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Trinity Medical Group Announces Events for March 2020

Lakeland & Winter Haven, FL – February 18, 2020 – Trinity Medical Group is pleased to announce their events and classes for the month of March 2020. Trinity events are open to everyone and are free of charge. Events are offered at both our Lakeland and Winter Haven locations.
Location: Trinity Medical Group, 3240 S. Florida Ave., Lakeland, FL 33803
• Exercise Bingo Tues., Mar. 3; 11am-12pm
• 7 Dimensions of Wellness (presented by CarePlus Health plans) Wed., Mar. 11; 2pm-3pm
• Self Defense Class Wed., Mar. 18; 11am-12pm
• St. Patrick’s Day Party (Patient Appreciation Party) Mon., Mar. 23; 10am-11am
Location: Trinity Medical Group, 550 Pope NW, Winter Haven, FL 33881
• SilverSneakers® “Boom Muscle” Class Mondays; 11am-12pm
Tuesdays; 10am-11am
• Yoga Thursdays; 11am-12pm
• Exercise Bingo Wed., Mar. 4; 11am-12pm
• 7 Dimensions of Wellness (presented by CarePlus Health plans) Wed., Mar. 11; 11:15am-12:15pm
• St. Patrick’s Day Party (Patient Appreciation Party) Fri., Mar. 13; 10am-12:30pm
• Self Defense Class Wed., Mar. 25; 11am-12pm

For more information on these classes, please visit Trinity Medical Group’s event page: or call (863) 646-4000 for the Lakeland office or (863) 299-2636 for the Winter Haven office.
Trinity Medical Group is a primary care doctor’s office specializing in senior care with locations in Lakeland and Winter Haven, FL. Founded in 1997, Trinity Medical Group offers comprehensive, individualized care. Their compassionate providers make sure to listen to each patient and not only treat symptoms, but treat each patient as a whole. The mission at Trinity is “to provide exceptional healthcare and deliver a positive and rewarding experience at our clinics.” More information is available at or by calling 863.646.4000 for the Lakeland office or 863.299.2636 for the Winter Haven office. RayPar, Inc. is the parent company to a family of practices including Trinity Medical Group in Lakeland & Winter Haven, Owl Now Urgent Care in Lakeland & Winter Haven, Lakeland Spine Center in Lakeland, Pediatric Partners in Winter Haven and TrueMedSpa & The Premier Salon in Lakeland.


SEU Welcomes Carla Harris for Leadership Luncheon

SEU Welcomes Carla Harris for Leadership Luncheon

LAKELAND, Fla. – Southeastern University will welcome Carla Harris, vice chairman at Morgan Stanley, back to campus for a leadership luncheon on Friday, March 13. The luncheon will take place from 12 to 1:30 p.m. 

Harris spoke at last year’s SEU Forum. In addition to being a vice chairman, Harris is also a managing director and senior client advisor at Morgan Stanley. She formerly headed the Emerging Manager Platform, the equity capital market’s effort for the consumer and retail industries, and was responsible for Equity Private Placements. 

In her 30-year career, Harris has had extensive industry experiences in the technology, media, retail, telecommunications, transportation, industrial, and healthcare sectors. In August 2013, Harris was appointed by President Barack Obama to chair the National Women’s Business Council.

The luncheon will be held at the Lake Bonny Room at SEU. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at Table sponsorships are also available. For more information or questions, contact the Office of University Advancement at or 863.667.5455

For a media pass, contact Dana Davis at or 863.667.5020.


Local Bank Adds Commercial Lenders

Wauchula, Fla., Feb. 14, 2020 – Wauchula State Bank strengthened its lending team with the addition of a trio of professional commercial lenders: Robin Carr, Scott Katz and John Laurent. Carr joined the bank in November of last year and Katz came on board in February of 2019. Laurent became a commercial lender in October after spending two years as a business banker at Wauchula State Bank.

“Like all of our lenders, Robin, Scott and John are committed to getting to know their customers and their customers’ businesses,” said Executive Vice President and Senior Loan Officer Rob Roberts. “They can design loan products that achieve their clients’ specific goals. Our experienced lenders make fast decisions — locally.”

