What's Up Zephyrhills

a blog – by Greg First

101st Zephyrhills Founders’ Day Celebration And Parade On Saturday

1957 Founders' Day Parade Photo

“Back To The Future” is the theme for the 101st Zephyrhills Founders’ Day Celebration this Saturday, March 12,2011 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The huge parade gets underway at 10:00 a.m. in downtown Zephyrhills. Lot’s of family activities will be going on all day including a Rotary BBQ Chicken Fundraiser and CF Industries Employee BBQ Pork Fundraiser. Live entertainment will be featured from Noon to 4:00 p.m. There will be lot’s of kid’s games and activities like bounce houses, hayride, petting zoo, carnival games, face painting and pony rides. A bloodmobile will be on site during the day and Florida Hospital Zephyrhills will be offering free health screenings. Merchandise and Food vendors will be lining the streets. In addition, you will have a chance to win several great door prizes. Friday and Saturday between 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. a Fine Arts Show and Sale will be taking place at the Alice Hall Community Center at Zephyr Park. Come out and support the efforts of Main Street Zephyrhills as Zephyrhills comes alive for this once a year community event.

March 10, 2011 Posted by | Back To The Future, CF Industries, Florida Hospital Zephyrhills, Founders Day, Main Street Zephyrhills, Mainstreet Zephyrhills, St Petersburg Times - Zephyrhills, Zephyrhills Band News, Zephyrhills Community Activities, Zephyrhills Community News, Zephyrhills High School Band, Zephyrhills Parade, Zephyrhills Upcoming Events | Leave a comment

Jerry Sterner Is Named 8th Lincoln Heritage Award Winner By The Conservative Club Of East Pasco

The Conservative Club of East Pasco has named Jerry Sterner as the 8th receipient of the Lincoln Heritage Award at a dinner held at Bentley Commons in Zephyrhills on Friday, March 4th. Jerry was the Director of Marketing & Public Relations, Volunteer Services and Physician Recruitment for 20 years at Florida Hospital Zephyrhills, formerly East Pasco Medical Center. Dick Albrecht, President of the club welcomed all those in attendance with Mayor Cliff McDuffie recognizing dignitaries and special guests. The Zephyrhills JROTC presented the colors with Megan Mohler singing the National Anthem. Several presentations were made to Jerry including a Congressional Proclamation presented by newly elected Congressman Rich Nugent, a State of Florida Resolution from Will Weatherford’s office presented by Seth Weightman, who also read a letter from Gov Rick Scott and the 2011 Sheriff’s award presented by Pasco County Sheriff Bob White. I had the honor of presentating Jerry with the 2011 Lincoln Heritage Award medallion. Wanda Stevens presented Joe Worrell with the 2011 Club Service award. Jerry has worked with many local organizations including Sunrise of Pasco, Rotary Club of Zephyrhills, Chamber’s of Commerce in Zephyrhills, Dade City and Wesley Chapel, Habitat for Humanity, Pasco Economic Development Council, San Antonio Boys Village and the Conservative Club of East Pasco. These are just a fraction of the organizations that he worked with. I have known Jerry for over 20 years and I am a better person because of it. His kind, considerate and caring ways have been noticed not just by myself but by the many, many people he has come in contact with over his lifetime. Best of luck now and in the future to you and your wonderful family. Congratulations again on receiving the 2011 Lincoln Heritage Award my friend, Jerry L. Sterner!

March 5, 2011 Posted by | Conservative Club, Florida Hospital Zephyrhills, Jerry Sterner, Lincoln Heritage Award, Zephyrhills Community Activities, Zephyrhills Community News, Zephyrhills News | 1 Comment

Julianne Hough Headlines Florida Hospital Zephyrhills Gala At Saddlebrook Resort on November 18, 2010

Julianne Hough

A true triple-threat, singer/actress/dancer Julianne Hough was already known to millions of fans as the two-time professional dance champion on ABC-TV’s top-rated “Dancing With the Stars” before expanding into the worlds of music and film.

