Taste of Manatee

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Saturday night and Sunday afternoon and evening, the West Bradenton Rotary sponsored the Taste of Manatee (for Manatee County, FL). While it threatened rain most of the day yesterday, it mostly held off and we had an amazing day. Their second year hosting the event, was a total success; to the extent that several vendors ran out of food at the end. The focus of the event was local bands and local food vendors.

Hats off to my husband and his fellow Rotarians volunteer; all the money over expenses goes directly to Rotary charities. Locally they support a number of not-for-profits including the dictionary project which puts dictionaries into the hands of all county fifth grade students, highway clean up (they actually pick-up the trash and bag it), Daily Bread (“soup kitchen”), homeless coalition, ; they also support international projects like the polio project which has all but irradicated Polio from the planet, shelter box which assembles all the needs of a family (food, water and so forth) and packs them with a tent and ships them to where ever a natural or man made disaster occurs, and the clean water project funding wells to provide clean water accross the world.

I worked as a “go for” and “manned” a ticket booth Sunday. The crowd was a delight, everyone seemed to be having a great time. The event went smoothly thanks to all the hours planning and organizing donated by the Rotarians. And we have a lot of local talent from crafters to cloggers and school drill teams & pep squads, and the bands … they were amazing!

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