Seen & Heard: Oct. 4

October 4, 2013 

Hernando de Soto Historical Society raises funds for Lighthouse of Manasota

On Sept. 14, the members of the Hernando de Soto Historical Society and the Conquistador Foundation sponsored and participated in the Dr. James Morrish Sr. Golf Tournament for Lighthouse of Manasota. This year marked a milestone for the annual event, as the golf tournament has raised more than $1 million dollars in proceeds. Joe Fenton, president of the Hernando de Soto Historical Society presented Dave Cruikshank with a check for $4,000 from the Conquistador Historical Foundation the Society's 501(3)(C) whose mission is to promote charitable, literary and educational opportunities for the members of the Society. From left, Dennis Romano, Sandy Elton, Johnny Jander, Rick Parcels, Joe Fenton, Pat Cline, Shannon Glasgow and Dave Cruikshank.


Tea & Tails Tea Party at Water's Edge

Water's Edge of Bradenton hosting the Tea & Tails Tea Party & Dog Fashion on Sept. 19. This event raised $1,800 to benefit the Humane Society of Manatee County. The sold-out event treated guests to scones, finger sandwiches, cheesecake and fresh fruit as they watched 16 dogs strut their stuff on the runway. Canine fashions included a motorcycle vest and helmet, bride and groom attire, beachwear and a cowboy outfit and hat. From left, Daniel Plonsky with Java Chip, Samantha Dominis with adoptable dachshund, Preston; Jim Gillespie, Water's Edge Executive Director and Jeanie Brantley, Water's Edge Community Relations Director.


The Players Theatre opened its 84th season with a bang as they organized fundraisers for both Locks of Love and Sarasota Firefighters Benevolent Fund. The Broadway season opener "Steel Magnolias" served as a springboard for the organization of a Locks of Love event. The Locks of Love event took place on set in "Truvy's House of Beauty" offering donation-based haircuts and accepting physical donations of 10 inches of hair or more. Local hairdressers Cindy Simmons from Sarasota Salon and Spa and Briana Martin from Salon Salon volunteered their services on Sept. 7.

On Sept. 11, The Players also organized a 9/11 fundraiser to benefit the Sarasota Firefighters Benevolent Fund by performing a stage reading of "The Guys." In attendance were local fire chief, Mike Tobias, and several first-responders from the Sarasota area -- all in uniform to show support. A portion of ticket sales as well as many direct donations went to support the Sarasota Firefighters Benevolent Fund. The level of turnout for support and donations made this a very successful event. From left, hair stylist Briana Martin and hair donor Ken Auld.

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