Charity or Non-Profit Story

Seventh Annual Plaza Bella Goes Pink To Fund Local Organizations

Seventh Annual Plaza Bella Goes Pink To Fund Local Organizations

  By Kathy L. Collins Plaza Bella will hold its Seventh Annual Plaza Bella Goes Pink on Saturday, October 18. Participants can choose either the Diva Strut which runs from Plaza Bella to the Bloomingdale Library and back, or the 5k Challenge Walk which goes from Plaza Bella to Nature’s Way and back. Both walks(…)

Helping Hands Caring Hearts Lends Assistance To Individuals In Need

Helping Hands Caring Hearts Lends Assistance To Individuals In Need

  By Libby Hopkins Everyone can use an extra hand from time to time, but back in 2000, Christine Barfield of Plant City needed many extra hands. She was in an accident that landed her in a wheelchair for more than a year. “For a year I was in a wheelchair fulltime and I was(…)

Seventh Annual Paws For Patriots Golf Tournament To Raise Funds For Veteran Guide Dogs

Seventh Annual Paws For Patriots Golf Tournament To Raise Funds For Veteran Guide Dogs

    By Lisa K. Goodwin He had been a U.S. Marine Corps enlistee and a mortarman in the Que Son Valley in Vietnam. He spent five years as a warrant officer, and then 24 years as a commissioned officer – an unusual leadership path for a man in uniform. But these days, he is(…)

Third Annual Pink Your Pony Trail Ride To Benefit Local Outreach Clinic

Third Annual Pink Your Pony Trail Ride To Benefit Local Outreach Clinic

    By Kathy L. Collins Join breast cancer survivor Dawn Galia and others at the third annual Pink Your Pony Trail Ride. This unique fundraiser will be held on Saturday, October 11 with a 10 a.m. trail ride at Bay Lake Stables, owned by Gary and Cindy Timbles. The stable is located at 4617(…)

Sammy Sullivan Charities Hosts Party At O’Brien’s To Benefit A Kid’s Place

Sammy Sullivan Charities Hosts Party At O’Brien’s To Benefit A Kid’s Place

  By Michelle Colesanti Nine years ago, Sammy Sullivan passed away at 22 months due to an unexpected illness. His parents, Joe and Brenda Sullivan, were determined to honor his short life and memory. “My wife and I decided to create Sammy Sullivan Charities as a way to honor him and give comfort to others(…)

Riverview Resident Builds Gazebo, Butterfly Garden For Eagle Scout Project

Riverview Resident Builds Gazebo, Butterfly Garden For Eagle Scout Project

  By David “DJ”Nelson, Eagle Scout candidate Riverview resident David “DJ” Nelson has been in scouting since 2004, has risen through the ranks and now is an Eagle Scout candidate.  He has held leadership roles as Troop Guide, Senior Patrol Leader, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, Assistant Patrol Leader and a Troop Guide for the National(…)

Local Support Helps Spiral Ice Bucket Challenge To Over $80 Million For ALS

Local Support Helps Spiral Ice Bucket Challenge To Over $80 Million For ALS

  By Nicole Heubusch Anyone who has been on any social networking site in the past few weeks has probably become familiar with the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, and has seen videos of friends, families, and celebrities getting a bucket of ice dumped over their heads. This challenge is not only entertaining to watch, but(…)

St. Andrew’s United Methodist Teens Provide Summer Mission Projects

  By Bonnie Mentel Twenty-five teenagers from St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church recently loaded up in their church bus for an out of state mission trip. “We left here and went to Passion Church  in Atlanta, Georgia,” said Jon Michael Richardson, youth minister at Saint Andrew’s United Methodist Church. They also made other stops in(…)

Center Place Hosts Seventh Annual Holiday Cards For Troops In October

Center Place Hosts Seventh Annual Holiday Cards For Troops In October

  By Nicole Heubusch Center Place Fine Arts & Civic Association and The Community Roundtable will be hosting the Seventh Annual Holiday Cards for Troops event on Saturday, October 4. It will take place from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Center Place located at 619 Vonderburg Dr., Ste. B in Brandon, and everyone in the community(…)

Sunset Bay Chapel Pastor Sets Sights On New Chapter

  By Kelly Wise Legg After nearly 16 years leading Sunset Bay Chapel in Lithia, more than 350 well-wishers will gather to say farewell to founding Pastor Galen Scott and his wife, Tandy on Sunday, September 28. Amidst the congregation, there will be friends of the Scotts from across the state helping celebrate this monumental(…)