Seen & Heard: Oct. 11

October 11, 2013 


The Rays Baseball Foundation donated $2,500 to the Manatee County YMCA to support the Manatee County Y Technological High School. The YTech High School opened in 2012 and is reaching out to at-risk teens helping them complete their high school education and receive a diploma. More than 30 students graduate in June 2012. The high school, operated by the Y is at the 13th Avenue Dream Center, 922 24th St. E., Bradenton. With this donation the YTech High School will be able to provide technological equipment to more than 250 students. The Rays Community Fund Grant Program provides assistance to local nonprofits in the Tampa Bay region. For more information about the Manatee County Y Technological High School visit or call the Y Association Office at 941-798-9622.


Five members of the Southeast High FFA chapter -- Luis Solorzano, Kaylee Betts, Zach Butler, Colt Travis and Paula Strasser-Dykxhoorn -- traveled to Punta Gorda on Oct. 3 for the District 10 Forestry Career Development Event. In this competition, members had to correctly identify trees based on their leaves, disorders affecting trees, tools used for the forestry industry, the amount of wood in a plot of trees based on the diameter and height, and how to interpret a 7.5 minute topographic map. The competition also consisted of a 50-question multiple choice test. Southeast won first place. The team hopes to continue this success at the State Finals Competition in November. Team members pictured, from left, Kaylee Betts, Zach Butler, Colt Travis and Luis Solorzano.

Gigliotti Foundation funds Leukemia Research Portfolio

The David Gigliotti Legacy Foundation presented a $10,000 gift to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to fund an important research portfolio for Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML), one of the most deadly forms of blood cancer in existence. The Bradenton-based David Gigliotti Legacy Foundation was created by a group of Gigliotti's friends and family in 2012 after David fell sick and passed away within days of being diagnosed with leukemia. The mission of the foundation is to help fight for a cure for leukemia while also supporting individuals and families in times of unexpected tragedy due to blood cancers. For more information about The David Gigliotti Legacy Foundation contact Creig McColl at 941-356-9812 or visit

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