Paradise Grill’s Mary Beth Hansen Hosts Fundraiser for Local Causes

Paradise Grill's Mary Beth Hansen hosted a midsummer car and bike show for The 180 House and the South County Food Pantry. The funds and food were donated. "The number of cars, motorcycles and people that participated was phenomenal," Mary Beth says. "Nokomis, Venice and South Sarasota County are unbelievably generous. We'll do this again in the fall." 

Venice Lifestyle’s Inaugural VIP Meet and Greet

Twist Boutique in Historic Downtown Venice hosted Venice Lifestyle's Inaugural VIP Meet and Greet on Thursday, July 18, to help us thank our cherished advertisers and supporters for their valued partnerships. The catered event was a lively time where friends had a chance to celebrate and collaborate with other business owners. Thank you to our gracious hosts!

Extraordinary Nurses Recognized at Venice Regional Bayfront Health

Nurses at Venice Regional Bayfront Health were recently honored with DAISY Awards for Extraordinary Nurses, part of the DAISY Foundation's mission to recognize the extraordinary, compassionate nursing care they provide. DAISY stands for Diseases Attacking the Immune System. Honorees also receive a sculpture called "A Healer’s Touch," hand-carved by Shona tribe artists in Zimbabwe. More information is available at        

The 24th Annual Loveland Players Production of Planting Seeds

Loveland Center, in collaboration with Venice Theatre, presented the Players production of Planting Seeds in May and June. Sponsored by Pinkerton Harkins & Mehserle Private Wealth, the opening night reception was sponsored by PGT Industries. More than $9,500 was raised. Since 1962, Loveland Center is a nonprofit providing life-skills development programs for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. 941.493.0016,   

Paradise Grill’s Battle of the Charters Fishing Tournament

Mary Beth Hansen's Paradise Grill in Nokomis hosted its inaugural Battle of the Charters fishing tournament at the end of April, with a plaque awarded after the event. Everyone celebrated a wonderful day of fishing and friendship. Paradise Grill is a neighborhood establishment dedicated to Florida's laid-back lifestyle. Paradise Grill, 1097 N. Tamiami Trail, Nokomis, 941.786.1524.

Village on the Isle Foundation’s Golf Classic Raises $125,000

The Village on the Isle Foundation hosted 80 golfers at its inaugural Golf Classic on Saturday, May 11, at Lakewood Ranch's Ritz-Carlton Golf Club. The VOTI Foundation is committed to assisting the community, supporting retired clergy and missionaries, and enhancing programs and education that improve the quality of life of VOTI residents. 920 Tamiami Trail S, 941.486.5485,

Inaugural ‘A Taste for the Twig’ Fundraiser

The inaugural "A Taste for the Twig' fundraiser was held at Sarasota's The Devyn May 2. Many from surrounding communities came to support The Twig while enjoying a fun evening. With the help of these communities, The Twig has served more than 1,000 children in its first three years. The Twig, 826 Pinebrook Road, Venice, 941.220.7958, 

Habitat for Humanity South Sarasota County Volunteers

Habitat for Humanity South Sarasota County volunteers help build safe, affordable, energy-efficient homes for local families in need. ReStore Volunteers help to provide funding for two homes a year. Featured here are just some of the men who have dedicated years and hours of volunteering as their passion is giving back to our community.    

Night of Hope and Healing Sponsored by Classic Creations in Diamonds & Gold

The Child Protection Center held its annual Night of Hope and Healing event at the Suncoast Air Center Feb 21. Guests sampled food and libations from local restaurants; participated in silent and live auctions; and bid on items such as a trip to Atlanta for a Braves game, dinner from Bonefish Grill and a cruise. Proceeds went to CPC.  

Gulf Coast Women in Networking Monthly Luncheon Exceeds All Expectations

GWIN members met Tuesday, March 5, for their monthly meeting/luncheon held at Allegro Bistro in Venice. A record-breaking 63 business women attended. GWIN founder Judy Braham announced the launch of a new Membership Perks program. Guest Speaker Karen Fordham explained some of the features and services the community can expect when the new Venice Regional Bayfront Hospital is completed.