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SRQ DAILY Oct 18, 2023

Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

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Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

"Supporting women and women's causes is very important to us."

- Kathy Covington, President and Founder, Mantra Fitness.
 

[Fundraising Event]  Burn for Breast Cancer at Mantra Fitness
Barbie Heit, barbie.heit@srqme.com

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and the owners of Mantra Fitness are actively engaged in fundraising efforts through their Burn For Breast Cancer community classes.

Sarasota native, Kathy Covington, President and Founder of Mantra Fitness and Co-owner, Jeannie Abreu are both BRCA positive, meaning they carry a rare genetic mutation linked to a higher risk of breast cancer. “Being BRCA positive and having a strong family history, I have had the chance to be what they call a previvor versus a survivor. When I found out I was carrying the gene, I elected to do the preventive surgeries that came with that and I feel like I was very lucky to have the chance. Because of that, I have very strong feelings toward promoting this event and building the awareness that we need as women,” shares Covington. “Burn for Breast Cancer is a big inspiration for myself and as well as my partner Jeannie in Tampa who has a very similar personal story to mine.”

Burn for Breast Cancer is a donation-based class taking place at all three Florida Mantra studios: the Sarasota studio in the Landings shopping center, the Lakewood Ranch studio near UTC and the South Tampa studio. The event will begin at 10:30 am on October 21st and is open to anybody that wants to participate. The organizers are asking for a $50 per person suggested donation and they are hoping that every participant will support their efforts to raise money for this important cause. The class will be a standard 50 minute high-intensity, low-impact Pilates workout. Covington suggests that someone who has never been to Mantra try the free intro classes in the Lakewood Ranch or Sarasota studio beforehand so that when they come to the fundraising class, they're actually getting a great workout and they feel like they're really participating in the cause. Registration is on a first-come-first-served basis and is limited to how many people the studio can accommodate.

“The Mantra workout is a very community-based workout in addition to the Pilates method that we practice,” shares Covington. “Supporting women and women's causes is very important to us."

To learn more about Mantra and the Burn for Breast Cancer event, reach out to Kathy directly via phone: 941-201-1087 or email: Kathy@mantrafitness.com. 

  

Pictured: Last year's Burn for Breast Cancer raised $5,000. The team is hoping to exceed that with their goal of $5,500 for this year's event. Photo courtesy of Mantra.

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[Grant]  Suncoast Charities for Children Dedicates New Therapeutic Area At Loveland Center

A dedication was recently held for a new outdoor therapeutic activity area at Loveland Center in Venice.  This new area was made possible thanks to a matching grant provided to Suncoast Charities for Children from the James M. Doss Charitable Foundation in support of the 25th Annual Thunder By The Bay Music & Motorcycle Festival.  This new area will help serve over 100 Loveland participants, with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and will offer training and education on the benefits of exercise for residents who live in the Loveland Villages.  Lucy Nicandri, Executive Director of Suncoast Charities for Children, stated: “Projects like this show our donors the positive impact that their gift is making right here in our local area.” During the dedication Marla and Jim Doss announced that the James M. Doss Charitable Foundation will provide another matching grant, for all donations received up to $25,000.00, in support of the 26th Annual Thunder By The Bay Music & Motorcycle Festival taking place Feb. 16-18, 2024. Jim and Marla Doss shared, “We love it when we can go and see a project firsthand that was funded by the James M. Doss Charitable Foundation and personally get to meet the participants who will benefit.”  Anyone interested in receiving clinical services such as physical, occupational, speech, and pediatric therapy can contact the Director of Clinical Services at losmond@lovelandcenter.org For more information on Suncoast Charities for Children, or to make a donation, visit suncoastcharitiesforchildren.org     

Pictured: Loveland's new outdoor activity center will help serve children with disabilities. Photo by Mike Page.

[Discussion]  Women's Resource Center's Wonder Women Collective Series Continues with Power of Conversation: Embracing Generational Differences

The Women’s Resource Center presents the "Power of Conversation: Embracing Generational Differences,” a panel discussion that aims to explore the unique views, perspectives, stereotypes, and biases of four generations, Thursday, November 16, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at The Grove, 10670 Boardwalk Loop, Lakewood Ranch. Tickets start at $50 and include program and takeaway, food, and beverages. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit mywrc.org/generation. 

Pictured: Ashley Brown, Deborah Chapman, Susie Bowie, Andrea Doggett, and Kelly Romanoff at a Women's Resource Center's Wonder Women Collective event.

