The Charity Register 2007-2008

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Agape Flights Resource center for more than 300 missionary families, providing logistical 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: 100 Airport Ave. Venice, FL 34285 Telephone: (941) 488-0990 Web site: www.agapeflights.com Mission statement: Interdenominational Christian ministry […]


Agape Flights
Resource center for more than 300 missionary families, providing logistical 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: 100 Airport Ave.
Venice, FL 34285
Telephone: (941) 488-0990
Web site: www.agapeflights.com
Mission statement: Interdenominational Christian ministry dedicated to sharing the good news of Jesus Christ and committed to serving missionaries in the Western Hemisphere and beyond, all to the glory of God.
Volunteer opportunities: Sort mail, package medicine and donated supplies, aircraft and facility maintenance, computer entry, office work, Web page design.
Main fund-raising event: Wings of Hope
Date: Nov. 8, 2007
Location: Venice Assembly of God
Ticket price: Free; reservations required.
Event chair: John Haynes

All Children’s Hospital Guild of Sarasota and Manatee
Raises funds and community awareness for All Children’s Hospital and the Specialty Care Centers in Sarasota and Manatee counties.
President: Rowina C. Kennedy
Address: 4513 Mt. Vernon Drive
Bradenton, FL 34210
Telephone: (941) 730-7082
Web site: www.achgsarasotamanatee.org
Mission statement: To enhance the
availability of services and quality of
care for the children of Sarasota and Manatee counties through fund raising and community awareness for All Children’s Specialty Care Centers of Sarasota and Manatee and All Children’s Hospital of St. Petersburg.
Volunteer opportunities: Visit Web site or
call for information.
Main fund-raising events: 1) Ladies’ Night Out Bunco. 2) Casablanca at the Crosley. 3) Carrabba’s Luncheon and Fashion Show.
Dates: 1) Nov. 9, 2007. 2) Feb. 8, 2008. 3) April 10, 2008.
Locations: 1) Knights of Columbus, Fruitville Road. 2) The Powel Crosley Estate. 3) Carrabba’s, University Parkway.
Ticket prices: 1) $25. 2) $150. 3) $20.
Event chairs: 1) Ro Kennedy. 2) Erin Lazo, Dayle Hoffman. 3) Ro Kennedy.

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: To 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. 11, 2007. 2–3) TBA.
Locations: 1) Phillippi Estate Mansion. 2) TBA. 3) Hillview Street.
Ticket prices, event chairs: TBA

ALSO Out Youth
A drop-in center, outreach support groups, HIV education, youth speak-out panel and diversity training.
Executive director: Candace Sorensen
Address: 1470 Boulevard of the Arts
Sarasota, FL 34236
Telephone: (941) 951-2576
Web site: www.alsoyouth.org
Mission statement: To promote the health and safety of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, intersex and questioning youth.
Volunteer opportunities: Support group facilitators, office work, special events, program presenters.
Main fund-raising events: 1) 15th Anniversary Reunion Weekend. 2) Spring Gala.
Dates: 1) Oct. 26–28, 2007. 2) TBA.
Locations: 1) Metro Coffee and Wine, Longboat Key Club and TBA. 2) TBA.
Ticket prices: 1) $125. 2) $150.
Event chairs: 1) Jarred Wilson. 2) TBA.

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: To provide a support system for those affected by Alzheimer’s disease through patient and family services, education, advocacy and research.
Volunteer opportunities: Special events committees, support group facilitation, leadership council, office support and special projects.
Main fund-raising event: Memory Walk—Annual
national walkathon.
Date: March 2008
Location: TBA
Ticket price: Participating walkers collect donations.
Event chair: Cindy Marino

American Cancer Society
Sarasota Unit

Area executive director: Cynthia Dunlap
Address: 2801 Fruitville Road, Suite 250
Sarasota, FL 34237
Telephone: (941) 365-2858
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: Event committee planners, driving patients to and from treatment.
Main fund-raising events: 1) Making Strides
Against Breast Cancer Walk. 2) Cattle Baron’s Ball.
Dates: 1) Oct. 13, 2007. 2) Feb. 9, 2008.
Locations: 1) Sarasota Polo Club. 2) The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota or Hyatt Sarasota.
Ticket prices: 1) Free. 2) $250.
Event chairs: 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: Wendy Kizer
Address: 2801 Fruitville Road, Suite 250
Sarasota, FL 34237
Telephone: (941) 497-4309 ext. 23
Web site: www.cancer.org
Mission statement: To eliminate cancer as a major health problem through prevention and diminish suffering through research, education, advocacy and service.
Volunteer opportunities: Patient services, community resource room, physician outreach, volunteer driver, cancer education speaker, Relay for Life committee, Cattle
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 candlelighting ceremony.
Dates: 1) Jan. 12, 2008. 2) Spring 2008.
Locations: TBA
Ticket prices: 1) TBA. 2) Free to public.
Event chairs: 1) Kathy Lehner, Michelle Ryan. 2) TBA.

American Heart Association
Regional Director: Kelly Bennett
Address: 528 Venice Lane,
Sarasota, FL 34242
Telephone: (941) 346-7230
Web site: www.americanheart.org
Mission statement: To reduce disability and death
from cardiovascular diseases and stroke.
Volunteer opportunities: Heart Walk, Go Red for Women Luncheon, spokespeople.
Main fund-raising events: 1) Heart Walk. 2) Go Red for Women Luncheon.
Dates: 1) Oct. 27, 2007. 2) March 5, 2008.
Locations: 1) Siesta Key Beach. 2) Michael’s On East.
Ticket prices: 1) Pledge event. 2) TBA.
Event chairs: 1) Jeff Reynolds. 2) TBA.

American Jewish Committee
West Coast Florida Chapter
Established in 1906 to work toward a world in which all peoples are accorded respect and dignity.
Executive director: Edda Sara Post
Address: 2055 Wood St., Suite 218
Sarasota, FL 34237
Telephone: (941) 365-4955
Web site: www.ajc.org
Mission statement: To safeguard the welfare and security of Jews in the United States, in
Israel and throughout the world; to strengthen the basic principles of pluralism around the world as the best defense against anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry; to enhance the quality of American Jewish life by helping to ensure Jewish continuity and deepen ties between American and Israeli Jews.
Volunteer opportunities: Standing committees related to programs, membership, development, community relations, education and pluralism and ad hoc committees.
Main fund-raising events: 1) Civic Achievement
Award Dinner. 2) Human Relations
Award Dinner.
Dates: 1) Oct. 25, 2007. 2) Jan. 31, 2008.
Locations: 1–2) Michael’s On East.
Ticket prices: 1) $175. 2) $250.
Event chairs: TBA

American Red Cross
Southwest Florida Chapter

Executive director: Kevin Lindberg
Address: 2001 Cantu Court
Sarasota, FL 34232
Telephone: (941) 379-9300
Web site: www.southwestflorida.redcross.org
Mission statement: To provide relief to victims of disasters and help people prevent, prepare
for and respond to emergencies.
Volunteer opportunities: Disaster mitigation, disaster relief, health and safety instruction, clerical, data entry and reception.
Main fund-raising event: Hurricane Bash 2008
Date: May 2008
Location: Mote Aquarium
Ticket price: $125–$150
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: To 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 College of Art and Design and
University of South Florida.
Date: Jan. 20–Feb. 17, 2008
Location: 819 Whitfield Ave.
Ticket price: $20
Event chair: William Tidmore, ASID

Animal Rescue Coalition
Advocacy group for adoptable animals and spay and neuter programs.
Interim executive director: Roberta Druif
Address: 47 S. Palm Ave., Suite 209,
Sarasota, FL 34236
Telephone: (941) 957-1955
Web site: www.animalrescuecoalition.org
Mission statement: To end the killing of adoptable dogs and cats in Sarasota and Manatee counties by means of a proactive spay/neuter program, comprehensive adoption program and various other programs designed to recognize the profound benefits to people of animal companionship.
Volunteer opportunities: Events, feral cat program, foster program.
Main fund-raising events: 1) “Best in Show” Gala 2008. 2) Dog’s Night Out.
Dates: 1) Feb. 16, 2008. 2) Jan. 18, 2008.
Locations: 1) Michael’s On East. 2) Saks Fifth Avenue.
Ticket prices: 1) $250. 2) $75/person ($25/dog).
Event chairs: 1) TBA. 2) Shelley Binion,
Jennie Famiglio.

Aquarian Quest Inc.
Operates Sarasota County’s official education tall ship. Provides hands-on marine/ecology education for young people. Also, sails for adults.
Executive director: Jan Kirchner
Address: P.O. Box 550,
Sarasota, FL 34232
Telephone: (941) 809-7700
Web site: www.aquarianquest.org
Mission statement: To celebrate life and create caretakers of the earth through school
ship-sailing adventures.
Volunteer opportunities: Helping with school sails and upkeep of the ship Galatea.
Main fund-raising event: Soiree sail fund raisers
aboard Galatea and other fine vessels.
Date: Scheduled as requested.
Location: Nokomis Beach Park and along
the west coast of Florida.
Ticket price: Varied
Event chairs: Robert Killian, Robin Marshall

Art Center Sarasota
Sarasota’s oldest arts and cultural organization.
Manager: Fayanne Hayes
Address: 707 N. Tamiami Trail,
Sarasota, FL 34236-4050
Telephone: (941) 365-2032
Web site: www.artsarasota.org
Mission statement: To provide a destination that promotes the expression of and the appreciation for the visual arts in the community through excellence in education, exhibitions and services.
Volunteer opportunities: Front desk
receptionist, mailing committee, grant research assistants, volunteer coordinator, hospitality committee, exhibition assistance for hanging, receptions and receivings, newspaper article clipper, education set-up, handyman, garden maintenance.
Main fund-raising event: Contemporary Arts and Crafts—Holiday gifts. Boutique featuring
two galleries filled with original works by more than 50 local artists, including drawings, paintings, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, hand- painted textiles, cards, prints and more.
Date: Nov. 12–Dec. 29, 2007
Location: Art Center Sarasota
Ticket price: Free to the public; $2 donation requested.
Event chair: Fayanne Hayes

Arthritis Foundation
Southwest Region

Community development director: Lee Lewis
Address: 410 12th St. W.,
Bradenton, FL 34205
Telephone: (800) 741-4008
Web site: www.arthritis.org
Mission statement: 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.
Dates: 1) Dec. 13, 2007. 2) May 17, 2008.
Locations, ticket prices, event chairs: TBA

The Artist Series of Sarasota
Presenting world-class classical and light classic musical with an expanded season of 36 concerts (six “Musical Soirees” in private homes and 29 in the 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) 100th performance celebration. 2) Fourth annual scholarship dinner. 3) Musicians from Marlboro.
Dates: 1) Nov. 25 and 27, 2007. 2) Jan. 8, 2008. 3) March 14, 2008.
Locations: 1) Historic Asolo Theater. 2) The Oaks Club. 3) Historic Asolo Theater.
Ticket prices: 1) $25–$35. 2) $125. 3) $30–$40.
Event chairs: 1) Thom and Joan Suddarth. 2) Eva and Joe Saunders. 3) Virginia Toulmin.

Asolo Repertory Theatre
Professional theater company performing with a resident company in rotating repertory.
Producing artistic director: Michael Donald Edwards
Address: 5555 N. Tamiami Trail,
Sarasota, FL 34243
Telephone: (941) 351-8000
Web site: www.asolo.org
Mission statement: To entertain, engage and inspire through the highest quality professional repertory theater and superior educational programs.
Volunteer opportunities: Ushers, tour guides, gift shop, administrative and special events.
Main fund-raising event: “A Star is Born”— Benefiting the Asolo Rep’s scholarship
program.
Date: March 29, 2008
Location: TBA
Ticket price: $250 and up
Event chairs: Kim Githler, Nora Johnson

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: To 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.
Main fund-raising event: Carnevale di Arte— Cultural benefit.
Date: Feb. 3, 2008
Location: TBA
Ticket price: $175
Event chair: Kelleen Winfree

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 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
Web site: www.catholiccharitiesdov.org
Mission statement: To respond to the physical, social and spiritual needs of HIV-infected and affected people with love and care and without judgment.
Volunteer opportunities: Transportation, food pantry, food shopping, food drive, fund raising, education support groups, prayer advocates, handyman, horticulture 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 price: TBA
Event chairs: 1) Dr. Janice Leroux, Derick Fabien. 2) Dr. Janice Leroux, Bob Daily.

The Better World Foundation for Children
Organization supporting and providing programs to help children locally and around the world.
Executive director: Mark E. Schlanger
Address: 2926 Hyde Park St.
Sarasota, FL 34239
Telephone: (941) 954-1500
Web site: www.mybetterworldfoundation.org
Mission statement: Provides and supports programs that enrich the lives of children locally and worldwide and teaches respect, compassion and helping others.
Main fund-raising event: First Annual CHAIR-ITY—Turning chairs into chairity. Art auction, dancing, entertainment and dinner.
Date: Jan. 12, 2008
Location: Michael’s On East
Ticket price: $125; $150 reserved seating.
Event chairs: Pam Brown, Nancy Liss

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 with measurable impact.
Volunteer opportunities: Adult volunteer mentors for children.
Main fund-raising events: 1) Denim and Diamonds—Dinner and auction. 2) The Big
Race. 3) Fourth Annual Sports Legends Weekend Gala Dinner & Auction.
Dates: 1) Nov. 2, 2007. 2) March 8, 2008. 3) May 9, 2008.
Locations: 1) Venice Community Center. 2) IMG Academies Golf and Country Club. 3) Michael’s On East.
Ticket prices: 1) $50. 2) $75. 3) $150.
Event chairs: 1) BBBS Venice Community Board. 2) Ellen Aquilina, Angela Velardi. 3) Patti Johnson.

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 dis- advantaged 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) The Ritz-Carlton Members Club Boys & Girls Club Golf Classic. 3) Doubles tennis tournament.
Dates: 1) Nov. 8, 2007. 2) Oct. 5, 2007.
3) Nov. 9–11, 2007.
Locations: 1) Lee Wetherington Boys and Girls Club. 2) The Ritz-Carlton Members Golf Club. 3) Longboat Key Club.
Ticket prices: 1) $250 per person; $2,500/table. 2) $500 per player. 3) $75 per player.
Event chairs: 1) Stephen LeBlanc. 2) Charlotte Hedge, Monica Barth, Michael Moulton. 3) Tom Cail, Tony Zanoni, Barbara Lancer.

