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SRQ DAILY May 31, 2023

Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

"I have come to trust Betty's knowledge of the FSU Center for the Performing Arts, Sarasota Opera House, and Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, the theaters where we perform. "

- Rod Kelly, Box Office Manager, Sarasota Ballet.

[Recognition]  Betty Ferguson Honored as Good Hero

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 Elizabeth “Betty” Ferguson, Membership Chair at the Sarasota Ballet. Betty represents one of the most precious treasures of any nonprofit organization—their volunteers. Trusted and relied upon, volunteers become the heart and soul of the organization, personally sharing their passion with others. Betty has volunteered at the box office for countless years, contributing to its success and efficiency while also volunteering as an usher and handling will call during performances. Her passion and love for the arts are what make her an outstanding volunteer and advocate.

Box Office Manager, Rod Kelly, shared this about Betty, "I have come to trust Betty's knowledge of the FSU Center for the Performing Arts, Sarasota Opera House, and Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall —the theaters where we perform. She interacts with our patrons with kindness and compassion and handles each situation in a timely and professional manner. She is highly proficient and creative at solving problems and taking appropriate action. It is truly my pleasure to work with Betty." She has become an invaluable member of the Sarasota Ballet Family and truly deserving of this award. 

Pictured: Betty Ferguson (center) with Dr. Helene Lotman (left) and SRQ Magazine Managing Editor, Barbie Heit. Photo by Wyatt Kostygan.

[Recognition]  Sarasota County Commissioners Recognize May as Older Americans Month

On May 24th County Commissioner Joe Nuender presented a proclamation recognizing May as “Older Americans Month.” Participating in the ceremony were (left to right) Kim Kutch, Sarasota County Government human services manager; Nancy Buechler, Seniors Advisory Council Chair; Susan Berger, Sarasota County Health and Human Services Aging System Coordinator; and, Erin Mcleod, President/CEO of Senior Friendship Centers, (right). Older adults aged 65 and older make up more than 37% of our county’s population. The proclamation recognizes older adults as valued and contributing members of our county and underscores the importance of supporting our aging populations.


[Board of Directors]  The Patterson Foundation Welcomes Cathy Layton to Governing Board

The Patterson Foundation is pleased to welcome Cathy Layton as the newest member of its Governing Board. The Governing Board recently approved Layton’s appointment, which is scheduled to begin Aug. 1. Layton, a retired commercial real estate broker, has lived in Sarasota since 1970. She has served the community in many ways since, notably in volunteer leadership roles with multiple public and private entities. This includes appointed and elected positions with the Sarasota County Planning Commission, the Sarasota Housing Authority and the Sarasota County Charter Review Board, among others. Most recently, Layton served on the boards of the William G. and Marie Selby Foundation and the Bay Park Conservancy (BPC), chairing both groups. The Patterson Foundation has long supported BPC and its work with the community to create The Bay, an open and accessible public park that will span 53 acres along Sarasota’s bayfront. For more information on The Patterson Foundation and its Governing Board, please visit thepattersonfoundation.org. 

[Board Members]  TREE Foundation Adds Two New Board Members

The TREE Foundation of Sarasota has added two new board members: recently retired pediatrician/neonatologist Dr. Robert Beck of Fairfax, Virginia, and EarthJustice legal recruiter Carmela French of Washington, DC. TREE Foundation, an international non-profit organization based in Sarasota, is dedicated to tree and forest research, exploration, education, and conservation across the globe. Dr. Beck and Ms. French joined the Board in late 2022; their terms will expire December 31, 2024. Also a talent management consultant, Ms. French holds a BA in Conservation Biology from New College of Florida. She was a leader and Chair for the DC Chapter of the Climate Reality Project from 2017-2019. Biology major in college, Dr. Beck is concerned about climate change and the impact of man on the global inventory of forests and seeks to strategize and implement sustainable solutions to these issues. His career includes leading newborn intensive care services for Fairfax Neonatal Associates in Virginia as President (1997-2005) and Board Member (2006-2022). The TREE Foundation was founded in 1999 and is actively leading efforts to create forest canopy walkways around the globe to preserve the Earth’s vital, endangered forests. Learn more at treefoundation.org or mission-green.org.  

[Scholarships]  SMH Foundation Awards Thousands in Health Career Scholarships

The Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation awarded scholarships this month to five outstanding local high school students who plan to pursue careers in health care. The G. Duncan Finlay Health Careers Scholarships and The Heather G. Miller Health Careers Scholarship help ensure that health care providers can continue delivering the highest quality of care for years to come. Each student will receive up to $10,000 to help offset the cost of college tuition and expenses over the next four years. For 30 years, the health careers scholarships have provided $773,750 to 166 high school seniors, and are critical as the demand for health care professionals grows each year. 

