Renowned sex therapist, author and entrepreneur Dr. Ruth Westheimer is this year’s guest speaker at the Women’s Resource Center’s annual Renaissance Luncheon, The Goddess In You, at the Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota. For tickets, call (941) 366-1700 or visit thewomensresourcecenter.org.
Ringling Town Hall Lecture Series
January 13-March 20
President George W. Bush headlines a distinguished panel of speakers at this season’s Ringling Town Hall Lecture Series. Offering diverse perspectives on the post 9/11 era, the series will feature a former defense secretary, photographer, war correspondent, African-American veteran and President Bush’s daughter, Jenna Hager. Proceeds support the Verman Kimbrough Memorial Library at the Ringling College of Art and Design and student scholarships. To become an RCLA member and subscribe to future events, call (941) 925-1343. Learn more at rclassociation.org.
A Night at the Rainbow Room
Asolo Repertory Theatre’s annual gala will transform the Ritz-Carlton ballroom into the Rainbow Room circa 1940. Socialize over cocktails, dine on fine cuisine, and dance to the strains of former Rainbow Room headliner Michael Andrew and the Atomic Big Band. Proceeds benefit Asolo Rep’s 2013-14 season and education programs. For more information, call (914) 351-9010 ext. 4712 or visit asolorep.org.
Couture in the Courtyard
Join us in the beautiful Spanish Courtyard at the South Florida Museum for a champagne luncheon and chic runway fashion show and boutique. Proceeds benefit the museum’s educational programs and exhibitions. For tickets, call (941) 746-4131, ext. 17 or visit southfloridamuseum.org.
Out to Lunch with Designing Women
Join DWB’s Ambassadors' Guild for a very special fund-raising luncheon at Michael’s On East with keynote speaker Col. Mark Tillman—former Commander of Air Force One. Tickets are available at designingwomenboutique.org.
Join us at Michael’s On East for the Junior League of Sarasota’s Legacy Luncheon. This year’s keynote speakers are Julie Nixon Eisenhower—daughter of former U.S. President Richard M. Nixon—and her husband, D. David Eisenhower, grandson of former U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower. For tickets, (941) 953-5600 or visit jlsarasota.org.
Polo Under the Palms
Don’t miss the fourth annual Polo Under the Palms event at the Sarasota Polo Club featuring inspired cuisine, live entertainment and polo match. Proceeds benefit Center for Building Hope and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. For more information, visit polounderthepalms.org.
Planned Parenthood 48th Annual Celebration Dinner
Join us at the USF Sarasota-Manatee campus to honor CEO Barbara Zdravecky's 20 years of leadership with Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida. For tickets, call (941) 365-3913 ext. 1124 or visit myplannedparenthood.org.
Cause 4 Fashion
Join us at Michael’s On East for Neuro Challenge Foundation’s annual fund-raising event Cause 4 Fashion, Giving Hope is Always in Style. Proceeds benefit Neuro Challenge’s programs for Parkinson’s patients. For tickets, call (941) 926-6413 or visit neurochallenge.org.
An Evening at the Avant-Garde: The Swinging Sixties
Ringling College of Art and Design urges the hip and the square to hang loose and be cool at their Swinging Sixties themed annual fund raiser. For tickets to this groovy gala, call (941) 359-7589.
We are head over heels that the Go-Go’s are coming to Sarasota to perform at the Firefly Gala at the Ritz-Carlton Members Golf Club. This annual private dinner and concert benefits Sarasota’s Forty Carrots Family Center. For more information, visit fireflygala.org.
Best of Sarasota Party and 35th Anniversary Celebration
Tickets are on sale now for the best party of the season—Sarasota Magazine's Best of Sarasota Party—Tuesday, April 22 at Selby Gardens. This year's event is a special celebration of Sarasota Magazine's 35th Anniversary. Taste the best local food and drinks, mingle and be surprised and entertained by the winners and finalists of our annual readers' poll. A portion of the event proceeds benefits Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. For tickets visit SarasotaMagazine35.EventBrite.com. For sponsorship opportunities call (941) 487-1109.