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West Coast Black Theater Troupe brings arts to University Park Women's Club

Nate Jacobs, founder and artistic director of the West Coast Black Theater Troupe, recently performed several songs from one of the company's production for the University Park Women's Club during a celebration of the arts at Lakewood Ranch Country Club.

He also gave a stirring account of the troupe's history, accomplishments and mission.

Everyone was captivated by his talent and enthusiasm, said Katy Arrillaga, club historian.

Members had an opportunity to learn about and experience the great artistic treasures available in Manatee-Sarasota.

Co-vice presidents Mary Conklin and Kathy Bondur, and member Angelia Wood helped plan the program for 129 members and their guests.

Also attending the meeting was Kristen Theisen, vice president of Development for Meals on Wheels Plus of Manatee, which operates the Food Bank of Manatee.

In addition to the club's previous gift of $16,000 to the Food Bank, Theisen accepted another check for $5,000.

This money will be used to help stock the pantry shelves and provide lunches during the summer months for children who otherwise would go without.

Outreach co-chairs Kris Higgerson and Ann Nellis took the lead in making the food bank donation possible.

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