The MSC Foundation, Michael Saunders & Company's philanthropic arm, recently awarded more than $56,000 in grants to 50 nonprofits in Sarasota, Charlotte and Manatee counties. Each organization was nominated through grant requests by Michael Saunders & Company agents and team members. The foundation presents grants twice a year to recipients who align with the foundation’s mission to support programs that improve lives by offering shelter, sustenance, education and a path to self-sufficiency. Click here for a full list of organizations the foundation has supported.
The Congressional Club in Washington, D.C., recently donated $21,000 generated by its First Lady’s Luncheon to Southeastern Guide Dogs. The club, founded in 1908 to provide a nonpartisan setting for friendships among the spouses of members of the House and Senate, selects causes that support the military and their families as recipients of proceeds from the luncheon, which this year honored Melania Trump.
The Bird Key Yacht Club recently presented Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium with a $10,000 donation resulting from April's Sarasota Bay Cup competitive sailing race.
Bradenton's Boast Volkswagen recently hosted a First Responders Appreciation Event. Boast invited members of the military, law enforcement officers, firefighters and emergency medical services personnel to enjoy a free barbecue lunch at the dealership.
DutchCrafters Amish Furniture recently picked Brianna Kinsey, Rebecca Price and Amalia Weber as the winners of its 2017 Heritage Scholarship. The three incoming freshmen received $500 each to help them continue their education. Selection criteria included grade point average, a statement of financial need and a 750-word essay on how their heritage has shaped them and their aspirations.
The Rotary Futures College Resource Center, a nonprofit resource center that provides free post-secondary planning services to Venice-area students, is hosting Comedy Night & Silent Auction, its biggest fundraiser of the year, from 5:30 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 19, at the Plantation Golf & Country Club, 500 Rockley Blvd., Venice. This year's event will feature stand-up comedian Tim Wilkins. Tickets are $125.