The Hernando De Soto Historical Society, Inc., is a not-for-profit, community organization of 225 Conquistadors (volunteer members) who celebrate the historical significance of Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto???s landing near the mouth of the Manatee River in May 1539. With his 600 Conquistadors, de Soto claimed possession of La Florida on behalf of the Spanish crown and then began his lengthy exploration of what is now the southeastern United States. With a membership that includes many civic, governmental and business leaders, the Society serves in a variety of community-oriented roles.
For over 70 years the De Soto Heritage Festival has celebrated the beauty and talent of a select group of special young women from the community by naming them to the De Soto Queen???s Court, a scholarship pageant . Candidates are recommended by the community and then the Hernando De Soto Historical Society makes its choices on the basis of character, appearance, scholastic ability, high morals, and personality. The current De Soto Queen???s Court serves as good-will ambassadors for the Hernando De Soto Historical Society and Manatee County through the Spring..
The mission of the Humane Society of Manatee County is to lead Manatee County in creating a No-Kill community where animals receive the compassion and respect they deserve. Our programs are focused on prevention and retention and include: Low cost spay/neuter services, trap/neuter and return for feral cats, Pet Safety Net resources to help you care for and keep your pet, rescue and adoption of orphaned dogs and cats. We are a community-based private non-profit organization that relies entirely upon donations to do our lifesaving work. Our funding comes from people like you. We receive no monies from any national organization or government entity.
The Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimers is the worlds largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimers care, support and research. Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, this inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to reclaim the future for millions. Together, we can end Alzheimers disease, the nations sixth-leading cause of death.
Realize Bradenton is a nonprofit organization that brings people together to create a vibrant and prosperous downtown area for residents, visitors, and businesses. As a community-benefit organization, we work with others to continually strengthen the social, cultural, and physical assets in the Bradenton area through Public engagement, outreach, and capacity-building, Special events and event support, Strategic marketing and communication
The Mission of the Foundation for Dreams, Inc. and Dream Oaks Camp is to provide fun, educational, and recreational experiences in an outdoor camp environment to enhance the lives of children ages 7-17 with physical and developmental disabilities and serious illnesses.
OneBlood is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) community asset responsible for providing safe, available and affordable blood to 213 hospital partners and their patients.
The OneBlood name is a constant reminder of the collective power we share to save another person???s life.
Hunger affects one in six people in America, including thousands of children, adults and families in Manatee County. Summer is the hardest time for the food insecure, especially children who may lose access to free or discounted school meals. The Food Bank of Manatee also struggles during the summer to keep its shelves stocked. Please consider making a donation to The Food Bank to ensure that no child in our community goes hungry this summer.
PACE Manatee is located in Bradenton, Florida and has served over 1,200 girls since opening its doors in 1989. PACE Manatee strives to partner with community leaders to not only increase awareness of the needs of girls, but to provide our girls with new opportunities.
Queen for a Day is a 501(C)3 organization raising the self-esteem and self-confidence of pediatric cancer patients by hosting parties for kids to be kids. We pamper girls with make-overs, manicures, and a coronation ceremony where each girl is crowned as a champion over her illness with a tiara donated by a pageant titleholder. We treat boys with hero-themed gifts, reinforcing bravery and courage through images of police officers and firefighters.
The WRC is THE place in Manatee County for women to discover their strengths, build their confidence and find their path to success. WRC is often the first stop or call people make when they are facing a new challenge, dealing with transition, feeling overwhelmed, or just needing information. Through both phone calls and one-on-one consultations, WRC's staff and volunteers connect women with a program at the Center or a community resource. We try to provide women with a 'roadmap' so they can help themselves overcome current obstacles and move toward a more optimistic future. This year, the WRC will provide over 4,000 hours of programming; provide more than 2,000 referrals to dozens of local resources and have one on one conversation with over 1,500 women who walk in our doors looking for help.
For over 100 years, the American Cancer Society (ACS) has worked relentlessly to save lives and create a world with less cancer. Together with millions of our supporters worldwide, we help people stay well and get well, find cures, and fight back against cancer.