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Inspiring Hope Dinner: ‘Share Your Light’

Friday, Jan 12, 2024, 6:30—10:30 pm

The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota
1111 Ritz Carlton Dr,
Sarasota, FL 34236
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Please contact Marlene Hauck at or 941-504-6717.

Presenting the Inspiring Hope Dinner, an esteemed occasion hosted by Sunshine From Darkness in its third consecutive year. The primary goal of this event is to increase awareness surrounding mental health and addiction disorders while working towards eliminating the stigma associated with these conditions while also providing funding for local non-profits that provide mental health services to at-risk populations.

During the last three years, through its fund-raising efforts, The Inspiring Hope Gala has provided over $183,000 in much-needed mental health funding to local charities (First Step, Teen Court of Sarasota, Harvest House,) along with cutting-edge research through Brain & Behavior Research Foundation. The dinner also supports Sunshine from Darkness’ mission to enhance and promote mental health wellness and provide education, advocacy and resources.

Together, we strive to make a positive impact on the lives of those affected by these challenges.

Date & Time
Friday, January 12, 2024
6:30 -10:30 pm
Attire: Cocktail. Black-Tie Optional

Legacy Award Winner: Bunny Skirboll, Founder of Compeer, Inc.

The Faces Behind the Stories:
The evening will feature “Faces Behind the Stories,” shining a spotlight on the personal, sometimes difficult journeys of four members of our community: Roger Capote, Kelvin Foster, Sydney Koffman, Linda Larsen.

Keynote Speaker: American comedian, actor, producer and writer Tom Arnold will speak about his journey with anxiety and longtime battles with addiction. Arnold has been sober for over five years, but he’s faced addiction, sobriety, and relapse at different points in his Hollywood career, as well as significant health challenges. Today, he is in recovery and sharing his journey publicly in order to give hope to others who face the same demons.

Entertainment: Live music with Quintessence — featuring some very special guest vocalists, including Chris Eisenberg – who will perform selections from his Frank Sinatra tribute show, “Frank & Me,” Raleigh Mosely II and Ariel Blue – and dancing.

Event Co-Chairs: Amie Austin, Ph.D., Sarah Karp Renkliyuz, Taylor Karp Teymuri