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DEPARTMENTS

FEATURES

23 FROM THE EDITOR

48 GIVING THEM SHELTER

We know philanthropists give. But you might be surprised by what they get in return. BY PAM DANIEL

After the earthquake in Nepal, Lakewood Ranch’s Shelter Box was there to help. BY ANU VARMA

25 HEAT INDEX

56 FASHION

Hot stories from the giving scene.

Sarasota Ballet dancers strike all the right poses in great new gala wear. PHOTOGRAPHY BY MATTHEW HOLLER

40 FREEZE FRAME Inside the busy walls of SunCoast Blood Bank.

42 ONE DAY A stray pit bull gets help—and hope of a forever family—at the Animal Rescue Coalition’s new clinic. PHOTOGRAPHY BY ROBERT CASTRO

62 THEY INSPIRE US Meet the compassionate givers, young and old, who helped to change our world this year.

72 GREENHOUSE GLORIES A world of beauty inside Selby Gardens’ Tropical Conservatory. PHOTOGRAPHY BY ALI HACKATHORN

45 MR. CHATTERBOX Be generous, says Mr. C—but be careful, too.

176 ONLY IN SARASOTA Illustrator JOHN PIRMAN spots a rescued sea turtle at Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium.

76 AND JUSTICE FOR ALL When much is at stake, Legal Aid of Manasota fights for those in need. BY TONY D’SOUZA

105 THE GIVING REGISTER Our comprehensive listing of local nonprofits, compiled with the aid of the Giving Partner.

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99 Selby Gardens’ Tropical Dispatch

83 Stories of Hope 153 Event & Meeting Guide 155 Shopping Destinations

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FROM THE EDITOR

Giving, Sex and other Surprises

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ver the years, we’ve conducted all sorts of studies about our readers; and honestly, we thought we knew just about everything about you. You’re smart, well-educated, successful, socially engaged—and headover-heels in love with Sarasota, Fla. But the data analysts at Media Audit, which surveys media audiences all across the United States, just told us something that stopped us in our tracks. Between February 2012 and April 2013, some 155,399 readers of Sarasota Magazine gave more than $386 million to nonprofits. Three hundred and eightysix million dollars—and that was in just one year! As we’ve reported before in this annual Guide to Giving, Sarasota is gaining a national reputation for exceptional philanthropy. We knew that many of you were at the forefront of that giving, but it’s inspiring to learn just how generous you are. And now that Media Audit has put us in a research state of mind, we thought we’d do a little more digging for you, our audience of philanthropists. We know that your giving does wonders for our community—but just what does it do for you? Let’s start with what might be the most surprising finding. After a certain level, money doesn’t make you happier. True, people who have to struggle just to survive do report they’re unhappy. But once your basic needs are met— which these days takes an income of about $75,000 a year, say researchers—you don’t get much happier with increased wealth. That’s especially true if you’re spending that extra money on clothes, cars and other tangible objects.

People who spend on lifestyle and experiences, on the other hand, often say it does make them happier. What makes you happier than spending money on yourself is giving it away. A University of Chicago survey found that givers were almost 50 percent more likely than nongivers to describe themselves as “very happy”; nongivers were 3.5 times likelier to say they were “not happy at all.” Of course, that might not really mean giving causes happiness—it could be that happy people tend to be generous, and miserable people are stingy. But other studies do indeed establish causality.

Some scientists believe philanthropic acts release oxytocin, causing a kind of “giver’s high.”

In one, people were given some money and asked to choose between spending it on themselves or giving it away. Spending the money on themselves barely affected their happiness; spending it on others raised it significantly. In another study, researchers asked people to perform five kind actions a week. After six weeks, participants scored higher for happiness than they had at the beginning. Some scientists believe philanthropic acts release endorphins and the hormone oxytocin, which activate the area of the brain associated with pleasure and trust,

causing euphoria and a feeling of deep connection—a kind of “giver’s high.” In fact, it turns out you can feel happier just by imagining doing something philanthropic—the very thought releases those chemicals. Giving makes you live longer. In a study of 2,000 older Americans over a decade, those who volunteered for two or more causes were 56 percent more likely to live to the end of the study than people in identical health who didn’t volunteer. Other research shows that giving improves the health of people with chronic illness and can reduce blood pressure. Giving makes you richer. After economist Arthur C. Brooks noticed that big donors seemed to keep getting wealthier, he analyzed statistical data, which revealed that the more people give away in one year, the more they’ll earn the next. Giving makes you better looking. Or at least it makes people think you’re better looking. In a 2009 study, women watched videos of a man interacting with a beggar; the more money he gave the beggar, the better-looking they rated him. And that leads us to the final benefit of giving—from no less an expert than Sarasota über-philanthropist Betty Schoenbaum. Betty, who’s more vital and fun in her 90s than most of us ever were as teenagers, often speaks to groups about the joy she’s received from giving. Then she leans in, winks and says, “I’ll tell you something else—philanthropists have better sex!”

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HEAT INDEX EVENTS, PEOPLE, TRENDS AND ISSUES ON OUR RADAR.

HANDS ACROSS THE GLOBE Since 2004, Embracing Our Differences has asked international artists, students and educators to create statements of diversity and acceptance in its annual public art exhibitions on the Sarasota bayfront and eventually on Bradenton’s Riverwalk, displaying 39 billboard-sized works of art and accompanying quotes. This year, the concept was adapted in Israel with the Different Together exhibit in Jaffa, featuring works created by Israeli students promoting tolerance and empathy. Eight Sarasota County high school students (members of the EOD-sponsored Co-Existence Clubs) attended the opening, witnessing firsthand Israel’s diverse multicultural reality. Dr. Paul Gallagher, assistant principal of Riverview High School, who accompanied the students, says, “I heard students from vastly different cultures tell each other that, despite their differences, they wanted the same thing—a better world to live and thrive in.” Embracing Our Differences’ 2016 exhibit in Sarasota’s Bayfront Park will open March 29, 2016.

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HEAT INDEX

Purchase with a Purpose BUY WELL—AND DO GOOD. BY HEATHER DUNHILL

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2. A S’well bottle could be your coolest do-gooder accessory; it keeps your drinks cold for 24 hours and hot for 12 while giving back to environmentally and community-conscious charities like UNICEF, American Forests and Drink Up. Bottles come in three sizes: 9 oz. for $25; 17 oz. for $35 and 25 oz. for $45. LANCASTER INTERIOR DESIGN, 650 Central Ave., #5, (941) 365-2342.

3. At fashionproject.com, 50 percent of the proceeds go to charity. This resale shop boasts expertly curated pieces from new with tags to gently worn, some donated by celebrities, like these Stella McCartney heels worn by Padma Lakshmi for $89. Nearly $800,000 has been raised to support more than 2,000 charities. FASHIONPROJECT.COM

4. Half United believes that hunger, the world’s current No. 1 health risk, is a battle that can be won. Your purchase at Treat Boutique will make you a warrior in that fight. A multistrand, handmade, hand-beaded bracelet ($28) is a colorful way to remind you that your purchase provides seven meals for children in need. TREAT

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5. Museum stores have gotten clever with their wares. Case in point: The Ringling shop’s Story Box Circus ($30). An old-timey gift for the little ones, with 19 painted wooden

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CLOWNS EXHIBITION OPENS SEP 11 In the visual iconography of printed advertising, no single image brings to mind a circus as quickly as that of the clown. While the styles of clowns have evolved since the circus debuted, the role of the clown as a visual symbol of the circus is still strong. View an array of comic characters in this exhibit of posters printed to inspire audiences across America. Above: Erie Lithographing & Printing Co. Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus Clown, circa 1930.

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CONVERSATION WITH FSU PAINTING FACULTY SEP 24, 5:00 – 7:30 PM The exhibition features the work of Florida State University College of Fine Arts faculty members, who will be on hand in the galleries for informal discussions and conversations about their work inspired by The Ringling collections.

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For the Birds A NEW AUDUBON NATURE CENTER AT THE CELERY FIELDS.

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A view of the hill at the Celery Fields.

n Jan. 9, 2016, the Sarasota Audubon Society will celebrate the grand opening of a 6,000-square-foot nature center at the Celery Fields. The building, the fruit of a $1.3 million capital campaign, will offer interactive displays about everything from native wildlife to LEED certification. (The all-volunteer Audubon chapter will also have offices in the building, with the aim of hiring its first full-time executive director in the future.) The location was a no-brainer. The 440-acre Celery Fields park is an international birding destination, home to more than 200 species of birds. The county-owned land was “developed” in the 1990s in order to create a watershed to protect the surrounding area from flooding, resulting in a large hill overlooking low-lying land and lakes. Subsequent partnerships with the Audubon Society and other organizations have led to the planting of native fauna, which, in turn, has attracted even more species of birds and other wildlife. —HANNAH WALLACE

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who passed away in 1918) extended its vegetable-growing interests from Gulf

Sandhill crane

Gate to the low-lying, nutrient-rich area that would become the Celery Fields. The land was eventually parcelled out to individual farms, which continued to grow celery there until the county purchased it in 1995. SARASOTA MAGAZINE | GUIDE TO GIVING 2015

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Striking a Chord THE ARTS AND CULTURAL ALLIANCE’S SARASOTA KEYS PROJECT GOES VIRAL.

Pianists of all ages and backgrounds are drawn to Sarasota’s colorful keyboards.

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wo years ago, when the Sarasota Arts and Cultural Alliance rolled out its Sarasota Keys public art piano project, executive director Jim Shirley and his team didn’t know what the public response would be. “Our [initial] intent was just to see what would happen,” Shirley says. Turns out the project took on a life of its own, culminating this spring, when Donald Gould, a homeless musical prodigy, made national news for playing an impressive version of Styx’s Come Sail Away on the piano situated outside Red Clasico Café and Bar. (Posts about his story got more than 1,100 likes, comments or shares on Sarasota Magazine’s Facebook page alone.) For the project, now in its second year, the Arts Alliance worked with Pritchard’s Pianos to acquire the instruments and then invited local artists to paint a different design on each of them. The pianos were then installed in front of various “host”

Other cities have seen the project and want to do something similar in their towns.

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businesses throughout the city, from Mattison’s City Grille to the Herald-Tribune building to Libby’s Café + Bar. Each business was responsible for taking its piano out each morning, bringing it in at night and generally taking care of it. “One of the most popular sites has been the covered portico at the Herald-Tribune building,” Shirley says. “It gets a lot of play—as do the pianos at Mattison’s, Louies Modern and, of course, Clasico.” They’re popular with Sarasotans of all ages, Shirley says, from young children sitting down to pound out Chopsticks to more accomplished players like Gould who are finally getting a chance to share their talent with the public. Other cities are taking notice, too; Shirley says he’s been contacted by five different communities around the country—including Clearwater, our neighbor to the north—who have seen the project and want to do something similar in their towns. Shirley says the Arts Alliance is now planning for the Sarasota Keys’ next season, including talking to the visual artists who painted their designs on the instruments and planning an exhibit with them later next year. And he says he feels the project is fulfilling its mission. “We feel the arts are and should be a major part of everybody’s life, and we’re really striving to do that. We want to make art available to everyone.”—MEGAN MCDONALD


Learning to Share HOW TO RAISE CHARITABLE KIDS.

What was your philanthropic experience growing up? “My parents, both physicians, never turned away a patient if they couldn’t pay. My father was born in the U.S. to a Russian Jewish family and he was the beneficiary of three sisters going to work so he could go to school. He started his life as a philanthropy recipient rather than a giver. And this is [something to explain to] children: We always see ourselves as the donors yet so much of our lives we are the recipients.” When is a good age to introduce children to philanthropy? “A child’s first exposure should be joyful and not a sense of loss. When my oldest son turned 5 we let him choose a charity and give a gift in addition to his regular presents. We asked, ‘What made you happy in the last year? What made you sad? How would you like to change the world next year?’ Five-yearolds can be articulate.” Carol Weisman

What are your top three tips for raising charitable children? “First, bring your child along when you donate your time. Whether a charity walk

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or a visit to a sick neighbor, make it a family affair. Second, share your philosophy of giving with your child. For instance, maybe you give to street people,

ationally renowned fund-raising consultant Carol Weisman, president of Board Builders and author of the book, Raising Charitable Children, brought her message about generational philanthropy to the Community Foundation of Sarasota County’s annual Fundraisers Forum in July. Weisman, a mother of three and grandmother of three, has served on 38 boards and has been president of eight. “If you don’t have a child, rent one. Get a niece or nephew involved in your giving,” she told us. “[Or] there are organizations such as Big Brothers Big Sisters that need philanthropic role models to work with children.”

maybe you don’t. Whatever you do, explain how you have reached your decision. Third, when you meet with a family wealth adviser to discuss how and what you are going to give, include your child in these discussions. Your kiddo will not only learn about how to give money, but will learn what you value.” What can nonprofits do to help children become involved? “They have to have volunteer experiences for children, which is hard. Nonprofits are understaffed, so they don’t [always] have the resources to vet the adult [employees or volunteers] to make sure they can work with children, but the more you can get kids involved the stronger your organization will be. [Also,] parents all want to work at food pantries on holidays, but I urge them to pick a day that’s meaningful for the family instead, so as not to overwhelm the nonprofit on a single day of the year.” – INTERVIEW BY CHELSEY LUCAS

Pet Projects NEW PROGRAMS THAT PROTECT LOCAL ANIMALS. Abusers often threaten to harm the

A few years ago, volunteers for

After witnessing a heartbroken

family pet if victims leave or resist.

Meals on Wheels noticed that many

soldier give his dog to the shelter

Sarasota’s Safe Place and Rape

clients were sharing their meals

because he was deploying overseas,

Crisis Center now offers safe shelter

with their dogs or cats because

Donte’s Den founder Marsha Panuce

for pets as well as families. The fam-

they couldn’t afford to buy pet

created the Semper Paw program,

ily can visit their pet at the kennel,

food. Through a grant from the Hu-

providing an air-conditioned den, play

providing “comfort, reassurance and

mane Society of Sarasota County,

space and free medical care while

healing,” says Mary Ellen Mancini,

they can now deliver dinner for the

the soldier is away. “While they take

director of development.

family pet, too.

care of us, we take care of their best friend,” Panuce says.

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Board Basics FOUR FUNDAMENTAL RULES OF BOARD SERVICE.

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housands of the region’s residents volunteer to serve on nonprofit boards, pouring time, energy and resources into the task. Sarasota Orchestra CEO Joe McKenna says that with today’s redefined economy, new technology and profound demographic shifts, their work is “equally exhilarating and daunting.” McKenna, who recently spoke about building a strong fund-raising board at the annual Fundraisers Forum sponsored by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County and Association of Fundraising Professionals, offers these guidelines for being a good board member. “A good board member has to have a deep and meaningful connection to the organization. If they have a commitment to the mission, the programs, the projects and the initiatives, that’s really No. 1.” “Seek first to understand and then to be understood. Do your due diligence and understand the organization’s strategic and financial issues before forming an opinion. [Take the attitude that] ‘I’m going to take the time to learn and understand things before I ask my colleagues to understand me.’ It’s our responsibility to take new board members through an orientation process to get them up to speed.” “Understand the difference between policy and strategic issues and so-called tactical implementation. Really good boards stay above the line: Do we have policies that further our mission; are we developing them responsibly with an eye toward sustainability? Below that line is staff-level work; it’s our job to create those programs that the board has vetted and deliver those results. It’s not about micromanaging, it’s about oversight. Never forget it’s all about moving the mission ahead.” “Operate in an open, mutually respectful way with fellow board members, staff and patrons. Don’t do board business in the hallway or the parking lot; those kinds of meetings do not further missions, they keep everything stuck in a circular loop.” — INTERVIEW BY ILENE DENTON

The Four Kinds of Board Members Weak

OK

What they say

“It’ll look good on my resume!”

“What do I have to do?”

“How may I help?”

“Thanks for the opportunity.”

What they add

dead weight

basics

dedication

passion

What they take

valuable spot

instructions

role seriously

time to care

themselves

their obligations

the nonprofit

the community

Whom they serve

Good

Great

SOURCE: National Council of Nonprofits

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Physics Goes to the Circus LESSONS FROM THE HUMAN CANNONBALL.

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From top: The “machine” in its early stages; Circus Sarasota clowns work with local fifth graders.

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ow does the human cannonball hit his mark? Why, physics, of course. In fact, virtually every aspect of a circus performance relies on math and physics. And that’s inspired a fun new way for Circus Sarasota and the Circus Arts Conservatory to teach those subjects to Sarasota students—through a grand-scale, Rube Goldberg-inspired performance called the Marvelous Miraculous Circus Machine, funded by a grant from the American Honda Foundation. Led by clowns Karen Bell and Robin Eurich, 70 Sarasota High School math, science and technology students devised a series of circus acts that could be linked together through cause and effect, relying on math and physics calculations to understand how to execute the action and then transfer its energy to the next performer. In the meantime, county fifth graders were given dominoes, marbles and other toys to experiment with their own small-scale cause-andeffect “machines.” This May, 1,400 fifth graders from 13 Sarasota elementary schools were on hand at the Sailor Circus Arena to see the students’ calculations come to life. First a tandem bicycle linked to a pulley delivered a coat to a high-wire walker, who strolled across the wire to the other end, knocking a piece of cheese down to another performer in a giant hamster ball. After a number of other actions and reactions, a human cannonball performer was launched 90 feet across the arena to a safety pad—demonstrating just how important math and physics are to the spectacular feat. (To get technical, force = mass X acceleration, executed at the proper angle and accounting for the influence of gravity [-9.8 m/s/s] on the human cannonball’s trajectory.) “Raise your hand if you’ve ever made a mistake in math,” Eurich likes to tell the students. “The human cannonball can’t afford to do that.” Next year, the circus hopes to expand the program into Manatee County. “We’re clowns,” says Bell. “Cause and effect is everything to us.” —HANNAH WALLACE


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Ready, Set—Give! THE 24-HOUR GIVING CHALLENGE KICKS OFF AT NOON ON SEPT. 1.

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his year’s 24-hour Giving Challenge, Sarasota’s annual online philanthropy fest—which was one of the most successful events of its kind across the nation last year—features more than 350 local nonprofits competing for donations, matching grants and, most of all, your attention. Log on to the givingpartnerchallenge.org Sept. 1 at noon and start clicking. In addition to the donations themselves, organizations can earn grant money based on the number of new donors they attract, total donations and even the quality of their Giving Challenge marketing campaigns.

FUNDING PARTNERS Community Foundation of Sarasota County, The Patterson Foundation, the William G. and Marie Selby Foundation, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and the Manatee Community Foundation.

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very year, the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall receives hundreds of letters like the one at right, expressing heartfelt gratitude for enabling the young writers to experience live theater. With the help of donors to the Van Wezel Foundation—like Edie Winston, who paid for 120 children at Brentwood Elementary School to see The Lightning Thief last year—25,000 children in Manatee and Sarasota attended a Schooltime Performance show last year. Although our region is famous for live theater, many of these children would otherwise have few or no opportunities to see a performance. It makes a lasting impression on most of them, teachers say; and for quite a few, it ignites a lifelong love of theater and the arts. The Van Wezel Foundation helps fund hall programs and needs, especially youth education. Students from pre-K to grade 12 attend Schooltime Performances. The 2015-2016 series includes 10 different shows. Donors fund transportation as well as tickets. The hall provides curriculum study guides and teacher workshops for every show.

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FREEZE FRAME

O negative

The universal donor blood type is in high demand.

1 donation can save up to 3 lives. Donors can watch TV or listen to CDs; some read books or chat with fellow donors and staff.

The fish tank was donated by a local Rotary Club in the 1980s.

45-60 minutes; 90 minutes Time it takes to donate whole blood (usually a pint);

PHOTOGRAPHY BY GENE POLLUX

time to donate platelets

Donations funded the $300,000 purchase

All blood goes through 13 tests

Kevin Smith, the bank’s top donor,

of a new bloodmobile.

for infectious diseases, a safety

has given 137 platelet gallons, start-

procedure costing $1.5 million

ing in 1972 when he was 19 and his

a year.

mother needed blood to fight cancer.

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Blood Work SUNCOAST BLOOD BANK (SCBB) turned 66 this year. But like many other Sarasota seniors, it’s more vital than ever. Last year, through five donor centers and more than 1,300 community blood drives, the blood bank collected some 47,000 units of blood and platelets. Those products help treat cancer patients, trauma victims, newborns in crisis and people with blood disorders in Sarasota, Manatee, DeSoto and Charlotte counties and Bayflite 2 emergency helicopter transport. And in June, it became the first blood bank in the country to provide pathogen-reduced platelets, significantly reducing the risk of transfusion-transmitted infections. To learn more, go to scbb.org. —CHELSEY LUCAS

43,000 Pints of donated blood are used each day in the U.S.

Donors range in age from 16 to 90-plus. 25 percent are high school students.

The donor center was built in the 1980s, when pastel colors were “in.” “We would love a facelift,” says CEO Scott Bush, “but there are so many other priorities it will have to wait.”

Donors can give whole blood, double red cells or platelets. “Red cells are needed more than any other blood component,” says CEO Bush.

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➤ With stray pit bull

“Johnson” at the Animal Rescue Coalition’s new spay and neuter clinic. PHOTOGRAPHY BY ROBERT CASTRO

Every year, thousands of unwanted kittens and puppies are born here. Many will live short, brutal lives—neglected, abused or destroyed by animal services. Young Johnson, who was found roaming the streets of south Sarasota, could have faced a similar ending. Ill and infested with heartworms, he was brought to the county animal shelter. Sick—and therefore unadoptable—animals are usually euthanized, but the Animal Rescue Coalition (ARC), which works to stop the killing of adoptable pets and to reduce animal overpopulation, paid for his medical care. Then Johnson was transported to ARC’s new, state-of-the-art clinic, which will provide free or low-cost neutering and spaying to some 7,500 animals a year.

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8:01 a.m. Sarasota County Animal

8:47 a.m. Johnson gets prepped

10:53 a.m. On the prep table,

11:10 p.m. It takes medical director

11:26 p.m. Still groggy, Johnson is

11:43 p.m. Johnson is carried back

3:32 p.m. Animal Services staff picks

4:01 p.m. Jose Retana arrives to take

7:13 p.m. Johnson has been home a

Services brings Johnson to the clinic and he’s placed in the kennel area. “Here comes this massive dog, built like a tank—we thought he’d be so aggressive,” says executive director Gisele Pintchuck. “Instead, he has the sweetest disposition, and so calm, not a sign of stress.”

Dr. Lisa Tipton about 15 minutes to operate on Johnson, who weighs 70 pounds. (A small cat might take three minutes.) Because of the clinic’s efficient design and procedures, Tipton, the clinic’s only vet, can perform 25 to 30 surgeries a day.

up Johnson and the other animals who came today for surgery. Pit bulls can have a tough time getting adopted, but now that Johnson is getting healthy and has been neutered, his chances have improved.

by ARC vet techs. The clinic is part of the national Humane Alliance, which provides a detailed model for high-volume spay and neuter clinics—right down to where to place each instrument—and software that enables efficient scheduling and yields in-depth analysis of every aspect of operations.

placed on “the beach,” a large, heated pad where he’s kept wrapped in a warm blanket. The staff will monitor him closely until he’s recovered enough to go back to the kennel.

Johnson home from the shelter. “We fell in love when my daughter saw Johnson’s picture on Facebook,” he says. They decided to foster him because they believe pit bulls deserve adoption. “They need love and can be loyal, sweet companions,” he says.

Johnson receives local anesthetic and the incision area is shaved and sterilized. He’ll remain under anesthesia throughout the surgery.

to his kennel, where he’ll doze and relax until animal services transports him back to the shelter, where he’ll be picked up by the family who’s been fostering him during his heartworm treatment.

few hours, and the Renatas realize they don’t want him to ever leave. They’re naming him “Tiny.” “We gave him a chance and he’s given us so much more in return,” says Jose. “And neutering him was right. There are too many Tinys out there in the world.” SARASOTA MAGAZINE | GUIDE TO GIVING 2015

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THIS MONTH ➤ When it comes to charity, research counts.

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love giving money to charity. It not only brightens my day, it makes me feel affluent. “Gee,” I think, “if I can afford to give $20 to the poor or the artistic (in Sarasota it’s usually the same thing), then I must be doing pretty well indeed.” I do have my limits, though. I once gave $400 to the Asolo and worried about it for days. What if I needed it for the mortgage payment? What if it all ended up in some enormous pot without everybody knowing that it’s coming from me? What if it turned out that the Asolo is some big scam? Well, after 48 years and 349 brilliant productions, I think we can assume that the Asolo Rep is not a scam. They’re very considerate recipients, in fact, and I got a nice “thank-you” letter. True, I secretly thought I deserved a handwritten note from Michael Edwards himself, but the letter was very well done. And my name was listed in the program book—believe me, I checked. Every performance I went to. Frankly, recognition is quite important to me when it comes to charity. I totally understand why people want their names on

buildings. I actually pore over those lists in the program book, looking for names I recognize, and whenever I spot one I think, “Gee, what an upstanding person that is.” Unless, of course, it’s somebody who is real rich but only gave $100. Then I think, “What a cheapskate.” In this issue, we celebrate the efforts and accomplishments of Sarasota’s nonprofit groups, and towards the back you’ll find a directory to 476 of them. They all make the cut when it comes to meeting the transparency requirements of local foundations. But still, do your research. Keep in mind the two most important things. What are their fund-raising expenses like, and what are their programs like? If the fund-raising expenses are more than 35 percent, find out why. Experts say the best-run charities usually keep fund-raising expenses down to 35 percent. The sad fact is that there are bad charities out there. In fact, fraudulent and misleading fund raising is a billion-dollar-a-year business. Organizations that use telemarketers are the worst offenders. They are master manipulators and know just which buttons to push. SARASOTA MAGAZINE | GUIDE TO GIVING 2015

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The biggest button the telemarketers use is very Dickensian—dying children. Only the coldest heart would refuse a terminally ill child a trip to Disney World, particularly if all you have to do is chip in $10. Several reputable charities also use this angle, most notably the Make-a-Wish Foundation, a highly respected group that keeps Justin Bieber busy visiting hospital room after hospital room. Pee-wee Herman’s mother (Judy Rubenfeld) once told me that her son, back in his heyday, considered this the hardest part of his job. Make-a-Wish has had an enormous impact on our culture. Last wishes are always well-documented and often end up on the news. The hit movie The Fault in Our Stars uses one as its plot. But beware. If your last wish has anything to do with guns, Make-a-Wish will not accommodate you. Fortunately, this being America, other charities have stepped into that particular breach. If you’re under 17 and want to kill a bear you can go to Hunt of a Lifetime, Catch-a-Dream, or Life Hunts. Now, knowing all this, let’s say you get a phone call—and you probably have— from the Kids Wish Network. I personally would immediately hang up because I don’t believe in telemarketers of any kind, but many people stay on the line—my father always listened politely to their spiel—and find themselves talked into giving some money. The problem is that the Kids Wish Network (notice the cunning similarity in names) was recently named the worst charity in the country. Yes, they “provide services” to dying and disabled children, but the services are mostly one-time gifts of air fresheners and snack cakes from the Dollar Store. The numbers say it all. In the past decade, Kids Wish Network has raised $137.9 million, mostly via phone solicitors. The solicitors kept $115.9 million of this. Only 2.5 percent went to direct cash aid. Staff salaries are hefty, there are large “consulting fees,” and everybody on the board seems to be related. The second button the telemarketers press is the word “cancer.” It’s such an emo46 SARASOTA MAGAZINE | GUIDE TO GIVING 2015

tional disease, so fraught with anxiety, that people will make little offerings as a sort of prayer that they won’t come down with it. The names the scam artists use sound so right, like you’ve actually heard of them: Cancer Fund of America, Breast Cancer Relief Organization. The only telemarketing charities I’ve actually fallen for are the ones involving sick policemen, like the American Association of State Troopers and the U.S. Deputy Sheriffs Association. There used to be a part of me that believed that if you didn’t give some money your name would go on a list that would be studied by policemen everywhere and that the next time you were pulled over you would get extra harsh treatment. It turns out, of course, that your name is actually placed on a list called “Suckers,” and it’s studied by telemarketers everywhere. But these are the bad apples. They do, however, prove a very good point when it comes to charitable giving: Do your homework. Examine the financials. Keep in mind that paying a professional fund raiser is not necessarily a bad thing. In most cases, certainly with local groups, it’s a plus. The right professional can do it better and in the long run, more cheaply. Look very carefully at the programs. Are they actually things that are going to make a difference? Or are they just snack cakes and air fresheners? Be especially careful with a new charity. Does it duplicate the work of an established group that has already proven itself? Does it have an effective board? And who’s running it? Are they doing it from passion? Or from ego? I’m already picking out who’s getting my money this year. I love the animal groups and am considering Florida Parrot Rescue and the Lemur Conservation Foundation. And I find myself strangely drawn to the group (21st Century Swimming Lessons) that teaches adults who are afraid of the water how to swim, as I often have nightmares that I’m on a sinking ship. And of course anything that gives free food to the elderly, because, believe me, we need it. As for last wishes, well, not this year— I’m starting to work on my own.


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GIVING THEM When disaster struck in Nepal, a Sarasota agency reached across the world to help.

A young girl stands by one of the ShelterBox tents set up in a temporary camp in the Sindhupalchowk district of Nepal.

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NORMALLY, TOURISTS FLOCK to the little town of Jiri in the Himalayan foothills to start the popular days-long trek to the Mount Everest base camp. Tensing Norgay and Sir Edmund Hillary passed through here on their way up, and although most climbers fly to a landing strip closer to base camp these days, the town has gained the nickname of “Gateway to Mount Everest.� But weeks ago, Nepal had been hit with one of the worst earthquakes the little nation had ever endured, and since then, the town had been nearly deserted. Inside her tent on a hillside by Jiri, Carrie Wall slept. Outside, the lush, sweeping landscapes with majestic snowy peaks rising in the distance that she had marveled at all day were obscured by darkness. SARASOTA MAGAZINE | GUIDE TO GIVING 2015

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Suddenly, Wall was shaken out of her sleep. Beneath her, the ground roiled; above, a thunderstorm exploded. It seemed as if nature weren’t done yet. “The thunderstorm came barreling down like a hot truck, white-hot lightning rolling before it,” Wall remembers. “The storm was right on top of us, the most fierce storm I’ve ever been in. I thought we were getting ripped to shreds. Thunder and lightning above you and aftershocks below—it’s a humbling, grounding experience.” But Wall was no tourist; she was in Nepal as a ShelterBox response team member, and her rigorous training kicked in. Even as the aftershocks resonated through the valley, she started making contingency plans. After all, Wall was here on a mission. When typhoons pound Asian islands and landslides devour South American mountain villages, phones start to ring in the small suite of offices tucked away in a bland, one-story office strip in Lakewood Ranch. In 2014, ShelterBox responded to 23 disasters in 19 countries, from North Korea to Argentina. Sometimes the disasters that trigger the phone calls are known to only those who suffer through them; other times, they play large on the international stage. Nepal’s earthquakes this past April were of the latter sort. The world watched in collective shock as the ground heaved, buildings toppled, thousands died and dazed survivors crawled out from under piles of debris. Aid agencies began to mobilize; reporters swarmed the scene. Even before the dust had settled, lightning-fast communications had streaked from Nepal to ShelterBox headquarters in the United Kingdom to the U.S. headquarters in Lakewood Ranch. And in her Chicago apartment, Wall got an email: Are you available to deploy? With that message, Wall, a 35-yearold University of Iowa grad who had a few free weeks before starting a new job, transformed from spectator to participant. Within three days of receiving her orders, she landed in Kathmandu. 50 SARASOTA MAGAZINE | GUIDE TO GIVING 2015


Mission Impossible-esque, perhaps. But the mission that Wall was there for—like the 400 other volunteers for Sarasotabased ShelterBox USA—was simple: Deliver shelter to those who need it the most. In the lobby of the agency’s Lakewood Ranch office sits the organization’s calling card: a large green tote that can hold a durable, custom-designed tent for an extended family, shelter kits to repair damaged buildings, blankets and waterproof tarps, tool kits, mosquito nets,

stoves and even comfort packs containing coloring books and supplies for children. Although the hope is that the recipients can transition out of the tents in about six months, many in Haiti who received the tents in 2010 are still living in them five years later. ShelterBox USA interim executive director Alan Monroe explains that the organization, which is one of 20 international ShelterBox affiliates, is quick and lean, with only five staff members since

Even before the dust had begun to settle, lightning-fast communications streaked from Nepal to Lakewood Ranch.

formally organizing in 2004. ShelterBox USA focuses on fund raising and building awareness; all logistical operations for disaster relief are handled from the international headquarters in the U.K. Those relief operations depend heavily on well-trained volunteers such as Wall, who are often the first to arrive on a disaster scene. Because the volunteers hand deliver the boxes and kits to recipients, along with the deeds that give them the formal title to their tent, they seek out community leaders to point out the most vulnerable and needy—the sick, the elderly, mothers with babies.

