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HandsOn Suncoast volunteers

I’m surrounded by HandsOn Suncoast volunteers
on Rebuild Day in Campbell Park.

April is a beautiful month and gives us much to be thankful for. At United Way Suncoast, we’re thankful year ‘round for our supporters and volunteers and in April, we attempted to show them just how much we appreciate them.

Our Sarasota area office thanked our donors at an elegant reception at Michael’s on East. Nearly 150 people listened as Katie Knight, Sarasota area president, thanked them for continuing to support our mission: ensuring more children are ready to learn and succeed in school, helping more families find financial stability and supporting people through crisis. Campaign Chair Charlie Bailey III’s sincerity shone through as he recognized his campaign team and top performers, including FCCI Insurance Group, Sarasota County School Board and Publix.

Charlie’s service to United Way runs in the family. His grandfather was United Way of Sarasota board chair in 1961 and his father Dan, who was in the audience, was board chair in 1988.

During National Volunteer Week in April, we thanked our HandsOn Suncoast volunteers at a dinner held at the Wyndham Westshore in Tampa. NewsChannel 8 anchor Rod Carter, a dedicated United Way volunteer, was our MC and more than 100 attendees cheered on the volunteers, especially Vevelyn Bennett, Tax Site Volunteer Coordinator of the Year; Will Carey, Community Gardens and Hunger Volunteer of the Year; Jake LoBianco, Youth Volunteer of the Year; Cherryl Marlan, Volunteer Leader of the Year; and Diana Nunez, Volunteer of the Year.

We wrapped April up with Rebuild Day in Campbell Park. More than 150 United Way HandsOn Suncoast volunteers joined with partners Rebuilding Together Tampa Bay, the City of St. Petersburg, Honeywell, HSBC, WellCare, PepsiCo and Pinellas County Job Corps to rehabilitate five homes in the Campbell Park neighborhood. United Way has worked in Campbell Park for several years to improve access to education. Rebuild Day is the beginning of a year-long effort in the area to make homes safer, healthier and more energy efficient.

Without our volunteers, without our supporters, none of this would be possible.

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Diana Baker, President and CEO

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OK, you were told not to play in the street, but we have an opportunity for you to run around on a major airport, FAA controlled, jumbo jet runway. AND maybe you might win air tickets to your favorite holiday destination…

Tampa International Airport 5K Runway Fun Run

Tampa International Airport 5K Runway Fun Run

 
As if having the opportunity to run down runway 1L–19R isn’t cool enough, you can enter to win 2 roundtrip tickets on Edelweiss Air from TPA to Zurich, Switzerland or anywhere Silver Airways or Southwest Airlines flies.

The details:

  • Bring money with you to the run! Raffle tickets will be available for purchase day of event.
  • $5 each or $20 for 5
  • Cash or checks accepted. Make checks payable to “United Way Suncoast”.
  • You can also purchase raffle tickets in advance during regular business hours at the Airport:
    • Main Terminal Building Reception: third floor, behind Armstrong elevators, BLUE side or
    • Administrative Building Reception: second level, across the street from the British Airways ticket counter & Yeager elevators on the RED side
  • You choose which set of tickets you’d like to win
  • All proceeds benefit United Way Suncoast
  • You do not need to be present to win
  • Raffle is open to anyone; drawing will be at the conclusion of the 5K.

Race Day
Saturday, April 27, 2013

Race Course
Runway 1L/19R: The perfect platform for first timers and experienced athletes to reach their personal bests. 5K of wide open runway!

Registration
Sign up NOW at Active.com. Registration is limited to the first 500 runners.

Early Registration: $30
Includes a cool race shirt & the opportunity to experience Tampa International Airport like few people do!
Early registration ends Wednesday, April 24, 2013.
Day of Event Registration: $35
Check TampaAirport.com/5K for updates and availability.

Timeline

7:00 a.m. Parking gate opens
Entrance is off of Hillsborough Avenue; take Hoover Blvd. South. Follow the signs.
Free parking.
8:30 a.m. Race starts
9:30 a.m. Race conclusion
Sorry folks, but anyone not in after one hour will be picked up in a courtesy vehicle and brought back to the finish line. We need to get the runway back into operation!

Enjoy the festivities; static displays and games for the kids.

