Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee County hosted an event at The CLUB at Southeast High School in honor of the Club members who are moving on to the next grade or graduating in the Class of 2016. The celebration, which included food from Taco Bell and educational and motivational guest speaker Toastmasters’ regional champion Dwight Gilmer. This was made possible through a $4,700 grant from the Taco Bell® Foundation.

“The young men and women of The CLUB at Southeast High School have worked so hard and it’s a thrill to share in their success toward earning their diplomas,” said Dawn Stanhope, President/CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee County. “We appreciate the Taco Bell® Foundation for recognizing and celebrating our new grads and committing to our future ones through the Foundation’s long-term support right here in Manatee County.”

The grant is part of a partnership between the Taco Bell® Foundation and Boys & Girls Clubs of America that is expected to raise $30 million to support more young people through high school graduation and beyond.

“At Taco Bell, you could say that America’s young people are at the heart and soul of our brand. They are our customers, our employees and our next generation of leaders,” said Frank Tucker Chief People Officer at Taco Bell and President for the Taco Bell Foundation. “We believe it is our responsibility to invest in these future leaders and help them succeed. Our partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America is an extension of our commitment to ensure youth are empowered to graduate from high school and go onto achieve their dreams.”

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