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SRQ DAILY May 3, 2023

Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

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Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

"When Hurricane Ian came, our home where we care for our 8 grandchildren, including our two newborn twins, was damaged."

- Ruby Hodges, Member, Senior Friendship Centers.

[Hurricane Relief]  Senior Friendship Centers to the Rescue
Barbie Heit, barbie.heit@srqme.com

If there is one thing Floridians have grown to accept when it comes to storms it’s to expect the unexpected. Hurricane Ian, one of the most powerful hurricanes to hit the United States in decades, wreaked havoc amongst so many Gulf Coast communities when it rolled in on September 28, 2022. It caused catastrophic damage to countless businesses and families and left several of our neighbors without food, shelter and income. However, one thing was made abundantly clear from the disaster: when the going gets tough, the tough community gets going! Over the past several months, many of our local nonprofit  organizations stepped up to lend a much-needed helping hand. We are honored to share some of their stories in our philanthropy edition over the next few weeks.

The following story was shared by our friends at Senior Friendship Center about members, Ruby and Willie Hodges. "When Hurricane Ian came, our home where we care for our 8 grandchildren, including our two newborn twins, was damaged. We had no insurance, but we are grateful for all the support that Senior Friendship Centers has done for us," shares Ruby. "They gave us tarps for roofs and referred us for food and clothing. Our grandchildren also got back-to-school backpacks. We didn’t even expect to celebrate the holidays, but they gave presents for the whole family and full Christmas and Thanksgiving dinners! We’re thankful for them helping us get through this." 


Pictured: Ruby Hodges. Photo courtesy of Senior Friendship Centers.

[Recognition]  Chip Gaylor Honored as Good Hero
Barbie Heit, barbie.heit@srqme.com

Each year, SRQ Media invites the community to nominate individuals with hearts of giving who have made a significant impact with local nonprofit organizations — from volunteers and board members to individual staff members and donors. This year, attendees were thrilled to be together as we recognized our annual Good Hero Philanthropic Award recipients at the SB2: Philanthropic Agenda Luncheon and Good Hero Philanthropic Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, March 7th at Michael’s on East in Sarasota. In the coming weeks, we are happy to feature each of the ten honorees in our Wednesday Philanthropic edition of SRQ Daily.

Today we are recognizing W.E. “Chip” Gaylor, a Venice native who demonstrates outstanding civic and charitable leadership across the area. He is a former board chair of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County and continues to serve as external counsel for the 43-year-old philanthropic organization. Most recently, he is co-chairing the Community Foundation’s task force overseeing the distribution of more than $5 million of funds to help the region recover with resiliency from Hurricane Ian. Since founding his law firm in 1992, Chip has been committed to his community. Chip is a member of the Florida Bar Association and the Sarasota County Bar Association, where he served as President in 2017-2018, the Real Property, Probate, and Trust Law Section of both bar associations, and of the Venice Estate Planning Council. Chip is also the recipient of the Sarasota Yacht Club's inaugural Anchor Award for Philanthropy where he created the club's employee scholarship fund, helping to establish its grant-making arm, SYC Cares. Congratulations, Chip. 

[Announcement]  Gulf Coast Community Foundation and All Faiths Food Bank Manuscript Receives National Publication

Gulf Coast Community Foundation (Gulf Coast) is thrilled to announce that its successful Feeding Hungry Families manuscript – authored in collaboration with All Faiths Food Bank – has been published in the upcoming special issue for Local Development and Society, a national, peer-reviewed journal. The manuscript will be featured in a special issue on place-based philanthropic institutions and community development.  The manuscript reviewed the successful collective impact initiative, Feeding Hungry Families created by Gulf Coast, its donors, and All Faiths Food Bank to feed hungry families in Sarasota and DeSoto counties. Launched in 2014, the initiative focused on collecting local data, increasing community awareness of the need, and launching the Campaign Against Summer Hunger (CASH). In its first year, our community raised more than $1.2 million and 766,253 pounds of food. Ten years later, more than $14 million has been raised since the program’s inception. Long-term, the Feeding Hungry Families Initiative has increased community capacity to distribute nutritious food and improved collaboration between All Faiths Food Bank and partner agencies. While Gulf Coast launched this national award-winning effort, it has now transitioned successfully to community ownership and management. Expanded community gardens, increased fresh produce at food pantries, improved refrigeration for meat and dairy products, and additional summer feeding sites for children have been sustained. The manuscript highlights the value of long-term, effective collaboration between Gulf Coast and All Faiths Food Bank. Gulf Coast and its donors continue to support All Faiths Food Bank with data and expertise, financial support, and empowerment to learn through experimentation and evolve to meet new needs. The two organizations have shown the value of a comprehensive approach to hunger relief. The Feeding Hungry Families manuscript is one example of the power of philanthropy to create lasting, positive, community-wide change. 

