The Charity Register Part 2

By saratemporary September 1, 2003

Muscular Dystrophy Association, Inc.

National organization supporting those affected by muscular dystrophy.

District director: Michael Carr

Address: 2801 Fruitville Road, Suite 140

Sarasota, FL 34237

Telephone: (941) 951-7890

Web site:

Volunteer Opportunities: In-house office duties and event volunteers.

Main Fund-raising Event: Lock-Up—Fun networking opportunity.

Date: Various

Location: Various

Ticket Price: TBA

Event Chair: Michael Carr

Contact Telephone: (941) 951-7890

Museum of Asian Art

Exhibits Asian arts and artifacts, produces lectures on a variety of subjects relating to Asia and holds on-site education programs for students and the general public.

Vice Chairperson: Tony Falcone

Address: 640 S. Washington Blvd.

Sarasota, FL 34236

Telephone: (941) 954-7117

Web site:

Mission Statement: Enhance the awareness and understanding of the arts and cultures of Asia through exhibition, education and research programs.

Volunteer Opportunities: Administration, docents, special events and receptionists.

Main Fund-raising Event: Celebration of the Chinese New Year 2004—Celebration honoring the Year of the Monkey and honoring Helene Noble for outstanding contributions to the arts in Sarasota.

Date: Feb. 6, 2004

Location: Michael’s On East

Ticket Price: $145/person

Event Chairs: Carol Phillips, chair; Kacy Carla Bennington, co-chair

Contact Telephone: (941) 780-3556

N.A.A.C.P. Sarasota County Branch

Volunteer staff that works for the preservation of civil rights.

Executive Director: Willie Holley

Address: PO Box 1024

Sarasota, FL 34230-1024

Telephone: (941) 355-2097

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—Annual recognition of citizens in various areas for their outstanding contributions.

Date: Oct. 9, 2003

Location: The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota

Ticket Price: $60-$70/person

Event Chair: Sandra Holley

Contact Telephone: (941) 355-2097

NARSAD The National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia & Depression

Fund-raising organization for research into mental illness.

Liaison: Sarah Edwardson

Address: 2424 Calamonga Lane

Sarasota, FL 34239

Telephone: (941) 308-MIND

Web site:

Mission Statement: Raise finds for research to find the causes for and cures of mental illness.

Volunteer Opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.

Main Fund-raising Event: Sunshine from Darkness Gala and Symposium—Free research symposium on the latest treatments for mental illness and gala dinner with performances from Yo-Yo Ma and special guest Art Buchwald.

Date: Symposium Jan. 10, 2004, Gala Jan. 12, 2004

Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

Ticket Price: Gala $250, Symposium Free

Event Chair: Lee Peterson, Joyce Tate, Mary Wallace

Contact Telephone: (941) 308-MIND

The Nature Conservancy

Works locally to protect important landscapes and rare natural areas.

Executive Director: Lincoln Borman

Address: 1413 Boulevard of the Arts

Sarasota, FL 34236

Telephone: (941) 366-3130

Web site: www/

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.

National Council of Jewish Women, Sarasota-Manatee Section

Women’s service organization.

President: Laurice Fishman

Address: 7131 Southgate Court

Sarasota, FL 34243

Telephone: (941) 359-0471

Web site:

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

Volunteer Opportunities: Eye screening, advocacy, mentoring, hearing screening.

Main Fund-raising Event: Women in Power Luncheon—Luncheon honoring three outstanding local women who have “made a difference.”

Date: Jan. 21, 2004

Location: Michael’s On East

Ticket Price: $35/person

Event Chair: Laurice Fishman

Contact Telephone: (941) 359-0471

National Multiple Sclerosis Society

Mid-Florida chapter that serves 23 counties in central Florida.

President: Tami Caesar

Address: 5711 Johns Road, Suite 1301

Tampa, FL 33634

Telephone: Toll-free (800) FIGHT-MS

Web site:

Mission Statement: End the devastating effects of multiple sclerosis.

Volunteer Opportunities: Assist with annual MS Walk in Sarasota County.

Main Fund-raising Event: MS Walk—Annual charity walk.

Date: March 2004

Location: TBA

Ticket Price: N/A

Event Chair: Varies

Contact Telephone: (407) 896-3873, (800) FIGHT-MS

New College Foundation, Inc.

Supports students, faculty and the curriculum.

President: Rolland V. Heiser, LTG USA (Ret.)

Address: 5700 N. Tamiami Trail

Sarasota, FL 34243

Telephone: (941) 355-2991

Web site:

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

Volunteer Opportunities: Events committees

Main Fund-raising Events:

1) Big Band Valentine Bash—Black-tie dinner, dance and show.

2) 25th Annual New England Clambake—New England-style clambake. 

3) Holiday Enchantment at the Mansion—Gingerbread house competition, raffle, holiday floral deccorations, all on display and for sale.


1) Feb. 13, 2004

2) Nov. 12, 2003

3) Dec. 10, 2003


1) Michael’s On East

2) New College of Florida Campus

3) Charles Ringling Mansion

Ticket Prices:

1) TBA

2) TBA

3) $3/person

Event Chair: Mary Lou Wingerter for all

Contact Telephone: (941) 355-2991

New College Library Association

Raises funds directly for the library as an affiliate of New College Foundation.

Executive Director: Jane S. Summerville

Address: 5700 N. Tamiami Trail

Sarasota, FL 34243

Telephone: (941) 351-3700

E-mail: [email protected]

Mission Statement: Raise funds to purchase books and other learning materials for the Jane Bancroft Cook Library at New College of Florida.

Volunteer Opportunities: Office, special projects, event committees.

Main Fund-raising Event: Mistletoe Ball—The oldest black-tie event in Sarasota, signaling the start of the holiday season. Dinner, dancing and auction.

Date: Dec. 6, 2003

Location: Charles Ringling Mansion

Ticket Price: $175/person

Event Chair: Judy Rossmoore Veale

Contact Telephone: (941) 351-3700

New Gate School

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

Executive Director: Chris Gallagher

Address: 5237 Ashton Road

Sarasota, FL 34233

Telephone: (941) 922-4949

Web site:

Mission Statement: Cultivate a love of life.

Volunteer Opportunities: Reading to children, gardening, committee membership, institutional devlopment.

Main Fund-raising Event: Jamboree—Annual dinner-dance with live and silent auction.

Date: March 2004

Location: Chelsea Center

Ticket Price: $100

Event Chair: Kim Cornetet

Contact Telephone: (941) 922-4949

North Port Area Art Guild

Organization that promotes all art forms through art shows and art in public places.

Executive Director: Doris Doersam

Address: P.O. Box 7523

North Port, FL 34287

Telephone: (941) 423-2174

Web site:

Mission Statement: Promote art education and appreciation throughout the North Port area.

Volunteer Opportunities: Kids summer art program.

Main Fund-raising Event: “Art in the Park”—Exhibit and art sale.

Date, Location and Event Chair: TBA

Ticket Price: Free

Contact Telephone: (941) 423-2174

Operation Serving Children/Operation Santa Claus (OSC)

Provides food to needy families at Christmas.

