Special Events

Giving Challenge

Words are not enough to express our gratitude!  You helped us raise over $17,000 during the Giving Challenge September 1-2!  Parents ARE the world to thier children. These donations help us teach parents how to open up a world of possibilites FOR their children!

A huge thank you to our Matching Donors that helped triple your donations!
  • MedXChange donated $8,000 in matching funds! The Patterson Foundation matched all new donations up to $250.
  • The 2015 Giving Challenge was made possible by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County and the Patterson Foundation with support from the William G. and Marie Selby Foundation, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Manatee Community Foundation, and the Herald-Tribune Media Group.

Sangria Showdown

The Exchange Club's First Annual Sangria Showdown was a huge success!  Thank you to everyone who attended to help raise funds to support Family Partnership Center's programs!  The venue was packed, the Sangria and Appetizers were delicious, and fun was definitely had by all.  Every contestant brought their "A Game" for the showdown.

The Sangria Showdown Winners Are:

People's Choice - Bonefish Grill; Best White - The Sandbar Restaurant; Best Red - Bonefish Grill; and Best Custom - Hickory Hollow!

Special thanks to:

Hampton Inn & Suites for an amazing location

Sangria Contestants: The Sandbar Restaurant, Manasota East Exchange Club, United Tennis Academy & Country Club, Mi Pueblo, Goodfellas Cafe & Winery, Riverside Waterfront Deck, Bonefish Grill (Cortez Rd.), and Hickory Hollow

Judges: Carol Prokap, Diane Broda, Joy Leitner and Jayne D. Kocher

The Beautiful Sei Polynesia Dancers

And all those behind the scenes that packed the house and made it an exceptional night we will never forget: Local Exchange Clubs and Raffle items Donors including BMO Harris Bank and Anderson & Associates Insurance Group.

Steve's Appalachian Trail

He Made It! Steve Adams, our  Board President, followed his lifelong dream to hike the entire Appalachian Trail.  He started March 22nd and on September 29, 2014 he completed his hike from Georgia to Maine on foot.  You can follow his exciting journey at myappalachiantrial.com (spelled "trial" on purpose). He turned this amazing adventure in to a fundraiser, "The Last 2,000 Miles", and raised $10,000 for Family Partnership Center. Steve is not an experienced hiker, so he worked hard for every dollar.  We appreciate all of his efforts and the donations from generous people who care about Steve and the Center's Mission. Word has it, he may be gearing up for another hike soon.  Stay tuned!