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: To 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
Dates, locations, ticket prices: TBA
Event chair: Suellen Kaeb

Camp Florida Fish Tales
Weeklong, barrier-free, wheelchair-accessible camp for children with medical or physical disabilities. Also organizes monthly day trips called Camp Fish Tales Day Dreamz.
Executive director: Muffet Einwag
Address: P.O. Box 21682,
Sarasota, FL 34276
Telephone: (941) 921-9182
Web site: www.campfishtales.com
Mission statement: To provide a unique camping atmosphere for those with special challenges.
Volunteer opportunities: Camp counselors, EMTs, lifeguards, nurses, physical and occupational therapists.
Main fund-raising events: 1) McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre 11th Annual Golf Tournament.
2) Spring-fest Block Party. 3) Children’s Art Auction.
Dates: 1) December 2007. 2) March 2008. 3) June 2008.
Locations: 1) TBA. 2) Superior Avenue, Gulf Gate. 3) TBA.
Ticket prices: TBA
Event chair: Muffet Einwag

Cardinal Mooney High School
As a Catholic community, provides a quality education centered in gospel values and dedicated to the development of the whole person.
President: Sister Mary Lucia Haas
Address: 4171 Fruitville Road, Sarasota, FL 34232
Telephone: (941) 371-4917
Web site: www.cmhs-sarasota.org
Mission statement: To provide an excellent values-based education in a small family- oriented environment while emphasizing service to God and the community.
Volunteer opportunities: Event coordination, donation solicitation, ticket sales, mailings, computer entry, decorating, hospitality.
Main fund-raising events: 1) 35th Annual Dinner Auction. 2) Fall Golf Tournament.
Dates: 1) March 8, 2008. 2) Oct. 27, 2007.
Locations: 1) Michael’s On East. 2) Waterlefe Golf and Country Club.
Ticket prices: 1) $125. 2) $150.
Event chairs: 1) TBA. 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.
President/ceo: Peter Routsis-Arroyo, L.C.S.W.
Address: 1000 Pinebrook Rd, Venice, FL 34285
Telephone: (941) 488-5581
Web site: www.catholiccharitiesdov.org
Mission statement: In devotion and adherence to the teachings of Jesus and the Catholic Church, Catholic Charities seeks to serve and empower all in need, regardless of race, nationality or creed.
Volunteer opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.
Main fund-raising event: Catholic Charities Ball
Date: Jan. 24, 2008
Location: The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota
Ticket price: $175
Event chairs: Helen Nugent, Mary Kenealy-Barbetta

Charis Center Inc.
Offers professional counseling and family-life education for all ages.
Executive director: Glen Denlinger, L.C.S.W., B.C.D.
Address: 4041 Bahia Vista St., Sarasota, FL 34232
Telephone: (941) 378-1549
Web site: www.chariscenterfl.org
Mission statement: To 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 events: 1) Sarasota Comedy Festival—Stand-up comedians and nationally
syndicated cartoonists. 2) Ferraris on St. Armands.
Dates: 1) TBA. 2) Feb. 8–9, 2008.
Locations: 1) TBA. 2) St. Armands Circle.
Ticket prices, event chairs: TBA

Children First
Provides comprehensive services to more than 550 of Sarasota County’s lowest- income families and their children from birth to five years.
Executive director: Philip D. Tavill
Address: 1723 N. Orange Ave.,
Sarasota, FL 34234
Telephone: (941) 953-3877
Web site: www.childrenfirst.net
Mission statement: To strengthen children and families by improving the quality of their lives through a comprehensive approach to development, education, health and well-being.
Volunteer opportunities: Call Hope
Kinney, program director, for specific opportunities.
Main fund-raising event: Children First Celebration
Date: Feb. 22–23, 2008
Location: Pelican Pointe Golf and Country Club; Chelsea Center
Ticket price: $125
Event chair: Nicole Duxe

Children’s Guardian Fund
Fund-raising arm for the Guardian ad Litem Program in the 12th Judicial Circuit serving Sarasota, Manatee and DeSoto counties.
Executive director: Peggy Lowndes
Address: 7222 St. John’s Way
University Park, FL 34201
Mission statement:  The Guardian ad Litem Program provides legal and volunteer support for over 900 children in the 12th Judicial Circuit courts in Sarasota, Manatee and DeSoto counties. These children have been removed from their homes because they have been abused, neglected or abandoned. Members of the Guardian ad Litem are volunteer advocates for the children and are their "voice" in the courts.
Main fund-raising event: "Let the Season Begin"—Ninth annual luncheon and gift bazaar featuring a one-of-a-kind doll house created especially for the event’s raffle.
Date: Nov. 5, 2007
Location: Michael’s On East
Ticket price, chair: TBA

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 events: 1) The Art of Circus Gala Under the Big Top—In honor of Ulla Searing. 2) Laughter Unlimited Luncheon.
Dates: 1) Jan. 5, 2008. 2) April 10, 2008.
Locations: 1) Tuttle Avenue and 12th Street. 2) TBA.
Ticket prices: 1) $150; Patron $250. 2) TBA.
Event chairs: 1) Nikki Nilon, Linda Houze; honorary chair Tana Sandefur. 2) 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: To 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: Eighth Annual CAN Dance—Ballroom championship dancing event.
Date: Oct. 27, 2007
Location: Chelsea Center
Ticket price: $200
Event chairs: Nikki Nilon, Mary Ann Robinson

The Community Foundation of Sarasota County
The Community Foundation is a public charity that connects caring donors with causes that really matter. Since being founded in 1979 by the Southwest Florida Estate Planning Council, the Foundation has encouraged individuals and organizations in Sarasota County to create permanent charitable funds of over $160 million. It partners to make charitable giving work in our community, awarding more than $6 million annually in grants and scholarships that support the arts, education, animal welfare, the environment, health and human services and more. The Nonprofit Resource Center of the Community Foundation is the resource local nonprofits trust for guidance in building strong, successful organizations, to help fulfill their missions and better serve the community.
ASSETS From June 1, 2006–May 31, 2007: $160 million
Total grants: $8,645,262
Number of grants: 931
Total scholarships: $945,478 ($5.2 million since 1987)
Number of scholarships: 473
Range of grants: $250 to $470,000
President and CEO: Stewart W. Stearns
Address: 2635 Fruitville Road,
Sarasota, FL 34237
Telephone: (941) 955-3000
Web site: www.cfsarasota.org
Mission statement: Stewardship to the community by encouraging and enabling caring individuals to easily and effectively support the charitable causes that they care about in perpetuity.
Volunteer opportunities: Clerical work, special events and projects.
Main fund-raising event: Pins with a Purpose: Celebrating Women’s Philanthropy—Hosted by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, the Manatee Community Foundation and the Lakewood Ranch Community Fund.
Date: March 14, 2008
Location: Lakewood Ranch Country Club
Ticket price: TBA

Community Haven for Adults and Children with Disabilities
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: To empower the lives of children, teens and adults with disabilities, one person at a time.
Volunteer opportunities: Selby preschool, plant nursery, CHAC farm project, administration,
maintenance, occupational training program, Active Arts.
Main fund-raising events: 1) 10th Annual Jingle and Jog—5K road race. 2) Sixth Annual Handi-capable Award and Celebration.
Dates: 1) December 2007. 2) April 2008.
Locations: 1) 4405 Desoto Road. 2) TBA.
Ticket prices: 1) $17 advance; $20 day. 2) TBA.
Event chair: Marla Doss

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: Annual 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
Mission statement: To provide individual and group music instruction to anyone who
wants to learn, regardless of age, experience or ability to play.
Volunteer opportunities: Teaching, office, fund
raising, events, program assistance, newsletter, publicity, grant writing, board of trustees and community advisory board.
Main fund-raising events: 1) Water Music. 2) Tees for Tunes—Golf tournament. 3) Third Annual Kentucky Derby Barbecue.
Dates: 1) November 2007. 2) May 3, 2008. 3) January 2008.
Locations: 1) Home of Margaret and Bill Wise. 2) Serenoa Golf Club. 3) TBA.
Ticket prices, Event chairs: TBA

Community Video Archives (CVA)
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 and its outstanding people.
Volunteer opportunities: All-volunteer organization, except for professional video producers, who are paid per project.
Main fund-raising event: Annual Hall of
Fame Luncheon
Date: April 15, 2008
Location: Michael’s On East
Ticket price: $75
Event chair: Chris Pfahler

Community Youth Development
Provides positive, drug-free activities for Sarasota County teens.
Executive director: Karen Bogues
Address: 4409 Sawyer Road,
Sarasota, FL 34233
Telephone: (941) 922-5126
Web site: www.cydonline.org
Mission statement: To enrich the lives of teens through partnerships with adults to create
opportunities for youth to make positive choices.
Volunteer opportunities: Office work, event planning.
Main fund-raising events: 1) Starry, Starry Night Prom. 2) Second Annual CYD Golf Tournament.
Dates: 1) May 31, 2008. 2) Oct. 4, 2007.
Locations: 1) Bari Brooks Center, Frank G. Berlin Sr. YMCA. 2) Meadows Country Club.
Ticket prices: 1) $100. 2) TBA.

Construction Technology Careers Preapprenticeship Partnership for Youth
Started as a dropout prevention program that has now expanded; 107 youths in the
program in 2007.
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/Sarasota.
Volunteer opportunities: Speaker’s bureau, mentors, grant writers, clerical.
Main fund-raising event: Annual event
Date: April 2008
Location: G.WIZ
Ticket price: $50
Event chair: Blythe McDonough

Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Central Florida and the Florida Gulf Coast Inc.
Provides confidential financial, credit and housing counseling, education services and debt repayment program.
CEO: Richard J. Skaggs; Sandra Rains, Sarasota/Manatee manager
Address: 1750 17th St., Unit H,
Sarasota, FL 34234
Telephone: (800) 741-7040
Web site: www.cccsfl.org
Mission statement: To help people achieve financial wellness.
Volunteer opportunities: Education presenters— English and Spanish.

Crowley Museum and Nature Center
Nature conservancy of 190 acres with nature trails, pioneer history buildings and weekly
education programs.
Executive director: Bill Cowdright
Address: 16405 Myakka Road,
Sarasota, FL 34240
Telephone: (941) 322-1000
Web site: www.crowleymuseumnaturectr.org
Mission statement: To preserve a natural site where today’s and tomorrow’s generations learn about, appreciate and enjoy the environment and cultural history of the rural Gulf Coast of Florida.
Volunteer opportunities: Land and building maintenance, office, computer admissions, trail guides, school programs, museum collections and exhibits, building restoration.
Main fund-raising events: 1) Pioneer Days. 2) Starry Nite—Gourmet dinner and silent
auction with amazing celestial sights via powerful telescopes.
Dates: 1) January 2008. 2) TBA.
Location: 1–2) Crowley Museum and Nature Center.

Cure 4 Diabetes
Established by the Linda and Frank Menke family to fund research-based projects
to cure diabetes. Doctors and research scientists depend on grassroots organizations like C4D to help fund and bring awareness to their work. The Foundation is focusing on the Edmonton Protocol at the University of Alberta, which transplants healthy islet cells into insulin-dependent diabetics, and the BCG Therapy human clinical trials, which are to begin in January of 2008 at Massachusetts General Hospital.
President: Linda Menke
Address: 318 S. Washington Blvd.,
Sarasota, FL 34236
Telephone: (941) 951-2141
Web site: www.cure4diabetes.org
Mission statement: Dedicated to finding a cure for diabetes through research, so families can live full and happy lives together.
Volunteer opportunities: Volunteers are urged to become involved by holding their own fund raisers for the Cure 4 Diabetes Foundation. Testimonials from diabetics about their own hardships with this disease are also requested.

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, (941) 365-5599
Web site: www.dattolifoundation.org
Mission statement: To raise awareness of prostate cancer and the need for early and annual screening, provide information and support to newly diagnosed patients and foster research into better diagnostic tools and treatment options.
Volunteer opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.

Designing Women Boutique
Consigned, donated and new designer fashion and accessories plus home accent pieces, antiques and collectibles, and liquidation of donated estates.
Executive director: Pamela Day
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) Fashion Week 2007—Designing Women and the Men Who Love Them. 2) Salon Series—Monthly luncheon/lecture/fashion shows.
Dates: 1) Dec. 2, 2007. 2) Last Thursday of every month (except November).
Location: 1–2) Designing Women Boutique.
Ticket prices: 1) $125–$500.
2) $12 per person per event.
Event chairs: 1) Myrna Band, Mary Ann Robinson; vice chairs Diane Roskamp, Margaret Wise, Jean Weidner. 2) Jewel Ash, Gloria Moss, Carol Phillips, Joan Campo-Liga.

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.

The Dreams are Free School at Bishop Nevins Academy
School for children 6-–14 with learning disabilities.
Admissions: Dawn Gordon
Address: 4380 Fruitville Road,
Sarasota, FL 34232-1623
Telephone: (941) 366-4010
Web site: www.dreamsarefree.org
Mission statement: A faith-friendly Catholic school designed to nurture the spiritual and academic growth and development of students with learning disabilities.
Volunteer opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.
Main fund-raising event: Blue Grass BBQ
Date: Fall 2007
Location: Bishop Nevins Academy

Ear Research Foundation
Formed by Dr. Herbert Silverstein to provide support for research, education and community service.
Executive director: Jennifer Moss
Address: 1901 Floyd St.,
Sarasota, FL 34239
Telephone: (941) 365-0367
Web site: www.silversteininstitute.com
Mission statement: Dedicated to research into finding better treatments for hearing loss and balance problems, education of physicians and the public and providing community service, including care for underinsured patients.
Volunteer opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.
Main fund-raising event: Hear and Now— Dinner, live music, silent auction and gaming.
Date: Nov. 8, 2007
Location: Michael’s On East
Ticket price: $150
Event chair: Jennifer Moss

EARS Animal Rescue Sanctuary
Executive director: Jim North
Address: 145 W. Dearborn St.,
P.O. Box 1257,
Englewood, FL 34295
Telephone: (941) 475-0636
Web site: www.ears4life.com
Mission statement: To rescue, care for and prevent cruelty to all domestic animals until they are adopted or live out their normal, healthy lives.
Volunteer opportunities: Foster animals, tabling events, fund raisers, transport animals.
Main fund-raising events: 1) Hip Hounds and Cool Cats at the Cabaret. 2) Purrfect Caper II.
Dates: 1) May 27, 2008. 2) Nov. 4, 2007
Locations: 1) Charlotte Harbor. 2) Punta Gorda.
Ticket price: 1–2) $85.
Event chairs: 1) Jean Dishington. 2) TBA.

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 life.
Interim CEO: Larry F. Lewis
Address: 350 Braden Ave.,
Sarasota, FL 34243
Telephone: (941) 355-7637
Web site: www.swfl.easterseals.com
Mission statement: To create solutions that change lives through high-quality therapeutic,
educational and support services for children, adults and families.
Volunteer opportunities: Assisting disabled or special needs children and adults.
Main fund-raising events: 1) Annual Meadows Cup Pro-Am Golf Tournament. 2) Easter Seals “Walk With Me” Walk-a-thon.
Dates: 1) April 12, 2008. 2) November 2008.
Locations: 1) Meadows Country Club. 2) TBA.
Ticket price: 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: Cindy Kaiser
Address: 1960 Landings Blvd.,
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. 22, 2008
Location: Michael’s On East
Ticket price: $200, $250 patron; sponsorships available.
Event chair: Divina Westerfield

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.englewoodhelpinghand.org
Mission statement: To 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 2008
Location: Community Presbyterian Church
Ticket price: Free; sponsors pledge funds.
Event chair: Carol Rice

Every Child Inc.
All-volunteer group.
Executive director: Judy Alexander
Address: 1700 North Drive,
Sarasota, FL 34239-5017
Telephone: (941) 953-2277
Mission statement: To encourage children who live in Sarasota’s four housing projects to stay in school by providing school supplies, holiday parties and supporting after-school programs and summer camps.
Volunteer opportunities: Donations and distribution of school supplies, new books, holiday gifts.

