'Real Men of Manatee' to rally at 13 Av Dream Center

jtate@bradenton.comSeptember 7, 2013 

BRADENTON -- The Real Men of Manatee will meet this weekend in an effort to make their town safer.

Patrick Carnegie, director of the 13th Av Dream Center, is one of the a leaders behind this movement that is calling on the men of the community. They will have their first meeting at 4 p.m. Sunday at center, at 922 24th St. E.

"We always see our ladies doing a good job, but we need our men to stand up as well," said Carnegie.

The Real Men of Manatee rally on Sunday is one of the first parts of the Manatee Metro Action Plan, which Carnegie and other community leaders put together to combat crime in the area.

"Our goal is to have at least 100 men there; we want to be inclusive of the entire community, but there is a need for men to stand up and lead," he said.

The action plan has seven points that community mem

bers will work on to achieve their goal of a safer community. Those include crime reduction; economic opportunities; education; health; mentoring and family values; ministry and evangelism; and social justice and equality.

"Violent crime is just not the problem, there are things that lead up to that," Carnegie said.

The group has already planned several events and meetings up until late November, and Carnegie said the action plan is ongoing.

Although the event Sunday is geared toward men, anyone can attend.

"Women and the youth are invited," said Carnegie. "Every single person has a part to play."

For more information on how to join their efforts, call 941-746-7470.

Janey Tate, city of Bradenton and Palmetto reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7041. You can follow her on Twitter at Janey_Tate

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