After collecting a record $13.4 million in 2016, the Giving Challenge is hoping to reach new heights during its 24-hour fundraising event this year. The event, hosted by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, runs from noon on May 1 to noon on May 2, and the Patterson Foundation will match each donation up to $100.
For the third straight year, 10-year-old Francesca Friedel of Bradenton raised thousands of dollars for the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Friedel raised $7,491 at her March 24 fundraising event at Wild Oak Bay in Bradenton, easily topping last year's total of $5,559
Hannah Sage, 19, grew up in Lakewood Ranch and graduated from Saint Stephen's Episcopal School. Now, the UCF student is competing on Jeopardy's! College Championship, which airs at 7:30 p.m. April 9 on CBS.
The annual Heintz & Becker De Soto Seafood Fest, which features dozens of seafood delicacies, arts and crafts vendors and live music, is being held this weekend at Sutton Park in Palmetto. Admission is free.