Bank of America Selects Two Manatee County High School Students as 2022 Student Leaders
Two Sarasota/Manatee County high school seniors have been selected to participate in this year’s prestigious Bank of America paid internship program, Student Leaders® (#BofAStudentLeaders), an internship providing students with first-hand experience in serving their communities. Throughout the eight week program, participants learn financial literacy and workforce development skills. Started in 2004, the paid internship recognizes 300 community-focused juniors and seniors from across the U.S. annually and offers experience with local nonprofits, including Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee County. The Class of 2022 Sarasota-Manatee Bank of America Student Leaders are: Stephani Bryant and Dilan Desir.
Seventeen-year old Dilan Desir graduated from the State College of Florida Collegiate School and plans to attend Stanford University in the fall. Having immigrated to the U.S.following the 2010 earthquake in Haiti that destroyed his home, Dilan has founded the Haitian Donation Initiative, which collects and distributes supply donations to the Port-Au-Prince area and helps translate legal documents and facilitate international communications for fellow Haitians. Dilan also gives a voice to other activists around the globe, serving as an editor for Raise the Voices, which chronicles the work of international human rights projects. Dilan applied for his internship in January and learned he was chosen in April. “This feels like a huge blessing,” he says. “Only two people from the area were selected from over 100 applicants and I was one of them, so it’s really an incredible opportunity.” In the future, Dilan hopes to be involved in public health and work with nongovernmental agencies specifically focused on healthy living in vulnerable communities. His advice to younger students: “Don’t be afraid to do what nobody else is doing and try to find validation within yourself before seeking it within others. And to all rising juniors and seniors: Apply to the Bank of America Student Leadership Program. You’ll learn about diversity in the workplace and how to interact with people from very different backgrounds.”
Stephani, a senior at Southeast High School is dedicated to empowering women and raising awareness of important social issues within the community. She volunteered for seven years with ongoing participation with the Margwine Organization, which connects young girls with mentors, educational opportunities and a nurturing environment that helps them reach their fullest potential. Her responsibilities over the years have included organizing community activities, raising money for Haitian youth, and donating school supplies to those in need. A huge advocate for mental health in her community, especially for minorities and children, Stephani plans to study psychology/sociology in college. In her spare time, she enjoys a variety of activities from painting to creating miniature house models. She also likes to play the electric guitar, piano and ukulele. “As a shy overthinker, especially when I was younger,” she says, “I constantly limited myself. It is very important to make the most out of opportunities that come your way and set goals for yourself because when you get older many of these chances will fade. I would never have had this opportunity if I hadn’t taken the chance and applied for the Bank of America Student Leaders program. Take initiative and just do it!” she adds.
Pictured: Dilan Desir and Stephani Bryant, Sarasota-Manatee Student Leaders. Photo courtesy of Bank of America.
DOGPerfect Owners Take First in Lucky Ducky Race for Pace and Give Back
The owners of DOGPerfect recently took first place in the 13th Annual Lucky Ducky Race for Pace and are thrilled to donate the $5,000 prize to organizations in the community. The locally owned pet retail company with stores in Sarasota, Lakewood Ranch and University Park will give $2,000 to the Pace Center for Girls and $3,000 to local pet shelters and rescues, of which $1,000 will be decided by DOGPerfect’s Facebook community. The Lucky Ducky Race for Pace is more than a rubber duck derby. It is really about changing the lives of girls in Manatee County. Pace values all girls and young women, believing each one deserves an opportunity to find her voice, achieve her potential and celebrate a life defined by responsibility, dignity, serenity, and grace.
“We are excited to give back to such worthy organizations,” said Kara Tolland, Retail Marketing Manager at DOGPerfect. “We value the relationships we have built with local nonprofits throughout the Suncoast and are proud to be able to help.” All of the shelter donations will be made via the DOGPerfect Bonus Wishlist, a first of its kind local giveback program for shelters that allows our shelter partners to maximize their dollars that are donated. For every item donated, DOGPerfect will match with products that have been pre-selected by the shelter to meet their immediate needs. DOGPerfect then delivers those items directly to each shelter free of charge. Details can be found at www.dogperfect.com/wishlist.
Photo courtesy of DOGPerfect.
