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SRQ DAILY Oct 11, 2023

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Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

"We have thousands of people ready to work. Give it a go."

- Beaver Shriver, Founder, Rise Up Cafe.

[Inclusion]  New Name, Same Inclusive Mission
Barbie Heit, barbie.heit@srqme.com

Rise Up Cafe, formerly known as Rise & Nye’s, held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday morning to celebrate their grand re-opening. While the coffee shop (proudly located in the heart of downtown Sarasota) may have a new name and some exciting new offerings, it is still operating with the same important mission–inclusion, acceptance and opportunity for all.

Beaver Shriver, founder and owner of Rise Up, opened the ceremony with welcoming remarks. “We are so excited to be back for our grand re-opening. Thank you so much for the amazing ride over the last almost 3 years now,” he said. He then went on to thank his wife, Erin Shriver, who he says has reinvented the whole show. “We’ve stepped up everything here. Our products will contain no artificial colors and no artificial flavors, and we are now featuring our amazing Broken Bagels.” These special bagels, he explained, may be a little swirly, have a few wrinkles, dimples and dents on the outside, but like everyone at Rise Up, they just are perfect on the inside.

Erin Shriver is thrilled to be working alongside her husband and joining the Rise Up team. A hairstylist by trade, she was getting ready to open a local salon of her own with a similar mission: to hire and train special needs employees to work the front desk and handle other tasks necessary to keep the business running smoothly. Then, when the Rise & Nye’s partnership ended, she decided to join the Rise Up team. In addition to spearheading the development of new products, like overnight oats and bagels, Erin will be leading the creative culinary team and helping employees earn their baker’s caps from King Arthur Flour. She’ll be teaching them how to make ice cream, muffins, chia pudding, overnight oats and cinnamon buns so they can gain the measuring, preparation and baking skills needed to be successful at other jobs.

The Shriver family has been dedicated to serving and giving to others for many years, and Beaver Shriver has continued the tradition by giving his time and financial support to many organizations, particularly those that champion for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities including Inclusion Revolution, Shriver Education for the Arts, Special Olympics, Best Buddies, and others. “He’s been immersed in it from birth,” shares Erin.

In his closing remarks at the ceremony, Shriver encouraged community members to get involved in the inclusion mission. “We have over 25 people employed here with more than 300 people on our waiting list. In fact, I received another five applications yesterday,” he said. “Where do all of these people go? Publix may hire a few. Goodwill will hire a few. But we need to challenge every business in town to hire just one off the waitlist. We have thousands of people ready to work. Give it a go.”

Rise Up Cafe. 1534 State St, Sarasota, 941-217-6449. 

Pictured: Beaver and Erin Shriver help train people with disabilities to work in their shop and other local businesses. Photo taken by Barbie Heit.

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[Seniors]  Suncoast Aging Network 2nd Annual Masquerade Ball

Thursday, October 19th at 6PM the Suncoast Again Network will host the 2nd Annual Masquerade Ball at Gold Coast Eagle Distributing. Suncoast Aging Network, a 501c3, is a senior support and resource organization providing grants, education, and referrals for things important to Manatee and Sarasota County Seniors. Suncoast Aging network helps the senior community through several initiatives. The first of those initiatives is by being advocates for seniors, service providers, and our community to address our seniors’ unmet needs. We also provide networking opportunities for persons and organizations involved in senior services. And their goal to provide seniors, caregivers, and senior professionals a comprehensive source of services, senior housing options, resources, and information working in tandem with our community. Chazsady Davis, Suncoast Aging Network Board of Directors President explained, “The Masquerade Ball is one of the many fundraisers that we hold throughout the year. We thrive on our fundraising efforts in order to keep the organization functioning as we are a volunteer only organization.” Owner SailorGirl Companies and platinum sponsor of the ball, Jeanine Johnson, a board member of Suncoast Aging Network remarked, “By supporting the Masquerade Ball, this allows us to contribute small grants in support of other local non-profit organizations, that provide valuable services to Sarasota and Manatee County seniors.” Johnson continues, “This will be a fun and glamorous night out with a blend of elegance and fun. Everyone will be dressed to the nines. Tickets include food, drinks (beer, wine, or seltzer and non alcoholic drinks), and entertainment. There will be great music to dance to and additional fun ways to win big!” Tickets are $60 and sold on Eventbrite. All proceeds go to Suncoast Aging Network. Gold Coast Eagle Distributing is located at 7051 Wireless Ct. Sarasota, FL 34240 For more information about Suncoast Aging Network, visit www.suncoastagingnetwork.com. For interview requests, please contact Lis Begin at 727-243-6965 or Lis@BeginProductions.com. 

