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The Charity Register 2008-2009

By staff September 1, 2008

Welcome to our annual compilation of local nonprofits that give to the needy, heal the sick, and further the intellectual, cultural and humanitarian pursuits of all of us.

In addition to holding 501(c)3 nonprofit certification, each of these organizations is locally headquartered and serves Sarasota directly. Most of these charities hold public fund-raising events, and nearly all of them depend on volunteers. Here you’ll find numerous ways you can contribute to their missions.

Read about even more local organizations on our Web site, www.sarasotamagazine.com.

Please bring omissions to our attention so that we may add them to our database. For information, comments or suggestions, contact Hannah Wallace at Sarasota Magazine, 330S. Pineapple Ave., Suite 205, Sarasota, 34236. Or e-mail [email protected]


Agape Flights

Interdenominational Christian ministry and resource center for missionary families, providing weekly flights for mail and critical and emergency supplies and short-term volunteer teams.

Executive director: Charles Gardner

Address: 100 Airport Ave.

Venice, FL 34285

Telephone: (941) 488-0990

Web site: www.agapeflights.com

Mission statement: To share the good news of Jesus Christ and serve 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: Taste of Venice

Date: Oct. 4, 2008

Location: Agape Hangar

Ticket price: Free; reservations required.

Event chair: Stephanie Gardner


All Children’s Hospital Guild of Sarasota and Manatee

President: Morgan Gerhart

Address: 4720 Acorn Circle

Sarasota, FL 34233

Telephone: (941) 927-8689

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) Moonlight Over Rio. 2) Carrabba's Luncheon and Fashion Show.

Dates: 1) Feb. 28, 2009. 2) April 23, 2009.

Locations: 1) Powel Crosley estate. 2) Carrabba's, University Parkway.

Ticket prices: 1) $175. 2) $25.

Event chairs: 1) Morgan Gerhart, Kimberly Danzig, Neil Fleet. 2) Denise Berceau.


All Faiths Food Bank

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 hunger and nutrition.

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. 9, 2008. 2) Jan. 15, 2009. 3) April 19, 2009.

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

Ticket prices: TBA

Event chairs: 1-2) TBA. 3) George Generoso.


All-Star Children's Foundation

Executive director: Trish Fitzgerald

Address: 5111 Ocean Blvd., Suite C

Sarasota, FL 34242

Telephone: (941) 312-9049

Web site: www.allstarchildrensfoundation.org

Mission statement: To break the cycle of child abuse, neglect and abandonment.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Celebrity Gala and Golf Tournament. 2) Serving up a Grand Slam—Celebrity tennis classic.

Dates: 1) Nov. 21-22, 2008. 2) TBA.

Locations: 1-2) Longboat Key Club.

Ticket prices: TBA

Event chairs: 1) D. Scott Libertore, Matt Drews. 2) Graci McGillicuddy.


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) Annual brunch. 2) Spring gala.

Dates: 1) Oct. 26, 2008. 2) TBA.

Locations: 1) Longboat Key Club. 2) TBA.

Ticket prices: 1) $50. 2) $135.

Event chairs: 1-2) Magida Diouri.


Alzheimer’s Association—Florida Gulf Coast Chapter

Executive director: Gloria J.T. Smith

Address: 1230 S. Tuttle Ave.

Sarasota, FL 34239

Telephone: (941) 365-8883

Web site: www.alz.org/flgulfcoast/

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: October 2009

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; (800) ACS-2345

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: Event committee planners, volunteer drivers, speakers’ bureau.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk. 2) Cattle Barons' Ball.

Dates: 1) Oct. 11, 2008. 2) Feb. 28, 2009.

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

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

Event chairs: 1) Meghann Ryan. 2) Kathie and Mike Hayes.


American Cancer Society—Sarasota/DeSoto Counties Unit

Executive director: Wendy DiMeo

Address: 2801 Fruitville Road, Suite 250

Sarasota, FL 34237

Telephone: (941) 365-2858 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 Barons’ Ball committee, volunteer opportunities for Making Strides Against Cancer.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Cattle Barons’ Ball—Stetsons and Stilettos on Thomas Ranch. 2) Relay for Life—Teams walk, jog or run relay-style for 18 hours, plus a cancer survivor dinner and candle-lighting ceremony. [h1]

Dates: 1) Jan. 17, 2009. 2) Spring 2009.

Locations: 1) Thomas Ranch. 2) TBA.

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

Event chairs: 1) Michelle Ryan, Kelly Pickering. 2) TBA.

American Heart Association

Regional director: Julie Johnston

Address: P.O. Box 20963

St. Petersburg, FL 33742

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) Start! Heart Walk. 2) Go Red for Women Luncheon.

Dates: 1) Oct. 4, 2008. 2) Spring 2009.

Locations: 1) Payne Park. 2) TBA.

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

Event chairs: 1) Dr. Arthur Guilford. 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: Brian Lipton

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, Locations: TBA

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 2009

Date: May 2009

Location: Mote Aquarium

Ticket price: $125-$150

Event chair: Jennifer Compton


Animal Rescue Coalition

Executive director: Roberta C. Druif

Address: 47 S. Palm Ave., Suite 209

Sarasota, FL 34236

Telephone: (941) 957-1955

Web site: www.arcsarasota.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, reception.

Main fund-raising events: 1) "Best in Show" Gala 2009. 2) Dog's Night Out.

Dates: 1) March 21, 2009. 2) Jan. 16, 2009.

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

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

Event chairs: TBA


Aquarian Quest Inc. (WEB ONLY - I.)

Operates Sarasota County's official education sail fleet. 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: Onboard educators, maintenance and restoration.

Main fund-raising events: Adult sponsor sails, music festival, vehicle donations.

Date: Scheduled as requested

Location: Nokomis Beach Park and along the west coast of Florida.

Ticket price: Adults, $30; children $15; school sails, $695 for 33 students.

Event chairs: Rick Suckow


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 receiving, newspaper and magazine article clipper, education set-up, handyman and garden

Main fund-raising event: 1) Contemporary Arts and Crafts—Holiday gifts boutique. 2) Fine Art Collectors’ Tour—Features some of the area’s finest art collections and homes. 3) Icons and Idols Gala.

Date: 1) Nov. 12-Dec. 29, 2008. 2) Nov. 15, 2008. 3) March 2009.

Location: 1) Art Center Sarasota. 2) Art Center Sarasota, local homes. 3) Art Center Sarasota.

Ticket price: 1) Free; $2 donation requested. 2) $25. 3) $15.

Event chair: 1-3) 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: To improve 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 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, Locations, Ticket prices, Event chairs: TBA


The Artist Series of Sarasota

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) Friends Dinner Gala. 2) Fifth annual scholarship dinner and competition.

Dates: 1) Feb. 3, 3009. 2) Dinner, March 26, 2009; competition, March 28, 2009.

Locations: 1) Meadows Country Club. 3) Dinner, The Oaks Club; competition, Historic Asolo Theater.

Ticket prices: 1) $85. 2) Dinner, $100; competition, free.

Event chairs: 1) Alma Abshier, Donna Stewart. 2) Eva Saunders, Joan Suddarth, Virginia Toulmin.


Asolo Repertory Theatre

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: Season Gala

Date: Feb. 28, 2009

Location: TBA

Ticket price: $250 and up

Event chair: Veronica Brady


Banyan Theater Company

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.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast Inc.

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: To help 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) Sports Legends Weekend Gala. 2) Denim & Diamonds. 3) The Big Race.

Dates: 1) March 20, 2009. 2) Nov. 22, 2008. 3) May 9, 2009

Locations: 1) Hyatt Regency Sarasota. 2) Venetian Golf & River Club. 3) Renaissance.

Ticket prices: 1) $200. 2-3) $75.

Event chairs: 1) Patti Johnson. 2) Liz Crapet. 3) Jeanna Stinehelfer.


Big Cat Habitat And Gulf Coast Santuary

A permanent safe home for exotic animals in need.

Executive director: Kay Rosaire

Address: P.O. Box 50127

Sarasota, FL 34232

Telephone: (941) 350-6826

Web site: www.bigcathabitat.org

Mission statement: To give people an opportunity to encounter exotic animals; to provide love, respect and sanctuary for life; to foster an appreciation of animals and the importance of habitat preservation.

Volunteer opportunities: Fund raising, helping with weekend shows.

Main Fund-raising Events: 1) Animal Extravaganza. 2) Safari Dinner. 3) Weekend shows.

Dates: 1-2) TBA. 3) November-May.

Locations: 1-3) 7101 Palmer Blvd.

Ticket prices, event chairs: TBA


Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota

President and CEO: J. Mack Reid

Address: P.O. Box 4068

Sarasota, FL 34230

Telephone: (941) 366-3911

Web site: www.boysandgirlsclubs.com

Mission statement: To inspire and enable all young people, especially those from disadvantaged 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. 2) Ritz-Carlton Members Club Boys & Girls Club Golf Classic.

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

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

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

Event chairs: 1) TBA. 2) Charlotte Hedge, Monica Barth, Michael Moulton.


Breast Health Sarasota Inc.

Raises funds for Sarasota women and their families in need.

Chairs: Deanna Doyle, 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 events: Golf tournaments

Dates, Locations, Ticket prices: TBA

Event chair: Suellen Kaeb


Camp Florida Fish Tales

Week-long, 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 and Monks Steamer Bar Annual Golf Tournament. 2) Springfest Block Party. 3) Children's Art Auction.

Dates: 1) Dec. 7, 2008. 2) March 2009. 3) June 2009.

Locations: 1) Rolling Green Golf Club. 2) Superior Avenue, Gulf Gate. 3) TBA.

Ticket prices: 1) $65; $100 hole sponsor. 2-3) Donation.

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) Annual Dinner Auction. 2) Fall Golf Tournament.

Dates: 1) TBA. 2) October 2008.

Locations: 1-2) Waterlefe Golf & Country Club.

Ticket prices, Event chairs: TBA


The Cat Depot

Shelter of homeless cats, education and support of feline care, behavior and husbandry.

Executive director: Donna Thomas

Address: 5933 N. Washington Blvd., # A

Sarasota, FL 34243

Telephone: (941) 351-0824

Web site: www.catdepot.org

Mission statement: To reduce the need to shelter homeless cats and to provide shelter for homeless cats until good homes are found.

Volunteer opportunities: Cat cuddling (socializing).

Main fund-raising event: Catsino Royale

Date: Feb. 28, 2009

Location: PAL Sailor Circus

Ticket prices: $150

Event chairs: Darla O'Brien, Judy Ragona


Catholic Charities, Diocese of Venice Inc.

President/CEO: Peter Routsis-Arroyo

Address: 1000 Pinebrook Road

Venice, FL 34285

Telephone: (941) 488-5581

Web site: www.catholiccharitiesdov.org

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

Volunteer opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.

Main fund-raising events: 20th Anniversary Catholic Charities Ball, An Evening in Ireland

Dates: Jan. 10, 2009

Locations: The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota

Ticket prices: $235

Event chairs: TBA

Charis Center Inc.

Professional mental health services.

Executive director: Glen Denlinger, LCSW, BCD

Address: 4041 Bahia Vista St.

Sarasota, FL 34232

Telephone: (941) 378-1549

Web site: www.chariscenterfl.org

Mission statement: To provide mental health services to the private, public and nonprofit sections of the community. Clients are carefully matched with counselors based on specialty, gender, personality, age, approach and other factors.

Main fund-raising event: Siesta Key Beach Run—Benefiting the Caring Fund, which helps offset counseling fees for individuals in need.

Dates: April 25, 009

Locations: Siesta Key Beach

Ticket prices: $20

Event chairs: Connie Woodruff


Child Protection Center Inc.

Executive director: Harold H. Hedley

Address: 1750 17th St., Building L

Sarasota, FL 34234

Telephone: (941) 365-1277

Web site: www.cpcsarasota.org

Mission statement: To facilitate child abuse prevention, intervention and treatment.

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

Main fund-raising event: Ferraris on St. Armands.

Date: Feb. 13-15, 2009

Location: Friday reception, Rectrix Aerodrome Center; Saturday show, St. Armands Circle; Saturday dinner, Ritz-Carlton Members Beach Club; Sunday breakfast, The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota.

Ticket price: Friday reception, $110 ($120 after Jan. 15); Saturday show, free; Saturday dinner, $275; Sunday breakfast, $50

Event chairs: Gary and Marilee Roberts


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 Richard Redding, quality assurance manager.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Luncheon/fashion show. 2) 10th Annual Celebration Golf Tournament. 3) 10th Annual Celebration Dinner & Auction.

