Vin's People: Salvation Army needs an assist for Nov. 28 community meal

November 15, 2013 

Brothers and sisters, can you spare a turkey? The Salvation Army Manatee County can use some.

A bunch, actually.

Volunteers and staff are preparing to serve 500 meals for the annual Thanksgiving dinner, 4-6 p.m. Nov. 28, but need 100 turkeys to do it,

In addition, pies and desserts, vegetables, stuffing and cranberry sauce would be welcome.

Anyone interested in helping can drop off donations at 1204 14th St. W., Bradenton, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Call 941-748-5110 for more information.

• Sawyer Lee Eldridge-Moore's turns 1 on Nov. 20. Cheers from Jessica and Stephen.

• Congrats to Keenan Hill, Mr. Sugar 'Cane 2013, runnerup Andre Sanchez and Zach Callahan, Mr. Sugar 'Cane Choice, the top honorees at the Sugar 'Canes annual fashion show fundraiser Nov. 8 at Manatee High. Ubiquitous school board member David Miner received the honorary Mr. Sugar 'Cane Award and sash, while BayNews 9's Summer Smith emceed the fashion show.

• VFW Post 10141's Dan Suca is the Manatee County Veterans Council's Auxiliary Member of the Year.

• Jeff Hernden's Braden River Pirates JV girls soccer team defeated his alma mater, Manatee, 2-0. Emma Tallas and Athena Kavis scored the goals and keeper McKenzie Moritz got the shutout.

Wonder if Coach, who spent a couple of years in London, has turned his players into Fulham fans and taught them some of

the club football songs?

• Ed Dick has donated a football, autographed by sports icons here and state wide, to Bradenton Christian for auction at Saturday's athletic-themed fundraiser.

Among the signees are local football legends such as Raymond Bellamy, Robert "Pig" Goff, Joe Kinnan, Henry Lawrence, Eddie Shannon and Tony Stephens. Then there's the one and only Bobby Bowden, former University of Tampa and Kentucky coach Fran Curci, University of Miami coach Al Golden and Heisman Trophy winner and IMG coach Chris Weinke. There's also basketballer Stu Gregory, who had a sweet jump shot as a Florida State forward back in the 1950s.

• Oh, no! Say it ain't so! Palmetto City Commissioner Tambra Varnadore is about to hit the Big 5-0! The milestone lands Saturday.

• That wily ol' stork is due April 17 for Chandler McClung and sweetheart J.T. Goode. The Bradenton Twirling Academy baton twirler placed third last July in the senior majorette queen category in the Drum Majorettes of America nationals at the University of West Georgia.

• Bradenton Mayor Wayne Poston will do the coin-flip honors before Friday night's Class 8A-Region 3 quarterfinal between Vero Beach and Manatee at Hawkins Stadium.

Hizzoner swears it won't be a two-headed coin.

Vin's People, is by local columnist Vin Mannix. He can be reached at 941-745-7055. Twitter: @vinmannix

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