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SRQ DAILY Jan 11, 2023

Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

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Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

"Like our name suggests, we hope people use these donations to become players for life."

- Valerie McCarthy, Executive Director, The Play for Life Foundation.

-The 2023 Best of SRQ Local Official Ballot is now online. You are invited to vote for your favorites! Voting closes February 8 at midnight.
[Grant Awarded]  Operation Warrior Resolution Awarded $25,000 Grant by the Community Foundation of Sarasota
Barbie Heit, barbie.heit@srqme.com

Operation Warrior Resolution has been awarded a $25,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Sarasota County to support veterans and their family members as they transition out of programs designed to provide holistic mental health services to resolve trauma and promote long-term wellness. During week-long retreats, Operation Warrior Resolution provides veterans with brain-based healing techniques and alternative therapies like yoga, meditation, and equine therapy. This funding will be used to support program participants' ongoing needs after participating in the retreats so they can continue to integrate and sustain these changes into their lives moving forward.

Since 2018, Operation Warrior Resolution has been helping veterans heal by providing mental health therapy and brain-based healing techniques, also known as The Cortina Method. Kendra Simpkins, founder and CEO, and her team are known as innovators in the space of mental health for veterans. Simpkins, who saw an immense need for this type of support in the veteran community, started the nonprofit with a personal mission to give veterans effective and immediate care.

When Simpkins, a veteran herself, came out of active duty in 2010, she was in a dark place, struggling with addition and feeling lost. After spending years searching for resources, she decided to build a team, spread the word and get good fundraising. From there, Operation Warrior Resolution was born. Over the past few years, Operation Warrior Resolution has helped over 100 veterans through their retreat program and almost one thousand veterans and their families through other activities and events in the Sarasota area. The organization is funded through grants, donations, and fundraisers so everything is at no cost to the veteran and their family. Operation Warrior Resolution also partners with local businesses to provide discounts on services for veterans. 

Pictured: Previous grant recipients, their families and Operation Warrior Resolution team members. Photo courtesy of OWR.

[Fundraising Event]  Karins Causes Announces Annual Sale

Karin’s Causes, an annual estate quality sale founded by local hobbyist/collector Karin Gustafson to benefit local charities will conduct its 2023 sale February 2-4, 2023. The event is known for its carefully curated items featuring the rare and beautiful, especially items of historic and décor value. "Last year we were able to give $24,500 to our charities, we hope to do even better this year,” Gustafson said. The upcoming sale will benefit: Animal Rescue Coalition; New College of Florida; and the Scottish Rite Foundation’s “Helping Children Communicate” Project. Sale details: Thursday, February 2, 2023 from 4:00pm – 7:00pm - Preview Sale with $15 admission fee; Friday, February 3, 2023 from 9:00am – Noon – No admission fee; Saturday, February 4, 2023 from 9:00am – 1:00pm – No admission fee. The sale will be held at the Scottish Rite building, 240 S. Tuttle Ave., Sarasota with ample
parking for all. 

[Nonprofit ]  Meet the Doctors at the Paradise Center Medical Suite

The Paradise Center is offering a unique opportunity for prospective patients to meet the healthcare providers in their Medical Suite over the course of four days, one hour each day. This is the community’s chance to speak with the doctors, nurses and other medical professionals to ask questions about their specialties, background, fees/insurance, etc. The schedule for visiting each practice, as well as the other wellness partners in the Tidewell Foundation Building, follows. 1-2 pm Each Day: Tuesday, January 31 - Dr. Kramer, Acupuncture and Alex Zappavigna, Fitness Quest Physical Therapy; Wednesday, February 1 – Dr. Borreggine, Podiatrist and Dr. Breese, Doc Side Audiology; Thursday, February 2 – Dr. Spinelle, Primary Care and Nicci Kobritz, Youthful Aging Home Care; Friday, February 3 – Dr. Bogacz, Chiropractor and Brandy Mixon, Essence of Soleil Massage. There will be sample giveaways, snacks and beverages. Walk-ins are welcome; no need to call in advance. Just pick your preferred day(s) and stop by between 1-2pm! The Paradise Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life on Longboat Key by promoting accessible healthcare and providing year-round lifestyle enrichment programs. Its exercise classes and educational seminars are designed to keep seniors active both mentally and physically, and their new Medical Suite is home to a variety of medical services, such as dermatology, ENT/audiology, podiatry and primary care. For more information, visit TheParadiseCenter.org or call 941-383-6493.


