In September 2003, Cindy Eaton attended the second annual Bridal Extravaganza at the Palace Grand, along with Theresa Toler, her soon-to-be daughter-in-law at the time. When the event was over, Eaton learned she had won the grand prize: an all-expenses-paid wedding reception at the Spring Hill facility.
The stipulation: The prize, valued at $5,000, had to be used in 2004 or 2005. And Toler and Roger Eaton Jr. had already planned their wedding for November 2003. So, Cindy Eaton decided to use the prize herself.
On Aug. 29, Cindy and her husband, Roger Eaton Sr., renewed their wedding vows after 31 years, and a reception was held following the service, along with a 50th birthday party for Cindy.
The entire experience was like a dream, according to Cindy Eaton, who said she felt like Cinderella. Thus, Cinderella and "Dreams Do Come True" was the theme of the day.
Cindy's dad, Al Adkison of Alabama, walked her halfway down the aisle, where she met her husband, and the two continued the rest of the way together. Children and grandchildren made up the wedding party. Also attending were Cindy's mother, Faith Adkison of Hudson; Tom and Wanda Eaton, Roger's parents from Pennsylvania, and other family members and friends.
The Eatons have many people to thank for their dream day, including: the Palace Grand and Nick Sessa, Bill Castle and all the staff; Al Martucci of MTI Limousines; Ezekiel Merino of Ezekiel's Photography; An-Jo Brides of Spring Hill; Cruise Planners of Spring Hill, which helped the Eatons plan a second honeymoon cruise; A Lifetime of Memories by Shana for the bridesmaid dresses; Celebrations by Carrie; David's Bridal for junior bridesmaid dresses; Sacino's for tux rentals; Publix for wedding cake; Colour Concepts; Oceans Jewel Hair Boutique; Hudson Church of God; Pastor Bob Hines from New Beginnings Rock Church of Hudson; Grace Bacchi, Danielle Bacchi and Jeff Hart, church singers; Tony Palarino of Gone Camping RV Sales of Hudson for the videotape of the wedding renewal; Perkins Restaurant, rehearsal dinner; Wal-Mart Supercenter in Spring Hill; Kelly Picot and Robert Stewart, reception singers; Curves of Spring Hill, and Jim and Annett Baisley, wedding planners.
On Dec. 23, 1972, the Eatons were married at Hudson Community Bible Church. The renewal of vows was at Hudson Church of God, located on the same church property where the Eatons said their original vows.
And on a personal note, after winning the grand prize, Cindy began working out at Curves to fit into her dream wedding dress. To date, she has lost 59 pounds.
CLUBS AND ORGANIZATIONS
The first Tee It Up for Tails fundraiser to benefit the Humane Society of Hernando County was sponsored by Manpower on Sunshine Grove Road, west of Brooksville.
The event, at Sherman Hills Golf Club, raised more than $1,200. Manpower employees throughout Central Florida participated.
Fay Freedell and the staff at Manpower planned the event. Next year's tournament is already in the planning stages, and rumor has it that Sherman Hills has invited pets to participate in the 2005 fundraiser.
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More than 100 flags lined the driveway to the Hernando County Family YMCA's parking lot while last-minute participants registered for the 3rd annual Run to Remember race on Sept. 11.
The run began at 7 a.m. A Hernando County Sheriff Office's motorcade led the race, followed by Sheriff Richard Nugent, leading the runners while holding an American flag through the Seven Hills community.
Spring Hill Fire Rescue personnel followed the racers to the end for their safety. Immediately following the race, a continental breakfast was served at the YMCA, and every runner received a Run To Remember T-shirt.
At the closing ceremony, the entire group gathered, holding hands, and sang Proud to be an American led by Angela Lokotnicki.
Sponsors of the event included SunTrust Bank, P.C. Miller's Sod & Excavating-Derrick Rushnell, Ron and Debbie Forbes, Wal-Mart Supercenter, Murphy's Market, Publix, Graphics Design and ESP Enterprises.
There was no charge for the event which was open to the community. Highlights of the program featured Maj. Royce Decker as the speaker and Angela Lokotnicki singing God Bless America.
RECREATION AND SPORTS
On Sept. 18, the Spring Hill Wrestling Club competed at the Lakeland Club Wrestling Tournament.
Results included Jordan Rivera taking second place and Phillip Nicotra taking third place, both in the Midget/70-pound weight class.
