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Spirit of Manatee Awards

Recognizing those who give, particularly in these times, when every gift means so much and is given with such care, is the celebratory goal of the 5th Annual Spirit of Manatee Awards. Last year, over 300 people gathered at the Bradenton Auditorium to honor the individuals and organizations that embody the philanthropic spirit of Manatee County. Led by the Manatee Community Foundation, in collaboration with title sponsor Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, and area non-profit organizations.This year we recognize the following honorees:Lifetime Spirit – Jan and Chuck Entwistle; Leadership Spirit – Ed Chiles;Volunteer Spirit – John Horne;Community Spirit – Pittsburgh Pirates Organization;Young Spirit – Jenna Turner;Young Spirit – King Middle School;Legacy Award –Steven V. Mills in Memoriam;