Click! Photos from recent holiday events in Bradenton

January 3, 2014 

The Rotary Club of Bradenton Awards Local Organizations

Promoting the well being of children is a major part of The Bradenton Rotary Foundation's giving plan. The Rotary awarded grants totaling more than $20,000 Dec. 16 to Boys and Girls Club of Manatee County, Circle School, Creative Percussion Ensemble, Hope Family Services and Salvation Army. From left, Beth Work (Boys and Girls Club), Nancy Kenney (Circle School), Lane Ruise (Creative Percussion Ensemble), Laurel Lynch (Hope Family Services) and Dwayne Durham (Salvation Army). The Rotary Club of Bradenton has been helping support local community needs since its founding in 1926.


Community Haven for Adults and Children with Disabilities, Inc. is the recipient of a first-time financial gift from The River Club's Bunco Group. Raising money from their holiday meeting, the ladies' Bunco Group donated 100 percent of the proceeds. From left, Janet Schraer, River Club Bunco Group; Marla Doss, president and CEO of Community Haven; and Linda Deucker, River Club Bunco Group.


The Artists' Guild of Anna Maria Island recently donated $200 each to King and Lee Middle School art departments. The guild is a nonprofit organization and one of its missions is to support public school art education by donations, scholarships and demonstrations. From left, Lee Middle School art teachers Dudley Leigh and Stefania Daly with guild member Mary Zion.

Overcome Birth Defects TOY DRIVE

Overcome Birth Defects The Toy Cabinet's Fourth Annual Toy Drive for children hospitalized in Manatee County was a success. Founder, Christina Sisti, was able to deliver toys to Manatee Memorial Hospital, Lakewood Ranch Regional Hospital and was joined by toy drive sponsors, Erik and Carrie Marshall and Ron Hernden, when she delivered toys to Sarasota Memorial Hospital's All Children's Pediatric Wing. From left: Standing: Ron Hernden, Christina Sisti, Carrie Marshall; front: Erik Marshall. For more information about Overcome Birth Defects go to

Tropic Isles residents donated bikes to toys for tots

The members of the Tropic Isles Boat club and Coop residents contributed 39 bicycles and tricycles to the Toys For Tots program in Palmetto. Shown in the picture are the leaders of the Boat Club, which has supported Toys for Tots for the past five years. They are, from left, Frank Lord, 2013 Commodore; Jack Miller, Club Toys for Tots chairman and Dean Sumler, 2014-elect Commodore.


Palma Sola Presbyterian Preschool's VPK children, ages 4 and 5, recently walked from their school across the street to Emeritus Senior Living Center, where they sang several Christmas carols for the residents. Many parents accompanied the classes on their "walking field trip," and the event proved to be a joyous start to the holiday season for young and old alike.

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