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SRQ DAILY Dec 26, 2022

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"I feel that my heart grew two sizes bigger today after doing this."

- Chris Clark, North Port Police

[Giving]  North Port Police Lift Family Fighting Cancer
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

The North Port Police Officers Association and city police department put its giving power to use helping a single family in need. Officers last week showed up at the home of Michelle Jordal, a resident fighting lung cancer. They provided the family more than $7,000 worth of gifts and resources raised with the help of area businesses.

Cameras captured the moment as Jordal learned of the community support for her family.

“This is such a morale boost to me so thank you, honestly,” she said, “because I feel isolated sometimes, so it’s nice to feel this way.”

It’s part of an annual program conducted by the police union and city to direct charity efforts to greatly lift individuals going through a difficult period during the holiday season.

“This year we decided to kind of adopt a family who unfortunately have certain medical conditions that every day is a gift for them,” said Officer Chris Clark, who led the presentation ceremony. “So we wanted to make sure that this one right here is one that they’re going to remember, and they’re going to remember for the rest of their lives.”

Josh Taylor, public information officer for the North Port Police, said the effort takes place every year. “We all wanted to make sure that her family has a wonderful holiday. Thank you to all the local businesses who made this effort possible. North Port is a true #CommunityofUnity,” he said in an email to media.

In a giving season, Clark said the opportunity to give helps lift the spirits of everyone involved.

“I feel that my heart grew two sizes bigger today after doing this,” he said. 

Photo courtesy North Port Police: Michelle Jordan receives gifts presented by North Port Officer Chris Clark.

[New COO]  New Chief Operating Officer at HCA Florida Sarasota Doctors Hospital

Kelly Malloy is the new Chief Operating Officer at HCA Florida Sarasota Doctors Hospital. In her new role she will lead emergency services, rehabilitation, pharmacy and cardiovascular services at the hospital. Previously Malloy served as Vice President of Operations and interim CEO for HCA Florida Pasadena Hospital in St. Petersburg. She has been with HCA Healthcare for more than a decade serving in both clinical and leadership positions. She also previously served as the Administrative Director of Operations/Associate Administrator at HCA Florida Capital Hospital in Tallahassee. Malloy has a Master of Business Administration with a focus in Healthcare Management from Western Governor’s University, Bachelor of Science in Business Management from the University of Phoenix, and an Occupational Therapy degree from the University of Louisiana. 

[In Conversation ]  In Conversation with Richard Gans, President and Shareholder with Fergeson Skipper, PA

In the December 2022 edition of SRQ Magazine, we interviewed Richard Gans, president and shareholder with Fergeson Skipper, PA as part of our In Conversation feature on aging gracefully. Below is an excerpt published in the magazine in which he shares his insights with SRQ readers.

After COVID all of us have reassessed our priorities and the roles that the people have in our lives. That has to have had a magnified effect on people in life plan communities and their families. What are some of the impacts?

There's nothing like a pandemic to get people motivated to do estate planning. The biggest manifestation of it is that my clients and prospects and people that I deal with are much, much more demanding than they were before. People are impatient. Covid sort of put the possibility of dying pretty much in front of mind for everybody. And I lost six clients to Covid in 2020 in about three months. I think just fear and a sense that my world is important to me and I need it to be as important to you as it is to me. You'd like to say that you can always deliver that, but that's not practical. 


To read the full article, click here.

[Arts & Entertainment]  Art Center Sarasota's New Exhibitions

Art Center Sarasota’s 2022-2023 exhibition season continues with four exhibits, February 2-March 11. In “Same Source,” Luca Molnar uses various media to explore the connections between historical figures and personal mythologies. In “Both Ways,” Eugene Ofori Agyei works with earthenware or stoneware clay, African fabrics, acrylic paint, and yarn to create ceramic sculptures and wall pieces that start a dialogue about identity and home. Marlon Tobias’ paintings celebrate precious moments in Black family gatherings. The Annual Juried Members Show is juried by Mary Moscatelli, CEO of Venice Art Center. The opening reception for all four exhibits is Thursday, February 2, 6-8 p.m. Art Center Sarasota, 707 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. For information, visit www.artsarasota.org or call 941-365-2032. 

