Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Local philanthropy efforts to be honored at luncheon


philanthropy efforts lauded at luncheon

Richard Bekesh will be honored as Philanthropist of the Year at the local awards luncheon for National Philanthropy Day on Nov. 22. Bekesh, the president and chief operating officer of Spring Engineering Inc., was nominated by the Morton Plant Mease Foundation and Youth and Family Alternatives for his charitable work.

Other honorees will include:

• Wesley Chapel Toyota and Honda, Philanthropic Corporation of the Year, nominated by Wesley Chapel Toyota and Honda.

• Pit Boss Bar-B-Q, Philanthropic Small Business of the Year, nominated by Pasco Kids First.

• Rotary Club of New Port Richey, Philanthropic Service Organization of the Year, nominated by HPH Hospice Foundation and PHCC Foundation.

• Interact Club of Genesis Preparatory School – Youth in Philanthropy, nominated by Rotary Club of Trinity.

Seats are still available for the luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Nov. 22 at Spartan Manor, 6121 Massachusetts Ave. Individual tickets are $30 and table sponsorships start at $300. Visit or contact Craig McCart at 1-866-999-2443.


Gulfside Hospice to honor veterans

Gulfside Regional Hospice will host three community events on Saturday to honor local veterans. All three events will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. with a picnic lunch being served, as well honorary pinnings and guest speakers. Locations include:

• Gulfside's Hospice House, 6230 Lafayette St. in New Port Richey

• Gulfside Hospice Center at Bayonet Point, 7210 Beacon Woods Drive in Hudson

• Gulfside Center for Hospice Care, 5760 Dean Dairy Road in Zephyrhills

Former congressman Michael Bilirakis will speak at the New Port Richey event about his military experience and gratitude for veterans. For information about these events or Gulfside Regional Hospice, call (727) 845-5707 or visit


Events set prior to hospital's opening

The move isn't set to happen until at least the end of November, but already events are being scheduled at the new Medical Center of Trinity. Hospital officials are having a Veterans Day flag ceremony at 2 p.m. Nov. 11 at the new building at 9330 State Road 54. U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis will be the keynote speaker, with other guests to include retired Marine Lt. Col. Tom Castriota and retired Col. Barbara Jackson of the Marine Corps Reserve Nurse Corps. On Nov. 19, the public is invited to an open house from noon to 4 p.m. featuring bounce houses, free barbecue, Bayflite and Radio Disney. RSVPs are requested and may be made to via e-mail to or (727) 834-5630. Trinity Medical Center is the new name and location for Community Hospital, which is moving most of its operations from downtown New Port Richey.

Local philanthropy efforts to be honored at luncheon 10/29/11 [Last modified: Saturday, October 29, 2011 1:23pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Ole Miss football coach Hugh Freeze resigns over "inappropriate conduct"


    OXFORD, Miss. — Mississippi coach Hugh Freeze was at Jackson Country Club on Wednesday night, giving his yearly rah-rah speech about the Rebels' overcoming adversity and getting ready for the college football season.

    If Hugh Freeze hadn’t resigned, Ole Miss says it would have fired him for violating his contract’s moral turpitude clause.
  2. Fennelly: With playoff chase in high gear, it's time for Rays to make a move

    The Heater


    Thursday was an off-day for the Rays, who are coming off a solid western swing. I assume there was no rest for the tag-team Rays baseball brain trust of Matt Silverman, Erik Neander and Chaim Bloom, whose job it is to improve this team in advance of the trade deadline. They've done a good job …

    Evan Longoria is glad to see the Rangers coming to town: He’s batting .296 against them with 15 homers and 56 RBIs in 69 career games.
  3. World's plastic waste could bury Manhattan 2 miles deep


    WASHINGTON — Industry has made more than 9.1 billion tons of plastic since 1950 and there's enough left over to bury Manhattan under more than 2 miles of trash, according to a new cradle-to-grave global study.

    Plastic trash is compacted into bales ready for further processing at the waste processing dump on the outskirts of Minsk, Belarus.
  4. Sen. John McCain's type of cancer did not slow Tampa woman


    TAMPA — When 35-year-old Beth Caldwell heard about Sen. John McCain's brain tumor this week, she hoped he would stay positive.

    That's what helped her, she said.

    Throughout her battle with brain cancer, Beth Caldwell, 35, keeps her sons Gavin, 10, and Triston, 7, on her mind.
  5. A week later, the lengthy, costly rebuilding plan for the Pasco sinkhole begins

    Public Safety

    LAND O'LAKES — A week after a massive sinkhole opened in Pasco County, county officials have begun planning the long-term cleanup, which could take months and millions of dollars.

    A sinkhole in Land O'Lakes, Fla., is seen Wednesday, July 19, 2017. The sinkhole ?‘ already one of the largest in Pasco County in decades ?‘ measures about 235 feet in width and 50 feet in depth, with the potential to expand further.