LIGHTHOUSE OF PINELLAS RECEIVES GRANT: Pinellas Park WalMart Neighborhood Market recently awarded $2,500 to Lighthouse of Pinellas through its Community Grant Program. Lighthouse of Pinellas offers training programs that help people who are visually impaired and blind become independent at home, work and school. The grant will help fund instructional programs for LHP clients.
ST. PETERSBURG NATIVE SERVES AT PEARL HARBOR: Petty Officer Second Class Christopher Gadson, a 2004 St. Petersburg High School graduate, is stationed at the Navy's U.S. Pacific Fleet Headquarters. The U.S. Pacific Fleet consists of approximately 200 ships/submarines, nearly 1,100 aircraft, and more than 140,000 sailors and civilians. Gadson is responsible for maintenance and management of servers and computer systems onboard.
SEASIDE SEABIRD SANCTUARY GETS NEW LOGO: Seaside Seabird Sanctuary has a new look after new management took over in September. The organization's new logo can be seen on its new website, seabirdsanctuary.com, and throughout the beach. Its mission to rescue, rehabilitate and release sick, injured and orphaned birds remains the same.
SAILATHON RAISES $5K FOR FOOD PANTRY: The Ted Irwin Memorial Youth Sailathon drew 28 young sailors ages 8-16 to Indian Rocks Beach for a four- hour "sailing marathon" in support of the Beach Community Food Pantry at Calvary Episcopal Church. The sailors represented Indian Rocks Family Sailing Association, Clearwater Yacht Club and Dunedin Youth Sailing. Their efforts raised more than $5,000.
GULFPORT MERCHANTS ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES WINNERS: The Gulfport Merchants Association announced two winners of the 2017 Community Support Grants, The Sonia Plotnick Health Fund, which funds women's health needs not covered by insurance, and Creative Play Preschool, which will create an interactive outdoor learning lab. The grants are funded by a portion of the proceeds from GMA's "Gecko Events," which will conclude next September. The grant amounts will be determined then.
ST. PETE TEAMS RANKED SECOND AFTER POP WARNER SUPER BOWL: The St. Pete Silver Raiders became the second place Division II unlimited team in the nation after losing in the Pop Warner Super Bowl to the Gilbert-Chandler Hitmen from Arizona.