The Charity Register 2006-2007

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This register is an introduction to many of the remarkable local nonprofit organizations that feed, clothes and heal the needy, support our environment and inspire our cultural awareness. All of the organizations on this list are nonprofits, but it takes more than nonprofit status to be included. We limit our register to locally headquartered nonprofits […]


This register is an introduction to many of the remarkable local nonprofit organizations that feed, clothes and heal the needy, support our environment and inspire our cultural awareness.


All of the organizations on this list are nonprofits, but it takes more than nonprofit status to be included. We limit our register to locally headquartered nonprofits that serve the Sarasota area and are supported by at least one public fund-raising event. Please bring omissions to our attention so that they may be added to our database. If you’d like a copy of our standards, or would like to make a comment or suggestion, please contact Hannah Wallace at SARASOTA Magazine, 330 S. Pineapple Ave., Suite 205, Sarasota 34236, or e-mail her at hannahw@sarasotamagazine.com.

Agape Flights

Resource center for more than 300 missionary families, providing logistic support, including weekly flights for mail and critical and emergency supplies, short-term volunteer teams, distribution of medical and other ministry supplies.

Executive director: Charles Gardner

Address: 7990 15th St. E., Sarasota, FL 34243

Telephone: (941) 355-5099

Web site: www.agapeflights.com

Mission statement: Help missionaries bridge the gap between what their sending organizations can provide and what they need to accomplish their call to share the gospel of Jesus Christ and meet the needs of the people they serve.

Volunteer opportunities: Sort and package medicine and supplies, aircraft maintenance, computer entry, office work, Web page design and maintenance.

 

All Children’s Hospital Guild—Sarasota Branch

Renders volunteer service and assistance, raises funds and furthers community relations for All Children’s Hospital.

President: Erin Lazo

Address: P.O. Box 3142, St. Petersburg, FL 33731-3142

Telephone: (941) 739-9229

Web site: www.allkids.org

Mission statement: To enhance the quality of care and availability of services to the children of All Children’s Hospital and Specialty Care of Sarasota through fund-raising activities, promotion of community awareness and volunteer services.

Volunteer opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.

Main fund-raising events: 1) For the Love of All Children. 2) Bunco.

Dates: 1) Nov. 11, 2006. 2) Jan. 27, 2007.

Locations: 1) Sarasota University Club. 2) Knights of Columbus Hall.

Ticket prices: 1) $75. 2) $20.

Event chairs: 1) Lynn Boyd. 2) Judy Adams.

 

All Faiths Food Bank

Solicits, warehouses, processes and distributes food to nonprofit agency partners offering hunger relief.

Executive director: Daniel E. Dunn

Address: 717 Cattlemen Road, Sarasota, FL 34232

Telephone: (941) 379-6333

Web site: www.allfaithsfoodbank.org

Mission statement: Feed those in need, reduce food waste and educate the community about the issues of hunger in Sarasota and DeSoto counties.

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. 12, 2006. 2) March 8, 2007. 3) April 1, 2007.

Locations: 1) Phillippi Estate Mansion. 2) Robarts Arena. 3) Hillview Street.

Ticket prices: TBA

Event chairs: 1) Ann Darling. 2) Landmark Bank. 3) George Generoso.

 

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: 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 and awards ceremony. 2) Kate Clinton concert.

Dates: 1) Oct. 1, 2006. 2) Oct. 28, 2006.

Locations: 1) Longboat Key Club. 2) Flanzer JCC.

Ticket prices: 1) $45. 2) $45 and $60.

Event chairs: 1) Shirley Hermanson. 2) David Phillips.

 

Alzheimer’s Association—Florida Gulf Coast Chapter

An area chapter of the National Alzheimer’s Association.

Executive director: Gloria J.T. Smith

Address: 1230 S. Tuttle Ave., Sarasota, FL 34239

Telephone: (941) 365-8883

Web site: www.alz-tbc.org

Mission statement: 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: March 2007

Location: TBA

Ticket price: Participating walkers collect donations.

Event chair: Cindy Marino

 

American Cancer Society—Sarasota Unit

Executive director: Cynthia Dunlap

Address: 2801 Fruitville Road, Suite 250, Sarasota, FL 34237

Telephone: (941) 365-2858

Web site: www.cancer.org

Mission statement: The American Cancer Society is the nationwide community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy and service.

Volunteer opportunities: Road to Recovery coordinator and drivers; various events.

Main fund-raising event: 1) Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk. 2) Cattle Baron’s Ball.

Date: 1) Oct. 21, 2006. 2) Feb. 10, 2007.

Location: 1) Sarasota Polo Club. 2) PAL Sailor Circus Arena.

Ticket price: 1) Free. 2) TBA.

Event chair: TBA

 

American Cancer Society—South Sarasota/DeSoto County Unit

Provides free patient services and cancer education and promotes advocacy efforts in Florida and fund national cancer research.

Executive director: Amy Sankes

Address: 2801 Fruitville Road, Suite 250, Sarasota, FL 34237

Telephone: (941) 497-4309

Web site: www.cancer.org

Mission statement: 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 Baron’s Ball committee.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Cattle Baron’s Ball. 2) Relay for Life—Teams walk, jog or run relay-style for 18 hours, plus a cancer survivor dinner and candle-lighting ceremony.

Dates: 1) TBA. 2) Spring 2007.

Locations: TBA

Ticket prices: 1) TBA. 2) Free to public.

Event chairs: 1) TBA. 2) Connie DeMarco.

 

American Heart Association

Executive director: Jimmy Tsagaris

Address: 2975 Bee Ridge Road, Suite B, Sarasota, FL 34239

Telephone: (941) 927-4997

Web site: www.americanheart.org

Mission statement: Reduce disability and death from cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

Volunteer opportunities: Heart Walk, Heart Ball, community advocacy.

Main fund-raising event: 1) American Heart Walk. 2) Heart Ball.

Date: 1) Sept. 30, 2006. 2) Feb. 24, 2007.

Location: 1) Siesta Key Beach. 2) Laurel Oak Country Club.

Ticket price: 1) Pledge event. 2) $200.

Event chairs: 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: Edda Sara Post

Address: 2055 Wood St., Suite 218, Sarasota, FL 34237

Telephone: (941) 365-4955

Web site: www.ajc.org

Mission statement: Safeguard the welfare and security of Jews in the United States, in Israel and throughout the world; strengthen the basic principles of pluralism around the world as the best defense against anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry; 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: 1) Oct. 26, 2006. 2) Jan. 25, 2007.

Locations: 1–2) Michael’s On East.

Ticket prices: 1) $150. 2) $250.

Event chair: 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: 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 2007

Date: May 2007

Location, ticket price, event chair: TBA

 

American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) Florida West Coast Chapter/Design Community Sarasota

Professional organization of interior designers and related industries.

Executive director: Carol Field

Address: 7557 Tamiami Trail S., Sarasota, FL 34231

Telephone: (941) 926-7794

E-mail: asidsarasota1@verizon.net

Mission statement: Promote professional development and education, increase public awareness of ASID, support community service, encourage and improve participation of membership while attracting new members.

Volunteer opportunities: Showhouse tour guides.

Main fund-raising event: Annual ASID Designer Showhouse—Member designers re-create a bayfront residence, then invite the public to tour the home. Proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs, Ringling School of Art and Design and University of South Florida.

Date: January 2007

Location: TBA

Ticket price: $20

Event chair: N/A

 

Animal Rescue Coalition

Advocacy group for adoptable animals and spay and neuter programs.

Executive director: Mary Lee Richey

Address: 47 S. Palm Ave., Suite 209, Sarasota, FL 34236

Telephone: (941) 957-1955

Web site: www.animalrescuecoalition.org

Mission statement: End the killing of adoptable cats and dogs in Sarasota and Manatee counties, and promote and support programs involving beneficial relationships between people and companion animals.

Volunteer opportunities: Events, office and clerical, feral cat program adoption and foster program.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Gala 2007, Best in Show. 2) Dog’s Night Out.

Dates: 1) Feb. 10, 2007. 2) Jan. 19, 2007.

Locations: 1) Hyatt Sarasota. 2) Saks Fifth Avenue.

Ticket prices: 1) $250. 2) $75.

Event chair: TBA

 

Aquarian Quest Inc.

Operates Sarasota County’s official education tall ship. Provides hands-on marine/ecology education for young people.

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: Helping with school sails.

Main fund-raising event: Sponsor sails and group sails onboard Sarasota County’s official education tall ship.

Date: Scheduled as requested

Location: Nokomis Beach Park

Ticket price: Varied

Event chair: Robert Killian

 

Art Center Sarasota

Sarasota’s oldest arts and cultural organization.

Executive director: Jody Huebert-Hamm

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: Greeters for receptions and exhibitions, youth and adult class monitors and reception-desk greeter.

Main fund-raising event: Annual Fashion Show

Date: January–February 2007

Location: Michael’s On East

Ticket price: $65 for members, $75 for nonmembers

Event chair: Jane Smiley

 

Arthritis Foundation—Southwest Region

Executive director: Jay K. Burnell

Address: 410 12th St. W., Bradenton, FL 34205

Telephone: (800) 741-4008 ext. 227

Web site: www.arthritis.org

Mission statement: The Arthritis Foundation improves 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 Arthritis Foundation 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. 3) Masquerade Ball.

Dates: 1) Dec. 7, 2006. 2) May 17, 2007. 3) Sept. 23, 2006.

Locations: 1) Bradenton. 2) Bradenton, Venice, Naples. 3) Longboat Key Club.

Ticket prices: 1) Pre-registration (through Nov. 25), $20/adult, $15/child under 12; registration, $25/adult, $20/child. 2) Free registration; individual and team donations are requested. (Pets welcome to participate in both events.) 3) $100 in advance; $125 at the door.

Event chairs: 1) Jay Burnell. 2) Varies by location. 3) Bill Rogers and Sandy Moore.

 

The Artist Series of Sarasota

Presenting world-class classical and light classical music with an expanded season of 26 concerts (six “Musical Soirees” in private homes and 20 in the newly restored Historic Asolo Theater at the Ringling Museum).

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) Gala Series Premiere. 2) Annual scholarship dinner.

Dates: 1) Nov. 26–28, 2006. 2) Jan. 9, 2007.

Locations: 1) FSU Center for the Performing Arts. 2) Fred’s Ballroom, Lakewood Ranch.

Ticket prices: 1) $50–$150. 2) $125.

Event chairs: 1) Scott George. 2) Virginia Toulmin, honorary chair.

 

Asolo Repertory Theatre

Professional theater company performing with a resident company in rotating repertory.

Producing director: Michael Edwards

Address: 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34243

Telephone: (941) 351-8000

Web site: www.asolo.org

Mission statement: To engage and entertain audiences of all ages and to celebrate the actor-artist by producing exceptional theater in rotating repertory with a resident professional company and by nurturing FSU graduate student actors. The Asolo is dedicated to work that moves, enlightens, entertains and educates individuals of all ages and backgrounds.

Volunteer opportunities: Ushers, tour guides, gift shop, administrative and special events.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Season Gala—Benefiting the Asolo artistic scholarship program. 2) Viva Las Asolo—Benefiting artistic and educational programs.

Dates: 1) Feb. 3, 2007. 2) Nov. 3, 2006.

Locations: 1) Ringling Museum. 2) FSU Center for the Performing Arts.

Ticket prices: TBA

Event chairs: 1) Nikki Feldbaum, Linda Remley Sabbagh, Leslie Sharp, Anne Weintraub. 2) Linda Remley Sabbagh.

 

Backlot Arts Inc. (The Backlot)

A cooperative arts and education facility providing accessibility to the arts, sports and education for underserved audiences and children of all ages.

Executive director: Mark Marvell

Address: 2208 Industrial Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34234

Telephone: (941) 363-9300

Web site: www.backlotarts.com

Mission statement: Facilitate, promote and advance creative community collaborations that open the mind and feed the soul through accessibility to the arts and education.

Volunteer opportunities: Administrative, events, marketing, ushers.

 

Banyan Theater Company

Professional theater company performing in the summer months.

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.

 

Bethesda House

A ministry of Catholic Charities that provides counseling, group support, case management, a food pantry, laundry, shower, assistance with housing and benefits to those infected with and affected by the HIV/AIDS virus.

Executive director: Derick Fabien, M.S., P.M.P.

Address: 1670 Fourth St., Sarasota, FL 34236

Telephone: (941) 366-1886

E-mail: bethesdahouse@verizon.net

Mission statement: Respond to the physical, social and spiritual needs of HIV-infected and affected people.

Volunteer opportunities: Receptionist, transportation, food pantry, food shopping, food drive, fund raising, education support groups, prayer advocates and hospital visits.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Musical Night. 2) Giant Rummage Sale.

Dates: TBA

Locations: 1) Bishop Nevins Academy. 2) St. Thomas More Church.

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

Event chairs: 1) Dr. Janice Leroux, Derick Fabien. 2) Dr. Janice Leroux, Bob Daily.

 

Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Sun Coast Inc.

Provides one-to-one mentoring to area children to empower youth to develop self-worth and responsibility.

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: Helping children reach their potential through professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships.

Volunteer opportunities: Adult volunteer mentors for children.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Venice Comedy and Lively Arts Auction. 2) “Let’s Make a Little Magic” Campaign Premiere. 3) Sports Legends Weekend Gala Dinner & Auction.

Dates: 1) Nov. 11, 2006. 2) Jan. 25, 2007. 3) May 11, 2007.

Locations: 1–2) TBA. 3) Michael’s On East.

Ticket prices: 1) $50. 2) Gift to annual campaign. 3) $150.

Event chairs: 1) Michele Stephan and Brenda Nelms. 2) Tom Hagen and Ollie Johnson. 3) TBA.

 

Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota

President and CEO: J. Mack Reid

Address: P.O. Box 4068, Sarasota, FL 34230-4068

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—Dinner and auction. 2) Ritz-Carlton Members Club Boys & Girls Club Golf Classic.

Dates: 1) Nov. 16, 2006. 2) Oct. 6, 2006.

Locations: 1) Lee Wetherington Boys and Girls Club. 2) Ritz-Carlton Members Club, Lakewood Ranch.

Ticket price, event chair: TBA

 

Breast Health Sarasota Inc.

Raises funds for Sarasota women and their families in need.

Chairs: Deanna Doyle-Vallery, M.D.; Suellen Kaeb

Address: 3663 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota, FL 34233

Telephone: (941) 927-2226

Web site: www.breasthealthsarasota.org

Mission statement: Facilitate breast cancer prevention and early detection for women of Sarasota County in need.

Volunteer opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.

Main fund-raising event: Golf tournaments

Date, location, ticket price: TBA

Event chair: Suellen Kaeb

 

Camp Florida Fish Tales

Weeklong, barrier-free, wheelchair-accessible camp for children with medical or physical disabilities.

Executive director: Muffet Einwag

Address: P.O. Box 21682, Sarasota, FL 34276

Telephone: (941) 921-9182

Web site: www.campflafishtales.com

Mission statement: 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) Annual golf tournament. 2) Springfest Block Party.

Dates: 1) December 2006. 2) April 2007.

Locations: 1) TBA. 2) Superior Avenue, Gulf Gate.

