The Manatee and Sarasota Commissions on the Status of Women, along with the League of Women Voters in Manatee and Sarasota, are hosting the 20th Annual Women’s Equity Luncheon on July 26th at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota, 11 am to 2 pm. Sally Matson, acclaimed actress, will speak as suffragist Susan B. Anthony. The event is being held one month early this year to coincide with the Sarasota-Manatee joint conference of the National Association of Commissions for Women and the Florida Commission on the Status of Women.
Matson will use letters, speeches and diaries in the play to reveal Susan B. Anthony’s wit and fury and to note her interactions with such notables as Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, William Lloyd Garrison, Horace Greeley, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Her words will transport the audience to the time of the Underground Railroad, the Civil War, fights over Constitutional Amendments, and Westward expansion.
The luncheon commemorates the 94th anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution giving women the right to vote. In addition to the speaker, there will be exhibits from many non-profit organizations in Manatee and Sarasota counties, among which are the American Association of University Women, League of Women Voters, ACLU, NOW, Planned Parenthood, and Republican and Democratic parties. Local, regional and statewide candidates have been invited.
Sponsors include the Manatee Memorial Hospital/Lakewood Ranch Medical Center, New College of Florida, Bright House Networks, University of South Florida Women in Leadership and Philanthropy, Florida Power and Light, METV, the Bradenton Herald, and West Coast Woman.
The Honorary Chair for the event is Dr. Anila Jain, a local physician and medical consultant who is an active child advocate, board member and volunteer in numerous community organizations at the state and national level. The American Medical Women’s Association bestowed the National Community Service Award to Dr. Jain. An ardent supporter of the University of South Florida, she received the 1985 Distinguished Alumni Award, served as National Alumni Association President and on the Foundation Board of Trustees. She served as Chair of the Kappa Delta Foundation and was honored with the highest award at the national level of Order of the Pearl for outstanding community leadership. Due to her active involvement, both USF and KD have benefitted with multiple Endowments and Scholarships in the areas of Women’s Health Initiatives, USF Sarasota-Manatee, the Alumni Association, Athletics and Women’s Sports and graduate scholarships in Medicine and health related fields.
The Co-Honorary Chair is Betty Schoenbaum, known locally for her active role in numerous area organizations and for her most generous philanthropy in Sarasota, West Virginia, Ohio and other locations. The Schoenbaum Family Foundation Inc. annually grants to numerous charitable organizations, and Schoenbaum has established 6 charitable lead annuity trusts. Some of the area beneficiaries are All Faiths Food Bank, The Glasser/Schoenbaum Human Services Center, Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Sarasota-Manatee, Inc., and many more.
Reservations for the Women’s Equity Luncheon are $30 and can be made by sending a check payable to SCSW to Carol Newnam, 906 Golden Beach Blvd, Venice FL 34285. For questions, please call Newnam at 941-488-5082 or Dr. Mona Jain at 941-758-5005.