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.
Arts Alive – Celebration Event
Manatee’s Celebration of the Arts
Save-the-Date: Monday, March 29, 2021
Location: Grove Ballroom at Lakewood Ranch
Presented by: Manatee Arts Education Council
The Manatee Arts Education Council, in partnership with the School District of Manatee County and Manatee Education Foundation, is thrilled to present Arts Alive – Manatee’s Celebration of the Arts. Arts Alive features K-12 performances and a silent auction of Middle & High School visual artwork. Also featured is the recognition of outstanding arts education legacy leaders from our schools and community. Individuals will be honored with Manatee Arts Education Council (MAEC) Arts Alive Awards. The Arts Alive program begins with a reception featuring hors d’ oeuvres, cocktails, silent art auction and live entertainment followed by awards and performance programs held at Grove Ballroom in Lakewood Ranch. Valet parking is available.
More information coming soon . . . continue checking back for sponsorship opportunities and ticket purchase details. Call our office for additional information: (941) 251-4937.
The Manatee Arts Education Council (MAEC) supports, promotes, and celebrates PreK-12 arts education, and in this unprecedented time we strongly believe every student in public schools in Manatee County deserves equitable access to high-quality arts education.
In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Manatee Arts Education Council has instituted a 6-month membership from January 15, 2021 – July 15, 2021.
Your membership supports arts-based education in our schools through arts programming and events.
We believe the arts are crucial to supporting the well-being of our students and are critical during this unusual school year.
We invite you to be part of a passionate group of advocates supporting the arts in education. Join MAEC today to stay informed, involved, and engaged in arts education in Manatee County.
Phil Galvano Golf Classic
Save-the-Date: October 16 & 17, 2020
Location: Longboat Key Club & Resort
Hosted by the Galvano Family
The dates for this year’s event have been revised to Friday, October 16 and Saturday, October 17, 2020. 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Excellence in Education Awards
Event was held: March 6, 2019
Special thanks this year’s event sponsors
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. See you next year!