[Nonprofit Event]  Unite for Good Bazaar: Nonprofit Showcase

Join The Bazaar on Apricot & Lime on Saturday, October 14th for a day of inspiration, community, and making a difference! This event is your chance to connect with 10 local nonprofits and learn more about the amazing work they do to create positive change in our world. From 11am - 3pm, you'll have the opportunity to engage with these exceptional organizations, discover their missions, and find out how you can get involved to make a lasting impact. Whether you're passionate about the arts, feeding those in needs, empowering youth, or addressing social justice issues, there will be a nonprofit that aligns with your interests! This event is not only about learning and connecting but also about having fun! There will be interactive exhibits, engaging presentations, and hands-on activities for all ages. You'll leave inspired, armed with knowledge, and ready to take action for the causes close to your heart. Participating organizations include: No Blues News, Project Pride, Meals on Wheels, ALSO Youth, Sarasota Rising, SRQCommunity, Turning Points, Lighthouse Vision Loss Education Center, Parenting Matters, and Friends of Legacy Trail. Don't miss this chance to make a difference and contribute to creating a better world. Together, we can ignite positive change and create a brighter future for all! While there you can also visit the 40+ local creators and curators inside The Bazaar on Apricot & Lime. From original art, trendy clothing, home decor, plants and collectibles, there is something for everyone. Plus, you can enjoy food from the award-winning Hamlet’s Eatery. The Bazaar on Apricot & Lime is located at 821 Apricot Ave in Sarasota. For more information visit www.bazaaronapricotandlime.com or call 941-445-1938.



[Seniors]  Senior Friendship Centers Hosts Vital Vaccine Clinics for Older Adults

Senior Friendship Centers, through a generous grant from the National Council on Aging (NCOA), will be hosting a series of vaccine clinics for seniors now through the end of the year at their Sarasota and Venice campuses. These clinics are all open to the public. Recognizing the unique vulnerability of older adults to infections like the flu, pneumonia, and shingles, Senior Friendship Centers, in partnership with the Florida Department of Health (DOH) and Walgreens, is taking proactive steps to protect seniors in our communities. As the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services emphasizes, vaccines are of paramount importance for older adults. With aging, the immune system weakens, making it more challenging to combat infections. Older adults are not only more susceptible to diseases but also to complications that can result in long-term illness, hospitalization, and even death. For those with ongoing health conditions such as diabetes or heart disease, vaccination is especially critical as it can shield them from serious diseases and related complications. Senior Friendship Centers, in partnership with The Florida Department of Health (DOH) will be offering Flu Vaccines on the following dates: October 25, 2023, from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM at 2350 Scenic Drive Venice, FL 34293. November 3, 2023, from 10 AM – 2 PM at 1888 Brother Geenen Way Sarasota, FL 34236. November 29, 2023, from 10 AM – 2 PM at 2350 Scenic Drive Venice, FL 34293. Furthermore, in collaboration with Walgreens, Senior Friendship Centers will also be offering Pneumonia, Shingles, Tetanus, RSV, and COVID Vaccines on the following dates: November 3, 2023, from 10 AM – 2 PM at 2350 Scenic Drive Venice, FL 34293, November 8, 2023, from 10 AM – 2 PM at 1888 Brother Geenen Way, Sarasota, FL 34236. It is important to note that insurance cards are required for these vaccine clinics. Senior Friendship Centers remains committed to being a vital resource and a beacon of health and resilience for older adults. These vaccine clinics represent a significant step toward keeping our elderly population, their families, and our community at large healthy and safe. 