Ticket prices: TBA

Event chair: Muffet Einwag

 

Cardinal Mooney High School

The area’s only Catholic, independent college-prep school offering a broad range of advanced academics, sports and arts in a safe, family-friendly environment.

President: Sister Mary Lucia Haas

Address: 4171 Fruitville Road, Sarasota, FL 34232

Telephone: (941) 371-4917

Web site: www.cmhs-sarasota.org

Mission statement: 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) 34th Annual Dinner Auction. 2) Fall Golf Tournament.

Dates: 1) March 10, 2007. 2) Sept. 30, 2006.

Locations: 1–2) Longboat Key Club

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

Event chairs: 1) Michele Ruane, Michelle Hazeltine, Margie Danahy. 2) Tim Deering.

 

Catholic Charities, Diocese of Venice, Inc.

Part of the nation’s largest network of agencies, institutions and individuals who aim to reduce poverty, support families and empower communities.

Executive director: Peter Routsis-Arroyo, LCSW

Address: 1000 Pinebrook Road, Venice, FL 34285

Telephone: (941) 379-5119

Web site: www.catholiccharitiesdov.org

Mission statement: Provide direct services for, advocate on behalf of, and convene the people of Southwest Florida to ensure human dignity, enhance the quality of life for all people, and emulate the teachings of Jesus.

Volunteer opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.

Main fund-raising event: Catholic Charities Ball

Date: Feb. 3, 2007

Location: Michael’s On East

Ticket price: $175

Event chairs: Jack Thompson and Beverly Ryan

 

Charis Center Inc.

Offers professional counseling and family-life education for all ages.

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: Provide professional counseling and family-life education services to meet the emotional, relational and spiritual needs of individuals and families.

 

Child Protection Center Inc.

Works toward the prevention of child abuse.

Executive director: Harold H. Hedley, Ed.D.

Address: 1750 17th St., Building L, Sarasota, FL 34234

Telephone: (941) 365-1277

Web site: www.childprotectioncenter.org

Mission statement: Child-abuse prevention, intervention and treatment.

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

Main fund-raising event: Sarasota Comedy Festival—With stand-up comedians and nationally syndicated cartoonists.

Date: March 10, 2007

Location, Ticket price, Event chair: TBA

 

Children First Inc.

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: 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 Hope Kinney, program director, for specific opportunities.

Main fund-raising event: Children First Celebration

Date: Feb. 22–25, 2007

Location: Throughout Sarasota County

Ticket price: $10–$125

Event chairs: Committee chaired

 

Children’s Haven and Adult Community Services Inc.

Creates solutions and makes changes in the lives of 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: Empower the lives of children, teens and adults with disabilities, one person at a time.

Volunteer opportunities: Selby preschool, plant nursery, CHAC farm project, Treasure House thrift shop, administration, maintenance, occupational training program, Active Arts.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Fifth Annual “Handi-capable Award & Celebration”—Showcasing an individual with disabilities who has exemplified courage. 2) Ninth Annual Jingle and Jog 5K Road Race.

Dates: 1) April 2007. 2) Dec. 2, 2006.

Locations: 1) John Cannon model home. 2) 4405 Desoto Road.

Ticket prices: 1) $75. 2) $17 in advance; $20 day of.

Event chair: Marla Doss

 

Circus Sarasota

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

Executive director: Pedro Reis

Address: P.O. Box 1836, Sarasota, FL 34276

Telephone: (941) 355-9335

Web site: www.circussarasota.org

Mission statement: Provides 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 event: The Art of Circus—Dining, dancing and circus entertainment.

Date: Jan. 13, 2007

Location: Tuttle Avenue and 12th Street

Ticket price: $150–$250/person; $1,000–$2,250/table.

Event chair: TBA

 

Coastal Resources Foundation Inc.

Raises funds for youth-oriented projects and gives grants to teachers for special projects about the environment, state and country.

Executive director: R. Earl Warren

Address: 359 W. Dearborn St., Englewood, FL 34295-1207

Telephone: (941) 474-7768

E-mail: tammy@ewol.com

Mission statement: Help youth achieve their goals with grants and scholarships.

Volunteer opportunities: Coordinate and run local events. Manage and operate Cora Stroh Environmental Youth Park on Beach Road in Englewood.

 

Community AIDS Network

HIV medical, dental and case management services.

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 and case management.

Volunteer opportunities: Fund raising, administrative, HIV testing.

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

Date: Oct. 21, 2006

Location: Chelsea Center

Ticket price: $225

Event chair: Nikki Nilon

 

The Community Foundation of Sarasota County

The Community Foundation is a public charity that helps people support the causes they care about the most. Since it was 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 that are for good, forever. It partners to make charitable giving work in our community, awarding more than $5 million annually in grants and scholarships that support the arts, education, civic engagement, health and human services, animal welfare and the environment. The Nonprofit Resource Center of the Community Foundation provides training, workshops, counseling and services that strengthen nonprofits and increase their capacity to serve the community and fulfill their missions.

For June 1, 2005, to May 31, 2006:

Assets: $140 million

Total grants: $5,301,961

Number of grants: 881

Total scholarships: $834,353 ($4.3 million since 1987)

Number of scholarships: 431

Range of Grants: $250–$410,000

 

President and CEO: Stewart W. Stearns

Address: 2635 Fruitville Road, Sarasota, FL 34237

Telephone: (941) 955-3000

Web site: www.sarasota-foundation.org

Mission statement: Stewardship to our community by encouraging and enabling caring individuals to easily and effectively support the charitable causes that they care about in perpetuity.

Volunteer opportunities: Office mailings, special events and projects.

 

Community Mobile Meals of Sarasota County Inc.

All-volunteer meal delivery service to shut-ins living in Sarasota.

Executive director: Janet Traynor

Address: P.O. Box 178, Sarasota, FL 34230

Telephone: (941) 366-6693

Mission statement: 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 event: Once-a-year private mailing.

 

The 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: 2477 Stickney Point Road, #315-B, Sarasota, FL 34231

Telephone: (941) 929-1859

Web site: www.musicschoolforall.org

Mission statement: 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: 1) “The Sound of Music”— Dinner, silent auction, show and “meet the cast” reception. 2) Second Annual “Tees for Tunes” Golf Tournament. 3) Second Annual Kentucky Derby Party.

Dates: 1) Nov. 29, 2006. 2) March 27, 2007. 3) May 5, 2007.

Locations: 1) Hyatt Sarasota and Players Theatre. 2) Serenoa Golf Club. 3) TBA.

Ticket prices, event chair: TBA

 

Community Video Archives

Produces a living video history of the Sarasota community and its outstanding people.

President: Annette Scherman

Address: 1235 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34239

Telephone: (941) 365-7052

Mission statement: Record and preserve a living history of the community.

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 5, 2007

Location: Michael’s On East

Ticket price: $75

Event chairs: Team chairs

 

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: 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 3, 2007

Location, ticket price, event chair: TBA

 

Construction Technology Careers Preapprenticeship Partnership for Youth

Started as a dropout prevention program that has now expanded. Sixty-one youths in the program in 2006.

Coordinator: Kristey Richardson

Address: 1750 17th St., Building J2, Sarasota, FL 34234

Telephone: (941) 361-6090 ext. 113

Web site: www.constructiontechnologycareers.org

Mission statement: Preapprenticeship partnership to provide career exploration coursework and services to youth in Manatee and Sarasota counties.

Volunteer opportunities: Speaker’s bureau, mentors, grant writers, clerical.

Main fund-raising event: Annual event

Date: April 13, 2007

Location: TBA

Ticket price: $35

Event chair: Blythe McDonough, volunteer chair

 

Consumer Credit Counseling Services of Central Florida and the Florida Gulf Coast Inc.

Provides confidential financial, credit and housing counseling, education services and debt repayment program.

Division president: William R. Potter

Address: 1750 17th St., Unit H, Sarasota, FL 34234

Telephone: (800) 741-7040

Web site: www.cccsfl.org

Mission statement: Help people achieve financial wellness.

Volunteer opportunities: Education presenters.

 

Crowley Museum and Nature Center

Nature conservancy of 190 acres with nature trails, pioneer history buildings and weekly education programs.

Executive director: Bonnie Greenball

Address: 16405 Myakka Road, Sarasota, FL 34240

Telephone: (941) 322-1000

Web site: www.crowleymuseumnaturectr.org

Mission statement: 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 event: Starry Nite—Gourmet dinner and silent auction with amazing celestial sights via powerful telescopes.

Date: March 2007

Location: Crowley Museum and Nature Center

Ticket price, event chair: TBA

 

Cure 4 Diabetes

Established by the Linda and Frank Menke family to fund the diabetes research being done under the Edmonton Protocol by scientists and doctors at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada. The Foundation is committing 100 percent of the funds raised directly to this research.

Executive Director: Linda Menke

Address: 318 S. Washington Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34236

Telephone: (941) 951-2141

Web site: www.cure4diabetes.org

Mission statement: Dedicated to medical research advancing the Edmonton Protocol and its primary doctors and scientists at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. The Edmonton Protocol is the only tested cure for diabetes known to date.

Volunteer opportunities: Volunteers are urged to become involved by holding their own fund raisers for the Cure 4 Diabetes Foundation. We also request from diabetics stories about their own struggles with this disease.

 

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Executive director: Brandi Greenleaf

Address: 677 Washington Blvd. N., Suite 15, Sarasota, FL 34236

Telephone: (941) 952-5836

Web site: www.cff.org

Mission statement: Assure development of the means to cure and control cystic fibrosis and to improve the quality of life for those with the disease.

Volunteer opportunities: Office work, event volunteers.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Black & White Bowling. 2) Cystic Fibrosis Celebrity Golf Classic. 3) “Breathe.”

Dates: 1–2) November 2006. 3) January 2007.

Locations: TBA

Ticket prices: 1) $150. 2–3) TBA.

Event chairs: 1) Leslie Sharp and Kathy Hirsch. 2) TBA. 3) Sarah Morgan and Phil Mancini.

 

Dattoli Cancer Foundation

Nonprofit organization for prostate cancer education, support and research.

Executive director: Don Kaltenbach

Address: 2803 Fruitville Road, Sarasota, FL 34237

Telephone: (800) 915-1001 and (941) 365-5599

Web site: www.dattolifoundation.org

Mission statement: 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

High-fashion not-for-profit boutique for consigned and new designer fashion and accessories plus home furnishings including accent pieces, antiques and collectibles.

President: Jean Weidner

Address: 1226 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236

Telephone: (941) 366-5293

E-mail: designingwomenboutique@comcast.net

Mission statement: Meaningfully grow the funding for our community’s art, endowment and human services through innovative marketing of unique couture apparel and fine home furnishings.

Volunteer opportunities: Sales, computer work, event coordination and support (dressers, hostesses etc.), administrative support, speaker’s bureau, handyman.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Designing Women Fashion Week 2006. 2) Fashion Cabaret Dinner & Show. 3) Salon Series.

Dates: 1) Dec. 3–9, 2006. 2) Dec. 3, 2006. 3) Monthly, call for info.

Locations: 1–3) Designing Women Boutique

Ticket prices: $100–$500

Event chairs: 1) Mary Ann Robinson, Diane Roskamp, Margaret Wise. 2) TBA. 3) Jewel Ash, Gloria Moss.

 

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 34295-1484

Telephone: (941) 475-8722

Web site: www.dashinc.org

Mission statement: DASH Inc. 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 event: 2007 golf tournament and fund raiser.

Date: April 1, 2007

Location: Rotonda Golf & Country Club

Ticket price, event chair: TBA

 

Dreams are Free School at Bishop Nevins Academy

School for children ages six to 15 with learning disabilities.

Principal: Stewart Downes

Address: 4380 Fruitville Road, Sarasota, FL 34232

Telephone: (941) 366-4010

Web site: www.dreamsarefree.org

Mission statement: A faith-friendly Catholic school designed to nurture the spiritual and academic growth and development of students with special learning needs.

Volunteer opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.

Main fund-raising event: Blue Grass BBQ

Date: Oct. 20, 2006

Location: Bishop Nevins Academy

Ticket price, event chair: TBA

 

Ear Research Foundation

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.

Volunteer opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.

Main fund-raising event: Hear and Now—Dinner, live music and silent auction.

Date: Nov. 9, 2006

Location: Longboat Key Club, Harbourside Room

Ticket price: $150

Event chairs: Dr. Seth Rosenberg and P. Robert Dupont

 

Easter Seals Southwest Florida Inc.

Provides services for individuals with disabilities of all ages on three 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: Mary Hitchcock

Address: 350 Braden Ave., Sarasota, FL 34243

Telephone: (941) 355-7637

Web site: www.swfl.easterseals.com

Mission statement: 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) Annual Meadows Cup Pro-Am Golf Tournament. 2) Easter Seals “Walk With Me” Walk-a-thon.

Dates: 1) April 21, 2007. 2) May 2007.

Locations: 1) Meadows Country Club. 2) New College of Florida.

Ticket prices: TBA

Event chair: Cheryl Kopmann

 

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: Dorothy B. Stuart

Address: 1960 Landings Blvd., Suite 326, Sarasota, FL 34231

Telephone: (941) 927-0965

Web site: www.edfoundation.net

Mission statement: 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. 23, 2007

Location: Michael’s On East

Ticket prices: $200, $250 patron, sponsorships available.

Event chairs: Christina Pfahler and Libby Early

 

Englewood Helping Hand Inc.

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

Executive director: Kathryn Roach

Address: 700 E. Dearborn St., Englewood, FL 34223

Telephone: (941) 474-5864

Web site: www.ewol.com/helpinghand

Mission statement: Provide short-term emergency service to Englewood residents.

Volunteer opportunities: Volunteers are scheduled through their churches.

Main fund-raising event: Englewood Crop Walk—Five-mile walk.

Date: February 2007

Location: Community Presbyterian Church

Ticket price: Free. Sponsors pledge funds.

Event chair: Kathryn Roach

 

Every Child Inc.

All-volunteer group.

Executive director: Judy Alexander

Address: 1700 North Drive, Sarasota, FL 34239-5017

Telephone: (941) 953-2277

Mission statement: Encourage children who live in Sarasota’s five 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.

Main fund-raising event: “School Daze Rock” Junior Year—Fashion show by Willow 506, dancing, specialty drinks and voting for an adult prom king and queen.

Date: June 3, 2007

Location: Payne Park Auditorium

Ticket price: $75, open bar and food.

Event chair: Kim Livengood

 

FACE of Sarasota Inc.

Executive director: Brooksie Bergen

Address: P.O. Box 1424, Sarasota, FL 34230

Telephone: (941) 955-9250

Web site: www.faceofsarasotainc.org

Mission statement: Enhance the lives of people with craniofacial disorders, offer solace and guidance, create public awareness and fight prejudice.

Volunteer opportunities: Secretaries, case history workers, visitation, mentoring, grant writing.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Cars and Rods Pumpkin Run—Car show, live and silent auctions. 2) Dinner.

Dates: 1) October 2006. 2) Spring 2007.

Locations: 1) Hampton Inn, Venice. 2) Ophelia’s On the Bay.

Ticket prices: 1) Donations, items for sale. 2) TBA.

Event chair: TBA

 

Family Law Connection Inc.

Program Director: Eric Sorenson, Board President: Andrew Froman Esq.

