Sam A. Pilato, general manager of Dimmitt Chevrolet, was the guest of honor at the January meeting of the Clearwater Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America. He was given a certificate of appreciation for his contributions to the Clearwater High School JROTC Scholarship Golf Fundraiser, held for the past two years at Cove Cay Golf Club. His donation of a Chevy Malibu for a hole-in-one and other prizes provided support for the tournaments.
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The Morris F. Dixon Jr. Detachment of the Marine Corps League in Clearwater recently honored 19 Marine veterans living in the Tampa Bay area who served in the Pacific Theater during World War II. The ceremony, held at the Armed Forces Military Museum in Largo, also recognized the 64th anniversary of the Battle of Iwo Jima, in which several of the veterans participated.
During the ceremony, Detachment Commandant Bill Cona and Senior Vice Commandant Dr. Dave Sargent presented the following honorees with plaques recognizing their service and sacrifice: Joseph Beno, Leonard Catalano, Harold Dangler, Armando Devera, Anthony Donofrio, Frank Gallager, James Gleason, Charles Gibson, Charles Haggett, Dean Lesnett, Ben Limbaugh, Anthony Mazzone, Richard Miller, Bob Padgett, Joseph Pagac, Frank Piniciotti, John Residence, Jack Shaffer and Joseph Sena.
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Gladys Douglas was given the Patron of the Arts Award by the Sterling Society, an auxiliary group of the Dunedin Fine Art Center, at its Founder's Luncheon.
Mrs. Douglas has been a supporter of the Dunedin Fine Art Center since its inception by the Junior Service League in 1969 and its opening in 1974 with the first art classes and exhibitions. The center's Gladys Douglas School for the Arts enjoys award-winning status.
A firm believer in community involvement, Mrs. Douglas founded the Clearwater Junior Women's Club, was a good friend of Ruth Eckerd and helped to grow the nationally recognized Ruth Eckerd Hall. She is a stalwart of the First Presbyterian Church of Dunedin, a sustaining member of the Junior League of Clearwater and Dunedin, a patron of the Miniature Art Society of Florida, and director emeritus of the Morton Plant Mease Foundation, the first woman to be distinguished with this title.
She was honored by the National Society of Arts and Letters in 2005, was awarded the 2006 Woman of Distinction by the Girl Scouts of Suncoast Council, and that same year was awarded the Friends of the Arts Award by the Arts Council of Pinellas County.
Founded less than three years ago by DFAC members, the Sterling Society's mission is "to promote the growth of the Dunedin Fine Art Center and to promote interest and participation in the activities of the center."
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Twenty-one students and two faculty members from Clearwater Central Catholic High School recently traveled to Orlando to volunteer for three days at Give Kids the World, a 70-acre amusement park that offers children with life-threatening and terminal illnesses a free weeklong vacation with their families.
The students spent their time entertaining and assisting the children during their visit.
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Samantha Stahl and Kevin Freeland were married on Valentine's Day at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium with 100 of their closest friends and family members in attendance.
The newlyweds were one of 78 couples who entered a contest for a wedding at the aquarium, which drew postmarks from as far away as New York and Texas.
They took their vows on a platform over the main dolphin pool on the most romantic day of the year, the first time a couple had tied the knot in that location. Resident dolphins Nicholas and Winter assisted in the nuptials.