Debutante Ball 2019

This season, 28 new debs, their escorts and their families graced the annual event at the Sarasota Municipal Auditorium.

12/26/2019 Photography by Lori Sax


Community Foundation of Sarasota County Launches Upgraded Platform for The Giving Partner

The launch is in advance of the 2020 Giving Challenge.

12/19/2019 By Staff


Children First Receives More Than $45,000 in Grants

The funds will be used to support scholarships for high-risk children and classes and workshops at the agency’s Families First Institute.

12/19/2019 By Staff


Museum of Consciousness Fund Raiser

This inaugural event took place at the coming museum's site on Fruitville Road.

12/16/2019 Photography by Nancy Guth

Good Deeds

Darwin Brewing Company Partners With Grocery Stores, Distributors to Support Mote

The company's Revival Session IPA and Leatherback Lager are available at local Winn Dixie stores now.

12/15/2019 By Staff


Gulf Coast Builders Exchange Members Donate to Women's Rehabilitation Facility

Prodigal Daughters offers rehabilitation for women suffering from addiction, human trafficking and abuse.

12/15/2019 By Staff


Joe and Barbara Najmy Receive John A. Clarke Humanitarian of the Year Award

The Najmys have been active in giving and fundraising locally.

12/15/2019 By Staff


All Faiths Food Bank Receives $165,000 in Grants

The funds are in support of the food bank's mobile distribution and children, family and veterans programs.

12/13/2019 By Staff


Community Day School Receives $500,000 Gift

The funds will be used to create an endowment fund for scholarships and to support the building of the school's new Offutt Art Studio.

12/11/2019 By Staff


Celebrating Bruce

The retirement of Bruce Rodgers, executive director of the Hermitage Artist Retreat, was an occasion for remarks, videos and more.

12/10/2019 Photography by Lori Sax


The Patterson Foundation Invests $250,000 in the National Campaign for Grade-Level Reading

The foundation has contributed more than $1.5 million to the campaign since 2013.

12/09/2019 By Staff


Sarasota Art Museum Grand Opening Gala

After years in the making, the museum opened its doors to an excited crowd in a glamorous evening at the re-imagined Sarasota High School building.

12/09/2019 Photography by Lori Sax

Rock Royalty

AC/DC's Brian Johnson Donates Property to All Star Children’s Foundation

Johnson and his wife, Brenda, donated a property that sold for $335,000.

12/06/2019 By Staff


Neurochallenge Cause for Fashion

Sarasota Magazine publisher Kelley Lavin and Mary Kenealy-Barbetta chaired this 11th annual inspirational event, which features models who have Parkinson's Disease.

12/05/2019 Photography by Lori Sax


The Ringling Receives Significant Gift From Stanton and Nancy Kaplan

The Kaplans' gift includes a major photography collection, a scholars' rock collection, and funds to endow a curatorial position and programming.

12/03/2019 By Staff


Literacy Program Receives $100,000 Grant From Manatee Community Foundation

The grant will support the school district in providing opportunities such as free family nights and summer programs for pre-K students.



Foundation Delivers 'Comfort Totes' to Ovarian Cancer Patients

The Gail Baird Foundation supports initiatives committed to raising awareness about, researching and curing ovarian cancer.

11/26/2019 By Staff


InStride Therapy Raises More Than $100,000 for Equine Services

The organization uses horses to help individuals of all abilities to reach their fullest potential and partners with Easterseals Southwest Florida therapists to ensure high-quality care.

11/25/2019 By Staff


Gulf Coast Community Foundation Awards $728,000 in Grants

The funding will support local efforts to fight hunger, provide safe housing for struggling single mothers, expand trauma-focused services for children, and more.

11/22/2019 By Staff

Musical Philanthropy

The Sarasota Buskers Play Music for a Good Cause

Proceeds from the new group's performances benefit the Child Protection Center.

11/22/2019 By Shelby Schwartz