SB2: The Philanthropic Agenda Symposium Wrap Up

The final SRQ SB2 Symposium of 2019 took place at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota on Monday, December 9. The SB2: Philanthropic Agenda luncheon and panel discussion explored the dynamic and ever changing world of non-profits.

The program began with welcoming remarks by Series Sponsor Brian Mariash, Senior Vice President of Mariash Lowther Wealth Management. Event Sponsor Neil McCurry, President & CEO of Sabal Palm Bank also welcomed the audience to SB2 and raffled off a generous gift of $1,000 to a non-profit in the room. Congratulations to the raffle winner, Sarasota Cuban Ballet School!

SB2: Philanthropic Agenda continued with commentary by Keynote Speaker Mark Brewer of the Central Florida Foundation and moved into a dynamic panel discussion featuring John Annis of the Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation, Carol Butera of the Selby Foundation, Mark Pritchett of the Gulf Coast Community Foundation, and Roxie Jerde of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County.

Moderated by SRQ Executive Publisher Wes Roberts, the panel engaged in a conversation that covered topics that ranged from ethics, social justice, and diversity.

The afternoon culminated with the Local Philanthropy Hero Awards presented by Heidi Brown of the JFCS Of The Suncoast where SRQ honored individuals who have impacted our community in meaningful ways. SRQ MEDIA extends warm congratulations to the recipients of two Volunteer Awards to Ann Walborn of Mote Marine and Suzanne King of Selby Gardens; a Staff Award to Barbara Van Essen from Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast; two Board Member Awards to Jonna Keller of Boys & Girls Club Sarasota and Ann Anderson of Save Our Seabirds; a Donor Award to Robert Bernhard; two New Nonprofit Awards to Peter Skokos and Chef Bryan Jacobs; and, a Corporate Hero Award to Rae Dowling.

Thank you to the SB2: Transformation in Philanthropy event sponsors Sabal Palm Bank and Sue Ellen’s Floral Boutique and to the 2019-2020 SB2 Series sponsors: Merrill Lynch Mariash Lowther Wealth Management, JFCS of the Suncoast, The Hyatt Regency Sarasota and PSAV for their support for this community program.

Additional Photos from the event are available HERE

The next SB2 Symposium, The State of the Regional Economy and Economic Engines and the 2020 Localpreneneur of the Year awards ceremony will take place on Thursday, February 20, 2020. For more information visit

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