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SRQ Celebrates a Happy Holiday Season

As the authority on living local along the Gulf Coast, SRQ | The Magazine knows that the secret to experiencing our community is through community – getting together to learn, to laugh and to grow. Each and every month, the team at SRQ produces a monthly magazine dedicated to the idea of community: the people and places that make this region special. Outside of ink on paper, SRQ Media takes the “live” part of our mission to live local seriously. Through hosting community events like SB2 and the SRQ Gala, we celebrate the way media can connect us to a place and to each other.

From L to R: Veronica Brandon Miller of Goodwill Manasota, Leymis Bolanos-Wilmott of Sarasota Contemporary Dance, Lee-En Chung of Ivy Ventures and Ashley Ryan, SRQ Business Development Director. Photo credit: Wyatt Kostygan

From L to R: Veronica Brandon Miller of Goodwill Manasota, Leymis Bolanos-Wilmott of Sarasota Contemporary Dance, Lee-En Chung of Ivy Ventures and Ashley Ryan, SRQ Business Development Director. Photo credit: Wyatt Kostygan

In the spirit of community and celebration, SRQ | The Magazine hosted our annual holiday party last week for friends and clients at SRQ Studios in downtown Sarasota. And true to form, the night was full of music, laughter, twinkling lights and delicious food. Local guitar legend Jami Gee set the perfect ambiance for the night, strumming classic holiday tunes with acoustic favorites. SRQ’s Art Director, Anthony Casto joined in the music-making while guests enjoyed a holiday inspired photo booth by Mojo Foto Booth

 

Guests and SRQ team members pose for photos with Mojo Fotobooth. Photo credit: Wyatt Kostygan

Guests and SRQ team members pose for photos with Mojo Fotobooth. Photo credit: Wyatt Kostygan

 

Antony Casto, SRQ Art Director joins Jami Gee in making music for the SRQ Holiday Party. Photo credit: Wyatt Kostygan.

Antony Casto, SRQ Art Director joins Jami Gee in making music for the SRQ Holiday Party. Photo credit: Wyatt Kostygan.

A delicious spread of favorites from Michael’s on East, like the ever-popular mini lobster rolls and barbecue shrimp, was the perfect compliment to conversation and cocktails. Guests generously brought donations of healthy, non-perishable snacks for the Children’s Healthy Pantry.

Guests enjoyed an assortment of gourmet bites from Michaels on East. Photo credit: Wyatt Kostygan.

Guests enjoyed an assortment of gourmet bites from Michaels on East. Photo credit: Wyatt Kostygan.

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

SRQ Holiday Party guests enjoy sweet treats made by Sift Bakehouse. Photo credit: Wyatt Kostygan.

SRQ Holiday Party guests enjoy sweet treats made by Sift Bakehouse. Photo credit: Wyatt Kostygan.

SRQ Media is grateful for clients and community partners that make every day a reason to celebrate! As we close out another fun and exciting year, we are moved by the reasons that the Gulf Coast is a great place to call our home: the people that make it so special.

Happy Holidays!

 

Happy December! Meet the New Edition of SRQ Magazine

The December edition of SRQ Magazine is on newsstands now!

The December edition of SRQ Magazine is on newsstands now!

It may be balmy out, but that is not keeping the team at SRQ | The Magazine from ringing in the holiday spirit! We are pleased for our loyal readers to meet the newest edition of SRQ and to take on the end of year with an emphasis on giving back.

The December edition is full of reasons to cozy up, put on a kettle and be filled with warm reminders of why it is great to live local in our beautiful region. Within the pages, you’ll meet a New College of Florida graduate that is on a newsworthy project, “Shoot the Moon”, putting his incredible artistic skills to use in an exciting documentary. Have a heart-to-heart with with Bob Rosinsky, President and CEO of Goodwill Manasota in this month’s In Brief, learn about a specialty, locally designed stove that is making a name for itself by feeding the masses and simultaneously saving lives across the glob and make your holiday plans to visit three local watering holes that are toasting the season with specialty cocktails.

Dive into major issues facing our community, like the ongoing conversation about chronic homelessness, in Breaking the Impasse by Senior Editor Jacob Ogles. Read a detailed breakdown of the 2015 Giving Challenge in a special edition of By The Numbers and warm up your appetite with an article about the smoky spice of Harissa that is heating up in restaurants around town.

In this edition, explore reasons to give – through charitable causes in Future Philanthropy where we’re discovering what it means to have active cause, a heightened sense of transparency and how to make the most of technology to support your mission and donors. In the gorgeously styled and photographed Holiday Gift Guide, Dashing Through the Glowwe found the perfect gifts to make the season bright from local retailers.

