Alan J. Snider of Largo received a "Great Pioneer" award from the American Osteopathic Association on Saturday during the Pinellas County Osteopathic Medical Society's annual presidential reception and dinner at the TradeWinds resort on St. Petersburg Beach.
The AOA's national president, Karen Nichols, presented Snider, a doctor of osteopathy, with a medal and plaque in honor of his work with Largo's Sun Coast Hospital, which is now Largo Medical Center.
Snider was involved in the hospital's founding as a 24-bed facility in 1957. He watched it evolve over five decades into a full service, 200-bed acute care medical and surgical nonprofit teaching hospital.
"No one physician has influenced the growth of osteopathic medicine on the west coast of Florida more than Alan J. Snider, D.O.," Nichols said of the 99-year-old award winner.
In 2006, the AMA launched the program "Great Pioneers in Osteopathic Medicine." It is reserved for members who made pivotal decisions and took decisive action at critical times for the profession.
Dr. Snider resides in Largo with his wife, Charlotte.
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The Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce recognized businesses, not-for-profits and philanthropic leaders at its sold out 89th annual meeting at the Sheraton Sand Key Resort Jan. 18.
At the meeting, 2-1-1 Tampa Bay Cares was awarded Not-for-Profit of the Year for 2011 in the medium size category.
People often don't know where to turn for help. In many cases, they get frustrated and confused while trying to access information and end up going without necessary services because they don't know where to start.
The mission of 2-1-1 Tampa Bay Cares is connecting people to the support services they need.
2-1-1 Tampa Bay Cares thanked the business community for its support and nomination.
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On Jan. 15, more than 325 University of South Florida students responded to the call of service and reached across the bay for the 2011 Tampa Bay Beautification Partnership with USF Stampede of Service.
To commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day at Wall Springs Park in Palm Harbor, students assisted in the revitalization of parkland by removing more than 4,000 pounds of litter and debris.
The Tampa Bay Beautification staff was impressed with the enthusiasm and energy of the students during the cleanup. USF students rolled tires, carried old mattresses, stacked old cement blocks and even dragged rusted water coolers to the trash bin, determined to overflow the 30-yard container before their time was up.
Tampa Bay Beautification is committed to obtaining and sustaining the health and beauty of the Tampa Bay watershed. Debbie Chayet, grants specialist with Pinellas Parks and Conservation Resources, said, "Park management is ecstatic over the results and the number of volunteer hours generated from this event.
Thank you Tampa Bay Beautification for pulling together such a fantastic group of volunteers and facilitating such a successful volunteer restoration-based cleanup event on Pinellas County conservation land."
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Brielle Ware, daughter of Joe and Judi Ware of Clearwater, was recently certified as a Professional in Human Resources, having passed a comprehensive exam administered by the Human Resources Certification Institute.
Ware graduated from Countryside High School in 2007 and earned a bachelor of science degree in business management/human resources from Florida Gulf Coast University in July 2010.