Manatee, Sarasota chambers sponsor Meet the Rays luncheon

January 25, 2013 

LAKEWOOD RANCH -- The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce and The Manatee Chamber of Commerce are hosting a Meet the Rays luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Feb. 22.

The luncheon will be held at the Lakewood Ranch Country Club, 7650 Legacy Blvd. Attendees will have the opportunity to have lunch, mingle with the management, meet players and get pumped for the 2013 season. The event will feature giveaways of game tickets and Rays promotional items, as well as the opportunity for questions and answers.

Cost is $40 for members, $55 non-members and $20 for children under 12.

Registration deadline is Feb. 18. All attendees must be pre-registered. For more information or to register, contact Heather Kasten at or 941-556-4056 or Jamie Overmiller at or 941-556-4034.

First Watch to open restaurant in Winter Park

BRADENTON -- The First Watch restaurant chain will open a new eatery in Winter Park, Fla., in the summer. The restaurant will employ about 25 people. The new 3,800-square-foot restaurant will hold an interior space formerly occupied by Blockbuster Video in a Publix Super Markets-anchored shopping center at 2295 Aloma Ave. This location will mark the seventh Orlando-area First Watch. There are 36 First Watch restaurants currently in Florida.

Voalte partners with American Nurse Today

SARASOTA -- Voalte, a Sarasota clinical communications company and American Nurse Today, the official journal of the American Nurses Association, have partnered to conduct the first clinical communications survey to help the health-care world better understand the voice of the bedside clinician.

The 2013 Clinical Communications Survey will examine the current communications challenges faced by staff clinicians. Participants in the survey will be asked questions about how their clinical staff currently communicates, the communications tools currently used, how those devices are currently managed, along with the daily communications challenges facing clinical staff.

Company launches clothing line

SARASOTA -- Oh My Gauze!, a producer of cotton gauze fabric clothing, has introduced its latest line of women's clothing to coincide with the start of the new year. The 2013 line will feature hues of burgundy, denim, khaki, lime, old rose and turquoise.

All Oh My Gauze! clothing, which is pre-shrunk and washable, includes a large selection of blouses, pants, vests, skirts and dresses.

To find a store near you, or to shop online, visit

Law firm underwrites theater production

SARASOTA -- The law firm of Icard, Merrill, Cullis, Timm, Furen & Ginsburg is underwriting the Tuesday performance at the Florida Studio Theatre of The Best of Enemies by Mark St. Germain to benefit Legal Aid of Manasota Inc.

All proceeds will help fund the free legal representation and education that the nonprofit group offers to low-income individuals and families in Sarasota and Manatee counties.

Based on a true 1971 story and a book by Osha Gray Davis, the play pits a high-ranking member of the Ku Klux Klan against an African-American civil rights activist over the desegregation of public schools. This drama exposes the poison of prejudice, and explores how two polarized individuals can overcome their differences by working towards a common good.

The performance will begin at 5:30 p.m. Prior to the show, author Eric Deggans will sign copies of his book, "The Race Baiter," during a pre-performance reception. He will join the Honorable Judge Charles E. Williams for a panel discussion immediately following the performance. Tickets for the reception, performance and discussion are $45 and can be purchased at For more information, call 941-350-1089.

-- Herald staff reports

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