The Sarasota Scene – This week’s giving + events – 11/10/17

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As always, the community is not only incredibly proactive, but also very, very generous.

Dick Vitale’s Tennis Tournament brings colleges together to raise money for pediatric cancer

Friday, November 3 was the kick-off to the Annual Dick Vitale Intercollegiate Clay Court Classic Tennis Tournament, a 3-day tournament at the Athletic Center of Lakewood Ranch that raises funds for the V Foundation for pediatric cancer research.

The weekend was filled with fierce competition, reunions, and a dinner night for the participating schools hosted by Hall of Fame ESPN Sports Announcer and Basketball Analyst Dick Vitale and his wife Lorraine at their residence.
Vitale will be hosting his annual Gala on May 11, 2018 to raise money for the V Foundation benefiting pediatric cancer research. The gala will take place at the Ritz-Carlton Sarasota. To donate, visit or

“This has been the passion and honor of my life.” – Barbara Zdravecky

Planned Parenthood Fashion Luncheon

Leaving in High Style: A Fashion Luncheon celebrating Barbara A. Zdravecky

Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida will be hosting their annual fundraising luncheon, celebrating the legacy and tenure of retiring CEO of 24 years, Barbara A. Zdravecky.

Monday, November 13, 2017 | 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. | Michael’s On East
Please call Samantha Hannah at 941-209-7949 to purchase your tickets.


Sarasota Church Kicks Off Multi-Million Dollar Expansion

Earlier this week, Church of the Redeemer Episcopal church celebrated a milestone in its capital fundraising campaign. More than 300 parishioners, civic leaders and neighbors gathered at the 125-year year old church to announce a 2018 groundbreaking date for a multi-million-dollar expansion of the downtown parish. The church is located at 222 S. Palm Avenue.

The church’s expansion will begin in February, 2018 and is expected to take 24 months. More than 16,000 feet will be added to the existing footprint of the church, bordered by Palm Avenue, Ringling Boulevard and Gulfstream Avenue.

Gulf Coast Community Foundation Awards Major Grant to Embracing Our Differences

“Puzzled Eyes” by Dan McGibbon

The $40,000 arts appreciation grant will help fund the organization’s 2018 exhibition, which runs April 4 to May 31, in Sarasota’s Island Park. It will also be directed to empower Embracing Our Difference’s educational outreach programs and initiatives.

Gulf Coast Community Foundation recently awarded Embracing Our Differences a $40,000 grant to help fund its 2018 outdoor exhibition, which runs April 4 to May 31, 2018, in Sarasota’s Island Park. The grant will also be directed to empower EOD’s annual educational outreach programs and initiatives. With more than 42,000 students participating in the organization’s exhibit and educational programs in 2017 alone, Embracing Our Differences continues to lead as one of the largest education programs in southwest Florida. For more information about this exhibit or Embracing Our Differences, please call 941-404-5710 or visit

The Patterson Foundation Encourages Community Generosity During Season of Sharing

$100,000 contributions will be sparked by key milestones reached by the community during the campaign 

To strengthen giving and encourage community generosity, The Patterson Foundation will contribute $100,000 for every $500,000 raised by the community during Season of Sharing through Jan. 31, 2018. There is no cap on The Patterson Foundation’s potential contribution during this time frame. Season of Sharing, now in its 18th year, was created by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County and the Herald-Tribune Media Group to help individuals and families on the verge of homelessness.

Since its inception, Season of Sharing has raised and distributed more than $17 million, and helped more than 18,000 families throughout Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte and DeSoto counties. The Patterson Foundation has been a longtime supporter of the campaign, contributing $3.6 million since joining the annual endeavor in 2010.

Visit to donate and learn more about Season of Sharing, and join the conversation on social media using #SeasonOfSharing. 

Orioles Reach to Host Eighth Annual Birdland Golf Classic in Lakewood Ranch

The Ritz-Carlton Members Golf Club will host event to benefit the Miracle League of Manasota

On Tuesday, February 13, the Orioles will hold the Eighth Annual OriolesREACH Birdland Golf Classic at the Ritz-Carlton Members Golf Club in Lakewood Ranch to benefit the Miracle League of Manasota, an organization dedicated to providing an opportunity for every person to play baseball, regardless of their ability. Registration is now open for golfers and corporate partners.

The event begins with registration and lunch at 11:00 a.m., with a shotgun start set for 1:00 p.m. The classic will feature a silent auction and the chance to play a round with current and former Orioles players and coaches. Following the event, the Ritz-Carlton Members Golf Club will host a dinner for participating golfers, as well as Orioles players and coaches.  Since its inception, the Birdland Golf Classic has raised more than $240,000 for the Miracle League of Manasota.

For registration and additional information, visit or contact the Miracle League of Manasota at (941) 225-2966 or

Goodwill celebrates America Recycles Day

On November 15, Goodwill Manasota will take part in America Recycles Day, an observance that was begun to encourage people to reduce their waste, recycle more, and buy more products made with recycled content.

