SRQ magazine officially presents the SRQ GOOD | GALA – Cultural Season Kickoff and Masquerade featuring the inaugural Independent Spirit Awards, recognizing non-profit innovation through the creativity of our region’s premier performing and visual arts institutions. We will announce the winners of the Independent Spirit Awards recognizing local non-profits for their work. Watch as our artists bring these "giving back" stories to life in movement, song and dance on the main stage. Join us at the Historic Sarasota Opera House in downtown Sarasota for an evening of giving good stories highlighted by curated performances of live music, contemporary dance, circus arts and visual art installations. 

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Historic Sarasota Opera House  / Doors Open: 8pm
Reception with Inspired Bites and Cocktails: 8-9:30pm
Mainstage Cultural Performances and Independent Spirit Awards Program: 9:30-11pm
Desserts in the Courtyard: 11pm to midnight

The Independent Spirit Awards

Juried by notable figures in Florida's engaged philanthropic network, The Independent Spirit Awards recognize innovation, sustainability and integrity in our region's non-profit sector in animal welfare, children and families, arts and culture, education, medicine and health and human services. Organizations are nominated by readers who share their good story with us. These stories capture the ways in which each non-profit positively impacted a life, a family or a friend through hope, inspiration and caring. Winners will be announced and recognized on stage at GOOD | GALA. And watch as the heart-warming stories from our readers come to life on stage through an evening of collaborative cultural arts performances.

Click here to share your good story and nominate a local non-profit. Submissions close December 31, 2016
They will be nominated for the 2016 Independent Spirit Awards.

Kick Off to the Celebrated Cultural Season

For one spectacular evening, the masterminds and master performers behind some of Sarasota’s most storied arts organizations share a stage to celebrate the independent philanthropic sector. There’s nowhere else to be captivated by a dizzying act by Circus Arts Conservatory followed by the entrancing movement of Sarasota Contemporary Dance artists. Intertwined with captivating melodies by talented musicians, there’s no other way to experience all of Sarasota’s artistic jewels in one night, on one stage. 

Celebrate the Drama of Bal Masque

In keeping with the tradition and inspiration of the Italian Bal Masque, attendees are invited to celebrate the mystery of the masquerade by donning a mask to the event.

Center Stage

For one night, the masterminds and master performers behind some of Sarasota’s most storied arts organizations share a stage at SRQ Gala. There’s nowhere else to be captivated by a dizzying act by Circus Arts Conservatory followed by the entrancing movement of Sarasota Contemporary Dance Company. Intertwined with captivating melodies by talented musicians and performers, there’s no other way to experience all of Sarasota’s artistic jewels in one night, on one stage. Special musical performances will fill the star-lit courtyard of the Opera House and every floor in between. Regardless of where guests take in the beauty of the night, there shall be music wherever they go.


Artist Series

Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota is a presenter of live classical, light-classical and popular concerts. The organization presents highly-qualified professional musicians and musical ensembles from the United States and around the world locally to the Sarasota area. Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota is presenting “Piano Grand,” a concert featuring five world-class pianists—Don Bryn, Joseph Holt, Andrew Lapp, Rich Ridenour and Jonathan Spivey—performing a wide range of timeless favorites and familiar light classics. Tthese five pianists will perform “Stars & Stripes Forever” and “The Entertainer,” a 1902 piano rag written by Scott Joplin, on five Steinway & Sons grand pianos.

Moving Ethos 

Moving Ethos Dance encourages truth, empathy, and understanding by building community through performance art. With an "in your face" approach to performance, they take over intimate performance spaces with powerful statements of honesty and transparency

The Players

The Players 87th Broadway season, From Screen to Stage: Telling th Stories That Make You is all about telling stories live on stage with a hint of a smile and nod to their origins in film. They will be “puttin’ on the ritz” by sharing the extraordinary talents of its cast of Young Frankenstein.  This musical, based on the classic Mel Brooks Film, will be chock full of hijinx and high steps and will surely please!

