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Pasco County fundraiser helps widowed deputy

Sheriff’s Deputy Charlie Wynn, 35, is raising his two sons, Seth, 3, and infant Gavin, solo since his wife died in August.

Pasco County Sheriff’s Office

Sheriff’s Deputy Charlie Wynn, 35, is raising his two sons, Seth, 3, and infant Gavin, solo since his wife died in August.


Benefit TO help deputy's young kids

Tanya Marie Gibbs-Wynn died Aug. 30, weeks after giving birth to her second son, Gavin. She was 35.

Her husband, Charlie Wynn, is a patrol deputy with the Pasco County Sheriff's Office and is trying to raise sons Gavin and Seth, 3, on his own. Wynn, 35, has been a deputy with the Sheriff's Office since 2006.

On Saturday, there will be a benefit and motorcycle ride to raise money for the children. Called Win for Wynn, there will be auctions, door prizes, sports memorabilia, beer, live bands and free barbecued food.

The motorcycle ride begins at 3 p.m. outside Frankie Maduros Cigar Lounge in downtown Longleaf at 3104 Town Ave., Suite 103, New Port Richey. The bar's phone number is (727) 376-9008.

Anyone interested in making a donation to the family may send a check to Suncoast Defenders, P.O. Box 1115, Dade City, FL 33526. On the memo line, write "Win for Wynn."


Tickets available to support at-risk youths

Tickets are still available for the Jingle Jangle Jamboree, Eckerd Youth Alternatives' annual signature fundraiser, Saturday at the Starkey Ranch.

The event will feature a live performance by Country Music Hall of Famer Jett Williams, daughter of country music legend Hank Williams, and an appearance by celebrity chef and TV reality star Robert Hesse of Hell's Kitchen, who credits the Eckerd Academy in Brooksville with helping turn his life around.

Guests will enjoy an authentic western barbecue, dancing under the stars, moonlit hayrides, bonfires with s'mores and a silent auction — all to benefit the more than 12,000 at-risk young people served each year by Eckerd Youth Alternatives.

Advance tickets are available for a minimum donation of $125. For tickets, call (727) 461-1236, ext. 266, or visit The event will run from 6 to 11 p.m. at Starkey Ranch, 12959 State Road 54 in Odessa.


Legislator discusses issues of 2010 session

State Rep. John Legg, R-Port Richey, will speak at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday about upcoming legislative session. A question-and-answer session will follow. This meeting of the West Port Civic Association will be held in the back room of the Jasmine Lakes Clubhouse, 7137 Jasmine Blvd.

Legg will address issues of the 2010 legislative session, including shutting down pill mills, regulating utilities, improving education, balancing the state's budget and rebuilding Florida's economy.

"This year Florida faced the worst budget environment in the state's history," Legg said. "With an unprecedented deficit, an uncertain economic outlook and the expiration date of the federal stimulus dollars on the horizon, we must continue to take a measured and thoughtful approach to crafting a budget that protects our most important priorities and places Florida in the best possible posture to put our economy back on track."


Priority groups to get swine flu vaccinations

The Pasco County Health Department will offer free H1N1 flu nasal spray and injectable vaccinations to priority groups from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the following locations: 13941 15th St. in Dade City, 10841 Little Road in New Port Richey and 4135 Land O'Lakes Blvd. in Land O'Lakes.

Priority groups for the swine flu vaccination include pregnant women; caregivers and family of infants 6 months and younger; individuals 6 months to 24 years old; people 25 to 64 years old with chronic medical conditions; and health care and emergency medical personnel.

The limited vaccines will be given first-come, first-served. Tickets for vaccinations will be distributed starting at 9:30 a.m.

Please be aware there may be a wait time associated with obtaining vaccine at these clinics. Additional swine flu vaccine clinic information can be found at


School's big yard sale aids cancer society

Looking for that perfect bargain for the holidays? Interested in shopping at 30 yard sales with one only stop?

Then come by Centennial Elementary's Relay for Life yard sale starting at 7 a.m. Saturday at the school, 3850 Centennial Road, Dade City.

Refreshments for sale will include hot dogs and baked goods. All proceeds from the food sales will go to the American Cancer Society. For information, call (352) 524-5000.

Pasco County fundraiser helps widowed deputy 11/12/09 [Last modified: Thursday, November 12, 2009 6:55pm]
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