UnidosNow Receives 2019 Spirit of Manatee Awards | UnidosNow

Mina Quesen, Future Leaders Academy Scholar, receives the Young Spirit Award (left), and Luz Corucera is honored with the Charles Clapsaddle Community Spotlight Award (right).

Bradenton, FL – UnidosNow Executive Director Luz Corcuera received the inaugural Charles Clapsaddle Community Spotlight Award at the Manatee Community Foundation’s 2019 Spirit of Manatee Awards on March 20th.

“Luz Corcuera is regarded as an inspirational leader by foundations, donors, nonprofit colleagues as well as local colleges and universities, students, and parents. Together with the community leaders that created this award—Paul Sharff, Amanda Horne, Ashley Brown, and Judge Durand Adams—we are delighted that Luz is the first recipient,” said Susie Bowie, executive director of Manatee Community Foundation.

The Charles Clapsaddle Community Spotlight Award is a new honor, this year, created to recognize an outstanding nonprofit professional who embodies the spirit of philanthropy and community in Manatee County and has transformed normal projects from ordinary into extraordinary, according to the foundation, and is named for Clapsaddle, “whose dedication to the nonprofit community is well-known and celebrated through Manatee Educational Television.”

“I am deeply honored and humbled by this very special recognition. Charles Clapsaddle embodies selflessness and service.  I am privileged to collaborate with many organizations to empower remarkable young people to Dream Big and to call Manatee, a community with a heart, my home.”

In addition to Corcuera’s recognition, one of UnidosNow’s outstanding Future Leaders Academy program participants, 17-year-old Mina Quesen, also received the Spirit of Manatee’s Young Spirit Award. A senior at Braden River High, Quesen leads her school’s creative writing club, newspaper, and academic team. She also founded and served as president of the Braden River High UnidosNow Club, where she promotes and fosters the group’s mission of empowering students to obtain a post-secondary education.

“Mina is a natural leader and a great role model for her peers,” said Corcuera, “We are thrilled

for her that she is the Young Spirit awardee and, of course, we’re extremely proud of her.”

About UnidosNow

With a mission to elevate the quality of life of the Latino community through education, integration, and civic engagement, UnidosNow aims to empower first generation, low income students to successfully pursue higher education.  For more information, visit www.UnidosNow.org.

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