Carr has more than 30 years of banking experience, including proficiencies in lending, underwriting and loan management. He has a strong understanding of the business community and is committed to providing business owners the service they deserve.

Carr grew up in Orlando and graduated from the University of Central Florida with a BSBA (Bachelor of Science in Business Administration) degree in finance. He has been involved with various Central Florida Chambers of Commerce. He has a son who is a lieutenant in the U.S. Army and a daughter in nursing school. He may be reached at 407-897-9267 or

Katz garnered a wealth of banking and financial experience at banks in Lakeland and Riverview prior to joining Wauchula State Bank. He served as a branch manager, finance center manager, vice president and business banker for various institutions. He proved adept at cross-training staff, increasing deposits, creating and monitoring loan programs, improving service and demonstrating high levels of community involvement.

Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, where he graduated from Canarsie High School, Katz moved to Florida in 1981. His extensive community involvement includes participating in the “Paint Your Heart Out” campaign with the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce, delivering food to seniors through Viste (Volunteers in Service to the Elderly), supplying dictionaries to low-income schools through the Rotary Club of Lakeland North and providing belts, underwear, shoes and socks to students in those schools through the Rotary’s B.U.S.S. program.

Katz is a former Rotary president who earned Paul Harris Fellow recognition from the Rotary Foundation. He and his wife of more than 30 years, Lori, are the parents of two adult daughters. He may be reached at 863-448-2280 or

Laurent has been an integral part of gaining new business customers and expanding services to existing customers since joining the bank in January 2017. He became a Commercial Banker in October of 2019 and continues in the Polk County market, working along with the Winter Haven and Lakeland teams to support the bank’s growth goals for this region.

A sixth-generation Floridian, born in Lakeland, Laurent attended Bartow Senior High School and earned a Business Administration Degree in finance from the University of South Florida. He is a member of the Winter Haven and Bartow Chambers of Commerce and enjoys hunting, fishing, college football, planting trees, improving wildlife habitats and spending time with his family.

ABOUT WAUCHULA STATE BANK – Based in Wauchula, Fla., Wauchula State Bank has served the Florida Heartland since 1929 as a family owned, locally managed community bank. The late J.W. Crews Sr. (father of the current vice chairman) purchased controlling interest in the bank in 1932, and the bank is still owned and operated by the Crews family. With over $640 million in assets and seven branches located in Hardee, Highlands and Polk counties, Wauchula State Bank is the largest among the family of banks under Crews Bank Corp., the others including Charlotte State Bank & Trust, Englewood Bank & Trust and Crews Bank & Trust. To learn more, visit Member FDIC / Equal Housing Lender


FSC to Dedicate Carol Jenkins Barnett Center for Early Childhood Learning and Health, Lamar Louise Curry Education Building


Florida Southern President Dr. Anne Kerr and the College’s Board of Trustees will dedicate the new Carol Jenkins Barnett Center for Early Childhood Learning and Health and the new Lamar Louise Curry Education Building on Feb. 21.

The Carol Jenkins Barnett Center for Early Childhood Learning and Health will house a unique interdisciplinary program that brings together the resources of the School of Education and the School of Nursing and Health Sciences to study how education and health affect each other in early childhood. The addition of a new Community Resources Studio will provide services and educational training for Polk County’s families, teachers, and members of the healthcare community to ensure successful early-learning outcomes for children in our community.

The Center is named in honor of Dr. Carol Jenkins Barnett of the Class of ’79, daughter of Publix Super Markets founder George W. Jenkins. Her husband, Dr. Barney Barnett of the Class of ’65, is a Florida Southern College Trustee.

As the new home for FSC’s School of Education, the Lamar Louise Curry Education Building will provide additional opportunities for ongoing collaboration among all Education programs with a continued emphasis on the clinical education of pre-service teachers. The building’s state-of-the-art facilities and its proximity to both the Barnett Center and Roberts Academy will give Education majors greater access to practice their skills hands-on with preschool students from age three through the elementary and middle-grade classes at Roberts Academy.

