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Clearwater chapter of the Military Officers Association of America donates $2,000 to Helping Hands

Retired Army Lt. Col. Steve Hodges, left, president of the Clearwater Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America, accepts a memento from Retired Army Capt. Bob Silah, founder of “Helping Hands,” in appreciation of the chapter’s donation of $2,000.

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Retired Army Lt. Col. Steve Hodges, left, president of the Clearwater Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America, accepts a memento from Retired Army Capt. Bob Silah, founder of “Helping Hands,” in appreciation of the chapter’s donation of $2,000.

The Clearwater chapter of the Military Officers Association of America, recently donated $2,000 to "Helping Hands" as one of the co-sponsors for its monthly dinner.

"Helping Hands" is a tax-exempt organization started by retired Army Capt. Bob Silah of the MOAA Tampa chapter for the purpose of assisting wounded military members receiving treatment at the James A. Haley VA Medical Center in Tampa. The organization also furnishes lodging, meals, transportation and phone service to family members who travel to be with their loved ones during treatment.

Monthly dinners allow the Tampa Bay community to show its appreciation for the sacrifices the troops have made for their country.

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Amanda Oliveira, 18, daughter of Michael and Susan Oliveira of Tarpon Springs, was presented with the Good Citizens Certificate and Scholarship Award from the Princess Chasco chapter of the Florida State Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

The presentation was made by Regent Pat Jackson at the Tarpon Springs High School Senior Awards ceremony.

This award recognizes and rewards high school seniors who possess good citizenship qualities of dependability, service, leadership and patriotism in their homes, schools and communities.

The Tarpon Springs High senior is graduating with a 4.1 grade-point average and has been active in sports, student government and many community service projects.

She plans to attend the University of Central Florida to study in the premed program.

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During May, the Kiwanis Club of Dunedin awarded three scholarships based on scholastic achievements and community service to two Dunedin High seniors and a Countryside High senior. The scholarships are awarded based on scholastic achievements and community service.

On May 22, Nicole Hall and Jennifer Ryder were each presented with a $1,500 scholarship by the Dunedin Kiwanis Foundation.

Hall, who was awarded the Alan Kennedy Scholarship, has earned Bars and Letters, is a Top Ten Standout, participated in the National Piano Guild auditions and received the Dr. Mac J. Williams Award for Achievement, while still having time to volunteer more than 400 hours during her junior and senior years. As a senior, she participated in the Pinellas County Schools Executive Internship Program. Hall plans to attend the University of Florida and major in pharmacy.

Ryder was presented the Larry Kravet Scholarship. She earned an academic letter and five academic pins for her freshman, sophomore and junior years. She is a National Honor Society member and served as president for the last two years.

Ryder's community service includes participation in the American Red Cross Comet Program, RCS Food Bank and the City of Dunedin Recreation Department. She plans to study communications and international affairs with a minor in business at the University of Florida.

On May 24, senior Lauren Danielle Rease was presented with a $1,000 scholarship by the Dunedin Kiwanis Foundation. She earned Dean's List or Honor Roll each grading period while at Countryside High.

She's held memberships in the National Honor Society, Students Against Destructive Decisions, the Marine Biology Club, History Club, served on the Prom Fundraising Committee and participated on a Relay For Life team.

Rease has volunteered with the Girl Scouts of America, local religious organizations and put in more than 100 hours at the Hospice Thrift Shop.

She had her poetry published in The American Library of Poetry and Creative Communications, ceramic pottery on display at the 2011 Florida State Fair and received the Girl Scouts Silver Award last year. In 2012, she had a painting displayed at the Mainsail Art Festival.

She is planning to attend Florida Gulf Coast University and later possibly transfer to the University of Tennessee for a double major in art education and creative writing.

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Clearwater chapter of the Military Officers Association of America donates $2,000 to Helping Hands 06/06/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 6, 2012 4:00pm]
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