Dates: 1) Oct. 28, 2008. 2) Feb. 13, 2009. 3) March 13, 2009.

Locations: 1) Sharky's on the Pier. 2) Pelican Pointe Golf & Country Club. 3) Hyatt Regency Sarasota.

Ticket prices: 1) $40; $400/table. 2-3) $150.

Event chairs: 1) Chris Pfahler, Julie Pinkterton, Jackie Rolfes. 2) George Byrne, Melba Martin. 3) TBA.


The 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: P.O. Box 49722

Sarasota, FL 34230

Telephone: (941) 861-4841

Mission statement: To provide legal and volunteer support for more than 1,000 children in the 12th Judicial Circuit courts.

Main fund-raising event: Let the Season Begin—Ninth annual luncheon and gift bazaar.

Date: Nov. 7, 2008

Location: Michael's On East

Ticket prices, Event chairs: TBA


Circus Sarasota

Produces monthlong show in February, education and human-service programs throughout the year.

Executive director: Pedro Reis

Address: 8251 15th St. E., Suite B

Sarasota, FL 34243

Telephone: (941) 355-9335

Web site: www.circussarasota.org

Mission statement: To provide 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—The Roaring 20s, honoring John and Tana Sandefur. 2) Laughter Unlimited Luncheon.

Dates: 1) Jan. 9, 2009. 2) April 6, 2009.

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

Ticket prices: 1) $200; Patron $250. 2) TBA.

Event chairs: 1) Peg Nadel. 2) TBA.

Community AIDS Network

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, case management and therapy.

Volunteer opportunities: Fund raising, administrative, HIV testing.

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

Dates: Oct. 25, 2008

Locations: Chelsea Center

Ticket prices: $200

Event chair: Emily Walsh Parry


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 $150 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.

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.

From June 1, 2007-May 31, 2008:

Assets: $158 million

Total grants: $9,062,730

Number of grants: 1,014

Total scholarships: $1,060,054

Number of scholarships: 525

Range of grants: $250 to $1.4 million


Main fund-raising event: PJs with a Purpose: Celebrating Women's Philanthropy—Co-hosted with the Manatee Community Foundation and the Lakewood Ranch Community Fund.

Date: March 6, 2009

Location: The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota

Ticket price: $50

Event chair: TBA


Community Haven for Adults and Children with Disabilities

Helps 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) 11th Annual Jingle & Jog—5k and one-mile run. 2) Haven Hoedown. 3) Haven Mad Hatter Tea.

Dates: 1) Dec. 6, 2008. 2) Oct. 24, 2008. 3) March 19, 2009.

Locations: 1-2) Community Haven. 3) TBA.

Ticket prices: 1) TBA. 2) $50. 3) $25.

Event chairs: 1-3) Marla Doss.


Community Mobile Meals of Sarasota County Inc.

Executive director: Janet Traynor

Address: P.O. Box 178

Sarasota, FL 34230

Telephone: (941) 366-6693

Mission statement: To 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 events: Once-a-year private mailing.

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: 8499 S. Tamiami Trail, Suite 236

Sarasota, FL 34238

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: Kentucky Derby Barbecue.

Date: May 2, 2009

Location, ticket price, event chair: TBA


Community Pharmacy of Sarasota County

Has provided access to over $575,000 worth of prescription assistance to qualified Sarasota County residents.

Executive director: Kimberly Chmielewski

Address: 225 Tamiami Trail S.

Nokomis, FL 34275

Phone: (941) 445-5687

Web site: www.cpsarasota.org

Mission statement: To improve access to prescription medications fo uninsured and needy Sarasota County residents.

Volunteer opportunities: Licensed pharmacists, pharmacy techs.

Main fund-raising event: 2009 winter event

Date, location, ticket price, chair: TBA


Community Video Archives (CVA)

President: Annette Scherman

Address: 1235 S. Tamiami Trail

Sarasota, FL 34239

Telephone: (941) 365-7052

Mission statement: To 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, 2009

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 event: Starry, Starry Night Prom

Date: June 6, 2009

Location: TBA

Ticket price: $75

Event chair: TBA


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

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) Southwest Florida Heritage Festival. 2) Starry Nite—Dinner, silent auction and amazing celestial sights via powerful telescopes.

Dates: 1) Jan. 10, 2009. 2) March 2009.

Locations: 1-2) Crowley Museum and Nature Center.

Ticket prices, Event chairs: TBA


Cure 4 Diabetes - WEB ONLY

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 most recently on the BCG Therapy human clinical trials, which began in January 2008 at Massachusetts General Hospital.

President: Linda Menke

Address: 1549 Ringling Blvd., Suite 101

Sarasota, FL 34236

Telephone: (941) 951-2141

Web site: www.cure4diabetes.org

Mission statement: To find a cure for Type 1 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.

Main fund-raising events, Dates, Locations, Ticket prices, Event chairs: TBA

Dattoli Cancer Foundation - WEB ONLY

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

Sarasota's premier philanthropic shopping experience for consigned, donated and new designer fashion and accessories, home furnishings, accents, antiques and collectibles.

Executive director: Pamela Day

Address: 1226 N. Tamiami Trail

Sarasota, FL 34236

Telephone: (941) 366-5293

Web site: www.designingwomenboutique.org

Mission statement: To meaningfully grow the funding for arts and human services through innovative marketing of unique couture apparel, fine home furnishings and estate liquidation.

Volunteer opportunities: Sales, Ebay, computer work, event coordination, administrative support/secretarial services, speakers’ bureau.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Fashion Week 2008—Pamela Dennis trunk show and The Jewels of Sarasota community calendar and cabaret/style show and dinner. 2) Salon Series—Monthly luncheon/lecture/fashion shows.

Dates: 1) Dec. 8 and 15, 2008. 2) Final Thursday of every month (except November).

Locations: 1) FSU Center for the Performing Arts. 2) Designing Women Boutique.

Ticket prices: 1) $125-$500/person. 2) $14/person, per event.

Event chairs: 1) Chris Currie, Mary Ann Robinson, Jackie Rogers, Molly Schechter, Diane Roskamp, Jean Weidner, Margaret Wise. 2) Jewel Ash, Joan Campo-Liga, Gloria Moss, Carol Phillips.


The Dreams are Free School at Bishop Nevins Academy

A faith-friendly Catholic school for children 6 to 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: To nurture the spiritual and academic growth and development of students with learning disabilities.

Volunteer opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.

Main fund-raising event: Chelsea Center Dinner Auction

Date: March 28, 2009

Location: Bishop Nevins Academy

Ticket price, Event chair: TBA

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

Telephone: (941) 475-8722

Web site: www.dashinc.org

Mission statement: 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.

Main fund-raising events: Annual membership appeal, annual fund-raising letter and ongoing acceptance of donations.

Ear Research Foundation

Executive director: Jennifer Moss

President and Founder: Herbert Silverstein, M.D., F.A.C.S.

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 under-insured patients.

Volunteer opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.

Main fund-raising event: Hear and Now—Dinner, live opera concert performance.

Date: Nov. 13, 2008

Location: Sarasota Opera House

Ticket price: $150

Event chair: Jennifer Moss, A.P.R.


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 III, The Perfect Caper. 3) Sprinkler Scramble.

Dates: 1) May 2009. 2) Nov. 1, 2008. 3) September 2008.

Locations: 1) Charlotte Harbor. 2) Punta Gorda. 3) DeSoto County.

Ticket prices: 1) $85. 2) $50. 3) $75.

Event chairs: TBA


Easter Seals Southwest Florida Inc.

Provides services for individuals with disabilities of all ages on two 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 lives.

President and CEO: Bill Lloyd

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) 13th Annual Meadows Cup Pro-Am Golf Tournament. 2) Yellow Rose Black-Tie Gala

Dates: 1) April 25, 2009. 2) Oct. 18, 2008.

Locations: 1) The Meadows Country Club. 2) University Park Country Club.

Ticket prices, Event chairs: TBA


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: To 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. 27, 2009.

Location: Michael's On East

Ticket price: $200, $250 patron.

Event chairs: Sherry Burd, Hartley O'Brien


Englewood Helping Hand Inc.

Community-supported social services agency that provides short-term immediate assistance, prescription medication and coordination of services with other appropriate agencies.

Executive director: Victoria Rice

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 events: 1) Englewood Helping Hand Bike Run. 2) Englewood Crop Walk—Five-mile walk.

Dates: 1) Dec. 6, 2008. 2) February 2009.

Locations: 1) Englewood United Methodist Church. 2) Community Presbyterian Church.

Ticket prices: 1-2) Free. Sponsors pledge funds.

Event chairs: 1) TBA. 2) Carol Rice.


Every Child Inc. WEB ONLY

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.

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. 13, 2008. 2) August/September 2008. 3) October 2008.

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 chairs: 1-3) Mary Smith.


Fine Arts Society of Sarasota Inc.

Since its founding in 1969, FASS has donated more than $590,000 in grants, awards and scholarships. Maintains a fine art collection by Florida artists at the Van Wezel.

President: Alice Allen

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 and home tour hostesses, first Tuesday of the month, November through May.

Main fund-raising events: 1) The Creators and Collectors Tour. 2) Celebrate the Arts Holiday Luncheon.

Dates: 1) March 13-14, 2009. 2) Dec. 1, 2008.

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

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

Event chairs: 1) TBA. 2) Kenney DeCamp.


First Step of Sarasota

A comprehensive center for drug and alcohol abuse rehabilitation serving more than 15,000 individuals, primarily from Sarasota, Manatee and DeSoto counties.

Executive director: David J. Beesley

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 caregivers, fund-raising events, teaching yoga or art lessons to clients.

Main fund-raising events: 1) 40th Anniversary Gala. 2) Sixth Annual Caring Hearts Luncheon. 3) Fifth Annual Golf Classic.

Dates: 1) Nov. 12, 2008. 2) Feb. 17, 2008. 3) TBA.

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

Ticket prices: 1) $60, $125. 2-3) TBA.

Event chairs: 1) Patty Moffitt. 2) Carol Green. 3) TBA.


The Florida Center for Child and Family Development

Strengthens and supports 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: To promote the healthy development of young children, their families and our communities.

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

Main fund-raising events: 1) 21st Annual Festival of Trees, Lights and Holiday Gifts. 2) 11th Annual Thunder by the Bay Motorcycle Festival. 3) 25th Annual Suncoast Offshore Grand Prix Festival.

Dates: 1) Dec. 5, 2008. 2) Jan. 9-11, 2009. 3) June 27-July 5, 2009.

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

Ticket prices: 1) $175. 2) Varied. 3) Varied.

Event chairs: 1) TBA. 2-3) Lucy Nicandri.


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: To prevent juvenile delinquency and develop lawful, productive citizens through a broad range of family-centered activities.

Volunteer opportunities: Tutors, mentors.

Main fund-raising events: 1) 25th Annual Michelle Wells Memorial Golf Tournament. 2) Open house.

Dates: Locations, Ticket prices, Event chairs: 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.floridastudiotheatre.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, 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: 1) $150 ($50 tax deductible). 2) $75.

Event chairs: TBA


Florida West Coast Symphony Inc.

President and CEO: Joseph McKenna

Address: 709 N. Tamiami Trail

Sarasota, FL 34236

Telephone: (941) 953-4252

Web site: www.fwcs.org

Mission statement: To 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 60th Anniversary Opening Night Celebratory Dinner. 2) Fire & Ice Gala—Featuring Cirque de la Symphonie and fireworks on the bay.

Dates: 1) Nov. 1, 2008. 2) Jan. 24, 2009.

Locations: 1) Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. 2) Hyatt Regency Sarasota, gala; Van Wezel, performance and fireworks.

Ticket prices: 1) $125. 2) $275 and up.

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


Florida West Coast Symphony Association

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) 34th Annual Symphony Showcase House. 2) Holiday luncheon. 3) Spring luncheon.

Dates: 1) TBA. 2) Dec. 8, 2008. 3) April 30, 2009.

Locations: 1) TBA. 2) Michael's On East. 3) Bird Key Yacht Club.

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

Event chairs: 1) TBA. 2) Diane Stikeleather. 3) TBA.


Florida Winefest and Auction Inc.

Premier food and wine event that funds grants for disadvantaged children's programs and area at-risk youth.

Volunteer 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.

