Social Scene

Jalay Howard performs with other members of the Gap Productions/Immerse Church of Ocala
dance ministry during the annual MLK Day in the Park event.

MLK Ceremony & March
Photos by Bruce Ackerman

The MLK March from downtown Ocala to the MLK Jr. Recreation Complex on January 17th ended with the Day in the Park celebration. Other events hosted by the Dr. Martin L. King Jr. Commemorative Commission included a prayer breakfast, wreath ceremony, youth day and ecumenical service.

Natyri Oliver and Gabryel Oliver
Sgt. Richard Tuck, Dr. James Henningsen and Officer Malaya Woods.
William Harris and his daughters, Nia and Nora with Joanne Cornell-Ohlman
DeNaya Wilkerson, Marcus Wright and Keith Bracey
Camille Weathers
Azaria Roberts and other members of the NAACP.

Greg Graham Legacy Walk
Photos by Bruce Ackerman

The life of late Ocala Police Chief

Greg Graham was honored

January 20th by family members and friends during a 12-hour fitness event. Proceeds will benefit the Amnesty Program at Beacon Point, Boys & Girls Clubs of Marion County and the Chief Greg Graham Legacy Foundation.

Tyler, Amy, Mark and Kalin Graham
Capt. Greg Martin of the Ocala Police Department and Ben Marciano
Fire Rescue cadets pose with Rescue Station 5’s Tim Carver.
Kalin Graham holds a portrait of her father by artist E.J. Nieves.

“Big Daddy” Birthday Bash
Photos by Bruce Ackerman

Family members and friends gathered January 15th to celebrate the 90th birthday of famed drag racer and local museum owner “Big Daddy” Don Garlits. It included a cocktail reception, dinner and special surprise video presentation that offered best wishes from people around the nation.

“Big Daddy” celebrates with family members
Top, from left: Garlits, Jerry Gwynn and Bruce Larson. Bottom:
Darrell Gwynn.
Top, from left: Benjamin Capitano, Kirsten
Watley, Anna Capitano, and Ben Watley.
Bottom, from left: Sarah Smith, Don Garlits
and Braden Garlits
Don Garlits with daughter Donna Garlits

Ties and Tiaras
Photos by Cynthia Wilson-Graham

Lovely little ladies and their fathers/father figures were the stars of the show on January 21st at the Marion County Children’s Alliance SKIP (Supporting Kids, Involving Parents) event, which included a movie, swag bags and other treats.

TJ and Zoey Stewart
Curtis and Alice Vollmer Smith
Brett and Aaliah Stanley
Tim and Raina Wands
Matt and Anna Like
Homberto and Kaylina Gonzalez
Ben, Morgan and Carlee Dodge
Jamal Udechukwa and Adiyah Ude
Mabry and Ewart David
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