Welcome to our annual compilation of local nonprofits that give to the needy, heal the sick, and further the intellectual, cultural and humanitarian pursuits of all of us.

In addition to holding 501(c)3 nonprofit certification, each of these organizations is locally headquartered and serves Sarasota directly. Most of these charities hold public fund-raising events, and nearly all of them depend on volunteers. Here you’ll find numerous ways you can contribute to their missions.

Read about even more local organizations on our Web site, www.sarasotamagazine.com.

Please bring omissions to our attention so that we may add them to our database. For information, comments or suggestions, contact Hannah Wallace at Sarasota Magazine, 330S. Pineapple Ave., Suite 205, Sarasota, 34236. Or e-mail hannahw@sarasotamagazine.com.

Agape Flights
Interdenominational Christian ministry and resource center for missionary families, providing weekly flights for mail and critical and emergency supplies and short-term volunteer teams.
Executive director: Charles Gardner
Address: 100 Airport Ave.
Venice, FL 34285
Telephone: (941) 488-0990
Web site: www.agapeflights.com
Mission statement: To share the good news of Jesus Christ and serve 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: Taste of Venice
Date: Oct. 4, 2008
Location: Agape Hangar
Ticket price: Free; reservations required.
Event chair: Stephanie Gardner

All Children’s Hospital Guild of Sarasota and Manatee
President: Morgan Gerhart
Address: 4720 Acorn Circle
Sarasota, FL 34233
Telephone: (941) 927-8689
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) Moonlight Over Rio. 2) Carrabba's Luncheon and Fashion Show.
Dates: 1) Feb. 28, 2009. 2) April 23, 2009.
Locations: 1) Powel Crosley estate. 2) Carrabba's, University Parkway.
Ticket prices: 1) $175. 2) $25.
Event chairs: 1) Morgan Gerhart, Kimberly Danzig, Neil Fleet. 2) Denise Berceau.

All Faiths Food Bank
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 hunger and nutrition.
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. 9, 2008. 2) Jan. 15, 2009. 3) April 19, 2009.
Locations: 1) Phillippi Estate Mansion. 2) Westfield Southgate. 3) Hillview Street.
Ticket prices: TBA
Event chairs: 1-2) TBA. 3) George Generoso.

All-Star Children's Foundation
Executive director: Trish Fitzgerald
Address: 5111 Ocean Blvd., Suite C
Sarasota, FL 34242
Telephone: (941) 312-9049
Web site: www.allstarchildrensfoundation.org
Mission statement: To break the cycle of child abuse, neglect and abandonment.
Main fund-raising events: 1) Celebrity Gala and Golf Tournament. 2) Serving up a Grand Slam—Celebrity tennis classic.
Dates: 1) Nov. 21-22, 2008. 2) TBA.
Locations: 1-2) Longboat Key Club.
Ticket prices: TBA
Event chairs: 1) D. Scott Libertore, Matt Drews. 2) Graci McGillicuddy.

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) Annual brunch. 2) Spring gala.
Dates: 1) Oct. 26, 2008. 2) TBA.
Locations: 1) Longboat Key Club. 2) TBA.
Ticket prices: 1) $50. 2) $135.
Event chairs: 1-2) Magida Diouri.

Alzheimer’s Association—Florida Gulf Coast Chapter
Executive director: Gloria J.T. Smith
Address: 1230 S. Tuttle Ave.
Sarasota, FL 34239
Telephone: (941) 365-8883
Web site: www.alz.org/flgulfcoast/
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: October 2009
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; (800) ACS-2345
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: Event committee planners, volunteer drivers, speakers’ bureau.
Main fund-raising events: 1) Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk. 2) Cattle Barons' Ball.
Dates: 1) Oct. 11, 2008. 2) Feb. 28, 2009.
Locations: 1) Sarasota Polo Club. 2) The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota.
Ticket prices: 1) Free. 2) $200.
Event chairs: 1) Meghann Ryan. 2) Kathie and Mike Hayes.

American Cancer Society—Sarasota/DeSoto Counties Unit
Executive director: Wendy DiMeo
Address: 2801 Fruitville Road, Suite 250
Sarasota, FL 34237
Telephone: (941) 365-2858 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 Barons’ Ball committee, volunteer opportunities for Making Strides Against Cancer.
Main fund-raising events: 1) Cattle Barons’ Ball—Stetsons and Stilettos on Thomas Ranch. 2) Relay for Life—Teams walk, jog or run relay-style for 18 hours, plus a cancer survivor dinner and candle-lighting ceremony. [h1]
Dates: 1) Jan. 17, 2009. 2) Spring 2009.
Locations: 1) Thomas Ranch. 2) TBA.
Ticket prices: 1) $100. 2) Free.
Event chairs: 1) Michelle Ryan, Kelly Pickering. 2) TBA.

American Heart Association
Regional director: Julie Johnston
Address: P.O. Box 20963
St. Petersburg, FL 33742
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) Start! Heart Walk. 2) Go Red for Women Luncheon.
Dates: 1) Oct. 4, 2008. 2) Spring 2009.
Locations: 1) Payne Park. 2) TBA.
Ticket prices: 1) Pledge event. 2) TBA.
Event chairs: 1) Dr. Arthur Guilford. 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: Brian Lipton
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, Locations: TBA
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 2009
Date: May 2009
Location: Mote Aquarium
Ticket price: $125-$150
Event chair: Jennifer Compton

Animal Rescue Coalition
Executive director: Roberta C. Druif
Address: 47 S. Palm Ave., Suite 209
Sarasota, FL 34236
Telephone: (941) 957-1955
Web site: www.arcsarasota.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, reception.
Main fund-raising events: 1) "Best in Show" Gala 2009. 2) Dog's Night Out.
Dates: 1) March 21, 2009. 2) Jan. 16, 2009.
Locations: 1) Michael's On East. 2) Saks Fifth Avenue.
Ticket prices: 1) $250. 2) TBA.
Event chairs: TBA

Aquarian Quest Inc. (WEB ONLY - I.)
Operates Sarasota County's official education sail fleet. 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: Onboard educators, maintenance and restoration.
Main fund-raising events: Adult sponsor sails, music festival, vehicle donations.
Date: Scheduled as requested
Location: Nokomis Beach Park and along the west coast of Florida.
Ticket price: Adults, $30; children $15; school sails, $695 for 33 students.
Event chairs: Rick Suckow

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 receiving, newspaper and magazine article clipper, education set-up, handyman and garden
Main fund-raising event: 1) Contemporary Arts and Crafts—Holiday gifts boutique. 2) Fine Art Collectors’ Tour—Features some of the area’s finest art collections and homes. 3) Icons and Idols Gala.
Date: 1) Nov. 12-Dec. 29, 2008. 2) Nov. 15, 2008. 3) March 2009.
Location: 1) Art Center Sarasota. 2) Art Center Sarasota, local homes. 3) Art Center Sarasota.
Ticket price: 1) Free; $2 donation requested. 2) $25. 3) $15.
Event chair: 1-3) 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: To improve 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 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, Locations, Ticket prices, Event chairs: TBA

The Artist Series of Sarasota
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) Friends Dinner Gala. 2) Fifth annual scholarship dinner and competition.
Dates: 1) Feb. 3, 3009. 2) Dinner, March 26, 2009; competition, March 28, 2009.
Locations: 1) Meadows Country Club. 3) Dinner, The Oaks Club; competition, Historic Asolo Theater.
Ticket prices: 1) $85. 2) Dinner, $100; competition, free.
Event chairs: 1) Alma Abshier, Donna Stewart. 2) Eva Saunders, Joan Suddarth, Virginia Toulmin.

Asolo Repertory Theatre
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: Season Gala
Date: Feb. 28, 2009
Location: TBA
Ticket price: $250 and up
Event chair: Veronica Brady

Banyan Theater Company
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.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast Inc.
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: To help 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) Sports Legends Weekend Gala. 2) Denim & Diamonds. 3) The Big Race.
Dates: 1) March 20, 2009. 2) Nov. 22, 2008. 3) May 9, 2009
Locations: 1) Hyatt Regency Sarasota. 2) Venetian Golf & River Club. 3) Renaissance.
Ticket prices: 1) $200. 2-3) $75.
Event chairs: 1) Patti Johnson. 2) Liz Crapet. 3) Jeanna Stinehelfer.

Big Cat Habitat And Gulf Coast Santuary
A permanent safe home for exotic animals in need.
Executive director: Kay Rosaire
Address: P.O. Box 50127
Sarasota, FL 34232
Telephone: (941) 350-6826
Web site: www.bigcathabitat.org
Mission statement: To give people an opportunity to encounter exotic animals; to provide love, respect and sanctuary for life; to foster an appreciation of animals and the importance of habitat preservation.
Volunteer opportunities: Fund raising, helping with weekend shows.
Main Fund-raising Events: 1) Animal Extravaganza. 2) Safari Dinner. 3) Weekend shows.
Dates: 1-2) TBA. 3) November-May.
Locations: 1-3) 7101 Palmer Blvd.
Ticket prices, event chairs: TBA

Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota
President and CEO: J. Mack Reid
Address: P.O. Box 4068
Sarasota, FL 34230
Telephone: (941) 366-3911
Web site: www.boysandgirlsclubs.com
Mission statement: To inspire and enable all young people, especially those from disadvantaged circumstances, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens.
Volunteer opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.
Main fund-raising events: 1) Kids' Night Out. 2) Ritz-Carlton Members Club Boys & Girls Club Golf Classic.
Dates: 1) Nov. 7, 2008. 2) Oct. 3, 2008.
Locations: 1) The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota. 2) Ritz-Carlton Members Club.
Ticket prices: 1) $250/person; $2,500/table. 2) $500/player.
Event chairs: 1) TBA. 2) Charlotte Hedge, Monica Barth, Michael Moulton.

Breast Health Sarasota Inc.
Raises funds for Sarasota women and their families in need.
Chairs: Deanna Doyle, 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 events: Golf tournaments
Dates, Locations, Ticket prices: TBA
Event chair: Suellen Kaeb

Camp Florida Fish Tales
Week-long, 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 and Monks Steamer Bar Annual Golf Tournament. 2) Springfest Block Party. 3) Children's Art Auction.
Dates: 1) Dec. 7, 2008. 2) March 2009. 3) June 2009.
Locations: 1) Rolling Green Golf Club. 2) Superior Avenue, Gulf Gate. 3) TBA.
Ticket prices: 1) $65; $100 hole sponsor. 2-3) Donation.
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) Annual Dinner Auction. 2) Fall Golf Tournament.
Dates: 1) TBA. 2) October 2008.
Locations: 1-2) Waterlefe Golf & Country Club.
Ticket prices, Event chairs: TBA

The Cat Depot
Shelter of homeless cats, education and support of feline care, behavior and husbandry.
Executive director: Donna Thomas
Address: 5933 N. Washington Blvd., # A
Sarasota, FL 34243
Telephone: (941) 351-0824
Web site: www.catdepot.org
Mission statement: To reduce the need to shelter homeless cats and to provide shelter for homeless cats until good homes are found.
Volunteer opportunities: Cat cuddling (socializing).
Main fund-raising event: Catsino Royale
Date: Feb. 28, 2009
Location: PAL Sailor Circus
Ticket prices: $150
Event chairs: Darla O'Brien, Judy Ragona

Catholic Charities, Diocese of Venice Inc.
President/CEO: Peter Routsis-Arroyo
Address: 1000 Pinebrook Road
Venice, FL 34285
Telephone: (941) 488-5581
Web site: www.catholiccharitiesdov.org
Mission statement: To serve and empower all in need, regardless of race, nationality or creed, in devotion and adherence to the teachings of Jesus and the Catholic Church.
Volunteer opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.
Main fund-raising events: 20th Anniversary Catholic Charities Ball, An Evening in Ireland
Dates: Jan. 10, 2009
Locations: The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota
Ticket prices: $235
Event chairs: TBA

Charis Center Inc.
Professional mental health services.
Executive director: Glen Denlinger, LCSW, BCD
Address: 4041 Bahia Vista St.
Sarasota, FL 34232
Telephone: (941) 378-1549
Web site: www.chariscenterfl.org
Mission statement: To provide mental health services to the private, public and nonprofit sections of the community. Clients are carefully matched with counselors based on specialty, gender, personality, age, approach and other factors.
Main fund-raising event: Siesta Key Beach Run—Benefiting the Caring Fund, which helps offset counseling fees for individuals in need.
Dates: April 25, 009
Locations: Siesta Key Beach
Ticket prices: $20
Event chairs: Connie Woodruff

Child Protection Center Inc.
Executive director: Harold H. Hedley
Address: 1750 17th St., Building L
Sarasota, FL 34234
Telephone: (941) 365-1277
Web site: www.cpcsarasota.org
Mission statement: To facilitate child abuse prevention, intervention and treatment.
Volunteer opportunities: Supervise court-ordered visits between noncustodial parents and children; assist with special events and fund raising.
Main fund-raising event: Ferraris on St. Armands.
Date: Feb. 13-15, 2009
Location: Friday reception, Rectrix Aerodrome Center; Saturday show, St. Armands Circle; Saturday dinner, Ritz-Carlton Members Beach Club; Sunday breakfast, The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota.
Ticket price: Friday reception, $110 ($120 after Jan. 15); Saturday show, free; Saturday dinner, $275; Sunday breakfast, $50
Event chairs: Gary and Marilee Roberts

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 Richard Redding, quality assurance manager.
Main fund-raising events: 1) Luncheon/fashion show. 2) 10th Annual Celebration Golf Tournament. 3) 10th Annual Celebration Dinner & Auction.
Dates: 1) Oct. 28, 2008. 2) Feb. 13, 2009. 3) March 13, 2009.
Locations: 1) Sharky's on the Pier. 2) Pelican Pointe Golf & Country Club. 3) Hyatt Regency Sarasota.
Ticket prices: 1) $40; $400/table. 2-3) $150.
Event chairs: 1) Chris Pfahler, Julie Pinkterton, Jackie Rolfes. 2) George Byrne, Melba Martin. 3) TBA.