Address: 1750 17th St., B-3, Sarasota, FL 34234

Telephone: (941) 952-9899

Web site: www.familylawconnection.org

Mission statement: Help the working poor with minor children obtain free legal representation in family law matters.

Volunteer opportunities: Pro-bono attorneys, volunteer intake specialists.

Main fund-raising event: Annual Advocacy Luncheon

Date: TBA

Location: Michael’s On East

Ticket prices: $50–$100

Event chair: TBA

 

Family Network on Disabilities of Manatee/Sarasota Inc.

Executive director: Mary Smith

Address: P.O. Box 10707, Bradenton, FL 34282

Telephone: (941) 928-0682

Mission statement: 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) Christmas Wreath Sales—Fresh, live Wisconsin wreaths. 2) Hunsader Farms Pumpkin Festival—Children’s game area.

Dates: 1) August–September 2006. 2) October 2006.

Locations: 1) Call to place order. 2) Hunsader Farms.

Ticket prices: 1) $25–$35 per wreath. 2) Call for price.

 

Fine Arts Society of Sarasota Inc.

Co-presidents: Joan Endrizzi and Nancy Stukenberg

Address: P.O. Box 1432, Sarasota, FL 34230

Telephone: (941) 330-0680

Mission statement: To promote and stimulate appreciation of the arts of Sarasota County, establish a permanent collection of Florida artists, and provide scholarships to Sarasota County students.

Volunteer opportunities: Van Wezel backstage and art tours; home tour hostesses.

Main fund-raising events: 1) The Creators and Collectors Tour—Two-day tour of artists’ and art collectors’ homes and studios. 2) Celebrate the Arts Luncheon.

Dates: 1) March 16–17, 2007. 2) Dec. 4, 2006.

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

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

Event chairs: 1) Alice Allen. 2) Nancy Kaari-Bowman.

 

First Step of Sarasota

A comprehensive center for drug and alcohol abuse rehabilitation serving over 6,000 people primarily from Sarasota, Manatee and DeSoto counties.

Executive director: David J. Beesley, MPH

Address: 1970 Main St., Fifth Floor, Sarasota, FL 34236

Telephone: (941) 366-5333

Web site: www.fsos.org

Mission statement: First Step of Sarasota Inc. prevents and treats alcohol and drug addictions and associated disorders. We foster fully functioning, productive individuals by offering a full array of services in partnership with our community.

Volunteer opportunities: Infant-care givers at Mothers & Infants and TLC units, clerical support, event-related volunteers.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Third Annual Golf Classic. 2) Caring Hearts Luncheon.

Dates: 1) Nov. 13, 2006. 2) Feb. 15, 2007.

Locations: 1) TPC Prestancia. 2) Michael’s On East.

Ticket price, event chair: TBA

 

Flanzer Jewish Community Center

Open to everyone, the Flanzer JCC offers free and low-cost activities: early childhood education, cultural arts, adult social and educational activities, Elderhostel, fitness programs, after-school programs and summer camps.

President and CEO: Marshall Klein

Address: 582 McIntosh Road, Sarasota, FL 34232

Telephone: (941) 378-5568

Web site: www.flanzerjcc.org

Mission statement: The Flanzer Jewish Community Center is founded on Jewish values and traditions. We are committed to enriching the quality of life of individuals and families within the entire community by providing social, educational, recreational and cultural programs, services, partnerships and leadership development.

Volunteer opportunities: Coordinate social activities, serve as ushers, coach sports, assist with mailings, give tours and much more.

 

The Florida Center

Works to strengthen and support 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

Mission statement: Dedicated to the healthy development of young children, their families and our communities.

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

Main fund-raising events: 1) 19th Annual Festival of Trees, Lights and Holiday Gifts. 2) Ninth Annual Thunder by the Bay Motorcycle Festival. 3) 23rd Annual Suncoast Offshore Grand Prix Festival.

Dates: 1) Dec. 1, 2006. 2) Jan. 5–7, 2007. 3) June 23–July 4, 2007.

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

Ticket prices: 1) $175/person, tables of eight available. 2–3) Varied.

Event chairs: 1) Marion DeLay. 2–3) TBA.

 

Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association (FRLA)—Sarasota Chapter

Association of restaurateurs and lodging establishments donate their time and resources to charity programs.

President: Bob Kirscher

Address: 1780 N. Honore Ave., Sarasota, FL 34235

Telephone: (941) 320-3775, May Jang

Web site: www.sarasotataste.com

Mission statement: Foster goodwill in the community, encourage fraternal spirit and promote the restaurant/food service and homebuilding industries.

Volunteer opportunities: Special-event involvement.

Main fund-raising event: 21st Annual Taste of Sarasota—Area restaurants present samples of their cuisine.

Date: Oct. 26, 2006

Location, ticket price: TBA

Event chairs: May Jang and Don McGee

 

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: Steven Wright

Address: 751 Rye Wilderness Road, Bradenton, FL 34212

Telephone: (941) 776-1777

Web site: www.youthranches.org

Mission statement: Prevent juvenile delinquency and develop lawful, productive citizens through a broad range of family-centered activities.

Volunteer opportunities: Tutors

Main fund-raising event: 23rd Annual Michelle Wells Memorial Golf Tournament

Date, location, ticket price, event chair: 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.fst2000.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 and production.

Main fund-raising event: Row Party—Black-tie gala celebrating the opening of FST’s winter mainstage season.

Date, location, ticket price, event chair: TBA

 

Florida West Coast Symphony Inc.

Symphony orchestra and music education provider.

Executive director: Joseph McKenna

Address: 709 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236

Telephone: (941) 953-4252

Web site: www.fwcs.org

Mission statement: 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 Opening Night Dinner. 2) “Gotta Dance” Gala.

Dates: 1) Nov. 11, 2006. 2) Jan. 20, 2007.

Locations: 1–2) Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall.

Ticket prices: 1) $175. 2) $250 and up.

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

 

Florida West Coast Symphony Association

Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2007.

President: Sally Brown

Address: 709 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236

Telephone: (941) 685-0425

Web site: www.symphonyassociation.org

Mission statement: To advance and support the activites of, and to raise monies for, the Florida West Coast Symphony Inc.; 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) 32nd Annual Symphony Showcase. 2) Annual Holiday Luncheon.

Dates: 1) Feb. 3–25, 2007. 2) Dec. 11, 2006.

Location: 1) Lido Shores home. 2) TBA.

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

Event chairs: TBA

 

Florida Winefest and Auction Inc.

A premier food and wine event that funds grants for disadvantaged children’s programs and at-risk youth in Sarasota and Manatee counties.

For 2006

Total grants: $425,000

Number of grants: 26

Range of grants: $5,000–$50,000

Executive director, president of board of directors, and volunteer: Sandy W. Loevner

Address: P.O. Box 4193, Sarasota, FL 34230-4193

Telephone: (941) 952-1109

Web site: www.floridawinefest.com

Mission statement: Fund grants for disadvantaged children and at-risk youth in Sarasota and Manatee counties.

Volunteer opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Florida Winefest & Auction. 2) Gala Dinner.

Dates: 1) April 26–29, 2007; charity auction April 28. 2) April 27, 2007.

Locations: 1–2) Primarily on the grounds of The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota, and 30-plus venues around Sarasota and Bradenton.

Ticket prices: 1) $15–$300-plus; charity auction, $175. 2) $300.

Event chair: TBA

 

Forty Carrots Family Center

Parenting Education programs that focus on the first five years of life; accredited preschool and professional trainingfacility.

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: Strengthening 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—Luncheon and fashion show showcasing nine women in wine and nine shoe designers plus an evening wine class. 2) Women & Money: The Savage Truth—Financial seminar presented by the Gulf Coast Community Foundation and produced by Wall Street Live. 3) carrotcakes 2007: On Broadway—Dinner, entertainment, auctions.

Dates: 1) Oct. 19, 2006. 2) Oct. 20, 2006. 3) March 16, 2007.

Locations: 1) The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota, and The Tasting Room. 2) The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota. 3) Hyatt Sarasota.

Ticket prices: 1) $125 and $50. 2) $49–$59. 3) $125–$250.

Event chairs: 1) Lynn Morris, Nora Johnson, Kim Githler, Janet Kane, honorary chairs. 2) Kim Githler, Margaret Wise, Lynn Morris, Nora Johnson, honorary chairs. 3) Julie and Jeff Luhrsen.

 

Foundation for Dreams Inc.

Funds and operates Dream Oaks Camp, a camp for children with developmental disabilities or chronic illnesses, located in Manatee County.

CEO: Andrew Romines

Address: 2620 Manatee Ave. W., Suite D, Bradenton, FL 34205

Telephone: (941) 748-8809

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: 2007 Tournament Fore Dreams

Date: April 15–16, 2007

Location: Lakewood Ranch Country Club

Ticket price: TBA

Event chair: Debbie Plotts

 

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

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

Main fund-raising events: 1) Women’s Board Fashion Show. 2) Men’s Charity Golf Tournament. 3) Golden Anniversary Gala.

Dates: 1) Oct. 26, 2006. 2) March 5, 2007. 3) Jan. 27, 2007.

Locations: 1) Plantation Golf and Country Club. 2) Mission Valley Country Club. 3) The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota.

Ticket prices: 1) TBA. 2) $225. 3) $200.

Event chairs: 1) Jean Pickhardt. 2) Dr. Ken Fraser, Mike Long Sr. 3) Chris Pfahler, Jennifer Saslaw.

 

Friends of the Selby Public Library Inc.

Administrative Coordinator: Alice Carolyn Baudner

Address: P.O. Box 2255, Sarasota, FL 34230

Telephone: (941) 365-5228

Web site: www.selbylibraryfriends.org

Mission statement: 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: Friends Bookstore, Selby Public Library.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Spring Book & Author Luncheon. 2) Co-direct Sarasota Reading Festival—Annual downtown event with booksellers, book signings and author panel discussions. 3) Award-winning “Coffee & Books” discussions.

Dates: 1) TBA. 2) Nov. 4, 2006. 3) November 2006–April 2007.

Locations: 1) TBA. 2) Five Points Park, downtown Sarasota. 3) Selby Public Library Auditorium.

Ticket prices: 1) TBA. 2–3) Free.

Event chair: TBA

 

G.WIZ—The Hands-on Science Museum

Hands-on learning center for science and technology.

Executive director: James R. Rollings

Address: 1001 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota, FL 34236

Telephone: (941) 309-4949

Web site: www.gwiz.org

Mission statement: Make science relevant, technology understandable and learning an interactive adventure for people of all ages.

Volunteer opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.

Main fund-raising event: Butterfly Ball.

Date: March 4, 2007

Location: G.WIZ

Ticket price: TBA

Event chairs: Trevor and Nikki Taylor

 

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: P.O. Box 1300, Osprey, FL 34229

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 every Sunday at 3:30 p.m. Donate good condition used furniture, household items and running automobiles for free distribution to Sarasota County’s poor.

Main fund-raising event: TBA

Event chair: Gayle Butterfield

 

Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida Inc.

Designed to meet the needs and interests of girls ages five through 17 and help them reach their full potential in a supportive, all-girl environment.

CEO: Sandi Stewart

Address: 4780 Cattlemen Road, Sarasota, FL 34233

Telephone: (941) 921-5358

Web site: www.gsgcf.org

Mission statement: Girl Scouting builds 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, location: TBA

Ticket price: By invitation only

Event chair: Amanda Marshall

 

Girls Incorporated of Sarasota County

Operates programs uniquely designed for girls aged six to 14 to foster self-respect and self-determination, to nurture their ability and interest in math, science and technology as well as to build their athletic skills and competitive spirit.

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 and storytelling.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Celebration luncheon—Honoring three women with the “She Knows Where She Is Going” award, and one visionary leader with a “Visionary” award. 2) Angel Luncheon. 3) A Whole Night of Food and Fashion III—Food and wine tasting.

Dates: 1) March 2007. 2) November 2006. 3) Nov. 2, 2006.

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

Ticket prices: 1) TBA. 2) Free. 3) $200/table for four; larger tables add $50/person. $25 tickets available at the door.

Event chairs: 1) Caryn Patterson and Renee Richardson Kling. 2) Stephanie Church. 3) Wendy Getchell and Nicole Kaney.

 

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 of the Board: Dr. Kay Glasser

Address: 1750 17th St., Building J-1, Sarasota, FL 34234

Telephone: (941) 365-4545

Web site: www.humanservicescenter.org

Mission statement: 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.

 

The Glenridge Performing Arts Center

A 267-seat professional theater that both presents and rents to arts organizations and individuals for concerts, films, lectures, dance and live theater.

Executive director: Ben Turoff

Address: 7333 Scotland Way, Sarasota, FL 34238

Telephone: (941) 552-5298

Web site: www.glenridge.com/gpac

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, work in the GPAC management office, occasional opportunities for stage and house managers.

Main fund-raising event: Gala concert

Date, ticket price: TBA

Location: GPAC

Event chair: Ben Turoff

 

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: The singers, all paid professionals, perform the highest-quality music covering a broad spectrum of choral literature.

Volunteer opportunities: Office work, mailings, performance setup and grant writing.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Gloria, Gloria!—Christmas music old and new. 2) Music of War and Peace. 3) Great Handel Masterpieces.

Dates: 1) Dec. 11, 2006. 2) Feb. 11, 2007. 3) April 14, 2007.

Locations: 1) Church of the Redeemer. 2) Holley Hall. 3) St. Boniface Church.

Ticket prices, event chairs: TBA

 

Goodwill Foundation

Fund-raising arm of Goodwill Industries-Manasota, which provides employment, housing and neighborhood services to more than 5,000 individuals annually throughout Manatee, Sarasota, Hardee and DeSoto counties.

President and CEO: Zoltan Karpathy

Address: 8490 N. Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota, FL 34243

Telephone: (941) 955-4483

Web site: www.goodwillindustries.org

Mission statement: Turn donations into good jobs, good homes and good neighborhoods.

Main fund-raising event: Goodwill Fat Tuesday Party—A high-energy, authentic Mardi Gras celebration.

Date: Feb. 20, 2007

Location: Michael’s On East

Ticket price: $175

Event chairs: Michael Klauber and Phil Mancini

 

The Great Outdoors Conservancy

Purchases land for conservation and recreation.

President: Bill LaMee

Address: 4311 Manatee Ave. W., Suite 210, Bradenton, FL 34209

Telephone: (941) 708-3456

Web site: www.thegreatoutdoors.org

Mission statement: 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) Oktoberfest Suncoast—Bavarian folk festival. 2) Conservation Celebration—Annual banquet, automobile raffle and auction.

Dates: 1) Oct. 6–8 and 13–15, 2006. 2) Jan. 27, 2007.

Locations: 1) Sarasota Fairgrounds. 2) Bradenton City Centre.

Ticket prices: 1) $8/adult, 12 and under free. 2) $150.

Event chairs: 1) Scott Rudacille. 2) David Wilcox.

 

Greater Sarasota Junior Golf Association

Promotes instruction and competitive junior golf for all girls and boys, ages six to 18.

Executive director: Judy Christman

Address: P.O. Box 1665, Venice, FL 34284-1665

Telephone: (941) 366-0445

Web site: www.sarasotajuniorgolf.com

Mission statement: Introduce juniors to the world of golf.