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[Fundraising Event]  27th Annual Phil Galvano Golf Classic Supports Public Education

The 27th Annual Phil Galvano Golf Classic will be held this Friday, October 13, 2023, at the Longboat Key Club & Resort to benefit public schools in Manatee County through the Manatee Education Foundation. The always popular event was started in 1996 to honor Senator Bill Galvano’s father, the late Phil Galvano, Sr., “A Golf Professional to the Stars” who taught such well-known personalities as Bob Hope, Jackie Gleason, Tony Bennett, Carol Burnett, and Johnny Carson. Phil Galvano also dedicated much of his time to the youth of Manatee County. On Friday, October 13, 2023, the golf tournament at the Longboat Key Club and Resort will begin with lunch ‘Under the Big Top,’ sponsored by Pier 22, with dinner from Glory Days Grill. Excitement will surround the Noon shotgun start with a helicopter golf ball drop from the sky. At many of the golf holes will be favorite dishes from local area restaurants such as Bonefish Grill, Pier 22, Anna Maria Oyster Bar, Glory Days Grill, Longboat Key Club, Taco Bus, Capital Grille and Clasico. Also, featuring Oliva Cigars, Sarasota Ford hole-in-one, Gold Coast Eagle and more. The Manatee Education Foundation’s mission is to provide funding for innovative programs and enhanced educational opportunities for the teachers and students at Manatee County public schools beyond allocated state dollars. For more information, contact Mary Glass at (941) 737-7175. 

[Board Members]  JFCS of the Suncoast Adds Four New Board Members

Four new board members have recently joined JFCS of the Suncoast, bringing a wealth of experience and expertise to the organization. Joining the board is Adam Gersh, SPHR, GPHR, Talent Acquisition Leader with Arcadis North America. With an M.B.A. from the University of Michigan, Adam is passionate about improving the lives of the less fortunate in the Sarasota/Manatee area. He is also a member and volunteer with Temple Sinai. Ellen Goldner was Director of Admissions for Alexander Muss High School in Israel, and Director of Development for the Y Camps in New Jersey. She holds a Master’s Degree in Guidance and Counseling from Kean College, and a B.A. in Elementary Education from American University, Dan Dannheisser, P.A., founding partner at Dannheisser Injury Law and member of the Bar Associations for Florida, District of Columbia, Colorado, the American Bar and Florida Justice Academy has also served on the Sarasota Rotary, Sarasota African American Cultural Coalition, Safe Children Coalition and Temple Sinai. He holds a Doctorate of Law from the University of University of Florida College of Law, and graduated Cum Laude. Sasha Rosin, currently a realtor with Horizon Realty and a background in volunteer work, has also joined the board. She holds Master’s Degree in School Counseling from Georgia State University and has served on committees for the Jewish Federation and Community Day School. 

[Expansion]  Forty Carrots Expansion Reaches Milestone for New Mental Health and Parenting Education Campus

Forty Carrots Family Center’s Generations of Change Expansion Campaign reaches another milestone as its new building for expanded Mental Health and Parenting Education services takes shape as the roof goes on. Architects the Schimberg Group and builder Tandem Construction are thrilled to be ahead of schedule with plumbing and electricity completed and windows installed. The campaign has reached another milestone as it reaches $8.75 million of the $10 million dollar goal for the building and program expansion. Since 2020, Forty Carrots has increased child and family mental health services by over 70%, and the expansion will allow for a 100% increase in Mental Health and 30% in Parenting Education services over the next several years.The Generations of Change expansion includes a new 6900 sq ft building on 1.72 acres at 1350 Cattlemen Rd. It offers a Child and Family Therapy Center with 6 therapy rooms, intake office, waiting area and Parenting Education Center equipped with flexible capacity with moveable wall and observation capabilities, virtual program rooms, administrative offices, and program staff workspaces. The addition of the Cattlemen property allows the existing buildings on S. Tuttle Avenue to expand early education and house administrative offices. To learn more about the Generations of Change Expansion Campaign or how to donate, visit www.fortycarrots.org.  

Pictured: Aerial view of Forty Carrots Family Center New Building on Cattlemen Road, Sarasota.

