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"Getting SMH employees help and getting them back to normal is one of the most important things we can do right now."

- Teri A Hansen, President/CEO, Barancik Foundation.

[Recovery]  As Schools Begin Reopening, Philanthropy Offers Help
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

As classes return in most of Sarasota County, philanthropists aim to help a system impacted by Hurricane Ian to bounce back from the storm.

The Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation announced $230,000 in immediate relief for schools in the region, with $200,000 going into a fund for the Sarasota County School District and the remaining $30,000 helping DeSoto County schools. That’s part of $644,000 in storm relief funding announced by the Sarasota-based foundation.

“With our critical focus on education, we knew we wanted to target teachers,” said Teri A Hansen, president and CEO of the Barancik Foundation. “We have seen so much disruption in learning since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, we want to do everything we can to minimize the further impact on our students from Hurricane Ian.”

Sarasota County was among five school districts in Florida unable to reopen between the days ahead of Hurricane Ian’s Lee County Sept. 28 landfall and now. Today, most of the schools in the county will re-open, including every school from Venice north. But a dozen schools do not plan to re-open until Oct. 17, including: Atwater Elementary, Cranberry Elementary, Englewood Elementary, Glenallen Elementary, Lamarque Elementary, Toledo Blade Elementary, Heron Creek Middle, Woodland Middle, North Port High, Suncoast Technical College’s North Port campus and charter schools Island Village Montessori and SKY Englewood.

School Superintendent Brennan Asplin released a video message stressing the importance of reopening schools while also assisting those in the community impacted directly by the hurricane.  

“We are now faced with arguably our biggest challenge— rebuilding our community,” he said in a video message. “Many of our friends and neighbors are hurting right now. Our children need the normalcy of school, and our families need time to settle back into their routines.”

resource page has been set up by the school district to address questions and provide links to financial resources. There will also be a hurricane storm relief event for employees of the Sarasota County schools held at Suncoast Technical College’s North Port campus on Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Image courtesy Sarasota County Schools.

[Hurricane Relief]  Fifth Third Foundation Donates $500,000 for Hurricane Relief in South Florida; Bank Deploys eBus to Support Local Communities

The Fifth Third Foundation has contributed $500,000 to support relief efforts for those impacted by Hurricane Ian, which made landfall in Florida on Sept. 28. Jim Weiss, regional president of Fifth Third Bank (South Florida), said the $500,000 donation to five local organizations aims at bringing relief to the people impacted and the thousands who continue to grapple in the aftermath of the tragedy. In addition, Fifth Third Bank has deployed its Fifth Third Financial Empowerment Mobile, or eBus, to assist the people of Florida. In partnership with the city of Fort Myers and the Southwest Florida Enterprise Center, Bank staff will accompany the eBus to help residents apply for aid through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), for Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance (DSNAP) and other emergency and basic need resources, including water. Loan hardship assistance will also be available. The Foundation’s funds will be split between the following organizations: $250,000 to United Way of Lee, Hendry and Glades Counties; $100,000 to United Way of Collier and the Keys; $75,000 to Lee Memorial Health System Foundation, $50,000 to United Way of South Sarasota County, and $25,000 to United Way of Charlotte County. The eBus will be at 3903 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Fort Myers on Oct. 6 and Oct. 7 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Red Cross has created a special Fifth Third microsite to make it easy for employees, customers and communities to contribute to the support and recovery efforts. The site includes additional information on how to give. We are standing with them to recover and rebuild. The Fifth Third Cares Fund is available to help Bank employees impacted by Hurricane Ian. The fund was established a decade ago and designed to provide short-term emergency support to Fifth Third Bank employees or eligible dependents who are facing serious financial hardship because of a natural disaster, and who cannot afford housing, utilities and other basic living expenses. The Fund also allows Bank employees the opportunity to participate in this effort by contributing to the fund in support of colleagues who may experience such a hardship. 