Executive Director: Rich Vannucci

Address: 4411 Bee Ridge Road, # 217

Sarasota, FL 34233

Telephone: (941) 378-9755

Web site:

Mission Statement: Focus on children and provide basic needs, relief and education about the global village we live in.

Volunteer Opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.

Main Fund-raising Event: Annual golf tournament.

Date: Nov. 15, 2003

Location: Serenoa Golf Club

Ticket Price: TBA

Contact Telephone: (941) 925-2755

Opportunity Closet, Inc.

Clothing service with locations in Sarasota, Bradenton and Venice.

Executive Director: Barbara Harle

Address: 3621 White Sulphur Place

Sarasota, FL 34232

Telephone: (941) 923-9755

Mission Statement: Provide clean, gently worn business clothing to clients who are preparing for job interviews.

Volunteer Opportunities: Help acquire large-size women’s clothing, shoes, men’s clothing, accesories and grant funding.

The Out-Of-Door Academy

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

Headmaster: Dr. Michael A. Novello

Address: 444 Reid St. (PK-6) and 5950 Deer Drive (7-12)

Sarasota, FL 34242 and 34240

Telephone: (941) 349-3223

Web site:

Mission Statement: Encourage students to achieve high academic goals and build character through a balanced program of academics, physical activity and the arts.

Volunteer Opportunities: School fund-raisers, art and music program assistants, office assistance, library aides.

Main Fund-raising Event: Extravaganza—A themed dinner gala featuring a live and silent auction.

Date: Nov. 8, 2003

Location: TBA

Ticket Price: $175/person

Event Chairs: Ann Grano, Nora Johnson

Contact Telephone: (941) 349-3223

PALS Partners in Education

Recruits volunteers and business partners to help improve the learning environments in Sarasota County public schools.

Coordinator: Sandi Chapnick

Address: 1960 Landings Blvd.

Sarasota, FL 34231

Telephone: (941) 927-9000

Web site:

Mission Statement: Enhance educational opportunities for students through comprehensive community involvement, and promote partnerships and alliances that link schools and communities.

Volunteer Opportunities: Tutors, mentors, office support, classroom assistants, computer and media aides and business partners.

Main Fund-raising Event: Donations are accepted throughout the year.

Pelican Man’s Bird Sanctuary

Bird rescue, rehabilitation and education facility.

Executive Director: Mona Schonbrunn

Address: 1708 Ken Thompson Parkway

Sarasota, FL 34236

Telephone: (941) 388-4444

Web site:

Mission Statement: Help wildlife in distress, rehabilitate them, provide care for permanently disabled birds and educate the public about wildlife and the environment.

Volunteer Opportunities: Hospital clinic, welcome center, gift shop, thrift stores, baby bird house, kitchen, education.

Main Fund-raising Events:

1) Baby Bird Shower—Gather donations for the 1,000 baby birds the center receives every year.

2) Wildlife Safari-fest—Continuous programs concerning wildlife and the environment, with a kids’ fun area, safari food and drink, boat rides, animals, artists, authors and photographers.


1) May 2004

2) Oct. 25-26, 2003


1) Pelican Man’s Bird Sanctuary

2) Pelican Man’s Bird Sanctuary

Ticket Prices:

1) Free, donations appreciated

2) $10 adults, $5 children 4-17

Event Chairs:

1) Patsy Wilson

2) Mellonie Smicklas

Contact Telephone: (941) 388-4444

Pet Therapy, Inc.

A program in which children and adult volunteers visit seniors and those confined to nursing homes, taking pets—primarily dogs and puppies—to cheer up the residents.

Executive Director: Kathy Alexander

Address: 3117 47th St.

Sarasota, FL 34234-5011

Telephone: (941) 358-2225

Web site:

Mission Statement: Brighten the lives of our elders and those confined to nursing homes and assisted living facilities through weekly visitations with pets.

Volunteer Opportunities: Weekly visits, dog bathing, care and visitation, office, sponsorships, kennel cleaning, special events.

Main Fund-raising Events:

1) “Air Force One”—Sale of framed, one-of-a-kind photograph of President George W. Bush leaving Sarasota on Sept. 11. Also, voting booths signed by Congresswoman Katherine Harris. 

2) Second Annual Bichon Bash—Celebration of bichons.


1) Ongoing sale

2) TBA


1) 3117 47th St.

2) TBA

Ticket Prices:

1) $100 framed, $25 and $15 unframed. Voting booths $300/each

2) TBA

Event Chair: Kathy Alexander

Contact Telephone: (941) 358-2225

Pierian Spring Academy

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

Executive Director: Robert V. Carlson

Address: P.O. Box 11012

Sarasota, FL 34278

Telephone: (941) 716-2471

E-mail: [email protected]

Mission Statement: Offer a wide range of non-credit adult education courses to Sarasota’s retirement community.

Volunteer Opportunities: A variety of administrative duties.

Pines of Sarasota Foundation, Inc.

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

Executive Director: Betty Lou Burton

Address: P.O. Box 4253

Sarasota, FL 34230

Telephone: (941) 955-6293

E-mail: [email protected]

Mission Statement: Raise funds that support the needs of Pines’ residents and to build an endowment.

Volunteer Opportunities: Transportation, entertainment, clerical, reading to residents.

Main Fund-raising Event: Pines is involved with several collaborations throughout the year.

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:

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) High Tea—Luncheon and fashion show.

2) Safe Sax—Dinner, entertainment and dancing.


Both on Dec. 2, 2003

Location: Phillippi Estate for both

Ticket Price and Event Chair: TBA

Contact Telephone: (941) 365-3913

Plantation Community Foundation

This foundation has 700 members who fund-raise to improve the quality of life in south Sarasota County. All funds go to south Sarasota County not-for-profit agencies. Its main event is the Celebrity Golf Classic, which will be held in February 2004.

Total grants: $120,000

Range of grants: $1,400 to $10,000

President: Mike Casey

500 Rockley Blvd.

Venice, FL 34293

(941) 497-4826

The Players Theatre, Inc.

Volunteer community theater group.

Executive Director: Burton Wolfe

Address: 838 N. Tamiami Trail

Sarasota, FL 34236

Telephone: (941) 365-2494

Web site:

Mission Statement: Produce and present plays, musicals and special events as a volunteer community theater to the greater Sarasota/Manatee county areas and also supply educational opportunities to youth and adults.

Volunteer Opportunities: Box office: clerical and ushering. Production: props, costumes, backstage crew.

Main Fund-raising Event: Various, including galas, casino nights and special interest theater tours in New York and London.

Dates, Locations and Ticket Prices: TBA

Event Chair: Karen Rodemaker

Contact Telephone: (941) 365-2494

Renaissance Manor

Assisted living facility with limited mental health license.

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 opprtunities.

Resurrection House, Inc.

Street-level ministry supported entirely by private donations.

Executive Director: Robert P. Kyllonen

Address: 507 Kumquat Court

Sarasota, FL 34230

Telephone: (941) 365-3759

Web site:

Mission Statement: Provide the homeless with a day resource center offering free showers, laundry, restrooms, food, clothing, counseling and other support items.

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

Main Fund-raising Event: “An Evening to Remember”—Evening with dinner, cabaret performance and desserts provided by Michael’s On East, and door prize drawings.

