Sheriff's Office Donates to Venice Middle School Young Marines Group

NEWS RELEASE 18-145 - AUGUST 21, 2018
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Colonel Kurt A. Hoffman, Sheriff Tom Knight and Major Michael Dubrule.

Sarasota County Sheriff Tom Knight today presented a check for $10,000 to Venice Middle School Young Marines, a youth education and service program that promotes the mental, moral and physical development of its members.

The funds came from seized or recovered cash that went unclaimed, and per state statute, can be distributed to a qualifying charity. Sheriff Knight’s donation to the program will support a 2019 trip for students to travel to Normandy in commemoration of the 75th anniversary of World War II’s D-Day. Recognized as the largest invasion by air, land and sea in history, on June 6, 1944, allied forces invaded northern France on the beaches of Normandy. During their visit, students will visit with veterans who served on the infamous day.

“We are always happy to support organizations that provide positive, character building activities for young people,” said Sheriff Knight. “When we can use unique opportunities like this to better our community, I am confident we are doing the right thing.”

For more information and donation opportunities, visit or contact the program’s coordinator, Major Michael Dubrule at