Musician Del Couch is one of those folks who is always doing something for somebody else.
Playing at a benefit.
Loaning his PA system to a school function.
Troubleshooting when somebody’s equipment goes on the fritz.
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Saturday at Renaissance on 9th, it’s about Del Couch.
The Del Couch Musical Education Foundation, that is.
Working with schools and other civic organizations, it’s a new nonprofit designed to give youth a chance to explore and develop their musical talents.
The 6 p.m. foundation fundraiser ought to be a blast.
Alabama legend Jeff Cook & The Allstar Goodtime Band, the Billy Rice Band, Shaman, John Rinell, Colton Cason, Jacob Castro and foundation students will rock the Renaissance.
Call (941) 545-4379.
Or visit: www.couchmusiceducationfoundation.org.
n Southeast senior Christopher Rees graduated with a perfect attendance record over 13 years, dating back to Moody Elementary and Lincoln Middle School.
He’ll attend Ringling School of the Arts or the Tampa Art Institute.
Props from parents Ron and Cindy and sister Catie.
n Mariah Callahan is 21.
n Wildlife, Inc. holds its 11th annual blood drive fundraiser 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday at St. Bernard’s Church, 248 South Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach.
When you donate blood a private foundation will donate $100 to the Wildlife, Inc., so Gail and Ed Straight can continue their good work with God’s critters.
For details, call 778-7243 or email: email@example.com.
n Elizabeth “Annie” Curry received the Presidential Volunteer Service Award for the sixth time. The BRHS junior is active with the Manatee County Red Cross Youth Corps and was just elected chairman. She’s also in FFA, plays violin in the school orchestra and is with the 4H Udder Joy Dairy Goat Club. Cheers from parents Rita and Jeff and sister Crystal.
n Nicole Russell brags on daughter Jada, a Ballard Elementary third-grader, who scored high in FCAT reading and math.
Cheers, too, from stepdad Greg Stephens and stepbrother Taveon.
n Bradenton’s James Messina graduated cum laude from Wagner College, Staten Island, N.Y.
He also won the Jack J. Boies Award for creative writing and the Socrates Prize, given to a student for outstanding thought that has application to human concerns in a community.
Messina majored in philosophy, minored in biology and English and was admitted to Sigma Tau Delta, the English honor society.
He’ll pursue a master’s in philosophy at Georgia State.
n That wily ol’ stork is due June 13 with a boy for Brittney Washington. His name will be Javaris.
n Lincoln Memorial High’s Class of 1969 will throw a 60th birthday bash for its members at 6 p.m. June 10 at Renaissance on 9th, 1816 Ninth St. W.
Call Carolyn Lewis (729-1539), Margie Woodson (730-4571) or Mary Mann (239) 849-4357.
n Marcia Killoran is 70.
n Krista Wells, Ave Maria University’s softball captain and MVP, made first-team All-Suncoast Conference.
The junior led the Gyrenes with a .348 batting average, a .417 slugging percentage, and a .430 on base percentage. The BRHS alum also led the conference with 37 total stolen bases, seventh best in the NAIA Division I.
n Ex-Hurricane DB Marcus Francis brags on nephew Christopher Francis-Plowman, who graduates Saturday from MHS.
n The Bradenton Kiwanis K-Kids Club members for 2011-2012 at Miller Elementary are Arthur Bellamy, Mathew Benecke, Arianna Carnevale, Cameron Christian, Chase Crowell, Elizabeth Debut, Mason Eck, Aracely Franklin, Sara Goethe, T.J. Johnson, Mariah Johnson, Melissa Katzenberger, Meghan Mattison, Kadin McDowell, Kathryn Miller, Elizabeth O’Dell, Zy’Queria Reddick, Logan Rodriquiz, Mikayla Taylor, Lexi Torres, Jeremy Webster, Emily Wells and Shea Whittaker.
The moderator is Kim Nicholas.
Vin’s People, is by local columnist Vin Mannix. He can be reached at 745-7055, or firstname.lastname@example.org.