BRADENTON -- Manatee County Sheriff's Office Col. Rick Wells will be guest speaker at the next Women of Manatee County Republican Club meeting.
Wells, chief deputy for the sheriff's office and a candidate for the top job, will speak on the heroin epidemic in Manatee County, medical marijuana and local crime trends.
The meeting will start at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 2, with a social, followed by lunch at noon at Renaissance On 9th, 1816 Ninth St. W.
Lunch is $17 for members and $20 for guests.
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RSVP: Call Audrey Neylan by Monday at 941-795-6381.
PepsiCo gives $50,000 for farmworker scholarships
BRADENTON -- The Farmworker Career Development Program at Manatee Technical College will receive a $50,000 grant from the PepsiCo Foundation to award 10 student scholarships.
PepsiCo employees from Tropicana plants across the United States chose the Farmworker Program to receive a "50 for 50 Community Give Back" grant in celebration of PepsiCo's 50th anniversary.
Tropicana employees will present the check at the 16th annual Hispanic Heritage Festival at Manatee Technical College at 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17.
PepsiCo will disburse the check to the MTI Foundation, which will disburse the grant to the Farmworker Program to select 10 students to receive $5,000 scholarships each.
The Farmworker Career Development Program was created 50 years ago to provide educational and supportive services to chronically unemployed and underemployed farmworkers to obtain the career-related education needed to prepare them for the workforce and have economic stability.
Information: Call Esperanza Gamboa at email@example.com or 941-751-7900, ext. 1045.
Palmetto cheerleaders join Flip-Flop Charity Walk
SARASOTA -- More than 100 Palmetto, Cardinal Mooney and SMA cheerleaders will join Flip-Flop Charity Walk.
Face Autism is promoting "Autism Awareness" for families who struggle with autism by having a flip-flop walk at 8 a.m. Saturday at JD Hamel Park continuing over the Ringling Causeway.
Colleen Buccieri, president of Face Autism, said she hopes the community will join the students to walk for neighbors affected by autism.
Face-Autism was founded in 2009 by Buccieri who was inspired by a godson diagnosed with autism, to form this nonprofit organization. Face Autism provides sensory friendly activities, support groups, referrals for therapeutic services, structured classes and other necessary resources to every family with a child diagnosed with autism.
Information: Call 813-240-3044 or go to firstname.lastname@example.org.
-- Herald staff reports