The Curry Education Building is named in honor of Miss Lamar Louise Curry ’27, a longtime Florida educator who taught U.S. history for 35 years in Miami-Dade County Schools. Miss Curry died in 2012 at the age of 105.


Carol Jenkins Barnett Center for Early Childhood Learning and Health,
Lamar Louise Curry Education Building

WHEN: 12 noon, February 21

WHERE: 1040 Frank Lloyd Wright Way, Lakeland

A press release about the dedication will be issued after the event. The dedication is not open to the public, but members of the media are invited to attend. If you wish to attend the event, please contact Rebecca Paul-Martin at 863-680-4735 or


About Florida Southern College

Founded in 1883, Florida Southern College is the oldest private college in Florida. The College maintains its commitment to academic excellence through 70+ undergraduate programs and distinctive graduate programs in business administration, education, nursing, and physical therapy. Florida Southern has a 14:1 student-to-faculty ratio; is an award-winning national leader in engaged learning; and boasts 30 NCAA Division II national championships. It is ranked among the top 10 Regional Universities in the South by U.S. News and World Report; and is included in The Princeton Review’s 385 Best Colleges, The Fiske Guide to Colleges 2018, and Forbes magazine’s America’s Top Colleges Guide. The College is committed to the development of the whole student through vibrant student life programs that prepare graduates to make a positive, consequential impact on society. FSC is conveniently located within an hour’s drive of both Orlando and Tampa. FSC is home to the world’s largest single-site collection of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2012. Named the “Most Beautiful Campus in the Nation” for two consecutive years by The Princeton Review and one of the nation’s “Ten College Campuses with the Best Architecture” by Architectural Digest, Florida Southern is an internationally-recognized place of beauty and academic excellence.


SPCA Florida Foster Program Donations Needed

SPCA Florida Foster Program Donations Needed

Lakeland:  The babies are coming!  SPCA Florida is preparing for kitten and puppy season to arrive.  Kitten Season is the busiest time of year in Florida for community and owned cats to reproduce. April through September brings SPCA Florida a stream of newborn kittens that require specialized care. As early as late February animal organizations in the South can see kittens trickling into shelters.

Every year, SPCA Florida’s Foster Caregiver Program provides temporary homes to more than 3,000 animals who are too young, currently being treated for illness or injury, or need socialization.

SPCA Florida is looking for foster parents to help save more lives in Polk County. A foster parent is a person who has the strength to give a special animal a temporary spot in their home where they can feel loved and safe to thrive and become a future family member. Foster families provide animals TLC and one-on-one attention before they are adopted.  SPCA Florida provides all the medical care, training, and supplies.

You can save lives by donating needed products, such as KMR (replacement milk), puppy training pads, heating pads, baby blankets, and miracle nipple sets to list just a few. Several donation boxes have been placed around the Lakeland area, including PetSmart, Pet Supermarket, Benson’s Canine Cookies and other locations as well as SPCA Florida. You can make a monetary donation at any of these locations or go online to

SPCA Florida’s Kitten and Puppy Wish List items are available online at  Items can be purchased from the Amazon site and delivered directly to SPCA Florida. You can save a life without leaving your home!

Becoming a foster caregiver is an amazing experience and an opportunity to take part in saving the lives of animals. If you are an animal lover looking to make a difference in the life of a deserving dog or cat who needs you, become a foster caregiver today!

For a complete listing of donation drop off locations and Wish List items, go online to or contact Laine Griffin or Ali Dunstan, Foster Coordinators at 863.577.4638.

SPCA Florida is asking for financial, foster, and adoption support. To help, go online at and donate, foster or check out our adoptable dogs and cats.

About SPCA Florida

Founded in 1979, SPCA Florida is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization headquartered in Lakeland. Dedicated to improving the lives of pets and people in the community, SPCA Florida provides caring, compassion and hope to more than 6,000 homeless animals entering our doors each year. Open to the public, our McClurg Animal Medical Center is a state-of-the-art veterinary facility that heals and helps 50,000 patients annually. Thousands more pets and people are served through our community outreach and education programs.