Spirit of Manatee
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.