Congrats are in order
Sun City Center resident Carl Dahl recently obtained the high honor of becoming an American Contract Bridge League Emerald Life Master. He began playing bridge in 1958 and was introduced to the game of Duplicate Bridge 11 years later. Intrigued with the game, he decided to join the American Contract Bridge League and, after 45 years of playing, he finally earned the 7,500 Master Points needed to achieve emerald master status.
Dahl and his wife, Marie, who also plays bridge, moved from California to Sun City Center in 2004. He and playing partner Bill Schwarz, won the Senior Open Pairs award at the recent Manatee Regional ACBL tournament.
Not-for-profit group to help domestic violence survivors
Visions of Hope, a new community organization seeking to educate, inspire and motivate survivors of domestic violence, is hosting its first fundraiser – Breaking Free: Silent No More – at 6:30 p.m. July 11 at 6:30 p.m. at Club Renaissance, 2121 Pebble Beach Blvd. S., Sun City Center.
Organized by Apollo Beach resident and domestic violence survivor Lorianne De Loreto, Visions of Hope’s red-carpet event features a fashion show with seven domestic violence survivors walking the runway. The models will don an assortment of gowns and fashions from local businesses.
Julie Weintraub, founder of the nonprofit Hands Across the Bay and co-owner of Gold & Diamond Source in Clearwater, will serve as keynote speaker. And Cyndi Edwards of NBC Channel 8’s “Daytime,” will be master of ceremonies.
Tickets are $60 per person and available at www.vhinternational.eventbrite.com. Each attendee will receive a glass of champagne and T-shirt, highlighting domestic violence advocacy. The entertainment will include the New Directions Orchestra. Sponsorships are available.
“It has always been a dream of mine to have (domestic violence) survivors feel beautiful,” said De Loreto. “We’re told by our abuser that we’re no good.”
For more information, visit www.vhinternational.org or contact De Loreto at (813) 277-8181.
SCC photographer to be featured
The photography of Gayle Fischer will be shown July 2 through Aug. 27 at the Southshore Regional Library, 15816 Beth Shields Way, Ruskin. Her exhibit will feature some of her best wildlife photos taken while on safari in Africa. Fischer is a member of and instructor for the Sun City Center Photo Club, where she is rated as one of its master photographers. Her accolades include multiple local and state awards and exhibitions in Virginia, as well as several gold, silver and bronze awards from SCC Photo Club and Florida Camera Club Council competitions. The opening of her display at the Southshore Regional Library is Thursday, July 10, from 6 until 7:30 p.m. Her work will be on display through Aug. 27.
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