Total grants: $500,000

Number of grants: 28

Range of grants: $5,000 to $50,000

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

Date: April 23-26, 2009

Locations: Primarily at The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota, and 30-plus local venues.

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

Event chairs: 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: To strengthen 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 three-day event including Wine 101, an evening wine class and "pre-loved" shoe sale; luncheon fashion show, wine tasting and shopping extravaganza showcasing top shoe designers and leading women in wine; and intimate Wine Dinners for patrons and sponsors. 2) Club Forty—Food, cool bars, DJ, gaming tables, silent auction.

Dates: 1) Nov. 6-8, 2008. 2) March 7, 2009.

Locations: 1) Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota, private homes. 2) Rectrix Aviation.

Ticket prices: 1) Varies by event, $50-$175. 2) TBA.

Event chairs: 1) WWS: Chris Pfahler. 2) Chantal Freedman, Kathy Hazelhoff.


The Foundation for Dreams

Funds and operates Dream Oaks Camp, a camp for children ages seven to 17 with physical and developmental disabilities.

Executive director: 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 event: 2009 Tournament Fore Dreams

Dates: March 27-28, 2009.

Location: River Strand Golf & Country Club

Ticket prices: $100, gala; $1,500/foursome

Event chairs: Sean and Eileen Simpson, Synovus Bank


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: To secure and manage private resources to enhance educational opportunities for Manatee Community College.

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

Main fund-raising events: 1) Venice Pops event. 2) Lakewood Ranch Pops event.

Dates: 1) April 18, 2009. 2) May 9, 2009.

Locations: 1) MCC Venice campus. 2) Sarasota Polo Club.

Ticket prices: TBA

Event chairs: 1) Angie Edbrooke, Cathy Kuhlman. 2) Tana Sandefur.


Friends of Oscar Scherer Park

Park manager: John Roche

Address: 1843 S. Tamiami Trail

Sarasota, FL 34229

Telephone: (941) 483-5956

Web site: www.floridastateparks.org/oscarscherer

Mission statement: To promote education and other activities in aid of threatened Florida scrub jays, for which the park's scrubby flatwoods are the region's only major haven.

Volunteer opportunities: Supporting nature center and public events, trail maintenance, display boards, photography, carpentry, tree planting, clerical.

Main fund-raising event: Ninth Annual Scrub Jay 5k Run and one-mile fun run.

Date: Feb. 7, 2009

Location: Oscar Scherer State Park

Ticket price: Preregistration: $20/adult; $15/ages 16-18; 15 and under free.

Event chairs: Gaylon Peters, George Ulrich


Friends of Sarasota County Parks

President: Marshall Pridmore

Address: 6700 Clark Road

Sarasota, FL 34241

Telephone: (941) 486-2706

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 dedicated to the establishment of volunteer chapters at every county park/facility.

Main fund-raising event: Clyde Butcher Art Exhibit

Date: Oct. 25-Nov. 23, 2008; preview party Oct. 24, 2008

Location: Phillippi Estate Park

Ticket prices: $10 admission (children under 12 free with adult); preview party, $50

Event chair: Priscilla Brown


Friends of the Selby Public Library, Inc.

President: Kathy Hultquist

Address: P.O. Box 2255

Sarasota, FL 34230

Telephone: (941) 365-5228

Web site: www.selbylibraryfriends.org

Mission statement: To 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: Bookstore and library volunteers.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Friends Bookstore. 2) Spring book and author luncheon. 3) "Books and Coffee" discussions.

Dates: 1) Ongoing. 2) TBA. 3) November through April.

Locations: 1) Selby Library. 2) TBA. 3) Selby Library auditorium.

Ticket prices: 1) N/A. 2) TBA. 3) Free.

Event chairs: 1-3) Kathy Hultquist


G.WIZ—The Science Museum

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.

Volunteer opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.

Main fund-raising event: Sixth Annual Butterfly Ball

Date: Jan. 31, 2009

Location: G.WIZ

Ticket price, Event chair: TBA


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: 1872 18th St.

Sarasota, FL 34234

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 Sundays at 3 p.m. and Tuesdays at 5 p.m.; Adopt-a-Block Saturdays 9:30 a.m. to noon.

Main fund-raising events, Dates, Locations, Ticket prices: TBA

Event chair: Gayle Butterfield


Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida Inc.

Executive director: CEO: Sandi Stewart

Address: 4780 Cattlemen Road

Sarasota, FL 34233

Telephone: (941) 921-5358

Web site: www.gsgcf.org

Mission statement: To build 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.

Date: March 1, 2009

Location: Michael's On East

Ticket price: Contact: 921-5358 ext. 307

Event chair: Amanda Marshall


Girls Incorporated of Sarasota County

Local affiliate of a national nonprofit youth organization dedicated to empowering girls aged six and up to be self-confident, responsible and well-rounded individuals.

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) 21st Annual Celebration Luncheon—Bestowing "She Knows Where She's Going," "Visionary" and "Girl of the Year" awards. 2) Angel Luncheon. 3) A W - HANNAH, IS SOMETHING MISSING HERE?

Dates: 1) April 2, 2009. 2) Nov. 20, 2008. 3) Oct. 24, 2008.

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

Ticket prices: 1) $75. 2) Free. 3) $50 and $60.

Event chairs: 1) TBA. 2) Nancy Cason. 3) Nikki Heil, TBA.


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.

Chairman: Dr. Kay E. Glasser

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

Sarasota, FL 34234

Telephone: (941) 365-4545

Web site: www.gs-humanservices.org

Mission statement: To 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. 29, 2008

Location, Ticket prices, Event chairs: TBA


The Glenridge Performing Arts Center

A 260-seat performing arts hall that presents live theater, concerts, dance and lectures and rents to other organizations for recitals, meetings, concerts.

Executive director: Ben Turoff

Address: 7333 Scotland Way

Sarasota, FL 34238

Web site: www.theglenridge.com/calendar.htm

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, office work, occasional opportunities for stage and house managers.

Main fund-raising event: TBA

Date: Feb. 15, 2009

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: To 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) Christmas concert.2) Fund raiser featuring Robert Levin. 3) 30th Anniversary Concert.

Dates: 1) Dec. 8, 2008. 2) April 4, 2009. 3) April 13, 2009.

Locations: 1) Church of the Redeemer. 2) TBA. 3) Sarasota Opera House.

Ticket prices: 1) $20/adult; $10/student. 2) $100. 3) $25.

Event chairs: TBA


Goodwill Foundation

Fund-raising arm of Goodwill Industries-Manasota, which provides employment, housing and neighborhood services to more than 9,000 individuals annually throughout Manatee, 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: To turn donations into good jobs, good homes and good neighborhoods.

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

Main fund-raising event: Goodwill Fat Tuesday Party.

Date: Feb. 24, 2009

Location: Michael's On East.

Ticket price: $200

Event chairs: Molly Klauber, Adam Schiffman


Greater Sarasota Junior Golf Association

Executive director: Judy Christman

Address: P.O. Box 1665

Venice, FL 34284-1665

Telephone: (941) 366-0445

Web site: www.sarasotajuniorgolf.com

Mission statement: To introduce juniors to the world of golf.

Volunteer opportunities: Instruction, registration and scorekeeping.

Main fund-raising event: GSJGA Pro-Am

Date: Dec. 11, 2008

Location: Misty Creek Country Club

Ticket price: $125, golf and dinner

Event chair: Mike McClellan


Gulf Coast Community Foundation of Venice

With a quarter of a billion dollars 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.

President and CEO: Teri A. Hansen

Address: 601 Tamiami Trail S.

Venice, FL 34285

Telephone: (941) 486-4600

Web site: www.gulfcoastcf.org

As of June 30, 2007

Assets: $260 million

Total grants: $8.4 million

Number of grants: 916

Range of grants: $50-$929,577

Average grants size: $9,206

Gulf Coast Diabetes Foundation

President: Walter Konrady

Address: 2100 Constitution Blvd.

Sarasota, FL 34231

Telephone: (941) 957-5099

Web site: www.gulfcoastdiabetesfoundation.org

Mission statement: To 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

Artistic Director: Philip Alexander

Address: P.O. Box 2453

Sarasota, FL 34230

Telephone: (941) 957-0404

Web site: www.gulfcoastmenschorus.org

Mission statement: To 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) Spring Concert/Cabaret.

Dates: 1) December 2008. 2) May 2009.

Locations: TBA

Ticket prices: 1-2) $20.

Event chairs: TBA


Gulfcoast Fellowship of Christian Athletes - WEB ONLY

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 role models who take a stand as Christians on campuses, in the community and at camps.

Volunteer opportunities: Contact Jason Golden for more information.

Main fund-raising event: Golf tournament—Qualifier for national scramble.

Date: Oct. 18, 2008

Locations: Rosedale Golf & Country Club

Ticket price: TBA

Event chair: Jason Golden


Gulfcoast Legal Services Inc.

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.

Habitat for Humanity Sarasota Inc.

Executive director: Tony Souza

Address: 1757 N. East Ave.

Sarasota, FL 34234

Telephone: (941) 365-0700

Web site: www.sarasotahabitat.com

Mission statement: To help build families and communities. 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: TBA

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, newsletter, speakers’ bureau, finance and development, retail, repair of furniture and appliances.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Home Sweet Habitat—Dinner, dance. 2) Restore Home Center, selling quality donated items.

Dates: 1) TBA. 2) Ongoing.

Locations: 1) TBA. 2) 1400 Ogden Road, Venice, FL 34293; aluminum recycling throughout south Sarasota County.

Ticket prices: 1) TBA. 2) N/A; purchased goods.

Event chairs: TBA


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

Address: 1750 17th St., Building A

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: Event planning, fund raising.

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

Date: Oct. 26, 2008

Location: Siesta Key Public Beach

Ticket price: $25 minimum donation

Event chair: Jennifer Highland


Hearts Afire

Florida-based international organization focusing on delivering three foundational pillars of service: outreach missions, evangelical/family mission trips and children's Christian summer camp scholarship programs.

President: Vilma M. Vega, M.D.

Address: 1425 S. Osprey Ave., #7

Sarasota, FL 34239

Telephone: (941) 552-1584

Web site: www.heartsafire.us

Mission statement: To transform lives on the mission field through the promotion of healthcare, education and evangelical outreach.

Volunteer opportunities: Team members to join trips to various third-world countries; office help.

Main fund-raising event: Annual benefit with auction items from around the world.

Date: Feb. 28, 2009

Locations: The Chelsea Center

Ticket price, Event chair: TBA


The Hermitage Artist Retreat

An artist community inspiring creativity with Old Florida history, 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 nurture creativity, preserve a Florida historic site, protect native ecology and serve the Gulf Coast community.

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

Main fund-raising events: 1) Lobster Bake. 2) Beach Brunch and Bidding Auction.

Dates: 1) Nov. 8, 2008. 2) March 14, 2009.

Locations: 1-2) The Hermitage.

Ticket prices: 1) $150. 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.

Executive director: Father Celestino Gutierrez

Address: 3930 17th St.

Sarasota, FL 34235

Telephone: (941) 955-3934

Web site: www.hispaniccenter-stjude.com

Mission statement: To 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) Hispanic Festival. 2) Honoring Our Angels.

Dates: 1) Nov. 8, 2008. 2) Jan. 30, 2009.

Locations: 1) 17th Street and Hammock Place. 2) Meadows Country Club.

Ticket prices: 1) Free admission. 2) $125.

Event chairs: 1) Luis Baron. 2) Kathy Schersten, Anna Thompson.


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: To 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) Pig Out—Pigskin party at the Point. 2) Luncheon.

Dates: 1) Nov. 23, 2008. 2) Feb. 11, 2009.

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

Ticket prices: TBA

Event chairs: 1) Kathy Coffey, Judy Veale. 2) Mary Evelyn Miley, Cindy Stuhley.


Humane Society of Sarasota County Inc.

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) Paws on the Catwalk—After Dark. 2) Fourth Annual Ron Gordon Golf Tournament. 3) Paws on the Catwalk Luncheon.

Dates: 1) Nov. 14, 2008. 2) Sept. 13, 2008. 3) Spring 2009.

Locations: 1) Michael's On East. 2) Bent Tree Country Club. 3) TBA.

Ticket prices: 1) $150. 2) $85. 3) TBA.

Event chairs: 1) Gayle Guynup, Terry McGee. 2) Ron Gordon. 3) 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: To 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 Incarnation 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 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: To 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 2009. 2) Absolute Aluminum Golf Tournament.

