Monthly Archives: November 2016

IN YOUR MAILBOX: The Giving Back Issue is Here!

SRQ_SPREAD COVER COMBO-DEC.jpgBaby it’s cold outside—luckily, our December issue is filled with philanthropic stories big and small that will warm your heart.

Cover Feature: Investing in High Risk

Contributing Senior Editor Jacob Ogles investigates the world of risk capital, now being applied to solving society’s biggest issues.

Feature: Who Runs the World?

Writer and Columbia University graduate school SRQ intern Elizabeth Steiner talks girl power, from coding imaginary worlds to Presidential discussions.


Out and About

  • Manatee County Foundation’s Susie Bowie paints a picture.
  • Public art influencing behavior with Jorge Blanco.
  • Balanchine’s Jewels on Sarasota Ballet’s stage.
  • Young filmmakers train with top Hollywood mentors at Ringling College of Art and Design and at the production studios of Sarasota Technical College
  • Sarasota Memorial Hospital designated as trauma center.
  • Breaking mosquitos’ blood habit to combat Zika with MosquitoPaQ.
  • The Haven brings together the disabled community.
  • Hitting the business expansion sweet spot with SB2 Keynote Speaker Tammie Sweet of GrowFL.



  • Garden Burgers four ways: an ode to Meatless Mondays.
  • Unpretentious class at veggie-centric Lila.
  • Local ‘booch ferments its way into your heart with 221BC.
  • Chef Sean Murphy’s insights into Beach Bistro’s decades-long reign.
  • Sake (hot and cold), explained.

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Hunting and Gathering:

  • The holiday season, Florida style, in must-have gifts.
  • Visit with Punit Patel and Chris Leader in their design studio.
  • Paul Rudolph’s Harkavy House blends comfort and pragmatism.

Agenda: What’s in store for Siesta Key’s Beach Road?

Dispatch: Nancy Sanders on renewing hope through the Children’s Guardian Fund.

Body Dimensions: Physical therapists talk the benefits of taking the conservative route.

Parting Shot: The Sarasota Chalk Festival’s new home in Venice.


SB2 Reporting Out: GOOD COAST–Our Philanthropic Giving Voice, Nov 17



Left to right: Panelists Bob Rosinsky and Teri Hansen, Moderator Wes Roberts, Keynote Speaker Stacy Carlson, Panelists Veronica Brady and Brian Mariash


Last Thursday, SRQ magazine’s  SB2: GOOD COAST A Good Place To Work, Live, Play and Give breakfast symposium shed light on the changing landscape of successful philanthropic endeavors on Florida’s West Coast starting with the importance of securing smaller donations from less wealthy donors.


Stacy Carlson of the Florida Philanthropic Network delivers keynote presentation. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan

After opening remarks by event sponsor Bart Lowther of Mariash Lowther Wealth Management, Keynote Speaker, Stacy Carlson, Ph D., President and CEO of the Florida Philanthropic Network began the discussion by indulging in statistics that further proved how strong the philanthropic giving voice is not only in the region but nationwide.

“Every year, more than more than 373 billion is donated by individuals, foundations and businesses to a myriad of good causes,” she stated. “Seventy percent of Americans incorporate giving into their annual expenditures and philanthropy continues to fuel efforts to solve social problems, enrich culture and strengthen society. Middle and lower class Americans increased the share of income they donated to charity even as they earned less on average than they earned six years earlier.”

Carlson emphasized that the concept of giving is a critical component of the fabric of our society and went on to state that some of our nation’s greatest treasures and innovations are because of philanthropy.

“It is through true partnership that long sustainable solutions will be found. The benefit through local philanthropy is that it is truly local. Donated, designed and directed by the individuals located in exactly here where you live. I encourage you to find the ways that you can be most impactful their philanthropic giving.”

Carlson ended her presentation by stating: “The world had been changed forever because of philanthropy and I thank you for your part.”




Left to right: Brian Mariash, Teri Hansen, Wes Roberts (center, moderator), Bob Rosinksy and Veronica Brady. Photo credit: Wyatt Kostygan

Between bites, guests picked up pithy facts and well-honed insight from some of the region’s most inspiring and philanthropically driven organizations: Bob Rosinsky of Goodwill Manasota, Brian Mariash of Mariash Lowther Wealth Management, Teri Hansen of the Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation and Veronica Brady of the Gulf Coast Community Foundation.


Bob Rosinsky of Goodwill Manasota speaks on the voice of philanthropic giving. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan 

“The pinnacle of my early experience in volunteering was when I was in sixth grade, I got to be the one in charge of the Red Cross drive which meant every child brought a dime to school, and I got to collect the dimes and then give them the little white lapel clasps. I didn’t realize at that time that I would go into a career in philanthropy— my takeaway is that no matter what kind of foundation or nonprofit you run, it’s all about development,”  said Teri Hansen, President and CEO of the Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation, who started off the panel discussion by reminiscing about her first experiences as a volunteer .

Veronica Brady, Vice President for Philanthropy at the Gulf Coast Community Foundation shared, “My grandmother was born in China, the daughter of medical missionaries so the culture of philanthropy sort of wafted down over the generations.”

When asked about the priorities of potential donors in the area, Brian Mariash, Senior Vice President and Wealth Management Advisor at Mariash Lowther Wealth Management mentioned something in particular that resonated with the audience. “I think it’s shifted even during my career over the past 15 years. Early on, I saw donations just because their parents donated so they always donated. There is a lot more of an active role going on. I hear people restricting their gifts and they want to see the outcome. They are more likely to donate to something where they can quantify and see that impact. I think in their business lives, they were trained to look at things in that way and they are just getting more sophisticated and more educated about that.”

