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SRQ DAILY Apr 3, 2024

Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

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"This is our 50th anniversary of running this race and it's a major celebration of women sailing. It's also a chance for great camaraderie, socializing and competition amongst the 11 clubs across the state."

- Linda Tiffan, Co-chair, Rainbow Regatta.

[Sailing]  Sisterhood and Sailing Celebrated at the 2024 Rainbow Regatta, April 10-11
Barbie Heit, barbie.heit@srqme.com

The Florida Women’s Sailing Association, a nonprofit organization promoting and encouraging the growth of women's sailing groups in the state, is celebrating their 50th anniversary with the Rainbow Regatta. Taking place April 10-11 at the Sarasota Sailing Squadron (SSS), a community sailing club located on City Island near Ken Thompson Park, the event will feature approximately 100 female racers, ages 25-80+ years old from 11 clubs statewide competing for prizes and showcasing their sailing skills. A totally self-supported club, the Rainbow Regatta is one source of fundraising for The Florida Women’s Sailing Association.

Competitors will single-handedly rig and race Sunfish, Pram’s and International Opti dinghy boats on the beautiful waters of Sarasota Bay. Members of the SSS’s Luffing Lassies and the Venice Bitter Ends will host the FWSA Rainbow Regatta with up to six races over two days. 

Linda Tiffan, who has been with the Luffing Lassies for 16 years, is co-chairing the organizing committee for the Rainbow Regatta along with fellow Lassie, Penny Durham. Nearly every Thursday morning, for 51 years, Luffing Lassie members continue the group’s mission of learning to sail, competing and honoring the late Lily Kaighin’s philosophy of motivation, organization, involvement and good sportsmanship.

“This is the 50th anniversary of the FWSA and it's a major celebration of women sailing,” says Tiffan. “It’s also a chance for great camaraderie, socializing and competition amongst the 11 clubs across the state.”

A fun and competitive event, the Rainbow Regatta is open to all sailors of the Florida Women’s Sailing Association with newest members encouraged to come out and sail along with those who are more experienced. “We offer a two-week learn to sail class and learn to race class every fall and so this is the culmination for those who just graduated from the class in the fall to participate on a big time level–you can really see how far they've come in just a few months in terms of their skills,” shares Tiffin. “There are different categories of prizes so our newest sailors are not necessarily competing against our more experienced sailors–they're competing against one another and we give several awards based on experience, based on age and based on the type of boat.”

The event on April 10 starts in the afternoon with the first gun of the first race at 12:55pm and the last gun no later than 3:30pm. On April 11, there will be morning races with the first gun likely at 10am and last gun at 1pm. Racing is always weather dependent with the race committee making the final weather call. Registration for the event ends April 5. 

Pictured: Florida Women's Sailing Association (FWSA) members showcase their skills, adventure and decades-long friendships as they celebrate their 50th anniversary with the Rainbow Regatta. Photo by Jennifer Joy Walker.

To register click here.

[Nonprofit News]  Lakewood Ranch Community Foundation Welcomes Neal Communities and Neal Signature Homes to its Builders Give Back Program

The Lakewood Ranch Community Foundation (LWRCF) is pleased to welcome Neal Communities and Neal Signature Homes to its Builders Give Back program. Through this program, which launched in May 2023, builders make a $100 donation per closing to the LWRCF in the name of the new homeowner. Neal Communities and Neal Signature Homes join the other builders currently participating in the program: Anchor Builders, AR Homes, Homes By Towne, John Cannon Homes, Lee Wetherington Homes, Pulte Homes, and Stock Luxury Homes. The program is further supported by Lakewood Ranch Communities, which donates a matching $100 per closing to the LWRCF. The Builders Give Back program benefits the LWRCF by both developing engagement with homeowners in their community and introducing them to local philanthropy, which in turn will help create support for the LWRCF into the future. The mission of the LWRCF, which is financed fully by residents and businesses, is to enhance the quality of life in and near the Lakewood Ranch community by responding to local needs, granting funds, and building lasting relationships. As Lakewood Ranch continues to grow, the needs of the community – including human services, education, animal services, and arts and culture – will also grow. For more information, visit lwrcf.org or call (941) 208-6799. 