Dates: 1) May 1, 2009. 2) October 2008.

Locations: 1) Michael's On East. 2) Lake Venice Golf Club.

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

Event chairs: 1) TBA. 2) D.J. DesJardins.


Island Village Montessori School - WEB ONLY

The area’s only charter school offering free Montessori education.

Executive director: Kym Elder

Address: 2001 Pinebrook Road

Venice, FL 34292

Telephone: (941) 484-4999

Web site: www.islandvillage.org

Mission statement: To 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) Drama presentation.

Dates: TBA

Locations: 1) TBA. 2) Venice Theatre.

Ticket prices: TBA

Event chairs: 1) TBA. 2) Jan Pearman.


Jazz Club of Sarasota

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: To promote, perform and preserve jazz.

Volunteer opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.

Main fund-raising event: Sarasota Jazz Festival.

Date: March 15-21, 2009

Locations: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall and other locations.

Ticket prices: Free-$60

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: To provide comprehensive counseling and social services to people confronting life's challenges.

Volunteer opportunities: Hospital visitations, mentors, tutors, religious services, office and clerical.

Main fund-raising event: Gershwin Glorious Gershwin—2008 JFCS gala featuring Leif Bjaland and the Florida West Coast Symphony.

Date: Dec. 21, 2008

Location: The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota

Ticket price: TBA

Event chair: Sally Yanowitz


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. Direct resident services.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Kobernick House Art and Craft Show & Sale. 2) "Flying High"—Dolly and Pedro Reis. 3) Festival of Jewish Food.

Dates: 1) Oct. 19, 2008. 2. Jan. 18, 2009. 3) March 1, 2009.

Locations: 1) Kobernick House. 2) Circus Sarasota. 3) Kobernick House.

Ticket prices: 1) Free to public. 2) $150 guest sponsorship opportunities available. 3) Free to public.

Event chairs: 1) Shelia Birnbaum, Toby Kline. 2) Janet Hunter, Gloria Moss. 3) TBA.


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

Web site: www.ringling.org

Mission statement: To 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, tram driving.

Main fund-raising events: 1) UnGala Gala. 2) UnParty. 3) Gallery Gala.

Dates: 1) Oct. 18, 2008. 2) Sept. 5, 2008. 3) January 2009.

Locations: 1) Ringling Museum. 2) Mattison’s Forty-One. 3) Ringling Museum.

Ticket prices: 1) $250. 2-3) TBA.

Event chairs: 1) Nicole Kaney, Lindsay Howell. 2) Kyla Weiner, Meilissa DeMore, Beth Bobb. 3) TBA.


Joining Our Youth (JOY)

Volunteer mentors and supporters to abused, neglected and abandoned youth aging out of the foster care system.

President: Marian Strickland

Address: 8152 Longbay Blvd.

Sarasota, FL 34243

Mission statement: To improve the quality of life for youth aging out of foster care through unconditional moral support, mentoring and targeted services.

Volunteer opportunities: Mentors, fund raising, committees.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Romancing the Tartans—Two-day celebration, plaid fashion show and luncheon. 2) Celebrity golf tournament.

Dates: 1) April 14, 2009. 2) April 16, 2009.

Locations: 1) The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota. 2) The Ritz-Carlton Members Golf Club.

Ticket prices: 1) $80. 2) $250.

Event chair: 1-2) Tish FitzGerald.


Junior Achievement

World's largest organization dedicated to educating students about workforce readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy through hands-on programs delivered by volunteers from the business community.

Executive director: Barbara Page

Address: 6710 Professional Parkway W., Suite 200

Sarasota, FL 34240

Telephone: (941) 361-1410

Web site: www.jasarasota.org

Mission statement: To inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy.

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

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

Dates, Locations, Ticket prices: TBA

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


The Junior League of Sarasota Florida Inc.

President: Leslie Jones

Address: 3300 S. Tamiami Trail, Suite 3

Sarasota, FL 34239

Telephone: (941) 953-5600

Web site: www.jlsarasota.org

Mission statement: To promote volunteerism, develop the potential of women and improve the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.

Volunteer opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Tinsel and Treasures. 2) Holiday Tour of Homes. 3) Barely Blemished.

Dates: 1) Oct. 17-18, 2008. 2) Dec. 5-6, 2008. 3) TBA.

Locations: 1) Municipal Auditorium. 2) Various "green" homes. 3) Sarasota Fairgrounds.

Ticket prices: 1) $5. 2) $20. 3) Varied.

Event chairs: 1) Dee Dee Rice. 2) Bri Saba, Tracy Eisnaugle. 3) Roberta Kolton.


Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

Executive director: Sara Rankin

Address: 3333 Clark Road, Suite 160

Sarasota, FL 34231

Telephone: (941) 929-0621

Web site: www.jdrf.org

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

Volunteer opportunities: Community outreach, advocacy and participation in fund raisers.

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

Date: March 21, 2009

Location: Siesta Key Beach

Ticket price: Free; walkers collect donations toward walk team totals.

Event chair: Hugh Morrow, Walgreens


Keep Sarasota Beautiful

A certified affiliate of Keep America Beautiful Inc.’s waste-reduction and beautification program.

Manager: Sandra Washington

Address: 2817 Cattlemen Road

Sarasota, FL 34232

Telephone: (941) 861-5000

Web site: www.scgov.net

Mission statement: To 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, advisory board; adopt a road, park or shore; the Great American Cleanup and Coastal Cleanup.

Main fund-raising event: Coastal Cleanup.

Date: Sept. 20, 2008

Location, Ticket prices, Event chairs: TBA


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.

Volunteer opportunities: Ushers, event coordinators, etc.

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.

Executive director: Connie L. Miles

Address: P.O. Box 19355

Sarasota, FL 34276

Telephone: (941) 918-8400, (941) 302-8411

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

Volunteer opportunities: Fund raising, toy drives, holiday adoptions and holiday clinic.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce $10,000 Putt Off Contest. 2) Annual Great Teddy Bear Run. 3) Holiday Adoptions.

Dates: 1) Summer 2009. 2) November 2008. 3) November 2008.

Locations: 1) TBA 2) Sarasota Fairgrounds. 3) All over.

Ticket prices: 1) $5, $10, and $20. 2) $10. 3) Varies.

Event chairs: 1) Siesta Key CofC. 2) Harley Owners Group. 3) None.


Lakewood Ranch Community Fund

A donor-advised fund of the Manatee Community Foundation and philanthropic partner with the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, focused on increasing philanthropy and grant making in the Lakewood Ranch area.

Executive director: Marilyn Howard

Address: 7361 Merchant Court

Sarasota, FL 34240

Telephone: (941) 556-5442

Web site: www.lwrfund.org

Mission statement: To personalize the philanthropic goals of individuals, businesses and organizations; to enhance the quality of life in the 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, outreach, humanitarian selection committees.

Main fund-raising event: The Gala

Date: TBA

Location: Lakewood Ranch

Ticket price: TBA

Event chair: Barbara Najmy, Ron Robertson


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: To 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. 8, 2008

Location: Charles Ringling House

Ticket prices: $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. 25, 2008

Location: Laurel Community Center

Ticket price: $75

Event chair: TBA


Legal Aid of Manasota Inc.

Executive director: Linda Harradine

Address: 1900 Main St., Suite 302

Sarasota, FL 34236

Telephone: (941) 366-0038

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

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, Locations, Ticket prices: TBA

Event chair: Debbie Allen


Lemon Bay Conservancy Inc.

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

Executive director: Richard E. DeGennaro

Address: 2980 Placida Road

Englewood, FL 34224

Telephone: (941) 830-8922

Web site: www.lemonbayconservancy.org

Mission statement: To 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: Toast of the Coast

Date, Location, Ticket price, Event chair: TBA


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, back stage, house managing, lighting, wardrobe and set design.

Main fund-raising events: Ticket sales and donations from patrons.

Dates: 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: To preserve and conserve the primates of Madagascar through captive breeding, scientific research, education and reintroduction.

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

Lighthouse of Manasota

Provides free training and specialized services to people with vision loss.

Executive director: Janice T. Felski

Address: 7318 N. Tamiami Trail

Sarasota, FL 34243

Telephone: (941) 359-1404

Mission statement: To 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) Sept. 13, 2008. 2) April 25, 2009.

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

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

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


The Literacy Council of Sarasota Inc.

Free, one-on-one, needs-based tutoring for basic literacy (reading and writing) and ESOL (English speakers of other languages). Also offers customized, basic training classes for businesses and employees.

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.

Main fund-raising event: Celebrating Authors and Illustrators in Our Community luncheon

Date: February 2009

Location, Ticket price, Event chair: TBA


Literacy Volunteers

Recruits, trains and supports volunteers in the delivery of tutoring services. Programs include ESOL, basic literacy and customized programs for workplace employees.

President: Sandy McIntyre

Address: Venice Public Library, 300 Nokomis Ave. S.

Venice, FL 34285

Telephone: (941) 484-8386

Web site: www.literacychangeslives.org

Mission statement: To promote literacy among adults with the potential to increase their skills in speaking, reading and writing English.

Volunteer opportunities: Tutors, trainers, interviewers, computer coach, board members, special events, public relations and more.

Main fund-raising event: Deal Me In for Literacy—Card and game party.

Date: March 2009

Location: Aston Gardens, Venice

Ticket price: $10

Event chair: TBA


Longboat Key Center for the Arts

A division of Ringling College of Art and Design.

Executive director: Jane Buckman

Address: 6860 Longboat Drive S.

Longboat Key, FL 34228

Telephone: (941) 383-2345

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

Volunteer opportunities: Docents, events committees, exhibit committees, reception.

Main fund-raising events: Plein Air Affair—Dinner, dance, live auction.

Dates: Feb. 21, 2009.

Locations: Longboat Key Club.

Ticket prices: $175-$350; table sponsors, $1,500-$5,000

Event chairs: Lisa Walsh


Lou Gehrig’s Disease Association of Southwest Florida Inc.

All-volunteer organization offering support groups, equipment loan closet, resource library and respite care.

Executive director: Vicki Watkins

Address: P.O. Box 11104

Sarasota, FL 34278

Telephone: (941) 955-4771

Web site: www.lgda-als.org

Mission statement: To 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 events: 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.

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.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Loveland Sings. 2) The Fabulous Hubcaps. 3) Casino Night.

Dates: 1) November 2008. 2) January 2009. 3) TBA.

Locations: 1) Venice Theatre. 2-3) TBA.

Ticket prices: 1) $15. 2-3) TBA.

Event chairs: TBA


Lutheran Services Florida

Human services agency with 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: To 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 specific opportunities.

Main fund-raising event: Sunset Silent Auction

Date: Oct. 4, 2008

Location: Chelsea Center

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

Event chair: Carmen Scoma


Make-a-Wish Foundation of Central and Northern Florida

Regional Director: Marie A. Riley

Address: 950 S. Tamiami Trail, 103

Sarasota, FL 34236

Telephone: (941) 952-9474

Web site: www.wishcentral.org

Mission statement: To 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, speakers’ bureau.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Walk for Wishes Festival. 2) Daydreams and Wishes. 3) Bridesmaid Bash.

Dates: 1) Nov. 22, 2008. 2) March 26, 2009. 3) Aug. 15, 2009.

Locations: 1) Payne Park. 2-3) TBA.

Ticket prices: 1) $10. 2-3) TBA.

Event chairs: 1) Christine Gay. 2-3) TBA.


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: To 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.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Fifth Annual Golf Tournament and TGIF Party. 2) An Evening of Art. 3) Annual Celebration Dinner.

Dates: 1) Sept. 26, 2008. 2) Nov. 21, 2008. 3) TBA.

Locations: 1) Bradenton Country Club. 2) Mattison’s Riverside. 3) TBA.

Ticket prices: 1) $500/team. 2-3) TBA.

Event chairs: TBA


Manasota BUDS (Bringing Up Down Syndrome)

Serving parents, family and friends of children with Down syndrome.

Address: 8374 Market St., #113

Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202

Telephone: (941) 907-0499

Web site: www.manasotabuds.org

Mission statement: To provide families with a neutral and supportive forum for sharing and networking and to promote the understanding and acceptance of Down syndrome.

Volunteer opportunities: Therapists, respite care, legal.

Main fund-raising event: Buddy Walk

Date: Oct. 25, 2008

Location: Hunsader Farms

Ticket price: $35, family entrance

Event chairs: James Baar


 

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.

Executive director: Marilyn Howard

Address: 3103 Manatee Ave. W.

