Miracles on 17th Street

Miracles do happen. But not without the commitment of a collaborative community and the support of people like you.

Please join us in the celebration of the everyday miracles made possible by our campus partners — a collaborative of more than 17 nonprofit agencies providing over 80 programs to those most in need — and get a first look at future miracles to come!

Cocktail, 5:30pm
Dinner, 6:30pm
Stilettos, like miracles, are heavenly things. However, we kindly advise you to keep your feet on the ground as this event takes place on grassy terrain. Fashionably casual attire.

Thank you to our event sponsors!
Mrs. Betty Schoenbaum

Harriet & Stevent Osterweis Charitable Fund at the Community Foundation of Sarasota County

Mr & Mrs. Jack D. Kidd
USF Sarasota-Manatee

Mrs. Isabel Anchin Becker
Mr. Robert Coppenrath & Ms. Joan Mendell
Grossman Roth and Partridge
Gulf Coast Community Foundation
Ms. Renee Hamad
Herald Tribune
The Jewish Federation

Ms. Gerri Aaron
Mr. & Mrs. Robert Bernhard
Cumberland Advisors
The Resort at Longboat Key Club
Mr. & Mrs. Burton Sack
Sarasota Magazine
Dr. & Mrs. Sam Savin
Ms. Ina Schnell
SRQ Media
Mrs. Gail Welch
Mr. & Mrs. Bruce Zeitlin

Phil King
Gabriel Hament

Dr. Kameron Hodgens, CEO
Isabel Anchin Becker
Sarah Glendening
Renee Hamad
Julie Johnson
Debbie Partridge
Norma Savin
Gail Welch

Honorary Co-Chairs:
Betty Schoenbaum
Sam Shapiro
Bunny Skirboll

Honorary Committee:
Gerri Aaron
Comm. Liz Alpert
Ronelle Ashby
Claudia Baeza
Elodie Brisset
Comm. Hagen Brody
Jack Brown
Hon. Shirley Brown
Neal Colton
Robert Corace
Mariana Cotten
Lee DeLieto, Jr.
Valarie DeLieto
Alex Floethe
Billy Gamble
Liebe Gamble
Jane Goodwin
Rep. Joe Gruters
Sydney Gruters
Dr. Arthur Guilford
Virginia Haley
Kent Hayes
Dr. Anila Jain
Emma Joels
Frederick Johnston
Jeremy Lisitza
Barton Lowther
Brian Mariash
Bill Mariotti
Rochelle Nigri
Sharon Prizant
Sen. Greg Steube
Jennifer Steube
Dr. Linda Stone
Caroline Tanner
Brynna Tevlowitz
Howard Tevlowitz
Jane Thompson
Matt Thompson
Caroline Zucker
Michael Zuckerberg

For questions about this event, please contact Sarah Glendening at (941) 365-4545 or

For Partnership Opportunities, please contact Dr. Kameron Hodgens at (941) 365-4545 or

4th Annual Toy Drive

It’s that time of year again! Please come join us for our 4th year in collecting toys for kids, teenagers and items for deserving moms in need this year!

This year we will be collecting for SPARCC, Mothers Helping Mothers and Child Protection Center!!
SPARCC is ” Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center” a organization that helps women who are victims of domestic violence. It is also an oragnization that is very personal to me.

**Absolutely 100% of what is raised goes toward SPARCC, Mothers Helping Mothers and Child Protection Center ** The best part is these are 3 local organizations and everything stays right in our community!

**Please make sure all gifts are UNWRAPPED**

I will be updating the page periodically with wish lists for the 3 organizations for what they are in need of.

Evies will be having happy hour drink specials and there will be appitizers!

If you have made it the past 3 years you know what a fun event this is! If you haven’t made it then please join us this time!

Wish List Items:
Infants and Toddlers
Baby Einstein Toys
Preschool Toys
Board Books
Soft Baby Dolls

Little People Sets

Girls and Boys, Ages 5-12
Art Supplies
Tonka Trucks
Dolls with Clothes
Sports Balls and Accessories
Lego or K’Nex Sets
Action Figures
Portable Video Game Systems
Craft Kits
Portable Stereos
Remote Control Cars and Trucks
Play Kitchen Sets
Play Tool Sets

Teens, Ages 13-18
MP3 Players
Digital Cameras
New Make-Up Sets
Sports Balls and Accessories
Straightening Irons, Curling Irons, Hair Dryers
Hand-held Games
Converse Shoes
USB Flash Drive
iTunes Gift Cards
Hair Accessories

