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Birthday Bash raises $40,000 in scholarship money

Brooks, left, with the league’s Virginia Lazzara Award recipient Carol Russell and daughter Rachael, and league president Johni. Once a president of the St. Petersburg league, Russell has been involved in the local organization since 1982.
Published Jun. 4, 2014

05.17.2014

Nearly 200 people gathered at the St. Petersburg Country Club to raise scholarship money as a tribute to the late Jim Fischer and Skip Carr. The 10th annual Birthday Bash was a celebration of the lives of those two community leaders and was presented by the Kiwanis Club of St. Petersburg

The event raised $40,000 for Take Stock in Children Scholarships through St. Pete's Promise and the Pinellas Education Foundation. The amount will provide 10 qualified students in grades six through 11 free college tuition if they graduate high school, maintain a C average or better in every class and remain crime- and drug-free.

Terry Boehm, head of the Pinellas Education Foundation; Rich Engwall, director of St. Pete's Promise; and Nacuya Lewis, a scholarship recipient and a junior at the University of Florida, spoke during the evening.

The scholarship committee included chairman Bob Byelick, Al Karnavicius, Kathy Condon, Cathy Swanson, Doug Lampe, Worth Blackwell, Jim Beach, Sean Moore, Tom Masterson, Paul Hardin, Mark Shames, Ken Heretick, Jim Marsh, Bob DeGraaf, Suzie Fischer, Kris Fischer, Linda Carr, Kevin Carr, Shawn Rae, Mitch Cochran, Mike Mikurak and David Abbey.

J.C. and Carol Russell, Gordon and Chris Spoor, Marvin Gay, Nancy Karnavicius, Terri Boyle, Linda Moore, Betsy Blackwell, Anita DeGraaf, Barbara Byelick and members of the St. Petersburg High School Key Club also assisted during the event.

To date, more than 200 students have received scholarships in memory Fischer and Carr, Byelick reported.

05.20.2014

Members of the Junior League of St. Petersburg welcomed new members and honored Carol Russell and Andrea Winning at the annual membership meeting and dinner held in the St. Petersburg Yacht Club.

Russell received the Virginia H. Lazzara Award, which recognizes a sustaining member's accomplishments as a league member and as a community volunteer. A onetime president of the St. Petersburg league, Russell has been involved in the local organization since 1982 and previously was a member of the Miami league.

She has been president of seven organizations, according to the nomination form submitted, and she has served on 12 boards of directors, volunteered with 26 separate organizations and has been leader or co-leader of 42 events or committees.

Winning was the recipient of the Mailande Holland Barton Award, named for the founder of the St. Petersburg league and recognizes volunteerism in the league and beyond. She has been affiliated with Brookwood Florida, Infinity, Boley Angels, the Queens Court and the Woman's Service League.

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