[Hurricane]  Reuniting Pets Lost from Hurricane Ian

Lost Pet Services, Inc. (LPS) is helping reunite hundreds of pets lost from Hurricane Ian in Sarasota, Manatee and Charlotte counties. LPS is a local safety-net 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to reuniting lost pets and helping those in financial need of medical services. In the last five days over 60 pets have been reunited but more need our help. LPS has reunited cats, dogs, pigs, tortoises, goats, horses, cows, possums, lizards, snakes, rabbits, or any animal that's lost, they will help. Lost Pet Services (LPS) provides enormous exposure on their Facebook group, Lost and Found Pets 941 (Lost Pet Services) with over 43,600 local member followers helping to share posts and make matches. They cover Manatee, Sarasota, and Charlotte counties and work closely with first responders, shelters, local veterinarians, and animal welfare organizations. Lost Pet Services will provide a free flyer for every pet when a lost pet report is completed. All information is sent directly to the local county shelters on behalf of the owner or finder. If an owner or finder is unable to print flyers, LPS will have them printed at no charge to the owner or finder. LPS has local volunteers across three counties with microchip scanners to scan found pets as well. You can send in a lost/found pet report to: https://www.lostfoundpets941.com/lost-pet-report. LPS is currently accepting donations for medical needs assistance here: https://www.lostfoundpets941.com/donate-lost-pets. 

To learn more, visit

[Evolve Business Consulting / When SHE Happens]  Women Who Roar Nominee 2023 - Jamie Marco

I HAVE BEEN TOLD MY SUPERPOWER is the dedication to helping others grow and develop. When I started my business, it was powered by the belief that I could help inspire others to create a positive change in their world. I am honored to create opportunities of change every day through my works as business coach, ambassador of connection and philanthropic supporter. Whether it’s mentoring others at work, networking, or with philanthropy, it is with great pride that I can give back to organizations in this community as much as the community has given to me.

SECRET SAUCE Well, now if I shared that, it wouldn't be so secret anymore, now would it. Honestly though, I consider my secret fuel to be the power of the work I do and the results. I am continually inspired by handwritten thank you notes from clients that I keep prominently displayed in my office. I see these every day and they continue to fill my cup with the secret sauce.

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[Hurricane Relief]  Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation’s SMH Employees Hurricane Relief Fund Receives $250,000 Gift from Eliza and Hugh Culverhouse

Eliza and Hugh Culverhouse stepped forward quickly to jump start the SMH Employees Hurricane Relief Fund with their $250,000 gift. Their hope is to inspire others to support the dedicated staff at Sarasota Memorial (SMH) who went to work, 24/7 to care for our community during this disaster. The Healthcare Foundation established the fund to help ease the financial burden facing SMH employees impacted by Hurricane Ian. Of the health system’s 8000+ employees, nearly 25% live in the most hard-hit areas of south Sarasota County and the surrounding region. “Learning that over 2,000 staff members, nurses and physicians left their families and homes behind to care for the community was heartbreaking,” Mrs. Culverhouse said. “The fact that many of them went home to nothing or faced unfathomable financial hardship was almost incomprehensible--we had to help.”  The Healthcare Foundation is also extremely grateful for a $200,000 grant just received from Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation. “Getting SMH employees help and getting them back to normal is one of the most important things we can do right now,” said Barancik Foundation president/CEO Teri A Hansen. A donation to the Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation SMH Employee Hurricane Relief Fund can be made on our website, smhf.org/ian, or by calling 941.917.1286. 