Clockwise from top left: A child looks through one of the nine SchoolBoxes that ShelterBox provided to Nepal orphanages, containing enough materials for 450 children; members of five families who were sharing the makeshift shelter behind them; the 7.8 magnitude earthquake wreaked savage destruction on buildings throughout the country.

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“From village to village the destruction was widespread, and all along the road were piles of debris from landslides.”

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In all, ShelterBox sent 20 responders to Nepal; some were still there months after the earthquake. They provided enough aid, from materials to clear debris and secure existing structures to tents and tarps, to shelter 15,000 survivors. An affable, pragmatic Midwesterner who has often mixed her career with volunteerism, Wall had signed up to volunteer for ShelterBox from a mixture of altruism and yearning for adventure. Although more than 400 people volunteer for ShelterBox USA, only about 50 will deploy as Wall did. Most serve as ambassadors, whose job is to get the word out and raise funds—whether through a local Rotary Club, by writing a blog or by visiting a music festival to spread the word. One middle school in Bradenton raised enough money from a spare change campaign for two ShelterBoxes, which can cost up to $1,000 each to stock. “The volunteers come from all ages, all walks of life, and they are some of the most selfless and generous people you’ve ever met in your life,” says ShelterBox USA communications manager Chris Alexander. Volunteers interested in helping but not necessarily deploying are given training

in fund raising, holding a successful event and how to tell an impactful story—all important because the agency is totally dependent on charitable giving and prides itself that out of every dollar given, 85 percent goes into the field. Those volunteers who sign up to be ShelterBox response team members must undergo a written assessment, a Skype interview and a grueling four-day training in a ranch in Texas. If they pass, they are sent to the U.K. (where ShelterBox was founded in 2000) for a nine-day debriefing that includes everything from lectures to physical training. The final leg of the training is a probationary first deployment. It’s an intense and rigorous process, but ShelterBox USA volunteer programs manager Sarah Shelton says that’s necessary. “We need to be able to trust their skills and their decision making,” says Shelton. “This is the most chaotic situation you’re going into. There are no team building exercises at that point.” Wall completed her U.K. training in September 2013. She says it was tough, but critical to succeeding with disaster response. “You have to read training manuals and memoirs; we purified water,

cooked off a [portable] stove, slept in the tents,” recalls Wall. They even teamed up with the British Royal Navy for simulated disasters. “We become so used to expecting the unexpected that when something did happen, it didn’t throw me off,” says Wall. “You have to be flexible, to be willing to react to everything around you.” When she arrived in Kathmandu this spring, her instructions were to relieve the first team of ShelterBox responders and conduct reconnaissance missions in remote rural areas with members of other aid agencies and The Queen’s Gurkha Engineers, a combination of British and Nepalese soldiers, and 18- to 30-year-old local Rotarians. It’s standard practice for ShelterBox to partner with other agencies to make sure they don’t duplicate services. The damage she saw was a shocking contrast to the serene natural beauty of the country, Wall says. “There were pockets of devastation in Kathmandu, but the full extent of damage and need wasn’t apparent until I traveled into remote areas,” she says. “The route to these locations required a steel will and stomach. From village to village, the destruction was widespread, and all along

Opposite: With a tent and basic supplies, families like this one in Phataksila begin to rebuild their lives. Below: A ShelterBox response team member and a member of the Queen’s Gurkhas work to set up a logistics hub for distributing shelter kits to victims in remote areas; American volunteer Carrie Wall with a Nepalese woman.

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“The volunteers come from all ages, all walks of life, and they are some of the most selfless and generous people you’ve ever met in your life.” the road, there were piles of debris from recent landslides.” But at every step of the way, she was amazed by the people’s resilience. “People have lost family members, a home, livelihood, but they’re figured out what they have to do with what they have,” Wall says. “We were there to help them, but they’ve already started helping themselves.” Monroe says he’s been equally inspired by how the human spirit can transcend catastrophe. He recalls that when a team responded to flooding in Taiwan, a man they called Mr. Tien brought fresh fruit for the ShelterBox volunteers’ breakfast every day and accompanied them to community after community to translate and help assess need. One day, as they passed a pile of rocks close to a large river, Tien pointed

to the slag heap and told Monroe, “That used to be where I parked my car.” Monroe realized that his indefatigable helpmate had probably lost his home, too, and he immediately offered him a ShelterBox. Tien declined. “He said, ‘I want to make sure that everyone else in this town who needs it gets a ShelterBox before I do,’” Monroe says. “There’s this preconception many have that the people we go to assist are helpless. But the first people involved in human response are those directly affected. Watching them come together and rebuild communities is incredibly inspiring.” Monroe eventually persuaded the reluctant Tien to accept a tent. Tien then asked if he could borrow Monroe’s cell phone. He wanted to call his elderly mother, whom he had carried out to

safety moments before their home was submerged and who was now living with a sister. As Monroe watched, Tien broke down and sobbed to his mother that she could come home now. “It’s not just a box with stuff in it,” says Monroe. “It brings families together. It gives them hope. It gives them dignity while they rebuild.” Wall agrees. And, she adds, “It’s not completely altruistic. I get as much out of it as the beneficiaries. People are people. Obviously, we have our differences—culture, language—but I never know when I’m going to be in need of help.” But she does know when she can help next; she’s busy building up her vacation time at work. She just started a new job the day after she returned from Nepal, so it will be a while, probably sometime in 2016. But as soon as those two weeks open up, Wall knows exactly what she’ll do: Put her name down for another ShelterBox mission.

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Want to help? You can donate at shelterboxusa. org/donate or make a one-time $10 donation by texting SHELTER to 20222. To explore volunteer opportunities, go to shelterboxusa.org/volunteer.

From top: Response team member Toby Claridge shares a road and friendship with a Nepalese boy; a villager in Pipladanda inside his new tent. Opposite: A woman holding a shelter kit.

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It Up! SARASOTA BALLET DANCERS TAKE BLACK-TIE DRESSING TO DAZZLING NEW HEIGHTS. PHOTOGRAPHY BY MATTHEW HOLLER

Hugo Boss jacket, $695, Canali shirt, $335, Canali leather belt, $260, all from The Met Fashion House; H&M men’s trousers, $34.95, and H&M shoes, $29.99.


Monique Lhuillier dress, $5,495, Saks Fifth Avenue; 18K white gold tanzanite slice earrings with 2.05ctw. diamonds, $9,980, McCarver & Moser.


SARASOTA BALLET DANCERS, fresh off their recent debut performances at the prestigious Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in Massachusetts, are ready to move into their 25th anniversary season in style, whether in these fashions or costumes appropriate to works by Balanchine, Ashton or the company’s own resident choreographer, Ricardo Graziano. The nonprofit company’s season begins Oct. 23-25 and continues through April. To learn more: sarasotaballet.org. Haute Hippie Fringe Flapper dress, $795, The Met Fashion House; baroque freshwater pearl necklace in 14K white gold, $3,100, South Sea pearl necklace in 14K white gold, $5,575, earrings, 18K white gold with freshwater pearl and 0.54ctw. diamonds, $3,150, all from McCarver & Moser.


Zang Toi couture silk gown with appliquĂŠd French leather cap sleeves and 25th anniversary silver orchid buttons, $18,000 from Saks Fifth Avenue; earrings, $58, from L. Boutique.


STYLIST: JACKIE ROGERS. HAIR: FREDERIQUE MCCRARY. MAKE-UP: KATIE SAUNDERS. PHOTOGRAPHER ASSISTANT: EDUARDO CORREA. BALLET DANCERS: ELLEN OVERSTREET, DANIELLE BROWN, RICKY RHODES.

Haute Hippie dress with ostrich feathers, $895, The Met Fashion House; chandelier earrings, $88, L. Boutique; Canali denim, $340, Etro studded leather belt, $530, both from The Met Fashion House; H&M T-shirt, $9.99, H&M fedora, $12.99; Forever 21 men’s sneakers, $17.90.


Monique Lhuillier dress, $7,495, from Saks Fifth Avenue, black and violet crystal earrings, $225, June Simmons, Inside the Met.


THEY

INSPIRE

US The indefatigable givers who stirred our spirits and touched our hearts this year.

THE MINOR FAMILY >>

HARVEST TABERNACLE CHURCH PASTORS Jim and Peggy Minor and their five

children, now ages 38 to 29, have worked tirelessly—and mostly under the radar—for more than two decades to end the cycle of addiction and homelessness. Through their Harvest House Transitional Centers, they’ve quietly purchased and rehabbed 340 dilapidated apartments in some of north Sarasota’s toughest neighborhoods, where they operate residential substance abuse centers and provide both transitional and permanent affordable housing along with case management. But everything changed for the Minors when Dr. Robert Marbut shone a spotlight on Sarasota’s homeless in his 2013 report to city and county officials and then turned to the Minors to establish an emergency shelter for homeless families. With a quickly assembled team of new collaborators, including funding from the Gulf Coast Community Foundation, they opened the eight-unit Harvest House Family Haven in October. Now they’ve won recognition and respect for their key role in a new consortium of more than a dozen nonprofit partners, including the Salvation Army, First Step, the Sarasota Department of Justice and U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs. “Harvest House was just going about our work when Dr. Marbut found us,” says executive director Erin Minor. “He was excited about the way we’re reaching people and revitalizing neighborhoods. He said this is the model every service agency should take.” Erin’s parents, Jim and Peggy, originally from rural Pennsylvania, moved the family to Sarasota and to the then-tiny Harvest Tabernacle Church in 1984 from Miami, where 62 SARASOTA MAGAZINE | GUIDE TO GIVING 2015


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Jim had been an associate pastor. “Their heart and mission was to serve, and their first outreach to the community was a small food bank,” says Erin Minor. That exposed them to the problems of addiction and employability skills in Sarasota. They founded Harvest House Transitional Centers as a subsidiary of the church in 1992. All five siblings have worked for Harvest House at least parttime until the beginning of this year, when Erin’s youngest brother moved to New York to work for the Clinton Foundation. The church and transitional centers altogether employ more than 26 people. “As kids we used to pick up homeless people with our dad and bring them to church. But growing up, we [agreed] that we wouldn’t work for the church. It didn’t look fun, it was a lot of work, people didn’t look happy,” says Erin. But as with her brothers and sisters, social service turned out to be in her blood. While she started college to pursue an arts degree, Minor ended up earning her bachelor’s degree in psychology and became a state-certified addictions and mental health professional. “For me, it was a spiritual calling to take what I’d learned formally in school and in my own life struggles,” she says. “This opportunity [to work at Harvest House] was at my front door. How could I turn them away?” Working together as a family has its challenges—and joys, says Jim Minor. “We expect each other to work 24/7 to get the job done even when we’re exhausted. When I call my daughter at midnight to talk about an idea, she may be mad for the moment, but then she is excited to take on another one of dad’s crazy ideas and run with it. We’ve created a family environment at work, too. Our employees share their ideas and dream along with us.” Every Sunday after church the entire Minor family, including eight grandchildren and assorted nieces and nephews, assembles at Jim and Peggy’s house for dinner. “That’s our sacred time,” says

Erin. “If you’re a Minor and if you don’t show up for family dinner, you’re in trouble!” “After we eat it’s time for discussion, and the topics range from politics to current events to decisions of local leaders,” says Jim Minor. “We leave with either friendly feelings toward one another or the contrary, but we are family and family we will stay, and that is my greatest joy.” Harvest Tabernacle has occupied three buildings on Lime Avenue for 20 years. That property is now for sale, and the Minors have purchased a five-acre lot on 17th Street and Beneva Road where they will be building a new church. Nearly two years ago, the Minors purchased the Angers’ Deli sandwich shop on Lime Avenue. They’ve hired clients of their social-service programs to staff it, and all the proceeds fund their international outreach: a Bible college in the Philippines, an orphanage in the Dominican Republic and a mission outreach in Mozambique. Harvest House has worked with the Community Foundation of Sarasota County and Lee Wetherington Foundation to launch a capital campaign, Turn the Lights On, for its newest project, Family Village. They purchased an 18-unit complex at MLK Jr. Boulevard and Tuttle Avenue to provide permanent housing for 18 chronically homeless families, with some being earmarked for U.S. military veteran families. The capital campaign to renovate the units has met two-thirds of its $600,000 goal. Homelessness is a complex issue that demands complex solutions, but Minor says one simple belief informs all their efforts and has been key to their success: “We follow the Biblical instruction that love never fails. No one is excluded from the services or from the respect that they deserve. Regardless of an individual’s beliefs, all are welcome.”—ILENE DENTON

KEITH MONDA >> AFTER A HIGH-PROFILE CAREER that culmi-

and his wife, Linda, founded Kids SWIM with

summertime, food is significantly less avail-

nated with serving as president and COO of

Gulf Coast Community Foundation, which

able.” The campaign has received donations of

Coach, Keith Monda says he felt obliged to

provides swimming lessons that double as

$1.2 million and more than 900,000 pounds of

devote the rest of his life to service. That

confidence-building experiences. Partnered

food in each of its two years in existence.

decision has already affected many thou-

with the YMCA, Sarasota County Schools and

sands of children right here in Sarasota—and

more, the program changed the lives of 2,000

for Feeding America and 2 Degrees Food,

around the world.

children this year alone.

which sells nutritional bars that have funded

Despite Sarasota’s many beaches, swim-

The Mondas also helped establish the

Monda is also a leader and board member

more than 1 million meals to children in need.

ming pools and waterways, many local

Campaign against Summer Hunger, which dis-

children—especially poor ones—never learn

tributes meals and snacks during summer

a terrific community knowing that there are

to swim, and some are terrified of the water.

vacations through local agencies like All Faiths

kids almost within walking distance from my

“My belief is, if a young child can overcome

Food Bank and Sarasota County public libraries.

house that don’t know where their next meal

that fear, it helps make them feel like they

“Fifty percent of kids in Sarasota County are

is coming from?” Monda asks. “That’s unac-

can do anything they want,” says Monda. He

on free or reduced lunch,” says Monda. “In the

ceptable to me.”—HANNAH WALLACE

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ARIANE DART “I DON’T LIKE NOT HAVING SOMETHING to

father-in-law supported STEM before it was

married, she joined the foundation board and

work on,” says Ariane Dart. Talk about an

fashionable,” she says. Unlike his father, he

began reviewing grant applications, often

understatement. In addition to her busy life

was able to go to college, “and that changed

visiting recipients around the country.

as a wife and mother to two young children

everything,” she says, not only for him but

and two older stepchildren, the composed,

for the company. “The biggest impact we can

the Children’s Rainforest Garden at Selby

elegant Dart is the intensely focused center

have on anyone in the world is to give them

Gardens, bought computers for underprivi-

of a whirlwind of philanthropic activities. She

an education,” she says.

leged children and helped build facilities at

serves on the board of the Dart Container

Dart was directing sales and marketing for

Locally, the foundation has helped create

Sarasota Memorial, Forty Carrots Family

Company’s family foundation, which has given

her family’s plastic manufacturing company

more than $100 million to support youth edu-

when she met Bob Dart on a business trip

Center, Out-of-Door Academy and more.

cation, scientific research, hospitals and more

in London. With their similar backgrounds,

lives and families has been profoundly re-

in 100 communities around the world. “My

the two felt an instant affinity. After they

warding, Dart says.

Seeing how those grants affect individual

But she’s equally passionate about creating successful fund-raising events. At her Caribbean vacation home, she hosts an annual garden party that raises funds for local artists. And in Sarasota, she spends

Ariane Dart

some 200 hours every year pouring her creativity—and near-obsession with details— into Forty Carrots’ Firefly Gala. Six years ago, searching for a concept that would excite the younger crowd, she came up with the idea of featuring pop stars—among them Pat Benatar, Blondie, and, last spring, Bret Michaels. Convinced that “every element is critical,” she works without a party planner and has been seen, in her evening gown and stilettos, rearranging the chairs in front of the stage shortly before the band appears. “I love building a product,” she says, “and then I want to see it grow.” And that Firefly has, becoming one of the town’s signature events and to date raising some $2 million.—PAM DANIEL

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CAROL & BARNEY BARNETT or income level, come to Sarasota to enjoy sunsets over the Gulf, a wealth of watersports, and fishing in inland and offshore waters. That was certainly true for Publix chairwoman Carol Jenkins Barnett and her husband—and Publix’s vice chairman—Hoyt “Barney” Barnett when they decided to establish a part-time home here years ago. The couple, who both grew up in Florida and graduated from Florida Southern College, are avid fishermen. Once they were here, they soon discovered Mote Marine Laboratory and became enthusiastic supporters of its programs and research initiatives. Although they avoid the spotlight, Barney and Carol (who was named to Forbes’ 2015 list of the world’s billionaires), have long been committed philanthropists. They’ve given both personally and corporately to myriad programs that improve the lives of Florida’s children. Carol is president of Publix Super Market Charities, which gives $25 million a year to support causes such as education and the homeless. This year the couple extended their support to our local waterways as well, with a $3 million lead grant to a Mote program that will help protect and restore Sarasota Bay fisheries. They’ve challenged the community to contribute another $3 million to complete the program’s funding. “They were very strategic [in choosing to support this initiative],” says Mote’s CEO, Dr. Michael Crosby. “They’re working very, very closely with us, challenging the rest of our community to step up. It’s one thing for [donors] to generate money—it’s good, we need it—but when people commit their time, that’s equally as important. The Barnetts are in this heart and soul.”— VISITORS AND RESIDENTS, NO MATTER THEIR BACKGROUND

HARRY LEOPOLD RETIRED INVESTMENT BANKER Harry Leopold began his giving ways in Sarasota with the Sarasota Opera, and he remains a huge fan of the arts, saying “Without contributions, ticket prices would be twice as much, and likely none of our arts organizations would exist.” But he’s reached beyond his support of the opera, orchestra and other cultural groups to include human services; and this past year he initiated, with USF Sarasota-Manatee, the Joy of Giving series, to spread the word about the pleasures of philanthropy. The series, which attracted large audiences, included five notable lecturers and inspired many of those attending to form giving circles that will continue to benefit the community. Why does giving lead to such joy? “I don’t have a clue,” Leopold says with a chuckle. “I just know leading a philanthropic life is wonderful.” He’s working on a similar series for the coming season.—KAY KIPLING

MEGAN MCDONALD

JOE & MARY KAY HENSON WHEN GREENWICH, CONN., TRANSPLANTS Joe

Four years later, 350 Eagle Academy stu-

and Mary Kay Henson learned that 52 percent

dents at Alta Vista now go to school year-

of Sarasota County’s school-age children live

round. The Hensons fund their teachers and a

At the Eagle Academy’s start, just 49 per-

in poverty—70 percent of students in 12 el-

full-time, Spanish-speaking social worker who

cent of Alta Vista third graders earned the

ementary schools alone—they decided to “get up off the couch,” says Mary Kay, and do something about it. They contacted Alta Vista Elementary principal Dr. Barbara Shirley with their idea to fund the pilot Eagle Academy, a pre-K to third-grade summer program to help prevent the “summer slide.” (The Community

“Now the sign in front of Alta Vista says, ‘A Community School,’” Henson says.

standard FCAT score. Last June, 73 percent

“We’re thrilled for the kids; it gives them a shot at life.”

Foundation of Sarasota is now a 50-50 fund-

did. “We’re thrilled for the kids; it gives them a shot at life,” says Henson. “It’s a model that clearly works.” The couple has persuaded the school board to expand the Eagle Academy to Gocio, Tuttle and Emma E. Booker elementary schools next summer. And now Mary Kay is turning her

ing partner.)

eagle-eyed focus on developmental programs

“We were concerned,” says Joe Henson, a

helps their families navigate social service

for children from birth to three years old. “The

retired tech entrepreneur and venture capital-

agencies. Based on the “two-generation” ap-

climate is right; there’s so much national at-

ist. “What do the kids do after they get out of

proach the Community Foundation advocates,

tention on poverty,” she says. “What I tell peo-

class? They’re not going away to camp or en-

Academy parents are required to attend

ple is, pick a piece of it. We all have to work

gaged in enriching activity, they’re out on the

weekly budgeting, nutrition and child develop-

on this. What’s your passion?”—ILENE DENTON

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RUTHIE MAASS STEP INTO THE MEDIA CENTER AT EMMA E. BOOKER ELEMENTARY and you’re likely to see dozens of students, each one paired with an adult volunteer (called Rockin’ Readers) poring over books, asking questions and as happily engaged as if they were enjoying midmorning bedtime stories.

The school’s reading program started out as a one-woman operation. Ruthie Maass,

a longtime kindergarten teacher who retired 15 years ago to spend more time with her grandchildren, began volunteering as a reading tutor in Sarasota schools. “I came to discover there are schools that have volunteers tripping over each other, and then there are schools that are a little off the radar,” she says. Booker third graders were receiving tutoring if they struggled with the FCAT, but Maass, a specialist in early childhood education, knew literacy efforts needed to start earlier.

“I didn’t have one volunteer at the time,” Maass remembers. Nevertheless, she says,

“I made it my personal goal that each [kindergarten] student would have a Rockin’ Reader, to build vocabulary, comprehension, to create a positive experience with books—and a byproduct of that is a kind of mentoring.”

Now, not only does nearly every Booker kindergartner have his or her own Rockin’

Reader, but the program has extended into the first and second grades, too. Next year she’s pilot-testing a third-grade program. In all, Maass has recruited and oversees an army of more than 120 volunteers. “My husband teases that no one’s safe near me,” she says with a laugh. “I do get relentless.”—HANNAH WALLACE

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ALLISON DAVIS >> ALLISON DAVIS’ TWIN SISTER, SARAH, HAS DOWN SYNDROME, but that hasn’t stopped them from being tennis partners for nine years. When Allison witnessed her sister’s joy at even the smallest signs of progress during her tennis lessons, she vowed to help other people with Down syndrome learn to play. In May 2013, she collaborated with Riverview High coach Joan Bellissimo to create a program. Starting with three athletes and a few volunteer coaches, their efforts reached the attention of the national organization, Buddy Up Tennis. Last November the two organizations joined forces, and now Sarasota Buddy Up Tennis serves nearly 30 athletes. Davis, now 18 and leaving for college this fall, says the program has enriched her as much as anyone else. “I find myself carrying Sarah’s excitement into my tennis game,” she says. “And Buddy Up Tennis has changed the way I approach people and struggles in life, too.”— CHELSEY LUCAS

CHUCK & MARGERY BARANCIK THE BARANCIKS (seasonal Sarasota resi-

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DICK VITALE

FOR 10 YEARS NOW WE’VE BEEN BLOWN AWAY BY THE VOLCANIC ENERGY ESPN HALL OF FAME SPORTSCASTER DICK VITALE expends on the gala bearing his name and benefiting the V Foundation for

“It’s a crime that only 4 percent of every dollar raised for cancer research goes to pediatric cancer.”

Cancer Research. We’re also blown away by the amount he’s raised for pediatric cancer: a record $2.38 million at the most recent event, for a total of $15.1 million. Why? “I just love kids,” says Vitale. “And it’s a crime that only 4 percent of every dollar raised for cancer research goes to pediatric cancer. I have five healthy grandkids; I’ve been very blessed, and I hope that if it’s ever needed this research would be available

for them. To my last breath, I will plead, beg and use celebrityhood to get in front of the CEOs who make big decisions about giving. I get fired up on this.”—KAY KIPLING 70 SARASOTA MAGAZINE | GUIDE TO GIVING 2015

dents from the Chicago area) are famously averse to publicity, but it may be hard to keep their giving under wraps now that they’ve established Sarasota’s largest private family foundation, the Charles and Margery Barancik Foundation, Inc. The couple has given generously to philanthropic endeavors before, including to area arts groups, multiple sclerosis research, and notably, with a challenge grant offer of $200,000 to Season of Sharing that helped propel last season’s campaign to a recordsetting $2,018,678. Their new foundation is still in the early stages, but rumors swirl that it will open with significantly more than the $270-million-plus assets of the Gulf Coast Community Foundation—whose former CEO, Teri Hansen, has now signed on to head the Baranciks’ foundation. What will be their mission, and who will benefit? We can’t wait to find out.—KAY KIPLING


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for All YOU’RE NOT ENTITLED TO A LAWYER IN A CIVIL CASE, BUT LOSING ONE CAN WRECK YOUR LIFE. FOR THOSE WHO CAN’T AFFORD AN ATTORNEY, LEGAL AID OF MANASOTA OFFERS HELP—AND HOPE. B Y T O N Y D ’ S O U Z A

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N 2008, THE COLLAPSE OF THE HOUSING MARKET threw Patrick Tevere, 54, a single father and Sarasota tile layer, out of work. But losing his job, terrible as it seemed at the time, was only a prelude to the difficulties to come. By December 2013, Tevere had managed to find work again and was regaining his financial footing. Then his 17-year-old daughter, Caroline, began to complain about pain in her legs. Tevere took her for a medical check-up, and the dominoes quickly began to fall. “The pediatrician couldn’t find anything wrong, but they did blood work,” Tevere says. ”I was working at Lakewood Ranch as a subcontractor; two days later they called me and said, ‘You have to take her to the hospital now.’ I said, ‘I’m leaving in five minutes.’” Caroline was admitted to All Children’s Hospital John Hopkins in St. Petersburg with childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia, an aggressive blood and bone marrow cancer. Doctors began a regimen of what would turn into two years of chemotherapy, blood infusions, dialysis, and a number of hospital stays that each lasted more than a month. Caring for Caroline left Patrick with little time or energy to work. Just as during the recession, he began to fall behind on the mortgage payments on his home, which he had owned for more than 20 years. With his lender, Fannie Mae, threatening foreclosure and no money for a lawyer to help renegotiate terms, Tevere turned to Legal Aid of Manasota and volunteer attorney David Morrill. 76 SARASOTA MAGAZINE | GUIDE TO GIVING 2015


Legal Aid attorney David Morrill helped Patrick Tevere and his daughter; Caroline, keep their longtime family home.

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Legal Aid attorney David Morrill helped Patrick Tavares and his daughter Caroline keep their longtime family home.


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“Without Legal Aid, we would have been thrown out,” Tevere says. “Every lawyer wants a $1,500 or $2,000 retainer just to look at your case. In 2013, I made $25,000.” Unlike in criminal cases, Americans do not have a constitutional right to a lawyer in civil court. Yet the stakes for unrepresented individuals can be frighteningly high. They can lose their homes and custody of their children, or suffer the devastating financial consequences of a one-sided divorce settlement or an illness that leaves them unable to work. According to 2015’s “The Justice Gap,” a report by The American Lawyer, in foreclosure and eviction cases, landlords and lenders generally have legal counsel while low-income borrowers and tenants almost never do, and summary evictions are the result. But in those instances when the borrower or tenant does have counsel, the report notes, “Cases usually settle…[the] settlement often gives the tenant more time. A settlement also won’t leave an eviction judgment on the tenant’s record, which can harm credit, and prevent qualifying for public housing.” Like Patrick Tevere, some 63 million Americans qualify for no-cost civil legal aid, which is based on income. Yet overwhelmed and underfunded legal aid organizations across the country are able to serve only a fraction of those who seek their help. According to recent state studies, fewer than one in five of low-income people with legal problems is represented by an attorney. Locally, the small paid staff and volunteer attorneys at Legal Aid of Manasota have been offering pro bono legal work to lowincome residents of Sarasota and Manatee counties since 1991. Over the past two years, Legal Aid of Manasota has closed more than 3,000 cases, the majority having to do with housing or family law issues. In 2014, about 400 attorneys (there are 2,000 attorneys in Sarasota/Manatee) donated 6,502 hours of pro bono time— an estimated value of $1,300,400.

“We have young clients who have a baby and need child support, 80-yearolds who are facing foreclosure for the first time in their lives,” explains Linda Harradine, CEO of Legal Aid of Manasota, at the nonprofit’s Sarasota Main Street offices. “We have women in their 50s who have breast cancer and minor children, domestic violence victims who have nowhere else to turn. If you go into the courthouse and you don’t have an attorney, [the system] is stacked against you. The process intimidates you; you don’t know the rules. Even if you have a winning case but aren’t able to [articulate] it, the judge’s hands are tied. They can’t help, even if they want to.” Legal Aid of Manasota has three staff attorneys, an annual operating budget of $700,000, and satellite offices in Bradenton and Venice. About 400 local attorneys contribute their services every year. On any given day at the Sarasota office, two or three attorneys from the volunteer pool are scheduled to meet with four to eight clients each. Potential clients are prescreened for residency and income eligibility. Some don’t qualify because of case type—Legal Aid does not accept

“If you go into the courtroom and you don’t have an attorney, [the system] is stacked against you.” fee-generating cases, including personal injury or medical malpractice. A lack of funding, office space and volunteer attorneys means they can accept only about one out of every qualified five applicants. “We are in desperate need,” Harradine says. Legal aid organizations statewide have suffered since the recession, when lowered interest rates decimated a state-ordered fund paid to the Florida Bar Foundation for allocation to Florida’s 30 legal aid


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organizations. The 80 percent shortfall (from $44 million in 2007 to $7.7 million last year) has yet to be met by alternative funding sources or donations, and the state itself has not funded legal aid in four years. And although the Florida Supreme Court “highly recommends” that lawyers offer either 20 hours of pro bono work or donate $350 toward legal aid services every year, attorneys are not required to do so—and most don’t. Recognizing the growing crisis, Chief Justice Labarga of the Florida Supreme Court last year established the Commission on Access to Civil Justice to study and promote pro bono legal work. “Florida needs a coordinated effort to ensure access to justice in Florida is not limited to those who can afford it,”

her schedule—to handle the case. Some of their volunteers are practicing private attorneys; some are retired attorneys who have developed expertise in eviction and housing cases. “There are no private attorneys handling [eviction and housing] cases, because there is no money in it,” Fields says. Among those retired attorneys is Gary Parker. During his long career in Detroit, Parker was on retainer with various insurance companies, often handling slipand-fall cases and malpractice lawsuits. Since 2009, Parker has been volunteering at Legal Aid; he specializes in clients with cancer, who can face loss of income and even homelessness along with disputes with insurance companies, creditors and Social Security.