[Fundraising Event]  Grammy Award-Winning String Quartet ETHEL to Headline the Hermitage's 15th Annual Artful Lobster on November 11th

The Hermitage Artist Retreat announces today that world-renowned and Grammy Award-winning string quartet ETHEL will headline the Hermitage’s signature fall fundraising event, “The Artful Lobster: An Outdoor Celebration!” on Saturday, November 11th from 11:30am to 2pm at the Hermitage campus on Manasota Key. This is the first time in many years that all four members of ETHEL – Ralph Farris, Kip Jones, Dorothy Lawson, and Corin Lee – will be reuniting at the Hermitage to celebrate this milestone anniversary of the event. This year’s Artful Lobster will also feature a performance by new Hermitage Fellow Emi Ferguson, a celebrated flutist and performer. Now in its 15th year and following the 20th anniversary season of the Hermitage, the Artful Lobster raises valuable funds for the Hermitage’s nationally renowned artist residency program, supporting the creative process of artists from around the world in the fields of music, theater, visual art, literature, dance, and more. This popular event, which takes place outdoors beneath a large tent on the Hermitage’s beachfront campus, features a lobster feast catered by Michael’s On East, in addition to live performances from renowned Hermitage Fellows. The co-chairs for the 2023 Artful Lobster are Terry Brackett and Suzette & Tim Flood. 

Pictured: ETHEL. Photo by Matthew Murphy.

[Grants]  Chucko's Laughter Unlimited Receives Support Through Community Grants

Beloved entertainer, clown, and founder of the World of Chucko, Chuck Sidlow’s, non-profit “Laughter Unlimited has been the recipient of grants from the Sarasota Kiwanis Foundation and Thomas and Linda McDonald. These grants will help underwrite the cost of providing programming for Pines of Sarasota Rehabilitation and Senior Care Community and The Rogers Garden-Bullock Elementary School. The World of Chucko Inc. team present multifaceted "Laughter Unlimited" programs filled with Humor, Music, Art, Entertainment, and Education! Laughter Unlimited uses "humor therapy" and “music therapy” to reduce stress, decrease pain and have a positive and lasting effect on the immune system, heart, and brain. “We are proud of our intergenerational programs at Pines of Sarasota,” states Mike Ward, its President and CEO. “Our on- campus child care center allows for invaluable interactions among the seniors and children in our care, and the activities provided by Chuck, Noriko and Laughter Unlimited enrich both groups. We are grateful for the generosity of the Sarasota Kiwanis Club for this grant.” The kind gift from Thomas and Linda McDonald of Longboat Key will provide interactive, educational, and entertaining programing to the 6 to11 year old special needs children at Rogers Garden-Bullock Elementary School. Dr. Cynthia Rush a teacher at the elementary school said, “the students and staff are looking forward to this special series of programs. Chucko and Noriko Sidlow bring joy, needed laughter and music therapy to our students.” “The encouragement and support from our donors have allowed us to continue to provide the unselfish gift of love through our unique Senior Care and Special Needs Interactive programming,” explains Sidlow. The "HUMOR-PUTIC" interactive, empowering, and entertaining programs are enjoyed by the residents, their families, staff, and management teams at numerous senior care and special needs facilities. Chuck & Noriko customize programs for community centers, veterans’ organizations, children's activity centers and special events. https://worldofchucko.org. For more information about World of Chucko and its programming, please contact Chuck at 941-928-2246. 

[Safe Space and Rape Crisis Center (SPARCC)]  Supporting Survivors: SPARCC Stands Strong During Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is more than pumpkin spice lattes and falling leaves. It's also Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM), a time to shine a light on the critical work of organizations like Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center (SPARCC). SPARCC is a pillar of strength in our community, with a mission to provide a safe haven and promote empowerment, awareness, and social change to end domestic and sexual violence. For over four decades, they have been dedicated to helping survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault find their voice and rebuild their lives. Their commitment knows no bounds. At SPARCC, survivors find a safe haven. They offer crisis intervention, counseling, legal advocacy, and even shelter for those in immediate danger. Their empowering approach and wrap-around services ensure that survivors receive the support they need to heal and rebuild their lives.

This Domestic Violence Awareness Month, let's stand together with SPARCC. By raising awareness and supporting their crucial work, we can help survivors find safety, healing, and hope.

