Test Drives, Change Lives

Saturday, March 16, 2019 :: 9:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Manatee Habitat Restore, 5108 15th St. E., Bradenton, FL 34203

Every test drive on March 16th becomes a $20 donation to Manatee Habitat from Auto Nation Ford!
Help us raise $6,000 with 300 test drives!

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Auto Nation Ford is bringing Ford Motor Company’s Drive 4 UR Community program to Bradenton to raise funds for Manatee County Habitat for Humanity. For every person who test-drives a new Ford vehicle, Manatee Habitat will receive a $20 donation from Auto Nation Ford. The event will be held at Manatee Habitat ReStore located at: 5108 15th St E, Bradenton, FL 34203 on Saturday March 16th. The event, which will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m, will feature many vehicles from Ford’s impressive lineup. Dealership staff on-site will be able to assist with all Ford vehicles and provide additional information about each vehicle available for a test-drive.

“We are delighted to partner with Auto Nation Ford on this new event for Manatee Habitat. We hope everyone will come out for a test drive and checkout our new Habitat ReStore Thrift Store,”said Diana Shoemaker, Executive Director at Manatee Habitat.

“We know funding for community programs is hard to come by, and we want to do our part to help make sure these programs remain available,” said Skye Bardill, General Manager at AutoNation Ford “We’re excited to raise money for Manatee Habitat for Humanity.”

“Whether you are looking to test out our vehicles, like the Focus, or want to try out technology features, like active park assist in the Escape, we will be able to put you behind the wheel of your favorite Ford vehicle,” said Bardill.

To participate in this exciting event and test-drive your favorite Ford vehicle, please visit Manatee Habitat for Humanity at manateehabitat.org and sign up online or just stop by during the test drive event. The goal of this event is to reach 300 test drives and raise $6,000.

Vendors from the Oneco Shopping Center have come together to help Manatee Habitat with raffle items and coupons to help attract more people to the Test Drive.      

No purchase is necessary, but drivers must be 18 years of age or older with a valid driver’s license and valid automobile insurance.

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4th Annual ReStore Spaces

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Design Team Challenge Reveal Party
Friday, May 3, 2019 :: 6 - 9 p.m.
Food, open bar, entertainment, auction and raffles
Habitat ReStore on SR 70 :: 5108 15th St. E., Bradenton
Tickets $45

THANK YOU for your votes in the ReStore Spaces Design Team Challenge Community Choice award competition.  Voting is now closed.  The Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island won the Community Choice award with over $1400.00 raised. Thank you to all our 2019 Design Teams!

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2019 Design Teams

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Rotary of Anna Maria Island will design a room in keeping the mission of their organization to promote reading by designing a Library Fun Room with a Kids’ Corner.  Laurie Beppler leads this team with experience from previous ReStore Spaces award-winning room designs.

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Team Renew & Redo

Premiere Sotheby’s Real Estate and Friends will tackle a new room for a design team of ReStore Spaces by designing an urban rustic kitchen. Jayne Kocher of Premier Sotheby’s and Cindy Ogden of C Studios will tackle this new project and make ReStore Spaces history.  Friends from Farmhouse in east Bradenton will help with the project.

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Bradenton Kiwanis Satellite Club

Bradenton Kiwanis Satellite Club has chosen to do a Florida friendly Outdoor Room in ReStore Spaces. Alex and Allen Garner, a father and son duo, will lead this effort with the support of their sponsor Ugarte & Associates, Inc.  Bradenton Kiwanis has had an award-winning room in ReStore Spaces and the Satellite Club has stepped up to the challenge.  The club is committed to doing community service in Manatee County and wants to help Manatee Habitat in this fun and exciting project.  

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Wagner's Welcome Home

Wagner Realty has joined the ReStore Spaces Design Team Challenge and will create a vintage look of a classic FLorida Room.  Ruth and Maryann Lawler, a mother and daughter team, are taking the lead on this project.  They are both very familiar and long-time supporters of the mission of Manatee Habitat for Humanity.

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Laurie Fox - Coldwell Banker

Laurie Fox Coldwell Banker is stepping up to design a Movie Room in the ReStore Spaces Design Team Challenge.  She brings a lot of experience to the event and has a history of giving back to the causes she supports in her community.

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For more information, contact Amy Van Dell, Director of Development at (941)748-9100 x107 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Manatee Habitat Golf Tournament

Friday, October 18th, 2019 :: Registration 11:30 A.M. :: Shotgun Start 1:00 P.M.
Waterlefe Golf & River Club :: 1022 Fish Hook Cove, Bradenton

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Calling all Golfers!
Join us at Waterlefe Golf & River Club!

Reserve your Foursome today! This will be a fantastic day of fun on one of Manatee County’s most beautiful and challenging golf courses. Our best ball scramble format is perfect for everyone and there will be lots of contests along the way. Refreshments, food, prizes, awards banquet and of course it is all for a great cause - Habitat for Humanity of Manatee County. We know this tournament will fill up fast so now is the time to make your reservation.

We need Sponsors and Donations!

Gain visibility by becoming a Sponsor of our tournament or donating a Raffle Prize or Silent Auction item. We are looking for businesses and individuals who wish to help us make this a memorable event for all the golfers and Habitat for Humanity. If you would like more information on how you can participate please contact one of our Golf Committee members below:
Gurn Freeman - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Sherman Kirkpatrick - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Jill McGarry - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Amy Van Dell - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Manatee Habitat 25th Anniversary

Saturday, November 9th, 2019 :: 10:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M.
Bradenton Riverwalk

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Founded in 1994, Manatee County Habitat for Humanity celebrates 25 years of building homes and changing lives in 2019. An event to bring all friends of Manatee Habitat together to celebrate this milestone is being planned now on the beautiful Riverwalk in Bradenton. There will be activities for kids of all ages including building games, contests, vendors, food and entertainment. More to come on this event that will recognize all our volunteers and supporters and invite many more to join us in our mission to support the housing needs in our community.