Martinis and Matisse an Art LotteryClearwater, FL (January 21, 2009) - The Martinis and Matisse an Art Lottery is this Saturday January 24, 2009 at the FrankCrum Building in Clearwater, FL over 80 artists will be displaying their works.
This year at this unique event, guest will view dozens of donated works of art while enjoying martinis, smooth jazz music, and fantastic food and desserts provide by area restaurants, Bonefish Grill, Bella Vino, Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Salt Rock Grill, Rumba Island Bar & Grill, Guppy’s on the Beach, Marlin Darlin’, E & E Stakeout Grill, Island Way Grill, Mecca Café’, and Greektown Grille.
At the end of the evening, each piece of art will go home with a winner of the lottery style auction.
Clearwater FL, (January 20) - The Citizens Commission on Human Rights of Florida is hosting the “Fight for Kids” Award ceremony on Feb. 21, 2009. The event will recognize parents, throughout Florida, who have gotten very active in educating others about the truth behind behavioral and learning “disorders”. These parents have first-hand experience with their children having been diagnosed and labeled by psychiatry and what effect that had on their lives.
Tampa FL, January 17, 2009 - The Tampa Bay Buccaneers today announced that they have named Raheem Morris head coach and Mark Dominik general manager.
Morris, who spent the past two seasons as the Buccaneers defensive backs coach, was promoted to defensive coordinator on December 25, 2008 before being named head coach. Overall, he has spent six seasons on the Buccaneers sideline in two stints with the club.
Morris has quickly risen through the Buccaneers coaching ranks during his time with the team, serving as defensive quality control coach in 2002,defensive assistant in 2003 and assistant defensive backs coach from 2004-2005 before taking over as defensive backs coach in 2007. During his first stint with the club, Morris worked closely with former Bucs defensive backs coach and current Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin in the development of one of the NFL’s top secondaries while also helping the Buccaneers capture their first ever world championship in Super Bowl XXXVII. In between stints in Tampa Bay, he spent 2006 as Kansas State’s defensive coordinator.
Tampa, FL (January 15, 2009) – The Glazer Family Foundation is donating $150,000 to the NFL Youth Education Towns (YETs) of Tampa Bay. The donation will help fund the recently completed Glazer Family Football Field at Mort Park.
“The Glazer Family Foundation is proud to continue its support of youth development throughout Tampa Bay,” said Bryan Glazer, Executive Vice President of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. “Enhancing the local educational and recreational facilities is essential to the growth of Bay area youth. This field is another way to help promote the importance of physical fitness and healthy living and will serve as a valuable resource to the local community.”
There will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new field at a 4 p.m. along with a press conference on Jan. 29 at Mort Park, featuring NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.
Kumquat Festival Returns to Downtown Dade City The 12th Annual Festival Celebrates Florida's Tiniest Citrus Fruit
DADE CITY, FL January 15, 2009 –This tiny little fruit is as fun to eat as it is to say. And at the 12th Annual Kumquat Festival in Dade City on Saturday, Jan. 31, you can learn how. (Here's a hint: Don't peel it, eat the whole thing.)
The self-proclaimed kumquat capital of the world is located in St. Joseph just outside of Dade City. Since 1998, locals have celebrated the kumquat on the last Saturday in January.
The festival draws quite a crowd. Last year, more than 35,000 attended the event, which features unique kumquat recipes and tasty samples. In a contest before the festival, talented cooks mix kumquats into meat and vegetables dishes as well as salads and desserts.
Clay Walker Joins Bo Jackson, Evan Longoria, Huey Lewis and Michael Bolton to play in the 50th Bob Hope Chrysler Classic Hosted by Arnold Palmer, January 19- 25, 2009.
Nashville, TN (January 13, 2009) – Country music superstar Clay Walker joins former Major League Baseball and National Football League standout Bo Jackson, Tampa Bay Rays third baseman and 2008 American League Rookie of the Year Evan Longoria, and famed musicians Huey Lewis and Michael Bolton who are among the initial celebrity athletes and entertainers joining golf legend Arnold Palmer for the 50th Bob Hope Chrysler Classic Hosted by Arnold Palmer, Jan. 19-25, 2009.
During his 15 year career, Walker has participated in dozens of golf tournaments with a charity element.