“If you solve these people’s [legal] problems, they’ll be able to contribute to society, have a stable life.” Labarga wrote. And he pointed out that since the recession, “[it] is also a problem for the middle class, many of whom do not qualify for legal aid and cannot afford to hire a lawyer.” The resulting costs to individual lives— and to society—are high, says attorney Pamela Fields, Legal Aid of Manasota’s pro bono coordinator. “A lot of people in low to moderate income levels are in desperate need [of legal assistance],” Fields says. “If you solve these people’s [legal] problems, they’ll be able to contribute to society, have a stable life. The cases we take affect people’s dayto-day lives; it’s custody, housing, basic life issues. [Our attorneys] help families stabilize. It’s not frivolous stuff.” Once a client has been accepted, Legal Aid staff goes through their list of volunteers to find an attorney with the appropriate expertise—and time on his or 80 SARASOTA MAGAZINE | GUIDE TO GIVING 2015

“I see it a lot; someone is making $100,000 a year—suddenly they are going through cancer treatment, they have ‘chemo brain,’ their ability to remember [is affected], their reasoning ability, they lose the ability to work. I make sure my client understands everything that is happening,” he says. Parker saw so many cancer patients with civil legal problems that he began the Carolyn S. Smithers Advocacy Program at Legal Aid, named after his first cancer patient client. “If cancer patients can give me a stage 4 diagnosis,” Parker explains, “I can file their application with the local Social Security office and get them benefits in three or four weeks. Private [attorneys] don’t take those cases because there’s nothing in it for them.” At a ceremony at the Judge Lynn N. Silvertooth Judicial Center in downtown Sarasota last June, Legal Aid of Manasota

issued its annual Pro Bono Service Awards to more than 50 area lawyers who had donated at least 20 hours of free work. Among those honored were such local legal heavyweights as Morgan Bentley—in the news last year for his role in a highprofile $20 million suit that involved the developers Culverhouse, Rodriguez and Benderson—who donated more than 100 hours; Thomas Icard Jr.; and Andrew Boyer, who took home the Judge Robert B. Bennett Pro Bono Excellence Award. “No judge wants to see somebody come before them with a defensible case and no lawyer,” said Judge Lee Haworth, emcee of the event, at the reception afterward. “I’ve seen people with drop-dead good defenses, but they didn’t have lawyers. The banks get judgments against them that if they had had lawyers, they could have resisted and saved their homes. Every lawyer in Florida takes an oath that says lawyers have a duty to represent the defenseless and oppressed without regards to getting paid. Without this [pro bono] help, we’d have more people in our community struggling in our courts.” Among those honored that evening was David Morrill, the Legal Aid lawyer who helped Patrick and Caroline Tevere stay in their home during Caroline’s fight with leukemia. Originally from Sturgis, S.D., Morrill, 83, spent three decades with the Black Hills Corporation—an electric utility and oil and gas producer—before retiring to Sarasota. For the past 12 years, he’s volunteered for Legal Aid. His desire to volunteer comes, he says, in part from the example of his father, an idealistic family practice attorney. His award from Legal Aid follows his 2013 “Lightning Community Hero Award,” a program founded by Tampa Bay Lightning hockey team owner Jeff Vinik to recognize individuals making a difference in the greater Tampa Bay area. At the “Lightning Community Hero Award” ceremony, Vinik handed Morrill a check for $50,000. Morrill immediately donated the money to Legal Aid of


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Manasota. The funds helped fill the budget shortfall that year and allowed the organization to move to its current, expanded Main Street office. Morrill visited the Lightning bench that night, was given a jersey bearing the number 18—the playing number of his grandson, who died in a freak football accident—and watched the game from a premium club box. “You could bring guests,” the affable Morrill recalls with a grin during an interview at his office. “I had about every Legal Aid person I could find.” Reflecting on his work to help Patrick Tevere stave off foreclosure, Morrill says, “It was a terrible thing. Patrick wasn’t able to do any work—his daughter was in intensive treatment. The recession really knocked guys like him out of jobs. I’ve done over 100 Legal Aid foreclosure defenses. The dream is that you get the client a mortgage modification where they can keep the house. You never beat a mortgage, but you can get a good modification. I work on these [Legal Aid] cases as hard as when I was getting paid.” In May, Caroline Tevere attended her graduation from Sarasota High in her wheelchair. She’s in the third “maintenance” phase of chemotherapy and her prognosis is hopeful. Still, she needs her father’s ongoing care and rigorous medical attention, including a monthly lumbar puncture and twice weekly physical therapy treatments to help mitigate the side effects of chemotherapy on her legs. “My daughter is my million bucks,” says Patrick Tevere from the home David Morrill and Legal Aid of Manasota fought to help him stay in. “Once she can start fending for herself, I can go back to work. I can’t thank David Morrill enough. I wish there was something I could do for him.” For more information about the services Legal Aid of Manasota provides, or to find out about donating your time or money to assist the organization’s clients, visit legalaidofmanasota.org.


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HOPE

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All Children’s hospitAl FoundAtion

All we do. All for kids.

Kids should be able to be Kids. But sometimes illness or injury occurs that requires expert care. Thankfully All Children’s Hospital, a member of Johns Hopkins Medicine located in St. Petersburg, is nearby to provide that expert care to children in need, regardless of ability to pay. All Children’s is the most advanced children’s hospital on Florida’s west coast and a US News & World Report Best Children’s Hospital. With more than 50 pediatric specialties and 259 beds, All Children’s is dedicated to advancing children’s health through treatment, research, education and advocacy. All Children’s is transforming the future of pediatric medicine through its state-of-the-art facility, an innovative research infrastructure for discovering new treatments and cures and an education model that reinvents how physicians are trained. It pushes medicine’s future to create a better future for children. Generous support from individual and corporate donors makes all of this possible. When you support the hospital through All Children’s Hospital Foundation, you make a difference in the lives of kids in Sarasota and beyond. You help give all children a chance to reach the very best outcome—to feel better and get back to being kids!

MISSION

to support the mission and vision of All Children’s hospital by channeling compassion into philanthropic action on behalf of all children and their families.

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All FAiths Food BAnk

Join a community united against hunger. It Isn’t every day that you can change a life. But today you can—by helping All Faiths Food Bank provide food and a future for children and families in the community. By making a donation, you can help assure that all children go to school healthy and ready to learn. You can bring courage to a family in crisis and comfort to a veteran who feels forgotten. Become part of something meaningful and life-changing by supporting All Faiths Food Bank. All Faiths’ vision is no hungry people in our community. Food is the beginning, the first step in a holistic response to meeting the needs of hungry neighbors and helping them move toward independence. All Faiths’ programs help stabilize families, keep them in their homes, manage their health, and move them toward self-sufficiency. With your support, All Faiths Food Bank can meet the growing demand for food, provide more fresh fruit and vegetables to clients, and educate people of all ages about the benefits of healthy food choices. Contact All Faiths today to make a donation, learn about becoming a program or event sponsor, host a food and fund drive, or to volunteer.

MISSION

leading the community to end hunger.

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EastEr sEals southwEst Florida

Helping abilities shine.

EastEr sEals Southwest Florida began in 1946 as Happiness House, offering hope to children with disabilities and their families in the SarasotaManatee community. For the past 69 years, the services have changed and evolved in many ways, largely driven by the expansion of services to meet the needs of the local population. Easter Seals’ work began within the pediatric population and remains a significant part of its services, but today’s ESSWFL includes an alternative high school program as well as an adult program (ages 22 to 87 and counting)—serving the entire lifespan. While the age of the population served has also varied over the years, one core aspect has remained the same: to help individuals with developmental disabilities and their families achieve the greatest level of independence. Caring intervention and services are provided to people who, for the most part, endured hard times early in life through a diagnosis of autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, spina bifida, developmental delays, and intellectual disabilities. For some, it’s an acquired disability. In either case, Easter Seals’ services allow each individual to achieve his or her full potential while enriching their lives along the way.

MISSION

Providing exceptional services for persons with disabilities and their families across a lifetime by empowering individuals to live their lives to the fullest.

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350 Braden Ave. Sarasota, FL 34243 (941) 355-7637 easterseals-swfl.org

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GOODWILL MANASOTA

Seeing the whole person. July 2015 marked the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, also known as the ADA, a turning point for improving the treatment, education and employment options for those with disabilities. Goodwill Manasota is proud to employ people in the community who identify with having a barrier to self-sufficiency. In fact, in 2015, 12 percent of Goodwill’s local workforce—approximately 900 Goodwill Manasota Team Members— has a significant disability. These employees are part of Goodwill Manasota’s Supported JobsPlus (SJP) program, which helps them become independent and earn a paycheck. Ten years ago, Leonzo Gonzalez became blind after being hit by a drunk driver. He had to relearn everything— most importantly, how to continue supporting his wife and two children. Goodwill hired Leonzo three years ago and he has been one of the most dedicated and valued employees since his first day. The goal of Goodwill’s SJP Program is to employ people with disabilities and support them as they embark on their journey to become an involved and independent member of their community. With the belief that there is always more to do, and always a way to improve, Goodwill continues changing lives through the power of work.

MISSION

Changing lives through the power of work.

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Placed 680

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veterans and their

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from local

16,000 people.

landfills. CORPORATE CAMPUS 2705 51st Ave. E. Bradenton, FL 34203 experiencegoodwill.org

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The Jewish FederaTion oF sarasoTa-ManaTee

Enhancing lives.

The Jewish FederaTion fulfills its mission by supporting programs that assist people in need in Sarasota-Manatee, in Israel and around the world. Programs include providing food for the hungry, rescue and relief efforts for isolated Jews in distressed regions, and supporting innovative educational outreach initiatives. The Federation creates a sense of community for thousands of area residents through programs aimed at strengthening the relationship between the Sarasota-Manatee Jewish community and the broader society of which it is a part. Through its various community partners, the Federation provides a wide range of cultural and educational opportunities. Most importantly, it changes lives. The Federation distributes grants for children to attend summer camp, disburses thousands of dollars in college scholarships and provides life-sustaining food for homebound seniors in the former Soviet Union and Ukraine. Your support makes these, and so many other programs, possible.

MISSION

To save Jewish lives and enhance Jewish life in sarasota-Manatee, in israel and around the world.

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Klingenstein Jewish Center 580 McIntosh Road Sarasota, FL 34232 (941) 371-4546 jfedsrq.org

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New College of florida

Life-changing opportunities

James Joyce walked the streets of Dublin, as did the characters in his stories. And for a week, two New College students followed in their footsteps. Students Andrew Schlag and Eliza Fixler were the college’s inaugural James Joyce Scholars, supported by a foundation created by Sarasota residents Tom and Maureen Steiner. The Steiners have taken high school students to Ireland for years and wanted to expand their program. “Our dream was always to bring this to the college level, and we’re delighted to begin it with you,” Maureen told the students. The Steiners’ friend Kevin O’Halloran, a Dubliner and part-time Sarasotan, gave the students a whirlwind tour of Irish literature, focusing on Yeats and Joyce. They stayed at Trinity College and retraced Joyce’s steps, from the archives at the writer’s first school to his college, to the tower where he briefly lived. They visited Joyce museums and participated in the annual “Bloomsday” festival, where Dubliners citywide recite portions of Joyce’s masterpiece, Ulysses. Schlag is now researching Joyce for his senior thesis. The Steiners’ program made Joyce more real and “revitalized my desire to write on his works,” he says. Through thoughtful philanthropy, New College of Florida provides its students with lifechanging opportunities.

MISSION

New College offers a distinctive academic program which develops the student’s intellectual and personal potential and fosters the individual’s effective relationship with society.

A topnotch

A real college

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NEW COLLEGE FOUNDATION 5800 Bay Shore Road Sarasota, FL 34243 (941) 487-4800 ncf.edu

Reserve.

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SaraSota Family ymCa

Celebrating 70 years of strengthening the Sarasota community. Meet Coy. Coy was first introduced to the YMCA through his grandmother, a foster parent of more than 50 years. He was able to see firsthand the positive effect the Y has on young children. “I can remember being 16 years old and religiously giving a portion of my paycheck to United Way, so that it could go to the YMCA,” Coy says. “Because I knew from personal experience what the YMCA does for young children, I wanted to do all I could at the time to make sure I could help.” Later, Coy was introduced to the YMCA Achievers, a program that provides career preparation to youth with a focus on college advancement. He took college tours, self-development and career workshops. Coy was given a mentor, Mitchell, through the YMCA Mentor program. Mitchell gave him something invaluable—a best friend. They met regularly to talk about life and set goals. “I wouldn’t be a senior at the University of South Florida right now without the support from the YMCA,” says Coy. At 20 years old, Coy devotes his time to helping others. His journey is proof that YMCA volunteers and donors truly change lives.

MISSION

to build strong kids, strong families, strong communities.

Youth

Healthy Living:

Social Responsibility:

Services:

Serves over

Development:

Improving the

Giving back and

Safe Children

50,000 families

Nurturing the

community’s health

providing support

Coalition, Triad

annually. Awards

potential of every

and well-being, the

to neighbors by

Alternative

over $500,000

child and teen

Y brings families

responding to the

Schools, HIPPY,

in scholarships

through programs

closer together,

community’s most

Y-Mentors,

and financial

such as camps,

encourages good

critical social needs

Y-Achievers,

assistance

youth sports,

health and fosters

for the past 70 years

Schoolhouse Link, annually.

gymnastics,

connections

through a wide

counseling and

Sharks swim

through fitness,

number of programs.

Youth Shelter.

team, child care

sports, fun and

and Child Watch.

shared interests.

METRO OFFICE One S. School Ave., Suite 301 Sarasota, FL 34237 (941) 951-2916 sarasotaymca.org

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St. Martha CatholiC SChool

Strength in faith, excellence in knowledge, character in service. St. Martha CatholiC SChool is a Catholic Christian community that strives to integrate, in the lives of its students, the message of Jesus. St. Marthaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s philosophy is based on the belief that home and school are partners responsible for creating an environment for the child that nurtures his/her spiritual, physical, psychological, social and intellectual growth to his/her fullest potential. St. Martha Catholic School strives to provide a curriculum that gives opportunity for growth in the studentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s relationship with Jesus, while building confidence in academic disciplines, basic skills, aesthetic appreciation and physical development. The school seeks to enable the children to construct a realistic framework for living; accept their limitations; develop their capabilities; develop a just and loving moral code; and develop a mind that inquires and seeks truth and knowledge. The faculty recognizes that Catholic faith is not merely taught from books, but is more realistically inspired by the teachers who strive to provide a model for Catholic living. It is through the generous support of so many volunteers and donors that St. Martha is able to provide the highest-quality Catholic education, where students develop their strength in faith, excellence in knowledge, and character in service.

MISSION

to provide each student with diverse opportunities that develop strength in faith, and excellence in knowledge and learning.

Accredited by the

Grades 2

Member of the

Resource/

Fund-raising

Florida Catholic

through 8 take

Florida Gulf

intervention

activities include

Conference and

the nationally

Coast Athletic

program, licensed

the Zazarino

the National

standardized

Conference and

RN, chaplain,

Center campaign,

Council for

Iowa Test of Basic

competitive

Association of

Interactive Dinner,

Private School

Skills, regularly

sports teams for

Student Leaders,

Annual Fund, Golf

Accreditation;

scoring above

those in 6 through

Christian Service

Tournament and

designated Blue

national averages.

8 grades.

Program, National

Crawfish Festival.

Ribbon School of

Junior Honor

Excellence.

Society, KNN News Production

CAMPUS 4380 Fruitville Road Sarasota, FL 34232 (941) 953-4181 stmarthaschool.net

and more.

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BIG CAT HABITAT AND GULF COAST SANCTUARY

Love, respect and sanctuary for life.

Big Cat HaBitat and gulf Coast sanCtuary is a nonprofit organization in Sarasota dedicated to providing a safe and permanent home to many endangered big cat species and a variety of other exotic animals that have been surrendered or confiscated from their original owners who could no longer properly care for them. Along with its commitment to provide these beautiful creatures a loving home for life, the sanctuary’s mission embodies educating people and organizations about species and habitat conservation in a concentrated effort to ensure the survival of these magnificent beings for future generations. As the Sanctuary staff would remind us, extinction is forever.

MISSION To provide a permanent home to big cats and other endangered animals, and to educate the public on the importance of habitat preservation for all wild animals.

7101 Palmer Blvd. Sarasota, FL 34240 (941) 371-6377 bigcathabitat.org

Children First

Inspiring potential.

Each day, thousands of children living in Sarasota County wake up with uncertain futures due to poverty. For many, such essential needs as proper nutrition, basic health care and a warm, nurturing environment in which to learn and grow while their parents work are luxuries their families cannot afford. Fortunately, Children First is there to help. Rated one of the nation’s top 10 Head Start providers, Children First offers full-day preschool, infant and toddler care, nutritious meals and developmental health care screenings for children ages birth to 5 years old from low-income families. The agency also offers goal-setting, parenting classes, career training and other forms of assistance for families. All help the children and families served to be better prepared to succeed in school, work and life.

MISSION strengthening children and families by improving the quality of their lives through a comprehensive approach to development, education, health and well-being.

1723 N. Orange Ave. Sarasota, FL 34234 (941) 953-3877 childrenfirst.net

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The CirCus ArTs ConservATory

Enrichment, education, entertainment. The CirCus ArTs ConservATory’s extraordinary mission underscores its commitment to sharing the enrichment, education and entertainment that circus arts provide. The Sailor Circus Academy, America’s longest-running youth circus, is an athletic performing arts training program. Participating students develop life-management skills, gain self-discipline and bolster confidence all while learning the circus arts. The Humor Therapy Program— “Humor with a serious purpose”—uses the age-old art of clowning to bring joy and memory stimulation into care facilities to enhance the residents’ quality of life. The Humor Therapy Program impacts the lives of its participants, their family members and the care staff as well. Additionally, thanks to the education program’s teaching artists, thousands of area students have learned to succeed in math, science and language arts through a unique, arts-integrated curriculum that meets academic state standards.

MISSION To educate students using innovative learning programs; improve the quality of life for individuals in care facilities; advance the legacy and heritage of the circus arts. 2075 Bahia Vista St. Sarasota, FL 34239 (941) 355-9335 circusarts.org

Designing Women Boutique

Celebrating 13 years of giving back to Sarasota. Designing Women has given grants and gifts of merchandise to more than 72 worthy local causes totaling $1.75 million over the past 13 years. Through its boutique sales of high-end fashion, furniture and interior design items, along with a full program of fund-raising social events and prestigious concierge estate liquidation and downsizing services, DWB is “where fashion meets philanthropy.” The charity has a stellar reputation for carrying international brands such as Prada, Chanel and St. John. Consigned and donated from fashionable local closets, all merchandise can be found in the boutique at well below regular prices. An eclectic collection of eveningwear is always available, ready for the busy Sarasota winter social events. And the beautiful Upper Level Galleries above the main store showcase fine art and a collection of unusual home accessories.

MISSION to meaningfully grow funding for sarasota’s arts and human services organizations.

1226 N. Tamiami Trail, Suite 101 Sarasota, FL 34236 (941) 366-5293 designingwomenboutique.com

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The Friendship CenTers

Making (long) lives worth living.

Whether dancing to live band music, eating a nutritious lunch with friends, taking a balance class or learning to use an iPad, participants at the Friendship Centers make the most of what life has to offer. Some come for companionship; others have nowhere else to go for their medical or dental care, or require a home-delivered meal in order to thrive. Many participate in adult day care, caregiver support groups and supportive aging services. Together, the Sarasota and Venice Friendship Centers reach 7,500 seniors each year. This trusted nonprofit has provided innovative support to Southwest Floridaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s older adults for more than 42 years. Approximately 1,100 volunteers care enough to give their time and financial resources to ensure that the Friendship Centers will flourish for another four decades. Internationally recognized and award-winning, the Friendship Centers is the leader in the aging arena in Sarasota County.

MISSION To promote health, dignity and quality of life throughout the journey of aging.

(941) 955-2122 friendshipcenters.org

Habitat for Humanity

1888 Brother Geenen Way Sarasota, FL 34236 2350 Scenic Drive Venice, FL 34293

Building homes, investing in families.

There is a vasT need for affordable housing in Sarasota. Families on the Habitat for Humanity waiting list are extremely rent-burdened, paying more than 50 percent of their monthly income toward housing. They often have to decide between paying for rent, utilities or food. To qualify, families must be willing to partner, verify a need, and able to make a mortgage payment. They are vested in the program by volunteering a minimum of 300 hours, attending homeownership classes and providing a down payment. Each home is purchased at-cost, with a zero interest mortgage averaging $600 a monthâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;including taxes and insurance. Habitat homes are constructed three mornings a week by dedicated volunteers. The organization also operates two ReStores, which sell donated furniture, appliances, cabinets, tools and clothing; ensuring that 100 percent of every charitable dollar funds an affordable home.

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JFCS oF the SunCoaSt, InC.

Empowering individuals and families toward self-sufficiency. Founded in 1985, JFCS of the Suncoast is a fully accredited, community-based social service organization, providing a wide array of services to children, adults, families, seniors, caregivers and veterans. Provided to anyone in need, regardless of his or her faith and on a non-denominational basis, services offer individuals and families individual and group counseling, education and mentoring, employment, financial and housing assistance, intervention and prevention resources, support groups, and volunteer opportunities.

JFCS provides a safety net for the entire community and promotes selfsufficiency—empowering people with the resources to cope and overcome life’s challenges.

MISSION Guided by the Jewish tradition of helping all people, JFCS empowers individuals and families toward self-sufficiency.

2688 Fruitville Road Sarasota, FL 34237 (941) 366-2224 JFCS-Cares.org

LifeLong Learning academy

Learning for the pure joy of it.

for more than 15 years, Lifelong Learning Academy (LLA) has been inspiring area retirees with stimulating, non-credit courses, lectures and forums led by instructors from the tops of their fields. Classes are held on USF Sarasota-Manatee’s dynamic campus and at satellite locations throughout the region. “Education that lasts a lifetime, and the fulfillment it provides, is our passion,” says Janna Overstreet, executive director of LLA. “Studies show that lifelong learning helps create a positive aging experience, boosting health and longevity and increasing the overall sense of joie de vivre. We’re honored to be a vital part of this region’s rich cultural tapestry.”

MISSION To enrich the lives of mature adults in Sarasota and manatee counties by providing affordable, intellectually stimulating courses and programs covering a broad spectrum of topics. 8350 N. Tamiami Trail Sarasota, FL 34243 (941) 359-4296 lla-sm.org

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Lighthouse Shining new light on living with of Manasota vision loss. The LighThouse of ManasoTa provides training in skills that promote self-sufficiency and independence in children and adults with vision loss. It’s easy to feel helpless and dependent on others when you have limited vision. Even simple tasks can seem overwhelming. Through specialized training and education, individuals with vision loss learn to use tools, techniques and low-vision aids to regain their independence and confidence in their own abilities. “With education, you can lead the same sort of life you always have. That’s what the Lighthouse offers, and that’s why it’s so important,” said Terri Blessing, previous Lighthouse cofounder.

MISSION the Lighthouse of Manasota exists to advance the individual growth and independence of adults and children with vision loss.

7318 N. Tamiami Trail Sarasota, FL 34243 (941) 359-1404 lighthouseofmanasota.org

Lutheran ServiceS

Aid for the disenfranchised.

LSF iS a Statewide, nonprofit, human services agency dedicated to helping all people in need regardless of religion, age or nationality. Focus areas include children and families, elderly and disabled, marginalized and disenfranchised, and disaster response. LSF provides guardianship services, upon appointment by the courts, to act on behalf of those unable to manage their own affairs because of physical injuries, mental illness, developmental disabilities, Alzheimer’s or other dementias. Nearly 70 percent of the clients are indigent. As guardian, LSF works with community agencies to monitor clients’ wellbeing, managing both personal and financial affairs. LSF ensures that appropriate medical, rehabilitative and psychiatric care is received, income is received, assets managed, bills paid, appropriate care is in place and that hospital discharges are prompt. LSF works alongside law enforcement and the criminal justice system investigating cases of abuse, neglect and exploitation.

MISSION to bring God’s healing, hope and help to people in need. P.O. Box 848 Sarasota, FL 34230 (941) 358-6330 lsfnet.org

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Meals on Wheels PlUs of Manatee

Changing lives, one meal at a time. Since 1972, Meals on Wheels PLUS has been providing independence and nutrition to vulnerable citizens throughout Manatee County. The organization serves more than 200,000 healthy meals each year. Its outreach to elderly and disabled people in Manatee County prevents hunger, reduces isolation, and helps them stay in their own homes. Meals on Wheels PLUS has expanded its services to include the Food Bank of Manatee, nourishing not only seniors, but also children and families in need. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the largest hunger-relief program in Manatee County. In 2014, 4.5 million pounds of food were distributed to 100 partner agencies feeding the hungry. The Food Bank also provides emergency family and baby baskets for families in crisis. Approximately 50,000 of our neighbors struggle to make ends meet. They rely on Meals on Wheels PLUS services, made possible by caring people like you.

MISSION to assist individuals to live independently by providing nutrition and caring supportive services. 811 23rd Ave. E. Bradenton, FL 34208 (941) 747-4655 mealsonwheelsplus.org

SOUTH FLORIDA MUSEUM

Making an impact on the community.

As the lArgest natural and cultural history museum on Floridaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Gulf Coast, South Florida Museum impacts the community through creative and engaging exhibitions, programs that inspire students and visitors, specialized teacher training and endangered species conservation. Your gift will support fascinating and innovative events and presentations throughout the year, in addition to helping feed and care for Snooty and his manatee companions undergoing rehabilitation. The South Florida Museum is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that relies on individual and corporate support for its exhibits, programs and daily operations. Your support will make it possible for area students to continue to have fun and educational field trips, for special exhibitions, and for more manatees to be rehabilitated. Founded in 1946, the South Florida Museum needs your help to remain a vital part of the education, economic and cultural landscape of the region.

MISSION To engage and inspire learners of all ages; to protect, interpret and communicate scientific and cultural knowledge of Florida, the world, and the universe. 201 10th St. W. Bradenton, FL 34205 (941) 746-4131 southfloridamuseum.org

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UNITED WAY SUNCOAST

Connecting people. Creating change. Impacting lives. Achieving one’s full potentiAl is a challenge that starts early on for many in DeSoto and Sarasota counties. Undereducated, impoverished children are nearly three times more likely to drop out of school, struggle financially and repeat the cycle of poverty. Working families face challenges as well, struggling daily with financial and employability issues. With your support, United Way Suncoast is helping changing their stories through efforts like the new Booker Middle School initiative. By partnering with Booker Middle School leaders, parents and community partners, United Way Suncoast is increasing learning opportunities for students and their parents and ensuring students have the support they need to succeed. This program, and others like it, empowers our neighbors and creates strong, vibrant communities.

MISSION To break the cycle of generational poverty through educational programs that give children the skills to succeed and help adults achieve financial stability.

1800 Second St., Suite 102 Sarasota, FL 34236 (941) 366-2686 unitedwaysuncoast.org

“I want to see the arts continue to flourish because it’s beautiful…and it’s important.” Betsy Ashton appreciates the PBS programs that have inspired a new generation of talented people to become artists. She believes PBS shares her values. That’s why she’s included her PBS station in her will.

Find out how you can plan a gift

Contact Nancy Curry at (813) 739-2959

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Selby House - then and now

Honoring the Selbys In 1909, William and Marie Selby made their first visit to Sarasota, Florida. With their passion for the outdoors, they fell in love with the area and moved here permanently in 1921. They built a modest home on 7 acres of land between Sarasota Bay and Hudson Bayou. Today the first floor of their home houses the Selby House Cafe. In celebration of the Garden’s 40th anniversary, the cafe has received a makeover and a new permanent exhibit. The cafe now features furniture and decor with a vintage flair, a nod to the Selbys’ era. Visitors to the garden often express great curiosity about Marie Selby and the perimeter of the main dining space features historical photographs of William and Marie and some of their favorite places and activities. Selby Gardens was founded with a unique focus on epiphytes and a dedication to botanical research. To honor that history, the cafe tables have been covered with vintage botanical prints dating back to the 1700s and sourced from Selby Garden’s own library. The exhibit is completed with a display featuring Marie Selby’s “Living Legacy,” images of iconic tropical plants from our living collection.

Celebrating 40 Years Throughout the next year, you will see us using our 40th anniversary emblem (pictured on previous page). The botanical wreath is from Sertum orchidaceum: a wreath of the most beautiful orchidaceous flowers by John Lindsey (published in 1838) from Selby Garden’s own library. In searching for a representation of Selby Garden’s past, present and future, we chose to recognize the role botanical illustration plays in the field of botany and horticulture. Botanical illustration is a highly skilled art form used to depict detail, form, and color of a plant species. Even in the age of high resolution photography, an illustrator can create an accurate and arguably a more informative depiction of a plant. Such illustrations are not only a valuable tool for botanists, but a widely admired form of art. We hope you will take every opportunity to join us in celebrating 40 fantastic years of Selby Gardens.


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Second Anniversary Brings Colorful Additions Since the Ann Goldstein Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Rainforest Garden opened in November 2013, families have been enjoying all the great features this delightful space has to offer. This summer the Rainforest Village and Activity Lawn received new enhancements. Each of the huts in the Rainforest Village now highlights the distinct layers and ecosystems contained within the rainforest while offering imaginative, themed play spaces. The Rainforest River creates a charming and whimsical area to explore.

An edible tropical fruits garden has been added and raised beds create the opportunity for families to learn the joys and benefits of edible gardening together. Colorful animal sculptures painted by the Borucan Indians of Costa Rica (these are the talented artists who produce the annual Rainforest Masks of Costa Rica in Selby Gardens) add a finishing touch.


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Belize For a second time this year, scientists from Marie Selby Botanical Gardens collaborated with colleagues from Caves Branch Botanical Gardens (CBBG) as well as the University of Belize Environmental Research Institute to conduct a country-wide inventory of epiphytic plants in Belize. With a goal of visiting as many of the recognized ecosystems in the country as possible containing epiphytes, the team documented them in their natural habitats through photography and scientific collections. The May field expedition explored Bladen Nature Reserve (BNR), an area considered to be one of the most biodiversity-rich, and geographically unique areas in Latin America. Selby Gardens’ Director of Botany, Bruce Holst, Trustee Kelvin Cooper, Greenhouse Manager Angel Lara and photograper Dan Perales joined eight professionals from CBBG including their Director, Ella Baron, who provided major funding and logistics for the trip. They established a base camp in Quebrada de Oro and visited a sinkhole previously unexplored by humans where Holst and others descended 300 feet into the unknown. According to Holst, “Given the hole’s depth we found surprisingly rich flora.” A smaller team made up of Holst, Cooper, two guides and two members from Caves Branch established a small camp about half-way up the lower Ramos

Creek valley. Along the way, they passed Mayan ruins and climbed nearly 1,500 feet up limestone hills. So many exceptional specimens were collected during the trip that Holst estimates it will be some months or even years before everything is identified. However, he adds, “I have no doubt that our collections and observations will add to knowledge of epiphytes in the region.” Some of the more unusual epiphytes encountered were Yucca guatemalensis (Asparagaceae), Piptocarpha poeppiggiana (Asteraceae), and Blakea cuneata (Melastomataceae). In total, Holst estimates 170 species of epiphytes were documented during this trip. Herbarium specimens will be deposited in the Belize national herbarium and at Selby Gardens, as well as shared with other scientific institutions.

Upcoming Botanical Briefings by Bruce Holst, Director of Botany in the Great Room by the Bay at Selby Gardens Sept 30: Noon From North to South: A Quest for the Epiphytes of Belize Nov 11: Noon Blazing Bladen’s Blue River in Search of Epiphytes


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As Selby Gardens observes its 40th Anniversary year, our Events Calendar is brimming with events and activities that explore Gardens history, commemorate important people and celebrate the things you love most about Selby Gardens. Take a look and mark your calendar - we hope to see you here often!

