Individual ticket sales for the 26th Annual Celebration luncheon benefitting Girls Incorporated of Sarasota County will open on February 1, 2014. The luncheon, which is held at the Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota on April 3, 2014, will honor 14 year-old “Girl of the Year” Rachel Mallett and the “She Knows Where She’s Going” Award recipients: Ariane Dart; Susanne S. Wise; Courtney Wise Snyder; Erika Wise Borland and Whitney Wise Verdoni.
This honor is presented to outstanding women for their contributions to the community and their superlative personal and professional achievements. “These women possess strong, smart and bold characteristics of a ‘She Knows Where She’s Going’ honoree,” says Robin Rose, executive director. “While different in their approach to contributing to the lives of children, their common bond is a strong commitment to seeing our girls grow into prepared and accomplished 21st global leaders.”
Ariane Dart is a noted Sarasota philanthropist and a board member of the Dart Family Foundation. The mission of the Dart Foundation is to advance and encourage youth education, primarily in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Ms. Dart was a former sales and marketing manager for a manufacturing company. Through her position at the Foundation, over 3 million dollars have been award to children’s charities serving populations of underserved youth. Girls Inc. applauds Ms. Dart for her efforts to bring awareness to children’s issues surrounding STEM education in particular as it aligns with the Girls Inc. priorities.
For the first time in Girls Inc. Celebration Luncheon history a family is being honored as a “She Knows Where She’s Going” honoree. Mom, Susanne S. Wise and daughters Courtney Wise Snyder, Erika Wise Borland and Whitney Wise Verdoni are being recognized for their investment in the community and their efforts to help Girls Inc. prepare girls to face the 21st century work place. Susanne S. Wise, RN, MBA is known throughout the Southwest Florida community and highly respected for her caring and generous nature toward clients and employees. As a nurse, with her keen business acumen, she witnessed first-hand the need for a private duty home health care agency that would uphold higher standards and set precedence for our local community. Susanne opened Take Care Private Duty Home Health Care in Sarasota nineteen years ago. Mrs. Wise has made her passion for healthcare a family affair. Daughter Erika is the Director of Business Development at Take Care Private Duty Home Health Care and Take Care Advisor. With a background in business, publishing, journalism, and editing, Erika brings to Take Care her skills in business development alongside marketing and communications. Courtney is the Executive Director of Client Services for both Take Care Advisor and Take Care Home Health. Courtney oversees all operations of Take Care Advisor, from managing a team of Registered Nurses, visiting with prospective clients, facilitating and overseeing aspects of accounting, and aligning Take Care’s vision and mission for client services alongside the needs and wishes of our community. In recognition of her community involvement, outreach, commitment, and service to the community, Courtney was awarded the 2011 Young Professional of the Year award at the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce Small Business awards; in 2010 she was a Gulf Coast Business Review‘s “40 Under 40.” Whitney is the co-director of choirs and guitar teacher for Riverview High School. Whitney directly influences the lives of more than 180 students, ranging in age from 14 to 18, by enriching their education through music. In addition to her commitment to the guitar students, Whitney directs the beginning ladies choir, consisting of more than 40 freshmen. The backgrounds of the students in this choir varies, but the majority of them has never seen a note of music or have had the opportunity to sing. This is a beautiful challenge for Whitney as she engrains the basics of music into each student and encourages them to become successful singers and music readers so they may advance into other choirs not only at Riverview but perhaps in higher education capacities, career opportunities, and community choirs. This year Whitney was nominated by the fine arts specialist in Sarasota County and recognized as an Emerging Leader in her field by the Florida Music Educators Association. This program identifies the best and brightest future leaders to ensure continuing opportunities for local music students.
This year’s Celebration Luncheon, co-chaired by Lindsey Nickel de La O and Kristine Nickel. The luncheon’s 26th anniversary will highlight the “I AM MORE” campaign which centers on the girls knowing that they are more than their physical appearance. Also, the overall image campaign will roll out highlighting that Girls Inc. girls are more because Girls Inc. is more than just an afterschool program. The girls will offer a boutique of goods they have created and will sell to the guests. Go to www.girlsincsrq.org for more information and sponsorship opportunities.
Girls Incorporated of Sarasota County is dedicated to “inspiring all girls to be strong, smart and bold” and fulfills its mission of empowering girls in grades K – 12 and to be self-confident, responsible and well-rounded individuals by delivering research-based, age-appropriate, after-school and summer educational, healthy lifestyles, and life skills programs. In the past two years, Girls Inc. has served over 2,000 girls at its facility and throughout the Sarasota County School system. Dedicated in 1976, Girls Incorporated® of Sarasota County has served the Sarasota community for over 30 years. For more information about Girls Inc. contact Kay Mathers at 366-6646, ext. 207 or email@example.com.