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.

Arts Alive Program

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.

Click here to view the Arts Alive Save-the-Date  information flyer.
Galvano Golf Classic

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:

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:

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!