Press Release: SCAS Unveils 60-Year History Publication at Book Launch Event

Jan 22, 2024

Celebrating International Bonds: SCAS Unveils 60-Year History Publication at Book Launch Event



SARASOTA, FL – The Sister Cities Association of Sarasota (SCAS) is excited to invite the community and media to the launch of its much-anticipated publication, a rich narrative covering 60 years of the organization’s commitment to international friendships and cultural exchange. The event promises an insightful exploration into SCAS’s enduring legacy.

The book launch will occur on January 25th at the Azul Steak and Sushi Lounge, located at 1296 1st St, Sarasota, FL, 34236. Guests are welcome to join us on the second floor from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM for an evening of cultural engagement and historical reflection.

Authors Craig Hullinger and Ray Young, who have served on the SCAS Board of Directors for a combined total of 30 years, will be present to share insights from the book, which features many photographs of volunteers and individuals participating in Sarasota Sister Cities’ events and activities over the decades.

Several City Commissioners have indicated they will attend and will be acknowledged during the event, celebrating their support of SCAS’s initiatives. The book, available for purchase at only $10 with authors’ signatures, not only serves as a significant collector’s item but also supports SCAS, as all profits from book sales at the event will be donated to the organization.

Journalists are encouraged to attend this visually and historically rich event. There will be opportunities to conduct interviews with the authors, City Commissioners, and SCAS officials, providing a wealth of engaging content for publication.

The book launch event is free and open to the public, providing a chance to engage with the history and global connections cultivated by SCAS. Attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy light refreshments while immersing themselves in the rich narratives and photographs that have captured the essence of Sarasota’s sister city relationships through the decades. This gathering facilitates a deeper appreciation of international cultures, as celebrated and promoted by SCAS’s programs. To learn more, visit


About Sister Cities Association of Sarasota

The Sister Cities Association of Sarasota (SCAS) is a dynamic non-profit organization committed to promoting peace, mutual respect, and global cooperation through city-to-city partnerships and international cultural exchanges. SCAS serves as a hub for citizen diplomacy, connecting the Sarasota community with its eight sister cities around the world. Its mission is to strengthen relationships through educational, cultural, and business initiatives that provide enriching experiences and opportunities for collaboration. Learn more at

About Sister Cities International

Founded in 1956 by U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower, Sister Cities International is a non-profit citizen diplomacy network that creates and strengthens partnerships between cities worldwide. With a mission to build global cooperation, promote cultural understanding, and stimulate economic development, Sister Cities International represents more than 500 member communities with relationships in over 2,000 communities across 140 countries.

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Craig Hullinger


  1. Craig Hullinger

    Thank you for the fine press release

    • Ayanna

      You’re so welcome, Craig! Can’t wait to share photos and a recap of the event.

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