[Donations]  The Play for Life Foundation Wraps Up 2022 with Donation of 34 Portable Pickleball Sets

The Play for Life Foundation, a non-profit organization sponsored by The Pickleball Club, wrapped up 2022 with a donation total of 34 portable pickleball sets, known as a Club-N-Box. To support the foundation’s mission of introducing the sport of pickleball to youth, veterans and first responders, The Play for Life Foundation began donating Club-N-Boxes in2022to qualified organizations, including schools, fire and rescue departments, police departments, youth organizations and nonprofits. Each box contains nets, paddles, balls, and instructional material on how to play and set up a court. Most recently, the foundation received a request for a Club-N-Box from Captiva Island Fire Control Station 181 in Lee County to provide much-needed stress relief and camaraderie for the first responders dealing with devastation from Hurricane Ian.

“It is so humbling and fulfilling to use the sport of pickleball to support our community in being healthier by having fun,” said Valerie McCarthy, executive director of the foundation. “Like our name suggests, we hope people use these donations to become players for life and enjoying this wonderful sport, the fastest growing all across the country.”

Other highlights from 2022 include a donation to James Tillman Elementary School in Manatee County, where coaches are now using the donated equipment to implement pickleball into the physical education curriculum. The philanthropic foundation donated a box to the Bradenton Police Department, which is now being used by officers for community outreach, team building and physical fitness training. All 10 East Manatee Fire Rescue Stations received Club-N-Box deliveries. After a donation to Bay Haven School of Basics Plus, the school started a pickleball club with the new equipment. Other organizations that received donations last year included Girls Inc. of Sarasota, and multiple branches of the Boys & Girls Clubs. Also notable in 2022, the Play for Life Foundation received recognition from the Community Center of Sarasota County as a Giving Partner. The foundation relies on local businesses and individual support for most of its funding for the Club-N-Boxes. This year, Play for Life has a goal of donating 50 Club-N-Boxes. For more information or to make a donation to help fund a box, visit P4L.org. 

Pictured: Children from Boys and Girls Club in Newtown that received a Club-N-Box. Courtesy of The Play for Life Foundation.

[Impact100 SRQ]  One Woman…One Vote…One Mission…Collective Impact

Impact100 SRQ is a local nonprofit 501(c)3, all-volunteer organization, founded in 2018 by three Sarasota-based women inspired by a growing international model of women’s collective giving. One by one, other women joined the journey, and together their mission empowers women to change the face of philanthropy in the local community. In 2023, Impact100 SRQ is celebrating its 5th giving year, having already funded 15 grants aggregating a total of $1,637,000 donated to local nonprofits since 2019. 

The Impact100 SRQ model is simple. Every year, at least 100 women come together, each make a $1,000 tax-deductible donation, and collectively they fund grants in increments of at least $100,000 to local nonprofits in five focus areas: Arts, Culture & History; Education; Environment & Recreation; Family; and Health & Wellness.  

The women of Impact100 SRQ combine their time, talent, and treasure, to make a greater impact in strengthening the community. Every year nonprofits in Sarasota and Manatee Counties are invited to apply for an Impact100 SRQ grant. All Impact members are encouraged to volunteer their time on a committee to impartially review and extensively evaluate each initiative. These committees then determine finalists from each focus area to present to the full membership for a final vote to decide collectively which grants will be funded.

All members of Impact100 SRQ are encouraged to design their own experience. As an all-volunteer organization, there is an opportunity for members to get involved as much or as minimally as they desire. Most importantly and uniquely, all members have a voice in deciding which grants will be funded.

The passion that the women of Impact100 SRQ share for problem solving in our community is extraordinary. The more women who join the organization, the more grants Impact100 SRQ can fund. Joining is open to all women of all backgrounds, all ages, and all stages of life. 

