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2nd Annual Sumter’s Sweetheart

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altWith such great popularity throughout last year’s “Sumter’s Sweetheart” Online Pet Photo Contest, the Humane Society/SPCA of Sumter County is happy to announce that the 2nd  “Sumter’s Sweetheart” will run from January 5th through February 11th, 2011. If you have the most wonderful heroic coolest best pet there ever was, it’s time for the world to know it! Post your pet’s photo (online only) at the HS/SPCA’s website contest link, www.hsspca.org starting on Wednesday, January 5th, then spread the word to all your friends and family to send in their online votes. Entries are only $5/photo and votes are only $1 each. Claudia Labbe’, Fundraising Chairperson, added “the really big news is that the top three prize packages are double in value of what they were for our inaugural year, exceeding $700 in great prizes! Support from our participants entering their pets, casting their votes and businesses donating prizes and they were ready to be a part of it this year!” She pointed out that the new twist to the contest ill also allow the top three vote-getters to select which prize package they prefer. All three prize packages will be of equal retail value over $225 each. The highest one will be crowned “Sumter’s Sweetheart” with their pet’s photo on the HS/SPCA’s website front page through February while all three top contestants will be on the HS/SPCA Facebook page.

The revenue received from the online contest will be applied towards many needs such as food, medical care and on-going animal cruelty investigations. Ms. Labbe commented “we are looking forward to seeing a greater variety in pet types this year such as possibly more horses, cats, birds and other unique pets! It is open to any type of pet as long as it lives in Sumter County, FL but the votes can come from everywhere in the world. We encourage everyone to spread the word about the contest and find out who will be Sumter’s Sweetheart for 2011!”

The online-only contest will be updated on the HS/SPCA’s Facebook page and website regularly. Contest rules and information for entrants/voters and the prizes are all posted on the website contest link. For more information, visit www.hsspca.org or call 352-793-9117.

 

A Barbeque For Teresa

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by Su Gerheim

Patsy KellyMy friend Patsy Kelly. Everybody knows her. Even if they don’t, they’ve probably been touched by her deeds. What does she do? Nearly every kind of charity and event planning going on in Sumter and its surrounding sister counties for the last twenty years. Helping people? Definitely. She has, all of her life, done things to help other people. For whom does she work? In her own words, “I work for God. It is His blessing that gives me strength, gives me grace, and leads me to people who need me.” Why does she do it? I think she does it because she sees the need in people who are less fortunate than others. She feels the devastation in people when tragedy occurs. It’s never about money, raffles, food, or bands. It’s about people helping people. She knows how to do that and her only question is, “How can I help you?”

I know first-hand how much she helps others. She is a giver and a doer. She gets things done that help people who have been overwhelmed by tragedy. Still don’t know her? Perhaps some of you will remember her if I mention she raised funds for the funeral of three-year-old Desmond who recently passed away in Sumter County. She planned the fundraising event hosted by Tracy’s Point Community Club to support our military troops a few years ago, and again for their event to support Share Our Strength with the Great American Bake Sale, helping to eliminate childhood hunger in America. She organized fundraisers to feed needy children through the Crossroads Connection Church in Sumter county for the last two Christmases and succeeded in having Santa Claus visit the children for those two years.

Now she needs our help. Her daughter, Teresa Wade, forty three, has been struck down by a massive stroke and two brain aneurysms that have left her paralyzed along her entire left side. Two emergency back-to-back surgeries at Tampa General Hospital, with more to come, have done all they can do. She is now in a rehabilitation/nursing residence in Citrus County. Her speech slowly returns. They work with her on coordination, walking and recovering enough to go back into surgery to cover the large hole in her skull she needed to relieve pressure. What does she say? “I know I’ll get better. God will help me.” This tragedy has precluded her residence in a sub-let apartment. She doesn’t know when she’ll be able to “go-it-on-her-own” again, but she works hard on regaining function and knows it will come some day.

Please help my friend Patsy. Come to the family’s fundraiser at Catfish Johnny’s Family Restaurant in Lake Panasoffkee; 2396 CR 470, approximately four miles west of I-75 at exit 321 on Saturday, January 22nd, from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. A Bar-B-Q dinner for $6.00 will include raffles, gifts, a 50/50 drawing, gospel music by Billy and Lois Owens from Crossroads Connection Church and country music from The Snowmen.

If you’re unable to attend, but still wish to help Teresa, please mail anything you can by check to Patsy’s other daughter, Mrs. Tina Figueroa, at 3018 Lake Ellen Drive, Tampa, FL 33618. Please be sure to write on the check, in the notation area, the words “FOR TERESA WADE.” Your help will make it happen. I know Patsy and her family appreciates anything you can send as well as your prayers. I’ll be there because Patsy’s my friend. Because now, she needs my help.

 

The Harlem Ambassadors Are Coming

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altGet ready for dazzling ball-handling tricks, high-flying slam-dunks and hilarious family comedy. Join the harlem ambassadors basketball show on Friday, February 18th at 7:00 p.m. at Lake Sumter Community College gym (Leesburg campus), as they take on the Mid Florida Playmakers. Purchase your tickets today. For more information contact Mt Dora Lions at (352) 735-1128 or New Vision for Independence at (352) 435-5040.

All proceeds to benefit local sight conservation programs and the visually impaired of lake county.

The harlem ambassadors . . . It’s not your grandfather’s basketball show!

 

Feeding Lake County Grants

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 The most recent grantee, Steve Smith (left) from New Beginnings and Paul Jacobson from Community Foundation of South LakeIf you are a Food Pantry that distributes in Lake County, the Community Foundation of South Lake would like to invite you to participate in Food Providers of Lake County.  We currently have a variety of groups (churches, local food pantries and not-for-profit groups) from across Lake County who attend this meeting.  They meet with one common goal:  feeding those most in need. 

Matching Grants are being provided to food pantries located in Lake County on a $1 for $2 raised basis.  This fund from which grants are made is called the Feeding Lake County Fund and it was provided through the generosity of the Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation.

“Nonprofit organizations located in Lake County may receive funds to replenish food pantries or provide feeding programs to the community.  Attend one of our meetings and use one of our applications to apply,” said Bruce Greer.  Matching Grant Applications will be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Five grants totaling $10,350.67 have been awarded to date.  The grantees are:  Family Christian Center in Clermont, Faith Neighborhood Center, The Church at South Lake, Haines Creek Baptist Church in Leesburg, United Way of Lake & Sumter Counties and most recently, New Beginnings, pictured here.  Congratulations to everybody that has received a matching grant.

Please call 352-394-3818 and ask for Paul Jacobson, Program Manager at the Foundation.  He will answer any questions about the procedure of applying for a Matching Grant.

 

Chili Cook-Off

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