In the Novice/75-pound weight class, Nick Soto won third place. In the Schoolboy/140-pound class, Skylar Huff won first place. In the Schoolboy/95-pound class, Dustin Soto took second place.
In the Cadet/152-pound class, Cesar Acosta took second place. In the Cadet/135-pound class, Keith Hansen took second place. In the Cadet/160-pound class, Billy Britton took third place.
In the Cadet/112-pound class, C.J. Cook came in eighth place; Cory Roth came in eighth place in the Cadet/140-pound class.
In the Junior/215-pound class, Daniel Rodriguez earned second place, and in the Junior/116-pound class, Jose Santiago came in eighth.
For information about the Spring Hill Wrestling Club, contact Eric Swensen at 797-7010.
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Punt Pass & Kick competition took place on Sept. 16 at Ernie Wever Youth Park in Brooksville. The event was sponsored by the Hernando County Recreation Department in conjunction with NFL Punt Pass & Kick. Nineteen boys and eight girls competed.
In the 8- and 9-year-old boys category: Brooks Timmons won first place with a total score of 120.5; Sonnie Genberg took second place with a score of 87.9, and Hunter Ridpath took third place with a score of 51.9. Also competing was Mark Gordon, honorable mention.
In the 10- and 11-year-old boys category: Rich Wilkes won first place with a total score of 156.5; Aaron Poole took second place with a 147.7 score and Christopher Prindle took third place with a 131.7 score. Also competing were: Jesse Pulaski, Adam Pro, Jeremy Genberg, Austin Landow, Tyler Kennedy and Michael Astle, honorable mention.
In the 10- and 11-year-old girls competition: MacKenzie Burns won first place with a total score of 150.9; Samantha Berberette took second place with a score of 97.2, and Ebone Plummer took third place with a 67.5 score. Also competing were: Samantha Billey and Travis Billey, honorable mention.
In the 12- and 13-year-old boys competition: John Montalvo won first place with a total score of 214.4, and Scott Avery took second place with a score of 139.9.
In the 12- and 13-year-old girls competition: Madison Burich won first place with a total score of 126.8, and Tarren Billey took second place with a 76.4 score.
In the 14- and 15-year-old boys competition: Cody Lester won first place with a total score of 251.9; Matthew Rogers took second place with a 247.8 score, and Calvin Hagood took third place with a 230.9 score. Also competing was Michael Williams, honorable mention.
In the 14- and 15-year-old girls competition: Tabatha Gordon won first place with a 33.5 total score.
On Sept. 17, a Punt Pass & Kick competition was held at Veterans Memorial Park in Spring Hill. There were 31 boys and six girls who participated.
In the 8- and 9-year-old boys category: Michael Dacunto won first place with a total score of 133.7; Tyler Mahla took second place with a score of 119.1 and Eric Dacosta won third place with a score of 109.3. Also competing were Tyler Toth, Jamie Smeriglio, Jai Jackson and David Sheridan, honorable mention.
In the 8- and 9-year-old girls category: Kayla Gauvin won first place with a score of 47.9; Darian Gordon took second place with a score of 21.7.
In the 10- and 11-year-old boys category: G.T. Kinney won first place with a total score of 201.9; Vaughn Daugherty took second place with a score of 183.1, and Tyler Fulkerson took third place with a score of 176.2. Also competing were Cody Vannatter, Jeffery Vannatter, Ryan Pelaez, Ricky Toth, Casey Whelan, Izac Murphy, Myles Kelley, Matthew Whittaker, Jonathan Frederick, Nicholas Alfano, Tyler Shiever, Matthew Desmond and Matthew Collazo, honorable mention.
In the 10- and 11-year-old girls category: Kaitlin Mahla won first place with a score of 97.4, and Lindsey Nigro took second place with a score of 37.3.
In the 12- and 13-year-old boys category: James Mahla won first place with a score of 81.4; Derrick Fulkerson took second place with a score of 198.6.
In the 12- and 13-year-old girls category: Kaitlyn Vannatter won first place with a score of 65.4.
In the 14- and 15-year-old boys category: Mike Gernhart won first place with a score of 263.4; Vincent Morana took second place with a score of 218.1, and Stephen Pelaez took third place with a score of 136.8. Also competing was Kyle Gordon, hnorable mention.
In the 14- and 15-year-old girls category: Jessica O'Shea won first place with a total score of 262.3.
Hernando's first-place winners will compete against winners from Pasco and Citrus counties at the sectional competition at Veterans Memorial Park. Winners from the sectional have a chance to compete at the regional competition at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa in November.
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