Bradenton, FL 34205

Telephone: (941) 747-7765

Web site: www.manateecf.org

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

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

Dates: Feb. 4, 2009

Locations: Bradenton Auditorium

Ticket prices: $125/individual; $1,000/table

Event chairs: Marilyn Howard

From June 1, 2007-May 31, 2008

Total grants: $846,000

Total scholarships: $27,000

Number of grants: 200

Range of grants: $250-$11,000

Number of scholarships: 18

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

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

Interim CEO: Jessica Ventimiglia

Address: 811 S. Palm Ave.

Sarasota, FL 34236

Telephone: (941) 366-5731

Web site: www.selby.org

Mission statement: To further the understanding and appreciation of plant life, with emphasis on epiphytes, and to provide enjoyment to those who visit the Gardens.

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

Main fund-raising events: 1) The Orchid Ball. 2) Kick off for the Children's Rainforest at Selby Gardens capital campaign.

Dates: 1) April 4, 2009. 2) Oct. 26, 2008.

Locations: 1-2) Selby Gardens.

Ticket prices: TBA

Event chairs: 1) TBA. 2) Rebecca Icely, Susan McLeod, Chris Pfahler, Renee Phinney.


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: To raise funds 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, 2008. 2) October/November 2008.

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

Ticket prices: N/A

Event chairs: 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: To 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: Celebrity Waiters Dinner

Dates: March 21, 2009

Locations: Venice

Ticket prices: $50

Event chairs: TBA


Moffit Cancer Center Foundation

Moffit Cancer Center builds partnerships with local hospitals, like Sarasota Memorial Hospital, to reach cancer patients with research-based treatments. Last year, nearly 3,000 men and women from Sarasota and Manatee counties came to Moffitt for cancer care.

Executive director: Larry M. Feder

Address: 12902 Magnolia Drive

Tampa, FL 33612

Telephone: (813) 745-1403

Web site: www.moffitt.org/giving

Mission statement: To contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer by raising philanthropic donations. The foundation is dedicated to cancer research, patient care and community education, serving Sarasota and Manatee counties as well as all of Florida.

Volunteer opportunities: Events committees, including sponsorships, auction and chance drawing.

Main fund-raising events: 1) An Evening with Moffitt Cancer Center—Featuring Sam Donaldson. 2) Magnolia Ball.

Dates: 1) Nov. 12, 2008. 2) April 25, 2009.

Locations: 1) The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota. 2) A La Carte Event Pavilion.

Ticket prices: 1) $250; $450/couple. 2) $1,000.

Event chairs: 1) Barbara Ackerman, Mary Forte, Barbara Portanova. 2) TBA.


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: To advance the science of the sea.

Volunteer opportunities: Available year-round. E-mail [email protected]

Main fund-raising event: Oceanic Evening.

Date: Oct. 25, 2008

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: To meet the resource needs of families in Sarasota County who are struggling to help themselves.

Volunteer opportunities: Helping in Children’s Clothes Closet store, open Tuesdays and Fridays from 9 to 11:30 a.m.

Muscular Dystrophy Association Inc.

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) Fifth Annual Walk in Honor—Families Fighting Back. 2) Racquets, Roulette and Research—Tennis classic. 3) MDA Golf Classic.

Dates: 1) Sept. 27, 2008. 2) Nov. 14-16, 2008. 3) Dec. 9, 2008.

Locations: 1) Payne Park. 2) Serendipity Racquet Club. 3) The Concession.

Ticket prices: 1) $85. 2) $65/first entry; $50/second entry. 3) TBA.

Event chairs: 1) Tim and Krista Fineke. 2) Kristin Poolman, Brain Agee, Danielle Nutten. 3) TBA.


NARSAD

The world's leading organization dedicated to raising funds for mental health research.

Liaison: Emily Walsh Parry

Address: 5570 Gulf of Mexico Drive

Longboat Key, FL 34228

Telephone: (941) 308-MIND

Web site: www.narsadflorida.org

Mission statement: To raise and distribute funding for the most promising psychiatric disease research in order to develop new preventative measures, better diagnoses and improved treatments.

Volunteer opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.

Main fund-raising event: 12th Annual "Sunshine from Darkness" Gala—Honoring NARSAD Florida founders J. Robert and Lee Peterson and Academy Award-winning actress Patty Duke; also free research symposium.

Dates: Symposium: Jan. 10, 2009; gala: Jan. 11, 2009.

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

Ticket price: Gala, $300

Event chairs: Emily Walsh Parry, Janice Peterson Radder, Amie Swan


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: Frank Escobar

Address: 1532 U.S. 41 Bypass, Suite 146

Venice, FL 34293

Telephone: (941) 957-3626

Web site: www.namisarasotacounty.org

Mission statement: To improve 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

President: Gwen Baseman

Address: 6106 Misty Oaks St.

Sarasota, FL 34243

Telephone: (941) 355-0111

Web site: www.ncjw.org

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

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

Main fund-raising event: Women in Power Luncheon—Honoring three outstanding local women who have made a difference.

Date: Jan. 21, 2009

Location: Michael’s On East

Ticket price: TBA

Event chair: Nancy Roucher


National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Mid-Florida Chapter

Provides 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: To end the devastating effects of multiple sclerosis.

Volunteer opportunities: Assist with annual MS Walk in Sarasota County and peer counselors.

Main fund-raising events: 1) WalkMS 2009. 2) 2009 Bike MS. 3) 50th Anniversary Gala.

Dates: 1-2) Spring 2009. 3) September 2008.

Locations: TBA

Ticket prices: 1) $125 to receive a commemorative WalkMS shirt. 2-3) TBA.

Event chairs: TBA


New College Foundation Inc.

Vice President Events: Mary Lou Wingerter

Address: 5800 Bay Shore Road

Sarasota, FL 34243

Telephone: (941) 487-4686

Web site: www.ncf.edu/foundation

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

Volunteer opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Old-Fashioned New England Clambake—30th year. 2) Big Band Valentine Bash. 3) Crissy Galleries and NCF Auction.

Dates: 1) Nov. 5, 2008. 2) Feb. 13, 2009. 3) March 20-22, 2009.

Locations: 1) New College Bayfront. 2) Michael's On East. 3) New College Bayfront.

Ticket prices: 1) $125. 2) $225. 3) TBA.

Event chairs: 1) Julie and Phil Delaney. 2) Margarete Van Antwerpen. 3) Crissy Galleries and New College Foundation.


New College Library Association

Raises funds for the Jane Bancroft Cook Library at New College of Florida and sponsors educational forums as an affiliate of New College Foundation.

Executive director: Margaret Boyd

Address: 5800 Bay Shore Road TKC?

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. 2) Pique-nique sur la Baie—Gourmet French luncheon and fashion show by Neiman Marcus.

Dates: 1) Dec. 6, 2008. 2) April 1, 2009.

Locations: 1-2) Charles Ringling Mansion and bayfront.

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

Event chairs: 1) Suzette Jones. 2) TBA.


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 and projects.

Main fund-raising events: 1) New Gate Golf Tournament. 2) In the Pink—A Taste of New Gate. 3) Celebration—Dinner, dance, silent and live auction.

Dates: 1) Oct. 11, 2008. 2) Nov. 7, 2008. 3) Feb. 28, 2009.

Locations: 1) Palm-Aire Country Club. 2) New Gate, Clark Road campus. 3) Polo Grill ballroom.

Ticket prices: 1) $125. 2) $60. 3) $125.

Event chairs: 1) Jon Kleiber, Mark Sookek. 2) Kim Cornetet. 3) Gina Hagopian.


North Port Art Center

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

Co-Presidents: Jayne and Stephen Etter

Address: 5950 Sam Shapos Way

North Port, FL 34287

Telephone: (941) 423-6460

Web site: www.northportartcenter.com

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 and volunteer positions in the new Art Center.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Annual gala and art auction. 2) Festival of Arts Luau.

Dates: 1) Spring 2009. 2) Nov. 15, 2008.

Locations: 1-2) North Port Art Center.

Ticket prices: 1) TBA. 2) Free.

Event chairs: 1-2) Eileen Nail.


Operation Serving Children - WEB ONLY

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: To 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: Dec. 6, 2008

Location: 13466 Heritage Way

Ticket price: Donations accepted.

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, Suite 316

Sarasota, FL 34231

Telephone: (941) 927-6678

Web site: www.ortamerica.org

Mission statement: To 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.

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. 7, 2008. 2) Feb. 3, 2008. 3) Feb. 22, 2008.

Locations: 1) Avista Clubhouse, 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. (preK-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: 29th annual Extravaganza—Black-tie dinner, dancing, live, silent and online auctions.

Date: Nov. 8, 2008

Location: Dolphin Aviation

Ticket price: $225

Event chair: Kathryn Kelley


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: To 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 dinner gala. 3) 60th Anniversary Extravaganza.

Dates: 1) Dec. 27-29, 2008. 2) February 2009. 3) March 25-28; April 1, 2, 4, 2009.

Locations: 1-3) PAL Sailor Circus Arena

Ticket prices: 1) $10, $12, $16. 2) $150. 3) $10, $12, $16.

Event chairs: 1-3) Patty Campbell, Michelle Rinaca


PALS Partners in Education

The community involvement office of the Sarasota County Public Schools that recruits and trains 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 2008. 2) January 2009. 3) April 2009.

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

Ticket prices: 1-3) Free to invitees.

Event chairs: TBA

The Perlman Music Program

Professional development program for gifted musicians, ages 12 to 20, founded by Itzhak and Toby Perlman.

Executive director: Elizabeth Power

Address: P.O. Box 3407

Sarasota, FL 34230

Web site: www.perlmanmusicprogramsarasota.org

Main fund-raising event: Celebration concert and dinner.

Date: Jan. 3, 2009

Location: Sarasota Opera House

Ticket price: $1,000/couple

Chairs: Liz Barzell, Mickey Fine, Dottie Baer Garner, Sally Yanowitz

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.

Dates: 1) TBA. 2) Ongoing.

Locations: 1) TBA. 2) Pet Therapy Inc.

Ticket prices: 1) TBA. 2) Donation.

Event chairs: 1) TBA. 2) Kathy Alexander.


Pierian Spring Academy

Provides noncredit 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: Provides courses in the humanities, the arts and sciences for adults seeking an academic experience.

Volunteer opportunities: A variety of administrative duties.

Main fund-raising events: Annual mail fund raiser.

Pines of Sarasota Foundation Inc.

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 events: 60th Anniversary Celebration—Luncheon gala.

Date, Location, Ticket prices, Event chairs: TBA


Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida Inc.

President and CEO: Barbara A. Zdravecky

Address: 736 Central Ave.

Sarasota, FL 34236

Telephone: (941) 365-3913

Web site: www.ppswcf.org

Mission statement: To provide 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) 43rd Annual Dinner. 2) High Tea at High Noon. 3) Safe Sex: Red Eye to Vegas.

Dates: 1) March 2, 2009. 2) Nov. 13, 2008. 3) Nov. 15, 2008.

Locations: 1) Municipal Auditorium. 2) Van Wezel. 3) Dolphin Aviation.

Ticket prices: 1) $150. 2) $50. 3) $50 in advance; $75 at the door.

Event chairs: 1) Leslie Glass, Alexandra Jupin, John Bean. 2) Suzette Jones, Gerri Aaron. 3) Kim Bass, Jason Champion, Suzette Jones, Gary Pike.


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 not-for-profit agencies.

President: Robert Thinnes

Address: 500 Rockley Blvd.

Venice, FL 34293

Telephone: (941) 497-4826

Mission statement: To improve the quality of life in south Sarasota county.

Volunteer opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.

As of April 30, 2008

Total Grants: $109,614

Number of grants: 32

Range of grants: $1,000-$5,600


Main fund-raising events: 1) Celebrity Golf Classic. 2) Fashion Show. 3) Tour of Homes.

Dates: 1) Feb. 11-12, 2009. 2) March 3, 2009. 3) Jan. 23-24, 2009.

Locations: 1-2) Plantation Golf and Country Club. 3) Varied.

Ticket prices: 1) Free to public (spectators only). 2) $35. 3) $25.

Event chairs: 1) Steve Rich, Ron Noble. 2) Cheryl McAvoy. 3) Carolyn Reifel, Judy Thuer.


The Players Theatre

Featuring year-round programming with the 79th Broadway Theatre Series, SNAP! (Something New At Players) Program, the Summer Sizzler Series and the Players Performing Arts Studios.