Locally, Goodwill Manasota is a leader of the “reduce, reuse, recycle” movement all year long. The organization subsidizes its mission of changing lives through the power of work through the sale of unwanted goods donated by community members. In 2016, Goodwill diverted more than 40 million pounds of unwanted goods – including textiles, computers and components, books, glass, furniture, electrical items, plastic and metal – from area landfills. For more about Goodwill, go to or call (941) 355-2721.

Share Care Global Hosts Inaugural Fundraising Gala

“An Evening In India” raised more than $62,000 to empower women, children and families in India and the US

More than 275 guests were in attendance at the Share Care Global inaugural fundraising gala – An Evening In India – on Friday, November 3, 2017. The event took place at BMW of Sarasota, where guests watched exciting cultural performances, participated in a live auction hosted by Lulu of 92.1 CTQ, enjoyed dinner courtesy of Tandoor Fine Indian Cuisine, and raised $62,550 to promote initiatives that serve people in need in both India and the United States.

The proceeds from the event will largely fund My Care Bag, a women’s entrepreneurship pilot program providing essential hygiene and toiletry items and inspirational messages. This program works in conjunction with Share Care Global’s shelter in India, offering the women in its surrounding communities with the opportunity to use their skills to make a living by custom-crafting the bags. My Care Bags will be distributed locally to homeless and low-income women in Sarasota via Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center (SPARCC) and HOPE Family Services. Additionally, support will be provided to Children’s Healthy Pantry of Sarasota.

Chef Sonu with Shamini, Poonam, Shubi and Sheena Maini

Share Care Global was founded by Poonam Maini, owner of Tandoor Fine Indian Cuisine in Sarasota. A core aspect of Share Care Global is that 10 percent of all gross sales at Tandoor are donated to the organization.

In addition to ongoing funding from Tandoor, a range of local businesses pitched in to provide tangible contributions to make An Evening In India a success. BMW of Sarasota pledged $10,000, provided the venue for the gala, and offered a three-day BMW rental as an auction item. Event sponsor Gold Coast Eagle Distributing donated a half-day cruise aboard its 62’ Viking Yacht “Golden Eagle III” for auction, plus $12,500 to the event, which will go directly towards the purchase of sewing machines for the My Care Bag program.

Bowls of Hope Returns November 12 

All Faiths Food Bank announced that the Bowls of Hope event is nearly sold out, with only 50 tickets available. This family-friendly day at Ed Smith Stadium holds more than 1,500 guests in support of All Faiths Food Bank’s mission to provide healthy solutions to end hunger in our community.

Along with an opportunity to enjoy soup, bread and desserts provided by 40 restaurants, this year also includes sandwiches, salads and pasta options. Each guest selects a handcrafted bowl, donated by local artists and students, to take home as a reminder of the empty bowls they helped to fill by attending the event. This years’ Bowls of Hope will include a Bubbles, Beignets and Bowls Reception at 10:00 a.m. exclusively for sponsors.

Sunday, November 12, 2017 | 11:00 a.m.– 2:00 p.m.
Cost: VIP Ticket $100, General $30, Kids 12 and under $10

Barancik Foundation to Fund Solar-Energy Pilot Project 

An innovative solar and conservation pilot project to be funded by Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation at Girls Inc. of Sarasota County could become a money-saving, green-energy model for other youth-serving organizations in the region and beyond. The $444,890 project is one of eight grants totaling over $1.1 million recently approved by the Barancik Foundation’s Board of Directors, bringing the total to $9.8 million in 2017.

The Barancik Foundation will test the concept of outfitting a youth-serving nonprofit agency with solar panels while also delivering conservation education to the organization. The pilot with Girls Inc. is designed to provide the nonprofit with immediate financial savings on its energy bills and positively impact the more than 300 girls it serves with new environmental education opportunities.

Another initiative being started by the foundation to stem the teacher shortage is the Barancik Emerging Educators Initiative, a new strategy to help Sarasota County Schools address the shortage of qualified teachers, especially in the subjects of special education, higher-level math, and foreign language. Through the $125,000 initiative, the school district will partner with State College of Florida to identify and engage more college-degreed adults interested in a second career in teaching. The concept is to form a cohort of 30 adults who will earn a teaching certificate through SCF and then transition together into teaching within the school district.

Sarasota County Schools also will receive a $56,400 grant to sustain the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program at Tuttle and Alta Vista elementary schools. The district learned in mid-September that federal funding for this fresh produce snack program at the two schools would be cut October 1. The Barancik Foundation’s grant will fund the program at both schools through the rest of the school year. Meanwhile, the foundation, school district, Gulf Coast Community Foundation and All Faiths Food Bank will collaborate on a long-term solution to maintain the highly effective food and nutrition education program.

The foundation approved two grants in its funding area of humanitarian causes. Jewish Family & Children’s Service of the Suncoast was awarded $330,000 to fund a variety of essential social-service programs for community members of all ages and Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida will use a $50,000 grant to provide affordable, accessible healthcare to patients in Sarasota County with limited or no health insurance. No portion of the funds awarded to Planned Parenthood will pay for termination of pregnancy.


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