Monthly Archives: March 2016

Five Reasons You Should Be at the Philanthropy SB2, March 24

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If you like doing good and supporting those who do, you should consider joining us for SB2: Foundations on Thursday, March 24th at 7:30 AM at The Francis! As an organization that prides itself in facilitating relevant conversation and events that challenge us to think differently, SRQ Media loves hosting SB2 breakfasts as much as we love opening a fresh box of SRQ | The Magazine each month. We hope that you’ve already bought your tickets. We’ll have some of the top regional thought leaders in private and community foundations on stage with moderator SRQ Magazine’s Executive Publisher Wes Roberts.  If you’re on the fence on whether or not you should join, we have a few reasons why we think you should cancel your plans, wake up a few minutes earlier and join us.

1. Mark Brewer is a non-profit, foundation guru. There’s just no other way to say it.

SB2: Foundations will commence with a keynote address by Mark Brewer, President and CEO of Central Florida Foundation. Mark’s experience in the field of non-profit leadership and management is dramatic. He has earned respect for his ability to build community partnerships that meet issues head-on and produce measureable results. He has worked with hundreds of individuals, families, and corporations to establish philanthropy plans, endowments, funding strategies, and planned gifts. More than 100 regional nonprofit boards have enlisted Mark’s assistance through the Foundation with strategic and scenario planning initiatives that included the use of endowed investments to sustain their organizations. He is a well-known national speaker on the independent sector, philanthropy’s role in America, venture philanthropy strategies, and the role of the independent sector in public policy. We are thrilled to have him join the SB2 stage and know that he will make a tremendous impact on the quality of information shared at SB2.

2. Our local panelists really know their stuff. 

If you’ve ever had the pleasure of working with local foundations, chances are that you’ve heard of our panelists. And if you’ve worked with them, you already know how talented, articulate and helpful they are. We are so looking forward to their very candid responses on the philanthropic climate on the Gulf Coast and how organizations can best benefit from the services provided by foundations. We’ll hear from Roxie Jerde (Community Foundation of Sarasota County), Mark Pritchett (Gulf Coast Community Foundation), Teri Hansen (Charles and Margery Barancik Foundation), Alex Quarles (Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation) and Bob Blalock (Blalock Walters, P.A.). Learn about best practices and critical funding from these local notables at SB2.

3. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. 

Or so we’ve heard. Regardless if you’re more fruit and yogurt or bacon and eggs, we’ll have all major food groups covered on March 24th. The conversation is early, but the breakfast is delicious. And the coffee is hot. You don’t have to wake up and wonder if you’ll have time to scarf down a breakfast bar on the way to work on the 24th. We’ll take care of a well balanced breakfast for you. And we promise that this event is one of the best ways you’ll spend your morning this month.

4. Great minds think alike. 

If you’re planning on spending your morning with us, chances are, other amazing people are, too! For those in the non-profit community, this is a great chance to catch up with your friends from other organizations and spend some quality time together that doesn’t involve sending emails back and forth. Bring a co-worker that is great at coming up with creative ideas. Talk to other guests about donor relations strategies that have worked for them and use the morning as a chance to meet new people or reconnect with great people and organizations that make a difference in our community.

5. SPOILER ALERT: This event will sell out! 

There’s no doubt about it. Sarasota is a giving place. And if there’s one thing we’ve learned while hosting SB2, it is that you love to learn about ways to grow and develop the community organizations that make our region such a giving place. We’ve sold a large portion of tickets already and fully expect to sell out. If you’re planning on coming to SB2, don’t wait until the week of March 21st to purchase your tickets! Get them while you still can.

For tickets, visit SRQSB2.COM.

SB2: Foundations is sponsored by Blalock Walters, P.A., and the 2015-2016 SB2 series is loyally supported by CS&L CPAs, The Resort at Longboat Key Club and Sarasota Bradenton International Airport.  

Home of the Year is Here…and we have the trophies to prove it!

The March edition of SRQ | The Magazine includes the annual Home of the Year feature story.

The March edition of SRQ | The Magazine includes the annual Home of the Year feature story.

The March edition has made its grand debut, and with it comes some of the most popular pages of SRQ | The Magazine, the annual Home of the Year competition! As part of the celebration for this yearly competition, it is our pleasure to host the finalists and contributors at SRQ Studios for an awards ceremony where we distribute the very first copies of the March edition to reach the public.