Dr. Kameron Partridge Hodgens Honored with Community Hero Award
On Friday, July 22, More Too Life, Inc. honored Dr. Kameron Partridge Hodgens, Gulf Coast Community Foundation’s Director of Community Leadership, with the Community Hero Award at their Inspire Change Anniversary Fundraiser Event. For over 18 years, More Too Life, Inc. has been dedicated to the vast work of fighting human exploitation and providing victim services and programs to children, families, and the community. As the former CEO of The Glasser/Schoenbaum Human Services Center, More Too Life notes that Dr. Hodgens has been a consistent and loyal supporter of the More Too Life mission and vision. They also note that Dr. Hodgens has been an outstanding leader and advocate for the work of nonprofits throughout the community. More Too Life’s approach is to provide opportunities to turn “victims to survivors, survivors to thrivers, and thrivers into champions.” In the fight to attack human trafficking, they provide care to its victims and those on the fringe by addressing root causes.
The Bay Park Conservancy Awarded $150,000 Grant by Gulf Coast Community Foundation
Gulf Coast Community Foundation has awarded The Bay Park Conservancy an additional $150,000 grant to support the development of Phase 2 of the park on Sarasota Bay, bringing Gulf Coast’s cumulative contributions to more than $1 million in direct donations. The funding will help transform land that is mostly a parking lot into a blue-and-green oasis, celebrating nature and promoting environmental sustainability and accessibility. Gulf Coast’s contributions have gone toward developing open, accessible green spaces such as Common Ground lawns, as well as targeted sustainability efforts to improve water quality and shoreline health, ensuring the environmental legacy of the park. For more information about The Bay Park Conservancy, visit www.thebaysarasota.org or contact Julia Groom at [email protected] or 941-786-8732.
Registration is now OPEN for Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties 2022-2023 School-Year Program
Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties (BGCSDC) is now accepting applications for the 2022-2023 Great Futures Academy School-Year Program, which will launch on August 8, 2022, at its six Club locations across Sarasota and DeSoto Counties.
Great Futures Academy School-Year Program welcomes BGCSDC students, ages 6 to 18.
The Great Futures Academy for ages 6-12 features educational, recreational, and developmental activities that empower children to excel in school, become leaders, adopt healthy habits, and plan for success after high school. Apply here: bgcsdc.org
BGCSDC is also offering a full slate of award-winning Teen Programs, for youth ages 13-18, including entrepreneurial training, leadership development, financial literacy, civic engagement, planning for college, and workforce development. Teens can apply here: theclubsdc.org
Busing is also available to the Clubs from select school locations.
SMH Earns Multiple Spots on U.S. News’ “Best Hospitals” List
Sarasota Memorial Hospital earned top marks in U.S. News’ 2022-2023 “Best Hospitals” list released today. This year’s rankings place SMH among the 50 “Best Hospitals” in America for rehabilitation for people recovering from serious injuries and debilitating diseases and for specialized urology care. SMH also garnered “high performer” ratings for a third specialty, gastroenterology and gastrointestinal surgery, as well as 15 widely performed procedures and conditions common among Medicare patients. In addition to the 50 “Best Hospitals” rankings, SMH also was spotlighted as a “high performer” in the specialty of gastroenterology and gastrointestinal surgery and in 15 procedures and conditions most common among Medicare patients.
John “Buck” O’Neil Awarded Key to the City of Sarasota
On July 24 at a community celebration hosted by DreamLarge, the City of Sarasota awarded John “Buck” O’Neil a key to the City. Presented by Vice Mayor Kyle Battie, the key is meant to honor O’Neil and commemorate his powerful legacy in the community. The key will be donated to the Sarasota African American Cultural Coalition to be displayed at the future Sarasota African American Arts and Cultural Center located in Newtown. Anand Pallegar, Founder of DreamLarge, accepted the key to the City on behalf of the gathering. This citation from the City follows the recent unveiling of a new mural in the Rosemary Art & Design District (RADD) commemorating O’Neil’s powerful legacy and the path he paved for future generations. Part of the Gilbert Mural Initiative, the mural cements O’Neil’s legacy in former Overtown. At the mural unveiling, a number of community figures spoke on behalf of O’Neil’s impact, including Anand Pallegar, Founder of DreamLarge and RADD, Walter Gilbert, Founder of the Gilbert Mural Initiative, Roxie Jerde, CEO and President of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, Brian Roberts, Orioles’ Hall of Famer and Ambassador, and Marlon Brown, City Manager of the City of Sarasota. The mural is painted by artist Matt McAllister and supported by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, The Baltimore Orioles Foundation, DreamLarge, Newtown Alive, RADD, and the Sarasota African American Cultural Coalition. Please contact [email protected] for more information.
