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SRQ DAILY Nov 8, 2023

Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

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Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

"Realize Bradenton strives to support and promote the incredible artists and entrepreneurs we have in Manatee County."

- Karen Corbin, Executive Director, Realize Bradenton.

[Community News]  Realize Bradenton Launches Made in Manatee Marketplace
Barbie Heit, barbie.heit@srqme.com

Realize Bradenton, a nonprofit organization that builds community and promotes economic prosperity, has launched a new online marketplace for Bradenton Market vendors and Downtown Bradenton businesses to come together to sell products and services. Made in Manatee provides these small businesses the opportunity to expand their reach, and makes it easy to promote and buy online.

The Made in Manatee marketplace was created to connect the community with local businesses, strengthen business resiliency online, and cultivate the local economy. By shopping locally online, customers can meet and support Manatee businesses more frequently and conveniently, from the comfort of home, find businesses on the site they may not know about yet, or connect with businesses they’ve always wanted to try.

"Realize Bradenton strives to support and promote the incredible artists and entrepreneurs we have in Manatee County. The Made in Manatee online shop allows us to showcase these small businesses by providing a platform to easily share their products and talents," says Karen Corbin, Executive Director of Realize Bradenton.

Local businesses have been building their Made in Manatee storefronts for holiday shopping. New shops and products will continue to be added so customers are encouraged to check back frequently to see all that Made in Manatee has to offer. The current list of available categories to shop include apparel and accessories, art, books, food and beverage, health and wellness, home and garden, pet supplies and toys and games.

Every purchase made through the marketplace offers an opportunity to make a difference in the economy and keep money in the county. Plus, shoppers can enjoy the convenience of choosing from a variety of offerings all in one place and purchase items tat can be picked up or shipped--right on time for the holidays! 

[Grant]  Community Foundation of Sarasota County Provides Hurricane Ian Recovery to Military Veterans with A $23,300 Grant for Holistic Care and Stress Reduction

This Veterans Day, local Suncoast veterans are taking part in very different activities, ones that promotes wellness and stress reduction in the wake of Hurricane Ian. Thankfully the Community Foundation of Sarasota County has been implementing hurricane recovery efforts through local nonprofits to support residents impacted by the storm. Operation Warrior Resolution (OWR), one of the grant recipients dedicated to providing holistic care to veterans, received $23,300 in funding from the Community Foundation of Sarasota County through the Suncoast Disaster Recovery Fund. This grant plays a pivotal role in supporting the physical well-being and mental health of veterans and their family members affected by the aftermath of Hurricane Ian, specifically through brain-based healing (trauma therapy) and the provision of essential supplies for alternative therapies such as yoga. The devastating impact of Hurricane Ian left many veterans in dire need of assistance in their healing process. Recognizing the power of holistic care, OWR has been actively working to support veterans in their journey toward recovery, with a specialized technique that can quickly resolve trauma, brain-based healing. Those in South County who were impacted most have been receiving sessions of brain-based healing along with taking part in yoga classes to help alleviate mental stress and calm the nervous system, allowing them to recover from the storm. The support that the Community Foundation of Sarasota County exemplifies the community's commitment to honoring and supporting our veterans. By prioritizing their holistic care, both organizations strive to foster a sense of belonging and provide the tools necessary for veterans to rebuild their lives post-Hurricane Ian. Operation Warrior Resolution invites the community to join in expressing gratitude to the Sarasota Community Foundation for its invaluable support. Together, we are making a lasting impact on the lives of those who have given so much in service to our nation. For more information about Operation Warrior Resolution visit operationwarriorresolution.org, or contact: Jacqueline Woish | Operations Manager, phone: (941) 806-5722, email: jacqueline@operationwarriorresolution.org. 

[Grant]  Florida Studio Theatre Receives $75,000 Grant from The Shubert Foundation

Florida Studio Theatre (FST) is proud to announce that it has received a $75,000 grant from The Shubert Foundation. The grant will be used for general operating support for FST’s 2023-2024 Season, which opened last month with the original music revue, Up on the Roof, and will run through mid-October 2024. This grant award marks a 25% increase from what the theatre received last year, demonstrating The Shubert Foundation’s committed support of FST’s efforts to produce high-quality theatre at an affordable price. This year, The Shubert Foundation awarded a record $37.9 million in grants to 635 non-profit arts organizations across the United States. The Foundation is dedicated to supporting professional theatre and dance companies, like FST, that develop and produce new work. New Play Development is the lifeblood of FST. Over the past few years, FST has strengthened its commitment to developing new plays, launching collaborations with playwrights like Bernardo Cubría and producing the World Premieres of plays the theatre was integral in helping develop. During the 2022-2023 Season, FST presented over 20 productions, two of which were Regional Premieres and eight of which were World Premieres. 

