Honoring & Onward is a celebration of The Patterson Foundation's decade of impact through people, organizations, and communities while continuing to connect, learn, share, evolve, and strengthen its efforts to realize shared aspirations.
A LOOK BACK: HONORING THE FIRST DECADE
On January 6, 2010, a foundation launched in Sarasota, Florida, under an unfettered charter to do good and do it well, while enlisting the expertise of a diverse group of consultants supported by agile staff. Through its nine initial Legacy Initiatives honoring Dorothy Patterson and the Patterson family's legacy, The Patterson Foundation honed its innovative approach to making a difference in our world - focusing on strengthening the impact of people, organizations and communities that are working toward fulfilling shared aspirations, in ways that encourage diverse participation and foster opportunities for these changemakers to learn, share and evolve with one another. A decade and 25 additional completed and ongoing initiatives later, The Patterson Foundation honors those who have embraced and strengthened their impact through this approach while pursuing further opportunities to continue these collaborative efforts in its ongoing journey. Click here to watch the TPF Honoring & Onward Documentary - A Look Back: Honoring the First Decade. Well worth your time to view this 48-minute video, so grab some popcorn and make it a movie night.
HONORING VETERANS, INSPIRING PATRIOTISM AND EMBRACING FREEDOM
On January 23, 2020, The Patterson Foundation and Tidewell Hospice honored the service and sacrifices of veterans and their families by partnering in the unveiling of commissioned artwork from Patriot Plaza at Tidewell's administration building as part of their Veterans Honor Program and The Patterson Foundation's Honoring & Onward 10th Anniversary. Learn more about the photograph and the Tidewell Honors Program at this link.
Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln
On Monday, February 17, the Celebrating Stars and Stripes program was presented by the Sarasota Military Officers Foundation and the Pops Orchestra of Bradenton and Sarasota. The Patterson Foundation ensured that guests were able to meet and take photos with Frederick Douglass (portrayed by Joel PE King) and Abraham Lincoln (portrayed by Michael Krebs).
Community Foundation of Tampa Bay Annual Visit
For the fifth year in a row, the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay hosted a trip to Patriot Plaza on Presidents Day. The transportation provided visitors from Sun City Center and the surrounding area an opportunity to experience the art and architecture of this one of a kind outdoor amphitheater. This year's group of visitors was the largest yet with over 95 visitors, including many veterans and their families.
Manatee County Boys and Girls Club meet
Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln
Patriot Plaza Guide Zoe Moore encourages the children to touch and experience the art at Patriot Plaza
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On Presidents Day 2020, Abraham Lincoln gave the opening remarks of the Celebrating Stars and Stripes program. On July 17, 1862, in the second year of the U.S. Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln signed legislation authorizing the creation of 14 national cemeteries. They were created "...for the soldiers who shall die in the service of the country."
Vane Scott performed the "Many Faces of Old Glory" accompanied by the POPS orchestra of Bradenton and Sarasota.
Conductor Robyn Bell took the opportunity to meet Abraham Lincoln before the concert began
Thousands of our community came out to the performance on a bright and sunny day
Vietnam Veterans were asked to come forward to receive their 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War pin.