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Updated: 11/03/2013 08:00:00AM

DAR celebrates 40th anniversary

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Children and teachers from the Builders Club at Charlotte Academy private school are helping the Back Pack Kidz Program feed hungry children in Charlotte County one backpack at a time by bringing in food supplies and raising money. The program provides 1,400 backpacks to the schools weekly.


Daughters of the American Revolution vice regent Debbie Harrington, past regent and registrar Diana Dulkiewicz, and regent Suzy Hackett are ready to cut the cake for the organization's 40th anniversary celebration.

Dotty Mattoon, gallery manager, and Mary Pompeo were hard at work this week getting ready for the grand opening of the Fine Arts Festival: John Singer Sargent Exhibition at the Visual Arts Center in Punta Gorda. The painting “Lady Agnew” was re-created by Clare Harvey. The exhibition, which opened Wednesday, features 126 works of John Singer Sargent re-created by 69 local artists. The exhibit is free and open to the public through Nov. 29.

The Center for Abuse and Rape Emergencies of Charlotte County recently played host to the first Men of C.A.R.E luncheon. The men serving on the C.A.R.E board hosted local businessmen as they provided prevention information about the effects of domestic violence on the community and the impact in the workplace. To schedule an outreach presentation, contact Linda Lusk at 941-639-5499. Pictured here, from left, are Jack Levine, 4Generations Institute; Charlotte County Sheriff Bill Prummell; and C.A.R.E. board members Michael Landsberg and Hal Wotitzky.

Weight Watchers members at the Port Charlotte Town Center mall donated more than 1,000 pounds of food this year to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, which assists those in need in the community. Pictured here are Lori Thibideau, Weight Watchers meeting leader and a volunteer with St. Vincent de Paul; Richard Peters, president of St. Vincent de Paul; and Walter Foster, also with St. Vincent de Paul.

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Congratulations to regent Suzy Hackett and the other members of the Charlotte Bay Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

The organization recently celebrated its 40th anniversary, according to an email from member Pat Cook. The luncheon included a cake. Hackett recognized Linda Hugglestone with a corsage for being a member of the DAR for 40 years. She presented past regent Diana Dulkiewicz with a rose in a vase for her many past and current services to the DAR. Diana is currently the chapter historian and registrar.

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