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'Survivor' player hosts New Tampa gala event

By JOHN BALZ, CONNIE DREW andTIM GRANT
© St. Petersburg Times
published February 28, 2003

HUNTER'S GREEN -- Jan Gentry, of Survivor Thailand fame, emceed Saturday's New Tampa Junior Women's Club "Walk on the Wild Side" gala in downtown Tampa.

"It was my first time to speak and I just wanted to remember to mention everyone that should have their name mentioned," said Gentry, who lives in Hunter's Green.

Gentry, a first grade teacher at McKitrick Elementary School in Lutz, appeared in the CBS blockbuster last fall and finished third.

"She was very lively, she kept the audience into it," said club president Anjanette Mitchell.

The annual event raised money for the charitable foundation OASIS, which distributes clothing and school supplies to disadvantaged children.

Day school is renamed to honor Cornelia Corbett

CARROLLWOOD -- Independent Day School has changed its name to honor its former board president and largest financial backer.

The school's board of trustees recently renamed the 34-year-old private school Independent Day School-Corbett Campus, in honor of the school's president emeritus Cornelia Corbett.

Corbett has been involved with the school, which was founded in 1968, for more than 20 years. In that time the private school on Orange Grove Drive has grown to serve more than 500 students grades prekindergarten through eighth.

Bearss Avenue live oak honored as living history

CARROLLWOOD -- The America the Beautiful Fund recently honored a 400-year-old tree that has thrived in an orange grove on the Bearss' family property for three generations.

Located at Bearss Avenue and Lake Magdalene Boulevard, the live oak measuring 23 feet 7 inches in diameter, is considered a living link to history.

When it was threatened with destruction in 1988 for new highway construction, local residents banded together to protect it. Because of their efforts, developers compromised by routing the highway around the tree.

Since 2000, the America the Beautiful Fund has honored one tree or grove in each state through a grant from the U.S. Forest Service. That honor includes a custom-designed Millenneum Landmark plaque.

Mexican governor at USF to speak on immigration

UNIVERSITY NORTH -- Manuel Angel Nunez Soto, Governor of Hildalgo, Mexico, will present a lecture at the University of South Florida, at 1 p.m. today. Gov. Soto will speak on "Mexico-U.S. Relations a the Crossroads: Implications for Immigration Policy." The event will be in the USF special collections department. For information, call 974-8130.

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