Realize Bradenton selects three new board members
BRADENTON -- Realize Bradenton Inc. has added three new members to its 13-member board of directors to three-year terms: Ann Breitinger, Chris Timol and Kay Wight.
Judith Sedgeman, chairwoman of the Realize Bradenton Board, made the announcement.
Ann Breitinger is an attorney in Blalock Walters business and health care practice. .
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Kay Wight has led a distinguished career as a business executive and civic leader in New York.
Chris Timol is regional director of sales and former vice president of major market services for Paychex Inc.
Selby Foundation grants $28K to Realize Bradenton
BRADENTON -- Realize Bradenton has received a grant of $28,262 from the William G. and Marie Selby Foundation to purchase a new van to transport event equipment and supplies.
Johnette Isham, executive director of Realize Bradenton, said the generous grant allows the organization to transport equipment to our many events and serves as a boldly visible mobile billboard promoting downtown Bradenton.
Isham said a $2,800 grant from the Manatee Community Foundation allowed the new van to be wrapped in a colorful design created by Realize Bradenton to showcase cultural, recreational and culinary offerings. The vibrant images, nearly 8-foot tall, include paintbrushes, a skateboarder, musical instruments, public art, and fresh fruit and veggies.
Realize Bradenton offers 75 free events in the Bradenton area each year, including the Bradenton Blues Festival, ArtSlam, Pickin' Picnic, Bradenton's Farmers' Market, Music in the Park and Courthouse Concerts. Isham said these events attract more than 100,000 residents and visitors every year, generating close to $3 million in economic impact to the Bradenton area.
-- Herald staff reports