[Recognition]  Nominations Open for Emerging Leader Award

Nominations for the second annual Emerging Leader Awards are open. Sponsored by community advocates Bill and Barbara Little, the program selects three emerging leaders in physical, behavioral, and environmental health; human services; and arts and culture. The awards will be presented at the Collaboration Celebration breakfast on February 29, 2024, where each recipient will receive $1,000 to advance their leadership goals. Tiona Settles of CenterPlace Health was one of the recipients of the inaugural award this past February. “The Emerging Leader program was a great experience, particularly the opportunities we had to network and hear from leaders across Sarasota County,” said Settles. “I learned that regardless of whether you’ve been in your role for one year or 30 years there is something that we can all take away to improve our leadership abilities.” The Emerging Leader Program is accepting applications through November 30, 2023. More information about eligibility, nominations, and applications can be found at www.GS-HumanServices.org/Emerging-Leader. 

[Holiday ]  Children First Expands Annual Holiday Program

Children First, the exclusive provider for Head Start and Early Head Start services in Sarasota County, is thrilled to announce an exciting expansion of our annual holiday program to ensure that, in addition to every child, the entire family will experience the joy and magic of the holiday season. Ranked in the top one percent of over 1,800 Head Start programs nationwide, Children First offers high-quality, comprehensive services to hundreds of at-risk children and their families each year at multiple locations across North Port, Sarasota, and Venice. Adoption Options: We're thrilled to offer three adoption options for this year's annual holiday program: Small Family of Two: Adopt a small family, bringing warmth and cheer to a child and parent! Medium Family of Three or Four: Spread joy to families with three or four members, ensuring that everyone feels the holiday spirit! Large Family of Five or More: Embrace the opportunity to make a significant impact by adopting a family with five or more members, creating lasting holiday memories for all! All gifts must be received by Children First by December 8th, 2023, to ensure we have ample time to distribute them to the deserving families. Get Involved: We invite our community members to be part of this wonderful initiative by adopting a child or family for the holiday season! To participate, please reach out to Karen Pharo at kpharo@childrenfirst.net. Karen will provide all the necessary information and guidelines to make your contribution a memorable and heartwarming experience! 

[Grant]  Sarasota Orchestra Receives Grant from Charles and Margery Barancik Foundation

Sarasota Orchestra has been awarded a ­­­­­$75,000 grant from Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation to bolster the programming of the 2023-2024 season. This generous grant from Barancik Foundation provides essential support for Sarasota Orchestra’s artistic season, which began in October 2023 and runs through May 2024. Barancik Foundation’s grant funding will also support the Orchestra’s annual Brunch event for education and Celebrate 75, the Special Concert & Gala event featuring acclaimed conductor Peter Oundjian and world-renowned pianist Garrick Ohlsson. Celebrating their 75th anniversary this season, Sarasota Orchestra’s mission is to engage, educate and enrich the community through high-quality, live musical experiences. The Orchestra’s 2023-2024 programming includes performances in a variety of venues and formats and is comprised of concerts in five different series: Masterworks, Discoveries, Chamber Soirées, Pops and Great Escapes. The season also features the ever-popular Outdoor Pops concerts at Ed Smith Stadium.In addition to the Orchestra’s concert season, grant funding from Barancik Foundation will support Sarasota Orchestra’s Brunch, which will be held on Sunday, November 12, 2023 at 10:30am at Michael’s On East. This annual event helps subsidize the costs associated with Sarasota Orchestra's extensive education programs, which include the Sarasota Youth Orchestras, Summer Music Camp, and Young Artists Competition. The Brunch is also an opportunity to hear from beneficiaries of the programs and experience performances featuring student ensembles at various skill levels. Furthermore, this grant from Barancik Foundation will enable the Orchestra to sponsor and host the All-County Orchestra and Band for Sarasota and Manatee Counties for the 2023-2024 season. These competitive programs present an opportunity for outstanding instrumental music students to perform in an advanced large ensemble, work under the baton of an outstanding musician and conductor, and meet members of other school organizations. To learn more about Sarasota Orchestra’s 2023-2024 season and programs, visit www.SarasotaOrchestra.org.  

