Thank You to 2015 SandBlast Sponsors & Teams!

Keep Manatee Beautiful thanks our 2015 sponsors and teams who sandblasted to support our programs and events that make visible differences to our community properties that improves people’s quality of life on Anna Maria Island and all of Manatee County through litter cleanup, landscaping and more.

This fun family event also celebrated America Recycles Day, the only nationally recognized day (officially on Nov. 15) dedicated to encouraging Americans to recycle and to buy recycled products, so as to create a better natural environment.

Free Form Category

1st Place
Manatee School for the Arts Team 2
Sponsor – Linda Evans Photography
Sculpture Name – Standing with Paris

Team – The Hatchlings
Sponsor – Waste Pro
Sculpture Name – Turtles by the Sea

Wildlife Category

1st Place
Team – Bradenton Christian Art Dept.
Sponsor – Waste Pro
Sculpture Name – Stuck in the Mud

Team – Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee Co.
Sponsor – Bright House Networks
Sculpture Name – Alli Pig

Holiday Category

1st Place
Team – Southeast High School VPA Academy
Sponsor – Florida Power & Light Company
Sculpture Name – Day of the Dead

Team – Inspiration Academy NHS
Sponsors – Mowses Lawn Care, Studio 26 Productions, Super Pool Services of Manatee
Sculpture Name – Best Gift of All

2015 America Recycles Day at SandBlast

Assemble your team of sculptors – it’s a fun-raiser for
a nonprofit organization dedicated to litter prevention, beautification
and environmental improvement throughout Manatee County.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Dr., Holmes Beach, Florida
View the Event Poster

Sand Sculpting Contest

Check-in 8 a.m.
Sculpting 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Judging 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Awards 2 p.m.

Beverages & Snack Bags Provided!  Lots of Awards!  Great Family Fun In the Sun!
Download the Event Flyer and Registration Form to register by November 7.
We will send you an invoice in January 2016.

Sand Themes

Free Form, Wildlife or Holiday

Southeast HS VPA2nd Nautical Manatee HS Anchor


School or Open

Sand Plots

$300 entry fee with up to 15 members per team. Collect $20 from each team member to pay the entry fee, OR contact a local business or organization and ask them to sponsor your team. If you need help with finding a sponsor, call Keep Manatee Beautiful.

Each 15′ x 15′ plot will be mounded with sand prior to the event.
Bring spades, shovels, buckets and trowels to create your winning sculpture.

Free Sand Sculpting Clinics

Learn the “Tips, Tricks and Techniques” of sand sculpture taught by master sculptors Team Sandtastic on Thursday and Friday, November 12 and 13 from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Sand Pro Recycling

Team Sandtastic Music Sculpture (348x412)

Help Turn the Tide on Trash at the 2015 International Coastal Cleanup on October 3

International Coastal Cleanup logo Don your gloves, shades and sunscreen – it’s time for the 2015 International Coastal Cleanup!  Join the world’s largest volunteer ocean and waterways cleanup to help us turn the tide on trash.

Saturday, October 3 from 9:00 a.m. to noon

Adopt-A-Highway, Road and Shore groups will clean their adopted sites.  All other volunteers can participate at the following locations:

Anna Maria Island:

  • Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Dr.
  • Holmes Beach – Kingfish Boat Ramp, S.R. 64 W., west of drawbridge


  • Historic Wares Creek at Bradenton Woman’s Club, 1705 Manatee Ave. W.


  • F.I.S.H. Preserve, 11601 Cortez Rd. W.

Rivers (requires use of canoes or kayaks):

  • Ray’s Canoe Hideaway, 1289 Hagle Park Rd. off Upper Manatee River Road – free boat launch & canoes on a first-come, first-service basis to clean this river
  • Old Braden River Historical Society, Jiggs’ Landing, intersection of Braden River Road and Linger Lodge Road – bring your own canoe, kayak or power boat to clean this river

What to bring
Please wear closed-toe shoes and bring your own gloves and sunscreen.  We also recommend hats and sunglasses.  We will provide trash bags and drinks. For more information, e-mail us at or call (941) 795-8272. Thank you for helping beautify Manatee County.  See you at the cleanup!

