Valentine’s Banquet At Pinetta Community Center Raising Money For Florida Sheriffs’ Youth Ranch: Make Plans To Attend!

By Lynette Norris Greene Publishing, Inc. To avoid confusion, the Valentine’s Day Heart Ball is now the Valentine’s Day Heart Banquet. It is not a dance, but a nice sit-down dinner, with a delicious menu of steak or chicken, with a baked potato, salad, bread, tea…and a nice big dessert bar to choose from. No need to worry about knowing how to dance; just plan for a nice Friday, Feb. 14, evening out with your sweetheart under a full moon. No kidding…the full moon for February falls on Valentine’s Day this year. What could be more perfect? But it gets even better…there will also be live entertainment throughout the evening, provided by none other than the Madison County Sheriff’s Department staff. Madison County Sheriff Ben Stewart cordially invites everyone to come out to the Valentine’s Banquet, a fundraiser for the Florida Sheriffs’ Youth Ranch, a program with locations in Live Oak, Bradenton, Safety Harbor and Bartow that is supported by sheriff’s offices throughout the state for disadvantaged children. Currently, the program serves about 200 children, and Stewart reported a “near 100 percent success rate” with them. Florida sheriff’s departments also do a summer camp for disadvantaged children in Crystal River, with up to six one-week sessions. Each year, volunteers from Sheriff’s offices around the state, including Madison, help run the camp. At the last county commission meeting, Stewart, Sharon Shadrick and Tammy Webb of the MCSO invited everyone to attend the Valentine’s Day Heart Banquet, beginning at 7 p.m. at the Pinetta Community Center, 401 Empress Tree Ave, in Pinetta. The occasion is “semi-formal,” said Shadrick, meaning “not tuxedoes, but nice church clothes,” and tickets are $30 for couples, $45 for couples with two children, and $15 for individuals. “We’re going to have a real good time,” she said. An evening out, with a nice dinner and a chance to see what kind of hidden talents the folks at the MCSO will have on display (including some singing by Dep. Joey Knight) should be well worth the price of admission, in addition to the knowledge that it is helping support a worthwhile cause. For tickets and RSVP, contact Tammy at the Madison County Sheriff’s Office, (850) 973-4151.

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