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SRQ DAILY Nov 2, 2022

Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

"This fundraiser supports the livelihood of the dogs and cats in our care. Everyone is at capacity but every animal deserves a home. With your support, we can make sure they find theirs."

- Page Knoebel, Founder, Satchels Last Resort.

[Fundraising Event]  Pars 4 Paws Golf Tournament Raises Funds for Furever Homes
Barbie Heit, barbie.heit@srqme.com

Satchel's Last Resort is home to over 100 animals that have no place else to go because of their age, medical issue, breed, or behavior. Housed on 12 acres east of I-75 off Clark Road, Satchel’s is a no-kill animal shelter and sanctuary whose mission is to rescue, rehab, and rehome. Sadly, other shelters refused to commit to the long-term care of these animals or owners had no other alternative but euthanasia. Satchel's takes in these dogs and cats that often need extensive medical care and gets them the help they need. In addition, the organization has a Woof Pack program in which experienced volunteers pick up and mentor specific behaviorally challenged dogs and cats to help them work through their issues. In 2003, founder, Page Knoebel established the nonprofit where animals that are unable to recover from physical and/or emotional trauma can remain at the sanctuary for the remainder of their natural life. Additionally, if a person cannot care for the animal that they adopted, it is welcomed back into the shelter. With a 90% adoption rate, the Satchel’s team makes every priority to find a forever home for all of the animals in their care.

On Saturday, November 5th, Satchel’s will hold its biggest fundraiser of the year, the Pars 4 Paws Golf Tournament with 128 golfers participating. After the tournament, there will be a cookout under the oak trees, followed by a 50/50 helicopter ball drop–a fun event in which golf balls sold for $20 each are dropped from the helicopters onto the putting green at the LBK Club. The ball closest to the hole wins half of the proceeds. Last year, Satchel’s sold over $10,000 worth of balls, earning the winner $5,000. Participants in the ball drop do not have to be present to win and the organizers do not shame the person to give their winnings back. Proceeds from the event will be used for medical care, which exceeds $100,000 annually and also to build new kennels someday for the dogs currently housed in an open-air shelter.

“This fundraiser supports the livelihood of the dogs and cats in our care. Everyone is at capacity but every animal deserves a home. With your support, we can make sure they find theirs,” says Knoebel. “Prior to the pandemic, Beach Veterinary Clinic in Bradenton provided almost all of our veterinary care. Now, it's a bit harder for us. They are extremely busy so we use whichever emergency veterinary care can help us. We have relationships with all of them and they are very good to us.”

The Pars 4 Paws Golf Tournament will be held at Longboat Key Club. The event begins with a 7-8:30 am breakfast and cost is $195 per Golfer or $90 for lunch only. 

Pictured: Ronaldo received the care he needed at Satchel's after being hit by a car. He is improving every day and will go on to have a full life with a loving family. Photo courtesy of Satchels.

To learn more click here.

[Hurricane Relief]  Eighteen Tons of Food and Supplies For Hurricane Relief

Food banks in Sarasota and Manatee counties rushed to help people impacted by Hurricane Ian, dipping into their reserves to help out after the storm. In response to the need, leaders from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have rallied volunteers from surrounding states to come to the aid of people affected by the storm. The church leaders asked the Mayors’ Feed the Hungry Program how they could provide assistance to our local food pantries serving the community. As a result they are sending 18 tons of food and supplies that will be distributed to non-profit agencies participating in the Mayors’ Feed the Hungry Program. Non-profit organizers are asking members of the community to continue to donate in time for the holidays to provide for ongoing storm relief, and help for Thanksgiving and Christmas. All donations stay in Sarasota and Manatee counties. Financial donations are especially appreciated. They allow food pantries to give out gift cards, which means participants can buy the foods they like and know how to prepare. As an added bonus, the Flanzer Trust is matching donations made through their site, FlanzerTrust.org. Make sure to select The MFTHP from the list of charities. Donors can also learn about giving their time or non-perishable food items at MayorsFeedTheHungry.org. 