Pictured: Buck O’Neil honored with Key to the City. Left to right: Anand Pallegar, Walter Gilbert, Vice Mayor Kyle Battie, Commissioner Jen Ahearn-Koch, City Manager Marlon Brown. Photo courtesy of DreamLarge.
Amore Restaurant Extends Savor Sarasota Promotion to December , June 1 – December 18
Amore Restaurant has decided to extend Savor Sarasota Menu through December 18th (not combined with any other offer and, not available on special occasions). Savor Sarasota is a 3 course menu dinner for $35.00 per person. The restaurant offers a Portuguese and an Italian menu. They are open Wednesday through Sunday from 5 to 9PM. Fridays and Sundays 5 to 9:30pm. With indoor and outdoor seating available. Easy and free parking. Menu can be viewed here:https://www.amorelbk.com/savor-sarasota/
Zumba at The Bay , July 9 – September 24, 10am-11am
Join Ya’el Campbell for a special monthly Zumba from 10:00 am – 11:00 am. This is a high energy outdoor Zumba class! Come dance with a fantastic group of Zumba Rockstars who will make you move, smile, jump, shake and sing… (it happens sometimes). Grab a friend, bring your kids, and meet new Zumba friends. Program Dates: July 9 (Bayfront Community Center); August 20 (Bayfront Community Center); September 24; The Bay Park, 655 N. Tamiami Trail.
Florida Studio Theatre: Smoke & Mirrors , August 3 – August 21, Varies.
Hamilton Orr will stop at nothing to get what he wants. A top Hollywood director, Hamilton comes up with deadly scheme to gain control over a multi-million-dollar film. He just needs to persuade the movie’s screenwriter, Clark, to get onboard. And make sure that Barbara, his wife, plays her part. When his plot doesn’t go as planned, Hamilton comes face-to-face with the wily local sheriff, Leroy. Smoke and Mirrors keeps the audience guessing (and laughing) until the end. Smoke and Mirrors by Will Osborne and Anthony Herrera will play beginning August 3, 2022 in FST’s Gompertz Theatre. Run Time is 2 hour and 10 minutes with a 15-minute intermission.
Florida Studio Theatre’s Gompertz Theatre
Health and Wellness Beauty Fair , August 6, 11am-3pm
This relaxing day will feature the latest technology in non-invasive, no down time facial/neck treatment for fine lines and wrinkles, SofWave. On-site treatments, demos, discounts & samples, vendors & shopping, food, wine & live music + amazing door prizes! Free EMSlim body sculpting session w/ SofWave purchase. Please come out and meet Nancy Dowe, RN, BSN, Licensed Esthetician with 30 years of nursing and skincare experience and owner of Esteem Medical Aesthetics of Bradenton. Saturday, August 6th, 11 am to 3 pm, Peridia Golf and Country Club, 4950 Peridia Boulevard East, Bradenton, RSVP by text: 615-319-3603.
Atelier de SoSi Art Show , August 12 – September 22, 7pm-10pm
Atelier de SoSi announces the opening of their newest art show “An Artful Home at Atelier.” Exhibition Dates: August 12th – Sep 22nd; Opening night: August 12th 7-10pm; Gallery hours Tues – Wed – Thur 1 – 5pm. “An Artful Home at Atelier” – focus is to showcase that art can be both functional and beautiful. Atelier de SoSi’s gallery space will be transformed to represent a living space. Displaying functional art such as: handmade table settings, glassware, lighting, textiles, furniture, etc. The space will also be featuring one of a kind paintings, sculptures and an array of other unique pieces. We want to show the viewer that artwork comes in all shapes, sizes and functionalities. Yes, your coffee table can be a piece of artwork along with your favorite reading chair, lamp, and coffee mug. Art can touch every area of our lives, come see examples of this and find one of a kind pieces for your own living space.
WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup , September 9 – September 18
The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) and host USA Baseball revealed the new dates for the next WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup, with the 30th edition of the youth world championship to take place from 9 to 18 September 2022 in Sarasota and Bradenton, Florida. The elite international tournament will be played at Sarasota’s Ed Smith Stadium and Bradenton’s LECOM Park, the respective Spring Training homes of the Baltimore Orioles and the Pittsburgh Pirates of Major League Baseball (MLB). The XXX WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup will include 12 national teams, whose rosters will feature the best youth players in their respective countries.
