Bradenton Christian School to Honor Founding Family

Bradenton Christian School to honor Founding Family, Don & Marilyn Bouwer, September 11, 2015 at Friday Night Lights BCS Panthers football game.

The new gate that leads to Bradenton Christian School’s beautifully renovated sports complex proudly states: “Home of the Panthers and Bouwer Athletic Complex.” The sign is a tribute to Don and Marilyn Bouwer, two of the founders whose faith and spirit formed Bradenton Christian School 55 years ago. Through the following five and a half decades, Don and Marilyn have maintained their status as two of the staunchest supporters of BCS students, staff, and sports teams.

Don also started Don Bouwer Fire & Safety Equipment back in the 1970s. Now known as Ten-8 Fire Equipment, the company employs over 90 people and has grown to be a major United States distributor of fire and emergency apparatus and equipment, focusing on serving customers in Florida and Georgia.

All five of Don and Marilyn’s children attended Bradenton Christian School. The Bouwer name has remained an almost constant presence at the school thanks to their children, grandchildren, and daughter-in-law, Sandy Bouwer, who has been a long time Physical Education teacher at the school.

Both Don and Marilyn were and continue to be athletically inclined. Don was a highly respected Division 1 College Football Official and Referee in earlier days and Marilyn still plays tennis at a nationally elite level for her age bracket. Both are avid golfers.

To honor the Bouwer’s contributions to Bradenton Christian School, and specifically to BCS Panthers athletics, Don will toss the coin prior to the kickoff of the September 11, 2015, Panthers’ home football game against Shorecrest Preparatory School.

Please join us in celebrating Don and Marilyn Bouwer’s faithful support of Bradenton Christian School and stay to enjoy Friday Night Lights BCS Panther's football.


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