Spirit of Manatee

From left: Adell Erozer, executive director of Turning Points; Dr. Peter Mattina, 2017 Lifetime Spirit Award Winner; Susie Bowie, executive director of Manatee Community Foundation; Karen Miller, board president of Manatee Community Foundation

Those who live and work in our community know that the Spirit of Manatee is one of giving.

For more than a decade, Manatee Community Foundation has hosted a signature event honoring the incredible members of our community who contribute so much to our community. The Spirit of Manatee Awards Luncheon draws senior business executives, philanthropists, professional fundraisers and volunteers from the region. Any nonprofit organization or service club in Manatee County is eligible to submit a nomination in the five award categories.

Our 2017 Spirit of Manatee Winners are:

  • YOUNG SPIRIT AWARD
    Jordan Ripka Dailey, nominated by the State College of Florida Foundation & State College of Florida Manatee-Sarasota
  • COMMUNITY SPIRIT AWARD
    Anna Maria Oyster Bar, nominated by PACE Center for Girls
    United Way of Manatee County, nominated by USF Sarasota-Manatee
  • VOLUNTEER SPIRIT AWARD
    Marti King, nominated by Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee County
  • LEADERSHIP SPIRIT AWARD
    Lemoyne & Darlene Johnson, nominated by ArtCenter Manatee, South Florida Museum, Manatee Performing Arts Center
  • LIFETIME SPIRIT AWARD
    Dr. Peter Mattina, nominated by Turning Points

On February 28, 2017, nearly 450 people gathered to recognize the individuals and organizations that embody the philanthropic spirit of Manatee County. Read the article in the Bradenton Herald.

View past Spirit of Manatee Award Winners

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