The December edition of SRQ | The Magazine is on newsstands now! Pick up your copy today.

Wishing you and yours a happy and bright holiday season!

The SRQ Team

Flashback FRIDAY: Bal Masque Reminiscing

Guests of 2014 Bal Masqué enjoy the photo booth.

Guests of 2014 Bal Masqué enjoy the photo booth.

If you were at Bal Masqué last year, you already know. The night is like none other. Trying to pick out the highlight of the night is nearly impossible! Was it the masks, gorgeous gowns, dapper suits, incredible food or breathtaking performances? We can’t decide. If you need a refresher on your favorite part, check out a gallery of images here.

We’re so close to this year’s Bal Masqué: Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil that we can almost taste the shrimp and grits! On October 3rd, you can expect a few wonderful things. Lucky for you, we believe in sneak peeks!

Food
With a theme like Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil, you can’t serve just anything. Only authentic, creative Southern food will do. A generous helping of classics (shrimp & grits, chicken & waffle sliders – and of course, you can’t throw an authentic Southern gathering without pimiento cheese) will be represented on the plate with creative offerings from Fete Catering. If you enjoyed the food last year, prepare yourself for an unforgettable culinary experience this year.

Savory southern bites are planned for the 2015 Bal Masuqé gala by Fete Catering. Photo Credit: Evan Sigmund.

Savory southern bites are planned for the 2015 Bal Masuqé gala by Fete Catering. Photo Credit: Evan Sigmund.

Libations
An event bar should have a little something special for everyone. A selection of wines, imported and local beers along with craft cocktails are planned for the evening. Recipes are in the works using fresh ingredients from Morton’s Market, Siesta Key Rum and Tito’s Handcrafted Vodka. Party tip: Bal Masqué boasts multiple bars! One in the courtyard and a designated service station on every floor, there’s no need to wait in line. Grab your friends and make your way upstairs and settle in for fantastic flavors until the performance begins.

Guests enjoy the Cool Today bar at the 2014 Bal Masqué gala. Photo Credit: Evan Sigmund.

Guests enjoy the Cool Today bar at the 2014 Bal Masqué gala. Photo Credit: Evan Sigmund.

Performance
We don’t think that performances should be limited to the main stage. In the spirit of a full evening of enchantment, musical acts will span the three floors of the Opera House and courtyard. When the curtain lifts in the auditorium at ten o’clock, mesmerizing acts from jaw-dropping aerialist routines to inspired dramatic dances round off the evening’s amusement.

Dancers and musicians took center stage at the 2014 Bal Masqué gala. Photo Credit: Shane Donglasan

Dancers and musicians took center stage at the 2014 Bal Masqué gala. Photo Credit: Shane Donglasan

 Helping a Great Cause
A portion of ticket sales benefit a local charitable organization of the purchaser’s choosing. As you plan your evening, know that your attendance directly supports critical missions within the community. This year, SRQ Media is proud to promote the nine worthy organizations:

Historic Venue
Take a step back in time to the grandeur of the 1920s at the historic Sarasota Opera House. Transformed into a stunning garden for the evening of Bal Masqué, the theater, grand foyer and mezzanines are a stunning display of glamour.

The historic Sarasota Opera House serves as the venue for the annual Bal Masqué gala. Photo Credit: Blake Spurlin

The historic Sarasota Opera House serves as the venue for the annual Bal Masqué gala. Photo Credit: Blake Spurlin

Masquerade
Of course, we would be remiss if we didn’t mention the element of mystery and excitement of this year’s Bal Masqué – the mask. Intricate, show-stopping, feathered, adorned with dazzling jewels and shimmering sequins…we can’t get enough! Reserved for special occasions, donning a mask adds an element of fanfare and interest into this signature gala.

Anthony Vento (center) wears a mask from his store in downtown Sarasota, i tesori. Photo Credit: Evan Sigmund

Anthony Vento (center) wears a mask from his store in downtown Sarasota, i tesori. Photo Credit: Evan Sigmund

Tickets are on sale now at SRQBALMASQUE.COM and limited Harlequin Club VIP opportunities are available (click here for details).

See you in the garden!

The SRQ Team

 

SRQ is Pedaling for a Cause This Week!

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This week, we are participating in something incredibly awesome, the Good Wheels program by Goodwill Manasota. As a master of partnership in our community, Goodwill is pairing up to raise money and awareness for another worthy organization, Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee. This week, members of the SRQ Media team are putting the pedals to the metal to help contribute to these amazing causes.