Nick and Sara Ferguson of NC Ferguson Construction attended the SRQ Home of the Year party. Photo credit: Wyatt Kostygan

Nick and Sara Ferguson of NC Ferguson Construction attended the SRQ Home of the Year party. Photo credit: Wyatt Kostygan

This year, we were stunned to receive nearly 40 entries in the categories of landscape/pool, sustainable home, bathroom, kitchen, great room, overall home under $1 million, overall home between $1-2 million, best overall home over $2 million. Each entry requires a concept statement that describes the project and often includes challenges that were presented and overcome along the way. Others indicate the inspiration, homeowner preferences and materials used to bring the project to life. Each project is gorgeously showcased through photography that highlights its incredible features and draws our readers in.

Guests of the 12th annual Home of the Year competition await the announcement of winners. Photo credit: Wyatt Kostygan

Guests of the 12th annual Home of the Year competition await the announcement of winners. Photo credit: Wyatt Kostygan

The SRQ Home of the Year panel of judges review the submissions and score each project on the design concept, the function and usage, integrity of design and construction, creativity and overall ranking. This year, we are pleased to feature the platinum, gold and silver submissions in the March edition of SRQ. 

Chris Leader (second from right) of Leader Design Studio accepts an award for his submission of 1414 S. Osprey. Photo credit: Wyatt Kostygan

Chris Leader (second from right) of Leader Design Studio accepts an award for his submission of 1414 S. Osprey. Photo credit: Wyatt Kostygan

The annual Home of the Year competition is sponsored by Tempus Pro Services, a premier home automation and integration company located in Sarasota. At the awards ceremony, guests heard from Rob Beatenhead, Director of Regional Sales and learned about the ways Tempus Pro is at the forefront of changing the way people live in their homes. Creating “themes” is a specialty of Tempus Pro. When a homeowner comes home from a long day of work, they can easily adjust the shades, lighting, music and temperature of their home at the touch of a button, making our homes more intuitive and inviting. Special thanks to Tempus Pro for sponsoring this great competition!

Rob Beatenhead and ________ of Tempus Pro Services, Home of the Year sponsor, attended the awards ceremony. Photo credit: Wyatt Kostygan

Rob Beatenhead and Monica Nielsen of Tempus Pro Services, Home of the Year sponsor, attended the awards ceremony. Photo credit: Wyatt Kostygan

To view a gallery of photos from the Home of the Year awards ceremony, click here. And to view the amazing homes and survey the incredible talent of the architects, builders and landscape companies in Sarasota and Bradenton, pick up your copy of the March edition of SRQ today!

PS: If you can’t get enough of gorgeous homes (like us), you should join us for the upcoming Modern Home Symposium on March 10th! The event is open to the public and FREE at SRQ Studios on S. Pineapple Avenue. We’ll hear from some beloved local builders, architects and designers on all things modern. For details, click here. 

March is Here and You Need to See it!

The March edition of SRQ | The Magazine is on newsstands now!

The March edition of SRQ | The Magazine is on newsstands now!

Happy first of March! Don’t you love the first day of the Month? It feels like anything is possible and there’s an opportunity to seize every moment. For us, the first of the month is a renewal to our commitment to live localAt SRQ | The Magazine, that’s who we are. And it is what we do. This month, we’re so proud for you to meet our March edition. If the cover is any indication of what you’re in for once you peruse the pages, get ready for home envy. That’s a diagnosis we’ve all come to accept in the SRQ office. Symptoms include scouring the pages to pick the next shade of paint you plan to buy, making mental notes of decorating ideas for that spot in your own home that needs a little attention, dog-earing the pages for your list of dream home must-haves and the occasional driving slowly through the streets of Sarasota paying attention to architectural details. We’re quite familiar with home envy, because when the annual SRQ Home of the Year entries start flooding in each year, we stop in our tracks and say the only word that comes to mind. Wow.

Wow, indeed! The March edition is home to some of the finest home envy-inducing projects that we’ve ever seen. We can’t wait for you to see them! But of course, we are proud to present other amazing stories that encompass all of the incredible events, dishes, people and happenings in our great region. There’s a story on breakfast that is of critical importance for those of you who like to wake up and smell the bacon. If a morning cup of joe is more your speed, never fear. We’ve covered that, too! There’s even a story all about The Sarasota Opera that has us daydreaming of the rich costumes and storylines that make each performance as intriguing as it is lovely.

The March edition also unveils a fresh new look, thanks to a brand new layout and snazzy, chic fonts. If magazines could get makeovers, this issue is our “after”. All in all, the March edition is a winner.

We hope that you love reading it as much as we loved putting it together for you!

Happy March,

The SRQ Team