BRADENTON -- One is a gathering to honor volunteers and another to recognize a champion for migrants.
Those are two events on tap today.
The Manatee County Y holds its fourth annual Volunteer Recognition Dinner 6 p.m. at the Bradenton Municipal Auditorium.
The Y’s volunteers help the organization serve more than 30,000 people in the community annually. More than 350 volunteers attended the dinner last year and that number is expected to increase.
The program includes dinner, a performance by singer Danielle Hollabaugh and the presentation of awards to Volunteers of the Year in various program departments.
Each branch will also award its Volunteer of the Year with the George Williams Award, the founder of the YMCA.
The highest honor, the John R. Mott Award, is named for the Nobel Peace Prize winner associated with the worldwide advancement of the YMCA.
Meanwhile, at Renaissance on 9th, Project Light of Manatee and the Sarasota-Manatee Farmworker Supporters are co-sponsoring the Cesar Chavez Memorial Dinner 2011, dedicated to Sister Nora Brick, Project Light’s founder.
The keynote speaker is attorney Greg Schell with the Migrant Farmworker Justice Project, who will present, “Today’s Farmworkers: Canaries in the Coal Mine of Globalization.”
Steve Kirk, executive director of Rural Neighborhoods, a Florida-based nonprofit dedicated to developing quality, affordable housing for migrant and seasonal farmworkers and to building strong communities, will be recognized for his work.
Vin Mannix, local columnist, can be reached at 745-7055.