Ed Smith Stadium and LECOM Park
The Bazaar on Apricot & Lime: Limelight Market , April 23 – December 17, 10am-3pm
Every 3rd Saturday from 10-3 The Bazaar on Apricot & Lime opens their outdoor space for guest vendors, dog rescues, and live music. Check out the 40 local creators and curators inside The Bazaar every Thursday – Saturday. Enjoy a delicious lunch and support local. Free, until you buy something amazing!
Florida Studio Theatre: Rock & Roll Reignited With Not Fade Away , June 14 – August 7, Varies.
This is Rock & Roll Reignited! Inspired by the legendary music of artists like Buddy Holly, Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, and more, this new revue reignites Rock & Roll classics with sizzle, showmanship, and style. Fresh off their national tour, Not Fade Away has performed to sold out theatres in over 150 cities. Now, the four-piece band brings the best of the ‘50s and ‘60s to Sarasota with such hits as “It’s So Easy,” “Rave On,” “Johnny B. Goode,” and more. Rock & Roll Reignited With Not Fade Away, created by Jared Mancuso with musical arrangements by Jared Mancuso and Nick Gallardo plays June 14 – August 7, 2022, in FST’s John C. Court Cabaret. Run Time is 70 minutes with a 15-minute intermission.
Florida Studio Theatre’s John C. Court Cabaret
Tripletail Seafood and Spirits Wine Down Wednesdays , July 11 – July 31, 3pm-close
Every Wednesday from 3:00 to Close we offer discounted pricing on select bottles of wine. Explore our extensive domestic and imported wine list or just indulge in your favorites. Tripletail Seafood & Spirits will extend Savor Sarasota to Tripletails Summer Savor, through July. Taste Chef Traes extensive special Savor Menu of appetizers, entrée’s and desserts, with suggested wine pairings from our imported and domestic wine selections. Tripletail Seafood and Spirits Happy Hours menu. 3pm-6pm Every Day, Classic & Signature Cocktails, Wine and Beer $1 off plus some delish new Small Bite offerings. https://www.tripletailsrq.com/
Geckos Grill and Pubs , July 11 – January 1, 7:30 pm
Trivia Tournament! Time to Think While You Drink! All teams of all experience welcome and big prizes and giveaways.TRIVIA SHOWS: MONDAYS, 7:30pm | Clark Road. TUESDAYS, 7:30pm | Stickney Point & SR 64. WEDNESDAYS, 7:30pm | Hillview & SR 70. $1,000 is Geckos bucks: 1st place: $500. 2nd place: $300. 3rd place: $200. https://geckosgrill.com/
Florida Studio Theatre Improv: Thank You For Being A Friend , September 10, 7:30pm
FST Improv Presents: Thank You For Being A Friend on Saturday, September 10 at 7:30pm. Thank You For Being A Friend is a unique blend of stories and games in which actors improvise two half-hour episodes of an original sitcom which the audience will help create! Complete with improvised commercials and theme song, Thank You For Being A Friend captures the essence of television’s most beloved genre. As television plummets down to the extent where most is reality TV and less that a third of all new Sitcoms make it to its tenth episode, FST Improv promises to take you back to a time and place where “Everyone knows your name”. That’s what we’re talking about Willis!
Florida Studio Theatre’s Bowne’s Lab
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.
The Ringling: Metadata: Rethinking Photography from the 21st Century , March 6 – August 28, Museum hours.
The exhibition features work from the past decade by an international selection of artists and visual activists that are working to make palpable the unseen information, or metadata, that undergirds the image regime. This includes not just the tags or descriptors attached to image files, but the power relationships, biases, and economic interests that are not always visible in the image itself. The exhibition emphasizes an expanded concept of photographic practice that includes research-based projects, installation, conceptual work, and activism as well as analog and digital photographs. Artists featured are Mohsen Azar, Viktoria Binschtok, Mladen Bizumic, Joy Buolamwini, Jason Lazarus, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Lilly Lulay, Trevor Paglen, and Penelope Umbrico. Metadata: Rethinking Photography in the 21st Century will be held at The John and Mable Museum of Art, Sarasota, Florida from March 6 through August 28th, 2022. The exhibition is curated by Christopher Jones, Stanton B. and Nancy W. Kaplan Curator of Photography and Media Art.