Volunteer opportunities: Instruction, registration and scorekeeping.

Main fund-raising event: Legends Golf Tournament

Date: Oct. 20–21, 2006

Location: Laurel Oak Country Club

Ticket price: $150 for dinner, dance and golf

Event chair: Lisa Wright, PGA and LPGA

 

Gulf Coast Community Foundation of Venice

With $225 million 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.

As of June 30, 2005

Assets: $205.8 million

Total grants: $6.2 million

Number of grants: 603

Range of grants: $50–$810,000

Average grant size: $10,282

President and CEO: Teri A. Hansen

Address: 601 Tamiami Trail S., Venice, FL 34285

Telephone: (941) 486-4600

Web site: www.gulfcoastcf.org

 

Gulf Coast Diabetes Foundation

President: Walter Konrady

Address: 2100 Constitution Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34231

Telephone: (941) 957-5099

Mission statement: Establish and administer funds to benefit people with diabetes in the Florida Gulf Coast region.

Volunteer opportunities: Board members.

 

Gulf Coast Men’s Chorus

A chorus of gay and gay-friendly people offering two major concerts per season performing music from the classics to pop.

Artistic Director: Philip Alexander

Address: P.O. Box 2453, Sarasota, FL 34230

Telephone: (941) 957-0404

Web site: www.gulfcoastmenschorus.org

Mission statement: 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 event: Holiday Concert

Date: Dec. 10, 2006

Location: Sarasota Opera House

Ticket price: $20

Event chair: TBA

 

Gulfcoast Legal Services Inc.

Provides free legal assistance to the poor and the elderly. Since 1979, GLS has served more than 130,000 clients in Pinellas, Manatee and Sarasota counties.

Executive director: John P. Cunningham Esq.

Address: 1750 17th St., Unit I, Sarasota, FL 34234

Telephone: (941) 366-1746

Web site: www.gulfcoastlegal.org

Mission statement: Provide high-quality legal services to protect personal safety and to establish, advance and protect the rights and interests of low-income persons to health, basic shelter, income and quality of life.

Volunteer opportunities: Volunteer attorneys, internships, receptionist, secretarial assistance. Contact Elizabeth M. Boyle Esq.

Main fund-raising event: 25th Anniversary Awards Dinner

Date: Oct. 6, 2006

Location: Lakewood Ranch Country Club

Ticket price: $100

Event chair: Evelyn L. Moya Esq.

 

Habitat for Humanity Sarasota Inc.

Builds homes for qualified, low-income families.

Executive director: Mike Jacobson

Address: 1757 N. East Ave., Sarasota, FL 34234

Telephone: (941) 365-0700

Web site: www.sarasotahabitat.com

Mission statement: Habitat for Humanity Sarasota builds more than homes, it helps build families and communities. It is now 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: March 22, 2007

Location: Municipal Auditorium

Ticket price: $150–$500

Event chair: Lauren Ripley

 

Habitat for Humanity Venice Area Inc.

Builds homes for low-income workforce families in need.

Executive director: Judith H. Wilcox

Address: 280 Alligator Drive, Venice, FL 34293

Telephone: (941) 493-6606

Web site: www.habitatvenice.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, speaker’s bureau, finance and development.

Main fund-raising event: Corporate campaign to engage businesses in south Sarasota County. Partnership with Home Builders Association of Sarasota County to build four homes for Habitat.

Date: Ongoing

Location: Ten drop-off locations for recycling throughout south Sarasota County.

 

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: Sarah Gorman

Address: 1750 17th St., Building M, Sarasota, FL 34234

Telephone: (941) 373-7070

Web site: www.healthystartsarasota.org

Mission statement: Promote and protect prenatal and infant health.

Volunteer opportunities: Coalition and executive board membership, participation in design and implementation of initiatives to reduce fetal and infant deaths.

Main fund-raising event: Baby Steps Sunset Beach Walk

Date: Nov. 19, 2006

Location: Siesta Key Public Beach

Event chair: Maria Beck

 

Hispanic-American Center

A program of the Diocese of Venice that helps newly arrived immigrants adapt to life in Sarasota through social service programs and spiritual guidance.

Executive director: Father Celestino Gutierrez

Address: P.O. Box 51597, Sarasota, FL 34232

Telephone: (941) 955-3934

Web site: www.hispaniccenter-stjude.com

Mission statement: 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 event: Noche de Celebracion

Date: Oct. 27, 2006

Location: Michael’s On East

Ticket price: $150

Event chairs: Peg Nadel and Kathy Schersten

 

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: 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) Cracker Brunch. 2) From Salsa to Sorbet IV.

Dates: 1) Nov. 19, 2006. 2) Feb. 7, 2007.

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

Ticket prices: 1) $38. 2) $75.

Event chairs: 1) Mary Gonter, Donna-Lee Roden. 2) TBA.

 

Humane Society of Sarasota County Inc.

Provides care, shelter and love to abandoned animals. Pet adoption, humane education, pet therapy, children’s programs, dog obedience training, volunteer opportunities and low-cost and free spaying and neutering.

Executive director: Deborah Robbins Millman, APR

Address: 2331 15th St., Sarasota, FL 34237

Telephone: (941) 955-4131

Web site: www.hssc.org

Mission statement: To promote reponsible 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) Hot Dogs and Cool Cats—“Year of the Dog” gala. 2) 15th Annual Pat Lonsdale Invitational Golf Tournament. 3) Second Annual Ron Gordon Charity Golf Tournament.

Dates: 1) Nov. 4, 2006. 2) Spring 2007. 3) Sept. 9, 2006.

Locations: 1) Hyatt Sarasota. 2) TBA. 3) Stoneybrook Golf and Country Club.

Ticket prices: 1) $200. 2) TBA. 3) $65/player, $260/team; sponsorships available.

Event chairs: 1) Catherine Gordon-Ellis and Chris Voelker. 2) TBA and Pat Lonsdale, honorary chair. 3) Ron Gordon.

 

Incarnation Catholic School

Elementary school, kindergarten through grade eight.

Principal: Sister Monica Paul Fraser, O.P.

Address: 2911 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota, FL 34239

Telephone: (941) 924-8588

Web site: www.incarnationschool.edu

Mission statement: 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 sold.

Event chair: Christine Adams

 

Island Village Montessori School

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: 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) Spring Social—Silent auction, family dance.

Dates, locations, ticket prices, event chairs: TBA

 

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: Promote, perform and preserve jazz.

Volunteer opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.

Main fund-raising event: Sarasota Jazz Festival—Indoor and outdoor jazz events, some free to public.

Date: March 11–18, 2007

Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall and other locations.

Ticket prices: Free–$40

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: Provides comprehensive counseling and social services to people confronting life’s challenges.

Volunteer opportunities: Hospital visitations, mentors, tutors, religious services, office and clerical. Call Caroline Zucker, volunteer coordinator.

Main fund-raising events: 1) The Stars of Broadway—Their Roots in Jewish Music—Featuring Leif Bjaland and the Florida West Coast Symphony. 2) Celebrity Chefs & Wine Tasting.

Dates: 1) Dec. 17, 2006. 2) March 14, 2007.

Locations: 1) The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota. 2) Longboat Key Club and Resort, Harbourside Dining Room.

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

Event chairs: 1) Marie Monsky. 2) Judy Abroms, Marion and Dr. Bernard Levine, co-chairs; Chef Robert Weil, chef chair.

 

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.

Main fund-raising event: Benefit honoring the Rev. and Mrs. James Nilon.

Date: March 4, 2007

Location: Wilde Jaguar

Ticket price: $150

Event chair: Sandra Hanan

 

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 or 351-1660

Web site: www.ringling.org

Mission statement: 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, or tram driving.

Main fund-raising event: UnGala Gala

Date: Oct. 21, 2006

Location: Ringling Museum

Ticket price: $250

Event chairs: Amie Shay and Emily Walsh

 

Junior Achievement

Educates and inspires young people to value free enterprise, business and economies to improve the quality of their lives.

Executive director: Barb McKinney

Address: P.O. Box 5837, Sarasota, FL 34277

Telephone: (941) 350-0543

Web site: www.jasarasota.org

Mission statement: Ensure that every child in America has a fundamental understanding of the free-enterprise system.

Volunteer opportunities: Facilitate classroom program in five visits.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Bowl-A-Thon. 2) Dooley Mack Golf Tournament.

Dates: 1) Aug. 26, 2006. 2) Oct. 30, 2006.

Locations: 1) Sarasota Lanes. 2) TBA.

Ticket prices: 1) Donations only. 2) TBA.

Event chairs: 1) Stacey Romano. 2) Craig Campbell.

 

The Junior League of Sarasota Florida Inc.

Celebrating 50 years of community service and volunteer training.

President: Olivia Thomas

Address: 3300 S. Tamiami Trail, Suite 3, Sarasota, FL 34239

Telephone: (941) 953-5600

Web site: www.jlsarasota.org

Mission statement: Committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.

Volunteer opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Holiday Tour of Homes. 2) Barely Blemished. 3) Simply Sarasota Cookbook.

Dates: 1) Dec. 1–3, 2006. 2) Feb. 1–3, 2007. 3) Fall 2006.

Locations: 1) Various homes. 2) Chelsea Center. 3) Sarasota Fairgrounds.

Ticket prices: 1) $15/book (includes admission to Tinsels and Treasure). 2–3) $5.

Event chairs: 1) Kristina Powers, Laura Hope. 2) Jessica Petro. 3) Stacy Corely, Tanya Foster.

 

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

The world’s leading nongovernmental funder of diabetes research.

Executive director: Sara Rankin

Address: 3333 Clark Road, Suite 160, Sarasota, FL 34231

Telephone: (941) 929-0621

Web site: www.jdrf.org

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

Volunteer opportunities: “Walk to Cure Diabetes,” community outreach, advocacy, and participation in fund raisers.

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

Date: March 18, 2007

Location: Siesta Key Beach

Ticket price: Free; walkers receive pledges to walk.

Event chair: Phil Delaney

 

Keep Sarasota Beautiful

A certified affiliate of Keep America Beautiful Inc.’s litter-prevention programs.

Manager: Sandra Washington

Address: 2817 Cattlemen Road, Sarasota, FL 34232

Telephone: (941) 861-5000

Web site: www.scgov.net

Mission statement: 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, adopt a road, park, shore. Great American Cleanup and Coastal Cleanup.

 

Key Chorale

Executive director: Richard Storm

Address: P.O. Box 20613, Sarasota, FL 34276

Telephone: (941) 957-0851

Mission statement: Dedicated to the performance of great choral masterworks, bringing their historic and contemporary beauty to the community.

Main fund-raising event: Daniel Moe’s Final Season: Verdi’s Requiem

Date: May 1, 2007

Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

Ticket prices: $22, $32, $42


 

 

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: 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. 5, 2006

Location: Charles Ringling House

Ticket price: $150–$200

Event chairs: Rachele Rivolta, Sally Islan, Janet Hunter

 

Lakewood Ranch Community Fund

Lakewood Ranch Community Fund is a donor-advised fund of the Manatee Community Foundation and a philanthropic partner with the Community Foundation of Sarasota County. The fund’s focus is on increasing philanthropy and grant making in the Lakewood Ranch area.

Executive director: Marilyn Howard

Address: 6371 Business Blvd., Suite 101, Sarasota, FL 34240

Telephone: (941) 747-7765

Web site: www.manateecommunityfoundation.org

Mission statement: Designed to personalize the philanthropic goals of individuals, businesses and organizations. Through its grants programs, the Fund seeks to enhance the quality of life in our 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 committee, fund-raising events.

Main fund-raising events: 1) The Gala. 2) The Charity Golf Classic.

Dates: 1) Feb. 10, 2007. 2) March 26, 2007 (rain date: April 2).

Locations: 1–2) Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club.

Ticket prices: TBA

Event chairs: 1) Cyndi Houck. 2) Ron Masseo.

 

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. 28, 2006

Location: Venice 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: 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 special projects.

Main fund-raising event: Justice is Served—Food and wine extravaganza.

Date, location, ticket price: TBA

Event chair: Debbie Allen

 

Lemon Bay Conservancy Inc.

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

Executive director: N. Perry Clark

Address: P.O. Box 508, Englewood, FL 34295-0508

Telephone: (941) 475-9021

Web site: www.lemonbayconservancy.org

Mission statement: 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: 1) Fall Gala. 2) Winter “Toast to the Coast.”

Date: 1) TBA. 2) Jan. 20, 2007.

Location, ticket price: TBA

Event chair: Gail Giles

 

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: Provide a variety of high quality, live theatrical productions, offer education and training in dramatic arts for people of all ages and play a vital cultural role in the greater Englewood community.

Volunteer opportunities: Acting, stage managing, box office, backstage, house managing, lighting, wardrobe and set design.

Main fund-raising event: Ongoing performances—Regular ticket sales and donations from patrons.

Date: 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: Dedicated to the preservation and conservation of the primates of Madagascar through captive breeding, scientific research, education and reintroduction.

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

Signature fund-raising event: 10th Anniversary Celebration.

Date: Dec. 2, 2006

Location: Myakka City Lemur Reserve

Ticket price: Current donors only

Event chair: Anne Bladstrom

 

The Life of Riley Foundation

Supports research for the cure of pediatric brain tumors and provides support for families of children with brain tumors.

Executive director: Ron Saba

Address: 2050 Proctor Road, Suite A, Sarasota, FL 34231

Telephone: (941) 923-3093

Web site: www.lifeofrileyfoundation.org

Mission statement: Promote awareness about pediatric brain tumors, raise money for a cure and provide support to and a voice for families whose children live with these tumors.

Volunteer opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Riley’s Royal Gala—Sarasota’s first black-tie gala for children (grades pre-K to five) and their parents and/or grandparents. 2) Beach Run/Walk.

Dates: 1) TBA. 2) May 26, 2007.

Locations: 1) TBA. 2) Siesta Key Beach.

Ticket prices: 1) $65/child, $85/adult. 2) $10/child, $15/adult.

Event chairs: 1) Kelly R. Saba. 2) Kelly G. Saba.

 

Lighthouse of Manasota

Provides free training and specialized services to people with vision loss. Promotes independence and self-sufficiency.

Executive director: Janice T. Felski

Address: 7318 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34243

Telephone: (941) 359-1404

Mission statement: 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 3) Spring Fashion Show.

Dates: 1) Sept. 9, 2006. 2) February 2007. 3) May 2007.

Locations: 1) IMG Academies Golf & Country Club at El Conquistador. 2) TBA. 3) Michael’s On East.

Ticket prices: 1) $150/player. 2) $25/adult, $10/child five and older. 3) $80.

Event chairs: 1) David Cruikshank. 2) David Mertzlufft and Sandy McCall. 3) Annie Spurge.

 

The Literacy Council of Sarasota

Free private instruction in reading and learning English as a second language.

Executive director: Emily Chalker Lane

Address: 1750 17th St., Building D, Sarasota, FL 34234

Telephone: (941) 955-0421

Web site: www.sarasotaliteracy.org

Mission statement: Provide free private instruction to adults in English as a second language and basic literacy skills to empower them to become more productive members of the communities.

Volunteer opportunities: Tutors, interviewers, data entry, special events, volunteer coordinators, project leaders and office help.

