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SRQ DAILY Dec 28, 2022

Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

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Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

"It was not until I moved away from Sarasota that I realized how fortunate I was to grow up in a community that focused on the arts and gave opportunities for children to learn and participate."

- Adelaide Boedecker, Opera Singer and Scholarship Recipient.

[Scholarships]  Arts Advocates Accepting Scholarship Applications for Students Pursuing Undergraduate Studies in the Arts
Barbie Heit, barbie.heit@srqme.com

The Arts Advocates’ scholarship program, which has awarded over $1,000,000 to students since 1969 is now acceptiong applications through March 15, 2023 for the 2023-2024 academic year. The tuition awards are given to talented students in Florida who are pursuing undergraduate studies in the arts, including visual and related arts, dance, writing, music, theater, and architecture. High school seniors and college students who will major in these fields in the 2023-2024 school year are eligible to apply. The award also includes a one year membership in Arts Advocates.

The scholarships are awarded to students planning to have careers in the arts, and are based on artistic talent, family need, character, academic achievement, and appropriate college choice. U.S. citizenship with a one-year residency in Sarasota County or Manatee County is required.

In May of 2022, ten lucky Sarasota and Manatee county students were awarded scholarships totaling $20,000 for the 2022-2023 school year. The recipients, Sophia Coscia, Thaleia Dasberg, Lillian Fox, Pablo Gonzalez, Azure Heck, Colin Leonard, Emma Pritchett, John Quigley, Luca Stine and Katherina Zdravkov, were celebrated during the Arts Advocates general meeting luncheon in May where several gave presentations or performed.

"It wasn't until I moved away from Sarasota that I realized how fortunate I was to grow up in a community that focused on the arts and gave opportunities for children to learn and participate," shares Adelaide Boedecker, an opera singer and scholarship recipient from previous years. "Those programs are the foundation that my career is built upon and to be able to complete my education without the tremendous debt of student loans is a wonderful gift that you have given me."

Arts Advocates is a nonprofit, philanthropic membership organization dedicated to inspiring creativity, advancing education, and connecting the community to the arts. They do this through sponsoring creative educational and cultural programs, and awarding scholarships to students pursuing careers in the arts. All scholarship monies are generated through Arts Advocates activities and donations.

For more information about the scholarship program, including the application, visit visit artsadvocates.org.


[Safe Children Coalition]  Safe Children Coalition presents 2023 Giving Breakfast

On Thursday, March 23, 2023, Safe Children Coalition will present its inaugural Giving Breakfast, during which four “Champions for Children” will be honored for their contributions to caring for children in our community. The 2023 honorees are: Michele Grimes, attorney, Williams Parker Attorneys at Law; Rick Oswald, senior vice president, CMSA Architects; and Bobbie and Floyd Price, Guardian Angels of SW Florida.The event takes place from 8-9:30 a.m. at Michael’s On East (1212 East Avenue S., Sarasota). Honoree Sponsors for the event include Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation, Clifford M. Scholz Architects, Williams Parker Attorneys At Law, Gulf Coast Community Foundation, and Tandem Construction. 

Safe Children Coalition is the lead agency for community-based care for Sarasota, Manatee and DeSoto counties (Circuit 12), providing foster care, adoption, and prevention and diversion programs; nearly 9,300 children received services this year. Funds raised at the event will support these programs as well as youth prevention services, Schoolhouse Link (for children who are homeless or unaccompanied), a Youth Shelter, and more. Sponsorships of $500-$15,000 are available for the 2023 Giving Breakfast. For questions or more information, contact Jacqueline House, Safe Children Coalition’s vice president of communications and community engagement: jhouse@sccfl.org or 941-225-6166. 

