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Congregation steps up with its checkbook

A bow to Pastor Joey Mimbs and the good people of Bethel Baptist Church.

On Monday, Mimbs gave Hizzoner Wayne Poston a $5,211 check for the Mayor’s Feed the Hungry Program.

With the blessing of the church board of directors, churchgoers raised the money in a matter of weeks. “There was just a good buzz throughout the congregation that we were doing something good for the community,” Mimbs said.

That includes Gene Gallo, the city council’s elder statesman and a Bethel Baptist member since 1976.

n Dalton Lyons is 5. Cheers from mom Holly.

n Italian tenor Joe Spinella performs tonight at 6 and 8 p.m. at Ortygia Restaurant, 1418 13th St. W., in Village of the Arts.

Call 741-8646.

n Lamar Graham celebrated turning 101 years young in style at Council’s.

n Mixon Fruit Farms owners Dean and Janet Mixon donated 432 gallons of home-grown OJ to Meals On Wheels Plus, Salvation Army, Our Daily Bread and All Faith’s Food Bank in Sarasota.

n Beach Bistro impresario Sean Murphy, chef Roy Yamaguchi of Roy’s, and James Beard award-winning author Prof. Michael Weiss of the Culinary Institute of America will host special guest chefs and noted American winemakers as celebrants of the Culinary Winter Carnival, Jan. 21-22 at the Concession Golf Club.

Among the esteemed chefs are Raymond Arpke of Euphemia Haye, Marti Blitz of Tampa’s Mise En Place, Kevin Rathbun of Rathbun’s in Atlanta and Brian Landry of Galatoire’s in New Orleans.

Proceeds from the events will go to the All Children’s Hospital Foundation and the Aldo Castaneda Foundation. Call 778-6444 or 907-0511.

n Mary and Gregory Randall’s daughter Tamika is 31. Cheers from children Nijah and Jatorrion, sisters Taccara, Lashawnna and Makayla, niece Kadian and nephew Andrew.

n Author Mary Erickson will sign “My Wee Book of Rhymes,” a children’s poetry book, 1 to 3 p.m., Dec. 18, at Restless Natives, 5314 Marina Dr., Holmes Beach.

n After my Dec. 2 story about Manatee’s Blake Keller wearing No. 55 like his grandfather, Dan Keller, I found out about another Hurricane who wore No. 55 with distinction: Tony Ackles, a defensive tackle for the Hurricanes 1983 state champions.

A Manatee County Sheriff’s captain, Tony’s been with MSO for 25 years.

n Speaking of Manatee: Go Canes! Beat Aquinas!

Vin’s People, is by local columnist Vin Mannix. He can be reached at 745-7055, or