 

Longboat Key Center for the Arts

Executive director: Jennifer Glassmoyer

Address: 6860 Longboat Drive S., Longboat Key, FL 34228

Telephone: (941) 383-2345

Web site: www.lbkca.org

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

Volunteer opportunities: Docents, gallery sitters, events committees, exhibit committees

Main fund-raising event: Longboat Key Fine Arts & Crafts Festival

Date: March 24–25, 2007

Location: Longboat Key Center for the Arts

Ticket price: Free

Event chair: Marlene Hauck

 

Lou Gehrig’s Disease Association of Southwest Florida Inc.

All-volunteer organization offering support groups, equipment loan closet, resource library and respite care to those living with ALS in the greater Sarasota area.

Executive director: Vicki Watkins

Address: P.O. Box 11104, Sarasota, FL 34278

Telephone: (941) 955-4771

Web site: www.lgda-als.org

Mission statement: 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.

Executive director: 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 to “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 (one hour, one day a week).

Main fund-raising events: 1) Jacaranda West Golf Tournament—Women’s and men’s golf tournament. 2) Boca Royale Golf Tournament. 3) Venice Golf & Country Club Black-Tie Gala.

Dates: 1) March 2007. 2) January 2007. 3) Nov. 11, 2006.

Locations: 1) Jacaranda West Country Club. 2) Boca Royale Golf & Country Club. 3) Venice Golf & Country Club.

Ticket prices: $85–$125

Event chairs: 1) Steve Davis. 2) Ellen Napelea. 3) 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: 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: Sept. 30, 2006

Location: Chelsea Center

Ticket price: $30 in advance, $35 at the door

Event chair: Carmen Scoma

 

Make-a-Wish Foundation of Sarasota/Tampa Bay Inc.

Grants wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions.

Sarasota Community Relations Manager: Joanne Bloom

Address: 2477 Stickney Point Road #307-B, Sarasota, FL 34231

Telephone: (941) 926-9474

Web site: www.suncoast.wish.org

Mission statement: 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, speaker’s bureau.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Shining Star Award Celebration. 2) Day Dreams and Wishes. 3) Winefest/Auction—tennis tournament.

Dates: 1) Oct. 20, 2006. 2) Dec. 7, 2006. 3) May 4, 2007.

Locations: 1) Michael’s On East. 2) TBA. 3) Chelsea Center.

Ticket prices: 1) $100. 2) $100. 3) $100; $40 for tennis entry.

Event chairs: 1) Gail Hurby and Sarah Whete. 2) Lou and Diane Schults and Rita Tyler. 3) TBA, Liz McNelis and Beth Malden, tennis co-chairs.

 

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.

COO: Laurie Mayberry

Address: 3659 Cortez Road W., Bradenton, FL 34210

Telephone: (941) 752-2976

Web site: www.manasotaarc.org

Mission statement: 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) Ivan Canuteson Memorial Golf Tournament. 2) “A Taste of Motown 2.” 3) Annual Celebration Dinner and Auction.

Dates: 1) Sept. 22, 2006. 2) Oct. 20, 2006. 3) May 19, 2007.

Locations: 1) IMG Academies Golf & Country Club at El Conquistador. 2–3) Bradenton City Centre.

Ticket prices, event chairs: TBA

 

Manasota SOLVE Maternity Homes

Supports young pregnant mothers and their babies from conception to birth and beyond, ensuring a healthy pregnancy and operating a community outreach giving closet and two Christian Maternity Homes at no cost to the mother.

Executive director: Donna Vellenga

Address: 512 S. Orange Ave., Sarasota, FL 34236

Telephone: (941) 748-0094

Web site: www.manasotasolve.org

Mission statement: Provide a home for pregnant women who desire an alternative to abortion.

Volunteer opportunities: Individuals and families who are interested in developing one-on-one relationships with young mothers, volunteers with professional business experience, mentoring, tutoring, general maintenance, yard work and fund raising.

Main fund-raising events: 1) SOLVE Gala. 2) Golf Tournament. 3) Classic Car Show.

Dates: 1) Feb. 2, 2007. 2) Nov. 4, 2006. 3) Nov. 11, 2006.

Locations: 1) TBA. 2) Tara Preserve. 3) Gamble Plantation.

Ticket prices: TBA

Event chair: Judy Scott

 

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: 600 301 Blvd. W., Suite 148, Bradenton, FL 34205

Telephone: (941) 747-7765

Web site: www.manateecommunityfoundation.org

Volunteer opportunities: Grant and scholarship committees.

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

Date: Jan. 31, 2007

Location: Bradenton City Centre

Ticket price: TBA

Event chair: Marilyn Howard

 

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

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

Executive director: Roger Birkel

Address: 811 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, FL 34236

Telephone: (941) 366-5731

Web site: www.selby.org

Mission statement: To understand and conserve tropical plants—with emphasis on epiphytes and their natural habitats—through programs of research, education and horticultural display that promote appreciation of plant life and provide enjoyment for all who visit the Gardens.

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

Main fund-raising event: The Orchid Ball—Dinner and dancing amid the tropical splendor of Selby Gardens.

Date: March 10, 2007

Location: Selby Gardens

Ticket price, event chair: TBA

 

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: Raise funds from the public and community organizations 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 event: Community mailing in October/November annually.

Date: October/November 2006

Location: Sarasota and Manatee counties

Event chair: 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: 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: 1) Celebrity Waiters Dinner—Celebrity waiters vie for the “Tarnished Spoon” award by getting the largest amount of tips from their table of guests. 2) High Hopes Gala. 3) Annual Meeting and Awards Celebration.

Dates: 1) March 2007. 2) May 2007. 3) December 2006.

Locations: 1) Venice. 2) Sarasota. 3) Michael’s On East.

Ticket prices: 1) $50. 2) $125. 3) $40.

Event chairs: 1) Carolyn Eagen. 2) Nick Drizos. 3) TBA.

 

Miss Latina Program Inc.

Empowering girls aged nine to 16 to be the women of the new millennium, focusing on being well-rounded citizens.

Founder and CEO: Elizabeth Cuevas-Neunder

Address: 9001 Huntington Pointe Drive, Sarasota, FL 34238

Telephone: (941) 966-2820

Web site: www.misslatinaflorida.org

Mission statement: Combat community deterioration, juvenile delinquency, school dropout and teen pregnancy by promoting advancement in academia, entrepreneurial skills and self empowerment.

Volunteer opportunities: Training in health issues, board of directors, chaperoning events, mentoring and scholarships for field trips to opera, ballet and more.

Main fund-raising event: Women of the Millennium Gala Dinner—Honoring Hispanic teachers, principals and an extraordinary woman.

Date: Sept. 16, 2006

Location: TBA

Ticket price: $50

Event chairs: Dennis Nazario, Larry Mendez, Elizabeth Cuevas-Neunder, Bilsy Rodriguez and Wilnesse Nazario.

 

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: Advancing the science of the sea.

Volunteer opportunities: Call Andrea Davis for specific opportunities.

Main fund-raising event: Oceanic Evening—Black-tie gala to benefit Mote’s capital campaign.

Date: Oct. 28, 2006

Location: Mote Aquarium Courtyard

Ticket price: $200

Event chairs: 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: Meet the resource needs of families in Sarasota County who are struggling to help themselves.

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

 

Muscular Dystrophy Association Inc.

National healthcare services organization supporting families and individuals fighting over 43 neuromuscular diseases. Largest independent healthcare services organization working on a cure for ALS. Two local clinics based at HealthSouth.

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) Stride & Ride Walk. 2) MDA Labor Day Telethon. 3) Lock-Up events, “Go Behind Bars for Good.”

Dates: 1) March 10, 2007. 2) Sept. 3–4, 2006. 3) TBA.

Locations: 1) Manatee Community College. 2–3) Varied.

Ticket prices, event chairs: TBA

 

NAACP Sarasota County Branch

President: Trevor D. Harvey

Address: P.O. Box 1024, Sarasota, FL 34230-1024

Telephone: (941) 355-2097

Mission statement: Protect the civil and voting rights of all citizens while working to improve the social, cultural, educational and economic status of our constituents.

Volunteer opportunities: All areas

Main fund-raising event: Freedom Awards Banquet

Date: Oct. 5, 2006

Location: Hyatt Sarasota

Ticket price: $75

Event chair: Jacqueline Jones

 

NARSAD The Mental Health Research Association

Liaison: Sarah Edwardson

Address: 5514 Modena Place, Sarasota, FL 34238

Telephone: (941) 308-MIND

Web site: www.narsadflorida.org

Mission statement: Raise funds for research to find the causes for and cures of mental illness.

Volunteer opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.

Main fund-raising events: 10th Annual Sunshine from Darkness Gala and Symposium—Free research symposium on the latest treatments for mental illness and gala dinner.

Date: Symposium, Jan. 6, 2007; gala, Jan. 8, 2007.

Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

Ticket price: Gala, $275

Event chairs: Lee Peterson, Janice Peterson Radder, Joyce Tate, Mary Wallace

 

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: Tammy L. Zappa

Address: 1750 17th St., Suite A, Sarasota, FL 34234

Telephone: (941) 957-3626

Web site: www.nami.org

Mission statement: Grassroots, nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of those suffering from mental illness.

Volunteer opportunities: Advocacy, education, fund raising, grants, media, clerical.

Main fund-raising event: TBA

 

National Council of Jewish Women, Sarasota-Manatee Section

Co-presidents: Cecile Alexander and Janet Stollman

Address: 4500 Legacy Court, Sarasota, FL 34241

Telephone: (941) 926-7799

Web site: www.ncjw.org

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

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

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

Date: Jan. 17, 2007

Location: Michael’s On East

Ticket price: $40

Event chair: Sally Yanowitz

 

National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Mid-Florida Chapter

Provides local programs that include emergency financial assistance, medical equipment, counseling, education seminars and family support services to people affected by multiple sclerosis.

President: Tami Caesar

Address: 5711 Johns Road, Suite 1301, Tampa, FL 33634

Telephone: (800) FIGHT-MS

Web site: www.nationalmssociety.org/flc

Mission statement: End the devastating effects of multiple sclerosis.

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

Main fund-raising events: 1) Annual MS Walk. 2) Celebrity Salon Series.

Dates: 1) March 2007. 2) February/March 2007.

Locations: 1) Southside Sarasota. 2) TBA.

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

Event chair: TBA

 

The Nature Conservancy

Works locally to protect important landscapes and rare natural areas.

Executive director: Michael Izzarone

Address: 1413 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota, FL 34236

Telephone: (941) 366-3130

Web site: www.nature.org/florida

Mission statement: Preserve plants, animals and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive.

Volunteer opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.

Main fund-raising event: Sarasota Speaker Series

Dates: January–April 2007

Location, ticket price: TBA

Event chair: Michelle Chapin

 

New College Foundation Inc.

Provides opportunities to support students, faculty and the curriculum.

President: John Cranor

Address: 5800 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, FL 34243

Telephone: (941) 359-4419

Web site: www.ncf.edu/foundation

Mission statement: 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) New England Clambake—28th year. 2) Big Band Valentine Bash. 3) Crissy Galleries and NCF Auction.

Dates: 1) Nov. 9, 2006. 2) Feb. 9, 2007. 3) March 16–18, 2007.

Locations: 1) New College bayfront. 2) Michael’s On East. 3) New College bayfront.

Ticket prices: 1) $95. 2) $200. 3) TBA.

Event chairs: 1) Julie and Phil Delaney. 2) Jean and Michael Martin. 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: Jane S. Summerville

Address: 5800 Bay Shore Road TKC, Sarasota, FL 34243

Telephone: (941) 487-4600

Mission statement: Promote academic excellence by providing funds to maintain a current and comprehensive collection of books, technology and other educational materials for the students and faculty of New College of Florida and the other constituents of the Jane Bancroft Cook Library.

Volunteer opportunities: Office, special projects, event committees.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Mistletoe Ball—Sarasota’s oldest black-tie gala. 2) Pique-nique sur la Baie–Luncheon and fashion show on the bayfront.

Dates: 1) Dec. 2, 2006. 2) April 4, 2007.

Locations: 1–2) Charles Ringling Mansion

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

Event chairs: 1) Dara Thompson. 2) Renee Hamad.

 

New Gate School

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

Head of school: Paul Wenninger

Address: 5237 Ashton Road, Sarasota, FL 34233

Telephone: (941) 922-4949

Web site: www.newgate.edu

Mission statement: Educating for life.

Volunteer opportunities: Guest lecture, internship, institutional development, community outreach, community projects.

Main fund-raising event: “Celebration”—Annual dinner-dance.

Date: March 2007

Location: TBA

Ticket price: $150

Event chair: Paige Dean

 

North Port Area Art Guild

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

Co-presidents: Joan Overholser and Carolyn Machado

Address: 12739 Tamiami Trail, North Port, FL 34287

Telephone: (941) 423-0555

Web site: www.npaag.org

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

Volunteer opportunities: Kids summer art program, monthly children’s art programs, fund-raising events.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Art Gala and auction, “Starry, Starry Night” Dinner Dance. 2) Annual Art Show.

Dates: 1) Nov. 3, 2006. 2) Nov. 4, 2006.

Locations: 1) Mullen Center, City Hall complex, North Port. 2) City Hall complex, North Port.

Ticket prices: 1) $25. 2) Free to public; booth fee TBA.

Event chairs: 1) Greta Thompsen. 2) Pat Mumper.

 

Operation Serving Children

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 or (941) 378-9755

Web site: www.oscrelief.org

Mission statement: Call all to focus on children, provide basic needs, relief and education about the global village we live in.

Volunteer opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.

 

The Out-Of-Door Academy

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

Headmaster: David V. Mahler

Address: 444 Reid St. (pre-K–6) and 5950 Deer Drive (7–12), Sarasota, FL 34242 and 34240

Telephone: (941) 349-3223

Web site: www.oda.edu

Mission statement: 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: Extravaganza—Themed dinner gala.

Date: Nov. 4, 2006

Location: The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota

Ticket price: $200

Event chairs: Keith and Rochelle Reeves

 

PAL Sailor Circus

After-school youth circus for children in grades four through 12.

Executive director: Patty Campbell

Address: 2075 Bahia Vista St., Sarasota, FL 34239

Telephone: (941) 361-6350

Web site: www.sailorcircus.org

Mission statement: 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 Gala. 3) 58th Spring Season.

Dates: 1) Dec. 28–30, 2006. 2) January 2007. 3) March 21–24, 28–31, 2007.

Location: PAL Sailor Circus Arena

Ticket prices: 1) $10, $12, $15. 2) TBA. 3) $10, $12, $15.

Event chairs: Ashley Deitch and Patty Campbell

 

Pelican Man’s Bird Sanctuary

Bird rescue, rehabilitation and education facility. Educational and specialized programs include school tours and group tours.

Executive director: Jeffrey Dering

Address: 1708 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL 34236

Telephone: (941) 388-4444

Web site: www.pelicanman.org

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

Volunteer opportunities: Hospital, welcome center, gift shop, baby birds, kitchen, boardwalk docents and rescues.

Main fund-raising event: General admissions

Date: Year-round

Location: Pelican Man’s Bird Sanctuary

Ticket price: $6/adult, $5/seniors 65 and older, $4/children 6–17, free/children under six.