EVENTS CALENDAR SEPTEMBER 17 5:30-7:30 pm 18-30 10:00 am-4:30 pm 30 Noon-1:00 pm

Opening reception: Gardens of the Mind - art of Dr. Joel Elkes EXHIBIT: Gardens of the Mind LECTURE: Botanical Briefings - A Quest for the Epiphytes of Belize

OCTOBER 1-31 10:00 am-5:00 pm

DISPLAY: Living Sculpture - The Art of Air Plants

1-31 10:00 am-4:30 pm

EXHIBIT: Gardens of the Mind

4 1:00-3:00 pm 11 1:00-3:00 pm 16-31 10:00 am-5:00 pm

Garden Music Series - La Lucha Garden Music Series - Michael Ross Quartet DISPLAY: Back to Our Roots- The Selby Gardens Story of Exploration, Conservation, and Education

18 1:00-3:00 pm

Garden Music Series - Diego Figuelredo

25 1:00-3:00 pm

Garden Music Series - Lauren Mitchell Band

31 10:00 am-5:00 pm

Selby Spooktacular

NOVEMBER 1-30 10:00 am-5:00 pm 1-8 10:00 am-5:00 pm 1-15 10:00 am-4:30 pm

DISPLAY: Living Sculpture - The Art of Air Plants DISPLAY: Back to Our Roots - The Selby Gardens Story of Exploration, Conservation, and Education EXHIBIT: Gardens of the Mind

11 Noon-1:00 pm

LECTURE: Botanical Briefings - Blazing Bladen’s Blue River in Search of Epiphytes

19 5:30-7:30 pm

Opening reception: Native Plants, Native People - art of MF Cardamone

20-30 10:00 am-4:30 pm

EXHIBIT: Native Plants, Native People

DECEMBER 1-31 10:00 am-4:30 pm 3 6:00-8:30 pm 18-23, 26-30 6:00-9:00 pm 31 6:00 pm-Midnight

EXHIBIT: Native Plants, Native People Wine, Dine & Pine Lights in Bloom New Year’s Eve @ Selby

Please visit our website at www.selby.org for all the details on these events


4 7 6 G R E AT C A U S E S I N S A R A S O TA / M A N AT E E WE ALL WANT TO GIVE, whether of our time, money or expertise. We may have a passion we want to serve or a windfall we need to share; all

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we need is the right opportunity. The key is to match our abilities to the causes that need them most.

THE GIVING REGISTER 2015 2016

Fortunately, a wide range of charitable

organizations flourishes in Southwest Florida. Here, in the 2015-2016 Giving Register, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re

proud to present 476 local nonprofits that have earned your attention. These groups serve the full spectrum of causes, working for animals, arts and culture, community aid, education, the environment, health care, human services and religion. Almost all are part of the Giving Partner, an online tool hosted by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County helping you to make informed decisions about philanthropy. Those that are not part of the Giving Partner are marked with an asterisk.

Our listings include a brief summary of each nonprofitâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mission, and include the name of the executive director and contact information. For more extensive profiles, including financial reports and accounts of the good work being done, visit thegivingpartner.guidestar.org.

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Community Impact Powered by Philanthropy

There are many stories that show the power of philanthropy in our community. Whether it’s Sarasota County’s natural charm or the early examples set by the Ringlings or Selbys who demonstrated their love for the region by leaving a lasting legacy, many have been inspired to support local causes—believing they could be the ones to make an impact. More than 35 years ago, the Community Foundation of Sarasota County was established to leverage donors’ charitable intentions to make the greatest impact. From humble beginnings, the Community Foundation has grown donor by donor to more than $291 million in assets, showing a collective power that reflects the visions and stories of generous people from all walks of life.


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Making a Difference Thanks To donors, the Community Foundation of Sarasota County has awarded more than $66 million over the last four years to make an impact in the arts, human services, education, environment, youth development and animal welfare. Together with other local funding partners, the Community Foundation has played a vital role in multifaceted, multi-year commitments that change the course of individual lives for good.

^ Season of Sharing

A

Felicia’s sTory

s a single mother, Felicia had been left in a dire situation from a string of financial challenges and ill-timed emergencies. With a broken-down car and scarce resources to pay for both rent and meals, Felicia reached out for help. Through financial assistance from Season of Sharing, an annual campaign of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County and the Herald-Tribune Media Group to prevent homelessness, Felicia was able to move to a more economically viable apartment, a change that allowed her to get one step ahead of her bills. Felicia learned that her relationship with the Community Foundation was just beginning. A student at Alta Vista Elementary School, Felicia’s son enrolled in the school’s Eagle Academy. Fully funded by Community Foundation donors Joe and Mary Kay Henson, the program tackles problems that students from low-income households often experience: the school readiness gap and summer learning loss. With lively educational instruction, cultural experiences, food and daycare, Felicia’s son thrived. And at the same time— at the same school—Felicia was selected for the inaugural Certified Nursing Assistant program. She passed at the top of her class. Once living with the threat of homelessness, Felicia and her son still share the same home over two years later thanks to the initial support and her consistent paychecks as a CNA. For Felicia, the story is not over. She will soon be attending a local licensed practical nursing program with the help of an adult learner scholarship from the Community Foundation.

Provides targeted financial assistance, primarily for mortgage/rent and utilities, to families who are on the verge of homelessness, allowing them to remain in their homes.

^ Campaign for Grade-Level Reading

Ensures that more children in low-income families are reading on grade level by the end of third grade, an early and important predictor of school success and preparedness for college.

^ Arts Integration in Education

Creates access to arts education programs and out-of-school experiences and resources for local students.

With a “two-generation” approach, the Community Foundation focuses on significant local and national initiatives that change the lives of parents and children living in poverty in Sarasota County through four key components: education, economic supports, social capital, and health and well-being. The Community Foundation of Sarasota County is proud to be the intersection where the community’s needs meet the people with a vision of a better future. Every person can be the one to make a difference.


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CAT DEPOT

Mission: Dedicated to saving the lives of shelter pets that are impounded in kill shelters and at risk for euthanasia.

Sarasota, (941) 366-2404 catdepot.org

GULF SHORE ANIMAL LEAGUE

LEMUR CONSERVATION FOUNDATION

Bradenton, (941) 747-2284 gsalinc.org

Myakka City, (941) 322-8494 lemurreserve.org

COMMUNITY CATS OF CHARLOTTE

Mission: To provide programs and solutions that will support Manatee County in becoming a true no-kill community where animals are no longer killed as a means of population control.

Mission: Dedicated to the preservation and conservation of the primates of Madagascar through captive-breeding, scientific research and education.

Murdock, (941) 258-2739 communitycatsofcharlotte.org

HONOR ANIMAL RESCUE

Sarasota, (941) 321-1096 mimisrescue.com

necessary, and then adopting to approved homes.

ANIMALS ANIMAL RESCUE COALITION Sarasota, (941) 957-1955 animalrescuecoalition.org Executive director: Gisele Pintchuck Mission: To save animals for the benefit of humanity.

ANIMAL WELFARE LEAGUE OF CHARLOTTE COUNTY FLORIDA Port Charlotte, (941) 625-6720 awlshelter.org Executive director: Sharon Thomas Mission: Advocate animal welfare by promoting responsible pet ownership and supporting regulatory changes that benefit animals.

BIG CAT HABITAT GULF COAST SANCTUARY Sarasota, (941) 371-6377 bigcathabitat.org Executive director: Kay Ross Mission: To provide a safe, loving and permanent home for big cats and other exotic creatures and to educate people about the importance of species preservation.

BIRDS OF PARADISE SANCTUARY & RESCUE Bradenton, (727) 366-9997 birdsofparadisesanctuary.com Executive director: Debra Huckaby Mission: A safe haven for abused or unwanted exotic birds, regardless of species, age, special needs or behavior issues.

BOXER RESCUE ANGELS OF FLORIDA Bradenton, (800) 847-5196 flboxerangels.org Mission: To rescue and rehabilitate displaced boxer dogs, and to facilitate their adoption into “forever” homes by responsible pet owners.

CANINE CASTAWAYS Arcadia, (863) 491-6888 caninecastaways.org Executive director: Kimberly Rinaldi Mission: Dedicated to rescuing dogs in need, rehabilitating if

Executive director: Shelley Thayer Mission: To save lives, find loving homes, and provide the resources and education to improve the destiny of homeless cats.

Mission: To improve the lives of feral and homeless cats in Charlotte County.

DONTE’S DEN FOUNDATION Myakka City, (844) 366-8373 dontesden.org Executive director: Marsha Panuce Mission: To provide individualized attention and comprehensive care to dogs, especially those whose owners are members of our military service who cannot arrange for a home while deployed, defenseless dogs who have been discarded, and dogs whose owners can no longer provide a home.

EAST COAST HUMANE SOCIETY Venice, (941) 375-8144 eastcoasthumanesociety.com Executive director: Cynthia Johnson Mission: Giving hope to dogs who have been abandoned, abused or made homeless.

FAIRY TAIL ENDINGS Sarasota, (941) 320-8242 fairytailendings.org Mission: Dedicated to helping financially struggling families in Sarasota and Manatee counties keep their pets and provide proper care.

FLORIDA PARROT RESCUE Temple Terrace, (813) 516-1759 floridaparrotrescue.com Mission: Dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of companion parrots.

FORGET-ME-NOT Myakka City, (941) 807-9554 forget-me-not.info

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Bradenton, (941) 747-4900 honoranimalrescue.org Executive director: Dari Oglesby Mission: To save the lives of homeless pets by changing the way the community views animal sheltering and shelter pets.

HUMANE SOCIETY AT LAKEWOOD RANCH Sarasota, (941) 361-1071 hslwr.org Executive director: Lori Bell Mission: To save and re-home adoptable animals with emphasis on those targeted for euthanasia.

HUMANE SOCIETY OF MANATEE COUNTY Bradenton, (941) 747-8808 humanemanatee.org Executive director: Amy Van Dell Mission: Committed to leading the community in fostering compassion and respect for animals through care, education and collaboration.

HUMANE SOCIETY OF SARASOTA COUNTY Sarasota, (941) 955-4131 hssc.org Executive director: Christen Benson Mission: Provides abandoned pets with compassionate care and shelter while promoting responsible pet ownership and securing permanent homes.

KEY WEST CAT SOCIETY (VENICE CAT COALITION) Venice, (941) 525-4568 venicecatcoalition.com Mission: To support feral cat programs and reductions in

euthanasia of cats in local shelters, and provide low-income cat owners with emergency help.

MIMI’S RESCUE

Mission: Specializes in the protection, rescue and placement of kittens and cats.

PARROT OUTREACH SOCIETY Punta Gorda, (941) 347-8876 parrotoutreachsociety.org Executive director: Pamala Hill Mission: Places into safe custody parrots that are abandoned, abused or in need of a home for any reason.

PEACE RIVER WILDLIFE CENTER Punta Gorda, (941) 637-3830 peaceriverwildlifecenter.org Executive director: Robin Jenkins Mission: Dedicated to the care, preservation and protection of Charlotte County’s native wildlife.

RACING DOG RESCUE PROJECT Sarasota, (941) 379-3278 rdrp.org Mission: Dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and adoption of retired racing greyhounds.

RUFF LIFE CHARITIES Bradenton, (843) 301-9696 rufflifecharities.org Executive director: Julie Nickerson Mission: To provide the essentials needed to keep rescue dogs healthy and content by assisting their families with financial, emotional and behavioral support after the adoption process.

SARASOTA IN DEFENSE OF ANIMALS Sarasota, (941) 924-2505 sdasarasota.com


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Executive director: Elise Matthes Mission: To provide a forum for the protection of animals and the operation of a 10-acre no-kill animal sanctuary for lifetime care of up to 300 domestic animals.

SATCHEL’S LAST RESORT Sarasota, (941) 924-5070 satchelslastresort.org Executive director: Iris Eastman Mission: To rescue, rehabilitate and re-home pets, thereby improving the lives of both the animal and their adoptive family.

SAVE OUR SEABIRDS Sarasota, (941) 388-3010 saveourseabirds.org Executive director: David Pilston Mission: To rescue, rehabilitate and release sick and injured birds while educating our community about preventing injuries and preserving habitats.

SIXTEEN HANDS HORSE SANCTUARY

VINTAGE PAWS SANCTUARY Sarasota, (941) 921-4355 vintagepaws.org Executive director: Jennifer Hummel Mission: Providing a sanctuary for displaced senior dogs to live out their lives with dignity.

WILDLIFE, INC. Anna Maria, (941) 778-6324 wildlifeinc.org Executive director: Gail Straight Mission: Provides treatment and care for injured and orphaned wildlife with the goal of returning all native species back to the environment.

WILDLIFE CENTER OF VENICE Venice, (941) 484-9657 wildlifecenterofvenice.org Executive director: Kevin Barton Mission: To rescue, rehabilitate and release sick, injured and orphaned wildlife.

Ona, (941) 228-5441 sixteenhandshorsesanctuary.org Executive director: Robin Cain Mission: To provide rescue, rehabilitation and lifetime sanctuary to abused and abandoned horses, to promote horsemanship, and to assist horse owners.

ST. FRANCIS ANIMAL RESCUE OF VENICE Venice, (941) 492-6200 stfrancisarfl.org Executive director: Amy Berke Mission: To rescue abandoned and unwanted cats and provide shelter, food, medical care and love for their entire lives or until adoption.

SUNCOAST HUMANE SOCIETY Englewood, (941) 474-7884 humane.org Executive director: Phillip Snyder Mission: To reduce the number of homeless animals and improve the quality of life.

TANKS INCORPORATED Sarasota, (941) 822-0300 tankscatrescue.org Executive director: Cindy McCollough Mission: Provides foster homes, vet services, food and care for senior and special needs cats.

Executive director: Carla Nierman Mission: To educate novice and experienced artists of all ages, exhibit original artwork and enhance visual art in Manatee County.

ARTIST SERIES CONCERTS OF SARASOTA Sarasota, (941) 306-1200 artistseriesconcerts.org Executive director: John Fischer Mission: Presents classical and popular performances by worldclass musicians.

ARTISTS’ GUILD OF ANNA MARIA ISLAND Holmes Beach, (941) 778-6694 amiartistsguildgallery.com Executive director: Wendell Graham Mission: To educate, promote and encourage cultural and charitable artistic endeavor.

ARTISTS GUILD OF MANATEE Bradenton, (941) 747-8056 villageofthearts.com Mission: To build a community where artists live and work while enhancing quality of life.

ARTS, CULTURE & HUMANITIES ANNA MARIA ISLAND CONCERT CHORUS & ORCHESTRA AMICCO Holmes Beach, (941) 795-2370 amicco.org Executive director: Jeanie Pickwick Mission: The voice of great music for the community and beyond.

ANNA MARIA ISLAND HISTORICAL SOCIETY Anna Maria, (941) 567-5530 amihs.org Mission: To bring the history of Anna Maria Island to the public.

ART CENTER SARASOTA Sarasota, (941) 365-2032 artsarasota.org

ARTS & CULTURAL ALLIANCE OF SARASOTA COUNTY Sarasota, (941) 365-5118 sarasotaarts.org Executive director: Jim Shirley Mission: To create an environment where the arts flourish through advocacy, promotion, coordination, education and access.

ASOLO REPERTORY THEATRE Sarasota, (941) 351-9010 asolorep.org Executive director: Michael Edwards Mission: To entertain, engage and inspire through the highest quality professional repertory theater and superior educational programs.

BANYAN THEATER COMPANY Sarasota, (941) 351-1277 banyantheatercompany.com

Executive director: Lisa Berger Mission: To provide Sarasota with art education, exhibitions and cultural programs.

Mission: To stage exceptional theater productions of fine dramatic literature in the summer.

ARTCENTER MANATEE

BELLE CANTO

Bradenton, (941) 746-2862 artcentermanatee.org

Sarasota, (941) 400-2152 bellecanto.org

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Mission: To share a passionate celebration of women’s voices.

CENTER FOR ARCHITECTURE SARASOTA Sarasota, (941) 350-5430 cfasrq.org Mission: To advocate for the preservation of our architectural heritage and encourage innovative design and sensitive urban planning.

THE CHARLOTTE CHORALE Port Charlotte, (941) 204-0033 charlottechorale.com Executive director: Connie Thrasher Mission: To enhance Charlotte County residents by presenting professional-level choral music.

CHARLOTTE PLAYERS Port Charlotte, (941) 255-1022 charlotteplayers.org Executive director: Sherrie Moody Mission: Provides and promotes quality theater arts programs.

CHARLOTTE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Punta Gorda, (941) 205-5996 charlottesymphony.com Executive director: Regina Buckley Mission: To enrich lives through great orchestral music.

CIRCUS ARTS CONSERVATORY Sarasota, (941) 355-9335 circusarts.org Executive director: Pedro Reis Mission: To preserve the heritage of the circus through performances, youth training and education and provide humor therapy outreach.

CULTURAL CENTER OF CHARLOTTE COUNTY Port Charlotte, (941) 625-4175 theculturalcenter.com Executive director: Kenneth Carter Mission: To enhance the wellbeing of the citizens of Charlotte County and beyond.

DESIGNING WOMEN BOUTIQUE Sarasota, (941) 366-5293 designingwomenboutique.org Mission: To grow funding for the programs, projects and endowments of Sarasota’s arts and human services organizations.


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DIVERSITY: THE VOICES OF SARASOTA

FLORIDA WEST COAST PUBLIC BROADCASTING

Sarasota, (888) 550-6279 diversitysarasota.org

Tampa, (813) 254-9338 wedu.org

Mission: LGBT chorus celebrates all of humanity and inspires the community to embrace equality.

Executive director: Susan Howarth Mission: To serve the public good and aid in the creation of an informed citizenry through quality programming, community outreach and new technologies.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION OF SARASOTA COUNTY Sarasota, (941) 309-1200 filmsarasota.com Executive director: Jeanne Corcoran Mission: To grow film, television and other entertainment media production volume throughout Sarasota County.

EMBRACING OUR DIFFERENCES - COEXISTENCE Sarasota, (941) 404-5710 embracingourdifferences.org Executive director: Michael Shelton Mission: Educates and inspires to create a world that embraces diversity, respects differences and actively rejects hatred and prejudice.

EXSULTATE Venice, (941) 484-8491 exsultate.org Mission: To promote the art of choral singing through vocal excellence and multigenerational education.

FINE ARTS SOCIETY OF SARASOTA Sarasota, (941) 330-0680 fineartssarasota.com Mission: Dedicated to supporting and stimulating the arts in Sarasota County.

THE FIRST BRASS OF SARASOTA Sarasota, (941) 928-0296 thefirstbrass.org Executive director: Gary Reinstrom Mission: To entertain and educate through music and stories.

FLORIDA STUDIO THEATRE Sarasota, (941) 366-9017 floridastudiotheatre.org Executive director: Richard Hopkins Mission: To make theater accessible and affordable to as many people as possible, and to present theater that challenges with as much gusto as it entertains.

FOUNDATION FOR THE PRESERVATION OF VICTOR LUNDY’S SOUTH GATE COMMUNITY HOUSE Sarasota, (941) 955-4597 savesgch.org Mission: Devoted to the restoration, preservation, and maintenance of the historically designated Victor Lundy-designed South Gate Community House.

FRIENDS OF THE FLORIDA MARITIME MUSEUM

Executive director: David Coyle Mission: Dedicated to the development and presentation of solo performances and new small-cast plays that illustrate the human condition.

Executive director: Howard Tevlowitz Mission: To save Jewish lives and enhance Jewish life in SarasotaManatee, in Israel and around the world.

GUITAR SARASOTA

JOHN & MABLE RINGLING MUSEUM OF ART FOUNDATION

Sarasota, (941) 362-2991 guitarsarasota.org Executive director: Thomas Koch Mission: Promotes the education, appreciation and cultural significance of the classical guitar.

GULF COAST COMMUNITY CHOIR Sarasota, (941) 379-0232 gulfcoastcommunitychoir.org Mission: To raise funds for worthy nonprofit organizations in the community and spread the value of diversity through concerts.

HERMITAGE ARTIST RETREAT

Cortez, (941) 708-6120 floridamaritimemuseum.org

Englewood, (941) 475-2098 hermitageartistretreat.org

Executive director: Amara Nash Mission: To create accessible and engaging educational programming and exhibits that encourage the study of maritime interest.

Executive director: Bruce Rodgers Mission: To nurture creativity, preserve Florida history, protect native ecology, and serve the Gulf Coast communities.

FRIENDS OF THE SARASOTA COUNTY HISTORY CENTER

Osprey, (941) 966-5214 historicspanishpoint.org

Sarasota, (941) 388-9896 foschc.org Mission: To assist the Sarasota County Department of Historical Resources through the support of programs, services and activities.

FUZION DANCE ARTISTS Sarasota, (941) 345-5755 fuziondance.org

HISTORIC SPANISH POINT

Executive director: John Mason Mission: To connect people of today with 5,000 years of human history in southwest coastal Florida.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF SARASOTA COUNTY Sarasota, (941) 364-9076 hsosc.com

Sarasota, (941) 359-5700 ringling.org Executive director: Steven High Mission: To engage visitors with collections, exhibitions, cultural programs and the Ringling Estate.

KEY CHORALE Sarasota, (941) 921-4845 keychorale.org Executive director: M. Catherine Vernon Mission: Dedicated to performing and promoting choral music of the highest quality.

LA MUSICA INTERNATIONAL CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL Sarasota, (941) 346-2601 lamusicafestival.org Executive director: Sally Faron Mission: To bring together the finest musicians of Europe and the Americas to present exciting programs of chamber music.

LEMON BAY PLAYHOUSE Englewood, (941) 475-6756 lemonbayplayhouse.com Mission: To enrich the community through theatrical productions, volunteer opportunities, education and training in the performing arts.

Mission: To bring contemporary dance to the community through performance, education and collaboration.

Executive director: Howard Rosenthal Mission: To foster public awareness of the rich historical heritage of Sarasota County and the state of Florida.

MANATEE COUNTY AGRICULTURAL MUSEUM

GLORIA MUSICAE

JAZZ CLUB OF SARASOTA

Sarasota, (941) 387-6046 gloriamusicae.org

Sarasota, (941) 366-1552 jazzclubsarasota.org

Executive director: Susan Burke Mission: Celebrates choral music through innovative performances and educational outreach.

Mission: To promote, preserve, perform and educate people about jazz.

Executive director: Diane Ingram Mission: To preserve, share and educate the community about Manatee County’s agricultural heritage and to support local agriculture.

GOTTA VAN PRODUCTIONS

THE JEWISH FEDERATION OF SARASOTA-MANATEE

Sarasota, (941) 323-1360 gottavan.strikingly.com

Sarasota, (941) 371-4546 thejewishfederation.org

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Palmetto, (941) 721-2034 manateeclerk.com/historical/ agmuseum.aspx

MANATEE COUNTY HISTORICAL COMMISSION Bradenton, (941) 741-4075 manateeclerk.com/historical/ manateevillage.aspx


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Executive director: Phaedra Carter Mission: Advocates for historic preservation and cultural tourism and maintains the Manatee Village Historical Park.

THE MANATEE PLAYERS Bradenton, (941) 749-1111 manateeperformingartscenter.com Executive director: Janene Amick Mission: To represent, enrich and promote diverse artists and art forms.

MILITARY HERITAGE MUSEUM Punta Gorda, (941) 575-9002 freedomisntfree.org Executive director: Kim Lovejoy Mission: To promote an understanding and respect for the military heritage of the United States and the sacrifices made by the country’s veterans.

MUSICA SACRA CANTORUM Sarasota, (941) 405-7322 musicasacracantorum.org

Executive director: Robert Barr Mission: Performance and promotion of sacred choral music.

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Mission: Preserving the history of the Punta Gorda area through the beauty of mural art.

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North Port, (941) 423-6460 northportartcenter.com Mission: Inspiring and encouraging creative possibilities for everyone through the visual arts.

THE PALMETTO HISTORICAL COMMISSION

THE PLAYERS

Executive director: Amanda Polson Mission: To foster an awareness and appreciation of local heritage and to preserve historical resources.

Executive director: Michelle Pingel Mission: Dedicated to presenting a diverse and entertaining slate of high-quality, volunteer-driven theatrical experiences that educate, stimulate and enrich the entire community.

Punta Gorda, (941) 639-0888 peacerivergardens.org Mission: To provide a natural setting along the Peace River

Mission: To educate the community about the art of handbell ringing and to present quality handbell music.

Executive director: Elizabeth Power Mission: Inspiring the next generation of concert artists, educators and audiences.

Palmetto, (941) 723-4991 manateeclerk.com/historical/ palmettopark.aspx

PEACE RIVER BOTANICAL & SCULPTURE GARDEN

Sarasota, (941) 321-3454 ringsarasota.org

Sarasota, (941) 955-4942 pmpsuncoast.org

ROTARY CLUB OF SARASOTA KEYS FOUNDATION Sarasota, (941) 586-2777 rotarysarasotakeys.com

Sarasota, (941) 365-2494 theplayers.org

Mission: Supports the efforts of The Rotary Club of Sarasota Keys, as well as Rotary International.

ROYAL PALM PLAYERS Boca Grande, (941) 964-2670 royalpalmplayers.com Executive director: Dan Headington Mission: To entertain, educate and engage the residents of Boca Grande and surrounding communities in the performing arts.

PUNTA GORDA HISTORIC MURAL SOCIETY Punta Gorda, (941) 637-7830 puntagordamurals.org

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RUSSIAN BALLET Lakewood Ranch, (941) 962-6607 schoolofrussianballet.com Executive director: Sergiy Mykhaylov Mission: To create, preserve and present the art of ballet to all residents and guests of the west coast of Florida.

SARASOTA ARCHITECTURAL FOUNDATION

SARASOTA COUNTY AGRICULTURAL FAIR ASSOCIATION Sarasota, (941) 365-0818 sarasotafair.com Executive director: Rory Martin Mission: To maintain sensitivity to the environment and preserve and showcase agricultural heritage, culminating in the annual fair.

SARASOTA DANCE FESTIVAL

Mission: To engage, educate and enrich the community through high-quality, live musical experiences.

Mission: Dedicated to bringing compelling, intimate live theater experiences to downtown Sarasota.

SARASOTA POPS ORCHESTRA

Sarasota, (941) 366-5578 vwfoundation.org

Sarasota, (941) 926-7677 thepopsorchestra.org Mission: Committed to presenting “music you love, musicians you know.”

Sarasota, (941) 954-4504 sarasotainternationaldancefes­ tival.org

SARASOTA SCULPTURE CENTER Mission: To display and encourage quality public art in order to enrich the cultural and educational experience of residents and visitors.

THE SARASOTA BALLET OF FLORIDA

Executive director: Robert de Warren Mission: To present worldclass artists in performances incorporating contemporary, modern dance and neo-classical forms and to promote dance in all its forms.

Sarasota, (941) 359-0099 sarasotaballet.org

SARASOTA FILM FESTIVAL

Sarasota, (941) 364-2199 saf-srq.org Executive director: Janet Minker Mission: Dedicated to the preservation of Sarasota School of Architecture houses, educational facilities and commercial/ institutional buildings.

Executive director: Mary Anne Servian Mission: To enrich lives, captivate emotions and strengthen community through the art of dance.

SARASOTA CHALK FESTIVAL Sarasota, (941) 954-5800 chalkfestival.org Executive director: Denise Kowal Mission: To bring diverse people together to celebrate, be inspired by and participate in the cultural and performing arts.

SARASOTA CHORAL SOCIETY Sarasota, (941) 343-9894 sarasotachoralsociety.org Executive director: Genevieve Beauchamp Mission: Furthering and promoting individual and group singing and choral activities.

SARASOTA CONCERT BAND Sarasota, (941) 650-1177 sarasotaconcertband.org Executive director: MaryBeth McLeod Mission: Dedicated to performing traditional concert band music as well as giving young musicians a chance to perform alongside seasoned professionals.

Sarasota, (941) 364-9514 sarasotafilmfestival.com Executive director: Mark Famiglio Mission: To celebrate the art of filmmaking and the contribution of filmmakers by hosting an international film festival and developing yearlong programs.

SARASOTA HIGH SCHOOL ASSOCIATION OF DRAMATIC ARTS BOOSTERS Sarasota, (941) 955-0181 shstheater.com Executive director: Melissa Dweck Mission: To provide assistance to the Sarasota High School drama department, promoting the highest degree of drama and drama performance education standards .

Sarasota, (941) 928-4445

SARASOTA YOUNG VOICES INCORPORATED Sarasota, (941) 724-4592 sarasotayv.org Mission: Community children’s choir promoting foundational music and singing skills, as well as personal growth.

SOUTH FLORIDA MUSEUM & BISHOP PLANETARIUM Bradenton, (941) 746-4131 southfloridamuseum.org Executive director: Brynne Besio Mission: To engage and inspire learners of all ages through scientific and cultural knowledge of Florida, the world and the universe.

SUNCOAST BLUES SOCIETY Tampa, (813) 681-2099 suncoastblues.org

SARASOTA OPERA ASSOCIATION

Mission: Dedicated to celebrating and promoting blues music, preserving its history and traditions, and introducing it to current and future generations.

Sarasota, (941) 366-8450 sarasotaopera.org

THEATRE ODYSSEY

Executive director: Richard Russell Mission: To produce world-class opera true to the vision of the composer to entertain, enrich and educate.

SARASOTA ORCHESTRA Sarasota, (941) 953-4252 sarasotaorchestra.org Executive director: Joseph McKenna

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Sarasota, (941) 799-7224 theatreodyssey.org Mission: To engage audiences in short innovative theater works while providing a nurturing environment that encourages, challenges and inspires playwrights and other theater artists.

URBANITE THEATRE Sarasota, (941) 321-1397 urbanitetheatre.com

VAN WEZEL FOUNDATION

Executive director: Monica Van Buskirk Mission: To enrich the lives of members of the Gulfcoast community, with an emphasis on children, through the performing arts while supporting the needs of the Van Wezel, the region’s premier performing arts hall.

VENICE ART CENTER Venice, (941) 485-7136 veniceartcenter.com Executive director: Mary Morris Mission: To provide cultural resources to the community and to encourage the knowledge and appreciation of visual art in all forms.

VENICE HERITAGE Venice, (941) 237-0478 veniceheritage.org Mission: Dedicated to preserving and promoting the Venice area’s rich cultural heritage.

VENICE HISTORIC PRESERVATION LEAGUE Venice, (941) 412-0151 veniceareahistoricalsociety.org Mission: To promote a public awareness and understanding of the historic heritage of Florida, Sarasota County and the Venice area within the context of the nation’s history.

VENICE SYMPHONY Venice, (941) 488-1010 thevenicesymphony.org Executive director: Doug Kerr Mission: To provide funding for symphony performances, which in turn provide education and cultural richness to the public.

VENICE THEATRE Venice, (941) 488-1115 venicestage.com Executive director: Murray Chase Mission: To celebrate and nurture creative expression, to foster human communication and understanding, and to delight and challenge audiences through theater.


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VISUAL ARTS CENTER Punta Gorda, (941) 639-8810 visualartcenter.org Executive director: Mary Ann Tipton Mission: To inspire, explore, create and promote the visual arts.

WESTCOAST BLACK THEATRE TROUPE OF FLORIDA Sarasota, (941) 366-1505 westcoastblacktheatre.org Executive director: Julie Leach Mission: To produce shows that promote and celebrate the African-American experience, attract diverse audiences, support and develop African-American artists, and build the self-esteem of African-American youth.

WSLR Sarasota, (941) 894-6469 wslr.org Executive director: David Beaton Mission: To inform and empower listeners to play an active role in WSLR and in their community and to promote equality, peace, sustainability, democracy, health, and social and economic justice.

Executive director: Rebecca Tone Mission: Fostering economic stability, educational success, healthy lifestyles and strong communities.

BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF THE SUN COAST Venice, (941) 488-4009 bbbssun.org Executive director: Joy Mahler Mission: To provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported, one-to-one relationships.

BLUE ALERT FOUNDATION Venice, (855) 456-2210 bluealert.us Executive director: Tom Berry Mission: Serves and protects the law enforcement community by providing assistance to the families of fallen officers and advocating for the passage of a Blue Alert law in each state.

BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF MANATEE COUNTY Bradenton, (941) 761-2582 bgcmanatee.org Executive director: Dawn Stanhope Mission: To enable all young people to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

COMMUNITY/ SOCIETY AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF UNIVERSITY WOMEN VENICE BRANCH Venice, (941) 497-2412 venice-fl.aauw.org Mission: Advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research.

ANNA MARIA ISLAND COMMUNITY CENTER Anna Maria, (941) 778-1908 islandcommunitycenter.org Executive director: Kristen Lessig Mission: To empower and inspire by educating, strengthening families, building healthier bodies and fostering volunteerism.

BETTER TOMORROWS Sarasota, (941) 953-2255 bettertomorrows.org

BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF SARASOTA COUNTY Sarasota, (941) 366-3911 bgcsarasota.com

positive life goals and empower them to achieve those goals.

DOWNTOWN SARASOTA ALLIANCE

CAREERSOURCE SUNCOAST

Sarasota, (941) 366-7040 dsasarasota.com

Bradenton, (941) 358-4080 careersourcesc.com Executive director: Ted Ehrlichman Mission: To recruit, train and retain talent for the Suncoast.

