Agape Flights

Resource center for more than 300 missionary families, providing logistical support, including

weekly flights for mail and critical and emergency supplies, short-term volunteer teams, distribution of medical and other ministry supplies.

Executive director: Charles Gardner

Address: 100 Airport Ave.

Venice, FL 34285

Telephone: (941) 488-0990

Web site: www.agapeflights.com

Mission statement: Interdenominational Christian ministry dedicated to sharing the good news of Jesus Christ and committed to serving missionaries in the Western Hemisphere and beyond, all to the glory of God.

Volunteer opportunities: Sort mail, package medicine and donated supplies, aircraft and facility maintenance, computer entry, office work, Web page design.

Main fund-raising event: Wings of Hope

Date: Nov. 8, 2007

Location: Venice Assembly of God

Ticket price: Free; reservations required.

Event chair: John Haynes

All Children’s Hospital Guild of Sarasota and Manatee

Raises funds and community awareness for All Children’s Hospital and the Specialty Care Centers in Sarasota and Manatee counties.

President: Rowina C. Kennedy

Address: 4513 Mt. Vernon Drive

Bradenton, FL 34210

Telephone: (941) 730-7082

Web site: www.achgsarasotamanatee.org

Mission statement: To enhance the

availability of services and quality of

care for the children of Sarasota and Manatee counties through fund raising and community awareness for All Children’s Specialty Care Centers of Sarasota and Manatee and All Children’s Hospital of St. Petersburg.

Volunteer opportunities: Visit Web site or

call for information.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Ladies’ Night Out Bunco. 2) Casablanca at the Crosley. 3) Carrabba’s Luncheon and Fashion Show.

Dates: 1) Nov. 9, 2007. 2) Feb. 8, 2008. 3) April 10, 2008.

Locations: 1) Knights of Columbus, Fruitville Road. 2) The Powel Crosley Estate. 3) Carrabba’s, University Parkway.

Ticket prices: 1) $25. 2) $150. 3) $20.

Event chairs: 1) Ro Kennedy. 2) Erin Lazo, Dayle Hoffman. 3) Ro Kennedy.

All Faiths Food Bank

Solicits, warehouses, processes and distributes food to nonprofit agency partners offering hunger relief.

Executive director: Daniel E. Dunn

Address: 717 Cattlemen Road

Sarasota, FL 34232

Telephone: (941) 379-6333

Web site: www.allfaithsfoodbank.org

Mission statement: To feed those in need, reduce food waste and educate the community about the issues of hunger in Sarasota and DeSoto counties.

Volunteer opportunities: Sorters and events.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Empty Bowls—Thanksgiving Day-related program.

2) Taste of the Suncoast—Evening of sampling food and wine from Sarasota restaurants. 3) Giving Hunger the Blues—Daylong festival with area bands, games, food and beverages.

Dates: 1) Nov. 11, 2007. 2–3) TBA.

Locations: 1) Phillippi Estate Mansion. 2) TBA. 3) Hillview Street.

Ticket prices, event chairs: TBA

ALSO Out Youth

A drop-in center, outreach support groups, HIV education, youth speak-out panel and diversity training.

Executive director: Candace Sorensen

Address: 1470 Boulevard of the Arts

Sarasota, FL 34236

Telephone: (941) 951-2576

Web site: www.alsoyouth.org

Mission statement: To promote the health and safety of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, intersex and questioning youth.

Volunteer opportunities: Support group facilitators, office work, special events, program presenters.

Main fund-raising events: 1) 15th Anniversary Reunion Weekend. 2) Spring Gala.

Dates: 1) Oct. 26–28, 2007. 2) TBA.

Locations: 1) Metro Coffee and Wine, Longboat Key Club and TBA. 2) TBA.

Ticket prices: 1) $125. 2) $150.

Event chairs: 1) Jarred Wilson. 2) TBA.

Alzheimer’s Association

Florida Gulf Coast Chapter


An area chapter of the National Alzheimer’s Association.

Executive director: Gloria J.T. Smith

Address: 1230 S. Tuttle Ave.

Sarasota, FL 34239

Telephone: (941) 365-8883

Web site: www.alz-tbc.org

Mission statement: To provide a support system for those affected by Alzheimer’s disease through patient and family services, education, advocacy and research.

Volunteer opportunities: Special events committees, support group facilitation, leadership council, office support and special projects.

Main fund-raising event: Memory Walk—Annual

national walkathon.

Date: March 2008

Location: TBA

Ticket price: Participating walkers collect donations.

Event chair: Cindy Marino

American Cancer Society

Sarasota Unit


Area executive director: Cynthia Dunlap

Address: 2801 Fruitville Road, Suite 250

Sarasota, FL 34237

Telephone: (941) 365-2858

Web site: www.cancer.org

Mission statement: The American Cancer Society is the nationwide, community-based, voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives and diminishing suffering from cancer through research, education, advocacy and service.

Volunteer opportunities: Event committee planners, driving patients to and from treatment.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Making Strides

Against Breast Cancer Walk. 2) Cattle Baron’s Ball.

Dates: 1) Oct. 13, 2007. 2) Feb. 9, 2008.

Locations: 1) Sarasota Polo Club. 2) The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota or Hyatt Sarasota.

Ticket prices: 1) Free. 2) $250.

Event chairs: TBA

American Cancer Society

South Sarasota/DeSoto County Unit


Provides free patient services and cancer education and promotes advocacy efforts in Florida and fund national cancer research.

Executive director: Wendy Kizer

Address: 2801 Fruitville Road, Suite 250

Sarasota, FL 34237

Telephone: (941) 497-4309 ext. 23

Web site: www.cancer.org

Mission statement: To eliminate cancer as a major health problem through prevention and diminish suffering through research, education, advocacy and service.

Volunteer opportunities: Patient services, community resource room, physician outreach, volunteer driver, cancer education speaker, Relay for Life committee, Cattle

Baron’s Ball committee.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Cattle Baron’s Ball. 2) Relay for Life—Teams walk, jog or run

relay-style for 18 hours, plus a cancer survivor dinner and candlelighting ceremony.

Dates: 1) Jan. 12, 2008. 2) Spring 2008.

Locations: TBA

Ticket prices: 1) TBA. 2) Free to public.

Event chairs: 1) Kathy Lehner, Michelle Ryan. 2) TBA.

American Heart Association

Regional Director: Kelly Bennett

Address: 528 Venice Lane,

Sarasota, FL 34242

Telephone: (941) 346-7230

Web site: www.americanheart.org

Mission statement: To reduce disability and death

from cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

Volunteer opportunities: Heart Walk, Go Red for Women Luncheon, spokespeople.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Heart Walk. 2) Go Red for Women Luncheon.

Dates: 1) Oct. 27, 2007. 2) March 5, 2008.

Locations: 1) Siesta Key Beach. 2) Michael’s On East.

Ticket prices: 1) Pledge event. 2) TBA.

Event chairs: 1) Jeff Reynolds. 2) TBA.

American Jewish Committee

West Coast Florida Chapter

Established in 1906 to work toward a world in which all peoples are accorded respect and dignity.

Executive director: Edda Sara Post

Address: 2055 Wood St., Suite 218

Sarasota, FL 34237

Telephone: (941) 365-4955

Web site: www.ajc.org

Mission statement: To safeguard the welfare and security of Jews in the United States, in

Israel and throughout the world; to strengthen the basic principles of pluralism around the world as the best defense against anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry; to enhance the quality of American Jewish life by helping to ensure Jewish continuity and deepen ties between American and Israeli Jews.

Volunteer opportunities: Standing committees related to programs, membership, development, community relations, education and pluralism and ad hoc committees.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Civic Achievement

Award Dinner. 2) Human Relations

Award Dinner.

Dates: 1) Oct. 25, 2007. 2) Jan. 31, 2008.

Locations: 1–2) Michael’s On East.

Ticket prices: 1) $175. 2) $250.

Event chairs: TBA

American Red Cross

Southwest Florida Chapter


Executive director: Kevin Lindberg

Address: 2001 Cantu Court

Sarasota, FL 34232

Telephone: (941) 379-9300

Web site: www.southwestflorida.redcross.org

Mission statement: To provide relief to victims of disasters and help people prevent, prepare

for and respond to emergencies.

Volunteer opportunities: Disaster mitigation, disaster relief, health and safety instruction, clerical, data entry and reception.

Main fund-raising event: Hurricane Bash 2008

Date: May 2008

Location: Mote Aquarium

Ticket price: $125–$150

Event chair: TBA

American Society of Interior Designers (ASID)

Florida West Coast Chapter/ Design Community Sarasota


Professional organization of interior designers and related industries.

Executive director: Carol Field

Address: 7557 Tamiami Trail S.,

Sarasota, FL 34231

Telephone: (941) 926-7794

E-mail: asidsarasota1@verizon.net

Mission statement: To promote professional development and education, increase public

awareness of ASID, support community service, encourage and improve participation of membership while attracting new members.

Volunteer opportunities: Showhouse tour guides.

Main fund-raising event: Annual ASID Designer Showhouse—Member designers re-create a bayfront residence, then invite the public to tour the home. Proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs, Ringling College of Art and Design and

University of South Florida.

Date: Jan. 20–Feb. 17, 2008

Location: 819 Whitfield Ave.

Ticket price: $20

Event chair: William Tidmore, ASID

Animal Rescue Coalition

Advocacy group for adoptable animals and spay and neuter programs.

Interim executive director: Roberta Druif

Address: 47 S. Palm Ave., Suite 209,

Sarasota, FL 34236

Telephone: (941) 957-1955

Web site: www.animalrescuecoalition.org

Mission statement: To end the killing of adoptable dogs and cats in Sarasota and Manatee counties by means of a proactive spay/neuter program, comprehensive adoption program and various other programs designed to recognize the profound benefits to people of animal companionship.

Volunteer opportunities: Events, feral cat program, foster program.

Main fund-raising events: 1) “Best in Show” Gala 2008. 2) Dog’s Night Out.

Dates: 1) Feb. 16, 2008. 2) Jan. 18, 2008.

Locations: 1) Michael’s On East. 2) Saks Fifth Avenue.

Ticket prices: 1) $250. 2) $75/person ($25/dog).

Event chairs: 1) TBA. 2) Shelley Binion,

Jennie Famiglio.

Aquarian Quest Inc.

Operates Sarasota County’s official education tall ship. Provides hands-on marine/ecology education for young people. Also, sails for adults.

Executive director: Jan Kirchner

Address: P.O. Box 550,

Sarasota, FL 34232

Telephone: (941) 809-7700

Web site: www.aquarianquest.org

Mission statement: To celebrate life and create caretakers of the earth through school

ship-sailing adventures.

Volunteer opportunities: Helping with school sails and upkeep of the ship Galatea.

Main fund-raising event: Soiree sail fund raisers

aboard Galatea and other fine vessels.

Date: Scheduled as requested.

Location: Nokomis Beach Park and along

the west coast of Florida.

Ticket price: Varied

Event chairs: Robert Killian, Robin Marshall

Art Center Sarasota

Sarasota’s oldest arts and cultural organization.

Manager: Fayanne Hayes

Address: 707 N. Tamiami Trail,

Sarasota, FL 34236-4050

Telephone: (941) 365-2032

Web site: www.artsarasota.org

Mission statement: To provide a destination that promotes the expression of and the appreciation for the visual arts in the community through excellence in education, exhibitions and services.

Volunteer opportunities: Front desk

receptionist, mailing committee, grant research assistants, volunteer coordinator, hospitality committee, exhibition assistance for hanging, receptions and receivings, newspaper article clipper, education set-up, handyman, garden maintenance.

Main fund-raising event: Contemporary Arts and Crafts—Holiday gifts. Boutique featuring

two galleries filled with original works by more than 50 local artists, including drawings, paintings, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, hand- painted textiles, cards, prints and more.

Date: Nov. 12–Dec. 29, 2007

Location: Art Center Sarasota

Ticket price: Free to the public; $2 donation requested.

Event chair: Fayanne Hayes

Arthritis Foundation

Southwest Region


Community development director: Lee Lewis

Address: 410 12th St. W.,

Bradenton, FL 34205

Telephone: (800) 741-4008

Web site: www.arthritis.org

Mission statement: Improves lives through leadership in the prevention, control and cure of arthritis and related diseases.

Volunteer opportunities: Arthritis education, special projects/events, community advocate, clerical duties, fund raising and volunteer instructors to be trained for Arthritis Foundation Exercise or aqua programs, Tai Chi for Arthritis and the arthritis self-help course.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Jingle Bell Run/Walk—Manatee’s largest 5K run, along the Manatee River. 2) Arthritis Walk/Run—5K walk/run for individuals, teams and pets.

Dates: 1) Dec. 13, 2007. 2) May 17, 2008.

Locations, ticket prices, event chairs: TBA

The Artist Series of Sarasota

Presenting world-class classical and light classic musical with an expanded season of 36 concerts (six “Musical Soirees” in private homes and 29 in the restored Historic Asolo Theater at the Ringling Museum).

Executive director: John Fischer

Address: 1800 Ben Franklin Drive, B-506,

Sarasota, FL 34236

Telephone: (941) 388-1188

Web site: www.artistseries.net

Mission statement: To present live concerts for the enjoyment and cultural enrichment of audiences in Sarasota and surrounding communities, and to support the musical education of promising young musicians through college scholarships.

Volunteer opportunities: Ushers, artist transportation, office work, fund raising.

Main fund-raising events: 1) 100th performance celebration. 2) Fourth annual scholarship dinner. 3) Musicians from Marlboro.

Dates: 1) Nov. 25 and 27, 2007. 2) Jan. 8, 2008. 3) March 14, 2008.

Locations: 1) Historic Asolo Theater. 2) The Oaks Club. 3) Historic Asolo Theater.

Ticket prices: 1) $25–$35. 2) $125. 3) $30–$40.

Event chairs: 1) Thom and Joan Suddarth. 2) Eva and Joe Saunders. 3) Virginia Toulmin.

Asolo Repertory Theatre

Professional theater company performing with a resident company in rotating repertory.

Producing artistic director: Michael Donald Edwards

Address: 5555 N. Tamiami Trail,

Sarasota, FL 34243

Telephone: (941) 351-8000

Web site: www.asolo.org

Mission statement: To entertain, engage and inspire through the highest quality professional repertory theater and superior educational programs.

Volunteer opportunities: Ushers, tour guides, gift shop, administrative and special events.

Main fund-raising event: “A Star is Born”— Benefiting the Asolo Rep’s scholarship

program.

Date: March 29, 2008

Location: TBA

Ticket price: $250 and up

Event chairs: Kim Githler, Nora Johnson

Backlot Arts Inc.

(The Backlot)


A cooperative arts and education facility providing accessibility to the arts, sports and education for underserved audiences and children of all ages.

Executive director: Mark Marvell

Address: 2208 Industrial Blvd.,

Sarasota, FL 34234

Telephone: (941) 363-9300

Web site: www.backlotarts.com

Mission statement: To facilitate, promote and advance creative community collaborations that open the mind and feed the soul through accessibility to the arts and education.

Volunteer opportunities: Administrative, events, marketing, ushers.

Main fund-raising event: Carnevale di Arte— Cultural benefit.

Date: Feb. 3, 2008

Location: TBA

Ticket price: $175

Event chair: Kelleen Winfree

Banyan Theater Company

Professional theater company performing in the summer months.

Executive director: Jerry M. Finn

Address: P.O. Box 49483,

Sarasota, FL 34230

Telephone: (941) 358-5330

Web site: www.banyantheatercompany.com

Mission statement: To produce theater in the summer, to showcase outstanding actors performing in plays of high literary merit, and to maintain a summer theater festival in Sarasota to rival similar attractions in other areas of the country.

Volunteer opportunities: Box office, prop

search, backstage, ushers.

Bethesda House

A ministry of Catholic Charities that provides group support, case management, a food pantry, laundry, shower, assistance with housing and benefits to those infected with and affected by the HIV/AIDS virus.

Executive director: Derick Fabien, M.S., P.M.P.

Address: 1670 Fourth St.,

Sarasota, FL 34236

Telephone: (941) 366-1886

Web site: www.catholiccharitiesdov.org

Mission statement: To respond to the physical, social and spiritual needs of HIV-infected and affected people with love and care and without judgment.

Volunteer opportunities: Transportation, food pantry, food shopping, food drive, fund raising, education support groups, prayer advocates, handyman, horticulture and hospital visits.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Musical Night. 2) Giant Rummage Sale.

Dates: TBA

Locations: 1) Bishop Nevins Academy. 2) St. Thomas More Church.

Ticket price: TBA

Event chairs: 1) Dr. Janice Leroux, Derick Fabien. 2) Dr. Janice Leroux, Bob Daily.

The Better World Foundation for Children

Organization supporting and providing programs to help children locally and around the world.

Executive director: Mark E. Schlanger

Address: 2926 Hyde Park St.

Sarasota, FL 34239

Telephone: (941) 954-1500

Web site: www.mybetterworldfoundation.org

Mission statement: Provides and supports programs that enrich the lives of children locally and worldwide and teaches respect, compassion and helping others.

Main fund-raising event: First Annual CHAIR-ITY—Turning chairs into chairity. Art auction, dancing, entertainment and dinner.

Date: Jan. 12, 2008

Location: Michael's On East

Ticket price: $125; $150 reserved seating.

Event chairs: Pam Brown, Nancy Liss


Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast Inc.

Provides one-to-one mentoring to area children to empower youth to develop self- worth and responsibility.

President and CEO: Joy Mahler

Address: 2831 Ringling Blvd., A-201,

Sarasota, FL 34237

Telephone: (941) 331-4376

Web site: www.bbbssun.org

Mission statement: Helping children reach their potential through professionally supported

one-to-one mentoring relationships with measurable impact.

Volunteer opportunities: Adult volunteer mentors for children.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Denim and Diamonds—Dinner and auction. 2) The Big

Race. 3) Fourth Annual Sports Legends Weekend Gala Dinner & Auction.

Dates: 1) Nov. 2, 2007. 2) March 8, 2008. 3) May 9, 2008.

Locations: 1) Venice Community Center. 2) IMG Academies Golf and Country Club. 3) Michael’s On East.

Ticket prices: 1) $50. 2) $75. 3) $150.

Event chairs: 1) BBBS Venice Community Board. 2) Ellen Aquilina, Angela Velardi. 3) Patti Johnson.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota

President and CEO: J. Mack Reid

Address: P.O. Box 4068,

Sarasota, FL 34230-4068

Telephone: (941) 366-3911

Web site: www.boysandgirlsclubs.com

Mission statement: To inspire and enable all young people, especially those from dis- advantaged circumstances, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens.

Volunteer opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Kids’ Night Out—Dinner and auction. 2) The Ritz-Carlton Members Club Boys & Girls Club Golf Classic. 3) Doubles tennis tournament.

Dates: 1) Nov. 8, 2007. 2) Oct. 5, 2007.

3) Nov. 9–11, 2007.

Locations: 1) Lee Wetherington Boys and Girls Club. 2) The Ritz-Carlton Members Golf Club. 3) Longboat Key Club.

Ticket prices: 1) $250 per person; $2,500/table. 2) $500 per player. 3) $75 per player.

Event chairs: 1) Stephen LeBlanc. 2) Charlotte Hedge, Monica Barth, Michael Moulton. 3) Tom Cail, Tony Zanoni, Barbara Lancer.

Breast Health Sarasota Inc.

Raises funds for Sarasota women and their families in need.

Chairs: Deanna Doyle-Vallery, M.D.; Suellen Kaeb

Address: 3663 Bee Ridge Road,

Sarasota, FL 34233

Telephone: (941) 927-2226

Web site: www.breasthealthsarasota.org

Mission statement: To facilitate breast cancer prevention and early detection for women of Sarasota County in need.

Volunteer opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.

Main fund-raising event: Golf tournaments

Dates, locations, ticket prices: TBA

Event chair: Suellen Kaeb

Camp Florida Fish Tales

Weeklong, barrier-free, wheelchair-accessible camp for children with medical or physical disabilities. Also organizes monthly day trips called Camp Fish Tales Day Dreamz.

Executive director: Muffet Einwag

Address: P.O. Box 21682,

Sarasota, FL 34276

Telephone: (941) 921-9182

Web site: www.campfishtales.com

Mission statement: To provide a unique camping atmosphere for those with special challenges.

Volunteer opportunities: Camp counselors, EMTs, lifeguards, nurses, physical and occupational therapists.

Main fund-raising events: 1) McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre 11th Annual Golf Tournament.

2) Spring-fest Block Party. 3) Children’s Art Auction.

Dates: 1) December 2007. 2) March 2008. 3) June 2008.

Locations: 1) TBA. 2) Superior Avenue, Gulf Gate. 3) TBA.

Ticket prices: TBA

Event chair: Muffet Einwag

Cardinal Mooney High School

As a Catholic community, provides a quality education centered in gospel values and dedicated to the development of the whole person.

President: Sister Mary Lucia Haas

Address: 4171 Fruitville Road, Sarasota, FL 34232

Telephone: (941) 371-4917

Web site: www.cmhs-sarasota.org

Mission statement: To provide an excellent values-based education in a small family- oriented environment while emphasizing service to God and the community.

Volunteer opportunities: Event coordination, donation solicitation, ticket sales, mailings, computer entry, decorating, hospitality.

Main fund-raising events: 1) 35th Annual Dinner Auction. 2) Fall Golf Tournament.

Dates: 1) March 8, 2008. 2) Oct. 27, 2007.

Locations: 1) Michael’s On East. 2) Waterlefe Golf and Country Club.

Ticket prices: 1) $125. 2) $150.

Event chairs: 1) TBA. 2) Tim Deering.

Catholic Charities, Diocese of Venice Inc.

Part of the nation’s largest network of agencies, institutions and individuals who aim to reduce poverty, support families and empower communities.

President/ceo: Peter Routsis-Arroyo, L.C.S.W.

Address: 1000 Pinebrook Rd, Venice, FL 34285

Telephone: (941) 488-5581

Web site: www.catholiccharitiesdov.org

Mission statement: In devotion and adherence to the teachings of Jesus and the Catholic Church, Catholic Charities seeks to serve and empower all in need, regardless of race, nationality or creed.

Volunteer opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.

Main fund-raising event: Catholic Charities Ball

Date: Jan. 24, 2008

Location: The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota

Ticket price: $175

Event chairs: Helen Nugent, Mary Kenealy-Barbetta

Charis Center Inc.

Offers professional counseling and family-life education for all ages.

Executive director: Glen Denlinger, L.C.S.W., B.C.D.

Address: 4041 Bahia Vista St., Sarasota, FL 34232

Telephone: (941) 378-1549

Web site: www.chariscenterfl.org

Mission statement: To provide professional counseling and family-life education services

to meet the emotional, relational and spiritual

needs of individuals and families.

Child Protection Center Inc.

Works toward the prevention of child abuse.

Executive director: Harold H. Hedley, Ed.D.