[Donation]  Susan Milman Donates $16,000,000 to Name Caner Pavilion at Sarasota Memorial's Brian D Jellison Cancer Institute

Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation today announced that Susan Milman is donating $16 million to support the new state-of-the-art outpatient cancer pavilion on Sarasota Memorial’s Sarasota campus. The facility, which will offer comprehensive outpatient cancer services, is currently under construction and slated to open in late 2025. Ms. Milman’s donation will be used specifically to support planning, construction and operations of the new pavilion which will house an expanded breast health center with the latest mammography, ultrasound, stereotactic and nuclear medicine technology. Additional services will include outpatient surgery, advanced HDR brachytherapy, radiation oncology, infusion, and diagnostic imaging, plus oncology physician practices and integrative care clinics. Ms. Milman’s interest in cancer services comes from observing first-hand the emotional and physical toll that leaving home for treatment had on her friends, and how difficult it is to coordinate care when physicians and services are dispersed, or not available locally. Together with her previous donation, Ms. Milman has committed over $21 million in total support of the Brian D. Jellison Cancer Institute.  In recognition of this latest gift and to honor her family, Alan K. Milman, Natalie Kover Milman and Morris Milman, and Arthur and Fay Kover, the new facility will be named the Milman-Kover Cancer Pavilion. Community support will continue to make a difference at the Brian D. Jellison Cancer Institute. To learn more, visit smhf.org. 

[Scholarship]  Arts Advocates Announces May 2024 Programs and Events Including the Scholarship Awards Luncheon on May 16

Arts Advocates is pleased to announce its schedule of May programs and events, including member artist Michael Cohen’s photography exhibit; the art talk, “Reimagining Famous Works of Art”; the annual scholarship awards luncheon; and a tour of the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. Unless otherwise indicated, registration is required at ArtsAdvocates.org. 

[Fundraising Event]  Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation Hosts Women and Medicine Educational Luncheon Raising Over $255,000 For SMH

 On Tuesday, March 19, 2024, 420 guests attended Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation’s 11th annual Women & Medicine Educational Luncheon held at Michael’s on East. The program featured a panel discussion from leading lung cancer experts. Over $255,000 was raised. Proceeds will help SMH bring world-class healthcare to our community. The program opened with a welcome from returning event co-chairs and Healthcare Foundation board members, Gwen MacKenzie and Sandi Stuart. Kelly Batista, Executive Director, Brian D. Jellison Cancer Institute at SMH, presented an update on the Jellison Cancer Institute. The educational program, moderated by Stephanie Roberts, executive producer of Suncoast View on ABC7, included a panel of lung cancer experts: Amy Budke, M.D., Pathologist, SaraPath Diagnostics; M. Blair Marshall, M.D., Thoracic Surgical Oncologist, First Physicians Group; and Amie J. Miller, Program Coordinator, Lung Cancer Screening and Incidental Nodule Program, Jellison Cancer Institute. The discussion primarily focused on screening options and advancing treatments that are changing the way we view and treat lung cancer in women. Guests participated in a Q&A session to conclude the program. 

[Celebration ]  Community Invited to 2024 Giving Challenge Open House and Celebration at NAMI Sarasota and Manatee Counties You Are Not Alone Center

The public is invited to a 2024 Giving Challenge Open House & Celebration from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on April 9 at NAMI Sarasota and Manatee Counties’ You Are Not Alone (YANA) wellness drop-in location off Tuttle Avenue in Sarasota. Several organizations participating in the Giving Challenge will be providing information tables and activities for all ages. The Open House & Celebration will feature engaging, hands-on activities, including stations for arts and crafts, painting, gardening, yoga and meditation sessions, a juggling lesson, and more. Local musicians are invited to bring their instruments and participate in an open jam session. In addition to NAMI Sarasota and Manatee Counties, the event also will feature information and activities from the Boys and Girls Club of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties, Community Assisted Supported Living (CASL), Centerstone, Girl Scouts of the Gulfcoast, Meals on Wheels Sarasota, and the Women’s Resource Center. A food truck by the British Open Pub will be serving from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The 2024 Giving Challenge is from noon to noon on April 9-10, 2024 and is presented by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County with giving strengthened by The Patterson Foundation. The online fundraising event is designed to pair philanthropists with nonprofit organizations making a difference in the region. NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. Today, NAMI consists of more than 600 local affiliates, including NAMI Sarasota and Manatee Counties, that work in communities to raise awareness and provide support and education to those in need. NAMI opened its You Are Not Alone (YANA) wellness drop-in center off Tuttle Avenue over two years ago to offer a safe space for its programs and a daily drop-in center for people on their journey to mental wellness. For more information about the Open House and Celebration or about NAMI Sarasota and Manatee Counties and its programs, contact Katie Booth, YANA Operations Manager, at katie@namisarasotamanatee.org. For more information about the 2024 Giving Challenge, visit www.GivingChallenge.org. 

