Church gets ready for Hunger Walk
PALMETTO -- The Manatee County Hunger Walk begins at 2 p.m. Feb. 23 with as many as 20 churches and up to 200 walkers expected to take part, according to organizer George Strawn.
The walk begins at First United Methodist Church of Palmetto and proceeds over the Green Bridge and back to the church.
"The object is for each walker to get sponsors and raise funds, which will go to Church World Services," Strawn said.
At least 25 percent of the proceeds will benefit the Our Daily Bread charity in the One Stop Center, Strawn said.
USFSM hires new admissions director
MANATEE -- Andrew Telatovich, USF Sarasota-Manatee's new director of admissions, will oversee outreach, too.
"I'm really excited about joining USFSM during the university's first year with freshmen on campus and being a part of the transformation that comes with this happening," said Telatovich. Originally from Minnesota, Telatovich earned a bachelor's degree in public relations from Georgia State University and a master's degree in communication arts from the University of West Florida. He has more than 15 years of admissions and outreach experience at the University of West Florida Office of Admissions, where he was an admissions counselor, assistant director of admissions and associate director of admissions.
"Andy brings a wealth of admissions and outreach expertise from the University of West Florida," said Mary Beth Wallace, dean of students.
Teletovich was a collegiate wrestler and became a triathlete more than a decade ago and now enjoys running with his Australian shepherd near his Anna Maria Island home.
"I've completed three ironman triathlons, seven marathons, as well as dozens of 5Ks, 10Ks, half-marathons, and other triathlons," he said.
Palmetto Elks benefit to help military families
PALMETTO -- The Palmetto Elks No. 2449 will hold a District Army of Hope Tribute from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.
The Army of Hope helps Florida families of active duty, military reservists, U.S. Coast Guard and National Guard and/or their dependents. Assistance includes: paying for medical/dental emergencies not covered by insurance, minor home repairs, clothing, shoes, school lunches and phone cards to contact loved ones,
The event will open withthe raising of the American, POW/MIA, and Wounded Warrior flags followed by entertainment from Lynn's Spins in the main hall, and a fund raiser karaoke a-thon in the lounge.
Keynote speaker William Allen, a POW from the Korean War, will talk along with Lt. Col. C. Barkalow, U.S. Army (retired), the first woman to graduate from West Point.
MTI Law Enforcement Academy graduates 6
BRADENTON -- The Manatee Technical Institute Law Enforcement Academy recently graduated six basic recruits: Robert French (class leader), Michael Barbosa, Ryan Biesterfeld Humberto Noronha, Ronald Peterson Jr. and Barry Sutliff II.
French and Sutliff tied for the Highest Academic Achievement award with an average of 98.71 percent. Barbosa earned the next-highest academic award with an average of 98.65 percent.
French earned the Top Gun award and Sutliff won the best driver award.
Graduation will be held Feb. 19, at Lakewood Ranch High School.
-- Herald staff reports