Address: 1750 17th St., Building L,

Sarasota, FL 34234

Telephone: (941) 365-1277

Web site: www.childprotectioncenter.org

Mission statement: Child-abuse prevention, intervention and treatment.

Volunteer opportunities: Supervise court-ordered visits between noncustodial parents and children; assist with special events and fund-raising activities.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Sarasota Comedy Festival—Stand-up comedians and nationally

syndicated cartoonists. 2) Ferraris on St. Armands.

Dates: 1) TBA. 2) Feb. 8–9, 2008.

Locations: 1) TBA. 2) St. Armands Circle.

Ticket prices, event chairs: TBA

Children First

Provides comprehensive services to more than 550 of Sarasota County’s lowest- income families and their children from birth to five years.

Executive director: Philip D. Tavill

Address: 1723 N. Orange Ave.,

Sarasota, FL 34234

Telephone: (941) 953-3877

Web site: www.childrenfirst.net

Mission statement: To strengthen children and families by improving the quality of their lives through a comprehensive approach to development, education, health and well-being.

Volunteer opportunities: Call Hope

Kinney, program director, for specific opportunities.

Main fund-raising event: Children First Celebration

Date: Feb. 22–23, 2008

Location: Pelican Pointe Golf and Country Club; Chelsea Center

Ticket price: $125

Event chair: Nicole Duxe

Children's Guardian Fund

Fund-raising arm for the Guardian ad Litem Program in the 12th Judicial Circuit serving Sarasota, Manatee and DeSoto counties.

Executive director: Peggy Lowndes

Address: 7222 St. John's Way

University Park, FL 34201

Mission statement:  The Guardian ad Litem Program provides legal and volunteer support for over 900 children in the 12th Judicial Circuit courts in Sarasota, Manatee and DeSoto counties. These children have been removed from their homes because they have been abused, neglected or abandoned. Members of the Guardian ad Litem are volunteer advocates for the children and are their "voice" in the courts.

Main fund-raising event: "Let the Season Begin"—Ninth annual luncheon and gift bazaar featuring a one-of-a-kind doll house created especially for the event's raffle.

Date: Nov. 5, 2007

Location: Michael's On East

Ticket price, chair: TBA


Circus Sarasota

Produces a monthlong show in February and has education and human-service programs

throughout the year.

Executive director: Pedro Reis

Address: P.O. Box 1836,

Sarasota, FL 34276

Telephone: (941) 355-9335

Web site: www.circussarasota.org

Mission statement: Provides programs at the highest level through education, human

service and the performing arts.

Volunteer opportunities: Ushers, administrative, box office and gala committee.

Main fund-raising events: 1) The Art of Circus Gala Under the Big Top—In honor of Ulla Searing. 2) Laughter Unlimited Luncheon.

Dates: 1) Jan. 5, 2008. 2) April 10, 2008.

Locations: 1) Tuttle Avenue and 12th Street. 2) TBA.

Ticket prices: 1) $150; Patron $250. 2) TBA.

Event chairs: 1) Nikki Nilon, Linda Houze; honorary chair Tana Sandefur. 2) TBA.

Coastal Resources Foundation Inc.

Raises funds for youth-oriented projects and gives grants to teachers for special projects about the environment, state and country.

Executive director: R. Earl Warren

Address: 359 W. Dearborn St.,

Englewood, FL 34295-1207

Telephone: (941) 474-7768

E-mail: tammy@ewol.com

Mission statement: To help youth achieve their goals with grants and scholarships.

Volunteer opportunities: Coordinate and run local events; manage and operate Cora Stroh Environmental Youth Park on Beach Road in Englewood.

Community AIDS Network

HIV medical, dental and case-management services.

Executive director: Susan Terry

Address: 1231 N. Tuttle Ave.,

Sarasota, FL 34237

Telephone: (941) 366-0461

Web site: www.cansrq.org

Mission statement: To provide service to HIV-positive people including medical, dental and case management.

Volunteer opportunities: Fund raising, administrative, HIV testing.

Main fund-raising event: Eighth Annual CAN Dance—Ballroom championship dancing event.

Date: Oct. 27, 2007

Location: Chelsea Center

Ticket price: $200

Event chairs: Nikki Nilon, Mary Ann Robinson

The Community Foundation of Sarasota County

The Community Foundation is a public charity that connects caring donors with causes that really matter. Since being founded in 1979 by the Southwest Florida Estate Planning Council, the Foundation has encouraged individuals and organizations in Sarasota County to create permanent charitable funds of over $160 million. It partners to make charitable giving work in our community, awarding more than $6 million annually in grants and scholarships that support the arts, education, animal welfare, the environment, health and human services and more. The Nonprofit Resource Center of the Community Foundation is the resource local nonprofits trust for guidance in building strong, successful organizations, to help fulfill their missions and better serve the community.

ASSETS From June 1, 2006–May 31, 2007: $160 million

Total grants: $8,645,262

Number of grants: 931

Total scholarships: $945,478 ($5.2 million since 1987)

Number of scholarships: 473

Range of grants: $250 to $470,000

President and CEO: Stewart W. Stearns

Address: 2635 Fruitville Road,

Sarasota, FL 34237

Telephone: (941) 955-3000

Web site: www.cfsarasota.org

Mission statement: Stewardship to the community by encouraging and enabling caring individuals to easily and effectively support the charitable causes that they care about in perpetuity.

Volunteer opportunities: Clerical work, special events and projects.

Main fund-raising event: Pins with a Purpose: Celebrating Women’s Philanthropy—Hosted by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, the Manatee Community Foundation and the Lakewood Ranch Community Fund.

Date: March 14, 2008

Location: Lakewood Ranch Country Club

Ticket price: TBA

Community Haven for Adults and Children with Disabilities

Creates solutions and makes changes in the lives of children, teens and adults with disabilities through education, occupational training, skill training, employment services and community living programs.

President and CEO: Peggy J. Connell

Address: 4405 Desoto Road,

Sarasota, FL 34235

Telephone: (941) 355-8808

Web site: www.chachaven.com

Mission statement: To empower the lives of children, teens and adults with disabilities, one person at a time.

Volunteer opportunities: Selby preschool, plant nursery, CHAC farm project, administration,

maintenance, occupational training program, Active Arts.

Main fund-raising events: 1) 10th Annual Jingle and Jog—5K road race. 2) Sixth Annual Handi-capable Award and Celebration.

Dates: 1) December 2007. 2) April 2008.

Locations: 1) 4405 Desoto Road. 2) TBA.

Ticket prices: 1) $17 advance; $20 day. 2) TBA.

Event chair: Marla Doss

Community Mobile Meals of Sarasota County Inc.

All-volunteer meal delivery service to shut-ins living in Sarasota.

Executive director: Janet Traynor

Address: P.O. Box 178,

Sarasota, FL 34230

Telephone: (941) 366-6693

Mission statement: Deliver noon meals six days a week, holidays included, 52 weeks a year

to shut-ins in Sarasota.

Volunteer opportunities: Drivers, kitchen workers.

Main fund-raising event: Annual private mailing.

The Community Music School of Southwest Florida

Individual and group music instruction in all instruments and voice. More than half the school’s students are on scholarship or are in no-fee group programs.

Executive director: Mary C. Geldi

Address: 2477 Stickney Point Road, #315-B,

Sarasota, FL 34231

Telephone: (941) 929-1859

Mission statement: To provide individual and group music instruction to anyone who

wants to learn, regardless of age, experience or ability to play.

Volunteer opportunities: Teaching, office, fund

raising, events, program assistance, newsletter, publicity, grant writing, board of trustees and community advisory board.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Water Music. 2) Tees for Tunes—Golf tournament. 3) Third Annual Kentucky Derby Barbecue.

Dates: 1) November 2007. 2) May 3, 2008. 3) January 2008.

Locations: 1) Home of Margaret and Bill Wise. 2) Serenoa Golf Club. 3) TBA.

Ticket prices, Event chairs: TBA

Community Video Archives (CVA)

Produces a living video history of the Sarasota community and its outstanding people.

President: Annette Scherman

Address: 1235 S. Tamiami Trail,

Sarasota, FL 34239

Telephone: (941) 365-7052

Mission statement: Record and preserve a living history of the community and its outstanding people.

Volunteer opportunities: All-volunteer organization, except for professional video producers, who are paid per project.

Main fund-raising event: Annual Hall of

Fame Luncheon

Date: April 15, 2008

Location: Michael’s On East

Ticket price: $75

Event chair: Chris Pfahler

Community Youth Development

Provides positive, drug-free activities for Sarasota County teens.

Executive director: Karen Bogues

Address: 4409 Sawyer Road,

Sarasota, FL 34233

Telephone: (941) 922-5126

Web site: www.cydonline.org

Mission statement: To enrich the lives of teens through partnerships with adults to create

opportunities for youth to make positive choices.

Volunteer opportunities: Office work, event planning.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Starry, Starry Night Prom. 2) Second Annual CYD Golf Tournament.

Dates: 1) May 31, 2008. 2) Oct. 4, 2007.

Locations: 1) Bari Brooks Center, Frank G. Berlin Sr. YMCA. 2) Meadows Country Club.

Ticket prices: 1) $100. 2) TBA.

Construction Technology Careers Preapprenticeship Partnership for Youth

Started as a dropout prevention program that has now expanded; 107 youths in the

program in 2007.

Coordinator: Kristey Richardson

Address: 1750 17th St., Building J2,

Sarasota, FL 34234

Telephone: (941) 361-6090 ext. 113

Web site: www.constructiontechnologycareers.org

Mission statement: Preapprenticeship partnership to provide career exploration coursework and

services to youth in Manatee/Sarasota.

Volunteer opportunities: Speaker’s bureau, mentors, grant writers, clerical.

Main fund-raising event: Annual event

Date: April 2008

Location: G.WIZ

Ticket price: $50

Event chair: Blythe McDonough

Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Central Florida and the Florida Gulf Coast Inc.

Provides confidential financial, credit and housing counseling, education services and debt repayment program.

CEO: Richard J. Skaggs; Sandra Rains, Sarasota/Manatee manager

Address: 1750 17th St., Unit H,

Sarasota, FL 34234

Telephone: (800) 741-7040

Web site: www.cccsfl.org

Mission statement: To help people achieve financial wellness.

Volunteer opportunities: Education presenters— English and Spanish.

Crowley Museum and Nature Center

Nature conservancy of 190 acres with nature trails, pioneer history buildings and weekly

education programs.

Executive director: Bill Cowdright

Address: 16405 Myakka Road,

Sarasota, FL 34240

Telephone: (941) 322-1000

Web site: www.crowleymuseumnaturectr.org

Mission statement: To preserve a natural site where today’s and tomorrow’s generations learn about, appreciate and enjoy the environment and cultural history of the rural Gulf Coast of Florida.

Volunteer opportunities: Land and building maintenance, office, computer admissions, trail guides, school programs, museum collections and exhibits, building restoration.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Pioneer Days. 2) Starry Nite—Gourmet dinner and silent

auction with amazing celestial sights via powerful telescopes.

Dates: 1) January 2008. 2) TBA.

Location: 1–2) Crowley Museum and Nature Center.

Cure 4 Diabetes

Established by the Linda and Frank Menke family to fund research-based projects

to cure diabetes. Doctors and research scientists depend on grassroots organizations like C4D to help fund and bring awareness to their work. The Foundation is focusing on the Edmonton Protocol at the University of Alberta, which transplants healthy islet cells into insulin-dependent diabetics, and the BCG Therapy human clinical trials, which are to begin in January of 2008 at Massachusetts General Hospital.

President: Linda Menke

Address: 318 S. Washington Blvd.,

Sarasota, FL 34236

Telephone: (941) 951-2141

Web site: www.cure4diabetes.org

Mission statement: Dedicated to finding a cure for diabetes through research, so families can live full and happy lives together.

Volunteer opportunities: Volunteers are urged to become involved by holding their own fund raisers for the Cure 4 Diabetes Foundation. Testimonials from diabetics about their own hardships with this disease are also requested.

Dattoli Cancer Foundation

Nonprofit organization for prostate cancer education, support and research.

Executive director: Don Kaltenbach

Address: 2803 Fruitville Road,

Sarasota, FL 34237

Telephone: (800) 915-1001, (941) 365-5599

Web site: www.dattolifoundation.org

Mission statement: To raise awareness of prostate cancer and the need for early and annual screening, provide information and support to newly diagnosed patients and foster research into better diagnostic tools and treatment options.

Volunteer opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.

Designing Women Boutique

Consigned, donated and new designer fashion and accessories plus home accent pieces, antiques and collectibles, and liquidation of donated estates.

Executive director: Pamela Day

Address: 1226 N. Tamiami Trail,

Sarasota, FL 34236

Telephone: (941) 366-5293

E-mail: designingwomenboutique@ comcast.net

Mission statement: Meaningfully grow the funding for our community’s art, endowment

and human services through innovative marketing of unique couture apparel and fine home furnishings.

Volunteer opportunities: Sales, computer work, event coordination and support (dressers, hostesses, etc.), administrative support, speaker’s bureau, handyman.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Fashion Week 2007—Designing Women and the Men Who Love Them. 2) Salon Series—Monthly luncheon/lecture/fashion shows.

Dates: 1) Dec. 2, 2007. 2) Last Thursday of every month (except November).

Location: 1–2) Designing Women Boutique.

Ticket prices: 1) $125–$500.

2) $12 per person per event.

Event chairs: 1) Myrna Band, Mary Ann Robinson; vice chairs Diane Roskamp, Margaret Wise, Jean Weidner. 2) Jewel Ash, Gloria Moss, Carol Phillips, Joan Campo-Liga.

Domestic Abuse Shelter Homes Inc. (DASH)

Offers free services and referrals to victims of abuse.

Executive director: Donna M. Leclerc

Address: P.O. Box 1484,

Englewood, FL 34295-1484

Telephone: (941) 475-8722

Web site: www.dashinc.org

Mission statement: DASH Inc. provides transitional housing and direct services to primary victims and their families (men, women and children/teens). Services are at no charge and include food, transportation, mandatory psycho-counseling referrals relating to domestic abuse, substance abuse and anger management, as well as life management and parenting skills.

Volunteer opportunities: Office help, fund raising, receptionist duties, speaking.

The Dreams are Free School at Bishop Nevins Academy

School for children 6-–14 with learning disabilities.

Admissions: Dawn Gordon

Address: 4380 Fruitville Road,

Sarasota, FL 34232-1623

Telephone: (941) 366-4010

Web site: www.dreamsarefree.org

Mission statement: A faith-friendly Catholic school designed to nurture the spiritual and academic growth and development of students with learning disabilities.

Volunteer opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.

Main fund-raising event: Blue Grass BBQ

Date: Fall 2007

Location: Bishop Nevins Academy

Ear Research Foundation

Formed by Dr. Herbert Silverstein to provide support for research, education and community service.

Executive director: Jennifer Moss

Address: 1901 Floyd St.,

Sarasota, FL 34239

Telephone: (941) 365-0367

Web site: www.silversteininstitute.com

Mission statement: Dedicated to research into finding better treatments for hearing loss and balance problems, education of physicians and the public and providing community service, including care for underinsured patients.

Volunteer opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.

Main fund-raising event: Hear and Now— Dinner, live music, silent auction and gaming.

Date: Nov. 8, 2007

Location: Michael’s On East

Ticket price: $150

Event chair: Jennifer Moss

EARS Animal Rescue Sanctuary

Executive director: Jim North

Address: 145 W. Dearborn St.,

P.O. Box 1257,

Englewood, FL 34295

Telephone: (941) 475-0636

Web site: www.ears4life.com

Mission statement: To rescue, care for and prevent cruelty to all domestic animals until they are adopted or live out their normal, healthy lives.

Volunteer opportunities: Foster animals, tabling events, fund raisers, transport animals.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Hip Hounds and Cool Cats at the Cabaret. 2) Purrfect Caper II.

Dates: 1) May 27, 2008. 2) Nov. 4, 2007

Locations: 1) Charlotte Harbor. 2) Punta Gorda.

Ticket price: 1–2) $85.

Event chairs: 1) Jean Dishington. 2) TBA.

Easter Seals

Southwest Florida Inc.

Provides services for individuals with disabilities of all ages on three campuses. For children, provides interdisciplinary medical therapy, education and support services, including respite care for families. Adults benefit from a community-based education program and adult day training dedicated to improving their quality of life.

Interim CEO: Larry F. Lewis

Address: 350 Braden Ave.,

Sarasota, FL 34243

Telephone: (941) 355-7637

Web site: www.swfl.easterseals.com

Mission statement: To create solutions that change lives through high-quality therapeutic,

educational and support services for children, adults and families.

Volunteer opportunities: Assisting disabled or special needs children and adults.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Annual Meadows Cup Pro-Am Golf Tournament. 2) Easter Seals “Walk With Me” Walk-a-thon.

Dates: 1) April 12, 2008. 2) November 2008.

Locations: 1) Meadows Country Club. 2) TBA.

Ticket price: TBA

Event chair: Cheryl Kopmann

Education Foundation of Sarasota County Inc.

Secures private funds to ensure educational opportunities that public dollars cannot provide for more than 42,000 children in local schools.

Executive director: Cindy Kaiser

Address: 1960 Landings Blvd.,

Sarasota, FL 34231

Telephone: (941) 927-0965

Web site: www.edfoundation.net

Mission statement: Support, promote and provide opportunities for educational excellence for all students in Sarasota County public schools.

Volunteer opportunities: Grant readers, science-fair judges, scholarship selection and event fund-raiser committees.

Main fund-raising event: Evening of Excellence— Elegant dinner and spirited student art auction

showcasing outstanding high school talent.

Date: Feb. 22, 2008

Location: Michael’s On East

Ticket price: $200, $250 patron; sponsorships available.

Event chair: Divina Westerfield

Englewood Helping Hand Inc.

A community-supported social services agency that provides short-term immediate assistance, prescription medication and coordination of services with other

appropriate agencies.

Executive director: Kathryn Roach

Address: 700 E. Dearborn St.,

Englewood, FL 34223

Telephone: (941) 474-5864

Web site: www.englewoodhelpinghand.org

Mission statement: To provide short-term emergency service to Englewood residents.

Volunteer opportunities: Volunteers are scheduled through their churches.

Main fund-raising event: Englewood Crop Walk—Five-mile walk.

Date: February 2008

Location: Community Presbyterian Church

Ticket price: Free; sponsors pledge funds.

Event chair: Carol Rice

Every Child Inc.

All-volunteer group.

Executive director: Judy Alexander

Address: 1700 North Drive,

Sarasota, FL 34239-5017

Telephone: (941) 953-2277

Mission statement: To encourage children who live in Sarasota’s four housing projects to stay in school by providing school supplies, holiday parties and supporting after-school programs and summer camps.

Volunteer opportunities: Donations and distribution of school supplies, new books, holiday gifts.

Family Network on Disabilities of Manatee/Sarasota Inc.

A local alliance of families, community organizations and businesses committed to offering support and a variety of services to children with special needs, disabilities and the community at large.

Executive director: Mary Smith

Address: P.O. Box 10707,

Bradenton, FL 34282

Telephone: (941) 928-0682

Web site: www.fndmanasota.com

Mission statement: To provide support, training, education, information and advocacy to parents and families of individuals with disabilities, special needs and the community at large.

Volunteer opportunities: Annual disability conference, workshops, special projects and

fund-raising events.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Fun Run. 2) Christmas Wreaths—Fresh, live, from Wisconsin. 3) Hunsader Farms Pumpkin Festival—Children’s game area.

Dates: 1) Sept. 22, 2007. 2) August–September 2007. 3) October 2007.

Locations: 1) Myakka River State Park. 2) Call to place order. 3) Hunsader Farms.

Ticket prices: 1) $25. 2) $25–$35. 3) Call for price.

Event chair: 1–3) Mary Smith

Fine Arts Society of Sarasota Inc.

Organized in 1969, the society provides cultural and educational opportunities for its

members and organizes projects that benefit the entire community and its visitors. Since its founding, FASS has donated more than $590,000 in grants, awards and scholarships. Maintains a fine art collection by Florida artists at the Van Wezel.

Co-Presidents: Joan Endrizzi and Nancy Stukenberg

Address: P.O. Box 1432,

Sarasota, FL 34230

Telephone: (941) 330-0680

Web site: www.fineartssarasota.com

Mission statement: To promote and stimulate appreciation of the arts of Sarasota County,

establish a permanent collection of Florida artists, provide scholarships to Sarasota County students.

Volunteer opportunities: Van Wezel backstage and art tours; home tour hostesses.

Main fund-raising events: 1) The Creators and Collectors Tour—Two-day tour of artists’

and art collectors’ homes and studios. 2) Celebrate the Arts Luncheon.

Dates: 1) March 14–15, 2008. 2) Dec. 3, 2007.

Locations: 1) Throughout Sarasota County. 2) Michael’s On East.

Ticket prices: 1) $20. 2) $50.

Event chairs: TBA

First Step of Sarasota

A comprehensive center for drug and alcohol abuse rehabilitation serving more than 7,500

individuals, primarily from Sarasota, Manatee and DeSoto counties.

Executive director: David J. Beesley, M.P.H.

Address: 1970 Main St., Fifth Floor,

Sarasota, FL 34236

Telephone: (941) 366-5333

Web site: www.fsos.org

Mission statement: To prevent and treat alcohol and drug addictions and associated disorders.

Fostering fully functioning, productive individuals by offering a full array of services in partnership with our community.

Volunteer opportunities: Infant-care givers and fund-raising event volunteers.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Fifth Annual Caring Hearts Luncheon. 2) Fourth Annual

Golf Classic. 3) First Step to Wellness Lecture Series.

Dates: 1) Feb. 13, 2008. 2) April 28, 2008. 3) Jan. 8, Feb. 6, March 5, 2008.

Locations: 1) Michael’s On East. 2) TPC Prestancia. 3) Michael’s On East.

Ticket prices: 1) $60. 2) TBA. 3) $50 each or three for $125.

Event chairs: 1) TBA. 2) Keith Mercier. 3) Gigi Silverberg.

The Florida Center for Child and Family Development

Works to strengthen and support families by providing prevention and early intervention services and mental-health counseling expertise.

Executive director: Peter D. Howard

Address: 4620 17th St.,

Sarasota, FL 34235

Telephone: (941) 371-8820

Web site: www.thefloridacenter.org, www.thunderbythebay.org, www.suncoastoffshore.org

Mission statement: Dedicated to the healthy development of young children, their families

and our communities.

Volunteer opportunities: Call (941) 371-8820 ext. 1123.

Main fund-raising events: 1) 20th Annual Festival of Trees, Lights and Holiday Gifts.

2) 10th Annual Thunder by the Bay Motorcycle Festival. 3) 24th Annual Suncoast Offshore Grand Prix Festival.

Dates: 1) Nov. 30, 2007. 2) Jan. 4–6, 2008. 3) June 28–July 6, 2008.

Locations: 1) Michael’s On East. 2–3) Varied.

Ticket prices: 1) $175. 2–3) Varied.