The 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: P.O. Box 49722
Sarasota, FL 34230
Telephone: (941) 861-4841
Mission statement: To provide legal and volunteer support for more than 1,000 children in the 12th Judicial Circuit courts.
Main fund-raising event: Let the Season Begin—Ninth annual luncheon and gift bazaar.
Date: Nov. 7, 2008
Location: Michael's On East
Ticket prices, Event chairs: TBA

Circus Sarasota
Produces monthlong show in February, education and human-service programs throughout the year.
Executive director: Pedro Reis
Address: 8251 15th St. E., Suite B
Sarasota, FL 34243
Telephone: (941) 355-9335
Web site: www.circussarasota.org
Mission statement: To provide 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—The Roaring 20s, honoring John and Tana Sandefur. 2) Laughter Unlimited Luncheon.
Dates: 1) Jan. 9, 2009. 2) April 6, 2009.
Locations: 1) Tuttle Avenue and 12th Street. 2) TBA.
Ticket prices: 1) $200; Patron $250. 2) TBA.
Event chairs: 1) Peg Nadel. 2) TBA.

Community AIDS Network
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, case management and therapy.
Volunteer opportunities: Fund raising, administrative, HIV testing.
Main fund-raising events: Ninth Annual CAN Dance—Ballroom championship dancing event.
Dates: Oct. 25, 2008
Locations: Chelsea Center
Ticket prices: $200
Event chair: Emily Walsh Parry

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 $150 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.
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.

From June 1, 2007-May 31, 2008:
Assets: $158 million
Total grants: $9,062,730
Number of grants: 1,014
Total scholarships: $1,060,054
Number of scholarships: 525
Range of grants: $250 to $1.4 million

Main fund-raising event: PJs with a Purpose: Celebrating Women's Philanthropy—Co-hosted with the Manatee Community Foundation and the Lakewood Ranch Community Fund.
Date: March 6, 2009
Location: The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota
Ticket price: $50
Event chair: TBA

Community Haven for Adults and Children with Disabilities
Helps 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) 11th Annual Jingle & Jog—5k and one-mile run. 2) Haven Hoedown. 3) Haven Mad Hatter Tea.
Dates: 1) Dec. 6, 2008. 2) Oct. 24, 2008. 3) March 19, 2009.
Locations: 1-2) Community Haven. 3) TBA.
Ticket prices: 1) TBA. 2) $50. 3) $25.
Event chairs: 1-3) Marla Doss.

Community Mobile Meals of Sarasota County Inc.
Executive director: Janet Traynor
Address: P.O. Box 178
Sarasota, FL 34230
Telephone: (941) 366-6693
Mission statement: To 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 events: Once-a-year private mailing.

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: 8499 S. Tamiami Trail, Suite 236
Sarasota, FL 34238
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: Kentucky Derby Barbecue.
Date: May 2, 2009
Location, ticket price, event chair: TBA

Community Pharmacy of Sarasota County
Has provided access to over $575,000 worth of prescription assistance to qualified Sarasota County residents.
Executive director: Kimberly Chmielewski
Address: 225 Tamiami Trail S.
Nokomis, FL 34275
Phone: (941) 445-5687
Web site: www.cpsarasota.org
Mission statement: To improve access to prescription medications fo uninsured and needy Sarasota County residents.
Volunteer opportunities: Licensed pharmacists, pharmacy techs.
Main fund-raising event: 2009 winter event
Date, location, ticket price, chair: TBA

Community Video Archives (CVA)
President: Annette Scherman
Address: 1235 S. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34239
Telephone: (941) 365-7052
Mission statement: To 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, 2009
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 event: Starry, Starry Night Prom
Date: June 6, 2009
Location: TBA
Ticket price: $75
Event chair: TBA

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
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) Southwest Florida Heritage Festival. 2) Starry Nite—Dinner, silent auction and amazing celestial sights via powerful telescopes.
Dates: 1) Jan. 10, 2009. 2) March 2009.
Locations: 1-2) Crowley Museum and Nature Center.
Ticket prices, Event chairs: TBA

Cure 4 Diabetes - WEB ONLY
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 most recently on the BCG Therapy human clinical trials, which began in January 2008 at Massachusetts General Hospital.
President: Linda Menke
Address: 1549 Ringling Blvd., Suite 101
Sarasota, FL 34236
Telephone: (941) 951-2141
Web site: www.cure4diabetes.org
Mission statement: To find a cure for Type 1 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.
Main fund-raising events, Dates, Locations, Ticket prices, Event chairs: TBA

Dattoli Cancer Foundation - WEB ONLY
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
Sarasota's premier philanthropic shopping experience for consigned, donated and new designer fashion and accessories, home furnishings, accents, antiques and collectibles.
Executive director: Pamela Day
Address: 1226 N. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34236
Telephone: (941) 366-5293
Web site: www.designingwomenboutique.org
Mission statement: To meaningfully grow the funding for arts and human services through innovative marketing of unique couture apparel, fine home furnishings and estate liquidation.
Volunteer opportunities: Sales, Ebay, computer work, event coordination, administrative support/secretarial services, speakers’ bureau.
Main fund-raising events: 1) Fashion Week 2008—Pamela Dennis trunk show and The Jewels of Sarasota community calendar and cabaret/style show and dinner. 2) Salon Series—Monthly luncheon/lecture/fashion shows.
Dates: 1) Dec. 8 and 15, 2008. 2) Final Thursday of every month (except November).
Locations: 1) FSU Center for the Performing Arts. 2) Designing Women Boutique.
Ticket prices: 1) $125-$500/person. 2) $14/person, per event.
Event chairs: 1) Chris Currie, Mary Ann Robinson, Jackie Rogers, Molly Schechter, Diane Roskamp, Jean Weidner, Margaret Wise. 2) Jewel Ash, Joan Campo-Liga, Gloria Moss, Carol Phillips.

The Dreams are Free School at Bishop Nevins Academy
A faith-friendly Catholic school for children 6 to 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: To nurture the spiritual and academic growth and development of students with learning disabilities.
Volunteer opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.
Main fund-raising event: Chelsea Center Dinner Auction
Date: March 28, 2009
Location: Bishop Nevins Academy
Ticket price, Event chair: TBA

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
Telephone: (941) 475-8722
Web site: www.dashinc.org
Mission statement: Provides transitional housing and direct services to primary victims and their families (men, women and children/teens). Services are at no charge and include food, transportation, mandatory psycho-counseling referrals relating to domestic abuse, substance abuse and anger management, as well as life management and parenting skills.
Volunteer opportunities: Office help, fund raising, receptionist duties, speaking.
Main fund-raising events: Annual membership appeal, annual fund-raising letter and ongoing acceptance of donations.

Ear Research Foundation
Executive director: Jennifer Moss
President and Founder: Herbert Silverstein, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Address: 1901 Floyd St.
Sarasota, FL 34239
Telephone: (941) 365-0367
Web site: www.silversteininstitute.com
Mission statement: Dedicated to research into finding better treatments for hearing loss and balance problems, education of physicians and the public and providing community service, including care for under-insured patients.
Volunteer opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.
Main fund-raising event: Hear and Now—Dinner, live opera concert performance.
Date: Nov. 13, 2008
Location: Sarasota Opera House
Ticket price: $150
Event chair: Jennifer Moss, A.P.R.

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 III, The Perfect Caper. 3) Sprinkler Scramble.
Dates: 1) May 2009. 2) Nov. 1, 2008. 3) September 2008.
Locations: 1) Charlotte Harbor. 2) Punta Gorda. 3) DeSoto County.
Ticket prices: 1) $85. 2) $50. 3) $75.
Event chairs: TBA

Easter Seals Southwest Florida Inc.
Provides services for individuals with disabilities of all ages on two campuses. For children, provides interdisciplinary medical therapy, education and support services, including respite care for families. Adults benefit from a community-based education program and adult day training dedicated to improving their quality of lives.
President and CEO: Bill Lloyd
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) 13th Annual Meadows Cup Pro-Am Golf Tournament. 2) Yellow Rose Black-Tie Gala
Dates: 1) April 25, 2009. 2) Oct. 18, 2008.
Locations: 1) The Meadows Country Club. 2) University Park Country Club.
Ticket prices, Event chairs: TBA

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: To 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. 27, 2009.
Location: Michael's On East
Ticket price: $200, $250 patron.
Event chairs: Sherry Burd, Hartley O'Brien

Englewood Helping Hand Inc.
Community-supported social services agency that provides short-term immediate assistance, prescription medication and coordination of services with other appropriate agencies.
Executive director: Victoria Rice
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 events: 1) Englewood Helping Hand Bike Run. 2) Englewood Crop Walk—Five-mile walk.
Dates: 1) Dec. 6, 2008. 2) February 2009.
Locations: 1) Englewood United Methodist Church. 2) Community Presbyterian Church.
Ticket prices: 1-2) Free. Sponsors pledge funds.
Event chairs: 1) TBA. 2) Carol Rice.

Every Child Inc. WEB ONLY
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.
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. 13, 2008. 2) August/September 2008. 3) October 2008.
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 chairs: 1-3) Mary Smith.

Fine Arts Society of Sarasota Inc.
Since its founding in 1969, FASS has donated more than $590,000 in grants, awards and scholarships. Maintains a fine art collection by Florida artists at the Van Wezel.
President: Alice Allen
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 and home tour hostesses, first Tuesday of the month, November through May.
Main fund-raising events: 1) The Creators and Collectors Tour. 2) Celebrate the Arts Holiday Luncheon.
Dates: 1) March 13-14, 2009. 2) Dec. 1, 2008.
Locations: 1) Sarasota County. 2) Michael's On East.
Ticket prices: 1) $20. 2) $50.
Event chairs: 1) TBA. 2) Kenney DeCamp.

First Step of Sarasota
A comprehensive center for drug and alcohol abuse rehabilitation serving more than 15,000 individuals, primarily from Sarasota, Manatee and DeSoto counties.
Executive director: David J. Beesley
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 caregivers, fund-raising events, teaching yoga or art lessons to clients.
Main fund-raising events: 1) 40th Anniversary Gala. 2) Sixth Annual Caring Hearts Luncheon. 3) Fifth Annual Golf Classic.
Dates: 1) Nov. 12, 2008. 2) Feb. 17, 2008. 3) TBA.
Locations: 1-2) Michael's On East. 3) TBA.
Ticket prices: 1) $60, $125. 2-3) TBA.
Event chairs: 1) Patty Moffitt. 2) Carol Green. 3) TBA.

The Florida Center for Child and Family Development
Strengthens and supports 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: To promote the healthy development of young children, their families and our communities.
Volunteer opportunities: Call (941) 371-8820 ext. 1123.
Main fund-raising events: 1) 21st Annual Festival of Trees, Lights and Holiday Gifts. 2) 11th Annual Thunder by the Bay Motorcycle Festival. 3) 25th Annual Suncoast Offshore Grand Prix Festival.
Dates: 1) Dec. 5, 2008. 2) Jan. 9-11, 2009. 3) June 27-July 5, 2009.
Locations: 1) Michael's On East. 2) Varied. 3) Varied.
Ticket prices: 1) $175. 2) Varied. 3) Varied.
Event chairs: 1) TBA. 2-3) Lucy Nicandri.

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: To prevent juvenile delinquency and develop lawful, productive citizens through a broad range of family-centered activities.
Volunteer opportunities: Tutors, mentors.
Main fund-raising events: 1) 25th Annual Michelle Wells Memorial Golf Tournament. 2) Open house.
Dates: Locations, Ticket prices, Event chairs: 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.floridastudiotheatre.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, 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: 1) $150 ($50 tax deductible). 2) $75.
Event chairs: TBA

Florida West Coast Symphony Inc.
President and CEO: Joseph McKenna
Address: 709 N. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34236
Telephone: (941) 953-4252
Web site: www.fwcs.org
Mission statement: To 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 60th Anniversary Opening Night Celebratory Dinner. 2) Fire & Ice Gala—Featuring Cirque de la Symphonie and fireworks on the bay.
Dates: 1) Nov. 1, 2008. 2) Jan. 24, 2009.
Locations: 1) Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. 2) Hyatt Regency Sarasota, gala; Van Wezel, performance and fireworks.
Ticket prices: 1) $125. 2) $275 and up.
Event chairs: 1) Vivian Kouvant. 2) Anne Folsom Smith.

Florida West Coast Symphony Association
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) 34th Annual Symphony Showcase House. 2) Holiday luncheon. 3) Spring luncheon.
Dates: 1) TBA. 2) Dec. 8, 2008. 3) April 30, 2009.
Locations: 1) TBA. 2) Michael's On East. 3) Bird Key Yacht Club.
Ticket prices: 1) TBA. 2) $50. 3) TBA.
Event chairs: 1) TBA. 2) Diane Stikeleather. 3) TBA.

Florida Winefest and Auction Inc.
Premier food and wine event that funds grants for disadvantaged children's programs and area at-risk youth.
Volunteer 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.