But guess what? You can, too! Stop by our offices this Thursday and Friday (August 20th and 21st) to pedal for a cause and raise funds. As part of a generous contribution from The Patterson Foundation, each new online donor’s gift to Good Wheels will be matched (up to $250 per donor, per organization). Your donation can do twice the amount of good when you give.

We’re inviting you – the friends of SRQ to come by and support us as we ride to raise funds for this worthy cause.

We’ll enjoy beer and wine at our office for the peddlers, spectators and donors. Who needs happy hour when you can join us and burn off a few of the day’s calories AND give back to a great cause? Anyone wanting to drop by our office to pedal or make a pledge that will assist in delivering hot meals to those in our community are welcome!

We hope you’ll join us!

For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/464391593721617/

SB2: What We Learned about Helping People

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SB2: Helping People panelists, from L to R: Erin McLeod, Sonia Santiago, SRQ Publisher Wes Roberts, Event Sponsor Jaime DiDomenico, Bob Rosinsky and Tom Waters. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan.

Last week, SRQ took SB2 guests on a journey into the minds, missions and hearts of some of Sarasota’s most notable charitable organizations at SB2: Helping People. Hosted at The Francis in downtown Sarasota, the discussion took a look at the big and small ways we can work together to grow a stronger community.

As the series sponsor of SB2, Bob Stanell of CS&L CPAs welcomed the crowd that gathered early on Thursday morning. As an organization, CS&L CPAs not only supports local philanthropic organizations through their accounting services, but also through partnerships with CS&L CARES, their community giving platform. “We work with some of the social service giants in our community on their finances and business decisions,” said Bob. “But when you put the people who serve in front of you, your heart will change.” Bob went on to communicate his pride in working with young people that make a difference by their desire to give back to the community.

Bob Stanell of SB2 Series Sponsor CS&L CPAs addresses attendees. Photo credit: Wyatt Kostygan

Bob Stanell of SB2 Series Sponsor CS&L CPAs addresses attendees. Photo credit: Wyatt Kostygan

Also sponsoring the event was CoolToday. The company’s fearless leader, President & CEO  Jaime DiDomenico shared the importance of taking care of people – the CoolToday 2015 initiative. Leading with a powerful video of how they do just that, Jaime moved more than a few of us to tears. “Community is a circle of life. Sometimes people use the phrase ‘pay it forward’ but really, we pay it in a circle because you never know when you’ll be the one who needs help,” said Jaime. “The way we do business is that we want our impact to be around to give back tot he community and continue the circle. The next time you’re out there and you can do a little something, you should do a little something.” He closed with a powerful image of a well-work pair of shoes belonging to a homeless member of our community and challenged everyone in the room to think differently about how we can live and give.

CoolToday President & CEO Jaime DiDomenico stressed the importance of "taking care of people." Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan

CoolToday President & CEO Jaime DiDomenico stressed the importance of “taking care of people.” Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan

Between bites of the delicious bacon, guests heard first hand about the organizations, programs and need in our own backyard. Panelists hailed from every sector: Erin McLeod of Friendship Centers, Bob Rosinsky of Goodwill Manasota, Sonia Santiago of Sarasota YMCA and Tom Waters of Easter Seals of Southwest Florida. Our panelists were equally as passionate about helping each other as they were about the populations they served.

Here’s what we learned:

1. The need in our community are innumerable – but the organizations giving back are up for the challenge. Ask anyone: where are our biggest needs as a community and you will get an equal number of different answers. While a large spotlight is often shined on the issue of homelessness, it isn’t the only group that needs assistance. Of our panelists, each serves a different demographic and form of need.

Panelists answer questions during the moderated portion of SB2. Photo credit: Wyatt Kostygan

Panelists answer questions during the moderated portion of SB2. Photo credit: Wyatt Kostygan

Sonia Santiago of the Sarasota YMCA let us in on statistic of her organization that blew us away. Most people are familiar with the YMCA as a gym or the organization behind a multitude of youth sport programs, but they do so much more. The Sarasota YMCA one of the top performing Community Based Care organizations meeting state and federal outcomes for child welfare in the State of Florida. In our area alone, there are over 1,000 homeless children that have the same basic needs as all children–including a school to attend. Due to the transient nature of their situation, they’re often uprooted and sent to new schools with new teachers and classmates when their living arrangements change. The Sarasota YMCA has programs that ensure homeless children can stay at their current school and cultivate a sense of stability and normalcy in their lives.

