Generous Gifts Start the New Year Right

Posted by Sharyn Lonsdale on 19th February 2015

We want to welcome Charles and Charlotte Perret to our growing group of Artist Sponsors! They will be supporting the residency of Anna Clyne, a Chicago Symphony Orchestra resident composer who was nominated for a Grammy this year for Best Contemporary Classical Composition with her double violin concerto, Prince of Clouds, which was composed during a previous stay in Sarasota. Anna will be back this month and you can meet her at the Beach Reading planned for February 27.

We celebrate another residency sponsorship – the new Annette Dignam Hermitage/SCF Residency in Literature. We thank Gulf Coast Community Foundation for its underwriting support for our reception honoring Annette on January 23. Holding this residency is Christopher Merrill.

The Greenfield Prize Dinner will be on April 18 at Michael’s on East. We recognize and thank those who have come on board as sponsors as of February 16: Premier Community Sponsor: President’s Fund at the Community Foundation of Sarasota County; Table Sponsors: Ellen Berman, Flora Major and Flori Roberts, Rebecca Donelson and Robert Blattberg and Karen Solem and Charles Forman and Ina Schnell; Benefactors: Caroline and Dyck Andrus, Carol White Bold and Larry Bold, Kay Delaney and Murray Bring, Bobbi and Will Lorry, and Sarah and George Pappas; and Patrons: Debbi Benedict, Susan Brainerd and Alan Quinby, Ilene and David Denton, Robin Radin, Susie Samp. Our exclusive magazine sponsor is Sarasota Magazine. Invitations will be mailed in early March.

We want to thank our amazing donors who support the Hermitage! Giving to the Annual Fund Campaign between January 20 and February 12 are Robert Chapman, Harriet Hobson, Lynn Jezerinac, Pat and Paul Reynolds, Harvey Small (with a matching gift from AXA Foundation), and Audrey Snyder. We need only $3,000 to reach our campaign goal of $30,000 by June 30th, so please add your name to our list. It’s easy! Go to and click on the bright blue DONATE NOW button at the top right. Thanks!

Since our last newsletter, general contributions were received from Judy and Pat Ball (in memory of my dad, Denzyl Williams, who passed away last month at 95), Rebecca Donelson, and Michele Redwine. In-kind contributions were received from Castle Air and Marianne and Mike Schafer. Every gift supports our mission to nurture creativity, preserve Florida history, protect native ecology, and serve our Gulf coast community.

We also want to recognize our special friends who have made a donation to the Hermitage as part of their commitment to join us in Chicago, May 26 – 29: Georgia Court, Ilene and David Denton, Joan Golub, Margaret Pennington, Charlotte and Charles Perret, Sharon Prizant, Jett and Nelda Thompson, Cynthia Trembley, and Robert Wilk. It’s not too late to join them for this very unique trip. The deadline to register is March 1. Go to our website for details and to sign up.

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