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VOL. 26 NO. 12                                                                       DECEMBER 2021

                                                              Singer Spotlight

               Fourth Annual Live Like Jake ‘Be The Light’ Gala

          Raised Over $100,000 To Prevent Childhood Drowning

              Drowning Prevention Advocates Honored During Diamonds And Denim-Themed Night

         Live Like Jake, the local foundation created
      in the memory of Jake Roarke Morrison, held
      its annual “Be the Light” Gala on Oct. 9, in
      the stunning setting of Lady Jean Ranch. Over
      160 guests and sponsors came together to raise
      more than $100,000 that will be used to provide
      scholarships for Infant Self Rescue (ISR)
      swimming lessons and ISR instructor training
      grants, as well as critical funds for families who
      have lost a child or have a child with critical
      care needs.
                                                                                                                       Michael Loughran, Mary Mergens-Loughran,
      Singer Spotlight on page 4             Emma, Kellie and Nick Linder         Jo Locker, Heather Atkins and Sue Eusepi-Green  John Loughran

                                  in Your CommunitY                                                                 CharitY event

       FPL’s Manatee Lagoon Reopens Its Doors                                                                   Furry Friends

      With New Offerings In Celebration Of The                                                                               And

                           2021/22 Manatee Season                                                                Fancy Things

          Center Will Be Open Seven Days A Week During Manatee Season                                          On Saturday, Nov. 6 more than 300 people gathered

                                                                                                            at the gorgeous Pelican Club for the second annual
         As the Sunshine State anticipates the return of its favorite                                       Furry Friends and Fancy Things event presented by
      marine mammal to the local waterways, Manatee Lagoon – An                                             Pantelides PR. Guests were treated to fancy things
      FPL Eco-Discovery Center  reopens the inside of its facility with                                     such as drinks from cotton candy-filled prosecco
      new educational offerings and upgrades on Monday, Nov. 1.                                             glasses and a live Saks Fifth Avenue fashion show.
                                                                                                            In attendance were Melissa and Joe Gorga from The
                                                                                                            Real Housewives of New Jersey, along with Honorary

                                                            “As we kick off manatee season, we’re excited to welcome
                                                         visitors back to Manatee Lagoon and share our new offerings and
                                                         engaging programming for them to learn all about manatees,” said
                                                                                 Pam Rauch, vice president of
                                                                                 external affairs and economic
                                                                                 development for Florida Power
                                                                                 & Light Company (FPL). “FPL
                                                                                 is committed to environmental   Tinsley Mortimer and her dogs Strawberry and
                                                                                 stewardship and helping to   Shortcake  with  Furry  Friends  and  Fancy  Things
                                                                                 protect Florida’s wildlife. Now   Chairwoman and President and CEO of Pantelides PR
                                                                                 more than ever, educating   & Consulting Emily Pantelide
                                                                                 visitors on manatees is key to
                                                                                                            Charity Event on page 2
                                                                                 In Your Community on page 5
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