Family Network on Disabilities of Manatee/Sarasota Inc.
A local alliance of families, community organizations and businesses committed to offering support and a variety of services to children with special needs, disabilities and the community at large.
Executive director: Mary Smith
Address: P.O. Box 10707,
Bradenton, FL 34282
Telephone: (941) 928-0682
Web site: www.fndmanasota.com
Mission statement: To provide support, training, education, information and advocacy to parents and families of individuals with disabilities, special needs and the community at large.
Volunteer opportunities: Annual disability conference, workshops, special projects and
fund-raising events.
Main fund-raising events: 1) Fun Run. 2) Christmas Wreaths—Fresh, live, from Wisconsin. 3) Hunsader Farms Pumpkin Festival—Children’s game area.
Dates: 1) Sept. 22, 2007. 2) August–September 2007. 3) October 2007.
Locations: 1) Myakka River State Park. 2) Call to place order. 3) Hunsader Farms.
Ticket prices: 1) $25. 2) $25–$35. 3) Call for price.
Event chair: 1–3) Mary Smith

Fine Arts Society of Sarasota Inc.
Organized in 1969, the society provides cultural and educational opportunities for its
members and organizes projects that benefit the entire community and its visitors. Since its founding, FASS has donated more than $590,000 in grants, awards and scholarships. Maintains a fine art collection by Florida artists at the Van Wezel.
Co-Presidents: Joan Endrizzi and Nancy Stukenberg
Address: P.O. Box 1432,
Sarasota, FL 34230
Telephone: (941) 330-0680
Web site: www.fineartssarasota.com
Mission statement: To promote and stimulate appreciation of the arts of Sarasota County,
establish a permanent collection of Florida artists, provide scholarships to Sarasota County students.
Volunteer opportunities: Van Wezel backstage and art tours; 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 14–15, 2008. 2) Dec. 3, 2007.
Locations: 1) Throughout Sarasota County. 2) Michael’s On East.
Ticket prices: 1) $20. 2) $50.
Event chairs: TBA

First Step of Sarasota
A comprehensive center for drug and alcohol abuse rehabilitation serving more than 7,500
individuals, primarily from Sarasota, Manatee and DeSoto counties.
Executive director: David J. Beesley, M.P.H.
Address: 1970 Main St., Fifth Floor,
Sarasota, FL 34236
Telephone: (941) 366-5333
Web site: www.fsos.org
Mission statement: To prevent and treat alcohol and drug addictions and associated disorders.
Fostering fully functioning, productive individuals by offering a full array of services in partnership with our community.
Volunteer opportunities: Infant-care givers and fund-raising event volunteers.
Main fund-raising events: 1) Fifth Annual Caring Hearts Luncheon. 2) Fourth Annual
Golf Classic. 3) First Step to Wellness Lecture Series.
Dates: 1) Feb. 13, 2008. 2) April 28, 2008. 3) Jan. 8, Feb. 6, March 5, 2008.
Locations: 1) Michael’s On East. 2) TPC Prestancia. 3) Michael’s On East.
Ticket prices: 1) $60. 2) TBA. 3) $50 each or three for $125.
Event chairs: 1) TBA. 2) Keith Mercier. 3) Gigi Silverberg.

The Florida Center for Child and Family Development
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, www.thunderbythebay.org, www.suncoastoffshore.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) 20th Annual Festival of Trees, Lights and Holiday Gifts.
2) 10th Annual Thunder by the Bay Motorcycle Festival. 3) 24th Annual Suncoast Offshore Grand Prix Festival.
Dates: 1) Nov. 30, 2007. 2) Jan. 4–6, 2008. 3) June 28–July 6, 2008.
Locations: 1) Michael’s On East. 2–3) Varied.
Ticket prices: 1) $175. 2–3) Varied.
Event chairs: 1) Kelly and Tonna Gruber, Mike and Cheray Keyes-Shima. 2) Lucy Nicandri. 3) TBA.

Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranch
Bradenton/Sarasota Campus

Residential program to nurture needy, neglected boys and girls and provide a warm sense of security, guidance and tenderness.
Program Director: John Vertich
Address: 751 Rye Wilderness Road,
Bradenton, FL 34212
Telephone: (941) 776-1777
Web site: www.youthranches.org
Mission statement: Prevent juvenile delinquency and develop lawful, productive citizens through
a broad range of family-centered activities.
Volunteer opportunities: Tutors
Main fund-raising events: 1) 24th Annual Michelle Wells Memorial Golf Tournament. 2) Open house.
Dates: 1) TBA. 2) April 2008.
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 events: 1) Row Party—Black- tie gala celebrating the opening of FST’s
winter mainstage season. 2) The Old Bags Luncheon—Attendees bid on vintage handbags.
Dates: TBA
Locations: 1) FST Mainstage. 2) FST Cabaret.
Ticket prices, event chairs: TBA

Florida West Coast Symphony Inc.
Symphony orchestra and music education provider.
President and CEO: 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) “Bea-Dazzled” Gala—A tribute to Bea Friedman.
Dates: 1) Nov. 10, 2007. 2) Jan. 19, 2008.
Locations: 1–2) Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall.
Ticket prices: 1) $175. 2) $250 and up.
Event chairs: 1) Vivian Kouvant. 2) Anne Folsom Smith, Vivian Kouvant,
Beverly Marsh.

Florida West Coast Symphony Association
Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2007.
President: Jan Rodriguez
Address: 709 N. Tamiami Trail,
Sarasota, FL 34236
Telephone: (941) 685-0425
Mission statement: To advance and support the activities of, and to raise monies for, the Florida West Coast Symphony; to foster and promote musical knowledge, education and artistic appreciation in the community, and to encourage and assist young musicians.
Volunteer opportunities: The association welcomes volunteers of all skills and interests.
Main fund-raising events: 1) 33rd Annual Symphony Showcase. 2) Annual Holiday Luncheon.
Dates: 1) TBA. 2) Dec. 10, 2007.
Location: TBA
Ticket prices: 1) $20. 2) $50.
Event chairs: 1) TBA. 2) Peggy Losee, Cora Lee Cain.

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.
Total grants: $550,000
Number of grants: 28
Range of grants: $7,700–$60,000
Executive director: Sandy W. Loevner
Address: P.O. Box 4193,
Sarasota, FL 34230-4193
Telephone: (941) 952-1109
Web site: www.floridawinefest.com
Mission statement: To provide the children of our community the opportunity and encouragement they need to realize their dreams and potential while providing the life skills necessary to become productive members of society.
Volunteer opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.
Main fund-raising event: Florida Winefest and Auction: Friday night gala dinner; Saturday brunch and charity auction.
Date: April 24–27, 2008
Location: Primarily on the grounds of The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota, and 30-plus venues around Sarasota and Bradenton.
Ticket price: Winefest events, $15–$300; charity auction, $175; Friday night gala, $300.
Event chair: TBA

Forty Carrots Family Center
Parenting education programs that focus on the first five years of life; accredited preschool
and professional training facility.
Executive directors: Betsy Kane-Hartnett and Diane Weiss
Address: 1500 S. Tuttle Ave.,
Sarasota, FL 34239
Telephone: (941) 365-7716
Web site: www.fortycarrots.org
Mission statement: 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—A four-day event including an evening wine class, luncheon, fashion show shopping experience and wine tasting showcasing a dozen top women in wine; and intimate wine dinners for patrons and sponsors. 2) Club Forty—Combining a stylish café, bar and dance floor with a spectacular silent auction.
Dates: 1) Oct. 25, 2007; Nov. 1–3, 2007. 2) March 1, 2008.
Locations: 1) The Gator Club, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse, The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota. 2) Rectrix Aviation.
Ticket prices: 1) Varies by event, $50–$150. 2) $95 and up.
Event chairs: 1) Terri Vitale, Kristen Williams; Elain Honig, honorary chair. 2) TBA.

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: 7359 Merchant Court,
Sarasota, FL 34240
Telephone: (941) 907-1111
Web site: www.foundationfordreams.org
Mission statement: To provide fun, educational and recreational experiences in an outdoor camp environment; to enhance the lives of children ages seven to 17 with physical and developmental disabilities and serious illnesses.
Volunteer opportunities: Camp activities, office, special projects and events.
Main fund-raising events: 1) Fall in Love with a Dream—Eddie Mulock Dream Oaks Camp
scholarship event. 2) 2008 Tournament Fore Dreams.
Dates: 1) Sept. 28, 2007. 2) March 28–29, 2008.
Locations: 1) TBA. 2) Tournament: River Strand Golf & Country Club; Gala and auction: G.WIZ.
Ticket prices: 1) $150 minimum donation. 2) 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: Women’s Board Fashion Show
Dates: Nov. 8, 2007
Locations: Mission Valley Country Club
Ticket prices, event chairs: TBA

Friends of Sarasota County Parks
Association of persons interested in the Sarasota County park and recreation system. Volunteers assist in programs, fund raising, park improvements and public relations.
President: Marshall Pridmore
Address: 6700 Clark Road,
Sarasota, FL 34241
Telephone: (941) 861-9864
Web site: www.foscp.org
Mission statement: To build a partnership between Sarasota County parks and the community; to preserve parkland and encourage donations to the parks.
Volunteer opportunities: This is a volunteer organization that is dedicated to the establishment of volunteer chapters at every county park/facility.
Main fund-raising events: 1) Kayak Festival. 2) Family and Fun Day. 3) Florida Cracker Experience—Equestrian campout.
Dates: 1) March 10, 2008. 2) April 2008. 3) April 2008.
Locations: 1) South Lido Beach. 2) Shamrock
Park. 3) Carlton Reserve.
Ticket prices: 1) $15. 2) Concession sales. 3) $75.
Event chairs: 1) Rick Storsberg. 2) Sarah Calabrese. 3) Renee Ball.

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: Gently read, used, donated books (donations accepted as well).
Main fund-raising events: 1) Spring Book & Author Luncheon. 2) Sarasota Reading Festival—Author presentations and street festival. 3) Award-winning “Coffee & Books” discussions.
Dates: 1) TBA. 2) Nov. 3, 2007. 3) November 2007–April 2008.
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.
Acting executive director: Cheryl Burstein
Address: 1001 Boulevard of the Arts,
Sarasota, FL 34236
Telephone: (941) 309-4949
Web site: www.gwiz.org
Mission statement: To make science relevant, technology understandable and learning an interactive adventure for people of all ages.
Volunteer opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.
Main fund-raising event: Fifth Annual Butterfly Ball
Date: March 8, 2008
Location: G.WIZ
Ticket price: $175; $250 for patron tickets
Event chairs: Dr. Ken and Chris Pfahler, Brian and Carole Marshall

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
Date, Location, Ticket price: 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: 4780Cattlemen 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. Guests sample the desserts and vote for their favorite.
Date: March 2, 2008
Location: Fred’s Restaurant and Ballroom, Lakewood Ranch
Event chair: Amanda Marshall

Girls Incorporated of Sarasota County
Operates programs uniquely designed for girls ages six to 18 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, storytelling and more.
Main fund-raising events: 1) The 20th Annual Celebration Luncheon—Honoring three women with the “She Knows Where She’s Going” award, a visionary leader with the board of trustees’ “Visionary Award,” and a Girls Inc. member with the “Girl of the Year” award. 2) Angel Luncheon. 3) A Whole Night of Food and Fashion IV—Food and wine tasting.
Dates: 1) April 16, 2008. 2) Nov. 15, 2007. 3) Nov. 8, 2007.
Locations: 1) The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota. 2) Girls Incorporated. 3) Whole Foods Market.
Ticket prices: 1) $75. 2) Free. 3) $275/table of four; larger tables add $50/person. $35 tickets available at the door.
Event chairs: 1) Chris Pfahler. 2) TBA. 3) Wendy Getchell, 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.
President: Carol B. Green
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.
Main fund-raising event: Annual fall event
Date: Oct. 24, 2007
Location, ticket price, event chair: TBA

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
Web site: www.theglenridge.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: TBA
Location: GPAC
Ticket price, event chair: TBA

Gloria Musicae
Professional chamber chorus.
Executive director: June LeBell
Address: P.O. Box 3863,
Sarasota, FL 34230
Telephone: (941) 954-4223
Web site: www.gloriamusicae.org
Mission statement: The singers, all paid professionals, perform the highest quality music covering a broad spectrum of choral literature.
Volunteer opportunities: Office work, mailings, performance setup, grant writing.
Main fund-raising events: 1) Haydn Out on Siesta Key—Featuring Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass with orchestra and soloists. 2) A Glorious Christmas. 3) Americana—Great music by American composers.
Dates: 1) Oct. 21, 2007. 2) Dec. 11, 2007. 3) March 16, 2008.
Locations: 1) St. Boniface Church. 2) Church of the Redeemer. 3) Historic Asolo Theater.
Ticket price: $20/adult; $10/student. Purchase tickets through the Historic Asolo
box office, (941) 360-7399.

Goodwill Foundation
Fund-raising arm of Goodwill Industries Manasota, which provides employment, housing and neighborhood services to more than 7,500 individuals annually throughout Man atee, Sarasota, Hardee and DeSoto counties.
President and CEO: Zoltan Karpathy
Address: 7501 15th St. E.,
Sarasota, FL 34243
Telephone: (941) 955-4483
Web site: www.goodwillindustries.org
Mission statement: Turn donations into good jobs, good homes and good neighborhoods.
Volunteer opportunities: G.I.V.S. volunteer neighborhood program.
Main fund-raising events: 1) Goodwill Fat Tuesday Party—A high-energy, authentic Mardi Gras celebration. 2) Don Roberts BBQ—A celebration of the Rev. Don Roberts’ 30-year leadership of Goodwill.
Dates: 1) Feb. 5, 2008. 2) Nov. 17, 2007.
Locations: 1–2) Michael’s On East.
Ticket prices: 1) $200. 2) $100.
Event chairs: 1) TBA. 2) Steve Baseman, Rick Fawley.

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: April 2008
Location: Venetian Golf and River Club
Ticket price: $85, golf and luncheon
Event chair: Mary Schiavetta

Greater Sarasota’s Great Kids Inc.
Serving disadvantaged children ages six weeks to five years; offers voluntary prekindergarten program for four-year-olds. Most children are from low-income families or are at risk for abuse or neglect.
Executive director: Jerry Prince
Address: 2839 Hillview St.
Sarasota, FL 34239
Telephone: (941) 951-2674
Web site: www.gsgk.org
Mission statement: To provide quality, educational child care to low-income and at-risk infants, toddlers and preschoolers.
Volunteer opportunities: Classroom assistant, one-on-one help with a child, office/clerical assistance, special projects, field trips, board members, fund-raising committees, volunteer coordinator.
Main fund-raising events: 1) Great Kids Fall Fest Fashion Show. 2) Holiday luncheon and Christmas party.
Dates: 1) Oct. 19, 2007. 2) Dec. 8, 2007.
Locations: 1-2) Gateway Community Church.
Ticket prices: 1) $39. 2) TBA.
Event chairs: 1-2) Tom MacCabe, Cheryl Perkins-Buick.

