Battelle, an Ohio international science and technology nonprofit, awarded a gift of $5,000 to Career Technical Education Foundation Inc. for classroom computers at East Lake High's Engineering Academy.
The award helps further a commitment to education in science, technology, engineering and math.
Battelle grants are specific to activities its employees participate in. CTEF thanked Battelle employee Chris Whitaker, parent of East Lake Engineering Academy freshman Loren Whitaker, for introducing the opportunity to apply for the grant.
Five hundred East Lake engineering students will benefit from the award.
Patron of the Arts award winner named
The Stirling Society auxiliary group of the Dunedin Fine Arts Center honored Arthur Leasure with its Patron of the Arts Award at the third annual Founders Luncheon Feb. 6 at Dunedin Country Club.
Leasure, a six-year member of Dunedin Fine Art Center's board of directors, has served on numerous committees, was a two-year co-chair of the center's annual garden party, worked on holiday shows for seven years and has put in many hours at DFAC's downtown Stirling campus.
"He is so instrumental to the operation of DFAC, I can't imagine what we would do without him," said George Ann Bissett, DFAC's executive director. "He plays a major role in all operational aspects of DFAC."
Founded less that four years ago by the Dunedin Fine Arts Center, the Stirling Society's mission is to foster interest and participation in the art center and promote its growth.
Homeless Emergency Project wins award
Each year, the Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce recognizes businesses and civic leaders who have made a positive impact on the community.
This year, Barbara Green, president and CEO of the Homeless Emergency Project, accepted the honor for Large Non-profit Organization of the Year.
"We are grateful that the Chamber honored HEP with this prestigious award," said Green. "HEP continually strives to improve the programs and services that we offer to those in need. We are proud to accept this recognition of our efforts."
One of the oldest and largest providers of emergency housing and support services in Tampa Bay, HEP provides homeless and low-income individuals and families with housing, food, clothing and support services necessary to obtain self-sufficiency and improved quality of life.