Although she has been winning world dance titles since her early teens, Julianne’s ultimate goal has always been a career in country music. Her self-titled debut album, released by Universal Music Group Nashville in 2008, hit the Billboard Country charts at #1 and entered the Billboard 200 at #3, marking the highest debut for a country artist since 2006. Her first two singles from the album, “That Song in My Head” and “My Hallelujah Song,” soared up the country charts and she earned her first two 2009 Academy of Country Music Awards for Top New Female Vocalist and Top New Artist. Hitting the road for the first time as a recording artist, Julianne opened for superstar Brad Paisley and later toured with George Strait, playing over 100 shows in 2009. Her second album, The Julianne Hough Holiday Collection, became an instant holiday classic for her legions of fans, distributed exclusively at Target. Her much- anticipated follow-up album will be released by Mercury Nashville in Summer 2010.

Having become a household name virtually overnight on “Dancing With the Stars,” then making a seamless transition to recording artist, Julianne is also well on her way to making her mark in the world of motion pictures. She was cast in the star-studded ensemble of Screen Gems’ dramatic musical “Burlesque,” working alongside Cher, Christina Aguilera, StanleyTucci, Eric Dane, Kristen Bell and Cam Gigandet. In “Burlesque,” written and directed by Steve Antin, Julianne plays Georgia. “Burlesque” is set for release on November 24, 2010.

A born entertainer, Julianne Hough (pronounced “Huff”) always loved singing, dancing and acting. At age 10, she was presented with an opportunity to study performing arts in London, which established her fierce independence and was the beginning of a period of intense training and education. She returned to Utah at age 15 and, after graduating high school, moved to Los Angeles to pursue her dreams of a career in entertainment.

Quickly earning a solid reputation for her talent, discipline and professionalism, it tookless than a month for Julianne to land a job as a dancer on the ABC game show, “Show Me The Money,” and shortly thereafter joined the “Dancing With the Stars” tour as a company dancer before joining the cast of the hit series in the show’s fourth season, where she was paired with two-time Olympic Gold Medal winner Apolo Anton Ohno. She toured with the troupe again, before returning to the hit show for seasons five through eight, pairing with Indy race champion Helio Castroneves, comedian Adam Carolla, actor Cody Linley and country singer Chuck Wicks. Hough remains the youngest dancer to have won the coveted “Dancing with the Stars” competition twice, with partners Ohno and Castroneves, and she earned an Emmy nomination in 2008 for Best Choreography for her work on the show. Her skills as a choreographer also led to a collaboration with Gwen Stefani on the singer’s “Wind It Up” video.

In 2009, Julianne starred in her first fitness DVD, Cardio Ballroom,” the first in a series designed to motivate exercise novices and enthusiasts alike on the dance floor.

She is also highly sought-after in the world of commercials and endorsements, as aninternational spokesperson for Proactiv Solution and as the official spokesperson for Venus Embrace, co-authoring their “Goddess Guide to Getting Closer” for the company’s 2009 marketing campaign. She sang an updated version of the Wrigley’s Juicy Fruit gum theme, “The Taste is Gonna Move Ya” and has numerous other campaigns in the works.

While devoting most of her time to recording, touring and now filmmaking, Julianne is also active in a range of philanthropic endeavors, charities and humanitarian efforts including the Susan G. Komen Foundation, Clothes Off Our Back, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital and serves on the American Red Cross Cabinet.

In addition to an already stellar line-up of projects for 2010, Julianne also kicked off the new year with an invitation to perform in We Are The World 25 For Haiti, an all-star update to the iconic 1985 philanthropic anthem to benefit the Haitian earthquake relief efforts and the rebuilding of Haiti. Produced once again by Quincy Jones and Lionel Richie and recorded in the same studio as the original 25 years earlier, the new video (directed by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Paul Haggis) debuted on February 12, 2010, during the Opening Ceremony of the Vancouver Winter Olympics featuring such music legends as Barbra Streisand, Tony Bennett, Celine Dion and Gladys Knight and contemporary superstars including Will.I.Am, Jennifer Hudson, Pink, Fergie and Kanye West, amongst countless other artists from virtually every musical genre.

