Designing Daughters of Sarasota Hosts Third Annual “Dining for a Difference”

Event Aims to Raise $25,000 for Local Grant Program

Sarasota, Florida – September 7, 2018 – Designing Daughters of Sarasota is excited to announce their third annual Dining for a Difference event. Those who wish to support local charities can do so with their forks and knives by simply dining at one of 16 participating restaurants on Thursday, September 20, 2018. The restaurants will donate 15% of food and beverage sales from 5 p.m. to close towards the Designing Daughters Grant Program, which will benefit a variety of Sarasota area charities and causes. Designing Daughters hopes to raise $25,000, one quarter of their $100,000 annual goal, during this event. If this goal is met, one night of dining out will fund five nonprofit grants in the community. “What makes our event so unique to Sarasota is that we don’t require a ticket, an RSVP or an age limit,” said Ashley Guttridge, Designing Daughters’ 2018 President. “Anyone can participate – all you have to do is go out to dinner on September 20!” The participating Dining for a Difference restaurants include:
  • Café Amici
  • Café Baci
  • Café Gabbiano
  • Chef Rolf’s New Florida Kitchen
  • Crab & Fin
  • Daiquiri Deck Siesta Key
  • Giorgio’s on Hillview
  • JPAN University
  • The Lazy Lobster – Sarasota
  • Louies Modern
  • MADE Restaurant
  • Michael’s On East
  • Muse at The Ringling
  • Oak & Stone
  • Pacific Rim
  • Stottlemyer’s Smokehouse
The mission of Designing Daughters is to provide grants to local charities each year through strategic fundraising and, with almost no overhead, funds go directly to a variety of non-profit organizations. Members work to identify areas of need with a program or a project that has tangible outcomes, allowing Designing Daughters of Sarasota to assess and report on the impact of granted funds. To learn more about the event, and for a complete list of participating restaurants, visit the Designing Daughters website at or call 941-451-6876. About Designing Daughters of Sarasota Designing Daughters of Sarasota, a donor-advised subsidiary of the Roskamp Foundation, was founded in 2009 by then Designing Women Boutique Board member Shelley Lister. The group was established as a committee to attract younger supporters and to help the organization with their fundraising efforts. With the support of founding President Nikki Taylor, past presidents Jane Thompson and Montana Taplinger, and many more, the committee grew far beyond expectations. As of January 2015, because of growth and membership wishes to grant to a wider range of organizations, Designing Daughters branched out from the Designing Women umbrella to allow for continuous and organic growth. Since establishing an independent organization, more than $100,000 has been raised and granted to nearly 50 local nonprofits. Grapevine Communications provides full-service advertising, marketing and public relations services to clients nationwide. The firm is the most award-winning advertising agency in Sarasota, Florida, and the surrounding areas. For more information on Grapevine Communications, contact Shaunna Norris ( at 941-351-0024 or visit the website at ###

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