Gulf Coast Community Foundation of Venice
With $226 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, 2006 Assets: $226 million
Total grants: $6.5 million
Number of grants: 755
Range of grants: $50–$995,044
Average grant size: $8,629
President and CEO: Teri A. Hansen
Address: 601 Tamiami Trail S.,
Venice, FL 34285
Phone: (941) 486-4600
Web site: www.gulfcoastcf.org

Gulf Coast Diabetes Foundation
Dedicated to helping people with diabetes in the Florida Gulf Coast region.
President: Walter Konrady
Address: 2100 Constitution Blvd.,
Sarasota, FL 34231
Telephone: (941) 957-5099
Web site: www.gulfcoastdiabetesfoundation.org
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 and Harmony: The Women’s Voices of Sarasota
A men’s chorus and women’s chorus spread a message of understanding and acceptance for all people.
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 events: 1) Holiday Concert. 2) World AIDS Day. 3) Spring Concert/Cabaret.
Dates: 1) December 2007. 2) TBA. 3) May 2008.
Location: TBA
Ticket price: $20
Event chair: TBA

Gulfcoast Fellowship of Christian Athletes
Executive director: Jason Golden
Address: 12254 Hollybush Terrace,
Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202
Telephone: (941) 539-6083
Web site: www.gulfcoastfca.org
Mission statement: To support students, athletes and coaches and to bring the message of the Gospel to them; to positively impact students, athletes and coaches with positive role models who take a stand as Christians on campuses, in the community and at camps.
Main fund-raising events: 1) Golf tournament—Qualifier for national scramble. 2) Outdoor Christian rock concert. 3) Spring banquet—Auction for summer camp scholarships.
Dates: 1) Oct. 8, 2007. 2) March 1, 2008. 3) May 1, 2008.
Locations: 1) Laurel Oak Country Club. 2) Cheval Centre. 3) Laurel Oak Country Club.
Ticket prices: TBA
Event chairs: 1) Jason Golden. 2) Kim Sylvester. 3) Lisa Lawson.

Gulfcoast Legal Services Inc.
Providing free legal services to the low- income and senior population for more than 25 years.
Executive director: John P. Cunningham
Address: 1750 17th St., Unit I,
Sarasota, FL 34234
Telephone: (941) 366-1746
Web site: www.gulfcoastlegal.org
Mission statement: To provide high-quality legal services and to establish, advance and protect the rights of low-income persons to health, basic shelter, income and quality of life. To persons who are without adequate means to employ other counsel, GLS provides civil legal assistance in the areas of elder law, housing, predatory lending, tenants rights, mobile home law, consumer law, disability, domestic violence dissolution, immigration and farm workers rights.
Volunteer opportunities: Volunteer attorneys, internships, receptionist, secretarial assistance. Contact Stacey Basist.

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 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 27, 2008
Location: Municipal Auditorium
Ticket price: $150–$500
Event chair: TBA

Habitat for Humanity
South Sarasota County Inc.
Executive director: Judith H. Wilcox
Address: 280 Alligator Drive,
Venice, FL 34293
Telephone: (941) 493-6606
Web site: www.habitatsouthsarasota.org
Mission statement: To build affordable housing for low-income workforce families
and others. To eliminate substandard housing in south Sarasota County.
Volunteer opportunities: Construction, office assistance, family selection, family support communities, church liaison, site selection, news letter, speaker’s bureau, finance and development, retail, repair of furniture and appliances.
Main fund-raising event: Restore Home Center, selling quality donated items.
Date: Ongoing
Location: 1400 Ogden Road, Venice, FL 34293; aluminum 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: Jennifer Highland,
M.P.H., R.N.
Address: 1750 17th St., Building M,
Sarasota, FL 34234
Telephone: (941) 373-7070
Web site: www.healthystartsarasota.org
Mission statement: To improve the health and wellbeing of pregnant women, infants and small children.
Volunteer opportunities: Coalition and executive board membership, participation
in initiatives to reduce fetal and infant deaths.
Main fund-raising event: Beach Stroll ’n’ Roll
Date: TBA
Location: Siesta Key Public Beach
Ticket price: $25 minimum donation
Event chair: Maria Beck

The Hermitage Artist Reatreat
An artist community inspiring creativity with Old Florida history, verdant, tropical ecology and communal living with fellow Hermitage artists and the Gulf Coast community.
Executive director: Bruce Rodgers
Address: 6650 Manasota Key Road,
Sarasota, FL 34223
Telephone: (941) 475-2098
Web site: www.hermitage-fl.org
Mission statement: To nuture creativity, preserve a Florida historic site, protect native ecology and serve the Gulf Coast communities.
Volunteer opportunities: Hospitality, transportation, beautification, fund raising.
Main fund-raising event: 1) Lobster Bake. 2) Auction.
Date: 1) Nov. 3, 2007. 2) March 8, 2008
Location: 1) The Hermitage. 2) Gulf View Grill.
Ticket price: 1) $125. 2) $100.
Event chairs: 1) Leslie Edwards. 2) Jett Thompson.

Hispanic-American Center
A program of the Diocese of Venice that helps newly arrived immigrants adapt to life
in Sarasota through social service programs and spiritual guidance.
Executive director: Father Celestino Gutierrez
Address: 3930 17th St.,
Sarasota, FL 34235
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 events: 1) Casino Royale. 2) Hispanic Festival.
Dates: 1) Oct. 26, 2007. 2) Nov. 10, 2007.
Locations: 1) Michael’s On East. 2) 17th Street and Hammock Place.
Ticket prices: 1) $100. 2) Free.
Event chairs: 1) Florence Sullivan, Kathy Schersten. 2) Luis E. Baron.

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) Luncheon.
Dates: 1) Nov. 18, 2007. 2) TBA.
Locations: 1) Historic Spanish Point. 2) Michael’s On East.
Ticket prices, event chairs: 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
Address: 2331 15th St., Sarasota, FL 34237
Telephone: (941) 955-4131
Web site: www.hssc.org
Mission statement: To promote responsible pet ownership and secure permanent homes for all adoptable animals.
Volunteer opportunities: Matchmaking, cat cuddling, dog walking, canine coaching, pet therapy, special events, off-site adoption, administration and foster parents.
Main fund-raising events: 1) Hot Dogs and Cool Cats—Masquerade gala. 2) “Paws on the Catwalk” luncheon. 3) Third Annual Ron Gordon Charity Golf Tournament. 4) 11th Annual Pug Parade.
Dates: 1) Sept. 28, 2007. 2) Spring 2008. 3) Sept. 8, 2007. 4) Feb. 23, 2008.
Locations: 1) Chelsea Center. 2) TBA. 3) Stoneybrook Golf and Country Club. 4) Adventure Park in Lakewood Ranch.
Ticket prices: 1) $175. 2) TBA. 3) $75. 4) Free.
Event chairs: 1) Donna Thomas. 2) Alex Miller. 3) Ron Gordon. 4) TBA.

Incarnation Catholic School
Elementary school, kindergarten through grade eight.
Principal: Sister Monica Paul Fraser
Address: 2911 Bee Ridge Road,
Sarasota, FL 34239
Telephone: (941) 924-8588
Web site: www.incarnationschool.edu
Mission statement: 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 parish office
Ticket price: Donation of $100 gives purchaser 10 chances to win $10,000. Only 2,000 tickets are sold.
Event chair: Valerie Romaniello

InStride Equine-Assisted Therapy
Hippotherapy program 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.instridetherapy.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 2008. 2) Casino Night. 3) Absolute Aluminum
Golf Tournament.
Dates: 1) May 2, 2008. 2) October 2007. 3) Nov. 10, 2007.
Locations: 1) Michael’s On East. 2) TBA. 3) Lake Venice Golf Club.
Ticket prices: 1) $150. 2) $65. 3) $65.
Event chairs: 1) TBA. 2) Brad Stewart. 3) D.J. DesJardins.

Island Village Montessori School
The area’s only charter school offering free
Montessori education.
Executive director: Kym Elder
Address: 2001 Pinebrook Rd, 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. 3) Drama presentation.
Dates: TBA
Locations: 1–2) TBA. 3) Venice Little Theatre.
Ticket prices, event chairs: TBA

Jazz Club of Sarasota
Provides jazz music to the community.
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 opportunities.
Main fund-raising event: Sarasota Jazz Festival—Indoor and outdoor jazz events, some free to public.
Date: March 2–9, 2008
Locations: 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) Hooray for Hollywood—Jewish composers on the Silver Screen, featuring Leif Bjaland and the Florida West Coast Symphony. 2) Celebrity Chefs and Wine Tasting.
Dates: 1) Dec. 16, 2007. 2) March 18, 2008.
Locations: 1) The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota. 2) Longboat Key Club, Harbourside Dining Room.
Ticket prices: 1) $250. 2) TBA.
Event chairs: 1) Barbara Brizdle. 2) Neil Moody, Nikki Nilon, Molly Schechter.

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 events: 1) Kobernick House Art Show & Sale. 2) It’s a Saxy Affair— Honoring Mike and Jewel Ash. 3) Festival of Jewish Food.
Dates: 1) Oct. 28, 2007. 2) Jan. 27, 2008. 3) March 9, 2008.
Locations: 1) Kobernick House. 2) Michael’s On East. 3) Kobernick House.
Ticket prices: 1) Free. 2–3) TBA.
Event chair: 1) Shelia Birnbaum. 2) Janet Hunger, Gloria Moss. 3) Jim and Jill Rothenburg, Al Goldis, Natalie Leffert.

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. 20, 2007
Location: Ringling Museum
Ticket price: $250
Event chairs: Beth Cannata, Chris Romine

Junior Achievement
Educates and inspires young people to value free enterprise, business and economies to improve the quality of their lives.
Executive director: Barbara Page
Address: P.O. Box 5837,
Sarasota, FL 34277
Telephone: (941) 380-6778
Web site: www.jasarasota.org
Mission statement: To ensure that every child in America has a fundamental understanding of the free-enterprise system.
Volunteer opportunities: Facilitate classroom program in five or six visits.
Main fund-raising events: 1) Bowl-A-Thon. 2) Sixth Annual J.A. Invitational Golf Tournament. 3) Breakfast program.
Dates: 1) TBA. 2) Oct. 29, 2007. 3) TBA.
Locations: 1) TBA. 2) The Ritz-Carlton Members Golf Club. 3) TBA.
Ticket prices: 1–2) TBA. 3) Donations only.
Event chairs: 1) TBA. 2) Craig Campbell. 3) TBA.

The Junior League of Sarasota Florida Inc.
Celebrating 50 years of community service and volunteer training.
President: Maryann Boehm
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 opportunities.
Main fund-raising events: 1) Holiday Tour of Homes. 2) Barely Blemished. 3) Dinner with Friends.
Dates: 1) Dec. 7–8, 2007. 2) Jan. 31–Feb. 2, 2008. 3) March 7–9, 2008.
Locations: 1) Various historic homes. 2) Sarasota Fairgrounds. 3) Various locations.
Ticket prices: 1) $20 in advance; $25 days of the tour. 2) $5. 3) Varied.
Event chairs: 1) Rachel McCall, Megan Leitner. 2) Leanne McIntire, Bri Saba. 3) Beth Cannata.

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 15, 2008
Location: Siesta Key Beach
Ticket price: Free; walkers receive pledges to walk.
Event chair: TBA

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) 921-4845
Web site: www.keychorale.org
Mission statement: Dedicated to the performance of great choral masterworks, bringing their historic and contemporary beauty to the community.
Main fund-raising event: First concerts under new artistic director/conductor Joseph Caulkins.
1) Hear America Sing. 2) Mysterious and Divine— Music by Campra, Vaughan Williams, Elgar.
Dates: 1) Nov. 16, 2007. 2) May 4, 2008.
Location: St. Thomas More Catholic Church
Ticket price: $20
Event chair: TBA

K.I.D.S. By The Sea
A division of H.I.S. K.I.D.S. Inc.
Serving area children with cancer since 1984 through support services and activities, clinic
and hospital support, and emergency assistance to children with cancer and their families.
Executive director: Connie L. Miles
Address: P.O. Box 19355,
Sarasota, FL 34276
Telephone: (941) 927-7020
Mission statement: To provide an ongoing support system for families affected by childhood cancer.
Volunteer opportunities: Various fund-raising activities, toy drives, holiday adoptions and
holiday clinic activities.
Main fund-raising events: 1) 10th Annual Great Teddy Bear Run. 2) Toy collections.
Dates: 1) Nov. 11, 2007. 2) Year round.
Locations: 1) Sarasota Fairgrounds. 2) Varied.
Ticket prices: 1) $10. 2) New toys.
Event chairs: 1) Harley Owners Group. 2) None.

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: 7361 Merchant Court,
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) March 1, 2008. 2) April 7, 2008.
Locations: 1–2) Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club.
Ticket prices: TBA
Event chairs: 1) Cyndi Houck. 2) Ron Masseo.

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. 4, 2007
Location: Charles Ringling House
Ticket price: $150–$200
Event chairs: Rachele Rivolta, Sally Islan, Janet Hunter

Laurel Civic Association Inc.
Community-based nonprofit that serves low-income families with services not provided by any other organizations.
Executive director: Sandra Terry
Address: 509 Collins Road,
Laurel, FL 34272
Telephone: (941) 483-3338
Web site: www.laurelcivic.org
Mission statement: To combat community deterioration through education and social activities, provide support for the elderly and families, develop safe, decent and affordable housing and have an overall positive and permanent effect on the community.
Volunteer opportunities: Homework assistance, summer reading program, clerical, fund raising, grant writing, newsletter, archivist, librarian, Kid’s Café.
Main fund-raising event: Cool Caribbean Nights—Silent auction, dinner, dance.
Date: Oct. 27, 2007
Location: Laurel Civic Association
Ticket prices, event chair: TBA

Legal Aid of Manasota Inc.
Recently merged with the Family Law Connection.
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 esponsibilities.
Volunteer opportunities: Mainly attorneys, but also some basic office work and volunteers for special projects.
Main fund-raising event: Justice is Served—Food and wine extravaganza.
Date: Sept. 9, 2007
Location: Mattison’s Riverside
Ticket price: TBA
Event chair: Debbie Allen

Lemon Bay Conservancy Inc.
Land trust focused on preserving lands in the greater Lemon Bay community.
President: Jim Cooper
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.”
Dates, locations, ticket prices: 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: To enrich the greater Englewood community through theatrical productions, other cultural activities, challenging volunteer opportunities and education and training in the performing arts.
Volunteer opportunities: Acting, stage managing, box office, backstage, house managing, lighting, wardrobe and set design.
Main fund-raising event: Ongoing perform ances—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.

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 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. 3) Golf tournament.
Dates: 1) Sept. 27, 2008. 2) May 2008. 3) Oct. 1, 2007.
Locations: 1) Municipal Auditorium. 2) Siesta Key Beach. 3) Laurel Oak Country Club.
Ticket prices: 1) $65/children, $85/adult. 2) $10/child, $20/adult. 3) $150/player; $500/foursome.
Event chairs: 1) Tracy Witzer. 2) Kelly G. Saba. 3) Kathleen and Bill Shulte.

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.
Dates: 1) TBA. 2) April 2008.
Locations: 1) IMG Academies Golf & Country Club at El Conquistador. 2) Sarasota Jungle Gardens.
Ticket prices: 1) $150/player. 2) $25/adult, $10/child five and older.
Event chairs: 1) David Cruikshank. 2) David Mertzlufft, Sandy McCall.

The Literacy Council of Sarasota Inc.
Free one-on-one tutoring for basic literacy (reading and writing) and ESOL (English speakers of other languages).
Executive director: Kristin Szafraniec
Address: 1750 17th St., Building D,
Sarasota, FL 34234
Telephone: (941) 955-0421
Web site: www.sarasotaliteracy.org
Mission statement: To build a more literate community by helping adults and families improve English language communication skills through personalized, needs-based tutoring.
Volunteer opportunities: Tutoring, program administrators, special events, office staff.

