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Updated: 01/19/2014 08:00:00AM

Former center director recognized

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From left, Rick Bohlander, Ken Althouse and Floyd Tresler recently teamed to win the fifth annual Laird’s Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce Golf Challenge.

Frank and SueAnne Fambrough, with help from the Punta Gorda Boat Club, opened their house for two weeks during the holidays so that guests could see their wide array of Christmas decorations inside and the 30,000 lights they had adorning their house outside. Frank, dressed as Santa, handed out candy to people as they drove by in their cars. SueAnne, in costume as Mrs. Claus, gave tours of her house, aided by other members of the boat club. This is the third year that the Fambroughs have opened their home for viewing, but this year they decided to ask for donations for the boys at AMIKids Crossroads. They estimate that about 1,500 to 2,000 people came to tour. “We’ve done this for years but never had a turnout like this,” Frank said. Additionally, Frank had his red 1954 Ford truck, the sleigh, parked in the driveway where people could deposit donations of underwear, socks and hygiene items for the boys. The event netted more than $3,600 in donations, and a truck full of donated goods. Pictured are AMIKids board member Britt Matthiessen; Frank and SueAnne Fambrough; Phyllis Adamaitis, commodore of the boat club; and John Davidson, executive director of AMIKids.

Charlotte County Commission Chairman Ken Doherty recently swore in the new board of the Charlotte County Republican Club at the Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club. Pictured are, from left, Jim Brown, past president; Gene Murtha, president; John Hitzel, treasurer; Deb McMullen, secretary; Bill Dryburgh, second vice president; Jerry O’Halloran, first vice president; and Doherty.

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Congratulations to Michele Valencourt. The former executive director of the Visual Arts Center in Punta Gorda recently was among 14 women selected by WGCU public television for recognition as Women Who Make Southwest Florida. Valencourt retired as the center’s executive director in December.

The program, in its second year, recognizes and honors women who are “leaving a legacy and making a significant impact on (Southwest Florida)” in the arts, the business community, for the environment, in health and wellness, in politics and in social justice.

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