[Retirement]  Luz Corcuera Announces Her Retirement

Luz Corcuera, beloved executive director of UnidosNow, will be stepping down at the end of 2022 to devote her full attention to her family. As UnidosNow’s co-founder and current board chair, Luz has been a transformational leader, ushering in an era of remarkable growth for the organization. Luz poured her talent, love, and passion into UnidosNow and made a significant impact on the region. It is with good reason, as a result, that Luz has been recognized nationally for her work. She will be deeply missed, particularly by the families and students the organization serves. Luz has been a trailblazing force throughout her seven-year tenure at UnidosNow. She strengthened and expanded educational programs designed to put predominantly low-income, first-generation Latinx students on a path to a post-secondary education. Her transformation of these programs has empowered more than 3,000 high school graduates to build a post-secondary path, securing over $14 million in scholarships and grants, the great bulk of dollars coming from outside the southwest Florida region to support these local students. Luz has also expanded the reach of the organization, launching new intergenerational programs including the Future Leaders Academy for Girls (FLAG) for elementary students, Future Leaders Academy for Middle Schoolers (FLAM), and the Parent Leadership program. During the pandemic, Luz led the organization in uncharted territory establishing key partnerships to provide critical emergency assistance, health education/vaccine and treatment access to hundreds of Hispanic families in the region.

Born in Peru, Luz moved to Canada where she worked as a family therapist before relocating to Manatee County in 2000 serving in several leadership roles before accepting the executive director position at UnidosNow in 2016. Luz has been honored with numerous awards for building strong relationships in the Manasota region with private, public, faith-based, and civic organizations to close the education achievement gap, reversing negative health trends, and empowering people to be active citizens. This year, Corcuera was appropriately recognized at a national level by the Bank of America as one of five Inaugural “Neighborhood Builders Racial Equality Champions” honored for their transformational work in communities around the United States. Beyond the recognition, the honor also led to the largest unrestricted gift to UnidosNow in the organization’s history–a fitting end to an amazing career. 

Pictured: Luz Corcuera, a leader with vision, integrity and the ability to inspire others. Photo courtesy of UnidosNow.

[Grant]  PLANit Sarasota Receives $100,000 Thanks to Support from Gulf Coast Community Foundation and Corporate Sponsors

Through a unique philanthropic collaboration, PLANit Sarasota received $100,000 in grants to promote postsecondary education with a focus on historically underrepresented students who rarely go on to achieve college degrees or trade diplomas. These grants were made possible through an initial investment of $50,000 from Florida Philanthropic Network, with funding from the Helios Education Foundation and Kresge Foundation. Their support was matched dollar for dollar by Gulf Coast Community Foundation, Community Foundation of Sarasota County, and corporate sponsors. Collaboration between nonprofit and for-profit sectors is the power of PLANit Sarasota, a collective effort to invest in students and a strong local workforce. The support of business partners fueled the success of the matching opportunity. Florida Power & Light Company and PGT Innovations joined Bank of America (BofA), which provided a $25,000 grant toward the match. For many years, BofA has worked with nonprofit partners, local organizations, and leaders across public and private sectors to help support workforce development and education. PLANit Sarasota will utilize the funds to support Sarasota students in achieving their career and educational goals post-high school. Offering success coaching, digital tools, college application support, and financial aid guidance, PLANit Sarasota, our community’s Local College Access Network, is critical to the future success of our student population. The Florida Philanthropic Network College Access and Success Initiative (CASI 2.0) Challenge Match grant was made possible by Helios Education Foundation and Kresge Foundation. 

[Grant]  Gulf Coast Community Foundation Awards The Sarasota Ballet with Arts Grant

The Sarasota Ballet is delighted to announce that this year it has been awarded a $65,000 Arts Appreciation Grant by Gulf Coast Community Foundation. The Sarasota Ballet is incredibly grateful to be amongst the 14 organizations to receive this award. This year the Arts Appreciation Grant will provide support for many of The Sarasota Ballet’s productions, as well as events and education performances for the year. The Arts Appreciation Grant will aid in The Sarasota Ballet School’s collaboration with the Venice Performing Arts Center for the new production of The Nutcracker, set to premiere in December. Gulf Coast is also supporting The Sarasota Ballet’s Gala Royale honoring Executive Director Joseph Volpe, as well as contributing to the newest patron program for the Company, Relevé. Through Relevé, The Sarasota Ballet aims to make performance attendance and interaction more accessible to younger audiences, and to keep in line with the Company’s goal of expanding the reach of ballet in the community. 