Longboat Key Center for the Arts
Offers art classes, workshops, art exhibitions and jazz concerts.
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 events: 1) Longboat Key Fine Arts and Crafts Festival. 2) Plein
Air Affair—Dinner, dance, art lottery and live auction.
Dates: 1) March 29–30, 2008. 2) Feb. 23, 2008.
Locations: 1) Longboat Key Center for the Arts. 2) Longboat Key Club.
Ticket prices: 1) Free. 2) TBA.
Event chair: 1–2) 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 event: 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.P
President and CEO: Carl Penxa Jr.
Address: 157 S. Havana Road,
Venice, FL 34292
Telephone: (941) 493-0016
Web site: www.lovelandcenter.com
Mission statement: To help adults with developmental disabilities “live their lives to the fullest.”
Volunteer opportunities: One-on-one tutoring in reading and math, quality control assistance in our workshop program, musical talents for student entertainment (one hour, one day a week).
Main fund-raising events: 1) Loveland Sings. 2) Fifth Annual Black-Tie Dinner/Dance. 3) The Fabulous Hubcaps.
Dates: 1) Oct. 7, 2007. 2) Nov. 3, 2007. 3) Jan. 12, 2008.
Locations: 1) Venice Little Theatre. 2) Venice Golf & Country Club. 3) Venice Community Center.
Ticket prices: 1) $15. 2) $125. 3) $125.
Event chairs: TBA

Lutheran Services Florida
Human services agency that has 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 opportunities.
Main fund-raising event: Sunset Silent Auction
Date: Sept. 22, 2007
Location: Chelsea Center
Ticket price: $35 in advance; $40 at the door
Event chair: Carmen Scoma

Make-a-Wish Foundation of Central and Northern Florida
Executive director: Marie A. Riley
Address: 950 S. Tamiami Trail,
Sarasota, FL 34236
Telephone: (941) 926-9474
Web site: www.wishcentral.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 event: Day Dreams and Wishes
Date: Dec. 6, 2007
Location: The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota
Ticket price: $75
Event chairs: Susan Jones, Seanna Gareau

Manasota Association for Retarded Citizens
Provides day, residential and employment service programs for adults with disabilities
in Sarasota and Manatee counties to develop employability and daily living skills.
CEO: Jim Doherty
Address: 3659 Cortez Road W.,
Bradenton, FL 34210
Telephone: (941) 752-2976
Web site: www.manasotaarc.org
Mission statement: 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.

Manasota Parkinson’s Support Group
President: John Schwartz
Address: 2724 Harvest Drive
Sarasota, FL 34240
Phone: (941) 378-4198
Mission statement: To provide a local network of people, resources and information aiding individuals living with Parkinson’s Disease, their families and caregivers.
Main fund-raising event: "An Evening of Expression"—Art auction and fund raiser.
Date: Sept. 18, 2007
Location: HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital, Edgelake Drive.
Ticket price, chair: 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 Christ ian Maternity Homes at no cost to the mother.
Executive director: Donna Vellenga
Address: Giving Closet: 512 S. Orange Ave., Sarasota, FL 34236; Maternity Homes: 1501 and 1509 Eighth Ave. W., Bradenton, FL 34205
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. 1, 2008. 2) Nov. 3, 2007. 3) Nov. 11, 2007.
Locations: 1) Hyatt Sarasota. 2) Tara Golf and Country Club. 3) Gamble Mansion.
Ticket prices: TBA
Event chair: 1–3) 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.
From June 1, 2006–May 31, 2007
Total grants: $810,487
Number of grants: 175
Total scholarships: $24,000
Number of scholarships: 22
Range of grants: $250–$2,000
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, special event committees.
Main fund-raising event: “Spirit of Manatee” Awards, A Celebration of Giving—Luncheon event recognizing outstanding philanthropists in Manatee County.
Date: Feb. 6, 2008
Location: Bradenton Auditorium
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 doc ents to gardeners, special events, administrative.
Main fund-raising event: The Orchid Ball— Dinner and dancing amid the tropical splendor of Selby Gardens.
Date: April 5, 2008
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 events: 1) Communitywide food drive. 2) Annual community mailing.Dates: 1) Nov. 5–16, 2007. 2) October/November 2007.
Locations: 1) Collection point: Sarasota Fairgrounds. 2) Sarasota and Manatee counties.
Ticket price: N/A
Event chair: 1–2) 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) Mental health seminars—presented in conjunction with Sarasota Memorial Hospital. 3) High Hopes Gala—Featuring guest speaker Kathy Cronkite.
Dates: 1) March 1, 2008. 2)  Nov.  3, 2007; Jan. 26 and March 29, 2008. 3) April 3, 2008.
Locations: 1) TBA. 2) Waldemere Auditorium. 3) Michael’s On East.
Ticket prices: 1) $50. 2) Free. 3) $50.
Event chairs: 1) Lisa Van Ullen. 2) TBA. 3) Bunny Coelingh.

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 world-renowned research.
Date: Oct. 27, 2007
Location: Mote Aquarium Courtyard
Ticket price: $250
Event chair: Oceanic Evening Committee

Mothers Helping Mothers
All-volunteer organization that provides donated free basic necessities to families in need.
President: Madeline Brogan
Address: 2239 N. Washington Blvd.,
Sarasota, FL 34237
Telephone: (941) 953-7572
Mission statement: 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. A muscular dystrophy/ALS clinic is based at Sarasota Memorial Hospital.
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 8, 2008. 2) Sept. 2–3, 2007. 3) Through November 2007.
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
E-mail: sarasotanaacp@msn.com
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. 4, 2007
Location: Hyatt Sarasota
Ticket price: $80
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 event: 11th Annual Sunshine from Darkness Gala and Symposium—Free research symposium on the latest treatments for mental illness and gala dinner.
Date: Symposium, Jan. 12, 2008;
gala, Jan. 13, 2008.
Location: Symposium, Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall; gala, The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota.
Ticket price: Gala, $300
Event chairs: Lee Peterson, Janice Peterson Radder, Joyce Tate, Mary Wallace, Emily Walsh Parry, Sheila Rabaut

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: Cathy Duquetta
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.

National Council of Jewish Women
Sarasota-Manatee Section Women’s service organization.
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. 2) Hannah G. Solomon Award Brunch—To benefit NCJW
community service programs.
Date: 1) Jan. 16, 2008. 2) March 16, 2008
Location: 1–2) Michael’s On East.
Ticket price: 1) $40. 2) TBA.
Event chairs: 1) Helen Margolis, Gwen Baseman. 2) Mimi Seitman.

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: 2701 Maitland Center Parkway, Suite 100,
Maitland, FL 32751
Telephone: (800) 344-4867
Web site: www.nationalmssociety.org/flc
Mission statement: End the devastating effects of multiple sclerosis.
Volunteer opportunities: Assist with annual MS Walk and peer counselors for people with MS.
Main fund-raising event: 2008 MS Walk
Date: Spring 2008
Location, ticket price, 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.

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) 487-4686
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 opportunities.
Main fund-raising events: 1) Old-Fashioned New England Clambake—29th year.
2) Big Band Valentine Bash. 3) Crissy Galleries and NCF Auction.
Dates: 1) Nov. 7, 2007. 2) Feb. 8, 2008. 3) March 28–30, 2008.
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 Martin, Lee Peterson. 3) Crissy Galleries and New College Foundation.

New College Library Association
An affiliate of New College Foundation.
Executive director: Jane S. Summerville
Address: 5800 Bay Shore Road,
Sarasota, FL 34243
Telephone: (941) 487-4600
Mission statement: To provide enhancement funding for the Jane Bancroft Cook Library at New College of Florida and intellectual stimulation for the greater community.
Volunteer opportunities: Office, special projects, event committees.
Main fund-raising events: 1) Mistletoe Ball—Sarasota’s oldest black-tie gala, celebrating its 40th anniversary. 2) Pique-nique sur la Baie—Luncheon with fashion show on the bayfront, celebrating its 25th anniversary.
Dates: 1) Dec. 1, 2007. 2) April 2, 2008.
Locations: 1–2) Charles Ringling Mansion.
Ticket prices: 1) $250. 2) $125.
Event chairs: 1) Chris Pfahler. 2) Shelley Lister.

New Gate School
An independent, college prep, co- educational Montessori school serving children from 18 months through high school. Also home to an accredited teacher education program.
Head of School: Paul Wenninger
Address: 5237 Ashton Road & 11011 Clark Road,
Sarasota, FL 34233
Telephone: (941) 922-4949, (866) 338-0321
Web site: www.newgate.edu
Mission statement: To cultivate a love of life and inspire academic excellence.
Volunteer opportunities: Guest lecture, internship, institutional development, community outreach, community projects.
Main fund-raising events: 1) “In the Pink”—Dining under the stars. 2) “Celebration”—
Family dinner, dance, auction. 3) New Gate at Mote Marine.
Dates: 1) Nov. 9, 2007. 2) Feb. 23, 2008. 3) April 25, 2008.
Locations: 1) New Gate School high school campus. 2) Temple Sinai. 3) Mote Aquarium.
Ticket prices: 1) $150. 2) $75. 3) $25.

North Port Art Center
Promotes the visual arts through art shows, art in public places and classes.
Co-Presidents: Jayne and Stephen Etter
Address: P.O. Box 7790,
North Port, FL 34290
Telephone: (941) 423-6460
Web site: www.npaag.org
Mission statement: To promote art education and appreciation throughout the North Port area.
Volunteer opportunities: Kids summer art program, monthly children’s art programs, fund-raising events, volunteer positions in the new Art Center.
Main fund-raising events: 1) Grand Opening Gala. 2) Art in the Park.
Dates: 1) Fall 2007. 2) Spring 2008.
Locations, ticket prices, event chairs: TBA

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
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: Fund raising.
Main fund-raising event: Christmas Soiree
Date: Nov. 30, 2007
Locations: 13466 Heritage Way
Ticket price: Donations at the door.
Event chair: Bonnie Vannucci

ORT America
Raises funds for vocational and technical schools in the United States and all over the world.
President: Barbara Berliner
Address: 4370 S. Tamiami Trail,
Sarasota, FL 34231
Telephone: (941) 927-6678
Web site: www.ortamerica.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. 9, 2007. 2) Feb. 5, 2008. 3) Feb. 10, 2008.
Locations: 1) Palm-Aire Country Club. 2) Michael’s On East. 3) Lakewood Ranch
Golf and Country Club.
Ticket prices, event chairs: TBA

The Out-Of-Door Academy
Sarasota’s only independent, college- preparatory pre-K through grade- 12 school.
Head of School: David V. Mahler
Address: 444 Reid St. (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: To provide an environment in which students strive to achieve their highest academic goals and build character through a balanced program of academics, athletics and the arts.
Volunteer opportunities: School fund raisers, art and music program assistants, office
assistance, library aides.
Main fund-raising event: 28th Annual Extravaganza—Black-tie fund raiser with dinner,
dancing and live, silent and online auctions.
Date: Nov. 10, 2007
Location: Dolphin Aviation
Ticket price: $250
Event chairs: N. Jayne Gelbman; Phyllis and
Chuck Savidge, honorary chairs.

PAL Sailor Circus
After-school youth circus for children in grades four through 12.
Circus Director: Patty Campbell
Address: 2075 Bahia Vista St.,
Sarasota, FL 34239
Telephone: (941) 361-6350
Web site: www.sailorcircus.org
Mission statement: 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. 27–29, 2007. 2) January 2008. 3) March 27–30; April 2–5, 2008.
Location: PAL Sailor Circus Arena
Ticket prices: 1) $10, $12, $15. 2) TBA. 3) $10, $12, $15.
Event chairs: Patty Campbell, Michelle Rinaca

PALS Partners in Education
The community involvement office of the Sarasota County Public Schools that recruits,
trains and recognizes the achievements of public school volunteers.
Executive director: Sandi Chapnick
Address: 1960 Landings Blvd.,
Sarasota, FL 34231
Telephone: (941) 927-9000
Web site: www.sarasotacountyschools.net
Mission statement: To enhance educational opportunities for students through comprehensive community involvement. By creating public awareness, providing resources and supporting and recognizing volunteerism, PALS will promote partnerships and alliances that link schools and communities.
Volunteer opportunities: Reading and math tutors, mentors, business and community
partnerships, committee members.
Main fund-raising events: 1) Five-Star School Award. 2) Business Partnership Recognition. 3) Outstanding School Volunteers Recognition Breakfast.
Dates: 1) September 2007. 2) January 2008. 3) April 2008.
Locations: 1) School board meeting hall. 2) TBA. 3) Michael’s On East.
Ticket price: 1–3) Free to invitees.
Event chairs: TBA

Pet Therapy Inc.
Pairs students with Bichon Frises to make weekly visits to nursing homes and assisted-living facilities to brighten the lives of elders, the handicapped and those confined to facilities.
Executive director: Kathy Alexander
Address: 2128 Hyde Park Circle,
Sarasota, FL 34239
Telephone: (941) 358-2225
Web site: www.pet-therapy.org
Mission statement: To honor our elders and those confined within facilities and reduce loneliness, brighten their lives, instill confidence and respect, and increase social interaction among the youths and people whose lives they touch.
Volunteer opportunities: Office help, fund raising and special events, dog washing, grooming and care, veterinary assistance and animal-loving board members.
Main fund-raising events: 1) Youth Awards Banquet and Bichon Bash. Also available for “doggie and beautiful girls” fashion shows. 2) Bichon Babysitting Camp. 3) Concert benefit—featuring Chalyce Sullivan and “Life is a Cabaret” Jason McAuliffe.
Dates: 1) TBA. 2) Ongoing. 3) Nov. 18, 2007.
Locations: 1) TBA. 2) Pet Therapy Inc. 3) Unity Church of Sarasota, Proctor Road.
Ticket prices: 1) TBA. 2) Donation. 3) $12 or donation.
Event chairs: 1) TBA. 2–3) Kathy Alexander, Chalyce Sullivan.

Pierian Spring Academy
Provides non-credit adult education courses to Sarasota’s retirement community.
Executive director: Robert V. Carlson
Address: P.O. Box 1222,
Sarasota, FL 34230
Telephone: (941) 716-2471
Web site: www.pierianspringacademy.org
Mission statement: Offerings include courses in the humanities, the arts and sciences for adults seeking an academic experience.
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: 1501 N. Orange Ave.,
Sarasota, FL 34236
Telephone: (941) 955-6293
Web site: www.pinesofsarasota.org
Mission statement: To raise funds for Pines of Sarasota, a nonprofit skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility. Pines, which leads the way in senior care since 1948, provides care for those who have outlived their financial resources.
Volunteer opportunities: Event committees, marketing, volunteers for residents.
Main fund-raising event: Roast/Tribute Dinner
Date, location, ticket price, event chair: 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) 42nd Annual Dinner. 2) High Tea at High Noon. 3) Safe Sex: Doing It in Public (talking about safe sex, that is).
Dates: 1) March 2008. 2) Nov. 15, 2007. 3) Nov. 17, 2007.
Locations: 1) Municipal Auditorium. 2–3) Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall.
Ticket prices: 1) $150. 2) $50. 3) $90.
Event chairs: 1) TBA. 2) Laura Proctor, Suzette Jones. 3) Eric Massey.

Plantation Community Foundation
Foundation with 600 members who raise funds to improve the quality of life in south Sarasota County. All funds go to south Sarasota County nonprofit agencies.
As of April 30, 2007:
Total grants: $136,982
Number of grants: 40
Range of grants: $1,000–$5,600
President: Robert Thinnes
Address: 500 Rockley Blvd.,
Venice, FL 34293
Phone: (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) Fashion Show. 3) Tent Sale.
Dates: 1) Feb. 20–21, 2008. 2) Jan. 30, 2008. 3) March 15, 2008.
Location: 1–3) Plantation Golf and Country Club
Ticket prices: 1) Free to public (spectators only). 2) $35. 3) $2 donation.
Chairs: 1) Steve Rich, Ron Noble. 2) Sue Howen. 3) Patti Neal.

