Lakewood Ranch Community Fund

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2016 C. John A. Clarke Humanitarian of the Year Award recipients Donald and Vanessa Baugh, owners of Vanessa Fine Jewelry in Lakewood Ranch

In 2000, the Lakewood Ranch Community Fund was developed to serve the people and interests of the Lakewood Ranch community and to allow donor-allocated funds to stay in our region, serving a variety of charitable interests.

The Fund is set up under the umbrella of Manatee Community Foundation to reduce management costs and allow more assets to remain in the community.

To date more than $1,000,000 has been awarded to 100 qualified 501(c)(3) organizations that serve or impact Lakewood Ranch residents including education, youth, sports, elderly, health, environment, libraries, arts and culture programs.

Each year, the Lakewood Ranch Community Fund presents the 2016 C. John A. Clarke Humanitarian of the Year Award to honor individuals who have distinguished themselves through their high professional standards, unwavering ethical and moral values, and steadfast dedication to improve the quality of life for people in our community.

Visit the Lakewood Ranch Community Fund’s website at to learn more about how you can get involved.