CHARLOTTE ALLIANCE FOR A SAFE AND DRUG-FREE COMMUNITY Port Charlotte, (941) 255-0808 drugfreecharlottecounty.org Executive director: Diane Ramseyer Mission: To prevent and reduce substance abuse in Charlotte County through increased education, services, and support.

CHARLOTTE COUNTY FAMILY YMCA North Port, (941) 629-0909 charlottecountyymca.com Executive director: Randy Dunn Mission: Programs that build healthy mind, body and spirit for all.

COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF SARASOTA COUNTY Sarasota, (941) 955-3000 cfsarasota.org Executive director: Roxie Jerde Mission: Partnering to make charitable giving work in our communities.

Executive director: Bill Sadlo Mission: To enable all young people to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

COMMUNITY YOUTH DEVELOPMENT OF SARASOTA COUNTY

BRIAN BILL FOUNDATION

Executive director: Karen Bogues Mission: Empowers youth as leaders in service to their community.

Sarasota, (941) 840-4204 brianbillfoundation.org Executive director: Edgar Bill Mission: Will establish Brian’s House, a retreat house for Navy Special Warfare families on Manasota Key.

BROTHERS AND SISTERS DOING THE RIGHT THING Sarasota, (941) 544-3540 ajdorightthing.wix.com/home Executive director: Alice Jones Mission: To challenge youth to find

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Sarasota, (941) 922-5126 cydonline.org

DENISE AMBER LEE FOUNDATION Englewood, (941) 830-2035 deniseamberlee.org Executive director: Mark Lee Mission: To promote and support public safety through uniform training, standardized protocols, defined measurable outcomes, and technological advances to the 9-1-1 system.

Mission: The unified voice and guiding force for a vital downtown.

DRUG FREE AMERICA FOUNDATION St. Petersburg, (727) 828-0211 dfaf.org Executive director: Calvina Fay Mission: Committed to developing, promoting and sustaining national and international policies and laws that will reduce illegal drug use and drug addiction.

THE FAIR FOOD STANDARDS COUNCIL Sarasota, (941) 556-9128 fairfoodstandards.org Executive director: Laura Safer Espinoza Mission: Brings together workers, consumers, growers and corporate buyers in support of fair wages and humane labor standards in the agricultural industry.

FAMILY INTEGRITY TRAINING Bradenton, (941) 799-4975 100hour.org Executive director: Donald Pratt Mission: Assists the underprivileged, indigent, incarcerated or addicted in transitioning from dysfunctional lifestyles to healthy ones.

THE FIRST TEE OF SARASOTA MANATEE Sarasota, (941) 993-0046 thefirstteesarasotamanatee.org Executive director: Lexi McKenney Mission: To provide educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf.

FLORIDA HOUSE INSTITUTE Sarasota, (941) 924-2050 flhouse.org Executive director: John Lambie Mission: To be the go-to resource for sustainable living and learning.

FLORIDA SHERIFFS YOUTH RANCHES Boys Ranch, (800) 765-3797 youthranches.org


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Executive director: William Frye Mission: To prevent delinquency and develop lawful, resilient and productive citizens.

GULF COAST COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

FLORIDA VETERANS FOR COMMON SENSE FUND

Mission: To transform the region through bold and proactive philanthropy.

Sarasota, (941) 400-4156 floridaveteransforcommonsense­ fund.org Executive director: Gene Jones Mission: Assisting veterans, military members and their families.

FLORIDA WINEFEST AND AUCTION Sarasota, (941) 952-1109 floridawinefest.org Executive director: Sandra Loevner Mission: To provide funding to qualified charitable organizations for programs assisting disadvantaged children, youth and families in Sarasota and Manatee.

Venice, (941) 486-4600 gulfcoastcf.org

HARVEY MILK FESTIVAL SARASOTA Sarasota, (941) 228-4872 harveymilkfestival.org Mission: To honor the life of Harvey Milk by fostering emerging talent in musicians and artists, and to promote equality for LGBTQ people.

HEALTHY TEENS COALITION OF MANATEE COUNTY Bradenton, (941) 932-1137 healthyteensmanatee.com Mission: To promote healthy, responsible behavior in Manatee County youth.

Executive director: Bharat Chandra Mission: To promote an entertaining and educational dialogue between older and younger generations through shared experiences in the arts.

LAUREL CIVIC ASSOCIATION

NAVY LEAGUE OF THE UNITED STATES-SARASOTA MANATEE

Laurel, (941) 483-3338 laurelcivic.org

Sarasota, (941) 756-0304 navyleague-sarasota-manatee.org

Executive director: Sandra Terry Mission: Shapes the foundations for successful lives through educational assistance, life development skills, personal empowerment, community awareness and opportunities for growth.

Mission: To enhance the morale of active duty personnel and their families; to inform on the importance of strong sea services; and to support sea service-based youth programs.

LEADERSHIP FLORIDA STATEWIDE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION Tallahassee, (850) 521-1220 leadershipflorida.org Executive director: Wendy Abberger Mission: Convenes a statewide community of committed leaders to enhance and recharge their leadership skills and to educate and inspire their work across their diversities and strengths.

FRIENDS OF SARASOTA COUNTY PARKS

JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT SARASOTA/MANATEE

Nokomis, (941) 275-9397 foscp.org

Tampa, (813) 631-1410 jasarasota.org

Mission: To promote, enhance and maintain community support for Sarasota County parks and public recreational lands.

Executive director: Kristin Schreiner Mission: To inspire and prepare area youth to succeed in a global economy.

LIBRARY FOUNDATION FOR SARASOTA COUNTY

GHANAIAN MOTHERS HOPE

JUNIOR LEAGUE OF MANATEE COUNTY

Mission: To secure the future of local libraries as an indispensable community resource.

Westminster, Md., (855) 446-4673 gmhope.org Executive director: Debi Frock Mission: To empower future leaders of Africa through mission trips, education, health programs and building playgrounds.

GIRL SCOUTS OF GULFCOAST FLORIDA Sarasota, (941) 921-5358 gsgcf.org Executive director: Susan Stewart Mission: Builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place.

GIRLS INCORPORATED OF SARASOTA COUNTY Sarasota, (941) 366-6646 girlsincsrq.org Executive director: Angie Stringer Mission: Equips girls in grades K-12 with the skills and knowledge they need to be “Strong, Smart and Bold.”

Bradenton, (941) 748-0101 jrleaguemanatee.org Mission: To promote voluntarism, develop the potential of women, and improve the community.

JUNIOR LEAGUE OF SARASOTA FLORIDA Sarasota, (941) 953-5600 jlsarasota.org

Mission: To teach adults who are afraid of the water to swim; to change the way beginning swimming is taught.

Sarasota, (941) 228-6274 sarasotalibraryfoundation.org

MANATEE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY FOUNDATION Bradenton, (941) 748-5555 manateelibraryfoundation.org Mission: To ensure that the Manatee County Public Library System obtains and manages needed supplemental funds.

NEW OPERATION COOPER STREET Punta Gorda, (941) 639-3034 cooperstreetcenter.org Executive director: Elgin Hicks Mission: To celebrate and strengthen the opportunities and diversity of the community through education, multiculturalism and communication.

PACE CENTER FOR GIRLS Bradenton, (941) 751-4566 pacecenter.org Executive director: Amy Wick Mavis Mission: Provides girls and young women an opportunity for a better future through education, counseling, training and advocacy.

PEACE RIVER K9 SEARCH AND RESCUE ASSOCIATION Englewood, (941) 548-7560 prsar.org Executive director: Michael Hadsell Mission: Supplies nationally certified K9 and civilian assets for search and rescue in the state of Florida.

Mission: To promote voluntarism, develop the potential of women and improve communities.

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THE POLICE ATHLETIC LEAGUE OF MANATEE COUNTY

Bradenton, (941) 798-9622 manateeymca.org

Bradenton, (941) 747-1118 manateepal.org

JUST FOR GIRLS

Executive director: Sean Allison Mission: To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.

Executive director: W. Brad Steube Mission: To bring law enforcement, kids and families together in a positive, safe environment through sports and academics.

MIRACLE SWIMMING FOR ADULTS

Bradenton, (941) 747-5757 justforgirls.org Executive director: Becky Canesse Mission: To provide the framework within which girls can aspire to more successful lifestyles.

KAETA CORPORATION

Sarasota, (941) 921-6420 conquerfear.com

POP WARNER LITTLE SCHOLARS DBA VENICE VIKINGS MIDGET FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION

Sarasota, (941) 727-6877 kaeta.org

Executive director: Melon Dash

Venice, (941) 587-0399 venicevikings.com

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Mission: To enable young people to benefit in team sports and activities in a safe and structured environment.

youth in every local juvenile justice facility, school and club.

PUNTA GORDA ISLES CIVIC ASSOCIATION

Lakewood Ranch, lakewoodranch-rotary.com

Punta Gorda, (941) 637-1655 pgica.org Executive director: Beth Magnin Mission: To enhance the quality of life in Punta Gorda Isles.

REALIZE BRADENTON Bradenton, (941) 350-8563 realizebradenton.com Executive director: Johnette Isham Mission: Develops and promotes downtown Bradenton by making it a preferred cultural destination.

REPLAY OUTREACH

ROTARY CLUB OF LAKEWOOD RANCH

Executive director: William F. Porter Mission: Bringing together dedicated individuals to exchange ideas, build relationships, and take action.

SAILFUTURE Sarasota, (941) 219-9847 sailfuture.org Executive director: Michael Long Mission: To create effective programs that empower highrisk juvenile offenders to make 180-degree life changes.

Bradenton, (941) 548-7693 replayoutreach.org

SARAMANA CHAPTER SONS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION

Mission: To mobilize individuals, and communities to reach at-risk

Venice, (941) 966-0493 saramanasar.org

Mission: To perpetuate the memory of the men who, by their services or sacrifices during the American Revolution, achieved the independence of the American people.

Executive director: Casey Galvanek Mission: Provides a positive, developmental, characterbuilding and competitive rowing experience for youth.

SARASOTA COUNTY 4H FOUNDATION

Sarasota, (941) 951-2916 thesarasotay.org

Sarasota, (941) 861-9814 sc4hf.org Mission: Provides resources for and promotes the local 4-H youth program.

SARASOTA COUNTY ROWING CLUB

SARASOTA FAMILY YMCA

Executive director: Kurt Stringfellow Mission: Gives children and families an opportunity to get healthy together, and develops social-impact programs that strengthen the community.

SARASOTA MILITARY OFFICERS SCHOLARSHIP FUND

Osprey, (859) 663-1635 sarasotarowing.com

Sarasota, (941) 504-3507 sarasotamoaa.com

Mission: Promotes and supports competitive, recreational and adaptive rowing without regard to individual ability, background, experience or handicap.

Mission: To support community outreach programs of the Military Officersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Association of Sarasota.

SARASOTA CREW

SARASOTA POLICE FOUNDATION

Osprey, (941) 966-9791 sarasotacrew.org

Sarasota, (941) 320-4176 sarasotapolicefoundation.com

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Mission: To apply or disburse contributions by funding programs and activities to strengthen the Sarasota Police Department and to promote public safety.

Mission: To develop a diverse group of scholar-athletes and to foster a spirit of respect and care for local waterways and coastal environments.

SCOPE (SARASOTA COUNTY OPENLY PLANS FOR EXCELLENCE)

SARASOTA PRIDE

SARASOTA TECHNOLOGY USERS GROUP

Executive director: John McCarthy Mission: Connects and inspires citizens to create a better community.

Sarasota, (941) 320-9268 sarasotapride.org Mission: Promoting understanding and tolerance based on diversity of race, religion, sex, gender and sexual orientation.

SARASOTA ROTARY FOUNDATION Sarasota, (941) 952-1793 rotaryclubofsarasotafoundation.org Mission: Helping The Rotary Club of Sarasota build a better community and world through educational, humanitarian and charitable endeavors.

SARASOTA SCULLERS YOUTH ROWING PROGRAM Osprey, (941) 966-2244 sarasotascullers.org

Sarasota, (941) 677-0246 thestug.org Mission: Committed to bringing quality education about personal technology products and providing refurbished computer equipment.

SARASOTA YOUTH SAILING PROGRAM Sarasota, (941) 504-4236 sarasotaysp.com Executive director: Alana O’Reilly Mission: To encourage youth sailors to experience the joy of sailing in a safe and fun environment and to build character, foster team work and self-reliance and strengthen respect for the marine environment.

Sarasota, (941) 365-8751 scopexcel.org

THE SIXFINGER FOUNDATION Sarasota, (508) 441-8801 thesixfingerfoundation.com Executive director: L. Free Mission: To develop projects that provide families new opportunities to learn and grow together.

SUNCOAST PARTNERSHIP TO END HOMELESSNESS Sarasota, (941) 955-8987 suncoastpartnership.org Executive director: Leslie Loveless Mission: To prevent and end homelessness in Manatee and Sarasota counties.

TEAM PUNTA GORDA Punta Gorda, (941) 637-8326 teampuntagorda.org Executive director: Nancy Johnson Mission: To help make Punta Gorda a better place to live, work and play.

THE SKY FAMILY YMCA Venice, (941) 492-9622 swflymca.org Executive director: Kenneth Modzelewski Mission: Programs that build healthy mind, body and spirit for all.

UNIDOSNOW Sarasota, (877) 598-4466 unidosnow.org Executive director: Hector Tejeda Mission: To become the trusted link between the Latino population and the community that serves them.

UNITED STATES MASTERS SWIMMING Sarasota, (941) 556-6270 usms.org

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Executive director: Robert Butcher Mission: Encouraging adults to swim.

UNITED WAY OF MANATEE COUNTY Bradenton, (941) 748-1313 uwmc.net Executive director: Philip Brown Mission: Develops resources and partnerships that make a measurable difference in people’s lives.

VENICE YOUTH BOATING ASSOCIATION Venice, (941) 468-1719 veniceyouthboating.com Executive director: Peter Eduardo Mission: Raising self-confidence, self-reliability and self-responsibility by providing new knowledge and skills as youth learn to sail.

VOLUNTEER COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS Sarasota, (941) 953-5965 connectingvolunteers.org Executive director: Cindy Underwood Mission: To connect volunteers with opportunities to serve for the betterment of the community.

WOMAN’S EXCHANGE OF SARASOTA Sarasota, (941) 955-7859 sarasotawex.com Executive director: Karen Koblenz Mission: Supporting and enriching a variety of programs for local cultural organizations with funds raised through a consignment operation.

Mission: Dedicated to promoting French language and Francophone culture in the Sarasota and Manatee area through local educational, cultural and social events.

BRADEN RIVER CHORAL BOOSTER ASSOCIATION Bradenton, (941) 751-8230 bradenrivercba.com Executive director: Kerrie Couchois Mission: To provide financial and educational support to the choral department of Braden River High School.

BRADENTON CHRISTIAN SCHOOL Bradenton, (941) 792-5454 bcspanthers.org Executive director: Dan Vande Pol Mission: To provide quality education rooted in God’s word, and to prepare children for service in God’s world.

CARDINAL MOONEY CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL Sarasota, (941) 371-4917 cmhs-sarasota.org Executive director: Steve Christie Mission: Provides a quality education centered in Gospel values.

CHARLOTTE LOCAL EDUCATION FOUNDATION Port Charlotte, (941) 255-7500 charlotteschoolfoundation.org Executive director: Mary Clemmons Mission: Connecting children, classrooms and community to build student success.

CHILDREN’S ACADEMY OF SOUTHWEST FLORIDA

EDUCATION THE ABA ACADEMY Sarasota, (941) 388-8020 abaacademysarasota.org Executive director: Shelly Swift Mission: To develop the full potential of students with autism spectrum disorders and other disabilities.

ALLIANCE FRANCAISE OF SARASOTA Sarasota, (941) 955-0700 afsarasota.org

Bradenton, (941) 747-8726 caswfl.com Executive director: Jennifer Radebach Mission: To offer a developmental day program that ensures every child has opportunity to be school ready.

DREAMERS AFTERSCHOOL HOMEWORK ASSISTANCE PROGRAM Sarasota, (941) 961-4058 dreamersafterschoolhomework­ assistancepro.weebly.com

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DREAMS ARE FREE

Executive director: Greg Leaming Mission: Provides a select group of graduate acting students a combination of intense classroom training and production opportunities.

Sarasota, (941) 366-4010 dreamsarefree.org

THE GAP SCHOOL

Mission: To address the ongoing need for free tutoring services to youth in north Sarasota.

Executive director: Rebecca Reynolds Mission: To develop a strong foundation of faith, values and learning for students with special learning needs.

Sarasota, (941) 552-9090 thegapschool.education/mission. html Executive director: Robin Ahearn Mission: Focused on individualized education and tolerance.

DUETTE EDUCATION FOUNDATION

GATOR WILDERNESS CAMP SCHOOL

Duette, (941) 721-6674 duetteschool.org

Punta Gorda, (941) 639-7722 gatorwildernesscamp.com

Executive director: Donna King Mission: To support Duette Elementary School.

Executive director: Gregg Kanagy Mission: To provide assistance to emotionally troubled adolescent males through a wilderness camping experience.

EARLY LEARNING COALITION OF FLORIDA’S HEARTLAND Port Charlotte, (941) 255-1650 elcfh.org Executive director: Anne Bouhebent Mission: To support families and children in accessing high-quality early care and education services.

EARLY LEARNING COALITION OF MANATEE COUNTY Palmetto, (941) 757-2900 elc-manatee.org Executive director: Paul Sharff Mission: To provide and coordinate the services of school readiness programs.

EARLY LEARNING COALITION OF SARASOTA COUNTY Sarasota, (941) 954-4830 earlylearningcoalitionsarasota.org Executive director: Janet Kahn Mission: Provides access to highquality early education resources and family support.

EDUCATION FOUNDATION OF SARASOTA COUNTY Sarasota, (941) 927-0965 edfoundation.net Executive director: Susan Scott Mission: High-impact initiatives for students and teachers.

FSU/ASOLO CONSERVATORY FOR ACTOR TRAINING Sarasota, (941) 351-9010 asolorep.org

GLOBAL OUTREACH University Park, (941) 358-1705 globaloutreachtanzania.org Executive director: Stanley Muessle Mission: To introduce computer literacy into the curriculum of secondary schools in central Tanzania, and to then use that capability to improve the quality of education overall.

GREATER SARASOTA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE FOUNDATION Sarasota, (941) 955-2508 sarasotachamberfoundation.org Mission: To conduct educational, training and leadership development programs for the business community.

IMAGINE SCHOOLS Sarasota, (941) 923-1125 imagineschoolspalmerranch.org Executive director: Alisa Wright Mission: To educate children through a challenging program of study and strong character development within a nurturing and orderly learning environment.

INCARNATION CATHOLIC SCHOOL Sarasota, (941) 924-8588 incarnationschool.edu Executive director: Ann Davis Mission: To provide an education of excellence while fostering the


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teaching mission of Jesus Christ to grow in faith, knowledge and love of God.

LIFELONG LEARNING ACADEMY Sarasota, (941) 359-4296 lla-sm.org Executive director: Janna Overstreet Mission: To enrich the lives of mature adults in Sarasota and Manatee counties by providing affordable and outstanding educational and social interaction programs.

LIFELONG LEARNING INSTITUTE Punta Gorda, (941) 637-3533 lifelonglearning-charlotte.org Executive director: Phyllis Walker Mission: Offers affordable noncredit learning opportunities to adults and organizations of Charlotte County.

LINKS TO SUCCESS Arcadia, (863) 990-0527 Mission: To provide resources, services, experiences and guidance to prepare youth in DeSoto County for post secondary education and careers.

THE LITERACY COUNCIL OF MANATEE COUNTY Bradenton, (941) 746-8197 manatee-literacy.org Mission: To empower Manatee County residents to independence through literacy.

THE LITERACY COUNCIL OF SARASOTA Sarasota, (941) 955-0421 sarasotaliteracy.org Executive director: Tom Melville Mission: To improve literacy for adults in Sarasota County through personalized, needsbased tutoring and small group instruction.

LITERACY VOLUNTEERS OF AMERICA OF SOUTH SARASOTA COUNTY Venice, (941) 488-8994 literacychangeslives.org Executive director: Sandy McIntyre Mission: To provide one-on-one

tutoring and small group classes for English as a Second Language (ESL) and basic literacy at no cost to adult learners.

Executive director: Jessica Rogers Mission: To support the priorities of New College of Florida.

PROJECT LIGHT OF MANATEE

MACULAR DEGENERATION ASSOCIATION

NEW GATE SCHOOL Sarasota, (941) 922-4949 newgate.edu

Executive director: Luz Corcuera Mission: Dedicated to providing accessible adult English language and literacy instruction.

Executive director: Timothy Seldin Mission: To cultivate a love of life and inspire academic excellence.

RINGLING COLLEGE LIBRARY ASSOCIATION

Sarasota, (941) 870-4399 maculardegenerationassociation. org Executive director: Lawrence Hoffheimer Mission: To find a cure for macular degeneration and all eye diseases.

MANATEE EDUCATION FOUNDATION Bradenton, (941) 251-4937 mefinfo.org Executive director: Mary Glass Mission: To provide funding for programs and opportunities for the teachers and students of Manatee County public schools beyond allocated state dollars.

MANATEE SCHOOL FOR THE ARTS Palmetto, (941) 721-6800 msfta.org Executive director: Charles Jones Mission: To provide an educational environment that will allow the most students to succeed by acknowledging and accommodating different learning styles.

MANATEE TECHNICAL INSTITUTE FOUNDATION Bradenton, (941) 751-7900 mtifoundation.org Executive director: Virginia Sirocky Mission: To support the programs, educational services, teachers and students of Manatee Technical College.

THE MONTESSORI FOUNDATION Bradenton, (941) 729-9565 montessori.org Executive director: Joyce St. Giermaine Mission: To inspire, nurture and support the development of strong Montessori schools worldwide, with programs serving children from infants through high school.

NEW COLLEGE FOUNDATION Sarasota, (941) 487-4800 ncf.edu/foundation

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OUT-OF-DOOR ACADEMY OF SARASOTA Sarasota, (941) 349-3223 oda.edu Executive director: David Mahler Mission: Provides an environment in which students strive to achieve their highest academic goals and build character through a balanced program of academics, the arts and athletics.

PEACE EDUCATION AND ACTION CENTER Sarasota, (941) 545-5635 sarasotapeacenter.org Executive director: Arlene Sweeting Mission: To build a culture of peace by nurturing cooperation, non-violence, respect for human rights and cultural diversity, democracy and tolerance.

Bradenton, (941) 745-1659 projectlightofmanatee.org

Sarasota, (941) 925-1343 rclassociation.org Mission: Dedicated to the ongoing development of Verman Kimbrough Memorial Library.

RINGLING COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN Sarasota, (941) 309-4733 ringling.edu Executive director: Larry Thompson Mission: Through art and design, to educate the creative critical thinkers who will transform the future.

RIVERVIEW HIGH SCHOOL FOUNDATION Sarasota, (941) 376-7877 rhsfoundation.org Mission: To provide funds for the enhancement of education at Riverview High School.

PIERIAN SPRING ACADEMY

SAINT MARTHA SCHOOL

Sarasota, (941) 716-2471 psasrq.org

Sarasota, (941) 953-4181 stmarthaschool.net

Executive director: Debbie Cowles Mission: To provide intellectually stimulating learning experiences led by highly qualified faculty for adults in the Sarasota/Manatee community.

Executive director: Siobhan Young Mission: To provide each student with diverse opportunities to develop strength in faith and excellence in knowledge and learning.

PINE VIEW ASSOCIATION

SAINT STEPHEN’S EPISCOPAL SCHOOL

Osprey, (941) 486-2001 yourpva.org Mission: To enrich the school’s programs and activities so that Pine View School remains a center of academic excellence.

PINNACLE ACADEMY PTO Bradenton, (941) 755-1400 thepinnacleacademy.com Mission: To support legacy projects to enhance the educational experiences of students with special learning needs.

Bradenton, (941) 746-2121 saintstephens.org Executive director: Janet Pullen Mission: To provide a superior academic program in a nurturing environment that values independence and self-worth, physical health, spiritual awareness and responsible global citizenship.

SARASOTA CHINESE ACADEMY Sarasota, (941) 315-8178 sarasotachineseacademy.org


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CAMPUS oF CARInG The Glasser Schoenbaum Human Services Center is an internationally recognized concept in philanthropy and in nonprofit administration that supports organizations who deliver services to those in need in Sarasota and Manatee Counties. Celebrating our 25th anniversary, we currently provide homes to 19 nonprofit health and human service agencies on our campus at a deeply discounted occupancy rate, so they can focus on whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important. Our reach is extraordinarily wide and our impact is profound. Just as your next donation can be. Visit us on Facebook or at gs-humanservices.org to make a donation, view our event calendar and learn more.

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Executive director: Shuman Bruinius Mission: To provide quality Chinese language instructions and promote understanding and appreciation of traditional Chinese culture, history and philosophy.

SARASOTA CHRISTIAN SCHOOL Sarasota, (941) 371-6481 sarasotachristian.org Executive director: Jeffrey Shank Mission: To honor God by developing academic abilities and broadening educational experiences while deepening Christian faith.

SARASOTA HIGH SCHOOL MIGHTY SAILOR BAND BOOSTERS Sarasota, (941) 955-0181 mightysailorband.org Executive director: John Roseboom Mission: To challenge young minds to grow as individuals through the learning of music literature and life lessons throughout the high school music experience.

SARASOTA MILITARY ACADEMY Sarasota, (941) 926-1700 sarasotamilitaryacademy.org Executive director: Christina Bowman Mission: To provide high school students the highest quality college preparatory education possible, incorporating the principles of leadership, discipline, patriotism, compassion and honor in a military environment.

SARASOTA MUSIC CONSERVATORY Sarasota, (941) 726-3020 sarasotamusicconservatory.org Mission: Dedicated to providing the highest standard of music education and performance programs.

SARASOTA SCHOOL OF ARTS AND SCIENCES Sarasota, (941) 330-1855 ssas.org

Executive director: Tara Tahmosh Mission: Provides a small, intimate environment of academic excellence and enrichment.

SARASOTA UNIVERSITY

SEA OF STRENGTHS ACADEMY PTO

Sarasota, (866) 582-8448 sarasotauniversity.org

Lakewood Ranch, (941) 538-6822 sosaschool.com

Executive director: Ronald Ogrodnik Mission: To make a difference in people’s lives through strengthsbased education.

Mission: To enhance the academic experience for students with learning disabilities.

SARASOTA WALDORF

SISTER CITIES ASSOCIATION OF SARASOTA

Sarasota, (941) 927-3711 waldorfsarasota.com

Sarasota, (309) 966-1616 sarasotasistercities.org

Executive director: Erin Melia Mission: Fosters a capacity for self-knowledge that is grounded in a lifelong love of learning.

Mission: To foster international relationships between Sarasota and cities that have similar interests by creating exchanges in areas of culture, education, tourism, business and government.

SARASOTA WORLD AFFAIRS COUNCIL Sarasota, (941) 487-4603 sarasotawac.org

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SOAR GREATER HURST CHAPEL AME Sarasota, (941) 355-6033

Mission: To foster greater understanding of world affairs

INNOVATION • COMMUNITY • COLLABORATION • CREATIVITY

PO Box 20613, Sarasota, FL 34276 • info@keychorale.org

through a community learning forum (speaker series, educational outreach programs, etc.).

Executive director: Keturah Pittman


Engage. Tomorrow. Today.

Help us create a brighter future by opening the door to educational dreams.

The Foundation for our communityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s College.

Start a conversation with our expert staff and learn more about opportunities to support scholarships and programs by contacting Cassandra Holmes, Executive Director, 941-752-5390 or holmesc@scf.edu.

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Mission: Committed to improving the academic achievement of children.

ST. JOSEPH SCHOOL Bradenton, (941) 755-2611 sjsfl.org Executive director: Coleen Curlett Mission: Provides children pre-K through eighth grade an educational program of academic excellence, empowering them to become confident and contributing leaders in their families, church, community and global society.

Executive director: Sandy Albano Mission: To honor the memory of Taylor William Emmons, who died in an accident at 19, and support causes representative of his interests, with an emphasis on children.

Executive director: Neil Phillips Mission: To provide boys from low-income communities with outstanding academic, character and social education in a nurturing school environment.

biodiversity and natural integrity of the bays, beaches, barrier islands and watersheds of Florida’s Gulf Coast.

TEAMUP VOLUNTEER & PARTNERSHIP COUNCIL

WE R 4 KIDS Sarasota, (941) 921-3375 we-r-4-kids.org

Osprey, (941) 966-1133 friendsofoscarscherer.com

Sarasota, (941) 927-9000 sarasotacountyschools.net/ departments/pals/default. aspx?id=2740

THE SOCIAL BLACK BELT

Mission: Provides resources and support to the Sarasota County School District.

Venice, (941) 587-7388 thesocialblackbelt.com

THE TABERNACLE

Executive director: Stephanie Cortman Mission: Provides youth with the skills, knowledge and the resources to choose pro-social behaviors and establish healthy lifelong goals.

STATE COLLEGE OF FLORIDA FOUNDATION Bradenton, (941) 752-5390 scffoundation.net Executive director: Cassandra Holmes Mission: Inspires and connects donors’ passions and regional partners with State College of Florida, and stewards assets entrusted to the foundation.

TAKE STOCK IN CHILDREN OF MANATEE COUNTY Bradenton, (941) 751-6550 takestockmanatee.com Executive director: Diana Dill Mission: Provides mentoring, college scholarships and hope for deserving at-risk students.

TAKE STOCK IN CHILDREN OF SARASOTA COUNTY Sarasota, (941) 358-4407 takestocksarasota.org Executive director: Lisa Bechtold Mission: Provides a unique opportunity for low-income and at-risk students in Sarasota County to escape the cycle of poverty through education.

TAYLOR WILLIAM EMMONS MEMORIAL FOUNDATION Sarasota, (941) 915-9249 temmons.org

Executive director: Joyce Raby Mission: Dedicated to teaching non-violent communication techniques to young people.

WEE CARE CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

FRIENDS OF OSCAR SCHERER PARK

Mission: To provide a natural environment of learning and pleasure for school children, groups, naturalists and families.

LEMON BAY CONSERVANCY Englewood, (941) 830-8922 lemonbayconservancy.org

Myakka City, (941) 322-6409

Sarasota, (941) 365-1050 tcssarasota.org Executive director: Ronda Crickenberger Mission: To lead every student to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ and develop the spirit, mind and body to see life from a Biblical point of view.

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA FOUNDATION Sarasota, (941) 359-4582 usfsm.edu/giving Regional vice chancellor: Dennis Stover Mission: The legal conduit for the solicitation, acceptance, investment and distribution of all private gifts made across the University of South Florida system.

Executive director: Marilyn Beasley Mission: To lead every student to the knowledge of Jesus Christ and develop the spirit, mind and body to see life from a Biblical prospective.

WESTCOAST SCHOOL FOR HUMAN DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION Sarasota, (941) 366-4539 westcoastschool.org Executive director: Marvin Hendon Mission: To promote critical thinking, excelsior achievement, common and earnest kindness, and to teach science, logic, synthesis, ethics and aesthetics with a passion.

Executive director: Greg Truitt Mission: Inspiring academic success and leadership through mentoring.

VENICE HIGH SCHOOL MARINE CORP JUNIOR RESERVE OFFICER TRAINING CORP Venice, (941) 488-6726

Executive director: Billy Little Mission: To support the program objectives of the Marine Corp instructors by raising funds and providing volunteer assistance.

VISIBLE MEN ACADEMY Bradenton, (941) 758-7588 vmacademy.org

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MANATEE COUNTY AUDUBON SOCIETY Bradenton, (941) 729-2222 manateeaudubon.org Mission: To protect, preserve, restore and enjoy the natural environment by creating an awareness and appreciation of birds, other wildlife and native habitat.