Total grants: $500,000
Number of grants: 28
Range of grants: $5,000 to $50,000

Main fund-raising event: Florida Winefest and Auction: Friday night gala dinner; Saturday brunch and charity auction.
Date: April 23-26, 2009
Locations: Primarily at The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota, and 30-plus local venues.
Ticket prices: Winefest events, $15-$300; charity auction, $175; Friday night gala, $300.
Event chairs: 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: To strengthen 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 three-day event including Wine 101, an evening wine class and "pre-loved" shoe sale; luncheon fashion show, wine tasting and shopping extravaganza showcasing top shoe designers and leading women in wine; and intimate Wine Dinners for patrons and sponsors. 2) Club Forty—Food, cool bars, DJ, gaming tables, silent auction.
Dates: 1) Nov. 6-8, 2008. 2) March 7, 2009.
Locations: 1) Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota, private homes. 2) Rectrix Aviation.
Ticket prices: 1) Varies by event, $50-$175. 2) TBA.
Event chairs: 1) WWS: Chris Pfahler. 2) Chantal Freedman, Kathy Hazelhoff.

The Foundation for Dreams
Funds and operates Dream Oaks Camp, a camp for children ages seven to 17 with physical and developmental disabilities.
Executive director: 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 event: 2009 Tournament Fore Dreams
Dates: March 27-28, 2009.
Location: River Strand Golf & Country Club
Ticket prices: $100, gala; $1,500/foursome
Event chairs: Sean and Eileen Simpson, Synovus Bank

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: To secure and manage private resources to enhance educational opportunities for Manatee Community College.
Volunteer opportunities: Special events, scholarship and investment committees, Legacy Society.
Main fund-raising events: 1) Venice Pops event. 2) Lakewood Ranch Pops event.
Dates: 1) April 18, 2009. 2) May 9, 2009.
Locations: 1) MCC Venice campus. 2) Sarasota Polo Club.
Ticket prices: TBA
Event chairs: 1) Angie Edbrooke, Cathy Kuhlman. 2) Tana Sandefur.

Friends of Oscar Scherer Park
Park manager: John Roche
Address: 1843 S. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34229
Telephone: (941) 483-5956
Web site: www.floridastateparks.org/oscarscherer
Mission statement: To promote education and other activities in aid of threatened Florida scrub jays, for which the park's scrubby flatwoods are the region's only major haven.
Volunteer opportunities: Supporting nature center and public events, trail maintenance, display boards, photography, carpentry, tree planting, clerical.
Main fund-raising event: Ninth Annual Scrub Jay 5k Run and one-mile fun run.
Date: Feb. 7, 2009
Location: Oscar Scherer State Park
Ticket price: Preregistration: $20/adult; $15/ages 16-18; 15 and under free.
Event chairs: Gaylon Peters, George Ulrich

Friends of Sarasota County Parks
President: Marshall Pridmore
Address: 6700 Clark Road
Sarasota, FL 34241
Telephone: (941) 486-2706
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 dedicated to the establishment of volunteer chapters at every county park/facility.
Main fund-raising event: Clyde Butcher Art Exhibit
Date: Oct. 25-Nov. 23, 2008; preview party Oct. 24, 2008
Location: Phillippi Estate Park
Ticket prices: $10 admission (children under 12 free with adult); preview party, $50
Event chair: Priscilla Brown

Friends of the Selby Public Library, Inc.
President: Kathy Hultquist
Address: P.O. Box 2255
Sarasota, FL 34230
Telephone: (941) 365-5228
Web site: www.selbylibraryfriends.org
Mission statement: To 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: Bookstore and library volunteers.
Main fund-raising events: 1) Friends Bookstore. 2) Spring book and author luncheon. 3) "Books and Coffee" discussions.
Dates: 1) Ongoing. 2) TBA. 3) November through April.
Locations: 1) Selby Library. 2) TBA. 3) Selby Library auditorium.
Ticket prices: 1) N/A. 2) TBA. 3) Free.
Event chairs: 1-3) Kathy Hultquist

G.WIZ—The Science Museum
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.
Volunteer opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.
Main fund-raising event: Sixth Annual Butterfly Ball
Date: Jan. 31, 2009
Location: G.WIZ
Ticket price, Event chair: TBA

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: 1872 18th St.
Sarasota, FL 34234
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 Sundays at 3 p.m. and Tuesdays at 5 p.m.; Adopt-a-Block Saturdays 9:30 a.m. to noon.
Main fund-raising events, Dates, Locations, Ticket prices: TBA
Event chair: Gayle Butterfield

Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida Inc.
Executive director: CEO: Sandi Stewart
Address: 4780 Cattlemen Road
Sarasota, FL 34233
Telephone: (941) 921-5358
Web site: www.gsgcf.org
Mission statement: To build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place.
Volunteer opportunities: Leaders, mentors, event directors, trainers and workshop coordinators, consultants, fund raisers, drivers and speakers.
Main fund-raising event: Girl Scout Cook-ie-Off—The area’s top chefs create desserts using Girl Scout cookies.
Date: March 1, 2009
Location: Michael's On East
Ticket price: Contact: 921-5358 ext. 307
Event chair: Amanda Marshall

Girls Incorporated of Sarasota County
Local affiliate of a national nonprofit youth organization dedicated to empowering girls aged six and up to be self-confident, responsible and well-rounded individuals.
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) 21st Annual Celebration Luncheon—Bestowing "She Knows Where She's Going," "Visionary" and "Girl of the Year" awards. 2) Angel Luncheon. 3) A W - HANNAH, IS SOMETHING MISSING HERE?
Dates: 1) April 2, 2009. 2) Nov. 20, 2008. 3) Oct. 24, 2008.
Locations: 1) The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota. 2) Girls Incorporated. 3) Whole Foods Market.
Ticket prices: 1) $75. 2) Free. 3) $50 and $60.
Event chairs: 1) TBA. 2) Nancy Cason. 3) Nikki Heil, TBA.

Glasser/Schoenbaum Human Services Center
A 13-building complex housing 17 nonprofit social agencies that provide affordable and accessible preventative and treatment services to low-income individuals, children and families.
Chairman: Dr. Kay E. Glasser
Address: 1750 17th St., Building J-1
Sarasota, FL 34234
Telephone: (941) 365-4545
Web site: www.gs-humanservices.org
Mission statement: To 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. 29, 2008
Location, Ticket prices, Event chairs: TBA

The Glenridge Performing Arts Center
A 260-seat performing arts hall that presents live theater, concerts, dance and lectures and rents to other organizations for recitals, meetings, concerts.
Executive director: Ben Turoff
Address: 7333 Scotland Way
Sarasota, FL 34238
Web site: www.theglenridge.com/calendar.htm
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, office work, occasional opportunities for stage and house managers.
Main fund-raising event: TBA
Date: Feb. 15, 2009
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: To 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) Christmas concert.2) Fund raiser featuring Robert Levin. 3) 30th Anniversary Concert.
Dates: 1) Dec. 8, 2008. 2) April 4, 2009. 3) April 13, 2009.
Locations: 1) Church of the Redeemer. 2) TBA. 3) Sarasota Opera House.
Ticket prices: 1) $20/adult; $10/student. 2) $100. 3) $25.
Event chairs: TBA

Goodwill Foundation
Fund-raising arm of Goodwill Industries-Manasota, which provides employment, housing and neighborhood services to more than 9,000 individuals annually throughout Manatee, 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: To turn donations into good jobs, good homes and good neighborhoods.
Volunteer opportunities: G.I.V.S. volunteer neighborhood program.
Main fund-raising event: Goodwill Fat Tuesday Party.
Date: Feb. 24, 2009
Location: Michael's On East.
Ticket price: $200
Event chairs: Molly Klauber, Adam Schiffman

Greater Sarasota Junior Golf Association
Executive director: Judy Christman
Address: P.O. Box 1665
Venice, FL 34284-1665
Telephone: (941) 366-0445
Web site: www.sarasotajuniorgolf.com
Mission statement: To introduce juniors to the world of golf.
Volunteer opportunities: Instruction, registration and scorekeeping.
Main fund-raising event: GSJGA Pro-Am
Date: Dec. 11, 2008
Location: Misty Creek Country Club
Ticket price: $125, golf and dinner
Event chair: Mike McClellan

Gulf Coast Community Foundation of Venice
With a quarter of a billion dollars 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.
President and CEO: Teri A. Hansen
Address: 601 Tamiami Trail S.
Venice, FL 34285
Telephone: (941) 486-4600
Web site: www.gulfcoastcf.org
As of June 30, 2007
Assets: $260 million
Total grants: $8.4 million
Number of grants: 916
Range of grants: $50-$929,577
Average grants size: $9,206

Gulf Coast Diabetes Foundation
President: Walter Konrady
Address: 2100 Constitution Blvd.
Sarasota, FL 34231
Telephone: (941) 957-5099
Web site: www.gulfcoastdiabetesfoundation.org
Mission statement: To 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
Artistic Director: Philip Alexander
Address: P.O. Box 2453
Sarasota, FL 34230
Telephone: (941) 957-0404
Web site: www.gulfcoastmenschorus.org
Mission statement: To 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) Spring Concert/Cabaret.
Dates: 1) December 2008. 2) May 2009.
Locations: TBA
Ticket prices: 1-2) $20.
Event chairs: TBA

Gulfcoast Fellowship of Christian Athletes - WEB ONLY
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 role models who take a stand as Christians on campuses, in the community and at camps.
Volunteer opportunities: Contact Jason Golden for more information.
Main fund-raising event: Golf tournament—Qualifier for national scramble.
Date: Oct. 18, 2008
Locations: Rosedale Golf & Country Club
Ticket price: TBA
Event chair: Jason Golden

Gulfcoast Legal Services Inc.
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.

Habitat for Humanity Sarasota Inc.
Executive director: Tony Souza
Address: 1757 N. East Ave.
Sarasota, FL 34234
Telephone: (941) 365-0700
Web site: www.sarasotahabitat.com
Mission statement: To help build families and communities. 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: TBA
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, newsletter, speakers’ bureau, finance and development, retail, repair of furniture and appliances.
Main fund-raising events: 1) Home Sweet Habitat—Dinner, dance. 2) Restore Home Center, selling quality donated items.
Dates: 1) TBA. 2) Ongoing.
Locations: 1) TBA. 2) 1400 Ogden Road, Venice, FL 34293; aluminum recycling throughout south Sarasota County.
Ticket prices: 1) TBA. 2) N/A; purchased goods.
Event chairs: TBA

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
Address: 1750 17th St., Building A
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: Event planning, fund raising.
Main fund-raising event: Beach Stroll 'n' Roll
Date: Oct. 26, 2008
Location: Siesta Key Public Beach
Ticket price: $25 minimum donation
Event chair: Jennifer Highland

Hearts Afire
Florida-based international organization focusing on delivering three foundational pillars of service: outreach missions, evangelical/family mission trips and children's Christian summer camp scholarship programs.
President: Vilma M. Vega, M.D.
Address: 1425 S. Osprey Ave., #7
Sarasota, FL 34239
Telephone: (941) 552-1584
Web site: www.heartsafire.us
Mission statement: To transform lives on the mission field through the promotion of healthcare, education and evangelical outreach.
Volunteer opportunities: Team members to join trips to various third-world countries; office help.
Main fund-raising event: Annual benefit with auction items from around the world.
Date: Feb. 28, 2009
Locations: The Chelsea Center
Ticket price, Event chair: TBA

The Hermitage Artist Retreat
An artist community inspiring creativity with Old Florida history, 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 nurture creativity, preserve a Florida historic site, protect native ecology and serve the Gulf Coast community.
Volunteer opportunities: Hospitality, transportation, beautification, fund raising.
Main fund-raising events: 1) Lobster Bake. 2) Beach Brunch and Bidding Auction.
Dates: 1) Nov. 8, 2008. 2) March 14, 2009.
Locations: 1-2) The Hermitage.
Ticket prices: 1) $150. 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.
Executive director: Father Celestino Gutierrez
Address: 3930 17th St.
Sarasota, FL 34235
Telephone: (941) 955-3934
Web site: www.hispaniccenter-stjude.com
Mission statement: To 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) Hispanic Festival. 2) Honoring Our Angels.
Dates: 1) Nov. 8, 2008. 2) Jan. 30, 2009.
Locations: 1) 17th Street and Hammock Place. 2) Meadows Country Club.
Ticket prices: 1) Free admission. 2) $125.
Event chairs: 1) Luis Baron. 2) Kathy Schersten, Anna Thompson.

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: To 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) Pig Out—Pigskin party at the Point. 2) Luncheon.
Dates: 1) Nov. 23, 2008. 2) Feb. 11, 2009.
Locations: 1) Historic Spanish Point. 2) Michael's On East.
Ticket prices: TBA
Event chairs: 1) Kathy Coffey, Judy Veale. 2) Mary Evelyn Miley, Cindy Stuhley.

Humane Society of Sarasota County Inc.
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) Paws on the Catwalk—After Dark. 2) Fourth Annual Ron Gordon Golf Tournament. 3) Paws on the Catwalk Luncheon.
Dates: 1) Nov. 14, 2008. 2) Sept. 13, 2008. 3) Spring 2009.
Locations: 1) Michael's On East. 2) Bent Tree Country Club. 3) TBA.
Ticket prices: 1) $150. 2) $85. 3) TBA.
Event chairs: 1) Gayle Guynup, Terry McGee. 2) Ron Gordon. 3) 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: To provide a superior education in an environment grounded in the truths and values taught by Jesus Christ.
Volunteer opportunities: Fund raisers, book fairs, classrooms, cafeteria, bingo, school functions.
Main fund-raising event: $100,000 Raffle
Date: Tickets go on sale in August. Drawing takes place in March.
Location: Incarnation School and Incarnation Parish office
Ticket price: Donation of $100 gives purchaser 10 chances to win $10,000. Only 2,000 tickets are sold.
Event chair: Valerie Romaniello

InStride Equine-Assisted Therapy
Hippotherapy program 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: To 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 2009. 2) Absolute Aluminum Golf Tournament.
Dates: 1) May 1, 2009. 2) October 2008.
Locations: 1) Michael's On East. 2) Lake Venice Golf Club.
Ticket prices: 1) $150. 2) $65.
Event chairs: 1) TBA. 2) D.J. DesJardins.

