Ring Sarasota Inc
P.O. Box 21153
Sarasota FL 34276

Ring Sarasota, Inc. is a non-profit organization designed to educate the community about the art of handbell ringing and to present quality handbell music to various audiences.


  • Strives to inspire audiences in the promotion and art of handbell ringing through concerts and community outreach programs;
  • Encourages handbell directors and ringers through its leadership and teaching.
  • Provides assistance for educating students of all ages on the art of English handbell ringing;
  • Creates and nurtures a performance-oriented, community-based opportunity for advanced handbell ringers to improve their skills and explore new realms in handbell music;

 Ring Sarasota's primary outreach activity is through our concert performances. We actively seek concert venues within existing concert series, retirement community centers, churches and educational institutions, and conferences sponsored by our national organization, the Handbell Musicians of America.

CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
Board Chair Mrs. Kathie Hayes
Board Chair Affiliation ringing member of organization
General Info
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 2011
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes May 2017
State Registration Yes 0
IRS Letter of Determination
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $6,000.00
Projected Expenses $5,000.00
Impact Statement
  1.   This past year, we were able to purchase and update a used three octave set of handbells which further reduced what equipment we borrow from our host church, Pine Shores Presbyterian Church.  As funds allow, we continue to grow our inventory of musical equipment and soon hope to not have to borrow any equipment from our host.    
  2. We continue to advance the art of handbells through a successful concert series that included churches from Sun City Center to Sarasota to Englewood. 

  3.  We produced a "Christmas in July" fundraising concert in which we raised over $1,500 for Family Promise of Sarasota. 

  4. We organized and produced "The Sounds of Freedom" a musical salute to veterans concert which include Ring Sarasota, The First Brass of Sarasota, Church of the Palms Chancel Choir, Pine Shores Presbyterian Church Chancel Choir and was hosted by ABC 7 News Meteorologist John Scalzi. The proceeds from this concert, $3,000, were donated to Manasota Operation Troop Support (MOTS), a local non-profit that takes care of deployed local military personnel and their families.

  5. We now carry insurance for our equipment and liability insurance to protect our members and board.

Needs Statement
Funding for additional handbell equipment.  This list includes items that would replace what we currently borrow from our Host, Pine Shores Presbyterian Church:
  1. 7th octave handbells (C#7-C8) to go with our secondary 3 octave set of handbells @ $2,800
  2. New travel cases for our secondary set of handbells. @$1,900
  3. Replacement Clapper assemblies for our secondary set of handbells @2,900
  4. 2nd Octave (C2-B2) Malmark ChoirChimes with stands and cases @$9,700 + shipping
 There is a unique opportunity to receive name recognition and make a difference for donors.
Background Statement

Ring Sarasota, Inc. was conceived and formed in the fall of 2010 by our founding director, Rick Holdsworth, to create a handbell organization that would bring the best handbell ringers from the area together to ring advanced literature and be able to educate the community about the art of handbell ringing through concerts and workshops.  

Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Sarasota
FL- Manatee
FL- Hillsborough
FL- Charlotte
FL- Lee
Areas Served Comments

Over our first six seasons, we have provided concerts not only in our immediate geographical area of Sarasota and Bradenton, but we have also been invited to and traveled North to Largo, Sun City Center and Fruitland Park and South down to Punta Gorda. We continue to reach out for performance ventures throughout the state of Florida. 

Service Categories
Primary Org Type Arts,Culture & Humanities
Secondary Org Type
Tertiary Org Type
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President

As president of Ring Sarasota, I am pleased and honored to be a part of an organization that fosters the art of handbell ringing and includes talented ringers from the greater Sarasota locale. Forming a handbell group had always been a dream of mine; however, as a performer, not a director, I had neither the expertise nor the resources to accomplish my dream. The formation of Ring Sarasota in 2010 gave me the opportunity to pursue my dream. 

 Since our inception we have booked a full performance schedule each year. During our fourth season we partnered with two other groups to perform holiday themed concerts that were extremely well attended and received. We expanded on that momentum by performing a fundraising concert during the summer of 2015 for Family Promise and by organizing two more holiday events for season six, combining with other local groups. This is in addition to our regular season concerts.

