Embracing Our Differences held a celebratory reception at Ringling College of Art + Design for the winning artists and quoters featured in the 2018 Embracing Our Differences outdoor international art exhibit.
Embracing Our Differences celebrated the 114th birthday of Dr. Seuss on Friday, March 2, 2018, with the 5th annual "Embracing Dr. Seuss' Differences Day.” With the help of 325 volunteers, this year’s initiative reached 6,600 students from 47 elementary schools in Sarasota and Manatee counties and provided more 7,000 books for students and classrooms. This massive outreach reflected a collaboration between EOD and the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, a joint effort supported by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, The Patterson Foundation, United Way Suncoast and an anonymous family foundation.
The 2017 Embracing Our Differences Annual Luncheon was held on Tuesday, December 5, 2017, at Michael's On East ballroom. The luncheon helped kick off the 15th-anniverary outdoor art exhibit, which will be on display in Sarasota’s Bayfront Park, April 4 to June 1, 2018. The luncheon speaker was Dr. Rachel Shelley, principal of Booker High School and Florida's 2017 Principal of the Year.