Save the date: Feb. 14

February 14, 2014 


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Annual Compassion In Caring luncheon: Tidewell Hospice will host its fifth annual Compassion In Caring luncheon 11:30 a.m. Feb. 14 featuring "Dancing with the Stars" champion, Iraq War veteran J.R. Martinez at the Ritz-Carlton, 1111 Ritz Carlton Drive, Sarasota. Tickets: $95. Proceeds will benefit Tidewells's Honors program for veterans. Information: 941-552-7551 or email

Broadcasters Club of Florida Luncheon: The Broadcasters Club of Florida will host a luncheon 11:30 a.m. Feb. 14 at the Sara Bay Golf and Country Club, 7011 Willow St., Sarasota, featuring Dick Smothers, of Smothers Brothers fame, as keynote speaker. Proceeds will benefit the Broadcasters Club of Sarasota. Tickets: $20 members, $22 nonmembers. Information:

Valentine's Day Dinner and Dance: The Renaissance on 9th will host a Valentine's Day Dinner and Dance 5:30-8 p.m. Feb. 14 at 1816 Ninth St. W., Bradenton. The event will feature delectable offerings prepared by executive chef David Meador and music by DJ George Mendez. The event is open to the public. Tickets: $15 a person or $25 a couple. Part of the proceeds will benefit the programs of Meals on Wheels PLUS. Information and reservations: 941-749-0100 or

"Fabulous Friends and Fashions": The Bradenton Elkettes of Lodge 1511 will host their annual fundraiser for chairty "Fabulous Friends and Fashions" at noon Feb. 15 at the Elks Lodge, 2511 75th St. W., Bradenton. Fashions will be provided by The Dress Barn. Lunch will be served. Cost: $15. Proceeds will benefit the Elkettes charities including the Food Bank of Manatee County, Adopt-A-Family, and E-FELT. Information: 941-758-9292.

Rotary Club "Rotary Has Heart": Using Valentines Day the Rotary Club of Bradenton will host its annual fundraiser Comedy Night "Rotary Has Heart" 7 p.m. Feb. 15 at Pier 22, 1200 First Ave. W., Bradenton, featuring comedian Pete McLeod. The event will include a chocolate dessert bar. Tickets are $45 and include a 10 percent discount on dinner the night of the show for all ticket holders. Proceeds will benefit local area food banks. Information: 941-748-8087

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Inaugural Polo Cup competition: The JDRF will host its inaugural Polo Cup competition with festivities beginning at noon, followed by lunch and Polo match Feb. 16. The event will feature a silent auction and a visit by the Clydesdale horses and coach. Tickets: $Proceeds will benefit the Juvenile Diabetes research programs. Information: 941-685-6875 or

smART Talk "Arts Power: Building Community Through the Arts" Luncheon: The Arts and cultural Alliance of Sarasota County will host a smART Talk "Arts Powers: Building Community Through the Arts" Luncheon 11:30 a.m. Feb. 20 at the Sarasota Yacht Club, 1100 John Ringling Blvd., Sarasota. Speaker will be Janet Carl Smith. Tickets: $35 members, $45 nonmembers. Information: 941-365-5118, ext. 301.

United Way Clay Shoot: Manatee County Government will host the first ever United Way Clay Shoot 9 a.m. with registration beginning at 8 a.m. and safety instruction, at 8:30 a.m. at Ancient Oak Gun Club, 16800 SR64 E., Lakewood Ranch. The event is open to the public for both experienced and novice shooters. Four-person teams will compete in a 50-bird shootout during the event. There will be door prizes and prize drawings. Cost: $75-$85 per shooter, $340 for team of four. Proceeds will benefit the United Way of Manatee County. Lunch and ammunition are included in the price of admission. Registration and information: 941-749-3030 or email

Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota 19th Annual Fundraising Gala "All That Jazz": Vocalist Amy Connours and pianist Tony Castellano Jr. will headline the Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota 19th Annual Fundraising Gala "All That Jazz" 6 p.m. Feb. 26 at Michael's on East, 1212 East Ave., Sarasota. The event will feature interpretations of beloved jazz standards and other works from the Great American Songbook, a performance by Fuzion Dance Artists and a live auction. Tickets: $130. Proceeds will benefit the organization's scholarship and outreach programs. Information: 941-306-1202 or

