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Tijuana Flats raises $4,388

July 14, 2014 in general, news from us by admin


No less than Nineteen restaurants of Tijuana Flats across greater Tampa Bay participated in the recent quarterly "Children’s Cancer Center Kickback Night" in which 10% of total sales for the evening from each restaurant come to the CCC.

$3038.00 came from that one night alone, and was added to monthly contributions from nine Tampa Bay Tijuana Flats stores who make monthly donations toward a regular quarterly amount of $1350.

Pictured are: Nate McCabe, Tijuana Flats Area Supervisor, and the Tampa Team visiting the Children's Cancer Center Oncology Summer camp on July 14th!

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Patty O’Leary on the Jamie Meloni radio show – 1250 WHNZ Impact Radio

June 26, 2014 in general, news about us by admin


The second guest on Jamie Meloni's radio show on Monday, 23rd June, was the one and only Patty O'Leary with the Children's Cancer Center! Patty is an inspiration to all of us in Tampa Bay with all of the work she has done for the community. Way to go Patty!

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Girl Scout Troop 1001 donates new break room!

June 20, 2014 in general, news from us by admin


THANK YOU to Lauren Demmi and Stephanie Albero for choosing the Children's Cancer Center to achieve their Silver Award – the highest award a cadet can earn – by rebuilding our team and guest break room!

The complete renovation included new flooring, new paint, new cabinet, new countertops and sink, new decor and even a new toaster!

"The girls chose the CCC to honor their troop 'sister' Javanna Vasconellos who was served by the Children's Cancer Center and sadly passed in April 2012," said Troop Leader Jamie Albero who oversaw the project. "We couldn't be more pleased with the results and feel the Children's Cancer Center was the most fitting recipient."

The girls held two yard sales to help raise the necessary funds for the improvements.

Pictured  above are: (from left) Gabby Soriano and Sharin Nelson of the CCC; Troop Leader Jamie Albero; PAtty O'Leary, C.O.O. of the Center; Jacqueline Vasconellos, mother of Javanna; Lauren Demmi; Katie Genrick of the CCC; and Stephanie Albero.

Pictured below are: (from left) Stephanie Albero and Lauren Demmi.


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“A Prom to remember for Bay Area Teens with Cancer” – TBO / Tampa Tribune

June 18, 2014 in general, news about us by admin


TAMPA – Some giggled. Some flirted. Some boogied the night away.

In many respects, Friday evening’s prom at the Holiday Inn Tampa Westshore was like any other: Loud music, lots of dancing, lots of chaperons. One thing was different, though — all the teens were or had been fighting cancer or serious blood disorders.

Side effects of their treatment kept some of the kids away from their traditional high school proms, so a local philanthropic group of businesswomen called High Hopes in High Heels stepped in, hosting a ‘Casino Royale’-themed prom for teenage patients at the Children’s Cancer Center.

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“Tampa cancer fundraiser has gooey finale” – NBC NEWS WFLA

June 17, 2014 in general, news about us by admin

Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor was among the local personalities to slither down an oily slide into a pool of chilled Jell-O as part of the cancer fundraiser. TAMPA POLICE DEPARTMENT

Tampa cancer fundraiser has gooey finale



TAMPA — More than 120 people helped raise almost $100,000 for the Children’s Cancer Center, and on Saturday they were rewarded with a dunk in a 2,000-gallon vat of goo.

Participants in this year’s Children’s Cancer Center Gelatin Plunge lined up on steps to the blue slide — it was pre-greased with vegetable oil — then slithered down into an the above-ground pool full of chilled orange Jell-O.

All of the money raised will go directly to the center, which provides financial, educational and emotional support to children diagnosed with cancer.

“We’re raising money in a way that allows these kids to participate and have fun,” said Patty O’Leary, chief operation officer of the organization.

To take a turn down the slide, individuals had to raise $500 and each member of a team had to raise $300. The event was held outside The Drynk on South Howard Avenue.

Well-known local figures — including Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor and Bay area radio personalities — also took the plunge.

“I didn’t think it would be that cold,” said John Velazquez, who went down the slide twice on behalf of his team from Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay.

After the plungers climbed out of the pool, they stepped into a blue kiddie pool where Tampa Fire Rescue volunteers hosed off the Jell-O.

Last year’s gelatin was blue and unscented, said Jennifer Versaggi, chair of the event. The plungers were much happier with this year’s orange, citrus-scented Jell-O.

The number of participants also was double last year’s tally, she said.

“This is just another way to support our families,” Versaggi said.

Aaron Klingebiel, 15, couldn’t participate last year because he was in a hospital, said his mother, Jen Klingebiel. This year he was able to go down the slide.

Their family came this year to support the organization, which has provided support since Aaron was diagnosed with a brain tumor a few years ago, Jen Klingebiel said. The group does good work for families that need it.

“It’s important to have other people who know what you’re going through,” she said.


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3rd Annual Chick-fil-A Fall Stampede

June 9, 2014 in events, featured, general by admin

Title: 3rd Annual Chick-fil-A FalL Stampede
Location: Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, downtown Tampa
Link out: Click here
Description: Okay, so it may not be the running of the bulls in Pamplona, but we think it's the next best thing! Now's your chance to run with the Chick-fil-A Cows in a chip-timed 5k. AND it benefits the Children's Cancer Center. What other reason do you need? CLICK TO REGISTER TODAY
Start Time: 08:00
Date: 09-27-2014

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Wine Women & Shoes Nov 20th, Tampa Marriott Waterside

June 9, 2014 in events, featured, general by admin

Title: Wine Women & Shoes
Location: Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina
Link out: Click here
Description: Join us for our 2nd Annual Wine Women & Shoes!

If you missed last year, you've got to be a part this time 'round! And if you were there last year, then you know how great this event is!

Click the link for updates as we move toward our November date!
Date: 11-20-14