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SRQ Gets Festive at Sarasota Architectural Salvage, December 6

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Holiday Soiree Guests Kameron Hodgens from Glasser Schoenbaum Human Services Center, Noah Riner and Britt Riner from the Education Foundation of Sarasota County. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan. 

SRQ MEDIA celebrated the holiday season in our most outrageous holiday sweaters at a festive soirée with our clients, partners and dear friends on Wednesday, December 6 at Sarasota Architectural Salvage. True to SRQ form, the night was full of music, connectivity, twinkling lights and delicious food. The vintage pieces on display at Sarasota Architectural Salvage perfectly captured the hyper-local essence of SRQ Magazine, each telling its own colorful story about a unique history. Guests were treated to an experience like no other exploring, discovering and stimulating the imagination with a little holiday cheer sprinkled in.

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Sharyn Lonsdale from the Venice Symphony and Robert Olson pose for photos. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan.

The sound of laughter filled the party as guests enjoyed the interactive photo booth and indulged in a delicious spread of holiday favorites provided by Michaels on EastGeckos Grill & Pub and Sift Bakehouse. From chicken quesadillas, New England lobster rolls, California rolls and caprese skewers with balsamic reduction to the delightful SIFT gingerbread cookie iced in holiday sweaters, food was plentiful and the bar fully stocked with beer from SRQ events partner Gold Coast Eagle Distributing.

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SARTQ Artists printing silkscreens in honor of SRQ Magazine’s 20th Anniversary. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan.

Talented local artists from SARTQ were on site on-site printing one-of-a-kind silkscreens in collaboration with SRQ’s 20th SRQ Anniversary commemorating two decades of local engagement. Each design presented unique creative inspirations from the SARTQ artists whose organization strives to enhance the local visual arts through the creation of unique art experiences and educational programming.

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Laurie Pike and Greg Hayes win most “outrageous” holiday sweaters. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan. 

Special congratulations to 2016 Women In Business Leadership Circle Member, Laurie Pike and Greg Hayes for donning the most “outrageous” sweaters of the evening. Based on votes from guests, they won tickets to the SRQ 20th Anniversary Gala next year.

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Guests mingle and indulge in light bites at the SRQ Holiday Party. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan.


We would like to sincerely thank Jesse White, Owner of Sarasota Architectural Salvage for allowing us to use his creative space. We are so grateful for his inspiring commitment to the community and continuous support of SRQ Magazine.

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SRQ MEDIA’s Lisl Liang and Wes Roberts with their children Griffin and Piper at the Holiday Party. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan. 


On behalf of the entire SRQ MEDIA team, we wish you happiness, peace and togetherness this holiday season. Thank you for your unending passion and support for making the place we all call home, so very special.

To view a gallery of photos from the celebration, click here.

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The SRQ MEDIA team poses for photos in the photo booth. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan.



Don’t forget to mark your calendars for all of our innovative and engaging events coming in 2018!

An Evening With Audrey
January 11, 2018 | 5:30-8pm | Mildred Sainer Pavilion, New College of Florida
Join SRQ MEDIA and WIB Trailblazer Honoree Pamela Fiori for an enchanting evening of sparkling cocktails, conversation and exploration into Hepburn’s luminosity through images, film and stories.

SB2 Luncheon: State of the Region & 1st Annual Localpreneur of the Year Awards
January 25, 2018 | 11am-1pm | The Francis, Downtown Sarasota
Explore the economic link and symbiotic relationship between entrepreneurship and tourism in the Sarasota and Manatee region. The luncheon will culminate with the presentation of the SRQ LOCALPRENEUR OF THE YEAR awards honoring area trailblazers whose initiative and business savvy are helping our region grow.

 ProjecTHINK Conference
February 10, 2018 | 9:15am-12pm | Ringling College of Art and Design’s Alfred R. Goldstein Library
Designed for educators, professionals and anyone interested in thinking outside of the box, PROJECTHINK will challenge perceptions and jumpstart creative sparks, from early education to lifetime learning.

