NEW PORT RICHEY
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 www.afp-naturecoast.org 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 www.GRHospice.org.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.