Archive for September, 2012

09/1/2012

Social Calendar 2012-2013

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09/1/2012

The 2012-2013 Giving Register

Our annual register of local charities provides a glimpse of our community’s generous spirit, highlighting 286 organizations that provide aid, nourishment, shelter, guidance and inspiration, all to make our little corner of the world a better place. This year, the bulk of our list reflects our new partnership with The Giving Partner, an online tool […]

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09/1/2012

Sarasota Gives

Capital Ideas Campaigns to build a better future.     One person’s dream can spark a great new organization. By Ilene Denton Barbara Richards, Project 180 “Why did I start this nonprofit? For 30,000 reasons.” Barbara Richards has been working toward launching Project 180—a free, two-year residential program to help former prisoners re-entering the community […]

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09/1/2012

My World: Karen Mersereau

What’s the hardest thing for a dog to learn? To stop for a branch or something blocking the path that the dog can pass under but the handler will hit. [They also have to learn] intelligent disobedience—refusing a command that would put the handler in immediate danger. What can every dog learn? Dogs are excellent […]

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09/1/2012

Insider: This Boy’s Life

When Kevin Stalker first went to the Boys and Girls Clubs at age nine, it was a refuge from a home that included violence and drugs. Nine years later, Kevin is honorary winner of the clubs’ regional Youth of the Year competition, with a $5,000 college scholarship. “They don’t usually give an honorary award, but […]

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09/1/2012

What Your Gift Can Buy

Want to lend a helping hand to our area’s myriad nonprofits, but not sure where to start? Here are a few of the many giving opportunities, in a range of choices that can fit your passions and your pocketbook. Whether big or small, every donation matters, and you’ll know exactly how you helped to change […]

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09/1/2012

Eyes Wide Shut

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09/1/2012

Gala Glam

It’s always a wonder how soon the next Sarasota social season arrives when the last one seriously feels like 20 minutes ago. But it is in fact time to transition into the social and stylish swing of things. To help you, I’ve pored over what’s trending from the New York, Paris and Milan runway shows […]

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09/1/2012

36 Hours to Give

5:15 a.m. On March 27 in the pre-dawn quiet throughout Sarasota and Manatee, a buzz was building. Well before sunrise, the windows of the Community Foundation of Sarasota shone bright onto Fruitville Road. Inside, laptops hummed, staffers fidgeted and a projector warmed the back wall of a balloon-filled banquet room. One mile north, Cat Depot […]

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09/1/2012

Diary of a Trophy Wife

Sarasota Magazine’s humor columnist, Bob Plunket (aka Mr. Chatterbox), likes to tease me by calling me a trophy wife. My chance to actually deserve that title came over the phone on a sun-scorched August day from actor and philanthropist extraordinaire Carolyn Michel. “The Community AIDS Network would like for you to be their celebrity dancer […]

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09/1/2012

Volunteer of the Year 2012: Mr. Magic

They call him “Mr. Magic,” because many of his contributions occur when no one is looking. In two years, Robert Burns, a 50-year-old golf course irrigation specialist, has given more than 4,000 volunteer hours to Cat Depot—cleaning litter boxes, trapping strays and even parking cars at events. When they do see him, his Cat Depot […]

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09/1/2012

From The Editor: Better Together

Connections are everything, from getting your kid a summer job to the collision of those newly discovered “God particles” that scientists theorize are the basis of all matter. For 10 years, this annual Guide to Giving has also been sparking connections, bringing you, our readers, together with great causes, other generous people and neighbors in […]

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