To learn more click here.

[Donations]  Tri County Air Launches First Annual Comfort and Joy Initiative

This year, Tri County Air is launching a new Christmas-season initiative called Comfort & Joy. In summary, the company wants to give away a free air conditioning and heating system to a family in need. The true goal, though, is to do for one what you wish you could do for all. The past few years have been devastating for a lot of people, and Tri County Air wants to do what they can to relieve some of that pain for a local family. Tri County Air’s goal is to come alongside the winning family in as many ways as possible, beyond simply installing a free air conditioning system. Maddy Presley is a member of the management team at Tri County Air and has been one of the organizers behind this new effort. She remarked, “If the winning family has kids, we hope to bring them presents. Maybe we can bake Christmas cookies with them while our crew is getting their new A/C up and working the day of the install. Do they need Christmas decorations? We hope to help with that, too. The word ‘Joy’ in the name Comfort & Joy is just as critical to us as the word ‘Comfort.’ We want this to be a fun time to remember.” They also hope to connect other deserving families who may have been nominated to local non-profits with resources that may help them through their tough season as well.  If you or someone you know could use some “Comfort & Joy” this holiday season, please submit your nominations at tricountyair.com/comfort-and-joy beginning November 1, 2022 and ending November 11, 2022. There are only a few qualifications: nominees must reside in and own their home; they must reside in the Tri County Air service area of Manatee, Sarasota, or Charlotte County in Florida; and they must be open to sharing their story publicly. Nominations will be analyzed by a committee of non-profit leaders and Tri County Air employees from November 14-16th and public voting on the 10 families chosen by committee members will take place from November 17-27th. The winning family will be announced on November 28th. 

To learn more click here.

[Scholarships]  New College Clambake November 3rd

New College of Florida will celebrate the 43rd anniversary of its annual Clambake, hosted by the New College Foundation, on Thursday, November 3rd, at 6 p.m. The event will take place on the New College bayfront beside College Hall, 351 College Drive in Sarasota. All ticket proceeds benefit student scholarships. Event chairs are Erin Christy, Doug Christy, and Charlene Heiser Wolff. This time-honored event raises hundreds of thousands of dollars for student scholarships. Last year it raised more than $530,000 - the most ever raised in the event's history. Guests will enjoy New England fare catered by Michael's on East, entertainment, cocktails and a breathtaking sunset. Clambake has been one of Sarasota's most popular philanthropic events for more than four decades. 

[Nonprofit event]  Great Ice Cream Eating Championship, Fall 2022 Edition

Rise & Nye’s, the downtown Sarasota coffee and ice cream shop with a mission, is hosting its second Great Ice Cream Eating Championship on November 12th at 11:00am sharp! Show everyone “what cha got” by eating as much ice cream as you can in 4 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 Ice Cream Eating Champ. Sign up. Be a winner. Support the amazing team members at Rise & Nye’s. 

Click here to register.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Sarasota Orchestra - November Concert , November 4 – November 6, Varied

Sarasota Orchestra Presents Acclaimed Guest Artists in November Concerts. Masterworks 1: Symphonie Fantastique runs November 4th-6th at the Van Wezel. Sarasota Orchestra’s first Masterworks program of the 2022-2023 season features works written by three composers at the beginning of their careers. Prizewinning composer Quinn Mason describes A Joyous Trilogy, written in 2019, as “the very embodiment of happiness and cheerfulness.” Grammy-nominated pianist Joyce Yang shines in Grieg’s Piano Concerto, completed when the composer was just 24. The program concludes with Berlioz’s evocative Symphonie fantastique. Tickets from $37, available at www.SarasotaOrchestra.org or (941) 953-3434

[SOON]  MUSIC: Hermitage at Booker: Reggie Harris and the Power of Music , November 4, 5:30pm

Hermitage at Booker: Reggie Harris and the Power of Music, Friday, November 4 at 5:30 pm: Returning Hermitage Fellow Reggie Harris believes that music has the power to unite, the power to uplift, and the power to heal. An international leader in the folk and acoustic music scene for more than 40 years, Harris brings all his skill and charm to Booker High School and invites the community along for the joyful ride. Join this incredible musician and storyteller to rediscover the essential power of music to move us all. Presented outdoors and socially distanced in the Booker High School courtyard in partnership with Booker High School VPA. Registration is required at HermitageArtistRetreat.org ($5/person registration fee). Booker High School Courtyard, 3201 N. Orange Ave., Sarasota, FL 34234.

