Together Manatee Donates $25,000 for SCF’s Library & Learning Center

Together Manatee has donated $25,000 to the State College of Florida Foundation for construction of a community room in the new Library & Learning Center at State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF), Bradenton campus. The donation qualifies for matching funds from the Foundation’s Board of Directors and SCF’s Board of Trustees, bringing the total donation for the community room to $50,000.

The “Together Manatee” community room will be a place that brings the campus and community together for creative, cultural and academic experiences. The space will showcase programs that highlight learning, research, culture and creativity. The room also includes multiple visual displays, LED monitors, teleconferencing and video/audio capture. Two large white video screens and high definition laser short throw projectors for large group projection will be available.

The space, designed for community use, can split into two rooms with a maximum capacity of 100 each or one large space for a maximum of 200. There is an attached kitchenette for catering and a separate entrance to the lobby and bathrooms so the room can be accessed even when the library is closed.

“Together Manatee made the grant as an ongoing part of their commitment to create a better Manatee County community through both philanthropy and project based gifts,” said Darren Haimer, general manager and vice president of advertising for the Bradenton Herald and Together Manatee board member. “The SCF donation is one of many community projects the board has supported with organizations and nonprofits such as the Manatee Performing Arts Center, Manatee Community Foundation, and Pace Center for Girls.”

For information or to support SCF Foundation’s capital campaign, contact Barbara Bourgoin, Director of Development for the State College of Florida Foundation, at or call 941-752-5398.