They are the coaches, chauffeurs, caretakers, providers, protectors and spiritual guides. They are our fathers and grandfathers and their influence is profound. To their sons, they set the example and start them on Life’s path. To their daughters, Dads are their first love and a frequent predictor of their future choices in Life.

To the stepfathers who stepped up when no one else was around, to the dads who are raising kids alone, we appreciate you. To the dads, grandfathers and father figures who set us on a positive, caring, productive road, we appreciate you. In celebration, enjoy Fathers’ Day Brunch on Sunday at Harbor Hills Country Club. It’s an all-you-care-to-eat buffet featuring Dad’s favorites, including carved prime rib of beef and spectacular desserts. Dad will love the view overlooking scenic Lake Griffin. Call 352-753-7000 for reservations.

Creating a loving memory between a girl and her father is priceless. To honor that special bond, Guardians ad Litem and members of the organization Voices For Children present the Father-Grandfather Daughter Dance. The event will be held Sat. July 6th at Wildwood Community Center. All funds raised benefit 2,100 children in our local counties removed by the state for their protection. To find out how you can help, visit www.voices4childrenfl.org.

There’s no better way for members to meet the exceptional fathers and grandfathers in our community than to attend the ‘Meet A Neighbor, Bring A Neighbor’ event on June 24. With two for one drink specials, live entertainment and a gourmet burger buffet, it’s a member event you don’t want to miss. Happy Fathers Day to my husband and the many deserving dads in our lives.

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