The Abilities Foundation recognized key supporters, volunteers and disability advocates during its Circle of Honor lunch April 18 at the Island Way Grill.
The foundation presented its Dr. Henry J. Viscardi Jr. Distinguished Person of the Year Award to Howard Sachs, senior vice president at Raymond James and an Abilities Foundation trustee. Sachs was honored for his advocacy, persistence and determination to see the foundation succeed.
The Lifetime Achievement Award for exemplary leadership in the charitable community went to Salt Rock Grill and Island Way Grill chef/partner Tom Pritchard.
The inaugural Lifetime honoree was Foundation trustee George E. Locascio, a supporter of the Americans with Disabilities Act and an activist who is widely credited with creating many job opportunities as well as enhanced handicapped access to public facilities.
Receiving foundation President's Awards were Al and Nan Tower, Roger and Jackie Ormerod, Dean Karikas, Fazal Fazlin, Nick Okeson, Billy Klar, Emily Harrison, Ken Slaby, Rory Robertson and Frank Planes.
The foundation was also presented with net proceeds checks from: Publix supermarkets, $29,000 from Santa Dollar sales; the Abilities Guild, $35, 000 annual contribution; and Southern Wine & Spirits, $267,000 from the inaugural Tampa Bay Wine & Food Festival.
14 East Lake High students honored
East Lake High School principal Clayton Snare honored 14 students at the principal's brunch April 25, sponsored by the Oldsmar/East Lake Rotary Club. The students were selected by faculty based on academics, service, behavior and citizenship.
The 14 student honorees were Taylor Campanaro, Shelby Clawson, Nicholas Dine, Brooke Foley, David Gregorio, Stephanie Heller, Adam Home, Susan Jallo, Danielle Keneaster, Mark Mannello, Stephen Nunley, Demi Pissanos, Christie Stewart and Brandon Taylor.
Pinellas student joins national group at FSU
Jordan Michael Hoyt of Palm Harbor was recently recognized as a member of Sigma Alpha Lambda at Florida State University in Tallahassee.
Sigma Alpha Lambda is a national leadership and honors organization dedicated to promoting and rewarding academic achievement and providing members with opportunities for community service, personal development and lifelong professional fulfillment.
North Pinellas students receive arts honors
Three North Pinellas students are among eight from the county who have been honored with national Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, which will be presented June 5 at the national awards ceremony at New York City's Carnegie Hall.
A gold award for art went to Slawek Kozub of Countryside High School, Clearwater for his painting entitled Polish Woods. His teacher is Michael Crabbe.
A silver award for art was given to Jena Cumminsky of Palm Harbor University High School for her art portfolio. Her teacher is Kerri Silvernell.
A silver award for art was also given to Georgia Hourdas of Tarpon Springs High School for photography entitled Children's Secrets. Her teacher is Doug Wood.
Architect to join museum's board
The Gulf Coast Museum of Art announced the addition of Thomas Coates to its board of trustees.
Coates is an architect, publisher, design consultant, and is the current director of design and planning with Triangle Development in Clearwater. He is a 1982 graduate of the University of Cape Town in South Africa with a bachelor's degree in architecture.
Coates also is an advisory board member with the Downtown Development Partnership in Clearwater and a member of the city of Clearwater Community Development Board.
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