Basic training graduate: Air Force Airman First Class Steffen W. Albright recently graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. Airmen who complete basic training also earn four credits toward an associate's degree in applied science through the Community College of the Air Force. Albright, a 2013 graduate of River Ridge High School, is the son of Marcel M. Albright of Grand Blanc, Mich.; the brother of Kayla M. Albright of New Port Richey, and the grandson of Karen Gooden of Hudson.
Clubs and organizations
Elks lodge grows, keeps busy: New Port Richey Elks Lodge 2284 has initiated a lot of new members — 102 since April 1. In addition to all of the new members, the lodge and its members recently donated $500 to Pasco County Fire Rescue to provide fire safety education materials for 200 children in Pasco County, donated $1,000 to Calusa Elementary School to benefit its family emergency fund and donated school supplies and clothing to the school. The lodge also paired with CARES (Community Aging & Retirement Services) to provide gently used or new shoes, which are sent to impoverished countries and used to start small businesses to help lift people out of poverty. A donation of $1,000 also was given to assist with CARES programs for the elderly of Pasco County.
Notes of thanks
Special Olympics Florida-Collier County would like to extend heartfelt thanks to all the athletes and volunteers from Pasco County who donated supplies and food items for their Hurricane Irma relief drive, which was set up by Valerie Lundin and Phyllis Crain.
On Sept. 22, Pasco County athletes and volunteers loaded a trailer with hurricane relief supplies. Later that afternoon, Crain made the 175-mile trip to Naples and delivered the items to Special Olympics Florida-Collier County offices, before returning to Pasco County that same night.
The following morning, Special Olympics Florida-Collier County hosted a relief drive at the Greater Naples YMCA, and all the supplies were distributed to local Special Olympics families who were impacted by the hurricane.
The Collier County athletes and their families are eternally grateful for the kindness and generosity shown by all those in Pasco County.
Justin Copertino, Naples
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