[Announcement]  Gulf Coast Community Foundation Announces Fall Board Graduates

Twenty-four community leaders from across the region graduated October 27 from the 2023 Fall Gulf Coast Board Institute (GCBI). The group made up the 17th class to participate in Gulf Coast Community Foundation’s (Gulf Coast) long-running board development initiative. The initiative is part of Gulf Coast’s Invest In Incredible program which provides a variety of important services to regional nonprofits. The following individuals who completed the 2023 Fall Gulf Coast Board Institute, and their board affiliations, are: Mary Lou Belisle, Literacy Volunteers of South Sarasota County, START of Sarasota County, Sarah Clough, Manatee Habitat for Humanity, Thomas Doherty, Venice Area Historical Society, DeeAnna Dowdle, Manatee County Audubon Society, City of Sarasota Parks & Sustainability Advisory Board, Denise Dull, Florida International Airshow, Integrity Charitable Foundation, Len Frischer, The Haven, Victor Gartner, North Port Art Center, Kristofer Geddie, Venice Theatre, Friends of the Venice Public Library, Deborah Hamm, MD, Sarasota Orchestra, Bianca Harris, Education Foundation of Sarasota County, Wendy Ingram, Dragonfly Mental Health, Michael Ippolito, Selah Freedom, Peter Kretzmer, Sarasota Orchestra, Sarasota Cuban Ballet School, Wayne Luoma, The Haven, Lise Mills, START of SC, South County Food Pantry, Christina Ottman, Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida, Lisa Pervin, Charlotte County Homeless Coalition, Sasha Pyatte, Gulf Coast Community Foundation’s Philanthropic Advisor, Sasha Rosin, Jewish Family and Children’s Service, Paige Soper, Streets of Paradise, Dalton Tininenko, Peace River Botanical and Sculpture Gardens, Clolita Vitale, Girls Inc. of Sarasota County, Sarasota Cuban Ballet School, Gale West, North Port Art Center, Linda Zeck, Sarasota Medical Pregnancy Center. “This institute and its participants have a significant impact on our community effecting arts and culture and all aspects of health and human services. We are so fortunate to have dedicated volunteers serving in a board capacity throughout our region. It is an honor to help these volunteers become better board members,” said Invest In Incredible Director Betsy Steiner. The institute is offered each year at Gulf Coast Community Foundation’s two office locations: the Venice Headquarters and downtown Sarasota Philanthropy Center. The institute provides high-level board governance training to new and veteran voluntary, nonprofit board members. Applications for the complimentary February session open on Monday, November 13.  

Pictured: GCBI Fall 2023 Graduating Class.

To apply click here

[Fundraising Event]  MarineMax Venice Hosts 3rd Annual Boston Whaler Owner's Fishing Charity Tournament

MarineMax Venice is proud to announce its 3rd Annual Boston Whaler Owner's Fishing Charity Tournament, set to take place on December 2, 2023. This year's charity fishing tournament promises an exciting day of angling and community spirit, with all proceeds going directly to The Humane Society of Sarasota County. MarineMax Venice invites individuals and local businesses to join in this noble cause by becoming event sponsors. Tyler Choyke, General Manager, comments, “This year’s tournament is going to be our best one yet! We are proud to bring all Boston Whaler owners together for a day of friendly competition all in support of an amazing organization like The Humane Society. We’re eagerly anticipating the incredible catches this years event will reel in.” The event is expected to draw a large crowd, with more than a few dozen boats participating in the fishing competition. Attendees will also have the opportunity to witness the impact of their contributions during the awards ceremony and the lively Docktails party following the weigh-in. The day will be filled with fun activities, delicious food, refreshing beverages, raffles, and fantastic prizes. To provide an opportunity for local businesses to show their support for the Humane Society of Sarasota County, there are multiple sponsorship categories. Sponsors will receive prominent recognition, ensuring their brand is showcased to a diverse and engaged audience. Additionally, there will be a captain's meeting on the evening before the tournament on December 1, from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm, where company details can be observed.  For more information and sponsorship inquiries, please contact Tournament Director Jeremy Bradshaw at MarineMax Venice, email Jeremy.Bradshaw@marinemax.com or call 941-376-3345.  

[Good Hero]  Turning Grief into Purpose
Barbie Heit, barbie.heit@srqme.com

TURNING GRIEF INTO PURPOSE | With Blaze of Hope, Lisa Moore is spreading hope like fire, November 2023. 

