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Grand Prize for Katya d’Ocala Wineries

Katya Vineyards of Ocala won the Gold Medal for Best Florida Vineyard of the Year at the New York International Wine Competition. There were 1,200 wineries from 22 countries competing.

Helping Hands Foundation raises a record amount

Helping Hands, a local nonprofit, asked 177 sponsors to donate $ 122,333 for its golf fundraiser in June. This was a record number of sponsors (previous record: 139) and a record amount of money raised (previous: $ 107,050.)

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Major sponsors included two at the $ 10,000 Diamond level (Fidelity Manufacturing, Townley Foundry), four at the $ 5,000 Platinum level (World Equestrian Center, RealTruck, Charlie Forman, BBVA Foundation) and five at the 2,500 Gold level. $ (Express Employment [$4,000], Heimbach & Associates, Dunnrite Roofing, Gordon & Elizabeth Fairbanks, Commercial Industrial Corp.)

The association started in 2009 and has helped more than 600 families. According to its website, Helping Hands helps those in need with shelter, “jobs, food, clothing, medical, dental, transportation, counseling, Bible study and fellowship, and ‘other necessary services’.

Jared Kirby and John K. Roberts Join CF Foundation Board of Trustees

Jared Kirby and John K. Roberts joined the Board of Trustees of the College of Central Florida Foundation, effective July 1.

Kirby works in financial services and Roberts is a real estate agent and chief financial officer of Roberts Real Estate Inc., according to a press release from CF.

“The CF Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation that enhances college programs and services through the development and management of private contributions and community partnerships,” the statement said.

The Ocala to Osceola Wildlife Corridor is part of the Florida Wildlife Corridor.

DeSantis signs Florida Wildlife Corridor Act

Governor Ron DeSantis signed the Florida Wildlife Corridor Act, committing $ 300 million to the preservation of migratory routes in the 18 million acre corridor and an additional $ 100 million to the Florida Forever land conservation program.

The Ocala to Osceola Wildlife Corridor Project (O2O), a 1.6 million acre corridor of public and private land connecting the Ocala and Osceola National Forests, “is a critical component of the Wildlife Corridor of Florida, ”according to a press release from the North Florida Land Trust, which manages the O2O.

The NFLT says the funding could support conservation efforts, resilience in the face of sea level rise, and protection of vital drinking water sources in the region.

The money could also help preserve 541 acres of private land in the Ocala National Forest, known as the Big Pine Preserve, which will become eligible for funding from Florida Forever in 2022.

Career fair in the health sector scheduled for July 21

CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion is sponsoring the 2021 Healthcare Career Fair from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on July 21 at the Holiday Inn & Suites Conference Center, 3600 SW 38th Ave., Ocala. Companies will look to hire certified practical nurses (CNA), home health aides (HHA), licensed practical nurses (LPNs), registered nurses (RNs), medical assistants, caregivers and more, according to a statement CareerSource Press Release.

Applicants for employment should register in advance at bit.ly/Healthcare2021.

A special program collects school supplies for students in need.

The “Mission: Bus Brigade – Delivering Their Success” is underway

The “Annual Mission: Bus Brigade – Delivering Their Success” is underway. The goal is to help students in need in Marion County. Residents are encouraged to donate new school supplies, children’s clothing, footwear and personal hygiene items, or make a financial contribution, according to a press release from Marion County Public Schools.

Make checks payable to Homeless / Needy Children Program and mail to Mission: Bus Brigade, c / o Homeless and Needy Children Program, Marion County Public Schools, 1614 E. Fort King St., Ocala, FL 34471.

For more information on how you can help, contact the Thomas Butler Homeless Liaison Service at 671-6847 or Thomas.Butler@marion.k12.fl.us.

Construction completed at Highpoint in Stonecrest

Suffolk has completed construction of Highpoint at Stonecrest, 17201 SE 109th Terrace Road, Summerfield. The facility offers independent living, assisted living and a memory care unit, according to a press release from the company.

Ocala Health Graduates 2021 Resident Physician Class in Anesthesiology

Ocala Health has graduated its 2021 class anesthesiology resident physicians. Left to right: Matthew Guthrie, program coordinator;  Drs.  Evan Davidson, Neisaliz Marrero Figueroa, Adambeke Nwozuzu, Katarina Kapisoda, Heather Christopherson and W. Marc Blanchard;  Dr Ettore Crimi, Program Director;  and Dr. Bruce Dixon.

Ocala Health graduated its first class of resident physicians in anesthesiology.

“Ocala Health’s graduate program in medicine has now grown to 147 residents in eight specialties, including anesthesiology, family medicine, internal medicine, emergency medicine, general surgery, orthopedic surgery, surgical intensive care and the transition year, ”the company said in a press release. .

The residents are Drs. W. Marc Blanchard, Heather Christopherson, Evan Davidson, Bruce Dixon, Neisaliz Marrero Figueroa, Katarina Kapisoda and Adambeke Nwozuzu.

Job fair at the church scheduled for July 9

St. Paul AME Church is hosting a job fair from 10 am to 2 pm on July 9 at the Church Stock Exchange, 718 NW Seventh St., Ocala.

“Participants will be invited to take a short training before the job fair to review applications, resumes and interview skills. Pre-registration will be required for the training via Zoom on Tuesday July 6 at 6 p.m.”, the church said.

The fair is designed to help residents of West Ocala, especially 17-25 year olds.

Register online or call 622-8921.

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