informative presentations, and behind-the-scenes tours of some of the region’s most exciting local food ventures. Mark your calendars! Event registration is open now! 

[New Hire]  Shumaker Adds Colleen M. Miller as Director of Associate Recruitment

As law firms find it increasingly difficult to hire and retain associates, Shumaker adds Colleen M. Miller as Director of Associate Recruitment to lead firm-wide associate recruitment and retention initiatives. She will be responsible for all aspects of law school recruitment, including outreach to law schools, the Shumaker summer associate program, associate integration, and professional development. Additionally, Colleen will manage the firm’s Patent Agent and Diversity Scholarship Programs. Prior to joining Shumaker, Colleen spent six years working for various recruitment process outsourcing (RPO) organizations. She worked primarily for large financial companies, conducting campus and experienced hire recruiting across the Americas and the Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) region. 

[SRQist]  Best Kept Secret
Dylan Campbell, dylan@srqme.com

BEST KEPT SECRET | Malaev-Babel talks about his vision for the FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training.

Read more about The Demidov School of Acting through this link, on our social media, or in the October edition of SRQ Magazine! 

Read Here!

[SRQist]  Elevating Your Tea
Dylan Campbell, dylan@srqme.com

ELEVATING YOUR TEA | At Elevation Tea Company, owner Jennifer Martinez is taking loose-leaf tea to new heights.

Take a sneak peek into Elevation Tea Company’s tasty treats through this link, on our social media, or in the October edition of SRQ Magazine! 

Read Here!

[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]  DANCE: Sarasota Contemporary Dance: Voices - Rising Choreographers , October 13 – October 16, Varied

Voices - Rising Choreographers. October 13th-16th 2022. Opening Sarasota Contemporary Dance’s 17th Season is Voices – Rising Choreographers, this program presents rising voices who were selected by adjudication from SCD's Summer Intensive Programs, chosen by Artistic Director Leymis Bolaños Wilmott. This years range of work presented reinforces SCD spirit of nurturing artists in various stages of their career. From emerging to mid-career, these contemporary voices matter, and we aim to provide a performance platform that EMPOWERS these choreographers. Performance Location: Jane B. Cook Theater 5555 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34243 Contact: info@sarasotacontemporarydance.org - 941.260.8485 - www.sarasotacontemporarydance.org

[SOON]  THEATER: CreArte Latino Cultural Center: MADENUSA , September 16 – October 15, Varied

CreArte Latino Cultural Center Presents MADENUSA A Play by Claudia Soroka September 16-17, at 8 p.m., September 18 at 5 p.m., and October 14 and 15 at 8 p.m. MADENUSA is an amusing and fresh take on the immigrant experience that delves into the intricacies of adjusting to a different culture. The comedy is directed by Carolina Franco, president and artistic director of CreArte Latino Cultural Center. The play will be performed in Spanish with subtitles in English. The playwright will attend the show on September 17 with a bilingual Q & A after the performance. Tickets are $20. To purchase tickets, visit www.creartelatino.org. CreArte Latino Cultural Center is at 8251 15th Street East, Airport Mall Plaza, Suite 1, Sarasota. The show is sponsored, in part, by a $3,000 grant from Bradenton Area Arts & Culture.

CreArte Latino Cultural Center, 8251 15th Street East, Airport Mall Plaza, Suite 1, Sarasota.

[SOON]  FILM: Sarasota Film Society: Movies For Heroes , September 13 – December 13, Varied

Sarasota Film Society is proud to present "Movies For Heroes", a year long Salute to our Military. Active, Non-Active, Retired Personnel & their family are welcomed to join us once a month at 11am at Burns Court & Lakewood Ranch Cinemas starting in January of 2022 for a year of free movie screenings. 10% of the concession sales from these screenings will go to Wounded Warrior Project. Space is limited, reserve your tickets today. Location Burns Court Cinemas 506 Burns Court Sarasota, FL 34236.

