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Celebrity waiters raise $7,000 for research

The Celebrity Waiters Luncheon at the Orange Blossom on Thursday raised $7,000 for the Leukemia Society of America. Area business leaders served as celebrity waiters and waitresses. Dressed in colorful and unusual costumes, the celebrity waiters expected to be "tipped" generously for serving lunch. All tips were later turned in as donations to the Lukemia Society.

Celebrity waiters and waitresses includedJohn Nix, Paragon Cable; Mardi R. Deranian, Deranian-Noble Design Group; Roy J. Geilen, Executive Suites; Bruce W. Harting, Riden, Earle & Kiefner, P.A.; Bill LeFever, Geonex; Dr. Rex Orr, Radiology Associates of St. Petersburg; Kurt & Trent Ulrich, Ulrich Financial; and Linda Noble-Welch, Deranian-Noble Design Group.

Funds raised will benefit the Leukemia Society's programs of research and patient aid. The Suncoast Chapter of the Leukemia Society serves 12 counties, including Pinellas. Anyone interested in learning about the Leukemia Society's programs or in making a donation can call (813)821-6375.

Seniors get into Army programs

Four St. Petersburg high school seniors have received appointments and scholarships from the U.S. Air Force.

Steven F. Spiegel, son of Emily Spiegel and Air Force Col. Robert Spiegel, M.D., received a Certificate of Appointment to attend the United States Air Force Academy during an awards ceremony at Northeast High School. The appointment, which represents the equivalent of a full four-year scholarship, is valued at more than $200,000. Steve will enter the Academy at Colorado Springs, Colo., this summer. He will begin a seven-week basic cadet training program before beginning academics. Steve was one in 1,400 selected for the Academy's Class of 1995.

Brett A. Gates, son of Deborah Gates of Gulfport, received a Certificate of Appointment to attend the United States Air Force Preparatory School during awards ceremonies at Boca Ciega High School on May 22. U.S. Marine Captain Bob Lewis, 1984 graduate of the Air Force Academy, presented the certificate to Brett, which represents the equivalent of a full year scholarship. He will enter the Prep School at Colorado Springs, Colo., this summer.

Competing against more that 12,000 entries, Brett was one of about 250 selected to the Academy's Prep School Class of 1992. Upon completion of the Prep School, he will compete for an appointment to the U.S. Air Force Academy.

Christine Anglin, daughter of Richard and Peg Anglin, and Goremushandu M. Zvobogo, son of Simeon Zvobogo and Gwendolyn James, received Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) scholarship certificates during award ceremonies at their schools.

Competing against more than 17,000 students, Anglin and Zvobogo were two of 4,000 selected for the scholarships.

Junior League presents service award

The Junior League of St. Petersburg presented its annual Community Service Award to Anita Triser for her volunteer service to the community. Anita has helped with such programs as Special Olympics of Pinellas County; Big Brothers/Big Sisters Program; Mainsail Arts Festival; Great Explorations; United Way; Paint St. Pete Proud; and the Meals on Wheels Program.

She is employed by the City of St. Petersburg as Manager of Stadium Administration of the Florida Suncoast Dome and has been involved in efforts to bring baseball to St. Petersburg.

The Virginia H. Lazzara Community Service Award has been established in memory of a woman who was a vital part of the St. Petersburg Junior League and other community organizations. Past recipients have included Rosa Jackson, John and Mary K. Wilson and Linda Simms.