Event chairs: 1) Kelly and Tonna Gruber, Mike and Cheray Keyes-Shima. 2) Lucy Nicandri. 3) TBA.

Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranch

Bradenton/Sarasota Campus


Residential program to nurture needy, neglected boys and girls and provide a warm sense of security, guidance and tenderness.

Program Director: John Vertich

Address: 751 Rye Wilderness Road,

Bradenton, FL 34212

Telephone: (941) 776-1777

Web site: www.youthranches.org

Mission statement: Prevent juvenile delinquency and develop lawful, productive citizens through

a broad range of family-centered activities.

Volunteer opportunities: Tutors

Main fund-raising events: 1) 24th Annual Michelle Wells Memorial Golf Tournament. 2) Open house.

Dates: 1) TBA. 2) April 2008.

Location, ticket price, event chair: TBA

Florida Studio Theatre Inc.

Professional theater that presents the finest in contemporary American theater.

Executive director: Richard Hopkins

Address: 1241 N. Palm Ave.,

Sarasota, FL 34236

Telephone: (941) 366-9017

Web site: www.fst2000.org

Mission statement: To make theater accessible and affordable to as many people as possible;

to present theater that challenges with as much gusto as it entertains; to be a positive,

vital change agent in the community; to operate within and for the public trust with

fiscal responsibility.

Volunteer opportunities: Parking concierge, ushering, administration and production.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Row Party—Black- tie gala celebrating the opening of FST’s

winter mainstage season. 2) The Old Bags Luncheon—Attendees bid on vintage handbags.

Dates: TBA

Locations: 1) FST Mainstage. 2) FST Cabaret.

Ticket prices, event chairs: TBA

Florida West Coast Symphony Inc.

Symphony orchestra and music education provider.

President and CEO: Joseph McKenna

Address: 709 N. Tamiami Trail,

Sarasota, FL 34236

Telephone: (941) 953-4252

Web site: www.fwcs.org

Mission statement: Promote chamber and symphonic music locally, statewide and nationally by presenting performances of the highest artistic excellence, providing broad-based educational programs of the highest quality, and making both available to the broadest possible constituency.

Volunteer opportunities: Ushers, receptionist, mailings, volunteer auxiliaries, special events

and planning committees.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Symphony Season’s Opening Night Dinner. 2) “Bea-Dazzled” Gala—A tribute to Bea Friedman.

Dates: 1) Nov. 10, 2007. 2) Jan. 19, 2008.

Locations: 1–2) Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall.

Ticket prices: 1) $175. 2) $250 and up.

Event chairs: 1) Vivian Kouvant. 2) Anne Folsom Smith, Vivian Kouvant,

Beverly Marsh.

Florida West Coast Symphony Association

Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2007.

President: Jan Rodriguez

Address: 709 N. Tamiami Trail,

Sarasota, FL 34236

Telephone: (941) 685-0425

Mission statement: To advance and support the activities of, and to raise monies for, the Florida West Coast Symphony; to foster and promote musical knowledge, education and artistic appreciation in the community, and to encourage and assist young musicians.

Volunteer opportunities: The association welcomes volunteers of all skills and interests.

Main fund-raising events: 1) 33rd Annual Symphony Showcase. 2) Annual Holiday Luncheon.

Dates: 1) TBA. 2) Dec. 10, 2007.

Location: TBA

Ticket prices: 1) $20. 2) $50.

Event chairs: 1) TBA. 2) Peggy Losee, Cora Lee Cain.

Florida Winefest and Auction Inc.

A premier food and wine event that funds grants for disadvantaged children’s programs and at-risk youth in Sarasota and Manatee counties.

Total grants: $550,000

Number of grants: 28

Range of grants: $7,700–$60,000

Executive director: Sandy W. Loevner

Address: P.O. Box 4193,

Sarasota, FL 34230-4193

Telephone: (941) 952-1109

Web site: www.floridawinefest.com

Mission statement: To provide the children of our community the opportunity and encouragement they need to realize their dreams and potential while providing the life skills necessary to become productive members of society.

Volunteer opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.

Main fund-raising event: Florida Winefest and Auction: Friday night gala dinner; Saturday brunch and charity auction.

Date: April 24–27, 2008

Location: Primarily on the grounds of The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota, and 30-plus venues around Sarasota and Bradenton.

Ticket price: Winefest events, $15–$300; charity auction, $175; Friday night gala, $300.

Event chair: TBA

Forty Carrots Family Center

Parenting education programs that focus on the first five years of life; accredited preschool

and professional training facility.

Executive directors: Betsy Kane-Hartnett and Diane Weiss

Address: 1500 S. Tuttle Ave.,

Sarasota, FL 34239

Telephone: (941) 365-7716

Web site: www.fortycarrots.org

Mission statement: Strengthening families through educational programs for parents, their children and professionals in the field.

Volunteer opportunities: Fund raising

Main fund-raising events: 1) Wine, Women & Shoes—A four-day event including an evening wine class, luncheon, fashion show shopping experience and wine tasting showcasing a dozen top women in wine; and intimate wine dinners for patrons and sponsors. 2) Club Forty—Combining a stylish café, bar and dance floor with a spectacular silent auction.

Dates: 1) Oct. 25, 2007; Nov. 1–3, 2007. 2) March 1, 2008.

Locations: 1) The Gator Club, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse, The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota. 2) Rectrix Aviation.

Ticket prices: 1) Varies by event, $50–$150. 2) $95 and up.

Event chairs: 1) Terri Vitale, Kristen Williams; Elain Honig, honorary chair. 2) TBA.

Foundation for Dreams Inc.

Funds and operates Dream Oaks Camp, a camp for children with developmental disabilities or chronic illnesses, located in Manatee County.

CEO: Andrew Romines

Address: 7359 Merchant Court,

Sarasota, FL 34240

Telephone: (941) 907-1111

Web site: www.foundationfordreams.org

Mission statement: To provide fun, educational and recreational experiences in an outdoor camp environment; to enhance the lives of children ages seven to 17 with physical and developmental disabilities and serious illnesses.

Volunteer opportunities: Camp activities, office, special projects and events.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Fall in Love with a Dream—Eddie Mulock Dream Oaks Camp

scholarship event. 2) 2008 Tournament Fore Dreams.

Dates: 1) Sept. 28, 2007. 2) March 28–29, 2008.

Locations: 1) TBA. 2) Tournament: River Strand Golf & Country Club; Gala and auction: G.WIZ.

Ticket prices: 1) $150 minimum donation. 2) TBA.

Event chair: Debbie Plotts

The Foundation for Manatee Community College Inc.

Provides financial education assistance for students.

Executive director: Peg Lowery

Address: 5840 26th St. W.,

Bradenton, FL 34206

Telephone: (941) 752-5390

Web site: www.mccfoundation.net

Mission statement: Secure and manage private resources to enhance educational opportunities for Manatee Community College.

Volunteer opportunities: Special events committee, scholarship committee, Legacy Society and investment committee.

Main fund-raising events: Women’s Board Fashion Show

Dates: Nov. 8, 2007

Locations: Mission Valley Country Club

Ticket prices, event chairs: TBA

Friends of Sarasota County Parks

Association of persons interested in the Sarasota County park and recreation system. Volunteers assist in programs, fund raising, park improvements and public relations.

President: Marshall Pridmore

Address: 6700 Clark Road,

Sarasota, FL 34241

Telephone: (941) 861-9864

Web site: www.foscp.org

Mission statement: To build a partnership between Sarasota County parks and the community; to preserve parkland and encourage donations to the parks.

Volunteer opportunities: This is a volunteer organization that is dedicated to the establishment of volunteer chapters at every county park/facility.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Kayak Festival. 2) Family and Fun Day. 3) Florida Cracker Experience—Equestrian campout.

Dates: 1) March 10, 2008. 2) April 2008. 3) April 2008.

Locations: 1) South Lido Beach. 2) Shamrock

Park. 3) Carlton Reserve.

Ticket prices: 1) $15. 2) Concession sales. 3) $75.

Event chairs: 1) Rick Storsberg. 2) Sarah Calabrese. 3) Renee Ball.

Friends of the Selby Public Library Inc.

Administrative Coordinator: Alice Carolyn Baudner

Address: P.O. Box 2255,

Sarasota, FL 34230

Telephone: (941) 365-5228

Web site: www.selbylibraryfriends.org

Mission statement: Support and coordinate with Selby Public Library and the community

in the development of services by raising funds, providing a volunteer base to assist library staff and advocating the use and growth of library services.

Volunteer opportunities: Gently read, used, donated books (donations accepted as well).

Main fund-raising events: 1) Spring Book & Author Luncheon. 2) Sarasota Reading Festival—Author presentations and street festival. 3) Award-winning “Coffee & Books” discussions.

Dates: 1) TBA. 2) Nov. 3, 2007. 3) November 2007–April 2008.

Locations: 1) TBA. 2) Five Points Park, downtown Sarasota. 3) Selby Public Library Auditorium.

Ticket prices: 1) TBA. 2–3) Free.

Event chair: TBA

G.WIZ—The Hands-on Science Museum

Hands-on learning center for science and technology.

Acting executive director: Cheryl Burstein

Address: 1001 Boulevard of the Arts,

Sarasota, FL 34236

Telephone: (941) 309-4949

Web site: www.gwiz.org

Mission statement: To make science relevant, technology understandable and learning an interactive adventure for people of all ages.

Volunteer opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.

Main fund-raising event: Fifth Annual Butterfly Ball

Date: March 8, 2008

Location: G.WIZ

Ticket price: $175; $250 for patron tickets

Event chairs: Dr. Ken and Chris Pfahler, Brian and Carole Marshall

Gifts From God of Sarasota Inc.

Provides basic need practical assistance to Sarasota County poor and homeless, including food, clothing, furniture, donated automobiles and emergency finances.

Executive director: Michael Butterfield

Address: P.O. Box 1300,

Osprey, FL 34229

Telephone: (941) 485-4707

Web site: www.gifts-from-god.org

Mission statement: Reach the needy for Christ.

Volunteer opportunities: Serve meals to the poor and homeless every Sunday at 3:30 p.m.

Donate good condition used furniture, household items and running automobiles for free

distribution to Sarasota County’s poor.

Main fund-raising event: TBA

Date, Location, Ticket price: TBA

Event chair: Gayle Butterfield

Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida Inc.

Designed to meet the needs and interests of girls ages five through 17 and help them reach their full potential in a supportive, all-girl environment.

CEO: Sandi Stewart

Address: 4780Cattlemen Road,

Sarasota, FL 34233

Telephone: (941) 921-5358

Web site: www.gsgcf.org

Mission statement: Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place.

Volunteer opportunities: Leaders, mentors, event directors, trainers and workshop coordinators, consultants, fund raisers, drivers and speakers.

Main fund-raising event: Girl Scout Cook-ie-Off— The area’s top chefs create desserts using Girl Scout cookies. Guests sample the desserts and vote for their favorite.

Date: March 2, 2008

Location: Fred’s Restaurant and Ballroom, Lakewood Ranch

Event chair: Amanda Marshall

Girls Incorporated of Sarasota County

Operates programs uniquely designed for girls ages six to 18 to foster self-respect and self-

determination, to nurture their ability and interest in math, science and technology as well as to build their athletic skills and competitive spirit.

Executive director: Stephania Feltz

Address: 201 S. Tuttle Ave.,

Sarasota, FL 34237

Telephone: (941) 366-6646

Web site: www.girlsincsrq.org

Mission statement: Inspire all girls to be strong, smart and bold.

Volunteer opportunities: Tutoring, sports, program facilitation, reading, storytelling and more.

Main fund-raising events: 1) The 20th Annual Celebration Luncheon—Honoring three women with the “She Knows Where She’s Going” award, a visionary leader with the board of trustees’ “Visionary Award,” and a Girls Inc. member with the “Girl of the Year” award. 2) Angel Luncheon. 3) A Whole Night of Food and Fashion IV—Food and wine tasting.

Dates: 1) April 16, 2008. 2) Nov. 15, 2007. 3) Nov. 8, 2007.

Locations: 1) The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota. 2) Girls Incorporated. 3) Whole Foods Market.

Ticket prices: 1) $75. 2) Free. 3) $275/table of four; larger tables add $50/person. $35 tickets available at the door.

Event chairs: 1) Chris Pfahler. 2) TBA. 3) Wendy Getchell, Nicole Kaney.

Glasser/Schoenbaum Human Services Center

A 13-building complex housing 17 nonprofit social agencies that provide affordable and accessible

preventative and treatment services to low-income individuals, children and families.

President: Carol B. Green

Address: 1750 17th St., Building J-1,

Sarasota, FL 34234

Telephone: (941) 365-4545

Web site: www.humanservicescenter.org

Mission statement: Enhance the social service delivery system for underserved individuals and families so that they may access the services they need to become participating members

of the community.

Main fund-raising event: Annual fall event

Date: Oct. 24, 2007

Location, ticket price, event chair: TBA

The Glenridge Performing Arts Center

A 267-seat professional theater that both presents and rents to arts organizations and individuals for concerts, films, lectures, dance and live theater.

Executive director: Ben Turoff

Address: 7333 Scotland Way,

Sarasota, FL 34238

Web site: www.theglenridge.com/gpac

Mission statement: To present the finest and highest-quality entertainment

possible in a variety of productions ranging from classical music and jazz to Broadway, comedy, drama, lectures, films and dance.

Volunteer opportunities: Ushers, ticket takers, work in the GPAC management office,

occasional opportunities for stage and house managers.

Main fund-raising event: Gala concert

Date: TBA

Location: GPAC

Ticket price, event chair: TBA

Gloria Musicae

Professional chamber chorus.

Executive director: June LeBell

Address: P.O. Box 3863,

Sarasota, FL 34230

Telephone: (941) 954-4223

Web site: www.gloriamusicae.org

Mission statement: The singers, all paid professionals, perform the highest quality music covering a broad spectrum of choral literature.

Volunteer opportunities: Office work, mailings, performance setup, grant writing.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Haydn Out on Siesta Key—Featuring Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass with orchestra and soloists. 2) A Glorious Christmas. 3) Americana—Great music by American composers.

Dates: 1) Oct. 21, 2007. 2) Dec. 11, 2007. 3) March 16, 2008.

Locations: 1) St. Boniface Church. 2) Church of the Redeemer. 3) Historic Asolo Theater.

Ticket price: $20/adult; $10/student. Purchase tickets through the Historic Asolo

box office, (941) 360-7399.

Goodwill Foundation

Fund-raising arm of Goodwill Industries Manasota, which provides employment, housing and neighborhood services to more than 7,500 individuals annually throughout Man atee, Sarasota, Hardee and DeSoto counties.

President and CEO: Zoltan Karpathy

Address: 7501 15th St. E.,

Sarasota, FL 34243

Telephone: (941) 955-4483

Web site: www.goodwillindustries.org

Mission statement: Turn donations into good jobs, good homes and good neighborhoods.

Volunteer opportunities: G.I.V.S. volunteer neighborhood program.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Goodwill Fat Tuesday Party—A high-energy, authentic Mardi Gras celebration. 2) Don Roberts BBQ—A celebration of the Rev. Don Roberts’ 30-year leadership of Goodwill.

Dates: 1) Feb. 5, 2008. 2) Nov. 17, 2007.

Locations: 1–2) Michael’s On East.

Ticket prices: 1) $200. 2) $100.

Event chairs: 1) TBA. 2) Steve Baseman, Rick Fawley.

Greater Sarasota Junior Golf Association

Promotes instruction and competitive junior golf for all girls and boys, ages six to 18.

Executive director: Judy Christman

Address: P.O. Box 1665,

Venice, FL 34284-1665

Telephone: (941) 366-0445

Web site: www.sarasotajuniorgolf.com

Mission statement: Introduce juniors to the world of golf.

Volunteer opportunities: Instruction, registration and scorekeeping.

Main fund-raising event: Legends Golf Tournament

Date: April 2008

Location: Venetian Golf and River Club

Ticket price: $85, golf and luncheon

Event chair: Mary Schiavetta

Greater Sarasota's Great Kids Inc.

Serving disadvantaged children ages six weeks to five years; offers voluntary prekindergarten program for four-year-olds. Most children are from low-income families or are at risk for abuse or neglect.

Executive director: Jerry Prince

Address: 2839 Hillview St.

Sarasota, FL 34239

Telephone: (941) 951-2674

Web site: www.gsgk.org

Mission statement: To provide quality, educational child care to low-income and at-risk infants, toddlers and preschoolers.

Volunteer opportunities: Classroom assistant, one-on-one help with a child, office/clerical assistance, special projects, field trips, board members, fund-raising committees, volunteer coordinator.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Great Kids Fall Fest Fashion Show. 2) Holiday luncheon and Christmas party.

Dates: 1) Oct. 19, 2007. 2) Dec. 8, 2007.

Locations: 1-2) Gateway Community Church.

Ticket prices: 1) $39. 2) TBA.

Event chairs: 1-2) Tom MacCabe, Cheryl Perkins-Buick.


Gulf Coast Community Foundation of Venice

With $226 million in assets, this foundation is the largest community foundation in Florida,

using its resources to identify and respond to community needs and opportunities. It serves

donors who wish to create a legacy in the community.

Volunteer opportunities exist in screening grant and scholarship applications.

As of June 30, 2006 Assets: $226 million

Total grants: $6.5 million

Number of grants: 755

Range of grants: $50–$995,044

Average grant size: $8,629

President and CEO: Teri A. Hansen

Address: 601 Tamiami Trail S.,

Venice, FL 34285

Phone: (941) 486-4600

Web site: www.gulfcoastcf.org

Gulf Coast Diabetes Foundation

Dedicated to helping people with diabetes in the Florida Gulf Coast region.

President: Walter Konrady

Address: 2100 Constitution Blvd.,

Sarasota, FL 34231

Telephone: (941) 957-5099

Web site: www.gulfcoastdiabetesfoundation.org

Mission statement: Establish and administer funds to benefit people with diabetes in the

Florida Gulf Coast region.

Volunteer opportunities: Board members.

Gulf Coast Men’s Chorus and Harmony: The Women’s Voices of Sarasota

A men’s chorus and women’s chorus spread a message of understanding and acceptance for all people.

Artistic director: Philip Alexander

Address: P.O. Box 2453,

Sarasota, FL 34230

Telephone: (941) 957-0404

Web site: www.gulfcoastmenschorus.org

Mission statement: Enhance the musical and cultural lives of members and audiences and prompt the acceptance of diversity through the presentation of quality choral music.

Volunteer opportunities: Fund raising, ticket and advertising sales, concert production.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Holiday Concert. 2) World AIDS Day. 3) Spring Concert/Cabaret.

Dates: 1) December 2007. 2) TBA. 3) May 2008.

Location: TBA

Ticket price: $20

Event chair: TBA

Gulfcoast Fellowship of Christian Athletes

Executive director: Jason Golden

Address: 12254 Hollybush Terrace,

Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202

Telephone: (941) 539-6083

Web site: www.gulfcoastfca.org

Mission statement: To support students, athletes and coaches and to bring the message of the Gospel to them; to positively impact students, athletes and coaches with positive role models who take a stand as Christians on campuses, in the community and at camps.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Golf tournament—Qualifier for national scramble. 2) Outdoor Christian rock concert. 3) Spring banquet—Auction for summer camp scholarships.

Dates: 1) Oct. 8, 2007. 2) March 1, 2008. 3) May 1, 2008.

Locations: 1) Laurel Oak Country Club. 2) Cheval Centre. 3) Laurel Oak Country Club.

Ticket prices: TBA

Event chairs: 1) Jason Golden. 2) Kim Sylvester. 3) Lisa Lawson.

Gulfcoast Legal Services Inc.

Providing free legal services to the low- income and senior population for more than 25 years.

Executive director: John P. Cunningham

Address: 1750 17th St., Unit I,

Sarasota, FL 34234

Telephone: (941) 366-1746

Web site: www.gulfcoastlegal.org

Mission statement: To provide high-quality legal services and to establish, advance and protect the rights of low-income persons to health, basic shelter, income and quality of life. To persons who are without adequate means to employ other counsel, GLS provides civil legal assistance in the areas of elder law, housing, predatory lending, tenants rights, mobile home law, consumer law, disability, domestic violence dissolution, immigration and farm workers rights.

Volunteer opportunities: Volunteer attorneys, internships, receptionist, secretarial assistance. Contact Stacey Basist.

Habitat for Humanity Sarasota Inc.

Builds homes for qualified, low-income families.

Executive director: Mike Jacobson

Address: 1757 N. East Ave.,

Sarasota, FL 34234

Telephone: (941) 365-0700

Web site: www.sarasotahabitat.com

Mission statement: Habitat for Humanity Sarasota builds more than homes, it helps build families and communities. It is an independent affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, whose purpose is to eradicate substandard housing all over the world.

Volunteer opportunities: Construction, committees, office help, special events, home improvement outlet and furniture store help.

Main fund-raising event: Hammers and Hope

Date: March 27, 2008

Location: Municipal Auditorium

Ticket price: $150–$500

Event chair: TBA

Habitat for Humanity

South Sarasota County Inc.

Executive director: Judith H. Wilcox

Address: 280 Alligator Drive,

Venice, FL 34293

Telephone: (941) 493-6606

Web site: www.habitatsouthsarasota.org

Mission statement: To build affordable housing for low-income workforce families

and others. To eliminate substandard housing in south Sarasota County.

Volunteer opportunities: Construction, office assistance, family selection, family support communities, church liaison, site selection, news letter, speaker’s bureau, finance and development, retail, repair of furniture and appliances.

Main fund-raising event: Restore Home Center, selling quality donated items.

Date: Ongoing

Location: 1400 Ogden Road, Venice, FL 34293; aluminum recycling throughout

south Sarasota County.

Healthy Start Coalition of Sarasota County Inc.

Public-private partnership of agencies and individuals dedicated to improved pregnancy

outcomes and the optimum growth and development of young children.

Executive director: Jennifer Highland,

M.P.H., R.N.

Address: 1750 17th St., Building M,

Sarasota, FL 34234

Telephone: (941) 373-7070

Web site: www.healthystartsarasota.org

Mission statement: To improve the health and wellbeing of pregnant women, infants and small children.

Volunteer opportunities: Coalition and executive board membership, participation

in initiatives to reduce fetal and infant deaths.

Main fund-raising event: Beach Stroll ’n’ Roll

Date: TBA

Location: Siesta Key Public Beach

Ticket price: $25 minimum donation

Event chair: Maria Beck

The Hermitage Artist Reatreat

An artist community inspiring creativity with Old Florida history, verdant, tropical ecology and communal living with fellow Hermitage artists and the Gulf Coast community.

Executive director: Bruce Rodgers

Address: 6650 Manasota Key Road,

Sarasota, FL 34223

Telephone: (941) 475-2098

Web site: www.hermitage-fl.org

Mission statement: To nuture creativity, preserve a Florida historic site, protect native ecology and serve the Gulf Coast communities.

Volunteer opportunities: Hospitality, transportation, beautification, fund raising.