[Fundraising Event]  Connect. Empower. Thrive. Hope: Resilient Retreat Cooks Up a Menu for Community Mental Health

Resilient Retreat is an innovative nonprofit with a mission to help those impacted by trauma and abuse. The organization provides free, evidence-based programs to survivors of abuse, first responders and helping professionals, to heal the impacts of trauma on the mind, body and spirit. To help them secure funding for their programs, they are hosting an al fresco farm-to table dining experience. “We are thrilled to partner with four outstanding chefs in our community to bring you our second annual Farm to Table event,” said Lisa Intagliata, Executive Director of Resilient Retreat. “This event is Resilient Retreat’s largest fundraiser that provides critical resources to help us achieve our mission to empower survivors of trauma, first responders and helping professionals to be resilient and thrive by providing accessible, confidential, evidence-based programs and education.” Attendees will enjoy a Sunday evening with a multi-course meal prepared by local chefs outdoors among the trees, birds and beauty of the Resilient Retreat campus. The culinary feast will showcase ingredients fresh from local gardens, farms, and ranches. Featured chefs include Chef Christopher Covelli of Sage SRQ, Chefs Mark Traugutt and Alfonso Duron of Fork & Hen, Chef Jamil Pineda of Michael’s On East, and Jim Angus of Atria Café. Each chef will create a dish based on a word from Resilient Retreat’s tagline: Connect. Thrive. Empower. Hope. “We HOPE you can join us under the stars at our beautiful retreat property and CONNECT with friends old and new,” said Debbie LaMarca, Chair of this year’s event. “Four fabulous local chefs will tantalize your palate with their culinary delights. Our goals for the evening: eat, drink, and raise funds to EMPOWER our participants to THRIVE in our community. Tickets are selling fast, so be sure to secure yours soon!” The Farm to Table event will take place on Sunday, November 5, 2023 at 4:00 pm at Resilient Retreat, located at 3500 Journey Lane in Sarasota. Ticket prices are $350 per person. Proceeds benefit Resilient Retreat’s mission to empower survivors of trauma, first responders and helping professionals to be resilient and thrive by providing accessible, confidential, evidence-based programs. Tickets and sponsorships can be purchased at https://resilientretreat.org/events. 

[Donations]  Friends of Betty J. Johnson Library Seek Donations

The Friends of Betty J. Johnson North Sarasota Public Library seek donations of vintage, cultural, antique, and unique items for their upcoming December 9, Art, Crafts & Decor Holiday Sale. The sale of these items will help fund programs and activities for the library. Children, adults, and the community will benefit! If you have jewelry, paintings, handcrafted items, heirlooms, and home decor goods that you have been reluctant to let go of but no longer use, consider donating them to our event. Check your closets and look under your bed! And please ask your neighbors, friends, and family to do the same. Ellia Manners, Friends Bookstore Manager touts, “We expect a wholesome crowd of shoppers on Saturday, December 9 from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. We need many more donations to offer shoppers plenty of modestly priced art, crafts and decor. All donations can be dropped off at the Friends Bookstore in the lobby of the Betty J. Johnson Library North Sarasota Public Library, located at 2801 Newtown Blvd. Sarasota, FL. 34234. The store’s hours are Monday- Friday from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm; Tuesdays from 10:00 am - 6:00 pm and Saturday from 10:00 am -12:00 pm. Pickups of a large quantity can be arranged with Ellia Manners at (207) 595-1962 or elliamanners@gmail.com. Thank you in advance for helping us increase literacy and creativity in our community. 

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[Veterans]  Choral Artists of Sarasota Presents Veteran's Day in Song

Choral Artists of Sarasota’s 45th season begins with “Veteran’s Day in Song,” featuring songs that brought hope and inspiration during military conflicts, from the Revolutionary War through Desert Storm, Saturday, November 11, 1 p.m., at Church of the Redeemer, 222 S. Palm Avenue, Sarasota. Joining Choral Artists is Sergeant Major (ret) Bob McDonald, baritone and veteran of The US Army Chorus in Washington, DC. Tickets are $40, general admission; $20 for veterans with ID; and $5 for students. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.ChoralArtistsSarasota.org or call 941-387-4900.  

[Fundraising Event]  Safe Children Coalition and Supporters Celebrate Youth Shelter Campaign Progress

Safe Children Coalition recently held its Youth Shelter Campaign Milestone Event to recognize supporters, update guests as to the needs and how the new facility will help to meet them, and celebrate the progress of the campaign. In attendance were numerous SCC leaders and prominent funders as well as Florida Rep. Fiona McFarland, who recently helped to secure funding of $750,000 for the new Youth Shelter through the Department of Juvenile Justice. 