Other celebrity participants for the Classic, a desert tradition since 1960, include musicians Alice Cooper, Don Felder (formerly of the Eagles) and Josh Kelley, actors Kurt Russell, Chris O'Donnell, Thomas Gibson, Oliver Hudson and Jeffrey Donovan, actor/comedian Kevin Nealon, actor/game show host John O'Hurley, timeless New York Yankees baseball legend Yogi Berra, comedian Tom Dreesen, NFL Hall of Fame quarterback and sportscaster Dan Fouts, Hall of Fame sportscaster Keith Jackson, television financial host Joe Kernen, leveland Browns quarterback Derek Anderson, former Green Bay Packers wide receiver and NFL analyst Sterling Sharpe, and former Vice President Dan Quayle.
Tampa, FL, January 13, 2009 – The 2009 Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival and State Farm Insurance are utilizing the Street Festival to highlight, and address, healthcare issues in the African American community and the need to emphasize healthy living and healthy lifestyles. The Mayor’s 2K Challenge, a 2K walk or run, will start at 9 AM Saturday, January 17 at Al Lopez Park located at 4810 N. Himes Avenue, Tampa, FL 33602. Registration will begin on site at 7:30 AM. The Mayor’s 2K Challenge is a free event, and everyone is invited to participate.
The Mayor’s 2K Challenge, a spin-off to the 2008 Festival’s partnership with State Farm Insurance and Dr. Ian Smith, founder of the 50 Million Pound Challenge, has previously drawn over 350 participants in a brisk, healthy walk. Having been recognized as a 2009 Top 20 Event by Southeast Tourism Society, the Festival’s remaining Saturday activities will provide a focus on health issues, will feature health screenings, and will also challenge participants to make healthy choices. In the absence of Mayor Iorio, walkers will be led by former County Commissioner and current City Council Chairperson Thomas Scott. In coordinated effort with Moffitt Cancer Center, a Health Village will be furnished to facilitate health screenings and the distribution of literature.
Buccaneers CB and G Joseph Added to Po Bowl Roster
Tampa FL, January 13, 2009 - The Tampa Bay Buccaneers today announced that CB Ronde Barber and G Davin Joseph have been added to the NFC squad for the 2009 AFC-NFC Pro Bowl. The annual all-star game will take place Sunday, February 8 in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Barber, the NFC’s first alternate, replaces Green Bay CB Charles Woodson, while Joseph, also the first alternate, will take the place of Dallas G Leonard Davis.
Barber’s appearance will be the fifth of his career following a season in which he ranked fifth on the team with 100 tackles and led the defense with 16 passes defensed. His four interceptions tied for the team lead and he extended his consecutive games streak to 176 contests, including 151 straight starts, most in the NFL among cornerbacks. Barber also was named to the Pro Bowl following the 2001, 2004, 2005 and 2006 seasons. His five Pro Bowl selections are tied for the fourth-most in team history by a defensive player along with John Lynch and Hardy Nickerson.
Bulls Set to Host the USF Under Armour Series
Tampa FL, January 13, 2009 - University of South Florida Softball is hosting The USF Under Armour Series, which is a series of two individual events that will bring two of the largest NCAA Division I softball tournaments to the Tampa Bay area.
"We feel very fortunate that the City of Clearwater, the St. Pete/Clearwater Sports Commission and Under Armour have teamed together to bring two national caliber tournaments to the Bay Area," said USF head softball coach Ken Eriksen. "The USF-Under Armour Series has turned into a yearly event for fastpitch aficionados. It will be a great opportunity for our hometown to be able to see some of the nation's best collegiate players competing for a tournament championship."
Golf Outing - SuperBowl XLIII Weekend 1st Annual Golf Classic to Support NFL Alumni of Tampa Bay
Tampa, Florida January 11, 2008 — The Chad Larkins Golf Classic will be held in Valrico, Florida, on Thursday, January 29, 2009, at Buckhorn Springs Golf and Country Club with a 1 P.M. Shotgun Start.
A total of 35 foursomes will gather at Buckhorn Springs Golf and Country Club to enjoy an 18-hole Florida scramble tournament followed by an awards dinner where outstanding awards will be presented to tournament winners.