Gulf Coast Community Foundation to host free Better Together 2024 event on April 4 in downtown Sarasota

Transform Together to be theme

This is a scene from the 2023 Better Together event in Sarasota. Image courtesy Gulf Coast Community Foundation

Registration is open for the Gulf Coast Community Foundation’s free, outdoor, “fun, vibrant, casual Better Together Block Party,” which will be held in downtown Sarasota on April 4, the nonprofit has announced.

“Better Together will take place on Thursday, April 4,” from 4 to 7 p.m. in the 1500 block of State Street, a news release says. The theme of this year’s event, the release adds, is “Transform Together, a celebration of all the ways we transform our community for the better, together.”

“The Better Together Block Party will allow attendees to engage in Gulf Coast’s key initiatives: education, arts, health and human services, and the environment,” the release points out. Everyone in the  community “is invited to celebrate the nonprofit region and the impact of philanthropy,” the release continues. “The first 350 attendees to arrive at Better Together will receive a complimentary gift. Parking is available at the State Street parking garage.”

The Foundation does point out that registration is requested for the event. Persons may visit

“We hope the community will join us in this uplifting event highlighting how we transform together for the greater good of all,” the Foundation’s president and CEO, Phillip Lanham, said in the release. “Better Together is a fun and free opportunity for Gulf Coast’s nonprofit partners, philanthropists, and community members of all ages to celebrate transformation and connection,” he added. “This event is a culmination of Gulf Coast’s impact over 29 years with all the people who have made it possible.”

“Better Together will include live music from the talented artists of Jah Movement; an interactive activity to improve water quality with the Oyster Boys Conservation; a hands-on opportunity to create love-inspired origami with Megan Howell from Second Heart Homes; face painters, and more,” the release notes. “Participating State Street restaurants will have food and beverages available for purchase,” it adds, and “Gulf Coast will have an informational booth at the east side end of State Street, near the parking garage.”

“Get ready to smile, laugh, and have fun as we celebrate all we can accomplish together at our Better Together Block Party on April 4,” said Gulf Coast’s strategic engagement manager, Kelly Borgia, in the release. “This year’s theme, Transform Together, is indicative of Gulf Coast Community Foundation’s transformational impact,” she continued. “Our initiatives will be highlighted through entertaining interactive activities. You don’t want to miss this exceptionally fun event.”

To learn more about Better Together and to register for the event, visit