SCF Hosts MLK Day of Service Recognition Dinner Feb. 20

(Bradenton, Fla., March 6, 2015) — 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 2015 MLK Day of Service at a dinner at SCF Bradenton on Friday, Feb. 20.

SCF awarded $135,000 in varying amounts to 27 community organizations in Manatee and Sarasota counties to complete service projects in Florida District 70 and participate in the nationwide effort to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a day of community service on the federal holiday.

“I was personally inspired on Jan. 19 as I visited our Day of Service events. I saw our SCF librarians reading about Black History to children in Bradenton. I saw a community come together to help one another with food donations. I saw people treating a federal holiday as a day to reach out to those less fortunate in their community with a helping hand. A day on, not a day off,” said SCF President Dr. Carol F. Probstfeld.

Rouson, who garners support for MLK Day of Service through the Florida Legislature, praised Probstfeld for another successful year.

“Dr. Probstfeld, what you and your staff at SCF have done has been wonderful. I’m honored that you all are here, and I’m grateful that the program continues to work. We look forward to continue partnering with private industries and welcome them to participate with us as we do service in our community,” Rouson said.

Participating organizations included Alpha Phi Alpha Foundation of Manasota Inc., Beauty Plus Network, Bethel Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee County Inc., Brotherhood of Men Mentor Group Inc., Daughtrey Elementary School, Diamondz in the Rough, Educational Consultants Consortium Inc., Eternity Temple First Born Church Inc., Equality Early Childhood Literacy, Family Heritage House Inc., Florida Studio Theatre, Genesis Health Services Inc., Manatee County NAACP, Orange Ridge-Bullock Elementary School, Ortygia Restaurant, Peace Education and Action Center Inc., Practical Home Economics/Health Literacy Project, Redeemed Christian Center, Sarasota-Bradenton Kappa Alpha Psi Project Guide Right Inc., Sarasota MLK Celebration Committee, Sarasota School of Arts and Sciences, St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church, State College of Florida Diversity/Multicultural Awareness Committee, Strength In Action Inc., Turner Chapel A.M.E. Church and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc.

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