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Lucky Duck Day raises $5,000 for good cause

Special Correspondent
Published:   |   Updated: March 18, 2013 at 10:25 PM

The Sun City Center Core Group for the Campaign Against Human Trafficking just completed its first fundraiser called Quack-tacular Lucky Duck Day on March 2 at the SCC Atrium outdoor pool.

The Core Group is proud to announce that approximately $5,000 will go to Bridging Freedom Inc., a nonprofit organization formed to help children and young adults who have been trapped in child sex slavery. Most importantly, Bridging Freedom is working to build what will be Florida's first therapeutic safe home to provide long-term, comprehensive care for these victims in a secure environment.

Contest prize winners were: Patty Ore, Joanne Baskinger, Diane Reardon, Terry McNamarra and Terry Brubaker.

Those who attended the Atrium festivities had an afternoon of fun. The Front Porch Pickers entertained and the Swim Dancers performed a synchronized program. Lunch was served by the Diamondettes and the SCC Softball League.

A great afternoon was had by all. Our sponsors were Diane Ladzinski, of Century 21 Beggins; EZ Storage-Wimauma; Charlotte Clark, of American Momentum Bank; Mark Rossmiller, of State Farm Insurance; The Home Depot — Ruskin; South Shore Signs; Barbara and Bruce Kanoza; and Sarah and Dick Hardy.

Bridging Freedom's mission is to combat minor sex trafficking by bringing restoration to those rescued. The SCC Core Group is working to increase awareness of this tragedy and to create social change in the south Hillsborough County area. In 2011 the Middle Judicial District of Florida, which included the Tampa Bay area, was second in the number of child sexual-exploitation and slavery cases in the United States. Our neighboring communities of Wimauma and Ruskin also are at risk.

The SCC Core Group for the Campaign Against Human Trafficking thanks its supporters.


Sarah Hardy is a member of the SCC Core Group and the coordinator of Quack-tacular Lucky Duck Day.

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