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02/01/2013

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Sarasota News Leader February 1, 2013 Page 59 at All Faiths when they are bare is just what distribution to human service organizations Season of Sharing is intended to do," she adds. in Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte and DeSoto counties last year. "Over the years, Season of "The problem of hunger in our community Sharing has distributed more than $7.2 milis far greater than most people realize," says lion to area nonprofits serving those in need; All Faiths Food Bank Executive Director San- last year alone the program helped more than dra Frank in the release. "We cannot help feed 2,400 people keep the lights on, put food on those in need if our shelves are empty; we are the table, receive child care and stay in their so grateful to the Community Foundation of homes," the release notes. Sarasota County for recognizing the overThe Kathleen K. Catlin fund is administered by whelming and ongoing need, and filling it." an advisory committee of Community FounThe Season of Sharing campaign, which be- dation of Sarasota County. An open, competgan in 2000 as a partnership between the Her- itive grant cycle is available to organizations ald-Tribune Media Group and the Commu- meeting qualifications and guidelines of the nity Foundation of Sarasota County, raised fund, the release adds. For more information, approximately $1.8 million in 2011-2012 for call 955-3000 or visit www.CFSarasota.org. SAY I DO AGAIN RETURNS TO SIESTA BEACH FOR VALENTINE'S DAY Sarasota County Parks and Recreation's popular Say I Do Again wedding vow renewal event will return to Siesta Public Beach, 948 Beach Road, Siesta Key, at 6 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 14, the county has announced. ment of the couple that has been married the longest, he adds. "It's the perfect way to spend Valentine's Day," he points out, "sharing a gorgeous sunset on America's best beach with the person most special in your life." Every year on Valentine's Day, hundreds of people renew their commitment to the special person in their lives during a ceremony "on the powdery soft white sand of Siesta Beach, which was designated as the No, 1 Beach in America by Dr. Beach in 2011," a county news release says. The vow renewal ceremony will be officiated by Magistrate Ed Wilson, the release notes. New to this year's event will be the Good Time Groove, "one of the region's most popular 10-piece orchestras," which will play Big Band and swing music from 4 to 5 p.m., the release points out. Event sponsor Marriage-Works also will provide music and giveaways. Advance registration is required by Feb. 11; it can be undertaken online at www.parkson- Following the ceremony, each couple will reline.scgov.net or by calling 861-7275, the re- ceive a commemorative certificate and enjoy lease notes. The cost is $5 per couple. wedding cake from Beautiful Cakes by Ron, the release says. Music will be provided by "It's one our most popular events that draws radio station WCTQ, 106.5 FM. hundreds of couples from all over the area," says Jonathan Poyner, Sarasota County Parks For more information, contact the Sarasota and Recreation program coordinator, in the County Call Center at 861-5000 or visit www. release. One of the highlights is the announce- scgov.net.

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