To read the publication, visit

[Recognition]  SPARCC Celebrates Legacy Society Members

Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center (SPARCC) celebrated the women and men who have invested in its future by joining the SPARCC Legacy Society. The celebration reception, and the dedication of the Legacy Society Tribute Wall took place on April 27, 2023 from 6 to 7:30 PM at SPARCC’s Main Outreach Office. All SPARCC Legacy Society members have made a significant gift to the organization, either as a bequest or through a cash gift designated to go directly into the SPARCC Endowment during the donor’s lifetime, to insure that SPARCC will be there in perpetuity, to help survivors of domestic and sexual violence and their children.In the 2021 - 2022 fiscal year, SPARCC provided free and confidential advocacy services and crisis counseling to 1,306 individuals; offered a safe shelter to 138 adults, 93 children and 20 pets; responded to more than 6,086 Helpline crisis calls; and provided legal services for injunction for protection to 260 individuals. In addition, over 1,500 individuals were reached through professional training and community education presentations, and 793 young people were served through prevention education presentations.


[Fundraising Event]  SHAPES Fitness for Women Hosts the 6th Annual Girls Night Out Fundraiser for Mothers Helping Mothers

May 18, 2023, at 5p-8pm, Shapes Fitness for Women is honored to host the 6th Annual “Girls Night Out” to spotlight and benefit Mothers Helping Mothers (MHM). MHM supports families in need by fostering resiliency, self-sufficiency, and family stability. MHM is an all-volunteer, not-for-profit organization that provides basic necessities such as clothing for entire families free of charge to families in Sarasota, Manatee, and surrounding counties. Mothers Helping Mothers serves over 4,000 families annually through their storefront, representing an average of 11,000 children in need. Gail McBain, Shapes Fitness for Women - Sarasota Owner/Operator explains, “I am so proud to host this Fitness and Philanthropy fundraiser for the 6th year. And with your generous support, we hope to double last year’s donation of over $8,000. Mothers Helping Mothers is a cause that really touches my heart. By joining us, you become part of a community committed to giving back and making a positive impact in our local community.”

“It is because of our generous donors and partners in our community that Mothers Helping Mothers can have the impact that we do for thousands of families. We are so grateful to Gail and the team at Shapes for continuing to support us,” remarks Cheri Devries, Executive Director Mothers Helping Mothers. “As we continue to expand our services, programs, and our square footage, we are just so very thankful for this giving community that helps bring our clients closer to stability.” If you wish to attend, please register in advance for a $35-$45 donation and receive a swag bag of donated goods, services, and swag. 

Click here to register.

[Grant]  CreArte Latino Cultural Center Presents Nuestra Comunidad

CreArte Latino announces a new informational series called “Nuestra Comunidad” (Our Community). The program, which starts on May 17, features a series of monthly presentations and community dialogues concerning topics of interest to the local Latinx community. The program is facilitated by Claudia Lozano, a prize-winning poet and psychotherapist. “Nuestra Comunidad” was made possible by a $5,000 grant from the Gould Family Trust Foundation at Gulf Coast Community Foundation. The Community Foundation of Sarasota County is also a sponsor of the program. “Nuestra Comunidad” will be held on the third Wednesday of each month, at 7:30 p.m., from May through December. Admission is $5 per session. For more information, visit www.creartelatino.org or call 941-732-7191. 

