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tor of The Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs was the guest speaker. Local businessman and philanthropist Ed Ameen, who the Tampa Bay Lightning recently recognized as a community hero, was the dinner committee chairman. The committee also includes Florida State Representative Kathleen Peters, St. Petersburg resident Ross Roeder and other local leaders and community members. The 20th annual dinner event was emceed by Dick Crippen, senior advisor for the Tampa Bay Rays base- “We are honored to host this tribute to the brave members of the US Coast Guard’s Seventh District who enforce maritime law, protect our homeland and preserve the environment in throughout the south; and are very happy to have such a distinguished list of SPAR Dorothy Kurtz with Coast Guard Commandant, Admiral Robert J. Papp, Jr. The Honor Guard ball team and was attended by Master Chief Eric Kalita, Command Master Chief of Jacksonville-based HITRON, and his daughter Sydney — a Coast Guard Foundation scholarship recipient and University of speakers and guests at this year’s dinner event,” said South Florida student, where she is pursuing a degree Anne Brengle, president, Coast Guard Foundation. in the medical field. Also in attendance will be Com“We proudly support the Coast Guard and truly appremander Bruce Melnick, USCG (Ret.), a Clearwater naciate the help our donors and contive and graduate of Clearwater stituents provide so that we can High School, and the first Coast continue our mission to provided Guard service member to become education, support and relief for an astronaut. these heroes.” A special guest in attendance The Coast Guard Foundation’s was Dorothy Kurtz, a member 2013 Tribute to the Coast Guard in of the Coast Guard SPARS, who the Seventh District began with a served in WWII. (Created in 1942, cocktail reception followed by dinthe SPARS was the U.S. Coast ner and program. Guard’s all women reserve force.) For more information on the Dorothy was among the first womCoast Guard Foundation or its en to serve in the SPARS, and was programs, please call (860) 535celebrating her 90th birthday at the 0786, or visit MC for the evening, Dick Crippen Vinoy event. 33

Accent On Tampa Bay #194, December, 2013

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