Main fund-raising event: 1) Lobster Bake. 2) Auction.

Date: 1) Nov. 3, 2007. 2) March 8, 2008

Location: 1) The Hermitage. 2) Gulf View Grill.

Ticket price: 1) $125. 2) $100.

Event chairs: 1) Leslie Edwards. 2) Jett Thompson.

Hispanic-American Center

A program of the Diocese of Venice that helps newly arrived immigrants adapt to life

in Sarasota through social service programs and spiritual guidance.

Executive director: Father Celestino Gutierrez

Address: 3930 17th St.,

Sarasota, FL 34235

Telephone: (941) 955-3934

Web site: www.hispaniccenter-stjude.com

Mission statement: Provide information and referral for social services, promote pride

in heritage, foster cultural awareness and encourage meaningful participation in the wider community.

Volunteer opportunities: Bilingual receptionists, fund-raising committee, holiday project, toys and food for the needy.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Casino Royale. 2) Hispanic Festival.

Dates: 1) Oct. 26, 2007. 2) Nov. 10, 2007.

Locations: 1) Michael’s On East. 2) 17th Street and Hammock Place.

Ticket prices: 1) $100. 2) Free.

Event chairs: 1) Florence Sullivan, Kathy Schersten. 2) Luis E. Baron.

Historic Spanish Point

A 30-acre accredited museum on Little Sarasota Bay, Osprey. Historic buildings, gardens, nature trails, exhibits. Owned by Gulf Coast Heritage Association Inc.

Executive director: Linda W. Mansperger

Address: 337 N. Tamiami Trail,

Osprey, FL 34229

Telephone: (941) 966-5214

Web site: www.historicspanishpoint.org

Mission statement: Connect people of today with

5,000 years of human history in Southwest

Florida by preserving and interpreting objects significant to our region’s past.

Volunteer opportunities: Docents, tour guides, store clerks, receptionists and gardeners.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Cracker Brunch. 2) Luncheon.

Dates: 1) Nov. 18, 2007. 2) TBA.

Locations: 1) Historic Spanish Point. 2) Michael’s On East.

Ticket prices, event chairs: TBA

Humane Society of Sarasota County Inc.

Provides care, shelter and love to abandoned animals. Pet adoption, humane education, pet therapy, children’s programs, dog obedience training, volunteer opportunities and low-cost and free spaying and neutering.

Executive director: Deborah Robbins Millman

Address: 2331 15th St., Sarasota, FL 34237

Telephone: (941) 955-4131

Web site: www.hssc.org

Mission statement: To promote responsible pet ownership and secure permanent homes for all adoptable animals.

Volunteer opportunities: Matchmaking, cat cuddling, dog walking, canine coaching, pet therapy, special events, off-site adoption, administration and foster parents.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Hot Dogs and Cool Cats—Masquerade gala. 2) “Paws on the Catwalk” luncheon. 3) Third Annual Ron Gordon Charity Golf Tournament. 4) 11th Annual Pug Parade.

Dates: 1) Sept. 28, 2007. 2) Spring 2008. 3) Sept. 8, 2007. 4) Feb. 23, 2008.

Locations: 1) Chelsea Center. 2) TBA. 3) Stoneybrook Golf and Country Club. 4) Adventure Park in Lakewood Ranch.

Ticket prices: 1) $175. 2) TBA. 3) $75. 4) Free.

Event chairs: 1) Donna Thomas. 2) Alex Miller. 3) Ron Gordon. 4) TBA.

Incarnation Catholic School

Elementary school, kindergarten through grade eight.

Principal: Sister Monica Paul Fraser

Address: 2911 Bee Ridge Road,

Sarasota, FL 34239

Telephone: (941) 924-8588

Web site: www.incarnationschool.edu

Mission statement: Provide a superior

education in an environment grounded in the truths and values taught by Jesus Christ.

Volunteer opportunities: Fund raisers, book fairs, classrooms, cafeteria, bingo, school functions.

Main fund-raising event: $100,000 Raffle

Date: Tickets go on sale in August. Drawing takes place in March.

Location: Incarnation School and parish office

Ticket price: Donation of $100 gives purchaser 10 chances to win $10,000. Only 2,000 tickets are sold.

Event chair: Valerie Romaniello

InStride Equine-Assisted Therapy

Hippotherapy program offered through Sarasota County schools and to private clients, serving over 150 children and adults, ranging in age from two to 82, from Sarasota, Manatee and Charlotte counties.

Executive director: Donna L. Blem

Address: P.O. Box 365,

Nokomis, FL 34274

Telephone: (941) 412-9333

Web site: www.instridetherapy.org

Mission statement: Provide therapeutic horseback riding to qualified children and adults with a broad range of physical, developmental and emotional disabilities.

Volunteer opportunities: Hands-on work with riders and horses, barn duties,

special events, office assistance.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Derby Day 2008. 2) Casino Night. 3) Absolute Aluminum

Golf Tournament.

Dates: 1) May 2, 2008. 2) October 2007. 3) Nov. 10, 2007.

Locations: 1) Michael’s On East. 2) TBA. 3) Lake Venice Golf Club.

Ticket prices: 1) $150. 2) $65. 3) $65.

Event chairs: 1) TBA. 2) Brad Stewart. 3) D.J. DesJardins.

Island Village Montessori School

The area’s only charter school offering free

Montessori education.

Executive director: Kym Elder

Address: 2001 Pinebrook Rd, Venice, FL 34292

Telephone: (941) 484-4999

Web site: www.islandvillage.org

Mission statement: Provide high-quality Montessori education to elementary and middle school students at no cost.

Volunteer opportunities: Reading tutors, surrogate grandparent program, community partners.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Jog-A-Thon. 2) Spring Social—Silent auction, family dance. 3) Drama presentation.

Dates: TBA

Locations: 1–2) TBA. 3) Venice Little Theatre.

Ticket prices, event chairs: TBA

Jazz Club of Sarasota

Provides jazz music to the community.

Executive director: Gordon Garrett

Address: 330 S. Pineapple Ave., Suite 111,

Sarasota, FL 34236

Telephone: (941) 366-1552

Web site: www.jazzclubsarasota.com

Mission statement: Promote, perform and preserve jazz.

Volunteer opportunities: Call for opportunities.

Main fund-raising event: Sarasota Jazz Festival—Indoor and outdoor jazz events, some free to public.

Date: March 2–9, 2008

Locations: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall and other locations.

Ticket prices: Free–$40

Event chair: TBA

Jewish Family & Children’s Services

President and CEO: Rose Chapman

Address: 2688 Fruitville Road,

Sarasota, FL 34237

Telephone: (941) 366-2224

Web site: www.jfcs-cares.org

Mission statement: Provides comprehensive counseling and social services to people

confronting life’s challenges.

Volunteer opportunities: Hospital visitations, mentors, tutors, religious services, office and clerical. Call Caroline Zucker, volunteer coordinator.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Hooray for Hollywood—Jewish composers on the Silver Screen, featuring Leif Bjaland and the Florida West Coast Symphony. 2) Celebrity Chefs and Wine Tasting.

Dates: 1) Dec. 16, 2007. 2) March 18, 2008.

Locations: 1) The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota. 2) Longboat Key Club, Harbourside Dining Room.

Ticket prices: 1) $250. 2) TBA.

Event chairs: 1) Barbara Brizdle. 2) Neil Moody, Nikki Nilon, Molly Schechter.

The Jewish Housing Council Foundation

A separate supporting organization for the Sarasota Manatee Jewish Housing Council, dedicated to providing the elderly with a nurturing environment where Jewish traditions and values are honored.

Executive director: Darlene Arbeit

Address: 1951 N. Honore Ave.,

Sarasota, FL 34235

Telephone: (941) 377-0781

Web site: www.kobernickanchin.org

Mission statement: To benefit the Sarasota Manatee Jewish Housing Council Inc., its residents and other 501(c)3 organizations supporting Jewish elderly in Sarasota and Manatee counties.

Volunteer opportunities: Special event committees and projects.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Kobernick House Art Show & Sale. 2) It’s a Saxy Affair— Honoring Mike and Jewel Ash. 3) Festival of Jewish Food.

Dates: 1) Oct. 28, 2007. 2) Jan. 27, 2008. 3) March 9, 2008.

Locations: 1) Kobernick House. 2) Michael’s On East. 3) Kobernick House.

Ticket prices: 1) Free. 2–3) TBA.

Event chair: 1) Shelia Birnbaum. 2) Janet Hunger, Gloria Moss. 3) Jim and Jill Rothenburg, Al Goldis, Natalie Leffert.

The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art

Home to four spectacular attractions, including the internationally recognized Museum of Art, Cà d’Zan mansion, Circus Museum and Historic Asolo Theater.

Executive director: Dr. John Wetenhall

Address: 5401 Bay Shore Road,

Sarasota, FL 34243

Telephone: (941) 359-5700 or 351-1660

Web site: www.ringling.org

Mission statement: Preserve, develop and enhance the legacy of John and Mable Ringling and engage and educate a large and diverse audience in a world-renowned collection of art, the Ringlings’ mansion and its historic contents, collections documenting the circus and its history, the Historic Asolo Theater and the historic architecture, courtyard, gardens and grounds overlooking Sarasota Bay.

Volunteer opportunities: Tour guides, info desk, special events, clerical or tram driving.

Main fund-raising event: UnGala Gala

Date: Oct. 20, 2007

Location: Ringling Museum

Ticket price: $250

Event chairs: Beth Cannata, Chris Romine

Junior Achievement

Educates and inspires young people to value free enterprise, business and economies to improve the quality of their lives.

Executive director: Barbara Page

Address: P.O. Box 5837,

Sarasota, FL 34277

Telephone: (941) 380-6778

Web site: www.jasarasota.org

Mission statement: To ensure that every child in America has a fundamental understanding of the free-enterprise system.

Volunteer opportunities: Facilitate classroom program in five or six visits.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Bowl-A-Thon. 2) Sixth Annual J.A. Invitational Golf Tournament. 3) Breakfast program.

Dates: 1) TBA. 2) Oct. 29, 2007. 3) TBA.

Locations: 1) TBA. 2) The Ritz-Carlton Members Golf Club. 3) TBA.

Ticket prices: 1–2) TBA. 3) Donations only.

Event chairs: 1) TBA. 2) Craig Campbell. 3) TBA.

The Junior League of Sarasota Florida Inc.

Celebrating 50 years of community service and volunteer training.

President: Maryann Boehm

Address: 3300 S. Tamiami Trail, Suite 3,

Sarasota, FL 34239

Telephone: (941) 953-5600

Web site: www.jlsarasota.org

Mission statement: Committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.

Volunteer opportunities: Call for opportunities.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Holiday Tour of Homes. 2) Barely Blemished. 3) Dinner with Friends.

Dates: 1) Dec. 7–8, 2007. 2) Jan. 31–Feb. 2, 2008. 3) March 7–9, 2008.

Locations: 1) Various historic homes. 2) Sarasota Fairgrounds. 3) Various locations.

Ticket prices: 1) $20 in advance; $25 days of the tour. 2) $5. 3) Varied.

Event chairs: 1) Rachel McCall, Megan Leitner. 2) Leanne McIntire, Bri Saba. 3) Beth Cannata.

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

The world’s leading nongovernmental funder of diabetes research.

Executive director: Sara Rankin

Address: 3333 Clark Road, Suite 160,

Sarasota, FL 34231

Telephone: (941) 929-0621

Web site: www.jdrf.org

Mission statement: Find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research.

Volunteer opportunities: Walk to Cure Diabetes, community outreach, advocacy, and participation in fund raisers.

Main fund-raising event: Walk to Cure Diabetes—Annual 5K walk.

Date: March 15, 2008

Location: Siesta Key Beach

Ticket price: Free; walkers receive pledges to walk.

Event chair: TBA

Keep Sarasota Beautiful

A certified affiliate of Keep America Beautiful Inc.’s litter-prevention programs.

Manager: Sandra Washington

Address: 2817 Cattlemen Road,

Sarasota, FL 34232

Telephone: (941) 861-5000

Web site: www.scgov.net

Mission statement: Educate the public and promote interest and participation in the overall improvement and beautification of the environment throughout Sarasota County.

Volunteer opportunities: Serve on committees, adopt a road/park/shore. Great American Cleanup and Coastal Cleanup.

Key Chorale

Executive director: Richard Storm

Address: P.O. Box 20613,

Sarasota, FL 34276

Telephone: (941) 921-4845

Web site: www.keychorale.org

Mission statement: Dedicated to the performance of great choral masterworks, bringing their historic and contemporary beauty to the community.

Main fund-raising event: First concerts under new artistic director/conductor Joseph Caulkins.

1) Hear America Sing. 2) Mysterious and Divine— Music by Campra, Vaughan Williams, Elgar.

Dates: 1) Nov. 16, 2007. 2) May 4, 2008.

Location: St. Thomas More Catholic Church

Ticket price: $20

Event chair: TBA

K.I.D.S. By The Sea

A division of H.I.S. K.I.D.S. Inc.

Serving area children with cancer since 1984 through support services and activities, clinic

and hospital support, and emergency assistance to children with cancer and their families.

Executive director: Connie L. Miles

Address: P.O. Box 19355,

Sarasota, FL 34276

Telephone: (941) 927-7020

Mission statement: To provide an ongoing support system for families affected by childhood cancer.

Volunteer opportunities: Various fund-raising activities, toy drives, holiday adoptions and

holiday clinic activities.

Main fund-raising events: 1) 10th Annual Great Teddy Bear Run. 2) Toy collections.

Dates: 1) Nov. 11, 2007. 2) Year round.

Locations: 1) Sarasota Fairgrounds. 2) Varied.

Ticket prices: 1) $10. 2) New toys.

Event chairs: 1) Harley Owners Group. 2) None.

Lakewood Ranch Community Fund

Lakewood Ranch Community Fund is a donor- advised fund of the Manatee Community Foundation and a philanthropic partner with the Community Foundation of Sarasota County. The fund’s focus is on increasing philanthropy and grant making in the Lakewood Ranch area.

Executive director: Marilyn Howard

Address: 7361 Merchant Court,

Sarasota, FL 34240

Telephone: (941) 747-7765

Web site: www.manateecommunityfoundation.org

Mission statement: Designed to personalize the philanthropic goals of individuals, businesses and organizations. Through its grants programs, the fund seeks to enhance the quality of life in our

community and the surrounding areas by supporting human services, fostering academics and the arts, enhancing the environment and creating more vibrant communities.

Volunteer opportunities: Grant selection committee, fund-raising events.

Main fund-raising events: 1) The Gala. 2) The Charity Golf Classic.

Dates: 1) March 1, 2008. 2) April 7, 2008.

Locations: 1–2) Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club.

Ticket prices: TBA

Event chairs: 1) Cyndi Houck. 2) Ron Masseo.

La Musica Di Asolo Inc.

International chamber music festival.

Executive director: Sally R. Faron

Address: P.O. Box 5442,

Sarasota, FL 34277

Telephone: (941) 346-2601

Web site: www.lamusicafestival.org

Mission statement: Bring the finest musicians from Europe and the Americas to perform chamber works, both familiar and seldom-heard, to transmit the joy of performance.

Volunteer opportunities: Box office, supervise rehearsals, mailings, computer work.

Main fund-raising event: Sonata a Due— Music recital and dinner.

Date: Dec. 4, 2007

Location: Charles Ringling House

Ticket price: $150–$200

Event chairs: Rachele Rivolta, Sally Islan, Janet Hunter

Laurel Civic Association Inc.

Community-based nonprofit that serves low-income families with services not provided by any other organizations.

Executive director: Sandra Terry

Address: 509 Collins Road,

Laurel, FL 34272

Telephone: (941) 483-3338

Web site: www.laurelcivic.org

Mission statement: To combat community deterioration through education and social activities, provide support for the elderly and families, develop safe, decent and affordable housing and have an overall positive and permanent effect on the community.

Volunteer opportunities: Homework assistance, summer reading program, clerical, fund raising, grant writing, newsletter, archivist, librarian, Kid’s Café.

Main fund-raising event: Cool Caribbean Nights—Silent auction, dinner, dance.

Date: Oct. 27, 2007

Location: Laurel Civic Association

Ticket prices, event chair: TBA

Legal Aid of Manasota Inc.

Recently merged with the Family Law Connection.

Executive director: Linda Harradine

Address: 1900 Main St., Suite 302,

Sarasota, FL 34236

Telephone: (941) 366-0038

Mission statement: Provide free civil legal services to income-qualified residents of Sarasota and Manatee counties and educate the public on legal rights and esponsibilities.

Volunteer opportunities: Mainly attorneys, but also some basic office work and volunteers for special projects.

Main fund-raising event: Justice is Served—Food and wine extravaganza.

Date: Sept. 9, 2007

Location: Mattison’s Riverside

Ticket price: TBA

Event chair: Debbie Allen

Lemon Bay Conservancy Inc.

Land trust focused on preserving lands in the greater Lemon Bay community.

President: Jim Cooper

Address: P.O. Box 508,

Englewood, FL 34295-0508

Telephone: (941) 475-9021

Web site: www.lemonbayconservancy.org

Mission statement: Forever protect and preserve the natural features of Lemon Bay and its surrounding water and uplands, through property acquisition and management, comprehensive

environmental education, and regional advocacy of appropriate land and water conservation policies, programs and practices.

Volunteer opportunities: Fund raising and preservation promotion.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Fall Gala. 2) Winter “Toast to the Coast.”

Dates, locations, ticket prices: TBA

Event chair: Gail Giles

Lemon Bay Playhouse Inc.

President: James E. Hanushek

Address: 96 W. Dearborn St.,

Englewood, FL 34223

Telephone: (941) 475-6756

Web site: www.lemonbayplayhouse.com

Mission statement: To enrich the greater Englewood community through theatrical productions, other cultural activities, challenging volunteer opportunities and education and training in the performing arts.

Volunteer opportunities: Acting, stage managing, box office, backstage, house managing, lighting, wardrobe and set design.

Main fund-raising event: Ongoing perform ances—Regular ticket sales and donations from patrons.

Date: Ongoing

Location: Lemon Bay Playhouse

Ticket price: $15

Lemur Conservation Foundation

Ninety-acre lemur preserve that partners with universities and reserves to conduct research, education and other projects aimed at conserving Madagascar’s primates.

Executive director: Penelope Bodry-Sanders

Address: P.O. Box 249,

Myakka City, FL 34251

Telephone: (941) 322-8494

Web site: www.lemurreserve.org

Mission statement: Dedicated to the preservation and conservation of the primates of Madagascar through captive breeding, scientific research, education and reintroduction.

Volunteer opportunities: Help maintain lemur enclosures and grounds, clerical projects.

The Life of Riley Foundation

Supports research for the cure of pediatric brain tumors and provides support for families of children with brain tumors.

Executive director: Ron Saba

Address: 2050 Proctor Road, Suite A,

Sarasota, FL 34231

Telephone: (941) 923-3093

Web site: www.lifeofrileyfoundation.org

Mission statement: Promote awareness about pediatric brain tumors, raise money for a cure and provide support to and a voice for families whose children live with these tumors.

Volunteer opportunities: Call for opportunities.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Riley’s Royal Gala—Sarasota’s first black-tie gala for children (grades pre-K to five) and their parents and/or grandparents. 2) Beach Run/Walk. 3) Golf tournament.

Dates: 1) Sept. 27, 2008. 2) May 2008. 3) Oct. 1, 2007.

Locations: 1) Municipal Auditorium. 2) Siesta Key Beach. 3) Laurel Oak Country Club.

Ticket prices: 1) $65/children, $85/adult. 2) $10/child, $20/adult. 3) $150/player; $500/foursome.

Event chairs: 1) Tracy Witzer. 2) Kelly G. Saba. 3) Kathleen and Bill Shulte.

Lighthouse of Manasota

Provides free training and specialized services to people with vision loss. Promotes independence and self- sufficiency.

Executive director: Janice T. Felski

Address: 7318 N. Tamiami Trail,

Sarasota, FL 34243

Telephone: (941) 359-1404

Mission statement: Promote the individual growth and dignity of visually impaired and blind adults and children.

Volunteer opportunities: Drivers for client classes.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Dr. James Morrish Sr. Memorial Golf Challenge. 2) Be a

Visionary Walk.

Dates: 1) TBA. 2) April 2008.

Locations: 1) IMG Academies Golf & Country Club at El Conquistador. 2) Sarasota Jungle Gardens.

Ticket prices: 1) $150/player. 2) $25/adult, $10/child five and older.

Event chairs: 1) David Cruikshank. 2) David Mertzlufft, Sandy McCall.

The Literacy Council of Sarasota Inc.

Free one-on-one tutoring for basic literacy (reading and writing) and ESOL (English speakers of other languages).

Executive director: Kristin Szafraniec

Address: 1750 17th St., Building D,

Sarasota, FL 34234

Telephone: (941) 955-0421

Web site: www.sarasotaliteracy.org

Mission statement: To build a more literate community by helping adults and families improve English language communication skills through personalized, needs-based tutoring.

Volunteer opportunities: Tutoring, program administrators, special events, office staff.

Longboat Key Center for the Arts

Offers art classes, workshops, art exhibitions and jazz concerts.

Executive director: Jennifer Glassmoyer

Address: 6860 Longboat Drive S.,

Longboat Key, FL 34228

Telephone: (941) 383-2345

Web site: www.lbkca.org

Mission statement: Enhance and enrich the cultural life of Longboat Key and neighboring communities by providing art classes, exhibitions and performing arts.

Volunteer opportunities: Docents, gallery sitters, events committees, exhibit committees.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Longboat Key Fine Arts and Crafts Festival. 2) Plein

Air Affair—Dinner, dance, art lottery and live auction.

Dates: 1) March 29–30, 2008. 2) Feb. 23, 2008.

Locations: 1) Longboat Key Center for the Arts. 2) Longboat Key Club.

Ticket prices: 1) Free. 2) TBA.

Event chair: 1–2) Marlene Hauck.

Lou Gehrig’s Disease Association of Southwest Florida Inc.

All-volunteer organization offering support groups, equipment loan closet, resource library and respite care to those living with ALS in the greater Sarasota area.

Executive director: Vicki Watkins

Address: P.O. Box 11104,

Sarasota, FL 34278

Telephone: (941) 955-4771

Web site: www.lgda-als.org

Mission statement: Promote public awareness of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), raise funds to provide services to people with ALS and their families and assist researchers

in finding a cure for this disease.

Volunteer opportunities: Patient coordination and services, support group facilitation, fund-raising, administration, support and equipment inventory.

Main fund-raising event: Golf tournaments

Dates, locations, ticket prices, event chairs: TBA

Loveland Center Inc.

Provides adult day training, supported living, respite, elderly day care, job coaching

and community volunteer opportunities to adults with developmental disabilities.P

President and CEO: Carl Penxa Jr.

Address: 157 S. Havana Road,

Venice, FL 34292

Telephone: (941) 493-0016

Web site: www.lovelandcenter.com

Mission statement: To help adults with developmental disabilities “live their lives to the fullest.”

