‘Pack the Patrol Car’; Venice Performing Arts; ALSO Youth
‘Pack the Patrol Car’
underway in Sarasota
Before students head back to class on Aug. 10, the Sarasota Police Department, in partnership with the community, is holding its fourth annual ‘Pack the Patrol Car’ with new school supplies.
The Sarasota Police Department is accepting school supplies through Aug. 4. New school supplies can be dropped off between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. in the police department lobby at 2099 Adams Lane, Sarasota.
Following the donation drive, the supplies will be donated to the Boys and Girls Club of Sarasota and DeSoto counties. Supplies will be shared with students throughout the community the weekend before school begins.
New school supplies for all ages and grade levels can donated, including backpacks, pencils, pens, highlighters, boxes of Kleenex, small bottles of hand sanitizer, folders, notebooks, glue, markers, crayons, erasers, and notebook paper.
Members of the police department will break down all donations by grade level before donating them to the Boys and Girls Club.
New director for Venice
Institute for Performing Arts
The Venice Institute for Performing Arts board of directors has named Reno Manne executive director, replacing Bonnie Hartley, who co-founded VIPA in 2016 with her husband Michael Hartley. Bonnie Hartley will remain on the board of directors.
Manne joined VIPA for its first season in fall 2016 as the head of security. The board later appointed him director of operations in 2020. Since that time, he has learned the functions of each VIPA department and helped design and implement volunteer, apprentice and intern training programs.
“We are thrilled to have Reno in this role,” Bonnie Hartley said. “He is an accomplished leader that shares our passion for the arts. VIPA will thrive in his capable hands.”
As executive director, Manne will have full oversight of VIPA’s 2021-22 season, which will begin in November. Tickets are already on sale. Visit veniceperformingartscenter.com for more information.
ALSO Youth Variety Show
returns on Saturday
After a successful Variety Show fundraiser last fall, ALSO Youth is bringing it back on Saturday from 7-8:30 p.m.
The show will again be live streamed at Alsoyouth.org. The theme is “Together Again!” and will feature performances by local theater, dance, and cultural organizations and messages from local politicians, including Sarasota Mayor Hagen Brody.
“Together Again!” will include an online auction featuring unique experiences from local businesses plus vacation stays. Sarasota morning show host and actor Joey Panek will be the emcee.
Lighthouse Vision names
3 new board members
The Lighthouse Vision Loss Education Center, a nonprofit organization that assists those affected by vision loss in Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte, DeSoto and Highlands counties, has named Alex Elman Foley, Christopher Enger, and Gina Bodden to its board of directors.
“We are extremely pleased to welcome Alex, Chris and Gina to the Lighthouse Board of Directors,” board chair Angela Abrams said. “Each one of them will provide the Lighthouse with a unique background and perspective and we look forward to their expertise and guidance.”
Elman Foley, who has been a client in Lighthouse’s Vocational Rehabilitation Program taking Assistive Technology classes, is managing director of Wholey Foley, a management consulting firm.
Enger is a financial adviser with Baird Private Wealth Management and has been in the financial services industry for seven years.
Bodden, the mother of 18-year old daughter who is visually impaired, is active in Lighthouse’s Young Adults Program.
Lighthouse’s education and training programs are offered at no cost to individuals affected with vision loss. For more information, visit LighthouseEducationCenter.org.
SCF joins local groups
for Back to School Bash
State College of Florida’s annual Back to School Bash is returning to The Mall at University Town Center, 140 University Town Center Drive, on Aug. 7 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The event features a free activities and giveaways, including 400 backpacks provided by State College of Florida and 400 snack bags provided by All Faiths Food Bank. The Manatee Physician Alliance is also offering a select number of back-to-school physicals.
The Back to School Bash is sponsored by SCF, Reflex Arts Dance, GTE Financial, Cool Today, Florida Blue, Jodat Law Group, Lakewood Ranch FC, Hale Law, and MOR-TV.