Good Samaritan Food Ministry Expands

Are you on a fixed income and having trouble making ends meet? Do you sometimes have to choose between paying a bill and buying food? Good Samaritan can help out. By attending classes, each student will receive a bag of groceries. Classes include Men’s and Women’s Bible Study, Card-making, and Cooking. These one-hour classes start at 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., and are being held at Balm Baptist Church, located at 15021 Balm Wimauma Rd. in Wimauma. For more information, or to sign up for a class, please call 634-7136.

Black Tie Gala To Benefit A Kids Place

A Kid’s Place Through The Looking Class Fostering Hope Black Tie Gala will be presented by Krista & Arthur Schultz on Saturday, February 17 at the Glazer Children’s Museum at 110 W. Gasparilla Plaza in Tampa.

A VIP Reception begins at 6:30 p.m.; cocktails at 7 p.m. and dinner at 8 p.m. Enjoy dancing until 11:30 p.m. with the Shawn Brown Band. There will be a program, silent and live auctions through the night.

There is valet parking. Individual tickets are $300 per person. If you are interested in attending or becoming a sponsor, please visit

Jeff & Penny Vinik To Be Honored At YMCA Signature Event

Jeff and Penny Vinik will receive the Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA’s 2018 Community Impact Award on Tuesday, February 27 at 6 p.m. The Regions Community Impact Dinner will be emceed by ABC Action News’ Good Morning Tampa Bay Anchors Deiah Riley & James Tully at the Pepin’s Hospitality Centre at 4121 N. 50th St. in Tampa. More than 500 guests will enjoy dinner, awards presentations and videos showcasing the Tampa YMCA’s real impact on community members.

The Tampa YMCA recognize and thank the Viniks for their dedication and positive impact on Tampa Bay residents. Previous recipients of the Community Impact Award include Doretha Edgecomb, Richard Gonzmart, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, Hillsborough County Commissioners Ken Hagan and Sandra Murman, former Florida CFO Alex Sink, former Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio and former Hillsborough County Superintendent MaryEllen Elia.

Also during the event, former Tampa Y Governance Board Chair Brett Couch will receive the Red Triangle Award, given to volunteers whose leadership, dedicated service and devotion to the mission have made significant and lasting impact on the Tampa Y. In addition, 15 Center Volunteers of the Year will be recognized. Special dignitaries will be in attendance, including elected officials from Hillsborough and Pasco counties. 

A gift of $2,500 or more to the Tampa YMCA entitles donors to host a table of eight. To make a donation and RSVP for the Regions Community Impact Dinner, contact or 224-9622 ext. 1272. Media members wishing to cover the event should contact Lalita Llerena at 545-7772 or
Hawthorne Hosts Parkinson’s Disease Support Group

Hawthorne Health & Rehabilitation Center hosts a monthly support group for those diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease and caregivers on the third Thursday of every month.
A variety of speakers will provide information on topics relating to swallowing, balance, walking, speaking, mobility, exercise, self-care, cognition, and memory, all of which can be impacted by Parkinson’s Disease.

The Parkinson’s Disease support group is free of charge and open to those who have been diagnosed with the disease, family members, caregivers and anyone with an interest in learning more about Parkinson’s.

Hawthorne Health & Rehabilitation Center, located at 851 W. Lumsden Rd. in Brandon, is a skilled nursing facility with inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation programs including speech, physical and occupational therapies. Hawthorne also hosts a dementia support group in the assisted living facility, as well as past meetings for those dealing with strokes, diabetes, low vision and other diseases.

For more information or to register, call 661-8998 Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

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Michelle Colesanti
Michelle has been with the Osprey Observer for almost nine years, and her current position is Assignment Editor. She resides in Bloomingdale with her husband Phil, two sons, Philip and Matthew, and Tigger the cat.