 

Pet Therapy Inc.

Pairs students with dogs 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: 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 board members.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Youth Awards Banquet and Annual Bichon Bash, yard sales and donations. Also available for “doggie and beautiful girls” fashion shows. 2) Concert benefit featuring Mindy Simmons and Quartet in a tribute to Peggy Lee.

Dates: 1) Ongoing throughout the year. Call for information. 2) Nov. 4, 2006.

Location: TBA

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

Event chairs: 1) TBA. 2) Mindy Simmons, Barb Simmons, Kathy Alexander.

 

Pierian Spring Academy

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

Executive director: Robert V. Carlson

Address: P.O. Box 11012, Sarasota, FL 34278

Telephone: (941) 716-2471

Web site: www.pierianspringacademy.org

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

Volunteer opportunities: A variety of administrative duties.

 

Pines of Sarasota Foundation Inc.

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

President: Estelle Crawford

Address: P.O. Box 4253, Sarasota, FL 34230

Telephone: (941) 955-6293

Web site: www.pinesofsarasota.org

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

Volunteer opportunities: Event committees, marketing, volunteers for residents.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Arthur Goldberg Appreciation Roast. 2) Creative Cooks Classic.

Dates: 1) Oct. 13, 2006. 2) Nov. 6, 2006.

Locations: 1) Sahib Temple. 2) Sarasota Yacht Club.

Ticket prices: TBA

 

Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida Inc.

Family planning, medical and educational services to prevent unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted disease.

Executive director: Barbara A. Zdravecky

Address: 2055 Wood St., Suite 110, Sarasota, FL 34237

Telephone: (941) 365-3913

Web site: www.ppswcf.org

Mission statement: Family planning for all, regardless of income, marital status, race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, national origin or residence.

Volunteer opportunities: Mailings, copying educational or clinical forms.

Main fund-raising events: 1) 41st Annual Dinner. 2) High Tea at High Noon. 3) Safe Sex on Route 66.

Dates: 1) March 12, 2007. 2–3) Nov. 14, 2006.

Locations: 1) Municipal Auditorium. 2–3) Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall.

Ticket prices: 1) $140. 2) $50. 3) $75.

Event chairs: 1) TBA. 2) Laura Proctor and Sarah Bagley. 3) Eric Massey and Nikki Taylor.

 

Plantation Community Foundation

Foundation with 760 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.

As of April 30, 2006:

Total grants: $157,359

Number of grants: 44

Range of grants: $1,000–$6,000

President: Henry Dallam

Address: 500 Rockley Blvd., Venice, FL 34293

Telephone: (941) 497-4826

Mission statement: Improve the quality of life in south Sarasota County.

Volunteer opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.

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

Dates: 1) Feb. 21–22, 2007. 2) Jan. 26–27, 2007. 3) March 17, 2007.

Locations: Plantation Golf and Country Club

Ticket prices: 1) Free to public (spectators only). 2) $20. 3) $2 donation.

Event chairs: 1) Steve Rich. 2) Judy Thuer and Carolyn Riefel. 3) Patti Neal.

 

Players of Sarasota

Featuring its 77th Broadway musical season, year-round special events programming, a concert series, international cultural exchanges and The Players Performing Arts Studio.

Executive and artistic director: Burton H. Wolfe

Address: 838 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236

Telephone: (941) 365-2494

Web site: www.theplayers.org

Mission statement: To produce and sponsor productions, projects and events related to local, national and international performing and cultural arts. Integral to this mission is to provide education in the arts and opportunities for multicultural community participation.

Volunteer opportunities: Assisting backstage, in the scene shop, box office or costume department; usher or intern at The Players Performing Arts Studio.

Main fund-raising event: 77th Season Gala

Date: March 2007

Location: The Players Theatre

Ticket price: $45–$100

Event chair: Dr. Karol Cooperman

 

Police Athletic League of Sarasota County Inc.

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

Volunteer opportunities: After-school programs at Newtown Estates, Englewood Recreational Center, Venice High School, McIntosh Middle School and the Sailor Circus.

Main fund-raising events: 1) PAL Sailor Circus holiday performances. 2) Annual PAL Charity Gala. 3) PAL Sailor Circus spring performances.

Dates: 1) Dec. 28–30, 2006. 2) January 2007. 3) March 21–24, 28–31, 2007.

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

Ticket prices: 1) $10, $12, $15. 2) TBA. 3) $10, $12 and $15.

 

Pregnancy Solutions—A Woman’s Resource Center

Offering free pregnancy test, maternity and baby needs plus prenatal/parenting classes and counseling.

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: Caring, confidential counseling, maternity and baby needs plus accurate information and literature to allow women to discover available resources for them and their children.

Volunteer opportunities: Please call for volunteer opportunities.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Fourth Annual Pregnancy Solutions Banquet. 2) 2007 Walk for Life—Walkers solicit sponsorships.

Dates: 1) Nov. 14, 2006. 2) May 12, 2007.

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

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

Event chair: Mary Jane Schneiderhahn

 

Renaissance Manor

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

Mission statement: Provide a stable, supportive and safe living environment for adults with mental health issues in order to encourage independence while also meeting social and educational needs.

Volunteer opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.

Main fund-raising event: First-Annual and Best-Ever Scavenger Hunt

Date: Oct. 28, 2006

Location: Renaissance Manor

Ticket price: $250 via pledges

Event chair: Kristine Wallace

 

Resurrection House Inc.

Street-level ministry supported entirely by private donations.

Executive director: Robert P. Kyllonen

Address: 507 Kumquat Court, Sarasota, FL 34236

Telephone: (941) 365-3759

Web site: www.geocities.com/resurrectionhouseinc

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

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

Main fund-raising event: “An Evening to Remember”—Dinner, cabaret performance, desserts and door prizes.

Date: Spring 2007

Location: Goldstein Cabaret at Florida Studio Theatre

Ticket price: $100

Event chair: TBA

 

Ringling School of Art and Design

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

President: Dr. Larry R. Thompson

Address: 2700 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34234

Telephone: (941) 351-5100

Web site: www.ringling.edu

Mission statement: To provide an intensive professional education in the visual arts through programs leading to a bachelor of fine arts degree.

Volunteer opportunities: 75th anniversary celebration committee.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Annual student scholarship fund raiser. 2) Annual DreamMakers Fundraising Breakfast 3) 2006 Sarasota International Design Summit.

Dates: 1) April 2007. 2) December 2006. 3) Oct. 9–11, 2006.

Locations: 1) Ringling School of Art and Design campus. 2) TBA. 3) The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota.

Ticket prices: 1) TBA. 2) Free. 3) Varied.

Event chairs: 1) TBA. 2) Angela Hart. 3) Mary Craig.

 

Ringling School Library Association

Supports the Verman Kimbrough Library at the Ringling School of Art and Design.

President: Susan Pore

Address: P.O. Box 4071, Sarasota, FL 34230

Telephone: (941) 925-1343

E-mail: rslassociation@comcast.net

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

Main fund-raising event: Town Hall lecture series

Date: January–March 2007

Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

Ticket price: $250–$600

Event chair: Jennifer Vett

 

Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center (SPARCC)

Executive director: Stephanie Woods

Address: 2139 Main St., Sarasota, FL 34237

Telephone: (941) 365-0208

Web site: www.sparcc.net

Mission statement: Provide free services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Volunteer opportunities: 24-hour hotline, advocacy in court system, Treasure Chest secondhand store.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Second Hand Rose Fashion Show and Luncheon. 2) SPARCCLE Gala.

Dates: 1) Feb. 1, 2007. 2) TBA.

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

Ticket prices: TBA

Event chairs: 1) Mary Kenealy-Barbetta and Patti Potter. 2) Marion Huffmire.

 

St. Stephen’s Episcopal School

An independent, co-educational, college preparatory day school for students of all faiths. Pre-K 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 and 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) Athletic Booster Bonanza Weekend. 2) Falcon Fitness 5K Run/Walk. 3) Parent’s Association Signature Event—Mardi Gras.

Dates: 1) Oct. 20–21, 2006. 2) Feb. 24, 2007. 3) March 3, 2007.

Locations: 1) TBA. 2) St. Stephen’s Episcopal School. 3) TBA.

Ticket prices: TBA

Event chairs: The Parent’s Association Executive Committee

 

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

Operates a soup kitchen for the needy and a thrift shop to raise funds.

Executive director: Yve and Dave Comeau

Address: 512 S. Orange Ave., Sarasota, FL 34236

Telephone: (941) 953-5477

Mission statement: Clothe and feed the less fortunate.

Volunteer opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.

 

Salvation Army Sarasota Area Command

Offers programs for people of all ages who find themselves in unfortunate circumstances. Meets basic human needs by providing food, shelter, counseling, treatment, rehabilitation and financial assistance for those in need.

Executive director: Major Bert Tanner

Address: 1400 10th St., Sarasota, FL 34230

Telephone: (941) 954-4673

Web site: www.salvationarmysarasotacounty.net

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

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—Holiday cooking demonstration. 2) The Schoenbaum Humanitarian Award Luncheon “Glitz at the Ritz.”

Dates: 1) Nov. 1, 2006. 2) May 2007.

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

Ticket prices: 1) $55 and up. 2) $75 and up.

Event chairs: 1) Gila Meriwether. 2) Chris Pfahler and Teresa Saba.

 

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: 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: Spring 2007

Ticket price: $100

Location, event chair: TBA

 

Sarasota Architectural Foundation

Provides educational tours, lectures, exhibits, travel and social events celebrating modern architecture and design.

Executive director: Les Fishman

Address: P.O. Box 3678, Sarasota, FL 34230-3678

Telephone: (941) 365-4723

Web site: www.safonline.org

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

Volunteer opportunities: Tour volunteers, data entry, Web site maintenance, mailings, party planners, publicity, fund raising and community representation.

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

Date: Year-round

Location: Sarasota area

Ticket prices: Free–$100

 

Sarasota Area Sports Authority

Sports Coordinator: Kate Parker

Address: P.O. Box 663, Sarasota, FL 34236

Telephone: (941) 955-0991

Web site: www.sarasotasports.org

Mission statement: Attract amateur and professional sports events, races and competitions to the Sarasota area; and to offer housing authority, volunteer support, media coverage and sponsorship opportunities to sporting event organizers.

Volunteer opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.

Main fund-raising event: Sportsperson and Athletes of the Year Award Dinner

Date: Nov. 16, 2006

Location, ticket price: TBA

Event chair: Nicole Evans

 

Sarasota Audubon Society

Organization dedicated to the preservation of wildlife and the environment.

President: Jeanne Dubi

Address: P.O. Box 15423, Sarasota, FL 34277

Telephone: (941) 364-9212

Web site: www.sarasotaaudubon.org

Mission statement: Dedicated to 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. 17, 2007.

Locations: 1) TBA. 2) Pinecraft Park.

Ticket prices, event chairs: TBA

 

Sarasota Ballet of Florida Inc.

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

Executive director: Ann Logan

Address: 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34243

Telephone: (941) 359-0099

Web site: www.sarasotaballet.org

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

Volunteer opportunities: Join the Sarasota Ballet Association; call for specific opportunities.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Gala Performance. 2) Annual Dance—The Next Generation Luncheon. 3) Tribute Dinner for Robert de Warren.

Dates: 1) Nov. 29, 2006. 2) Feb. 22, 2007. 3) March 29, 2007.

Locations: 1) Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. 2) TBA. 3) Michael’s On East.

Ticket prices, event chairs: TBA

 

The Sarasota Choral Society

The 300-voice chorus, full orchestra and professional soloists have performed the Christmas portion of Handel’s Messiah annually for 62 years.

Artistic Director: Deidre Reigel

Address: 4590 N. Lake Drive, Sarasota, FL 34232

Telephone: (941) 953-4205

Web site: www.sarasotachoralsociety.org

Mission statement: Furthering and promoting individual and group singing and choral activities of all kind.

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

Main fund-raising event: 62nd annual production of Handel’s Messiah

Date: Dec. 3, 2006

Location: Church of The Palms Presbyterian Church

Ticket prices: $20/public performance; $15/dress rehearsal preceding the performance.

Event chair: Vince A. Vance

 

Sarasota Chorus of the Keys

Award-winning men’s show chorus.

Executive director: Michael Miller

Address: P.O. Box 51751, Sarasota, FL 34232-0314

Telephone: (941) 378-3331

Web site: www.chorusofthekeys.org

Mission statement: 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: 58th Annual Concert—100-man chorus and quartets in performance of champions.

Date: Feb. 24, 2007

Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

Ticket price: $18–$35

Event chair: Michael Miller

 

Sarasota Christian School

An independent K-12 grade school that focuses on academic success within a nurturing, Christian environment.

Superintendent: Eugene D. Miller

Address: 5415 Bahia Vista St., Sarasota, FL 34232

Web site: www.sarasotachristian.org

Mission statement: To honor God by providing academic excellence to its students while developing their Christian faith in partnership with the home, the church, and the community.

Volunteer opportunities: Office support, mailings, maintenance; call for specific opportunities.

Main fund-raising event: 48th Annual Auction

Date: Feb. 16–17, 2007

Location: Sarasota Christian School gymnasium

Ticket price: Free

Event chair: Christine Purnell

 

Sarasota Concert Association

The Sarasota Concert Association presents a series of nationally and internationally known artists and ensembles performing classical music in a five-concert series.

Membership Coordinator: John W. Ames

Address: P.O. Box 1714, Sarasota, FL 34230

Telephone: (941) 955-0040

Mission statement: To foster the development in the community 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 the fee for its performances as reasonably as possible, in order to make the concerts available to all individuals.

Volunteer opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.

Main fund-raising event: Munchtime Musicales—Noontime performances.

Date: Second or third Wednesdays, October–April.

Location: Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center

Ticket price: Free

Event chair: Martha Leiter

 

Sarasota Concert Band Inc.

Professional musicians keeping alive the American concert band tradition.

Executive director: Jeannette LaVoy

Address: 1345 Main St., Suite E, Sarasota, FL 34236

Telephone: (941) 364-2263

Mission statement: Promote the love, enjoyment and appreciation of music in Sarasota for cultural and educational benefits.

Volunteer opportunities: Ushers, ticket takers, sound-system setup, office assistance.

 

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 Sarasota County’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.

 

Sarasota Council of Concern Inc.

All-volunteer organization that operates Mustard Seed, a thrift shop, to provide funds for literacy skills, second-grade swimming programs, swim scholarships and layettes for needy new mothers.

Address: 1442 Fruitville Road, Sarasota, FL 34236

Telephone: (941) 365-5999

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

Volunteer opportunities: Sales help in thrift store, price donations, help to create a friendly, helpful atmosphere in the store.

Main fund-raising event: 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.

Interim Director: Nancy Roucher

Address: 1226 N. Tamiami Trail, Suite 300, Sarasota, FL 34236

Telephone: (941) 365-5118

Web site: www.sarasotaarts.org

Mission statement: Together we create an environment where the arts flourish.

Volunteer opportunities: Arts Day, general office work throughout the year.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Arts Night. 2) Run Your ART Out. 3) Arts Day.

Dates: 1) Jan. 12, 2007. 2) Jan. 13, 2007. 3) Jan. 14, 2007.