Island Village Montessori School - WEB ONLY
The area’s only charter school offering free Montessori education.
Executive director: Kym Elder
Address: 2001 Pinebrook Road
Venice, FL 34292
Telephone: (941) 484-4999
Web site: www.islandvillage.org
Mission statement: To 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) Drama presentation.
Dates: TBA
Locations: 1) TBA. 2) Venice Theatre.
Ticket prices: TBA
Event chairs: 1) TBA. 2) Jan Pearman.

Jazz Club of Sarasota
Executive director: Gordon Garrett
Address: 330 S. Pineapple Ave., Suite 111
Sarasota, FL 34236
Telephone: (941) 366-1552
Web site: www.jazzclubsarasota.com
Mission statement: To promote, perform and preserve jazz.
Volunteer opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.
Main fund-raising event: Sarasota Jazz Festival.
Date: March 15-21, 2009
Locations: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall and other locations.
Ticket prices: Free-$60
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: To provide comprehensive counseling and social services to people confronting life's challenges.
Volunteer opportunities: Hospital visitations, mentors, tutors, religious services, office and clerical.
Main fund-raising event: Gershwin Glorious Gershwin—2008 JFCS gala featuring Leif Bjaland and the Florida West Coast Symphony.
Date: Dec. 21, 2008
Location: The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota
Ticket price: TBA
Event chair: Sally Yanowitz

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. Direct resident services.
Main fund-raising events: 1) Kobernick House Art and Craft Show & Sale. 2) "Flying High"—Dolly and Pedro Reis. 3) Festival of Jewish Food.
Dates: 1) Oct. 19, 2008. 2. Jan. 18, 2009. 3) March 1, 2009.
Locations: 1) Kobernick House. 2) Circus Sarasota. 3) Kobernick House.
Ticket prices: 1) Free to public. 2) $150 guest sponsorship opportunities available. 3) Free to public.
Event chairs: 1) Shelia Birnbaum, Toby Kline. 2) Janet Hunter, Gloria Moss. 3) TBA.

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
Web site: www.ringling.org
Mission statement: To 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, tram driving.
Main fund-raising events: 1) UnGala Gala. 2) UnParty. 3) Gallery Gala.
Dates: 1) Oct. 18, 2008. 2) Sept. 5, 2008. 3) January 2009.
Locations: 1) Ringling Museum. 2) Mattison’s Forty-One. 3) Ringling Museum.
Ticket prices: 1) $250. 2-3) TBA.
Event chairs: 1) Nicole Kaney, Lindsay Howell. 2) Kyla Weiner, Meilissa DeMore, Beth Bobb. 3) TBA.

Joining Our Youth (JOY)
Volunteer mentors and supporters to abused, neglected and abandoned youth aging out of the foster care system.
President: Marian Strickland
Address: 8152 Longbay Blvd.
Sarasota, FL 34243
Mission statement: To improve the quality of life for youth aging out of foster care through unconditional moral support, mentoring and targeted services.
Volunteer opportunities: Mentors, fund raising, committees.
Main fund-raising events: 1) Romancing the Tartans—Two-day celebration, plaid fashion show and luncheon. 2) Celebrity golf tournament.
Dates: 1) April 14, 2009. 2) April 16, 2009.
Locations: 1) The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota. 2) The Ritz-Carlton Members Golf Club.
Ticket prices: 1) $80. 2) $250.
Event chair: 1-2) Tish FitzGerald.

Junior Achievement
World's largest organization dedicated to educating students about workforce readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy through hands-on programs delivered by volunteers from the business community.
Executive director: Barbara Page
Address: 6710 Professional Parkway W., Suite 200
Sarasota, FL 34240
Telephone: (941) 361-1410
Web site: www.jasarasota.org
Mission statement: To inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy.
Volunteer opportunities: Facilitate classroom program in five or six visits.
Main fund-raising events: 1) Bowl-A-Thon. 2) Seventh Annual J.A. Invitational Golf Tournament. 3) Breakfast program.
Dates, Locations, Ticket prices: TBA
Event chairs: 1) TBA. 2) Craig Campbell. 3) TBA.

The Junior League of Sarasota Florida Inc.
President: Leslie Jones
Address: 3300 S. Tamiami Trail, Suite 3
Sarasota, FL 34239
Telephone: (941) 953-5600
Web site: www.jlsarasota.org
Mission statement: To promote volunteerism, develop the potential of women and improve the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.
Volunteer opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.
Main fund-raising events: 1) Tinsel and Treasures. 2) Holiday Tour of Homes. 3) Barely Blemished.
Dates: 1) Oct. 17-18, 2008. 2) Dec. 5-6, 2008. 3) TBA.
Locations: 1) Municipal Auditorium. 2) Various "green" homes. 3) Sarasota Fairgrounds.
Ticket prices: 1) $5. 2) $20. 3) Varied.
Event chairs: 1) Dee Dee Rice. 2) Bri Saba, Tracy Eisnaugle. 3) Roberta Kolton.

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
Executive director: Sara Rankin
Address: 3333 Clark Road, Suite 160
Sarasota, FL 34231
Telephone: (941) 929-0621
Web site: www.jdrf.org
Mission statement: To find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research.
Volunteer opportunities: Community outreach, advocacy and participation in fund raisers.
Main fund-raising event: Walk to Cure Diabetes—Annual 5K walk.
Date: March 21, 2009
Location: Siesta Key Beach
Ticket price: Free; walkers collect donations toward walk team totals.
Event chair: Hugh Morrow, Walgreens

Keep Sarasota Beautiful
A certified affiliate of Keep America Beautiful Inc.’s waste-reduction and beautification program.
Manager: Sandra Washington
Address: 2817 Cattlemen Road
Sarasota, FL 34232
Telephone: (941) 861-5000
Web site: www.scgov.net
Mission statement: To 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, advisory board; adopt a road, park or shore; the Great American Cleanup and Coastal Cleanup.
Main fund-raising event: Coastal Cleanup.
Date: Sept. 20, 2008
Location, Ticket prices, Event chairs: TBA

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.
Volunteer opportunities: Ushers, event coordinators, etc.

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.
Executive director: Connie L. Miles
Address: P.O. Box 19355
Sarasota, FL 34276
Telephone: (941) 918-8400, (941) 302-8411
Mission statement: To provide an ongoing support system for families affected by childhood cancer.
Volunteer opportunities: Fund raising, toy drives, holiday adoptions and holiday clinic.
Main fund-raising events: 1) Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce $10,000 Putt Off Contest. 2) Annual Great Teddy Bear Run. 3) Holiday Adoptions.
Dates: 1) Summer 2009. 2) November 2008. 3) November 2008.
Locations: 1) TBA 2) Sarasota Fairgrounds. 3) All over.
Ticket prices: 1) $5, $10, and $20. 2) $10. 3) Varies.
Event chairs: 1) Siesta Key CofC. 2) Harley Owners Group. 3) None.

Lakewood Ranch Community Fund
A donor-advised fund of the Manatee Community Foundation and philanthropic partner with the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, focused on increasing philanthropy and grant making in the Lakewood Ranch area.
Executive director: Marilyn Howard
Address: 7361 Merchant Court
Sarasota, FL 34240
Telephone: (941) 556-5442
Web site: www.lwrfund.org
Mission statement: To personalize the philanthropic goals of individuals, businesses and organizations; to enhance the quality of life in the 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, outreach, humanitarian selection committees.
Main fund-raising event: The Gala
Date: TBA
Location: Lakewood Ranch
Ticket price: TBA
Event chair: Barbara Najmy, Ron Robertson

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: To 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. 8, 2008
Location: Charles Ringling House
Ticket prices: $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. 25, 2008
Location: Laurel Community Center
Ticket price: $75
Event chair: TBA

Legal Aid of Manasota Inc.
Executive director: Linda Harradine
Address: 1900 Main St., Suite 302
Sarasota, FL 34236
Telephone: (941) 366-0038
Mission statement: To provide free civil legal services to income-qualified residents of Sarasota and Manatee counties and educate the public on legal rights and responsibilities.
Volunteer opportunities: Mainly attorneys, but also some basic office work and volunteers for special projects.
Main fund-raising event: Justice is Served—Food and wine extravaganza.
Date, Locations, Ticket prices: TBA
Event chair: Debbie Allen

Lemon Bay Conservancy Inc.
Land trust focused on preserving lands in the greater Lemon Bay community.
Executive director: Richard E. DeGennaro
Address: 2980 Placida Road
Englewood, FL 34224
Telephone: (941) 830-8922
Web site: www.lemonbayconservancy.org
Mission statement: To 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: Toast of the Coast
Date, Location, Ticket price, Event chair: TBA

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, back stage, house managing, lighting, wardrobe and set design.
Main fund-raising events: Ticket sales and donations from patrons.
Dates: 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: To preserve and conserve the primates of Madagascar through captive breeding, scientific research, education and reintroduction.
Volunteer opportunities: Help maintain lemur enclosures and grounds, clerical projects.

Lighthouse of Manasota
Provides free training and specialized services to people with vision loss.
Executive director: Janice T. Felski
Address: 7318 N. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34243
Telephone: (941) 359-1404
Mission statement: To 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) Sept. 13, 2008. 2) April 25, 2009.
Locations: 1) IMG Academies Golf & Country Club. 2) Sarasota Jungle Gardens.
Ticket prices: 1) $150/player. 2) $25/adult, $10/child five and older.
Event chairs: 1) David Cruikshank. 2) Alicia Aponte, Sandy McCall.

The Literacy Council of Sarasota Inc.
Free, one-on-one, needs-based tutoring for basic literacy (reading and writing) and ESOL (English speakers of other languages). Also offers customized, basic training classes for businesses and employees.
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.
Main fund-raising event: Celebrating Authors and Illustrators in Our Community luncheon
Date: February 2009
Location, Ticket price, Event chair: TBA

Literacy Volunteers
Recruits, trains and supports volunteers in the delivery of tutoring services. Programs include ESOL, basic literacy and customized programs for workplace employees.
President: Sandy McIntyre
Address: Venice Public Library, 300 Nokomis Ave. S.
Venice, FL 34285
Telephone: (941) 484-8386
Web site: www.literacychangeslives.org
Mission statement: To promote literacy among adults with the potential to increase their skills in speaking, reading and writing English.
Volunteer opportunities: Tutors, trainers, interviewers, computer coach, board members, special events, public relations and more.
Main fund-raising event: Deal Me In for Literacy—Card and game party.
Date: March 2009
Location: Aston Gardens, Venice
Ticket price: $10
Event chair: TBA

Longboat Key Center for the Arts
A division of Ringling College of Art and Design.
Executive director: Jane Buckman
Address: 6860 Longboat Drive S.
Longboat Key, FL 34228
Telephone: (941) 383-2345
Mission statement: To enhance and enrich the cultural life of Longboat Key and neighboring communities by providing art classes, exhibitions, performing arts and corporate retreats.
Volunteer opportunities: Docents, events committees, exhibit committees, reception.
Main fund-raising events: Plein Air Affair—Dinner, dance, live auction.
Dates: Feb. 21, 2009.
Locations: Longboat Key Club.
Ticket prices: $175-$350; table sponsors, $1,500-$5,000
Event chairs: Lisa Walsh

Lou Gehrig’s Disease Association of Southwest Florida Inc.
All-volunteer organization offering support groups, equipment loan closet, resource library and respite care.
Executive director: Vicki Watkins
Address: P.O. Box 11104
Sarasota, FL 34278
Telephone: (941) 955-4771
Web site: www.lgda-als.org
Mission statement: To promote public awareness of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), raise funds to provide services to people with ALS and their families and assist researchers in finding a cure for this disease.
Volunteer opportunities: Patient coordination and services, support group facilitation, fund raising, administration, support and equipment inventory.
Main fund-raising events: Golf tournaments
Dates, Locations, Ticket prices, Event chairs: TBA

Loveland Center Inc.
Provides adult day training, supported living, respite, elderly day care, job coaching and community volunteer opportunities to adults with developmental disabilities.
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.
Main fund-raising events: 1) Loveland Sings. 2) The Fabulous Hubcaps. 3) Casino Night.
Dates: 1) November 2008. 2) January 2009. 3) TBA.
Locations: 1) Venice Theatre. 2-3) TBA.
Ticket prices: 1) $15. 2-3) TBA.
Event chairs: TBA

Lutheran Services Florida
Human services agency with more than 60 programs throughout Florida, including the Guardianship Program, Child Care Food Program, Head Start Programs for at-risk, preschool children, youth shelters and counseling programs for troubled teens, and disaster relief.
Director: Anne Ridings
Address: P.O. Box 848
Sarasota, FL 34230
Telephone: (941) 358-6330
Web site: www.lsfnet.org
Mission statement: To promote healing, help and hope to people in need and protect incapacitated individuals from abuse, neglect and exploitation while ensuring they live their lives with dignity and respect.
Volunteer opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.
Main fund-raising event: Sunset Silent Auction
Date: Oct. 4, 2008
Location: Chelsea Center
Ticket prices: $35 in advance; $40 at the door
Event chair: Carmen Scoma

Make-a-Wish Foundation of Central and Northern Florida
Regional Director: Marie A. Riley
Address: 950 S. Tamiami Trail, 103
Sarasota, FL 34236
Telephone: (941) 952-9474
Web site: www.wishcentral.org
Mission statement: To 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, speakers’ bureau.
Main fund-raising events: 1) Walk for Wishes Festival. 2) Daydreams and Wishes. 3) Bridesmaid Bash.
Dates: 1) Nov. 22, 2008. 2) March 26, 2009. 3) Aug. 15, 2009.
Locations: 1) Payne Park. 2-3) TBA.
Ticket prices: 1) $10. 2-3) TBA.
Event chairs: 1) Christine Gay. 2-3) TBA.

