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 Manatee County Rural Health Services Foundation to Honor Ed Dick
A Lifetime of Caring” Marks7th Annual Awards Dinner for Community Philanthropists

BRADENTON, Florida – September 10, 2014 – Manatee County Rural Health Services Foundation is proud to announce its 7th annual signature fundraising event. On Thursday, October 2, 2014, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., guests will gather at the Bradenton Area Convention Center to celebrate Ed Dick as he is bestowed with the Senator Edgar H. Price Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award. This year’s event is themed “A Lifetime of Caring” in recognition of Dick’s lifelong work in philanthropy, volunteerism and community leadership. All proceeds from the dinner will benefit the current and future patients of Manatee County Rural Health Services, Inc (MCRHS). 

Each year the Manatee County Rural Health Services Foundation celebrates a person of the community who has made a difference through demonstrated leadership, community involvement and philanthropy. The dinner is named in honor of Manatee County’s past senator, Sen. Edgar H. Price Jr., who spent his career fighting for the rights of the indigent to receive quality medical care. 

In the aftermath of the Vietnam War, Dick and his wife, Joanne, organized Refugee, Inc., which with the help of 70 churches and thousands of volunteers brought over 700 desperate refugees to safety in Manatee and Sarasota counties. The couple has also opened their home to refugees, homeless children and youth, having sheltered more than 250 people – from three continents, including Asia, Africa and Europe – over the years. Most recently they founded Guardian Angels of Southwest Florida, Inc. and are leading the way in raising funds to house at least 100 abused, neglected and/or abandoned children. To date, they have raised more than $1.8 million.

Dick has served on numerous boards including the board of the Children’s Home in Tampa, Manatee County School Board, Florida Sheriff’s Youth Ranch, and DeSoto Boys Club. He is a current member of The Salvation Army Advisory Board. He is the recipient of many awards, including the Silver Medallion Award from the National Conference of Christians and Jews, the NAACP Humanitarian Award, the United States Catholic Conference Humanitarian Award, and the South Manatee County Sertoma Service to Mankind Award. Dick was selected by the Bradenton Herald as Outstanding Non-Elected Public Official of 1977, and was recognized as the Goodwill Industries Distinguished Citizen of Manatee County.

Dick joins such past recipients of the Edgar H. Price Jr., Lifetime Achievement Award as Florida’s former First Lady Rhea Chiles, former Manatee County Commissioner Pat Glass, Mr. & Mrs. Hal & Johncyna McRae, Dr. George Thomas, MD, FACC, and former Sen. Edgar H. Price Jr. Last year’s event honored Dr. Angus Woodward Graham, Jr. for his extensive work with medical imaging technology.

For more information on sponsorship or to purchase tickets, please call the MCRHS administrative office at (941) 776-4017.

The Manatee County Rural Health Services Foundation is committed to supporting Manatee County Rural Health Services in its mission to deliver the highest quality primary and specialty care and preventative health education to anyone who needs assistance, regardless of their ability to pay. MCRHS is a private, not-for-profit medical group featuring more than 40 board-certified and board-eligible physicians practicing in 20 locations in Manatee and adjacent Florida counties. For more information, visit

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