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Did you miss fashion week? Want to catch a glimpse of the new styles for spring? Or do you want to jump into the movie set of “The Devil Wears Prada?”

You’ll have those opportunities and the opportunity to help children and families in our community at the United Way of Tampa Bay’s Fourth Annual Art of Giving dinner.

 Set for Thursday, May 8 at the Pepin Hospitality Center in Tampa, the gala will feature New York Times’ bestseller and author of “The Devil Wears Prada,” Lauren Weisberger. Weisberger take questions about her experiences with “Prada” and her life as an author. The Pepin Center will be transformed into the offices of Runway Magazine, the fictional company in the Prada movie, with models and actors roaming the venue.

The event will benefit United Way’s Summer Care initiative, supporting low- income working families with child care assistance and financial education opportunities.

The $100 ticket includes open cocktail hour, both chicken and steak dinner, and the opportunity to bid on top fashion handbags in the “Power of the Purse” live action. Nearly 20 fashion handbags, including famous names as Prada, Fendi, Coach, Dooney & Bourke, and Michael Kors will be available to the highest bidder. Other named brand purses will be part of a silent auction.

Weisberger will cap the night off with a book signing for United Way Summer Care supporters.

Art of Giving is presented by Bank of America.

For more information, visit www.unitedwaytampabay.com/artofgiving or call 813-274-0954.

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The very best way to get interactive information from professionals on the approaching hurricane season is to plan to attend the informative South Tampa Hurricane Expo, 9am -2pm, Saturday May 31 at Tampa Woman’s Club at 2901 Bayshore Blvd (Just a few hundred feet north of Bay to Bay on Bayshore Blvd). It’s FREE to all residents.This will be an exciting day of important information for the South Tampa neighborhood community. Learn all about the valuable resources that are available to you from the city by visiting exhibitors with information on emergency assistance. Prepare to be dazzled by the variety of resources available from The Greater Tampa CERT (Community Emergency Response Team). Ask questions and get answers on insurance issues from the Florida Department of Financial Services.

South Tampa Fire and Rescue will inform citizens about the importance of emergency planning & what they can do to help you.

Find out what your options are for taking care of your beloved family pets.

And the Red Cross; what would we do without them?

And what about the commercial items that you need to purchase to protect your family, home and property? Talk with the retail experts who can help you make your decision about which products and services to buy. There will be many displays from wind resistant windows, to ways of bracing your garage doors,

A variety of shutter types, alternative energy possibilities, home emergency documenting, and the newest clasping devices to help you board up.

Meet Meteorologists from BayNews 9, who will be available to answer your weather questions. Davis Islands Community News will run helpful and informative articles on preparing the vulnerable neighborhoods in South Tampa for possible storm damage. Look for these featured articles several weeks leading up to the event.

Attendees will be able to register for door prizes from a variety of businesses.

Indeed, this is a day of valuable information that you won’t want to miss. This event will help you organize your Storm preparedness TO DO LIST.

Need more information? Please call Patricia Calvert, organizer, at 727-825-0018.

Leave it to Oprah to join the ranks of reality TV with the “Big Give.” Contestants “compete” with allotted charitable funds to see who can make the biggest difference in the lives of other people.

Subscribe to this blog And American Idol, already a consistent reality TV ratings phenomenon, has begun its second “Idol Gives Back” program. The live show highlights the philanthropic efforts of its judges, participants and A-list super-stars to raise money and awareness for children and families living in extreme poverty in the U.S. and abroad.

 Oprah consistently gives away millions around the globe to feed, care for and educate children, families and others in need. But could her venture into reality entertainment inspire others to think of others? At the program’s debut in March, more than 15 million inquisitive viewers peered into the world of philanthropy in action. Despite mixed reviews and skepticism about individuals selected to give away and receive Oprah’s money, this much is true: the participants and the home audience are thinking about helping others.

 Last year’s “Idol Gives Back” raised more than $70 million from viewer pledges. And this year will no doubt reach or exceed that remarkable figure. As evidence, producers for the program had a new problem. So many famous people wanted to participate in the live show that they had to book an additional venue to accommodate all the performances. The Idol Gives Back Foundation continues to accept donations for the near future.

 Has American society turned the corner of “I want” to “I want to give”? Will witnessing “do good” acts inspire the average television viewer?

 It doesn’t take a reality TV program for many to give. Thousands of people, right here in Tampa Bay are inspired every day through their own generosity and kindness to give their time, talent and treasure to others. One doesn’t need a fistful of cash to help someone else. The warm feeling that kindness brings is sufficient for most.

 What inspires you to give? How do you enjoy helping others?

 Let us go beyond prime-time philanthropy and Live United towards a better community. Give, advocate or volunteer today.

 

The very best way to get interactive information from professionals on the approaching hurricane season is to attend the informative PINELLAS COUNTY Hurricane Expo, 9am-2pm, Saturday May 17 at the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo, Fl.

It’s FREE to all residents.

This will be an exciting day of important information for the community. Learn all about the valuable resources that are available to you from the city and the county by visiting exhibitors with information on emergency assistance. Ask questions and get answers on insurance issues from the Florida Department of Financial Services. Find out how you can get connected to government resources through SW County Connection. Visit with the City of Largo Fire and Rescue and Emergency Management teams to learn how communities can be prepared through CERT. And what are the new laws and resources regarding your pets during a storm? Get the answers from Pinellas County Animal Services. And the Red Cross; what would we do without them? From Pinellas County Utilities, learn about conservation and ways to prepare for storm waste reduction.

Need to purchase commercial items to protect your family, home and property? Talk with the retail experts who can help you make your decision about which products and services to buy. There will be many displays from wind resistant windows, to ways of bracing your garage doors and a way to permanently document your homes’ possessions .

BayNews 9 meteorologists will be available to answer questions. Tampa Bay Newspaper Group (includes the Beach Beacon, Bellaire Bee, Clearwater Citizen, Largo Leader, Pinellas Park Beacon and the Seminole Beacon) will be running a hurricane series for 4 weeks leading up to the event. Attendees will be able to register for door prizes from a variety of businesses.

You won’t want to miss this day of valuable information. This event will help you organize your storm preparedness TO DO LIST.

Need more information? Please call Patricia Calvert at 727-825-0018.

 

 

 

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