[Disaster Response]  The Patterson Foundation Contributes $100,000 Toward Tornado Recovery

The Patterson Foundation has given $100,000 to its longtime partner, the Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP), in support of the CDP Tornado Recovery Fund. The funding will be used to strengthen communities nationwide recovering from a series of severe tornadoes, which continue to threaten the lives and livelihoods of millions of Americans. The 2023 tornado season is already one of the most active seasons ever recorded, with each month exceeding the average for tornado activity. More than 400 tornadoes have been confirmed since January, killing approximately 70 people and damaging thousands of homes across several states. Many of the communities hit by these tornadoes are smaller, rural towns with gaps in resources or infrastructure, creating additional challenges in their recovery. The CDP Tornado Recovery Fund will focus on medium- and long-term recovery needs such as rebuilding homes and livelihoods, mental health services, and other challenges identified in partnership with affected communities as recovery efforts progress. CDP works to identify gaps in recovery funding to help direct financial and technical support where it is needed most. CDP is the only full-time national resource dedicated to helping donors maximize their impact by making more intentional giving decisions in response to domestic and international disasters. CDP’s expertise and tangible impact on communities worldwide have helped it evolve into a trusted resource for both major philanthropists and grassroots donors in over a decade of work. Additionally, CDP consults with foundations and corporations on disaster-related giving strategies that best align with their missions. Since 2013, The Patterson Foundation has given nearly $6.3 million to CDP for operations and recovery efforts in the aftermath of disasters around the world. To donate or learn more about CDP, please visit disasterphilanthropy.org. Visit thepattersonfoundation.org to learn more about The Patterson Foundation. 

To learn more click here.

[Grant]  Making An Impact Receives $3,825 Grant from Doers of the Word

Making An Impact, a community-focused nonprofit dedicated to making a positive change by empowering those in need with information on local resources, has received a generous grant of $3,825 from Doers of the Word, a faith-based giving circle. The funds will be used to reprint copies of the Spanish-translated 2023 Making An Impact Community Connections Resource Guides, which have been in high demand since their March release. For more information about Making An Impact or to view their online resource guides, visit www.Making-An-Impact.org. 


[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Ranch Nite Wednesdays at Waterside Place , February 8 – May 31, 6 to 9 p.m.

Enjoy a night of fun at Waterside Place during Ranch Nite Wednesdays. The event features food trucks, live music, a night market, a vintage mobile bar and cornhole. Visit lakewoodranch.com to learn more. Waterside Place, 1561 Lakefront Drive, Sarasota.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Summer Photo Contest with the Conservation Foundation , April 26 – May 31, Submissions open through midnight May 31st

Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast is delighted to announce the return of their virtual Summer Photo Contest. Entering its fourth year, this annual event invites photographers of all ages and experience levels to share their original work showcasing the natural beauty of the Sunshine State. As in years past, the exhibition will be entirely virtual with website and Facebook displays. Works submitted for this online juried exhibition must have been taken in Florida within the past year. There is also a Youth Perspective category for ages 15 and under. The submission deadline is midnight on May 31. For categories, details, entry rules, and submission forms visit conservationfoundation.com/summerphoto.

[SOON]  FOOD: Cinco de Mayo Block Party at Roccos Tacos and Tequila Bar , May 5, Block party runs through 2 pm to 2 am, restaurant opens at 11 am

Rocco's Tacos and Tequila Bar will be celebrating Cinco de Mayo with a block party at the University Town Center location, along with pop-up food and drink vendors, door prizes and live entertainment all weekend long. On Friday, May 5, guests are invited to party all day and into the night with free shots of Santo Tequila and live music while indulging in authentic Mexican cuisine, handcrafted cocktails, and over 300 tequila varieties. Rocco’s Tacos and Tequila Bar, 243 North Cattlemen Rd., Sarasota, roccostacos.com.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Unique Differences at Art Uptown Gallery , May 2 – May 26, Various times