SRQ KidsFest
February 10, 2018 | 11am-4pm | Ringling College of Art and Design’s Alfred R. Goldstein Library
SRQ KidsFest is an experience designed to connect parents and kids with hands-on learning experiences, local engagement resources and opportunities in our region with a day teeming with exploration designed to deliver fun “a-ha” moments for the whole family.


SB2 Reporting Out: Philanthropic Agenda, November 30

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From left to right: Panelists John Annis, Martha Wells, Monica Van Buskirk, Wes Roberts (center, moderator), Carol Butera, Mark Pritchett and Series Sponsor Brian Mariash. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan. 


On Thursday November 30, SRQ MEDIA launched the brand new 2017-2018 SB2 Luncheon Symposia Season to a sold-out crowd and took attendees on a journey inside the minds of some of the most notable and innovative philanthropic foundations in our area at SB2 Philanthropic Agenda. Hosted at The Francis in Downtown Sarasota, the discussion centered around the recent debates in Washington D.C. on tax reform and how it could impact deductions and incentives for giving.

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Opening presenter, Brian Mariash from Mariash Lowther Wealth Management welcomes guests to SB2: Philanthropic Agenda. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan.

After opening remarks from Series Sponsor, Brian Mariash of Mariash Lowther Wealth Management, panelists took the stage eager to dive into an innovative and empowered discussion focused on the factors influencing philanthropy on the Giving Coast.

Panelists hailed from a variety of organizations: Carol Butera from the William G. and Marie Selby Foundation, John Annis from the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, Mark Pritchett from the Gulf Coast Community Foundation, Martha Wells from the Southwest Florida Chapter Association of Fundraising Professionals and Monica Van Buskirk from the Van Wezel Foundation. Panelists were passionate about the importance of evoking change in the community and focused on potential tax code reforms and the future of philanthropy.

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From left to right: Wes Roberts (moderator), Martha Wells, John Annis, Carol Butera, Mark Pritchett and Monica Van Buskirk. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan. 


When questioned about the possibility of new tax legislation taking away funding from non-profits, John Annis, Senior Vice President of Community Investment at the Community Foundation of Sarasota County explained, “If you watch some TV channels, this is going to be so good, and we’re going to have so much money, and we’re all going to be so happy and we’ll all be rich and have more to give. If you watch other stations, this is the worst thing that ever happened and we’re all going to be broke and we’re all going to be homeless.”

He went on to say, “Philanthropy is all about bettering life for the next generation. We are a very unique country in that philanthropy plays such an important role in things like that.”

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John Annis from the Community Foundation of Sarasota County explains what philanthropy will look like in the future. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan. 


Mark Pritchett, President and CEO of the Gulf Coast Community Foundation, said his main concern right now was the increase in standard deductions, which could lead to more people choosing that route instead of opting to file for individual deductions. “The fear is if we minimize, people won’t give individually to charities.”

Martha Wells, representing the Southwest Florida chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, noted other changes could affect the very mission of nonprofits, particularly a change that could allow charities to engage in more overtly political activity. “Broadening that mission would make it more challenging to have confidence and make sure it (donations) gets used the way a donor intended,” she said.

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Martha Wells discusses donor advisement funds at the SB2: Philanthropic Agenda Luncheon. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan. 

“When the stock market turns we will find out who are running really strong foundations because they will prevail. We will have some fall out but again if you stick to the integrity of your mission and you build those relationships, I think you will survive,” Monica Van Buskirk, President and CEO of the Van Wezel Foundation stated.

Another topic of discussion was fair pay among nonprofit employees. Panelists stressed that quality work deserved quality pay from executives all the way down the chain of command. “At non-profits we have to start thinking about paying employees that we want to keep. We have nonprofits that are doing amazing work and they are paying people barely enough to survive,”  John Annis stressed.