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: To enhance the dignity and independence of adults with disabilities, enabling them to choose and realize their goals through participating in community-based opportunities and individualized programs.
Volunteer opportunities: Family support groups, clerical assistance, committees of the board such as programs and planning, fiscal, resource development, government and community relations.
Main fund-raising events: 1) Fifth Annual Golf Tournament and TGIF Party. 2) An Evening of Art. 3) Annual Celebration Dinner.
Dates: 1) Sept. 26, 2008. 2) Nov. 21, 2008. 3) TBA.
Locations: 1) Bradenton Country Club. 2) Mattison’s Riverside. 3) TBA.
Ticket prices: 1) $500/team. 2-3) TBA.
Event chairs: TBA

Manasota BUDS (Bringing Up Down Syndrome)
Serving parents, family and friends of children with Down syndrome.
Address: 8374 Market St., #113
Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202
Telephone: (941) 907-0499
Web site: www.manasotabuds.org
Mission statement: To provide families with a neutral and supportive forum for sharing and networking and to promote the understanding and acceptance of Down syndrome.
Volunteer opportunities: Therapists, respite care, legal.
Main fund-raising event: Buddy Walk
Date: Oct. 25, 2008
Location: Hunsader Farms
Ticket price: $35, family entrance
Event chairs: James Baar


Manatee Community Foundation
A philanthropic partner with the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, MCF is dedicated to serving Manatee County's charitable donors. MCF empowers donors to create lasting legacies—permanent charitable funds that address our community's needs of today and the challenges of tomorrow.
Executive director: Marilyn Howard
Address: 3103 Manatee Ave. W.
Bradenton, FL 34205
Telephone: (941) 747-7765
Web site: www.manateecf.org
Volunteer opportunities: Grant and scholarship committees, special event committees.
Main fund-raising events: Spirit of Manatee Awards, A Celebration of Giving—Luncheon recognizing outstanding philanthropists in Manatee County.
Dates: Feb. 4, 2009
Locations: Bradenton Auditorium
Ticket prices: $125/individual; $1,000/table
Event chairs: Marilyn Howard

From June 1, 2007-May 31, 2008
Total grants: $846,000
Total scholarships: $27,000
Number of grants: 200
Range of grants: $250-$11,000
Number of scholarships: 18

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
A world center for research, education and display of epiphytes, primarily orchids and bromeliads.
Interim CEO: Jessica Ventimiglia
Address: 811 S. Palm Ave.
Sarasota, FL 34236
Telephone: (941) 366-5731
Web site: www.selby.org
Mission statement: To further the understanding and appreciation of plant life, with emphasis on epiphytes, and to provide enjoyment to those who visit the Gardens.
Volunteer opportunities: Many, from garden docents to gardeners, special events, administrative.
Main fund-raising events: 1) The Orchid Ball. 2) Kick off for the Children's Rainforest at Selby Gardens capital campaign.
Dates: 1) April 4, 2009. 2) Oct. 26, 2008.
Locations: 1-2) Selby Gardens.
Ticket prices: TBA
Event chairs: 1) TBA. 2) Rebecca Icely, Susan McLeod, Chris Pfahler, Renee Phinney.

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: To raise funds 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, 2008. 2) October/November 2008.
Locations: 1) Collection point: Sarasota Fairgrounds. 2) Sarasota and Manatee counties.
Ticket prices: N/A
Event chairs: 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: To 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: Celebrity Waiters Dinner
Dates: March 21, 2009
Locations: Venice
Ticket prices: $50
Event chairs: TBA

Moffit Cancer Center Foundation
Moffit Cancer Center builds partnerships with local hospitals, like Sarasota Memorial Hospital, to reach cancer patients with research-based treatments. Last year, nearly 3,000 men and women from Sarasota and Manatee counties came to Moffitt for cancer care.
Executive director: Larry M. Feder
Address: 12902 Magnolia Drive
Tampa, FL 33612
Telephone: (813) 745-1403
Web site: www.moffitt.org/giving
Mission statement: To contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer by raising philanthropic donations. The foundation is dedicated to cancer research, patient care and community education, serving Sarasota and Manatee counties as well as all of Florida.
Volunteer opportunities: Events committees, including sponsorships, auction and chance drawing.
Main fund-raising events: 1) An Evening with Moffitt Cancer Center—Featuring Sam Donaldson. 2) Magnolia Ball.
Dates: 1) Nov. 12, 2008. 2) April 25, 2009.
Locations: 1) The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota. 2) A La Carte Event Pavilion.
Ticket prices: 1) $250; $450/couple. 2) $1,000.
Event chairs: 1) Barbara Ackerman, Mary Forte, Barbara Portanova. 2) TBA.

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: To advance the science of the sea.
Volunteer opportunities: Available year-round. E-mail volunteerinfo@mote.org.
Main fund-raising event: Oceanic Evening.
Date: Oct. 25, 2008
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: To meet the resource needs of families in Sarasota County who are struggling to help themselves.
Volunteer opportunities: Helping in Children’s Clothes Closet store, open Tuesdays and Fridays from 9 to 11:30 a.m.

Muscular Dystrophy Association Inc.
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) Fifth Annual Walk in Honor—Families Fighting Back. 2) Racquets, Roulette and Research—Tennis classic. 3) MDA Golf Classic.
Dates: 1) Sept. 27, 2008. 2) Nov. 14-16, 2008. 3) Dec. 9, 2008.
Locations: 1) Payne Park. 2) Serendipity Racquet Club. 3) The Concession.
Ticket prices: 1) $85. 2) $65/first entry; $50/second entry. 3) TBA.
Event chairs: 1) Tim and Krista Fineke. 2) Kristin Poolman, Brain Agee, Danielle Nutten. 3) TBA.

The world's leading organization dedicated to raising funds for mental health research.
Liaison: Emily Walsh Parry
Address: 5570 Gulf of Mexico Drive
Longboat Key, FL 34228
Telephone: (941) 308-MIND
Web site: www.narsadflorida.org
Mission statement: To raise and distribute funding for the most promising psychiatric disease research in order to develop new preventative measures, better diagnoses and improved treatments.
Volunteer opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.
Main fund-raising event: 12th Annual "Sunshine from Darkness" Gala—Honoring NARSAD Florida founders J. Robert and Lee Peterson and Academy Award-winning actress Patty Duke; also free research symposium.
Dates: Symposium: Jan. 10, 2009; gala: Jan. 11, 2009.
Locations: Symposium: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall; gala: The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota
Ticket price: Gala, $300
Event chairs: Emily Walsh Parry, Janice Peterson Radder, Amie Swan

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: Frank Escobar
Address: 1532 U.S. 41 Bypass, Suite 146
Venice, FL 34293
Telephone: (941) 957-3626
Web site: www.namisarasotacounty.org
Mission statement: To improve 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
President: Gwen Baseman
Address: 6106 Misty Oaks St.
Sarasota, FL 34243
Telephone: (941) 355-0111
Web site: www.ncjw.org
Mission statement: To improve the quality of life for women, children and families.
Volunteer opportunities: Eye and hearing screening, mentoring, advocacy, Hope House, domestic violence prevention.
Main fund-raising event: Women in Power Luncheon—Honoring three outstanding local women who have made a difference.
Date: Jan. 21, 2009
Location: Michael’s On East
Ticket price: TBA
Event chair: Nancy Roucher

National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Mid-Florida Chapter
Provides 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: To end the devastating effects of multiple sclerosis.
Volunteer opportunities: Assist with annual MS Walk in Sarasota County and peer counselors.
Main fund-raising events: 1) WalkMS 2009. 2) 2009 Bike MS. 3) 50th Anniversary Gala.
Dates: 1-2) Spring 2009. 3) September 2008.
Locations: TBA
Ticket prices: 1) $125 to receive a commemorative WalkMS shirt. 2-3) TBA.
Event chairs: TBA

New College Foundation Inc.
Vice President Events: Mary Lou Wingerter
Address: 5800 Bay Shore Road
Sarasota, FL 34243
Telephone: (941) 487-4686
Web site: www.ncf.edu/foundation
Mission statement: To ensure New College of Florida has the financial resources to fulfill its mission of developing knowledge pioneers.
Volunteer opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.
Main fund-raising events: 1) Old-Fashioned New England Clambake—30th year. 2) Big Band Valentine Bash. 3) Crissy Galleries and NCF Auction.
Dates: 1) Nov. 5, 2008. 2) Feb. 13, 2009. 3) March 20-22, 2009.
Locations: 1) New College Bayfront. 2) Michael's On East. 3) New College Bayfront.
Ticket prices: 1) $125. 2) $225. 3) TBA.
Event chairs: 1) Julie and Phil Delaney. 2) Margarete Van Antwerpen. 3) Crissy Galleries and New College Foundation.

New College Library Association
Raises funds for the Jane Bancroft Cook Library at New College of Florida and sponsors educational forums as an affiliate of New College Foundation.
Executive director: Margaret Boyd
Address: 5800 Bay Shore Road TKC?
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. 2) Pique-nique sur la Baie—Gourmet French luncheon and fashion show by Neiman Marcus.
Dates: 1) Dec. 6, 2008. 2) April 1, 2009.
Locations: 1-2) Charles Ringling Mansion and bayfront.
Ticket prices: 1) $250. 2) $125.
Event chairs: 1) Suzette Jones. 2) TBA.

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 and projects.
Main fund-raising events: 1) New Gate Golf Tournament. 2) In the Pink—A Taste of New Gate. 3) Celebration—Dinner, dance, silent and live auction.
Dates: 1) Oct. 11, 2008. 2) Nov. 7, 2008. 3) Feb. 28, 2009.
Locations: 1) Palm-Aire Country Club. 2) New Gate, Clark Road campus. 3) Polo Grill ballroom.
Ticket prices: 1) $125. 2) $60. 3) $125.
Event chairs: 1) Jon Kleiber, Mark Sookek. 2) Kim Cornetet. 3) Gina Hagopian.

North Port Art Center
Promotes the visual arts through art shows, art in public places and classes.
Co-Presidents: Jayne and Stephen Etter
Address: 5950 Sam Shapos Way
North Port, FL 34287
Telephone: (941) 423-6460
Web site: www.northportartcenter.com
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 and volunteer positions in the new Art Center.
Main fund-raising events: 1) Annual gala and art auction. 2) Festival of Arts Luau.
Dates: 1) Spring 2009. 2) Nov. 15, 2008.
Locations: 1-2) North Port Art Center.
Ticket prices: 1) TBA. 2) Free.
Event chairs: 1-2) Eileen Nail.

Operation Serving Children - WEB ONLY
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: To 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: Dec. 6, 2008
Location: 13466 Heritage Way
Ticket price: Donations accepted.
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, Suite 316
Sarasota, FL 34231
Telephone: (941) 927-6678
Web site: www.ortamerica.org
Mission statement: To 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.
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. 7, 2008. 2) Feb. 3, 2008. 3) Feb. 22, 2008.
Locations: 1) Avista Clubhouse, 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. (preK-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: 29th annual Extravaganza—Black-tie dinner, dancing, live, silent and online auctions.
Date: Nov. 8, 2008
Location: Dolphin Aviation
Ticket price: $225
Event chair: Kathryn Kelley

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: To 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 dinner gala. 3) 60th Anniversary Extravaganza.
Dates: 1) Dec. 27-29, 2008. 2) February 2009. 3) March 25-28; April 1, 2, 4, 2009.
Locations: 1-3) PAL Sailor Circus Arena
Ticket prices: 1) $10, $12, $16. 2) $150. 3) $10, $12, $16.
Event chairs: 1-3) Patty Campbell, Michelle Rinaca

PALS Partners in Education
The community involvement office of the Sarasota County Public Schools that recruits and trains 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 2008. 2) January 2009. 3) April 2009.
Locations: 1) School board meeting hall. 2) TBA. 3) Michael's On East.
Ticket prices: 1-3) Free to invitees.
Event chairs: TBA

The Perlman Music Program
Professional development program for gifted musicians, ages 12 to 20, founded by Itzhak and Toby Perlman.
Executive director: Elizabeth Power
Address: P.O. Box 3407
Sarasota, FL 34230
Web site: www.perlmanmusicprogramsarasota.org
Main fund-raising event: Celebration concert and dinner.
Date: Jan. 3, 2009
Location: Sarasota Opera House
Ticket price: $1,000/couple
Chairs: Liz Barzell, Mickey Fine, Dottie Baer Garner, Sally Yanowitz

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.
Dates: 1) TBA. 2) Ongoing.
Locations: 1) TBA. 2) Pet Therapy Inc.
Ticket prices: 1) TBA. 2) Donation.
Event chairs: 1) TBA. 2) Kathy Alexander.

Pierian Spring Academy
Provides noncredit 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: Provides courses in the humanities, the arts and sciences for adults seeking an academic experience.
Volunteer opportunities: A variety of administrative duties.
Main fund-raising events: Annual mail fund raiser.