Date: March 31, 2004

Location: Florida Studio Theatre in the Goldstein “Cabaret”

Ticket Price: $100/person

Event Chairs: Larry and Nola Hietbrink

Contact Telephone: (941) 365-3759

Ringling School Library Association

All-volunteer organization that raises money for Kimbrough Library and for scholarships.

Address: P.O. Box 4071

Sarasota, FL 34230

Telephone: (941) 925-1343

Mission Statement: Help make the Kimbrough Library at Ringling School of Art and Design the finest of its kind by providing financial support.

Volunteer Opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.

Main Fund-raising Event: Town Hall Today Lecture Series—Five celebrity speaker events at Van Wezel with luncheon following.

Dates: Jan. 8, 29, 2004; Feb. 18, 2004; March 10, 31, 2004

Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

Ticket Price: Sold by subscriptions; seats available morning of event on first-come, first-served basis.

Event Chair: Susan Pore

Contact Telephone: (941) 925-1343, Phyllis Anderson

Ringling School of Art and Design

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

Executive Director: Dr. Larry Thompson

Address: 2700 N. Tamiami Trail

Sarasota, FL 34234-5895

Telephone: (941) 351-5100

Web site:

Mission Statement: Provide an intensive professional education in the visual arts through programs leading to a bachelor of fine arts degree

Volunteer Opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.

Main Fund-raising Event: An Evening at the Avant Garde—Annual student scholarship fund-raiser.

Date and Ticket Price: TBA

Location: Ringling School Campus

Event Chair: Sarah Walcutt-Febish

Contact Telephone: (941) 359-7589

Riverview High School Foundation

Raises funds to support school initiatives, teacher and student grants and scholarships.

President: Richard Gerrity

Address: One Ram Way

Sarasota, FL 34231

Telephone: (941) 330-1161

Web site:

Mission Statement: Provide funds for the enhancement of education and Riverview High School when no other sources are available.

Volunteer Opportunities: Fund-raising, community networking, internships, school events.

Main Fund-raising Events:

1) Student Winter Concert—Student musical showcase.

2) Ramway—Pledge drive.


1) Dec. 11, 2003

2) TBA


1) Sarasota Opera House

2) TBA

Ticket Prices:

1) $12-$25 for reception and balcony seating.

2) TBA

Events Chair: Connie Thompkins

Contact Telephone: (941) 330-1161

Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center (SPARCC)

Free services to victims of domestic violence and rape.

Executive Director: Stephanie Woods

Address: 2139 Main St.

Sarasota, FL 34237

Telephone: (941) 365-0208

Web site:

Mission Statement: Provide free services to victims of domestic violence and rape.

Volunteer Opportunities: 24-hour hotline, advocacy in court system.

Main Fund-raising Event: Sparccle on the Bay—Casually elegant evening of silent and live auction, catered buffet and dancing beneath the stars.

Date: April 2, 2004

Location: Crosley Mansion

Ticket Price: $125/person

Event Chair: Gloria Webel

Contact Telephone: (941) 925-2700

Salvation Army-Sarasota Corps.

Provides food and shelter to the homeless.

Executive Director: Major Bert Tanner

Address: P.O. Box 2792

Sarasota, FL 34230

Telephone: (941) 364-8845

Web site:

Mission Statement: Meet human needs without discrimination and to help rebuild lives, one life at a time.

Volunteer Opportunities: Homeless shelter.

Main Fund-raising Event: Christmas kettles and “Cooking With Glitz at The Ritz-Carlton”—Cooking demonstration by the Ritz-Carlton/s executive chef.

Date: April 2004

Location: The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota

Ticket Price: $75/person

Event Chairs: Paulette Schindler and Julie Riddell

Contact Telephone: (941) 364-8845

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

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

Volunteer Opportunities: Board members, marketing.

Sarasota Adopt-A-Family

Provides Christmas to less fortunate families as well as food, furniture and help with schooling throughout the year.

Executive Director: Alice Beard

Address: 2072 17th St.

Sarasota, FL 34234

Telephone: (941) 955-6767

Mission Statement: Expand the bonds of sharing and caring within the neighborhoods of the community.

Volunteer Opportunities: Shopping and wrapping at Christmas, sorting and hanging clothes or picking up donated items during the year.

Main Fund-raising Event: Christmas adoption—Raises funds to provide Christmas. People may either donate or adopt a family by calling for a family’s “wish list.”

Date, Location, and Ticket Price: TBA

Event Chair: Alice Beard

Contact Telephone: (941) 955-6767

Sarasota Architectural Foundation

Organization that provides educational tours, lectures, exhibits, travel and social events celebrating modern architecture and design.

Co-Chairs: Martie Lieberman and Tom Luzier

Address: P.O. Box 3678

Sarasota, FL 34230-3678

Telephone: (941) 724-1118

E-mail: [email protected]

Mission Statement: Celebrate and encourage architectural excellence, from the “Sarasota School of Architecture” to the best design for our time.

Volunteer Opportunities: Tour volunteers, data entry, Web site maintenance, mailings, party planners, publicity, fund-raising.

Main Fund-raising Event: Architectural tours, trips, lectures and design conferences—Educational tours and events for members and the public.

Date: Year-round

Location: Sarasota area.

Ticket Price: Free to $75

Event Chairs: Martie Lieberman, Tom Luzier, Jane Sweeney

Contact Telephone: (941) 388-1400 or (941) 366-1300 or (941) 724-1118

Sarasota Audubon Society

Organization dedicated to the preservation of wildlife and the environment.

Executive Director: Julie Byrne

Address: P.O. Box 15423

Sarasota, FL 34277

Telephone: (941) 364-9212

Web site:

Mission Statement: Protect and enjoy birds, wildlife and the environment through an understanding of conservation.

Volunteer Opportunities: Trip leaders, fund-raising assistants.

Main Fund-raising Events:

1) Trips—Nearly 20 day trips, one Florida overnight trip and one international trip for birding. 

2) “A Night at the Ballet”—Evening at the ballet.

Dates, Locations and Ticket Prices: TBA

Event Chairs:

1) Rick Greenspun

2) TBA

Contact Telephone: (941) 346-8535

Sarasota Ballet of Florida, Inc.

A world-class professional ballet company performing classical and contemporary repertoire from October through April each year.

Artistic Director/CEO: Robert de Warren

Address: 5555 N. Tamiami Trail

Sarasota, FL 34243

Telephone: (941) 359-0099

Web site:

Mission Statement: Present the highest quality classical and contemporary dance, encourage choreographic talent, expand educational programs and opportunities for community outreach and service and participate in joint ventures with other regional arts organizations and dance companies.

Volunteer Opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.

Main Fund-raising Event: The Emperor’s Ball—Lavish New Year’s Eve party with dancing, dining and champagne.

Date: Dec. 31, 2003

Location: Hyatt Sarasota

Ticket Price: $275/person

Event Chair: Myrna Band

Contact Telephone: (941) 359-0099 ext. 120

Sarasota Chorus Sweet Adelines International, Inc.

Four-part harmony, barbershop-style chorus.

