WC Hosts the Sarasota Players Centre For The Performing Arts

Trish Newman, Program Chair and Monika Templeman, Club President welcome Players Theatre Directors, Jeffry Kin and Michelle Bianchi-Pingel to the LWR Women’s Club February Meeting at the Lake Club in LWR.

The February meeting of the Lakewood Ranch Women’s Club was held on February 9, 2017 at the Lake Club in Lakewood Ranch. President, Monika Templeman called the meeting to order and Trish Newman introduced the program for the evening featuring the “Sarasota Players Centre For The Performing Arts”.

Trish welcomed Managing Director, Michelle Bianchi-Pingel, and Jeffry Kin, Artistic Director of the Players Theatre. The directors, having recently announced plans to move to LWR Waterside, detailed the new location and the specific architectural plans.

The Players Theatre has been in the Sarasota/Bradenton area for 86 years and was the first performing arts group in Sarasota. They paved the way for what has become Florida’s “CULTURAL COAST

Michelle and Jeffry shared some of their personal stories as well as the logic and process that resulted in the decision to move the company from their current location in Sarasota to Lakewood Ranch’s Waterside.

Ms. Bianchi-Pingel reviewed the history of the Players Theater, the current organization and the ongoing capital campaign for the new complex in Waterside in 2018. She discussed budgets, employees, volunteers, current and future programs.

Two very talented actresses treated the audience to a number from “Sweet Charity”. All in attendance were then given a complimentary ticket to “Big Fish”, a play to open soon at the Players Theater.

A Business Meeting followed the program.

Lakewood Ranch Women’s Club Donates $30,000

On Wednesday, January 11th, 2017, the Lakewood Ranch Women’s held its Annual Business Meeting at the Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club. The Women’s Club presented checks totaling $27,000 to their three adopted charities: SMART, HOPE, and SOLVE.

Check Presentations:

Back Row L-R: Patti Wrobel, Shirley Taradash, LWRWC Past President 2016, Monika Templeman, LWRWC 2017 President , Mary Beth Steffens, Sheron Benkert, Janet Stickel. Front Row L-R: Brandi Ezell, Assistant Executive Director SMART; Peggy Kerwin, Executive Director, SOLVE & Laurel Lynch, Executive Director, HOPE.

Checks for $9,000 each were presented to Laurel Lynch, Executive Director of HOPE Family Services (an organization that works with families to prevent domestic violence); Peggy Kerwin, Executive Director of SOLVE Maternity Homes (which has been assisting pregnant women for over 40 years), and Brandi Ezell, of SMART (Sarasota Manatee Association for Riding Therapy that provides therapy for disabled and traumatized children and adults.)

This cash contribution, along with “In-kind” donations in 2016, totaled over $30,000 in donations from the Lakewood Ranch Women’s Club.

Successful fundraising efforts throughout 2016 included the a fashion show in November, “A Passion for Fashion”, the “Mistletoe Market Luncheon” held in December, and “LWRWC Speaker Series Charity Fundraiser Luncheon” held in March 2016.

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LWRWC Picnics at Sarasota Polo Club

Members of the Lakewood Ranch Women’s Club were featured guests of the Sarasota Polo Club at Lakewood Ranch on at the January 15, 2017. Nearly 200 members and their guests attended along with the Suncoast British Car Club who brought many beautiful cars for the members to admire.

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