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By Times Staff Writer
Published November 21, 2007


St. Petersburg

Annual Memorial toy run benefits needy children

Organizers are seeking participants for the 20th annual Jim Rosenkrans Memorial Toy Run, a motorcycle spin to benefit children during the holiday season. In honor of the founder of Jim's Harley-Davidson, the event asks people to contribute either $10 or an unwrapped toy to needy children through 10 local elementary schools. Participants in the Dec. 2 ride will tour the area along with 2,000 riders of motorcycles, motorbikes, scooters and any other street-legal vehicle. Rosenkrans started the run nearly 30 years ago, but it became a memorial event after his death in 1988. Register at or by calling 527-9672.


Foundation awards about $1M in grants

The Bank of America Charitable Foundation awarded about $1-million in unrestricted grants to area nonprofits last week as part of its annual Neighborhood Excellence Initiative. Grants included $200,000 to Creative Clay and to the Homeless Emergency Project Inc. The foundation also recognized several "local heroes," who direct $5,000 to their favorite causes. Heroes included: Mary Wyatt Allen, who directed her grant to the St. Petersburg Free Clinic; Sandra Killian, who directed her grant to the Suncoast Voices for Children Foundation; Randolph "Randy" Lightfoot, who directed his grant to the Pinellas County African American History Museum; William "Bill" Stover, who directed his grant to the Museum of Fine Arts; and Lee Warnock, who directed a grant to the Police Athletic League of St. Petersburg.

[Last modified November 20, 2007, 20:56:03]

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