Executive Director: Doris J. Robbins

Address: 2114 Glenwood Drive

Sarasota, FL 34231

Mission Statement: Provide education and training in singing four-part harmony, barbershop style; promote interest in the development and appreciation of 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: Annual Show—An evening of performance.

Date: February 2004

Location: The Players Theater

Ticket Price: TBA

Event Chair: Margaret Fey

Contact Telephone: (941) 925-1939

Sarasota Classic Car Museum

Classic car museum.

Executive Director: Emarie Iniguez

Address: 5500 N. Tamiami Trail

Sarasota, FL 34243

Telephone: (941) 355-6228

Web site:

Mission Statement: Educate and entertain visitors about magnificent, automotive works of art and their impact on society over the last 10 decades.

Volunteer Opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.

Sarasota Concert Band, Inc.

Professional musicians keeping alive the Ameican concert band tradition.

Executive Director: Joe Martinez

Address: 1345 Main St., Suite E.

Sarasota, FL 34236

Telephone: (941) 364-2263

E-mail: [email protected]

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 Council of Concern, Inc.

All-volunteer organization that operates Mustard Seed, a thrift shop, to provide funds for second-grade swimming programs 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, price donations, helping to create a friendly, helpful atmosphere in the store.

Sarasota County Arts Council

A membership-based, private organization that serves the public, artists and arts organizations throughout the county.

Executive Director: Patricia Caswell

Address: 1226 N. Tamiami Trail, Suite 300

Sarasota, FL 34236

Telephone: (941) 365-5118

Web site:

Mission Statement: Create an environment where the arts flourish.

Volunteer Opportunities: Arts Day, general office and committees.

Sarasota Film Festival, Inc.

A year-round arts organization that culminates in a celebration of film each January.

Executive Director: Jody Kielbasa

Address: 635 S. Orange Ave., Suite 10B

Sarasota, FL 34236

Telephone: (941) 364-9514

Web site:

Mission Statement: Present unique and high-quality cinema in a festival atmosphere for the purpose of educating, stimulating and entertaining audiences within an environment that supports and encourages film makers 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: Film Maker’s Tribute Dinner—A spectacular black-tie celebration that pays tribute to an established actor or film maker.

Date: Jan. 31, 2004

Location: The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota

Ticket Price: $275/person

Event Chair: Mary Ann Robinson

Contact Telephone: (941) 364-9514 ext. 3

Sarasota Film Society

Owns Burns Court Cinema, which screens more than 150 foreign and independent films each year.

Executive Director: Susan Morris

Address: P.O. Box 3378

Sarasota, FL 34230

Telephone: (941) 364-8662

Web site:

Mission Statement: Bring the best of foreign language and independent cinema to Sarasota year-round.

Volunteer Opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.

Main Fund-raising Event: Cine-World Film Festival—Festival screening of more than 50 feature films from around the world.

Date: November 2003

Location: Burns Court Cinema

Ticket Price: Member $4.50 per film, non-member $6.50 per film

Event Chair: Wade Tatangelo

Contact Telephone: (941) 364-8662

Sarasota Garden Club, Inc.

Garden club.

President: Marvera Murphy

Address: 1131 Boulevard of the Arts

Sarasota, FL 34236-4809

Telephone: (941) 955-0875

Web site:

Mission Statement: Encourage skill in gardening and floral arts, foster civic beautification, support conservation and oppose actions that damage the environment.

Volunteer Opportunities: Youth gardening (ages 3-18), butterfly gardening, nursing home outreach.

Main Fund-raising Event: Classic Bloomers—Crafts and holiday plants.

Date: Nov. 20-22, 2003

Location: Sarasota Garden Club

Ticket Price: Free, items to purchase

Event Chairs: Kathryn Johnson and Marilyn Keyser

Contact Telephone: (941) 955-0875

Sarasota Infant Home, Inc.

24/7 foster care in a home setting that is committed to nurturing children.

Executive Director: Sharon M. Robb

Address: 2376 Novus St.

Sarasota, FL 34237

Telephone: (941) 362-4115

E-mail: [email protected]

Mission Statement: Provide a safe, loving and nurturing environment for the community’s children.

Volunteer Opportunities: Call for specific opportunities. Volunteers must be screened and fingerprinted.

Sarasota Manatee Arch Family Holocaust Education Center of the Florida Holocaust Museum

A subsidiary of the Florida Holocaust Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida, that provides educational support and teaching materials to public and private schools in Sarasota, Manatee and Charlotte counties.

Education Center Director: Richard Bergman

Address: 578 S. McIntosh Road

Sarasota, FL 34232

Telephone: (941) 378-8837

Web site:

Mission Statement: Provide local support to teachers and school districts to support Holocaust education in all local schools.

Volunteer Opportunities: Library, clerical, outreach projects and special events.

Main Fund-raising Event: “White Gloves and Diamonds” Sarasota—Exciting afternoon of fun and fashion to benefit the center’s teaching trunk program.

Date: March 19, 2004

Location: The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota

Ticket Price: $125/person

Event Chair: Alyce Kalin

Contact Telephone: (941) 378-8837

Sarasota/Manatee Association for Riding Therapy (SMART)

Organization certified by the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association to provide therapeutic horseback riding.

Executive Director: Gail Clifton

Address: P.O. Box 9566

Bradenton, FL 34206

Telephone: (941) 746-1493

Web site:

Mission Statement: Provide therapeutic horseback riding to special needs children and adults in a stimulating environment to exercise both the mind and the body.

Volunteer Opportunities: Horse handlers, side walkers, administration, facility maintenance, marketing and fund-raising.

Main Fund-raising Event: Funds are currently being sought for a permanent 15- to 25-acre location within driving distance of students’ parents and caregivers.

Sarasota-Manatee Jewish Federation

For 23 years, the Sarasota-Manatee Jewish Federation has worked 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. The federation raises and distributes funds for humanitarian and social services, both Jewish and non-Jewish. Call for volunteer opportunities.

Assets: $21,300,000

Total grants: $4,735,000

Number of grants: Numerous

Range of grants: $100 to $2,270,000

President: Allan A. Feder

Klingenstein Jewish Center

580 S. McIntosh Road

Sarasota, FL 34232

(941) 371-4546

Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation, Inc.

Fund-raising organization that supports healthcare in Sarasota.

President and CEO: Alexandra (Alex) Quarles, CFRE

Address: 1838 Waldemere St.

Sarasota, FL 34239

Telephone: (941) 917-1286

Web site:

Mission Statement: Improve the delivery of healthcare for the Sarasota area through the acquisition and utlization of philanthropic funds.

Volunteer Opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.

Sarasota Opera


Executive Director: Susan Danis

Address: 61 N.Pineapple Ave.

Sarasota, FL 34236

Telephone: (941) 366-8450

Web site:

Mission Statement: Produce the highest quality professional opera, and endeavor to increase the public’s knowledge, enjoyment and appreciation of opera.

Volunteer Opportunities: Call for specific opportunities

Main Fund-raising Event: Opening Night Gala—Pre-opera cocktail party and dinner, the opening performance of Tosca, followed by afterglow party with champagne, desserts and dancing.