Pictured: Eugene Ofori Agyei. Photo courtesy of Art Center Sarasota.

To learn more, visit

[35 Under 35]  35 Under 35 Honoree - Hallie Harris at AG Creative

Meet the region's 35 Under 35 Awards Honorees for the 2022 program produced by SRQ Magazine to recognize young professionals who are taking a leadership position at their company and in the community. Learn more about Hallie Harris, Director of Brand Partnerships at AG Creative!


How did you make your start in your profession?

The world of social media and influencer marketing has always been fascinating to me. As a once practicing content creator in the early 2010s, I worked with brands including Home Depot, Best Buy, and American Eagle. This was long before influencer marketing became what it is today. After becoming a mom, being a content creator fell to the wayside as I focused on balancing motherhood and my career at the time. When I was approached with the opportunity to help design and initiate the influencer marketing program for AGC, it was an absolute dream opportunity. I was able to take my hobby that I once loved so deeply and turn it into a profession something I couldn’t turn down. 

To read the full article, click here.

[SOON]  MUSEUM: Walking Tours at The Ringling's Arboretum Available Now Through May 2023 , November 26 – May 29, 12:00 PM

This walking tour led by volunteer guides will introduce you to interesting botanical specimens on the estate while providing a historic overview of the development of the estate. The Ringling Arboretum has been accredited at Level II through ArbNet and there are over 2350 trees within the arboretum representing native, exotic, historical, and culturally significant trees. Garden Tours are available Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays and take place entirely outdoors. It is 90 minutes in length and covers approximately 1 mile. We encourage visitors to bring bottled water, and wear appropriate footwear, preferably closed-toe, sunblock, and hats. There will be a maximum of 10 participants per tour. Tours are subject to weather conditions. Please check it at the Visitors Pavilion prior to your tour. Tickets will be available 30 days prior to each tour.

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Festive Food and Drink at the Ritz Carlton , December 31 – January 1

Festive Food & Drink This year, the resort will be bringing back its lavish Grand Ballroom festive dining experiences – a guest and local favorite. The experiences will kick off with a Christmas Day Brunch featuring a traditional feast curated by the resort’s master chefs. Followed by an exquisite Christmas Grand Ballroom Brunch featuring chef-attended action stations. Christmas Eve and Christmas Day dinners are also available for guest reservations at Jack Dusty and Ridley’s Porch, both serving seasonally themed menus. In the lobby, overnight guests can indulge in daily surprise and delight experiences including culinary creations from the resort’s talented chefs, après-sun hand-shaved ice-cold snow cones, decadent holiday-inspired shooters, morning fresh squeezed juices, and more. Club Lounge guests will enjoy exclusive culinary programming and offerings like Autumn Sangria, cookie decorating and hot cocoa, twelve-days of Christmas champagne pairings, and more.

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Ring In the New Year At the Waterside Place Plaza , December 31 – January 1, 6:00 PM - 12:00 AM

Join us at the Waterside Place Plaza on December 31st from 6pm – midnight to ring in the New Year! DJ Truth will be spinning tunes and food will be available to purchase at Good Liquid Brewing Co., KORE, and participating food trucks. Beverages will be available to purchase and enjoy from participating BITS program merchants.

[SOON]  BUSINESS: This Lakewood Ranch Expo Will Help You Keep Your Health and Wellness New Year's Resolution , January 7, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Join us on January 7th to kick off the new year with the "New Year, New You" Health and Wellness Expo, presented by Lakewood Ranch Medical Center! Visit vendors from Sarasota and Manatee counties and enjoy the speaker series at center court, complete with various doctors and wellness professionals from a wide range of specialties, kicking off every hour from 10am-3pm. This event is free to the public!