The Players Theatre
Featuring its 78th Broadway musical series, year-round special events, a concert series, international cultural exchanges and The Players Performing Arts studios.
Artistic Director: Jeffery Kin
Address: 838 N. Tamiami Trail,
Sarasota, FL 34236
Telephone: (941) 365-2494
Web site: www.theplayers.org
Mission statement: To produce productions, projects and events that are related to local, national and international performing and cultural arts. Integral to this mission is to provide education in the arts and opportunities for multicultural community participation and global outreach.
Volunteer opportunities: Assisting back stage, in the scene shop, box office or costume department; usher or intern at The Players Performing Arts Studio.
Main fund-raising events: 1) Fame Forever— VIP luncheon with playwright David DeSilva. 2) Frankenstein Ball. 3) Fame Forever documentary.
Dates: 1) Sept. 27, 2007. 2) Oct. 29, 2007. 3) Jan. 14, 2008.
Location: 1–3) The Players Theatre.
Ticket price: 1–3) $23–$100.
Event chair: 1–3) Brenda Terris.

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.

Pregnancy Solutions—A Woman’s Resource Center
Offering free pregnancy test, ultrasounds, 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 the available resources for them and their children.
Volunteer opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.
Main fund-raising events: 1) Fifth Annual Pregnancy Solutions Banquet. 2) 2008 Walk for Life—Walkers solicit sponsorships.
Dates: 1) Nov. 8, 2007. 2) May 2008.
Locations: 1) Plantation Golf and Country Club. 2) Downtown Venice.
Ticket prices: 1) Dinner is complimentary; an opportunity to make a financial gift will be
extended. 2) Walkers solicit tax-deductible
sponsorships.
Event chair: 1–2) 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.

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: To provide the homeless with a day resource center offering free showers, laundry, restrooms, food, clothing, counseling, emergency shelter for families with children, referrals to long-term rehabilitation programs treating drug and alcohol abuse, and other support items.
Volunteer opportunities: Counseling, clerical, computer, laundry, haircuts.
Main fund-raising event: An Evening to Remember—Dinner, entertainment, live and silent auction.
Date: March 12, 2008
Location: Michael’s On East
Ticket price: TBA
Event chair: Jean Fulton

Ringling College 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 34234-5895
Telephone: (941) 351-5100
Web site: www.ringling.edu
Mission statement: To provide programs leading to a degree that prepares students to be discerning visual thinkers and ethical practitioners in their chosen area of art and design.
Volunteer opportunities: Various; contact development office.
Main fund-raising events: 1) An Evening at the Avant-Garde—Annual scholarship fund raiser. 2) Annual fund-raising golf tournament. 3) 2007 Sarasota International Design Summit.
Dates: 1) TBA. 2) Oct. 11, 2007. 3) Nov. 5–7, 2007.
Locations: 1) Ringling College of Art and Design campus. 2) Sara Bay Country Club. 3) The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota and campus.
Ticket prices: 1–2) TBA. 3) Varied.
Event chairs: 1) TBA. 2) Steve and Joann Stein. 3) Mary Craig.

Ringling College Library Association
Supports the Verman Kimbrough Library at the Ringling College of Art and Design.
President: Kathleen Weiner
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.
Volunteer opportunities: None
Main fund-raising event: Town Hall lecture series.
Date: January–March 2008
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Ticket price: $250–$600
Event chair: Jennifer Vett

Rotary Futures Program
College and career education resource center located on the campus of Venice High School.
Executive director: Kim Kindell
Address: 1 Indian Ave.,
Venice, FL 34285
Telephone: (941) 480-3178
Web site: www.rotaryfutures.org
Mission statement: To educate, inspire and motivate students of all ages to gain access to post-secondary education and/or training by linking education, career and life opportunities.
Main fund-raising events: 1) Comedy Night. 2) Venice Sports Hall of Fame. 3) Duck Pluck.
Dates: 1) August 2008. 2) June 2008. 3) April 2008.
Locations: 1) Venice Art Center. 2) Bogey’s Restaurant. 3) Sharks Tooth Festival.
Ticket prices: 1) $100. 2) $60. 3) $6/chance.
Event chairs: TBA

Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center (SPARCC)
Free services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.
Executive director: Olivia Thomas
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 in the City.
Dates: 1) Feb. 7, 2008. 2) March 28, 2008.
Locations: 1–2) The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota.
Ticket prices: 1) TBA. 2) $175.
Event chairs: 1) Mary Kenealy-Barbetta, Susan Erhart, Jan Krombeen, Susan Lanier. 2) Sherry Stich.

St. Martha Catholic School
A junior kindergarten through eighth grade elementary school welcoming children of all faiths and integrating a message of Jesus.
Pastor: The Rev. Fausto Stampiglia, S.A.C.
Address: 4380 Fruitville Road,
Sarasota, FL 34232
Telephone: (941) 953-4181
Web site: www.stmarthaschool.net
Mission statement: To encourage formation of self-confident, motivated, faith-filled students, instilling in them Christian values of personal responsibility, moral courage, respect, patience,
humility, honesty, social justice and a lifelong love of God and learning.
Volunteer opportunities: Library, cafeteria, school spirit store, Rosary Group, Heart to Heart, accelerated math and reading, after-school programs.
Main fund-raising events: 1) Hoe Down Western Dinner Dance. 2) Knights on the Run. 3) Light Up the Knight Spring Auction.
Dates: 1) September 2007. 2) October 2007. 3) TBA.
Locations: 1) TBA. 2) St. Martha Catholic School. 3) TBA.
Ticket prices: 1) $25. 2) Pledges. 3) TBA.
Event chairs: 1) Mary Ellen Blechta, Marlo Reyes. 2) Jean Caldwell. 3) TBA.

Saint 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, 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) Parents’ Association Signature Event—Mardi Gras.
Dates: 1) Oct. 12–13, 2007. 2) Feb. 23, 2008. 3) April 5, 2008.
Locations: 1) Bradenton Country Club. 2) Saint Stephen’s Episcopal School. 3) TBA.
Ticket prices: TBA
Event chairs: 1–2) Athletic Booster Club. 3) Michelle Harllee.

St. Vincent de Paul Society
St. Martha’s Conference
Operates a soup kitchen for the needy and a thrift shop to raise funds.
Executive directors: 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 a wide array of 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.
Area commander: Major Phillip L. Murphy
Address: 1400 10th St.,
Sarasota, FL 34230
Telephone: (941) 954-4673
Web site: www.salvationarmyusa.org, 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, “Because of You”—Dinner, kick-off for the
Season of Giving. 2) The Schoenbaum Humanitarian Award Luncheon “Glitz at the Ritz.”
Dates: 1) Nov. 2, 2007. 2) TBA. Locations: 1) Michael’s On East. 2) The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota.
Ticket prices: 1) $95, $150, $250. 2) $75 and up.
Event chairs: 1) Gila Meriwether. 2) TBA.

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: April 24, 2008
Location: Michael’s On East
Ticket price: $100
Event chair: TBA

Sarasota Adopt a Family
Executive director: Alice Beard
Address: 2072 17th St.
Sarasota, FL 34237
Telephone: (941) 955-6767
Mission statement: To insure more than 600 families are adopted each year durin ghte holidays. The families have to meet financial criterium in order to qualify.

Sarasota Alliance for Historic Preservation
A group of residents, regular visitors, artists, historians, builders, archaelologists, planners, designers and writers working together to preserve not only the remaining significant landmarks, but also the contributing structures that define Sarasota.
President: Chris Wenzel
Address: P.O. Box 1754,
Sarasota, FL 34230
Telephone: (941) 953-8727
Web site: www.historicsarasota.org
Mission statement: To preserve and enhance our historic places.
Volunteer opportunities: Historic Homes Tour, Arts Day, Reading Festival.
Main fund-raising event: Historic Homes Tour
Date: March 4, 2008
Location: Varies
Ticket price: $20
Chairs: Chris Wenzel, Debbie Bowls

Sarasota Architectural Foundation
Provides educational tours, lectures, exhibits, travel and social events celebrating modern
architecture and design.
Chairman of the Board: Les Fishman
Address: P.O. Box 3678,
Sarasota, FL 34230-3678
Telephone: (941) 365-4723
Web site: www.sarasotaarchitecturalfoundation.org
Mission statement: To promote Sarasota’s innovative architecture and design beginning with the Sarasota School of Architecture.
Volunteer opportunities: Tour volunteers, data entry, Web site maintenance, mailings, party
planners, publicity, fund raising and community representation.
Main fund-raising event: Architectural tours, trips, lectures, design conferences, exhibits, film screenings and social events.
Date: Year-round
Location: Sarasota area
Ticket price: Free–$100
Event chair: Les Fishman

Sarasota Area Sports Authority
President: Nicole Evans Rissler
Address: P.O. Box 663,
Sarasota, FL 34236
Telephone: (941) 350-3464
Web site: www.sarasotasportsauthority.org
Mission statement: To provide community outreach and awareness of sports programs and events in the Sarasota area, including offering scholarships and college tuition grants to qualified high
school athletes.
Volunteer opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.

Sarasota Audubon Society
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. Call for details.
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) March 1, 2008.
Locations, ticket prices, event chairs: TBA

The Sarasota Ballet Association
Presidents: Donna and Walter Maytham
Address: 8001 Fairhaven Glen,
University Park, FL 34201
Telephone: (941) 351-5361
Web site: www.sarasotaballetassociation.org
Mission statement: To support the programs of the Sarasota Ballet of Florida in order to increase public awareness and audience development through education, understanding and appreciation of the art of dance.
Main fund-raising events: 1) “Meet Me at the Barre.” 2) “The Magic of Dance”—Featuring a Cole Porter Cabaret. 3) The “On Pointe” Luncheon.
Dates: 1) Oct. 14, 2007. 2) Nov. 9, 2007. 3) Jan. 17, 2008.
Locations: 1) Historic Asolo Theater. 2) Michael’s On East. 3) Van Wezel
Performing Arts Hall.
Ticket prices: 1) $30. 2) $95. 3) By invitation.
Event chairs: 1) Donna Maytham. 2) Hollis T. Russell, Sherril A. Morse. 3) Beverly Peterman.

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 articipate 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) Opening night dinner. 2) The “On Pointe” Luncheon. 3) Give Dance a Chance.
Dates: 1) Nov. 30, 2007. 2) Jan. 17, 2008. 3) February 2008.
Locations: 1–2) Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. 3) TBA.
Ticket prices: TBA
Event chairs: 1) Emily Walsh Parry, Lisa Walsh. 2–3) TBA.

Sarasota Choral Society
The up-to-300-voice chorus, full orchestra and professional soloists have performed the Christmas portion of Handel’s Messiah annually for 63 years.
Artistic Director: Deidre Reigel
Address: 4411 Bee Ridge Road, Box 327,
Sarasota, FL 34233
Telephone: (941) 343-9894
Web site: www.sarasotachoralsociety.org
Mission statement: Furthering and promoting individual and group singing and choral activities of all kinds.
Volunteer opportunities: Singing in the chorus, board positions, various committees and
production tasks.
Main fund-raising events: 1) 63rd annual production of Handel’s Messiah. 2) Documentary on the life of Dr. Julia W. Rohr. 3) Tribute dinner for Dr. Rohr.
Dates: 1) Dec. 2, 2007. 2) TBA. 3) Spring 2008.
Locations: 1) St. Armands Key Lutheran Church. 2–3) TBA.
Ticket prices: 1) $20/public performance; $15/dress rehearsal preceding the performance. 2–3) TBA.
Event chair: 1–3) Vince A. Vance.

Sarasota Chorus of the Keys
Award-winning men’s show chorus.
Executive director: Gary Raulerson
Address: P.O. Box 51751,
Sarasota, FL 34232-0314
Telephone: (941) 378-3331, information line
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: 59th Annual Concert—100-man chorus and quartets in performance of champions.
Date: Feb. 9, 2008
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Ticket prices: $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
Telephone: (941) 371-6481
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: 49th Annual Auction
Date: Feb. 16, 2008
Location: Sarasota Christian School gymnasium
Ticket price: Free
Event chair: Chris 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
Web site: www.sarasotaconcertassociation.org
Mission statement: To foster the development in the community of an appreciation for the
musical arts by sponsoring professional presentations through a nonprofit, audience
subscription plan; to present concerts which 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.
President: R. Schneider
Address: 4029 N. Washington Blvd.
Sarasota, FL 34234
Telephone: (941) 359-8024
Mission statement: Promote the love, enjoyment and appreciation of music in Sarasota for
cultural and educational benefits.
Volunteer opportunities: Ushers, ticket takers, sound-system set up, 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 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.
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.
Executive director: Martine Collier
Address: 1226 N. Tamiami Trail, Suite 300,
Sarasota, FL 34236
Telephone: (941) 365-5118
Web site: www.sarasotaarts.org
Mission statement: To create an environment where the arts flourish.
Volunteer opportunities: Arts Day, general office work throughout the year.
Main fund-raising events: 1) Awards Celebration. 2) Arts Night. 3) Arts Day.
Dates: 1) Oct. 29, 2007. 2) Jan. 11, 2008. 3) Jan. 13, 2008.
Locations: 1) Downtown Sarasota. 2) TBA. 3) Downtown Sarasota.
Ticket prices: 1–2) TBA. 3) $5 donation.
Event chairs: 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 4–13, 2008; Tribute Dinner, April 12, 2008.
Location: Festival, Regal Hollywood 20; Tribute Dinner, Longboat Key Club and Resort.
Ticket prices: $8–$300
Event chair: Mary Ann Robinson

Sarasota Film Society
Owns and operates Burns Court and Lakewood Ranch cinemas, presenting quality films from around the world.
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: The 17th Annual International Cine-World Film Festival—
Presenting 50 of the best feature films from around the world.
Date: Nov. 9–18, 2007
Location: Burns Court Cinemas
Ticket prices: $5/member, $7.50/nonmember
Event chairs: Noel Hazard, Elisabeth Branigan

Sarasota Garden Club Inc.
Horticulture, public gardens.
President: Andy Papineau
Address: 1131 Boulevard of the Arts,
Sarasota, FL 34236-4809
Telephone: (941) 955-0875
Web site: www.hometown.aol.com/sgcgarden
Mission statement: To encourage skill in gardening and floral arts, foster civic beautification, support conservation and public awareness of conserving green space, and to oppose actions that damage the environment.
Volunteer opportunities: Youth gardening (ages three to 18), butterfly gardening, nursing home outreach.
Main fund-raising events: 1) Holiday Boutique and Art at the Gardens—Holiday gift items,
plants and original art by local artists. 2) Flower show.
Dates: 1) Nov. 29–Dec. 1, 2007. 2) April 12–13, 2008.
Location: 1–2) Sarasota Garden Club
Ticket prices: 1) Free; items to purchase. 2) $5.
Event chairs: 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, Madeleine Thompson
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 event: Local shows performed
during the year. Call for information.
Dates, Locations, Ticket prices, Event chair: TBA

Sarasota Medical Pregnancy Center
Free, confidential services to women and men facing unplanned pregnancies.
Interim Executive Director: Wesley Huntley
Address: 1217 East Ave., Suite 310,
Sarasota, FL 34239
Telephone: (941) 330-2273
Web site: www.sarasotapregnancy.com
Mission statement: A faith-based agency that ministers to women who are facing an
unplanned pregnancy.
Volunteer opportunities: Peer counselors, office help, ultrasonographers and registered nurses.
Main fund-raising events: 1) Harvest for Life. 2) Walk for Life. 3) Baby Bottle Boomerang.
Dates: 1) Nov. 6, 2007. 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: TBA

Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation Inc.
Fund-raising organization that supports healthcare in Sarasota.
President and CEO: Alexandra (Alex) Quarles
Address: 1515 S. Osprey Ave., Suite B-4,
Sarasota, FL 34239
Telephone: (941) 917-1286
Web site: www.smhf.org
Mission statement: 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: 1) Rock the Roof party. 2) Seventh Annual Physicians Golf Tournament
Date: 1) Nov. 17, 2007. 2) May 2008
Location: 1) Sarasota Memoria’s Lasula Parking Garage rooftop. 2) TBA.
Ticket price: 1) $100. 2) TBA.
Event chair: 1) Myrna Band, Chris Pfahler, Amie Swan. 2) TBA.