Date: Feb. 7, 2004

Location: Sarasota Opera House

Ticket Price: $150, $1,000 sponsors

Event Chairs: Jack and Isabelle Wright, Richard and Ann Cameson

Contact Telephone: (941) 366-8450 extension 246

Sarasota Opera Guild

All-volunteer organization that works to foster, promote and increase the knowledge and appreciation of opera, in conjunction with the Sarasota Opera Association.

President: Diane Peterson

Address: 61 N. Pineapple Ave.

Sarasota, FL 34236

Telephone: (941) 924-1491

Web site:

Mission Statement: Financially support the Sarasota Opera and provide scholarships and master classes to further the education of Sarasota Opera apprentice artists.

Volunteer Opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.

Main Fund-raising Event: Sweetheart Luncheon—Luncheon honoring opera personalities, entertainment by Sarasota Opera principal artists.

Date: Feb. 18, 2004

Location: Michael’s On East

Ticket Price: $50-$250/person

Event Chair: Jane Riggin

Contact Telephone: (941) 924-1491

Sarasota Reading Festival

Promotes reading and literacy through author presentations and raises funds for area libraries.

Executive Director: Debbie Engleson

Address: P.O. Box 906

Sarasota, FL 34230

Telephone: (941) 906-1733

Web site:

Mission Statement: Promote the importance of literacy, the pleasure of reading and the power of the written word; create an inclusive, family-oriented event that is free and accessible to all segments of the Florida Gulf coast community.

Volunteer Opportunities: Committees, day-of-event opportunities.

Main Fund-raising Event: “A Novel Affair” (Author reception)—Mingle with acclaimed guest authors. Lavish hors d’oeuvres and open bar.

Date: Oct. 31-Nov. 1, 2003

Location: Downtown Sarasota, Five Points Park

Ticket Price: Author events range from $65 to $200/person; street festival is free to the public.

Event Chair: Michael Saunders

Contact Telephone: (941) 906-1733

Sarasota Sailor Circus

After-school youth circus for children in grades 3-12.

Executive Director: Susan Loeffler

Address: 2075 Bahia Vista St.

Sarasota, FL 34239

Telephone: (941) 361-6350

Web site:

Mission Statement: Use circus arts as an alternative teaching method, providing an intervention program for youth at risk and to uncover, within each student, a feeling of accomplishment.

Volunteer Opportunities: Ushers, concessions, tickets, lighting, sound, props, costuming, coaching, rigging.

Main Fund-raising Event: Holiday and spring performances—Circus performances.

Date: Dec. 27-29, 2003 and March 24-April 3, 2004

Location: Sailor Circus arena

Ticket Price: $10/person

Event Chair: Patty Campbell

Contact Telephone: (941) 361-6350

Sarasota Season of Sculpture

Invitational exhibitions of significant American and international sculptors who create large-scale public works of art.

Executive Director: Jill Kaplan

Address: 436 Burns Court

Sarasota, FL 34236

Telephone: (941) 953-4515

Web site:

Mission Statement: Bring large-scale public works of art created by world-class sculptors to Sarasota and to promote public support of art.

Volunteer Opportunities: Administrative, docents, event helpers.

Main Fund-raising Event: Bayfront Opening—A grand opening attended by many of the exhibiting artists.

Date: November 2004

Location: Downtown Bayfront

Ticket Price and Event Chair: TBA

Contact Telephone: (941) 331-2008

Sarasota’s Good Samaritan Ministries, Inc.

Assists the needy with friendship, understanding, and reaching out a helping hand with practical realities.

Executive Director: Carolyn J. Cooley

Address: 3052 Alta Vista St.

Sarasota, FL 34237

Telephone: (941) 365-2052

Mission Statement: Help the less fortunate with free clothing and referral services.

Volunteer Opportunities: Working in the free clothing store at 2908 N. Tamiami Trail, Monday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to noon and Tuesday 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

SCOPE (Sarasota County Openly Plans for Excellence)

Volunteer organization of citizen-led research and action.

Executive Director: Tim Dutton

Address: 1226 N. Tamiami Trail, Suite 202

Sarasota, FL 34236

Telephone: (941) 365-8751

Web site:

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: Study groups, committees, research, speakers’ bureau.

Second Chance Last Opportunity

Organization that targets services to individuals, families, and youth with no or low income, who are homeless or may become homeless, infected with HIV/AIDS or are at risk for substance abuse and dropping out of school.

Executive Director: April Glasco

Address: P.O. Box 1048

Sarasota, FL 34230

Telephone: (941) 360-8660

Web site:

Mission Statement: Provide life enhancement skills, offer workshops in time management, money management, anger management, household maintenance, parenting skills, job readiness skills and HIV/AIDS awareness.

Volunteer Opportunities: Distribution for Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and back- to-school supplies. Host at events.

Main Fund-raising Event: Annual luncheon and silent auction

Date: Sept. 25, 2003

Location: Michael’s on East

Ticket Price and Event Chair: TBA

Contact Telephone: (941) 360-8660

Senior Friendship Centers

With two model multi-service campuses and several neighbourhood sites, Senior Friendship Centers provides an opportunity for 55+-year-olds to engage in life-enriching programs and activities.

President and CEO: Robert J. Carter

Address: 1888 Brother Geenen Way

Sarasota, FL 34236

Telephone: (941) 955-2122

Web site:

Mission Statement: Help older adults live with independence and dignity by providing services that address the concerns of loneliness, health and isolation and provide a continuum of care that extends throughout the aging process.

Volunteer Opportunities: Medical and dental practitioners, clerical support, entertainers, instructors and home meal deliverers. Call 955-2122 for more information.

Main Fund-raising Event: Celebrity “He Sez, She Sez”—Dinner, silent auction, entertainment.

Date: Feb. 9, 2004

Location: Michael’s On East

Ticket Price: $150-$500/person

Event Chairs: Kathy Schersten and Marilyn Maleckas

Contact Telephone: (941) 556-3213

SHHH Sarasota Chapter

The largest international non-profit consumer organization of its kind dedicated to those who are hard of hearing.

President: Frank Stocco

Address: 435 Pheasant Way

Sarasota, FL 34236

Telephone: (941) 954-6927

Web site:

Mission Statement: Make mainstream society more accessible to those who are hard of hearing; improve the quality of life through education and advocacy.

Volunteer Opportunities: Various administrative duties and committee involvement.

The Smith Center for Therapeutic Riding

Hippotherapy program offered through Sarasota County schools and to private clients, serving over 100 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:

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 Event: Derby Day 2004—Cocktails, dinner, silent and live auction.

Date: The Friday prior to the Kentucky Derby

Location: Michael’s On East

Ticket Price: $125/person

Event Chair: TBA

Contact Telephone: (941) 412-9333

SOULSPEAK/Sarasota Poetry Theatre

Group that brings poetry into the community through workshops, competitions, recordings and videos. Helps at-risk children and adults through innovative programs using contemporary forms of ancient tribal poetry.

Executive Director: Justin Spring

Address: P.O. Box 48955

Sarasota, FL 34230

Telephone: (941) 366-6468

Web site:

Mission Statement: Increase public awareness of poetry and foster the practice of poetry throughout the community; promote the healing power of poetry; promote poetry in collaboration with other arts, both traditional and healing; foster poetry education programs; and preserve the art form.