506 Burns Court Sarasota, 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]  DANCE: Sarasota Ballet: Program 1 - Premieres , October 21 – October 23

The Sarasota Ballet is excited to announce the Company’s 2022 – 2023 Season. Over seven programs, The Sarasota Ballet will perform 15 works by some of the most celebrated and prestigious choreographers and composers of the ballet world. Program 1 - Premieres. October 21-23, 2022 at the FSU Center for Performing Arts. Featuring: World Premiere - Choreography by Ricardo Graziano, Music to be announced. World Premiere - Choreography by Gemma Bond, Music to be announced. World Premiere - Choreography by Richard House, Music to be announced. For more information visit www.sarasotaballet.org, Ph. 941.359.0099

The Sarasota Ballet , FSU Center for the Performing Arts 5555 North Tamiami Trail Sarasota, FL 34243

[SOON]  THEATER: URBANITE THEATRE: The Burdens , October 21 – November 27, Varied

Siblings Mordy and Jane have a problem. Their dreadful, centenarian grandfather is an emotional and financial tax on the family, and he just won’t die. Scheming almost entirely via sarcastic and misspelled text messages, the siblings hatch an outrageous plan to relieve their family of their grandfather’s burden. Zany, twisted and inventive, this dark comedy reminds us it’s much easier to write what we could never say face to face. LOCATION 1487 2nd Street Sarasota FL, 34236 CONTACT (941) 321-1397 info@urbanitetheatre.com www.urbanitetheatre.com

Urbanite Theatre , 1487 2nd Street Sarasota FL, 34236

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Manatee Performing Arts Center: PUPPY PALS Comedic Stunt Dog Show , November 12, 2:00pm

A family fun action-packed show where adopted and rescued dogs perform spectacular stunts and breathtaking feats. Watch as we lead the puppies and audience through challenging and comical tricks as the pooches show everyone who is really boss! Full of surprises and laugh-out-loud canine comedy this performance appeals to children of all ages. During the PUPPY PALS Comedic Stunt Dog Show you will witness some of the most incredible dog stunts and behaviors ever performed by man’s best friend. For more information: www.manateeperformingartscenter.com, Ticket Office 941-748-5875.

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

[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

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Manatee Performing Art Center: Pets! , November 2 – November 20, Varied

Pets! November 2 – 20, 2022. This critically-acclaimed musical revue consists of 22 musical scenes dealing with the very special relationship between people and their pets. It’s clever, user-friendly and suits audiences of all ages. Cats, dogs, mice, turtles, iguanas, parakeets and other species are having the times of their lives. The scenes range from a dog hungrily eyeing his owner’s bagel in “There’s a Bagel on the Piano'' to the hilarious, harried Rumanian dog walker in “I Walk Ze Dogs.” 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: Stuff The Bus Food Drive , October 23, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

The annual Stuff The Bus event, which was started in 2009, was created through the kind hearts of the School District of Manatee County Transportation Staff. They wanted to give back to the community and knew of “Stuff the Bus” events in other cities and suggested placing one school bus in front of one Publix store in Manatee County. The leadership of Publix thought it was a great idea and requested a bus at every Publix store in Manatee County. Since 2009, nearly 1.1 million pounds of food has been donated through the Stuff The Bus food drive. Since the first Stuff the Bus event thirteen years ago, this event has evolved to include many Community Partners, including: United Way Suncoast, Publix, Herald-Tribune, the School District of Manatee County, and of course, the Transportation Staff of the School District. We are thrilled to have Mosaic as our presenting sponsor this year. All proceeds and donated food will benefit The Food Bank of Manatee, a PLUS program of Meals on Wheels PLUS. Please stop by your local Publix in Manatee County to support this event. Goal: Raise 150,000 pounds of food to feed Manatee County residents! All Manatee County Publix Locations. 

Meals on Wheels PLUS

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