Pines of Sarasota Foundation Inc.
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 events: 60th Anniversary Celebration—Luncheon gala.
Date, Location, Ticket prices, Event chairs: TBA

Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida Inc.
President and CEO: Barbara A. Zdravecky
Address: 736 Central Ave.
Sarasota, FL 34236
Telephone: (941) 365-3913
Web site: www.ppswcf.org
Mission statement: To provide 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) 43rd Annual Dinner. 2) High Tea at High Noon. 3) Safe Sex: Red Eye to Vegas.
Dates: 1) March 2, 2009. 2) Nov. 13, 2008. 3) Nov. 15, 2008.
Locations: 1) Municipal Auditorium. 2) Van Wezel. 3) Dolphin Aviation.
Ticket prices: 1) $150. 2) $50. 3) $50 in advance; $75 at the door.
Event chairs: 1) Leslie Glass, Alexandra Jupin, John Bean. 2) Suzette Jones, Gerri Aaron. 3) Kim Bass, Jason Champion, Suzette Jones, Gary Pike.

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 not-for-profit agencies.
President: Robert Thinnes
Address: 500 Rockley Blvd.
Venice, FL 34293
Telephone: (941) 497-4826
Mission statement: To improve the quality of life in south Sarasota county.
Volunteer opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.
As of April 30, 2008
Total Grants: $109,614
Number of grants: 32
Range of grants: $1,000-$5,600

Main fund-raising events: 1) Celebrity Golf Classic. 2) Fashion Show. 3) Tour of Homes.
Dates: 1) Feb. 11-12, 2009. 2) March 3, 2009. 3) Jan. 23-24, 2009.
Locations: 1-2) Plantation Golf and Country Club. 3) Varied.
Ticket prices: 1) Free to public (spectators only). 2) $35. 3) $25.
Event chairs: 1) Steve Rich, Ron Noble. 2) Cheryl McAvoy. 3) Carolyn Reifel, Judy Thuer.

The Players Theatre
Featuring year-round programming with the 79th Broadway Theatre Series, SNAP! (Something New At Players) Program, the Summer Sizzler Series and the Players Performing Arts Studios.
Executive director: Darlene Sparks; 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 multi-cultural 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 event: The Players Spotlight Awards
Date: May 11, 2009
Location: The Players Theatre
Ticket prices: $50
Event chair: Brenda Terris

Police Athletic League of Sarasota County Inc.
Offers after-school programs 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: To provide a safe environment for kids to participate, learn and achieve while developing positive relationships with law enforcement.
Volunteer opportunities: After-school programs at Booker Middle School, McIntosh Middle School, Englewood Elementary and the Sailor Circus.
Main fund-raising events: 1) PAL Sailor Circus Holiday Spectacular. 2) PAL Bowl Football All-Star Game. 3) PAL Sailor Circus 60th Anniversary Shows.
Dates: 1) Dec. 27-29, 2008. 2) Dec. 19, 2008. 3) March 25-28, April 1-4, 2009; VIP show April 3, 2009.
Locations: 1) PAL Sailor Circus Arena. 2) TBA. 3) PAL Sailor Circus Arena.
Ticket prices: 1) $10, $12, $16. 2) $3/student; $5/adult; VIP, $100/person. 3) $10, $12 and $15.
Event chairs: TBA

Prader-Willi Syndrome Association WEB ONLY
An organization of families and professionals working together to support and fund research of Prader-Willi Syndrome.
Executive director: Craig Polhemus
Address: 8588 Potter Park Drive, #500
Sarasota, FL 34238
Telephone: (800) 926-4797
Web site: www.pwsausa.org
Mission statement: To promote and fund research, provide education and offer support to enhance the quality of life of those impacted by Prader-Willi Syndrome.
Volunteer opportunities: Office and advocacy.

Pregnancy Solutions…Knowing your Choices, Inc.
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: To provide 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) Seventh Annual Pregnancy Solutions Banquet. 2) Eighth Walk for Life/Run for Fun
Dates: 1) Nov. 11, 2008. 2) May 2009.
Locations: 1) Plantation Golf and Country Club. 2) Venice Avenue.
Ticket prices: 1) Dinner is complimentary; an opportunity to make a financial gift will be extended. 2) Walkers solicit tax-deductible sponsorships.
Event chairs: 1-2) Mary Jane Schneiderhahn.

Racing Dog Rescue Project
All-volunteer organization dedicated to the care, socialization and adoption of greyhounds.
President: Peg Murphy
Address: P.O. Box 18153
Sarasota, FL 34276
Telephone: (941) 915-6585
Web site: www.rdrp-greyhound.org
Mission statement: To place ex-racing greyhounds in responsible, caring, permanent homes.
Volunteer opportunities: Kennel help, foster care.

Renaissance Manor WEB ONLY
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
Web site:
Mission statement: To 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: David A. Proch
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 events: An Evening to Remember—Dinner, entertainment, live and silent auction.
Dates: Spring 2009.
Locations: Michael's On East
Ticket prices: TBA
Event chair: Jean Fulton

Ringling College of Art and Design
One of the country's premier private, independent, nonprofit 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, www.sarasotadesignsummit.com
Mission statement: To provide programs leading to a degree that prepares studentsto 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) 2008 Sarasota International Design Summit. 2) Annual golf tournament. 3) An Evening at the Avant-Garde—Annual scholarship fund raiser.
Dates: 1) Oct. 27-28, 2008. 2) Nov. 11, 2008. 3) March 28, 2009.
Locations: 1) The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota; Ringling College campus. 2) The Concession Golf Club. 3) Ringling College campus.
Ticket prices: 1) $495, full conference; other tickets available. 2-3) TBA.
Event chairs: 1) Mary Craig. 2) Steve and Joann Stein. 3) Chris Pfahler.

Ringling College Library Association
President: Susan Featherman
Address: P.O. Box 4071
Sarasota, FL 34230
Telephone: (941) 925-1343
Web site: www.rclassociation.org
Mission statement: To contribute to the ongoing development of Verman Kimbrough Memorial Library and act as a catalyst for the educational growth of students, faculty and community.
Volunteer opportunities: None
Main fund-raising events: Town Hall Lecture Series
Dates: January-March 2009
Locations: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Ticket prices: $250-$600
Event chair: Stacey Corley

Rotary Futures
Post-secondary 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 2009. 2) June 2009. 3) April 2009.
Locations: 1) Venice Art Center. 2) Bogey's Restaurant. 3) Sharks Tooth Festival.
Ticket prices: 1) $100. 2) $60. 3) $5/chance.
Event chairs: TBA

Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center (SPARCC)
Executive director: Olivia Thomas
Address: 2139 Main St.
Sarasota, FL 34237
Telephone: (941) 365-0208
Web site: www.sparcc.net
Mission statement: To provide services to victims of domestic and sexual violence, and to promote a violence-free community through awareness and education.
Volunteer opportunities: Hotline, shelter, hospital team, court advocacy, children's team, Treasure Chest secondhand store.
Main fund-raising events: 1) Second Hand Rose Fashion Show and Luncheon. 2) SPARCCLE Gala. 3) SPARCC Prince and Princess Ball.
Dates: 1) February 2009. 2) March 20, 2009. 3) April 25, 2009.
Locations: 1-2) The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota. 3) Girl Scouts Conference Center.
Ticket prices: TBA
Event chairs: 1) TBA. 2) Sherry Stitch, Sue Adams. 3) Robyn Lynn La Porta.

St. Francis Animal Rescue
No-kill cat and kitten rescue with adoptable and resident cats, as well as cats in foster homes. Also helps when possible with feral colonies.
Board President: Mary Donohue
Address: P.O. Box 563
Nokomis, FL 34275
Telephone: (941) 492-6200
Web site: www.stfrancisarfl.org
Mission statement: To help stray, homeless or unwanted cats in our community; to promote responsible pet ownership; to promote spaying and neutering.
Volunteer opportunities: Adoption counselors, socializers, groomers, medical, cleaners, thrift store, projects, fund raising.
Main fund-raising events: 1) Tree of Life. 2) Cat's Meow Gala. 3) Birthday Party.
Dates: 1) December 2008. 2) January 2009. 3) June 2009.
Locations: 1) Select locations. 2) TBA. 3) St. Francis Animal Rescue and thrift store.
Ticket prices: 1) $1 and $5 tickets available. 2) TBA. 3) Free.
Event chairs: 1) TBA. 2) Jill Clark. 2) Mary Donohue.

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
Address: 4380 Fruitville Road
Sarasota, FL 34236
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, after-school programs.
Main fund-raising events: 1) Knights on the Run jog-a-thon. 2) Light up the Knight—Dinner, dance, auction.
Dates: 1) Nov. 21, 2008. 2) Feb. 21, 2009.
Locations: 1-2) St. Martha Catholic School.
Ticket prices: 1) Pledges, donations. 2) $25.
Event chairs: 1) Jean Caldwell. 2) Shaune Park.

Saint Stephen's Episcopal School
An independent, co-educational, college preparatory day school for students of all faiths, pre-K 3 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) Falcon Fete. 2) Falcon 5k run.
Dates: 1) Nov. 15, 2008. 2) Feb. 21, 2009.
Locations: 1) TBA. 2) Saint Stephen's Episcopal School.
Ticket prices: TBA
Event chairs: 1) Carmen Zirkelbach. 2) Cheryle Howell, Lee Ross, Betsy Pennewill.

St. Vincent de Paul Society, St. Martha’s Conference
Thrift shop to raise funds and distribute bags of food.
Executive directors: Yve and Dave Comeau
Address: 512 S. Orange Ave.
Sarasota, FL 34236
Telephone: (941) 953-5477
Mission statement: To clothe and feed the less fortunate.
Volunteer opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.

Salvation Army
Sarasota Area Command
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 34236
Telephone: (941) 954-4673
Web site: www.salvationarmysarasota.com
Mission statement: To preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination. 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.
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. 2) Glitz at the Ritz-Carlton--Schoenbaum Humanitarian Award Luncheon.
Dates: 1) Nov. 21, 2008. 2) March 20, 2009.
Locations: 1) Michael's On East. 2) The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota.
Ticket prices: 1) $125 and up. 2) $75 and up.
Event chairs: 1) Marilyn Bezner, Rick Louis. 2) Dr. Kitty Devine.

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: To 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 23, 2009
Location: Michael's On East
Ticket price: $100
Event chair: TBA

Sarasota Adopt-A-Family
Provides free clothes closet and food, clothes and gifts for the holidays, as well as a canned food pantry.
Executive director: Alice A. Beard
Address: 2072 17th St.
Sarasota, FL 34234
Telephone: (941) 955-6767
Mission statement: To expand the bonds of caring and sharing between neighbors in the Sarasota County community.
Volunteer opportunities: Manning phones, shopping and wrapping gifts at Christmas.
Main fund-raising event: Spaghetti dinner
Date, Location, Ticket price, Event chair: TBA

Sarasota Alliance for Historic Preservation
President: Don Smally
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: Homes tour, annual meeting, walking tours, seminars.
Main fund-raising event: Historic Homes Tour
Date: March 1, 2009
Locations: TBA
Ticket prices: $25
Event chairs: TBA

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
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, community representation.
Main fund-raising events: Architectural tours, trips, lectures, design conferences, exhibits, film screenings and social events.
Dates: Year-round
Locations: Sarasota area
Ticket prices: Free-$100
Event chair: Les Fishman

Sarasota Area Sports Authority
Founded in 2001, the Sarasota Area Sports Authority (SASA) promotes, recognizes and develops awareness for sports programs, athletes and events in the Sarasota area. Awards scholarships to the Sports Person and High school Athletes of the Year.
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
President: Jeanne Dubi
Address: P.O. Box 15423
Sarasota, FL 34277
Telephone: (941) 364-9212
Web site: www.sarasotaaudubon.org
Mission statement: To promote the protection and enjoyment of birds, wildlife and the environment through an understanding of conservation.
Volunteer opportunities: Trip leaders, speakers, road clean-ups, beach nests monitoring.
Main fund-raising events:  1) Trips—Nearly 20 day trips, one Florida overnight trip and one international trip for birding. 2) Pinecraft Potato Fest—Clean-up and exotic-plant removal.
Dates: 1) TBA. 2) Feb. 28, 2009.
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) The Magic of Dance. 2) Holiday Luncheon. 3) The On Pointe Luncheon.
Dates: 1) Nov. 7, 2008. 2) Dec. 10, 2008. 3) Jan. 12, 2009.
Locations: 1-2) Michael's On East. 3) Hyatt Regency Sarasota.
Ticket prices: 1) $100. 2) $45. 3) By invitation.
Event chairs: TBA

Sarasota Ballet of Florida Inc.
Executive director: Jeanne Bates Smith
Address: 5555 N. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34243
Telephone: (941) 359-0099
Web site: www.sarasotaballet.org
Mission statement: To present the highest-quality classical and contemporary dance, encourage choreographic talent, expand educational programs and opportunities for community outreach and service and participate in joint ventures with other regional arts organizations and dance companies.
Volunteer opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.
Main fund-raising event: Anna Karenina Gala Dinner
Date: March 20, 2009
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Ticket price, Event chair: 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 237
Sarasota, FL 34233
Telephone: (941) 343-9894
Web site: www.sarasotachoralsociety.org
Mission statement: To further and promote individual and group singing and choral activities of all kind.
Volunteer opportunities: Singing in the chorus, board positions, various community and production tasks.
Main fund-raising events: 64th Annual Production of Handel's Messiah
Dates: Nov. 30, 2008
Location: Church of the Palms
Ticket price, Event chair: TBA

Sarasota Chorus of the Keys
Award-winning men’s show chorus.
Executive director: Tom Hankins
Address: P.O. Box 51751
Sarasota, FL 34232
Telephone: (941) 378-3331, information line
Web site: www.chorusofthekeys.org
Mission statement: To 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: 60th Annual Concert.
Date, Location, Ticket price, Event chair: TBA