Locations: 1) Downtown Sarasota. 2) TBA. 3) Downtown Sarasota.

Ticket prices: 1) $75. Open bar. 2) TBA. 3) $5 donation.

Event chairs: 1) Amie Shay and Knicole Barger, co-chairs. 2–3) TBA.

 

Sarasota Film Festival Inc.

A year-round arts organization that culminates in an annual celebration of film each spring.

Executive director: Jody Kielbasa

Address: 332 Cocoanut Ave., Sarasota, FL 34236

Telephone: (941) 364-9514

Web site: www.sarasotafilmfestival.com

Mission statement: Present unique and quality cinema in a festival atmosphere to educate, stimulate and entertain audiences, and foster an environment that supports and encourages filmmakers by supplying essential networking opportunities and open dialogue with intelligent, creative and inquisitive consumers of film.

Volunteer opportunities: Year-round operations and festival positions.

Main fund-raising event: Filmmakers Tribute Dinner—Honoring the life and work of a legendary film talent, scholarship winners and film award recipients.

Date: Festival, April 13–22, 2007; Tribute Dinner, April 21, 2007.

Location: Festival, Regal Hollywood 20; Tribute Dinner, Longboat Key Club and Resort.

Ticket price: $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.

Executive director: Noel Hazard

Address: P.O. Box 3378, Sarasota, FL 34230

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 event: Cine-World Film Festival—Now in its 16th year presenting more than 50 of the best feature films from around the world.

Date: November 2006

Location: Burns Court Cinemas

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

Event chairs: Amy Carnett and Robert Macadaeg

 

Sarasota Garden Club Inc.

President: Andy Papineau

Address: 1131 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota, FL 34236

Telephone: (941) 955-0875

Web site: www.hometown.aol.com/sgcgarden

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

Volunteer opportunities: Youth gardening (ages three to 18), butterfly gardening, nursing home outreach.

Main fund-raising event: Holiday Boutique and Art at the gardens—Holiday gift items, plants and original art by local artists.

Date: Dec. 1–2, 2006

Location: Sarasota Garden Club

Ticket price: Free, items to purchase.

Event chair: TBA

 

Sarasota Harmony Show Chorus Sweet Adelines International Inc.

Four-part a cappella, barbershop-style and women’s chorus.

Director: Betty Meinholz

Address: P.O. Box 18463, Sarasota, FL 34276-1463

Telephone: (941) 954-0923

Web site: www.geocities.com/sarasotachorus

Mission statement: Provide education and training for women in singing four-part a cappella harmony, barbershop style; promote the art form of barbershop harmony; and award grants and scholarships toward the pursuit of vocal music.

Volunteer opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.

Main fund-raising events: Local shows performed during the year. Call for information.

 

Sarasota Medical Pregnancy Center

Free, confidential services to women and men facing unplanned pregnancies.

Executive director: Lisa Chin-Yee

Address: 1217 East Ave., Suite 310, Sarasota, FL 34239

Telephone: (941) 330-2273

Web site: www.smpcares.org

Mission statement: A faith-based agency that ministers to women who are taking an unplanned pregnancy.

Volunteer opportunities: Peer counselors, office help, nurse’s assistant.

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

Dates: 1) Nov. 14, 2006. 2) TBA. 3) Ongoing.

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

Ticket prices: 1) $65, table sponsorships available. 2–3) TBA.

Event chairs: 1) Jennifer Groff. 2–3) TBA.

 

Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation Inc.

Fund-raising organization that supports healthcare in Sarasota.

President and CEO: Alexandra (Alex) Quarles, CFRE

Address: 1838 Waldemere St., Sarasota, FL 34239

Telephone: (941) 917-1286

Web site: www.smhf.org

Mission statement: 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 event: Sixth Annual Physicians Golf Tournament

Date: May 2007

Location, ticket price, event chair: TBA

 

Sarasota Opera

Executive director: Susan Danis

Address: 61 N. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota, FL 34236

Telephone: (941) 366-8450

Web site: www.sarasotaopera.org

Mission statement: 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) Opening Night Gala—Pre-opera cocktail party and dinner, performance of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, and Afterglow Party. 2) Spring Gala Concert Afterglow Party—Final celebration of the opera’s season, marking the start of the much-anticipated restoration of the historic theater. 3) Maestro’s 25th Anniversary Celebration—Gala honoring artistic director Victor DeRenzi’s 25th Anniversary with Sarasota Opera.

Dates: 1) Jan. 27, 2007. 2) March 4, 2007. 3) March 18, 2007.

Locations: 1–2) Sarasota Opera House. 3) Michael’s On East Ballroom.

Ticket prices: 1) $175. 2) $50. 3) $250.

Event chairs: 1) Larry and Carol English. 2) Lydia and Patrick McKenzie, Elizabeth and Louis Wery. 3) Committee of 25.

 

Sarasota Opera Guild

All-volunteer fund- and awareness-raising organization of nearly 700 women and men that provides support to the Sarasota Opera Association and its Youth Opera Program.

Executive director: Joan Suddarth

Address: 7102 Hawk’s Harbor Circle, Bradenton, FL 34207

Telephone: (941) 758-8600

Web site: www.sarasotaoperaguild.org

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) Poinsettia Luncheon. 2) Sweetheart of the Opera Luncheon—Honoring Metropolitan Opera star Judith Blegin. Entertainment by Sarasota Opera principal artists.

Dates: 1) Dec. 12, 2006. 2) Feb. 13, 2007.

Location: 1–2) Michael’s On East

Ticket prices: 1) $50–$65. 2) $60–$75.

Event chairs: 1) Mary Groninger. 2) Jane Riggin.

 

Sarasota Reading Festival

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

Address: P.O. Box 906, Sarasota, FL 34230

Telephone: (941) 906-1733

Web site: www.sarasotareadingfestival.com

Mission statement: Promote the importance of literacy, the pleasure of reading and the power of the written word.

Volunteer opportunities: Festival planning and day of event.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Sarasota Reading Festival—Author presentations and street festival. 2) A Novel Affair—Author reception and dinner.

Date: 1) Nov. 4, 2006. 2) Nov. 3, 2006.

Location: 1) Five Points Park. 2) A Novel Affair at Selby Public Library; author dinner at the University Club.

Ticket prices: 1) Free. 2) A Novel Affair, $50–$1,000; author dinner $250.

Event chair: Renee Richardson Kling

 

Sarasota Season of Sculpture

Invitational exhibition of between 22 to 26 monumental works of art displayed along the Sarasota bayfront off Tamiami Trail. Half the artists are anticipated to hail from outside the United States.

Executive director: Jill Kaplan

Address: 436 Burns Court, Sarasota, FL 34236

Telephone: (941) 953-4515

Web site: www.seasonofsculpture.com

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

Volunteer opportunities: Administrative, docents, event helpers.

Main fund-raising event, event chair: TBA

 

Sarasota/Manatee Association for Riding Therapy (SMART)

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

Executive director: Gail Clifton

Address: P.O. Box 9566, Bradenton, FL 34206

Telephone: (941) 746-1493

Web site: www.smartriders.org

Mission statement: 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 and fund raising.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Third Annual Poker Run. 2) SMART Chef’s Dinners and Pumpkin Festival.

Dates: 1) November 2006. 2) Year-round.

Locations, ticket prices: Varied

Event chair: Carol Falck

 

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

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

Program Administrator: Alice Cotman

Address: 578 S. McIntosh Road, Sarasota, FL 34232

Telephone: (941) 378-8837

Web site: www.flholocaustmuseum.org

Mission statement: Honor the memory of millions of innocent men, women and children who suffered or died in the Holocaust, and convey the inherent worth and dignity of human life to prevent future genocides.

Volunteer opportunities: Clerical, computer and phone skills, outreach projects and special events.

Main fund-raising event: To Life, To Heroes, To Courage Dinner

Date: Feb. 24, 2007

Location: A La Carte Event Pavilion, Tampa

Ticket price: $200

Master of ceremonies: Jon Voight

 

Sarasota-Manatee Jewish Federation Inc.

A volunteer-driven nonprofit organization that raises and distributes funds for humanitarian and social services, both Jewish and non-Jewish, locally and overseas.

Executive director: Howard Tevlowitz

Address: 580 S. McIntosh Road, Sarasota, FL 34232

Telephone: (941) 371-4546

Web site: www.smjf.org

Mission statement: For more than 25 years, the Sarasota-Manatee Jewish Federation has worked to ensure the continuity of the Jewish people, enhance the quality of Jewish life and build a strong, secure and unified Jewish community in Sarasota, Manatee, Israel and throughout the world.

Volunteer opportunities: Event and departmental committees; writing, editing and photography for the Jewish community newspaper, Jewish News; light office duties, including major mailings.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Crown Jewel Gala—Honoring David and Myrna Band. 2) Poker Madness Returns—Las Vegas-style casino games, dancing, delicious food and cocktails.

Dates: 1) Feb. 7, 2007. 2) May 12, 2007.

Locations: 1–2) Michael’s On East

Ticket prices, event chairs: TBA

 

SCOPE (Sarasota County Openly Plans for Excellence)

Engages residents in learning and working together to create community change.

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: Engage the community in planning for excellence through a process of open dialogue and impartial research, and establish priorities, propose solutions and monitor change to enhance the quality of life in Sarasota County.

Volunteer opportunities: Community studies, communications committee, mailings, event planning and community data.

 

Second Chance-Last Opportunity

Targets services providing life management skills 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.wcl.com/secondchance

Mission statement: Provide life-management skills to those who face multiple health, social and economic challenges.

Volunteer opportunities: Seeking business sponsors. Distribution for Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas and back-to-school supplies. Distributing food baskets and clothing twice a week. Volunteering in the office.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Annual fund raiser. 2) Holiday Benefit.

Dates: 1) August 2007. 2) December 2006.

Locations: TBA

Ticket prices: Call for information.

Event chairs: 1) TBA. 2) Amy Lovejoy.

 

Senior Friendship Centers

With two model multiservice campuses and several neighborhood sites, Senior Friendship Centers provides an opportunity for 50-plus-year-olds to engage in life-enriching programs and activities and make new friends.

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: As “People Helping People,” we are dedicated to assisting older adults live independently with dignity and respect by providing services that encourage healthy aging, enhance quality of life and relieve isolation and loneliness.

Volunteer opportunities: Medical and dental practitioners, clerical support, entertainers, instructors and home meal deliverers.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Swinging with Friends Venice Golf Tournament. 2) Fall Festival, A Day of Health and Wellness. 3) Racquets for Friendship Sarasota Tennis Tournament.

Dates: 1) Oct. 14, 2006. 2) Nov. 4, 2006. 3) Dec. 8–9, 2006.

Locations: 1) Mission Valley Golf & Country Club. 2) Senior Friendship Center, Sarasota. 3) Serendipity, Sarasota Golf & Country Club.

Ticket prices: 1) TBA. 2) Free; open to public. 3) $50–$150.

Event chairs: 1) Paula Carney. 2) Sandy Kehoe. 3) Wayne Osher.

 

The Smith Center for Therapeutic Riding

Hippotherapy program offered through Sarasota County schools and to private clients, 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.smithcenter.org

Mission statement: Provide therapeutic horseback riding to qualified children and adults with a broad range of physical, developmental and emotional disabilities.

Volunteer opportunities: Hands-on work with riders and horses, barn duties, special events, office assistance.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Derby Day 2007. 2) Casino Night. 3) Absolute Aluminum Golf Tournament.

Dates: 1) May 4, 2007. 2) July 2007. 3) Nov. 11, 2006.

Locations: 1) Michael’s On East. 2) TBA. 3) Lake Venice Golf Club.

Ticket prices: 1) $125. 2) TBA. 3) $65.

Event chairs: 1) TBA. 2) Brad Stewart. 3) D.J. DesJardins.

 

SOULSPEAK/SOULMOVES

Helps children and adults in the community express their loves and losses through poetry, dance and the arts; produces art videos and documentaries for public access and educational television.

Executive director: Scylla Liscombe

Address: 535 Columbia Court, Sarasota, FL 34236

Telephone: (941) 366-6468

Web site: www.soulspeak.org

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

Volunteer opportunities: Office help, word processing, studio tech.

Main fund-raising event: Premiere and reception: Poetry of the Women of Sarasota CD and video.

Date: Sept. 15, 2006

Location: 535 Columbia Court

Event chairs: Scylla Liscombe and Susie Wills

 

South Florida Museum

Southwest Florida’s largest natural and cultural history museum.

Associate Director: Alan Haines

Address: 201 10th St. W., Bradenton, FL 34206

Telephone: (941) 746-4131

Web site: www.southfloridamuseum.org

Mission statement: Inform and educate through innovative, eclectic and entertaining presentations that reflect and interpret the natural and cultural history of Southwest Florida.

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

Main fund-raising event: Snooty Gala

Date: Nov. 4, 2006

Location: South Florida Museum

Ticket price: $150

Event chairs: Debbie Gigliotti and Carol Rice

 

Southeastern Guide Dogs Inc.

Provides professionally and humanely trained guide dogs to the blind and visually impaired.

Executive director: Dennis Norris

Address: 4210 77th St. E., Palmetto, FL 34221

Telephone: (941) 729-5665

Web site: www.guidedogs.org

Mission statement: To provide guide dogs free of charge to men and women who are blind or visually impaired to enable independent travel with safety.

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

Main fund-raising events: 1) “Celebrate Freedom” Black-tie Gala. 2) Open House. 3) Annual Walk-a-thon.

Dates: 1) Oct. 14, 2006. 2) Dec. 16, 2006. 3) Feb. 24, 2007.

Locations: 1) Lakewood Ranch Country Club. 2) Southeastern Guide Dogs, Palmetto. 3) Manatee River Fairgrounds/Mosaic Arena, Palmetto.

Ticket prices: 1–2) TBA. 3) Volunteers collect pledges to walk.

Event chair: Joyce Papke

 

Special Athlete Boosters Inc.

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

Executive director: Maggie Riggall

Address: P.O. Box 2112, Venice, FL 34284

Telephone: (941) 412-0402

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

Volunteer opportunities: Fund raising and special events.

Main fund-raising event: Shark Tooth Festival—Food, rides, crafts and exhibits.

Date: April 20–22, 2007

Location: Across from Venice Pier

Ticket price: $2

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

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

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

Main fund-raising event: Publix Torch Sales—Torches will be sold at all area Publix stores throughout January.

Ticket prices: $1–$5

 

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: Thomas Lawson

Address: 2989 Fruitville Road, Sarasota, FL 34237

Telephone: (941) 351-9545

Web site: www.scil4u.com

Mission statement: 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 and peer counseling.

Main fund-raising event: Fund-raising banquet and car raffle—Win a 2006 Nissan Z Roadster Enthusiast or $25,000 cash.

Date: Oct. 14, 2006

Location: Hyatt Sarasota

Ticket prices: $75 per seat, $100 donation for raffle ticket

Event chair: TBA

 

Suncoast Communities Blood Bank

Medical director/CEO: Mark Magenheim, M.D.

Address: 1760 Mound St., Sarasota, FL 34236

Telephone: (941) 954-1600

Web site: www.scbb.org

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

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

Main fund-raising event: Capital campaign for new equipment.