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[SOON]  MUSIC: Van Wezel Presents The Concert, A Tribute to ABBA , May 4, 8pm

The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall is excited to welcome The Concert, A Tribute to ABBA to Sarasota on Saturday, May 4, 2024 at 8 p.m. The Concert: A Tribute To ABBA continues to be the top ABBA tribute group in the world, dazzling all who see with their fantastic performance while playing the most iconic hits from ABBA, including Mamma Mia, S.O.S, Money, Money, Money, The Winner Takes All, Waterloo, Gimme, Gimme, Gimme, and Dancing Queen. Tickets are $30-$75 and can be purchased at www.VanWezel.org, by calling the box office at 941-263-6799 or by visiting the box office Monday through Friday between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Groups of 10 or more should contact 941-263-6726. Pre-show dining is available through Mattisons at the Van Wezel which is located inside the theatre. Reservations can be made on VanWezel.org or through the box office.

[SOON]  FOOD: 34th Annual Hob Nob BBQ Event , December 6, 5:30-8:30pm

The Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance is excited to announce they will be the new home for the 34th Annual Hob Nob BBQ event on December 6th, previously put on by Bradenton Area Economic Development Corporation. This event has been the premier networking event in the region for decades, which brings together the business community from the Sarasota, Bradenton and Lakewood Ranch Region to enjoy an evening of food, drinks and fun. The event will be held at the Premiere Sports Campus from 5:30pm to 8:30pm.For more information, visit members.lwrba.org.

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: 2023 ECOSummit , December 5 – December 6

Get inspired by two days of Big Ideas and Solutions at the ECOSummit as experts share insights and innovations for recharging our environment and reducing our impacts-crucial to sustaining our coastal community’s quality of life. Community storytellers will explore our environmental heritage as a touchstone for a resilient future. It’s a lively and entertaining two-day solutions-oriented experience with lectures, panel discussions, storytelling, and music. Award-winning Americana songwriter Karen Jonas and her band will weave dazzling threads of their dreamy Alt-Country music through the tapestry of stories over two days. Networking coffee breaks, lunches, lunchtime wellness and guided walks, and professional continuing education credits all included. The summit will take place from December 5-6 at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. For more information, visit scienceandenvironment.org.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Sarasota Concert Association Presents Canadian Brass , December 4, 7:30pm

The world’s most famous brass quintet, Canadian Brass is bringing their wildly popular holiday concert to Sarasota’s Opera House on Monday, December 4 at 7:30 p.m., performing festive favorites, from Carol of the Bells to A Charlie Brown Christmas, swinging Glenn Miller tunes, and more. Celebrating 50 years of success, Single tickets start at $35 and can be purchased online at SCAsarasota.org, or through the box office at (941) 966-6161. The box office is open Monday through Friday, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Three-concert mini-subscriptions and group discounts for groups of 10 or more are available by calling (941) 966-6161.

[SOON]  THEATER: Deck the Halls Returns to Florida Studio Theatre , November 25 – December 24, 10am and 12pm

Florida Studio Theatre (FST) is excited to bring children and their families the magic of the holiday season with the latest iteration of Deck the Halls. This interactive family-friendly, music-filled show celebrates everything that makes the holidays in Sarasota special. Since Deck the Halls was first produced in 2016, the show has become a holiday tradition for many families on the Suncoast. This year, the festivities return with all-new sketches, all-new songs, and all-new memories ready for the making. Created by Caroline Saldivar and Sarah Durham with additional material by Dellan Short and Jeremy Weinstein, Deck the Halls plays select Saturdays and Sundays with showtimes starting at 10am and 12pm in FST’s Keating Theatre. For more information, visit FloridaStudioTheatre.org.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: A Brave New Wonderland , November 18 – December 31, Various times

Hometown hero and international superstar Nik Wallenda is collaborating with the Circus Arts Conservatory (CAC) to bring an extraordinary holiday spectacle, A Brave New Wonderland, to the CAC’s Holiday-Themed Big Top in the East District at UTC. The show, with 45 performances through December 31, promises a blend of thrilling circus acts, mesmerizing aerial performances, and uplifting holiday storytelling, curated and produced under the creative eye of the King of the High Wire, Wallenda himself, along with his world record-holding wife, Erendira Wallenda. Through breathtaking performances by artists from diverse backgrounds, captivating narratives, and the shared spirit of Wallenda’s personal tagline, Never Give Up! Brave New Wonderland seeks to plant a seed of unity in the hearts of its audience. It's a show where the magic of the season is not just about traditions and celebrations but also about embracing our differences and finding strength in diversity. For more information, visit circusarts.org.

