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Applause for Nov. 15, 2020: Good news about Ocala

Ocala Star-Banner

Applause is the Star-Banner’s listing of good news. Send items to calendar@starbanner.com and write “Applause” in the message line.

Area student excels in higher education

University graduate

Shivika Maskara, Ocala, Master of Business Administration, Business Administration, University of the Cumberlands

Morriston Baptist Church quilters donate quilts

Morriston Baptist Church Quilters recently made quilt donations to The Children’s Intensive Care Center at UF Health Shands Hospital in Gainesville and the Tri-County Pregnancy Center in Williston, according to a press release from Linda Hall, member of the quilt group.

The quilters delivered 56 quilts to the Children’s Intensive Care Center and 20 baby quilts to the Tri-County Pregnancy Center, the release said.

The quilting group is composed of women from the surrounding area as well as many churches, and meets weekly at the church to produce the quilts, learn new techniques, and enjoy Christian fellowship, the release said.

For more information about the group, call the church office at 528-4080.

Ocala native initiated into the Missouri Military Academy Corps of Cadets

On Oct. 17, Damian Moore, son of Teressa and Thomas Moore of Ocala, was officially inducted into the 132nd Missouri Military Academy Corps of Cadets at the MMA Passing Through Ceremony, according to a press release from Jenny O’Donley, marketing director of the academy.

The Passing Through Ceremony is a MMA tradition that officially welcomes new cadets into the corps following their successful completion of the Maroon Phase training, the cadet handbook test, and the Crucible (a series of mental and physical challenges cadets must negotiate as individuals and as a team), the release said. 

To signify his official entry into the corps, Cadet Moore was awarded and authorized to wear the MMA hat brass that bears the MMA crest.

The academy provides college preparatory education for boys and young men in grades 7 through postgraduate. For more information, visit MissouriMilitaryAcademy.org.

Tri-Eagle Sales donates more than $7,000 to military organizations in support of Veterans Day

Tri-Eagle Sales, the local Anheuser-Busch wholesaler, contributed more than $7,000 to military and veteran organizations in support of Veterans Day, according to a press release by Brittany Foster, director of marketing for Tri-Eagle.

A portion of the Budweiser sales from the month of October was donated to the nonprofit organization Operation Shoebox, which provides hands-on support for troops deployed overseas and returning home.

Tri-Eagle has supported Operation Shoebox over the years with donated items and volunteerism by stuffing care packages for military personnel, the release said. Each year, thousands of care packages filled with supplies are put together and sent to troops overseas through the efforts pioneered by Operation Shoebox.

Tri-Eagle Sales also donated $5,000 to the Folds of Honor Foundation, a 501(c) (3) charitable organization based in Owasso, Oklahoma that provides educational scholarships and other assistance to the children and spouses of military service men and women killed or disabled while serving the nation.

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