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Ormond Beach Observer Monday, Jun. 13, 2022 1 week ago

Pace Center for Girls recognizes Dr. Audrey Butler

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by: Jarleene Almenas Associate Editor

On June 3, the Pace Center for Girls Volusia-Flagler held its annual "Believing in Girls" breakfast at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, where Dr. Audrey Butler was recognized with the Believing in Girls Champion award for her service to the organization.

According to a press release, Butler led the Pace Center's board through the COVID-19 pandemic stay-at-home period, and the award also recognized her history of service to girls and women. The award was presented by incoming Board Chair Erin Wynn-Masters and Pace Executive Director Sheila Jordan. 

At the event, a former Pace girl, Marissa, shared how the center helped to create a brighter future for herself. Marissa has had a decade-long career as a legal assistant at a local law firm, the press release states. Current Pace girls shared a spoken word-style group testimonial that brought the audience to tears, and ended with a standing ovation. The event was attended by Florida Rep. Tom Leek, who called for guests to help the center by donating. 

To donate to the Pace Center, visit

Art on the cover 

A local artist's painting was chosen for the cover of a book about miscarriage.

Lisa Driscoll's painting was selected as the cover of "My Miscarriage: And Other Uninvited Events," by Traci McComb. Courtesy image

"My Miscarriage: And Other Uninvited Events," is written by author Traci McComb, who selected the painting by Lisa Driscoll because she felt it captured the feelings a mother experiences when she loses a child. The book is available on Amazon.

Driscoll is currently is exhibiting at Galerie Elan at 230 S. Beach St. in Daytona Beach.

Supplies for Ukraine

Scouts from the Central Florida Council, Scouts BSA, recently participated in a drive to collect medical supplies for the war in Ukraine.

Scout Clements of Troop 1; Palmer Korey, Jordan Voss , Aidan Clements, and Chase Harrell of Troop 468. Courtesy photo

Scouts from Troop 1 of Daytona Beach and Troop 468 of Ormond Beach gathered about 75 pounds of donated supplies for the drive. Ashley Furniture provided the drop-off locations.

FBH puts on a student talent show

Food Brings Hope recently held its first FBH Got Talent Show at the Davidson Theater in the News-Journal Center, attended by over 200 people who watcched as nine schools showcased their students diverse talents. 

According to a press release, students performed in areas like singing, dancing, magic and synchronized swimming. Prior to the show, everyone enjoyed pizza and watched as James McCarthy, of Magic by James McCarthy, performed magic tricks while going table to table as the students ate. During the show, a student from Galaxy Middle School displayed his own magic tricks. 

FBH Got Talent Performers receiving awards on stage from CEO and Founder Forough Hosseini and Executive Director Judi Winch. Courtesy photo

"Food Brings Hope is thankful to the News-Journal Center for hosting us, along with staff members and all the volunteers that helped make this night a memorable one for all involved," the press release stated.

In addition, FBH recently honored about 75 students in its FBHonors program at a banquet held in the Mori Hosseini Center at Daytona State College. The program focuses on STEM education and high-achieving students in schools. The students meet multiple times a week after school, and are selected based on their academic promise, according to a press release. 

Students were honored for their hard work and dedication during the banquet, and elementary school students received a tablet while middle school students received a laptop. FBH also celebrated its Citizenship Award recipients by awarding them with a $50 gift card. 

Mary Bruno was recognized as FBH's May Volunteer of the Month and Westside Elementary was deemed the FBHonors Program of the Year.

FBHonors students and sponsors gathered on the stairs of the Mori Hosseini Center at DSC with FBH CEO and Founder Forough Hosseini, FBH Team members and volunteers. Courtesy photo

Lions attend annual convention

Ormond-by-the-Sea Lions Club President Greg Evans, Partner in Service Lion Katie Hamlin and Past President Lion Bobbie Cheh traveled to Miami at the end of May to attend the 97th-annual Multiple District 35 Lions Convention, which was attended by over 200 Lions from across Florida, Bahamas, Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao, according to a press release.

Cheh toured the Florida Lions Eye Bank at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute University of Miami Miller School of Medicine where over 1,000 cornea transplants are done annually. Cheh also conducted the "Quarter Mile Race" for fundraising for Florida Special Olympics and districts competed against each other via donation of quarters. The fundraiser raised $2,717 — all in quarters.

First International Vice President Brian Sheehan and Ormond-by-the-Sea Lion Bobbie Cheh. Courtesy photo

In addition, Lion Jean Cerullo, who didn't attend the convention but was recognized, received a Melvin Jones Fellowship, which is presented to those who donate $1,000 to the Lions Club International Foundation or to people for whom a donation was made by others. Evans received his three diamond yellow gold progressive Melvin Jones pin. Cheh was also awarded the inaugural District 35-0 Knights of the Blind award for her help in the district.

Want to join the Lions Club? Save $35 if you register before June 30. The Ormond-by-the-Sea Lions Club meets on the first and third Wednesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at Alfie's Restaurant, located at 1666 Ocean Shore Blvd. all 386-441-4421.  

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