Friday, February 03, 2006

Invitation to a Community Dialogue

A Special Invitation From New College of Florida and the Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Please join us for a community discussion on homelessness being held in Sainer Auditorium on the New College of Florida campus on Tuesday, February 14, from 3:00-5:00 p.m.

Sarasota Herald-Tribune editorial page editor Tom Tryon will moderate this special event, which seeks to create a community-based dialogue on the issue of homelessness in our area and to step beyond the rhetoric that too often dominates the discussion of this highly complex issue. By addressing the issue of homelessness from a variety of different angles, New College and the Sarasota Herald-Tribune hope to encourage government, businesses and individuals to seek out and explore opportunities for creating positive change within our community.

Joining Mr. Tryon on the panel for this discussion are key leaders involved in the issue of homelessness, both within our local community and at the national level. Our panelists include:

Tom Tryon (moderator) – Editorial Page Editor, Sarasota Herald Tribune
Michael McNees -- City Manager, City of Sarasota
Michael Stoops -- Executive Director, National Coalition for the Homeless
Richard Martin -- former Mayor of Sarasota and current Chair of the Suncoast Partnership to End Homelessness
Major Bert Tanner – Area Commander, Sarasota Salvation Army
Dr. Jerry Thompson – President and CEO, Coastal Behavioral Healthcare, Inc.

Sainer Auditorium is located at 5313 Bay Shore Road (just south of the Ringling Museum of Art) in the Caples Performing Arts Complex on the New College of Florida campus. For directions or other information related to this event, please contact Jake Hartvigsen in the New College Office of Public Affairs at (941) 359-4312 or email

We hope you’ll join us for this special community event!

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