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Fundraiser brings in $13,000: Catholic Charities' Shelters of Hope of the Diocese of St. Petersburg hosted a Mardi Gras dinner fundraiser in February at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church in Clearwater. One of the areas that Catholic Charities focuses on is shelter for the homeless. It has more than 1,700 units of affordable housing for individuals and families in need. More than $13,000 was raised at the event.

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Navy Seaman Recruit Rashad P. Johnson, a 2010 graduate of Dixie Hollins High School, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

Army Pvt. Demmico D. Bristol, a 2012 Boca Ciega High School graduate, graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C. Bristol is the nephew of Aundia Bristol and Nathan Lee of St. Petersburg.

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Frank Knight, a retired St. Petersburg music teacher, began donating blood when he was a student at Florida State University in 1959. In March, Knight donated platelets again, totalling 125 gallons since he began. For information on donating blood, visit oneblood.org, or call toll-free, 1-800-682-5663.

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Seminole resident Kristin Moorehead, 13, was chosen as a Tourette Syndrome Association Youth Ambassador. The TSA hosted its seventh annual Tourette Syndrome Youth Ambassador Training Program in Washington, D.C., in March for teens with and without Tourette syndrome. Kristin has now returned to Florida to educate her peers and younger children about sensitivity and awareness of Tourette syndrome by visiting classrooms, schools and clubs. She will focus on its symptoms and dispel myths and stereotypes that are often associated with the disorder.

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