Thank You to Sponsors of the 2015 Keep Manatee Beautiful Golf Tournament

This year’s Keep Manatee Beautiful Golf Tournament on May 8 at Tara Golf & Country Club raised $14,443.  The proceeds will be used for litter prevention, beautification and environmental improvement of Manatee County’s community properties through increased community awareness, education and involvement.

As the community looks better, everybody benefits economically, environmentally and aesthetically.  We thank the following sponsors who fulfilled their roles in being part of the change to beautify our community’s image!

The 2016 Golf Tournament is Friday, June 3.  To be involved, e-mail or call (941) 795-8272.

Event Sponsors

APGlogo     cascade cart solutions-logoEDELogo     WMlogo     TOTER LOGO 2015     WasteProLogo
Concessions Sponsors

PepsiLogo      TropicanaLogo     MichULTRA_RedRibbon                                    callahan-tire

Media Sponsors

Bradenton Herald logo 2014               BrighthouseLogo

Hole Sponsor

Michelin North America

Tee/Green Sponsors

CDM Smith
Jones Edmunds & Associates, Inc.
Labor Ready
Steelgate, Inc.
United Rentals

Sign Sponsor

Bright House Networks

Mulligan Stick Sponsors

Ad-VANCE Talent Solutions
Royal Palm Car Wash


2015 Awards Celebration Limited Sponsor Opportunities

Sponsor opportunities are now available for Keep Manatee Beautiful’s 18th Annual Awards Celebration!  The celebration will be held on September 17 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the IMG Academy Golf Club.  In addition to the awards presentations, guests and sponsors will enjoy a keynote address, live tropical music, dinner and a cash bar.

Keep Manatee Beautiful holds the annual celebration to honor those who demonstrate community leadership through their contributions to litter prevention, beautification and environmental improvement in Manatee County.  Awards will be presented for public service, recycling, landscaping image and green schools, and are based on nominations that span more than 20 categories, from individuals to small businesses and more.

Sponsors are a vital part of the celebration’s success, not only through their generosity, but also because their attendance helps raise community awareness of and participation in environmental stewardship.  Several sponsor levels are available, from Bronze ($250) to Emerald ($1,500).  All sponsorships include event seating and a name or logo in the event program, depending on the sponsor level.  Exclusive benefits for Emerald sponsors are the opportunity to briefly speak at the podium and placement of their logo on the awards.

Rich Odell, IMG Academy’s Vice President of Student Affairs and IMG Academy Headmaster, will deliver this year’s keynote address, “IMG’s Involvement in Beautifying our Community’s Image”. He is regarded by many as an educational visionary. The school’s academic program and delivery are specifically designed to meet the college preparatory expectations of students and their families from 85 countries.

Sponsor opportunities are limited, and the commitment form must be received no later than July 31, 2015, for inclusion in the celebration’s promotional materials.  Please complete and mail, e-mail or fax your form to Keep Manatee Beautiful today to sponsor this exciting event!

Payment can be made in September 2015 by mail or online.  For more information, e-mail us at or call (941) 795-8272.

Now Accepting Nominations for 2015 Awards Celebration – Due by July 31

Keep Manatee Beautiful is now accepting nominations for honorees of its 2015 Awards Celebration!  The celebration recognizes exceptional volunteer efforts in the beautification of Manatee County.  Nomination forms must be postmarked or e-mailed to by July 31, 2015.

More than 20 nomination categories are available and include schools, neighborhood communities, individuals, youth organizations and more.  At the Awards Celebration on September 17, 2015, awards will be presented for public service, recycling, landscaping image and green schools.

The annual celebration honors award recipients with an enjoyable evening that includes live tropical music, dinner and a cash bar.  In addition to the awards presentations, the highlight of this year’s celebration is the keynote address by Rich Odell, IMG Academy’s Vice President of Student Affairs and IMG Academy Headmaster on “IMG’s Involvement in Beautifying our Community’s Image”.  Attendees will also have the opportunity to network with the celebration’s sponsors, who join Keep Manatee Beautiful in recognizing the award recipients.

Keep Manatee Beautiful encourages people to show appreciation for others by nominating them for an award.  Now is the time to speak up and nominate that special someone or group for going above and beyond!  The recognition fosters goodwill and the continued participation of those who give of themselves to help keep our community and environment beautiful and safe.

Complete details are available on the nomination form.  For more information, e-mail us at or call (941) 795-8272.