Vin's People: Clancy's Shamrock Shiver Charity Plunge on Jan. 1

December 27, 2013 

Feel like jumping in the Gulf of Mexico and frolicking in the chilly surf to help kids?

Then join the sixth annual Shamrock Shiver Charity Plunge, New Year's Day at noon on Bradenton Beach at Gulf Drive and 12th Street South.

Sponsored by Clancy's Irish Pub, 6218 Cortez Road, the plunge and post-plunge party with the Jack Tamburin Band is a fundraiser for Caring for Children Charities, which helps disadvantaged children's programs in Manatee and Sarasota counties.

More than $100,000 has been raised to date.

For details, call Jan Crudele at 941-952-1109.

• Vincent Rourke is 90 years young. A firefighter for 40 years, he was a fire chief in Gary, Ind., and Cedar Hammock.

• State College of Florida men's basketball coach Elliot Washington, wife, Nikke, daughter Brooke and son Elliot II added another member to Team Washington, Brendan, born Sept. 30.

• Edna Alexander is 109 years young. Born in England in 1904, the longtime ballet instructor trained at the Royal Academy of Dance in London.

• Terra Ceia Bay's Gary Taylor is on a bowl game blitz college football fans will envy.

The Texas native is driving to San Antonio to see Texas-Oregon, Dec. 30 in the Alamo Bowl.

Then he's driving to New Orleans and catching a flight to Atlanta for Texas A&M-Duke, Dec. 31 in the Chick-Fil-A Bowl.

Then it's back to New Orleans and two days of tailgating with pals before seeing Oklahoma-Alabama, Jan. 2 at the Sugar Bowl.

After that, Taylor drives to Arlington, Texas, for Oklahoma State-Missouri, Jan. 3 in the Cotton Bowl.

"This is something I've always wanted to do and I'm going for it," he said,

• Sara and Ray Baden are wed 63 years.

• Al Cini, Al Saunders and Joe DeFrancesco, the grand ol' men behind "Al's Free Rods for Kids," recently brought 40 rods and new reels to needy students at Daughtrey Elementary School.

• The 2013 U11 Monsters Lacrosse team, an elite youth squad from Lakewood Ranch's Premier Sports Campus, plays in Dick's Tournament of Champions in Wesley Chapel beginning Sunday.

The players are Grayson Antritt, Nate Ashley, Michael Bavaro, Ryan Bolduc, Hayden Coakley, Luca Dominguez, Casey Fuss, Cody Gross, Brendon Herten, Owen Ingham, Stephen Markowski, Patrick McNelis, Trentt Melton, Conor O'Neill, Connor Rice, Joseph Palmeri and Ryan Sforzo. Coaches are Chris Markowski, Dan Rice

and Chris Sforzo.

They won Boca Raton's Casey Powell Orange Classic, Rippin' at the Ranch in Lakewood Ranch and Clearwater's Grip It and Rip It and were second in the Citrus Bowl Summer Face Off and the LB3 Summer Jam in Georgia.

The Wesley Chapel tournament has teams from eight states and Canada.

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

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