Lee Wetherington, founder Lee Wetherington Homes
Over the past year, Lakewood Ranch-based Lee Wetherington Homes has donated $130,000 to local causes through the Lee Wetherington Foundation, an endowed organization that has been part of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County since 2002. Nonprofits that have benefitted from donations include Harvest House, the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe, Library Foundation for Sarasota County, the Friends of Oscar Scherer State Park, the V Foundation for Cancer Research, Forty Carrots Family Center, Sarasota Salvation Army and United Way Suncoast.
Forty-one Gateway Bank employees donated $38,000 to charitable organizations within the Sarasota-Bradenton community in 2014. Employee donations primarily consisted of contributions to United Way, funds raised through participation in walkathons, Blue Jean Fridays and collection site gatherings in each of Gateway’s three branch locations.
We Care Manatee, a nonprofit organization committed to addressing the health care needs of low-income, uninsured residents, was awarded a $10,000 grant from Barbells for Boobs (BFB) to support and expand breast health services for patients under the age of 40. We Care Manatee is one of only two organizations in Florida to receive funding from the California-based organization.
Bradenton-based AutoNation Ford is participating in Ford Motor Company’s Drive 4 UR School program by donating $20 to Bradenton Christian School for every person who test drives a new Ford vehicle between 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, March 21. The funds will be used toward improving students’ educational experiences. More than $25 million in donations has been generated since the start of Ford’s Drive 4 UR School program in 2007. The dealership is located at 5325 14th St. W. in Bradenton.