MARIE SELBY BOTANICAL GARDENS Sarasota, (941) 366-5731 selby.org

UPSIDE DOWN FOUNDATION Sarasota, (941) 366-3600 upsidedownfoundation.org

Executive director: Stanley Cooper Mission: To forever protect and preserve the natural features of Lemon Bay, Charlotte Harbor, their surrounding waters and uplands.

ENVIRONMENT THE CHILDREN’S GARDEN Sarasota, (941) 330-1711 sarasotachildrensgarden.com Executive director: Joan Condon Mission: To keep kids connected to nature by providing a whimsical interactive garden to explore, wonder, imagine and learn the magic of gardening.

CONSERVATION FOUNDATION OF THE GULF COAST

Executive director: Jennifer Rominiecki Mission: To further the understanding and appreciation of plants, especially epiphytes.

MOTE MARINE LABORATORY Sarasota, (941) 388-4441 mote.org Executive director: Michael Crosby Mission: Dedicated to the advancement of marine and environmental sciences through scientific research, education and public outreach.

NATURE’S ACADEMY

Osprey, (941) 918-2100 conservationfoundation.com

Bradenton, (941) 538-6829 naturesacademy.org

Executive director: Christine Johnson Mission: Works to protect the environmental character,

Executive director: Dana Pounds Mission: To enhance science literacy and foster environmental stewardship.


www.SarasotaBallet.org | 941.359.0099 x 104

Celebrate With Us OUr Sydney

Goldstein

is an invaluable member of The Sarasota Ballet family. Through her role as Board Chair and now Chair Emerita, Sydney has played a unique role in the success of the organization. She has watched The Sarasota Ballet grow into a nationally and internationally recognized company and now her focus is on Chairing ‘The Building the Future’ campaign for this “jewel of the arts.”

Sydney Goldstein & Principal Dancers of The Sarasota Ballet

“To quote A Chorus Line, ‘everything is beautiful at the ballet.’ That sums up perfectly how I feel about Iain, Margaret and The Sarasota Ballet. I am thrilled to be a part of their success and I encourage you join us as we continue to move forward.”

Photography Frank Atura

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SARASOTA AUDUBON SOCIETY

principals, floral design and civic beautification.

Sarasota, (941) 724-1709 sarasotaaudubon.org

SAVE OUR SIESTA SAND

Executive director: Jeanne Dubi Mission: Dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of birds, wildlife and the environment.

SARASOTA DOLPHIN RESEARCH PROGRAM

Sarasota, (941) 312-0318 soss2.com Mission: To ensure that no harm comes to Siesta Key beaches, waterfront property or navigation in Big Pass.

Sarasota, (941) 349-3259 sarasotadolphin.org

SCIENCE AND ENVIRONMENT COUNCIL OF SOUTHWEST FLORIDA

Executive director: Randall Wells Mission: Improves the lives of dolphins through research, conservation, education and outreach.

Sarasota, (941) 232-8222 scienceandenvironment.org

SARASOTA GARDEN CLUB Sarasota, (941) 955-0875 sarasotagardenclub.org Executive director: Olivia Haynes Mission: Preserving botanical gardens and historical landmarks while fostering appreciation and promotion of Florida gardening

Executive director: Jennifer Shafer Mission: To increase science-based environmental understanding, conservation and restoration in Southwest Florida.

SEA TO SHORE ALLIANCE

marine species and to improve the health and productivity of coastal environments.

SUNCOAST WATERKEEPER Sarasota, (941) 275-2922 suncoastwaterkeeper.com Executive director: Justin Bloom Mission: To protect and restore Southwest Florida’s waterways through enforcement, fieldwork, advocacy and environmental education.

VENICE AREA BEAUTIFICATION Venice, (941) 207-8224 vabi.org Mission: To make the Venice area a more beautiful place to live, work and play.

HEALTH CARE A LIFE STORY FOUNDATION Lakewood Ranch, (713) 443-2972 alifestoryfoundation.org Executive director: Kevin Swan Mission: To raise awareness, create action, find treatments for, and ultimately, find a cure for ALS.

ALL CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL GUILD St. Petersburg, (727) 767-3879 achgsarasotamanatee.com Mission: To advocate, volunteer and fund raise for children and families of All Children’s Hospital.

Sarasota, (941) 587-4510 sea2shore.org

ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE & RELATED DISORDERS ASSOCIATION

Executive director: James Powell Mission: To protect threatened

Sarasota, (941) 365-8883 alz.org/flgulfcoast

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Our expertise in caring extends to our clients and to our community. In 20 years, Take Care has donated more than half a million dollars in support of local non-profits.

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Susanne S. Wise, RN, MBA CEO & Owner

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Executive director: Gloria Smith Mission: To eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.

BEYOND THE SPECTRUM Sarasota, (941) 907-3443 beyondthespectrum.org Executive director: Catherine Peabody Mission: To serve the children and families in the community affected by autism and related disorders.

CARES OUTREACH SERVICES

CHARLOTTE COUNTY HEALTHY START COALITION

Sarasota, (941) 365-5926 caresoutreachservices.org

Port Charlotte, (941) 764-9700 charlottecountyhealthystart. com

Executive director: Michael Kehoe Mission: Moving forward to put health disparities behind us.

BIOSCENT K9

CENTER FOR BUILDING HOPE

Tampa, (813) 636-8100 aakp.org

Myakka City, (941) 225-5042 bioscentk9.com

Sarasota, (941) 921-5539 centerforbuildinghope.org

Executive director: Gary Green Mission: Dedicated to improving the quality of life of kidney patients through education and advocacy.

Mission: To use canine scent detection to develop a noninvasive way of screening for cancer and other life threatening diseases in their primary stages.

Mission: Offers free information, programs and services to cancer patients, caregivers and family members.

AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY

BREAST HEALTH SARASOTA

Atlanta, (800) 227-2345 cancer.org

Sarasota, (941) 927-2226 breasthealthsarasota.org

Executive director: Gary Reedy Mission: Dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem through research, education, advocacy and service.

Mission: Dedicated to a communitywide effort promoting breast health awareness and education to underserved Sarasota County residents.

AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF KIDNEY PATIENTS

CENTERSTONE OF FLORIDA (FORMERLY MANATEE GLENS) Bradenton, (941) 782-4299 manateeglens.org Executive director: Mary Ruiz Mission: Specializes in mental health and addictions.

Executive director: Magi Cooper Mission: To improve birth outcomes, optimize child development and reduce infant mortality.

COMMUNITY AIDS NETWORK (CAN) Sarasota, (941) 366-0461 canswf.org Executive director: Richard Carlisle Mission: To provide medical, social and education services to those affected by HIV/AIDS, to enhance public awareness and prevention of HIV, and to support the LGBTQ community.

EAR RESEARCH FOUNDATION Sarasota, (941) 365-0367 earsinus.com

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Partnership

When two come together to create something great. The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall and the Van Wezel Foundation, continuing to work together to deliver first class children’s educational programming for our community. With the Foundation’s support, more than 25,000 students from four counties are provided with programs and access to the theatre each season to experience the arts through the Schooltime Program. Won’t you show your support and help us continue to keep the children coming?

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impact be this year? In the engine of innovation for our region, our donors provide an invaluable and renewable source of impact-fuel. Their giftsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;whether informed by a sense of duty, instinct for progress, or concern for our neighborsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;help power the actions we take every day. Actions that propel an agenda for impact with a scope no less than transforming our region. We invite you to call on Gulf Coast anytime to learn more about our agenda and tell us about your own. Together with our donors, we transform our region through bold and proactive philanthropy.

Together, we are Gulf Coast strong.

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Executive director: Jennifer Moss Mission: Dedicated to research, education and community service for hearing and balance disorders.

ENGLEWOOD COMMUNITY CARE CLINIC Englewood, (941) 681-3765 englewoodclinic.org Executive director: Beth Harrison Mission: To provide no-cost episodic medical services to the uninsured and working poor in the Englewood area.

EPILEPSY SERVICE OF SOUTHWEST FLORIDA

FLORENCE A. ROTHMAN INSTITUTE

and to support long-term recovery from food addiction.

Sarasota, (941) 330-6760 farinstitute.org

GENESIS HEALTH SERVICES

Executive director: George Finlay Mission: To develop and utilize innovative techniques for analysis of data within electronic medical records to improve health care delivery.

FLORIDA CANCER SPECIALISTS FOUNDATION Sarasota, (941) 677-7181 foundation.flcancer.com/ Executive director: Beth Bush Mission: To help patients who need financial assistance while undergoing treatment.

Sarasota, (941) 953-5988 epilepsy-services.org Executive director: Kevin Lindberg Mission: To assist all uninsured adults diagnosed with epilepsy in the agency’s eight-county region to obtain medical, case management, and prevention and education services.

THE FOOD ADDICTION INSTITUTE Sarasota, (941) 747-1972 foodaddictioninstitute.org Mission: To provide awareness, education and training about chemical dependency on food,

Sarasota, (941) 363-1852 genesishealthservices.org Executive director: James McCloud Mission: To insure that all families have access to affordable quality health care, with a focus on preventive protocols, in order to prevent the onset or progression of serious illness.

GOOD SAMARITAN PHARMACY & HEALTH SERVICES Nokomis, (941) 445-5687 goodsamrx.org Mission: Provides free medication and medical services to uninsured financially needy members of the community.

IN THE PINK BOUTIQUE Sarasota, (904) 534-3266 sarasotainthepink.com

Executive director: Jeri Millard Mission: Dedicated to helping women heal, cope and survive the effects of cancer, physically and emotionally.

JACK & JILL LATE STAGE CANCER FOUNDATION Atlanta, (404) 537-5253 jajf.org Executive director: Jon Albert Mission: Gives children who will lose their mother or father to cancer a timeout to create indispensable memories together while they can.

JUVENILE DIABETES RESEARCH FOUNDATION INTERNATIONAL Naples, (941) 685-6875 jdrf.org/floridasuncoast Executive director: Carolyn Boos Mission: To progressively remove the impact of T1D from people’s lives.

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MAGNIFICENT 7 SEASON OPENER BRUNCH Benefiting the 7 Youth Orchestra Ensembles of the Sarasota Orchestra

Sunday, November 15, 2015 | 10:30 AM Michael’s on East Join us for a morning of great music, food and friends to celebrate our 7th Season Opener Brunch and support the Sarasota Youth Orchestras. Enjoy a special performance by John Miller and his jazz ensemble featuring familiar faces from the Sarasota Orchestra.

Reserve your seats today! $150 pp For more information or to RSVP contact Mary Hoffman at 941-487-2737 or MHoffman@SarasotaOrchestra.org www.SarasotaOrchestra.org Special thanks to our Title Foundation Sponsor:

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MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY ASSOCIATION

Mission: To help find a cure for Parkinson’s disease and to improve the quality of life for Parkinson patients and their caregivers.

Fort Myers, (239) 437-6900 mdausa.org Executive director: Steven Derks Mission: Aimed at conquering more than 40 neuromuscular diseases that affect more than a million American adults and children.

NEURO CHALLENGE FOUNDATION

Bradenton, (941) 739-3936 pathwaysautism.com Mission: To encourage all autistic people to reach their maximum potential.

PHELAN MCDERMID SYNDROME FOUNDATION

Sarasota, (941) 926-6413 parkinsonsneurochallenge.org Executive director: Judith Bell Mission: Dedicated to improving the quality of life of people with Parkinson’s disease and their caregivers.

PARKINSON RESEARCH FOUNDATION Sarasota, (941) 870-4438 parkinsonresearchfoundation.org Executive director: Lawrence Hoffheimer

PATHWAYS AUTISM CURE & TREATMENT

Venice, (941) 485-8000 pmsf.org Mission: To help people affected by PMS worldwide by providing family support, accelerating research and raising awareness.

PINES OF SARASOTA FOUNDATION Sarasota, (941) 955-6293 pinesofsarasota.org Executive director: Estelle Crawford

Mission: Offers donors a venue to financially support the capital, programmatic and endowment needs of Pines of Sarasota, a nonprofit senior care community.

PLANNED PARENTHOOD OF SOUTHWEST AND CENTRAL FLORIDA Sarasota, (941) 365-3913 myplannedparenthood.org

PREVENT BLINDNESS FLORIDA St. Petersburg, (813) 874-2020 preventblindnessflorida.org Executive director: Joanne Lighter Mission: To prevent blindness and preserve sight.

ROB’S RESCUE FOUNDATION Sarasota, (941) 923-3958 robsrescue.com

Executive director: Barbara Zdravecky Mission: To ensure the rights of all individuals to manage their sexual and reproductive health by providing medical services, education and advocacy.

Executive director: Jane Haase Mission: To financially assist families who have a child on the cancer floor at All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg.

SARASOTA MEMORIAL HEALTHCARE FOUNDATION

PRADER-WILLI SYNDROME ASSOCIATION

Sarasota, (941) 917-1286 smhf.org

Sarasota, (800) 926-4797 pwsausa.org Executive director: Ken Smith Mission: To promote and fund research, provide education and offer support to enhance the quality of life of those affected.

Executive director: Alexandra Quarles Mission: To raise and distribute philanthropic funds to improve the quality of healthcare within the greater Sarasota community.

ADVER TI SEMENT ADVER TI SEMENT

COMPANIES WHO CARE

AnnA MAriA Oyster BAr GivinG Back never TasTed so Good.

With three AreA lOcAtiOns serving up great food at great prices,

Anna Maria Oyster Bar is widely known for much more than just the fresh oysters of its namesake. The festive and friendly restaurant is renowned as a champion for a number of local causes. As owner John Horne says, “The community supports AMOB, so we should support the community.” Anna Maria Oyster Bar and its team work to make a difference every day. From awarding local graduates and gap program students with scholarships and collecting donations during the holidays, to hosting on-site blood drives and holding fund raisers such as the annual Horne & Moon Fundraiser Social and events for the PACE Center for Girls, the company remains active all year round to help those in need.

At AMOB, community support is always on the menu.

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STROKE ASSOCIATION OF FLORIDA

those impacted get the support they need.

Sarasota, (941) 346-1122 strokefl.org

TIDEWELL HOSPICE

Mission: Dedicated to providing no-cost volunteer medical, pharmacy and wellness services to the under-served in Charlotte.

Sarasota, (941) 552-7525 tidewellhospice.org

WE CARE MANATEE

Executive director: Kim James Mission: To reduce the incidence and impact of stroke in Sarasota and Manatee counties by educating about stroke risks, prevention, signs and symptoms.

Executive director: Gerry Radford Mission: To help people live well by providing care, comfort and compassion.

SUNCOAST BLOOD BANK

TRINITY CHARITIES

Sarasota, (941) 954-1600 scbb.org

Sarasota, (941) 355-0847 trinitycharities.org

Executive director: Scott Bush Mission: Provides a reliable supply of quality blood products and services to hospitals and health centers in need.

Executive director: Greg Kaspar Mission: To provide support, education, prevention and intervention for those living with and affected by HIV/AIDS and for those in temporary crisis.

TEAM TONY BRAIN CANCER FOUNDATION Sarasota, (941) 320-3366 teamtony.org Executive director: Tony McEachern Mission: Pairs cancer survivors with a cancer fighter to ensure

VIRGINIA B. ANDES VOLUNTEER COMMUNITY CLINIC Port Charlotte, (941) 766-9570 volunteercare.org Executive director: Suzanne Roberts

Bradenton, (941) 755-3952 wecaremanatee.org Executive director: Jill Gass Mission: To facilitate free medical care to low-income and uninsured residents of Manatee.

HUMAN SERVICES THE ABLE TRUST Tallahassee, (850) 224-4493 abletrust.org Executive director: Susanne Homant Mission: To provide Floridians with disabilities opportunities for successful employment.

AGAPE FLIGHTS Venice, (941) 488-0990 agapeflights.com Executive director: Allen Speer Mission: Delivering cargo, mail and humanitarian aid to missionary partners in the nations of the Caribbean.

AGING IN PARADISE RESOURCE CENTER Longboat Key, (941) 383-6493 aginginparadise.org Executive director: Donna Dunio Mission: Provides quality solutions and exciting opportunities for local seniors.

ALL FAITHS FOOD BANK Sarasota, (941) 379-6333 allfaithsfoodbank.org Executive director: Sandra Frank Mission: Food is the beginning: the first step in a holistic response to meeting the needs of our hungry neighbors and helping move them toward independence.

PROVIDING

HELP C R E AT I N G

HOPE

SERVING

ALL

Catholic Charities, Diocese of Venice, Inc. in Sarasota and Manatee counties provides the most vulnerable people in our local community with assistance to help them thrive. Without basic necessities it is very difficult for a child to learn in school or an adult to maintain employment or a senior to remain healthy. Catholic Charities offers courageous families and individuals valuable resources to become more self-sufficient.

PLEASE JOIN US FOR OUR 2016 FUNDRAISING EVENTS! Catholic Charities Ball Saturday, January 30 at the Ritz-Carlton

Bethesda House Mardi Gras Madness Fat Tuesday, February 9 at Michaelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on East

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Helping patients and families find joy in every day Imagine the feelings of confusion and despair when faced with losing a loved one. Now imagine the uplifting support Tidewell Hospice provides to its patients and families during that time. Whether it is providing compassionate, end-of-life care, stressrelieving complementary services, or comforting grief support, Tidewell makes an incredible difference in the lives of so many families in this community. And helps them find joy even when they are facing their most challenging days. Did you know: • Tidewell has provided the highest quality end-of-life care for 35 years? • This care is provided to all, regardless of ability to pay? • Gifts to Tidewell help fill the gap • for unreimbursed services? • All donations to Tidewell are used within its four-county service area to support local families? Tidewell makes sure that your gift directly impacts those who need it most — our patients and their loved ones. For information about how you can help Tidewell patients and families, please call 855-Tidewell (855-843-3935) or visit GivetoTidewell.org.

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ALSO OUT YOUTH

BETTER FUTURES

Sarasota, (941) 951-2576 alsoyouth.org

Sarasota, (941) 232-9235 better-futures.com

Executive director: Donna Hanley Mission: To provide advocacy, leadership, support and outreach to LGBTQIA youth and their allies.

Executive director: Mark Schlanger Mission: Provides basic life skills programs to children and their families who suffer from poverty, disease and hunger.

AMERICAN RED CROSS Sarasota, (941) 379-9300 redcross.org/swfl Executive director: Megarie van Sickel Mission: Prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing volunteers and donors.

AMIKIDS Punta Gorda, (941) 575-5790 amikidscrossroads.org Executive director: John Davidson Mission: To provide stability and preparation for difficult-to-place teenaged boys in the Florida foster care system.

ANCHOR HOUSE Palmetto, (941) 722-0764 anchorhousemission.com Executive director: Timothy Huppert Mission: To reach out to any and all international seafarers who dock at Port Manatee.

ARCADIA DESOTO COUNTY HABITAT FOR HUMANITY Arcadia, (863) 494-4118 desotohabitat.com Executive director: Jane Breylinger Mission: Brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.

BABY BASICS OF SARASOTA Sarasota, (941) 684-0009 babybasicsnational.org/sarasota Mission: Provides and distributes diapers and kindness to working poor families who do not receive governmental cash assistance.

BACKPACK ANGELS (NORTH PORT COALITION FOR HOMELESS NEEDY CHILDREN) North Port, (941) 423-6078 backpackangels.org Mission: To foster self-esteem in homeless/needy children children by providing them with personal hygiene products.

BRIDGE A LIFE Sarasota, (310) 422-7179 bridgealife.com Executive director: Danny Jones Mission: Bringing hope to orphans and supporting foster and adoptive families through awareness, training, outreach and partnerships.

CARE NET MANASOTA CRISIS PREGNANCY CENTER Bradenton, (941) 751-1966 carenetmanasota.com Executive director: Shirley Fenton Mission: To affirm the sanctity of human life by ministering to those facing crisis pregnancy.

CARE2TRI Sarasota, (941) 799-1680 care2tri.org Executive director: Greg Simony Mission: To help those who are often treated differently because of physical disabilities.

CATHOLIC CHARITIES DIOCESE OF VENICE Venice, (941) 484-9543 catholiccharitiesdov.org Executive director: Peter RoutsisArroyo Mission: To serve and empower all in need regardless of race, nationality or creed.

CENTER FOR ABUSE & RAPE EMERGENCIES OF CHARLOTTE COUNTY, (C.A.R.E.) Punta Gorda, (941) 639-5499 carefl.org Executive director: Kay Tvaroch Mission: To help survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and other violent crimes in Charlotte County.

THE CENTER OF HOPE OF SOUTH COUNTY Nokomis, (941) 412-9044 centerofhopevenice.org

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Executive director: Lynette McCleland Mission: To stabilize the lives of people who are unemployed, homeless, near homeless or otherwise in need.

CHARLOTTE COUNTY HABITAT FOR HUMANITY Punta Gorda, (941) 639-3162 charlottecountyhfh.org Executive director: Mike Mansfield Mission: Committed to home ownership by building quality housing, promoting nonprofit mortgages, and fostering a partnership with low-income Charlotte residents.

CHARLOTTE COUNTY HOMELESS COALITION Murdock, (941) 627-4313 cchomelesscoalition.org Executive director: Angela Hogan Mission: To alleviate and prevent hunger and homelessness.

CHARLOTTE HIV-AIDS PEOPLE SUPPORT Port Charlotte, (941) 625-2552 chapsfoodpantry.com Mission: To provide supplemental food and hygiene products to persons in need living with HIV/ AIDS and their dependents.

CHILD PROTECTION CENTER Sarasota, (941) 365-1277 cpcsarasota.org Executive director: Douglas Staley Mission: Dedicated to the prevention, intervention and treatment of child abuse.

CHILDREN FIRST Sarasota, (941) 953-3877 childrenfirst.net

CIRCUS AND TRAVELING SHOWS RETIREMENT PROJECT Sarasota, (941) 953-5786

Mission: To assist showpeople with age or health problems in their search for affordable housing.

COASTAL BEHAVIORAL HEALTHCARE Sarasota, (941) 927-8900 coastalbh.org Executive director: John Minge Mission: To provide quality care with compassion, respect and dignity.

COMMUNITY ASSISTANCE MINISTRY (CAM) Venice, (941) 492-6384 trinitypc.org Executive director: Karin Barbito Mission: To meet the urgent needs of families and individuals by providing emergency assistance.

COMMUNITY CENTER FOR THE DEAF & HARD OF HEARING OF MANATEE SARASOTA Sarasota, (941) 366-0260 ccdhh.org Executive director: Donna Carlton Mission: To provide services and programs which promote empowerment, equal access, education and independence to the deaf and hard of hearing of Manatee and Sarasota counties.

COMMUNITY HAVEN FOR ADULTS AND CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES Sarasota, (941) 355-8808 communityhaven.org

Executive director: Philip Tavill Mission: Strengthening children and families through a comprehensive approach to development, education, health and well-being.

Executive director: Marla Doss Mission: Empowers independence and inclusion in all aspects of society for children and adults with disabilities.

CHILDRENâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S GUARDIAN FUND

COMMUNITY SOLUTIONS 360

Sarasota, (941) 504-9515 childrensguardianfund.org

Sarasota, (941) 809-2231 communitysolutions360.org

Executive director: Harold Hedley Mission: To ensure that every abused, neglected and abandoned child in the 12th Judicial Circuit of Florida has a court-appointed Guardian ad Litem.

Executive director: Laura Carter Mission: To provide safe and affordable home ownership and rentals, coupled with housing counseling and homebuyer education.


Michael Jones Owner and Certified Senior Advisor of Comfort Keepers® Home Care

Serving Sarasota and Manatee Counties “Family Taking Care of Family” is Michael Jones’ motto; it guides his business and life decisions. He learned the true meaning of these words when his father passed away. Although Michael was only seven, he felt thrust into the role of head of household and experienced how his family bonded to care for each other through their sorrow and hardship. Caring for others has been a cornerstone of his life’s work ever since. In his early career as a financial planner, Michael witnessed how older clients were often abused by unethical advisors. This further strengthened his determination to protect the vulnerable— especially seniors. In fact, it became his mission. When Michael moved his family to Sarasota to be close to his aging mother, he realized the need for quality homecare for seniors. After much research, Michael chose Comfort Keepers® for its groundbreaking, interactive care-giving methods.

Michael and his dedicated team now run three offices in Sarasota, Bradenton, and Venice. Thanks to their services, thousands of area seniors enjoy meaningful and enriched lives in their own homes. Michael takes an active role in the community by hosting a TV talk show on SNN discussing issues that affect older adults. He is a founding member of the state board for the Homecare Association lobbying for senior rights, a past president of the Sarasota County Aging Network, and heads up the annual company Senior Food Drive and Alzheimer’s Walk fundraisers. Michael’s wife, Charlotte Jones, R.N., is a partner in the business. “It’s the epitome of family helping family,” says Michael. “We make sure that we only hire caregivers that I would send to help my own family. It’s well worth it, as we’re deeply touched seeing the positive results from the care and compassion our caregivers provide.” Inspired? You can reach Michael and his team at (941) 921-4747 to discuss ways you or a loved one can remain independent.

Each office independently owned and operated FL License # HHA299992670, 299994101

www.sarasota.comfortkeepers.com www.bradenton.comfortkeepers.com www.venice.comfortkeepers.com

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EASTER SEALS SOUTHWEST FLORIDA Sarasota, (941) 355-7637 easterseals-swfl.org Executive director: Tom Waters Mission: Provides quality lifespan services to children and adults with developmental disabilities.

ELKS FEEDING EMPTY LITTLE TUMMIES Bradenton, (941) 792-1511 efelt.org Mission: To provide weekend meals during the school year for children, ages 5 through 12, who are homeless and/or living in fooddeprived homes.

EQUALLY CONFIDENT FOUNDATION Sarasota, (941) 926-0355 equallyconfident.org Executive director: Kelly Trautwein Mission: To provide martial arts to all LGBTQ persons for confidence building and empowerment.

EVERY CHILD Sarasota, (941) 953-2277 everychildsarasota.org Executive director: Judy Alexander Mission: To help Sarasota’s neediest children grow into healthy, happy adults.

FAMILY NETWORK ON DISABILITIES OF MANATEE SARASOTA Lakewood Ranch, (941) 928-0682 fndmanasota.org

EVERYDAY BLESSING

Executive director: Mary Smith Mission: To empower families of children with disabilities through education, advocacy, and caregiver support.

Thonotosassa, (813) 982-9226 everydayblessingsinc.org

FAMILY PARTNERSHIP CENTER

Executive director: Richard Stroud Mission: To provide high-quality care for sibling groups through a live-in caregiver model.

FACE OF HOPE FOUNDATION North Port, (941) 284-3734 faceofhope211.org Executive director: Evelyn Gore Mission: Cares for children, adults and families facing challenges and economic struggles.

RINGLING COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN

Bradenton, (941) 756-3007 familypartnership.org Executive director: Katrina Bellemare Mission: To strengthen families and prevent child abuse and neglect in at-risk families through comprehensive parenting education and support services.

FAMILY PROMISE OF SARASOTA Sarasota, (941) 952-1800 familypromisesarasota.org Executive director: Wendy Fitton

FAMILY PROMISE OF SOUTH SARASOTA COUNTY Venice, (941) 350-6422 familypromisessc.org Mission: To address the needs of homeless children and families.

FAMILY RESOURCES Pinellas Park, (727) 521-5200 family-resources.org Executive director: Lisa Davis Mission: To strengthen families and build better communities by providing prevention, support and counseling services to children, teens and families.

FIRST STEP OF SARASOTA Sarasota, (941) 366-5333 fsos.org Executive director: David Beesley Mission: Prevents and treats alcohol and drug addictions and associated disorders.

Cultivating Tomorrow’s Leaders “Your generosity empowers students like me to become the strong, creative leaders of our generation. Thank you!” Lillian Gottwald | Class of 2012 | Illustration

Learn how you can invest in a collective, creative economy with Ringling College. www.ringling.edu/giving 941.309.4733 giving@ringling.edu

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Mission: Ending homelessness one family at a time.


THE FLORIDA CENTER FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD Sarasota, (941) 371-8820 thefloridacenter.org Executive director: Kathryn Shea Mission: Providing an array of comprehensive therapeutic services, clinical interventions, prevention and early education programming for children and families.

FLORIDA WEST COAST RESOURCE CONSERVATION & DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL Bradenton, (941) 792-0985 geraldsoncommunityfarm.org Executive director: Todd Underhill Mission: To promote a sustainable local food and agriculture economy.

FORTY CARROTS OF SARASOTA Sarasota, (941) 365-7716 fortycarrots.org

FOUNDATION FOR DREAMS

GOODWILL INDUSTRIES OF SOUTHWEST FLORIDA

Executive director: Angela Simpson Mission: Committed to encouraging every abortionminded mother to choose life and to share with her the good news of Jesus Christ.

Bradenton, (941) 746-5659 foundationfordreams.org

Fort Myers, (239) 995-2106 goodwillswfl.org

GULFCOAST LEGAL SERVICES

Executive director: Susannah Cripe Mission: To provide an exceptional camping experience for children with special needs and chronic illnesses, ages 7-17.

Executive director: Rick Evanchyk Mission: Committed to serving people with disabilities and disadvantages by offering lifechanging opportunities to achieve independence.

Mission: Dedicated to strengthening families through educational programs for parents, children and professionals in the field.

GLASSER-SCHOENBAUM HUMAN SERVICES CENTER

Executive director: Michelle Kapreilian

Bradenton, (941) 792-5374 guardianangelsfl.org

Executive director: Kameron Hodgens Mission: To enhance the social services delivery system for underserved individuals and families.

Bradenton, (941) 355-2721 experiencegoodwill.org

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GUARDIAN ANGELS OF SW FLORIDA

Sarasota, (941) 365-4545 gs-humanservices.org

GOODWILL INDUSTRIES MANASOTA

INSTRUMENTAL

Executive director: Robert Rosinsky Mission: Changes lives through the power of work.

Mission: Committed to the provision of safe, loving, faithbased, traditional foster homes to help meet the needs of abused, abandoned or neglected children.

GULF COAST STORKS Osprey, (941) 564-5146 gulfcoaststorks.com

St. Petersburg, (727) 821-0726 gulfcoastlegal.org Executive director: John Dubrule Mission: Dedicated to providing comprehensive legal advocacy in civil matters, counseling and education for vulnerable individuals and families in Pinellas, Sarasota, Hillsborough, Pasco and Manatee counties.

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY SARASOTA Sarasota, (941) 365-0700 habitatsrq.org Executive director: Renee Snyder Mission: To provide decent, affordable housing for people in need so they may build better lives for their families.

Exceptional musicians from around the world, performing for you in America’s only 18th Century European Opera House, and other one-of-a-kind venues.

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More than forty performances annually. For our schedule, details and tickets visit www.artistseriesconcerts.org TICKETS 941.360.7399 (Daily 10-4) GROUPS & INFORMATION 941.306.1202 (M-F, 10-4)

Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization – learn more about us at: www.thegivingpartner.org

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HABITAT FOR HUMANITY SOUTH SARASOTA COUNTY Venice, (941) 493-6606 habitatsouthsarasota.org

YMCA FOUNDATION OF SARASOTA

GOING FOR THE GOLD SATURDAY, MAY 7, 2016 THE RITZ-CARLTON, SARASOTA CO- CHAI R S Me r r i l l Bo nd e r, D a n D a n n h eis s er Mi t c he l l Ep s tein a n d M ike H a g a n

YMCA Foundation of Sarasota, Inc. & Sarasota Family YMCA

www.sarasotaymca.org â&#x20AC;˘ 941-951-1336

Executive director: Deidre Danmeyer Mission: To build homes, communities and hope.

HANNAH HOUSE Wauchula, (863) 773-5717 aofm-hannahshouse.org Executive director: Lorraine Gillespie Mission: To provide food, comfort, safety, shelter and support for those who are experiencing short-term or long-term adversity.

HARRY CHAPIN FOOD BANK OF SOUTHWEST FLORIDA Fort Myers, (239) 334-7007 harrychapinfoodbank.org Executive director: Al Brislain Mission: To overcome hunger in Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry and Lee counties through education and distribution of food, equitably and without discrimination.

