Dick and Lorraine Vitale held a fundraiser Tuesday for their V Foundation at the Main Street Trattoria in Lakewood Ranch and what a great success it was.
Main Street Trattoria general manager Lyndsye Anderson said 105 people enjoyed a five-course meal with wine pairings and about $15,000 was raised.
"It was spectacular," Anderson said. "I couldn't be more proud. It was great that so many people turned out for such a good cause."
The V Foundation funds pediatric cancer research.
Two teenagers who battled and are now cancer-free, Kyle Peters and Jake Taraska, were guests of honor.
To help make the event such a huge success, Main Street Trattoria owner Gary Fennessy donated 100 percent of the food and service costs to the foundation.
Florida Home Health is celebrating 40 years of service with a reunion of past and present employees from 4 to 7 p.m. Nov. 12 at the home health care agency's offices, 201 Second St. E., Bradenton.
"It will be a causal affair," said Cyndi Gouwens, home care representative. "We just want to reminisce about the last 40 years about how things have changed and stayed the same."
To make reservations or for information, call 941-745-7394
Several area women got a chance to be high-fashion models for a night.
Macy's corporate office in Miami was looking for women to model in the Macy's grand opening fashion show at the new Mall at University Town Center last week and found our local women networking group, Successful Women Aligning Together, according to Executive Director Robyn Spirtas.
Joining Robyn on the runway were Jennifer Lee, Beth Vandroff, Jennifer Mayforth, Amy Gour, Angie Garland, Kristi Lovelace and Shana Rosenthal
The women of SWAT were provided with professional makeup from Estee Lauder, Bobbi Brown and Lancôme, hair from "Fringe Salon" and stylish outfits from Macy's.
Much to their surprise, they walked the runway with professional models and David Bromstad, star of HGTV was emcee.
"David made it so easy. He was funny and entertaining and we all had an amazing day. We felt like celebrities!" Robyn said.
SWAT Networking, which currently has six chapters all over Manatee and Sarasota counties, has grown to over 200 professional
For information on SWAT, go to swatnetworking.com
U.S. military veterans deserve all the benefits due them. There will be a presentation on eligibility for benefits, including health care, disability and survivor benefits at 10 a.m. Saturday at the American Legion Kirby Stewart Post 24, 2000
75th St. W., Bradenton.
John Rock, post veterans service officer, said wives and widows should attend since many issues pertain to surviving spouses.
Larry Roberts, American Legion District 8 service officer, will talk about the Department of Veterans Affairs and state of Florida benefits, Agent Orange and how to file claims with the VA.
Coffee and doughnuts will be provided.
Information: Call 941-794-3489 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Palmetto Historical Commission always has such interesting speakers.
Anna Maria Island resident Karen Abel will be guest speaker at the meeting Saturday.
Because Karen's grandfather, Robert W. Lynch, was a fighter pilot with the Royal Canadian Air Force during World War II she is on a mission to retrace her grandfather's footsteps during the war.
"I want to bring awareness and to honor the Canadian and U.S. servicemen who were stationed in the Aleutian Islands," she said.
Karen writes a blog about her studies of their experience in the Aleutian Islands during WWII at floridabeachestotheberingsea.com.
The meeting will start at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Palmetto Historical Park, 515 10th Ave. W., Palmetto
The public is welcome. Refreshments will be served.
Information: Call 941-723-4991.
Carl Mario Nudi, who retired from the Herald in August 2010 after 44 years in the business, is back with "Nudi's Neighbors" every Friday. Reach him at 941-708-7774 or via email at email@example.com.