Gail Lisi Vice President Membership GailL@Impact100SRQ.org www.Impact100SRQ.org

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[Scholarships]  Foundation Accepting Scholarship Applications for 2023-24 School Year

Gulf Coast Community Foundation (Gulf Coast) is now accepting applications for its 2023-24 scholarship program. Prospective applicants may visit GulfCoastCF.org/scholarships to review scholarship requirements and complete the online application. The deadline to apply is March 3, 2023, and scholarship awards will be announced in late spring. Through its annual scholarship program, Gulf Coast assists students of all ages in pursuing higher education at accredited two- and four-year colleges, universities, or technical schools. Applicants must reside in Sarasota County, Charlotte County, or Boca Grande, and they must plan to attend a qualifying postsecondary institution during the 2023-24 academic year. Gulf Coast awards scholarships from over 60 scholarship funds it administers, including many established by donors to support particular fields of study or assist students from specific schools or communities. Candidates can complete a single application to be considered for all scholarship opportunities for which they qualify. Since establishing its scholarship program in 1997, Gulf Coast has awarded more than $10 million in scholarships to help students pursue their dreams of higher education. Last year, the Foundation awarded 560 scholarships totaling close to $667,000 to deserving local students. 

Pictured: Jessica Sanders, Gulf Coast Community Foundation scholarship recipient from the 2022-23 school year and musical theatre student at Ohio Northern University. Courtesy of Gulf Coast Community Foundation.

[Grant]  Sarasota Orchestra Receives Grant from Impact100 SRQ

Sarasota Orchestra has been awarded a $110,500 grant from Impact100 SRQ. This substantial award will help advance Sarasota Orchestra’s mission to engage, educate and enrich the community through high-quality, live musical experiences by funding the purchase and repair of instruments specifically designated for the Orchestra’s education programs. Over the years, the Sarasota Youth Orchestras and Summer Music Camp have made lasting impacts on the lives of thousands of young people from Sarasota, Manatee and Charlotte counties. Sarasota Orchestra loans instruments and equipment to students in their education programs whose families cannot afford them. Purchasing or renting an instrument could potentially represent a significant financial burden, or even a deterrent, for students wishing to participate in music programs. By loaning out instruments, Sarasota Orchestra is able to offer the joy of music and benefits of music education to all students, regardless of socioeconomic status. The grant funds from Impact100 SRQ will go directly and exclusively toward the purchase and maintenance of education program instruments. To learn more about Sarasota Orchestra’s 2022-2023 season and education programs, visit www.SarasotaOrchestra.org. 

[35 Under 35]  35 Under 35 Honoree - Matthew Tympanick at Tympanick Law P.A.

Meet the region's 35 Under 35 Awards Honorees for the 2022 program produced by SRQ Magazine to recognize young professionals who are taking a leadership position at their company and in the community. Learn more about Matthew Tympanick, Founder & Principal at Tympanick Law P.A.!


How did you make your start in your profession?

I started as a prosecutor in Manatee County. I tried 39 jury and non-jury trials in over 3 years working as a prosecutor including countless felonies. I found working with domestic violence victims incredibly rewarding.

Share a recent achievement for which you are the most proud.

I tried a high profile complex dog shooting trial with only two months prep which was aired around the world. 

To read the full article, click here.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Sarasota Concert Association announces Free Music Matinees , January 4 – April 19, 12:00 PM

The Sarasota Concert Association announces its 2023 Music Matinees concert series. These four free noon-time concerts showcase exceptional regional musicians performing a variety of musical styles, including classical and folk music. Scheduled this season: Passerine; Wednesday, January 4 at noon. With inventive vocal harmonies and song-writing skills, supported by the sounds of acoustic strings, Passerine offers a fresh take on traditional folk and bluegrass music, as well as a repertoire of original songs that range from ballads to contemporary Americana. Duo Pianists Michael Baron and Priscila Navarro; Wednesday, February 22 at noon; The Baron-Navarro Piano Duo performs a wide range of music, from classical to popular, for two pianos and piano four–hands with electric energy and melting lyricism. Their New York City debut as a piano duo at Carnegie Hall in March of 2022 was sold out and met with critical acclaim. Soprano Hein Jung and pianist Gregorios Zamparas; Friday, March 17 at noon Soprano Hein Jung has performed in recitals and with opera companies in major cities throughout the U.S, Italy and South Korea. She will be accompanied by pianist Gregorios Zamparas who has been praised for his versatility as a recitalist, orchestra soloist and chamber musician throughout the U.S. and Europe. Cellist Natalie Helm and Pianist Jesse Martins; Wednesday, April 19 at noon Principal Cellist of the Sarasota Orchestra, Natalie Helm is a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral musician, and educator. For this performance she will collaborate with pianist Jesse Martins, who also serves as conductor and vocal coach with the Sarasota Opera. The concerts are free but pre-registration is required and available 30 days before each concert at SCAsarasota.org. Performances take place at David Cohen Hall in the Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center, 709 N. Tamiami Trail. Visit www.SCAsarasota.org or call the box office at 941-966-6161.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Contemporary Realism First Friday Gallery Walk at the Dabbert Gallery , January 6 – January 31, 6 to 9 p.m.

