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.

Manatee Arts Education Council

Membership:  JOIN NOW through July 15, 2021

Presented by Manatee Education Foundation

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.

Click here to visit the MAEC Membership Sign-Up page presented by Manatee Education Foundation.
Galvano Golf Classic

Phil Galvano Golf Classic

Date: Friday, October 15  and Saturday, October 16, 2021

Location:  The Resort at Longboat Key Club 

Hosted by the Galvano Family


Contact MEF at 941-251-4937 or email
For further information on hotel accommodations email

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!

Arts Alive Program

Arts Alive – Celebration Event
Manatee’s Celebration of the Arts

Event was Held:   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.

Click here to view the Arts Alive Save-the-Date  information flyer.
Excellence in Education Awards

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!