Volunteer opportunities: One-on-one tutoring in reading and math, quality control assistance in our workshop program, musical talents for student entertainment (one hour, one day a week).

Main fund-raising events: 1) Loveland Sings. 2) Fifth Annual Black-Tie Dinner/Dance. 3) The Fabulous Hubcaps.

Dates: 1) Oct. 7, 2007. 2) Nov. 3, 2007. 3) Jan. 12, 2008.

Locations: 1) Venice Little Theatre. 2) Venice Golf & Country Club. 3) Venice Community Center.

Ticket prices: 1) $15. 2) $125. 3) $125.

Event chairs: TBA

Lutheran Services Florida

Human services agency that has more than 60 programs throughout Florida, including the Guardianship Program, Child Care Food Program, Head Start Programs for at-risk,

preschool children, youth shelters and counseling programs for troubled teens and

disaster relief.

Director: Anne Ridings

Address: P.O. Box 848,

Sarasota, FL 34230

Telephone: (941) 358-6330

Web site: www.lsfnet.org

Mission statement: Promote healing, help and hope to people in need and protect incapacitated individuals from abuse, neglect and exploitation while ensuring they live their lives with dignity and respect.

Volunteer opportunities: Call for opportunities.

Main fund-raising event: Sunset Silent Auction

Date: Sept. 22, 2007

Location: Chelsea Center

Ticket price: $35 in advance; $40 at the door

Event chair: Carmen Scoma

Make-a-Wish Foundation of Central and Northern Florida

Executive director: Marie A. Riley

Address: 950 S. Tamiami Trail,

Sarasota, FL 34236

Telephone: (941) 926-9474

Web site: www.wishcentral.org

Mission statement: Grant wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the

human experience with hope, strength and joy.

Volunteer opportunities: Wish granting, fund raising, speaker’s bureau.

Main fund-raising event: Day Dreams and Wishes

Date: Dec. 6, 2007

Location: The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota

Ticket price: $75

Event chairs: Susan Jones, Seanna Gareau

Manasota Association for Retarded Citizens

Provides day, residential and employment service programs for adults with disabilities

in Sarasota and Manatee counties to develop employability and daily living skills.

CEO: Jim Doherty

Address: 3659 Cortez Road W.,

Bradenton, FL 34210

Telephone: (941) 752-2976

Web site: www.manasotaarc.org

Mission statement: Enhance the dignity and independence of adults with disabilities, enabling them to choose and realize their goals through participating in community-based

opportunities and individualized programs.

Volunteer opportunities: Family support groups, clerical assistance, committees of the board such as programs and planning, fiscal, resource development, government and community relations.

Manasota Parkinson's Support Group

President: John Schwartz

Address: 2724 Harvest Drive

Sarasota, FL 34240

Phone: (941) 378-4198

Mission statement: To provide a local network of people, resources and information aiding individuals living with Parkinson's Disease, their families and caregivers.

Main fund-raising event: "An Evening of Expression"—Art auction and fund raiser.

Date: Sept. 18, 2007

Location: HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital, Edgelake Drive.

Ticket price, chair: TBA


Manasota SOLVE Maternity Homes

Supports young pregnant mothers and their babies from conception to birth and beyond,

ensuring a healthy pregnancy and operating a community outreach giving closet and two Christ ian Maternity Homes at no cost to the mother.

Executive director: Donna Vellenga

Address: Giving Closet: 512 S. Orange Ave., Sarasota, FL 34236; Maternity Homes: 1501 and 1509 Eighth Ave. W., Bradenton, FL 34205

Telephone: (941) 748-0094

Web site: www.manasotasolve.org

Mission statement: Provide a home for pregnant women who desire an alternative to abortion.

Volunteer opportunities: Individuals and families who are interested in developing one-on-one relationships with young mothers, volunteers with professional business experience, mentoring, tutoring, general maintenance, yard work and fund raising.

Main fund-raising events: 1) SOLVE Gala. 2) Golf Tournament. 3) Classic Car Show.

Dates: 1) Feb. 1, 2008. 2) Nov. 3, 2007. 3) Nov. 11, 2007.

Locations: 1) Hyatt Sarasota. 2) Tara Golf and Country Club. 3) Gamble Mansion.

Ticket prices: TBA

Event chair: 1–3) Judy Scott.

Manatee Community Foundation

A philanthropic partner with the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, MCF is

dedicated to serving Manatee County’s charitable donors. MCF empowers donors to create lasting legacies—permanent charitable funds that address our community’s needs of today and the challenges of tomorrow.

From June 1, 2006–May 31, 2007

Total grants: $810,487

Number of grants: 175

Total scholarships: $24,000

Number of scholarships: 22

Range of grants: $250–$2,000

Executive director: Marilyn Howard

Address: 600 301 Blvd. W., Suite 148,

Bradenton, FL 34205

Telephone: (941) 747-7765

Web site: www.manateecommunityfoundation.org

Volunteer opportunities: Grant and scholarship committees, special event committees.

Main fund-raising event: “Spirit of Manatee” Awards, A Celebration of Giving—Luncheon event recognizing outstanding philanthropists in Manatee County.

Date: Feb. 6, 2008

Location: Bradenton Auditorium

Ticket price: TBA

Event chair: Marilyn Howard

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

A world center for research, education and display of epiphytes, primarily orchids and bromeliads.

Executive director: Roger Birkel

Address: 811 S. Palm Ave.,

Sarasota, FL 34236

Telephone: (941) 366-5731

Web site: www.selby.org

Mission statement: To understand and conserve tropical plants—with emphasis on epiphytes

and their natural habitats—through programs of research, education and horticultural display

that promote appreciation of plant life and provide enjoyment for all who visit the Gardens.

Volunteer opportunities: Many, from garden doc ents to gardeners, special events, administrative.

Main fund-raising event: The Orchid Ball— Dinner and dancing amid the tropical splendor of Selby Gardens.

Date: April 5, 2008

Location: Selby Gardens

Ticket price, event chair: TBA

Mayor’s Feed the Hungry Program

Executive director: Joel C. Swallow

Address: P.O. Box 1992,

Sarasota, FL 34230

Telephone: (941) 364-7440

Web site: www.mayorsfeedthehungry.org

Mission statement: Raise funds from the public and community organizations to provide food vouchers to feed the hungry during holiday seasons.

Volunteer opportunities: Find out during weekly 11 a.m. meetings at City Hall,

August through January.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Communitywide food drive. 2) Annual community mailing.Dates: 1) Nov. 5–16, 2007. 2) October/November 2007.

Locations: 1) Collection point: Sarasota Fairgrounds. 2) Sarasota and Manatee counties.

Ticket price: N/A

Event chair: 1–2) Joel Swallow

Mental Health Community Centers Inc.

Provides daily programs at four drop-in centers in Sarasota, Venice, Arcadia and North Port that bring the members into the mainstream of society.

Executive director: Carolyn Eagen

Address: 240-B S. Tuttle Ave.,

Sarasota, FL 34237

Telephone: (941) 953-3477

Web site: www.mhcci.com

Mission statement: Provide support services to adults with mental illness and disabling emotional problems.

Volunteer opportunities: Arts and crafts, office support, activity leadership and

maintenance/gardening.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Celebrity Waiters Dinner—Celebrity waiters vie for the “Tarnished Spoon” award by getting the largest amount of tips from their table of guests. 2) Mental health seminars—presented in conjunction with Sarasota Memorial Hospital. 3) High Hopes Gala—Featuring guest speaker Kathy Cronkite.

Dates: 1) March 1, 2008. 2)  Nov.  3, 2007; Jan. 26 and March 29, 2008. 3) April 3, 2008.

Locations: 1) TBA. 2) Waldemere Auditorium. 3) Michael's On East.

Ticket prices: 1) $50. 2) Free. 3) $50.

Event chairs: 1) Lisa Van Ullen. 2) TBA. 3) Bunny Coelingh.

Mote Marine Laboratory

Marine research and education organization and aquarium that draws 400,000 visitors annually.

President and CEO: Dr. Kumar Mahadevan

Address: 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway,

Sarasota, FL 34236

Telephone: (941) 388-4441

Web site: www.mote.org

Mission statement: Advancing the science of the sea.

Volunteer opportunities: Call Andrea Davis for specific opportunities.

Main fund-raising event: Oceanic Evening—Black-tie gala to benefit Mote’s world-renowned research.

Date: Oct. 27, 2007

Location: Mote Aquarium Courtyard

Ticket price: $250

Event chair: Oceanic Evening Committee

Mothers Helping Mothers

All-volunteer organization that provides donated free basic necessities to families in need.

President: Madeline Brogan

Address: 2239 N. Washington Blvd.,

Sarasota, FL 34237

Telephone: (941) 953-7572

Mission statement: Meet the resource needs of families in Sarasota County who are struggling to help themselves.

Volunteer opportunities: Helping in Children’s Clothes Closet store on North Washington Boulevard, open Tuesdays and Fridays from 9 to 11 a.m.

Muscular Dystrophy Association Inc.

National healthcare services organization supporting families and individuals fighting

over 43 neuromuscular diseases. Largest independent healthcare services organization working on a cure for ALS. A muscular dystrophy/ALS clinic is based at Sarasota Memorial Hospital.

District Director: Mary Lou Spinelli

Address: 2801 Fruitville Road, Suite 140,

Sarasota, FL 34237

Telephone: (941) 951-7890

Web site: www.mdausa.org

Volunteer opportunities: In-house office support and event volunteers.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Stride & Ride Walk. 2) MDA Labor Day Telethon. 3) Lock-Up events, “Go Behind Bars for Good.”

Dates: 1) March 8, 2008. 2) Sept. 2–3, 2007. 3) Through November 2007.

Locations: 1) Manatee Community College. 2–3) Varied.

Ticket prices, event chairs: TBA

NAACP

Sarasota County Branch

President: Trevor D. Harvey

Address: P.O. Box 1024,

Sarasota, FL 34230-1024

Telephone: (941) 355-2097

E-mail: sarasotanaacp@msn.com

Mission statement: Protect the civil and voting rights of all citizens while working to improve the social, cultural, educational and economic status of our constituents.

Volunteer opportunities: All areas

Main fund-raising event: Freedom Awards Banquet

Date: Oct. 4, 2007

Location: Hyatt Sarasota

Ticket price: $80

Event chair: Jacqueline Jones

NARSAD—The Mental Health Research Association

Liaison: Sarah Edwardson

Address: 5514 Modena Place,

Sarasota, FL 34238

Telephone: (941) 308-MIND

Web site: www.narsadflorida.org

Mission statement: Raise funds for research to find the causes for and cures of mental illness.

Volunteer opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.

Main fund-raising event: 11th Annual Sunshine from Darkness Gala and Symposium—Free research symposium on the latest treatments for mental illness and gala dinner.

Date: Symposium, Jan. 12, 2008;

gala, Jan. 13, 2008.

Location: Symposium, Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall; gala, The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota.

Ticket price: Gala, $300

Event chairs: Lee Peterson, Janice Peterson Radder, Joyce Tate, Mary Wallace, Emily Walsh Parry, Sheila Rabaut

National Alliance On Mental Illness of Sarasota County Inc. (NAMI-SC)

A family advocacy support and educational organization for those affected by mental illness.

President: Cathy Duquetta

Address: 1750 17th St., Suite A,

Sarasota, FL 34234

Telephone: (941) 957-3626

Web site: www.nami.org

Mission statement: Grassroots, nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of those suffering from mental illness.

Volunteer opportunities: Advocacy, education, fund raising, grants, media, clerical.

National Council of Jewish Women

Sarasota-Manatee Section Women’s service organization.

Co-Presidents: Cecile Alexander and Janet Stollman

Address: 4500 Legacy Court,

Sarasota, FL 34241

Telephone: (941) 926-7799

Web site: www.ncjw.org

Mission statement: Improve the quality of life for women, children and families.

Volunteer opportunities: Eye and hearing screening, mentoring, advocacy, Hope House.

Main fund-raising event: Women in Power Luncheon—Honoring three outstanding local women who have made a difference. 2) Hannah G. Solomon Award Brunch—To benefit NCJW

community service programs.

Date: 1) Jan. 16, 2008. 2) March 16, 2008

Location: 1–2) Michael’s On East.

Ticket price: 1) $40. 2) TBA.

Event chairs: 1) Helen Margolis, Gwen Baseman. 2) Mimi Seitman.

National Multiple Sclerosis Society

Mid-Florida Chapter

Provides local programs that include emergency financial assistance, medical equipment, counseling, education seminars and family support services to people affected by multiple sclerosis.

President: Tami Caesar

Address: 2701 Maitland Center Parkway, Suite 100,

Maitland, FL 32751

Telephone: (800) 344-4867

Web site: www.nationalmssociety.org/flc

Mission statement: End the devastating effects of multiple sclerosis.

Volunteer opportunities: Assist with annual MS Walk and peer counselors for people with MS.

Main fund-raising event: 2008 MS Walk

Date: Spring 2008

Location, ticket price, event chair: TBA

The Nature Conservancy

Works locally to protect important landscapes and rare natural areas.

Executive director: Michael Izzarone

Address: 1413 Boulevard of the Arts

Sarasota, FL 34236

Telephone: (941) 366-3130

Web site: www.nature.org/florida

Mission statement: Preserve plants, animals and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive.

Volunteer opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.

New College Foundation Inc.

Provides opportunities to support students, faculty and the curriculum.

President: John Cranor

Address: 5800 Bay Shore Road,

Sarasota, FL 34243

Telephone: (941) 487-4686

Web site: www.ncf.edu/foundation

Mission statement: Ensure New College of Florida has the financial resources to fulfill its mission of developing knowledge pioneers.

Volunteer opportunities: Call for opportunities.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Old-Fashioned New England Clambake—29th year.

2) Big Band Valentine Bash. 3) Crissy Galleries and NCF Auction.

Dates: 1) Nov. 7, 2007. 2) Feb. 8, 2008. 3) March 28–30, 2008.

Locations: 1) New College bayfront. 2) Michael’s On East. 3) New College bayfront.

Ticket prices: 1) $95. 2) $200. 3) TBA.

Event chairs: 1) Julie and Phil Delaney. 2) Jean Martin, Lee Peterson. 3) Crissy Galleries and New College Foundation.

New College Library Association

An affiliate of New College Foundation.

Executive director: Jane S. Summerville

Address: 5800 Bay Shore Road,

Sarasota, FL 34243

Telephone: (941) 487-4600

Mission statement: To provide enhancement funding for the Jane Bancroft Cook Library at New College of Florida and intellectual stimulation for the greater community.

Volunteer opportunities: Office, special projects, event committees.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Mistletoe Ball—Sarasota’s oldest black-tie gala, celebrating its 40th anniversary. 2) Pique-nique sur la Baie—Luncheon with fashion show on the bayfront, celebrating its 25th anniversary.

Dates: 1) Dec. 1, 2007. 2) April 2, 2008.

Locations: 1–2) Charles Ringling Mansion.

Ticket prices: 1) $250. 2) $125.

Event chairs: 1) Chris Pfahler. 2) Shelley Lister.

New Gate School

An independent, college prep, co- educational Montessori school serving children from 18 months through high school. Also home to an accredited teacher education program.

Head of School: Paul Wenninger

Address: 5237 Ashton Road & 11011 Clark Road,

Sarasota, FL 34233

Telephone: (941) 922-4949, (866) 338-0321

Web site: www.newgate.edu

Mission statement: To cultivate a love of life and inspire academic excellence.

Volunteer opportunities: Guest lecture, internship, institutional development, community outreach, community projects.

Main fund-raising events: 1) “In the Pink”—Dining under the stars. 2) “Celebration”—

Family dinner, dance, auction. 3) New Gate at Mote Marine.

Dates: 1) Nov. 9, 2007. 2) Feb. 23, 2008. 3) April 25, 2008.

Locations: 1) New Gate School high school campus. 2) Temple Sinai. 3) Mote Aquarium.

Ticket prices: 1) $150. 2) $75. 3) $25.

North Port Art Center

Promotes the visual arts through art shows, art in public places and classes.

Co-Presidents: Jayne and Stephen Etter

Address: P.O. Box 7790,

North Port, FL 34290

Telephone: (941) 423-6460

Web site: www.npaag.org

Mission statement: To promote art education and appreciation throughout the North Port area.

Volunteer opportunities: Kids summer art program, monthly children’s art programs, fund-raising events, volunteer positions in the new Art Center.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Grand Opening Gala. 2) Art in the Park.

Dates: 1) Fall 2007. 2) Spring 2008.

Locations, ticket prices, event chairs: TBA

Operation Serving Children

A domestic and global educational child relief agency.

Executive director: Rich Vannucci

Address: 5317 Fruitville Road, Suite 105,

Sarasota, FL 34232

Telephone: (941) 809-7780

Web site: www.oscrelief.org

Mission statement: Call all to focus on children, provide basic needs, relief and education about the global village we live in.

Volunteer opportunities: Fund raising.

Main fund-raising event: Christmas Soiree

Date: Nov. 30, 2007

Locations: 13466 Heritage Way

Ticket price: Donations at the door.

Event chair: Bonnie Vannucci

ORT America

Raises funds for vocational and technical schools in the United States and all over the world.

President: Barbara Berliner

Address: 4370 S. Tamiami Trail,

Sarasota, FL 34231

Telephone: (941) 927-6678

Web site: www.ortamerica.org

Mission statement: Enable students to develop lifetime skills and become independent and contributing members of society; improve American public education, promote quality vocational/technical education.

Volunteer opportunities: Fund raising, tutoring and mentoring in schools, gift wrap, Reading Festival.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Palm Chapter Chanukah Party. 2) Gulfside Chapter Fashion Show Luncheon. 3) Sara-Mana Chapter Fashion Show Luncheon.

Dates: 1) Dec. 9, 2007. 2) Feb. 5, 2008. 3) Feb. 10, 2008.

Locations: 1) Palm-Aire Country Club. 2) Michael’s On East. 3) Lakewood Ranch

Golf and Country Club.

Ticket prices, event chairs: TBA

The Out-Of-Door Academy

Sarasota’s only independent, college- preparatory pre-K through grade- 12 school.

Head of School: David V. Mahler

Address: 444 Reid St. (pre-K–6) and 5950 Deer Drive (7–12),

Sarasota, FL 34242 and 34240

Telephone: (941) 349-3223

Web site: www.oda.edu

Mission statement: To provide an environment in which students strive to achieve their highest academic goals and build character through a balanced program of academics, athletics and the arts.

Volunteer opportunities: School fund raisers, art and music program assistants, office

assistance, library aides.

Main fund-raising event: 28th Annual Extravaganza—Black-tie fund raiser with dinner,

dancing and live, silent and online auctions.

Date: Nov. 10, 2007

Location: Dolphin Aviation

Ticket price: $250

Event chairs: N. Jayne Gelbman; Phyllis and

Chuck Savidge, honorary chairs.

PAL Sailor Circus

After-school youth circus for children in grades four through 12.

Circus Director: Patty Campbell

Address: 2075 Bahia Vista St.,

Sarasota, FL 34239

Telephone: (941) 361-6350

Web site: www.sailorcircus.org

Mission statement: Use circus arts as an alternative teaching method, providing an intervention program for youth at risk; enhance self-esteem and confidence in our leaders of tomorrow.

Volunteer opportunities: Teachers, riggers, ushers, ticket sales, concessions, props and costume design, sound, lights, office assistant.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Holiday Spectacular. 2) Annual Gala. 3) 58th Spring Season.

Dates: 1) Dec. 27–29, 2007. 2) January 2008. 3) March 27–30; April 2–5, 2008.

Location: PAL Sailor Circus Arena

Ticket prices: 1) $10, $12, $15. 2) TBA. 3) $10, $12, $15.

Event chairs: Patty Campbell, Michelle Rinaca

PALS Partners in Education

The community involvement office of the Sarasota County Public Schools that recruits,

trains and recognizes the achievements of public school volunteers.

Executive director: Sandi Chapnick

Address: 1960 Landings Blvd.,

Sarasota, FL 34231

Telephone: (941) 927-9000

Web site: www.sarasotacountyschools.net

Mission statement: To enhance educational opportunities for students through comprehensive community involvement. By creating public awareness, providing resources and supporting and recognizing volunteerism, PALS will promote partnerships and alliances that link schools and communities.

Volunteer opportunities: Reading and math tutors, mentors, business and community

partnerships, committee members.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Five-Star School Award. 2) Business Partnership Recognition. 3) Outstanding School Volunteers Recognition Breakfast.

Dates: 1) September 2007. 2) January 2008. 3) April 2008.

Locations: 1) School board meeting hall. 2) TBA. 3) Michael’s On East.

Ticket price: 1–3) Free to invitees.

Event chairs: TBA

Pet Therapy Inc.

Pairs students with Bichon Frises to make weekly visits to nursing homes and assisted-living facilities to brighten the lives of elders, the handicapped and those confined to facilities.

Executive director: Kathy Alexander

Address: 2128 Hyde Park Circle,

Sarasota, FL 34239

Telephone: (941) 358-2225

Web site: www.pet-therapy.org

Mission statement: To honor our elders and those confined within facilities and reduce loneliness, brighten their lives, instill confidence and respect, and increase social interaction among the youths and people whose lives they touch.

Volunteer opportunities: Office help, fund raising and special events, dog washing, grooming and care, veterinary assistance and animal-loving board members.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Youth Awards Banquet and Bichon Bash. Also available for “doggie and beautiful girls” fashion shows. 2) Bichon Babysitting Camp. 3) Concert benefit—featuring Chalyce Sullivan and “Life is a Cabaret” Jason McAuliffe.

Dates: 1) TBA. 2) Ongoing. 3) Nov. 18, 2007.

Locations: 1) TBA. 2) Pet Therapy Inc. 3) Unity Church of Sarasota, Proctor Road.

Ticket prices: 1) TBA. 2) Donation. 3) $12 or donation.

Event chairs: 1) TBA. 2–3) Kathy Alexander, Chalyce Sullivan.

Pierian Spring Academy

Provides non-credit adult education courses to Sarasota’s retirement community.

Executive director: Robert V. Carlson

Address: P.O. Box 1222,

Sarasota, FL 34230

Telephone: (941) 716-2471

Web site: www.pierianspringacademy.org

Mission statement: Offerings include courses in the humanities, the arts and sciences for adults seeking an academic experience.

Volunteer opportunities: A variety of administrative duties.

Pines of Sarasota Foundation Inc.

A separate supporting organization for Pines of Sarasota, a long-term multi-level nursing care facility. Provides care for those with limited financial resources.

President: Estelle Crawford

Address: 1501 N. Orange Ave.,

Sarasota, FL 34236

Telephone: (941) 955-6293

Web site: www.pinesofsarasota.org

Mission statement: To raise funds for Pines of Sarasota, a nonprofit skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility. Pines, which leads the way in senior care since 1948, provides care for those who have outlived their financial resources.

