Community snaps: Meals on Wheels Plus of Manatee honored, Junior League elects new executive council and more

June 14, 2013 

Meals on Wheels Plus honored

The Tampa Bay Business Journal recently announced that Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee, led by CEO, Maribeth Phillips, has been chosen as the winner in two categories --"Health and Human Services" and "Overall" for the 2013 Nonprofit of the Year Awards. In its eighth year, these awards recognize organizations for the good they do in the community and for their fiscal responsibility. Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee was among seven other finalists in the category of Health and Human Services and among thirty overall. This is the second year Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee has been a finalist for this prestigious award. Pictured, from left, Haskell Gates, CFO for Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee; Maribeth Phillips, CEO of Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee; Brian Carter of Mauldin & Jenkins CPAs (and nominator of Meals on Wheels PLUS for the award); and Kristen Theisen, vice president of development for Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee.


2013-2014 Executive Council Members of Junior League of Manatee County, pictured left to right; Calaina Goodyear, treasurer coordinator; Anna McSwain, corresponding secretary; Kara Zoller, treasurer; Kara Schiavone, president; Suzanne Dillingham, sustainer representative; Mimi Sheffer, sustainer representative; Christina Zientara, membership vice president; Jennifer Franko, recording secretary; Megan Pitstick, finance vice president; Amy Levengood, community vice president; Andrea Johnson, president-elect; and Kristina Snyderman, parliamentarian. The Junior League of Manatee County is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. For more information, visit


Summerfield Retirement Home in Bradenton celebrated two big events recently. Spunky resident, Dell Trawick, turned 106 on May 30. Residents celebrated with her, sharing a very large birthday cake at lunch that day. Sweet Kentucky native residents, Joe and Gertrude Keeton, celebrated their 74th wedding anniversary on June 4. They met on a blind date in Charleston, W.Vir., and have never looked back. Their best friends joined them for lunch.

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