MEDICAL CENTER OF TRINITY RECEIVES FIT-FRIENDLY AWARD: Medical Center of Trinity recently announced that it received the American Heart Association Fit-Friendly Worksite Gold Achievement Award, presented to a workplace that has been recognized by the AHA for meeting criteria for employee wellness. The award is intended to be a catalyst for positive change in workplaces across America. For information, visit MedicalCenterTrinity.com.
Hospital names employee of the month: Registered nurse Bonnie Rigsby was named Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point's Employee of the Month for June. Rigsby, a critical care nurse, is a long-time employee of the hospital and a preceptor in its surgical intensive care unit.
PAN TO HOST BOOTS AND BLING: The third annual Pasco Aging Network Boots and Bling fundraiser will be 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. today at Spartan Manor, 6121 Massachusetts Ave., New Port Richey. A Texas Hold'Em poker tournament, along with other games, dancing, food, an auction and more are part of the evening's events. All proceeds help support senior services in Pasco County. Tickets are $25 per person, two for $40, five for $90 or 10 for $175 if purchased before the event. Tickets at the door are $35 per person. Tickets include 1,000 gaming bling bucks and hot/cold hors d'oeuvres. For information, call Terry Weaver at (352) 796-9891.
PASCO EDC ANNUAL BANQUET & TRADE SHOW: Pasco Economic Development Council will have its annual Banquet & Trade Show from 5 to 9 p.m. Sept. 2 at Saddlebrook Resort, 5700 Saddlebrook Way, 1 mile east of Interstate 75 at Exit 279, Wesley Chapel. The event draws more than 650 key business and community leaders from Pasco County and the Tampa Bay region. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. For information, call (813) 926-0827 or visit pascoedc.com.
TRINITY MARKETPLACE: Small and local businesses will gather for the Trinity Marketplace to showcase and sell products from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 6 at the Trinity Meeting Center, 7813 Mitchell Blvd., Suite 106, Trinity Commons Plaza in New Port Richey. Local businesses participating include Time for Wine, Scentsy, Origami Owl, Avon, Pampered Chef, Thirty-One Gifts and local artists and photographers. Raffles and drawings will be held. For information, call (727) 375-9700 or email events@TrinityMeetingCenter.com .
VOLUNTEERS AND SPONSORS NEEDED FOR DANCING WITH OUR STARS 2014: The Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce will have its annual Dancing With Our Stars event Oct. 18 at the Center for the Arts at Wesley Chapel, 30651 Wells Road, Wesley Chapel. The chamber has partnered with local dance professionals who are paired with local community personalities, leaders and celebrities — our "Stars," who have agreed to help raise funds while bringing guests a night of entertainment. Each volunteer star dancer will compete; some with a professional dancer and some on their own. Performers will be judged by a panel of judges and several awards will be given, but the overall winner is the dancer who raises the most funds. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the art of dance in the community as well as the chamber. For information, call (813) 909-2722 or email the chamber at office@CentralPascoChamber.com.
VENDORS AND SPONSORS NEEDED FOR BUSINESS EXPO: The Greater Dade City Chamber of Commerce and Saint Leo University will offer businesses the opportunity to showcase their services and products to area consumers and other businesses during the 2014 Community and Business Expo from 4 to 7 p.m. Nov. 13 at the Dan Cannon Auditorium of the Pasco County Fairgrounds, 36722 State Road 52, Dade City. The expo is presented by the Greater Dade City Chamber, Saint Leo University, the Tampa Bay Times and CenterState Bank. This year's event is open to all chamber members at a special rate, and features a "bundle rate" for potential members offering annual membership and booth space combined. Area residents and visitors are welcome. There is no charge to the public to attend. For information, call the chamber at (352) 567-3769.