|Local groups will sing carols during Thursday fundraiser
MANATEE COUNTY, FL (Dec. 3, 2011) – Manatee County Government’s second Carols in the Courtyard Thursday, where there will be food, beverages and crafts for sale to benefit United Way of Manatee County. This year Santa Claus is expected to make a visit to the popular downtown event.
The event will be held Thursday, Dec. 6 from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the courtyard of the Historic Courthouse at 1115 Manatee Ave. West. Several local groups will perform for 20- minute intervals at the following times:
· Children’s Academy of Southwest Florida at 11 a.m.
· State College of Florida Chamber Choir at 11:25 a.m.
· Salvation Army Band Quartet at 11:55 a.m.
· Henry Lawrence at 12:25 p.m.
· Gulf Coast Sandpiper Barbershop Chorus at 12:55 a.m.
· A DJ will begin the music at 10:30 a.m., and will play intermittently between acts.
“Manatee County Government is so excited to host this community event,” said Tina Neri, the event organizer. “What better way to get into the holiday spirit than to listen to carols being sung by some amazing local talent. We’re always so proud to support United Way of Manatee County and we’re hoping to see the community come out on Thursday and join in on the fun.”
Santa Claus will take a break from his busy holiday schedule to visit Carols in the Courtyard at 11 a.m.
Kiwanis of West Bradenton will sell three lunch choices: cheeseburger, chips and a drink for $5; hamburger, chips and a drink for $4; or a hot dog, chips and a drink for $3. Others will be on hand selling holiday crafts. Manatee County Animal Services will bring several animals available for adoption. There will also be a basket raffle.
Each year Manatee County employees donate more than $100,000 to United Way of Manatee County. Earlier this year the county topped the $2 million mark in charitable donations to the United Way over the years.
For more information on Manatee County Government, visit online at www.mymanatee.org or call (941) 748-4501. You can also follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/manatee.county.fl and on Twitter, @ManateeGov.