 Our success has not come without a search for resources. A handbell choir requires at least one full 5-octave set of handbells, a set of handchimes, performance tables and pads, travel cases as well as miscellaneous associated percussion equipment. These must be insured and transported to our performance venues. We received a private donation that enabled us to purchase a 5-octave set of handbells after our first season. Since that time other major donations helped us in the purchase of our own portable tables and table covers, as well as additional equipment. The remainder of the equipment is on loan from our director’s employer, Pine Shores Presbyterian Church.   Through the members’ dues and performance fees, we are beginning to accumulate a treasury that will address our additional needs. We continue in our pursuit of private donations through sponsorships as well as the sale of CDs.

 In our seventh season, our theme leads us on an exploration of rhythms. Our concert repertoires will be full of interesting music – fun to perform and fun for the audiences. In addition, we hope to expand our purpose and exposure by bringing our music to area youth, introducing them to the opportunities of playing music throughout their lifetimes and where possible providing workshops for less experienced ringers. 

 I personally hope to be a part of this organization for years to come.  I find that the ability to share the joy of producing beautiful music is one of the few special gifts I can offer in thanksgiving to my community.

Statement from the CEO/Executive Director
Inspired by the toe tappin' and finger snappin' tunes of the last 50 years, Ring Sarasota enters its 7th season with "We've Got Rhythm", a dynamic concert exploring the meaning of rhythm.  Rhythm is everywhere.  It makes music move and flow.  It has sounds,it has silences, and it has a steady beat... or not.  It has been said that rhythm can exist without melody, as in the drumbeats of primitive music, but melody cannot exist without rhythm.
Ring Sarasota explores rhythm through various musical interpretations from a new, light-hearted and daring rendition of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony to the classic Glenn Miller "Moonlight Serenade," to the West Indian Island Calypso beat of "Yellow Bird."  Feel the pulse of modern rhythmic selections such as Abba's disco classic "Dancing Queen" and a Beatles beloved rock and roll favorite "Eleanor Rigby."  We then continue to explore rhythm from the pizzicato stylings of Leroy Anderson to the smooth jazz texture of Errol Garner's "Misty" and more! 
Budget $5,000
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Music Performances Presenting
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served General/Unspecified General/Unspecified General/Unspecified
Short Term Success
Our success shows when there are members in the audience who for the first time are enjoying the sound of handbells being played. We always offer hands on experience after our concerts so people can experience handbells up close. We always have a lot of participation.
Long Term Success
We strive to bring the art of handbell ringing to our local audience, educating and entertaining them at the same time. Our annual budget includes monies for new music, equipment insurance, director's stipend, printing, equipment transportation to/from concerts, licensing/fees, and to fund new educational projects.
We currently borrow handbell equipment from our host, Pine Shores Presbyterian Church.  Our annual budget does not include funds to purchase our own equipment which not only includes equipment to replace what we are borrowing, but also includes additional musical equipment that will allow us to expand our ringing capabilities and musical selections.
Program Success Monitoring As a group performing music we measure our success in the reaction we get from our audiences.  We also measure our success through future concert requests, new fans on our Facebook page, and names added to our friends of Ring Sarasota email listing.
Program Success Examples One example of our success is being invited in season 4 to join forces with the Bay Chorale for a joint concert at the Neel Auditorium in Bradenton, and being asked again to join with them for this sixth season..  This past season 5, we were invited to be the opening night concert for the Florida State Handbell Festival in Fruitland Park, FL.  We also ended our fifth season with a very successful "Christmas in July" concert where we raised funds and awareness for Family Promise of Sarasota.
Program Comments by Organization
We have now completed six season.  We continue to whittle down our equipment wish list of the basics of what our group needs to go forward.  We are blessed in the fact that Pine Shores Presbyterian Church continues to allow us the use of their equipment and rehearsal facilities as we grow and get established.  We look forward to serving the community for many years through our music.
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
CEO Term Start 0
CEO/Executive Director Email n/a

Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Senior Staff
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % N/A
Professional Development No
Contractors 1
Volunteers 15
Management Reports to Board N/A
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation N/A

We are thankful for Pine Shores Presbyterian Church for allowing our organization to practice, store equipment and also borrow their equipment.


