The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall named Stu Klein like its new general director. Klein has extensive experience working in multiple aspects of the entertainment industry; he comes to Van Wezel after spending ten years as assistant general manager at the Durham Performing Arts Center in Durham, North Carolina. At Van Wezel, he will work closely with General Manager Mary Bensel and other key staff to ensure the smooth running and management of the venue.
Sarasota Memorial Health Care System added their first dedicated Surgeon specializing in head and neck and microvascular cancer to the First Physicians Group (FPG) network and the team of surgical oncologists at the Brian D. Jellison Cancer Institute. Dr. Peter Vosler joined FPG from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Hospital. Vosler treats patients with benign and malignant tumors of the head and neck involving the mouth, oropharynx, larynx, skin, parotid, and thyroid.
Scholarships and Awards
Sarasota County Schools recently announced that 40 students have been appointed National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. They are Joseph Afflerbach, Thomas Bartlett, Nolan Boucher, Siara Brennan, Felicity Chang, Julian Chauhan, Scott Conrad, Caroline Deacon, Haley Gardner, Juna Hatta-Langedyk, Jacob Koshy, Cole Laudenslager, Nicole Laureno, Kevin Lovo Flores, Sarah Luo, Ryan Macler, Duncan Marmash, Mayor of Pranav, Carter McCaa, Ethan Messier, Lora Rini, Andrew Ruffin, Aarna Shah, Clementine Silver Schwartz, Krystal Tran, David Vice, Jonathan Widjaja, Koele Winch, Yifan Zhang and Madison Zoernack ( Pine View School); Aiden Fitzgibbons, Aidan Hurwitz, Anson Nguyen, Mateo Rizzo and Haylie Smith (Riverview High School); Jorge Romero Salgado (Sarasota High School); and Isabella Gibbs, David O’Grady, Briar Stonehouse and Noah Whelden (Venice High School).
Boys and Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties recognized the efforts of Caroline Mason and Steve canteens at its annual leadership luncheon. Proceeds from the event support the organization’s suite of teen programs, which includes leadership training, service opportunities, entrepreneurial training, workforce development and college readiness. and career.
Sarasota-based handbag designer BSWANKY was named a finalist in the International Industry Authority Accessories Council’s Design Excellence Awards competition.
Ricardo Almeida Brazilian Jiu Jitsu will open at Lakewood Ranch this fall, led by Ricardo Almeida, who has been teaching Brazilian jiu jitsu and self-defense for over 25 years.