Sarasota Orthopedic Associates "Scrub Away Cancer" Fundraiser: Sarasota Orthopedic Associates will sponsor the third annual celebrity bartending event "Scrub Away Cancer," 6-9 p.m. Feb. 25 at Libby's Cafe and Bar, 1917 S. Osprey Dr., Sarasta. The event features 10 local "celebrity bartender" physicians and live music by The Soul Sensations. Tickets: $35-$45. Proceeds will benefit the Center for Building Hope. Information:

Lakewood Ranch Women's Club: The Lakewood Ranch Women's Club will host "Come Laugh Your Abs Off!" 11:30 a.m. Feb. 26 at The Francis, 1289 N. Palm Ave., Sarasota. The inaugural luncheon of a series of fundraisers will feature author, comedian, and fitness speaker Tim Wilkins and a prize drawing. Tickets: 35 members, $40 guests. Proceeds will benefit the Lakewood Ranch Women's Club 2014 charities. Information: Helene Levin at 941-400-2152 of email

Manatee County Chapter of the Coastal Conservation Association's 15th annual banquet and auction: The Manatee County Chapter of the Coastal Conservation Association will host its 15th annual banquet and auction 5:30 p.m. Feb. 27 at the Bradenton Area Convention Center, One Haben Blvd., Palmetto. The event will include exciting live and silent auctions, prize drawings and a steak dinner by the Texas Cattle Company. Tickets: $85. Proceeds will benefit the Coastal Conservation Association of Florida. Information: 941-720-4446 or

Inaugural "Second Chance Prom": The Senior Advocacy Council will host its inaugural "Second Chance Prom" 6-11 p.m. March 1 at the Central Manatee Banquet Hall, 509 Ninth St. E., Bradenton, featuring elegant dining and dancing, complimentary cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and carving stations. Tickets: $50 in advance, $75 at the door. Proceeds will benefit needy seniors of Manatee County. Information: 941-779-4799.

Asolo Repertory Theatre annual gala "A Night at the Rainbow Room": Relive the glamour of the Rainbow Room at the Asolo Repertory Theatre's "A Night at the Rainbow Room," 6 p.m. March 1 featuring a special evening of dining and dancing, a silent auction and live music by former New York City Rainbow Room headliner Michael Andrew and The Atomic Big Band. Tickets: $500 and up. Proceeds will support the Asolo Rep's entire 2013-2014 season and education and outreach programs. Information: 941-351-9010, ext. 4712 or

St. David's Day 30th Anniversary Celebration: The Gulf Coast St. David's Welsh Society will celebrate its 30th anniversary of St. David's Day 6-10 p.m. March 1 at Heritage Oaks Golf and Country Club, 4800 Chase Oaks Drive, Sarasota. The annual banquet will highlight the founding of the Welsh Society on the Gulf Coast and will feature Welsh music and group singing. Banquet: $35.50-$43. Information and registration: 941-349-6069 or

Tour of Kitchens: Visit beautiful homes in the Whitfield area, sip hand-selected wines and savor fine foods prepared by local chefs at the Tour of Kitchens, 2-6:30 p.m. March 2 hosted by the Manatee Technical Institute Foundation. Tickets: $55. VIP package: $800, includes eight tickets, limousine service to each home and complimentary champagne. Information: 941-751-7900, ext. 1010.

Fifth annual Take Stock in Children 10K, 5K, and Fun Run: Take Stock in Children of Manatee County will hold its fifth annual Take Stock in Children 10K, 5K, and Fun Run March 2 with both the 10K and 5K scheduled to begin at 7:30 a.m. and the Fun Run at 8:30 a.m. A post race party with food, entertainment, raffles, age group awards and kids activities will follow the race. Registration for the 10K and 5K is open and available at Proceeds will benefit Take Stock in Children of Manatee County. For additional information, contact Bethany Lynch at 941-713-8935.

Couture in the Courtyard: "Couture in the Courtyard," a fashion show and luncheon will be 10 a.m. March 3 featuring fashion show presented by Saks Fifth Avenue and a champagne luncheon presented by Michael's On East at 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Tickets: $100. Proceeds will benefit the South Florida Museum. Information: 941-746-4131, ext. 17.

