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GTE Suncoast Classic sends checks to senior services

Proceeds from the 1991 GTE Suncoast Classic were recently presented to five bay area senior service organizations. Hospice Care/Pinellas, Hospice of Hillsborough, Meals on Wheels of Tampa, Neighborly Senior Services/Pinellas and OASIS/Older Adult Services each received a check for $46,561.60, their share of the golf tournament's record proceeds of $232,808. Paul Nolan, president of GTE Telephone Operations-South Area and honorary chairman of the 1991 GTE Suncoast Classic, presented checks to the executive directors of each organization at a reception May 29 at the Tournament Players Club at Cheval, new home of the golf tournament.

Safety Patrol hero gets national honor

Shelly Dance, 11, of Riverview, was among three safety patrol members from across the country to receive the American Automobile Association's School Safety Patrol Lifesaving Medal Award for risking their lives to save the lives of fellow students.

Last October, Shelly, a student at Riverview Elementary School, grabbed a 6-year-old boy from near

the rear wheels of a moving school bus.

Shelly received her award from Elaine L. Chao, deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation, and J. Kay Aldous, AAA senior vice president of public and government affairs, at a ceremony May 29 in Washington, D.C.

Shelly is the daughter of Debbie and Jim Thomas of Riverview.

Trustees named for boys school

Art Pepin, chairman of the Mary Help of Christians School Foundation, announced the election of new members to the board of trustees:

Joe Molloy, of the New York Yankees; April Parker; Thomas J. Shannon Jr., Village Development Co.; Bruce T. Adams, Waste Management of Tampa; Scott Bartholmey, CPA; Phil Esposito, president of the Tampa Bay Lightning; Michael B. Manning, Calister-Manning; Adrian Brennan; Haven Poe; Tom Pepin, Pepin Distributing Co.; Frank Esposito Sr.; and Tony Ranalli.

The Foundation was begun in 1979 to address the needs of the school that serves as a home away from home for 110 adolescent boys.

Health care society honors colleague

John Gifford was named a fellow in the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS). Gifford, director of management engineering at Tampa General Hospital, is past president and founding member of the Central Florida HIMSS chapter. He has been at Tampa General since 1984 and is one of 80 HIMSS fellows in the world.

Gifford earned his bachelor's degree in industrial engineering from North Carolina State University and a master's degree in business administration from George Washington University.

The society has 3,700 members worldwide and is a branch of the American Hospital Association that promotes professional approaches to operation, development and improvement of health-care information and management and health-care systems.

Girl Scouts thank volunteers

Suncoast Girl Scout Council volunteers were honored recently at a luncheon at the Tampa Airport Marriott Hotel.

The Thanks Badge II for Continuing Service, the highest award possible in adult Girl Scouting, was awarded for the first time in the Suncoast Council to Elvena Penfield.

Kimee Cooper, Polly Tillinghast, Tom Cone and Carl Gaines received the Thanks Badge, in recognition of service to Girl Scouting.

Clifford "Skipper Richardson and Gladys Kuhn received the Silver Egret, a special council recognition for outstanding service to Girl Scouting and the community.

The Honor Pin was awarded to Susan Caldwell and council staff member Connie Lange for outstanding service in more than one Girl Scout neighborhood.

The Appreciation Pin, for outstanding service in at least one Girl Scout neighborhood, was awarded to Carol Allen, Susan Barishman, Linda Chamberlain, Judy Conrad, Sue Crannell, Lynda Durand, Susan Kienker, Judy Liner, Sandra Murray, Kathy Taylor, Donna Vohwinkle, Connie Vrchlavsky and council staff member Joanne Eutsler.

Photo takes third in national contest

Local amateur photographer Marvin Spates won third prize in the national Year of the Lifetime Reader Photo Contest. He was among 13 national winners selected from more than 600 entries submitted as the top winners in contests sponsored by 256 libraries. The winning photographs portray readers of all ages.

Spates' photograph, "Steps to Higher Knowledge," placed third in the adult color photograph category of the contest, sponsored by the American Library Association and the Center for the Book, Library of Congress. Spates received $250 provided by World Book Encyclopedia. His photograph will be part of an exhibit at the Library of Congress.

"Steps to Higher Knowledge," first-place winner in the Hillsborough County Library contest, is a picture of Spates' son Ivin reading on the steps of Tampa's Convention Center. Spates, a project coordinator for Robert Reid Wedding Architects & Planners in Tampa, has been an amateur photographer for 10 years. He has won recognition in other contests sponsored by Southern Living and the American Institute of Architects. Ivin is a student at Ben Hill Junior High.

Chamberlain grad shares film awards

Image Haven Films, a four-member 1990 senior class film group of Pennsylvania State University, received several awards for its film, An Early October.

Molly Rodriguez, a 1986 graduate of Chamberlain High School, was coproducer and production manager of the film. Image Haven Films is composed of Rodriguez and Pennsylvanians Kevin Rolly, producer, director, writer and editor; Michelle Perone, coproducer and director of photography; and Charles Homyak, coproducer and sound technician.

An Early October won second place in drama in the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Foundation's 12th annual College Television Awards held in March in Beverly Hills, Calif.

The film also won first place in all categories of the American Film and Video Awards, also in March.

Manor Care leads Alzheimer's walk

Manor Care of Hillsborough County has contributed $5,500 to become the major corporate sponsor for the Greater Tampa Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association's Nov. 2 walk at Horizon Park.

The Memory Walk is part of a fund-raising campaign sponsored by Alzheimer's chapters across the country. Participants are asked to recruit sponsors to pledge contributions for every mile walked. For information on the Memory Walk, call 875-7766.