“Good people need to be paid well in order to retain them,” agreed Executive Director of the William G. and Marie Selby Foundation, Carol Butera.

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Mark Pritchett and Monica Van Buskirk share a laugh while on the panel at SB2: Philanthropic Agenda Luncheon. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan. 


To wrap things up, panelists were asked where they think philanthropy is headed in the future.”Today in fundraising, it is all about relationships. My guess in 2075, it will be the same,” Carol Butera explained when asked about the future of giving. She went on to say that 75% of current donations come from those that earn over $100,000 a year. “My hope is disparity of pay starts equalizing and we will see in 2075 the gifts come from people of all income levels.”

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From left to right: Brian Mariash, Jeremy Shelby and Bart Lowther from SB2 Series Sponsor Mariash Lowther Wealth Management at the SB2: Philanthropic Agenda Luncheon. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan


We couldn’t have learned the incredible things from this engaging discussion without our incredible 2017-2018 series sponsors: Mariash Lowther Wealth Management and SB2 Philanthropic Agenda event sponsor, CS&L CPAsThank 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.

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Representatives from SB2: Philanthropic Agenda Event Sponsor, CS&L CPAS. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan. 

Click here to read the article about SB2 Philanthropic Agenda in the SRQ DAILY. A gallery of images from SB2: Philanthropic Agenda is available online.

The next SB2 Luncheon will take place on Thursday January, 25 2018 with SB2: State of the Economy. We will explore the link and symbiotic relationship between Entrepreneurship and Tourism on Florida’s Gulfcoast. The luncheon will culminate with presentation of the first ever SRQ Localpreneur of the Year Awards honoring area trailblazers whose initiative and business savvy are helping our region grow.

For tickets and 2017-2018 annual VIP member passes, visit

We hope to see you there!

SRQ Magazine: “Smile” Special Section, February 2018

Join us in sharing the latest technologies, procedures and treatments helping patients attain a beautiful and healthy smile in SRQ Magazine’s February 2018 edition.

Work with our content marketing team to ensure your trends, technologies, treatments and client work are brought to life in this special marketing feature focused on the newest dental solutions for a healthy and bright smile. SRQ’s dedicated content marketing team works with you to position your story with our influential readers. You’ll find rates that are perfect for businesses looking to maximize budget; and, each interview will be featured in the “Beautiful Smile” marketing article alongside your display ad. Your company will also be listed in the highlighted companies.

SRQ Magazine’s Content Marketing Division engages you with our readers powerfully in print and strategically online.

Contact Associate Publisher Ashley Ryan Cannon at 941-365-7702 x211 or to reserve your photo session today. Space Closing:Wednesday, December 13, 2017

SRQ MAGAZINE—Live Local. Love Local | Sarasota and Bradenton



Join SRQ MEDIA For An Evening With Audrey, January 11

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Audrey Hepburn (1929-1993) was one of the greatest fashion icons and screen legends in history whose innate style and kindness captivated the world. Pamela Fiori, former editor in chief of Town & Country and Travel & Leisure magazines and six-time published author, presents a portrait of a much beloved woman, award-winnng actress, devoted mother, humanist, passionate gardener and Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF.

Join SRQ MEDIA and WIB Trailblazer Honoree Pamela Fiori for an enchanting evening of sparkling cocktails, conversation and exploration into Hepburn’s luminosity through images, film and stories.

Thursday, January 11, 2018 | 5:30 to 8pm | Mildred Sainer Pavilion, New College

Purchase tickets online at SRQHEARMEROAR.COM  | $35/person   

SRQ MEDIA Announces ProjecTHINK and KidsFest, February 10, 2018

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Local catalyst SRQ MEDIA is pleased to announce the launch of two collaborative community initiatives, ProjecTHINK and the KidsFest: Hands-On Creativity Festival. Launched from SRQ’s Springboard Engagement Center, both events are produced in partnership with Ringling College of Art and Design, the Education Foundation of Sarasota County and CareerSource Suncoast and engage Sarasota and Manatee families, educators and organizations serving local children.