Sarasota Contemporary Dance

Sarasota Contemporary Dance brings cutting edge dance of the highest caliber to the community through performance, education, and collaboration. Recognized for its extraordinary level of high-energy, contemporary dance and collaborative performances with artists of various genres, SCD is a can't miss presentation.

Sarasota Orchestra

For over 65 years, the Sarasota Orchestra has been entertaining music lovers from around the region. The 80-member Orchestra performs more than 100 classical, pops and family concerts each year, and thrives as the oldest continuing orchestra in the state of Florida

Swingtide Combo

Swing Tide Combo is an exciting vintage Jazz Quintet performing the captivating music of 1930’s, 40’s and 50’s with a classic vintage sound. Their specialty is playing timeless melodies the way they were meant to be heard: vibrant, fun, romantic, hot & cool.

Circus Arts Conservatory 


Offering year-round performances, The Circus Arts Conservatory presents professional performances that are acclaimed around the globe for world-class artistry and entertainment. Whether showcased in a one-ring European-style big top, the unique arena facility or an intimate historic theater, Circus Arts Conservatory produces outstanding and entertaining circus shows throughout the Suncoast.

VIP Club

At the Opera House, the third floor is the highest perch to view the swirling enchantment of the event below. Home to the VIP Club, the third floor boasts a private bar and lounge for club members and their VIP guests, entertainment and a section of prime seating for performances on the main stage. Purchase a club membership with your friends or clients for a special way to experience the evening.

SRQ Magazine is proud to recognize our VIP Club Members:

VIP Club | Level 1

Price: $1,500

VIP Club | Level 2

Price: $750

Inspired Fare

Before the curtain opens, a tempting spread of inspired bites and cocktails from Exclusive Caterer Boca Kitchen Bar Market will celebrate the culinary arts of Sarasota with sustainably, local ingredients. Distinctive flavors for the discerning palate will fill the floors of the Sarasota Opera House, with a sweet and savory dessert table set in the courtyard just before midnight. Each bar will serve up shimmering craft cocktails, specialty beers and a selection of wines.

 Featuring Our GOOD | GALA Culinary Partner – Boca Kitchen• Bar • Market

Boca Logo 

19 S. Lemon Avenue in Downtown Sarasota.

Boca Image

Boca’s strong farm to table focus, in addition to prioritizing taste and service, is what sets it apart. Boca’s menu is based on the local food movement and sources ingredients from nearby farmers and specialty food purveyors. We believe with farm to table fare everybody wins, from farmer to chef to diner, a high quality, locally sourced meal is benefiting to all. Thinking globally, sourcing locally. 


The soul of the SRQ GOOD | GALA is a one-of-a-kind celebration, but at its heart is the Sarasota and Bradenton community. A portion of ticket proceeds from the GOOD | GALA will be set aside through the SRQ Media Gives Back Foundation to benefit each of the six winners of the SRQ Independent Spirit Awards (SRQISA). Aside from monetary support, Independent Spirit Award winners will receive considerable promotion to connect with readers and future patrons through SRQ MEDIA's powerful engagement platforms. We hope you will join us at GOOD | GALA to recognize and celebrate this year's Independent Spirit Award (SRQISA) award winners.


The GOOD | GALA  and the SRQ Independent Spirit Awards program are loyally supported by philanthropically-minded local businesses.

Host Sponsor
Sarasota Opera

Exclusive Catering Partner
Boca Kitchen • Bar • Market

Official Beer Sponsor
Gold Coast Eagle Distributors 

Independent Spirit Award Program Sponsor
Mariash Lowther Wealth Management MERRILL LYNCH

Supporting Sponsor 
Sarasota Architectural Salvage

Partnering Sponsors
 Chillounge Night | Short Stop Market |  Siesta Key Rum | Morton's Gourmet Market | Sift Bakehouse | Tito's Handmade Vodka | US Tent Rental | Victoria Blooms

See You There

The Historic Sarasota Opera House
Host of the GOOD | GALA – Cultural Season Kickoff and Independent Spirit Awards
Saturday, October 7, 2017; 8pm to midnight 
Tickets: $125/per person 

61 N. Pineapple Avenue, Sarasota FL 34236

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