First Bank’s retail banking president, Anne Lee, presented a $10,000 check to Philip Brown, Angela Moore and Bruce Body of United Way of Manatee County. Lee, who also serves as chair of the United Way Engagement Team, has joined with other First Bank volunteers to champion many fund-raising and awareness initiatives that have brought additional resources to our community. United Way of Manatee County will use the funds for programs that support children, families and individuals.
The Lakewood Ranch Community Fund will award $68,000 in grants to 22 local nonprofits at the 2014 grant presentation ceremony at 4 p.m. today, Oct. 17, at Lakewood Ranch Town Hall. Robert Rosinsky, president and CEO of Goodwill Manasota, will be presented with the C. John A. Clarke Humanitarian Award in recognition of his contributions to community enrichment. The LWR Community Fund assists nonprofit organizations in fulfilling the goals of serving the community through their individual programs and missions. The public is invited to attend this free event. The grant recipients include:
Benjamin David Gullett Elementary School; Beyond the Spectrum, Inc.; Center for Building Hope; Coexistence, Inc. - Embracing Our Differences Exhibit; Community Haven for Adults and Children with Disabilities; Early Learning Coalition of Manatee County, Inc.; Easter Seals of Southwest Florida, Inc.; Family Network on Disabilities of Manatee/Sarasota; Forty Carrots Family Center; Foundation for Dreams, Inc.; Manatee Community Action Agency, Inc.; Manatee Glens Corporation; Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee, Inc.; Nature's Academy, Inc.; Project Light of Manatee, Inc.; Samaritan Counseling Services of the Gulf Coast, Inc.; Sarasota Manatee Association for Riding Therapy (SMART); Selah Freedom, Inc.; Stillpoint House of Prayer; Tidewell Hospice, Inc.; Visible Men Academy; and We Care Manatee, Inc.
Selah Freedom, an organization that confronts the issue of sex trafficking and exploitation through advocacy, training and restorative services, received a $750 donation from Everence Federal Credit Union. EFCU tithes 10 percent of its Visa credit card income each year to support church and mission work; Everence members choose the organizations to receive the local funds.
Heroes Welcome Home holds its inaugural golf tournament fund raiser on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, at the Bobby Jones Golf Complex in Sarasota. The 18-hole scramble begins at 8:30 a.m. with a shotgun start. Event highlights include sky diving, continental breakfast, 50/50 raffle and prizes from local vendors and an award ceremony with steak lunch hosted by Bobby’s Clubhouse. $80 per person; proceeds benefit the nonprofit. Registration deadline is Nov. 1; RSVP to Tony Barrett, (941) 48-8651 or [email protected].