Executive director: Darlene Sparks; 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 multi-cultural 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 event: The Players Spotlight Awards

Date: May 11, 2009

Location: The Players Theatre

Ticket prices: $50

Event chair: Brenda Terris


Police Athletic League of Sarasota County Inc.

Offers after-school programs 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: To provide a safe environment for kids to participate, learn and achieve while developing positive relationships with law enforcement.

Volunteer opportunities: After-school programs at Booker Middle School, McIntosh Middle School, Englewood Elementary and the Sailor Circus.

Main fund-raising events: 1) PAL Sailor Circus Holiday Spectacular. 2) PAL Bowl Football All-Star Game. 3) PAL Sailor Circus 60th Anniversary Shows.

Dates: 1) Dec. 27-29, 2008. 2) Dec. 19, 2008. 3) March 25-28, April 1-4, 2009; VIP show April 3, 2009.

Locations: 1) PAL Sailor Circus Arena. 2) TBA. 3) PAL Sailor Circus Arena.

Ticket prices: 1) $10, $12, $16. 2) $3/student; $5/adult; VIP, $100/person. 3) $10, $12 and $15.

Event chairs: TBA


Prader-Willi Syndrome Association WEB ONLY

An organization of families and professionals working together to support and fund research of Prader-Willi Syndrome.

Executive director: Craig Polhemus

Address: 8588 Potter Park Drive, #500

Sarasota, FL 34238

Telephone: (800) 926-4797

Web site: www.pwsausa.org

Mission statement: To promote and fund research, provide education and offer support to enhance the quality of life of those impacted by Prader-Willi Syndrome.

Volunteer opportunities: Office and advocacy.

Pregnancy Solutions…Knowing your Choices, Inc.

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: To provide 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) Seventh Annual Pregnancy Solutions Banquet. 2) Eighth Walk for Life/Run for Fun

Dates: 1) Nov. 11, 2008. 2) May 2009.

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

Ticket prices: 1) Dinner is complimentary; an opportunity to make a financial gift will be extended. 2) Walkers solicit tax-deductible sponsorships.

Event chairs: 1-2) Mary Jane Schneiderhahn.


Racing Dog Rescue Project

All-volunteer organization dedicated to the care, socialization and adoption of greyhounds.

President: Peg Murphy

Address: P.O. Box 18153

Sarasota, FL 34276

Telephone: (941) 915-6585

Web site: www.rdrp-greyhound.org

Mission statement: To place ex-racing greyhounds in responsible, caring, permanent homes.

Volunteer opportunities: Kennel help, foster care.

Renaissance Manor WEB ONLY

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

Web site:

Mission statement: To 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: David A. Proch

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 events: An Evening to Remember—Dinner, entertainment, live and silent auction.

Dates: Spring 2009.

Locations: Michael's On East

Ticket prices: TBA

Event chair: Jean Fulton


Ringling College of Art and Design

One of the country's premier private, independent, nonprofit 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, www.sarasotadesignsummit.com

Mission statement: To provide programs leading to a degree that prepares studentsto 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) 2008 Sarasota International Design Summit. 2) Annual golf tournament. 3) An Evening at the Avant-Garde—Annual scholarship fund raiser.

Dates: 1) Oct. 27-28, 2008. 2) Nov. 11, 2008. 3) March 28, 2009.

Locations: 1) The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota; Ringling College campus. 2) The Concession Golf Club. 3) Ringling College campus.

Ticket prices: 1) $495, full conference; other tickets available. 2-3) TBA.

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


Ringling College Library Association

President: Susan Featherman

Address: P.O. Box 4071

Sarasota, FL 34230

Telephone: (941) 925-1343

Web site: www.rclassociation.org

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

Volunteer opportunities: None

Main fund-raising events: Town Hall Lecture Series

Dates: January-March 2009

Locations: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

Ticket prices: $250-$600

Event chair: Stacey Corley


Rotary Futures

Post-secondary 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 2009. 2) June 2009. 3) April 2009.

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

Ticket prices: 1) $100. 2) $60. 3) $5/chance.

Event chairs: TBA


Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center (SPARCC)

Executive director: Olivia Thomas

Address: 2139 Main St.

Sarasota, FL 34237

Telephone: (941) 365-0208

Web site: www.sparcc.net

Mission statement: To provide services to victims of domestic and sexual violence, and to promote a violence-free community through awareness and education.

Volunteer opportunities: Hotline, shelter, hospital team, court advocacy, children's team, Treasure Chest secondhand store.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Second Hand Rose Fashion Show and Luncheon. 2) SPARCCLE Gala. 3) SPARCC Prince and Princess Ball.

Dates: 1) February 2009. 2) March 20, 2009. 3) April 25, 2009.

Locations: 1-2) The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota. 3) Girl Scouts Conference Center.

Ticket prices: TBA

Event chairs: 1) TBA. 2) Sherry Stitch, Sue Adams. 3) Robyn Lynn La Porta.


St. Francis Animal Rescue

No-kill cat and kitten rescue with adoptable and resident cats, as well as cats in foster homes. Also helps when possible with feral colonies.

Board President: Mary Donohue

Address: P.O. Box 563

Nokomis, FL 34275

Telephone: (941) 492-6200

Web site: www.stfrancisarfl.org

Mission statement: To help stray, homeless or unwanted cats in our community; to promote responsible pet ownership; to promote spaying and neutering.

Volunteer opportunities: Adoption counselors, socializers, groomers, medical, cleaners, thrift store, projects, fund raising.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Tree of Life. 2) Cat's Meow Gala. 3) Birthday Party.

Dates: 1) December 2008. 2) January 2009. 3) June 2009.

Locations: 1) Select locations. 2) TBA. 3) St. Francis Animal Rescue and thrift store.

Ticket prices: 1) $1 and $5 tickets available. 2) TBA. 3) Free.

Event chairs: 1) TBA. 2) Jill Clark. 2) Mary Donohue.


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

Address: 4380 Fruitville Road

Sarasota, FL 34236

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, after-school programs.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Knights on the Run jog-a-thon. 2) Light up the Knight—Dinner, dance, auction.

Dates: 1) Nov. 21, 2008. 2) Feb. 21, 2009.

Locations: 1-2) St. Martha Catholic School.

Ticket prices: 1) Pledges, donations. 2) $25.

Event chairs: 1) Jean Caldwell. 2) Shaune Park.


Saint Stephen's Episcopal School

An independent, co-educational, college preparatory day school for students of all faiths, pre-K 3 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) Falcon Fete. 2) Falcon 5k run.

Dates: 1) Nov. 15, 2008. 2) Feb. 21, 2009.

Locations: 1) TBA. 2) Saint Stephen's Episcopal School.

Ticket prices: TBA

Event chairs: 1) Carmen Zirkelbach. 2) Cheryle Howell, Lee Ross, Betsy Pennewill.


St. Vincent de Paul Society, St. Martha’s Conference

Thrift shop to raise funds and distribute bags of food.

Executive directors: Yve and Dave Comeau

Address: 512 S. Orange Ave.

Sarasota, FL 34236

Telephone: (941) 953-5477

Mission statement: To clothe and feed the less fortunate.

Volunteer opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.

Salvation Army

Sarasota Area Command

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 34236

Telephone: (941) 954-4673

Web site: www.salvationarmysarasota.com

Mission statement: To preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination. 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.

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. 2) Glitz at the Ritz-Carlton--Schoenbaum Humanitarian Award Luncheon.

Dates: 1) Nov. 21, 2008. 2) March 20, 2009.

Locations: 1) Michael's On East. 2) The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota.

Ticket prices: 1) $125 and up. 2) $75 and up.

Event chairs: 1) Marilyn Bezner, Rick Louis. 2) Dr. Kitty Devine.


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: To 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 23, 2009

Location: Michael's On East

Ticket price: $100

Event chair: TBA


Sarasota Adopt-A-Family

Provides free clothes closet and food, clothes and gifts for the holidays, as well as a canned food pantry.

Executive director: Alice A. Beard

Address: 2072 17th St.

Sarasota, FL 34234

Telephone: (941) 955-6767

Mission statement: To expand the bonds of caring and sharing between neighbors in the Sarasota County community.

Volunteer opportunities: Manning phones, shopping and wrapping gifts at Christmas.

Main fund-raising event: Spaghetti dinner

Date, Location, Ticket price, Event chair: TBA


Sarasota Alliance for Historic Preservation

President: Don Smally

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: Homes tour, annual meeting, walking tours, seminars.

Main fund-raising event: Historic Homes Tour

Date: March 1, 2009

Locations: TBA

Ticket prices: $25

Event chairs: TBA


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

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, community representation.

Main fund-raising events: Architectural tours, trips, lectures, design conferences, exhibits, film screenings and social events.

Dates: Year-round

Locations: Sarasota area

Ticket prices: Free-$100

Event chair: Les Fishman


Sarasota Area Sports Authority

Founded in 2001, the Sarasota Area Sports Authority (SASA) promotes, recognizes and develops awareness for sports programs, athletes and events in the Sarasota area. Awards scholarships to the Sports Person and High school Athletes of the Year.

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

President: Jeanne Dubi

Address: P.O. Box 15423

Sarasota, FL 34277

Telephone: (941) 364-9212

Web site: www.sarasotaaudubon.org

Mission statement: To promote 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.

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) Feb. 28, 2009.

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) The Magic of Dance. 2) Holiday Luncheon. 3) The On Pointe Luncheon.

Dates: 1) Nov. 7, 2008. 2) Dec. 10, 2008. 3) Jan. 12, 2009.

Locations: 1-2) Michael's On East. 3) Hyatt Regency Sarasota.

Ticket prices: 1) $100. 2) $45. 3) By invitation.

Event chairs: TBA


Sarasota Ballet of Florida Inc.

Executive director: Jeanne Bates Smith

Address: 5555 N. Tamiami Trail

Sarasota, FL 34243

Telephone: (941) 359-0099

Web site: www.sarasotaballet.org

Mission statement: To 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: Anna Karenina Gala Dinner

Date: March 20, 2009

Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

Ticket price, Event chair: 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 237

Sarasota, FL 34233

Telephone: (941) 343-9894

Web site: www.sarasotachoralsociety.org

Mission statement: To further and promote individual and group singing and choral activities of all kind.

Volunteer opportunities: Singing in the chorus, board positions, various community and production tasks.

Main fund-raising events: 64th Annual Production of Handel's Messiah

Dates: Nov. 30, 2008

Location: Church of the Palms

Ticket price, Event chair: TBA


Sarasota Chorus of the Keys

Award-winning men’s show chorus.

Executive director: Tom Hankins

Address: P.O. Box 51751

Sarasota, FL 34232

Telephone: (941) 378-3331, information line

Web site: www.chorusofthekeys.org

Mission statement: To 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: 60th Annual Concert.

Date, Location, Ticket price, Event chair: TBA


 

Sarasota Concert Association

Presents a classical music series featuring internationally known artists.

Membership Coordinator: John W. Ames

Address: P.O. Box 1714

Sarasota, FL 34230

Telephone: (941) 955-0040

Mission statement: To foster the development of an appreciation for the musical arts by sponsoring professional presentations through a not-for-profit, audience subscription plan; to present concerts that feature a variety of quality music; to set reasonable performance fees, in order to make the concerts available to all individuals.

Volunteer opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.

Main fund-raising events: 1) 2009 Evening Series. 2) Munchtime Musicales—Noontime performances.

Dates: 1) Jan. 26, Feb. 10 and 19, March 6 and 13, 2009. 2) Select Wednesdays, October-March.

Locations: 1) Van Wezel. 2) Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center.

Ticket price: 1) TBA; student discounts available. 2) Free.

Event chairs: TBA


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 the Gulf Coast'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.

Main fund-raising event: The Second Annual Palm Ball

Date: Feb. 7, 2009

Location: Bay Preserve at Osprey

Ticket price: TBA

Event chairs: Cornelia Matson, Pauline Joerger, Nora Johnson, Lynn Morris, Amie Swan, Margaret Wise


Sarasota Council of Concern Inc.

All-volunteer organization that operates the Mustard Seed thrift shop to provide funds for second-grade swimming programs, swim scholarships, layettes for needy new mothers and grants to Sarasota Ballet’s Next Generation program.

Address: 1442 Fruitville Road

Sarasota, FL 34236

Telephone: (941) 365-5999

Mission statement: To concentrate on the unmet needs of children in Sarasota County.