[New Hires]  Florida Studio Theatre Welcomes New Staff Members

Florida Studio Theatre (FST) is pleased to announce that two new staff members have joined the theatre’s expanding team. Alex Price is FST’s new Production Manager, taking over responsibilities from the theatre’s previous Director of Production, Bruce Price, who worked at FST for 20 years. Jay Lockaby has joined FST’s Development department as Major Gifts Officer. These new additions come at an exciting time in FST’s history, with a full 2022-2023 Winter Season opening this week, and the theatre’s largest expansion project—The Mulva Arts Plaza, a twelve-story building that will enable FST to meet its growing needs. Alex Price joined the FST team in 2021 as Associate Production Manager under the tutelage of the theatre’s previous Director of Production, Bruce Price. Before moving to Sarasota, Price served as the Managing Artistic Director of The Round Barn Theatre in Indiana, where he directed, set-designed, and oversaw the technical aspects of multiple productions, including the World Premiere of When Calls The Heart The Musical. He is also the Founding Artistic Director of The 574 Theatre Company, where he directed and produced Into the Woods – A Deaf Theatre Project, which was performed simultaneously in American Sign Language (ASL) and English. This was the first production of Into the Woods to be performed in ASL. Jay Lockaby, who started working as Major Gifts Officer at Sarasota’s Contemporary Theatre in mid-September, has lived in the Sarasota-Manatee area since 2003. Before joining FST’s staff, he worked as a fundraising consultant with Ghiorsi & Sorrenti, Inc., guiding health care organizations and other non-profit organizations in implementing successful capital campaigns. For fourteen years, Lockaby worked with the Cancer Support Community (CSC), spending seven years as President & CEO of a successful local chapter and seven years as Senior Vice President for Affiliate Relations and Strategic Growth at the organization’s international headquarters in Washington, D.C. 

[Upcoming Events]  Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota Presents Three Concerts in November

Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota presents three concerts in November, each kicking off the first in their series. Bass to Bass, in the Lighter Fare Series, features John Miller and Michael Ross on November 9 at Plantation Golf & Country Club. SYBARITE5 opens the Tuesdays at the Historic Asolo Theater Series on November 15. The Soirée Series, presented in an intimate one-of-a-kind residential music room, begins with tenor John Kaneklides and pianist Joseph Holt on November 20 and 21. For more information and tickets, visit ArtistSeriesConcerts.org or call (941) 306-1202. 

Pictured: SYBARITE5 brings the art of the dance center stage for an evening of groove and dance-inspired works.

[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]  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]  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]  DANCE: HOT Salsa Party with Los Hacheros , October 22, 7:30pm & 8:00pm

Brooklyn’s Los Hacheros light up a full Gulf Coast evening of dance and celebration in the Museum of Art Courtyard. Their sound is irresistible and authentic with plenty of fiery, Puerto Rican Bomba. A band of only 7 musicians, Los Hacheros can sound like a conjunto of 12. Admission includes an introductory Salsa dance lesson with Kery and Dario of DK Dance and pre and post show dance music with Miami’s DJ Le Spam. Food and beverages available for purchase. General admission $35 VIP admission $100 Tickets are limited. Oct 22 7:30pm and Oct 22 8:00pm. For more info Ph. 941-359-5700,  Located in the Museum of Art Courtyard, www.ringling.org

The Ringling , 5401 Bay Shore Road Sarasota, FL 34243

[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

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Amore Restaurant Extends Savor Sarasota Promotion to December , June 1 – December 18

Amore Restaurant has decided to extend Savor Sarasota Menu through December 18th (not combined with any other offer and, not available on special occasions). Savor Sarasota is a 3 course menu dinner for $35.00 per person. The restaurant offers a Portuguese and an Italian menu. They are open Wednesday through Sunday from 5 to 9PM. Fridays and Sundays 5 to 9:30pm. With indoor and outdoor seating available. Easy and free parking. Menu can be viewed here:https://www.amorelbk.com/savor-sarasota/

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Sarasota Opera: The Secret Marriage , October 28 – November 12, Varied

The Secret Marriage (Il matrimonio segreto) An opera in two acts. Sung in Italian with translations in English. Music by Domenico Cimarosa and Libretto by Givovanni Bertati. Tells the story of a social-climbing father who wants his eldest daughter to marry an aristocrat and is prepared to buy his way in. When the would-be suitor arrives, his eye falls on the younger daughter instead. But she has secretly married her father’s clerk. Although not often performed, this delightful comic opera was such a hit at its premiere, that the audience insisted on an encore, of the entire opera! (61 N. Pineapple Ave. Sarasota, FL 34236 Ph. 941-328-1300 Email boxoffice@sarasotaopera.org) October 28th-November 12th

Sarasota Opera

[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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