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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ReStore Spaces Event

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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

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What is ReStore Spaces?
Join us for the fourth annual ReStore Spaces to benefit Manatee County Habitat for Humanity. ReStore Spaces is designed to showcase Manatee Habitat ReStores and to build awareness of what Habitat has to offer in our ReStores that raises money for affordable housing in Manatee County.  Teams will create rooms utilizing donated items, which will be refurbished and repurposed, from the Habitat ReStore. The rooms will highlight the endless possibilities that the ReStore has to offer. Join us for this unique, creative and exciting event!

What are Manatee Habitat ReStores?
Habitat for Humanity ReStores are nonprofit home improvement stores and donation centers that sell new and gently used furniture, home accessories, building materials, and appliances to the public at a fraction of the retail price.

What happens at the May 3 Reveal Party?
Tickets are $45 each and include dinner, drinks, a silent auction and raffle prizes. You also can cast your vote for your favorite room PLUS the opportunity to purchase any item in the rooms! Team Awards will be presented in three categories: Community Choice – the winner of the online voting; People’s Choice – the winner of the most votes by people attending the event; and the Golden Hammer Award – winners determined by select judges.

How can my team participate?
If you would like to showcase your ingenuity and creativity to reinvent thrift store items into chic originals and help raise money for Manatee Habitat to build affordable housing all you have to do is fill out an application. Applications will be available soon at the ReStores and online at www.manateehabitat.org. Applications will be reviewed by the ReStore Spaces committee and teams notified.

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

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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.