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Lakewood Ranch residents Dick and Lorraine Vitale are blessed to be able to spread Christmas cheer to underprivileged children.

Vitale family spreads Christmas cheer

Thursday, Dec. 16, 2010 |

Lakewood Ranch residents Dick and Lorraine Vitale are blessed to be able to spread Christmas cheer to underprivileged children.

Rickey Tedescl, 11, couldn't contain his excitement as he opened his new iPod Touch.

Thursday, Dec. 16, 2010 |

Rickey Tedescl, 11, couldn't contain his excitement as he opened his new iPod Touch.

Eight-year-old Martin Cedillo enjoyed every minute of the party. "I'll remember this every day," he said.

Thursday, Dec. 16, 2010 |

Eight-year-old Martin Cedillo enjoyed every minute of the party. "I'll remember this every day," he said.

Santa Claus delighted the children with a surprise visit.

Thursday, Dec. 16, 2010 |

Santa Claus delighted the children with a surprise visit.

Fourth-grader Marcus Morgan asked for roller blades for Christmas.

Thursday, Dec. 16, 2010 |

Fourth-grader Marcus Morgan asked for roller blades for Christmas.

The children enjoyed touring Dick Vitale's home — especially his office.

Thursday, Dec. 16, 2010 |

The children enjoyed touring Dick Vitale's home — especially his office.

Thirteen-year-old Shuana Naudascher received an Xbox 360 from the Vitale family.

Thursday, Dec. 16, 2010 |

Thirteen-year-old Shuana Naudascher received an Xbox 360 from the Vitale family.

Dick Vitale stressed the importance of being the best you can be and following your dreams.

Thursday, Dec. 16, 2010 |

Dick Vitale stressed the importance of being the best you can be and following your dreams.

Megan Friend, 11, was extremely grateful for the opportunity to attend the Christmas Party.

Thursday, Dec. 16, 2010 |

Megan Friend, 11, was extremely grateful for the opportunity to attend the Christmas Party.

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