[Youth Shelter]  Safe Children Coalition Hires Architect Builder for New Youth Shelter

Local community-based care organization Safe Children Coalition is continuing to move forward with its capital campaign, planning and construction of its new Youth Shelter. Architectural firm Clifford M. Scholz Architects – with Rick Oswald leading the team – is designing the new facility and Tandem Construction has recently been retained as the builder. The new youth shelter is critical to our community and SCC's efforts to protect area youths: there are typically over 2,000 teens who are homeless in Circuit 12 (Sarasota, Manatee and DeSoto counties) and there is always a waiting list for the shelter. The SCC Youth Shelter provides a safe space for homeless or unaccompanied teens who are without safe shelter due to extreme parental conflict, abuse or neglect, or a parent’s inability to cope. Teens may also be experiencing homelessness as a result of a mental health crisis, substance/alcohol abuse, or teens may be ordered to the shelter by the court. The previous Youth Shelter was more than 60 years old and limited the number of teens the program could serve. Homeless youths are currently being cared for at a temporary facility in north Sarasota while the new Youth Shelter campaign is underway. SCC leaders note that, for the past few years, the SCC Youth Shelter has been first or second in facility utilization out of the 30 shelters in the Florida network. With the one-two punch of the pandemic and then Hurricane Ian, the need has only increased. The new Youth Shelter will be located on Sawyer Road in north Sarasota, sitting on two acres of land. The nearly 9,000-square-foot building will provide safe emergency, temporary housing for youth ages 10-17, and is designed to reduce the list of youth waiting for safe shelter, and house the maximum number of youths allowed by its contract consistently throughout the year. The ultimate goal of the Youth Shelter program is to reunite youth with their families as appropriate, or to help parents find resources for more appropriate care, thereby keeping teens out of foster care. The new Youth Shelter will provide nearly 3,000 safe shelter bed-nights a year and serve up to 200 youth annually for many years to come. For more about Safe Children Coalition or to learn how you can support the effort to build the new Youth Shelter, contact Jacqueline House at jhouse@sccfl.org or call 941-371-4799, ext. 1127. 

Pictured: Architectural plans for the new Safe Children Coalition Youth Shelter Provided by Rick Oswald/Clifford M. Scholz Architects.

[Conservation]  Mote Marine Laboratory and The Florida Aquarium Collaborate in Successful Rehabilitation Efforts

Mote Marine Laboratory and The Florida Aquarium are thrilled to announce the release of two rescued loggerhead sea turtles nicknamed, "Valerie" and "Mahomes," at Anna Maria Bayfront Park Tuesday morning, May 30. This momentous event marks the finish line of months of dedicated care and rehabilitation provided by Mote's Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Hospital and The Florida Aquarium Turtle Rehabilitation Center. "Valerie" was discovered floating nearshore on Longboat Key, and initial observations suggested the turtle was affected by toxins from red tide. She was transported to Mote’s Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Hospital on Feb. 21 and began receiving injectable antibiotics and subcutaneous fluids until symptoms improved. When "Valerie" arrived at the hospital, Mote scientists found that she already had a flipper tag and a passive integrated transponder (PIT) tag. The PIT tag, placed by Mote's Sea Turtle Conservation & Research Program in 2019, gives the turtle a unique barcode identification number that allows our scientists to gain valuable insights into "Valerie's" migratory patterns, growth rates, survival, and reproductive output. Similarly, "Mahomes" was found washed ashore off Casey Key Road in Sarasota County and showed symptoms of red tide toxicity. Initially admitted to Mote's Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Hospital on Feb. 13, "Mahomes" was later transferred to Mote's nearby neighbors at The Florida Aquarium Turtle Rehabilitation Center on Feb. 24 to better prepare Mote for the high numbers of incoming sea turtle patients affected by toxic red tide exposure. Requiring similar treatment, “Mahomes” received antibiotics and supportive care during the course of rehabilitation at The Florida Aquarium to help rid the sea turtle's body of toxins. Before the release, "Mahomes" was outfitted with a satellite tag by The Florida Aquarium and the Sea Turtle Conservancy. These tags provide critically important information about diving, feeding, migratory and activity patterns all while recording corresponding environmental data such as water temperatures. This data help better understand the patient's behavior after reintroduction and provides key insight for future rehabilitation and conservation efforts. Under the meticulous care of both facilities' dedicated staff members, "Valerie" and "Mahomes" have made remarkable recoveries, successfully clearing all health assessments mandated by wildlife officials and were cleared for release. Within Sarasota or Manatee county waters, if you see a stranded or dead sea turtle, dolphin or whale, please call Mote's Stranding Investigations Program, a 24-hour response service, at 941-988-0212. If you see a stranded or dead manatee anywhere in state waters or a stranded or dead sea turtle, dolphin or whale outside of Sarasota or Manatee counties, please call the FWC Wildlife Alert hotline at 1 (888) 404-FWCC (3922). Mote's sea turtle activities are conducted under Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Marine Turtle Permits 155, 216, 027, 054, 070, 048, 126 and 028. 

