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The Brian Bill Foundation will host its first annual Navy SEAL Golf & Gala Benefit on Saturday, April 23, to raise money for Brian’s House, a free retreat in the Florida Keys for Navy families to connect with nature, forge relationships and learn skills. The event will take place at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, 15150 70th Terrace E., Bradenton. Tickets are $250 for the gala and $2,500 for a golf foursome and gala. The Brian Bill Foundation was created by Scott Bill in honor of his son Brian, a Navy SEAL.

Florida Studio Theatre will offer a special pay-what-you-can night for its performance of the play Butler at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27. Butler tells the story of an enslaved man seeking sanctuary at Fort Monroe, Virginia, in 1861. Audience members can pay any price they are comfortable with for their ticket. The theater, located at 1241 N. Palm Ave., Sarasota, offers the program to reach as diverse a crowd as possible.

The McCauley-Brown Fund of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County recently awarded Embracing Our Differences a $5,000 grant to help fund its educator workshops and increase the number of Sarasota County teachers, by 12, who participle in Embracing Our Differences in-service training classes.tem

With the help of Facebook, Air & Energy recently made donations to two local organizations: The Salvation Army of Manatee County and Easter Seals Southwest Florida. During the 2015 holidays, the company inviting Facebook followers to like its Air & Energy page. For each new like, the company donated $1 to both the Salvation Army and to Easter Seals. Air & Energy donated $500 to each of the charities this year.

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