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PAR and CASA benefits, Lakewood reunion, PACE shopping


Bascom's Chop House in Clearwater transformed into a Las Vegas-style gaming venue for Poetic Justice's 14th annual dinner and auction to benefit PAR.

Dinner stations featured crab cakes, escargot, shrimp, ahi tuna, beef tenderloin and desserts, and patrons bid on numerous items, among them assets seized in drug arrests. The proceeds from the fundraiser help pay for substance abuse prevention and treatment in the community.

Karol Bullard chaired the event committee, which included Malindy Bengston, Sue Berman, Debi Burns, Kay Dillinger, Erin Lee, Lenne Nicklaus-Ball, Sue Piatt, Kathy Saunders and Connie Whitehead.

The crowd of more than 100 included event founder Mary Critchfield and her husband, Jack, PAR chief executive Nancy Hamilton, board of trustees head Joe Saunders, Fred Bullard, Guy Burns, Bob Dillnger, Sparky Paradis and Randall Ierna, David Pilkington, Donna and Tom Gaffney, Vonda White, Dianne and Dave Clarke, Don Whitehead, Owen Sweet, Sue Berman and Dayle Catterton.

Patchington stores to have trade-in event

Patchington stores at 5901 Sun Blvd. in St. Petersburg, 280 Indian Rocks Road in Belleair Bluffs, and 2520 McMullen-Booth Road in Clearwater will accept gently used clothing to support women affected by domestic violence.

The stores' annual trade-in event will run Tuesday through March 2. For each top donated, customers will received $10 off the purchase of a new top; for every bottom, $15 off a new bottom; and for every jacket or dress, $20 off a new jacket or dress.

Clothing received during the event will be given to CASA, or Community Action Stops Abuse, for resale in its thrift shop.

Lakewood Class of '79 to relive good ol' days

Lakewood High School alumni are planning the Class of 1979's 30th reunion for Aug. 7-8 at the Sirata Beach Resort in St. Pete Beach. The group has a Facebook page ("Lakewood High Class of 79"). Patrick Harmon is the contact. He can be reached at (321) 228-3620 or on


ABOVE: "It's gorgeous. I totally love it," said Rachael B., 13, after she found a striped sweater she liked during "closet day" Feb. 13 at Beth's Closet at the PACE Center for Girls in Pinellas Park. Dozens of at-risk girls got to go to the closet to choose two items. The Valentine's and Princess themes had all the girls wearing tiaras for their wee shopping spree. Many of the clothes were donated by Macy's. The sweater was too big for Rachael, but luckily for her, there was a lot more to choose from. LEFT: "Work it," says Rachael as Destinee D., 15, checks out her new dress in the mirror during "closet day." The PACE Center for Girls, its Web site says, "provides a nonresidential delinquency prevention program in locations statewide, targeting the unique needs of females 12 to 18 who are identified as dependent, truant, runaway, delinquent or in need of academic skills."

PAR and CASA benefits, Lakewood reunion, PACE shopping 02/21/09 [Last modified: Saturday, February 21, 2009 3:30am]
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