Story re-posted with permission, courtesy of The Suncoast News.
By CARL ORTH | The Suncoast News
Published online: April 11, 2017
PHOTO: Photos By J David
NEW PORT RICHEY — Although Chasco Fiesta 2017 has come and gone, King Pithla Kim Bogart and Queen Chasco Angel Cook will wear their crowns for the coming year at various community events.
The reigning couple from 2016, Gerald Parish and Tina Tucker Shelton, passed their crowns during the 32nd annual Coronation Ball last month to successors Bogart and Cook.
This year, 48 individuals were nominated by local nonprofit and service organizations for their community service, Sylvia Perez, CEO of Lighthouse for the Visually Impaired and Blind, said.
The ball raises funds to support Lighthouse’s blind babies, children and teen programs.
Nominated by Leadership Pasco, Bogart, the New Port Richey police chief, is on the boards of the Lighthouse, Sertoma Speech & Hearing Foundation, Morton Plant Hospital, the Coalition for the Homeless and Leadership Pasco.
He also volunteers for the RAP River Run, the Junior Service League, Dancing with the Local Stars, the PACE Center for Girls, the Special Olympics Police Torch Run, the Odessa Yukon Days, the American Heart Association Heart Walk and the Sunrise Spouse Abuse Shelter.
Bogart has earned awards such as 2016 ABC Action News’ Taking Action Against Domestic Violence Officer of the Year, the 2011 Sertoma Speech & Hearing Foundation of Florida Bikers Ball King of the Road, the Rotary Club of Holiday and the West Pasco Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year and a Paul Harris Fellow by Rotary International.
Nominated by the Network Professionals, Cook is scholarship chair for the Community Service Council. She is a past president of the West Pasco Young Professionals Group and Junior Service League.
Her community involvement includes service to the Rotary Clubs of Seven Springs and Trinity, the American Cancer Society, the Heart Gallery of West Pasco, the Trinity Business Association, the Chasco Coronation Ball Committee, the West Pasco Chamber of Commerce, SPCA Suncoast, the Pasco County School Board Task Force and the West Pasco Business Association.
Cook received Queen Chasco nominations in 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2016. She was Rotarian of the Year in 2009, was nominated for Volunteer of the Year in 2011 and 2012 and received the Volunteer of the Year in Philanthropy Award in 2014.
In addition, the Lighthouse Beacon Award was presented to Bruce Mills for his many years of dedication.
Richey and Audrey Flege, parents of two Lighthouse clients, spoke about how important Lighthouse services are to babies and how they help to set them on a path to lifelong success.
Morton Plant North Bay Hospital, part of BayCare Health System, was the presenting sponsor for the coronation ball. Other sponsors included Publix Super Markets Charities, Rotary Club of New Port Richey, Greg Roe Insurance, Gary Blackwell Foundation, Delzer, Coulter & Bell, PA; Kemp, Ruge & Green Law Group; Rotary Club of Holiday, Rotary Club of Trinity, Synovus Trust Company, Amanda Murphy, Raymond James and Terry and Mary Haas.