Twelfth Annual Legacy Luncheon: Junior League of Sarasota will host its 12th Annual Legacy Luncheon "Living History: An Afternoon with the Eisenhowers," 11 a.m. March 5 at Michael's on East Ballroom, 1212 East Ave. S., Sarasota, featuring special guest speakers David and Julie Nixon Eisenhower. Proceeds will benefit the programs of Junior League of Sarasota. Information:

Third annual Tasting Wine to Help Fight Crime: The Manatee CrimeStoppers will host the third annual Tasting Wine to Help Fight Crime 6 p.m. March 8 at Bradenton Country Club, 4646 Ninth Ave. W., Bradenton. The Mardi Gras inspired event will feature great wines paired with delicious Cajun and Creole food, door prizes and a silent auction. Tickets: $50. Information: 941-792-2732 or

Paws in Motion Walk-a-thon: The Humane Society of Manatee County invites the public to join the eighth annual Paws in Motion Walk-a-thon Fundraiser starting with registration at 8 a.m. followed by the walk Feb. 8 at the Bradenton River Walk Pavilion, 452 Third Ave. W., Bradenton. Walkers are encouraged to create teams, fundraise and bring their families and dogs. Walkers will enjoy entertainment, prize drawings, food and beverage vendors and a Doggie Fun Zone obstacle course. A Top Dog Run-Off will take place a 1 p.m. "Me and My Pet" drawings open to children Pre-K to 5th grade are due Feb. 14 to the Humane Society, 2515 14th St. W., Bradenton. All submitted drawings will be displayed at the walk-a-thon and winners will be announced at noon. Walk T-shirts, goody wag bags and a pass to the Doggie Fun Zone will be given to all registered walkers. Registration: $25 adults, $10 children ages 15 and younger. Proceeds will benefit the Humane Society of Manatee County. Information: 941-747-8808, ext. 310 or

15th annual St. Patty's Day Poker Run: The Sarasota Harley Owners Group will sponsor their 15th annual St. Patty's Day Poker Run beginning with registration 11 a.m.-noon March 9 at the Humane Society of Sarasota County, 2331 15th St., Sarasota. Cost: $15 per hand or three hands for $20. There will be door prizes and prize drawings. All poker run stops are Irish Pubs or restaurants. First bike or car out is 11:30 a.m., last bike or car out is at noon. Final stop is at Clancy's Irish Sports Pub, 6218 Cortez Road W., Bradenton. Proceeds will benefit the Humane Society of Sarasota County. Information: 941-720-5955 or 941-730-1620 or

Girl Scouts Third Annual Leadership Luncheon: Girls Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida will host its Third annual Leadership Luncheon "Leaders vs. Bullies: game on Girl," 11:30 a.m. March 12 at the Polo Grill, 10670 Boardwalk Loop, Lakewood Ranch. The event will feature a program, presented by Blair Bloomston, vice president, Game on Nation, focusing on how to empower girls and young women in our community to remain confident against bullies. Part of the proceeds will benefit local pre-teen and teen character and confidence building programs. Tickets: $75. Information: 941-921-5358 or

27th Annual Author Luncheon: The Manatee Public Library System and the Library Foundation, Inc. will host its 27th annual Author Luncheon 11 a.m. March 14 at the Fete Ballroom at Polo Grill, 10670 Boardwalk Loop, Lakewood Ranch. The event will featuring best-selling author Dorothea "Dottie" Benton Frank as special guest speaker. Tickets: $45. Proceeds will benefit Manatee Public Library System and the Library Foundation, Inc. For reservations and information, contact Jeanne Watkins at 941-749-3029 or email

Cat Depot's 2014 "Caturday Night Fever" Gala: The Cat Depot will host the 2014 "Caturday Night Fever" Gala 6:30-10:30 p.m. March 15 at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota, 1000 Blvd. of the Arts, Sarasota. There will be live and silent auctions, prize drawings, buffet style food, open bar and live entertainment. Cocktail attire or 1970s fashion is encouraged. Tickets: $150-$175. Proceeds will benefit the Cat Depot. Information:

Tenth annual Celebrity Chefs Food and Wine Tasting and Golf Challenge: The Jewish Family and Children's Service of the Suncoast will host its 10th annual Celebrity Chefs Food and Wine Tasting and Golf Challenge 12:30 p.m. March 18 at The Resort at Longboat Key Club, 220 Sands Point Road, Longboat Key. The event features a day of golf on the Islandside Golf Course and an evening of sampling specialty dishes prepared by 26 local chefs, a silent auction, prize drawing, and island music. Tickets for both the golf outing and tasting event is $350. Tickets for the evening's food and wine tasting at 6-8 p.m. is $100. Proceeds will benefit the Jewish Family and Children's Service. Information: 941-366-2224, ext. 142 or

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