Les Cockrell: Special Olympics team wins CoServ grant

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Members of the Lake Cities Storm Special Olympics team and family members celebrate receipt of the $4,500 grant from the CoServ Charitable Foundation. The group includes Dennis Engelke, CCF executive director (back row, fourth from left) and Cindy Barrand (on Engelke’s left), the team parent who submitted grant request.

The CoServ Charitable Foundation recently awarded a $4,500 grant to the Lake Cities Storm Special Olympics Team.

The funds will be used to help pay the team’s expenses when traveling to and from tournaments in the area and throughout the state.

Cindy Barrand, the team parent who submitted the grant request, wrote in a news release that meals, lodging and gas expenses add up quickly, so the money is helpful to parents in many ways.

The Lake Cities Storm was created in 2010 and draws athletes of all ages from throughout the area, including Argyle, Corinth, Denton, Highland Village, Lake Dallas, Little Elm and Pilot Point. The team plays a variety of sports, including basketball, bocce, bowling and softball.

“This is why CCF exists,” said Dennis Engelke, executive director, “to help people who are making a difference like the Lake Cities Storm athletes and parents.”

This marks the third year that CoServ has supported the organization. So far in 2013, the foundation has approved about $89,000 in grants, and it aims to eclipse the record amount of more than $1 million granted to communities served by CoServ in 2012, according to the press release.

The foundation is supported by CoServ Electric, and funding for the foundation is made possible by donations from residential CoServ Electric Members and CoServ Gas Customers who donate to Operation Roundup by rounding up their bills to the nearest dollar.

Visit www.sotx.org  for more information on the Special Olympics organization in Texas. For more on how to join the Lake Cities Storm delegation, contact Toni Brown at lonestarpride1@aol.com .

 

Tickets available for annual women’s club tea

Tickets are now available for the annual spring tea sponsored by the Oakmont Women’s Club.

The tea will be from 1 to 3 p.m. April 20 in the main dining room at Oakmont Country Club. The public is invited.

Cost is $20 per person, which includes four courses provided by the club chef. Proceeds will benefit local charities.

There will also be a hat contest to choose the most elegant and most creative hats.

The club is selling 100 tickets to the event. To check ticket availability, call Tina Henderson at 940-326-9797 or Carolyn Moore at 940-321-4474.

 

American Red Cross slates blood drives

The American Red Cross has announced that two blood drives will be held in Denton this weekend.

The first drive will be from noon to 4 p.m. Friday at Lowe’s, 1255 S. Loop 288.

The second drive is planned from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at Golden Triangle Mall, 2201 S. Interstate 35E.

All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients.

A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in.

To make an appointment to donate or for more information, visit www.redcross.org.

 

Area cowboy church to offer equine clinic

Ridin’ For The Brand Cowboy Church in Sanger will host an equine veterinary clinic from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the church, 5926 W. FM455.

Dr. Shellie Wallace of Paws and Claws Veterinary Clinic and her staff will perform an exam and spring shot package, and low-cost services will include “coggins” test, strangles, flu/rhino and basic services, including deworming.

Advance registration forms are available at Paws and Claws Veterinary Clinic at 302 S. Acker St. in Sanger or at Ridin’ For The Brand Cowboy Church.

For more information, call 940-458-2529.

 

Civil Air Patrol conducts search-and-rescue training

Members of the Civil Air Patrol Nighthawk Composite Squadron stationed in Denton recently conducted search-and-rescue training at Ray Roberts Lake State Park as part of a large statewide exercise.

The exercise, held at the Isle du Bois Unit, simulated a missing or overdue aircraft and concentrated on ground-search operations in the wooded and hilly terrain near the lake. More than 25 Civil Air Patrol volunteers from across North Texas participated in the overnight exercise.

Civil Air Patrol teams were joined by Search One Rescue, a Dallas-area canine search team. Search One Rescue brought 15 dogs that specialize in different types of tracking.

For more information about Civil Air Patrol, visit www.goCivilAirPatrol.com .

 

Hospice in Denton now seeking volunteers

SouthernCare Hospice in Denton is seeking volunteers.

Volunteers are needed to help staff members with administrative tasks and to perform such duties as reading to a patient, making deliveries, doing light housekeeping and participating in activities at nursing homes.

By giving as little as a couple hours per month or week, volunteers can provide assistance to patients and families. Staff members will try to accommodate the time schedule of each volunteer to provide required training.

The hospice office in Denton is at 5800 N. Interstate 35, Suite 200. For more information, call 940-243-0901 or 866-620-7167, or visit www.southerncarehospice.com .

 

Don’t forget

The Kiwanis Club of Denton will present Taste of North Texas from 5:30 to 8 p.m. today at the University of North Texas Coliseum.

Tickets cost $15 for adults and $10 for students, and dishes from several area restaurants will be featured.

Proceeds benefit the Denton Kiwanis Children’s Clinic. For more information, visit www.tasteofnt.com .

LES COCKRELL is interested in your input for Out & About. Help share information about Denton County events and people by calling him at 940-566-6887. His e-mail address is lcockrell@dentonrc.com .


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