Monthly Archives: July 2014

SRQ Hosts SB2: Regional Philanthropy

julypanelistsOn Thursday, July 17, SRQ |The Magazine hosted a panel discussion on the philanthropic dynamics of the community. This gathering of top regional leaders throughout Sarasota and Manatee County generated synergies on efforts both counties are making to support non-profit organizations in the region. During the discussion at The Francis, panelists shared their insight on a substantial mix of topics, including methods of funding, donor demographics, and where the community’s philanthropic efforts are headed. Michael McMullan, President of Seaside Bank was the opening presenter, while Wes Roberts, Executive Publisher, Owner of SRQ Magazine moderated the discussion as the audience received a collaborative mix of perspectives from panelists John Annis, Vice President of Community Investment, Community Foundation of Sarasota County, Veronica Brady, Senior Vice President for Philanthropy, Gulf Coast Community Foundation, Sandra Frank, Chief Executive Officer, All Faiths Food Bank Foundation, and Bob Rosinsky, President and CEO of Goodwill Manasota.

Panelist John Annis said, “Congratulations to Wes and SRQ SB2 for another packed house and thanks to the event sponsor, Seaside National Bank and Trust!  It was an honor to serve as a panelist with my friends Sandra, Veronica and Bob. Great questions from Wes and the audience – I hope our responses were helpful. We are lucky to live in such a giving and caring community and to have such great partners to work with.”

Fellow contributor Bob Rosinsky commented, “The SRQ SB2 symposium on philanthropy this Thursday was illuminating and educational. It gave me hope that our community is moving towards collaboration to enhance services and maximize resources.”

Click to download the SRQ SB2 Regional Philanthropy SB2 Transcript

The next event in the 2014-15 series of symposiums, Education: Private and Public Challenges in Partnership with the Business Community, takes place on Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at IMG Academy Golf Club (11:30am-1pm). Tickets are $35/person and available online at SRQSB2.COM (ticket price includes a plated lunch).

SRQ SB2 is sponsored by CS&L CPAs and IMG Academy. For sponsorship opportunities contact Ashley Grant at 941-780-2008 x204 or We look forward to seeing you there!281919_744525018927041_8200142783818277883_n


SRQ’s Ashley Ryan Volunteers with Nate’s Honor Animal Rescue

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On Sunday July 27, 2014, SRQ Media’s Client Development Manager Ashley Ryan volunteered at Nate’s Honor Animal Rescue, a 501(c)(3) non-profit animal rescue organization. Staffed 99% by caring volunteers, Nate’s provides rescued dogs and cats with a safe sheltered environment while they wait to be adopted into their very own forever homes.

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Said Ryan, attending and training in the Nate’s Animal Honor Rescue Orientation was a perfect way to spend a Sunday! Thanks to the puppies you see in the pictures, I have now completed the Volunteer Level 3 canine training! Without the help of volunteers, these adorable adoptees would not be able to find their Forever homes. I am thrilled to now be a part of the Honor Animal Rescue Volunteer team!”

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The mission of Nate’s is to save the lives of homeless pets by changing the way our community views animal sheltering and shelter pets by providing an educational and family friendly environment that will change their future one animal, one family, and one generation at a time. Click for more information on this organization.

SRQ Bal Masqué Performance Partner Preview: Fuzión Dance Artists

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On Saturday, July 26, 2014, SRQ Media’s Marketing and Accounts Development Director Kelly Christiansen and Marketing Associate Devon Tallman attended a dress rehearsal performed by SRQ’s Bal Masqué performance partner, Fuzión Dance Artists.

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As the dancers stretched and warmed up, Christiansen spoke with President of the Board, Muriel Gordon Mayers. (Coincidentally, they had already met as neighbors when Christiansen relocated to Sarasota from Chicago this spring.) In 2006, when Fuzión Dance was founded, Mayers was asked to become part of the Board of Directors, so Fuzión Dance Artists could continue as a professional contemporary dance company.


Mayers said, “I asked one question, ‘Do they look professional?’ and when I saw them, I was blown away by the quality and creativity and have been with it ever since. They have developed into a strong professional dance company and they are the modern dance company in this community.”

