Fishing tournament helps special needs kids, families

Children from all over Pinellas County take part in one of the annual Make A Difference fishing tournaments at Pier 60 on Clearwater Beach. This year's tournament will be held Saturday, April 6, from 8 a.m. to noon, at Highland Lake behind Highland Recreation Complex.

CLEARWATER – Make a Difference Fishing Tournament Inc. will host a benefit auction and casino night Saturday, Aug. 18, 6 p.m., at the Hilton Clearwater Beach, 400 Mandalay Ave., Clearwater.

Tickets are $35 a person. Visit to purchase tickets through PayPal. Tickets can be picked up at will call the night of the event.

Proceeds will be used to fund four fishing tournaments for children with disabilities and their families. Proceeds will also be used for the organization’s grant program, which since 2005 has provided over $465,000 in grants to provide children with equipment or medical supplies they need.

The event will feature silent and live auction items such as trips, bicycles, artwork, fishing charters, gift baskets and much more. Food has been donated by BayStar Restaurant Group, Clear Sky Cafe, Sea Sea Riders, Capogna’s Dugout, Abe's Place Grill, Alessi Bakery and Hooters.

Make A Difference Fishing Tournament Inc. is a nonprofit 501 (C)3 organization whose purpose is dedicated to helping children with disabilities through fishing tournaments and other programs that facilitate their involvement in marine education and recreation.

For information or to get involved with the organization, call 727-449-9820.

Health screenings coming to Largo church

LARGO – Residents living in and around the Largo can learn about their risk for cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, diabetes and other chronic, serious conditions with affordable screenings by Life Line Screening.

Screenings will be offered Friday, Aug. 24, at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 455 Missouri Ave. N., Largo.

The screenings can check for:

• The level of plaque buildup in your arteries, related to risk for heart disease, stroke and overall vascular health.

• HDL and LDL Cholesterol levels

• Diabetes risk

• Bone density as a risk for possible osteoporosis

• Kidney and thyroid function, and more

Screenings are affordable, convenient and accessible for wheelchairs and those with trouble walking. Free parking is also available.

Packages start at $149. For information, call 877-237-1287 or visit Pre-registration is required.

UOAA group to meet

ST. PETERSBURG – The United Ostomy Associations of America affiliated support group of St. Petersburg will meet Sunday, July 29, 2 p.m., in the auditorium at St. Anthony’s Hospital, 1200 Seventh Ave. N., St. Petersburg.

The meeting is open to all ostomates, new or experienced. There is no cost to attend. This month’s guest will be Jeff McDaniel from Trust Home Medical.

Call Bill Schmidt at 727-657-0998 or Millie Parker at 727-687-7584 for directions or more information.

Women’s Giving Network provides funding for Empath Health projects

CLEARWATER – Members of Empath Health’s Women’s Giving Network gathered recently to hear funding request presentations to support Empath Health’s exemplary work with those who suffer chronic or advanced illnesses or grief.

This is the second annual meeting for the WGN. The network considered a variety of projects, including plans for creating a healing oasis that offers alternative methods of support for pain management, illness and anxiety, ultrasound machines to expand in-home treatments and providing feminine products for low-income and homeless clients.

The WGN is a philanthropic group that supports the members of Empath Health, including Suncoast Hospice. Members join for a minimum of two years and donate a minimum of $1,000 annually.

The WGN distributed more than $18,000 in grants to fund 10 projects for Empath Health. In addition to the distribution pool, Network members contributed an additional $20,161 to expand funding for several projects bringing the total distributions to $38,161. In just two years, Empath Health’s WGN has provided $47,161 for much-needed patient and family care in Pinellas County.

“We are extremely grateful and thankful for their caring and compassion,” said Kathy Rabon, Suncoast Hospice Foundation vice president of philanthropy. “These grants are a breath of fresh air for our projects and the community we serve. It’s impossible to do it without the compassion of people like these incredible women and our volunteers.”

The WGN is accepting new members at this time. For information, call Carla Mattern at 727-523-3414 or email

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