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Publix Awards Grant to Sarasota Youth Opera Program

August 10, 2010

Patricia G. Horwell. Communications Officer
(941) 363-0261,

As part of its ongoing support of programs for youth, Publix Super Markets Charities has awarded Sarasota Youth Opera with a $7,500 grant. Shannon Patten, Manager of Media and Community Relations, Lakeland Division recently presented a facsimile check to Susan T. Danis, Sarasota Opera Executive Director; Kate Gigliotti, Youth Opera Coordinator; and Michael Wittenburg, Youth Opera Music Director. This award will help sustain Sarasota Opera’s commitment to community outreach and education projects that engage young people’s creativity through exposure to opera. Publix has been supporting Youth Opera programs for the past five years, most recently by providing funds to help produce the May 2010 performances of Judith Weir’s The Black Spider. Grant money also enabled Sarasota Opera to provide tickets to dozens of school children, most of whom would never otherwise have had the opportunity to attend the performance. Sarasota Youth Opera is the most comprehensive program in the United States to introduce young singers, age 8 and up, to opera. Everyone who wants to participate is accepted, regardless of skill level. Tuition assistance is available.