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Poetic Justice gala supports Operation Par


Sweet treats were everywhere at Bascom's Chop House in Clearwater for "Candy Land," the annual Poetic Justice Gala benefiting Operation PAR. A white and silver candy buffet, cotton candy and nostalgic confections helped to fulfill the theme.

Mary Critchfield, muse of the fundraiser, bid along with Stewart and Linda Turley, and Mary Wheeler and her grandson Joseph on jewelry donated by Keith and Peggy LeClerc of International Diamond Center, along with trips, artwork and gift baskets.

Committee members included Karol Bullard, Kay Aude, Sue Berman, Debi Burns, Kay Dillinger, Joyce Scalzo, Patty Sriran and Connie Whitehead.

Operation PAR sells items such as jewelry and electronics confiscated during drug arrests to support prevention and treatment programs.

Major sponsors included Raymond James Financial, Wallace Welch & Willingham, Publix Supermarket Charities and Michael and Laura Pallos.

Senior Hall of Fame

The St. Petersburg Office on Aging is seeking nominations for inductions into the 31st annual Senior Hall of Fame, which honors volunteers older than 65 who are Pinellas County residents and have focused on activities in St. Petersburg. Applications are available at or (727) 893-7102. Deadline is April 10.

Charity deadline nears

Pinellas' Queen's Court is accepting applications from Pinellas charities to receive grants for next year's 2015 Queen of Hearts Ball. The deadline is Saturday. Call (727) 894-7543.

Poetic Justice gala supports Operation Par 02/21/14 [Last modified: Friday, February 21, 2014 1:53pm]
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