Sarasota-Manatee Jewish group receives $250,000 bequest

July 2, 2013 

Jewish group receives $250K gift

SARASOTA -- The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee has received a $250,000 bequest from Herb and Rita Gold, long-time friends and supporters of the organization.

The Golds established The Herb and Rita Gold PACE Fund before Rita died in 2008.

They created the endowment to "celebrate Rita's legacy as a teacher and their mutual love for Israel," said Rich Bergman, the federation's major gifts officer. "Mr. Gold died last year at the age of 97, but his and Rita's memory lives on."

The bequest will help support Jewish people at-risk or in need in Sarasota-Manatee, Israel and around the world.

The not-for-profit Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee is responsive when worldwide catastrophes occur. Call 941-371-4546 or go to

Burr voiceover clinic limited to 10 participants

SARASOTA -- New technology and media platforms continue to redefine the entertainment industry. One overlooked dimension? Audio.

"It's a little-known fact, but the demand for vocal talent is expanding," said John Burr, founder of John Burr Voice Dynamics. "From the iPad to the Kindle to an amazing range of podcasts, the need is increasing for voiceover talent."

Burr has more than 30 years experience as a professional voice coach, recording engineer and audio/video producer. His recording studio in Sarasota offers state-of-the-art post-production equipment and more than 100,000 music and sound effects cuts for producing professional voiceover demos.

Burr's one-day voiceover basics workshop is 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 20 in Sarasota. The fee is $100 and space is limited to 10 students. Those interested in the workshop can register online at

For more information, call 941-378-0021 or go to

-- Herald staff reports

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