You won’t want to miss the State College of Florida Foundation’s Avenues to the Future, featuring a lobster and filet mignon dinner from Pier 22, specialty drinks from Three Daughters Brewing and Siesta Key Rum and an auction that includes a 7-night island resort stay in Belize, a private chef dinner for eight, or a fourth of July get-a-away on Siesta Key. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 24 at State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota, 5840 26th St. W., Bradenton.

SCF music students will serenade guests as they stroll the Avenues across the campus. Guests will be able to tour the new Library & Learning center, meet SCF students and faculty and get a behind-the-scenes view of SCF’s top programs. More than 60 silent auction items include pet boarding, a flying trapeze class, a night at the opera, an Alex Rodriguez autographed baseball, a Derrick Brooks autographed football, golf packages and framed landscape and nature prints from Grant Jefferies Photography.

The title Sponsor is SEI Investment Company. Gold sponsors are BMO Harris Bank, LEMA Construction, Mosaic, iHeartMedia Inc. Mark & Alix Morin and Pam & Bibb Swain. Silver sponsors are Manatee Memorial Hospital, Premier Community Bank and Early Learning Coalition of Manatee County. Bronze Sponsors are Dianne Anderson & Charles Knowles, CS&L CPAs, Dolphin Aviation, Florida Power & Light, Stanley Kane and Lakewood Ranch Commercial Realty. Sponsorships are still available.

Tickets to the premier event are available now. For more information or to purchase individual tickets, call 941-752-5390 or visit

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Brandon Mand

18 Jan 2018

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We are heartbroken to announce the passing of beloved SCF Foundation Board of Director Mark F. Morin, of Siesta Key Florida. Mark’s passion was SCFF Scholarship Students and revitalizing SCFF Sundays at Neel Entertainment Series. Mark was always about how to connect SCFF’s Mission to our deserving students. He had many proud SCF moments but his most favorite would be SCFF’s Scholarship Luncheon were he and Alix (his wife) could meet and have conversations with ‘their’ SCF Students. Mark was a military veteran, high ranking IBM executive before he retired to Sarasota County, father of two sons and one daughter, and proud grandfather. He was 71 years old.

Services will be held February 25th, 2018 at the Neel Performing Arts Center on SCF's Bradenton campus.

In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations to the Mark and Alix SCF Scholarship Fund at the SCF Foundation.

We are so blessed to have known Mark, experience his quick humor, contagious smile, dedication to SCF Students (and those he tutored), and passion for moving SCFF’s Mission forward. I know this loss is going to be difficult on all of us.

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