Girl's show of support appreciated

March 12, 2014 

Girl's show of support appreciated

More than 600 patrons and supporters attended the preview reception at the Bradenton Area Convention Center for Service Club of Manatee County's 49th Antiques and Collectibles Show.

This event is service club's major fundraising event every year. Guests were treated to a seated dinner catered by Carrabba's Italian Grill and later previewed the antiques and collectibles presented by 48 dealers from across the country.

Service Club was founded in 1927 and is one of the oldest women's service organizations in Bradenton.

The club began when a small group of women banded together after noticing children going to school without lunches. They quietly distributed lunches to those in need.

The fund-raising activities have grown over the years and all proceeds from the antiques and collectibles show are given to organizations serving the needs of children of Manatee County. Last year, this event raised and distributed $91,700 to 33 organizations that provide food, clothing, health and educational services to deserving children throughout Manatee County.

The crowd and members of Service Club were especially impressed with the kindness of one of the antique show dealer's children. Makayla Blankenship, a fifth-grade student at Manatee Charter School, fashioned bracelets, charms and other jewelry art to sell to the crowd.

She alone raised $105, which she donated to Service Club and requested that it be added to the total raised over the weekend for our children. Service Club applauds Makayla for her generosity and heartfelt consideration for those children less fortunate.

Mary Anne Early, historian, Service Club of Manatee CountyBradenton

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