Florida Pond Raises Money and Gifts for Our Charities

At our monthly meeting on October 27th, members of the Florida Pond contributed over $300 in Halloween candy to A Kid's Place.

On Monday, November 7th, the Florida Pond held its Third Annual Blue Goose Open Golf Tournament at Carrollwood Country Club.  We had 80 golfers registered and raised a total of $8855 for The Children's Home and Joshua House.  Additionally, the members of the Florida Pond collected over $500 in school supplies and cold remedies for The Children's Home.

On Saturday, December 10th, MLG Lori Hall, WGQ George Harwood and Golf Chairman David Neuhaus attended the Annual Tree Lighting for The Children's Home and presented them with a check for $10,000.

On Thursday, December 1st, we held our Annual Holiday Social Gathering at Del Frisco's Grille and collected over $1000 worth of gift cards for A Kid's Place.

On January 26th, The Pond met at the DoubleTree and collected approximately $300 in gift cards at various eateries and the movies for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.  Our turnout was low due to the presence of the LEA meetings at the Tampa Marriott Waterside, where thay actually had to evacuate the hotel due to a three alarm fire while we were holding our meeting nearby.

Our Venitial Masquerade Charity Ball was held on Saturday, February 11th at the Hollywood Venue, to benefit A.F.I.R.E. of Pasco County, Humane Society Tampa Bay and Children's Home Network (formerly The Children's Home).  We presented representatives of each charity a check for $1,500.  Here is the complete picture gallery.  With our financial results finalized, we issued additional checks for $870 to each of the three charities.  We also requested Grand Nest to pay an additional $100 in matching funds.

Our meeting on February 23 raised quite a bundle of toiletries for the Domestic Violence Center of Hillsborough (Dept. of Families and Children) a/k/a The Spring of Tampa Bay.

At our march 23rd meeting, we raised approximately $400 worth of Easter Basket stuffing items.  At the request of A Kid's Place, we did not assemble the baskets, as they wished to customize the baskets to fulfill the individual needs of their children.