How You Can Get Involved:

  • Make A Gift: Your donation goes a long way in supporting SPARCC's mission. Consider making a gift to help survivors on their journey to healing.
  • Social Media Campaign: Share your support on social media by using the hashtags #DVAM and #SupportSPARCC. Join the conversation by sharing why you support DVAM, why you wear purple, or why you support survivors. Tag @SPARCC_Sarasota in your posts, and they will share your message to spread awareness even further.
  • Wear Purple Day: Mark your calendar for Thursday, October 19th, and wear purple to show solidarity with survivors and raise awareness about domestic violence.

This October, let’s join SPARCC and make a difference in our community. Together, we can turn October into a month of empowerment and change.  

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[Grant]  The Exchange Awards FST Grant for Its Winter and Summer Cabaret Series

Florida Studio Theatre (FST) is proud to announce that The Exchange has awarded the regional theatre a grant for $30,000, underwriting FST’s current three-show Winter Cabaret Series as well as its 2024 Summer Cabaret Series. This grant award marks a 20% increase from what the theatre received last year, demonstrating The Exchange’s committed support of FST’s popular Cabaret program. Over the past 60+ years, The Exchange has awarded more than $9 million in grants and scholarships. FST kicked off its Winter Cabaret Series—which this grant from The Exchange helps underwrite—on September 27 with Up on the Roof, an all-new music revue celebrating the legendary songwriters who created what became known as the “Brill Sound” in the ‘50s and ‘60s. Funds from The Exchange will also support FST’s two other Winter Cabaret productions—Take It to the Limit and The Flip Side—as well as the theatre’s three-show Summer Cabaret Series, running June through October 2024. 

[Giving Coast]  An Arts Advocate
Barbie Heit, barbie.heit@srqme.com

AN ARTS ADVOCATE | A fan of all things art related, Betty Ferguson has made an impact at The Sarasota Ballet box office, October 2023. 

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SRQ’s Giving Coast program connects the nonprofits in our region with our philanthropic readers in the Giving Back May/June and the December editions of SRQ Magazine with the Donor's Guide To Giving. Our region is known for its strong philanthropic spirit. Join us this May/June in recognizing and sharing your organization’s mission and your wish list with those who want to support you. Capture your story and engage our readership in your philanthropic work. Space closes Friday, October 20, 2023. Please reach out to your Account Executive or Robinson Valverde at robinson.valverde@srqme.com 

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Sarasota Cars and Coffee at University Town Center , March 11 – December 9, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

This monthly gathering of car enthusiasts brings together automobile lovers from every walk of life, not to mention a wide array of spectacular cars. Bring your own vehicle (all makes and models are welcome) to show off, or check out the hundreds of cars on display. Each month, the event sponsors a different charity, and attendees are encouraged to donate $10 to benefit the charity. The event, occuring on the second Sunday of each month, will feature live music, complimentary coffee and more. To learn more, visit facebook.com/carsandcoffee941. Sarasota Cars and Coffee, The West District at University Town Center near Ford’s Garage, 295 N. Cattlemen Rd., Sarasota.

[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]  GRAB BAG: Fresh Harvest Farmers Market at Wellen Park , June 25 – December 29, 9 am to 1 pm

Visit Fresh Harvest, the newly launched weekly farmers market in Downtown Wellen. Fresh Harvest offers a selection of local goods from nearly 40 local vendors. Fresh Harvest takes place every Sunday in Downtown Wellen from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Attendees can peruse different vendor booths and stock up on a variety of goods. Vendors will offer a wide variety of locally grown and produced food, including herbs, spices, cut flowers, teas, canned and preserved fruits and vegetables, syrups, baked goods, pickled foods, fresh seafood, meats, poultry, eggs, milk and prepared food and beverages. A limited selection of craft vendors also participate in the farmers market. For a listing of participating vendors and more information on Fresh Harvest Farmers Market, visit wellenpark.com/events/fresh-harvest-farmers-market. Downtown Wellen, 19745 Wellen Park Blvd., Venice.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Jazz Thursdays , July 13 – December 14, 5:30 to 8 p.m.

Join Sarasota Art Museum for Jazz Thursdays featuring live jazz music, contemporary art, and sips and bites from Bistro. Hosted by the Jazz Club of Sarasota. Jazz Thursday happens on the second Thursday of each month, 5:30-8 p.m. Galleries, Bistro, and SHOP open. FREE for Members, $20 for Not-Yet Members.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Sights and Sounds at Waterside Place , July 28 – May 31, 6 to 9 p.m.