Veronica Brady discussed the importance of candor in donor relations. “Donors respect direct straight talk on what can be done and what can’t be done so there is no point in hiding it. I think for people who don’t know philanthropy, it’s easy to say charities aren’t honest , that’s not true. That’s the joy of Sarasota/Manatee, our community and working with community foundations is that you are working directly with individuals who know the community, who will do the research to find out more.”

Bob Rosinsky, President and CEO of Goodwill Manasota circled the conversation back to the core message of the morning. ” You are really looking at keeping mission first, communicating that mission throughout the organization and ensuring that everybody is on board with the direction you are going. And more than anything, over time, people get to live that mission.”


Representatives from SB2 Series Sponsor The Resort at Longboat Key Club . Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan


We couldn’t have learned the incredible things from this thought-provoking discussion without our series sponsors: CS&L CPAs, The Resort at Longboat Key Club, Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport and of course our event sponsor Mariash Lowther Wealth Management. Thank you for supporting the SB2 series, but most importantly, thank you for the ways you give back and help people in our community each and every day. Your example inspires us.


Representatives from SB2 Series Sponsor CS&L CPAs. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan


Click here to read the article about SB2: Good Coast in SRQ DAILY. A gallery of images from SB2: GOOD COAST: A Good Place To Work, Live, Play and Give is available online. The 2016-2017 SB2 season will continue on Thursday, January 26 with SB2 GOOD EDUCATION: Learning for a Lifetime featuring Keynote Speaker Mary Chance, President of the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations. For 2016-2017 SB2 member passes, visit

SRQ Staff Writer, Phil Lederer Speaks to Ringling College of Art and Design Students, Nov 9



SRQ Staff Writer speaks to Ringling College of Art and Design Students 


Last week, SRQ Magazine’s Staff Writer, Phil Lederer spoke to a group of Ringling College of Art and Design students about the components that create a well-written article. The group consisted of three illustration majors and one game art major who will be conducting interviews and writing articles about trending news and topics on the Ringling College campus.

“There’s so much about journalism that can’t be taught except by doing,” says Lederer. “The research, the interview, the writing and skills relating to all of these can be taught to some extent, but the actual implementation relies more on repeatedly doing.”

Lederer equipped the students with tips on how to go about researching a subject before an interview, how to conduct an interview and then how to construct a meaningful article that not only informs but is enjoyable to read. Ringling College often supplements their classroom activities with visiting professionals and guest speakers and we are thrilled that Phil could represent SRQ MEDIA.

“Speaking to students provides a further opportunity to impress upon them the importance of journalism and give them the confidence to pursue it,” says Lederer. “It’s their right as journalists to ask the hard questions and tell the hard truth honestly. Confidence is key in that regard and although journalists should be prepared to stand alone if necessary, a foundation of community support and professional encouragement goes a long way.”

IN YOUR MAILBOX: The SRQ NOV16 House+Home Issue is Here!


Our November issue is all about aspirational living—sit back, relax and let us take you inside the high walls of some of the area’s most spectacular homes. Begin with the horseshoe-shaped renovation on Lido Shores, a neighborhood known for its odes to the Sarasota School of Architecture. In Modern Muse, a Guy Peterson design gets enhanced by the owner’s expansive collection of pop art, from a massive Jim Morrison mugshot to Warhol portraits and Chinese appropriations of Roy Lichtenstein favorites. Head down the street and you’ll find Paul Rudolph’s iconic Umbrella House, showcased through the eyes of its new owners in Period Piece. Finally, take a trip south to wooded Osprey, where we get an insider view into a hidden compound designed by Hall Architects that embodies the Japanese ideal of wabi-sabi in Perfect Imperfections.

After taking in the sights of these resplendent residences, give your tastebuds a chance to experience the same bouts of wonder with dishes from two newcomers to the Sarasota culinary scene. Grab a seat at the bar and read about the arresting decor and equally incredible food at Boca Kitchen, Bar & Market in Community Kitchen, then head upstairs in New Kids on the Block to the recently opened hotspot, The Coolinary, created by European transplants that give the storied Main Street space a serious facelift. While at Lelu Coffee Lounge, get the SPAM you’ve dreamed of in Hawaiian Steak. And don’t forget to dive into the Louies Modern kitchen with Chef Jose Rojas in Remembering His Roots.

As if all that weren’t enough, we’ve also checked in on the progress of the Sarasota Museum of Art, going inside the building for an exclusive look at what is coming in A View from the Gallery. Fashion designer Camilyn Beth lets us into her studio to talk about ‘60s inspirations, the modern woman and how she fuses New York sensibilities with Floridian aesthetics in Southern Belle, while landscape architect Robert Davie reclines amidst his designs in the newly completed Community Aids Network garden in Peaceful Pavilion.  

In other news, we get down and dirty in the laboratory with the next generation of Mote Marine scientists in Dropped in the Deep End, and jumped across the pond to monitor the effect of Brexit on the Gulf Coast in Keep Calm and Brexit On. Senior Editor Jacob Ogles brings us back home with a symposium focusing on attainable housing in Sarasota, tapping the knowledge of three local housing experts in Improving the Housing Continuum.

Get swept away this November!

The SRQ Team