Sarasota Concert Association
Presents a classical music series featuring internationally known artists.
Membership Coordinator: John W. Ames
Address: P.O. Box 1714
Sarasota, FL 34230
Telephone: (941) 955-0040
Mission statement: To foster the development of an appreciation for the musical arts by sponsoring professional presentations through a not-for-profit, audience subscription plan; to present concerts that feature a variety of quality music; to set reasonable performance fees, in order to make the concerts available to all individuals.
Volunteer opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.
Main fund-raising events: 1) 2009 Evening Series. 2) Munchtime Musicales—Noontime performances.
Dates: 1) Jan. 26, Feb. 10 and 19, March 6 and 13, 2009. 2) Select Wednesdays, October-March.
Locations: 1) Van Wezel. 2) Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center.
Ticket price: 1) TBA; student discounts available. 2) Free.
Event chairs: TBA

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 the Gulf Coast'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.
Main fund-raising event: The Second Annual Palm Ball
Date: Feb. 7, 2009
Location: Bay Preserve at Osprey
Ticket price: TBA
Event chairs: Cornelia Matson, Pauline Joerger, Nora Johnson, Lynn Morris, Amie Swan, Margaret Wise

Sarasota Council of Concern Inc.
All-volunteer organization that operates the Mustard Seed thrift shop to provide funds for second-grade swimming programs, swim scholarships, layettes for needy new mothers and grants to Sarasota Ballet’s Next Generation program.
Address: 1442 Fruitville Road
Sarasota, FL 34236
Telephone: (941) 365-5999
Mission statement: To concentrate on the unmet needs of children in Sarasota County.
Volunteer opportunities: Sales help in thrift store.
Main fund-raising events: 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.
Address: 1226 N. Tamiami Trail, Suite 300
Sarasota, FL 34236
Telephone: (941) 365-5118
Web site: www.sarasotaarts.org
Mission statement: To enhance the connection between the community and regional arts and culture by strengthening cooperation among business, community and elected leaders, audiences and the public.
Volunteer opportunities: Special projects and events.
Main fund-raising events: 1) Arts + Business Bash. 2) Annual Arts Awards.
Dates, Locations, Ticket prices, Event chairs: TBA

Sarasota Film Festival Inc.
Address: 332 Cocoanut Ave.
Sarasota, FL 34236
Telephone: (941) 364-9514
Web site: www.sarasotafilmfestival.com
Mission statement: To celebrate the art of filmmaking and the contribution of filmmakers by hosting an international film festival and developing year-long programs for the economic, educational and cultural benefit of our community.
Volunteer opportunities: Year-round operations and festival positions.
Main fund-raising event: Filmmakers Tribute Dinner.
Dates: March 27-April 5, 2008
Locations: 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.
Address: 10715 Rodeo Drive, Suite 8
Bradenton, FL 34202
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 events: 1) 19th Annual International Cine-World Film Festival. 2) 11th Annual Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. 3) First Annual Family Film Festival.
Dates: 1) Nov. 14-23, 2008. 2) August 2009. 3) Oct. 10-16, 2008.
Locations: 1-3) Burns Court and Lakewood Ranch Cinemas.
Ticket prices: $5/member, $7.50/nonmember
Event chairs: 1-3) Dick and Sue Morris.

Sarasota Garden Club Inc.
Executive director: Barbara Rao
Address: 1131 Boulevard of the Arts
Sarasota, FL 34236
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. 2) Flower show.
Dates: 1) Dec. 4-6, 2008. 2) March 28-29, 2009.
Locations: Sarasota Garden Club
Ticket prices: 1) Free. Items to purchase. 2) $3.50.
Event chairs: TBA

Sarasota Medical Pregnancy Center
Executive director: Mark Hiehle
Address: 1217 East Ave., Suite 310
Sarasota, FL 34239
Telephone: (941) 330-2273
Web site: www.sarasotapregnancy.com, www.sarasotapregnancy.org
Mission statement: To minister to women who are facing an unplanned pregnancy.
Volunteer opportunities: Peer counselors, office help, ultrasonographers, registered nurses.
Main fund-raising events: 1) Harvest for Life. 2) Walk for Life. 3) Baby Bottle Boomerang.
Dates: 1) Nov. 11, 2008. 2) TBA. 3) Ongoing.
Locations: 1) Michael's On East. 2) TBA. 3) Local churches.
Ticket prices: 1) $70; table sponsorships available. 2-3) Donations.
Event chairs: TBA

Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation Inc.
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: To 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 events: 1) Key to the Cure—Groovin' at Saks 54. 2) Corinthian Gala. 3) Eighth Annual Physicians Golf Tournament.
Dates: 1) Oct. 16, 2008. 2) March 7, 2009. 3) May 15, 2009.
Locations: 1) Saks Fifth Avenue. 2) The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota. 3) The Meadows Country Club.
Ticket prices: 1) $40. 2) $300. 3) $195.
Event chairs: 1) Veronica Brady, Chris Pfahler, Sally Schule. 2) Deb Knowles, Myrna Band. 3) TBA.

Sarasota Museum of Art (SMOA)+C40
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
Mission statement: To interweave exhibitions, educational programs and community outreach initiatives to engage a diverse audience and serve as a center for creative discovery and discourse.
Volunteer opportunities: A start-up organization with a variety of evolving opportunities.

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: To produce outstanding opera true to the vision of the composer, and entertain, enrich and educate the community and patrons from across the state and the world.
Volunteer opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.
Main fund-raising events: 1) 2009 Opening Night Gala—Celebrating the opening of the 50th season with a performance of Puccini's Tosca, followed by dinner and dancing. 2) Second Annual Golf Tournament. 3) Curtain Raiser—Introducing the fall opera season.
Dates: 1) Feb. 7, 2009. 2) Nov. 10, 2008. 3) Nov. 2, 2008.
Locations: 1) Pineapple Avenue, Five Points Park. 2) The Founders Club. 3) Michael's On East.
Ticket prices: 1) $200, gala; call for performance pricing. 2) $325. 3) $175.
Event chairs: TBA

Sarasota Opera Guild
All-volunteer, 600-member group that supports the Sarasota Opera and its youth opera programs.
President: Carol von Allmen
Address: 61 N. Pineapple Ave.
Sarasota, FL 34236
Telephone: (941) 346-8057
Web site: www.sarasotaopera.org/sog.htm
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) New York, N.Y. Party. 2) Poinsettia Luncheon. 3) Sweetheart of the Opera Luncheon.
Dates: 1) Nov. 21, 2008. 2) Dec. 9, 2008. 3) Feb. 10, 2009.
Locations: 1) Sarasota Opera House. 2-3) Michael's On East.
Ticket prices: TBA
Event chairs: 1) Martha Lee and Roy McNaught, Mary and Mike Groninger. 2) Janet Huelster, Alma Abshier. 3) Bobby Garibaldi-Sanders, Joan Suddarth.


Sarasota/Manatee Association for Riding Therapy (SMART)
A North American Riding for the Handicapped member center that provides therapeutic horseback riding to individuals with special needs.
Executive director: Gail Clifton
Address: 4800 CR. 675
Bradenton, FL 34211
Telephone: (941) 746-1493
Web site: www.smartriders.org
Mission statement: To 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, fund raising.
Main fund-raising events: 1) Sarasota Polo Club Polo Ball. 2) SMART Chef's Dinners.
Dates: 1) March 27, 2009. 2) Year-round.
Locations: 1) Sarasota Polo Club. 2) Varied.
Ticket prices: 1) $175. 2) Varied.
Event chairs: 1) Maggi Mitchell, Christie Payne. 2) Nick G. Drizos.

Sarasota-Manatee Jewish Federation Inc.
Since 1959, the Federation, a volunteer-driven nonprofit organization, has raised and distributed funds for humanitarian and social services, both Jewish and non-Jewish, locally and overseas. It also implements educational, cultural and social programs locally.
Executive director: Howard Tevlowitz
Address: 580 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.
Main fund-raising events: 1) Game Night. 2) Women's Day—Featuring Tiffany Schlaine. 3) Women's Passover Celebration.
Dates: 1) Oct. 25, 2008. 2) Dec. 11, 2008. 3) March 26, 2009.
Locations, Ticket prices: TBA.
Event chairs: 1) Simone Knego, Cassandra Winters. 2) Lisa Kates, Sandra Hanan, Ruth Rubinstein. 3) 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: To connect and inspire citizens to create a better community.
Volunteer opportunities: Community studies, Community Report Card, event-related work (registration desk or set-up), Web site help, speakers’ bureau.
Main fund-raising event: Annual celebration and Boundary Crosser Award
Date: June 2009
Location: TBA
Ticket price: Free; donations accepted.
Event chair: SCOPE Communications Committee

Second Chance-Last Opportunity
A life skills education and training center offering classes and services 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: To provide life-management skills to those who face multiple health, social and economic challenges, to help them become more self-sufficient.
Volunteer opportunities: Help with Donor Liaison, building campaign, special events committees, client events and holiday food distribution and a monthly booth at the Farmer's Market.
Main fund-raising events: 1) Share the Light luncheon. 2) May Picnic Party.
Dates: 1) September 2008. 2) May 2009.
Locations: 1) Michael's On East. 2) TBA.
Ticket prices: 1) $50. 2) Call for information.
Event chairs: 1-2) 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: To empower 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, home meal deliverers.
Main fund-raising events: 1) Swinging with Friends Venice Golf Tournament. 2) Attitudes: A Theater Showcase.
Dates: 1) Sept. 26, 2008. 2) Feb. 23, 2009.
Locations: 1) Mission Valley Golf and Country Club. 2) The Friendship Center.
Ticket prices: 1) $150. 2) $65.
Event chairs: 1) Dr. Richard Beebe. 2) Sarasota Senior Theatre.

The Society Inc.
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 special emphasis on African-American youth.
Main fund-raising event: New Year's Eve Gala—Black tie.
Date: Dec. 31, 2008
Location: Polo Bar & Grill, Fete Ballroom, Lakewood Ranch
Ticket price, Event chair: TBA

Helps children and adults in the community 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—Evening reception and showing of art videos featuring collaborations by poets, musicians, dancers and local and Mexican artists.
Dates: Nov. 7-8, 2008
Location: 535 Columbia Court, Sarasota.
Ticket price: N/A
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. 3) Luau.
Dates: 1) April 25, 2009. 2) Feb. 7, 2009. 3) Aug. 22, 2009.
Locations: 1) Palm Island Resort. 2-3) South County Family YMCA.
Ticket prices: 1-2) $175. 3) $50.
Event chairs: TBA

South Florida Museum
Southwest Florida’s largest natural and cultural history museum.
Executive director: Brynne Anne Besio
Address: 201 10th St. W.
Bradenton, FL 34206
Telephone: (941) 746-4131
Web site: www.southfloridamuseum.org
Mission statement: To preserve, interpret and communicate through collections, exhibitions and educational programs scientific and cultural knowledge of Florida, the world and the universe.
Volunteer opportunities: Docents, aquarium spotters, museum store, information desk.
Main fund-raising event: Snooty Gala
Date: Nov. 1, 2008
Location: South Florida Museum
Ticket price: $175
Event chair: Amanda Edge

Southeastern Guide Dogs
Operating under the belief that every person who is blind or visually impaired should have the opportunity to live an independent, empowered life.
CEO: Titus Herman
Address: 4210 77th St. E.
Palmetto, FL 34221
Telephone: (941) 729-5665
Web site: www.guidedogs.org
Mission statement: To create partnerships between individuals with visual impairments and guide dogs facilitating life's journey with mobility, independence and dignity.
Volunteer opportunities: Puppy hugging, dog walking, puppy raising, administrative support, special events.
Main fund-raising events: 1) Special Saturday Tours. 2) International Auto Show. 3) Annual Walk-a-thon.
Dates: 1) Sept. 13, Oct. 18, Nov. 15, 2008. 2) Nov. 1-2, 2008. 3) Feb. 28, 2009.
Locations: 1) Southeastern Guide Dogs campus. 2) St. Armands Circle. 3) Manatee County Fair Grounds, Palmetto.
Ticket prices: 1-2) Free. 3) Pledges.
Event chairs: 1) Helen Arnold. 2) Rick and Diana Saunders. 3) Paula Best.

Special Athlete Boosters Inc.
Executive director: Maggie Riggall
Address: P.O. Box 2112
Venice, FL 34284
Telephone: (941) 412-0402
Mission statement: To develop local resources that enable intellectually disabled children and adults the opportunity to participate in such activities as Special Olympics.
Volunteer opportunities: Fund raising and special events.
Main fund-raising events: 1) Sharks Tooth Festival. 2) Coast Cadillac Laurel Oak Cup Golf tournament. 3) 5K Classic.
Dates: 1) April 2009. 2) March 2009. 3) November 2008.
Locations: 1) Venice Airport Festival Grounds. 2) Laurel Oaks Country Club. 3) South Lido Park.
Ticket prices: 1) $3. 2-3) Varied.
Event chair: Maggie Riggall

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

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: To 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) Fall 2008. 2) Year-round.
Locations: 1) Knight Trail Park, Nokomis. 2) None.
Ticket prices: 1) Corporate team sponsors. 2) TBA.
Event chairs: 1) David Wilcox. 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, Suite 1
Sarasota, FL 34237
Telephone: (941) 351-9545
Web site: www.scil4u.org
Mission statement: To 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, peer counseling, classroom assistance.

