SCF Hosts MLK Day of Service Recognition Dinner Feb. 21
(Bradenton, Fla., February 26, 2014) — State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) President Dr. Carol F. Probstfeld and state Rep. Darryl Rouson recognized the hard work of coordinators and volunteers who participated in the 2014 MLK Day of Service at a dinner at the 13 AV Dream Center in Bradenton on Friday, Feb. 21.
SCF awarded a total of $121,193 in varying amounts for 21 community projects in Bradenton and Palmetto after receiving funding from the Florida Legislature to provide opportunities for community members to participate in the nationwide effort to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a day of community service on the federal holiday, Jan. 20, 2014.
"I am honored to be with all of you who were involved in giving of themselves and working to honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. rather than just celebrating. I can't be more proud to come here tonight and say thank you," Rouson said.
Dr. Probstfeld added her thanks to volunteers.
"Making a difference through service doesn't mean we have to be a hero, a rock star or an athlete. In our own ways, we can all serve as volunteers. Thank you to all of those who participated in this remarkable day of service that has transformed our community."
She also thanked Rouson for steering funds to SCF for the MLK Day of Service.
"Thank you for bringing this to our community. It was a special start to something that I hope will become an important tradition in our community," Probstfeld said.
Dr. Keith Barry, Hillsborough Community College professor, was the guest speaker at the recognition dinner. Other participants were Keenan Wooten, MLK Day of Service project manager; Glen Evans, Redeemed Christian Center pastor; Dr. Michael Mears, SCF vice president, strategic initiatives; Rodney Jones, MLK Day of Service, project coordinator; and Alison Hewitt, MLK Day of Service staff assistant.
Participating organizations included April Childers Consulting LLC; Beauty, Health, and Nature; Black Entrepreneurs Club; Boys and Girls Clubs of Manatee County; Central Community Redevelopment Agency; Charisma Café and Teahouse; 201 Church of Christ; Early Learning Coalition of Manatee County Inc.; Education Consultants Consortium Inc.; JJ Frost Holdings Inc.; Sarasota-Bradenton Kappa Alpha Psi; Manatee-Sarasota Democratic Black Caucus; Natural Perfection Inc.; Orange Ridge-Bullock Elementary School; Ortygia LLC; Palmetto Youth Center; SCF Collegiate School, National Junior Honor Society and Diversity Club; Simple Science Books; The Ivy Foundation; and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. and Five Pearls of Excellence Inc.
SCF President Dr. Carol F. Probstfeld, SCF Vice President of Strategic Initiatives,
MLK Day of Service Project Manager Keenan Wooten, MLK Day of Service Staff
Assistant Alison Hewitt, MLK Day of Service Project Coordinator, and
State Rep. Darryl Rouson
MLK Day of Service Project Manager Keenan Wooten, SCF Collegiate School student
John Thompson, SCF Collegiate School student Maria 'Salome' Ariza,
SCF Collegiate School Teacher LaTonja McNeil, SCF Collegiate School
Staff Assistant Irasel Benavides and MLK Day of Service
Project Coordinator Rodney Jones