Donate for Christmas gifts for kids in need
Clearwater Fire and Rescue is accepting donations through Dec. 16 to buy Christmas presents for children in state custody. The gifts will be delivered to kids, from infants to 17 years old, who have been removed from their homes because of abuse or neglect and who have not been placed in the foster care system. To donate, drop off or mail a check to: Shelter Care Christmas, c/o Asst. Chief Doug Swartz, 610 Franklin St., Clearwater FL 33756. Donations are tax deductible. There are currently more than 100 children in state custody in Pinellas County.
Retailers honor attorney
A local assistant state attorney has been named the 2009 Florida Assistant State Attorney of the Year by the Florida Retail Federation. Dawn Henrichon works in the office of State Attorney Bernie McCabe of the Sixth Judicial Circuit. She received her law degree from the University of Florida in 2002. Henrichon worked on domestic violence, general misdemeanor and traffic court violations before she joined the juvenile prosecutions division in 2005, where she works with the Community Prosecutions Retail Theft Abatement Program. She has served more than 700 youth and has had successful diversion in approximately 85 percent of her cases with no new arrests within the three years of the program. Henrichon was nominated by Bruce Bartlett, chief assistant state attorney for the Sixth Judicial Circuit, which covers Pasco and Pinellas counties.
See artist, dolphin paint
Marine wildlife artist Guy Harvey will appear at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, 249 Windward Passage, Clearwater, at 6 p.m. Dec. 5. The fundraiser between the aquarium and the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation will include a painting session in which Harvey and Winter the Dolphin paint a canvas together. The event will also include an auction featuring Harvey's artwork, a private dolphin show and a raffle. Seating is limited. Cost: $75. Visit SeeWinter.com.
Program to raise awareness of human trafficking
A Human Trafficking Awareness Program will be presented by the Largo/Mid Pinellas Soroptimist Club at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at St. Paul United Methodist Church, Willey Fellowship Hall, 1199 Highland Ave. The program is scheduled to include guest speaker Lt. George Koder, head of the Clearwater/Tampa Bay Area Department of Justice Task Force on Human Trafficking. For information, call (727) 584 8165.