Volunteer Opportunities: Sharing music, art, poetry and media expertise and ideas for SOULSPEAK recording and video production.

Main Fund-raising Event: SOULQUEST—Informal sessions for people who wish to learn more about SOULSPEAK poetry or who wish to find a more spiritual way to express themselves.

Date: Third Thursday of every month

Location: 535 Columbia Court

Ticket Price: $12 donation per session

Event Chair: Scylla Liscombe

Contact Telephone: (941) 366-6468

South Florida Museum

Southwest Florida’s largest natural and cultural history museum.

Interim Director: Alan P. Haines

Address: 201 10th St. W., P.O. Box 9265

Bradenton, FL 34206

Telephone: (941) 746-4131

Web site:

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—Elegant black-tie dinner to support Snooty the manatee.

Date: Nov. 1, 2003

Location: South Florida Museum

Ticket Price: $150/person

Event Chairs: Cindy Tully and Allison Nash

Contact Telephone: (941) 746-4131, ext. 14

Southeastern Guide Dogs, Inc.

Guide dog service.

Interim director: Sue Rigby

Address: 4210 77th St., E.

Palmetto, FL 34221

Telephone: (941) 729-5665

Web site:

Mission Statement: Offer free of charge a unique opportunity to achieve independent travel with safety and dignity to blind men and women through the use of a professionally and humanely trained dog.

Volunteer Opportunities: Puppy hugging, dog walking, special events, puppy raising, administrative support, driving assistance.

Main Fund-raising Event: Annual Walk-a-thon—Volunteers gather pledges for walk-a-thon.

Date: March 13, 2004

Location: Manatee County Fairgrounds, IMC Arena

Ticket Price: Volunteers collect pledges to walk. Those raising $75 or more receive T-shirt and lunch.

Event Chair: Micheline Silverman

Contact Telephone: (941) 729-5665

Special Athlete Boosters, Inc.

Develops local resources that enable mentally retarded children and adults to participate in Special Olympics.

Executive Director: Robert Rankin

Address: P.O. Box 2112

Venice, FL 34284

Telephone: (941) 412-0402

Mission Statement: Develop local resources, both human and financial, that allow children and adults with mental retardation to train and compete in programs such as Special Olympics.

Volunteer Opportunities: Fund-raising and special events.

Main Fund-raising Event: Shark Tooth Festival—Festival with food, rides, crafts and exibits.

Date: May 2004

Location: Venice Pier

Ticket Price: $2 admission

Event Chair: Sue Holkamp

Contact Telephone: (941) 412-0402

Special Olympics Sarasota

Year-round sports training and Olympic-type sports for people with developmental disabilities.

County Coordinator: Robert Rankin

Address: P.O. Box 2112

Venice, FL 34284

Telephone: (941) 412-0402

Mission Statement: Year-round sports training and Olympic-type sports for persons with developmental disabilities.

Volunteer Opportunities: Event personnel, office, coaching, transportation and chaperoning athletes.

Main Fund-raising Event: None, but donations are welcome throughout the year.

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.

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: Daniela Szado

Address: 1945 Northgate Blvd.

Sarasota, FL 34234

Telephone: (941) 351-9545

Web site:

Mission Statement: Help people with disablities 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, and teaching computers and peer counseling.

Main Fund-raising Event: Selling $10 bricks to raise money for a new building.

Sun Coast Chamber Concerts, Inc.

Small chamber group of five strings that includes international soloists and presents an annual series of chamber concerts from St.Petersburg to Marco Island.

Executive Director: Joe Martinez

Address: 3528 Jaffa Drive

Sarasota, FL 34239

Telephone: (941) 955-6229

E-mail: suncoastchamber@earthlink

Mission Statement: Promote the growth of cultural development, with an emphasis on classical chamber music.

Volunteer Opportunities: Board of directors, concerts, committees.

Main Fund-raising Event: Cultivating individual donor prospects.

Suncoast Community Blood Bank

Blood bank.

Executive Director: Dr. Mark Magenheim

Address: 1760 Mound St.

Sarasota, FL 34236

Telephone: (941) 954-1600

Web site:

Mission Statement: Provide the community with a reliable supply of quality blood products and services.

Volunteer Opportunities: Customer service, couriers, office and clerical, maintenance, donor recruitment, special events, education.

Main Fund-raising Event: Golf tournaments, auctions and raffles.

Date: Year-round

Location: All Suncoast Community Blood Bank locations

Ticket Price: Varies

Event Chair: Ric Thomas

Contact Telephone: (941) 954-1600, ext. 235

Suncoast Foundation for the Handicapped

Now 33 years old, the all-volunteer Suncoast Foundation builds facilities for handicapped Sarasota residents with proceeds raised by its annual Suncoast Offshore Grand Prix Festival. In 2002, this race generated $175,000. Since the Offshore races began in 1985, Suncoast has built $6.5-million worth of handicapped facilities. Suncoast does not provide grants.

President: John Stafford

4620 17th St.

Sarasota, FL 34235

(941) 371-2827

Suncoast Humane Society

Open admission animal shelter serving portions of Sarasota, Charlotte and Lee counties.

Executive Director: Debra Parsons-Drake

Address: 6781 San Casa Drive

Englewood, FL 34224

Telephone: (941) 474-7884

Web site:

Mission Statement: Protect and provide for animals while creating an awareness of their value and importance in our lives through education and community programs.

Volunteer Opportunities: Tour guides, dog walkers, cat cuddlers, administrative, foster parents, handyman, groundskeeper and numerous other volunteer opportunities.

Main Fund-raising Event: Furry Skurry—Annual off-site adoption and fund-raiser with arts and crafts, pet contests, food vendors, entertainment and children’s activities.

Date: March 27, 2004

Location: Venice

Ticket Price: N/A

Event Chair: Barbara Jernigan

Contact Telephone: (941) 474-7884

Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, Florida Suncoast Affiliate

Foundation dedicated to the cure for breast cancer.

President: Robert Eschen Felder Esq.

Address: P.O. Box 25445

Sarasota, FL 34277

Telephone: (877) 506-6927

Web site:

Mission Statement: Eradicate breast cancer by advancing research, education and treatment.

Volunteer Opportunities: Survivors for educational programs, fund-raising.

Main Fund-raising Event: Race for the Cure—Nationally sanctioned 5K race that draws participants from all over the region.

Date: Sept. 20, 2003

Location: Straub Park, St. Petersburg, FL

Ticket Price: $20/prior to September, $25 after Sept. 1

Event Chair: Fran Lambert

Contact Telephone: (941) 360-8668

Teen Court of Sarasota, Inc.

Volunteer teens act as bailiffs, clerks, jurors and attorneys. Cases involve teens who are first time misdemeanor offendors. Offenders volunteer to go to Teen Court to avoid a record of conviction.

Executive Director: Kathleen M. Self

Address: P.O. Box 48927

Sarasota, FL 34230

Telephone: (941) 861-8460

Mission Statement: Serve as a delinquency-intervention program utilizing youth volunteers to sanction offending juveniles.