[WWR]  2024 Women Who Roar Competition

2024 WOMEN WHO ROAR NOMINATIONS ARE OPEN | We invite our readers to nominate an individual who best exemplifies the attributes of professional acumen, philanthropic passion, personal integrity and community leadership. Nominations close Friday, April 26, 2024. 

Nominate Here!

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Ranching Foundations , April 26, 9am-3pm
UF/IFAS Extension South Florida Beef-Forage Program is hosting Ranching Foundations on Friday, April 26 from 9 A.M.-3 P.M. This program is perfect for beginners new to ranching as well as established professionals looking to stay up to date on the latest research. Located at the Range Cattle Research and Education Center in Ona, participants will rotate through cattle management classes covering topics such as calf care, heifer management, cow management, bull management, and the legality of selling meat from the ranch. Admission is $40 per person and includes lunch and educational materials. Register at ranchingfoundations.eventbrite.com.
[SOON]  FOOD: Set the Bar Cocktail Competition , April 14, 4-7pm
The highly anticipated Sarasota-Manatee Originals Set the Bar Cocktail Competition is back for a 2024 edition, scheduled for Sunday, April 14, from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota. 25 accomplished mixologists, representing restaurants from across Sarasota and Manatee Counties, will present their innovative concoctions in five distinct spirit categories. In addition to a panel of industry experts, attendees will have the opportunity to sample these creations and vote for their favorites, with the judging criteria encompassing flavor, appearance, bartender presentation, and imagination. The competition is partnered with Children First, a local non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the healthy development of children and families. All proceeds from a silent auction will benefit this important cause. Tickets are now on sale for $85 each, with a limited number available. At-the-door tickets will be offered at $95 per person, subject to availability. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit eatlikealocal.com/events/setthebar.
[SOON]  GALA: Conservation Community Luncheon , April 9, 11:30am
This community-centric luncheon will showcase Conservation Foundations local impact and the urgency and importance of land conservation here in our region. In celebration of twenty years of protecting Southwest Floridas land and water, the not-for-profit land trust asked individuals from across their conservation community to share their thoughts in a new 20th Anniversary video series. Featuring interviews with prominent community members and leaders reflecting on twenty years of collaboration and conservation, this compelling retrospective will premiere at the April luncheon. Immediately following the video premiere, Christine P. Johnson, president of Conservation Foundation will moderate a panel of local experts sharing their unique insights into land conservation, the environment, and our community. This captivating program takes place at 11:30 am on Tuesday, April 9, at Michaels On East. Individual tickets are $50. Sponsorships start at $500. Tickets and sponsorships are available now at conservatonfoundation.com.
[SOON]  SEMINAR: You Are Worthy Life Enrichment Workshop , February 15 – April 11, 6-8pm
The Womens Resource Center presents You Are Worthy, an eight-week series moderated by Chris Florand and Denise Whalin. This in-person series is part of the Womens Resource Center’s life enrichment programs and helps participants improve self-confidence, boundary-setting, and negotiation skills. No program the week of March 14. The program is $25 for all sessions and takes place at WRCs Sarasota office at 340 S. Tuttle Ave. To register, please call 941-256-9721 or visit mywrc.org/youareworthy.
[SOON]  GALLERY: Embracing Our Differences , January 24 – April 14, Various times
Embracing Our Differences celebrates its 21st anniversary this year. Visit the exhibit at the downtown Bayfront Park in Sarasota. The winning artworks combine a deep understanding of both medium and message. Awards are given for Best-in-Show Adult, Best-in-Show Student, and Peoples Choice categories, with the last chosen by visitors to the exhibit. Adult winners each receive $2,000, and students receive $2,000 to be split with their school’s art or writing program. The statements accompanying each artwork are also vital and provide insight into our common humanity as well as the differences that make us all unique. For more information, visit www.embracingourdifferences.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]  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]  BUSINESS: Business Networking and Cowork Session , August 22 – June 25, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Attention all business professionals. Join us for a productive and inspiring coworking event every Tuesday at Out and About Coffee in downtown Sarasota. 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. O and A Coffee Supply, 1316 Main St., Sarasota.

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Lets Connect at Oscura in Old Manatee , August 31 – December 26, 8:30-10am

Connect with local business owners at every Thursday at Oscura. Lets Connect is a community of collaborative business professionals from the Manatee and Sarasota County areas. RSVP on Eventbrite to attend, admission is free.

[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.

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