Celebrating Bruce!

December 9, 2019 @ 7:00 pm
FSU Center for the Performing Arts
5555 N. Tamiami Trail
FL 34243
Celebrating Bruce! @ FSU Center for the Performing Arts

Join us in a very special, fun celebration for Bruce Rodgers as he retires after 15 years as executive director of the Hermitage Artist Retreat, now an internationally acclaimed center where the nation’s best artists create the exciting art of now and the future.


Online ticketing is closed. Tickets can be purchased at the door; please bring check or cash, and join us Monday evening. Everyone is welcome to bring a written note or card for Bruce to the event and place it in the card box which will be in the lobby.

The Evening’s Schedule
6:30 p.m. – Doors Open
7:00 p.m. – Program Begins
Celebrate Bruce Rodgers’ extraordinary career as a leader of the Hermitage Artist Retreat and a longtime advocate for the arts in our region.
8:00 p.m. – Dessert Reception catered by Morton’s Gourmet Market

Be a sponsor and help create the Bruce E. Rodgers Artist Residency
To honor Bruce, we are creating a residency in his name. For every $5000 raised, there will be another year when an artist will receive this special residency named for the first executive director.

$5,000    Platinum sponsor
$2,500    Gold sponsor
$1,000    Silver sponsor

$100, $250, and $500

General Admission

Celebrating Bruce! Committee
Charlotte Perret, Chair
Ellen Berman, Patricia Caswell, Jan Chester, Ilene Denton, Linda DiGabriele, Sara Krusenstjerna, Carolyn Michel, Nancy Roucher, Lisa Rubinstein, Karen Solem, Mary Lou Winnick

Platinum Sponsors
Steve and Dale Adler
Larry Bold and Carol White Bold
Alexandra Jupin and John Bean
The Bulrush Foundation
The Community Foundation of Sarasota County
The Greenfield Foundation
Nelda Thompson

Gold Sponsors
Carolyn Michel and Howard Millman
George and Sarah Pappas
Flori Roberts

Silver Sponsors
Bender, Bender & Chandler, P.A.
Jim and Terry Chandler
Murray Bring and Kay Delaney
Bill and Debra (Jacobs) Buttaggi
Georgia Court
Lisa Rubinstein
Harvey Small and Susan Morin
Mary Lou and Ed Winnick
Past presidents Leslie Edwards, Debbi Benedict, Ilene Denton, Larry Bold, Caroline Andrus, Jett Thompson