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Published Aug. 28, 2005

The YWCA of Tampa Bay is accepting nominees for the Virginia H. Lazzara Service Award. Lazzara was a driving force behind the opening of the YWCA's emergency shelter for homeless families as well as a member of the organization's board of directors. The Virginia H. Lazzara Housing Program at the YWCA/USF Family Village is named in her honor. A 150-word essay describing the nominee's dedication to enriching the community and making a better life for those in need of assistance is required. The deadline is Oct. 15. Send entries to: YWCA Virginia H. Lazzara Service Award, c/o YWCA of Tampa Bay, 601 S Lincoln Ave., Clearwater. For information, call the community relations office at (727) 461-2997, ext. 22.

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