Head out to Waterside Place for a rocking evening as part of the Lakewood Ranch Sights and Sounds Program. Enjoy a live concert in partnership with Easterseals and EveryoneRocks, featuring artists who are rocking their spectrum. This event is free and open to the public; there is limited seating at the Plaza, but attendees are welcome to bring their own seats. Food and beverages will be available from numerous Waterside Place merchants. For more information on shows, dates, and times, visit lakewoodranch.com/sights-sounds/. Waterside Place, 1560 Lakefront Dr., Sarasota.

[SOON]  MUSEUM: Working Conditions at The Ringling , August 26 – March 3, varied times

Explore labor through The Ringlings Working Conditions photography exhibit, running until March 3, 2024. The Industrial Revolution of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries radically changed the nature of human labor. That era is defined by a global shift from producing goods by hand to manufacturing by machines and technologies that emphasized efficiency. Working Conditions explores the myriad ways in which photographs have communicated ideas about labor since the nineteenth century through examples from The Ringlings photography permanent collection. For more information, visit ringling.org.

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Collaborative Coworking Meetup at UTC , September 1 – December 27, 11am-4pm

Attention all business professionals, join us for a productive and inspiring coworking event at Panera Bread at the UTC Mall every Friday. Take advantage of this opportunity to network and collaborate with fellow professionals in a relaxed and comfortable environment. Limited spots available, so register now on Eventbrite. Panera Bread, 215 N. Cattlemen Road, Sarasota.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Women's Resource Center You Are Worthy Series , September 14 – November 9, 6-8pm

The Women’s Resource Center presents “You Are Worthy,” an eight-week series from September 14th through November 9th moderated by Chris Florand and Denise Whalin. This in-person series is part of the Women’s Resource Center’s life enrichment programs. The program is $25 for all sessions and takes place at WRC’s Sarasota office at 340 S. Tuttle Ave. To register, please call 941-256-9721 or visit mywrc.org/youareworthy. This program meets weekly on Thursdays from 6-8pm, with each session focusing on developing self-awareness skills, the building block where real personal growth and power to change lives starts.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: 7th Annual Dream Walk , October 14, 8-10am
Family Promise of South Sarasota County is pleased to announce registration, donation information, and walk details for the 7th Annual Dream Walk. This event is a Peer-to-Peer Fundraiser with a charity walk that will be on Saturday, October 14, 2023. Funds raised from Dream Walk support FPSSC comprehensive programs for families with minor children. The event will feature a choice of a short or long walking path, engaging activities at each stop along the way, and culminates with a pancake breakfast. Funds raised will directly support our programs that help local working families achieve lasting housing stability. Venice Presbyterian Church, 825 The Rialto, Venice.
[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Unite for Good Bazaar , October 14, 11am-3pm
Join us for a day of inspiration, community, and making a difference. This event is your chance to connect with ten of our favorite nonprofits and learn more about the amazing work they do to create positive change in our world. You will have the opportunity to engage with these exceptional organizations, discover their missions, and find out how you can get involved to make a lasting impact. Whether you are passionate about the arts, feeding those in need, empowering youth, or addressing social justice issues, there will be a nonprofit here that aligns with your interests. This event is not only about learning and connecting but also about having fun. There will be various interactive exhibits, engaging presentations, and hands-on activities for all ages. You will leave inspired, armed with knowledge, and ready to take action for the causes close to your heart. Do not miss this chance to make a difference and contribute to creating a better world. Together, we can ignite positive change and create a brighter future for all. The Bazaar on Apricot and Lime, 821 Apricot Ave, Sarasota, bazaaronapricotandlime.com.
[SOON]  GALLERY: Embracing Our Differences at Sarasota Art Museum , October 21 – November 26, n/a

Sarah Wertheimer, the executive director of Embracing Our Differences, recently announced that the organization will be staging its final exhibit of EOD’s 20th anniversary season at Sarasota Art Museum of Ringling College of Art and Design, October 21-November 26. “Embracing Kindness” will showcase 14 artworks and accompanying quotations selected from exhibits from the past 20 years. This free exhibit will be located on the Museum’s Great Lawn at 1001 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. For more information, visit EmbracingOurDifferences.org.