Contemporary Realism First Friday Gallery Walk at the Dabbert Gallery. From 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 6, the Dabbert Gallery will host the First Friday Gallery Walk through its new contemporary realism exhibit. The exhibit runs through Jan. 31. For more information, visit dabbertgallery.com. Dabbet Gallery, 46 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota.

[SOON]  HEALTH: New Year, New You at the Green at Lakewood Ranch , January 12, 4 p.m.

On Thursday, Jan. 12 at 4 p.m., Sirius Day Spas will host its New Year, New You event at its Lakewood Ranch location. The event will feature a free yoga class, refreshments from 3 Natives and Modern Gents, gift bags, a live DJ and more. There will also be Morpheus8 skin treatment demostrations, promotions and special guests. Participants must bring their own yoga mats and RSVP to LWR@SiriusDaySpas.com. To learn more, visit siriusdayspas.com. Sirius Day Spas,11585 E. State Rd. 70, Lakewood Ranch.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Golf Tournament Raises Funds for Domestic and Sexual Violence Survivors , January 16 – February 7, 11:00 AM

Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center (SPARCC) is hosting its annual golf tournament, Scramble for SPARCC, at the Laurel Oak Country Club on Monday, January 16, 2023. With the support of sponsors, community donations and golfers, this tournament raises funds to help provide life-saving, free and confidential programs and services for survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Entry fee is $185.00 per person and includes green fees, individual carts, happy hour light bites, beverages (cash bar available) and player awards. Registration opens at 11:00 AM with a shotgun start at 12:30 PM to kick off the 18-hole scramble. In addition to the golf tournament, there is also a closet to the pin contest, closest to the line contest, golf ball launcher, 50/50 chance drawing, and awards celebration. Co-Chairs for this event are Sandy Fulkerson and Bonnie VanOverbeke.

[SOON]  THEATER: Asolo Repertory Theatre: Man of La Mancha , May 10 – June 11, Varied

Considered by many to be one of the best musicals of all time, MAN OF LA MANCHA is brilliantly reimagined with a contemporary urgency by celebrated director Peter Rothstein, who immerses us in Miguel de Cervantes’s retelling of Don Quixote and his quest. This epic and poignant journey celebrates the perseverance of one man who refuses to relinquish his ideals and who is determined to see life not as it is, but as it ought to be. The winner of five Tony Awards®, including Best Musical, and featuring a soaring score, including “Man of La Mancha (I, Don Quixote)” and one of theatre’s most beloved songs, “The Impossible Dream,” this classic musical celebrates the power of theatre, the bravery of holding strong to our dreams, and the resilience of imagination.

Asolo Repertory Theatre

[SOON]  THEATER: Urbanite Theatre: Backwards Forwards Back , March 24 – April 23, Varied

BACKWARDS FORWARDS BACK by Jacqueline Goldfinger. A World Premiere. March 24 - April 23, 2023. Urbanite Theatre. When a soldier returns from war carrying the ghosts of his tour, he’s faced with a sobering decision: address his alarming PTSD with Virtual Reality therapy, or risk losing access to his family forever. Can this new technology recalibrate the brains and bodies of wounded soldiers? This electric, vivid, one-man drama studies the power of healing and finding strength in vulnerability. For tickets and info contact phone (941) 321-1397, email info@urbanitetheatre.com, website www.urbanitetheatre.com

Urbanite Theatre , 1487 2nd Street Sarasota FL, 34236

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: FST - A Place in the Sun - A Tribute to Stevie Wonder , November 16 – April 16, Varied

A Place in the Sun – A Tribute to Stevie Wonder, will begin playing in FST’s Goldstein Cabaret on November 16, 2022. The new music revue celebrates the legendary musician whose catalogue spans six decades and multiple musical genres, taking audiences through the beloved songbook of musical pioneer, Stevie Wonder. Created by Jason Cannon, Richard Hopkins, and Sarah Durham, this all-new Cabaret features such timeless hits as “I Just Called to Say I Love You,” “Isn’t She Lovely?,” and “Superstition.” Tickets are now on sale at FloridaStudioTheatre.org or at 941.366.9000.

