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.

Excellence in Education Awards

Excellence in Education
Awards 2018

Date:   March 7, 2018

Event Location:  To be announced . . .

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.  For sponsorship information please contact Susan DeWitt at

Click the titles below to view and download the 2018 Sponsorship Levels and Sponsor Commitment Form:
Phil Galvano Golf Classic

Phil Galvano Golf Classic

Dates:  May 17 & 18, 2018

Location:  Longboat Key Club & Resort

Hosted by the Galvano Family

This fun and exciting annual event benefits the children and teachers of Manatee County Public Schools. Information and sponsorship opportunities for this year’s event will be available here soon. Check back often or contact Susan DeWitt, Events Coordinator at (941) 251-4937 #2 or email:

Click here to view the Facebook Photo Gallery of past Galvano Golf Classic events.
Marjorie G. Kinnan Partnership Awards

Marjorie G. Kinnan
Partnership Awards

Past Event:  December 2017

Event was held at:  Pier 22

Presented by Manatee Education Foundation

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