Dinner features Boxing champ, helps troops
Professional boxer and three-time New York Golden Gloves Champion Hector Camacho will be among the guests at the dinner dance June 28 to benefit Gifts from Home Inc., at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10209, 14736 Edward R. Noll Drive. Doors open at 5 p.m., with dinner served at 6 p.m., followed by music with Vintage at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 and available at the post's canteen. Proceeds will help buy supplies for troops serving overseas. There will be many raffles. Those who bring an item that can be sent to the troops will receive a raffle ticket. For information, call Linda Kidwell at 684-4185.
Wine and more — for a cause
A wine-tasting event to benefit the Dawn Center will take place 6 to 8 p.m. at the Hernando Beach Club, 3165 Flamingo Blvd. The event will include jazz music, a local artist raffle and other activities. Tickets are $25 each. For information, call 592-1013.
Donations needed to buy backpacks
Monetary donations are needed for the 2008 Operation Backpack event, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 9 at Jerome Brown Community Center, 99 Jerome Brown Place. The goal of the annual event is to provide free backpacks filled with school supplies to more than 1,000 students. Backpack costs are $4.75 each for first- through third-grade students, and $6 each for fourth- through 12th-grade students. Checks should be made payable to the Friends of the Children and sent to the City of Brooksville Parks and Recreation Department at 306 Darby Lane, 34601-3178. Money must be received by July 6. For information, call 544-5498.
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Boots and Pearls Ball to benefit New Beginnings Youth Shelter: 6 p.m., Palace Grand, 275 Della Court, Spring Hill. Tickets are $60 each. 797-7566.
Love Your Neighbor fundraiser flea market: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., American Legion, 208 E Fort Dade Ave., Brooksville. Vendor spaces available. Proceeds benefit local families in need. John Rudny, 573-8756.
Philippine-American Association hosts "Dancing With the Stars" dinner-dance: 6:30 to 11:30 p.m., SNPJ Lodge, 13383 County Line Road, Spring Hill. Tickets are $15. 848-1031, 666-5381 or 684-7464.
Merkler, Emil O. "Merk"
This list is from detailed obituaries published in Section B.