Starry Night Guests Have Chance To Win Private Dinner For 8

Asolo Starry Night at The Forest Committee PhotoThe sponsor team hosting Asolo Repertory Theatre’s Starry Night dinner at The Forest is offering guests at the exclusive event the first opportunity to see the newest estate model home in the community. Emerald Homes, The Forest, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty and Morton’s Gourmet Market and Catering are thrilled to be christening the Emerald Florencia Model with the exclusive Starry Night event.  In a recent planning meeting the sponsor team announced something special in the mix for those attending.

The sponsors are giving away a private dinner in the new Florencia model for eight lucky people. The winners will have the whole model to themselves to enjoy a private gourmet dinner catered by Morton’s. Attendees of the Starry Night at the Florencia are eligible to enter the drawing. The winner can invite seven guests to join them for this exclusive gourmet dinner party.

The Asolo Starry Night at The Forest is set for December 15, 2014. This is dinner 2 of the annual Asolo Rep series and celebrates the production of The Matchmaker.

Emerald Homes Florencia at The ForestThe Floriencia is one of Emerald Homes’ most exciting new designs with classic Mediterranean style and a highly functional floor plan excellent for entertaining and luxurious dinner parties like the Starry Night.  It will also set the perfect stage for the event which features actors from The Match Maker in cameo performances. The Florencia is over 4,000 square feet with four bedrooms, four bathrooms and expansive outdoor living areas. The model is situated on one of the most beautiful home sites at The Forest with heavy old oak tree coverage and views of Gazebo Lake.

Tickets are $250 per person and include a gourmet dinner catered by Morton’s Gourmet Market and Catering.  All proceeds benefit the Asolo Repertory Theatre. Learn more and reserve tickets here.

Prize includes dinner and soft beverages with chef and server for eight.  Alcoholic beverages and gratuity not included and dinner date subject to availability. Complete details available at the Starry Night event.

The Forest Provides Rest Stop for Pedal For Pups

Pups1There were blue skies and big smiles at the rest stop hosted by The Forest and the Sarasota Manatee Bicycle Club for the recent Pedal For Pups 70 mile cycle fundraiser.

Pedal For Pups: Ride to the Rescue raised funds to help support Nate’s Honor Animal Rescue. The marathon ride wound and traversed its way through locations across Sarasota and Manatee counties. The route stretched through The Forest’s tree lined streets as well. There, riders enjoyed a rest stop set up at The Forest Welcome Center with refreshments and a welcome greeting from development managing partner Tom Dabney.

The event included 20, 40 and 70 mile courses and riders made their way through some of the most beautiful biking places in the region including the Myakka River State Park.  According to Dabney, the new bike lanes on State Road 72 make it a good option for more cycling events.  He said The Forest has discussed future events with the club that might one day lead to an event hosted at the community.

“This area is set up nicely for cycling and I think the riders enjoyed the setting here,” said Dabney.  “The Forest is located between Twin Lakes Park and Myakka River State Park making opportunities for on and off-road course options.”

Nate’s Honor Animal Rescue is a non-profit animal rescue organization. Staffed 99% by volunteers, they provide rescued dogs and cats with a safe NO-KILL sheltered environment while they wait to be adopted into their very own forever homes. Their mission is to save the lives of homeless pets by changing the way the community views animal sheltering and shelter pets, and to provide an educational and family friendly environment that will change their future one animal, one family, and one generation at a time.

Founded in 1974, the Sarasota Manatee Bicycle Club, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of bicycling in Sarasota and Manatee Counties. The Club promotes bicycling for physical fitness, health, sport, recreation and transportation.

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The Forest at Hi Hat Ranch contributes to New Gate School Scholarship fund

Southwest Florida … The Forest at Hi Hat Ranch recently contributed a total of $600 to New Gate School’s scholarship fund. The contribution kicks off the school’s fundraising initiative.

New Gate School is an independent, coeducational college preparatory school that serves more than 250 boys and girls, young women and men from ages 18 months to 18 years. New Gate School’s curriculum consists of a rigorous, yet innovative, academic program, and also includes a serious commitment to practical life skills, work-study skills and social skills.

