In celebration of Shark Week, Gateway Bank is rolling out the Guy Harvey Legacy Checking program next Monday. For every new Guy Harvey account opened at any Gateway Bank, the bank will donate $50 to the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, a nonprofit supporting marine research and education. New Guy Harvey checking account holders will also be awarded Guy Harvey’s Hammerhead Nation membership.
Easter Seals Southwest Florida received an $11,600 Quality of Life grant from the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation. The funds will be used to complete remodeling of a restroom to include a lift system and emergency call lights. Additionally, the nonprofit received the GuideStar Exchange Gold participation level, a symbol of transparency and accountability provided by GuideStar USA, Inc.
For the fifth consecutive year, the Rotary Club of Sarasota Bay is supplying backpacks and school supplies to fourth- and fifth-grade students at several schools. The project is funded with $8,500 in private gifts from Club Rotarians and the Rotary Club of Sarasota Bay Foundation. At 11 a.m. next Tuesday, Aug. 12, Rotarians, school staff and District 1 School Board candidates will gather at the Van Wezel to fill the packs with school supplies and deliver them to Gocio, Alta Vista, Fruitville and Tuttle schools and to children at the Salvation Army.
Pines of Sarasota received $13,000 from the “Run to Remember” Run at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art that took place on April 26. Dr. Adam Bright chaired the event that raised funds earmarked for Pines of Sarasota’s residents and its Education Institute.
Manatee Library Foundation will host “An Evening with Stephen King” fund raiser on Jan. 29 to benefit Manatee County Public Library System. The event will be held at the Manatee Performing Arts Center, 502 Third Ave. W. in Bradenton. The Foundation hopes to raise $100,000 to help overhaul the Library System’s online operating system. Sponsorship packages from $10,000 to $200 are available online or by calling (941) 748-5555 ext. 6306. To guarantee tickets, sponsorship commitments must be received by Oct. 15. The Foundation will also give away a ticket to the winner of a Page Turner contest. The contest challenges amateur writers to submit the first paragraph—no more than 250 words—of an unpublished mystery; the winner will be announced in January.