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Sunday bash a vital cause at Fan-Atics

Fan-Atics is hosting a benefit for an important cause beginning at noon Sunday.

Cheryl Rankin-Dwinnells, a bartender at the sports bar for 10 years and a mother of two, is battling breast cancer, and owner Angie Voss is staging a daylong bash to assist Cheryl in her courageous fight.

The benefit will include a poker run, auction, raffles and entertainment featuring the Greg Billings Band, Tony Tyler, Terry Helm and much more.

For details, call Fan-Atics, 4669 Cortez Road, at 761-0833 or Angie at 812-7697.

n Sherri Mannix is 29. Again.

n Sue Manring is 39. Again.

n Mike and Sarah Ameres named daughter Ellie’s baby sister, the latest heiress to the Popi’s Restaurant empire, Chloe Kalliopi Ameres.

n The LRHS Cheerleaders Annual Silent Auction is 10 a.m. April 17.

Coach Melissa Koehlinger says they’ve got “tons” of good stuff from area business partners to go at bargain prices and help defray team expenses.

Call her at 727-6100, ext. 2126.

n Ed and Ada Feldman are blissfully wed 52 years April 12.

n A salute to Christina Crane and David Jones on 15 years as WSRZ 107.9’s Morning Crew.

n Say it ain’t so! Polli Stroup hit the Big 4-0! Team Geyer and the Duffy’s gang are amused.

n A bow to director Lori O’Leary’s new Manatee High Sugar ’Canes.

Led by captains Heather Ripley and Crystal Krause, they are Marissa Austin, Emily Barnes, Lauren Bellant, Jordan Brewer, Tara Collandra, Cierra Cydrus, Brianna DiTommaso, Darci Elfervig, Emma Galati, Kimberlie Giron, Abigail Goudy, Danielle Kibby, Alessandra Krause, Crystal Krause, Brittany McLendon, Emily Mulrine, Katherine Pace, Margarida Phelan, Ellie Potter, Breslyn Reiber, Heather Ripley, Rachel Schmitt, Kayleigh Smith, Sarah Smith, Jennifer Walstad and Jenny Winchell.

The Sugar ’Canes Spring Show is 7:30 p.m. May 8 at the Bradenton Auditorium.

n Freedom Village’s Ruth Smith is 105.

n Speaking of Sugar ’Canes, MHS alum Tiffany Edmondson and husband Lou have a vested interest in the second annual Autism Awareness 5K run and 1 mile Family/Friends Fun Walk, hosted by the Center for Autism Resources & Education (C.A.R.E.) on April 17. Their son Trey is autistic.

The event is in Lakewood Ranch, 8131 Lakewood Main St., with a 7 a.m. registration, followed by the 8 a.m. 5K run and 9:30 a.m. fun walk.

For details visit or call 758-4529.

n Deanna Cacchiotti is 21 on April 12. Cheers from parents Danny and Darlene.

n Judges for the Gulf Coast Rhythm & Ribfest 2010’s Grilling Championship are Wynn Belerjeau, of Memphis, Tenn., Bradenton City Councilwoman Marianne Barnebey, BayNews 9’s Virginia Johnson, chef Gaston Meredith and yours truly.

For Ribfest details, visit

n Bobbie Pond is the Manatee County Tax Collector Employee of the second quarter.

Vin’s People is by local columnist Vin Mannix. Have an item? Call Vin at 745-7055, write him at P.O. Box 921, Bradenton, FL 34206 or e-mail him at Please include a phone number for verification.