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December 17, 2008: City Commissioners honor locals’ accomplishments

On Tuesday, December 16, the Coral Springs City Commission made the following recognitions and presentations:

· The Tennis Center of Coral Springs hosted its first Winterfest Charity Pro-Am Tennis Event on Saturday, November 15. The event raised more than $1,000, which was presented to the Coral Springs Community Chest at the Commission meeting. Maria Pierson, president of the Community Chest, accepted the donation on the board’s behalf. “We provide funding for non-profit organizations that offer services or programs that benefit the residents of Coral Springs and we depend entirely on donations, so I want to thank the Tennis Center so much for this,” Pierson said. The City would also like to thank the event sponsors, including Gateway Insurance, Studio 4 Fitness, Vista Satellite Communication, Dean Ehrlich at Prudential Realty and Twinkle Toes for all their support.
· The Coral Springs Chamber of Commerce’s Ambassador Committee also presented a check in the amount of $1,110 to Family Central, Inc. as part of its Holiday Adopt-A-Family Program. “This year, Family Central will serve 70,000 children (throughout the tri-county area) who live 150 percent below the poverty level,” said Barbara Weinstein, President of Family Central. “Believe me when I tell you that this makes a major difference in the lives of the children in Coral Springs so thank you to each and every one of you.” 

· The City Commission recognized J.P. Taravella High School for being the only Florida High School marching band selected to march in the 56th Presidential Inauguration Parade in Washington, D. C. The J. P. Taravella High School marching band was chosen from among nearly 1,400 applicants. Neil Jenkins and assistant director Cheldon Williams lead the 200-plus member Marching Trojans. The parade will be Tuesday, January 20 after President-Elect Barack Obama is sworn-in. “We want to thank everyone for their support.This is a tremendous accomplishment for our school.” Principal Shawn Cerra said. “They will not only be representing Broward County and the City of Coral Springs, but they State of Florida.” If you’d like to make a donation, please visit

· Lastly, the Commission recognized the Thanksgiving Basket Committee and all of the volunteers, students, residents and employees that made this fundraiser such a success.

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