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Italian Fashion Designer Gives 100% of Saturday’s Sales Featured

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Downtown Clearwater


In today’s economic climate, many have the tendency to “cut back” and adopt the mentality of “look out for number one”. But not downtown Clearwater merchant Angela Gioffrè, who owns “Gioffrè”- a woman’s clothing store featuring high-end Italian designs.

Saturday, September 6th, Angela opened up her beautiful boutique located at 8 South Ft. Harrison, to raise funds for the renovation of  the building previously known as the “Bill Irle Dinner Theater” located at 1411 Ft. Harrison.  The theater was purchased by The Community Learning Center and, upon completion of the renovation, will supply the much needed additional space for their expansion.

Angela Gioffrè (right) with a happy client (left)The Community Learning Center, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, has successfully tutored children for the past 10 years, positively impacting thousands of children each and every year in Pinellas County. Due to the increasing demand for their services they have simply run out of space, so they acquired the building on Ft. Harrison Ave and embarked on the renovations needed to supply the community with a center for learning, arts, after school programs, human rights program and more.The Community Learning Center building at 1411 Fort Harrison Ave.

At the fundraiser, many people generously shopped, not only for the quality and beauty of the Gioffrè designs but more importantly to help The Community Learning Center and its purpose. One hundred percent of the days sales - totaling close to $19,000 - was generously donated by Angela Gioffrè to The Community Learning Center’s renovation project.

When asked how she got involved with The Community Learning Center. Angela told us that she had been planning to open an art school for kids in Clearwater and she was looking for a space. Then she found out about The Community Learning Center’s project and decided to put the two projects together. Angela stated, “when I was a little girl, I knew what I wanted to be. They didn’t let me do it, you know. They told me that art school was for boys. I was in Italy, I was in the South of Italy…for me it was very hard…In the [end], I won… I feel that I have to give to kids what I didn’t have.”

To get involved contact Holly Haggerty  727-441-4444

- Tampa Bay Informer
The Good News Newspaper

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