Volunteer opportunities: Event committees, marketing, volunteers for residents.

Main fund-raising event: Roast/Tribute Dinner

Date, location, ticket price, event chair: TBA

Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida Inc.

Family planning, medical and educational services to prevent unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted disease.

Executive director: Barbara A. Zdravecky

Address: 2055 Wood St., Suite 110,

Sarasota, FL 34237

Telephone: (941) 365-3913

Web site: www.ppswcf.org

Mission statement: Family planning for all, regardless of income, marital status, race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, national origin or residence.

Volunteer opportunities: Mailings, copying educational or clinical forms.

Main fund-raising events: 1) 42nd Annual Dinner. 2) High Tea at High Noon. 3) Safe Sex: Doing It in Public (talking about safe sex, that is).

Dates: 1) March 2008. 2) Nov. 15, 2007. 3) Nov. 17, 2007.

Locations: 1) Municipal Auditorium. 2–3) Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall.

Ticket prices: 1) $150. 2) $50. 3) $90.

Event chairs: 1) TBA. 2) Laura Proctor, Suzette Jones. 3) Eric Massey.

Plantation Community Foundation

Foundation with 600 members who raise funds to improve the quality of life in south Sarasota County. All funds go to south Sarasota County nonprofit agencies.

As of April 30, 2007:

Total grants: $136,982

Number of grants: 40

Range of grants: $1,000–$5,600

President: Robert Thinnes

Address: 500 Rockley Blvd.,

Venice, FL 34293

Phone: (941) 497-4826

Mission statement: Improve the quality of life in south Sarasota County.

Volunteer opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Celebrity Golf Classic. 2) Fashion Show. 3) Tent Sale.

Dates: 1) Feb. 20–21, 2008. 2) Jan. 30, 2008. 3) March 15, 2008.

Location: 1–3) Plantation Golf and Country Club

Ticket prices: 1) Free to public (spectators only). 2) $35. 3) $2 donation.

Chairs: 1) Steve Rich, Ron Noble. 2) Sue Howen. 3) Patti Neal.

The Players Theatre

Featuring its 78th Broadway musical series, year-round special events, a concert series, international cultural exchanges and The Players Performing Arts studios.

Artistic Director: Jeffery Kin

Address: 838 N. Tamiami Trail,

Sarasota, FL 34236

Telephone: (941) 365-2494

Web site: www.theplayers.org

Mission statement: To produce productions, projects and events that are related to local, national and international performing and cultural arts. Integral to this mission is to provide education in the arts and opportunities for multicultural community participation and global outreach.

Volunteer opportunities: Assisting back stage, in the scene shop, box office or costume department; usher or intern at The Players Performing Arts Studio.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Fame Forever— VIP luncheon with playwright David DeSilva. 2) Frankenstein Ball. 3) Fame Forever documentary.

Dates: 1) Sept. 27, 2007. 2) Oct. 29, 2007. 3) Jan. 14, 2008.

Location: 1–3) The Players Theatre.

Ticket price: 1–3) $23–$100.

Event chair: 1–3) Brenda Terris.

Police Athletic League of Sarasota County Inc.

Offers after-school programs throughout Sarasota County to provide a safe place for children to learn and achieve.

Executive director: Lt. Keith Muncy

Address: 2075 Bahia Vista St.,

Sarasota, FL 34239

Telephone: (941) 316-8108

Web site: www.sarasotapal.org

Mission statement: Provide a safe environment for kids to participate, learn and achieve

while developing positive relationships with law enforcement.

Volunteer opportunities: After-school programs at Newtown Estates, Englewood Recreational Center, Venice High School, McIntosh Middle School and the Sailor Circus.

Pregnancy Solutions—A Woman’s Resource Center

Offering free pregnancy test, ultrasounds, maternity and baby needs plus prenatal/

parenting classes and counseling.

Executive director: Mary Jane Schneiderhahn

Address: 1680 B Tamiami Trail S.,

Venice, FL 34293

Telephone: (941) 408-7100

Web site: www.pregnancysolutions.org

Mission statement: Caring, confidential counseling, maternity and baby needs plus accurate information and literature to allow women to discover the available resources for them and their children.

Volunteer opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Fifth Annual Pregnancy Solutions Banquet. 2) 2008 Walk for Life—Walkers solicit sponsorships.

Dates: 1) Nov. 8, 2007. 2) May 2008.

Locations: 1) Plantation Golf and Country Club. 2) Downtown Venice.

Ticket prices: 1) Dinner is complimentary; an opportunity to make a financial gift will be

extended. 2) Walkers solicit tax-deductible

sponsorships.

Event chair: 1–2) Mary Jane Schneiderhahn.


Renaissance Manor

Affordable assisted living for adults suffering from mental illness, substance abuse and

homelessness in order to live independently or with support.

Executive director: Scott Eller

Address: 1401 16th St.,

Sarasota, FL 34236

Telephone: (941) 365-8645

Mission statement: Provide a stable, supportive and safe living environment for adults with

mental health issues in order to encourage independence while also meeting social and educational needs.

Volunteer opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.

Resurrection House Inc.

Street-level ministry supported entirely by private donations.

Executive director: Robert P. Kyllonen

Address: 507 Kumquat Court,

Sarasota, FL 34236

Telephone: (941) 365-3759

Web site: www.geocities.com/ resurrectionhouseinc

Mission statement: To provide the homeless with a day resource center offering free showers, laundry, restrooms, food, clothing, counseling, emergency shelter for families with children, referrals to long-term rehabilitation programs treating drug and alcohol abuse, and other support items.

Volunteer opportunities: Counseling, clerical, computer, laundry, haircuts.

Main fund-raising event: An Evening to Remember—Dinner, entertainment, live and silent auction.

Date: March 12, 2008

Location: Michael’s On East

Ticket price: TBA

Event chair: Jean Fulton

Ringling College of Art and Design

One of the country’s premier private art and design colleges.

President: Dr. Larry R. Thompson

Address: 2700 N. Tamiami Trail,

Sarasota, FL 34234-5895

Telephone: (941) 351-5100

Web site: www.ringling.edu

Mission statement: To provide programs leading to a degree that prepares students to be discerning visual thinkers and ethical practitioners in their chosen area of art and design.

Volunteer opportunities: Various; contact development office.

Main fund-raising events: 1) An Evening at the Avant-Garde—Annual scholarship fund raiser. 2) Annual fund-raising golf tournament. 3) 2007 Sarasota International Design Summit.

Dates: 1) TBA. 2) Oct. 11, 2007. 3) Nov. 5–7, 2007.

Locations: 1) Ringling College of Art and Design campus. 2) Sara Bay Country Club. 3) The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota and campus.

Ticket prices: 1–2) TBA. 3) Varied.

Event chairs: 1) TBA. 2) Steve and Joann Stein. 3) Mary Craig.

Ringling College Library Association

Supports the Verman Kimbrough Library at the Ringling College of Art and Design.

President: Kathleen Weiner

Address: P.O. Box 4071,

Sarasota, FL 34230

Telephone: (941) 925-1343

E-mail: rslassociation@comcast.net

Mission statement: Dedicated to the ongoing development of Verman Kimbrough Memorial Library and acts as a catalyst for the educational growth of students, faculty and community.

Volunteer opportunities: None

Main fund-raising event: Town Hall lecture series.

Date: January–March 2008

Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

Ticket price: $250–$600

Event chair: Jennifer Vett

Rotary Futures Program

College and career education resource center located on the campus of Venice High School.

Executive director: Kim Kindell

Address: 1 Indian Ave.,

Venice, FL 34285

Telephone: (941) 480-3178

Web site: www.rotaryfutures.org

Mission statement: To educate, inspire and motivate students of all ages to gain access to post-secondary education and/or training by linking education, career and life opportunities.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Comedy Night. 2) Venice Sports Hall of Fame. 3) Duck Pluck.

Dates: 1) August 2008. 2) June 2008. 3) April 2008.

Locations: 1) Venice Art Center. 2) Bogey’s Restaurant. 3) Sharks Tooth Festival.

Ticket prices: 1) $100. 2) $60. 3) $6/chance.

Event chairs: TBA

Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center (SPARCC)

Free services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Executive director: Olivia Thomas

Address: 2139 Main St.,

Sarasota, FL 34237

Telephone: (941) 365-0208

Web site: www.sparcc.net

Mission statement: Provide free services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Volunteer opportunities: 24-hour hotline, advocacy in court system, Treasure Chest secondhand store.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Second Hand Rose Fashion Show and Luncheon. 2) SPARCCLE in the City.

Dates: 1) Feb. 7, 2008. 2) March 28, 2008.

Locations: 1–2) The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota.

Ticket prices: 1) TBA. 2) $175.

Event chairs: 1) Mary Kenealy-Barbetta, Susan Erhart, Jan Krombeen, Susan Lanier. 2) Sherry Stich.

St. Martha Catholic School

A junior kindergarten through eighth grade elementary school welcoming children of all faiths and integrating a message of Jesus.

Pastor: The Rev. Fausto Stampiglia, S.A.C.

Address: 4380 Fruitville Road,

Sarasota, FL 34232

Telephone: (941) 953-4181

Web site: www.stmarthaschool.net

Mission statement: To encourage formation of self-confident, motivated, faith-filled students, instilling in them Christian values of personal responsibility, moral courage, respect, patience,

humility, honesty, social justice and a lifelong love of God and learning.

Volunteer opportunities: Library, cafeteria, school spirit store, Rosary Group, Heart to Heart, accelerated math and reading, after-school programs.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Hoe Down Western Dinner Dance. 2) Knights on the Run. 3) Light Up the Knight Spring Auction.

Dates: 1) September 2007. 2) October 2007. 3) TBA.

Locations: 1) TBA. 2) St. Martha Catholic School. 3) TBA.

Ticket prices: 1) $25. 2) Pledges. 3) TBA.

Event chairs: 1) Mary Ellen Blechta, Marlo Reyes. 2) Jean Caldwell. 3) TBA.

Saint Stephen’s Episcopal School

An independent, co-educational, college preparatory day school for students of all faiths, pre-K through grade 12.

Head of School: Janet S. Pullen

Address: 315 41st St. W.,

Bradenton, FL 34209

Telephone: (941) 746-2121

Web site: www.saintstephens.org

Mission statement: To provide a superior academic program that prepares each student for a college or university compatible with the individual’s academic ability, interest and needs; to instill in each student a love of learning, an active respect for all members of the school community and a fundamental sense of integrity; and to provide a nurturing environment that values independence, self-worth, physical health, spiritual awareness and responsible citizenship.

Volunteer opportunities: Tutoring, classroom assistance, fund raising, business partnerships and coaching.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Athletic Booster Bonanza Weekend. 2) Falcon Fitness 5K Run/Walk. 3) Parents’ Association Signature Event—Mardi Gras.

Dates: 1) Oct. 12–13, 2007. 2) Feb. 23, 2008. 3) April 5, 2008.

Locations: 1) Bradenton Country Club. 2) Saint Stephen’s Episcopal School. 3) TBA.

Ticket prices: TBA

Event chairs: 1–2) Athletic Booster Club. 3) Michelle Harllee.

St. Vincent de Paul Society

St. Martha’s Conference

Operates a soup kitchen for the needy and a thrift shop to raise funds.

Executive directors: Yve and Dave Comeau

Address: 512 S. Orange Ave.,

Sarasota, FL 34236

Telephone: (941) 953-5477

Mission statement: Clothe and feed the less fortunate.

Volunteer opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.

Salvation Army

Sarasota Area Command

Offers a wide array of programs for

people of all ages who find themselves in unfortunate circumstances. Meets basic human needs by providing food, shelter, counseling, treatment, rehabilitation and financial assistance for those in need.

Area commander: Major Phillip L. Murphy

Address: 1400 10th St.,

Sarasota, FL 34230

Telephone: (941) 954-4673

Web site: www.salvationarmyusa.org, www.salvationarmysarasotacounty.net

Mission statement: The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.

Volunteer opportunities: Intake counselors, meal servers, Christmas volunteers, disaster volunteers, maintenance, painters, youth mentors, administrative assistants, youth community service and computer mentors.

Main fund-raising events: 1) The Holiday Feast, “Because of You”—Dinner, kick-off for the

Season of Giving. 2) The Schoenbaum Humanitarian Award Luncheon “Glitz at the Ritz.”

Dates: 1) Nov. 2, 2007. 2) TBA. Locations: 1) Michael’s On East. 2) The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota.

Ticket prices: 1) $95, $150, $250. 2) $75 and up.

Event chairs: 1) Gila Meriwether. 2) TBA.

Samaritan Counseling Services of the Gulf Coast

Faith- and community-based outpatient mental-health counseling center that also provides services to low-income clients.

Executive director: The Rev. Richard O. Howell

Address: 3224 Bee Ridge Road,

Sarasota, FL 34239

Telephone: (941) 926-2959

Web site: www.samaritangulfcoast.com

Mission statement: Provide an array of spiritually sensitive, high-quality, cost- efficient behavioral-health services to the community.

Volunteer opportunities: Board members, marketing, fund raising and office help.

Main fund-raising event: Women of Compassion Helping Women in Need—The “Silent Samaritan” campaign gathers funds to provide affordable faith-based counseling to women and children in need, culminating with a celebration luncheon.

Date: April 24, 2008

Location: Michael’s On East

Ticket price: $100

Event chair: TBA

Sarasota Adopt a Family

Executive director: Alice Beard

Address: 2072 17th St.

Sarasota, FL 34237

Telephone: (941) 955-6767

Mission statement: To insure more than 600 families are adopted each year durin ghte holidays. The families have to meet financial criterium in order to qualify.

Sarasota Alliance for Historic Preservation

A group of residents, regular visitors, artists, historians, builders, archaelologists, planners, designers and writers working together to preserve not only the remaining significant landmarks, but also the contributing structures that define Sarasota.

President: Chris Wenzel

Address: P.O. Box 1754,

Sarasota, FL 34230

Telephone: (941) 953-8727

Web site: www.historicsarasota.org

Mission statement: To preserve and enhance our historic places.

Volunteer opportunities: Historic Homes Tour, Arts Day, Reading Festival.

Main fund-raising event: Historic Homes Tour

Date: March 4, 2008

Location: Varies

Ticket price: $20

Chairs: Chris Wenzel, Debbie Bowls

Sarasota Architectural Foundation

Provides educational tours, lectures, exhibits, travel and social events celebrating modern

architecture and design.

Chairman of the Board: Les Fishman

Address: P.O. Box 3678,

Sarasota, FL 34230-3678

Telephone: (941) 365-4723

Web site: www.sarasotaarchitecturalfoundation.org

Mission statement: To promote Sarasota’s innovative architecture and design beginning with the Sarasota School of Architecture.

Volunteer opportunities: Tour volunteers, data entry, Web site maintenance, mailings, party

planners, publicity, fund raising and community representation.

Main fund-raising event: Architectural tours, trips, lectures, design conferences, exhibits, film screenings and social events.

Date: Year-round

Location: Sarasota area

Ticket price: Free–$100

Event chair: Les Fishman

Sarasota Area Sports Authority

President: Nicole Evans Rissler

Address: P.O. Box 663,

Sarasota, FL 34236

Telephone: (941) 350-3464

Web site: www.sarasotasportsauthority.org

Mission statement: To provide community outreach and awareness of sports programs and events in the Sarasota area, including offering scholarships and college tuition grants to qualified high

school athletes.

Volunteer opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.

Sarasota Audubon Society

Organization dedicated to the preservation of wildlife and the environment.

President: Jeanne Dubi

Address: P.O. Box 15423,

Sarasota, FL 34277

Telephone: (941) 364-9212

Web site: www.sarasotaaudubon.org

Mission statement: Dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of birds, wildlife and the environment through an understanding of conservation.

Volunteer opportunities: Trip leaders, speakers, road clean-ups, beach nests monitoring. Call for details.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Trips—Nearly 20 day trips, one Florida overnight trip

and one international trip for birding. 2) Pinecraft Potato Fest—Clean-up and

exotic-plant removal.

Dates: 1) TBA. 2) March 1, 2008.

Locations, ticket prices, event chairs: TBA

The Sarasota Ballet Association

Presidents: Donna and Walter Maytham

Address: 8001 Fairhaven Glen,

University Park, FL 34201

Telephone: (941) 351-5361

Web site: www.sarasotaballetassociation.org

Mission statement: To support the programs of the Sarasota Ballet of Florida in order to increase public awareness and audience development through education, understanding and appreciation of the art of dance.

Main fund-raising events: 1) “Meet Me at the Barre.” 2) “The Magic of Dance”—Featuring a Cole Porter Cabaret. 3) The “On Pointe” Luncheon.

Dates: 1) Oct. 14, 2007. 2) Nov. 9, 2007. 3) Jan. 17, 2008.

Locations: 1) Historic Asolo Theater. 2) Michael’s On East. 3) Van Wezel

Performing Arts Hall.

Ticket prices: 1) $30. 2) $95. 3) By invitation.

Event chairs: 1) Donna Maytham. 2) Hollis T. Russell, Sherril A. Morse. 3) Beverly Peterman.

Sarasota Ballet of Florida Inc.

A world-class professional ballet company performing classical and contemporary repertoire from October through April each year.

Executive director: Ann Logan

Address: 5555 N. Tamiami Trail,

Sarasota, FL 34243

Telephone: (941) 359-0099

Web site: www.sarasotaballet.org

Mission statement: Present the highest- quality classical and contemporary dance, encourage choreographic talent, expand educational programs and opportunities for community outreach and service and articipate in joint ventures with other regional arts organizations and dance companies.

Volunteer opportunities: Join the Sarasota Ballet Association; call for specific opportunities.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Opening night dinner. 2) The “On Pointe” Luncheon. 3) Give Dance a Chance.

Dates: 1) Nov. 30, 2007. 2) Jan. 17, 2008. 3) February 2008.

Locations: 1–2) Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. 3) TBA.

Ticket prices: TBA

Event chairs: 1) Emily Walsh Parry, Lisa Walsh. 2–3) TBA.

Sarasota Choral Society

The up-to-300-voice chorus, full orchestra and professional soloists have performed the Christmas portion of Handel’s Messiah annually for 63 years.

Artistic Director: Deidre Reigel

Address: 4411 Bee Ridge Road, Box 327,

Sarasota, FL 34233

Telephone: (941) 343-9894

Web site: www.sarasotachoralsociety.org

Mission statement: Furthering and promoting individual and group singing and choral activities of all kinds.

Volunteer opportunities: Singing in the chorus, board positions, various committees and

production tasks.

Main fund-raising events: 1) 63rd annual production of Handel’s Messiah. 2) Documentary on the life of Dr. Julia W. Rohr. 3) Tribute dinner for Dr. Rohr.

Dates: 1) Dec. 2, 2007. 2) TBA. 3) Spring 2008.

Locations: 1) St. Armands Key Lutheran Church. 2–3) TBA.

Ticket prices: 1) $20/public performance; $15/dress rehearsal preceding the performance. 2–3) TBA.

Event chair: 1–3) Vince A. Vance.

Sarasota Chorus of the Keys

Award-winning men’s show chorus.

Executive director: Gary Raulerson

Address: P.O. Box 51751,

Sarasota, FL 34232-0314

Telephone: (941) 378-3331, information line

Web site: www.chorusofthekeys.org

Mission statement: Preserve and further develop the original American art form of four-part a cappella harmony while striving for musical excellence, contributing to the community’s

cultural development, and providing charitable support to choral students and the culturally deprived.

Volunteer opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.

Main fund-raising event: 59th Annual Concert—100-man chorus and quartets in performance of champions.

Date: Feb. 9, 2008

Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

Ticket prices: $18–$35

Event chair: Michael Miller

Sarasota Christian School

An independent K-12 grade school that focuses on academic success within a nurturing, Christian environment.

Superintendent: Eugene D. Miller

Address: 5415 Bahia Vista St.,

Sarasota, FL 34232

Telephone: (941) 371-6481

Web site: www.sarasotachristian.org

Mission statement: To honor God by providing academic excellence to its students while developing their Christian faith in partnership with the home, the church, and the community.

Volunteer opportunities: Office support, mailings, maintenance; call for specific

opportunities.

Main fund-raising event: 49th Annual Auction

Date: Feb. 16, 2008

Location: Sarasota Christian School gymnasium

Ticket price: Free

Event chair: Chris Purnell

Sarasota Concert Association

The Sarasota Concert Association presents a series of nationally and internationally known

artists and ensembles performing classical music in a five-concert series.

Membership Coordinator: John W. Ames

Address: P.O. Box 1714

Sarasota, FL 34230

Telephone: (941) 955-0040

Web site: www.sarasotaconcertassociation.org

Mission statement: To foster the development in the community of an appreciation for the

musical arts by sponsoring professional presentations through a nonprofit, audience

subscription plan; to present concerts which feature a variety of quality music; to set the

fee for its performances as reasonably as possible, in order to make the concerts available to all individuals.

Volunteer opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.

Main fund-raising event: Munchtime Musicales— Noontime performances.

Date: Second or third Wednesdays, October–April.

Location: Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center

Ticket price: Free

Event chair: Martha Leiter

Sarasota Concert Band Inc.

Professional musicians keeping alive the American concert band tradition.

President: R. Schneider

Address: 4029 N. Washington Blvd.

Sarasota, FL 34234

Telephone: (941) 359-8024

Mission statement: Promote the love, enjoyment and appreciation of music in Sarasota for

cultural and educational benefits.

Volunteer opportunities: Ushers, ticket takers, sound-system set up, office assistance.

Sarasota Conservation Foundation

Land trust.

Executive director: Albert G. Joerger

Address: P.O. Box 902,

Osprey, FL 34229

Telephone: (941) 918-2100

Web site: www.sarasotaconservation.org

Mission statement: To protect the environment, character and biodiversity of Sarasota County’s bays, beaches and barrier islands by holding conservation easements and owning nature preserves, collaborating with individuals, organizations and communities and educating for responsible stewardship.

Volunteer opportunities: Volunteers welcome.

Sarasota Council of Concern Inc.

All-volunteer organization that operates Mustard Seed, a thrift shop, to provide funds for second-grade swimming programs, swim scholarships and layettes for needy new mothers.

Address: 1442 Fruitville Road,

Sarasota, FL 34236

Telephone: (941) 365-5999

Mission statement: Concentrate on the unmet needs of children in Sarasota County.

Volunteer opportunities: Sales help in thrift store.

Main fund-raising event: Sales at the Mustard Seed Thrift Shop.

Sarasota County Arts Council

A membership-based, private organization that serves the public, artists and arts organizations throughout the county.

Executive director: Martine Collier

Address: 1226 N. Tamiami Trail, Suite 300,

Sarasota, FL 34236

Telephone: (941) 365-5118

Web site: www.sarasotaarts.org

Mission statement: To create an environment where the arts flourish.

Volunteer opportunities: Arts Day, general office work throughout the year.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Awards Celebration. 2) Arts Night. 3) Arts Day.

Dates: 1) Oct. 29, 2007. 2) Jan. 11, 2008. 3) Jan. 13, 2008.