“Engaging with our community to recognize existing resources and to develop new opportunities for the family started as a personal journey with my two young children,” says CEO/President of SRQ MEDIA Lisl Liang. “What I learned is that our region represents incredible thought leadership in education and lifelong learning. These experiences inspired us to cultivate programming that would convene this topic in a meaningful way cross-silo and to invest in bringing the hands-on movement to life in a day-long festival in February.”

The ProjecTHINK takes place at the Alfred R. Goldstein Library on the campus of the Ringling College of Art and Design the morning of Saturday, February 10, 2018 from 8:30am to Noon. This year-round initiative cultivates inspiration and insight by bringing families, educators, students and creative thinkers together for collaborative discussions on the changing strategies of innovation in learning throughout our lives. Kicking off with the professional half-day conference this spring, ProjecTHINK works with partners in the region to push the boundaries of this impactful topic to spark new a-ha’s.

KidsFest: The Hands-On Creativity Festival takes place at the Alfred R. Goldstein Library on the campus of the Ringling College of Art and Design on Saturday, February 10, 2018 from 11:30am to 4pm. Children and their families will participate in curated experiences provided by Ringling College of Art and Design faculty and local professionals that expose them to creativity, the arts, technology, complex problem solving and collaboration. Focused on the art and science of learning, this initiative features immersive content in the annual magazine RocketKids, thoughtful year-round programming and hands-on activities that provide memorable experiences for children and their parents.


Join us this February 10, 2018 for an invigorating morning of innovative thinking and interactive collaboration at SRQ MEDIA’S ProjecTHINK CONFERENCE hosted by the Ringling College of Art and Design at their award-winning Alfred R. Goldstein Library in Sarasota, Florida. ProjecTHINK is the ultimate exploration into the world of innovation and creativity in learning. Designed for educators, professionals and anyone interested in thinking outside of the box, ProjecTHINK will challenge perceptions and jumpstart creative sparks, from early education to lifetime learning. How is learning adaptive? What are the new perspectives on engaging minds creatively at every age? How can organizations cultivate innovation and creativity to solve challenges?

Opening presentations will feature President of Ringling College of Art and Design Larry Thompson and President of the Education Foundation of Sarasota County Jennifer Vigne; the keynote presentation will be provided by Nathan Schwagler, Co-Director of The Dali’s Innovation Lab in St. Petersburg, FL.

Thank you to founding partners Ringling College of Art and Design, Education Foundation of Sarasota County and CareerSource Suncoast.

ProjecTHINK opens with 8:45am registration at the Alfred R. Goldstein Library.  The event will take place is from 9:15am-Noon. Keep the post-conference conversation going at Lunch on the Lawn featuring local food trucks. Tickets are online at SRQPROJECTHINK.COM.

SRQ KidsFest: Hands-On Creativity Festival

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SRQ KidsFest is a vibrant, hands-on family festival cultivating creativity, crafts, arts and innovation. Launched as the brainchild of SRQ MEDIA President and CEO Lisl Liang as an experiential mosh-up of learning pathways, SRQ KidsFest deconstructs the whole mind ecosystem of creativity by curating an afternoon where curiosity, open-ended play, arts and design reign supreme. SRQ KidsFest is an experience designed to connect parents and kids with hands-on learning experiences, local engagement resources and opportunities in our region with a day teeming with exploration designed to deliver fun “a-ha” moments for the whole family.

In one afternoon program, SRQKidsFest will capture the power of imagination with interactive experiences with workshop such as bookmaking, musical instruments, collaborative sculpture, technology and science, storytelling, architecture, arts and crafts and a variety of magical experiences designed to stir creativity. Parents will be able to peruse booths showcasing local programming, education and family services available from educational organizations to parenting resources, camps to sports and creative theater to engineering.