Pictured: Florida State Rep. Fiona McFarland expressing her steadfast support for Safe Children Coalition and child welfare Courtesy photos/SCC.

[Grants]  Community Foundation of Sarasota County Awards Nearly $625,000 for Hurricane Recovery Efforts

At the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Ian, the Community Foundation of Sarasota County awarded a second round of grants totaling $625,000 to nonprofits to address ongoing impacts of the catastrophic storm. Combined with the nearly $1 million in grants awarded in June, and $720,000 reserved for future funding, more than half of the $5 million raised through the Suncoast Disaster Recovery Fund in the storm’s immediate aftermath has been deployed or committed to serving the region in ongoing recovery efforts. Programs supported through this grant include hurricane survivor advocacy and case management, youth services, home repairs, and delivery of essential assets, such as appliances and furniture, to households. Grants were announced for nonprofit organizations undertaking the recovery of communities in Sarasota, Manatee, DeSoto, and Charlotte counties with emphasis placed on the areas hardest hit by the storm, namely south Sarasota County, Charlotte County and DeSoto County. This grant cycle follows an initial round of Suncoast Disaster Recovery Fund grants that were awarded in June. Funding supports organizations in their efforts to bring stability to people’s lives by addressing needs that emerged as most critical through listening sessions and expert consultation. The list of priorities that shape this best-practices approach includes areas of existing challenges that were exacerbated by Hurricane Ian. 

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[Grants]  IMPACT100 SRQ Announces Ten Grant Finalists for its 2023 Giving Year

At their 2023 Meet the Finalists media event today, Impact100 SRQ announced the ten nonprofit agency finalists for its 2023 giving year that have an opportunity to each receive $109,000 in funding for a high-impact initiative. Impact100 SRQ’s 763 voting members for the 2023 giving year will convene on November 8, 2023, at their 5th Annual Celebration and Award Ceremony at Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, where each of the finalists will present their initiative to all attendees. Immediately following the presentation, members will vote for their choice of which seven of the ten grant finalists they believe should be awarded funding. The seven 2023 grant recipients each receiving $109,000 in funding for their project will be announced live at this event. 

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[Volunteers]  Sarasota Opera Hosts a Volunteer Fair at Sarasota Opera House

Sarasota Opera is excited to host a Volunteer Fair at the Sarasota Opera House on Sunday, October 29 from 1 to 3 p.m. Those attending this event will be able to learn about a variety of behind-the-scenes, onstage and front-of-house volunteer opportunities, and see how they can be a part of this vital community. This event will also feature informative backstage tours of the historic Sarasota Opera House and a performance by Sarasota Opera Fall Resident Artists. Sarasota Opera is seeking to fill these volunteer positions: Usher, Tour Docent, Supernumerary, Costume Studio Data Assistant, Jonas Kamlet Library Archive Assistant, Artistic Department Assistant, Youth Opera and Education Assistant, Opera Club Volunteer and Marketing Assistant. Job descriptions for each of these positions will be presented at this Volunteer Fair with Sarasota Opera volunteers and staff members available to answer questions. Details about our volunteer program, job descriptions of available volunteer positions, and volunteer service applications can be found on our website’s volunteer page at www.SarasotaOpera.org/volunteers.

Sarasota Opera Volunteer Fair (This event is free.) Sunday, October 29 from 1 to 3 p.m, Sarasota Opera House: 61 N. Pineapple Avenue, Sarasota. 

[Veterans]  Arts Advocates Presents Veteran Artist Events in November

Arts Advocates is pleased to feature its member artists who share the distinction of having served in the U.S. Armed Forces in an exhibit and an art talk in November. Both take place in the Arts Advocates Gallery, The Crossings at Siesta Key mall, 3501 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Veteran Artist Exhibit: November 4-25, Saturdays only, 2:00-4:00 p.m. featuring the works of Diana De Avila, Jessica Hartman, John Quigley, and Mark Wiseman.  Art Talk: Honoring Our Veteran Artists – Pursuing Dreams After a Military Career, November 10, 4:00-6:00 p.m. Hartman, Quigley, and Wiseman will discuss if and how their military careers influenced their art and their hopes for the future. Arts Advocates member price is $20; non-member price is $25. Registration is required at ArtsAdvocates.org. To learn more about or become a member of Arts Advocates, or to register for events, visit ArtsAdvocates.org. 