The newest artists at Art Uptown Gallery will be featured in the May exhibit, Unique Differences showcasing their original paintings. Meet the artists, Ian Begg, Lynn Armstrong Coffin, and Tammy Keller, at the First Friday public reception on May 5 from 6-9 p.m. All four award-winning artists are local, full-time residents of Sarasota. The exhibit opens on Saturday, April 29 and runs through Friday, May 26. Art Uptown Gallery welcomes patrons and friends at 1367 Main Street where the diverse work of award-winning regional artists is exhibited daily. Telephone 941-955-5409 or visit www.artuptown.com for hours and further information.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: FST Spring Play Reading Festival , April 28 – May 5, 3 pm

FST’s 29th Burdick New Play Festival features staged readings of new works by contemporary American playwrights. This year’s Festival features the heartfelt one-man musical, Todd vs. The Titanic by Scott Rothman, Joe Kinosian, and Kellen Blair, and the dark comedy, Bleeding Hearts by Steve Yockey. Readings will takeplace on April 28, and May 5 at 3PM each day in FST’s Keating Theatre. Single tickets are $10. Subscriptions and single tickets are now on sale at FloridaStudioTheatre.org or by calling FST’s Box Office at 941.366.9000. Florida Studio Theatre, Keating Theatre, 1241 North Palm Ave., Sarasota.

[SOON]  THEATER: Visit Joe Whitefeather and Bring the Family at Florida Studio Theatre , April 12 – May 21, Various times

Florida Studio Theatre is proud to present the world premiere of Visit Joe Whitefeather (and bring the family!) by award-winning playwright Bruce Graham. It’s the 1970s in Beaver Gap, Pennsylvania, a small town with a problem. Tourism has declined and it doesn’t look like there is any hope on the horizon. When a new resident joins forces with the bewildered city council, they devise a plan to rename the town to honor a dead, Native American war hero who had never visited the town before. It’s a plan so wild and insane that it just might work. Tickets range from $25-39 and are now on sale at FloridaStudioTheatre.org or at 941.366.9000. FST’s Gompertz Theatre, 1265 1st St., Sarasota.

[SOON]  SPORTS: Extended Orioles Spring Training , April 28 – June 3, Various times

With the Major League Baseball season now underway, the Orioles’ year-round baseball operations continue in Sarasota with Extended Spring Training. The public is invited to watch Orioles minor league players in action at the Ed Smith Stadium complex in April, May, and June. Baltimore’s farm system is currently rated as the top player development system in baseball, according to Baseball America, ESPN, and MLB Pipeline. Visit orioles.com/sarasota to learn more.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Comedy Roulette , April 13 – May 17, Various times

FST Improv’s free-form show, Comedy Roulette, is an off-the-wall improvisation potpourri where performers are freed from the traditional do’s and don’ts of improv. Instead, improvisers are encouraged to follow the funny and launch into a new scene or storyline whenever inspiration strikes. Comedy Roulette plays Saturdays in FST’s Bowne’s Lab from April 8 to May 17, 2023. Florida Studio Theatre, 1265 1st St., Sarasota, floridastudiotheatre.org.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: The Hats and Heels and Bow Ties Luncheon , May 3, 11:30 am to 1:30 pm

The Hats and Heels and Bow Ties Luncheon supports programs at Turning Points. Hats and Heels and Bow Ties centers around a friendly interactive competition between guests. Celebrity judges score the guests on several categories regarding the guests’ hats or fascinators, and/or heels or flats and or bow ties. Exceptional prizes are awarded to the winners. Tickets are $75 and there are several sponsorship opportunities available. Included in the ticket cost is a glass of champagne, a sit down lunch, dessert and photo booth pictures. Visit tpmanatee.org/events/ for more information and to purchase tickets. Legacy Hotel at IMG Academy, 5450 Bollettieri Blvd., Bradenton.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Ringling College Senior Thesis Exhibitions , May 2 – May 5, Various times
Senior thesis exhibitions are on view through May 5, all on-campus galleries. These exhibitions feature design projects created by Ringling College seniors from every major. Visit ringling.edu to learn more. Ringling College Galleries and Exhibition, 2700 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.
[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Renee Linnell Book Signing at Elysian Fields , May 3 – May 4, 12-2 pm