Parents and kids can meet in between and after each workshop/lecture to enjoy a variety of experiences including tours of exhibitions at Ringling College of Art and Design Galleries, food trucks and live music. Registration starts at 11:30am and the event runs from 12pm-4pm.  Tickets are online at SRQKIDSFEST.COM.

For more information please contact Associate Producer of Marketing, Events and Programs, Madeline Crotts at or 941-365-7702 x221.

ProjecTHINK and SRQ KidsFest: Powered by SRQ MEDIA’s SPRINGBOARD Engagement Center.

10th Annual Best of SRQ Local Reader’s Competition is Officially Open!


The 10th annual “Best of SRQ Local” Readers’ Competition is officially open! It is time to sound the alarm, rally the troops, take to social media and VOTE for your favorite Sarasota-Bradenton establishments and causes to be recognized in one of our most popular editions of the year.

Readers can vote on local eats, shopping, arts, luminaries and hotspots culminating in the compendium published in the April 2018 edition of SRQ Magazine. We hope you’ll share your favorite local experiences—from top taco in town, most memorable on-stage productions to best place to paddle board. 

Tell us where you go after a long day when only the Best Happy Hour will do. When you are in need of a little R&R, where do you go for the best salon, best massage and best yoga studio? When you are looking for that perfect pair of pumps to sport out on the town, where’s the Best Shoe Boutique? When you’re redecorating and you know just who to turn for the perfect period piece, we need to know the name of the Best Interior Designer. Parents, we’re counting on you to name the Best Local Children’s MenuBest Private School and Best Children’s Attraction in our community. Foodies, you know the drill. We’re looking for the Best New RestaurantBest Local Barbecue, and so much more. For all of you spaghetti lovers, we want to know who serves the Best Pasta in town. But we aren’t just looking for food connoisseurs. We want to know who you trust to care for your furry friend with the Best Local Veterinarian. Maybe you’re meeting a client for for lunch and 18 holes – even better! We’re looking for the Best Golf Course, too.

This year, SRQ will be handing out the Locavore Legacy Award to winners who have dominated the #1 position in their category for 5+ years. Finalists who have been recognized in their category every year of the decade-long competition will earn the title of Über Local Champion. 

Only locally owned establishments may be nominated for the “Best of SRQ Local” Readers’ Competition. Yes, we know there’s a line that wraps around the building at the Midtown Plaza Starbucks, but their coffee doesn’t count—it must be local.

Rock the vote and honor the local businesses that make up our eclectic community. Polls are now open. Encourage your family and friends to vote in this for the people competition brought to you by the people that deliver vibrant local content each month in SRQ Magazine!

The polls are open through February 12, 2018. All winners will be announced in the April 2018 edition of SRQ Magazine.

Good luck and may the very best locals win!




Nominations are now open for SRQ Magazine’s Inaugural LOCALPRENEUR OF THE YEAR Competition! We are searching for passionate and purposeful local entrepreneurs who you believe have forged a successful company in the Sarasota and Bradenton region with astute corporate drive, a heart for giving back, a talent for engineering innovation and indelible leadership qualities. The entrepreneur you nominate should have an active for-profit business located in Sarasota or Manatee County and may represent any sector of business, from restaurants to tech companies, from manufacturers to boutiques and from furniture stores to building contractors.

New this year, the LOCALPRENEUR OF THE YEAR program celebrates the courageous and intrepid visionaries who make our region one of the best places to start and run a successful small business. We will showcase all nominees and finalists in the February 2018 edition of SRQ | The Magazine.

The deadline for nominations is Monday, November 20, 2017 by midnight. Nominations are anonymous. 
Thursday, January 25, 2018, 11am-1pm; The Francis Ballroom, Sarasota
Debuting at the SB2 Regional Economy Luncheon
Registration at 11:00am. Luncheon, Program and Awards 11:30-1pm
Reserve Table Sponsorships and Tickets Online.
Thank you for helping us recognize and celebrate the impact local entrepreneurs are making on our region.
Nominate someone today!