For this particular rehearsal, Kira Blazek, dancer, teacher, and choreographer provided guidance to the dancers. With every lift, twist, and turn the dancers made, Blazek noted the strengths and weaknesses of the dance, and presented her guidance to the dancers at the end of the performance. Among the performers was Leymis Bolaños Wilmott, the Artistic Director, Co-Founder, Choreographer, and Community Outreach Coordinator of Fuzión Dance Artists, who Blazek said helped her make the decision to collaborate with Fuzión Dance Artists in Sarasota.

Blazek said, “Leymis came to one of my classes in New York and said, ‘come to Sarasota.’ And we have been in partnership ever since. This company attitude is so warm. It is like a family here.”

 Want more of a behind the scenes look at Fuzión Dance? Click to watch our exclusive sneak peek at these dancers in action and join us on October 4, 2014, for a one-of-a-kind performance by Fuzión Dance Artists at Bal Masqué, held at the Sarasota Opera House. Tickets can be purchased at WWW.SRQBALMASQUE.COM

SRQ Bal Masqué Performance Partner Preview: Sarasota Cuban Ballet


On October 4, 2014, the Sarasota Cuban Ballet will join SRQ Media as one of the performance partners for our highly anticipated Bal Masqué gala. Of the partnership, SRQ Bal Masqué Event Producer Ashley Ryan said, “We are all looking forward to an elegant evening to enjoy the performances of incredibly talented artists in our community and raise funds for local charities. It is such an honor to have the SCB performing again this year. This is a company that I hold very dear to my heart! I cannot wait to see what they have in store for our guests this year!”

To get a preview at what is in store for guests at Bal Masqué, SRQ Media’s Client Development Manager Ashley Ryan, Marketing and Accounts Development Director Kelly Christiansen, Production Assistant Chase Spicer and Advertising and Events Assistant Chloe Weber stopped by a rehearsal and dove into the world of pirouettes and tutus at the Sarasota Cuban Ballet School.

The act on hand was a rehearsal of the Sarasota Cuban Ballet’s August 1st performance “On Stage with Sarasota Cuban Ballet School” at the Sarasota Opera House, the same venue the school will wow our guests at during Bal Masqué.

As time progressed throughout the rehearsal, more and more dancers filed in wearing full costume. Routines suddenly became longer and music became more dramatic, as we were transported to the front row seats of a professional ballet performance. It is almost hard to believe that these dancers aren’t even out of high school yet.

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“Everything they do is fantastic, and they are all 18 and under,” said Ariel Serrano, Artistic Director and Co-Founder of Sarasota Cuban Ballet School. “This is as close as you can get to professionals.”

Besides the astounding level of talent, the most refreshing thing about watching this rehearsal was seeing the amount of love and encouragement present between the students and teachers. When an individual or couple had the floor, every instructor in the room was attentive and continuously giving pointers and praise. Likewise, the room filled with clapping when whoever was dancing nailed a difficult move.

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These pictures can not fully capture the amazing balance of elegance and stamina of these talented performance artists. Click to watch our :30 behind the scenes video for a peek of these talented performers in action! 

Join SRQ and the Sarasota Cuban Ballet on October 4th > Get Your Ticket to Bal Masqué.


Inside The Costume Closet


On October 4, 2014 join SRQ Media and performance partners the Circus Arts Conservatory, the Sarasota Cuban Ballet, and Fuzión Dance Artists for our signature black tie gala, Bal Masqué. In collaborations for the big night, Kelly Christiansen, SRQ’s Marketing and Account Development Director was given a one-of-a-kind behind the scenes tour of the Circus Arts Conservatory’s costume closet.


At 65 years old, Circus Sarasota Academy is America’s oldest youth circus with more than 1 million spectators throughout its history attending annual youth productions. Sailor Circus Academy is an after-school training program for students aged 8-18 who develop life management skills, gain self-discipline and bolster confidence and a commitment to achievement, all in a circus atmosphere.


Other performance companies such as the Ringling Bros. Circus, Disney, and the Ice Capades donate the collection of costumes each year.


