Sheriff Knight Makes Donation to Youth Program

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From Left: Education Foundation of Sarasota County Executive Director Jennifer Vigne, 
Program Manager Jennifer Sams and Sheriff Knight.

Sarasota County Sheriff Tom Knight today presented a check for $10,000 to the Education Foundation of Sarasota County for their annual #SRQHacks Hackathon event.

The funds came from seized or recovered cash that went unclaimed, and per state statute, can be distributed to a qualifying charity. The Hackathon program is a grass-roots effort between the community and Education Foundation of Sarasota County, a non-profit philanthropic organization committed to promoting a college and career-going culture for all students. The two-day event will pair students with mentors from technology, design, and business industries to begin coding websites and mobile apps that positively impact the community.

"This event exposes underserved students to technology careers and opportunities they wouldn't ordinarily learn about," said Sheriff Knight. "When we can use money seized from criminals to invest in our future, we're doing something right."

For more information, visit or contact the Education Foundation of Sarasota County at 941.927.0965.