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Hometown Pinellas

Published Dec. 12, 2016

ST. PETERSBURG RESIDENT TURNS 100

Frances Rose Foudray recently turned 100 years old. Foudray was born in Fort Wayne, Ind. While attending nursing school, she met John Elbert Foudray on a blind date and the two were married nine months later. They lived in Hammond, Ind., where they raised three children, Sandra, Jack and John. Soon after retirement, the Foudrays moved to Holiday Shores Park in Largo. "Fran" as she is known by her friends, took pride in designing and creating her own costumes and acting in numerous Holiday Shores skits, with roles ranging from a cave woman to a football player. She said her secret to her longevity is two martinis a day at happy hour for the last 82 years. Parties at Palm Garden of Pinellas, where she currently resides, complete with a cake, happy hour and music and at Holiday Shores' clubhouse were held in her honor.

PICKLEBALL PLAYERS HOLD FOOD DRIVE

The pickleball players of St. Pete Beach Community Center recently held a food drive for a local charity called Operation Attack. Pickleball players brought nonperishable items when they came to play during that week. In total, 255 food items and $133 were collected.

ST. PETERSBURG NATIVE SERVES AT PEARL HARBOR

Petty Officer Second Class Christopher Gadson, a 2004 St. Petersburg High School graduate, is stationed at the Navy's U.S. Pacific Fleet Headquarters. The U.S. Pacific Fleet consists of approximately 200 ships/submarines, nearly 1,100 aircraft, and more than 140,000 sailors and civilians. Gadson is responsible for maintenance and management of servers and computer systems onboard.

SEASIDE SEABIRD SANCTUARY GETS NEW LOGO

Seaside Seabird Sanctuary has a new look after new management took over in September. The organization's new logo can be seen on its new website, seabirdsanctuary.com, and throughout the beach. Its mission to rescue, rehabilitate and release sick, injured and orphaned birds remains the same.

GULFPORT MERCHANTS ASSOCIATION APPOINTS NEW MEMBERS

The Gulfport Merchants Association has announced the appointment of four new members to its Board of Directors. The appointments to the board are for two-year terms to commence as of January. The new members are: Veronica Champion (The Historic Peninsula Inn), Mike Fagan (Gulfport Beach Bazaar), Terry Foster (individual GMA member) and Vanessa Long (Accounting Results). The GMA also recognized Suzanne King (SIK Promotions) and Daniel Hodge (individual GMA member) for their years of service to the GMA and to the city of Gulfport. They will step down from the board at the end of this month.

PINELLAS PARK WAL-MART NEIGHBORHOOD MARKET STORE

Pinellas Park Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market Store recently awarded $2,500 to Lighthouse of Pinellas through its Community Grant Program. Lighthouse of Pinellas offers training programs that help people who are visually impaired and blind become independent at home, work and school. The grant will help fund instructional programs for LHP clients.

RADIOTHON RAISES $383K FOR ALL CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL

The US 103.5 FM Cares for Kids Radiothon raised $383,312 for Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital, the regional Children's Miracle Network Hospital during its two-day on-air event in which patients and families shared their personal stories