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[Grants]  Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation Bolsters Mental Health Support for Children and Families in Need

With 90% of a child’s brain development occurring in the first five years of life, the early experiences and environments in which they have them cause a direct effect on their overall growth and success. As a leader of the Children First Changemaker Collective, the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation has made two gifts totaling $100,000. Their generosity will support the agency’s $600,000 challenge match to expand its comprehensive services as well as bolster and enrich mental health services, including the addition of a third Early Childhood Mental Health Specialist. Ranked in the top 1% of more than 1,800 Head Start programs nationwide, Children First serves hundreds of children, ages birth to five, and their families living at or below the Federal Poverty Level ($23,030 for a family of 3) each year. The agency offers services at multiple locations across North Port, Sarasota, and Venice. “After the devastating experiences of the pandemic and more recently, Hurricane Ian, the need for mental health services has been on the rise. As a foundation dedicated to improving the conditions and quality of life for children and their families, we saw an opportunity to provide critical support to those in need through the enhancement of Children First’s mental health services,” says William Villafranco, co-trustee. 

[Arts & Entertainment]  FST Extends Production of Hit Broadway Musical, Something Rotten, for a Second Time

Florida Studio Theatre (FST) is pleased to announce that the theatre will extend its production of the hit musical comedy, Something Rotten!, yet again. The 10-time Tony Award-nominated show will now play at Florida Studio Theatre through January 14, 2023, running for a total of 10 weeks by the time the show closes on FST’s Mainstage. Tickets and subscriptions are now on sale at floridastudiotheatre.org or by calling 941.366.9000. Something Rotten! is no small undertaking. A cast of 14 brings to life over 80 characters in FST’s version of the Broadway hit. FST’s production features the same costumes designed by Tony Award-winning costume designer Gregg Barnes and worn during the original Broadway National Tour. FST first announced its plans to extend Something Rotten! on November 22, holding the show over through January 8. Since then, the production has continued to prove itself to be extremely popular. Now, a month later, the theatre is extending the production for a second time, and the play will run through January 14, 2023. Tickets and subscriptions are now on sale at floridastudiotheatre.org or by calling 941.366.9000. 

[Board of Directors]  Shumaker Attorney Continues to Pave the Way for Sarasota Bayfront

Sarasota Managing Partner and Vice Chair of Shumaker's Management Committee Jennifer B. Compton has been elected Chair of the Bay Park (The Bay) Conservancy (BPC) Board of Directors. Jennifer is one of the founding members of the Sarasota Bayfront Planning Organization (SBPO) and subsequently served as Secretary for the BPC. She is recognized for using her legal and leadership acumen to create a first-of-its-kind private/public partnership agreement between The Bay and City of Sarasota. This partnership was instrumental in supporting Bay Park Conservancy’s initiatives to develop the precious city-owned land along Sarasota Bay, establishing a cultural and economic legacy for the region while ensuring open, public access to the bayfront.The Bay opened the first phase of the park to the public in October 2022 with a 10-day Grand Opening—transforming the city’s bayfront into a world-class destination offering an open and accessible, free, and welcoming gathering place for everyone in the community to enjoy. More than 50,000 people were estimated to be in attendance during the park’s first 10 days. The completed park will encompass 53 acres, cost about $150-200 million, and take between 7-10 years over three or more phases to complete. Phase Two development of the park is expected to begin as early as Spring 2023.With over 20 years practicing employment law counseling and litigation, Jennifer has a wealth of experience, which she attributes to the variety of clients she guides through the changes in law, the economy, and the world. 

[35 Under 35]  35 Under 35 Honoree - Matthew Kern at Hancock Whitney

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 Matthew Kern, Financial Center Leader at Hancock Whitney!


Share a recent achievement for which you are the most proud.

A personal recent achievement is coming up on my 20 year anniversary from beating a rare bone cancer called osteosarcoma as a teenager. I found out I had cancer while playing football my freshman year of high school back in Cincinnati, Ohio. I moved to Houston, Texas, where I went through almost 2 years of chemotherapy and many surgeries. The experience has taught me countless life lessons ranging from never taking a day for granted, seeing how family and friends step up through the toughest times, and to never ever give up. A professional achievement that I am really proud of was being selected to the Sarasota Chamber of Commerce Leadership Class of 2023. 

