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.

Phil Galvano Golf Classic

Phil Galvano Golf Classic

Dates:  May 17 & 18, 2018

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. Sponsorship opportunities are now available for this year’s event. Contact Susan Dewitt, MEF Events Coordinator at: (941) 251-4937, extension 2 or email Susan 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

Launch Party:  Thursday, April 26, 2018

Location:  Pier 22 – 1200 1st Ave W, Bradenton, FL 34205

You’re invited!  Join us for the “Launch Party” as we introduce the Manatee Arts Education Council.  Enjoy refreshments, meet others in the local art world and be introduced to Manatee County’s newest art education organization. Click here to view the invitation and contact Julie Hebert to RSVP using the email link below.

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

RSVP  to Julie Hebert by emailing:  See you at the Launch Party!
Marjorie G. Kinnan Partnership Awards

Marjorie G. Kinnan
Partnership Awards

2018 Event Date:  To be announced

Event location:  To be announced

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!

Excellence in Education Awards

Excellence in Education Awards

Event was held:   March 7, 2018

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.