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Hometown Citrus

What's happening

By TIMES STAFF WRITER
Published April 16, 2006


CLUBS AND ORGANIZATIONS

TOPS 607 met at 9 a.m. April 5. Thirteen members weighed in.

Red strawberries went to Elaine Moberley (1), Pat Prigent (1) and Joyce Wolcott (3).

Joyce returned 10 strawberries for a charm and was the loser of the week. Elaine Moberley also returned 10 strawberries for a charm. Best loser for March was Norma Erickson and she won the basket. Erickson and Linda Locey, both finished their USA maps and won a prize.

PEOPLE

In February a team of employees from Mercedes Homes, West Central Florida division volunteered on the set of ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. Employees rode in a caravan from Citrus and Hernando counties to help build a home near Orlando. The episode aired on April 2.

A special Web site, www.mercedes-extreme.com chronicles the one-week project.

"Families helping families" was the theme of the weeklong home makeover for the Holmes family, which began with the show's signature door-knock on Feb. 17. The Holmes family was chosen from thousands of applicants to receive a new home and operations building for their non-profit assistance center, "Sadie Holmes Help Service Inc."

Mercedes Homes, an employee-owned, family-managed home builder in Melbourne, stepped forward to help this remarkable family in its time of need. When approached by Extreme Makeover: Home Edition to help build a home for Sadie Holmes and her kids, "we couldn't pass up the opportunity to help a family in need," said Scott Buescher, chief operating officer for Mercedes Homes.

"It was an amazing, even transformational experience for all of us. From our employees to our trade partners to the overwhelming community response, we're proud to have been part of such a wonderful experience in bringing people together for a truly worthwhile cause."

Sadie Holmes, a single mother of five children age 9 to 16, overcame drug addiction and established an organization to help others in need.

The organization grew so large that Sadie moved her family from their home to a rented apartment in 2003 to make room for the donations being given to the non-profit. The home they vacated was severely damaged by Hurricane Charley in 2004, and then further damaged by an electrical fire in August 2005.

In typical "Extreme" fashion, the home was constructed in one week. Despite the limitations brought on by the compressed build time, the home includes hurricane-resistant features and building methods.

Construction began Feb. 19. Mercedes Homes and ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition crew presented the new home and non-profit center to the Holmes family on Feb. 24.

Citrus County members of the Mercedes Homes staff who participated were: Angie Colston, regional vice president of sales and marketing; Gary Moser, division president; Mike Robertson, vice president of construction; Amber Hoffman, sales and marketing coordinator; Buck Boyles, land manager; Debbie Cooper, operations manager; Steve Chambers, senior builder; Martie Jack, accounts payable clerk; Pam Alderson, executive assistant, land department; Patti Normoyle, closing assistant; Sharon Angelillo, starts coordinator; David Carpenter, warranty tech/assistant builder; sales consultants David Wilds, Tony Marshall and Anthony Stansberry; Nancy Hautop, customer relationship manager; Pat Fitzpatrick, starts assistant; Steve Potter, builder; Chris Roberson, builder; Steve Pope, builder and Ron Dunning, senior builder.

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Lion Karen Coulson, Beverly Hills, and Lion Mary Ehresman, Inverness, have been named as local leaders in Lions Clubs International's worldwide $150-million fundraising campaign to combat blindness.

The campaign will expand and enhance Lions' SightFirst program, which has helped more than 24-million people in danger of losing their sight, since its launch in 1990. Lion Karen Coulson, as a group coordinator in Campaign SightFirst II, will be directly responsible for helping all six Lions clubs in Citrus County conduct their local efforts. Coulson will work with Beverly Hills, Crystal River, Crystal River Kings Bay, Floral City, Homosassa, and Inverness Lions clubs overseeing their participation and fundraising.

Lion Mary Ehresman, as corporate sponsor coordinator, will conduct fundraising in our community through businesses, medical, and corporate sponsorships. Both coordinators have been officially appointed by Tae-Sup Lee, a past president of Lions International, who is the chairperson of the campaign.

NOTE OF THANKS

Editor:

The Homosassa Lions would like to thank the community for support of the Candy Project.

Lion Bill Waltz, chairman of the Homosassa Lions White Cane Candy Project, was overwhelmed by the community support this year.

The Lions in their gold and purple vests along with Homosassa Lions Auxillary members were seen at the Homosassa Springs Bank, Wal-Mart, Walgreen and Publix for the candy days in March. This year we were able to raise $1,159.68 to further help the Lions Charitiable Foundation with Sight Work.

The cooperation of the local businesses and the people of the community made this year's candy days a success. We say a "Big Thank You to All for your help and generosity!"

From April 2005 through March 2006 we provided 102 eye exams and glasses and six cataract surgeries for people in the community.

The Lions main project is sight, especially sight restoration for those in the community, who otherwise would not have vision. We are, also, a community oriented club serving our community by supporting the Jessica Lunsford Playground, Homosassa Elementary, hospice, Boys & Girls Clubs, Girl Scouts, and many others.

If you think you would like to become a part of this great and exciting organization, please contact Lion Bob Mitchell at 628-5451. For rental of the Homosassa Lions Club building, please contact Lion Joan Higbea at 634-1596.

Lion Mary Ehresman, Inverness

[Last modified April 16, 2006, 00:42:15]


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