Volunteer opportunities: Sales help in thrift store.

Main fund-raising events: 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.

Address: 1226 N. Tamiami Trail, Suite 300

Sarasota, FL 34236

Telephone: (941) 365-5118

Web site: www.sarasotaarts.org

Mission statement: To enhance the connection between the community and regional arts and culture by strengthening cooperation among business, community and elected leaders, audiences and the public.

Volunteer opportunities: Special projects and events.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Arts + Business Bash. 2) Annual Arts Awards.

Dates, Locations, Ticket prices, Event chairs: TBA


Sarasota Film Festival Inc.

Address: 332 Cocoanut Ave.

Sarasota, FL 34236

Telephone: (941) 364-9514

Web site: www.sarasotafilmfestival.com

Mission statement: To celebrate the art of filmmaking and the contribution of filmmakers by hosting an international film festival and developing year-long programs for the economic, educational and cultural benefit of our community.

Volunteer opportunities: Year-round operations and festival positions.

Main fund-raising event: Filmmakers Tribute Dinner.

Dates: March 27-April 5, 2008

Locations: 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.

Address: 10715 Rodeo Drive, Suite 8

Bradenton, FL 34202

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 events: 1) 19th Annual International Cine-World Film Festival. 2) 11th Annual Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. 3) First Annual Family Film Festival.

Dates: 1) Nov. 14-23, 2008. 2) August 2009. 3) Oct. 10-16, 2008.

Locations: 1-3) Burns Court and Lakewood Ranch Cinemas.

Ticket prices: $5/member, $7.50/nonmember

Event chairs: 1-3) Dick and Sue Morris.


Sarasota Garden Club Inc.

Executive director: Barbara Rao

Address: 1131 Boulevard of the Arts

Sarasota, FL 34236

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. 2) Flower show.

Dates: 1) Dec. 4-6, 2008. 2) March 28-29, 2009.

Locations: Sarasota Garden Club

Ticket prices: 1) Free. Items to purchase. 2) $3.50.

Event chairs: TBA


Sarasota Medical Pregnancy Center

Executive director: Mark Hiehle

Address: 1217 East Ave., Suite 310

Sarasota, FL 34239

Telephone: (941) 330-2273

Web site: www.sarasotapregnancy.com, www.sarasotapregnancy.org

Mission statement: To minister to women who are facing an unplanned pregnancy.

Volunteer opportunities: Peer counselors, office help, ultrasonographers, registered nurses.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Harvest for Life. 2) Walk for Life. 3) Baby Bottle Boomerang.

Dates: 1) Nov. 11, 2008. 2) TBA. 3) Ongoing.

Locations: 1) Michael's On East. 2) TBA. 3) Local churches.

Ticket prices: 1) $70; table sponsorships available. 2-3) Donations.

Event chairs: TBA


Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation Inc.

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: To 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 events: 1) Key to the Cure—Groovin' at Saks 54. 2) Corinthian Gala. 3) Eighth Annual Physicians Golf Tournament.

Dates: 1) Oct. 16, 2008. 2) March 7, 2009. 3) May 15, 2009.

Locations: 1) Saks Fifth Avenue. 2) The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota. 3) The Meadows Country Club.

Ticket prices: 1) $40. 2) $300. 3) $195.

Event chairs: 1) Veronica Brady, Chris Pfahler, Sally Schule. 2) Deb Knowles, Myrna Band. 3) TBA.


Sarasota Museum of Art (SMOA)+C40

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

Mission statement: To interweave exhibitions, educational programs and community outreach initiatives to engage a diverse audience and serve as a center for creative discovery and discourse.

Volunteer opportunities: A start-up organization with a variety of evolving opportunities.

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: To 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: 1) 2009 Opening Night Gala—Celebrating the opening of the 50th season with a performance of Puccini's Tosca, followed by dinner and dancing. 2) Second Annual Golf Tournament. 3) Curtain Raiser—Introducing the fall opera season.

Dates: 1) Feb. 7, 2009. 2) Nov. 10, 2008. 3) Nov. 2, 2008.

Locations: 1) Pineapple Avenue, Five Points Park. 2) The Founders Club. 3) Michael's On East.

Ticket prices: 1) $200, gala; call for performance pricing. 2) $325. 3) $175.

Event chairs: TBA


Sarasota Opera Guild

All-volunteer, 600-member group that supports the Sarasota Opera and its youth opera programs.

President: Carol von Allmen

Address: 61 N. Pineapple Ave.

Sarasota, FL 34236

Telephone: (941) 346-8057

Web site: www.sarasotaopera.org/sog.htm

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) New York, N.Y. Party. 2) Poinsettia Luncheon. 3) Sweetheart of the Opera Luncheon.

Dates: 1) Nov. 21, 2008. 2) Dec. 9, 2008. 3) Feb. 10, 2009.

Locations: 1) Sarasota Opera House. 2-3) Michael's On East.

Ticket prices: TBA

Event chairs: 1) Martha Lee and Roy McNaught, Mary and Mike Groninger. 2) Janet Huelster, Alma Abshier. 3) Bobby Garibaldi-Sanders, Joan Suddarth.


 

Sarasota/Manatee Association for Riding Therapy (SMART)

A North American Riding for the Handicapped member center that provides therapeutic horseback riding to individuals with special needs.

Executive director: Gail Clifton

Address: 4800 CR. 675

Bradenton, FL 34211

Telephone: (941) 746-1493

Web site: www.smartriders.org

Mission statement: To 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, fund raising.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Sarasota Polo Club Polo Ball. 2) SMART Chef's Dinners.

Dates: 1) March 27, 2009. 2) Year-round.

Locations: 1) Sarasota Polo Club. 2) Varied.

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

Event chairs: 1) Maggi Mitchell, Christie Payne. 2) Nick G. Drizos.


Sarasota-Manatee Jewish Federation Inc.

Since 1959, the Federation, a volunteer-driven nonprofit organization, has raised and distributed funds for humanitarian and social services, both Jewish and non-Jewish, locally and overseas. It also implements educational, cultural and social programs locally.

Executive director: Howard Tevlowitz

Address: 580 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.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Game Night. 2) Women's Day—Featuring Tiffany Schlaine. 3) Women's Passover Celebration.

Dates: 1) Oct. 25, 2008. 2) Dec. 11, 2008. 3) March 26, 2009.

Locations, Ticket prices: TBA.

Event chairs: 1) Simone Knego, Cassandra Winters. 2) Lisa Kates, Sandra Hanan, Ruth Rubinstein. 3) 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: To connect and inspire citizens to create a better community.

Volunteer opportunities: Community studies, Community Report Card, event-related work (registration desk or set-up), Web site help, speakers’ bureau.

Main fund-raising event: Annual celebration and Boundary Crosser Award

Date: June 2009

Location: TBA

Ticket price: Free; donations accepted.

Event chair: SCOPE Communications Committee


Second Chance-Last Opportunity

A life skills education and training center offering classes and services 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: To provide life-management skills to those who face multiple health, social and economic challenges, to help them become more self-sufficient.

Volunteer opportunities: Help with Donor Liaison, building campaign, special events committees, client events and holiday food distribution and a monthly booth at the Farmer's Market.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Share the Light luncheon. 2) May Picnic Party.

Dates: 1) September 2008. 2) May 2009.

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

Ticket prices: 1) $50. 2) Call for information.

Event chairs: 1-2) 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: To empower 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, home meal deliverers.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Swinging with Friends Venice Golf Tournament. 2) Attitudes: A Theater Showcase.

Dates: 1) Sept. 26, 2008. 2) Feb. 23, 2009.

Locations: 1) Mission Valley Golf and Country Club. 2) The Friendship Center.

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

Event chairs: 1) Dr. Richard Beebe. 2) Sarasota Senior Theatre.


The Society Inc.

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 special emphasis on African-American youth.

Main fund-raising event: New Year's Eve Gala—Black tie.

Date: Dec. 31, 2008

Location: Polo Bar & Grill, Fete Ballroom, Lakewood Ranch

Ticket price, Event chair: TBA


SOULSPEAK/SOULMOVES WEB ONLY

Helps children and adults in the community 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—Evening reception and showing of art videos featuring collaborations by poets, musicians, dancers and local and Mexican artists.

Dates: Nov. 7-8, 2008

Location: 535 Columbia Court, Sarasota.

Ticket price: N/A

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. 3) Luau.

Dates: 1) April 25, 2009. 2) Feb. 7, 2009. 3) Aug. 22, 2009.

Locations: 1) Palm Island Resort. 2-3) South County Family YMCA.

Ticket prices: 1-2) $175. 3) $50.

Event chairs: TBA


South Florida Museum

Southwest Florida’s largest natural and cultural history museum.

Executive director: Brynne Anne Besio

Address: 201 10th St. W.

Bradenton, FL 34206

Telephone: (941) 746-4131

Web site: www.southfloridamuseum.org

Mission statement: To preserve, interpret and communicate through collections, exhibitions and educational programs scientific and cultural knowledge of Florida, the world and the universe.

Volunteer opportunities: Docents, aquarium spotters, museum store, information desk.

Main fund-raising event: Snooty Gala

Date: Nov. 1, 2008

Location: South Florida Museum

Ticket price: $175

Event chair: Amanda Edge


Southeastern Guide Dogs

Operating under the belief that every person who is blind or visually impaired should have the opportunity to live an independent, empowered life.

CEO: Titus Herman

Address: 4210 77th St. E.

Palmetto, FL 34221

Telephone: (941) 729-5665

Web site: www.guidedogs.org

Mission statement: To create partnerships between individuals with visual impairments and guide dogs facilitating life's journey with mobility, independence and dignity.

Volunteer opportunities: Puppy hugging, dog walking, puppy raising, administrative support, special events.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Special Saturday Tours. 2) International Auto Show. 3) Annual Walk-a-thon.

Dates: 1) Sept. 13, Oct. 18, Nov. 15, 2008. 2) Nov. 1-2, 2008. 3) Feb. 28, 2009.

Locations: 1) Southeastern Guide Dogs campus. 2) St. Armands Circle. 3) Manatee County Fair Grounds, Palmetto.

Ticket prices: 1-2) Free. 3) Pledges.

Event chairs: 1) Helen Arnold. 2) Rick and Diana Saunders. 3) Paula Best.


Special Athlete Boosters Inc.

Executive director: Maggie Riggall

Address: P.O. Box 2112

Venice, FL 34284

Telephone: (941) 412-0402

Mission statement: To develop local resources that enable intellectually disabled children and adults the opportunity to participate in such activities as Special Olympics.

Volunteer opportunities: Fund raising and special events.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Sharks Tooth Festival. 2) Coast Cadillac Laurel Oak Cup Golf tournament. 3) 5K Classic.

Dates: 1) April 2009. 2) March 2009. 3) November 2008.

Locations: 1) Venice Airport Festival Grounds. 2) Laurel Oaks Country Club. 3) South Lido Park.

Ticket prices: 1) $3. 2-3) Varied.

Event chair: Maggie Riggall


Special Olympics Sarasota

Year-round sports 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 events: Publix Torch Sales—Torches will be sold at all area Publix stores throughout January, $1-$5 each.


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: To 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) Fall 2008. 2) Year-round.

Locations: 1) Knight Trail Park, Nokomis. 2) None.

Ticket prices: 1) Corporate team sponsors. 2) TBA.

Event chairs: 1) David Wilcox. 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, Suite 1

Sarasota, FL 34237

Telephone: (941) 351-9545

Web site: www.scil4u.org

Mission statement: To 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, peer counseling, classroom assistance.

Suncoast Communities Blood Bank

Medical Director/CEO: Dr. Mark Magenheim, M.D.

Address: 1760 Mound St.

Sarasota, FL 34236

Telephone: (866) 97-BLOOD

Web site: www.scbb.org

Mission statement: To provide a reliable supply of quality blood products and services to hospitals and health centers in need.

Volunteer opportunities: Customer service, office and clerical, donor recruitment, special events, education, courier, maintenance.

Main fund-raising event, Date: TBA

Locations: All Suncoast Communities Blood Bank locations

Ticket prices: Varied

Event chair: Julie Platt


Suncoast Foundation for the Handicapped Inc.

All-volunteer board has constructed over $14 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: 5317 Fruitville Road, Suite 43

Sarasota, FL 34232

Telephone: (941) 371-8820 ext. 1800

Web site: www.suncoastoffshore.org

Mission statement: To aid 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

Dates: June 26-July 5, 2009

Location, Ticket prices: Varied

Event chairs: TBA


Suncoast Humane Society

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 and animal life through their 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) Dinner event. 2) Pet Appreciation Day.