Locations: 1) Downtown Sarasota. 2) TBA. 3) Downtown Sarasota.

Ticket prices: 1–2) TBA. 3) $5 donation.

Event chairs: TBA

Sarasota Film Festival Inc.

A year-round arts organization that culminates in an annual celebration of film each spring.

Executive director: Jody Kielbasa

Address: 332 Cocoanut Ave.,

Sarasota, FL 34236

Telephone: (941) 364-9514

Web site: www.sarasotafilmfestival.com

Mission statement: Present unique and quality cinema in a festival atmosphere to educate,

stimulate and entertain audiences, and foster an environment that supports and

encourages filmmakers by supplying essential networking opportunities and open dialogue

with intelligent, creative and inquisitive consumers of film.

Volunteer opportunities: Year-round operations and festival positions.

Main fund-raising event: Filmmakers’ Tribute Dinner—Honoring the life and work of a

legendary film talent, scholarship winners and film award recipients.

Date: Festival, April 4–13, 2008; Tribute Dinner, April 12, 2008.

Location: Festival, Regal Hollywood 20; Tribute Dinner, Longboat Key Club and Resort.

Ticket prices: $8–$300

Event chair: Mary Ann Robinson

Sarasota Film Society

Owns and operates Burns Court and Lakewood Ranch cinemas, presenting quality films from around the world.

Executive director: Noel Hazard

Address: P.O. Box 3378,

Sarasota, FL 34230

Telephone: (941) 364-8662

Web site: www.filmsociety.org

Mission statement: To exhibit international, independent and American films to foster a greater understanding of the world by exposing audiences to the rich cultural lessons films have to offer.

Volunteer opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.

Main fund-raising event: The 17th Annual International Cine-World Film Festival—

Presenting 50 of the best feature films from around the world.

Date: Nov. 9–18, 2007

Location: Burns Court Cinemas

Ticket prices: $5/member, $7.50/nonmember

Event chairs: Noel Hazard, Elisabeth Branigan

Sarasota Garden Club Inc.

Horticulture, public gardens.

President: Andy Papineau

Address: 1131 Boulevard of the Arts,

Sarasota, FL 34236-4809

Telephone: (941) 955-0875

Web site: www.hometown.aol.com/sgcgarden

Mission statement: To encourage skill in gardening and floral arts, foster civic beautification, support conservation and public awareness of conserving green space, and to oppose actions that damage the environment.

Volunteer opportunities: Youth gardening (ages three to 18), butterfly gardening, nursing home outreach.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Holiday Boutique and Art at the Gardens—Holiday gift items,

plants and original art by local artists. 2) Flower show.

Dates: 1) Nov. 29–Dec. 1, 2007. 2) April 12–13, 2008.

Location: 1–2) Sarasota Garden Club

Ticket prices: 1) Free; items to purchase. 2) $5.

Event chairs: TBA

Sarasota Harmony Show Chorus Sweet Adelines International Inc.

Four-part a cappella, barbershop-style and women’s chorus.

Director: Betty Meinholz

Address: P.O. Box 18463,

Sarasota, FL 34276-1463

Telephone: (941) 954-0923, Madeleine Thompson

Web site: www.geocities.com/sarasotachorus

Mission statement: Provide education and training for women in singing four-part a cappella harmony, barbershop style; promote the art form of barbershop harmony; and award grants and scholarships toward the pursuit of vocal music.

Volunteer opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.

Main fund-raising event: Local shows performed

during the year. Call for information.

Dates, Locations, Ticket prices, Event chair: TBA

Sarasota Medical Pregnancy Center

Free, confidential services to women and men facing unplanned pregnancies.

Interim Executive Director: Wesley Huntley

Address: 1217 East Ave., Suite 310,

Sarasota, FL 34239

Telephone: (941) 330-2273

Web site: www.sarasotapregnancy.com

Mission statement: A faith-based agency that ministers to women who are facing an

unplanned pregnancy.

Volunteer opportunities: Peer counselors, office help, ultrasonographers and registered nurses.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Harvest for Life. 2) Walk for Life. 3) Baby Bottle Boomerang.

Dates: 1) Nov. 6, 2007. 2) TBA. 3) Ongoing.

Locations: 1) Michael’s On East. 2) TBA. 3) Local churches.

Ticket prices: 1) $65, table sponsorships available. 2–3) TBA.

Event chairs: TBA

Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation Inc.

Fund-raising organization that supports healthcare in Sarasota.

President and CEO: Alexandra (Alex) Quarles

Address: 1515 S. Osprey Ave., Suite B-4,

Sarasota, FL 34239

Telephone: (941) 917-1286

Web site: www.smhf.org

Mission statement: Improve the delivery of healthcare for the Sarasota area through the acquisition and utilization of philanthropic funds.

Volunteer opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.

Main fund-raising event: 1) Rock the Roof party. 2) Seventh Annual Physicians Golf Tournament

Date: 1) Nov. 17, 2007. 2) May 2008

Location: 1) Sarasota Memoria's Lasula Parking Garage rooftop. 2) TBA.

Ticket price: 1) $100. 2) TBA.

Event chair: 1) Myrna Band, Chris Pfahler, Amie Swan. 2) TBA.

Sarasota Museum of Art (SMOA)

A division of Ringling College of Art and Design, SMOA will be Sarasota’s first museum devoted to modern and contemporary art.

President: Wendy G. Surkis

Address: 2700 N. Tamiami Trail,

Sarasota, FL 34234

Telephone: (941) 309-4729

Web site: www.ringling.edu

Volunteer opportunities: A start-up organization with a variety of evolving opportunities.

Main fund-raising event: SeaFair—Patron appreciation event.

Date: Jan. 16, 2008

Location: Bayfront

Ticket price: Invitation only

Event chair: Fran Lambert

Sarasota Opera

Executive director: Susan T. Danis

Address: 61 N. Pineapple Ave.,

Sarasota, FL 34236

Telephone: (941) 366-8450

Web site: www.sarasotaopera.org

Mission statement: Produce outstanding opera true to the vision of the composer, and entertain, enrich and educate the community and patrons from across the state and the world.

Volunteer opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.

Main fund-raising events: 2008 Grand Re-Opening Night Gala Dinner and Dance—

The Sarasota Opera House will reopen in grand style, after a $20 million renovation, with a performance of Verdi’s Rigoletto, gala dinner and dancing.

Date: March 1, 2008

Location: TBA

Ticket price: $500

Event chair: TBA

Sarasota Opera Guild

All-volunteer fund- and awareness-raising organization of nearly 700 women and men that provides support to the Sarasota Opera Association and its Youth Opera Program.

President: Carol Von Allmen

Address: 5112 St. Albans Ave.,

Sarasota, FL 34243

Telephone: (941) 758-8600

Web site: www.sarasotaoperaguild.org

Mission statement: To foster, promote and increase knowledge and appreciation of opera in the community in conjunction with the Sarasota Opera Association. To encourage and assist young singers; to sponsor projects to raise funds for the opera.

Volunteer opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Poinsettia Luncheon. 2) Sweetheart of the Opera Luncheon. 3) Spring Fling Luncheon.

Dates: 1) Dec. 11, 2007. 2) Feb. 12, 2008. 3) March 13, 2008.

Locations: 1–2) Michael’s On East. 3) Bird Key Yacht Club.

Ticket prices: TBA

Event chairs: 1) Peg Nadel, John Fischer. 2) Janet Huelster, Jan Zipper. 3) Joan Suddarth.

Sarasota Reading Festival

Promotes literacy and reading through author presentations and education outreach, and raises funds for area libraries.

Executive director: Ellie Gibeau

Address: P.O. Box 906,

Sarasota, FL 34230

Telephone: (941) 906-1733

Web site: www.sarasotareadingfestival.com

Mission statement: Promote the importance of literacy, the pleasure of reading and the

power of the written word.

Volunteer opportunities: Festival planning and day of event.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Sarasota Reading Festival—Author presentations and street festival. 2) A Novel Affair author cocktail reception.

Dates: 1) Nov. 3, 2007. 2) Nov. 2, 2007.

Locations: 1) Five Points Park. 2) Selby Public Library.

Ticket prices: 1) Free. 2) $75.

Event chair: 1) Renee Richardson Kling. 2) Maggie Hutter, Jo Rutstein, Charlene Hutson.

Sarasota Season of Sculpture

Invitational exhibition of approximately 25 sculptures displayed along the Sarasota bayfront and Tamiami Trail.

Executive director: Brenda Terris

Address: 240 S. Pineapple Ave., Suite 400,

Sarasota, FL 34236

Telephone: (941) 953-4515

Web site: www.seasonofsculpture.com

Mission statement: Bring large-scale public works of art created by world-class sculptors to

Sarasota and promote public support of art.

Volunteer opportunities: Web, administrative, docents, event helpers.

Main fund-raising event: Opening Brunch Gala

Date: Nov. 11, 2007

Location: Along Sarasota’s bayfront.

Ticket price: TBA

Honorary chairs: Stanley and Janet Kane

Sarasota Sports Foundation

Organized exclusively for charitable and educational purposes.

Executive director: Trish Fitzgerald

Address: 5111 Ocean Blvd., Suite C,

Sarasota, FL 34242

Phone: (941) 312-9049

Web site: www.sarasotasportsfoundation.org

Mission statement: To raise money to prevent child abuse, neglect and abandonment in

our community.

Volunteer opportunities: Fund-raising committees and event day volunteers.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Third Annual Celebrity Gala and Celebrity Golf Classic.

2) Fourth Annual Serving Up a Grand Slam Celebrity Tennis Classic.

Dates: 1) Nov. 16–17, 2007. 2) March 13, 15, 16, 2008.

Location: 1–2) Longboat Key Club.

Ticket prices: 1) $750. 2) TBA.

Chairs: 1) D. Scott Libertore, Matt Drews. 2) Graci McGillicuddy.

Sarasota/Manatee Association for Riding Therapy (SMART)

A North American Riding for the Handicapped premier center that provides therapeutic horseback riding to individuals with special needs.

Executive director: Gail Clifton

Address: P.O. Box 9566,

Bradenton, FL 34206

Telephone: (941) 746-1493

Web site: www.smartriders.org

Mission statement: Enhance the physical, emotional and cognitive growth of individuals

with special needs through a quality educational and recreational therapeutic horseback-riding and carriage-driving program.

Volunteer opportunities: Horse handlers, side walkers, administration, facility

maintenance, marketing and fund raising.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Sarasota Polo Club Ball. 2) SMART Chef’s Dinners.

Dates: 1) March 28, 2008. 2) Year-round.

Locations: 1) $150. 2) Varied.

Ticket prices: 1) Sarasota Polo Club. 2) Varied.

Event chairs: 1) Nicholas J. Drizos, Joan Hazelett. 2) Nick G. Drizos.

Sarasota-Manatee Arch Family Holocaust Education Center of the Florida Holocaust Museum

A subsidiary of the Florida Holocaust Museum in St. Petersburg that provides educational support and teaching materials to public and private schools in Sarasota and Manatee counties.

Program Administrator: Alice Cotman

Address: 578 S. McIntosh Road,

Sarasota, FL 34232

Telephone: (941) 378-8837

Web site: www.flholocaustmuseum.org

Mission statement: Honor the memory of millions of innocent men, women and

children who suffered or died in the Holocaust, and convey the inherent worth and dignity of

human life to prevent future genocides.

Volunteer opportunities: Clerical, computer and phone skills, outreach projects and

special events.

Main fund-raising event: To Life, To Memory and Promise Dinner with Jon Voight, emcee.

Date: Feb. 23, 2008

Location: A La Carte Event Pavilion, Tampa

Ticket price: $200

Sarasota-Manatee Jewish Federation Inc.

A volunteer-driven nonprofit organization that raises and distributes funds for humanitarian and social services, both Jewish and non-Jewish, locally and overseas.

Executive director: Howard Tevlowitz

Address: 580 S. McIntosh Road,

Sarasota, FL 34232

Telephone: (941) 371-4546

Web site: www.smjf.org

Mission statement: To ensure the continuity of the Jewish people, enhance the quality of Jewish life, and build a strong, secure and unified Jewish community in Sarasota-Manatee, Israel and throughout the world.

Volunteer opportunities: Event and departmental committees; writing, editing and photography for the Jewish community newspaper, Jewish News; light office duties, ncluding major mailings.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Israel’s 60th Celebration. 2) Three of a Kind—Poker

Madness Returns Again.

Dates: 1) Feb. 23–24, 2008. 2) May 3, 2008.

Locations: 1) TBA. 2) Michael’s On East.

Ticket prices: 1) Free. 2) TBA.

Event chairs: TBA

SCOPE

(Sarasota County Openly Plans for Excellence)


Engages the community to improve the quality of life in Sarasota County.

Executive director: Tim Dutton

Address: 1226 N. Tamiami Trail, Suite 202,

Sarasota, FL 34236

Telephone: (941) 365-8751

Web site: www.scopexcel.org

Mission statement: Engage the community in planning for excellence through a process of open dialogue and impartial research, and establish priorities, propose solutions and monitor change to enhance the quality of life in Sarasota County.

Volunteer opportunities: Community studies, Community Report Card, event-related work, Web site help, speaker’s bureau.

Main fund-raising event: SCOPE’s annual event

Date: June 2008

Location: TBA

Ticket price: Free; donations accepted.

Event chairs: SCOPE Communications Committee

Second Chance-Last Opportunity

Targets services providing life management skills to at-risk youth and their families.

CEO: April Glasco

Address: 1933 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Way,

Sarasota, FL 34234

Telephone: (941) 360-8660

Web site: www.secondchancelastopportunity.org

Mission statement: Provide life-management skills to those who face multiple health, social and economic challenges.

Volunteer opportunities: Seeking businesses

to become sponsors. Distribution for Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas and back-to-school supplies, distributing food baskets and clothing twice a week, volunteering in the office.

Main fund-raising events: 1) “Share the Light”— Annual fund raiser. 2) Soup for the Soul. 3) May Picnic Party.

Dates: 1) September 2008. 2) April 2008. 3) May 2008.

Locations: 1) Michael’s On East. 2) Various restaurants. 3) TBA.

Ticket prices: 1) $50. 2–3) Call for information.

Event chair: 1–3) Amy Lovejoy.

Senior Friendship Centers

Celebrating its 35th anniversary in 2008, Senior Friendship Centers provides vital services for older adults, including meals for the homebound, healthcare and other programs and support for seniors and their families.

President and CEO: Robert J. Carter

Address: 1888 Brother Geenen Way,

Sarasota, FL 34236

Telephone: (941) 955-2122

Web site: www.seniorfriendship.com

Mission statement: Empowering individuals, families and communities through healthy and supportive aging services, activities, education and volunteerism.

Volunteer opportunities: Opportunities for all ages. Medical and dental practitioners, clerical support, entertainers, instructors and home meal deliverers.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Second annual Swinging with Friends Venice Golf Tournament. 2) 35th Anniversary dinner.

Dates: 1) Sept. 29, 2007. 2) Jan. 24, 2008.

Locations: 1) Mission Valley Golf and Country Club. 2) Senior Friendship Center, Sarasota.

Ticket prices: 1–2) $150.

Event chairs: 1) Dr. Richard Beebe. 2) Kathy Schersten.

The Society Incorporated

Florida Suncoast Chapter


Women of distinction and achievement working toward the development of fine

and performing arts among young people.

President: Audrey Coleman

Address: 7133 Dornough Lane,

Bradenton, FL 34202

Telephone: (941) 360-1541

Mission statement: To provide opportunities for the development of fine and performing

arts among young people with a special emphasis on African-American youth.

Main fund-raising event: New Year’s Eve Gala—Black tie.

Date: Dec. 31, 2007

Location: Fred’s Ballroom, Lakewood Ranch

Ticket price: TBA

Event chairs: Carolyn Johnson, Clara Mims

SOULSPEAK/SOULMOVES

Helps children and adults express their loves and losses through spontaneous and collaborative poetry, dance and art; produces art videos and documentaries.

Executive director: Scylla Liscombe

Address: 535 Columbia Court,

Sarasota, FL 34236-7125

Telephone: (941) 366-6468

Web site: www.soulspeak.org

Mission statement: To increase public awareness of poetry and dance, promote poetry and dance in collaboration with other arts, both traditional and healing, foster education programs and preserve art forms.

Volunteer opportunities: Fund raising.

Main fund-raising event: SOULSPEAK Video Sizzle—An evening of Soulspeak videos featuring local and Mexican art and artists.

Date: Nov. 16, 2007

Location: 535 Columbia Court, Sarasota.

Ticket price: Free

Event chairs: Scylla Liscombe, Justin Spring

South County Family YMCA

President and CEO: Ken Modzelewski

Address: 701 Center Road,

Venice, FL 34285

Telephone: (941) 492-9622

Web site: www.veniceymca.org

Mission statement: To put Judeo-Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy mind, body and spirit.

Volunteer opportunities: Varied.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Tropical Nights. 2) Black Tie Auction.

Dates: 1) April 26, 2008. 2) Feb. 9, 2008.

Locations: 1) Palm Island Resort. 2) South County Family YMCA.

Ticket prices: 1–2) $175.

Event chairs: TBA

South Florida Museum

Southwest Florida’s largest natural and cultural history museum.

Associate Director: Alan Haines

Address: 201 10th St. W.,

Bradenton, FL 34206

Telephone: (941) 746-4131

Web site: www.southfloridamuseum.org

Mission statement: Inform and educate through innovative, eclectic and entertaining presentations that reflect and interpret the natural and cultural history of Southwest Florida.

Volunteer opportunities: Docents, aquarium spotters, museum store, information desk.

Main fund-raising event: Snooty Gala

Date: Nov. 3, 2007

Location: South Florida Museum

Ticket price: $150

Event chairs: Debbie Gigliotti, Carol Rice

Southeastern Guide Dogs Inc.

Operating under the belief that every person who is blind or visually impaired should have

the opportunity to live an independent, empowered life.

Executive director: Pat Cowan

Address: 4210 77th St. E.,

Palmetto, FL 34221

Telephone: (941) 729-5665

Web site: www.guidedogs.org

Mission statement: Provides guide dogs to people who are blind or visually impaired at no charge.

Volunteer opportunities: Puppy hugging, dog walking, puppy raising, administrative

support, special events.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Silver Harness Gala. 2) Silver on the Green—Golf tournament. 3) Walk-a-Thon.

Dates: 1) Sept. 22, 2007. 2) Oct. 13, 2007. 3) March 1, 2008.

Locations: 1) Michael’s On East. 2) Tara Golf and Country Club. 3) Manatee County Fair Assocation and IMC Arena, Palmetto.

Ticket prices: 1) $200. 2) $150; $50 dinner only. 3) Volunteers collect pledges to walk.

Event chair: 1–2) Leigh Anne Novak. 3) Linda Sylvester.

Special Athlete Boosters Inc.

Executive director: Maggie Riggall

Address: P.O. Box 2112,

Venice, FL 34284

Telephone: (941) 412-0402

Mission statement: Develop local resources that enable intellectually disabled children and adults to participate in such activities as Special Olympics.

Volunteer opportunities: Fund raising and special events.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Sharks Tooth Festival—Family festival with food, rides, crafts and exhibits. 2) Coast Cadillac Laurel Oak Cup—Golf tournament with dinner and silent auction. 3) 5K Classic.

Dates: 1) April 2008. 2) March 2008. 3) November 2007.

Locations: 1) Venice Airport Festival Grounds. 2) Laurel Oak Country Club. 3) St. Armands.

Ticket prices: 1) $2. 2–3) Varied.

Event chair: Maggie Riggall

Special Olympics Sarasota

Year-round training and Olympic-type sports for people with developmental disabilities.

County Coordinator: Maggie Riggall

Address: P.O. Box 2112,

Venice, FL 34284

Telephone: (941) 412-0402

Web site: www.sosarasota.org

Volunteer opportunities: Event personnel, office, coaching, transportation and chaperoning athletes.

Main fund-raising event: Publix Torch Sales— Torches will be sold at all area Publix stores

throughout January.

Ticket prices: $1–$5

Sportsmen’s National Land Trust

Purchases land for conservation and recreation.

President: David Wilcox

Address: P.O. Box 9303,

Bradenton, FL 34206

Telephone: (941) 746-2136

Web site: www.snltflorida.org

Mission statement: Conserve wild, natural open and scenic land for the recreational enjoyment of present and future generations.

Volunteer opportunities: Office administration, database management, development and

fund raising, grant research and writing, land stewardship.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Sportsmen’s National Land Trust Fun Shoot. 2) Florida Specialty License Tag.

Dates: 1) March 8, 2008. 2) Year-round.

Locations: 1) Knight Trail Park, Nokomis. 2) None.

Ticket prices: 1) Corporate team sponsors. 2) TBA.

Event chairs: 1) Ed Lindsay. 2) None.

Suncoast Center for Independent Living Inc.

Provides advocacy, peer counseling, information and referral, independent living skills training, medical and computer loan and home modification to persons with disabilities. Also provides American with Disabilities Act consultation.

Executive director: Keith Kitchens

Address: 2989 Fruitville Road,

Sarasota, FL 34237

Telephone: (941) 351-9545

Web site: www.scil4u.com

Mission statement: Help people with disabilities achieve their full potential through independent living services and advocate the elimination of social and physical barriers to community integration.

Volunteer opportunities: Construction of wheelchair ramps, repairing wheelchairs, refurbishing computers, computer classes and peer counseling.

Suncoast Communities Blood Bank

Medical Director/CEO: Dr. Mark Magenheim

Address: 1760 Mound St.,

Sarasota, FL 34236

Telephone: (866) 97-BLOOD

Web site: www.scbb.org

Mission statement: Provide our community’s hospitals with a reliable supply of quality

blood products and services.

Volunteer opportunities: Customer service, office and clerical, donor recruitment, special

events, education, courier, maintenance.

Main fund-raising event: TBA

Date: TBA

Location: All Suncoast Communities Blood

Bank locations.

Ticket price: Varied

Event chair: Julie Platt

Suncoast Foundation for the Handicapped Inc.

The all-volunteer board Suncoast Foundation has constructed over $9 million in facilities for local charities providing services to physically and mentally challenged children and adults with proceeds raised through the Suncoast Offshore Grand Prix Festival.

Chairman: John T. Stafford

Address: 3148-A Southgate Circle,

Sarasota, FL 34239

Telephone: (941) 371-8820 ext. 1800

Web site: www.suncoastoffshore.org

Mission statement: Dedicated to local charities serving the handicapped of our community.

Volunteer opportunities: Call (941) 371-8820 ext. 1800.

Main fund-raising event: Suncoast Offshore

Grand Prix Festival

Date: June 27–July 6, 2008

Location: Varied

Ticket price: Varied

Event chair: TBA

Suncoast Humane Society

Open-admission animal shelter serving portions of Sarasota, Charlotte and Lee counties.

