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United Way honcho gets $1,420 shave

United Way President Jerry Koontz grew a goatee recently, and campaign chair John Annis pledged $10 for him to lose it.

Board member Brian Parrish countered with $10 for Jerry to keep it.

More folks took sides.

Team Annis: $780

Team Parrish: $640.

Jerry shaved.

n Oh, no! Jim Rawe hit the Big 5-0!

n What a summer for Caitlen Williford.

The former DeSoto queen and MHS Sugar ’Cane just turned 21.

She graduates from UF on Aug. 8.

And she got engaged to longtime sweetheart and May UF grad Tyler Murrell in Paris.

n Kaley Greig is “Sweet 16.” Cheers from mom Christy and aunt Gloria.

n With two daughters’ weddings to pay for in 2010, Jim Simpson splurged on himself, winning the Bradenton Country Club golf package at the Crimestoppers’ Caribbean Night auction.

Simpson should recoup his money from golf pals Jay Romine, Paul Richardson and Ken Apple.

n Kathryn Idema is 100.

n Team Eason’s Southern Vittles Night returns Aug. 5 at Ezra, 5629 Manatee Ave. W.

Call 792-0990.

n Miranda Ward is 18. Cheers from boyfriend C.J. Wakefield.

n A bow to Desiree Windham, new U.S. citizen.

The Blake Medical Center surgical RN and Kuwait native has lived in Bradenton 24 years.

n Pamela Simmons is 38. Cheers from mom Emma.

n Erica and Mike Thomas named their new bundle of love Christiana.

n Insurance magnate Ed Dick is 80. May he stay forever young.

n Ryan T. Boyd’s guest 2 p.m. Monday on 1490 AM WWPR is Palmetto Tiger Donald Campbell.

n Cairo Gordon is 1.

Hurray, from parents Lyndsay and Jawara Gordon, uncle Marcus Gordon and grandma Linda Gordon.

n Brenda and Doug Butler brag on daughter Becca’s first homer in the ISA fast pitch softball state tournament championship game for the Sarasota Quicksilver.

n Wildlife Rescue’s Justin Matthews is 47.

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