Pictured: Mote Marine Laboratory and The Florida Aquarium release "Mahomes" off Anna Maria Bayfront Park. Photo courtesy of Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium.

[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]  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]  THEATER: Shear Madness , May 31 – July 16, Various times

There has been a murder in a local hair salon, and it is up to the audience to solve the crime. Everyone is a suspect when the old lady living above Shear Madness salon is mysteriously offed. Join two police officers to piece together the clues behind this strange, scissor-stabbing homicide. Chock full of up-to-the minute spontaneous humor, Shear Madness has slayed the hearts of audiences around the world. Now it is up to Sarasota audiences to outwit the suspects and catch the killer in this interactive comedy whodunit. FST Gompertz Theatre, 1265 First St.
Sarasota, floridastudiotheatre.org.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Identity, Exploring the Human Condition , June 1 – August 5, Gallery hours

The 2023 exhibition season continues with Identity, Exploring the Human Condition, which highlights the diverse talents of artists from across the southeast region of the United States and will be on display in all four gallery spaces. On view from June 1-August 5, the opening reception is Thursday, June 1, 6-8 p.m. The juror is Christy Paris, an art professor and PhD candidate in the College of Education at the University of South Florida. A Juror’s Critique, with Paris, will take place on Tuesday, June 6. Art Center Sarasota is located at 707 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. For information, visit www.artsarasota.org or call 941-365-2032.

[SOON]  FOOD: Savor Sarasota , June 1 – June 14, Various times
Mark your calendars for the most delicious time of the year in Sarasota, the 18th annual Visit Sarasota County’s Savor Sarasota. Beginning Thursday, June 1st through Wednesday, June 14th, visitors and residents alike will be able to wine and dine their way around Sarasota area restaurants relishing multi-course meals. Savor Sarasota restaurant week is a two-week dining program that offers artfully crafted prix-fixe menus for both lunch and dinner. Lunch menus feature a two-course menu for $25 per person, and dinner menu features three courses for $40 per person. Many restaurants will also offer menu upgrades and wine and spirit pairings to elevate the experience. Visit https://www.visitsarasota.com/savor-sarasota/restaurants for an up-to-date restaurant list.
[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Fresh Fridays , June 2, 7-10 pm
The Downtown Improvement District Fresh Fridays organizers work to jumpstart the summer season with a festive block party full of live music, lawn games, BBQ, and more for its final event of the season. Bay Kings Band will provide live entertainment. Local downtown restaurant, Bricks Smoked Meats, will be cooking up mouthwatering BBQ. Attendees will have the chance to meet and hang out with players from the Sarasota Paradise pre-professional soccer team. Continuing in the spirit of summer, the party will have a gaggle of fun backyard lawn games. Partygoers can participate in friendly competitions of Cornhole, oversized Connect Four, and Jenga. Show up early for signature giveaways and come hungry to taste a variety of light bites and beverages from local downtown hospitality partners, including the Art Ovation Hotel and Azul Steak and Sushi Lounge. Upcoming dining destination Beso will have a specialty sangria bar for attendees to enjoy. The event will take place rain or shine back on Palm Avenue. Parking will be available at Palm Avenue and State Street parking garages. Palm Avenue, Sarasota.
[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Laser Light Nights at The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature , May 25 – September 2, 7pm and 9pm

Break out the big hair and acid-washed denim because Laser Light Nights are back at The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature. Every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night from May 25 through September 2, we are rocking out to some of your favorite artists in the Planetarium! A variety of food options and drinks are available for purchase onsite with cash or card. Tickets are $15. The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature, 201 10th St W., Bradenton, bishopscience.org.

