The Community

Improving the Educational Experience through Community Support

The Manatee Education Foundation (MEF) and its Partners are enhancing public education in Manatee County every day.  At MEF we have a saying,  “If everyone gives a little, our kids will gain a lot.”  And, it is precisely true.  If our community, businesses and families all contribute to our classrooms, even just a little, through time or treasure, the educational experience of all students will improve.

Watch the video presentation featured in this page to see how people and businesses are making a difference in Manatee County classrooms, one magical moment at a time.  The Manatee Education Foundation could not make all of its programs and sponsorships possible without its many dedicated community supporters, volunteers and corporate contributions.

Below is a list of our current and upcoming community events.  Click the links for additional event information, participation and sponsor registration forms.  Call our office with additional questions or to see how you can get more involved.

Galvano Classic

Phil Galvano Golf Classic

Dates:  May 16 & 17, 2019

Location:  Longboat Key Club & Resort

Hosted by the Galvano Family

This popular, fun and exciting annual golf classic benefits the children and teachers of Manatee County Public Schools. A variety of sponsorship opportunities are available for this event. Contact Alisha Watterson: (941) 251-4937, extension 1 or email Alisha at:

Click here to view the Facebook Photo Gallery of past Galvano Golf Classic events.

Soar In 4

Soar in 4 is Manatee County’s movement to ensure all four year olds and their families have the opportunities and support they need for success in preschool, school and beyond.

Soar in 4 is transforming neighborhoods through conversations and leveraging community resources to create generational change, educational success, and economic stability.  Learn more about Soar in 4 by visiting their website at:  Help Support Soar in 4 by Giving Today!

Manatee Arts Education Council

The purpose of the Manatee Arts Education Council is to promote, support and celebrate K-12 arts education programs in schools and community organizations.

Stay tuned, we will be announcing upcoming events soon. For more information about the Manatee Arts Education Council, contact Julie Hebert by emailing:

Marjorie G. Kinnan Partnership Awards

Marjorie G. Kinnan
Partnership Awards

Event Date:  December 6, 2018

Location:  Pier 22 – 11:30 am to 1:00 pm

Presented by:  Manatee Education Foundation

This special lunch event recognizes the generous supporters and volunteers of Manatee Education Foundation. Watch our website for more details regarding this year’s  Marjorie G. Kinnan Partnership Awards. Thank you!

Excellence in Education Awards

Excellence in Education Awards

Save-the-Date:   March 6, 2019

Thanks to all participants and supporters of this event.

Presented by:  Manatee Education Foundation

A program to Honor and Recognize Manatee County’s Educator and Support Employee Finalists. The Excellence in Education Awards recognize and celebrate the outstanding attributes of the valued employees of the School District of Manatee County, each of whom strives every day to empower our students to Learn, Dream and Achieve.