Dates: 1) November 2008. 2) March 2009.

Locations: TBA

Ticket prices: 1) $75. 2) Free.

Event chairs: TBA


Susan G. Komen for the Cure

Florida Suncoast Affiliate

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: Speakers’ bureau, educational programs, fund raising.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Race for the Cure—Nationally sanctioned 5K race. 2) Annual Luncheon. 3) Pink Tie Gala.

Dates: 1) Oct. 4, 2008. 2) March 2009. 3) Feb. 28, 2009.

Locations: 1) Vinoy Park. 2) The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota. 3) T. Pepin Hospitality Centre, Tampa.

Ticket prices: 1) $30 prior to September 1; $35 after. 2) $75. 3) $175.

Event chairs: 1) Sherry Brewer. 2) Molly Jackson, Sherril Morse, Diana Houston. 3) Melissa Johnson.


Take Stock in Children of Sarasota County

Scholarship and mentoring program for at-risk youth from low-income families.

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 identify at-risk youth, place them in an environment of success, provide mentor and program support in order to enable them to achieve high school graduation, earn entrance to post-secondary education and achieve their goals and dreams.

Volunteer opportunities: Mentoring, special events, committee members and fund raising.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Celebration of Hope: Hope Springs Eternal—Fund-raising dinner that celebrates graduating seniors. 2) Semi-annual Career Speed-dating Expos.

Dates: 1) May 2009. 2) November 2008 and April 2009.

Locations: TBA

Ticket prices: 1) $300 to sponsor a table. 2) Free.

Event chairs: 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: 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 [email protected]ldiefeldmanacademy.com.

Main fund-raising event: The 16th Annual Celebration of Imagination, a Crystal Gala Celebrating Our Children

Date: Feb. 28, 2009

Location: Temple Beth Sholom

Ticket price: $125

Event chairs: Priscilla Adams, Christine Fenner


TideWell Hospice and Palliative Care

The local not-for-profit hospice since 1980, TideWell cares for patients with advanced illness and their families. Serving residents of 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: To provide the highest quality of care that embraces a comprehensive continuum of services for patients and families dealing with advanced illness.

Volunteer opportunities: Patient/family support, clerical activities, life review, expressive arts, greeters at hospice houses, pet therapy, clowning, gardening, music programs and more.

Trinity Charities Inc.

Trinity Charities is a not-for-profit HIV/AIDS Service Organization providing education, support and financial aid to those infected or affected by HIV/AIDS.

Executive director: Hank Hueber

Address: 7225 N. Lockwood Ridge Road

Sarasota, FL 34243

Telephone: (941) 355-0847

Web site: www.trinitycharities.org

Mission statement: To 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: Bimonthly food pantry.

Main fund-raising event: Third Annual AIDS Walk

Date: Nov. 22, 2008

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: To 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) Fabulous Foxes & Hot Mamas Luncheon. 3) Chocolate Sundae & The Chocolate Festival—Chocolate-themed interactive dinner and tasting.

Dates: 1) Nov. 17, 2008. 2) May 2, 2009. 3) March 6 and 8, 2009.

Locations: 1-3) Michael's On East.

Ticket prices: TBA

Event chairs: 1-3) Wendy Mann Resnick.


United Nations Association of the United States America—UNA-USA Sarasota-Manatee Chapter

President: Dorothy Watson

Address: P.O. Box 2427

Sarasota, FL 34230

Telephone: (941) 359-9760

Mission statement: To educate, inspire and mobilize Americans to support the principles and vital work of the United Nations, strengthening the U.N. systems and achieving the goals of the U.N. charter.

Volunteer opportunities: Organizing, public relations, fund raising, computer technology, hospitality, the Liberian School Project, history and other abilities.

Main fund-raising events: 1) United Nations Day Celebration. 2) Liberian Film Festival. 3) International Women's Day—Global women: ambassadors, FS officers, Peace Corps, and a U.N. diplomat.

Dates: 1) Oct. 24, 2008. 2) Nov. 16, 2008. 3) March 8, 2009.

Locations, Ticket prices, Event chairs: TBA


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.

President and CEO: Alexander L. Young

Address: 1445 Second St.

Sarasota, FL 34236

Telephone: (941) 366-2686

Web site: www.uwsrq.com

Mission statement: To improve the lives of people and their families by mobilizing and uniting the caring power of the community.

Volunteer opportunities: Visit the Web site at www.uwsrq.com/volunteer.htm

Assets: $8,734, 610

Total services, including grants: $3,803,454

Number of grants: 48

Range of grants: $2,500-$265,000

United Way of South Sarasota County

Funding 44 local programs throughout 29 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. 18, 2008. 2) Sept. 18, 2008. 3) Feb. 28, 2009.

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) Campbell Reynolds. 3) Terri Britton.

United Way 2-1-1 of Manasota

Three-digit number people can dial to get information about all available human services in DeSoto, Manatee and Sarasota counties.

Exectutive director: Alberto Suarez

Address: P.O. Box 458, Sarasota, FL 34230

Telephone: Dial 2-1-1, or (941) 308-4357

Web site: www.uw211manasota.net

Mission statement: To expedite the exchange of information between customer and service provider to improve the health and wellbeing of our citizens.

Volunteer opportunities: Answer calls; email Ben Kunkel, [email protected]


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.sarasota.usf.edu

Mission statement: To 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. 2, 2008

Location: Powel Crosley Mansion

Ticket prices: $100/person; sponsorships available, $1,500-$25,500.

Event chair: Lem Sharp III


Van Wezel Foundation

President and CEO: Sheila Belknap

Address: P.O. Box 3434

Sarasota, FL 34230

Telephone: (941) 366-5578

Web site: www.vwfoundation.org

Mission statement: To enrich lives—with an emphasis on children—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 event: A Gala Evening with Natalie Cole.

Date: Feb. 15, 2009

Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

Ticket price: TBA

Event chair: Chris Pfahler


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 Luce

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 event: VABI Boat Bash

Date: Dec. 6, 2008

Location: Venetian trailhead

Ticket price: $40

Event chair: TBA


Venice Area Mobile Meals Inc.

President: Sherry Eubanks

Address: 920 S. Tamiami Trail

Venice, FL 34285

Telephone: (941) 488-1889

Web site:

Mission statement: To supply warm, nutritious meals to the needy in the greater Venice area.

Volunteer opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.

Main fund-raising events: N/A

Venice Art Center

Begun in 1958, the area’s oldest and largest community art center, offering local and nationally recognized exhibitions of paintings, sculpture, glass, photography and more, lectures, art classes for all ages, 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, 2008. 2) Feb. 27, 2009. 3) Feb. 21-22, 2009.

Locations: 1-3) Venice Art Center.

Ticket prices: 1-2) $35. 3) Free.

Event chairs: TBA


Venice Theatre

Award-winning community theater.

Artistic and executive director: Murray Chase

Address: 140 W. Tampa Ave.

Venice, FL 34285

Telephone: (941) 488-1115

Web site: www.venicestage.com

Mission statement: To make a dramatic impact on all stages of life.

Volunteer opportunities: Onstage, backstage, scenery construction and painting, costume construction, box office, ushering and mailing.

Main fund-raising events: Entertainment in two theater spaces, from concerts to cutting-edge theater. Individual and group tours of the theater are available.

Dates: Ongoing, call for information.

Locations: Venice Theatre

Ticket prices: $10-$35


The Venice Symphony

75-piece symphony orchestra that presents classical, pops, a small ensemble series 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: To 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

Date: TBA

Location: Venice Theatre

Ticket price, Event chair: TBA


WEDU Channel 3, Florida West Coast Public Broadcasting Inc.

Florida's most-watched PBS station, WEDU, supported primarily through individual memberships, serves 16 counties in West Central Florida.

President and CEO: Richard M. Lobo

Address: 1300 North Blvd.

Tampa, FL 33607

Telephone: (800) 354-9338

Web site: www.wedu.org

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

Volunteer opportunities: Fund-raising and 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. 14, 2009. 2) Jan. 15, 2009. 3) June 2009.

Locations: 1) Belleview Biltmore Resort. 2) A La Carte Event Pavilion. 3) TBA.

Ticket prices: 1) $250-plus. 2) $50-plus. 3) $50-plus.

Event chairs: 1) Alan and Nancy Burnstein. 2) Laura Turner. 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 2008 Stephen H. Goldman Keystone Award.

Dates: 1) Feb. 21, 2009. 2) TBA.

Locations: 1) Dolphin Aviation. 2) Michael's On East.

Ticket prices: 1) $195. 2) $175.

Event chairs: 1) Chris Pfahler; Myrna and David Band, honorary chairs. 2) Dr. and Mrs. Joe Corcoran.

West Coast Civic Ballet

Provides quality dance performances in classical ballet and contemporary dance for audiences of all ages.

Executive director: Deborah Vinton

Address: 3303 Bahia Vista St., Sarasota, FL 34239

Telephone: (941) 504-6762

Web site: www.westcoastcivicballet.com

Mission statement: To 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.

Dates: 1) Dec. 20-21, 2008. 2) TBA.

Locations: 1-2) Booker High School.

Ticket prices: 1-2) $15, $20/adult, $10, $15/senior, $5, $10/student

Event chairs: 1-2) Deborah Vinton.

WBTT (Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe)

The 2008-2009 season will feature two cabaret musicals saluting the soul music of the 70s and Ain’t Misbehavin’.

Producing artistic director: Nate Jacobs

Address: P.O. Box 1086

Sarasota, FL 34230

Telephone: (941) 780-2198

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 events: Contributor parties

Dates: TBA

Locations: TBA

Ticket prices: TBA

Event chairs:


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: To rescue, rehabilitate and release 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. 3) Wine and dessert tasting with silent auction.

Dates: 1) TBA. 2) February. 3) TBA.

Locations: 1) 235 Snyder Drive, Venice. 2) American Legion. 3) TBA.

Ticket prices: 1) Free. 2) $35. 3) $100.

Event chairs: 1) Jane Reeves. 2) Christine Moser. 3) Linda Schrader.


William G. Selby & Marie Selby Foundation

Donates grants for capital projects to nonprofit organizations in Sarasota and surrounding counties.

President: Debra Jacobs

Address: 1800 Second St., Suite 750

Sarasota, FL 34236

Telephone: (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.

As of May 31, 2007

Assets: $78,756,861

Total grants: $3.9 million

Number of grants: 29

Range of grants: $10,000-$500,000

Average grant size: $113,156

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 more than $7 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: To 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: Cashier, intake, pricing, sales, wrappers.

Women’s Resource Center of Sarasota County

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

Sarasota, FL 34237

Telephone: (941) 366-1700

Web site: www.thewomensresourcecenter.org

Mission statement: To empower 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, events, committees.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Renaissance Luncheon. 2) Fall Gathering. 3) Second Annual WRSC Golf Invitational.

Dates: 1) March 23, 2009. 2) Nov. 14, 2008. 3) June 6, 2009.

Locations: 1) The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota. 2) Plantation Golf & Country Club. 3) TBA.

Ticket prices: 1) $95. 2) $40. 3) TBA.

Event chairs: 1) Mary Miller, Jacqueline Salvino; Alice Rau, honorary chair. 2) Kathy Francoletti. 3) TBA.

 

WSLR-LPFM 96.5

A low-power, nonprofit, non-commercial radio station serving Sarasota.

Executive Director: Arlene Sweeting

Address: P.O. Box 2540, Sarasosta, FL 34230

Telephone: (941) 894-6469

Web site: www.wslr.org

Mission statement: To feature locally produced programming and present cultural, artistic and political perspectives currently underrepresented in the media. To inform and empower listeners to play an active role in WSLR and in their community.

Volunteer opportunities: Programing hosting, event help, music library, office work.

Main fund-raising events: Spring and fall on-air fund drives.

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 events: On-air membership campaigns

Dates: 1) Radio: October 2008; March 2009. 2) Television: December 2008; March, June, August 2009.

YMCA Foundation of Sarasota Inc.

President: Karin E. Gustafson, CFRE

Address: One S. School Ave., Suite 302

Sarasota, FL 34237

Telephone: (941) 951-1336

Web site: www.sarasota-ymca.org

Mission statement: To 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 9, 2009

Location: TBA

Ticket price: TBA

Event chair: Kim Githler, Nora Johnson, Lynn Morris, Debbie Seitl.

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