[SOON]  MUSEUM: Lorna Bieber, Natural World at The Ringling , May 20 – October 15, Museum hours

The Ringling presents a solo exhibition of works by Lorna Bieber in May that includes two new pieces making their debut in the Keith D. and Linda L. Monda Gallery for Contemporary Art. Her artwork first and foremost encourages us to indulge in the pleasures of looking and discovering anew the details of the visual world. Her artistic practice is grounded in appropriating, recycling, and manipulating imagery. The work reminds us of the image world that inundates our daily existence. Our experience of reality is mediated through a barrage of photographic digital images that supplants our connection to the natural world. Yet, Bieber is less interested in a critique of this condition than she is in offering her work as an antidote, a way to inspire viewers and reconnect with our shared sense of wonder. Included with museum admission. The Ringling Museum, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota, ringling.org.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Small Works Show , May 27 – June 30, Gallery hours
The artists at Art Uptown Gallery will present Small Works Show, showcasing small framed pieces of their original art. Meet the artists at the First Friday public reception on June 2 from 6-9 p.m. All of our award-winning artists are local, full-time residents of Sarasota. The exhibit opens on Saturday, May 27 and runs through Friday, June 30. Art Uptown Gallery welcomes patrons and friends at 1367 Main Street where the diverse work of regional award-winning artists is exhibited. artuptown.com.
[SOON]  MUSEUM: Reclaiming Home, Contemporary Seminole Art at Ringling Museum , March 29 – September 4, Museum hours

Reclaiming Home, Contemporary Seminole Art group exhibition will mark The Ringling’s first presentation of contemporary art by Native American artists with ancestral, historical, and present-day connections to Florida. An imperative step toward establishing a meaningful relationship with the Native American artistic community, Reclaiming Home will highlight the breadth and depth of the artwork by Seminole, Miccosukee, and mixed-heritage artists from Florida with the important work by internationally-recognized artists. The exhibition will expand the conceptual framework of Native American art made in Florida today and provide a fuller understanding of the complexities of issues within the art of the Seminole diaspora. Ringling Museum, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota, ringling.org.

[SOON]  MUSEUM: Eco Engineers , April 12 – September 3, During museum hours

Eco Engineers are plants and animals that profoundly impact their ecosystem. Through their presence or behavior, eco engineers create microhabitats, or unique areas within an ecosystem. Other species have taken notice of these microhabitats and decided to move in! In this exhibition, explore nine of Florida’s eco engineers and discover why our landscape wouldn’t be the same without them. Eco Engineers is a bilingual (English and Spanish) special exhibition created by our own Museum curators. Included with museum admission. The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton, bishopscience.org.

[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]  MUSEUM: From the Chambers Honoring John Sims at Ringling Museum , May 6 – August 6, Museum hours

In December 2022, the innovative artist, activist, writer, and filmmaker John Sims passed away suddenly at his studio in Sarasota. The tragic loss of Sims left a deep impact on the art world. His art, informed by mathematics, design, sacred symbols, and poetic text, boldly confronted white supremacy, the Confederate flag, and the deep disparities and division within our society. The Ringling is honored to have had the opportunity to work closely with Sims, who was their artist in residence in 2020. The exhibition From the Chambers, Honoring John Sims brings those two works together, on view publicly for the first time, in conjunction with John Chamberlain’s sculpture Added Pleasure. The exhibition serves as just one part of the significant legacy the artist leaves behind, in Sarasota and beyond. On view May 6 through August 6, 2023 in the Searing East galleries. Ringling Musuem, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota, ringling.org

[SOON]  GALLERY: Lake Club of Lakewood Ranch Art Exhibition , May 8 – July 31, 9 am-5 pm
ComCenter Lakewood Ranch hosts local art groups to exhibit in the main lobby area of the building. The exhibits are open to the public to view Monday through Friday between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm, and the majority of the art is for sale. The artists are usually treated to a welcome reception by ComCenter as well. The exhibits continually change about every four to six months so there is always something new to see and our ComCenter clients and their clients enjoy the ever-changing exhibits. The next group, The Lake Club of Lakewood Ranch, will be exhibiting for the first time at ComCenter from May 8 through July 31. ComCenter Lakewood Ranch, 9040 Town Center Pkwy, Lakewood Ranch, comcenters.net.
[SOON]  MUSEUM: She Engineers at the Bishop , January 24 – July 30, During museum hours

SHE ENGINEERS is a bilingual (English and Spanish) poster exhibition highlighting eight women in various engineering fields. In their own words, the women share their passion and what inspired them to become engineers. If we support a woman in STEM, then she can change the world.

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