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Hometown Hillsborough, week of June 9: fashion, Plant rowers, big cats

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PLANT HIGH ROWING BRINGS HOME BRONZE IN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP: Plant High Rowing made it back into the medals at the national scholastic competition over Memorial Day weekend for the first time since 2009. Plant (South Tampa) attended the National Championship with the largest number of athletes in its program's history (94) and the greatest number of entries among all schools attending. The athletes competed at the Scholastic Rowing Association of America's National Championship, in Camden, N.J., on the Cooper River, placing two boats — men's and women's lightweight eight — into Grand Finals. Despite challenging conditions, Plant High's men's lightweight eight sprinted at the finish of the 1,500-meter course to earn the bronze medal by beating New Trier of Illinois by 0.5 seconds and St. Augustine College Prep School from New Jersey by 0.7 seconds. Pictured, from left, are: coach Justin Smith; coxswain Garrett Fiss, sophomore; Gus Chavez, senior; Ben Johnson, senior; Liam Forrest, junior; Robert Clements, sophomore; Ian Harrison, sophomore; John Chase, sophomore; Zakee Arth, sophomore; Frank Kozel, sophomore; and head coach Mike Moseley.

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Fashionable benefit: Mothers and daughters modeled spring styles from Apropos and Smock Couture at Palma Ceia Golf and Country Club on May 4 at Brighter Tomorrow's fourth annual Mother's Day fashion show luncheon. With more than 160 guests attending, proceeds raised from the event benefited victims of domestic violence. Five grants were presented to the following support agencies: the Spring of Tampa Bay, Voices for Children, Are you Safe, Champions for Children and the Family Justice Center. The grand finale, featuring the models on stage dancing to Kool & the Gang's Celebration, was met with a standing ovation.

Courtesy of the Dalton Agency

Dalton cares about big cats: The Dalton Agency recently presented Big Cat Rescue with a $1,000 donation as part of its annual charitable campaign Dalton Cares. The campaign generates awareness and support for area nonprofits by developing creative, engaging posters and asking the public to vote online for their favorite. Big Cat Rescue received a total of 14,523 votes in this year's voting period, which ran from March 5 to April 16. In addition to the cash donation, Big Cat Rescue will receive creative services from the Dalton Agency. Pictured, from left, are: Bengali, resident of Big Cat Rescue; Michael Munz, executive vice president/partner, Dalton Agency; Carole Baskin, founder/CEO, Big Cat Rescue; and Brendan Cumiskey, director of account planning and strategy, Dalton Agency.

Courtesy of American Legion Post 246

Korean War veteran awarded department of defense certificate of appreciation: Veteran Bob Black shared his personal experiences about combat in Korea and working as a Stars & Stripes reporter during the American Legion Post 246 May membership meeting. In recognition of his honorable service during the Korean War, Cmdr. Ron Engles presented Black with the Department of Defense Certificate of Appreciation, signed by Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta. Black served as former director of the SCCCA Board, chaired the public relations task force and is owner of a public relations firm since 1964. Pictured, from left, are: Tom Culliton, finance officer; Engles; Black; Jim Clor, 2nd vice commander; Blaine Brown, 1st vice commander; and Jan Taylor, adjutant.

Courtesy of Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful

Two volunteers recognized for environmental beautification projects: Commissioner Al Higginbotham recognized the efforts of Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful and two of its volunteers, Avalon Theisen and Jim Igler, at the Board of County Commissioners meeting on June 5. Volunteer Avalon Theisen, 10, was nominated for Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful's Treasure of Tampa Bay Award for Individual Excellence among other awards. Avalon created her own nonprofit, Conserve it Forward, with intentions of being a fun and creative environmental community voice. Volunteer Jim Igler received the Iron Eyes Cody Award from Keep America Beautiful at the National Conference this past January. Igler, who regularly volunteers with more than 10 area environmental organizations, was recognized for his dedication to environmental preservation in Tampa Bay. Established in 1989, Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful has completed several community improvement initiatives such as neighborhood beautification projects, removal of litter and invasive plants, recycling programs and planting edible gardens. Pictured, from left, are: Igler, Commissioner Higginbotham and Avalon.

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