Suncoast Communities Blood Bank
Medical Director/CEO: Dr. Mark Magenheim, M.D.
Address: 1760 Mound St.
Sarasota, FL 34236
Telephone: (866) 97-BLOOD
Web site: www.scbb.org
Mission statement: To provide a reliable supply of quality blood products and services to hospitals and health centers in need.
Volunteer opportunities: Customer service, office and clerical, donor recruitment, special events, education, courier, maintenance.
Main fund-raising event, Date: TBA
Locations: All Suncoast Communities Blood Bank locations
Ticket prices: Varied
Event chair: Julie Platt

Suncoast Foundation for the Handicapped Inc.
All-volunteer board has constructed over $14 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: 5317 Fruitville Road, Suite 43
Sarasota, FL 34232
Telephone: (941) 371-8820 ext. 1800
Web site: www.suncoastoffshore.org
Mission statement: To aid 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
Dates: June 26-July 5, 2009
Location, Ticket prices: Varied
Event chairs: TBA

Suncoast Humane Society
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 and animal life through their 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) Dinner event. 2) Pet Appreciation Day.
Dates: 1) November 2008. 2) March 2009.
Locations: TBA
Ticket prices: 1) $75. 2) Free.
Event chairs: TBA

Susan G. Komen for the Cure
Florida Suncoast Affiliate
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: Speakers’ bureau, educational programs, fund raising.
Main fund-raising events: 1) Race for the Cure—Nationally sanctioned 5K race. 2) Annual Luncheon. 3) Pink Tie Gala.
Dates: 1) Oct. 4, 2008. 2) March 2009. 3) Feb. 28, 2009.
Locations: 1) Vinoy Park. 2) The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota. 3) T. Pepin Hospitality Centre, Tampa.
Ticket prices: 1) $30 prior to September 1; $35 after. 2) $75. 3) $175.
Event chairs: 1) Sherry Brewer. 2) Molly Jackson, Sherril Morse, Diana Houston. 3) Melissa Johnson.

Take Stock in Children of Sarasota County
Scholarship and mentoring program for at-risk youth from low-income families.
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 identify at-risk youth, place them in an environment of success, provide mentor and program support in order to enable them to achieve high school graduation, earn entrance to post-secondary education and achieve their goals and dreams.
Volunteer opportunities: Mentoring, special events, committee members and fund raising.
Main fund-raising events: 1) Celebration of Hope: Hope Springs Eternal—Fund-raising dinner that celebrates graduating seniors. 2) Semi-annual Career Speed-dating Expos.
Dates: 1) May 2009. 2) November 2008 and April 2009.
Locations: TBA
Ticket prices: 1) $300 to sponsor a table. 2) Free.
Event chairs: 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: 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 16th Annual Celebration of Imagination, a Crystal Gala Celebrating Our Children
Date: Feb. 28, 2009
Location: Temple Beth Sholom
Ticket price: $125
Event chairs: Priscilla Adams, Christine Fenner

TideWell Hospice and Palliative Care
The local not-for-profit hospice since 1980, TideWell cares for patients with advanced illness and their families. Serving residents of 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: To provide the highest quality of care that embraces a comprehensive continuum of services for patients and families dealing with advanced illness.
Volunteer opportunities: Patient/family support, clerical activities, life review, expressive arts, greeters at hospice houses, pet therapy, clowning, gardening, music programs and more.

Trinity Charities Inc.
Trinity Charities is a not-for-profit HIV/AIDS Service Organization providing education, support and financial aid to those infected or affected by HIV/AIDS.
Executive director: Hank Hueber
Address: 7225 N. Lockwood Ridge Road
Sarasota, FL 34243
Telephone: (941) 355-0847
Web site: www.trinitycharities.org
Mission statement: To 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: Bimonthly food pantry.
Main fund-raising event: Third Annual AIDS Walk
Date: Nov. 22, 2008
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: To 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) Fabulous Foxes & Hot Mamas Luncheon. 3) Chocolate Sundae & The Chocolate Festival—Chocolate-themed interactive dinner and tasting.
Dates: 1) Nov. 17, 2008. 2) May 2, 2009. 3) March 6 and 8, 2009.
Locations: 1-3) Michael's On East.
Ticket prices: TBA
Event chairs: 1-3) Wendy Mann Resnick.

United Nations Association of the United States America—UNA-USA Sarasota-Manatee Chapter
President: Dorothy Watson
Address: P.O. Box 2427
Sarasota, FL 34230
Telephone: (941) 359-9760
Mission statement: To educate, inspire and mobilize Americans to support the principles and vital work of the United Nations, strengthening the U.N. systems and achieving the goals of the U.N. charter.
Volunteer opportunities: Organizing, public relations, fund raising, computer technology, hospitality, the Liberian School Project, history and other abilities.
Main fund-raising events: 1) United Nations Day Celebration. 2) Liberian Film Festival. 3) International Women's Day—Global women: ambassadors, FS officers, Peace Corps, and a U.N. diplomat.
Dates: 1) Oct. 24, 2008. 2) Nov. 16, 2008. 3) March 8, 2009.
Locations, Ticket prices, Event chairs: TBA

United Way of Sarasota County Inc.
Since 1948, United Way of Sarasota County has been a critical part of this community's efforts to improve the quality of life for local children and families. Your local United Way continues to expand its impact within the community through partnerships with local foundations, local government, the school system, other local United Ways, and community investors.
President and CEO: Alexander L. Young
Address: 1445 Second St.
Sarasota, FL 34236
Telephone: (941) 366-2686
Web site: www.uwsrq.com
Mission statement: To improve the lives of people and their families by mobilizing and uniting the caring power of the community.
Volunteer opportunities: Visit the Web site at www.uwsrq.com/volunteer.htm

Assets: $8,734, 610
Total services, including grants: $3,803,454
Number of grants: 48
Range of grants: $2,500-$265,000

United Way of South Sarasota County
Funding 44 local programs throughout 29 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. 18, 2008. 2) Sept. 18, 2008. 3) Feb. 28, 2009.
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) Campbell Reynolds. 3) Terri Britton.

United Way 2-1-1 of Manasota
Three-digit number people can dial to get information about all available human services in DeSoto, Manatee and Sarasota counties.
Exectutive director: Alberto Suarez
Address: P.O. Box 458, Sarasota, FL 34230
Telephone: Dial 2-1-1, or (941) 308-4357
Web site: www.uw211manasota.net
Mission statement: To expedite the exchange of information between customer and service provider to improve the health and wellbeing of our citizens.
Volunteer opportunities: Answer calls; email Ben Kunkel, bkunkel@uw211manasota.net.

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.sarasota.usf.edu
Mission statement: To 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. 2, 2008
Location: Powel Crosley Mansion
Ticket prices: $100/person; sponsorships available, $1,500-$25,500.
Event chair: Lem Sharp III

Van Wezel Foundation
President and CEO: Sheila Belknap
Address: P.O. Box 3434
Sarasota, FL 34230
Telephone: (941) 366-5578
Web site: www.vwfoundation.org
Mission statement: To enrich lives—with an emphasis on children—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 event: A Gala Evening with Natalie Cole.
Date: Feb. 15, 2009
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Ticket price: TBA
Event chair: Chris Pfahler

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 Luce
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 event: VABI Boat Bash
Date: Dec. 6, 2008
Location: Venetian trailhead
Ticket price: $40
Event chair: TBA

Venice Area Mobile Meals Inc.
President: Sherry Eubanks
Address: 920 S. Tamiami Trail
Venice, FL 34285
Telephone: (941) 488-1889
Web site:
Mission statement: To supply warm, nutritious meals to the needy in the greater Venice area.
Volunteer opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.
Main fund-raising events: N/A

Venice Art Center
Begun in 1958, the area’s oldest and largest community art center, offering local and nationally recognized exhibitions of paintings, sculpture, glass, photography and more, lectures, art classes for all ages, 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, 2008. 2) Feb. 27, 2009. 3) Feb. 21-22, 2009.
Locations: 1-3) Venice Art Center.
Ticket prices: 1-2) $35. 3) Free.
Event chairs: TBA

Venice Theatre
Award-winning community theater.
Artistic and executive director: Murray Chase
Address: 140 W. Tampa Ave.
Venice, FL 34285
Telephone: (941) 488-1115
Web site: www.venicestage.com
Mission statement: To make a dramatic impact on all stages of life.
Volunteer opportunities: Onstage, backstage, scenery construction and painting, costume construction, box office, ushering and mailing.
Main fund-raising events: Entertainment in two theater spaces, from concerts to cutting-edge theater. Individual and group tours of the theater are available.
Dates: Ongoing, call for information.
Locations: Venice Theatre
Ticket prices: $10-$35

The Venice Symphony
75-piece symphony orchestra that presents classical, pops, a small ensemble series 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: To 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
Date: TBA
Location: Venice Theatre
Ticket price, Event chair: TBA

WEDU Channel 3, Florida West Coast Public Broadcasting Inc.
Florida's most-watched PBS station, WEDU, supported primarily through individual memberships, serves 16 counties in West Central Florida.
President and CEO: Richard M. Lobo
Address: 1300 North Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33607
Telephone: (800) 354-9338
Web site: www.wedu.org
Mission statement: To provide and produce superior quality education, information and entertainment services, creating a wide realm of experiences for a diverse audience.
Volunteer opportunities: Fund-raising and 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. 14, 2009. 2) Jan. 15, 2009. 3) June 2009.
Locations: 1) Belleview Biltmore Resort. 2) A La Carte Event Pavilion. 3) TBA.
Ticket prices: 1) $250-plus. 2) $50-plus. 3) $50-plus.
Event chairs: 1) Alan and Nancy Burnstein. 2) Laura Turner. 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 2008 Stephen H. Goldman Keystone Award.
Dates: 1) Feb. 21, 2009. 2) TBA.
Locations: 1) Dolphin Aviation. 2) Michael's On East.
Ticket prices: 1) $195. 2) $175.
Event chairs: 1) Chris Pfahler; Myrna and David Band, honorary chairs. 2) Dr. and Mrs. Joe Corcoran.

West Coast Civic Ballet
Provides quality dance performances in classical ballet and contemporary dance for audiences of all ages.
Executive director: Deborah Vinton
Address: 3303 Bahia Vista St., Sarasota, FL 34239
Telephone: (941) 504-6762
Web site: www.westcoastcivicballet.com
Mission statement: To 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.
Dates: 1) Dec. 20-21, 2008. 2) TBA.
Locations: 1-2) Booker High School.
Ticket prices: 1-2) $15, $20/adult, $10, $15/senior, $5, $10/student
Event chairs: 1-2) Deborah Vinton.

WBTT (Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe)
The 2008-2009 season will feature two cabaret musicals saluting the soul music of the 70s and Ain’t Misbehavin’.
Producing artistic director: Nate Jacobs
Address: P.O. Box 1086
Sarasota, FL 34230
Telephone: (941) 780-2198
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 events: Contributor parties
Dates: TBA
Locations: TBA
Ticket prices: TBA
Event chairs:

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: To rescue, rehabilitate and release 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. 3) Wine and dessert tasting with silent auction.
Dates: 1) TBA. 2) February. 3) TBA.
Locations: 1) 235 Snyder Drive, Venice. 2) American Legion. 3) TBA.
Ticket prices: 1) Free. 2) $35. 3) $100.
Event chairs: 1) Jane Reeves. 2) Christine Moser. 3) Linda Schrader.

William G. Selby & Marie Selby Foundation
Donates grants for capital projects to nonprofit organizations in Sarasota and surrounding counties.
President: Debra Jacobs
Address: 1800 Second St., Suite 750
Sarasota, FL 34236
Telephone: (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.
As of May 31, 2007
Assets: $78,756,861
Total grants: $3.9 million
Number of grants: 29
Range of grants: $10,000-$500,000
Average grant size: $113,156

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 more than $7 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: To 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: Cashier, intake, pricing, sales, wrappers.

Women’s Resource Center of Sarasota County
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
Sarasota, FL 34237
Telephone: (941) 366-1700
Web site: www.thewomensresourcecenter.org
Mission statement: To empower 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, events, committees.
Main fund-raising events: 1) Renaissance Luncheon. 2) Fall Gathering. 3) Second Annual WRSC Golf Invitational.
Dates: 1) March 23, 2009. 2) Nov. 14, 2008. 3) June 6, 2009.
Locations: 1) The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota. 2) Plantation Golf & Country Club. 3) TBA.
Ticket prices: 1) $95. 2) $40. 3) TBA.
Event chairs: 1) Mary Miller, Jacqueline Salvino; Alice Rau, honorary chair. 2) Kathy Francoletti. 3) TBA.

A low-power, nonprofit, non-commercial radio station serving Sarasota.
Executive Director: Arlene Sweeting
Address: P.O. Box 2540, Sarasosta, FL 34230
Telephone: (941) 894-6469
Web site: www.wslr.org
Mission statement: To feature locally produced programming and present cultural, artistic and political perspectives currently underrepresented in the media. To inform and empower listeners to play an active role in WSLR and in their community.
Volunteer opportunities: Programing hosting, event help, music library, office work.
Main fund-raising events: Spring and fall on-air fund drives.

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 events: On-air membership campaigns
Dates: 1) Radio: October 2008; March 2009. 2) Television: December 2008; March, June, August 2009.

YMCA Foundation of Sarasota Inc.
President: Karin E. Gustafson, CFRE
Address: One S. School Ave., Suite 302
Sarasota, FL 34237
Telephone: (941) 951-1336
Web site: www.sarasota-ymca.org
Mission statement: To 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 9, 2009
Location: TBA
Ticket price: TBA
Event chair: Kim Githler, Nora Johnson, Lynn Morris, Debbie Seitl.