At a recent meeting of the Belleair Rotary Club, representatives from three local nonprofits received a distribution from the club's 2013 Wine and Tapas Extravaganza fundraiser.
Accepting a $500 check for the Abilities Foundation was Mike Dunlap, who serves as its veterans job replacement specialist. The former Marine spoke about the foundation's efforts to provide assistance to unemployed veterans who may have barriers to employment, such as lack of transportation or place of residence, as well as lingering effects of post-traumatic stress disorder and/or concussion. Belleair Rotary member Karen Crown made the presentation.
Crown then presented a check for $1,000 to Capt. Zach Bell of the Salvation Army, who gave an overview of the many services provided by the organization including shelter, assistance with payment for utilities, hot meals, groceries, employment training, community care and youth programs.
Linda Hamilton, executive director of the UPARC Foundation, received a $1,000 check presented by Belleair Rotary's Julie Featherstone. Hamilton discussed UPARC's history and the services it provides for developmentally challenged individuals including group homes and programs, life skills and employment onsite and in the community. She noted that UPARC also provides services for several persons with Prader-Willi syndrome.
Rotary was founded in 1905 with a primary focus on business networking between members and the fun and fellowship associated with a social organization. Throughout Rotary's first century, its objectives expanded to feature service in the community, the workplace and throughout the world.
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During a ceremony Aug. 18 at the Armed Forces Museum in Largo, Pfc. Max Correa of the U.S. Marine Corps became a member of the Morris F. Dixon Jr. Marine Corps League, Detachment 54 in the presence of family, friends and 10 detachment members.
The oath was administered by Max's father, Frank Correa of Largo, who served as an active-duty Marine from 1988 to 1992. The elder Correa also served as the detachment's commandant from 2010 to 2012.
Max Correa was recently promoted because of demonstrated abilities while undergoing instruction at the USMC Recruit Training Depot, Parris Island, S.C. His future assignments include combat training at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejune, Jacksonville, N.C., and communications schooling at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, Calif.
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The GFWC Clearwater Woman's Club is gearing up for a new year with its first luncheon of the season at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Royal Palms Senior Residence at the Palms of Largo, 200 Lake Ave. NE, Largo. Anyone interested in joining the club is invited to attend; lunch will be free, compliments of the GFWC board of directors.
Several fundraising activities, including a Spring Luncheon & Fashion Show, are undertaken annually to raise money for charities that support women and children in Tampa Bay. Plans are also under way for the club's 100-Year Jubilee, March 1, 2014, at the Clearwater Yacht Club.
For more information call Patti Cain at (727) 771-6812; email [email protected]; or visit gfwcclearwater.org.
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