Renowned author and spiritual teacher Renee Linnell is set to visit Elysian Fields in Sarasota and University Park for a book signing event on May 3 and May 4, respectively. This event provides an excellent opportunity for fans to meet the author, get their books signed, and interact with like-minded individuals. Linnell is the author of the critically acclaimed book "The Burn Zone: A Memoir," a memoir that chronicles her journey from a successful entrepreneur to a cult member, and her eventual awakening and escape from the cult. The book has received widespread praise for its unflinching honesty, courage, and wisdom, and has become a bestseller in many countries. During the book signing event, attendees will have the chance to meet Linnell, purchase a copy of her new book, "Still on Fire", and have it personally signed by the author. Linnell will also be available to answer questions, share insights, and converse with fans. The book signing event will occur on May 3 at our 1273 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota store and May 4 at our 8207 Cooper Creek Blvd, University Park store. Both events will begin at noon and end at 2 pm. For more information about the event, please visit our website or contact us at 941-361-3006 (Sarasota) or 941-893-5787 (University Park).

[SOON]  MUSIC: Illyrian Symphony Orchestra Concert , May 4, 7:30-8:30 pm
Join us for a wonderful night of music that will uplift your spirit with Illyrian Symphony Orchestra and Maestro Andi Zdrava. Works by Elgar, Beethoven, Rachmaninoff and Schubert will be performed. Admission is free. Incarnation Catholic Church, 2901 Bee Ridge Rd., Sarasota, IllyriansymphonyOrchestra.org.
[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Fresh Fridays Cinco de Mayo , May 5, 7-10 pm
This week, the Downtown Improvement District is hosting the Cinco de Mayo celebration of the night. On May 5th, the freshest block party in town will be filled with vibrant Mexican culture and live entertainment by Johnathon Cortez at our new location on Palm Avenue adjacent to the Art Ovation Hotel. Satiate your appetite with Mexican fare and wet your palate with delectable Cinco de Mayo beverages. Fresh Fridays do not wait to get the party going, so come early for signature giveaways and get a polaroid taken with friends and family to commemorate the night. Art Ovation Hotel, 1255 North Palm Ave., Sarasota, did-sarasota.com.
[SOON]  MUSIC: Sarasota Orchestra Outdoor Pops, Dancing in the Streets, Music of Motown , May 5 – May 6, 8 pm

Ed Smith Stadium will once again host the Sarasota Orchestra for its annual Outdoor Pops concert on Friday, May 5, and Saturday, May 6. This year’s theme is Dancing in the Streets, Music of Motown, giving fans the chance to hear funky sounds from the height of the Motown era transformed into a symphonic experience. The program will feature hits made famous by artists such as Marvin Gaye, The Four Tops, Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, The Temptations, and Stevie Wonder. Songs include Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, I Heard it Through The Grapevine, My Girl,  Superstition, and more. The concert will conclude with a fireworks display, weather permitting. Tickets, starting as low as $15, are still available and can be purchased at Orioles.com/Spring or by calling (941) 893-6312.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Rain, A Tribute to The Beatles , May 5, 8 pm

Rain, A Tribute to The Beatles, is excited to announce that in addition to paying tribute to Abbey Road they will be performing your favorites from the Rooftop Concert as well as all of your other favorites at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. This mind-blowing performance takes you back in time with the legendary foursome delivering a note-for-note theatrical event. Together longer than The Beatles, Rain has mastered every song, gesture and nuance of the legendary foursome, delivering a totally live, note-for-note performance that’s as infectious as it is transporting. Let Rain take you back with all of the greatest hits along with all of your other Beatles favorites! This adoring tribute will take you back to a time when all you needed was love, and a little help from your friends. Tickets are $37-$87 and can be purchased at www.VanWezel.org, by calling the box office at 941-263-6799 or by visiting the box office.

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