Networking

A New Nonprofit Connects Young People with Disabilities

Trevor Kelliher, who has cerebral palsy, created All Friends Network during the pandemic, a free app and social network for those with developmental disabilities who want to make friends.

04/05/2021 By Elizabeth Djinis

Sneak Preview

You'll Find Familiar Art at Selva Grill's New University Town Center Location

Artist Douglas Higgins has created a riff of his popular "Starry Night"-inspired painting for the new restaurant.

03/30/2021 By Kim Doleatto

Food Fighter

Indigenous Chef Steve Phelps Featured on CBS This Morning

Phelps talked about his career, his popular Towles Court restaurant and his commitment to sustainability.

03/29/2021 By Megan McDonald

Listening to Black Voices

Presidential Appointee J. Veronica Biggins on Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace

Biggins, former Director of Presidential Personnel for the Clinton administration, shares her thoughts on how to fight systemic racism.

03/16/2021 By Heather Dunhill

"It's Beautiful This Morning"

Lifeguard Scooter Ruberg’s Beach Reports Have Made Him an Ambassador for Siesta Key

“I’ve been sitting in the same place for 25 years. I’ve watched families come each year; I take pictures with their kids. Now, their kids are bringing their kids.”

03/09/2021 By Stacey Altherr

First Person

Listening to Black Voices

We're committed to telling the stories of Sarasota's Black community.

03/08/2021 By Heather Dunhill Photography by Michael Kinsey

Staying Afloat

Pat Ball Is Keeping Sarasota’s Rich Tradition of Boat Building Alive

Ball reflects on his lifelong friendship with legendary local boat maker George Luzier.

03/05/2021 By Kay Kipling

Up for the Challenge

New City Manager Marlon Brown on a New Commission, New Projects and the Challenges Ahead

Brown was named Sarasota’s city manager in January, after serving as deputy city manager since 2009.

03/04/2021 By Elizabeth Djinis

Unity Awards Alums

John Annis Says We Must Continue to Try to Find Common Ground

Annis was a 2020 Unity Award winner for his work as senior vice president of Collaboration and Impact for the Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation

03/02/2021

Unity Awards Alums

Father Celestino Gutiérrez Believes in the Golden Rule

Gutiérrez, a 2011 Unity Award winner, is a pastor at St. Jude Catholic Church/Hispanic-American Center

03/02/2021

Unity Awards Alums

Asolo Rep’s Michael Donald Edwards Strives for Inclusivity and Diversity

Edwards was a 2016 Unity Award winner and is the producing artistic director of Asolo Repertory Theatre.

03/02/2021

Listening to Black Voices

Educator Teidra Everett on Code-Switching, Tokenism and Creating a Diverse Classroom

“Most students at the primary level are visual learners, so what better way to teach them—and some adults—than by making history come to life?”

03/02/2021 By Heather Dunhill

In Memoriam

Remembering Award-Winning Broadway Playwright Terrence McNally

A year after the playwright’s death in Sarasota from Covid-19, New York theater columnist Michael Riedel looks back on the man and his talent.

03/01/2021 By Michael Riedel

Unity Awards Alums

Robert Gussin on Building Bridges: ‘Tolerance Is Golden’

2019 Unity Award winners Robert Gussin, and his wife, Patricia, are retired top administrators from Johnson & Johnson, who have provided scholarships for youth. They are also the founders of Oceanview Publishing.

03/01/2021

Unity Awards Alums

Dr. April Glasco Pivots Her Second Chance Last Opportunity for the Pandemic

Glasco, a 2019 Unity Award winner, is the founder of Second Chance Last Opportunity.

03/01/2021

Unity Awards Alums

Brad Jones and The Haven Continue to Serve Children and Adults With Developmental Disabilities

Jones, a 2014 Unity Award winner, is CEO of The Haven.

03/01/2021

Unity Awards Alums

Dan Boxser Is Spearheading a Program to Bring a Lynching Marker to Sarasota-Manatee

Boxser won a 2014 Unity Award winner as the founder of the Boxser Diversity Initiative.

03/01/2021

Unity Awards

Unity Award Winners Receive Honorariums from Community Foundation

The honorariums will support nonprofit causes chosen by this year’s honorees.

02/23/2021 By Staff

Listening to Black Voices

Former Detroit Mayor Dennis Archer on Public Service and Race Relations

Archer, a lawyer and author, was appointed legal guardian to civil rights icon Rosa Parks in 2004.

02/16/2021 By Heather Dunhill

Resignations

Visible Men Academy Co-Founder, CEO Neil Phillips Steps Down

VMA co-founder Louis Parker will act as interim CEO.

02/15/2021 By Staff