The Humane Society of Manatee County raised almost $40,000 at its Mardi Gras-themed Mardi Paws fund raiser last Friday, March 21. More than 175 guests attended this annual event—which featured Cajun-inspired food, a specialty Voodoo martini, palm reading and a live auction—to raise money for homeless animals in Manatee County.
All Faiths Food Bank is launching its Campaign Against Summer Hunger next Tuesday, April 1, which will run through May 10. With 21,000 Sarasota County students on free and reduced lunch, these kids may go without regular meals during summer break. All Faiths encourages Sarasota residents to “empty their shelves” or make a cash donation so families in the community don’t go hungry. Visit SkipALunch.org for more information.
State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota Go Manatees Relay for Life Team will host a fund raiser for the American Cancer Society at the SCF Manatees Softball game against South Florida State College at 5 p.m. next Thursday, April 3, at SCF Bradenton. Fans will have the opportunity to play a ball drop game. The cost is $1 for three balls. General admission is $4; senior admission is $2. Admission is free for SCF faculty, staff and students. All admission and ball drop proceeds will go toward the Go Manatees Relay for Life Team‘s fund-raising efforts. For more information, call SCF athletics at (941) 752-5261 or email [email protected].
The Village Idiots Cycling Club (VICC), an official nonprofit USA Cycling Club that serves as cycling advocates in the community and works to benefit local charities, will host the second annual Women on Wheels 100. The group ride event is for women only, free for all participants, and takes place at 8 a.m. on Saturday, May 17, starting from Lakewood Ranch Main Street. Any monies left over from sponsorship fees will add to the funds that VICC distributes at the end of the year to their designated charities.
Community Haven for Adults and Children with Disabilities, Inc. Adult Day Training program has purchased new plumbing fixtures and hand dryers for their Haven Industries facility with $2,800 in funding provided through the Sarah Greer Mayer Fund of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County. The Adult Day Training program has doubled its clients in the last 18 months, and the hand dryers and plumbing fixture upgrades will promote better hygiene with less environmental impact through the reduction of paper towel consumption.
Michaels on Main, a new art and fashion boutique opening in April, is hosting “Art Meets Fashion” from 5-8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 2. A portion of the proceeds earned from sale of artworks, fashion pieces and raffles will be donated to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County. RSVP to Becca Smith at (941) 223-6643.
Avalon Biomed Inc., manufacturer of Grey MTA Plus dental cement, donated $1,000 worth of product to Florida Mission of Mercy (MOM) for the FLA-MOM event taking place today and tomorrow at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa. FLA-MOM is a program of the Florida Dental Association.