Volunteers needed for Riverview cemetery clean-up
Home Depot is sponsoring a clean-up from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at Hackney Cemetery, 11020 Hackney Drive, Riverview. Volunteers with gloves, rakes and other yard implements are needed to rake, trim, clean tombstones and pick up trash at the cemetery, which is more than 100 years old. Caretaker Florence Sikes is also collecting money to purchase American flags to place on the graves of more than 130 veterans. To help with either time or cash, contact Florence Sikes at (813) 677-7606 or email [email protected]
Multicultural festival set
The Wimauma Citizens Improvement League and Hispanic Services Council will co-host a multicultural festival Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Bethune Recreation Center, 5809 Edina Street. Community partners include the Florida Department of Children and Families, Hillsborough County Schools Migrant Program and Suncoast Community Health Center. Local residents and businesses will share food, music and entertainment to celebrate the community’s rich history and cultural diversity.
YMCA offers free summer meals and activities
Thanks to a $35,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation, the Tampa Metropolitan YMCA is partnering with the USDA’s Summer Food Service Program and the Potter’s House to serve children free meals that meet federal nutrition guidelines. Between now and Aug. 15 any child between ages 5 and 18 can have free breakfast or lunch and participate in free activities at YMCA Camp Cristina in Riverview.
To learn more, email [email protected] or visit www.ymca.net/summerfood.
Not-for-profit group to help domestic violence survivors
Visions of Hope, a new community organization seeking to educate, inspire and motivate survivors of domestic violence, is hosting its first fundraiser – Breaking Free: Silent No More – at 6:30 p.m. July 11 at 6:30 p.m. at Club Renaissance, 2121 Pebble Beach Blvd. S., Sun City Center.
Organized by Apollo Beach resident and domestic violence survivor Lorianne De Loreto, Visions of Hope’s red-carpet event features a fashion show with seven domestic violence survivors walking the runway. The models will don an assortment of gowns and fashions from local businesses.
Julie Weintraub, founder of the nonprofit Hands Across the Bay and co-owner of Gold & Diamond Source in Clearwater, will serve as keynote speaker. And Cyndi Edwards of NBC Channel 8’s “Daytime,” will be master of ceremonies.
Tickets are $60 per person and available at www.vhinternational.eventbrite.com. Each attendee receives a glass of champagne and T-shirt, highlighting domestic violence advocacy. The entertainment will include the New Directions Orchestra. Sponsorships are available.
“It has always been a dream of mine to have (domestic violence) survivors feel beautiful,” said De Loreto. “We’re told by our abuser that we’re no good.”
For more information, visit www.vhinternational.org or contact De Loreto at (813) 277-8181.
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