HARVEST TABERNACLE OF SARASOTA Sarasota, (941) 953-3154 harvesthousecenters.com Executive director: James Minor Mission: To facilitate individuals and families in breaking the cycle of homelessness and addiction.

HEALTHY START COALITION OF MANATEE COUNTY Bradenton, (941) 714-7541 hsmanatee.com Executive director: Frederick Leonard Mission: Dedicated to enhancing maternal and infant health care.

HEALTHY START COALITION OF SARASOTA COUNTY Sarasota, (941) 373-7070 healthystartsarasota.org Executive director: Shon Ewens Mission: To improve the health and well-being of pregnant women, infants, and young children.

HEARING IMPAIRED PERSONS OF CHARLOTTE COUNTY Port Charlotte, (941) 743-8347 hip.com (under development) Executive director: Kim Gaut Mission: To work towards improving the quality of life for persons who are deaf, hard of hearing, late deafened, deaf-blind or speech impaired.

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Mission: To empower the more than 145,000 people with hearing loss in our community to lead more active lives by providing education/information, support and advocacy.

Executive director: Pam Hawn Mission: Connects financial provision with ministries, churches and individuals in the coordination, collaboration and administration of Kingdom-minded projects.

HEART GALLERY OF SARASOTA INCORPORATED

HOPE SEEDS

Sarasota, (954) 850-6606 heartgallerysarasota.org Mission: A traveling photographic exhibit created to find forever families for children in foster care.

HOPE FAMILY SERVICES Bradenton, (941) 747-8499 hopefamilyservice.org Executive director: Laurel Lynch Mission: To promote safety, strength and well-being for victims of domestic violence and their children.

HOPE KIDS COMMUNITY Bradenton, (941) 544-4850 hopekc.org

Bradenton, (941) 228-5660 hopeseeds.org Executive director: Mike Mueller Mission: Serves the poor through missionaries and mission teams and teaches gardening practices for sustainable food production.

INSIGHT COUNSELING SERVICES Bradenton, (941) 755-4782 insightcounselingservices.org Executive director: Susan Cappiello Mission: To strengthen families and increase community safety by treating abusive juvenile behavior and changing the lives of troubled youth.

INSTRIDE THERAPY

JESUS LOVES YOU MINISTRY

Nokomis, (941) 412-9333 instridetherapy.org

Murdock, (941) 661-8117 jesuslovesyouministryinc.com

Executive director: Jody Jorgensen Mission: Partnering with horses, InStride challenges individuals with special needs to meet their fullest potential.

Executive director: Leslie Martin Mission: To identify and meet the basic needs of the homeless population, with the ultimate goal that they move into transitional or permanent housing.

ITNSARASOTA Sarasota, (941) 364-7530 itnsarasota.org Executive director: Arthur Lerman Mission: Provides transportation services to seniors and individuals of any age with vision limitations.

JEFFERSON CENTER FOUNDATION Sarasota, (941) 953-9585 jeffersoncenter.net Executive director: Dawn Lucido Mission: To improve the quality life of Jefferson Center residents when they return from a hospital stay.

JEWISH FAMILY & CHILDREN’S SERVICE OF THE SUNCOAST Sarasota, (941) 366-2224 jfcs-cares.org Executive director: Rose Chapman Mission: Empowers individuals and families toward selfsufficiency.

JIM RUSSO PRISON MINISTRIES Bradenton, (941) 746-3717 jimrussoministry.com Mission: To provide transitional housing for ex-offenders with

We Celebrate Giving Throughout The Year! Thanks to our committed and caring donors, the Manatee Community Foundation distributes over $2.6 million in grants to nonprofits, awards over $100,000 in scholarships, and honors over 125 Legacy Society members.

SAVE THE DATE: Spirit of Manatee Awards March 2, 2016

Marilyn Howard, Executive Director

941- 747- 7765 www.manateecf.org www.facebook.com/manateecf

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programs that enable them to return to society as committed Christians and productive citizens.

JOINING OUR YOUTH Sarasota, (941) 377-6833 joysarasota.org Mission: Provides mentoring and targeted services for youth aging out of foster care and other atrisk youth referred by local social service agencies.

Executive director: Sabrina CrainSweeney Mission: To breathe life and hope into marginalized, demoralized and traumatized women and to equip for a future of prosperity.

LEGAL AID OF MANASOTA Sarasota, (941) 366-0038 legalaidofmanasota.org

JOSHPROVIDES EPILEPSY ASSISTANCE FOUNDATION

Executive director: Linda Harradine Mission: Provides legal services at no cost to those in need by partnering with local lawyers.

Sarasota, (800) 706-2740 joshprovides.org

LIGHTHOUSE OF MANASOTA

Executive director: Bruce Chapnick Mission: To strive to eliminate the negative stigma associated with epilepsy and provide financial assistance for people living with epilepsy and seizure disorders.

Sarasota, (941) 359-1404 lighthouseofmanasota.org Executive director: Andy Reeves Mission: To advance the individual growth and independence of adults and children with vision loss.

Executive director: Carl Penxa Mission: Helping adults with developmental disabilities live their lives to the fullest.

LOVING HANDS MINISTRIES Bradenton, (941) 747-5683 lovinghands.net Executive director: Wendell Wilson Mission: Dedicated to rehabilitating young men through discipleship and a residential rehabilitation program.

LUTHERAN SERVICES FLORIDA Tampa, (813) 875-1408 lsfnet.org

Executive director: Kathryn Vroman Mission: Grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions.

MAKING CONNECTIONS COUNSELING Lakewood Ranch, (941) 704-5200 makingconnectionscounseling.org Executive director: Stacey Schaeffer Mission: Dedicated to providing professional services to individuals, couples and families that promote and restore healthy relationships.

MANASOTA BUDS

Executive director: Samuel Sipes Mission: To bring Godâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s healing, hope and help to people in need in the name of Jesus Christ.

LEARN TO FISH

LOVELAND CENTER

MAKE-A-WISH FOUNDATION OF CENTRAL AND NORTHERN FLORIDA

Bradenton, (941) 755-3900 ltfrecovery.org

Venice, (941) 493-0016 lovelandcenter.org

Sarasota, (941) 952-9474 cnfl.wish.org

Lakewood Ranch, (941) 907-0499 manasotabuds.org Mission: To provide families with a neutral and supportive forum for sharing and networking, and to promote understanding and acceptance of Down syndrome.

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MANATEE CHILDREN’S SERVICES INCORPORATED Bradenton, (941) 345-1200 manateechildrensservices.com Executive director: Melinda Thompson Mission: To provide the resources, skills and shelter to alleviate abuse through prevention and intervention for all children and their families.

MANATEE COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY Bradenton, (941) 827-2887 manateecaa.org Executive director: Barbara Patten Mission: Changing lives through education, partnerships and delivery of quality services.

MANATEE COUNTY HABITAT FOR HUMANITY Bradenton, (941) 748-9100 manateehabitat.org Executive director: Diana Shoemaker Mission: Working to create a community where everyone has a decent place to live.

MANATEE RELIGIOUS SERVICE Bradenton, (941) 752-4850 mcma-mrs.org Executive director: Joel Mimbs Mission: Screens and verifes the needs of those hurting and in crisis on behalf of local churches.

THE MARK WANDALL FOUNDATION Bradenton, (941) 545-3359 themarkwandallfoundation.org Mission: Provides support and assistance to grieving children who have lost a family member or guardian.

MAYORS’ FEED THE HUNGRY PROGRAM Sarasota, (941) 364-7440 mayorsfeedthehungry.org Mission: To raise funds and collect food to disburse to the local needy, free of charge, with special attention given to the holiday season.

The mission of Community AIDS Network/CAN is to provide a continuum of medical, social and education services essential to the health and well being of those infected with HIV and AIDS and to enhance public awareness and prevention.

MEALS ON WHEELS OF CHARLOTTE COUNTY Port Charlotte, (941) 625-4343 mealsonwheelscc.net Mission: To deliver nutritious, ready-to-eat meals, primarily to persons over 60, who are unable to prepare nutritious meals for themselves.

MEALS ON WHEELS OF SARASOTA COUNTY

www.canswf.org SArASoTA • NorTH PorT • ST. PeTerSburg • TAmPA

Sarasota, (941) 366-6693 mealsonwheelsofsarasota.org Executive director: Marjorie Broughton Mission: Delivers nutritious meals to persons in need in the Sarasota community, who are

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unable to provide or prepare a meal for themselves.

MEALS ON WHEELS PLUS OFÂ MANATEE Bradenton, (941) 747-4655 mealsonwheelsplus.org

Executive director: Laura Tellor Mission: To provide the opportunity for children and adults with special needs a chance to experience playing baseball in a league-based environment.

Executive director: Cheryl Huston Mission: To empower those faced with an unplanned pregnancy or who are parenting young children to make the best life choices.

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MYAKKA CITY FOUNDATION

Executive director: Kathleen Nelson Mission: To provide affordable transitional housing to families at risk of becoming homeless, while teaching them the skills necessary to live a life of selfsufficiency.

Myakka City, (941) 350-2079 myakkacityfoundation.org

NORTH RIVER CARE

Executive director: Maribeth Phillips Mission: In addition to traditional hot meal delivery, Meals on Wheels PLUS offers transportation, social activities and enrichment opportunities.

Sarasota, (941) 227-1012 moretoolife.org

MENTAL HEALTH COMMUNITY CENTER

MOTHERS HELPING MOTHERS

Executive director: Brook Bello Mission: Provides recovery services to those suffering from all forms of human trafficking.

Mission: To conduct events for the general welfare of the community, and to financially assist Myakka City residents who are struggling financially due to long-term medical hardships.

Sarasota, (941) 953-7572 mhmsarasota.com

NATIONAL SOCIETY OF THE UNITED STATES OF ST. VINCENT DE PAUL

Executive director: Peter Howard Mission: To offer adults with mental illness caring, encouragement and direct service programs.

Executive director: Terry Stottlemyer Mission: Provides basic necessities such as clothing and baby items to families in need.

Bradenton, (941) 761-9568 stvdstore.org

MIRACLE LEAGUE OF MANASOTA

MY CHOICE PREGNANCY CENTER

Sarasota, (941) 225-2966 miracleleaguemanasota.org

Sarasota, (941) 351-3007 mychoicepregnancycenter.com

Sarasota, (941) 953-3477 mhcci.com

Palmetto, (941) 729-9004 northrivercare.org Executive director: Teri Giles Mission: To protect the unborn while sharing the love of Christ with women and their families facing an unplanned pregnancy.

OPERATION SECOND CHANCE Clarksburg, (888) 672-4838 operationsecondchance.org

Mission: To assist the poor and needy, providing comfort and financial assistance.

Executive director: Cindy McGrew Mission: Committed to serving wounded, injured and ill combat veterans.

NEW PARADIGM FOUNDATION

PARENTS IN ACTION

Englewood, (941) 681-2194 thenpf.org

Port Charlotte, (941) 828-1074 parentsinactioninc.org

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Did you know? Global disaster relief charity ShelterBox USA is located in Lakewood Ranch!

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Executive director: Sharon Boyd Mission: Founded on the principle that it will take a combination of parents, caregivers, providers, educators, legislators and the community to address the needs of individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders.

PET THERAPY Sarasota, (941) 358-2225 pet-therapy.org Executive director: Kathy Alexander Mission: Brightening the lives of seniors confined to nursing homes and wounded veterans by providing unconditional love and increasing sensory stimulation.

POSTPARTUM SOCIETY OF FLORIDA

Donation funded and volunteer driven, we provide emergency shelter and supplies to survivors of disasters or conflict anywhere in the world.

DONATE: shelterboxusa.org/donate

Or make a one-time $10 donation by texting SHELTER to 20222 JOIN: shelterboxusa.org/beinvolved • facebook.com/shelterboxusa

Sarasota, (941) 348-3528 postpartumflorida.org Mission: Supports new mothers transitioning from pregnancy to parenthood.

PREGNANCY SOLUTIONS Venice, (941) 408-7100 pregnancysolutions.org Executive director: Callie Cowan Mission: To provide pregnant women with the necessary support services to enable them to carry their babies to term and birth.

PRISM YOUTH INITIATIVE Bradenton, (941) 357-0111 prismyouth.org Mission: Dedicated to supporting, affirming, encouraging, enabling and empowering the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth ages 13-23 of Manatee County.

PROJECT 180 SARASOTA

We Have Two Great Events This Year!

A Tribute To Veterans

“Uncorked” Gourmet Wine Dinner At Michael’s On East Wednesday, Nov 11th • 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Food & Wine Tasting Great Food & Wine Tasting At The Polo Grounds Saturday, Nov 14th • 1:00pm to 4:00pm Proceeds to benefit area charities and other projects of the Rotary Club of Lakewood Ranch

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Sarasota, (850) 445-5682 project180reentry.org Executive director: Barbara Richards Mission: To reintegrate former offenders into community life.

PROSPECT RIDING CENTER Myakka City, (941) 713-1736 prospectridingcenter.com Executive director: Susan Tambone Mission: Offers therapeutic and recreational directed equine activities to those with special needs and their caregivers.

REACH OUT RECOVERY Sarasota, (941) 366-0870 reachoutrecovery.com Executive director: Leslie Glass Mission: Addiction education, prevention and recovery.


RED LION JOBS Sarasota, (941) 807-2821 redlionjobs.org Executive director: Jennifer Fretz Mission: Helps serve as the lantern that will light the path of those individuals with barriers to employment.

and families through food, clothing, showers, counseling, medical services and more.

SAFE PLACE AND RAPE CRISIS CENTER Sarasota, (941) 365-0208 sparcc.net

REDLANDS CHRISTIAN MIGRANT ASSOCIATION

Executive director: Jessica Hays Mission: To stop domestic and sexual violence in the community.

Immokalee, (239) 658-3560 rcma.org

THE SALVATION ARMY

Executive director: Barbara Mainster Mission: Opens doors to opportunities through quality child care and education from crib to high school and beyond.

RESURRECTION HOUSE Sarasota, (941) 365-3759 resurrectionhousesarasota.org

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Executive director: David Proch Mission: Dedicated to restoring the dignity, productivity and selfsufficiency of homeless individuals

Mission: To preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human need in His name without discrimination.

SAMARITAN COUNSELING SERVICES OF THE GULF COAST Sarasota, (941) 926-2959 samaritangulfcoast.com Executive director: Richard Howell Mission: Strengthening individuals and families through professional Christian counseling services.

Bradenton, (941) 748-5110 salvationarmybradenton.org

SARASOTA HOUSING FUNDING CORPORATION

Executive director: Dwayne Durham Mission: To preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.

Sarasota, (941) 361-6210 sarasotahousing.org Executive director: William Russell Mission: To expand the supply of affordable housing in Sarasota and advance the goals and mission of the Sarasota Housing Authority.

THE SALVATION ARMY OF SARASOTA COUNTY Sarasota, (941) 364-8845 salvationarmysarasota.org

SARASOTA MANATEE JEWISH HOUSING COUNCIL (KOBERNICK-ANCHIN) Sarasota, (941) 377-0781 kobernickanchin.org Executive director: Heidi Brown Mission: Creates and sustains non-exclusionary communities where seniors can live life to its fullest.

SARASOTA MEDICAL PREGNANCY CENTER Sarasota, (941) 330-2273 sarasotapregnancy.com Executive director: Jennifer Carey Mission: Provides life-affirming support to women and families facing unplanned pregnancies.

SARASOTA UNITED FOR RESPONSIBILITY AND EQUITY-S U R E Sarasota, (941) 894-2819 suresarasota.org Executive director: Ryan McBride Mission: Seeks justice for the

Executive director: Ethan Frizzell

THE Dancin’ Queens and Super Freaks… Hustle on over and get down with some dancin’ and singin’ and movin’ to the groovin’ at the 2016 Disco Ball! Theme dressed or black tie optional.

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poor, working-class and mixedincome individuals/families living in Sarasota County.

SARASOTA-MANATEE ASSOCIATION FOR RIDING THERAPY

Executive director: Frances Kowalczyk Mission: To help provide those in need with toiletries, cleaning supplies, some food and clothing.

a life-changing encounter with God through both spiritual and material assistance.

SHELTERBOX USA

Sarasota, (941) 351-9545 scil4u.org

Bradenton, (941) 322-2000 smartriders.org

Lakewood Ranch, (941) 907-6036 shelterboxusa.org

Executive director: Christine Kasten Mission: Enriching the lives of people with special needs through therapeutic horse-related programs.

Interim executive director: Alan Monroe Mission: To deliver humanitarian relief in the form of equipment and materials to people affected by natural disasters and other humanitarian crises worldwide.

SECOND CHANCE LAST OPPORTUNITY Sarasota, (941) 360-8660 secondchancelastopportunity.org Executive director: April Glasco Mission: To break the cycle of poverty through strategies that educate and empower the disadvantaged.

SELAH FREEDOM Sarasota, (941) 677-8840 selahfreedom.com Executive director: Elizabeth Fisher Mission: To confront the issue of sex trafficking and sexual exploitation through advocacy, training and restorative services.

SENIOR FRIENDSHIP CENTERS Sarasota, (941) 955-2122 friendshipcenters.org Executive director: Robert Carter Mission: To promote health, dignity and quality of life throughout the journey of aging.

SENIORS FOR PETS Bradenton, (941) 473-0778 seniorsforpets.com Mission: To help senior citizens in need to retain their pets by providing the basic veterinary care.

SERTOMA KIDS Sarasota, (941) 404-4676 sertomakids.org Mission: Provides speech and language therapy to children with communication disorders.

SHARE THE BLESSINGS MINISTRY Port Charlotte, (941) 276-7278 sharetheblessingsministry.org

SOLVE MATERNITY HOMES Bradenton, (941) 748-0094 solvehomes.org Executive director: Peggy Kerwin Mission: Provides housing and specialized services to pregnant women and teens who have chosen life.

SOUTHEASTERN GUIDE DOGS Palmetto, (941) 729-5665 guidedogs.org Executive director: Titus Herman Mission: To create and nurture a partnership between a visually impaired individual and a guide dog, facilitating life’s journey with mobility, independence and dignity.

SPECIAL OLYMPICS SARASOTA COUNTY Venice, (941) 412-0402 specialolympicsflorida.org/sarasota Executive director: Maggie Riggall Mission: To provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympictype sports for persons 8 years of age and older with intellectual disabilities.

ST. JOSEPH FOOD PANTRY Bradenton, (941) 756-3732 stjoepantry.com Mission: To provide supplementary food in a dignified manner to the hungry and needy citizens of Manatee County, regardless of religious affiliation.

STILLPOINT HOUSE OF PRAYER Bradenton, (941) 748-6835

Mission: To reach out to the disadvantaged by leading them to

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SUNCOAST CENTER FOR INDEPENDENT LIVING

UNITED COMMUNITY CENTERS Bradenton, (941) 746-7470 uccfl.org

Executive director: Michael Fluker Mission: Empowering people with disabilities to independence.

Executive director: Patrick Carnegie Mission: Providing positive, productive environments filled with educational, cultural, recreational and social opportunities to individual youth, their families and the entire community.

SUNCOAST CHARITIES FOR CHILDREN

UNITED WAY 2-1-1 OF MANASOTA

Sarasota, (941) 706-3795 suncoastcharitiesforchildren.org

Sarasota, (941) 308-4357 uw211manasota.net

Executive director: Lucy Nicandri Mission: Provides grants to the Suncoast Foundation for Handicapped Children to assist local children, teens and adults with special needs and their families.

Mission: To generate, provide and assist the exchange of meaningful information for the improvement of the health and well-being of the community.

SUNCOAST COMMUNITY CAPITAL CORPORATION

Venice, (941) 484-4811 uwssc.org

Bradenton, (941) 744-2666 suncoastcc.com Executive director: Art Mahoney Mission: Works with people of low income to achieve financial stability.

TRI-COUNTY COUNSELING & LIFE SKILLS CENTER North Port, (941) 876-3060 tri-countycounseling.org Executive director: Thomas Glaza Mission: To teach clients those skills necessary to lead a healthier, happier and more productive life.

TRINITY WITHOUT BORDERS Sarasota, (941) 350-9250 trinitywithoutborders.org Mission: Assists the distressed and provides safehavens for homeless women and women with children.

TURNING POINTS (COMMUNITY COALITION ON HOMELESSNESS CORPORATION) Bradenton, (941) 747-1509 tpmanatee.org Executive director: Adell Erozer Mission: To provide services to homeless or at-risk men, women and children.

UNITED WAY OF SOUTH SARASOTA COUNTY

Executive director: Maryann Terry Mission: To increase the organized capacity of people to care for one another in South Sarasota County.

UNITED WAY SUNCOAST Sarasota, (941) 366-2686 unitedwaysuncoast.org Executive director: Suzanne McCormick Mission: To improve lives and creates lasting community change by mobilizing caring people to give, advocate and volunteer.

VETERANS’ OUTREACH Sarasota, (941) 755-1305 veteransoutreach.com Executive director: Teri Ely Mission: Honoring and serving all veterans, identifying individual needs through one-on-one interviews.

WOMEN’S RESOURCE CENTER OF MANATEE Bradenton, (941) 747-6797 wrcmanatee.org Executive director: Ashley Brown Mission: Empowering women, changing lives and strengthening our community.

WOMEN’S RESOURCE CENTER OF SARASOTA COUNTY Sarasota, (941) 366-1700 thewomensresourcecenter.org


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Executive director: Valerie Goddard Mission: To create personal, social and professional growth opportunities for women.

YAH-YAH GIRLS Punta Gorda, (941) 276-6759 theyahyahgirls.com Mission: Feeding food-insecure children one backpack at a time.

YUMMY STUFF CLUB Sarasota, (941) 350-0080 childrenshealthypantry.com Executive director: Susan Morin Mission: To help children and their families develop everyday habits of healthy eating.

RELIGIOUS CHARLOTTE HARBOR YOUNG LIFE Punta Gorda, (941) 766-7314 charlotteharbor.younglife.org Executive director: Thomas Parker Mission: To introduce adolescents to Jesus Christ and help them grow in their faith.

Need green? Commercial and residential

CHILD EVANGELISM FELLOWSHIP OF FLORIDA MANATEE SARASOTA CHAPTER Bradenton, (941) 779-3164 cefonline.com Executive director: Sherry Brower Mission: To evangelize boys and girls with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.

SINGLES REACHING SINGLES IN CHRIST Sarasota, (941) 925-0987 singlesreachingsingles.com Executive director: John Whitmire Mission: To minister to single adults through instruction in the whole Gospel of Jesus Christ.

YOUNG LIFE OF MANATEE COUNTY Bradenton, (941) 920-2544 manateecounty.younglife.org Executive director: David Johnson Mission: To introduce adolescents to Jesus Christ and help them grow in their faith.

YOUTH FOR CHRIST Bradenton, (941) 747-4608 suncoastyfc.org

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Executive director: Mike Chaplinsky Mission: To raise up lifelong followers of Jesus Christ who lead by their lifestyle, devotion, passion for sharing the love of Christ and commitment to social involvement.


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3 Designing Women Boutique 1226 N. Tamiami Trail (941) 366-5293

17 Captain’s Landing 243 W. Venice Ave. (941) 485-2329

25 Artisan Jewelers 330 S. Pineapple Ave., Suite 103 (941) 331-1330

1 The Island Cabana 403-C Pine Ave. (941) 896-4946

14 Copenhagen Imports 7211 S. Tamiami Trail (941) 923-2569

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15 European Traditions 6030 Clark Center Ave. (941) 925-4554 13 Matter Brothers Furniture 4676 Clark Road (941) 960-4410 18 Sandy’s Designer Clothing 128 W. Venice Ave. (941) 484-9911

M I DTOW N 5 Designer Consigner 3639 Bahia Vista St. (941) 953-5995 10 Discount Prescription Services 4119 Bee Ridge Road (941) 927-3600

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26 IOPTICS Eyewear 446 Burns Court (941) 955-5133 24 La Bella Intimates & Boutique 1464 Main St. (941) 366-4477 22 Pecky 100 Central Ave., Suite 1026 (941) 957-0300 20 T  he Sarasota Collection 622 Central Ave. (941) 955-8313

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6 Influence 474 & 478 John Ringling Blvd. (941) 343-2316, (941) 343-2315

7 Sea Cup and Up 1810 S. Osprey Ave. (941) 951-2727

6 The Met 35 S. Blvd of the Presidents (941) 288-3991

4 Elysian Fields 1273 S.Tamiami Trail (941) 361-3006 11 Frank’s Gentlemen’s Salon 4141 S. Tamiami Trail (941) 926-2631 9 Laura Jean’s Consignments 3830 S. Tuttle Ave. (941) 922-5535 12 M&M Wallcoverings and Blinds 4801 S. Tamiami Trail (941) 925-7800

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Restyle your old fur into a beautiful vest or jacket for today’s lifestyle! Teddy bears, throws, re-sizing, repairs, cleaning, storage and accessories also available.

Before

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Call to make an appointment with our fur experts 941-366-4477

1464 Main Street – Downtown Sarasota

shoplabellaintimates.com Services brought to you by LaBelle Furs. Largest full service furrier in Florida since 1919. www.labellefurs.com

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100 CENTRAL AVE., SUITE 1026 SARASOTA, FL 34236 941.957.0300 WWW.PECKYSRQ.COM

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1226 North Tamiami Trail Sarasota, FL 34236 941-366-5293

WHERE FASHION MEETS PHILANTHROPY

Fashion Furniture Art Estate Liquidation and Downsizing

Designing Women Boutique M-F 10AM-5PM, S 10AM-4PM www.designingwomenboutique.org A 501c3 Benefiting local Arts and Human Services Organizations

A Resort Living Boutique

446 “HISTORIC” BURNS COURT SARASOTA FL 34236

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Multiple1997 Year 1998 Winner 1999 2000 of 2001 Best2002 of the 2003 Best 2004 2005 & 2006 Readers 2007 2008 Choice Awards

Sarasota’s most unique upscale men’s salon specializing in haircuts and straight razor shaves. At Frank’s, it’s not just an appointment, it’s an experience.

941.926.2631 | www.FranksSalon.com 4141 S. Tamiami Trail - Sarasota

• “NEW” and nearly new evening & bridal wear • sportswear • career wear • accessories, too!

953-5995 Mon.-Fri. 11-6 • Sat. 10-4 3639 Bahia Vista (off ( ff Beneva)) • NE corner b by C Circle A

Wallcoverings & Blinds, Inc. Since 1989

4801 S. Tamiami Trail Across from The Landings (941) 925-7800 mmwallcoveringsblinds.com

Silhouette® Window Shadings

Curt and Janet Mattson Owners

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Introducing PowerView™ Motorization,

wireless technology from Hunter Douglas.


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Women... One woman at a time.

941.951.2727 (BRAS) 1810 S. Osprey Ave • Sarasota www.seacupandup.com

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Visit Venice Shop the Avenues

Miami Ave. – Venice Ave. – Tampa Ave. September 5 & 6 Miami Ave Craft Festival 10 a.m.-4 p.m. September 11 Free Concert with Melanie Massell 7-9 p.m. September 18 & 19 Sidewalk Sale 10 a.m.-5 p.m. September 25 Free Concert with Mindy Simmons 7-9 p.m. Farmer’s Market Every Saturday 8 a.m.-12 p.m.

www.venicemainstreet.com

Unique designer clothes that fit your style ...and you. Sizes XS through XXXL.

Sandy’s Designer Clothing

Designed by cut.loose, California

941- 484-9911 Mon–Sat 10:30–5:30 128 Venice Ave • On the Island sandysdesignerclothing.com

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941-485-2329 · Downtown Venice Ave. Shop online · www.CaptainsLanding.com


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DINING GUIDE CHAD SPENCER

A SELECT LISTING OF RESTAURANTS IN SARASOTA-MANATEE COUNTIES.

For more dining listings and for directions, maps and links to our restaurant reviews, go to sarasotamagazine.com.

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BARNACLE BILL’S Fresh off-the-boat seafood, outstanding crab cakes and more; Barnacle Bill’s proves you don’t have to have a water view to enjoy the best the sea has to offer. 1526 Main St., Sarasota, (941) 365-6800; 5050 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, (941) 355-7700; barnaclebillsseafood.com. $$

BIJOU CAFÉ A fine-dining tradition in the heart of downtown Sarasota’s arts district since 1986. Chef/owner Jean-Pierre Knaggs’ French and South African heritage is reflected in his innovative lunch and dinner menus. 1287 First St., Sarasota, (941) 366-8111; bijoucafe.net. $$$

BLUE ROOSTER Southern comfort food with a twist, like fried green tomatoes, catfish, meatloaf and chicken and waffles. Stick around to have a drink at the bar and listen to live music, and check out the Sunday gospel brunch. 1525 Fourth St., Sarasota, (941) 388-7539; blueroostersrq.com. $$

BURNS COURT CAFÉ A real Parisian café and bakery in the heart of historic Burns Square. Homemade quiches, pastries, desserts, salads and sandwiches, plus an array of coffee drinks and wine. The twice-monthly jazz night is always SRO. burnscourtcafe.com. $-$$

CAFÉ EPICURE An authentic Italian trattoria on the corner of bustling Main Street and Palm Avenue. Check out the adjacent martini bar, a hotspot for locals and tourists alike. 1298 N. Palm Ave., Sarasota, (941) 366-5648; cafeepicuresrq.com. $$

CARAGIULO’S The Caragiulo family brought its pizza, pasta and panini recipes all the way from Brooklyn—Italian-American comfort food just like Mama used to make. 69 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, (941) 951-0866; caragiulos.com. $$

C’EST LA VIE Enjoy a true taste of France at this popular Main Street bistro and bakery. Baguette sandwiches, crepes, croissants and much, much more. 1553 Main St., Sarasota, (941) 906-9575; cestlaviesarasota.com. $-$$

DUVAL’S. FRESH. LOCAL. SEAFOOD. An eclectic eatery with a passion for the freshest seafood, the finest local ingredients and superb service. Winner of the 2014 Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. 1435 Main St., Sarasota, (941) 312-4001; duvalsfreshlocalseafood.com. $$

HYDE PARK PRIME STEAKHOUSE This clubby downtown hotspot is a refreshed version of the classic American steakhouse offering steaks, chops, seafood and fish. The wine list features more than 50 wines by the glass, and

the bar offers affordable bar bites and inventive cocktails. 35 S. Lemon Ave., Sarasota, (941) 3667788; hydeparkrestaurants.com. $$$

INDIGENOUS Chef Steve Phelps locally sources his seasonal ingredients to produce sophisticated dishes with beautifully balanced flavors. Located in a charming cottage in the Towles Court art district, with both indoor and outdoor seating. 239 S. Links Ave., Sarasota, (941) 706-4740; indigenoussarasota.com. $$$

JACK DUSTY This coastal-chic restaurant at The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota is renowned for its craft cocktails and seafood-focused entrées—oysters, shrimp and grits, Maine lobster, blackened grouper etouffée, seafood gumbo and more. The outdoor terrace is sublime. 1111 Ritz-Carlton Drive, Sarasota, (941) 309-2266; jackdusty.com. $$$

LOUIES MODERN This handsome downtown restaurant from the family behind Libby’s Café + Bar focuses on farm-fresh, sophisticated American cuisine as well as craft beer and handcrafted cocktails. 1289 N. Palm Ave., Sarasota, (941) 552-9688; louiesmodern.com. $$

MADE The acronym stands for “Modern American Delicious Eats,” and that’s what you’ll find at Made, opposite Hollywood 20 on Upper Main Street. This is jazzed-up comfort food:

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Amore

DINING GUIDE

Host your next special event at Amore. Whether it is an intimate private party for 10 or a grand reception for 200 people

MARINA JACK Upstairs, feast on fresh seafood

by Andrea

Amore

is the place.

Our Event Specialist will assist you with all the details. Call 941-383-1111 to schedule your appointment.