About The Forest

A community with a total of 52 home sites, The Forest is being developed by Sugarbowl Development Company, a company comprised of Turner Family members, original owners and present stewards of the Hi Hat Ranch property. Tom Dabney, a member of the Turner family serves as its president. Tom is a licensed real estate broker who has completed numerous successful commercial and residential developments in the region since 1980.
Three of Sarasota’s most renowned builders are the mainstays of The Forest, including Anchor Builders, Gibraltar Homes and John Cannon Homes. Each is known for creating beautiful, luxurious homes with the highest standards of quality construction, superior craftsmanship, award-winning interior designs, and unparalleled devotion to customer satisfaction.

Hi Hat Ranch is a remarkable expanse of natural wilderness, unlike any other in Florida. Today, the 9,700-acre ranch is a diversified operation, including cattle citrus, timber and produce farming. The property was purchased by Herman Turner in 1945. For over six decades and through three generations, the Turner family has served as careful stewards of the land, with the majority of the property remaining in its natural state and the balance in improved pastures and pine flatwoods. Today the 9,700-acre ranch is a diversified working operation, including cattle, citrus, timber and produce.

For more information about New Gate School, or to learn more about involvement with or contribution to the New Gate School scholarship fund, call 941-922-4949, or visit: www.newgate.edu.

New Gate School Students Bring Holiday Warmth To Local Community

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Southwest Florida … This holiday season, students of Sarasota’s New Gate School will be demonstrating their aesthetically pleasing creative skills as they adorn The Forest at High Hat Ranch community with elegant, oversized decorations. Residents, guests and passerbys of The Forest will feel the joyous warmth of the holiday season as they notice magnificent holiday decorations embellishing the entries and sales center of the development. “We are greatly appreciative of our neighbors at The Forest for helping us set in motion our school fundraising initiative, while integrating an enjoyable, yet stimulating art project with community involvement for our students ,” said Paul Wenninger, Head of School.

The students will be decorating three separate locations within the development, including colorful holiday decorations accentuating the development’s giant outside monument signs, immense holiday wreaths ornamented with oversized bows at the front entry way, and festive decorations at the sales office.

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The holiday decorating project is part of New Gate School’s curriculum, further enabling students to develop a deeper appreciation for understanding the visual arts and creative process. Following Maria Montessori’s belief that education should be a creative learning process, the New Gate School places a strong emphasis on educating the arts. Students are encouraged to use their artistic skills and individual expression to communicate what they have learned, and in return, know and realize that quality work is appreciated and has value for others.

The Forest team will be donating all decorating materials needed for the project. In addition, the team will also be making a gracious donation toward New Gate School’s scholarship fund.

New Gate School is an independent, coeducational college preparatory school that serves more than 250 boys and girls, young women and men from ages 18 months to 18 years. New Gate School’s curriculum consists of a rigorous, yet innovative, academic program, and also includes a serious commitment to practical life skills, work-study skills and social skills. At its core, New Gate School continually strives to be a vibrant experience where children are actively engaged in their future every day, at every age. Faculty and staff are inspired, leadership is courageous and families are committed to the success of students through the success of the school.

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About The Forest

Hi Hat Ranch is a remarkable expanse of natural wilderness, unlike any other in Florida. Today, the 9,700-acre ranch is a diversified operation, including cattle, citrus, timber and produce farming.

Three of Sarasota’s most renowned builders are the mainstays of The Forest, including Anchor Builders, Gibraltar Homes and John Cannon Homes. Each is known for creating beautiful, luxurious homes with the highest standards of quality construction, superior craftsmanship, award-winning interior designs, and unparalleled devotion to customer satisfaction.

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The Forest is being developed by Sugarbowl Development Company which is comprised of Turner Family members, original owners and present stewards of the Hi Hat Ranch property. Tom Dabney, a member of the Turner family serves as its president. Tom is a licensed real estate broker who has completed numerous successful commercial and residential developments in the region since 1980.

For more information about The Forest at Hi Hat Ranch, call Brian Wood, Signature Sotheby’s International Realty 941-364-4000 or visit: www.TheForestatHiHatRanch.com.

For more information about New Gate School, or to learn more about involvement with or contribution to the New Gate School scholarship fund, call 941-922-4949, or visit: www.newgate.edu.