For Moms
Lotion Sets
New Bras, Panties all sizes
Dollar General Gift Cards
Walmart & Target Gift Cards
Gas Station Gift Cards

And yes, even the doggies and kitties for something extra…

For The Shelter Kennel
PetsMart or Petco Gift Cards
Lavender Odo-Ban
Animal Blankets
Pet Toys
Pet Beds
Pet Carriers
Dog Bones

There will be many drop locations located throughout Sarasota for the covenience of everyone!
1. IAS Marking Services
2. Jaco’s Boxing and Fitness
3. Top Drawer Furniture
4. Kreithen Plastic Surgery
5. Sarasota Crossfit

I will be updating the drop box lists as business confirm with me!

Veterans Day BOGO and Fundraiser

We have teamed up with GreenZone Hero and SRQ VETS to bring you a great Veterans Day special for all of our men and woman who have served and continue to serve our country!

All veterans will receive a Buy One, Get One offer on their first round of core beers and Big Top will donate $1 from EVERY core beer sold that day to SRQ VETS!

Food @ 4pm by: Fillaburger
Music @ 7pm by: The Toe Tappers
GreenZone Hero – THE “VETERAN-FRIENDLY” BUSINESS ASSOCIATION. Works to improve business for our members AND to connect veterans, active duty military and their families with companies that service their needs. GZH is a social-cause commerce-generating company.

SRQ VETS – SRQ Vets is a locally based 501(c)(3) non-profit founded and led by volunteer veterans serving veterans in the SRQ area. We offer a broad range of assistance to local vets in need, including helping in the Veterans Court, the Veterans Filmmaking Academy, Operation Rubix, aiding veterans in need of transportation, home modifications for disabled vets, and much more.


Tiny Hands Foundation’s 2017 Holiday Basket Brigade

Attention: The Tiny Hands Foundation is seeking donations, sponsors, and volunteers to assist our foundation in achieving this year’s goal. All Ages welcome! The Tiny Hands Foundation needs your help at the 2017 Holiday Basket Brigade, Saturday, December 16th, 9am-12pm. Volunteers needed to help fill, decorate, and distribute 1,200 holiday gift baskets filled with holiday food, a turkey, and Christmas toys for our community’s children and families in need this holiday season.

Come out and be a part of something great this holiday season!

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Puerto Rican Farmers’ Fundraiser

Puerto Rico’s farms have long been the lifeblood of the island, providing food and employment for centuries. Since many farms were destroyed after Hurricane Maria, and many lack the means or other financial assistance to rebuild, the Puerto Rican Chamber of Commerce of Florida is working hard to raise funds to provide relief and aid to get these farmers back on their feet, providing food to the people, and enabling them to once again care for themselves and their families. Please help by attending this fundraiser. 100% of the funds are going directly to farmers. All funds raised will be delivered to farmers on January 6th, Three Kings Day, to celebrate new life and new opportunity.

Giving Hunger The Blues & Jazz on the Bay

The 21st Annual Giving Hunger the Blues & Jazz on The Bay Festival will feature local, regional, and national musical talents on two stages. A full day of music, food, and entertainment for the whole family to enjoy.
Proceeds will benefit the Mayor’s Feed the Hungry Program to help fulfill our mission of feeding the hungry and helping nurture or communities.
For more information on past events, artists, vendors, sponsorships, and tickets visit We hope to see you there!

14th Annual Memorial Weekend!

Our 14th Annual Memorial Weekend kicks off Friday, Nov. 10th with a cocktail party, silent auction and poker tourmanent at Gold Coast Eagle Distributing. The fun continues on Saturday, Nov. 11th with a golf tournament at the incredible Legacy Golf Course. All proceeds go directly to facilitating support for children and teens in grief! Invite your friends and register today!

The Allison Event

2017 Allison release – A raspberry wheat beer made with lemon peel, corriander and locally harvested honey from Sarasota’s own Aloe Organics. Over 700 lbs of raspberry were also used in the making of this delicious, approachable brew giving it a slight acidity and dark pink color.

2017’s version of “Allison” represents the second release in the series for Calusa Brewing and is created in celebration of the strength and fortitude of those afflicted by cancer.

100% of the profits from draft sales of Allison on 10/15/17 will be donated to Aloe Organics to help get the pending 501(c)3 charitable organization, Aloe Gives, up and running so that they can continue their mission of providing healthy, organic, immune supporting fruits and vegetables in a time of need.