Full Bar, Happy Hour, Dining

Open Nightly

Tuesday - Sunday Reservations suggested 941-383-1111

grilled corn dogs, steak and eggs, a towering burger and to-die-for double-dipped fried chicken. 1990 Main St., Sarasota, (941) 953-2900; maderestaurant. com. $$

while gazing out over Sarasota Bay and downtown Sarasota in the lovely dining room. Downstairs, the newly renovated, dockside Blue Sunshine Patio is perfect for casual fare and cocktails, and has live music nightly. 2 Marina Plaza, Sarasota, (941) 365-4232; marinajacks.com. $$-$$$

MATTISON’S CITY GRILLE This bustling al fresco eatery offers everything from brick-oven pizza to rack of lamb, plus a lively bar and live music seven nights a week. 1 N. Lemon Ave., Sarasota, (941) 330-0440; mattisons.com. $$-$$$

MEDITERRANEO Savor classic Italian cuisine with an emphasis on artisanal ingredients. Specialties include fresh seafood, veal, pasta dishes and woodfired pizza. The wine list is celebrated for its depth and uniqueness. 1970 Main St., No. 1, Sarasota, (941) 365-4122; mediterraneorest.com. $$$

MOZAIC Chef Dylan Elhajoui draws on his French

555 Bay Isles Parkway (East of Publix)

and Morocco background to create dishes filled with the bold and sunny flavors of the Mediterranean. 1377 Main St., Sarasota, (941) 951-6272; mozaicsarasota.com. $$$

www.AmoreRestaurantLBK.com

OWEN’S FISH CAMP Located in a historic Burns

Longboat Key, Florida 34228

Court cottage, Owen’s presents Southern-style cuisine with an emphasis on seafood, including shrimp and grits and a Low Country boil. The fried black cherry pie with vanilla ice cream is semi-legendary. 516 Burns Lane, Sarasota, (941) 951-6936; owensfishcamp.com. $$-$$$

P.F. CHANG’S CHINA BISTRO This chic, contemporary branch of the national dining chain features everything from P.F. Chang’s famous chicken lettuce wraps and spare ribs to Singapore street noodles, traditional chicken, beef and pork dishes, and vegetarian options. 766 S. Osprey Ave., Sarasota, (941) 296-6002; pfchangs.com. $$

PATRICK’S 1481 A wide-ranging menu of casual comfort foods and a friendly atmosphere make Patrick’s 1481 a favorite of locals. Home of the “best burger” for 29 years. 1481 Main St., Sarasota, (941) 955-1481; patricks1481.com. $$

POMONA BISTRO & WINE BAR You’ll find creative, well-executed seasonal cuisine in a sophisticated setting at this chic Citrus Square restaurant. 481 N. Orange Ave., Sarasota, (941) 706-1677; pomonabistroandwine.com. $$-$$$

RED CLASICO Join your friends on the corner of Main Street and Palm Avenue for contemporary American cuisine and a creative specialty drink menu. 1341 Main St., Sarasota, (941) 957-0700; barclasico. com. $$

ROAST Chef Andrew Thompson uses locally sourced seasonal and organic ingredients in his intimate restaurant in a historic building adjacent to the Sarasota Opera House. 1296 First St., Sarasota, (941) 953-1971; roastsarasota.com. $$-$$$ 166 SARASOTA MAGAZINE | GUIDE TO GIVING 2015


SALUTE! Enjoy made-from-scratch pastas and other authentic Italian cuisine at this casually elegant eatery. On balmy nights, the outdoor dining terrace bustles. Live music Friday and Saturday nights. 23 N. Lemon Ave., Sarasota, (941) 365-1020; salutesarasota.com. $$-$$$

SAVORY STREET A breakfast and lunch café by day transforms into an upscale restaurant Thursday through Sunday nights. Savory Street also offers fresh breads, cakes and pastries in its international bakery. 411 N. Orange Ave., Sarasota, (941) 3124027; thesavorystreet.com. $-$$

SELVA Nuevo Latino cuisine with an emphasis on Peruvian dishes and a wonderful assortment of ceviches a la casa. Custom cocktails, a late-night menu and DJ spinning music weekends, too, at Selva Lounge. 1345 Main St., Sarasota, (941) 3624427; selvagrill.com. $$-$$$

SOCIAL EATERY & BAR This stylish restaurant/ bar does artisanal twists on Italian faves—pizza, meatballs, pastries and more. Now offering Saturday brunch. 1219 First St., (941) 444-7072; socialonfirst. com. $$

STATION 400 Set in a charmingly restored 1852 railroad depot, Station 400 is a popular choice for breakfast and lunch. Try the ricotta pancakes with blackberries and Meyer lemon curd or the fried green tomato BLT with Parmesan fries. 400 N. Lemon Ave., Sarasota, (941) 906-1400; also on Lakewood Ranch Main Street; station400.com. $

YUME SUSHI Sushi and sashimi star here, including low-carb rolls for calorie counters. The restaurant, in a newly expanded Main Street location, also serves bento boxes, grilled fish and teriyaki. 1532 Main St., Sarasota, (941) 363-0604; yumerestaurant.com. $$

SIESTA KEY

BLU QUE ISLAND GRILL Hardwood grilled favorites cooked slowly over hickory and apple wood. Just a short walk from the beach, with live music every day. 1 Avenida Messina, Siesta Key, (941) 346-0738; bluqueislandgrill.com. $$

CAPTAIN CURT’S CRAB & OYSTER BAR Fresh seafood, reasonable prices and a casual, family-friendly atmosphere. It’s the perfect recipe for this popular old-Florida eatery. First-place winner of the Great Chowder Cook-off in Newport, R.I. 1200 Old Stickney Point Road, Siesta Key, (941) 349-3885; captaincurts.com. $$

EAT HERE From the creative minds behind the award-winning Beach Bistro, this casual gem serves inventive small plates made for sharing. 240 Avenida Madera, Siesta Key, (941) 346-7800; eatheresiestakey.com; 5315 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach; (941) 778-0411; eathereflorida.com. $-$$

OPHELIA’S ON THE BAY Fine dining in a stunning setting overlooking Little Sarasota Bay. The Sunday brunch buffet is hugely popular.9105 Midnight Pass Road, Siesta Key, (941) 349-2212; opheliasonthebay.net. $$$

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Duval’s Delivers! Sarasota’s Best Seafood Restaurant now delivers delectable food & spirits to your home, office or hotel! In addition to our free passenger shuttle service, Duval’s delivers lunch, dinner and complete package bottle service of spirits, beer and even wine from our award-winning selection...right to your door!

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FRESH. LOCAL. SEAFOOD. 1435 Main Street. Downtown Sarasota 941•312•4001. DuvalsFLS.com

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15 SOUTH RISTORANTE ENOTECA This cozy St. Armands bistro offers Italian specialties and wines. The upstairs nightclub swings with live jazz and Latin music. 15 S. Boulevard of Presidents, St. Armands, (941) 388-1555; 15southristorante.com. $$-$$$

CAFÉ L’EUROPE Continental fine dining on St. Armands for 42 years. The lunch and dinner menus include such specialties as potato-crusted grouper and dilled Atlantic salmon. Save time to peruse the expansive wine list. 431 St. Armands Circle, (941) 388-4415; cafeleurope.net. $$$

CHA-CHA COCONUTS A carefree island atmosphere fills this colorful tropical café. Try a Hava Havana Mojito or Rumrunner while you dine on Yucatan fish tacos and coconut shrimp. 417 St. Armands Circle, (941) 388-3300; chacha-coconuts.com. $$

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CRAB & FIN Set on a bustling corner of St. Armands Circle and featuring a cool, modern look, this landmark restaurant changes its lunch and dinner menus daily in order to present to you the freshest seafood available. 420 St. Armands Circle, (941) 3883964; crabfinrestaurant.com. $$-$$$

LIDO BEACH GRILLE Panoramic Gulf and city skyline views are yours at this modern American restaurant on the eighth floor of the Lido Beach Resort. A great place to savor Sunday brunch, too. 700 Ben Franklin Drive, Sarasota, (941) 388-5608; lidobeachresort.com/dining. $$-$$$

OLD SALTY DOG An Old-Florida dining destination. Grab a beer and feast on traditional fish and chips or try something different like the Firecracker Wrap, made of blackened grouper and tortilla strips. 1601 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, (941) 3884311; 5023 Ocean Blvd., Siesta Key, (941) 349-0518; also now in Venice; theoldsaltydog.com. $

SHORE DINER This St. Armands eatery has a cool vibe and an open-air feeling that match its fresh, often organic dishes. Creative cocktails, too. 465 John Ringling Blvd., (941) 296-0301; dineshore.com. $$-$$$

TOMMY BAHAMA Tommy Bahama welcomes you to paradise with a menu that boasts eclectic tropical fare and colorful cocktails. For dessert, try the pina colada cake or pineapple crème brulee. 300 John Ringling Blvd., St. Armands Circle, (941) 3882888; tommybahama.com. $$-$$$

LONGBOAT KEY

AMORE BY ANDREA Contemporary Italian cuisine from the kitchen of award-winning Chef Andrea Bozzolo. Now serving lunch in the outdoor Palm Garden and fireside lounge. 555 Bay Isles Parkway, Longboat Key, (941) 383-1111; amorerestaurantlbk.com. $$-$$$ 168 SARASOTA MAGAZINE | GUIDE TO GIVING 2015


EUPHEMIA HAYE Located in a historic wooden cottage, Euphemia Haye is one of the area’s most romantic fine dining destinations. Chef Ray Arpke prepares award-winning global and American cuisine. Don’t miss dessert and music in the upstairs Haye Loft. 5540 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, (941) 383-3633; euphemiahaye.com. $$$

HARRY’S CONTINENTAL KITCHENS A Longboat Key institution and a mini gourmet empire, Harry’s offers coastal cuisine in its charming dining room, and also catering services, a corner store and a deli and wine shop. 525 Saint Judes Drive, Longboat Key, (941) 383-0777; harryskitchen. com. $$-$$$

MAISON BLANCHE Haute cuisine with many a twist from Paris-trained chef Jose Martinez. The stylish interior perfectly reflects the sophisticated menu—think caviar, foie gras and French classics. 2605 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, (941) 3838088; maisonblancherestaurants.com. $$$

MAR VISTA DOCKSIDE RESTAURANT \ AND PUB Located in a cottage in Longboat Village, Mar Vista Restaurant provides the quintessential Florida experience. Sit outside and enjoy a view of Sarasota Bay while indulging in classic seafood dishes served fresh daily. 760 Broadway St., Longboat Key, (941) 383-2391; marvista-restaurant.com. $-$$

PATTIGEORGE’S serves up a bounty of fresh seafood, including the best miso-glazed Chilean sea bass around, along with beautiful Sarasota Bay views in its charming dining room. 4120 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, (941) 383-5111; pattigeorges.com. $$$

NORTH SARASOTA

APOLLONIA MEDITERRANEAN GRILL This handsome addition to the University Parkway dining scene presents a modern twist on Greek dishes. Think light and flaky spanakopita and creative ahi tuna and watermelon salad. 8235 Cooper Creek Blvd., Sarasota, (941) 359-4816; apolloniagrill.com. $$-$$$

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CAPTAIN BRIAN’S Daily selections of Florida’s freshest seafood have earned this favorite a Florida Trend Golden Spoon Award. Highlights include seafood chowder loaded with Gulf shrimp, snow crab and sea scallops. 8421 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, (941) 351-4492; captainbriansseafood.com. $$

CARMEL CAFÉ & WINE BAR Modern Mediterranean cuisine with a relaxed Florida vibe. Bring your friends and share a mezze platter or one of several inventive flatbreads. 8433 Cooper Creek Blvd., Sarasota, (941) 893-5955; carmel-kitchen.com. $-$$

CURRENTS RESTAURANT AT THE HYATT REGENCY SARASOTA Enjoy waterfront views, bright décor and a lively bar scene at this chic hotel restaurant. 1000 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota, (941) 953-1234; sarasota.hyatt.com. $$

DA RU MA JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE & SUSHI BAR Da Ru Ma has expertly trained Teppan-

1345 Main St. Sarasota 941.362.4427 www.selvagrill.com

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HALF SHELL SEAFOOD HOUSE Enjoy charbroiled oysters, fried green tomatoes, crab cakes, po’ boys, gumbo and much more at this bright, jazzy eatery. 5231 University Parkway, Sarasota, (941) 952-9400; halfshellseafoodhouse.com. $$

KUMO JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE Known for its creative sushi rolls and extensive variety of appetizers and entreés, from tempura to teriyaki, Kumo Japanese Steakhouse offers up fresh food in both a traditional and hibachi-style setting. 5231 University Parkway, Sarasota (941) 355-5866; also in Venice and North Port; kumojapanesesteakhouse.com. $-$$

MUSE Artful dining at lunch and dinner overlooking

Social Saturdays Downtown Brunch 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

the beautiful grounds of the Ringling Museum. The former Treviso restaurant has been reimagined by the same family that owns Libby’s Café and Bar and Louies Modern. Museum admission is not required to dine here. 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, (941) 360-7390. $$$

TOASTED MANGO CAFÉ This popular breakfast and lunch spot serves eggs, waffles, pancakes and breakfast wraps, as well as hearty sandwiches and salads. Open seven days a week. 430 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, (941) 388-7728; toastedmangocafe.com. $

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THE MALL AT UNIVERSITY TOWN CENTER

The grand new Mall at University Town Center opened last October with myriad dining options new to the region, including Brio Tuscan Grille, Capital Grille, Seasons 52, Cheesecake Factory and the elegant Sophie’s in Saks Fifth Avenue. Town Center Parkway, Sarasota, (941) 552-7000; themallatuniversitytowncenter.com. $-$$$

THE CAPITAL GRILLE Enjoy hand-cut, dry aged steaks and exceptional seafood entrées accompanied by more than 350 world-class wines. 180 University Town Center Drive, Sarasota, (941) 256-3647; thecapitalgrille.com. $$-$$$

SEASONS 52 Seasonally inspired ingredients at their peak of freshness combine with rustic cooking techniques to bring you light, sophisticated fare. Nothing on the menu is more than 475 calories. 170 University Town Center Drive, Sarasota; seasons52.com.

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ANDREA’S Serving made-from-scratch pasta and perfectly prepared meats and seafood, all reflecting chef Andrea Bozzolo’s hometown of Piedmont, Italy. 2085 Siesta Drive, Sarasota, (941) 951-9200; andreasrestaurantsrq.com. $$$

BAKER & WIFE A comfortable American bistrogastro pub with a likable full bar that’s garnered a loyal following since opening last spring. 2157 Siesta Drive, Sarasota, (941) 960-1765; bakerwife.com. $-$$

BANGKOK A haven for all things Thai, and also Burmese, Chinese, Indonesian, Malaysian and Vietnamese selections. 4791 Swift Road, Sarasota, (941) 922-0703; bangkoksarasota.com. $-$$


CAFÉ BACI With a culinary history that started in Rome, the Mei family serves authentic pasta, chicken and veal dishes in a warm, welcoming atmosphere. 4001 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, (941) 921-4848; cafebacisarasota.com. $$$

CHUTNEY’S An Indian and Middle Eastern culinary adventure is yours at this intimate family-run eatery. Try the chicken masala, peanut chicken and Tandoori chicken tikka. 1944 Hillview St., Sarasota, (941) 954-4444; chutneysetc.com. $$

FLEMING’S PRIME STEAKHOUSE & WINE BAR Classic steakhouse fare, inventive small plates, an award-winning wine list and one of the best happy hours in town. 2001 Siesta Drive, Sarasota, (941) 358-9463; flemingssteakhouse.com. $$$

GECKO’S GRILL & PUB American pub food with a gourmet twist. Enjoy nightly chef’s specials and full bar, plus our Ultimate Happy Hour all day. Six locations, including 1900 Hillview St., Sarasota, (941) 953-2929; 351 N. Cattlemen Road, Sarasota, (941) 378-0077; and 5585 Palmer Crossing Circle, Sarasota, (941) 923-6061. geckosgrill.com. $-$$

HILLVIEW GRILL This casual dining restaurant in the heart of Southside Village serves seafood, burgers, sandwiches and small plates. Full bar; patio dining. 1920 Hillview St., Sarasota, (941) 952-0045; hillviewgrill.com. $$

JIM’S SMALL BATCH BAKERY Made-from-

PREMIUM STEAK & CHOPS • FRESH SEAFOOD & SUSHI Upscale Dining in a Casual Atmosphere with an Unparalleled Gulf View 1600 Harbor Drive S., Venice • FinsAtSharkys.com • Reservations: 941.999.FINS

scratch artisan breads, pastries and desserts—sourdough bread, almond croissants and sticky toffee pudding to name a few. Sandwiches, soups and quiches available for lunch, too. 2336 Gulf Gate Drive, Sarasota, (941) 922-2253. $

J-PAN Serving sushi standards, original rolls and creative fusion dishes, this local favorite is renowned for its artistic presentations and friendly neighborhood hospitality. 3800 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, (941) 954-5726; jpanrestaurant.com. $$

LIBBY’S CAFÉ + BAR Libby’s Café + Bar’s menu is always evolving, focusing on inventive new flavors and the freshest local, seasonal ingredients. Stop in for cocktails and bar bites at happy hour in the new Lbar. 1917 S. Osprey Ave., Sarasota, (941) 487-7300; libbyscafebar.com $$-$$$

MATTISON’S FORTY-ONE Chef Paul Mattison’s award-winning menu includes fresh seafood, aged beef, duck, tapas, creative cocktails and first-rate wines and brews. 7275 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, (941) 921-3400; mattisons.com. $$-$$$

MI PUEBLO EL RESTAURANTE MEXICANO & CANTINA This family-run restaurant offers specialties that reflect the cuisine of Northern Mexico. 4436 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota, (941) 359-9303 and other locations. mipueblomexican.com. $-$$

MICHAEL’S ON EAST Sarasota’s only AAA Four-Diamond Award restaurant. This fine dining destination boasts American-Continental cuisine, an adventurous wine list and a comfortable, clubby piano lounge. 1212 East Ave. S., Sarasota, (941) 366-0007; bestfood.com. $$$ SARASOTA MAGAZINE | GUIDE TO GIVING 2015

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PACIFIC RIM Creative Japanese Thai fusion cuisine and a stellar sushi bar keep crowds flocking to this popular Southside Village restaurant. 1859 Hillview St., Sarasota, (941) 330-8071; pacificrimsarasota.com. $$

PHILLIPPI CREEK OYSTER BAR Come by land or sea to this casual waterfront eatery and enjoy fresh seafood, burgers and sandwiches. The fish tacos are a delight. 5353 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, (941) 925-4444; creekseafood.com. $$ St. Armands Circle’s most charming dining room and the hottest spot for live music. Enjoy an extensive menu of Italian specialties and fine wines. Indoor and outdoor dining offered, with piano at the wine bar downstairs and live music at the martini bar upstairs. Open 7 days a week.

15 S. Blvd. of the Presidents | St. Armands | 941.388.1555 www.15SouthRistorante.com

ROESSLER’S RESTAURANT Set on a picturesque lake surrounded by gardens, this family-owned restaurant offers classic dishes like Colorado lamb rack and bouillabaisse. Its award-winning wine list received Wine Spectator’s “Best of” Award of Excellence. 2033 Vamo Way, Sarasota, (941) 966-5688; roesslersrestaurant.com. $$$

ROY’S Hawaiian fusion cuisine from James Beardwinning chef Roy Yamaguchi. Start your meal with the famous Hawaiian martini, and then continue on to any of the seafood, hand-cut meat or sushi selections. Boasts an excellent wine list, too. 2001 Siesta Drive, Sarasota, (941) 952-0109; roysrestaurant.com. $$$

RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE This renowned restaurant offers steaks seared to perfection and sizzling when they hit your table, as well as seafood, lamb chops, chicken and seasonal vegetables. 6700 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, (941) 924-9442; ruthschris.com. $$$

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www.bangkoksarasota.com 922-0703 | 4791 Swift Road | (1.5 miles east of U.S. 41 at Proctor Road)

rant with big picture windows overlooking Phillippi Creek presents imaginative global cuisine. Don’t miss the infused vodkas and craft cocktails. 5365 Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, (941) 921-9465; tablesrq.com. $$-$$$

TOOJAY’S This New York-style delicatessen, restaurant and bakery offers comfort foods, hearthealthy choices and delicious desserts—think blintzes, potato pancakes, meatloaf and vegetarian offerings. 3501 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, (941) 362-3692; toojays.com. $-$$

VEG This Gulf Gate vegetarian and seafood eatery presents seasonal, creative, colorful dishes for lunch and dinner, with extensive raw and gluten-free menus, too. 2164 Gulf Gate Drive, Sarasota, (941) 312-6424; vegsrq.com. $-$$

VIZEN JAPANESE RESTAURANT Chef Masaki “Matsu” Matsunae offers a world of tempting sashimi, sushi and tempura options. 6559 Gateway Ave., Sarasota, (941) 926-0830; vizen-sarasota.com. $$

YODER’S Famous for its homemade pies (more than two dozen flavors,Yoder’s also offers comfort food like Mom’s meatloaf, chicken and dumplings, and country fried steak. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. 3434 Bahia Vista St., Sarasota, (941) 955-7771; yodersrestaurant.com. $

VENICE/NOKOMIS/OSPREY BURGUNDY SQUARE CAFÉ Fresh and deli-

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BUSHIDO SUSHI Fine Japanese dining on the Island of Venice presented by Ho, Venice’s own premier sushi chef. 125 W. Venice Ave., Venice, (941) 485-1757; bushidisushi.com. $-$$

CASEY KEY FISH HOUSE This Casey Key landmark offers diners an Old Florida waterfront atmosphere and seafood-centric fare, plus a lively tiki bar. You can even arrive by boat. 801 Blackburn Point Road, Casey Key, (941) 966-1901. $$

CASSARIANO ITALIAN EATERY The owners of this popular restaurant hail from Northern Italy and share a passion for contemporary Italian cuisine. Their banquet room is perfect for parties, meetings or any special occasion. 313 W. Venice Ave., Venice, (941) 786-1000; cassariano.com. $$-$$$

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CROW’S NEST Venice’s waterfront landmark since 1976, the Crow’s Nest offers casual fine dining in a beautiful marina setting. Its extensive collection of more than 1,000 wines received Wine Spectator’s “Best of” Award of Excellence. 1986 Tarpon Center Drive, Venice, (941) 484-9551; crowsnest-venice.com. $$-$$$

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DEREK’S RUSTIC COASTAL CUISINE Devotees of Chef Derek Barnes’ late Sarasota restaurant have followed him to Bradenton, where he’s created a casual restaurant with an emphasis on fresh seafood. Try his cornmeal crusted red snapper or shrimp and grits. 5516 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton, (941) 794-1100; dereks-bradenton.com. $$

PIER 22 A beautiful view of the Manatee River is yours at this casually elegant restaurant/ballroom near the Bradenton Riverwalk. Dine indoors or out. 1200 First Ave. W., Bradenton, (941) 748-8087; pier22dining.com. $$-$$$

SOMA CREEK SIDE Chef David Shiplett moved his eclectic, foodie-destination restaurant, the former SoMa Diner, west to the first floor of the downtown Bradenton Financial Center and renamed it Soma Creek Side. 1401 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton, (941) 567-4001; somacreekside.com. $$

TARPON POINTE GRILL Set smack-dab on the Manatee River, this casual waterfront eatery boasts island energy, thanks in part to its popular tiki bar. The menu spans wings and burgers to seafood entrées like SARASOTA MAGAZINE | GUIDE TO GIVING 2015

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YACHTSEA GRILLE Offering simply prepared, creative food in a comfortable, riverfront atmosphere. Lunch and dinner menus offer a variety of seafood, salad, soup and meat options. 101 Riverfront Blvd., Bradenton, (941) 896-9660; yachtseagrille.com. $$-$$$

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STAR FISH COMPANY MARKET AND RESTAURANT The fresh grouper sandwich here can’t be beat, but you’ll also love the fried shrimp, conch fritters, chowder and other fresh seafood served dockside. Travel + Leisure named it one of America’s top seafood restaurants. 12306 46th Ave. W., Cortez, (941) 794-1243; starfishcompany.com. $

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ANNA MARIA ISLAND

BEACH BISTRO Renowned for presenting some of the finest fare in the nation, this intimate, awardwinning Gulf-front restaurant creates showstoppers like Bistro Bouillabaisse and Death by Foie Gras. 6600 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, (941) 778-6444; beachbistro.com $$$

BEACHHOUSE RESTAURANT Panoramic Gulf views, grouper sandwiches and a bustling bar scene with live music. Choose the lively, newly renovated dining room, or the spacious outdoor patio. 200 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach, (941) 779-2222; beachhouse. groupersandwich.com. $$

THE SANDBAR Flip-flops and bathing suits are welcome on the Gulf-front outdoor deck; the inside dining room offers more formal service. The menu offers unfussy Florida fare with an emphasis on fresh seafood. 100 Spring Ave., Anna Maria, (941) 778-0444; sandbar.groupersandwich.com. $$

THE WATERFRONT RESTAURANT Exquisite views of Tampa Bay, inspired wine and beer selection and a menu with emphasis on fresh, natural flavors. 111 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria, (941) 778-1515; thewaterfrontrestaurant.net. $$-$$$

LAKEWOOD RANCH

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themed restaurant serves casual American cuisine with a Scottish twist, plus 60 malt whiskies and traditional Scottish beers on draught. 8110 Lakewood Main Street, Lakewood Ranch, (941) 359-2424; macallisters.com. $-$$

POLO GRILL AND BAR Casual American cuisine with global soul, a hopping lounge area, and live entertainment. 10670 Boardwalk Loop, Lakewood Ranch, (941) 782-0899; pologrillandbar. com. $$-$$$


NONPROFIT ADVERTISER INDEX Animal Services & Conservation Big Cat Habitat Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast Honor Animal Rescue Mote Aquarium

Education

92 Lifelong Learning Academy New College of Florida 149 Ringling College of Art and Design 132 SCF Foundation, Inc. 109 St. Martha Catholic School USF Sarasota / Manatee

Arts & Culture

Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota 143 Asolo Rep Theatre 19 Designing Women Boutique 93, 175 Key Chorale 128 Sarasota Ballet of Florida 131 Sarasota Orchestra 136 South Florida Museum 97 The Circus Arts Conservatory Sarasota 93 Van Wezel Foundation 134

Community Foundations

Friendship Centers Glasser/Schoenbaum Human Services Center Goodwill Manasota Habitat for Humanity Sarasota, Inc. The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee JFCS of the Suncoast, Inc. Lighthouse of Manasota Lutheran Services Florida Make-A-Wish Meals on Wheels Plus of Manatee

95 89 142 129 91 113

Health & Wellness All Children’s Hospital Foundation Community Aids Network Neuro Challenge Foundation Sarasota Family YMCA Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation, Inc. Tidewell Hospice

84 148 82 90

94 127 87 94 88 95 96 96 122 97

Professional Services

154 139 Rotary Club of Lakewood Ranch Shelter Box USA Human Services Southeastern Guide Dogs All Faiths Food Bank 85 United Way Suncoast YMCA Foundation of Sarasota, Inc. Association of Fundraising Professionals,

The Community Foundation of Sarasota SW Fla Chapter County, Inc. C2, 106, C3 Gulf Coast Community Foundation, Inc. 135 Catholic Charities, Diocese of Venice Lakewood Ranch Community Fund 151 Children First Manatee Community Foundation 146 Easter Seals of SW Florida

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Designing Women Boutique & Selah Freedom Present The abduction of Elizabeth Smart was one of the most followed child abduction cases of our time. Elizabeth was abducted on June 5, 2002, and her captors controlled her by threatening to kill her and her family if she tried to escape.

ELIZABETH SMART

Hear Elizabeth Smart’s story of incredible bravery. Learn how Selah Freedom is confronting sex trafficking in our own community, and why Designing Women Boutique is partnering in this local effort.

Abduction Survivor

Wednesday October 14, 2015

Jean Weidner Goldstein Dr. Alfred Goldstein

4PM Speaker • 5PM Reception Sudakoff Center New College

Tickets: $125 VIP Preferred Seating $95 General Admission

Lois & Rudy Lucek

Bert Minot

Sandy Greenberg

Chris Sancin

For Tickets and Sponsorship Information: www.SelahFreedom.com or Call DWB at 941.366.5293 SARASOTA MAGAZINE | GUIDE TO GIVING 2015

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ONLY IN SARASOTA

MOTE MARINE LABORATORY AND AQUARIUM, WEEKDAY AFTERNOON ILLUSTRATION BY JOHN PIRMAN Artist John Pirman often visits Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium. On his latest visit, he watched a mother and her son admiring a sea turtle. “I learned this sea turtle was rescued after it was injured by a boat’s propeller,” he says. “Because of Mote and the work they do to care for our underwater treasures, we were able to get up close and see this spectacular creature.” 176 SARASOTA MAGAZINE | GUIDE TO GIVING 2015


WE GIVE because this is our children’s hometown.

Ask Terri Vitale why she and her husband, Dr. Chris Sforzo, are committed to local nonprofits and she is quick to reply, “Because this is where we are raising our children.” She is especially passionate about the Community Foundation of Sarasota County’s literacy work. Together, they believe that their immediate efforts have long-term benefits for the community their children will one day call their own.

Terri Vitale, Chris, Sydney and Ryan Sforzo

Whether you are looking to make an immediate impact or invest in our community for generations to come, the Community Foundation of Sarasota County is committed to helping donors maximize the benefits of giving – for themselves and their families, for the causes they love, forever. To learn more, call 941.955.3000. Let us show you how easy it is to give through a donor advised fund. 2635 Fruitville Road, Sarasota | www.CFSarasota.org


Legacy isn’t just what you leave. It’s what you create.

TAX AT ION & W EA LT H P R E S E RVAT I O N Florida’s kind weather and gentle taxes attract many people seeking integrated, preemptive tax planning. Knowing your tax advice will be both adroit and compliant is an imperative. A Williams Parker client would also say it can be liberating. We have deep knowledge of the federal tax landscape, as well as Florida’s highly specific state and local tax laws. We offer the real advantage of nearly nine decades of experience. Our approach minimizes our clients’ tax liabilities without sacrificing personal or business objectives while upholding the ethical principles essential to the tax system. With most clients, we are the primary attorneys on a matter. In some situations, we serve as special tax counsel on a single, high-stakes matter or transaction. And we frequently provide specialized tax advice to attorneys and CPAs who seek our guidance. Typically, our tax services involve estate, income, and other planning for high-net-worth individuals and corporate, real estate, or private entities. We regularly counsel on ERISA and executive compensation. Representation also extends to all aspects of the audit process including appeals, requests for rulings and technical advice, and proceedings in tax court.

CHA R I TA BLE GI V I NG & E S TATE P LA NNI NG With prosperity comes responsibility. A thoughtful plan to grow, sustain, and transfer wealth is a necessity. A Williams Parker client might add it can also be rewarding. Charitable giving is a meaningful part of estate planning. Whether motivated to support Sarasota’s vibrant arts community, an important cause or favorite university, or your church or synagogue, you want to make an impact. In addition to achieving your philanthropic goals, such gifts can offset income and estate tax liabilities. Some planning techniques even allow you or your family to retain full enjoyment of the assets during your lifetime. With Williams Parker, you’ll experience one of Florida’s largest, most sophisticated estate planning and administration practices. A majority of our estates and trusts attorneys hold an advanced degree in taxation, accounting, or business. Most are certified by The Florida Bar as specialists in wills, trusts, and estates or tax law. We work closely with you and your advisors to envision, then employ, a strategy that balances current and future needs of your family with the charitable work of your chosen organizations. Practical advice, specific to your situation and goals, always guides our counsel.

Let’s create sanctuary.

Let’s discuss posterity.

Michael J. Wilson Shareholder T: (941) 536-2043 E: mwilson@williamsparker.com

Jeffrey T. Troiano Shareholder T: (941) 329-6638 E: jtroiano@williamsparker.com

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Sarasota Magazine Guide to Giving 2015  

Saluting the people and causes that changed our world this year.

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