Lakewood Ranch Community Fund Seeks Nominees for Humanitarian Award

Sarasota, Florida – June 22, 2011 – The Lakewood Ranch Community Fund is now accepting nominations for the 7th Annual C. John A. Clarke Humanitarian of the Year Award which will be presented at a reception in October 2011. The Lakewood Ranch Community Fund established this prestigious award in recognition of John Clarke’s lifelong dedication to humanitarian ideals that have perpetuated the high ethical, moral, and professional standards that epitomize his life.

The Lakewood Ranch Community Fund will honor an individual, or individuals, who has made outstanding, sustained, and unselfish contributions to community enrichment and whose commitment and dedication exemplify the ideal of service to the community. Past recipients include John Clarke, Don O’Leary, Pat Neal, Lorraine and Dick Vitale, Darrell Turner and Stuart J. Roth.

The Lakewood Ranch Community Fund was established in 2000 as a donor-advised fund under the umbrella of the Manatee Community Foundation, and is governed by a volunteer Board of Advisors. Contributions to the Community Fund are made by residents, corporate sponsors and through its fundraising events.

Nomination forms are available and may be downloaded from the Lakewood Ranch Community Fund website ( All nominations must be received by 5:00 PM August 10, 2011, and mailed to Lakewood Ranch Community Fund, c/o Manatee Community Foundation, 3103 Manatee Ave. West, Bradenton, FL 34205. For further information, please contact Marilyn Howard at

About the Lakewood Ranch Community Fund

The Lakewood Ranch Community Fund was created as a charitable fund under the larger umbrella of the Manatee Community Foundation. Its mission is to enhance the quality of life in and near Lakewood Ranch by promoting philanthropy, connecting the charitable interests of donors with the on-going needs of the community, and granting funds. Some of the fund’s 2010-2011 grant recipients include Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Suncoast, Cancer Support Community, Foundation for Dreams, Manatee Children’s Services, Meals on Wheels PLUS, and the Food Bank of Manatee County, to name just a few. For more information,

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