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Blue Martini Fundraising Event
April 20, 2004

Our February event at the Blue Martini was so successful—despite inclement weather—that Wheels of Success held another fundraiser there on April 20th. We didn’t have rain, but we did have the STORM! Our event celebrated Tampa Bay Storm’s 2003 Arena Superbowl victory. Players were on hand to shake hands and sign autographs for fans. Proceeds of the evening allowed us to get three families on the road again.

Door prizes (valued up to $25) once again were plentiful, and we’d like to thank the following contributors:

  • St. Pete Times—4 club seats for Tampa Bay Storm games
  • Lifestyle Family Fitness Center—2 two-week passes
  • Dunkin Donuts—coffee basket
  • Lori Cross—handmade bracelet
  • Adrian Wright’s BBQ—gift certificate
  • Windy City Pizza—gift certificate
  • Terry Wolski—Weekender Fashions discount coupon
  • Susan Jacobs—AMC Movie Tickets
  • Divas Full-Service Salon—haircut
  • Bella’s Italian Restaurant—gift certificate
  • Tampa Laser Center—gift basket/certificate
  • Tampa Bay Storm—game vouchers
  • Frank Galindo—Publix gift certificate
  • Alan Ledo Salon—gift certificate
  • Jerry’s Massage Therapy—massage
  • Vanity Nails —manicure

Silent Auction Items ranging from $30 to $600 were a big hit. We thank the following generous contributors of these items as well as those who purchased them.

  • Michael Harris—8” x 10” matte collage print
  • Citrus Park Computers—web site template
  • Busch Gardens—2 one-day passes to Sea World and Busch Gardens
  • Tribeca Salon—gift certificate
  • Posh Salon—massage
  • Bucs Pewter Report—2 free subscriptions
  • David Williams—original photograph
  • That’s Amore restaurant—gift certificate
  • Mimi’s Café—gift certificate
  • JJ’s Mobile Detail Shoppe—gift certificate
  • International Art and Frame Gallery, International Mall—gift certificate
  • The Tampa Club—dinner gift certificate
  • Clearwater Hilton—2-night stay
  • St. Petersburg Times—1-year subscription
  • The Fresh Market—gift certificate
  • Practically Picasso—martini glasses, platter, and necklace-making party for 4 (plus necklace)
  • Cox-Feivelson—2 framed botanical prints
  • Casual Living, a Division of the Thompson Company—Carry-a-Tune singing machine
  • Susan Jacobs—CAO Cigars & Humidor
  • Tampa Bay Storm—2 pennants and 4 club seats for May games
  • Treehouse Gallery – rustic end table
  • Dr. Kristine Marshall – free teeth whitener

We also held a business card drawing for a $100 full car detail donated by Jim Burton’s Auto Brite (mobile) detailing company.

Our live auction items ranged in value from $150 to $1,100 and were donated by the following appreciated partners:

  • Tampa Bay Storm—2 sets of season tickets/helmets for 2005 Storm season
  • Susan Jacobs—Humidor with 20 CAO cigars
  • Safety Harbor Spa – 1 night stay & spa package

Entertainment was provided by Theo Valentin & Friends, complemented by the talent of Board member and 3-time Oakland Raider Superbowl Champion, Henry Lawrence.

We are especially grateful to Board member Heather Steinfeld who coordinated this event for us as well as the volunteers, staff, and additional Board members who worked the event and added to the fun for a great cause. Once again, corporate sponsor Spheris attended and contributed in force, and we are grateful for their ongoing support.

As a result of the evening, Wheels of Success enabled three families to continue working and, per our philosophy, they will help us to help future working families.

Click below to make a donation via PayPal.

For more information, call Susan Jacobs at 813-417-1090

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