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Pace delivers care packages to senior citizens

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by: Jarleene Almenas Associate Editor

The Pace Center for Girls recently received an $85,000 grant from the State Farm Companies Foundation, which gives funds to nonprofit initiatives that help build up and meet the needs of their communities, according to a press release. 

The funding supports Pace's service-learning program designed to help girls to engage in leadership development and give back to their communities. As a result, local Pace girls and State Farm agents delivered more than 100 COVID-19 care packages to seniors across Volusia and Flagler counties. All Pace centers participated in the initiative, and in total, delivered 2,100 care packages.

In addition, Pace girls were introduced to new career opportunities across a variety of industries including insurance, community service and elder care, the press release states.

“At Pace, our girls’ service-learning experiences are closely tied to their development and future success,” said Tanya Hollins, vice president of program operations and strategic implementation for Pace. “Acknowledging the power of community and instilling the importance of community involvement supports girls’ healthy development. Generous donations and grants like this one from State Farm make programs like this possible, teaching Pace girls these valuable life lessons.”  

For more information about Pace Center for Girls, visit

Food Brings Hope receives $1,500 from Sodexo

Recently, Food Brings Hope's Executive Director Judi Winch visited Sodexo Campus Services at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University to accept a $1,500 donation from the company's annual Servathon. 

Sodexo District Manager Gerard Short, Sodexo Vice President Aubry Wooten, Sodexo Universities COO Cal Thetford, and Food Brings Hope Executive DirectorJudi Winch. Courtesy photo

Servathon is Sodexo's largest global Stop Hunger event, according to a press release, and every April and May the food company engages its employees through service, volunteerism, fundraising and activities that go beyond food aid. 

"Sodexo wanted to partner with Food Brings Hope and provide financial support for the Weekend Feed-A-Family program by adopting three families for a year, one for each of our accounts in Daytona Beach, ERAU, BCU and Brown and Brown," said Sodexo’s District Manager Gerard

A fitness win

Chloë Perez, of Adams, Cameron and Co. Realtors, won two first place titles at The National Gym Association Gator Classic, held on Saturday, April 10 in Orlando.

This was her first fitness competition, a press release announced. Perez began her fitness journey over two years ago when she hired a personal trainer and began weightlifting three times a week, and as a result, lost 50 pounds in one year. 

Chloƫ Perez recently won two titles at the National Gym Association Gator Classic. Courtesy photo

“This whole journey was such an educational experience for me," said Perez in the press release. "As a lifelong vegetarian, I always thought I was quite healthy. However, it wasn’t until I started tracking my macros and consistently working out that I started to see dramatic results.” 

Her coach, Lucas Porto, owner of Paradigm Training and Nutrition in Port Orange, specializes in training competitive athletes. Perez said that she wanted more than "just a bikini body for the summer," and decided to enter a bodybuilding competition. 

Perez took home first place in the bikini novice category and first place in the open bikini category for her medium height class. 

LPGA golfers

The Daytona chapter of the LPGA Amateurs played a scramble at Crane Lakes Golf Club on April 16.

This event is a way to say goodbye to snowbirds as they head back up north, a press release reads. The winners were:

  • Chip ins: Kelly Pirkle, Kathy Beck and Karen Basak-Carey
  • Flight A 1st place winners: Carol Kilian, Trish Vevera and Connie Karby with a score of 63.
  • Flight A 2nd  place winners : Shauna Federico, Linn Merlitti, Karen Basak Carey and Marianne Schuettler with a score of 64.
  • Flight B 1st place winners: Ann Bowman, Teresa Sanders, Bec McDowell and Joan Mott with a score of 63
  • Flight B 2nd place winners: Mimi Lenio, Karen Koox, Kathy Beck and Joan Gray with a score of 64.

Halifax Humane Society joins Petco Love Lost

On National Lost Dog and Cat Awareness Day, celebrated on April 23, the Halifax Humane Society joined forces with Petco Love to help reunite lost pets with their families should they ever go missing, a press release announced.

Petco Love Lost is a new, searchable national database that uses patented facial recognition technology to make finding lost pets quicker and easier. The tool is now easily accessible to participating animal organizations nationwide, the press release states, as well as any pet parent or person who finds a lost pet. Uploaded photos of a missing dog or cat are used to determine whether the lost pet is at a participating shelter or with a neighbor in the community. 

“We see firsthand how quickly a pet can go missing, whether they were curious, following a scent, wandered through an open gate or became scared during a storm,” said, Pam Clayton, chief financial and development officer of Halifax Humane Society in the press release. “We work tirelessly to care for pets, whether they’re awaiting their forever home or lost and need help getting back to their families. There’s nothing more rewarding than reuniting families with their beloved pets and with Petco Love Lost, we’re confident it can lead to many more happy reunions, right here in the greater Daytona Beach area and Volusia County.”

One in three pets goes missing in their lifetime, for an estimated 10 million pets each year, said Susanne Kogut, president of Petco Love. 

"That gives us 10 million reasons why we created Petco Love Lost, because we believe nothing is more important than keeping people and pets together for a lifetime of love," she said. "Together with Halifax Humane Society, our goal is to keep pets where they belong — at home, with you.”


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