Pictured: Arts Advocates veteran artist John Quigley.

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[Women Who Roar]  Unfiltered Roar of Paulina Porizkova
Interviewed and Written by Ashley Grant

UNFILTERED ROAR OF PAULINA PORIZKOVA | After a lifetime of being seen, Porizkova is now the voice for living your best life at any age, October 2023. 

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[Giving Coast]  GIVING COAST 2023 | SPIRIT OF GIVING

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]  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: The Bay Turns 1! Community Celebration , October 18 – October 22

The Bay Turns One! Community celebration provides free, exciting, and diverse programming for the entire community to enjoy. With more than 30 free events over the 5 days, there’s something for everyone, including family-fun activities, headlining musical acts by Journey former lead vocalist Steve Augeri and Sarasota’s own Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe, food and cultural festivals, a one-year community celebration party, Boo! at The Bay Halloween, dancing, nature explorations in nature and more! For more information, visit thebayturnsone.org.

[SOON]  SPORTS: Sarasota Chamber's 2023 Sporting Clays , October 20, 8am-1:30pm

Come and enjoy a day filled with sports and networking at the 2023 Sporting Clays Tournament on Friday, October 20th from 8:00 AM-1:30 PM at Sarasota Trap, Skeet & Clays. When you register, you'll not only secure your spot but also receive a complimentary lunch! Whether you sign up individually or assemble a team of four, it promises to be a day of thrilling shooting. Registration fees will be $245 for an individual, non-chamber member and $195 for an individual chamber member, as well as $750 for a team of four non-chamber members and $600 for a team of four chamber members. For more info, or ot register, visit sarasotachamber.com.

[SOON]  GALA: Wish Upon the Stars, 29th Annual Fashion Show , October 20, 11am-2:30pm

Sarasota Women's Council of Realtors stages its 29th Annual Fashion Show in high style on Friday, October 20 at The Westin Sarasota. Wish Upon the Stars is the theme that will honor the ongoing work of Safe Children Coalition of Sarasota, our 2023 Charity. Dress to impress for our Best Dressed competition, and our judges will select contestants during the pre-party and the audience will select the winners during the show. Guests have the chance to win a variety of five-star items and trips during both the Silent and Live Auctions. In addition, our Tabletop Boutique will be open for your shopping pleasure. The Westin Sarasota, 100 Marina View Dr., Sarasota.

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Sarasota Pride Festival , October 21, 12pm-5pm

Project Pride SRQ, the regions leading LGBTQ+ advocacy organization, is thrilled to announce its highly anticipated Sarasota Pride, scheduled to take place on October 21st, 2023, in the heart of the Rosemary District along Boulevard of the Arts and Florida Ave. Sarasota Pride has been dedicated to celebrating diversity, promoting inclusivity, and supporting the LGBTQ+ community for many years. The annual outdoor festival has become a beloved tradition, bringing together individuals, families, and allies from across Sarasota and beyond for a day of entertainment, education, and unity. This year’s festival promises to be the biggest and most vibrant yet, with an exciting lineup of events and activities that will appeal to attendees of all ages and backgrounds. Highlights of the Sarasota Pride Outdoor Festival include main stage entertainment, a food and beverage village, community resource fair, art and craft vendors and a community pride bike rally. Sarasota Pride will take place from 12:00pm to 5:00pm. Admission is free, and all are welcome to attend. https://www.ppsrq.org.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Suncoast Science Center and Faulhaber Fab Lab Halloween Workshop , October 21 – October 22, 1-7pm

Enter–if you dare–as the Suncoast Science Center and Faulhaber Fab Lab opens its doors for its annual Halloween Workshop. Workshop attendees will learn how to create or find a custom design to be etched onto a pumpkin using the Fab Lab's high-tech laser engraver. New this year, guests will also learn how to solder their own circuit board LED flashlight, perfect for illuminating your trick or treating pathway! Explore Halloween with a spooky STEM twist while spending quality time as a family. Bonus, an engraved pumpkin lasts much longer than a carved pumpkin in the Florida heat! No experience is required, and all ages are welcome to learn and explore at the workshop. Hour-long sessions are available from 2-7pm on Saturday, October 21 and from 1-4pm on Sunday, October 22, at the Fab Lab at 4452 S Beneva Road, Sarasota. Up to three guests may attend per $45 registration. Registration includes one laser-engraved pumpkin and one LED flashlight. Please reserve multiple slots if more children or adults would like to attend. The Halloween workshop sells out every year, so reserve your spot now! To learn more and register for the workshop, visit suncoastscience.org/classes-workshops.