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[SOON]  MUSIC: Sarasota Art Museum: Jazz Thursdays , January 13 – January 12, 5:30pm-8:30pm

Jazz Thursdays at Sarasota Art Museum will runs through January 12, 2023 from 5:30pm to 8:30pm. FREE for Members, $20 for Not-Yet Members. Sarasota Art Museum invites you to be our guest at our first Jazz Thursday at SAM, featuring Hot Club of SRQ. Sarasota Art Museum is partnering with the Jazz Club of Sarasota for Jazz Thursdays. Join us for our special late-night performances on the Marcy & Michael Klein Plaza. Jazz Thursdays will occur on the second Thursday of each month until January 12, 2023. Galleries + Bistro + Shop will be open.

[SOON]  : The Ringling - A Decade of Collecting , October 22 – January 22, Varied

A Decade of Collecting brings together a survey of artworks acquired for the permanent collection over the past eleven years. As the State Art Museum of Florida and a division of Florida State University, The Ringling’s collections are constantly expanding to provide our state and local community with access to current contemporary works in all media and thoughtful additions to our historic collections. Though the core of the collection has always been the works acquired by John and Mable Ringling, the museum’s holdings have been expanding ever since the State of Florida took full possession of the bequest in 1946. In the early years, these additions were mainly in pre-1800 European art and circus-related material, but over the second half of the 20th century, directors and curators also began acquiring works by modern and contemporary artists. A Decade of Collecting presents a unique snapshot of how The Ringling’s collection continues to evolve, allowing us to tell new stories of the past, present, and future. Visit ringling.org to plan your visit.

Museum of Art Searing Galleries

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Asolo Repertory Theatre: Cabaret , November 16 – December 31, Varied

Willkommen to Kander and Ebb’s iconic CABARET, which transports us to 1939 Berlin and the dynamic and pleasure-filled Kit Kat Klub. As a dark shadow falls over the city and the power of the Third Reich begins to mount, the Klub’s performers and patrons must decide if they’ll wake up to the evil on their doorsteps or continue to escape to the alluring fantasy world of the cabaret. Since its debut in 1967, this classic musical has won countless awards, including the Tony Awards® for Best Musical, Best Score, and Best Revival of a Musical. Packed with vibrant and beloved songs like “Willkommen,” “Maybe This Time,” “Money,” “Don’t Tell Mama,” and, of course, “Cabaret,” this timely masterwork will burst to life on stage under the direction of Broadway and Asolo Rep favorite Josh Rhodes. 

Asolo Repertory Theatre

[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.

[SOON]  THEATER: Urbanite Theatre: Birds of North America , January 6 – February 12, Varied

"Birds of North America" runs January 6th-February 12th, 2023 at Urbanite Theatre. As birders, John and his daughter Caitlyn adore spending tender autumn days attempting to catch glimpses of elusive birds. But as seasons, the climate, and global politics change, the two find their connection as rare as a red-headed Woodpecker.  In a lyrical and endearing family portrait, Birds of North America unfolds in delicate, detailed layers like the scattered leaves of each passing year. For tickets and information contact Ph. (941) 321-1397, Email info@urbanitetheatre.com, Website www.urbanitetheatre.com

Urbanite Theatre , 1487 2nd Street Sarasota FL, 34236

[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]  THEATER: Asolo Repertory Theatre: Ken Ludwigs The Three Musketeers , January 11 – March 26, Varied

Adapted from the novel by Alexandre Dumas. Directed by Peter Amster. Harrowing adventure, bravery, and friendship take center stage in Ken Ludwig's THE THREE MUSKETEERS, a thrilling adaptation of the popular novel by Alexandre Dumas. One of the world’s most enduring comedies, this classic tells the tale of a daring young man who finds himself in the company of the world’s greatest swordsmen, as well as some of the world’s most dangerous men and women. Directed by Peter Amster, who most recently directed Asolo Rep’s smash hit Murder on the Orient Express in 2020, this play promises to be a fast-paced, witty, swashbuckling good time. All for one, and one for all! 

Asolo Repertory Theatre

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