The Mission:

Aloe Gives is a pending 501(c)3 non-profit organization that partners with Aloe Organics farm to provide healthy produce and nutrition education to Florida’s children through produce donations to hospitals and cancer centers combined with practical hands-on learning in partnership with community schools.

A little history:

Allison Francis Hall Nelson 1981-2012 or “Aloe”, was a wife, daughter, sister and friend. At age 28 and two months away from her wedding, she was diagnosed with stage four metastatic breast cancer.

For Allison, that invevitable thought of “what will I leave behind?” came early and suddenly. She saw an opportunity within her own family, longtime ranch owners, and decided to set aside a portion of the Hall Family ranch to grow organic, healthy produce. She, along with her parents Kay and Lewis, siblings Emily and Miles, and husband David would create a farming business targeted at children with cancer called Aloe Organics and sell the produce to schools, hospitals, restaurants and grocery stores, with a large portion of the vegetables donated directly to children with cancer through the Children’s Cancer Center.

Aloe Gives represents an extention of that dream…

To honor Allison and continue to grow awareness, Calusa Brewing will be making a beer called “Allison” and releasing it in October of every year. The beer will be a different recipe every year but will always be called “Allison” and will always include an ingredient from Aloe Organics.

Please join us in honoring a dear friend and raising awareness and some funds for a great cause.

Hurricane Irma Relief Benefit Show

We are a group of local musicians who want to help our community and put on a benefit show to benefit Irma victims. Our event will be at Jdubs Brewing on 9/24/17. All proceeds will be donated to The Red Cross. We have a full day line up of 17 local original musicians from 12-11pm. So far we have partnered with Ben & Jerry’s, S&N Real Estate, Inc., Massage Therapist Linda Aronson, Wild Ginger Apothecary, TreeUmph! Adventure Course, Geckos, and Noonday Collection representative Logan Nelms! We are looking for additional local businesses who can get involved as sponsors for expenses such as food trucks, or who can provide items for the raffle and silent auction. If we know anyone who has connections to The Rays, The Bucs, or The Lightning, tickets would be an excellent auction item. We are also looking for local artists who would be willing to do live art to be auctioned. If there is a photographer or two who could document the event that would be great too. We also need help from local media outlets to help spread the word. Any donations, ideas, or connections are appreciated! Please contact Sara Nelms or Justin Layman if you can help!
We are individual musicians coming together and partnering with local businesses to benefit our community as a whole.

Hurricane Benefit Lineup

12 – Josh Morris

12:30 – Brandon Wesszo

1 – Michael Miller

1:30 – Zack Yoder

2 – Kara Nally

2:40 – Lesa Silvermore

3:20 – Justin Layman

4 – Sara Nelms

4:40 – ZEN Seraphine

5:20 – Al Donadi

6 – Tropico BLVD

6:40 – JeRemy DeMers

7:40 – David Smash

8:20 – Nathanael Hyer

9 – Dean Johanesen

9:40 – Trevor Bystrom

10:20 – Paul Fournier

Photo Shoot Fundraiser for Humane Society Sarasota County

AGoldPhoto Pet Photography and Buddy Brew are hosting a Pet Photo Shoot Fundraiser for Humane Society of Sarasota County.

The photo shoot sitting fee for each pet is $35 and 100% of the sitting fee goes to the shelter.

– The Details

– The AGoldPhoto sitting fee is $35, which is fully donated to the shelter
– You’ll receive an online gallery with photos from the shoot to choose from
– Each edited digital photo is $20
– There is a minimum order of 3 digital photos
– You’ll be sent an invoice for the amount of digital photos you’d like to purchase through PayPal, which can be paid by credit or debit card if you don’t have a PayPal account
– Prints are not included, but can be purchased as well

– About AGoldPhoto

Adam from AGoldPhoto uses photography to tell stories of adoption, rescue and highlight various animal welfare issues. The goal of the photos is to bring traffic to his website, but once you are there, you’ll learn something too. His unique approach to working with animals allows him to showcase the pet’s personality in ways most people haven’t seen. Adam occasionally volunteers at the Humane Society of Tampa Bay to take photos of adoptable animals as well.

– Multiple Pets?

Each dog does require its own time slot. If you would like photos with multiple dogs, photos can be taken together and if they don’t cooperate, can be taken separately and edited together.

Book your spot at: