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MCF’s Spirit of Manatee Welcomes Crowd of Givers


At the 14th Annual Spirit of Manatee Awards Luncheon, givers and doers filled sixty tables at the Bradenton Area Convention Center to enjoy the inspiration from a student, a nonprofit executive director, an attorney, a copier technology firm, and the retired owners of a car dealership. Each had a different story but the same message: do the most you can to make your community a great place to live.

The Spirit of Manatee selection committee–Gene Beckstein, Carol Carter, Vin Foderingham, Karen Miller, and Barbara Najmy–received and evaluated nominations from local nonprofits who shared compelling reasons a philanthropist should be recognized.

The winners inspired the nonprofit, business, community and government leaders who joined us for lunch and celebration.

  • Steve and Sara Bayard: Lifetime Spirit Winners, nominated by Manatee Performing Arts Center
  • Caleb Grimes: Leadership Spirit Winner, nominated by Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee County
  • DEX Imaging: Community Spirit Winner, nominated by Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium
  • Mina Quesen: Young Spirit Winner, nominated by UnidosNow
  • Luz Corcuera: Charles Clapsaddle Community Spotlight Winner, nominated by Marianne Moyer

Read the press and watch the video:

Herald Tribune: Spirit of Manatee Awards Celebrate Community

Bradenton Herald: With Their Generosity, These Men and Women Represent The Spirit of Manatee

METV video 

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Special thanks to event sponsors who make this event a success each year.

Premier Sponsor: The Milestone Financial Group at Morgan Stanley

Patron Sponsor: Early Learning Coalition of Manatee County

Table Sponsors:

  • Air & Energy
  • Anna Maria Oyster Bar
  • Anon Friends
  • Blake Medical Center
  • Blalock Walters P.A.
  • BMO Harris Bank
  • Bradenton Area Visitors and Convention Bureau
  • Bradenton Kiwanis
  • Carter/Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee County
  • CenterState Bank
  • CS&L CPAs
  • DEX Imaging
  • Fidelity Investments
  • Florida Power & Light
  • Foundation for Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee County
  • Genuity Group LLC
  • Manatee Matches
  • Manatee Memorial Foundation
  • Manatee Performing Arts Center
  • Mauldin & Jenkins LLC
  • Mosaic Company
  • Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium
  • Mott & Associates
  • NDC Construction
  • Pier 22 Restaurant- Patio- Ballroom
  • Pittsburgh Pirates- Bradenton Marauders
  • PNC Bank
  • Porges, Hamlin, Knowles & Hawk, P.A.
  • Publix Super Markets, Inc.
  • Regions
  • Sherrill Wealth Management
  • The Beverly Beall & R. Kemp Riechmann Foundation
  • The Concession Golf Club
  • The Library Foundation
  • The Patterson Foundation
  • Tidewell Hospice
  • U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management
  • United Way Suncoast
  • Willis A. Smith Construction, Inc.
  • WUSF

Co-Table Sponsors:

  • Animal Network
  • Charitable Gift Planners of Southwest Florida
  • Dick, Johnson & Jefferson Insurance
  • Easterseals of Southwest Florida
  • Green Hamrick Quinlan & Schermer, P.A.
  • HOPE Family Services
  • John & Marianne Moyer
  • Karen Carpenter
  • Manatee Children’s Services
  • Najmy Thompson, P.L.
  • Neuro Challenge Foundation for Parkinson’s
  • Parenting Matters
  • State College of Florida Foundation
  • UnidosNow
  • University of South Florida Foundation
  • W Paul Hoenle Foundation