Date: TBA

Location: All Suncoast Communities Blood Bank locations

Ticket price: Varied

Event chair: Julie Platt

 

Suncoast Foundation for the Handicapped Inc.

The all-volunteer Suncoast Foundation has constructed over $7 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. The Suncoast Foundation also accepts private donations.

Chairman: John T. Stafford

Address: 3148-A Southgate Circle, Sarasota, FL 34239

Telephone: (941) 371-8820 ext. 1800

Web site: www.suncoastoffshore.org

Mission statement: Dedicated to 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

Date: June 23–July 4, 2007

Location, ticket prices: Varied

Event chair: TBA

 

Suncoast Humane Society

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

Executive director: Susan M. Miller

Address: 6781 San Casa Drive, Englewood, FL 34224

Telephone: (941) 474-7884

Web site: www.humane.org

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

Volunteer opportunities: Tour guides, dog walkers, cat cuddlers, administrative, foster parents, handyman, groundskeeper and numerous other volunteer opportunities to work with and for the animals.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Fur Ball. 2) Paws in the Park—Annual off-site adoption and fund raiser with arts and crafts, pet contests, food vendors, entertainment and children’s activities.

Dates: 1) February 2007. 2) March 2007.

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

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

Event chairs: 1) TBA. 2) Monica Leighton.

 

Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, Florida Suncoast Affiliate

Foundation dedicated to the cure for breast cancer.

President: Frances Lambert

Address: P.O. Box 51616, Sarasota, FL 34232

Telephone: (877) 506-6927

Web site: www.komensuncoast.com

Mission statement: To eradicate breast cancer through research, education, screening and treatment.

Volunteer opportunities: Speaker’s bureau, educational programs, fund raising.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Race for the Cure—Nationally sanctioned 5K race. 2) Donor event for Build for the Cure. 3) House tour of Villa Milagros.

Dates: 1) Oct. 7, 2006. 2) February 2007. 3) March 2007.

Locations: 1) Vinoy Park. 2–3) St. Armands.

Ticket prices: 1) $20 prior to September, $25 after Sept. 1. 2–3) TBA.

Event chairs: 1) Jan Jenkins. 2–3) Mary Jessup.

 

Take Stock in Children, Sarasota County

Awards four-year college scholarships to school students who agree to remain drug and crime-free, attend school regularly and maintain good grades.

Board Chairperson: Karen Hough

Address: P.O. Box 48186, Sarasota, FL 34230-5186

Telephone: (941) 929-2090

Web site: www.takestocksarasota.org

Mission statement: Provide scholarships, mentors and hope to deserving Sarasota County students.

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

Main fund-raising event: Fall luncheon/dinner

Date, location, ticket price: TBA

Event chair: Tristan Harding

 

TideWell Hospice and Palliative Care

Independent organization serving patients with life-limiting illness in 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: Total support system for patients and families dealing with a life-limiting illness, providing the highest level of care.

Volunteer opportunities: Patient care, office, Hospice House, cooking, gardening.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Chapeaus et Champagne. 2) Clowning Around Town Auction and Gala.

Dates: 1) Sept. 8, 2006. 2) May 12, 2007.

Locations: 1) The University Club. 2) Marie Selby Botanical Gardens.

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

Event chairs: 1) Dick and Denby Smothers, honorary chairs. 2) Jackie Massey and Sheryl Vieira.

 

Trinity Charities Inc.

Executive director: Mona West

Address: 7225 N. Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota, FL 34243

Telephone: (941) 355-0847

Web site: www.trinitycharities.org

Mission statement: Provide educational, prevention and support services related to HIV/AIDS in Sarasota and Manatee counties and the surrounding underserved area.

Volunteer opportunities: Bi-monthly food pantry.

Main fund-raising events: 1) AIDS Walk. 2) SMART Ride IV—165-mile bike ride from Miami to Key West.

Dates: 1) Oct. 14, 2006. 2) Dec. 1–2, 2006.

Locations: 1) USF/New College campus. 2) TBA.

Ticket price: TBA

Event chair: Paul DiPlacido

 

United Cerebral Palsy of Sarasota-Manatee Inc.

Provide programs, services and support to meet the needs of children and adults with developmental disabilities.

Executive director: Wendy Mann Resnick

Address: 1090 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236

Telephone: (941) 957-3599

Web site: www.ucpsarasota.org

Mission statement: 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) “Someone’s in the Kitchen with Tommy & Phil.” 2) Gathering of the Goddesses Luncheon. 3) Chocolate Sundae & The Chocolate Festival—Chocolate-themed gourmet dinner and tasting.

Dates: 1) Oct. 5, 2006. 2) Nov. 13, 2006. 3) March 2 and 4, 2007.

Location: 1–3) Michael’s On East.

Ticket prices: TBA

Events chair: Wendy Mann Resnick

 

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

Grassroots bipartisan organization advances American interests in a global system and sponsors annual local high school Model U.N.

President: Dorothy Watson

Address: P.O. Box 2427, Sarasota, FL 34230

Telephone: (941) 359-9760

Web site: www.geocities.com/sarasota-una

Mission statement: To educate, mobilize and inspire Americans to support the principles and vital work of the United Nations.

Volunteer opportunities: Computer skills, committee chairs, speakers, fund raising, organizing, hospitality, publishing, secretarial, public relations, writing and teaching.

Main fund-raising events: 1) U.N. Day Celebration-Luncheon. 2) Dinner honoring retired ambassadors living in the area. 3) International Day of the Woman.

Dates: 1) Oct. 24, 2006. 2) Jan. 18, 2007. 3) March 8, 2007.

Locations: 1) Michael’s On East. 2) Sarasota Yacht Club. 3) TBA.

Ticket prices: TBA

Event chairs: 1) Patricia Singletary. 2) Pattie Lanier. 3) 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.

Assets: $5,705,000

Total services, including grants: $4,685,000

Number of grants: 85

Range of grants: $5,000–$185,000

President and CEO: Alexander Young

Address: 1445 Second St., Sarasota, FL 34236

Telephone: (941) 366-2686

Web site: www.uwsrq.com

Mission statement: To help people make our community a better place through helping others.

Volunteer opportunities: Visit www.uwsrq.com/volunteer.htm.

 

University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee

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

Vice President and CEO: Dr. Laurey Stryker

Address: 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34243

Telephone: (941) 359-4340

Web site: www.sar.usf.edu

Mission statement: Provide the skills and knowledge base essential for regional growth and to serve the intellectual and economic needs of the region.

Volunteer opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.

Main fund-raising event: Brunch on the Bay—To celebrate leadership and raise dollars for local students.

Date: Nov. 5, 2006

Location: Powel Crosley Mansion bayfront

Ticket price: $100/person; sponsorships available, $1,500–$25,500.

Event chair: Cheryl and Steve Mixson

 

Van Wezel Foundation

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

Executive director: Patricia Thompson

Address: P.O. Box 3434, Sarasota, FL 34230

Telephone: (941) 366-5578

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

Volunteer opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Reaching for the Stars with Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy—Cocktails and dinner in the Grand Foyer, preferred performance seating and a “Meet the Artist” reception for gala patrons. 2) The Perlman Music Program Celebration Concert and Dinner Event.

Dates: 1) Dec. 1, 2006. 2) Jan. 2, 2007.

Location: 1–2) Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

Ticket prices: 1) $250, $500, $750. 2) $1,000/pair; concert only, $40–$60.

Event chairs: 1) Elizabeth Wery; Alyce Kalin, Bea Friedman, Carolyn Michel and Dottie Baer Garner, honorary chairs. 2) Dottie Baer Garner; Alyce Kalin, Bea Friedman and Carolyn Michel, honorary chairs.

 

Venice Area Mobile Meals Inc.

Mobile meal service.

President: Clyde Young

Address: 920 S. Tamiami Trail, Venice, FL 34285

Telephone: (941) 488-1889

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

Volunteer opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.

 

Venice Art Center

Begun in 1958, the oldest and largest community art center on the Culture Coast, offering local and nationally recognized exhibitions of paintings, sculpture, glass, photography and more, as well as lectures, art classes for all ages in all mediums, 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) Through the Needle’s Eye. 2) Paint-Out in Paradise.

Dates: 1) Jan. 26–Feb. 17, 2007. 2) Feb. 24–March 3, 2007.

Ticket prices: Donations

Locations, event chairs: TBA

 

Venice Little Theatre

Award-winning community theater.

Artistic/managing director: Murray Chase

Address: 140 W. Tampa Ave., Venice, FL 34285

Telephone: (941) 488-1115

Web site: www.venicestage.com

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

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

Main fund-raising event: Entertainment in two theater spaces, from concerts to cutting-edge theater.

Date: Ongoing, call for information.

Location: Venice Little Theatre

Ticket prices: $10–$35

 

The Venice Symphony

75-piece symphony orchestra that presents classical, pops, chamber music 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: 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

Location: Venice Little Theatre

Date, ticket price, event chair: TBA

 

WEDU Channel 3, Florida West Coast Public Broadcasting Inc.

Florida’s most-watched PBS station, supported primarily through individual memberships, serves 16 counties in West Central Florida, including Tampa, St. Petersburg and Sarasota.

President and CEO: Richard M. Lobo

Vice chair and board of directors: Elaine Keating

Address: 1300 North Blvd., Tampa, FL 33607

Telephone: (800) 354-9338

Web site: www.wedu.org

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

Volunteer opportunities: Fund-raising events, community outreach events, membership drives, office support, special mailings and Community Advisory Board.

Main fund-raising events: 1) On-air pledge drives and special events throughout the year. 2) Speaking of Women’s Health—Annual daylong event focusing on women’s health issues. 3) Sojourn—Annual black-tie dinner and auction.

Dates: 1) Varied. 2) May 2007. 3) February 2007.

Locations: 1) Varied. 2) Sarasota. 3) Varied.

Ticket prices: 1) Varied. 2) $50. 3) $200-plus.

Event chairs: 1) Claire O’Connor-Solomon. 2–3) Laura Turner.

 

The Wellness Community—Southwest Florida

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 2005 Stephen H. Goldman Keystone Award.

Dates: 1) March 10, 2007. 2) Nov. 15, 2006.

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

Ticket prices: 1) $185. 2) $125.

Event chairs: 1) Tavis and Mark Resnick. 2) Shea Dotson and Karen Odierna.

West Coast Civic Ballet

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

Executive director: Deborah Vinton

Address: 1611 Northgate Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34234

Telephone: (941) 358-8349

Web site: www.westcoastcivicballet.com

Mission statement: 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.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Cinderella. 2) Spring Festival. 3) Scary Saturday Night Out.

Dates: 1) Dec. 16–17, 2006. 2) March 10–11, 2007. 3) Oct. 28, 2006.

Locations: 1–2) Booker High School. 3) Manatee Civic Center.

Ticket prices: 1–2) $15–$20/adult, $10–$15/senior, $5–$10/student. 3) Dinner and performance, $60; performance only, $20.

Event chairs: 1) Deborah Vinton. 2) Donna Riggs.

 

WBTT

(Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe)

The 2006-07 season of four productions will be presented at the historic Asolo Theater at the Ringling Museum.

President of the Board: Michael Fluker

Address: P.O. Box 1086, Sarasota, FL 34230

Phone: (941) 358-9228

Web site: www.wbtt.org

Mission: To celebrate black artists and their works and expose the community to multi-cultural art.

Volunteer opportunities: Help with administrative work, office and technical crew.

Main fund-raising events: Contributor parties

Dates, Locations, Ticket Prices: TBA

Event chair: Audrey Coleman

Westcoast Center for Human Development

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

Executive directors: Bishop Henry L. Porter and Marvin Hendon, Ph.D.

Address: 403 N. Washington Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34236

Telephone: (941) 365-7543

Web site: www.westcoastcenter.org

Mission statement: Serve as a multiracial, multicultural center for human development, helping people reach their maximum potential.

Volunteer opportunities: Mentors, tutors, fund raisers, talent and folk show participants, musicians to work with children, public relations, marketing, ticket sales, learning and interaction speakers for students.

Main fund-raising events: 1) Annual Benefit Banquet. 2) Annual Anniversary Concert. 3) Founder’s Fund-Raising Luncheon.

Dates: 1) March 2007. 2) TBA. 3) Sept. 26, 2006.

Locations: TBA

Ticket prices: 1) $150/person, $3,000/table, $500–$30,000/sponsorship. 2) $25. 3) $50.

Event chair: Janet Dodge

 

William G. Selby & Marie Selby Foundation

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

As of May 31, 2005:

Assets: $71,198,434

Grants paid: $3.7 million

Number of grants: 42

Range of grants: $10,000–$320,000

Average grant size: $101,411

President: Debra Jacobs

Address: 1800 Second St., Suite 750, Sarasota, FL 34236

Telephone: (941) 957-0442

Web site: www.selbyfdn.org

Mission statement: A private charitable foundation focused on enhancing the quality of life in Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte and DeSoto counties.

 

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 over $6 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: 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: Morning and afternoons, three-hour shifts. Cashier, intake, pricing, sales, wrappers.

 

Women’s American ORT (Organization for Educational Resources and Technological Training)

Raises funds for vocational and technical schools in the United States and all over the world.

President: Kim Sheintal

Address: 4370 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34231

Telephone: (941) 927-6678

Web site: www.waort.org

Mission statement: 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, Reading Festival.

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. 17, 2006. 2) Feb. 6, 2007. 3) Feb. 11, 2007.

Locations: 1) TBA. 2) Michael’s On East. 3) Lakewood Ranch Country Club.

Ticket prices, event chairs: TBA

 

Women’s Resource Center of Sarasota County

A network and referral service for women in transition.

Executive director: Janice Zarro

Address: 340 S. Tuttle, Sarasota, FL 34237

Telephone: (941) 366-1700

Web site: www.thewomensresourcecenter.org

Mission statement: Women empowering 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.

Main fund-raising event: Renaissance Luncheon

Date: March 2007

Location: The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota

Ticket price: $80

Event chair: Lydia McIntire

 

World Dance Arts Foundation Inc.

Funds and sponsors young children in performing arts, particularly social dancing. Currently teaches 3,000 children per week in public school programs in Sarasota and Manatee counties.

Executive director: Anna Christine Smart

Address: 3643 Cortez Road W., Suite 300, Bradenton, FL 34210

Telephone: (941) 758-9129

Web site: www.worlddancearts.org

Mission statement: To promote, educate and expand the art of ballroom dancing.

Volunteer opportunities: Teacher’s aides in public school classrooms to assist our qualified ballroom instructors.

Main fund-raising events: First Annual “Snow Ball”

Date: Dec. 1, 2006

Location: TBA

Ticket price: $20

Event chairs: Evette Revelli and Anna Smart

 

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, Radio Reading Service and the Internet.

Volunteer opportunities: Mailings, telephones, membership campaigns, station tours and reading for the visually impaired.

Main fund-raising event: On-air membership campaigns.

Dates: 1) Radio: October 2006; March, April 2007. 2) Television: December 2006; March, June, August 2007.

Location: University of South Florida

Event chair: Cathy Coccia

 

YMCA Foundation of Sarasota Inc.

Provides financial support for the Sarasota Family YMCA.

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: 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 5, 2007

Location: Berlin YMCA Branch

Ticket price: $200

Event chair: TBA

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