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Gulliver Prep students hold T-shirt fundraiser for Stoneman Douglas victims' fund

Gulliver Prep varsity lacrosse players sold T-shirts before their game with Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School to show solidarity and support. From left, Gulliver Coach Jim Piggot, MSD Coach Ryan Burton, and Gulliver junior and lacrosse player Scott Hellinger, who organized the fundraiser.
Gulliver Prep varsity lacrosse players sold T-shirts before their game with Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School to show solidarity and support. From left, Gulliver Coach Jim Piggot, MSD Coach Ryan Burton, and Gulliver junior and lacrosse player Scott Hellinger, who organized the fundraiser. Photo provided to the Miami Herald

On March 23, students on the Gulliver Prep varsity lacrosse team found a way to honor the resilience and courage of the lacrosse players from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Before hosting the team on the field, they held a fundraiser to sell T-shirts with proceeds going toward the MSD victims’ fund.

“We recognized the determination of the MSD lacrosse team to continue their season despite the recent tragedy and knew that we had to do something to show our support,” said Scott Hellinger, Gulliver Prep junior and varsity lacrosse player, who organized the shirt design and sale.

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Gulliver Academy third graders Simon Perry and Miller Garfinkel attended the Gulliver Prep lacrosse game to show support for Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students. Photo provided to the Miami Herald

“The team decided that having the spectators all wearing the same shirt showing our MSD support would not only have a huge impact for the visiting MSD team, but also be an opportunity to raise money for the Stoneman Douglas Victims' Fund,” Scott said in an email.

A $3,000 check from the T-shirt sale was presented to the MSD team and Coach Ryan Burton at the game.

Rotary club helps kids

When The Black Jacket Symphony presents The Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band" tribute concert, members of the Rotary Club of Perrine-Cutler Ridge/Palmetto Bay will host a pre-show gala event to benefit students at West Perrine Park.

In cooperation with the Miami-Dade Parks Department, the club has raised funds for students to have activities such as student counseling, tutoring, life skills training, museum and book buying field trips, holiday computer gifting, and summer camp sponsorships. This is the fourth year members are hosting the event.

The pre-show gala will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, 10950 SW 211th St., Cutler Bay. The concert starts at 8 p.m. A Rotary benefit ticket to the show is $90 and seating is in the orchestra section of the theater.

At the pre-show gala, there will be a plenty of refreshments and raffles, along with a student art contest auction. Students participating in the art contest will receive free admission to the show and community service hours. The show is appropriate for students age 7 and up.

Visit https://hrld.us/2vdUnaz and choose the Rotary Club Benefit Ticket. The deadline to purchase is April 21. Learn more about this fundraiser and about entering the art contest at http://pcrpbrotary.com/.

Friends of the Everglades

It’s almost Earth Day and during the festivities at Pinecrest Gardens, everyone is invited to attend the 49th annual meeting of Friends of the Everglades, 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 22, 11000 Red Rd. Admittance is at the Historic Entrance.

State Sen. Jose Javier Rodriguez will be the guest speaker and will be presented with The Marjory Stoneman Douglas Defender of the Everglades Award by Friends of the Everglades.

The Earth Day Festival at the Gardens will be from noon to 4 p.m. Visit https://hrld.us/2qqnh19 for more.

Hunt & Road Rally in Redland

“Road Trip Through Redland History” is the theme for the 2018 Villagers’ annual Historic Hunt & Road Rally at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 28. The event is open to the public and will begin at the Women’s Club of Homestead, 17905 SW 292nd St.

Organizers say no experience is needed for this “mad-cap two-hour adventure” that will finish with a barbecue dinner from 4 to 6 p.m. Registered teams of one to six members drive their own cars on a clue-solving quest. Participants will learn about some of the area’s most interesting history along the way.

The Villagers have been hosting Historic Hunts for more than 30 years. There is a lot of fun, laughter and good-natured competition. Tickets are $35 and are available through Villagers’ members or online at http://thevillagersinc.org/.

Hunt Committee members are Joan Bounds, Sweet Pea Ellman, Andrea England, Sheryl Gold, Loyda Lewis, Dolly MacIntyre, Joanne Meagher and Jane Petrick. Proceeds support historic restoration and preservation in Miami-Dade County.

Free concert in Pinecrest

The musicians in the Greater Miami Symphonic Band enjoy practicing for the upcoming concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 22, at Kendall United Methodist Church, 7600 SW 104th St., as it gives everyone the opportunity to learn more about this community group. This will be the 12th annual Chamber and Solo Concert.

“This concert is free to the public and it is very important to the Band. It provides the musicians an opportunity to give back to the community for their patronage during the concert season and provides a showcase for the public to see and enjoy many of the excellent musicians,” said organizer Bruce Alexander in an email.

The group is planning an afternoon filled with musical selections featuring a woodwind quintet with singer Daisy Su, a clarinet ensemble, a flute choir, and the GMSB Big Swing Band led by singer Susie Blank Wolfe. Bring family, friends, neighbors, and colleagues. For more visit http://gmsb.org/.

If you have news for this column, please send it to Christina Mayo at christinammayo@gmail.com.
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