[SOON]  SPORTS: All-American Women's Baseball Classic Tournament , November 17 – November 19

Get ready for an unforgettable three-day baseball extravaganza as the second annual All-American Women's Baseball Classic tournament descends upon Ed Smith Stadium, spring training home of the 2023 AL East Champion Baltimore Orioles. Hosted by American Girls Baseball, an affiliate organization of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League Players Association, and Visit Sarasota County, this event promises to deliver non-stop action, fierce competition, and unforgettable moments on the diamond. From November 17th to 19th, witness the nation's top women's baseball players as they showcase their skills, athleticism, and determination in a series of thrilling games. The All-American Womens Baseball Classic is the epitome of sheer joy and excitement that only women's baseball can provide. To purchase tickets, visit mlb.com/orioles/spring-training/all-american-womens-baseball-classic.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: 2023 Sandies Awards , November 17, 11:30am-1:15pm

The Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance (LWRBA) is pleased to announce the 2023 Sandies Awards Finalists. The Finalists and community can find out who the winners are at the annual signature event, The Sandies Members’ Choice Awards luncheon, on Friday, November 17, 11:30 am to 1:15 pm, at The Ballroom at Grove, Lakewood Ranch. Every year, The Sandies recognize LWRBA members for their remarkable talents, character, and commitment to the organization and the community. These awards honor LWRBA volunteers who strive towards the highest levels of personal and professional accomplishment, devote time and energy to our community, and forge paths of leadership for others to follow. Tickets are $65 for members and non-members. Registration is now open at www.lwrba.org/Sandies.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Free Dentistry Day at Creekwood Dental , November 17, 7am-12pm

Residents in the Bradenton community and surrounding areas will have the opportunity to receive free dental services at Creekwood Dental on Friday, November 17. Drs. Jennifer Pfeiffer, Brian Harrington and team at Creekwood Dental will be improving the oral health of the community as part of Free Dentistry Day, a day dedicated to providing free dental care to the growing number of Americans without dental insurance. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, approximately 108 million Americans are living without dental insurance. During Free Dentistry Day, cleanings, fillings and extractions will be provided to patients on Friday, November 17, between 7 a.m. and 12 p.m. at 5210 Creekwood Boulevard in Bradenton. Patients will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, please call 941-755-1488 or visit www.FreeDentistryDay.org.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Veterans Day Parade and Ceremony , November 11, 10am-11am

The City of Sarasota in conjunction with the Sarasota Patriotic Observance Committee, will host its annual Veterans Day Parade and Ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 11. The parade will begin at 10 a.m. at Osprey Avenue/Main Street in downtown Sarasota and will move westward on Main Street, ending at Gulfstream Avenue. The festivities will culminate with an 11 a.m. ceremony at Chaplain J.D. Hamel Park at the corner of Gulfstream Avenue and Main Street, recognizing the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month when the armistice was signed in 1918, ending World War I. This year’s parade theme is “We don’t know them all, but we owe them all.” The ceremony will feature guest speaker Carlos J. Moreira. Moreira spent 15 years on active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps, where he traveled worldwide as he served. Moreira now works at the University of South Florida where he is the Director for Campus Engagement for Veteran Success and Alumni Affairs, as well as being the chair for SALUTE Veterans National Honor Society.A medley of patriotic songs will be performed by Master Sgt. Robert McDonald, retired lead singer for the U.S. Army chorus, and the Sarasota Choral Artists, led by Dr. Joseph Holt, retired Director of the U.S. Army Chorus. For more information, contact Dan Kennedy, Sarasota Patriotic Observance Committee Chairman, at 941-812-5406 or visit www.SarasotaFL.Gov.

[SOON]  GALA: Junior League of Sarasota Jamboree , November 11, 2-5pm

Join Junior League of Sarasota on November 11 from 2-5pm for a Fla-mazing, family-friendly afternoon at Sarasota Jungle Gardens! The annual Jamboree event is Junior League of Sarasota’s family friendly event of the league year. This year’s event will be full of family, flamingos and fun. Proceeds from this event will support the Junior League of Sarasota’s signature focus, providing assistance to individuals who are aging out of the foster care system. All are welcome and encouraged to attend, but you must buy your ticket in advance! This will sell out! The event will feature flamingo feeding, a petting zoo, DJ, silent auction and much more! For more information or to purchase tickets, visit JLSarasota.org.

[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/.

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