Volunteer Opportunities: Teenagers 8th-12th grade can volunteer.

Main Fund-raising Event: Golf tournament—Shotgun start, awards, raffle, silent auction

Date: April 2004

Location and Ticket Price: TBA

Event Chair: Nancy Chavers

Contact Telephone: (941) 861-8460

Theatre Works, Inc.

Professional theater employing quality artists from throughout the nation.

President: Joseph LaRusso

Address: 1247 First St.

Sarasota, FL 34236

Telephone: (941) 952-9170

Mission Statement: Present theater of high artistic quality in an intimate mainstage setting through an imaginative mix of musicals, biographies and compelling dramatic literature.

Volunteer Opportunities: Box office, ushers, computer data input, general office activities, carpenters.

UNIFEM/USA Gulf Coast Chapter

Works to educate, advocate and raise funds for programs to assist women of limited financial income.

President: Fay Murphy

Address: P.O. Box 4102

Sarasota, FL 34230

Telephone: (941) 379-0232

Web site:

Mission Statement: Support the poorest women in developing countries.

Volunteer Opportunities: Women’s film festival, annual luncheon, special events.

Main Fund-raising Event: Women’s International Film Festival—Presentation of films by lcoal, national and international female film makers.

Date: February 2004

Location: Sainer Auditorium

Ticket Price: TBA

Event Chair: Jan Holmes

Contact Telephone: (941) 954-0237

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:

Mission Statement: Provide programs, services and support to meet the needs of children and adults with developmental disabilities in a manner that protects their dignity and enhances their quality of life.

Volunteer Opportunities: Day programs, administration, reception, events.

Main Fund-raising Events:

1) Bachelor Ball and Auction—Auction of Sarasota’s most eligible bachelors.

2) Someone’s in the Kitchen with Tommy and Phil—Interactive dinner with Tommy Klauber and Phil Mancini.

3) Chocolate Sundae and Chocolate Festival—Chocolate bonanza.

4) Off-White Party—Gala celebration of of alternative lifestyles.

5) World’s Largest Office Party—After-work party.

6) Thank Goodness, Valentine’s Day is Over—Fun for those weary of Valentine’s Day pressures.

7) Pajama Party—Pajama party and lingerie show.


1) June 2004

2) Oct. 8, 2003

3) March 5-7, 2004

4) Nov. 7, 2003

5) Dec. 10, 2003

6) Feb. 20, 2004

7) May 7, 2004

Location: Various

Ticket Price: TBA

Event Chair: Wendy Mann Resnick

Contact Telephone: (941) 957-3599

United Way of Sarasota County, Inc.

For 55 years, this organization has created partnerships to enhance the quality of life in Sarasota by focusing on early childhood development and homelessness. Its main events are the three-day “Thunder by the Bay” kickoff party in January at Michael’s on East, and the 2004 Tocqueville National Leaders Weekend, March 18-21, 2004, at The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota. The National Alexis de Tocqueville Society, created by United Way in 1972, recognizes outstanding volunteer service. Its major gifts and recognition program is reserved for individuals who contribute $10,000 annually to United Way. The Tocqueville National Leaders Weekend will feature speakers, workshops and strategy sessions from across the country. Volunteers should call for specific opportunities.

Assets: $6,988,000

Total services, including grants: $4,723,287

Number of grants: 85

Range of grants: $5,000-$500,000

President: Alexander L. Young

1445 Second St.

Sarasota, FL 34236

(941) 366-2686, ext. 222

The Foundation for United Way of Sarasota County

The first United Way Foundation in the country, this organization services the endowment interests of donors who derive unique benefits from it and United Way’s infrastructure: fostering strategic initiatives and community partnerships; staff specializing in human services; and United Way’s stringent review and accountability process.

Assets: $4,884,660

Total grants in 2002: $73,552

Number of grants: 4

Range of grants: $7,780 to $29,483

Average grant size: $18,388

Director: William C. Austin

1445 Second St.

Sarasota, FL 34236

(941) 366-2686, ext. 222

University of South Florida Sarasota/Manatee

Upper level undergraduate and graduate level programs and continuing professional education.

CEO: Dr. Laurey Stryker

Address: 5700 N. Tamiami Trail

Sarasota, FL 34243

Telephone: (941) 359-4582

Web site:

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—Brunch held on the bayfront on campus to recognize companies and individuals who have contributed as sponsors to support local scholarships.

Date: Nov. 2, 2003

Location: College Hall, USF Sarasota/Manatee Campus

Ticket Price: $700/table, $75/person, $1,500-$25,500/sponsor

Event Chair: Mike McCoy

Contact Telephone: (941) 359-4694

Van Wezel Foundation

A charitable organization dedicated to supporting the continuing excellence of the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall.

Executive Director: Deborah Rohaty

Address: P.O. Box 3434

Sarasota, FL 34230

Telephone: (941) 366-5578

Mission Statement: Provide the margin of excellence for the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall through fund-raising to support community access and outreach, educational and cultural programming, beautification and unique equipment needs.

Volunteer Opportunities: Call 366-5578 for specific opportunities.

Main Fund-raising Event: An Evening With Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme—Cocktails and dinner in the foyer, preferred performance seating and a “Meet the Artist” reception for gala patrons.

Date: Feb. 14, 2004

Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

Ticket Price: $250/Gala Star, $500/Gala Patron

Event Chairs: Alyce Kalin, Bea Friedman, Carolyn Michel and Dottie Baer Garner.

Contact Telephone: (941) 366-5578

Venice Area Mobile Meals, Inc.

Mobile meal service.

Executive Director: Norman Miller

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

Art center offering exhibitions, lectures, art classes for all ages and worshops.

Executive Director: Marilyn LaBallister

Address: 390 S. Nokomis Ave. S.

Venice, FL 34285

Telephone: (941) 485-7136

Web site:

Mission Statement: Provide cultural resources to the community and encourage the knowledge and appreciation of visual art in all its forms.

Volunteer Opportunities: Fund-raising, exhibition receiving and hanging, reception desk and opening receptions.

Main Fund-raising Event: Fine arts show and sale—Artists’ sale of their work.

Date: Feb. 28-29, 2004

Location: Venice Community Center

Ticket Price: Free

Event Chair: Barbara Thelan

Contact Telephone: (941) 492-4008

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:

Mission Statement: Serve the Venice area as its primary arts entertainment and theater education center.

Volunteer Opportunities: Onstage, backstage, scenery construction and painting, constume construction, box office, ushering and mailing.

Main Fund-raising Event: Annual theater tours to New York City and London; a series of special event concerts.

Dates: New York trips in November 2003 and April 2004; concerts in November 2003 and March 2004

Location: Concerts at Venice Little Theatre

Ticket Price: $15-$25 for concerts

Event Chair: Allan Kollar

Contact Telephone: (941) 488-1115

The Venice Symphony

75-piece symphony orchestra that presents classical and pops concerts.

Executive Director: Jean Peters

Address: P.O. Box 1561

Venice, FL 34284

Telephone: (941) 488-1010

Web site:

Mission Statement: Present symphonic concerts and cultivae, promote and sponsor an appreciation of musical arts in the community.

