- Associated Press - Friday, December 18, 2015

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) - For the third year, a Bradenton man is giving $100,000 to 10 nonprofits as part of the annual Sara and Ray Baden Fund.

On Thursday, Ray Baden, 86, presented a $10,000 check to each of the organizations, The Bradenton Herald (https://bit.ly/1TUgbc8 ) reported.

Baden, a former flower shop owner who invested in real estate said the donations are in remembrance of his wife Sara Baden, who was a founder of the Manatee County Girls Club, which is now known as Just For Girls.

“She loved community giving,” Baden said. “I am continuing it in remembrance of her.”

The organizations receiving the aid include: Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee, Family Partnership Center of Manatee County, Florida United Methodist Children’s Home, Just for Girls, Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee, Salvation Army-Manatee Corps, South Florida Museum, Turning Points and Visible Men Academy and Season of Sharing-Manatee County.

Boys & Girls Club President Dawn Stanhope said the donation couldn’t have come at a better time.

“This year has been a little bit more challenging in terms of fundraising efforts,” she said. “We had cutbacks earlier from the state so every bit is helping bringing kids back into the clubs and off waiting lists so we are thrilled with his support.”

Julie Showers of the Salvation Army-Manatee Corps said the money will help the adopted family program for next Christmas.

“Last year’s money went for Christmas gifts this year for more than 1,900 children,” she said.

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Information from: The Bradenton (Fla.) Herald , https://www.bradenton.com

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