Booker High School Courtyard, 3201 N. Orange Ave., Sarasota, FL 34234

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: The Secret World of Og , November 5 – November 6, 11/05 at 5:00PM, 11/06 at 12:00PM

Sarasota Youth Opera will perform the operatic adaptation of the well-known children’s book by Canadian icon Pierre Berton.  Discover the classic story of a group of siblings who venture into the dark subterranean world of the Ogs to rescue their baby brother and cat.  This story has been a favorite with Canadian children since its publication in the 1960s. For tickets visit sarasotaopera.org or call +1 941 328 1300 61 N Pineapple Ave Sarasota, FL 34236. For tickets visit www.sarasotaopera.org/tickets-events or call +1 941 328 1300 61 N Pineapple Ave.Sarasota.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Manatee Performing Arts Center: Night of R&B and Jazz with Nu Jazz , November 5, 7:30pm

NuJazz is a contemporary jazz band from the Sarasota/Bradenton area. They play hits from many artists in the genre such as The Rippingtons, Richard Elliot, Peter White, Spyro Gyra, Boney James and many more. NuJazz is led by Dr. Melvin Price, a local Foot & Ankle Surgeon with MCR Health. Along with accomplished musicians Eric Enfield, Ron Ross, Corey Ross, Gregg Jordan, Keith Allenand Veola Drain. NuJazz brings your favorite R&B tunes to a new level with a jazz twist. 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: 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]  FESTIVAL: Sarasota Medieval Fair , November 5 – November 27, 10am-5:30pm

SARASOTA MEDIEVAL FAIR Every Saturday and Sunday running November 5th-27th, 2022 at Woods of Mallaranny (29847 FL-70 E.Myakka City, FL 34251). Welcome one and all to four weekends of exciting tournaments, scrumptious feasts, & pure family fun at the 18th Annual Sarasota Medieval Fair! Live the majesty and madness of knights, jesters, minstrels, acrobatics, wenches, and sword swingers! Watch jousts and human combat chess tournaments! Listen to musical displays of powerful bagpipes and the heart pounding drums. Feast on turkey legs and hearty ales. A full day of entertainment. You will not miss your favorite show as you stroll through the village as the shows repeat several times a day to adjust to your schedule. Get into the fun by wearing your favorite medieval or renaissance garb to feel part of the clan! For tickets visit www.sarasotamedievalfair.com Phone 1-888-303-FAIR (3247)

Woods of Mallaranny, 29847 FL-70 E. Myakka City, FL 34251

[SOON]  SPORTS: Bradentucky Bombers vs. Swan City Roller Derby , November 5, 5pm

The Bradentucky Bombers are excited to announce our next home game on Saturday, November 5th against Swan City Roller Derby, a team out of Lakeland, Florida. Saturday, November 5th at Ellenton Ice & Sports Complex (5309 29th St E., Ellenton, Florida 34222) at 5:00 p.m, doors open at 4:30pm. Tickets are available! Presale—$10 online; Adults at the door—$15; Kids 6-12––$10 at the door; Kids 5 and under FREE! For more information visit www.bradentuckybombers.com or our Eventbrite to purchase tickets (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bradentucky-bombers-vs-swan-city-roller-derby-tickets-435757411147).  Plenty of bleacher seating is available, but for close-up action and trackside seating, bring a chair. Make sure to shake the Florida sand out of your beach chairs before coming in, friends!

