Manatee nonprofits set for 24-hour Giving Challenge

May 3, 2014 

Nonprofits set for 24-hour challenge

MANATEE -- More than 500 area nonprofits are participating in the 24-hour Giving Challenge, an online charity event organized by The Giving Partner that starts Tuesday.

There will be $450,000 in matching funds and an additional $225,000 in grant incentives awarded to Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte and DeSoto county nonprofits during the challenge, which runs from noon Tuesday through noon Wednesday.

Beginning Tuesday, the public can log on to www.givingpartnerchallenge.org and make a donation to their favorite participating organization with a debit or credit card. The minimum donation is $25.

The 2014 Giving Challenge is sponsored by Community Foundation of Sarasota County, The Patterson Foundation, Manatee Community Foundation, William G. and Marie Selby Foundation, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and Charlotte Community Foundation.

Rosedale raises $2,600 to help expose kids to golf

EAST MANATEE -- Rosedale Golf & Country Club raised $2,669 for the Greater Junior Golf Association at a recent fundraiser.

The club hosted its Birdie-A-Thon on April 25. The event included 54 holes of golf and 53 birdies.

Leading the way was Rosedale's professional staff, including head professional Mike Clayton, director of instruction Steve Whidden, assistant professional Mike Mabini and shop assistant Terri Downs.

"This is a great event that we look forward to all year," Clayton said in a news release. "It's definitely a bit of a challenge, considering the number of holes played and the pressure to get those birdies, but it's a lot of fun and supports a very worthy cause. We are grateful for the generosity of our club members who support our efforts."

The Greater Sarasota Junior Golf Association is a nonprofit that aims to expose local children to the game of golf through educational programs and competitive play for all skill levels.

For more information, visit www.sarasotajuniorgolf.com.

-- Herald staff report

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