[SOON]  GALA: 25th Black and White HOPE on Broadway , October 27, 6pm
Experience an unforgettable evening of compassion and empowerment at the prestigious 25th Black and White, HOPE on Broadway. Join us at Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club on Oct 27th at 6pm for an elegant affair where philanthropy, auctions, and raffles blend seamlessly. Your ticket purchase supports domestic violence survivors in Manatee County, making you a crucial part of this endeavor. Imagine donning captivating cocktail attire, surrounded by like-minded individuals committed to positive change. The event features Alexandra Fassler-Barrus, a renowned theatre actress, performing beloved Broadway hits. Bid on exclusive experiences and luxury items in exciting auctions and raffles. Your presence and support make a real difference in the lives of those affected by domestic violence. Secure your spot today to be part of this legacy of compassion and transformation. Contact Tiffany at 941-747-8499 for more information or an invitation. Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club, 7650 Legacy Boulevard, Lakewood Ranch.
[SOON]  GALA: Dreams to Success Gala , November 17, 6-10pm

We invite you to join us to attend our 2nd Annual Dreams to Success Gala. This year, we promise an unforgettable evening that will resonate in your hearts for years to come. Picture a night filled with delectable dinner, live music that will move your soul, a captivating silent auction, dancing that will keep you on your feet, and inspiring testimonies from our adult and youth families who experienced the love from our programs. Expect a night filled with fun and meaningful connections as we eagerly anticipate your sponsorship and presence at our second annual fundraiser scheduled for Friday, November 17, 2023, at the Plantation Golf & Country Club. Your participation means the world to us, and it is through your support that we can continue making a significant difference in the lives of the children and families we have the privilege to empower. Plantation Golf and Country Club, 500 Rockley Blvd., Venice, laurelcivic.org.

[SOON]  GALA: SPARCCle in the Garden with SPARCC , November 3, 6 pm

The annual SPARCC black tie gala, SPARCCle in the Garden will take place on Friday, November 3 at the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. Enjoy live musical entertainment by The Bay Kings, an open bar and passed hors doeuvres, a delicious three course dinner and exclusive live auction packages. All proceeds support free and confidential SPARCC programs and services for survivors of domestic and sexual violence.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Sarasota County Sheriff's Office's Fourth Annual Halloween Drive-Thru , October 28, 6-8pm

Due to popular demand and the success of the past three years, The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office, SCSO, is pleased to announce its Fourth Annual Halloween Drive-Thru on Saturday, October 28, from 6-8pm,, at the agency’s Sarasota headquarters. “While this event originated due to the pandemic, it has grown and become a highly anticipated annual event,” commented Sheriff Kurt A. Hoffman. “It is easy to attend, quick, safe, and fun for families and allows our agency members to interact with the community.” For information about the SCSO Halloween Drive-Thru, connect with the sheriff’s office on social media or contact the Community Affairs Office at 941.861.4005 or visit SarasotaSheriff.org.

[SOON]  GALA: Celebrate 75 Gala and Concert , February 15, 6pm
Celebrate 75 years of inspiring music all season long, and our Celebrate 75 special concert and gala experience will be the party to top them all. We invite you to support 75 more years, and beyond, of enriching lives through music by purchasing tickets to Celebrate 75. For access to the best seats and the full celebration, opt for a Gala ticket, which includes pre-concert cocktails and a gourmet dinner after the performance. Concert-only tickets are also available for purchase. The concert program, led by Creative Partner Peter Oundjian, captures all the euphoria of reaching this milestone in our history as Florida’s oldest continuously operating orchestra. After two stirring fanfares written by Aaron Copland and Joan Tower, legendary pianist Garrick Ohlsson joins Sarasota Orchestra for the monumental Piano Concerto No. 3 by Rachmaninoff. Paired with An American in Paris by Gershwin, a rhapsodic portrait of a stroll through the City of Lights, this one-night-only program promises to thrill. Gala begins at 6:00 pm, and concert begins at 7:00 pm. Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, sarasotaorchestra.org.

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