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Robert and Charlene Hall of Clearwater celebrate 50th wedding anniversary

To celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary, Robert and Charlene Hall of Clearwater took a three-month vacation and an Alaskan cruise during the summer of 2008.

The couple married March 21, 1959, at First Methodist Church, Sylvania, Ohio.

He worked for a food broker.

She was a day care worker.

They came here in September 2000 from Manitou Beach, Mich.

The Halls enjoy traveling and shuffleboard.

As members of Countryside Baptist Church, they serve as volunteers, sing in the choir, and over the past 20 years have participated in five mission trips to Hungary and Haiti.

They have a son; a daughter; and four grandchildren.

Gills' philanthropy is recognized

Dr. James P. Gills, founder and director of St. Luke's Cataract & Laser Institute with four Tampa Bay area locations, has been profiled in the current issue of Philanthropy World magazine, a bimonthly publication that "recognizes extraordinary people who are dedicated to extraordinary causes."

Gills has helped fund 350 churches through International Cooperating Ministries, donated money to build 18 hospitals throughout the world and contributed funds to another 1,000 hospitals through Medical Ministry International.

He is the recipient of the 2007 Frederick E. Fisher Humanitarian Award, the Duke University 2005 Humanitarian Award and the 2002 William Carey Award for Extraordinary Leadership and Service in World Missions from Trinity College. He was also honored with the 2007 Johns Hopkins School of Medicine's Distinguished Medical Alumnus Award and was elected to the Johns Hopkins Society of Scholars.

Gills, who has performed more cataract and lens-implant surgeries than any other eye surgeon in the world, established the James P. Gills Charitable Foundation to support his faith-based doctrine of philanthropy.

During the past three decades, foundation gifts have gone to more than 70 ministries and organizations.

Preschool science project gets award

Anne Brooks, a preschool teacher and owner of Happy Feet Family Child Care in Clearwater, was selected to receive the Terri Lynne Lokoff/Children's Tylenol National Child Care Teacher Award.

Brooks, chosen for her commitment to maintaining high-quality child care practices and dedication to the children she teaches, will receive a $1,000 award at a special ceremony in King of Prussia, Pa.

As part of the application process, applicants design an enhancement project that illustrates the educational, social and emotional benefits for the children in their care. With her award-winning project "Stepping into Backyard Science," Brooks will incorporate themed science centers in her back yard that include a weather center with thermometer, wind socks, pinwheels, a rain gauge and a vegetable garden.

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Robert and Charlene Hall of Clearwater celebrate 50th wedding anniversary 03/31/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 31, 2009 9:51pm]
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