Tampa Bay Informer - Pinellas Community

Larry King Talk Show Host and Founder of The Larry King Cardiac FoundationHillel School of Tampa Event to Feature Veteran Talk Show Host Larry King Larry King selected as guest speaker to raise money for the school and its effort to save a life in Tampa.

Tampa, FL December 19, 2008 -  Saving a Heart a Day is the goal of The Larry King Cardiac Foundation so Larry King, the well-known talk show host and founder of the Foundation, has agreed to be the guest speaker at an elegant brunch in Tampa to complete a year long fundraising effort that benefits the Hillel School of Tampa and its goal to help save a life in Tampa,  the school announced today.  

"Hillel School of Tampa is proud to bring Larry King to Tampa for this once-in-a-lifetime event," says Lynn Chernin, co-chair of the event called "From the Heart with Larry King" set for February 22nd.  "This is an event not just for Hillel School of Tampa parents and friends.  It's for anyone in the community who wants to hear Larry King in person and help the school as well as it's effort to help others.

Published in Hillsborough County
Friday, 19 December 2008 19:58

Florida Strawberry Festival Tickets

StrawberryFlorida Strawberry Festival Tickets Make Perfect Holiday Gifts - Florida Strawberry Festival Tickets Click & Print Tickets Online – No Lines, No Waiting – Great Family Entertainment Value

Plant City, FL  Dec. 19, 2008 – Who wants to deal with the crowds in the malls this late in the holiday season? The 2009 Florida Strawberry Festival makes it easy to give the perfect gift that's the perfect fit for any family: wholesome family entertainment that fits their budget.

 Starting with advanced discount gate admission, ticket to the Feb. 26 – March 8, Florida Strawberry Festival are just $8 for adults, $4 for children six to 12, and admission is free for children five and under when accompanied by an adult.  Plus, there are 22 top-name concerts in 11 days, with reserved seat tickets starting at just $10 each.

Consumers can go to http://www.flstrawberryfestival.com/ to click and print their gate and concert tickets right now, and wrap them up for the holidays.

Published in Events

Paul Tang-neil  Rauenhorst-City of Clearwater Mayor Frank Hibbard

Aqualea and Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa celebrate topping out with local dignitaries

Luxury resort and condominiums to be centerpiece of Clearwater’s Beach Walk project

Clearwater, FL. ­  December 18, 2008 – Today, city officials, developers and Hyatt executives gathered to celebrate the rise of Clearwater’s newest full-scale resort, Aqualea and Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa. The “topping out” provided a dramatic preview of the luxury resort condominium hotel being touted as the centerpiece of the city’s highly acclaimed Beach Walk revitalization project.

“Clearwater Beach is positioned to become one of the country’s most attractive vacation destinations, and we are extremely proud to be part of its renaissance,” said Neil Rauenhorst, President and CEO of NJR Development Co. LLC, and developer of the project. “Aqualea and Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa will bring an elevated level of luxury and grandeur to the area that will be virtually unsurpassed on Florida’s Gulf Coast beaches.”

Published in Clearwater
Wednesday, 17 December 2008 23:00

Tampa Bay To Host US Business Hall of Fame 2009

Junior AchievementTAMPA BAY TO HOST U.S. BUSINESS HALL OF FAME 2009 Laureates announced – Outback Steakhouse and Publix Super Markets Founders to be honored

Tampa, FL December 18, 2008. – Junior Achievement today announced four laureates who will be inducted into the U.S. Business Hall of Fame on March 5, 2009, at a black-tie gala at the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel. The 2009 laureates were selected by a committee comprised of JA Worldwide directors and previous inductees of the U.S. Business Hall of Fame. Criteria for induction include business excellence, courageous thinking and actions, vision and innovation, inspiring leadership, and philanthropy.

Published in Tampa
Tuesday, 09 December 2008 23:00

FAMB Tips to Avoid Abusive Lending Practices

FLORIDA ASSOCIATION OF MORTGAGE BROKERS OFFERS CONSUMERS TIPS TO AVOID ABUSIVE LENDING PRACTICES

Tallahassee, FL – December 17, 2008 – Deciding to purchase a home is one of the most significant decisions that a consumer will ever make.  It is crucial that the consumer work with a licensed mortgage broker, loan originator or other mortgage professional during the home buying process. While most mortgage industry professionals are honest and ethical, it is still important for consumers to be aware of the following tips as they prepare to enter the largest financial transaction of their lives.   By becoming knowledgeable about the mortgage process, they can protect their financial investment and find a loan that will best serve their needs.

The Florida Association of Mortgage Brokers (FAMB) offers the following tips to avoid abusive lending practices during the home buying process:

Published in General

3 Ivy And Santa At Gulfside Regional Hospice Holiday PartyNEW PORT RICHEY FL,  December 17, 2008  – There was an early Santa Claus sighting at Gulfside Regional Hospice during its annual Mending Hearts holiday party for children who have lost a loved one on Dec. 15 at the hospice’s main office in New Port Richey.

Forty-seven children attended the party. The children filled out a wish list and then their names were placed on a tree and selected by Gulfside staff and friends of the hospice, who bought the gifts. Local businesses including WDUV 105.5 FM, Macy’s at Gulfview Square Mall, Taylor Freezer and Ultimate Vending also provided gifts for the children. The Mike Alstott Family Foundation also gave $5,000 worth of toys, which filled over-sized stockings that each child took home with them to open later.

Published in Pasco County
Monday, 01 December 2008 23:00

Engle Homes Raises $12,799

Engle Homes Florida Presents Check To Moffitt Cancer Center Foundation
Engle Homes Raises $12,799 for Moffitt Cancer Center & Breast Cancer Research The effects went far beyond the campaign.


Jacksonville, FL.—On Thursday, November 13th, Rocky Morris, director of marketing for Engle Homes Florida, presented Kathy Werner, director of special events and marketing for Moffitt Cancer Center Foundation, a check for $12,799. Why? For 11 days in October, in recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness month, Engle Homes of Florida promoted "Engle Cares," a charitable campaign that lasted from October 20-31.

Published in General

AMI Associated Marine InstitutesTAMPA, FL December 15, 2008 – Students from Tampa Marine Institute (TMI), a program under Associated Marine Institutes (AMI), are gearing up for their winter graduation.  The program helps troubled youth get back on the right track through experiential learning. 

The commencement ceremony is on Friday, December 19, 2008 at 2:00 pm, 1730 Maritime Blvd, Tampa, FL. 33605.  Special guest speaker, County Commissioner Kevin Beckner will address the graduating youth on taking this beginning to the next level and striving for their best.  The kids will share their experiences and personal growth with their own commencement speech.

Published in Hillsborough County

Bo Boice Spirit Of Christmas 2008NASHVILLE,  TN December 15, 2008 – Bo Bice, Natalie Cole, Brian McKnight, Tiffany, James Ingram, the Greater Los Angeles Cathedral Choir and Al Jarreau are all set to appear on The Spirit of Christmas, a soul music special on MyTV. This primetime Christmas musical celebration airs Tuesday December 16th at 8pm Eastern / 7pm Central. For local station information, visit

Published in Music
Thursday, 11 December 2008 23:00

2009 AFL Season Not Suspended

Tampa Bay StormDespite Rumors 2009 AFL Season Not Suspended

Tampa FL, December 12, 2008 -  The Arena Football League Board of Directors met late Wednesday night and voted not to suspend the 2009 AFL season.

“This is a big step in the right direction for the fans, players and our league,” said Majority Owner Dr. Bob Nucci. “Additionally, we are excited about our continuing relationship with the St. Pete Times Forum.”

Published in Football

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