For more information, please visit www.juliannehough.com.

For tickets to the Gala or sponsorship opportunities please call the Florida Hospital Zephyrhills Foundation office at 813-783-6144.

September 17, 2010 Posted by | Florida Hospital Zephyrhills, Gala, Julieanne Hough, Saddlebrook Resort, Zephyrhills Community News, Zephyrhills News | Leave a comment

Florida Hospital Zephyrhills Names New Chief Executive Officer

Doug Duffield

Florida  Hospital Zephyrhills announced that Douglas Duffield has been promoted to President and CEO. Duffield served in the  position of Chief Operating Officer of the hospital. He joined the Florida Hospital Zephyrhills  in January 2010 from Sonora Regional Medical Center. Doug held leadership roles in strategic planning, service line development, acquisitions and creating innovative healthcare programs. He is a graduate of Walla Walla University. An active triathlete, Duffield, his wife and two children reside in San Antonio, Florida. Congratulations Doug!

September 2, 2010 Posted by | Douglas Duffield, Florida Hospital Zephyrhills, Zephyrhills Community News | Leave a comment

Bulldogs Win 9 Mile War…uh, Blood War

bloodnet-logo2[1]Two local high schools held blood drives this week.  The first was Pasco High School held on Thursday, October 22nd. 126 kids and staff showed up to donate blood and show the Pirate colors of Red and Black. The next day was Zephyrhills High School and the line was drawn in the sand as the Bulldog students, faculty and staff stepped up and registered 191 blood donors. True Bulldogs bleed Orange and Black.  Hey, here is a fact.  If one donation can help up to 3 patients in need the combined blood drives have the potential of helping nearly 1000 patients at area hospitals.  With all of the talk about kids today, these future leaders really stepped it up to help save lives.  On behalf of the patients in need I want to thank each and every person that showed up to this great community event.  Thank you.

October 24, 2009 Posted by | Florida Hospital Zephyrhills, Pasco Regional Medical Center, Steve Van Gorden, Zephyrhills Community Activities, Zephyrhills Community News, Zephyrhills High School | Leave a comment

Florida Hospital Zephyrhills Loves Her Tasty Touch

Photo by Keri Wiginton - St. Pete Times

Photo by Keri Wiginton - St. Pete Times

A couple of years ago I was a judge at a contest at Florida Hospital Zephyrhills.  The winner for most original design was Antoinette Kroll. My Dad used to love to go to the cafeteria at the hospital and enjoy the fantastic sweets that were made under the auspices of this wonderful lady.   Read why, “The Hospital Loves Her Tasty Touch”.  It’s a story written by Lisa Buie, Staff Writer with the St. Petersburg Times.  Click on the link below:


September 14, 2009 Posted by | Florida Hospital Zephyrhills, Lisa Buie, St Petersburg Times - Zephyrhills, Zephyrhills Community News | Leave a comment

Take A Look At This 4 Minute Video On Health Care Reform

August 22, 2009 Posted by | Florida Hospital Zephyrhills, Health Care Reform, Pasco Regional Medical Center | 1 Comment

Florida Hospital Zephyrhills Does It Again

Florida Hospital LogoCongratulations to everyone involved with the Diabetes Education Program at Florida Hospital Zephyrhills. The American Diabetes Association has once again certified the program. The certification is required every three years. This will be the third consecutive time that this not-for-profit hospital has gone through this certification and passed each time with flying colors.

August 3, 2009 Posted by | Florida Hospital Zephyrhills, Zephyrhills Community News | Leave a comment