[SOON]  THEATER: Urbanite Theatre: Birds of North America , January 6 – February 12, Varied

"Birds of North America" runs January 6th-February 12th, 2023 at Urbanite Theatre. As birders, John and his daughter Caitlyn adore spending tender autumn days attempting to catch glimpses of elusive birds. But as seasons, the climate, and global politics change, the two find their connection as rare as a red-headed Woodpecker.  In a lyrical and endearing family portrait, Birds of North America unfolds in delicate, detailed layers like the scattered leaves of each passing year. For tickets and information contact Ph. (941) 321-1397, Email info@urbanitetheatre.com, Website www.urbanitetheatre.com

Urbanite Theatre , 1487 2nd Street Sarasota FL, 34236

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: The Players Centre: Proof , January 12 – January 22, Varied

Proof by David Auburn. Winner of the 2001 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for Best Play, Proof tells the story of Catherine, a troubled young woman, who has spent years caring for her brilliant but unstable father, a famous mathematician. Now, following his death and on the eve of her 25th birthday, she must deal with her own volatile emotions; the arrival of her estranged sister, Claire; and the attentions of Hal, a former student of her father’s. Over the long weekend that follows, a burgeoning romance and the discovery of a mysterious notebook draw Catherine into the most difficult problem of all: How much of her father’s madness—or genius—will she inherit? January 12-22, 2023 For tickets visit theplayers.org, Ph. 941-365-2494, email BoxOffice@ThePlayers.org

The Players Centre For Performing Arts, Performance Venue & Box Office The Crossings at Siesta Key 3501 South Tamiami Trail, Suite 1130 Sarasota, FL 34239

[SOON]  MUSEUM: Walking Tours at The Ringling's Arboretum Available Now Through May 2023 , November 26 – May 29, 12:00 PM

This walking tour led by volunteer guides will introduce you to interesting botanical specimens on the estate while providing a historic overview of the development of the estate. The Ringling Arboretum has been accredited at Level II through ArbNet and there are over 2350 trees within the arboretum representing native, exotic, historical, and culturally significant trees. Garden Tours are available Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays and take place entirely outdoors. It is 90 minutes in length and covers approximately 1 mile. We encourage visitors to bring bottled water, and wear appropriate footwear, preferably closed-toe, sunblock, and hats. There will be a maximum of 10 participants per tour. Tours are subject to weather conditions. Please check it at the Visitors Pavilion prior to your tour. Tickets will be available 30 days prior to each tour.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Sarasota Art Museum: Jazz Thursdays , January 13 – January 12, 5:30pm-8:30pm

Jazz Thursdays at Sarasota Art Museum will runs through January 12, 2023 from 5:30pm to 8:30pm. FREE for Members, $20 for Not-Yet Members. Sarasota Art Museum invites you to be our guest at our first Jazz Thursday at SAM, featuring Hot Club of SRQ. Sarasota Art Museum is partnering with the Jazz Club of Sarasota for Jazz Thursdays. Join us for our special late-night performances on the Marcy & Michael Klein Plaza. Jazz Thursdays will occur on the second Thursday of each month until January 12, 2023. Galleries + Bistro + Shop will be open.

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Thunder by the Bay Music & Motorcycle Festival , February 17 – February 19

The 25th Annual Thunder By The Bay Music & Motorcycle Festival. The iconic three-day Festival, organized by and benefitting Suncoast Charities for Children, is scheduled for February 17-19 at the Sarasota Fairgrounds. Continuous live music will be featured throughout the weekend, and attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets for outdoor seating in front of the stage. The Festival plans to feature over 100 vendors, a 17-class bike show, a motorcycle stereo sound off competition, motorcycle freestyle demonstrations, a tented full bar area with seating, a “little riders” kid zone, a food court, “Thunder Alley” inside Robarts Arena and so much more!  For tickets, vendor information, sponsorship opportunities, and a complete listing of all Festival events visit: THUNDERBYTHEBAY.ORG | (941) 487-7904. 

Sarasota Fairgrounds

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