Lakewood Ranch Community Fund Seeks Nominees for 15th Annual Humanitarian Award

The Lakewood Ranch Community Foundation of Manatee Community Foundation is accepting nominations for the 15th annual C. John A. Clarke Humanitarian of the Year Award.

The Fund will honor an individual or individuals who have made outstanding, sustained and unselfish contributions to community enrichment and whose commitment and dedication exemplify the ideal of service to the community.

The award will be presented on Wednesday, December 11 at a luncheon at the Grove Restaurant in Lakewood Ranch in conjunction with the Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance and the Lakewood Ranch Community Foundation.  The luncheon will celebrate philanthropy in our community, announce this year’s Humanitarian of the Year, and will highlight the Lakewood Ranch Community Foundation’s annual grant recipients.

Download the Nomination Form here. Nominations must be received by 5:00 PM on Friday, September 13, 2019. 

The Fund established the C. John A. Clarke Humanitarian of the Year Award in recognition of John Clarke’s lifelong dedication to humanitarian ideals that have perpetuated the high ethical, moral and professional standards that epitomize his life.

Past recipients include John Clarke, Don O’Leary, Pat Neal, Lorraine and Dick Vitale, Darrell Turner, Stuart J. Roth, Bob and Billie Delaney, Lou and Ann Marie Marinaccio, Col. John W. Saputo, Robert Rosinsky, Lee Wetherington, Donald and Vanessa Baugh, Rick Fawley, John Fain and Angela Massaro-Fain, and Diane Brune.


The Lakewood Ranch Community Foundation was established in 2000 as a fund of the Manatee Community Foundation and is governed by a volunteer Board of Advisors.  The Fund is enhances the quality of life in and near the Lakewood Ranch community by promoting philanthropy, responding to community needs and granting funds.  Since its inception, the Fund has distributed over $1.3 million to local nonprofits in accordance with its mission. Contributions to the Lakewood Ranch Community Foundation are made by residents, businesses, and corporate partners.


For additional information, please contact Joan McCaw at

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