Our thanks to the following organizations/venues for giving us the opportunity to play for audiences:

  • Glenridge Performing Arts Center, Sarasota (2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014, 2016)
  • Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, Sarasota (2011)
  • St. John’s United Methodist Church, Sarasota (2011, 2016)
  • Freedom Village, Bradenton (2011)
  • Pine Shores Presbyterian Church, Sarasota (2012, 2015)
  • St. Armands Key Lutheran Church, Sarasota (2012)
  • Bahia Vista Mennonite Church, Sarasota (2012)
  • Bay Village of Sarasota (2012)
  • St. Boniface Episcopal Church, Sarasota (2013)
  • First United Methodist Church, Palmetto (2013)
  • Sun City Center Methodist Church, Sun City (2013, 2016)
  • Siesta Key Chapel, Sarasota (2013)
  • Palma Sola Presbyterian Church, Bradenton (2013)
  • Bay Chorale, Joint Holiday Concert (2013, 2016)
  • Christ Episcopal Church, Bradenton (2014)
  • First Congregational Church, Sarasota (2014)
  • Neel Auditorium, Bradenton (2013, 2014, 2015)
  • First Presbyterian Church, Bradenton (2015)
  • Burnt Store Presbyterian Church, Punta Gorda (2015)
  • Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Largo (2015)
  • Florida State Handbell Festival, Fruitland Park (2015)
  • First Methodist Church, Sarasota (2015)
  • Church of the Palms, Sarasota (2015)
External Assessments and Accreditations
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years N/A
Strategic Plan Adopted 0
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures No
Board Chair
Board Chair Mrs. Kathie Hayes
Company Affiliation ringing member of organization
Board Term Sept 2010 to Sept 2016
Board Chair Email kzhweaves@gmail.com
Board Members
Board Members
Mrs. Kathie Hayes President
Mr. Rick Holdsworth Director
Ms. Jeanne Jessup Secretary
Ms. Kim Johnson Vice President
Mrs. Kyle Miller-Wallace Treasurer
Mrs. Libby Tyner Ringer
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 6
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 1
Female 5
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits 0
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 10
Board Meeting Attendance % 96
Board Self-Evaluation No
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Begins 2016
Fiscal Year Ends 2016
Projected Revenue $6,000.00
Projected Expenses $5,000.00
Organization has Endowment No
Capital Campaign
In a Capital Campaign No
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Campaign Dates 0 to 0
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
Historical Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$16,973$2,248$3,515
Administration Expense$2,056$181$0
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.055.444.34
Program Expense/Total Expenses89%93%100%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$55,138$53,726$42,943
Current Assets$12,265$5,106$1,859
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$11$0$0
Total Net Assets$55,127$53,726$42,943
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountConcert Revenue $10,820Contributions, gifts, grants $7,438Contributions, gifts, grants $6,868
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $8,036Concert Revenue $2,699Memorial Funds $3,471
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountMembership Dues $775Sponsorships $1,900Concert Revenue $3,448
CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities1115.00----
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization
The challenge for a young organization such as ours is building our musical equipment inventory so that we do not have to borrow musical equipment from our host.  Up to this point, most of our income is being used to purchase equipment. We are still in need of additional equipment.  There is a unique opportunity to receive name recognition and make a difference for donors.  
We are looking for additional sponsors and underwriters that we list in our concert programs and also on our webpage.  These sponsors and underwriters would assist us in meeting our budget and also in meeting our goals of being a totally independent organization.
Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information taken from financial compilation provided as nonprofit files a 990-N.  Individual contributions include foundation and corporate support. 
Nonprofit Ring Sarasota Inc
Address P.O. Box 21153
Sarasota, FL 34276
Phone 941 321-3454