Tom Waters of Easter Seals of Southwest Florida reminded us about the needs of children and adults that are differently abled. “This isn’t a group that you notice when you walk the streets of downtown,” he said, “but the need is just as great.” As children with special needs grow older and even and outlive their parents, having life skills and a safe haven are important. “Currently, we serve little ones from 6 weeks old to 87.”

Tom Waters speaks on behalf of Easter Seals of Southwest Florida. Photo credit: Wyatt Kostygan.

Tom Waters speaks on behalf of Easter Seals of Southwest Florida. Photo credit: Wyatt Kostygan.

2. Deciding who to help isn’t always easy.

For some organizations like Goodwill Manasota that serve numerous at-risk populations, prioritizing who to help first is not easy. When you serve multiple causes with limited resources, it takes skill and a steady sense of purpose to make the right decision.  According to Bob Rosinsky it takes a “strategic planning process that involves our team, our stakeholders and we have to prioritize.”

Tom Waters taught us a new expression in addressing this issue: Mission over Margin. Similar to understanding the best return on investment of a business decision, Easter Seals of Southwest Florida takes the idea of early intervention very seriously when allocating their funds. “For every $1.00 spent with children with special needs, it saves over $8.00 in future services for that child. That is why we invest heavily in The Lily School,” said Tom of Easter Seals’ early childhood intervention program for children who are differently abled. He went on to explain that often decisions on funding are made where the impact is great and the longterm success is evident.

Erin McLeod asks for a show of hands when addressing a major area of need in our community. Photo credit:  Wyatt Kostygan

Erin McLeod asks for a show of hands when addressing a major area of need in our community. Photo credit: Wyatt Kostygan

3. All of us can give back. Whether we are a big business or a person looking to get involved, there’s room for more people dedicated to doing good.

When discussing the ways that we can get involved, Erin McLeod shared her experience with serving as a corporate partner years ago, “Sponsorships get old after a while. We know that. At Friendship Centers recognize the need for exposure to social responsibility–exposure to the audience we serve.” Encouraging volunteerism and undertaking projects acts as an emotional and physical connector to the people being served. Erin encouraged the audience to explore the organizations supported by their companies and get involved on a personal level.

Sonia Santiago of the Sarasota YMCA reminded us that we can be in the business of creating opportunities, “Give area teens internships and give them information out about vocations and jobs. When college is emphasized, some kids get defeated,” she said. “We focus so much on academics that sometimes we fail to point out the vocational opportunities that are out there.” At the Sarasota YMCA, various programs are in place that recognize children’s talents and interest and connect them to teachers or organizations to hone their talents.

SRQ Publisher Wes Roberts directs a question to Bob Rosinsky of Goodwill Manasota. Photo credit: Wyatt Kostygan

SRQ Publisher Wes Roberts directs a question to Bob Rosinsky of Goodwill Manasota. Photo credit: Wyatt Kostygan

Young professionals are often the most enthused group when it comes to serving the community, but a lot of organizations don’t have events that support their busy and growing schedules. “We recently hosted an event and had a lot of young professionals in attendance. They found out about it through Facebook,” said Tom Waters.  We need to provide more episodic events that work with their schedules if we want to attract advocates that are dynamic, intelligent and look at things differently.”

4. Two mission-minded heads are better than one. 

The needs are great in our community and one organization alone cannot provide all of the solutions. New and emerging programs spanning multiple organizations will hopefully deliver a maximum amount of assistance using fewer resources by each group involved. “We recently worked on a grant for fall prevention with The Pines and Sarasota Memorial,” said Erin McLeod. The idea of pooling efforts ensures that everyone wins. As Erin said, “When another organization represented on the panel wins, we all win.”

Goodwill Manasota recently held an event in conjunction with the Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida, mentioned Bob Rosinsky. The “Little Black Dress” luncheon was the perfect partnership – drawing on the strength of a Goodwill Manasota event, the Girl Scouts were able to promote their mission and organization to a fresh audience. “This type of partnership is perfect to spread our Youth Ambassador Program and bring in the next generation of Goodwill supporters,” said Bob.

Representatives of CS&L CPAs at SB2 on July 23, 2015. Photo credit: Wyatt Kostygan

Representatives of CS&L CPAs at SB2 on July 23, 2015. Photo credit: Wyatt Kostygan

It is safe to say that we couldn’t have learned the incredible things about helping people without the sponsorship of CS&L CPAs and CoolToday. Thank you for your support of SB2, 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.