11:00 a.m. Event concludes

About the Beneficiary
There is a “new” United Way and one very different than the one our parents and grandparents knew. This visionary organization is creating programs designed to make lasting and positive change in Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties with a strategic focus on education, income, neighborhoods and safety net services to people in need.

United Way Suncoast has evolved from a traditional fundraising role to that of a strategic community impact organization. They have retooled their work to create lasting change through a Community Impact Agenda. To create real and lasting change requires a strategy that does not react with short-term fixes. Rather, United Way approaches critical regional issues with long-term, solution-oriented thinking and action.

United Way works on behalf of the common good by creating opportunities for a better life for all. Focusing on education, income, a safety net of services and vibrant neighborhoods they provide families and individuals hope for the future.

For more information visit unitedwaysuncoast.org

Rules of the Road Runway

  1. Please register the kids to run but no strollers, skateboards, rollerblades, bikes or pets allowed.
  2. Stay on the course. Anyone deviating from the course will be removed from the race.
  3. All participant registrations are non-transferable and non-refundable.

Questions?
Please call (813) 554-1499 or e-mail TPAevents@TampaAirport.com

The 5K; perfect for runners of all ages and abilities. Come out, join the fun, support United Way Suncoast and see Tampa International Airport in a whole new way!

Tampa International Airport 5K Runway Fun Run

 

Event Update
As if having the opportunity to run down runway 1L–19R isn’t cool enough.

You can enter to win 2 roundtrip tickets on Edelweiss Air from TPA to Zurich, Switzerland or anywhere Silver Airways or Southwest Airlines flies.

The details:

  • Bring money with you to the run! Raffle tickets will be available for purchase day of event.
  • $5 each or $20 for 5
  • Cash or checks accepted. Make checks payable to “United Way Suncoast”.
  • You can also purchase raffle tickets in advance during regular business hours at the Airport:
    • Main Terminal Building Reception: third floor, behind Armstrong elevators, BLUE side or
    • Administrative Building Reception: second level, across the street from the British Airways ticket counter & Yeager elevators on the RED side
  • You choose which set of tickets you’d like to win
  • All proceeds benefit United Way Suncoast
  • You do not need to be present to win
  • Raffle is open to anyone; drawing will be at the conclusion of the 5K.

Race Day
Saturday, April 27, 2013

Race Course
Runway 1L/19R: The perfect platform for first timers and experienced athletes to reach their personal bests. 5K of wide open runway!

Registration
Sign up NOW at Active.com. Registration is limited to the first 500 runners.

Early Registration: $30
Includes a cool race shirt & the opportunity to experience Tampa International Airport like few people do!
Early registration ends Wednesday, April 24, 2013.
Day of Event Registration: $35
Check TampaAirport.com/5K for updates and availability.

Timeline

7:00 a.m. Parking gate opens
Entrance is off of Hillsborough Avenue; take Hoover Blvd. South. Follow the signs.
Free parking.
8:30 a.m. Race starts
9:30 a.m. Race conclusion
Sorry folks, but anyone not in after one hour will be picked up in a courtesy vehicle and brought back to the finish line. We need to get the runway back into operation!

Enjoy the festivities; static displays and games for the kids.

11:00 a.m. Event concludes

About the Beneficiary
There is a “new” United Way and one very different than the one our parents and grandparents knew. This visionary organization is creating programs designed to make lasting and positive change in Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties with a strategic focus on education, income, neighborhoods and safety net services to people in need.

United Way Suncoast has evolved from a traditional fundraising role to that of a strategic community impact organization. They have retooled their work to create lasting change through a Community Impact Agenda. To create real and lasting change requires a strategy that does not react with short-term fixes. Rather, United Way approaches critical regional issues with long-term, solution-oriented thinking and action.

United Way works on behalf of the common good by creating opportunities for a better life for all. Focusing on education, income, a safety net of services and vibrant neighborhoods they provide families and individuals hope for the future.

For more information visit unitedwaysuncoast.org

Rules of the Road Runway

  1. Please register the kids to run but no strollers, skateboards, rollerblades, bikes or pets allowed.
  2. Stay on the course. Anyone deviating from the course will be removed from the race.
  3. All participant registrations are non-transferable and non-refundable.

Questions?
Please call (813) 554-1499 or e-mail TPAevents@TampaAirport.com

The 5K; perfect for runners of all ages and abilities. Come out, join the fun, support United Way Suncoast and see Tampa International Airport in a whole new way!

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