Executive director: Phillip R. Snyder

Address: 6781 San Casa Drive,

Englewood, FL 34224

Telephone: (941) 474-7884

Web site: www.humane.org

Mission statement: To reduce the number of homeless animals and improve the quality of human life through animal companionship.

Volunteer opportunities: Tour guides, dog walkers, cat cuddlers, administrative, foster parents, handyman, groundskeeper and numerous other volunteer opportunities to work with and for the animals.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Fur Ball. 2) Paws in the Park—Annual off-site adoption and fund raiser with arts and crafts, pet contests, food vendors, entertainment and children’s activities.

Dates: 1) February 2008. 2) March 2008.

Locations: 1) Plantation Golf and Country Club, Venice. 2) Venice.

Ticket prices: 1) $75. 2) Free.

Event chairs: TBA

Susan G. Komen for the Cure

Florida Suncoast Affiliate


Foundation dedicated to the cure for breast cancer.

Executive director: Lynn Rasys

Address: P.O. Box 51616,

Sarasota, FL 34232

Telephone: (877) 506-6927

Web site: www.komensuncoast.org

Mission statement: To save lives and end breast cancer by empowering people, ensuring quality of care and energizing science to find cures.

Volunteer opportunities: Speaker’s bureau, educational programs, fund raising.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Race for the Cure— Nationally sanctioned 5K race. 2) Annual luncheon.

Dates: 1) Oct. 6, 2007. 2) March 20, 2008.

Locations: 1) Vinoy Park. 2) The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota.

Ticket prices: 1) $30 prior to Sept. 1; $35 after. 2) TBA.

Event chairs: 1) Susan Maxwell. 2) Molly Jackson, Fran Lambert.

Take Stock in Children

Sarasota County


Awards four-year scholarships to low-income, at-risk students who agree to remain drug- and crime-free, attend school regularly and maintain academic success.

Executive director: Lisa Bechtold

Address: P.O. Box 48186,

Sarasota, FL 34230-5186

Telephone: (941) 929-2090

Web site: www.takestocksarasota.org

Mission statement: To end the cycle of poverty by providing dignity, hope and support to low-income, at-risk students in Sarasota County.

Volunteer opportunities: Mentoring, special events, committee members and fund raising.

Main fund-raising event: “Celebration of Hope” spring dinner

Date, location, ticket price, event chair: TBA

Temple Beth Sholom Schools: Justin Lee Wiesner Preschool and Goldie Feldman Academy

Both schools are part of Temple Beth Sholom, a conservative Jewish congregation.

Executive director: Kavita Vasil

Address: The Kane/Karp Educational Center

1050 S. Tuttle Ave.,

Sarasota, FL 34237

Telephone: (941) 552-2770

Web site: www.goldiefeldmanacademy.com

Mission statement: To offer an exemplary academic program recognizing the gifts of each child and helping each child achieve his highest potential while guiding him through Jewish traditions.

Volunteer opportunities: Contact celebration@ goldiefeldmanacademy.com.

Main fund-raising event: The 15th Annual Celebration of Imagination, A Crystal Gala Celebrating Our Children

Date: Feb. 23, 2008

Location: Temple Beth Sholom

Ticket price: $125

Event chairs: Priscilla Adams, Rebekah Gelvin, Christine Fenner


TideWell Hospice and Palliative Care

Independent organization serving patients with life-limiting illness in Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte and DeSoto counties.

President and CEO: Marge Maisto

Address: 5955 Rand Blvd.,

Sarasota, FL 34238

Telephone: (941) 923-5822

Web site: www.tidewell.org

Mission statement: Total support system for patients and families dealing with a life-limiting

illness, providing the highest level of care.

Volunteer opportunities: Patient care, office, Hospice House, cooking, gardening.

Trinity Charities Inc.

Executive director: Mona West

Address: 7225 N. Lockwood Ridge Road,

Sarasota, FL 34243

Telephone: (941) 355-0847

Web site: www.trinitycharities.org

Mission statement: Provide educational, prevention and support services related to HIV/AIDS for our population in Sarasota and Manatee Counties and the surrounding underserved area.

Volunteer opportunities: Bi-monthly food pantry.

Main fund-raising event: Second Annual AIDS Walk

Date: Oct. 13, 2007

Location: New College campus

Ticket price: Free

Event chair: Paul DiPlacido

United Cerebral Palsy of Sarasota-Manatee Inc.

Executive director: Wendy Mann Resnick

Address: 1090 S. Tamiami Trail,

Sarasota, FL 34236

Telephone: (941) 957-3599

Web site: www.ucpsarasota.org

Mission statement: Provide people with disabilities the support necessary to enable

them to live a full and productive life that includes a home, family, work and community participation.

Volunteer opportunities: Reception, events.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Gathering of the Goddesses Luncheon 2) Bachelor Bash and

Auction: “Manhattan Nights.” 3) Chocolate Sundae & The Chocolate Festival—Chocolate-themed gourmet dinner and tasting.

Dates: 1) Nov. 12, 2007. 2) Jan. 25, 2008. 3) March 7 and 9, 2008.

Locations: 1–3) Michael’s On East.

Ticket prices: TBA

Event chair: 1–3) Wendy Mann Resnick

United Nations Association of the United States America

UNA-USA Sarasota-Manatee Chapter

Nonpartisan national organization dedicated to enhancing U.S. participation in the U.N.

system and to strengthening that system in its mission. Provides unique international affairs programs: model U.N.s, public debates, lectures, special global projects and celebrations.

President: Dorothy Watson

Address: P.O. Box 2427,

Sarasota, FL 34230

Telephone: (941) 359-9760

Web site: www.geocities.com/sarasota-una

Mission statement: Dedicated to education, inspiring and mobilizing Americans to support the principles and vital work of the United Nations, strengthen the system. Promotes constructive United States leadership in that system, and the achievement of the goals of the U.N. Charter.

Volunteer opportunities: Computer skills, committee chairs, speakers, fund raising, organizing, hospitality, publishing, secretarial, public relations, writing and teaching.

Main fund-raising events: 1) U.N. Day Celebration-Luncheon. 2) Dinner honoring president Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf of Liberia. 3) Liberian Adopt-a-School Project—Ritz Chamber Players benefit concert.

Dates: 1) Oct. 24, 2007. 2) November 2007. 3) January 2008.

Locations: 1) Sarasota Yacht Club. 2) Hyatt Sarasota. 3) FSU Center for the Performing Arts.

Ticket prices: TBA

Event chairs: Peg Bates, Dorothy Watson, Pattie Lanier, Florence Jackson, Janet Holmes

United Way of Sarasota County Inc.

Since 1948, United Way of Sarasota County has been a critical part of this community’s efforts to improve the quality of life for local children and families. Your local United Way continues to expand its impact within the community through partnerships with local foundations, local government, the school system, other local United Ways and community investors.

Assets: $8,508,539

Total services, including grants: $3,719,747

Number of grants: 85

Range of grants: $5,000–$185,000

President and CEO: Alexander Young

Address: 1445 Second St.,

Sarasota, FL 34236

Telephone: (941) 366-2686

Web site: www.uwsrq.com

Mission statement: To help people make our community a better place through helping others.

Volunteer opportunities: Visit www.uwsrq.com/volunteer.htm.

United Way of South Sarasota County

Funding 40 local programs throughout 26 local agencies serving the people of Venice, North Port, Englewood, Laurel, Nokomis and Osprey.

Executive director: Steve Brett

Address: 7810 S. Tamiami Trail, A-4,

Venice, FL 34293

Telephone: (941) 408-0595

Web site: www.uwssc.org

Mission statement: To increase the organized capacity of people to care for one another.

Volunteer opportunities: Community impact committee, community partnership committee.

Main fund-raising events: 1) United Way golf tournament. 2) Campaign Kickoff Lunch. 3) United Way Agency Walk-a-thon.

Dates: 1) Oct. 13, 2007. 2) Sept. 20, 2007. 3) Feb. 23, 2008

Locations: 1) Pelican Point. 2) Plantation Golf and Country Club. 3) Centennial Park.

Ticket prices: 1) $75. 2) $25. 3) Free.

Event chairs: 1) Brent Pinkerton. 2) Mary Gonter. 3) Dave Pierce.

University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee

Upper-level undergraduate and graduate- level programs and continuing professional education.

Vice President and CEO: Dr. Arthur Guilford

Address: 8350 N. Tamiami Trail,

Sarasota, FL 34243

Telephone: (941) 359-4340

Web site: www.sar.usf.edu

Mission statement: Provide the skills and knowledge base essential for regional growth and to serve the intellectual and economic needs of the region.

Volunteer opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.

Main fund-raising event: Brunch on the Bay— To celebrate leadership and raise dollars

for scholarships.

Date: Nov. 4, 2007

Location: Powel Crosley Mansion

Ticket price: $100; sponsorships available, $1,500–$25,500.

Event chair: Grace Dieterich

Van Wezel Foundation

President and CEO: Rodger DeRose

Address: P.O. Box 3434,

Sarasota, FL 34230

Telephone: (941) 366-5578

Web site: www.vwfoundation.org

Mission statement: To enrich the lives of students and educators through the

performing arts while supporting the needs of the region’s premier performing arts hall.

Volunteer opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.

Main fund-raising events: 1) A Gala Evening with Patti LaBelle—Cocktails and dinner in the Grand Foyer, preferred performance seating and a “Meet the Artist” reception for gala patrons. 2) The Perlman Music Program Celebration Concert and Dinner.

Dates: 1) Feb.15, 2008. 2) Jan. 2, 2008.

Locations: 1–2) Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall.

Ticket prices: 1) $75 (after-party only), $275, $500, $750. 2) $1,000/pair; concert only, $50–$60.

Event chairs: 1) Chris Pfahler, Veronica Brady. 2) Dottie Baer Garner.

Venice Area Beautification

Nurtures and develops enhancement and beautification projects, including the Venetian Waterway Park, Patriots Park, public art murals and the Venice Arboretum.

Executive director: Debbie Lure

Address: 257 N. Tamiami Trail,

Venice, FL 34285

Telephone: (941) 207-8224

Web site: www.vabi.org

Mission statement: To make the Venice area a more beautiful place to live, work and play.

Volunteer opportunities: Trailblazer bike patrol, Pepper Patrol, office, adopt-the-VWP, committees.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Evening in Paradise. 2) VABI Boat Bash.

Dates: 1) Nov. 17, 2007. 2) Dec. 1, 2007.

Locations: 1) On the beach at Sharky’s. 2) Venetian trailhead.

Ticket prices: 1) $150. 2) $40.

Event chairs: 1) Renee Ball. 2) Monty Andrews.


Venice Area Mobile Meals Inc.

President: Clyde Young

Address: 920 S. Tamiami Trail,

Venice, FL 34285

Telephone: (941) 488-1889

Mission statement: Supply warm, nutritious meals to the needy in the greater Venice area.

Volunteer opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.

Venice Art Center

Begun in 1958, the oldest and largest community art center on the Culture Coast, offering local and nationally recognized exhibitions of paintings, sculpture, glass, photography and more, as well as lectures, art classes for all ages in all media, fine art sales and a gift gallery.

Executive director: Marilyn LaBallister

Address: 390 Nokomis Ave. S.,

Venice, FL 34285

Telephone: (941) 485-7136

Web site: www.veniceartcenter.com

Mission statement: To stimulate and encourage the appreciation of art; to provide cultural resources to the community and encourage the knowledge and appreciation of visual art in all its forms today and in the future.

Volunteer opportunities: Fund raising, exhibition committee, receiving and hanging, opening receptions and reception desk.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Christmas Teas. 2) Paint-Out in Paradise. 3) Fine art sale and show.

Dates: 1) Dec. 5 and 7, 2007. 2) Feb. 29, 2008. 3) Feb. 23–24, 2008.

Locations: 1–2) Venice Art Center. 3) Venice Community Center.

Ticket prices: 1) $30. 2) TBA. 3) Free.

Event chairs: TBA

Venice Little Theatre

Award-winning community theater.

Artistic/Managing Director: Murray Chase

Address: 140 W. Tampa Ave.,

Venice, FL 34285

Telephone: (941) 488-1115

Web site: www.venicestage.com

Mission statement: Serve the Venice area as its primary arts entertainment and theater

education center.

Volunteer opportunities: Onstage, backstage, scenery construction and painting, costume construction, box office, ushering and mailing.

Main fund-raising event: Entertainment in two theater spaces, from concerts to cutting- edge theater. Individual and group tours of theater available.

Dates: Ongoing, call for information.

Location: Venice Little Theatre

Ticket prices: $10–$35

Venice MainStreet Inc.

Part of the national MainStreet organization.

Executive director: Bruce Crisman

Address: 101 W. Venice Ave., Suite 23,

Venice, FL 34285

Telephone: (941) 484-6722

Mission statement: To preserve and enhance a quality environment in downtown Venice for present and future generations through organized volunteer efforts by focusing on its historic character and economic vitality.

Volunteer opportunities: Committee work, office work, arts and entertainment, parade and festival organization.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Arts festivals. 2) Fashion show. 3) Dinner dance.

Dates: 1) Nov. 3-4, 2007. 2) Feb. 17, 2008. 3) Oct. 20, 2007.

Ticket prices: 1) Free. 2) $25. 3) $50.

Event chairs: 1-2) Kathy Crisman. 3) Bruce Crisman.


The Venice Symphony

75-piece symphony orchestra that presents classical, pops, chamber music and a summer music camp.

Executive director: Jean Peters

Address: P.O. Box 1561,

Venice, FL 34284

Telephone: (941) 488-1010

Web site: www.thevenicesymphony.org

Mission statement: Present symphonic concerts and promote an appreciation of musical arts in the community.

Volunteer opportunities: Usher, office assistance, fund raising.

Main fund-raising event: Eric Watters Show

Dates: Nov. 18–19, 2007

Location: Venice Little Theatre

Ticket price, event chair: TBA

WEDU, Florida West Coast

Public Broadcasting Inc.


Florida’s most-watched PBS station, supported primarily through individual memberships, serves 16 counties in West Central Florida including Tampa, St. Petersburg and Sarasota.

President and CEO: Richard M. Lobo

Chairwoman, Board of Directors: Elaine Keating

Address: 1300 North Blvd.,

Tampa, FL 33607

Telephone: (800) 354-9338

Web site: www.wedu.org

Mission statement: Provide and produce superior quality education, information and entertainment services, creating a wide realm of experiences for a diverse audience.

Volunteer opportunities: Fund-raising events, community outreach events, membership

drives, office support, special mailings and Community Advisory Board.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Sojourn—Annual black-tie, wine-paired cultural gala. 2) WEDU

Be More Awards—Celebration of West Central Florida’s nonprofit community. 3) Speaking of Women’s Health—Annual daylong event focusing on women’s health issues.

Dates: 1) Feb. 2, 2008. 2) Jan. 17, 2008. 3) June 2008.

Locations: 1) The Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront. 2) A La Carte Pavilion, Tampa. 3) TBA.

Ticket prices: 1) $200-plus. 2) $45-plus. 3) $50-plus.

Event chair: 1) Barry and Judith Alpert, Richard and Francine Dobkin, Leonard and Nancy Johnson, Ray and Nancy Murray, Tom Luzier, Allison Beard. 2) TBA. 3) Tana Sandefur.

The Wellness Community

Nonmedical support organization for cancer patients and family members.

Executive director: Jay R. Lockaby

Address: 3900 Clark Road, Building P-3,

Sarasota, FL 34233

Telephone: (941) 921-5539

Web site: www.wellness-swfl.org

Mission statement: To help people affected by cancer enhance their health and well-being through participation in a professional program of emotional support, education and hope.

Volunteer opportunities: Outreach, clerical, fund raising, event support.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Flight of Hope—Dinner/dance gala. 2) The Celebration of Hope—Dinner and presentation of the 2007 Stephen H. Goldman Keystone Award. 3) Sarasota Magazine’s Hottest Husbands.

Dates: 1) March 15, 2008. 2) Nov. 14, 2007. 3) Feb. 13, 2008.

Locations: 1) Dolphin Aviation. 2) Michael’s On East. 3) Saks Fifth Avenue

Ticket prices: 1) $195. 2) $125. 3) TBA.

Event chairs: 1) Amie Swan, Emily Walsh Parry. 2) Shea Dotson, Karen Odierna. 3) TBA.

West Coast Civic Ballet

Provides quality dance performances in classical ballet and contemporary dance for audiences of all ages.

Executive director: Deborah Vinton

Address: 525 Lemon Ave.,

Sarasota, FL 34234

Telephone: (941) 951-0220

Web site: www.westcoastcivicballet.com

Mission statement: Provide quality training and performance opportunities for area artists

in classical and contemporary dance to enhance community appreciation and participation in visual and performing arts.

Volunteer opportunities: Production, costumes, sets, props, backstage, box office, ushering, office help, fund raising.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Peter Pan. 2) Spring Festival. 3) Scary Saturday Night Out.

Dates: 1) Dec. 15–16, 2007. 2) March 8–9, 2008. 3) Oct. 27, 2007.

Locations: 1–2) Booker High School. 3) Manatee Civic Center.

Ticket prices: 1–2) $15, $20/adult, $10–$15/senior, $5–$10/student. 3) Dinner and performance, $60; performance only, $20.

Event chairs: 1–2) Deborah Vinton. 3) Donna Riggs.

WBTT

(Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe)

The 2007-2008 season of four productions will be presented at the Historic Asolo Theater at the Ringling Museum.

President of the Board: Michael Fluker

Address: P.O. Box 1086, Sarasota, FL 34230

Telephone: (941) 358-9228

Web site: www.wbtt.org

Mission statement: To celebrate black artists and their works and expose the community

to multicultural art.

Volunteer opportunities: Help with administrative work, office and technical crew.

Main fund-raising event: Contributor parties

Date, location, ticket price, event chair: TBA

Wildlife Center of Venice

Sarasota County’s only active state and federally permitted wildlife rescue and rehabilitation center, treating more than 3,000 injured and orphaned birds, mammals and reptiles annually.

Executive Director: Kevin Barton

Address: 3252 Border Road,

Venice, FL 34292

Telephone: (941) 484-9657

Web site: www.wildlifecenterofvenice.org

Mission statement: Dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and release of sick, injured and orphaned Florida wildlife. Also providing educational programs on environmental issues and conservation.

Volunteer opportunities: Rescue, rehab support (cleaning and feeding), property management, construction, education, fund-raising.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Garage sale. 2) “Party in Paradise”—Dinner with ntertainment, silent auction and raffle. 3) Wine and dessert tasting with silent auction.

Dates: 1) Feb. 10, 2008. 2) Feb. 21, 2008. 3) TBA.

Locations: 1) 235 Snyder Drive, Venice. 2) VFW Hall, Venice. 3) TBA.

Ticket prices: 1) Free. 2) $25. 3) $20.

Event chairs: 1) Jane Reeves. 2) Mary Riley. 3) Linda Schrader.

William G. Selby & Marie Selby Foundation

Donates grants for capital projects to nonprofit organizations in Sarasota and surrounding counties.

As of May 31, 2006

Assets: $71,772,153

Total grants: $4.1 million

Number of grants: 31

Range of grants: $10,000–$500,000

Average grant size: $132,688

President: Debra Jacobs

Address: 1800 Second St., Suite 750,

Sarasota, FL 34236

Phone: (941) 957-0442

Web site: www.selbyfdn.org

Mission statement: To invest in people through academic scholarships and support of capital projects of local organizations.

The Woman’s Exchange

Established in 1962, a nonprofit, tax-exempt consignment store whose revenues provide direct grants to local arts organizations and to individual students pursuing an education in the arts. Awarding over $6 million to date.

President: Mary Helen Kress

Address: 539 S. Orange Ave.,

Sarasota, FL 34236

Telephone: (941) 955-7859

Web site: www.womansexchange.com

Mission statement: Enrich and strengthen arts-related programs and to encourage creativity in organizations and individuals throughout the community. Merchandise to be sold in the store is accepted either for donation or consignment.

Volunteer opportunities: Mornings and afternoons, three-hour shifts. Cashier, intake, pricing, sales, wrappers.

Women’s Resource Center of Sarasota County

A nonprofit organization that assists women in achieving financial and emotional independence through support, education and career training, networking and referral services.

Executive director: Janice Zarro

Address: 340 S. Tuttle Ave.,

Sarasota, FL 34237

Telephone: (941) 366-1700

Web site: www.thewomensresourcecenter.org

Mission statement: Women empowering women to achieve their full emotional and economic potential through education, support, networking and referrals.

Volunteer opportunities: Peer counseling, administrative support, Encore! & More consignment shop.

Main fund-raising event: Renaissance Luncheon

Date: March 10, 2008

Location: The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota

Ticket price: $95

Event chair: Betty Schoenbaum

World Dance Arts Foundation Inc.

Develops, funds and sponsors curriculum-based social dance programs for public school students (elementary and middle in Sarasota and Manatee counties).

Executive director: Anna Christine Smart

Address: 3643 Cortez Road W.. Suite 300,

Bradenton, FL 34210

Telephone: (941) 758-9129

Web site: www.worlddancearts.org

Mission statement: To promote, educate and expand the art of ballroom dancing.

Volunteer opportunities: Teacher’s aides in public school classrooms to assist our qualified ballroom instructors.

Main fund-raising event: The Youth Ballroom Blitz—The world’s largest gathering of youth ballroom dancing in an energetic, competitive format. Young dancers from across the country will gather for a memorable weekend filled with fun, music and dancing.

Date: Nov. 3, 2007

Location: Hyatt Regency, Orlando

Ticket price: $20

Event chairs: Anna Christine Smart, Evette Revelli

WUSF Public Broadcasting

A public service media organization that celebrates educational, cultural and artistic excellence and is an authentic source of information for people of the greater Tampa Bay and Sarasota region.

General Manager: JoAnn Urofsky

Address: 4202 E. Fowler Ave., TVB 100,

Tampa, FL 33620

Telephone: (813) 974-8700

Web site: www.wusf.org

Mission statement: To provide the

community with outstanding educational, cultural and public affairs programming, productions and community outreach services through our media platforms: radio, television, the Radio Reading Service and the Internet.

Volunteer opportunities: Mailings, telephones, membership campaigns, station tours and reading for the visually impaired.

Main fund-raising event: On-air membership campaigns

Dates: 1) Radio: October 2007; March 2008. 2) Television: December 2007; March, June, August 2008.

Location: University of South Florida

Ticket price: N/A

Event chair: Cathy Coccia

YMCA Foundation of Sarasota Inc.

Provides financial support for the Sarasota Family YMCA.

President: Karin E. Gustafson, C.F.R.E.

Address: One S. School Ave., Suite 302,

Sarasota, FL 34237

Telephone: (941) 951-1336

Web site: www.sarasota-ymca.org

Mission statement: Support the mission of the Sarasota Family YMCA by raising financial support for programs, services and facilities.

Volunteer opportunities: Board, estate sales, office, community coalition for children.

Main fund-raising event: Going for the Gold— Dinner and auction.

Date: May 3, 2008

Location: Berlin YMCA Branch

Ticket price: $200

Event chair: TBA

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