SARASOTA (WWSB) - The 14th annual Spirit of Manatee Awards Luncheon saw givers and doers fill 60 tables at the Bradenton Area Convention Center to the inspiration from a student, a nonprofit executive director, an attorney, a copier technology firm, and the retired owners of a car dealership.
Other nonprofit, business, community and government leaders were also in attendance for the event.
Despite the fact that each of the recipients had a different story, the message was the same which was ‘do the most you can to make your community a great place to live.’
The Spirit of Manatee selection committee received and evaluated nominations from local nonprofits who shared compelling reasons a philanthropist should be recognized.
Steve and Sara Bayard were the Lifetime Spirit Winners and were nominated by the Manatee Performing Arts Center. Caleb Grimes took home the Leadership Spirit Award after receiving nominations from the Boys and Girls Clubs of Manatee County. The Bayards are also partners with us at ABC7 in the fight against hunger on the Suncoast and any further information about hunger on the Suncoast can be found here at http://www.mysuncoast.com/community/hunger/.
DEX Imaging was the recipient of the Community Spirit Award and was nominated by Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium.
Mina Queen was honored with the Young Spirit Award after being nominted by UnidosNow and the final award was the Charles Clapsaddle Community Spotlight award which went to Luz Corcuera after being nominated by Marianne Moyer.