Good News Friday: Biz(941) Supports - March 14, 2014

By Chelsey Lucas March 13, 2014

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Whiskey Obsession Festival

March 28

Whiskey aficionados take note: More than thirty master distillers and professional brand ambassadors will travel to Sarasota for the 2nd Annual Whiskey Obsession Festival to serve 200 whiskies from Scotland, England, Ireland, France, India, Australia, Japan, Canada, and the United States, including many small craft distillers.  Don't miss the opportunity to attend the largest whisk(e)y festival in Florida at Michael’s on East on Friday, March 28.  For tickets visit   For more information visit



Ringling Town Hall Lecture Series

January 13-March 20

President George W. Bush headlines a distinguished panel of speakers at this season’s Ringling Town Hall Lecture Series. Offering diverse perspectives on the post 9/11 era, the series will feature a former defense secretary, photographer, war correspondent, African-American veteran and President Bush’s daughter, Jenna Hager. Proceeds support the Verman Kimbrough Memorial Library at the Ringling College of Art and Design and student scholarships. To become an RCLA member and subscribe to future events, call (941) 925-1343. Learn more at



Renaissance Luncheon

March 14

Renowned sex therapist, author and entrepreneur Dr. Ruth Westheimer is this year’s guest speaker at the Women’s Resource Center’s annual Renaissance Luncheon, The Goddess In You, at the Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota. For tickets, call (941) 366-1700 or visit



Getting It Right: How to Dramatically Increase Your Chances of Developing a Successful Product

March 18

Budding entrepreneurs take note: New College of Florida welcomes renowned inventor and Northwestern University engineering professor Walter Herbst for an informative and lively discussion about product development, Tuesday, March 18 on campus at the Harry Sudakoff Conference Center from 8:30-10 a.m. Tickets are $35 and include continental breakfast. To purchase tickets visit or call 941-487-4888.



Cause 4 Fashion

March 20

Join us at Michael’s On East for Neuro Challenge Foundation’s annual fund-raising event Cause 4 Fashion, Giving Hope is Always in Style. Proceeds benefit Neuro Challenge’s programs for Parkinson’s patients. For tickets, call (941) 926-6413 or visit



An Evening at the Avant-Garde: The Swinging Sixties

March 22

Ringling College of Art and Design urges the hip and the square to hang loose and be cool at their Swinging Sixties themed annual fund raiser. For tickets to this groovy gala, call (941) 359-7589.



Women in a Changing World

March 24

Join us at the Asolo Repertory Theatre for Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County’s Women’s Leadership Council event, “Women in a Changing World.” Exploring the role of women in the 21st Century, the event features a panel discussion between six dynamic women—moderated by Nancy Markle, former CIO of Arthur Anderson—sharing modern viewpoints on global philosophies, embracing technology, education and finance. General admission tickets are available for the main event as well as an Afterglow dinner immediately following. For complete details about the panelists and speakers visit or call Chelsea at (941) 366-3911, ext. 135.



Firefly Gala

March 29

We are head over heels that the Go-Go’s are coming to Sarasota to perform at the Firefly Gala at the Ritz-Carlton Members Golf Club. This annual private dinner and concert benefits Sarasota’s Forty Carrots Family Center. For more information, visit


Best of Sarasota Party and 35th Anniversary Celebration

April 22

Tickets are on sale now for the best party of the season—Sarasota Magazine's Best of Sarasota Party—Tuesday, April 22 at Selby Gardens. This year's event is a special celebration of Sarasota Magazine's 35th Anniversary. Taste the best local food and drinks, mingle and be surprised and entertained by the winners and finalists of our annual readers' poll. A portion of the event proceeds benefits Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. For tickets visit For sponsorship opportunities call (941) 487-1109.


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