[SOON]  GALA: SRQ Together We Roar 8th Annual Together We Roar Leadership and Awards Luncheon , October 27, 10:30am-1:30pm
SRQ Media will present the 2023 Trailblazer Award to Paulina Porizkova, model and author of No Filter: The Good, the Bad, and the Beautiful, and an advocate for celebrating women of every age. The luncheon celebration will also include a Pop Up Boutique Salon featuring fabulous gifts from Camilyn Beth, PAINT Nail Bar, Saks Fifth Avenue, Discover Sarasota Tours Gift Shop and BookStore1 among others. Blair Bloomston of Game On Nation will present an energizing, interactive motivational leadership session followed by the highly anticipated announcement of the 2023 SRQ Women Who Roar Competition Honorees. To purchase your online tickets to the SRQ Women Who Roar Leadership and Awards Luncheon and for more details on the program, visit https://www.srqmagazine.com/2023/TogetherWeRoar.
[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: 21st Annual Buddy Walk with Bringing Up Down Syndrome , October 28, 10 am to 2 pm

Bringing Up Down Syndrome will hold its 21st annual Buddy Walk on Saturday, October 28th from 10 am to 2 pm at Bayside Community Church, located at 15800 FL64 in Bradenton, Florida. This exciting event is the largest Down syndrome awareness and celebration experience in the area. This event will feature live music with celebrated vocalist and DJ, MoTown Ross Brown, silent auction, carnival games, a 50/50 raffle, food and beverages, and a variety of other family friendly activities. All donations support programs and services offered to over 250 families across Manatee and Sarasota counties. Register now at manasotabuds.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]  GALA: Resilient Retreat Farm to Table , November 5, 4 pm

Please join us for the annual Resilient Retreat Farm to Table dining experience on Sunday, November 5, 2023 at 4:00 pm. The funds raised at the event are critical to Resilient Retreat to continue to serve survivors of trauma and first responders and helping professionals. Come immerse yourself among the majestic oaks at 84 acres of conservation land on the retreat. In true farm to table fashion, our local chefs will craft a tasting menu featuring the very best local seasonal foods. Dine under the stars nestled among the beautiful live oaks while experiencing al fresco farm to table dining. Farm to Table proceeds will benefit the Resilient Retreat mission to empower survivors of trauma to thrive through self care and community. Visit https://givebutter.com/farmtotable2023 for more information and to purchase tickets.

[SOON]  GALA: Night of Hope and Healing with the Child Protection Center , November 9, 6 to 9 p.m.

Join us in bringing hope and healing to the fight against child abuse in our community. Night of Hope and Healing will feature a wide selection of tastings from crowd favorite restaurants, fantastic live and silent auctions, and most importantly, you will leave the event knowing that you are bringing change, protection, and hope to the most vulnerable children of our community. Sponsoring this event will expose your business to a compassionate, caring, and loyal community while providing the necessary support to give local children access to life saving services. These partnerships provide hope in raising awareness, hope in bringing comfort and joy, and hope in building a world where kids can just be kids. We look forward to seeing you there. Plantation Golf and Country Club, 500 Rockley Blvd., Venice, https://cpcsarasota.org/events/night-of-hope/.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Choral Artists of Sarasota Present Veterans Day in Song , November 11, 1pm

Choral Artists of Sarasota presents the songs that brought hope and inspiration during military conflicts, from the Revolutionary War through Desert Storm. The featured guest artist is baritone Bob McDonald, a retired Sergeant Major from The US Army Chorus. The performance will be on Saturday, November 11, 1pm, at Church of the Redeemer, 222 S. Palm Avenue, Sarasota. Tickets are $40 for guests and $25 for Veterans. Student tickets are $5. For more information, visit www.ChoralArtistsSarasota.org.

[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]  GALLERY: Gaze & Graze , October 20, 5:30pm

Limited tickets are on sale now for Gaze & Graze, a progressive dinner and gallery tour, Friday, October 20, starting at 5:30 p.m. Gaze & Graze is presented by Creative Liberties and Grae Productions. Guests will visit seven locations, including Hamlets Eatery, Vino Bistro, SPAACES, Define Art Gallery, Art Ovation Hotel, and Creative Liberties. Featured local food includes Hamlets, Vino Bistro, Skinny Niks BBQ and Tzeva. Tickets are $125 per guest, limited tickets are available. For more information, or to purchase tickets visit creativeliberties.net/ggdinner.

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