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Golf Tournament Raises Funds for Domestic and Sexual Violence Survivors , January 16 – February 7, 11:00 AM

Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center (SPARCC) is hosting its annual golf tournament, Scramble for SPARCC, at the Laurel Oak Country Club on Monday, January 16, 2023. With the support of sponsors, community donations and golfers, this tournament raises funds to help provide life-saving, free and confidential programs and services for survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Entry fee is $185.00 per person and includes green fees, individual carts, happy hour light bites, beverages (cash bar available) and player awards. Registration opens at 11:00 AM with a shotgun start at 12:30 PM to kick off the 18-hole scramble. In addition to the golf tournament, there is also a closet to the pin contest, closest to the line contest, golf ball launcher, 50/50 chance drawing, and awards celebration. Co-Chairs for this event are Sandy Fulkerson and Bonnie VanOverbeke.

[SOON]  DANCE: Sarasota Ballet: Program 6 - La Sylphide , March 24 – March 25

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 6 - La Sylphide. March 24-25, 2023. At the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. La Sylphide (Company Premiere) Choreography by Johan Kobborg after August Bournonville, Music by Herman Severin Lovenskiold. For more information visit www.sarasotaballet.org, Box office 941.359.0099

Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall , 777 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  THEATER: Asolo Rep: Incident at Our Lady of Perpetual Help , March 15 – April 22, Varied

Take a trip back to 1973 with the Irish Catholic OShea family in the uproarious INCIDENT AT OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL HELP. This boisterous and moving new memory play introduces us to young Linda, as she recalls a week she’ll never forget. When Linda’s mother instructs her to tell her sister about the birds and the bees, things quickly snowball into a potential crisis after the conversation is overheard by the parish priest. Secrets are unintentionally revealed, and a quick-witted group of women realize what really matters as they work to protect their family reputation and each other. This wild and tender comedy directed by Asolo Rep Associate Artistic Director Celine Rosenthal explores the foolishness of first love, the pains of Catholic guilt, and ultimately, the power of family.  

Asolo Repertory Theatre

[SOON]  THEATER: Asolo Repertory Theatre: Man of La Mancha , May 10 – June 11, Varied

Considered by many to be one of the best musicals of all time, MAN OF LA MANCHA is brilliantly reimagined with a contemporary urgency by celebrated director Peter Rothstein, who immerses us in Miguel de Cervantes’s retelling of Don Quixote and his quest. This epic and poignant journey celebrates the perseverance of one man who refuses to relinquish his ideals and who is determined to see life not as it is, but as it ought to be. The winner of five Tony Awards®, including Best Musical, and featuring a soaring score, including “Man of La Mancha (I, Don Quixote)” and one of theatre’s most beloved songs, “The Impossible Dream,” this classic musical celebrates the power of theatre, the bravery of holding strong to our dreams, and the resilience of imagination.

Asolo Repertory Theatre

[SOON]  THEATER: Urbanite Theatre: That Must Be The Entrance To Heaven , June 9 – July 9

THAT MUST BE THE ENTRANCE TO HEAVEN by Franky D. Gonzalez. A World Premiere. June 9 - July 9, 2023. Urbanite Theatre. Glory. Survival. Legacy. Citizenship. Four Latino boxers all chase a world title to achieve their personal versions of heaven. But to get there, they must battle each other, their own battered bodies, and the universe itself. All four men walk the line between life and death in this poignant, poetic collision of combat and cosmos. 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]  DANCE: Sarasota Ballet: Program 5 - Dance Theatre of Harlem , February 24 – February 27

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 5 - Dance Theatre of Harlem. February 24-27, 2023 at FSU Center for the Performing Arts. The Sarasota Ballet Presents: Dance Theatre of Harlem. For more information visit www.sarasotaballet.org, Box office 941.359.0099

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