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Family gives $26,000 in toys

Published Sep. 28, 2005

A mountain of toys, more than $26,000 worth, was given to the Salvation Army during the holidays as a donation from the family of Herbert G. "Herb" Brown.

The gift became a big part of the group's Joy Center distribution in the week before Christmas.

A veteran retailer, real estate developer and civic leader, Brown invested $5-million in Checkers during the 1980s and later moved the hamburger chain's headquarters to Clearwater.

Before he joined Checkers, Brown built a chain of 40 drugstores and sold them to Jack Eckerd Corp. and also made a fortune in real estate, developing shopping centers and mobile home parks.Realtors donate toys, merchandise

Members of the Greater Clearwater Association of Realtors participated in their annual Holiday Cheer program to the tune of $30,000 in merchandise. Over the past several weeks, members collected toys and gifts and distributed them to children in need. The Holiday Cheer program is in its 13th year, according to Kathy Robinson, chairman of GCAR community affairs.

Orthodontist gives aquarium $40,000

Clearwater Marine Aquarium recently received a donation of $40,000 from Dr. Donald Fox, a local orthodontist. This contribution will help the aquarium continue its mission of rescue, rehabilitation and release of injured or sick marine animals, and for education, research and therapy for children with special needs.


Ann and Joe Reidelberger of Seminole celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary recently with a reception at Sea Towers Clubhouse on Madeira Beach. They were married Oct. 28, 1950, at St. Matthew's Catholic Church in St. Louis.

They came here in 1974 from Florissant, Mo. She was president and co-owner of All Ways Transport Inc., St. Petersburg, and he retired as a quality control inspector for Hougan Industrial Drills, Largo. They have a daughter, Patricia Cook of Lakeland, and a granddaughter.

They are members of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Seminole. She is a member of the Sunshine Running Team and the West Florida Y Running Club, both of Clearwater, and is a former member of the Tampa Traffic Club and the Delta Nu Alpha Transportation Fraternity. He is a member of the Knights of Columbus, and together they ran the London and New York marathons in 1988.

Dorothy and Glen Wagner of Clearwater recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary at their son John's home in Clearwater with a party attended by 75 family members and friends. At the same time, another family couple celebrated their 65th anniversary. Guests came from all over the United States and Canada. They were married Nov. 16, 1940, in Chicago.

They came here in 1965 from Downers Grove, Ill. He owns and operates a landscaping business and she worked at Maas Bros. department store, St. Petersburg. They have three grandchildren, Brandon, Devin and Alexis. They are members of Faith United Church of Christ, Clearwater.