On her visit, Kelly was in awe of the magnitude of this costume closet and said, “This is the biggest dress up closet I have ever seen (and that’s saying a lot – my sister and I used to play dress up in our grandma’s closet – the notoriously-fashionable, former board member of Designing Women, Valerie Terris!) Intrinsic to the room full of marvelous headpieces, boas, shoes, suits, and gowns is this sense of magic and play. As one of the performance partners for SRQ Bal Masqué, the enchanting essence of the Circus Arts Conservatory performers will thrill and inspire us – one of the many facets of October 4th to which we are looking forward.”


Tickets are available now on SRQBALMASQUE.COM


Former VOGUE Collage Artist To Create SRQ Magazine Originals For Silent Auction At Bal Masqué

As if SRQ Media’s Bal Masqué wasn’t exciting enough already, Lisl Liang, CEO, President of SRQ | The Magazine,  is delighted to introduce Olan Quattro as our featured artist who will be creating original works for silent auction at the event.


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Born in the artistic community of San Luis Obispo, California, Quattro was destined for a life as an artist. She fulfilled this destiny by going on to study art in France, Mexico and the United States, specifically obtaining her Masters in Art Education from Florida State University. Throughout her years discovering her artistic abilities, she became a mixed media artist, specializing in collage work that borrows from post-modernistic ideals.

Currently, Quattro enjoys working in the realm of using fashion magazines as her medium. This spawned from receiving Vogue’s September Issue in the mail and deciding that creating an original image from each double-sided page would pose a great artistic challenge and reward.

“Paper is my palette and my muse,” said Quattro. “I break down each page into color squares, which inform each piece.”

With each snip of the scissors, Quattro is able to breathe new life into each page. Her favorite images to create are of men and women and foliage.

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Quattro’s innovative work has been featured in many art festivals and gallery showings across the country, including a showing at Atelier Gallery during Charleston, S.C.’s Fashion Week. She has since made Sarasota her home and teaches art at Sarasota Academy of the Arts.

Having previously designed from fashion magazines, Quattro wanted to do something different, something local, and her sense was that SRQ | The Magazine has that local presence.

For SRQ Bal Masqué, Quattro will create four collages (approximately 36”x 60”), crafted entirely out of select past editions of SRQ Magazine. These original and one of a kind pieces will be available exclusively via silent auction at SRQ Bal Masqué. Stay tuned for updates on her progress that we will share on SRQ Inside The BrandSRQ Magazine on Facebook, and @SRQChirps.


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What to Wear When Trying to Be Someone Else: A Guide to Bal Masqué Masks

The night of October 4th won’t just hold a bal. SRQ |The Magazine went one step further and decided the night of October 4th would be a perfect time for a Bal Masqué.

So what does one wear when anonymity is the goal? The obvious first choice is picking out a mask to match the character you are trying to be. In the traditional Venetian Carnevale/Bal Masqué world, there are seven different styles of mask, all representing a different personality. Detailed below is a guide with each mask and its characteristics.



Characteristics: Square jawline, large chin and no mouth. Usually either white or very ornate. Large chin allows the person wearing mask to still be able to eat and drink.

Historic Fact: Those making political decisions in Venice used to wear these masks to ensure anonymity.



Characteristics: Half-mask that covers wearer’s eyes, cheeks and sometimes nose. Heavily decorated and can be colorful.

Historic Fact: Named after a maidservant in the Commedia dell’arte and is the female counterpart to the bauta.

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Characteristics: Long hollow beak, round eyes (sometimes with wire glasses), white face.

Historic Fact: Mask was worn by plague doctors to prevent disease.



Characteristics: Full mask that depicts lips, nose and chin. Can be for men or women. Usually have ornate designs.

Historical Fact: Used by those who wanted complete anonymity.



Characteristics: Large hooknose that resembles a beak. Slanted eyes.

Historical Fact: Mask originated from a classic character in Italian theater who had a witty and intelligent personality.



Characteristics: Joker-like and colorful with a short nose and arched brows. Sometimes includes a large headpiece and/or collar.

Historical Fact: Derived from a character in the Commedia dell’arte who is devoid of reason and often serves the more intelligent character, Pantalone.



Characteristics: Long nose, bulging eyebrows and a low forehead.

Historical Fact: The low forehead and long nose shows how stupid the character is.


We look forward to seeing all of the fun masks at Bal Masque!

Tickets are on sale now at WWW.SRQBALMASQUE.COM