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Bubbles, Beats, and Bites: A Night of Giving at Project Light of Manatee's Third Annual Fundraiser

By Dania Evans

Project Light of Manatee, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing education and support to underserved communities, celebrated its third annual fundraiser, Bubbles, Beats, and Bites, on December 1st at the elegant Selby Auditorium in Sarasota, FL. The event was a tremendous success, bringing together the community for an evening of entertainment, philanthropy, and celebration.

The night kicked off with the soulful and enchanting sounds of live saxophone performance by the talented Boris & Sax, setting the perfect tone for the evening. The stage came alive with the captivating voice of one of Project Light of Manatee's own students, Junior Clerge, who mesmerized the audience with his heartfelt singing.

Art enthusiasts were in for a treat as the live auction featured a collection of stunning pieces generously donated by the renowned artist Siyuan Chen. The bidding wars were fierce as attendees vied for this unique artwork, with all proceeds going towards supporting the noble cause championed by Project Light of Manatee.

The ambiance was further enriched with a silent auction, offering an array of items that ranged from exquisite experiences to coveted memorabilia and bottles of rare wine. Guests eagerly participated, contributing to the overall success of the fundraiser.

The evening also featured a delightful dance performance by Susan Szantosi and her talented students, showcasing the power of movement and expression. The audience was captivated by the grace and skill displayed on stage.

As the night unfolded, the energy soared with a DJ dance party that had everyone on their feet, dancing the night away. The infectious beats and lively atmosphere created the perfect conclusion to a memorable evening.

An event of this magnitude would not have been possible without the generous support of sponsors who believe in the mission of Project Light of Manatee. Special thanks go to USF Hospitality, ProCare Association Management, Hascall-Denke, Goddard School, Chapman Law, and special sponsors, SouthWest Airlines, Sanches & Sons Honey, D's Breakfast & Burgers, and Crafted by Yudi whose commitment to making a positive impact in the community helped make Bubbles, Beats, and Bites a resounding success.

The tireless efforts of Project Light of Manatee's board members and the dedication of the students who volunteered at the event deserve heartfelt appreciation. Their passion and hard work were instrumental in creating an unforgettable experience for all attendees.

Food enthusiasts were treated to a delectable spread provided by USF Hospitality, and the event's spirits were lifted by the delightful wines and bubbles courtesy of Vino Bistro. Their contributions added a touch of culinary excellence to an already spectacular evening.

In conclusion, Bubbles, Beats, and Bites marked a milestone in the journey of Project Light of Manatee, bringing the community together for a night of joy, generosity, and shared commitment to making a positive impact. The funds raised will undoubtedly make a significant difference in the organization's efforts to empower and uplift those in need. As the curtains closed on this successful event, the spirit of giving and community collaboration continues to shine brightly at Project Light of Manatee.


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