Jaime DiDomenico, center, with his guests from Easter Seals of Southwest Florida and Heritage House. Photo credit: Wyatt Kostygan

Jaime DiDomenico, center, with his guests from Easter Seals of Southwest Florida and Heritage House. Photo credit: Wyatt Kostygan

Special thanks to our panelists for graciously agreeing to participate in the discussion, and for taking an active role in leading the movement of service in Sarasota and beyond.

A gallery of images from SB2: Helping People is available online. The next SB2: Financial Forecast will be held on September 24, 2015 at The Francis. Special keynote speaker Jesse Panuccio will deliver a presentation on the current economic state of Florida. For tickets and more information, visit SRQSB2.com.

Why You Should Be at the July 23rd SB2: Helping People

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If you’ve ever been to an SB2 event about philanthropy, you already know how much we value giving back. In fact, we can’t think of a truer way to live local than to give local—to organizations with boots on the ground in our own backyard to make it a better place.

At past philanthropy SB2 symposiums, we’ve learned that the greater Sarasota area is known for being a population with a charitable heart, and that the act of giving doesn’t have to be a grand gesture or a world-conquering maneuver—or even done singlehandedly. Corporate giving structures and organizations that build up our community have a critical impact on the philanthropic climate in our own backyard. We can’t wait to learn about the organizations that inspire change through action and service at our July SB2 symposium, Helping People: Growing a Stronger Community Together.

Join us on July 23rd at 7:30AM at The Francis in downtown Sarasota for breakfast and a panel discussion featuring some of Southwest Florida’s most giving organizations.

Meet The Panelists
Our excellent lineup of panelists represents the some region’s most impactful organizations with a focus on assisting a range of needs:

  • Tom Waters: President & CEO
    Easter Seals of Southwest Florida
  • Bob Rosinsky: President and CEO
    Goodwill Manasota
  • Sonia Santiago: Vice President of Youth and Family Services
    YMCA
  • Kameron Hodgens: CEO
    Glasser Schoenbaum Human Services Center
  • Erin McLeod: Senior Vice President
    The Friendship Centers

What We’ll Cover
With the extensive experience in philanthropy represented on the panel, you can expect great insights on how our region assists at-risk groups and those in need. Once you’ve been inspired by people and organizations creating change, learn how you and your business can do get involved in changing lives. One organization doing just that is CoolToday, Helping People’s event sponsor. President Jaime DiDomenico will kick off the event by sharing his thoughts on the importance of giving back and how CoolToday is dedicated to helping people.

We’ll also hear from CS&L CPAs, the SB2 Sarasota Series sponsor. Giving back is at the heart of their mission and the driving force behind CS&L CAREs, a platform for employees to get involved in the community.

This SB2 is one you’re not going to want to miss! To purchase tickets and find out more information about our panelists, visit SRQSB2.com.

Bring your questions (and bring your friends). Let’s grow a stronger community together.

See you there,
The SRQ Team

SRQ Story Project – Goodwill Manasota

Bob Rasinsky (far right) with Goodwill Employees.

Bob Rosinsky (far right), President and CEO of Goodwill Manasota with Goodwill Employees.

Few organizations in our region have as powerful and broad reach as Goodwill Manasota. Committed to representing our community in a host of ways, Goodwill is highly efficient and effective at providing life-enriching work, assistive services and extraordinary opportunities for the underserved (and sometimes overlooked) members of Sarasota and Manatee counties.

This April, SRQ Magazine is pleased to partner with Goodwill Manasota as our Story Project Partner. Special articles are featured in the April edition of SRQ | The Magazine and in our daily newspaper, SRQ Daily, throughout the month that celebrate the amazing work of Goodwill in our community and inform our readers about how their donations make a huge difference in our community.

While the most common interaction with Goodwill is through donations for their numerous resale shops within the community, their mission reaches far beyond the proceeds from your once-loved clothing and furniture. Goodwill is about providing second chances through employment, services to veterans and even an educational programming teaching Spanish, computer skills, arts and crafts, and cooking.

SRQ Magazine is always on the cutting edge of innovation in marketing and helping nonprofits – like Goodwill – brand themselves,” said Veronica Brandon Miller, Vice President of Goodwill Foundation. “With the SRQ Story Project, Goodwill Manasota is able to reach a very broad audience and gives us a voice to let people know that we truly do ‘change lives through the power of work.'”

To read about Goodwill Manasota’s story of changing lives right here in our backyard, pick up an April edition of SRQ Magazine and stay tuned for more about their major initiatives on SRQ Daily throughout April.