+ Zumba party fundraiser set for Wave Runner
Jhon Benavides and Lakewood Ranch YMCA Zumba instructor Sandra Aguirre will hold a Zumba party fundraiser from 2 to 3:30 p.m. June 22, at the G.T. Bray Gymnasium, 5502 33rd Ave. Dr. W., Bradenton.
A $10 donation, in advance, is encouraged. Proceeds from the event will benefit Lakewood Ranch YMCA Wave Runner swimmer and USA Florida Swimming Long Course Swimmer of the Year Sebastian Aguirre and his upcoming trip to Colombia to compete in the Colombia Junior National Championships.
For more information and to reserve a spot, email Zumbaclass@hotmail.com, or call 266-2307.
+ Cal Ripken All-Stars win championship
The Manatee Cal Ripken 8U All-Stars went 4-0 to win the Suncoast Travel Ball Tournament June 8-9, at Heritage Harbour.
“This was a great warm-up tournament leading into our district tournament,” says Lee Heintz, manager of the Manatee 8U All-Stars. “I’m so proud of these boys. They didn’t give up one single run all weekend, and they played their hearts out.”
Championship players include: Dylan Reiser, Lucas Viera, Rylen Stockton, Sam Heintz, Ashton Lamb, Tristan Schellinger, Jack Muller, Judson Hildreth, Mason McReynolds, Justin Cook, Ryan O’Sullivan, Jaden Stockton, Alex Heintz and Christopher Conboy.
Manatee will travel June 20-23 to Ocala for the Cal Ripken District Tournament.
The team will open the tournament against North Central Florida.
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Food and fun
The Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance and its Young Leaders Alliance have something to talk about: the organizations collected 764 pounds of nonperishable food and $1,295 cash to benefit The Food Bank of Manatee/Meals on Wheels PLUS.
River Club’s Cheryl Kaufman says she’s still pinching herself.
A little “Ho! Ho! Ho!” can go a long way this holiday season.