Ellenton Ice and Sports Complex , 5309 29th Street East Ellenton, FL 34222

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: WSLR's 13th Annual Very Merry Jerry Day , November 6, 4pm-9pm

Break out the tie-dye and hula hoops for WSLR's annual celebration of Jerry Garcia on Sunday, November 6th from 4-9pm. Playing guitar and singing for his band, The Grateful Dead, as well as several others, Garcia took his hippie movement from the 60's into the 90's, inspiring the following of millions of long-haired, tie-dye t-shirted, carefree "Deadheads."  The newly renovated patio will be hopping as The Joint Chiefs and Dead Uncle’s Ship take the stage. This is a family-friendly event, with kids’ activities and local vendors tabling. Attendees can bring t-shirts, socks, etc. for tie-dying, but no coolers please. Come out and help us re-create the mood and celebrate the music of the Grateful Dead.  Tickets are $12 for WSLR members and $15 for the general public; half-price for students and free for children under 12.  Tickets are available at www.wslr.org.  For more information call WSLR at 941-894-6469.  

[SOON]  GALLERY: Marie Selby Botanical Gardens - The Orchid Show 2022 , October 15 – December 4, 10am-5pm

EXHIBITION: The Orchid Show 2022, October 15 – December 4, 10 AM – 5 PM Marie Selby Botanical Gardens showcases the beauty and diversity of orchids in “The Orchid Show 2022: Capturing the Perfect Shot.” This immersive, photography-themed exhibition features innovative horticultural vignettes with hundreds of orchids in flower in the Tropical Conservatory and large-format photos of rare orchids from the Gardens’ own collection in the Museum of Botany & the Arts. On view through December 4 at Selby Gardens’ Downtown Sarasota campus. For more information, visit selby.org. Marie Selby Botanical Gardens Downtown Sarasota campus1534 Mound Street, Sarasota, FL 34236 Historic Spanish Point campus401 North Tamiami Trail, Osprey, FL 34229 TEL 941.210.0874

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens , 1534 Mound 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: Return of the SARTQ Sarasota Artist Collective Print Party , November 5, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

SARTQ Sarasota Artist Collective announces the return of their legendary print party, scheduled for Saturday, November 5 from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm at Art Central, 1330 Central Avenue in Sarasota.

The print party offers guests the opportunity to select from 7 different designs created specifically for this event by local artists. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own clothing items such as t-shirts, tote bags, towels, etc., any item that can lie flat under a screen and accept ink. Choose your favorite design to have printed for just $10 or pick three designs to print for $20. Blank adult t-shirts will also be available for purchase. Cash preferred, however Vemno will be accepted.

[SOON]  HEALTH: Vets, Pets & Jets 5K & Fun Run/Walk , November 12

2022 Vets, Pets & Jets 5K and Fun Run at SRQ presented by KW Suncoast, Humane Society of Sarasota County and Sarasota Bradenton International Airport. This one-time-only event is sure to add some spring to your step. Go inside the gates of Sarasota Bradenton International Airport (SRQ) for a competitive 5K and a 1-mile fun run/walk like no other. The course will be safely nestled along an active taxiway on the north airfield of SRQ. We’ll also have food, music, vendors, activities, and prizes, so bring the entire family—even the four-legged members. And since it coincides with Veterans Day weekend, we’ll be doing a special salute to our military service members. Proceeds benefit the Humane Society of Sarasota County. All participants and attendees must register by 11:59pm on November 9. No day-of registrations allowed, even for spectators, per airport policy.

Sarasota Bradenton International Airport, 1120 Clyde Jones Road Sarasota, FL 34243

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: FST - A Place in the Sun - A Tribute to Stevie Wonder , November 16 – April 16, Varied

A Place in the Sun – A Tribute to Stevie Wonder, will begin playing in FST’s Goldstein Cabaret on November 16, 2022. The new music revue celebrates the legendary musician whose catalogue spans six decades and multiple musical genres, taking audiences through the beloved songbook of musical pioneer, Stevie Wonder. Created by Jason Cannon, Richard Hopkins, and Sarah Durham, this all-new Cabaret features such timeless hits as “I Just Called to Say I Love You,” “Isn’t She Lovely?,” and “Superstition.” Tickets are now on sale at FloridaStudioTheatre.org or at 941.366.9000.

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