Volunteer Opportunities: Usher, office assistance.

Volunteer Connections of Sarasota County, Inc.

A local leadership organization for community volunteering, a catalyst for volunteer action and a knowledge leader regarding volunteering.

Executive Director: Diana French

Address: 1750 17th St., K-3

Venice, FL  34234

Telephone: (941) 953-5965

Web site:

Mission Statement: Develop, support and promote volunteerism.

Volunteer Opportunities: This organization refers thousands of volunteers of all ages to hospitals, churches, nursing homes, schools, agencies and libraries.

Main Fund-raising Event: Chocolate Festival—Sample chocolate confections from several area chocolatiers.

Date: January 2004

Location: TBA

Ticket Price: $10/person

Event Chair: Betty Morris

Contact Telephone: (941) 496-8466

WEDU Florida West Coast Public Broadcasting, Inc.

West Central Florida’s primary PBS station, serving 3.5 million viewers in 16 counties, including Tampa, St. Petersburg and Sarasota.

President and CEO: Richard Lobo


1) 1515 Ringling Blvd., Suite 880

Sarasota, FL 34236

(941) 330-0716

2) 1300 North Blvd.

Tampa, FL 33607

Toll-free (800) 354-9338

Web site:

Mission Statement: Provide and produce superior quality education, information and entertainment services, creating a wide realm of experiences for a diverse audience.

Volunteer Opportunities: Outreach events, membership drives, fund-raising events, clerical and mailings.

Main Fund-raising Events: On-air pledge drives to obtain new members and increase individual financial support.

Dates: March, June, August and December annually

Location: WEDU Studios in Tampa, FL

Event Chairs: Claire O’Connor-Solomon, Patty Suarez and Peggy Olsen

Contact Telephones: (800) 354-9338 or (941) 330-0716

The Wellness Community—Southwest Florida

Non-medical 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:

Mission Statement: Provide a professionally led program of emotional support, education and hope, free of charge, to anyone touched by cancer.

Volunteer Opportunities: Outreach, clerical, fund-raising, event support.

Main Fund-raising Event: Flight of Hope—Dinner/dance gala with live and silent auctions.

Date: March 2004

Location: Dolphin Aviation

Ticket Price: $150 and up

Event Chair: TBA

Contact Telephone: (941) 921-5539, Kimberly Reibel, Special Events coordinator

Westcoast Center for Human Development

Center of schools and programs that aim to advance spiritual growth and enlightenment through music, prayer and healing.

Executive Directors: the Rev. Henry L. Porter and Marvin Hendon, Ph.D.

Address: 403 N. Washington Blvd.

Sarasota, FL 34236

Telephone: (941) 365-7543

Web site:

Mission Statement: Serve as a multi-racial, multi-cultural center for human development helping people reach their maximum potential.

Volunteer Opportunities: Mentors, tutors, fund-raisers, talent and folk show participants, musicians to work with the kids, public relations, ticket sales.

Main Fund-raising Events:

1) Annual Benefit Banquet—Celebrate individual’s achievements.

2) Annual Anniversary Concert—Concert.

3) Founder’s fund-raising luncheon—Luncheon.


1) April 2004

2) Nov. 16, 2003

3) Nov. 6, 2003


1) Hyatt Convention Center

2) Sarasota Opera House

3) TBA

Ticket Prices:

1) $250 per person, tables $3,000, sponsors $30,000

2) $45-$125/person. Private reception $500.

3) $50-$125/person, $500/person reception

Event Chairs:

1) Amy Campbell

2) Janet Dodge

3) Dr. Marvin Hendon

Contact Telephone: (941) 365-7543

William G. Selby and Marie Selby Foundation

A private charitable foundation that donates grants for capital projects that enhance the quality of life in Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte and DeSoto counties.

As of May 31, 2002:

Assets: $69,121,921

Grants paid: $3.8 million

Number of grants: 58

Range of grants: $10,000 to $450,000

Average grant size: $78,915

President: Debra Jacobs

1800 Second St., Suite 750

Sarasota, FL 34236

(941) 957-0442

Woman’s Exchange, Inc. of Sarasota

Consignment shop established in 1962 with a central purpose: to support and enrich a variety of programs for local cultural organizations through grants and scholarships. Volunteers work three-hour shifts once a week. The store is open Monday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and open the first Friday of each month until 9 p.m. Closed August.

Total grants and scholarships: $4,900,000

President: Joyce Mazzie

539 S. Orange Ave.

Sarasota, FL 34236

(941) 955-7859

The Women’s Legal Fund of Sarasota County, Inc.

Helps women get dissolution of marriage and court judgements for child custody and support.

Executive Director: Cheri Downie

Address: 1750 17th St., B-3

Sarasota, FL 34234

Telephone: (941) 952-9899

E-mail: [email protected]

Mission Statement: Help qualified individuals obtain free legal representation in family law matters.

Volunteer Opportunities: Pro-bono attorneys.

Main Fund-raising Event: Family Law Day—Annual luncheon.

Date, Location and Ticket Price: TBA

Event Chair: Lee Levine

Contact Telephone: (941) 952-9899

Women’s Resource Center of Sarasota County

Network and referral service for women.

Executive Director: Janice Zarro

Address: 340 S. Tuttle

Sarasota, FL 34237

Telephone: (941) 366-1700

Web site:

Mission Statement: Help women to be emotionally and financially independent; offer education, support, networking and referral services to the community

Volunteer Opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.

Main Fund-raising Event: Renaissance Luncheon—Luncheon featuring an “extra-special star,” to be announced in January.

Date: March 29, 2004

Location: The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota

Ticket Price: $75/person

Event Chair: TBA

Contact Telephone: (941) 366-1700


Organization consisting of public radio station WUSF 89.7 and public television station WUSF TV Channel 16, both broadcasting from the University of South Florida. Also offers a reading service that broadcasts newspapers, periodicals, health news, sports updates and more for the vision-impaired.

General Manager: JoAnn Urofsky

Address: 4202 E. Fowler Ave.

Tampa, FL 33620

Telephone: (813) 974-8700

Web site:

Mission Statement: Open a window to the world for students of all ages, provide outstanding educational, cultural and public affairs radio and television programming, productions and community outreach services.

Volunteer Opportunities: Mailings, telephones, membership drives, reading for the blind, office, shipping.

Main Fund-raising Event: Membership drives—Regular pledge drives to increase membership base and maintain financial support.

Dates: March, June, August and December

Locations: At station studios.

Ticket Prices: N/A

Event Chair: Cathy Coccia

Contact Telephone: (813) 974-8624

YMCA Foundation of Sarasota, Inc.

Foundation that supports YMCA facilities throughout the area.

President: Karin E. Gustafson

Address: One S. School Ave., 302

Sarasota, FL 34237

Telephone: (941) 951-1336

Web site:

Mission Statement: Support the mission of the Sarasota Family YMCA by raising financial support for programs and services.

Volunteer Opportunities: Board, estate sales, office.

Main Fund-raising Event: “Going for the Gold”—Dinner and auction.

Date: May 1, 2004

Location: Berlin YMCA

Ticket Price: $175/person

Event Chair: TBA

Contact Telephone: (941) 951-1336

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