Social Scene | August 2022

Clayton Dantzler, Gracelyn Graham, Grayson Dantzler and Maylani Bradshaw were some of the many guests who enjoyed the Juneteenth Celebration hosted by the Ocala Juneteenth Celebration Commission and the City of Ocala on June 18th. Photo by Bruce Ackerman

Juneteenth Celebration
Photos by Bruce Ackerman

The Ocala Juneteenth Celebration Commission and the City of Ocala hosted the June 18th event, which drew a large crowd who enjoyed a variety of vendors, entertainment, speakers and food, with sponsorships to provide scholarships for high school seniors.

Rondell Monroe, Harryha Shell, Nalaya Hicks, and J.J. Thomas
Top, from left: Shavonda and Walter Grimes. Bottom, from left: Kiersten McAllister, Kingston McAllister, Kourtlynn McAllister and Cherish Goodson
Yani Hamilton

Juneteenth Fundraiser
Photos by Bruce Ackerman

The elegant evening event on June 18th, hosted by R.A.M.A.L. Educational & Social Services, included dinner, dancing, a silent auction and raffles, with proceeds to benefit community projects, scholarships for at-risk and non-traditional students, tutoring and mentoring.

Anne Bulmer, Sharon Duca, Barbara Brooks, Allie Gore and Terri Johnson
Drs. Riadh and Manal Fakhoury
Te’Sha Jackson and Helen Council
Daniel Banks and Judith Bullen
Dawn Johnson, Patricia Robinson, Dr. Pamela Lewin, Fonya Kendrick, Allie Gore, Carolyn Adams and Dr. Philip Johnson

Ocala Style Women’s Expo
Photos by Bruce Ackerman

The event on June 25th featured a slate of inspiring guest speakers, demonstrations, shopping, networking, food, giveaways and a chance to win some awesome raffle prizes. PACE Center for Girls – Marion was the beneficiary of proceeds from ticket sales and the raffle.

James Hagans, Carole Savage-Hagans and Gretchen Springer
Heather Goodnight-Brown and Victoria Alvarez
Guest speakers Attorneys Mary Catherine Landt and Janet Behnke, at right
Loring Felix
Judi Hunter and Nancy Porter
Liz Hernandez, Beulah Carey, Sierra Rebchook, Anna Wilemon and Kristin Ainscow


Stacey Ansley
Major Angy Scroble
Juleen Lawton, Beulah Carey and Liz Hernandez
Amy Alvarado and Maggie Weakley
Dr. Katherine O’Brien

Brazen Bash
Photos by Bruce Ackerman

The Florida Department of Health in Marion County hosted the June 30th event that featured Rashad Jones of Big Lee’s BBQ, fun activities, food, music and giveaways. Brazen is a positive youth development program for ages 11 to 18.

John Gray, Jacob Cooke, Rashad Jones and Deasia Fleming
Melissa Burnette and Shaelyn St. Cyr
Kayden Jackson, Deputy Dale Boileau and Michael Jackson
Kyndal Chery, Audrina Burnett and Sarra Ferguson
Audrina Burnett
Cykeira Phelps and Monica Bryant
Dixie Norris, Tanya Ousley and Maddie Johnson
Monica Dasilva and Kaelen Shannon
Bill Thompson, Jessie Driggers, Tracey Sapp and Kelly Conklin
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