Sarasota Museum of Art (SMOA)
A division of Ringling College of Art and Design, SMOA will be Sarasota’s first museum devoted to modern and contemporary art.
President: Wendy G. Surkis
Address: 2700 N. Tamiami Trail,
Sarasota, FL 34234
Telephone: (941) 309-4729
Web site: www.ringling.edu
Volunteer opportunities: A start-up organization with a variety of evolving opportunities.
Main fund-raising event: SeaFair—Patron appreciation event.
Date: Jan. 16, 2008
Location: Bayfront
Ticket price: Invitation only
Event chair: Fran Lambert

Sarasota Opera
Executive director: Susan T. Danis
Address: 61 N. Pineapple Ave.,
Sarasota, FL 34236
Telephone: (941) 366-8450
Web site: www.sarasotaopera.org
Mission statement: 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: 2008 Grand Re-Opening Night Gala Dinner and Dance—
The Sarasota Opera House will reopen in grand style, after a $20 million renovation, with a performance of Verdi’s Rigoletto, gala dinner and dancing.
Date: March 1, 2008
Location: TBA
Ticket price: $500
Event chair: TBA

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.
President: Carol Von Allmen
Address: 5112 St. Albans Ave.,
Sarasota, FL 34243
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. 3) Spring Fling Luncheon.
Dates: 1) Dec. 11, 2007. 2) Feb. 12, 2008. 3) March 13, 2008.
Locations: 1–2) Michael’s On East. 3) Bird Key Yacht Club.
Ticket prices: TBA
Event chairs: 1) Peg Nadel, John Fischer. 2) Janet Huelster, Jan Zipper. 3) Joan Suddarth.

Sarasota Reading Festival
Promotes literacy and reading through author presentations and education outreach, and raises funds for area libraries.
Executive director: Ellie Gibeau
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 cocktail reception.
Dates: 1) Nov. 3, 2007. 2) Nov. 2, 2007.
Locations: 1) Five Points Park. 2) Selby Public Library.
Ticket prices: 1) Free. 2) $75.
Event chair: 1) Renee Richardson Kling. 2) Maggie Hutter, Jo Rutstein, Charlene Hutson.

Sarasota Season of Sculpture
Invitational exhibition of approximately 25 sculptures displayed along the Sarasota bayfront and Tamiami Trail.
Executive director: Brenda Terris
Address: 240 S. Pineapple Ave., Suite 400,
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: Web, administrative, docents, event helpers.
Main fund-raising event: Opening Brunch Gala
Date: Nov. 11, 2007
Location: Along Sarasota’s bayfront.
Ticket price: TBA
Honorary chairs: Stanley and Janet Kane

Sarasota Sports Foundation
Organized exclusively for charitable and educational purposes.
Executive director: Trish Fitzgerald
Address: 5111 Ocean Blvd., Suite C,
Sarasota, FL 34242
Phone: (941) 312-9049
Web site: www.sarasotasportsfoundation.org
Mission statement: To raise money to prevent child abuse, neglect and abandonment in
our community.
Volunteer opportunities: Fund-raising committees and event day volunteers.
Main fund-raising events: 1) Third Annual Celebrity Gala and Celebrity Golf Classic.
2) Fourth Annual Serving Up a Grand Slam Celebrity Tennis Classic.
Dates: 1) Nov. 16–17, 2007. 2) March 13, 15, 16, 2008.
Location: 1–2) Longboat Key Club.
Ticket prices: 1) $750. 2) TBA.
Chairs: 1) D. Scott Libertore, Matt Drews. 2) Graci McGillicuddy.

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) Sarasota Polo Club Ball. 2) SMART Chef’s Dinners.
Dates: 1) March 28, 2008. 2) Year-round.
Locations: 1) $150. 2) Varied.
Ticket prices: 1) Sarasota Polo Club. 2) Varied.
Event chairs: 1) Nicholas J. Drizos, Joan Hazelett. 2) Nick G. Drizos.

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 Memory and Promise Dinner with Jon Voight, emcee.
Date: Feb. 23, 2008
Location: A La Carte Event Pavilion, Tampa
Ticket price: $200

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: 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, ncluding major mailings.
Main fund-raising events: 1) Israel’s 60th Celebration. 2) Three of a Kind—Poker
Madness Returns Again.
Dates: 1) Feb. 23–24, 2008. 2) May 3, 2008.
Locations: 1) TBA. 2) Michael’s On East.
Ticket prices: 1) Free. 2) TBA.
Event chairs: TBA

SCOPE
(Sarasota County Openly Plans for Excellence)

Engages the community to improve the quality of life in Sarasota County.
Executive director: Tim Dutton
Address: 1226 N. Tamiami Trail, Suite 202,
Sarasota, FL 34236
Telephone: (941) 365-8751
Web site: www.scopexcel.org
Mission statement: 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, Community Report Card, event-related work, Web site help, speaker’s bureau.
Main fund-raising event: SCOPE’s annual event
Date: June 2008
Location: TBA
Ticket price: Free; donations accepted.
Event chairs: SCOPE Communications Committee

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.secondchancelastopportunity.org
Mission statement: Provide life-management skills to those who face multiple health, social and economic challenges.
Volunteer opportunities: Seeking businesses
to become 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) “Share the Light”— Annual fund raiser. 2) Soup for the Soul. 3) May Picnic Party.
Dates: 1) September 2008. 2) April 2008. 3) May 2008.
Locations: 1) Michael’s On East. 2) Various restaurants. 3) TBA.
Ticket prices: 1) $50. 2–3) Call for information.
Event chair: 1–3) Amy Lovejoy.

Senior Friendship Centers
Celebrating its 35th anniversary in 2008, Senior Friendship Centers provides vital services for older adults, including meals for the homebound, healthcare and other programs and support for seniors and their families.
President and CEO: Robert J. Carter
Address: 1888 Brother Geenen Way,
Sarasota, FL 34236
Telephone: (941) 955-2122
Web site: www.seniorfriendship.com
Mission statement: Empowering individuals, families and communities through healthy and supportive aging services, activities, education and volunteerism.
Volunteer opportunities: Opportunities for all ages. Medical and dental practitioners, clerical support, entertainers, instructors and home meal deliverers.
Main fund-raising events: 1) Second annual Swinging with Friends Venice Golf Tournament. 2) 35th Anniversary dinner.
Dates: 1) Sept. 29, 2007. 2) Jan. 24, 2008.
Locations: 1) Mission Valley Golf and Country Club. 2) Senior Friendship Center, Sarasota.
Ticket prices: 1–2) $150.
Event chairs: 1) Dr. Richard Beebe. 2) Kathy Schersten.

The Society Incorporated
Florida Suncoast Chapter

Women of distinction and achievement working toward the development of fine
and performing arts among young people.
President: Audrey Coleman
Address: 7133 Dornough Lane,
Bradenton, FL 34202
Telephone: (941) 360-1541
Mission statement: To provide opportunities for the development of fine and performing
arts among young people with a special emphasis on African-American youth.
Main fund-raising event: New Year’s Eve Gala—Black tie.
Date: Dec. 31, 2007
Location: Fred’s Ballroom, Lakewood Ranch
Ticket price: TBA
Event chairs: Carolyn Johnson, Clara Mims

SOULSPEAK/SOULMOVES
Helps children and adults express their loves and losses through spontaneous and collaborative poetry, dance and art; produces art videos and documentaries.
Executive director: Scylla Liscombe
Address: 535 Columbia Court,
Sarasota, FL 34236-7125
Telephone: (941) 366-6468
Web site: www.soulspeak.org
Mission statement: To increase public awareness of poetry and dance, promote poetry and dance in collaboration with other arts, both traditional and healing, foster education programs and preserve art forms.
Volunteer opportunities: Fund raising.
Main fund-raising event: SOULSPEAK Video Sizzle—An evening of Soulspeak videos featuring local and Mexican art and artists.
Date: Nov. 16, 2007
Location: 535 Columbia Court, Sarasota.
Ticket price: Free
Event chairs: Scylla Liscombe, Justin Spring

South County Family YMCA
President and CEO: Ken Modzelewski
Address: 701 Center Road,
Venice, FL 34285
Telephone: (941) 492-9622
Web site: www.veniceymca.org
Mission statement: To put Judeo-Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy mind, body and spirit.
Volunteer opportunities: Varied.
Main fund-raising events: 1) Tropical Nights. 2) Black Tie Auction.
Dates: 1) April 26, 2008. 2) Feb. 9, 2008.
Locations: 1) Palm Island Resort. 2) South County Family YMCA.
Ticket prices: 1–2) $175.
Event chairs: TBA

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. 3, 2007
Location: South Florida Museum
Ticket price: $150
Event chairs: Debbie Gigliotti, Carol Rice

Southeastern Guide Dogs Inc.
Operating under the belief that every person who is blind or visually impaired should have
the opportunity to live an independent, empowered life.
Executive director: Pat Cowan
Address: 4210 77th St. E.,
Palmetto, FL 34221
Telephone: (941) 729-5665
Web site: www.guidedogs.org
Mission statement: Provides guide dogs to people who are blind or visually impaired at no charge.
Volunteer opportunities: Puppy hugging, dog walking, puppy raising, administrative
support, special events.
Main fund-raising events: 1) Silver Harness Gala. 2) Silver on the Green—Golf tournament. 3) Walk-a-Thon.
Dates: 1) Sept. 22, 2007. 2) Oct. 13, 2007. 3) March 1, 2008.
Locations: 1) Michael’s On East. 2) Tara Golf and Country Club. 3) Manatee County Fair Assocation and IMC Arena, Palmetto.
Ticket prices: 1) $200. 2) $150; $50 dinner only. 3) Volunteers collect pledges to walk.
Event chair: 1–2) Leigh Anne Novak. 3) Linda Sylvester.

Special Athlete Boosters Inc.
Executive director: Maggie Riggall
Address: P.O. Box 2112,
Venice, FL 34284
Telephone: (941) 412-0402
Mission statement: Develop local resources that enable intellectually disabled children and adults to participate in such activities as Special Olympics.
Volunteer opportunities: Fund raising and special events.
Main fund-raising events: 1) Sharks Tooth Festival—Family festival with food, rides, crafts and exhibits. 2) Coast Cadillac Laurel Oak Cup—Golf tournament with dinner and silent auction. 3) 5K Classic.
Dates: 1) April 2008. 2) March 2008. 3) November 2007.
Locations: 1) Venice Airport Festival Grounds. 2) Laurel Oak Country Club. 3) St. Armands.
Ticket prices: 1) $2. 2–3) Varied.
Event chair: Maggie Riggall

Special Olympics Sarasota
Year-round training and Olympic-type sports for people with developmental disabilities.
County Coordinator: Maggie Riggall
Address: P.O. Box 2112,
Venice, FL 34284
Telephone: (941) 412-0402
Web site: www.sosarasota.org
Volunteer opportunities: Event personnel, office, coaching, transportation and chaperoning athletes.
Main fund-raising event: Publix Torch Sales— Torches will be sold at all area Publix stores
throughout January.
Ticket prices: $1–$5

Sportsmen’s National Land Trust
Purchases land for conservation and recreation.
President: David Wilcox
Address: P.O. Box 9303,
Bradenton, FL 34206
Telephone: (941) 746-2136
Web site: www.snltflorida.org
Mission statement: Conserve wild, natural open and scenic land for the recreational enjoyment of present and future generations.
Volunteer opportunities: Office administration, database management, development and
fund raising, grant research and writing, land stewardship.
Main fund-raising events: 1) Sportsmen’s National Land Trust Fun Shoot. 2) Florida Specialty License Tag.
Dates: 1) March 8, 2008. 2) Year-round.
Locations: 1) Knight Trail Park, Nokomis. 2) None.
Ticket prices: 1) Corporate team sponsors. 2) TBA.
Event chairs: 1) Ed Lindsay. 2) None.

Suncoast Center for Independent Living Inc.
Provides advocacy, peer counseling, information and referral, independent living skills training, medical and computer loan and home modification to persons with disabilities. Also provides American with Disabilities Act consultation.
Executive director: Keith Kitchens
Address: 2989 Fruitville Road,
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.

Suncoast Communities Blood Bank
Medical Director/CEO: Dr. Mark Magenheim
Address: 1760 Mound St.,
Sarasota, FL 34236
Telephone: (866) 97-BLOOD
Web site: www.scbb.org
Mission statement: Provide our community’s hospitals 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: TBA
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 board Suncoast Foundation has constructed over $9 million in facilities for local charities providing services to physically and mentally challenged children and adults with proceeds raised through the Suncoast Offshore Grand Prix Festival.
Chairman: John T. Stafford
Address: 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 27–July 6, 2008
Location: Varied
Ticket price: Varied
Event chair: TBA

Suncoast Humane Society
Open-admission animal shelter serving portions of Sarasota, Charlotte and Lee counties.
Executive director: Phillip R. Snyder
Address: 6781 San Casa Drive,
Englewood, FL 34224
Telephone: (941) 474-7884
Web site: www.humane.org
Mission statement: To reduce the number of homeless animals and improve the quality of human life through animal companionship.
Volunteer opportunities: Tour guides, dog walkers, cat cuddlers, administrative, foster parents, handyman, groundskeeper and numerous other volunteer opportunities to work with and for the animals.
Main fund-raising events: 1) 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 2008. 2) March 2008.
Locations: 1) Plantation Golf and Country Club, Venice. 2) Venice.
Ticket prices: 1) $75. 2) Free.
Event chairs: TBA

Susan G. Komen for the Cure
Florida Suncoast Affiliate

Foundation dedicated to the cure for breast cancer.
Executive director: Lynn Rasys
Address: P.O. Box 51616,
Sarasota, FL 34232
Telephone: (877) 506-6927
Web site: www.komensuncoast.org
Mission statement: To save lives and end breast cancer by empowering people, ensuring quality of care and energizing science to find cures.
Volunteer opportunities: Speaker’s bureau, educational programs, fund raising.
Main fund-raising events: 1) Race for the Cure— Nationally sanctioned 5K race. 2) Annual luncheon.
Dates: 1) Oct. 6, 2007. 2) March 20, 2008.
Locations: 1) Vinoy Park. 2) The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota.
Ticket prices: 1) $30 prior to Sept. 1; $35 after. 2) TBA.
Event chairs: 1) Susan Maxwell. 2) Molly Jackson, Fran Lambert.

