October 24, 2017 Operation Shoebox Charities we support October 19, 2016 @4:00PM at Mallory Hill Country Club the Villages Parrot Heads presented a check to Villagers for Hospice, represented by VP Barbara Williams and Dottie Edmiston, Marketing for the organization. The money was raised by a Golf Tournament held September 15th at Mallory Hill CC. 162 golfer teed it up and 70 volunteers helped Lil and Danny Roe put together a successful Tournament. Bill Bryan Chrysler Jeep Kia was a major sponsor and Parady Financial paid for all the meals. the Country Club got in the spirit by providing happy hour drink specials all day long. Now in its 10th year helping less fortunate families in Wildwood, All-One-Family has already made donations to 6,788 people in its first nine years. Families are identified by two churches, Wildwood Church of God and Wildwood Faith Outreach Ministry #2, and the Wildwood Police Department. Programs throughout the year include food, clothing, Christmas presents, reading programs and tech scholarships (currently a student is on a full scholarship learning to be an electrician). Steve Larson, Community Relations Trustee, and Thurman Shurtleff of the Charity Committee, presented the check to Barbara Griffith, president, and her husband Walter, Treasurer of All-One-Family, (residents of the Village of Poinciana), as well as representatives from the Wentide Group from the Village of Collier, Joan Harding, Paula Jennings and Bob Bingman. The donation by the Villages Parrot Heads Club presented at the Nov. 4 Phlocking at the Palmer Country Club will be used to issue $50 food cards to selected families to be spent during the Holiday season at the Save-A-Lot Grocery in Wildwood. POKER RUN RESULTS The final tally for the Poker Run held March 22nd was $11,539.07 net for our charities which will be announced soon. Thanks again to Bob Alosi and to Judy Turner (baskets) and all the volunteers who worked so hard to make this a successful event. John Rohan, Director of The Villages Recreation Department, and Michelle O’Donnell deserve a big “Team Drink” thanks. John was so pleased with theway we conducted ourselves, including a cleanup which left the laurel Manor cleaner than we found it,that he has agreed to let us use the same area next year and we have booked Saturday March 12, 2016 (with a rain date of Sunday March 13, 2016). Presentation of a Check to Caring Hands Food Bank of Wildwood, FL in the amount of $3,500 for helping those in need. The Villages Parrot Heads and the Sweet Potato Queens teamed up Tuesday, January 15th at the PH Phlocking at Mallory Hill Country Club,to present Checks totaling $2900 to Sharon Courture of Boggy Creek. The Sweet Potato Queens, a group of seven ladies who conduct fundraisers for charities, raised $2400 and the Parrot Heads donated $500. Boggy Creek is a year round camp for seriously ill children throughout Florida. their website is http://www.boggycreek.org/ Members of our club presented checks totaling $9400, raised by our poker run in March 2014, to representatives of 11 area charities Tuesday June 18th at the Phlocking at Evans Prairie Country Club. Kevin McLaughlin, Charity Committee Chair, presented checks to Deliver the Difference, All-One-family, Help Agency, Operation Backpack, St. Theresa's Soup Kitchen, Shepherd's Lighthouse, The Refuge at Jumper Creek, Lazarus Free Medical Clinic, Children's Mission/Center Hill, Operation Helping Hand of Sumter County and CERT.