Spotlight: Pirates philanthropic arm partners with Bright House Networks to make $62,000 donation

May 3, 2013 

Pirates Philanthropic Arm partners with Bright House Networks to make $62,000 donation

Pirates Charities, the official Philanthropic arm of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Bradenton Marauders, partnered with Bright House Networks to present a $62,000 donation to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Manatee County last month. Pirates Senior Director of Florida Operations, Trevor Gooby and Bright House Networks Florida Marketing Manager of Sponsorships, Events and Promotions, Amy Sumerlin presented the donation to Michael Wood, Outcomes Manager for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee County, at the Bradenton Marauders home opener. Money for the donation was raised during several Pirates Spring Training fundraising efforts. More than $15,000 was raised from ticket sales during Bright House Networks Night at McKechnie Field on March 8. That game was attended by 6,353 fans, the most ever for a night game at McKechnie.


The University Park Women's Club enjoyed a lively evening in early April aboard the Marina Jack for a dinner cruise around Sarasota Bay. It was a sell-out crowd including many new members and spouses. From left, Pat Betts, Nancy Harmon, Donna Katos.

MTI students nO. 1 in Ford/AAA Auto Skills

Two of Manatee Technical Institute's high school automotive technology students, Wade Ingram and Skyler Bellows, won first in the state in the Annual Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills Challenge State Hands-On Competition. The MTI student team was one of 10 qualifying teams in the state to compete for the opportunity to represent Florida in the 64th annual Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills Challenge in June. At the Hands-On Competition, the MTI team raced against the clock to correctly diagnose and repair a deliberately "bugged" 2013 Ford Focus SE. A combination of the MTI students' hands-on competition and online written exam scores qualified them as the state's championship team.


Sarasota online marketing company, Clickbooth, held its second annual Field Day at Longwood Park in Sarasota on April 19. The event, which rewards and celebrates their entire staff for all of their hard work throughout the year, is also about giving back. On behalf of members of 2013 Field Day Champion Team, Clickbooth will be donating $2,500 to the American Red Cross in support of the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing. Field Day is the conclusion of the company's annual "Spirit Week," promoting company spirit, unity and fun. On this day, employees, along with their friends and family, were invited for an afternoon of outdoor competition, fun, and plenty of barbecue.

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