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Nate Jacobs Inspires LWRWC

L to R: Kathleen Cleveland, Lakewood Ranch Women’s Club President, presenting a Certificate of Appreciation from LWRWC to Nate Jacobs, founder and artistic director of The Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe.

Nate Jacobs, founder and artistic director of the highly acclaimed Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe (WBTT), was the featured speaker at the LWRWC’s general meeting held on April 10, 2019, at LWR Town Hall. Nate is an actor, singer, comedian, playwright, composer and director who has produced and appeared in many local shows that have won acclaim from critics and the public alike! During his presentation, Nate shared his poignant story about what motivated him to work for more than 25 years in the Sarasota community mentoring and developing young aspiring performers and to be come the founder of WBTT.

The Women’s Club members in attendance were deeply impressed with Nate’s amazing talent and they felt an immediate connection with his passionate desire to help and mentor others. Nate told them that “While WBTT is dedicated to producing the finest dramatic and musical theater, my dream – my true calling and purpose for founding this organization – has always been to help young, aspiring artists who may otherwise be overlooked to develop their talents and have the opportunity to achieve success.”


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Fashion Regatta – Sarasota Style
LWRWC Foxy Ladies Raise $18,000 for Charity

On Monday, March 4, 2019, the foxy ladies of Lakewood Ranch Women’s Club (LWRWC) rocked the runway in Fashion Regatta-Sarasota Style, wearing stunning fashions from Foxy Lady West in St. Armand’s Circle. This spectacular Fashion Show Charity Fundraiser, held at the beautiful Sarasota Yacht Club, raised over $18, 000 for the Club’s 501(c)(3) adopted charities. 100% of the proceeds raised will help support the critical needs of HOPE Family Services for victims of domestic violence, SOLVE Maternity Homes, helping pregnant woman in need and their precious babies for over 40 years, and SMART (Sarasota Manatee Association for Riding Therapy) improving the lives of children and adults with physical, mental and emotional challenges through horseback riding and carriage driving programs.

Raffle Prizes, Silent Auction, Gourmet Lunch, Music

This very successful fundraiser, with over 240 attendees, received tremendous support from local businesses and put the fun in fundraising with an elegant silent auction, exciting raffle prizes, a gourmet lunch, an amazing fashion show and an outstanding DJ (JB Baxter from More than Music).
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