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Plant City Observer Friday, Jan. 19, 2018 10 months ago

1.19.18 Your Town

Unity in the Community starts off new year with a bang and the Ladies of the Elks support occupational therapists

Unity in the Community starts off new year with a bang

Unity in the Community received a $6,000 check Monday from the Tampa Bay Vettes Club. Ralph Girard, president of the Tampa Bay Vettes club, said they organization appreciated what Unity in the Community represents in Plant City. The organization is comprised of more than 200 members and they voted to donate a portion of their fundraising over the past year to Unity in hopes it will aid in continuing to make a difference in the lives of those in need.

Courtesy of Judy Wise.

Elks support occupational therapists

The Ladies of the Elks for the Plant City Elks Lodge started the new year off with a donation to help children through the Florida Elks Children’s Therapy Services. The women held a fundraiser to purchase therapeutic listening equipment, which will assist children in walking and talking for the first time through therapy.

The Angel Tree Project features a Christmas tree with clear ornaments full of fake currency. The ornaments on the tree added up to the total funds needed to purchase all of the equipment. Members chose their ornaments and gave a cash donation. Through this program, $825 was raised and another $570 was donated by the Ladies of the Elks. The group then presented a check for $1,395 to Colleen Gallent, director of Florida Elks Children’s Therapy Services, and Paula Tarver, occupational therapist, on Jan. 10 for the district to purchase equipment for their therapeutic services. The equipment will be used by therapists and patients in the district and is estimated to help more than 100 children.

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