Photojournalism contest winner announced
The Plant City Photo Archives and History Center named Brendan Rollyson winner of its 2019 Photojournalism Contest.
Rollyson, who was chosen unanimously for the win, used his words and photographs to tell the story of his grandfather’s experiences as a Boy Scout in the 1950s and how that inspired him to carry on that legacy. Rollyson earned the rank of Eagle Scout in February.
“The Photo Archives & History Center Photojournalism Contest states that ‘photojournalism is telling true and factual stories through words and photographs.’ That’s exactly what Brendan Rollyson did in his story about Scouting in Plant City,” archives director Gil Gott said in a news release.
Rollyson won $100 for his efforts on behalf of contest sponsor Haught Funeral Home.
Armwood HS volunteers help EHHS
Armwood High School’s AVID Club lent a helping hand to the East Hillsborough Historical Society on April 27 by getting to work at the 1914 Plant City High School Community Center.
The AVID members who made the trek to Plant City helped with landscaping, working with landscape foreman Karl Rhoades of the City of Plant City Parks Division to install mulch and place plants.
“The EHHS/1914 are very appreciative of the opportunity to work with the youth of our community as they develop a positive lifelong trait of giving of their time to help others,” EHHS president Shelby Bender said. “Volunteerism builds a sense of self value that stays with you forever. I myself began to volunteer at a very early age and to this day I enjoy meeting new people and working on projects that leave a positive impact for everyone to enjoy.”
Goodwill stores hosting summer food drive
Channel 10 News and Publix are once again teaming up with Goodwill stores in the Tampa Bay area to help keep kids from going hungry over the summer.
The “Cereal for Summer” food drive will collect nonperishable breakfast foods at Goodwill stores from May 5 through 19 in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties. Nutritious dry cereals, breakfast bars and oatmeal are encouraged donation items.
The Plant City stores at 2802 James L. Redman Parkway and 3050 College Ave. E. are participating in the drive and will accept donations during their regular business hours.
Pet adoption weekend upcoming
The PetSmart store at 211 W. Alexander St. will participate in the national PetSmart Charities National Adoption Weekend event from May 17-19.
The Plant City store and Rescue Cats of Florida will host the event from 12 to 5 p.m. those days. Fully vetted cats and dogs will be available for adoption on site. Approved adopters can also spin a prize wheel to possibly win free food, pet supplies or a discounted adoption fee.
Pets available at the Plant City store can be seen on Rescue Cats of Florida’s Facebook page, which also has adoption and volunteer applications. All of the group’s animals are spayed or neutered, chipped and vaccinated.
The group is also looking for volunteers and wants students to know they can earn community service hours working with it. To volunteer or get more information about Rescue Cats of Florida, visit rescuecatsofflorida.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Donate at American Heart Association at Winn-Dixie
Winn-Dixie grocery stores around the southeastern United States are teaming up with the American Heart Association to help with disease prevention research.
The chain is supporting the AHA’s Life is Why We Give fundraising campaign by collecting donations at its stores. Shoppers in Plant City at the 205 W. Alexander St. location can donate at the cash register through May 7.
According to the AHA, heart disease and stroke are the No. 1 and No. 5 killers of Americans today.
Tractor Supply Co. to host Market Day
Farmers, artisans and crafters are invited to show and sell their goods at Tractor Supply Co., 1803 James L. Redman Parkway, on May 18.
Market Day is an event to be hosted at Tractor Supply Co. stores all over the United States, giving vendors a free marketplace for their wares. All vendors have to do is visit the TSC store in Plant City or go online at TSCeventpartners.com before May 15 to sign up.
“Our communities are filled with incredible talent,” Mary Lawley, vice president of store administration, said. “As a company, we strive to support our communities and the out here lifestyle, which is why we created Tractor Supply’s Market Day as a way to shine the spotlight on our talented neighbors by providing them with an easy and convenient way to share their goods with others.”