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Key to the Cure Kickoff Party

October 17

Four days of fashionable philanthropy begin at Saks Fifth Avenue, Sarasota, with a fabulous evening of mingling, tasting and shopping. The Entertainment Industry Foundation celebrity ambassador for 2013 is actress Jennifer Aniston. Shoppers can support the cause by purchasing this year’s limited edition T-shirt—modeled by Aniston in the national campaign—at Saks stores or online. Proceeds will benefit Women’s Cancer Care Programs at Sarasota Memorial Health Care System. For more information, call (941) 917-1286 or visit smhf.org.

 


 

Ringling International Arts Festival

October 9-12

RIAF 2013 kicks off its fifth annual festival with Spanish flamenco sensation Rocío Molina and moves into full swing with four days of musical, dance and theatrical performances presented in intimate performance venues at The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art. For more information call (941) 360-7399 or visit ringling.org.

 


 

"A Night of Masquerade"

October 19

The Payton Wright Foundation is hosting “A Night of Masquerade,” 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at The Francis, 1262 N. Palm Ave., Sarasota. The event will include dinner, drinks, a live auction, and blackjack, craps and roulette tables, all to help support families who are caring for a child with brain cancer. Tickets and additional information are available here.

 


 

Doctor Idol

October 25

Come to Doctor Idol in costume and win! Dress up as your favorite music legend and you will be automatically entered into a drawing to win a Sarasota stay-cation prize package valued at $2,500! Prize package includes the weekend lease of a luxury vehicle from Suncoast Motorsports, weekend overnight accommodations at Hyatt Regency Sarasota and certificates for dining and entertainment. An award for best costume will be selected by the judges’ panel—look for the winner's photo in an upcoming issue of Sarasota Magazine. For details and tickets visit doctoridol.eventbrite.com.

 


 

Introducing the Arts & Cultural Alliance “Arts Leadership” Program

The Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County, in conjunction with Sarasota Magazine, has developed the “Arts Leadership” program to ensure that the next generation of business professionals has an appreciation and understanding of the arts and its importance in our community. Running through May 2013, several Sarasota businesses and firms have selected one of their employees to attend a series of educational programs, attend an arts performance and interact with patrons and members of the organization’s boards of directors. The 2013 participating arts organizations are: Sarasota Orchestra, Sarasota Opera, Sarasota Ballet and the Asolo Repertory Theatre. The 2013 businesses sending “students” are: Adams & Reese, BB&T, Caldwell Trust, Canandaigua Trust, JPMorgan Chase, Gulfshore Media, Icard Merrill, Northern Trust, PNC, Purmont & Martin, US Trust.

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