Take Stock in Children
Sarasota County

Awards four-year scholarships to low-income, at-risk students who agree to remain drug- and crime-free, attend school regularly and maintain academic success.
Executive director: Lisa Bechtold
Address: P.O. Box 48186,
Sarasota, FL 34230-5186
Telephone: (941) 929-2090
Web site: www.takestocksarasota.org
Mission statement: To end the cycle of poverty by providing dignity, hope and support to low-income, at-risk students in Sarasota County.
Volunteer opportunities: Mentoring, special events, committee members and fund raising.
Main fund-raising event: “Celebration of Hope” spring dinner
Date, location, ticket price, event chair: TBA

Temple Beth Sholom Schools: Justin Lee Wiesner Preschool and Goldie Feldman Academy
Both schools are part of Temple Beth Sholom, a conservative Jewish congregation.
Executive director: Kavita Vasil
Address: The Kane/Karp Educational Center
1050 S. Tuttle Ave.,
Sarasota, FL 34237
Telephone: (941) 552-2770
Web site: www.goldiefeldmanacademy.com
Mission statement: To offer an exemplary academic program recognizing the gifts of each child and helping each child achieve his highest potential while guiding him through Jewish traditions.
Volunteer opportunities: Contact celebration@ goldiefeldmanacademy.com.
Main fund-raising event: The 15th Annual Celebration of Imagination, A Crystal Gala Celebrating Our Children
Date: Feb. 23, 2008
Location: Temple Beth Sholom
Ticket price: $125
Event chairs: Priscilla Adams, Rebekah Gelvin, Christine Fenner

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.

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 for our population in Sarasota and Manatee Counties and the surrounding underserved area.
Volunteer opportunities: Bi-monthly food pantry.
Main fund-raising event: Second Annual AIDS Walk
Date: Oct. 13, 2007
Location: New College campus
Ticket price: Free
Event chair: Paul DiPlacido

United Cerebral Palsy of Sarasota-Manatee Inc.
Executive director: Wendy Mann Resnick
Address: 1090 S. Tamiami Trail,
Sarasota, FL 34236
Telephone: (941) 957-3599
Web site: www.ucpsarasota.org
Mission statement: Provide people with disabilities the support necessary to enable
them to live a full and productive life that includes a home, family, work and community participation.
Volunteer opportunities: Reception, events.
Main fund-raising events: 1) Gathering of the Goddesses Luncheon 2) Bachelor Bash and
Auction: “Manhattan Nights.” 3) Chocolate Sundae & The Chocolate Festival—Chocolate-themed gourmet dinner and tasting.
Dates: 1) Nov. 12, 2007. 2) Jan. 25, 2008. 3) March 7 and 9, 2008.
Locations: 1–3) Michael’s On East.
Ticket prices: TBA
Event chair: 1–3) Wendy Mann Resnick

United Nations Association of the United States America
UNA-USA Sarasota-Manatee Chapter
Nonpartisan national organization dedicated to enhancing U.S. participation in the U.N.
system and to strengthening that system in its mission. Provides unique international affairs programs: model U.N.s, public debates, lectures, special global projects and celebrations.
President: Dorothy Watson
Address: P.O. Box 2427,
Sarasota, FL 34230
Telephone: (941) 359-9760
Web site: www.geocities.com/sarasota-una
Mission statement: Dedicated to education, inspiring and mobilizing Americans to support the principles and vital work of the United Nations, strengthen the system. Promotes constructive United States leadership in that system, and the achievement of the goals of the U.N. Charter.
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 president Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf of Liberia. 3) Liberian Adopt-a-School Project—Ritz Chamber Players benefit concert.
Dates: 1) Oct. 24, 2007. 2) November 2007. 3) January 2008.
Locations: 1) Sarasota Yacht Club. 2) Hyatt Sarasota. 3) FSU Center for the Performing Arts.
Ticket prices: TBA
Event chairs: Peg Bates, Dorothy Watson, Pattie Lanier, Florence Jackson, Janet Holmes

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: $8,508,539
Total services, including grants: $3,719,747
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.

United Way of South Sarasota County
Funding 40 local programs throughout 26 local agencies serving the people of Venice, North Port, Englewood, Laurel, Nokomis and Osprey.
Executive director: Steve Brett
Address: 7810 S. Tamiami Trail, A-4,
Venice, FL 34293
Telephone: (941) 408-0595
Web site: www.uwssc.org
Mission statement: To increase the organized capacity of people to care for one another.
Volunteer opportunities: Community impact committee, community partnership committee.
Main fund-raising events: 1) United Way golf tournament. 2) Campaign Kickoff Lunch. 3) United Way Agency Walk-a-thon.
Dates: 1) Oct. 13, 2007. 2) Sept. 20, 2007. 3) Feb. 23, 2008
Locations: 1) Pelican Point. 2) Plantation Golf and Country Club. 3) Centennial Park.
Ticket prices: 1) $75. 2) $25. 3) Free.
Event chairs: 1) Brent Pinkerton. 2) Mary Gonter. 3) Dave Pierce.

University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee
Upper-level undergraduate and graduate- level programs and continuing professional education.
Vice President and CEO: Dr. Arthur Guilford
Address: 8350 N. Tamiami Trail,
Sarasota, FL 34243
Telephone: (941) 359-4340
Web site: www.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 scholarships.
Date: Nov. 4, 2007
Location: Powel Crosley Mansion
Ticket price: $100; sponsorships available, $1,500–$25,500.
Event chair: Grace Dieterich

Van Wezel Foundation
President and CEO: Rodger DeRose
Address: P.O. Box 3434,
Sarasota, FL 34230
Telephone: (941) 366-5578
Web site: www.vwfoundation.org
Mission statement: To enrich the lives of students and educators through the
performing arts while supporting the needs of the region’s premier performing arts hall.
Volunteer opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.
Main fund-raising events: 1) A Gala Evening with Patti LaBelle—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.
Dates: 1) Feb.15, 2008. 2) Jan. 2, 2008.
Locations: 1–2) Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall.
Ticket prices: 1) $75 (after-party only), $275, $500, $750. 2) $1,000/pair; concert only, $50–$60.
Event chairs: 1) Chris Pfahler, Veronica Brady. 2) Dottie Baer Garner.

Venice Area Beautification
Nurtures and develops enhancement and beautification projects, including the Venetian Waterway Park, Patriots Park, public art murals and the Venice Arboretum.
Executive director: Debbie Lure
Address: 257 N. Tamiami Trail,
Venice, FL 34285
Telephone: (941) 207-8224
Web site: www.vabi.org
Mission statement: To make the Venice area a more beautiful place to live, work and play.
Volunteer opportunities: Trailblazer bike patrol, Pepper Patrol, office, adopt-the-VWP, committees.
Main fund-raising events: 1) Evening in Paradise. 2) VABI Boat Bash.
Dates: 1) Nov. 17, 2007. 2) Dec. 1, 2007.
Locations: 1) On the beach at Sharky’s. 2) Venetian trailhead.
Ticket prices: 1) $150. 2) $40.
Event chairs: 1) Renee Ball. 2) Monty Andrews.

Venice Area Mobile Meals Inc.
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 media, fine art sales and a gift gallery.
Executive director: Marilyn LaBallister
Address: 390 Nokomis Ave. S.,
Venice, FL 34285
Telephone: (941) 485-7136
Web site: www.veniceartcenter.com
Mission statement: To stimulate and encourage the appreciation of art; to provide cultural resources to the community and encourage the knowledge and appreciation of visual art in all its forms today and in the future.
Volunteer opportunities: Fund raising, exhibition committee, receiving and hanging, opening receptions and reception desk.
Main fund-raising events: 1) Christmas Teas. 2) Paint-Out in Paradise. 3) Fine art sale and show.
Dates: 1) Dec. 5 and 7, 2007. 2) Feb. 29, 2008. 3) Feb. 23–24, 2008.
Locations: 1–2) Venice Art Center. 3) Venice Community Center.
Ticket prices: 1) $30. 2) TBA. 3) Free.
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. Individual and group tours of theater available.
Dates: Ongoing, call for information.
Location: Venice Little Theatre
Ticket prices: $10–$35

Venice MainStreet Inc.
Part of the national MainStreet organization.
Executive director: Bruce Crisman
Address: 101 W. Venice Ave., Suite 23,
Venice, FL 34285
Telephone: (941) 484-6722
Mission statement: To preserve and enhance a quality environment in downtown Venice for present and future generations through organized volunteer efforts by focusing on its historic character and economic vitality.
Volunteer opportunities: Committee work, office work, arts and entertainment, parade and festival organization.
Main fund-raising events: 1) Arts festivals. 2) Fashion show. 3) Dinner dance.
Dates: 1) Nov. 3-4, 2007. 2) Feb. 17, 2008. 3) Oct. 20, 2007.
Ticket prices: 1) Free. 2) $25. 3) $50.
Event chairs: 1-2) Kathy Crisman. 3) Bruce Crisman.

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
Dates: Nov. 18–19, 2007
Location: Venice Little Theatre
Ticket price, event chair: TBA

WEDU, 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
Chairwoman, 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) Sojourn—Annual black-tie, wine-paired cultural gala. 2) WEDU
Be More Awards—Celebration of West Central Florida’s nonprofit community. 3) Speaking of Women’s Health—Annual daylong event focusing on women’s health issues.
Dates: 1) Feb. 2, 2008. 2) Jan. 17, 2008. 3) June 2008.
Locations: 1) The Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront. 2) A La Carte Pavilion, Tampa. 3) TBA.
Ticket prices: 1) $200-plus. 2) $45-plus. 3) $50-plus.
Event chair: 1) Barry and Judith Alpert, Richard and Francine Dobkin, Leonard and Nancy Johnson, Ray and Nancy Murray, Tom Luzier, Allison Beard. 2) TBA. 3) Tana Sandefur.

The Wellness Community
Nonmedical support organization for cancer patients and family members.
Executive director: Jay R. Lockaby
Address: 3900 Clark Road, Building P-3,
Sarasota, FL 34233
Telephone: (941) 921-5539
Web site: www.wellness-swfl.org
Mission statement: To help people affected by cancer enhance their health and well-being through participation in a professional program of emotional support, education and hope.
Volunteer opportunities: Outreach, clerical, fund raising, event support.
Main fund-raising events: 1) Flight of Hope—Dinner/dance gala. 2) The Celebration of Hope—Dinner and presentation of the 2007 Stephen H. Goldman Keystone Award. 3) Sarasota Magazine’s Hottest Husbands.
Dates: 1) March 15, 2008. 2) Nov. 14, 2007. 3) Feb. 13, 2008.
Locations: 1) Dolphin Aviation. 2) Michael’s On East. 3) Saks Fifth Avenue
Ticket prices: 1) $195. 2) $125. 3) TBA.
Event chairs: 1) Amie Swan, Emily Walsh Parry. 2) Shea Dotson, Karen Odierna. 3) TBA.

West Coast Civic Ballet
Provides quality dance performances in classical ballet and contemporary dance for audiences of all ages.
Executive director: Deborah Vinton
Address: 525 Lemon Ave.,
Sarasota, FL 34234
Telephone: (941) 951-0220
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, fund raising.
Main fund-raising events: 1) Peter Pan. 2) Spring Festival. 3) Scary Saturday Night Out.
Dates: 1) Dec. 15–16, 2007. 2) March 8–9, 2008. 3) Oct. 27, 2007.
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: 1–2) Deborah Vinton. 3) Donna Riggs.

WBTT
(Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe)
The 2007-2008 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
Telephone: (941) 358-9228
Web site: www.wbtt.org
Mission statement: To celebrate black artists and their works and expose the community
to multicultural art.
Volunteer opportunities: Help with administrative work, office and technical crew.
Main fund-raising event: Contributor parties
Date, location, ticket price, event chair: TBA

Wildlife Center of Venice
Sarasota County’s only active state and federally permitted wildlife rescue and rehabilitation center, treating more than 3,000 injured and orphaned birds, mammals and reptiles annually.
Executive Director: Kevin Barton
Address: 3252 Border Road,
Venice, FL 34292
Telephone: (941) 484-9657
Web site: www.wildlifecenterofvenice.org
Mission statement: Dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and release of sick, injured and orphaned Florida wildlife. Also providing educational programs on environmental issues and conservation.
Volunteer opportunities: Rescue, rehab support (cleaning and feeding), property management, construction, education, fund-raising.
Main fund-raising events: 1) Garage sale. 2) “Party in Paradise”—Dinner with ntertainment, silent auction and raffle. 3) Wine and dessert tasting with silent auction.
Dates: 1) Feb. 10, 2008. 2) Feb. 21, 2008. 3) TBA.
Locations: 1) 235 Snyder Drive, Venice. 2) VFW Hall, Venice. 3) TBA.
Ticket prices: 1) Free. 2) $25. 3) $20.
Event chairs: 1) Jane Reeves. 2) Mary Riley. 3) Linda Schrader.

William G. Selby & Marie Selby Foundation
Donates grants for capital projects to nonprofit organizations in Sarasota and surrounding counties.
As of May 31, 2006
Assets: $71,772,153
Total grants: $4.1 million
Number of grants: 31
Range of grants: $10,000–$500,000
Average grant size: $132,688
President: Debra Jacobs
Address: 1800 Second St., Suite 750,
Sarasota, FL 34236
Phone: (941) 957-0442
Web site: www.selbyfdn.org
Mission statement: To invest in people through academic scholarships and support of capital projects of local organizations.

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: Mornings and afternoons, three-hour shifts. Cashier, intake, pricing, sales, wrappers.

Women’s Resource Center of Sarasota County
A nonprofit organization that assists women in achieving financial and emotional independence through support, education and career training, networking and referral services.
Executive director: Janice Zarro
Address: 340 S. Tuttle Ave.,
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 10, 2008
Location: The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota
Ticket price: $95
Event chair: Betty Schoenbaum

World Dance Arts Foundation Inc.
Develops, funds and sponsors curriculum-based social dance programs for public school students (elementary and middle 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 event: The Youth Ballroom Blitz—The world’s largest gathering of youth ballroom dancing in an energetic, competitive format. Young dancers from across the country will gather for a memorable weekend filled with fun, music and dancing.
Date: Nov. 3, 2007
Location: Hyatt Regency, Orlando
Ticket price: $20
Event chairs: Anna Christine Smart, Evette Revelli

WUSF Public Broadcasting
A public service media organization that celebrates educational, cultural and artistic excellence and is an authentic source of information for people of the greater Tampa Bay and Sarasota region.
General Manager: JoAnn Urofsky
Address: 4202 E. Fowler Ave., TVB 100,
Tampa, FL 33620
Telephone: (813) 974-8700
Web site: www.wusf.org
Mission statement: To provide the
community with outstanding educational, cultural and public affairs programming, productions and community outreach services through our media platforms: radio, television, the Radio Reading Service and the Internet.
Volunteer opportunities: Mailings, telephones, membership campaigns, station tours and reading for the visually impaired.
Main fund-raising event: On-air membership campaigns
Dates: 1) Radio: October 2007; March 2008. 2) Television: December 2007; March, June, August 2008.
Location: University of South Florida
Ticket price: N/A
Event chair: Cathy Coccia

YMCA Foundation of Sarasota Inc.
Provides financial support for the Sarasota Family YMCA.
President: Karin E. Gustafson, C.F.R.E.
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 3, 2008
Location: Berlin YMCA Branch
Ticket price: $200
Event chair: TBA

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