On Point Book Fair Hosts Authors, Readers at WestShore Plaza Sept. 16

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100 Local Authors, Publishers and Publications Join Together for a One-Day Event to Celebrate the Art of Writing

On Point Executive Center will host its third annual Book Fair at WestShore Plaza on Saturday, Sept. 16, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tampa Bay’s family friendly shopping, dining and entertainment destination invites avid readers to connect with more than 100 local authors, bloggers, publishers and a variety of literary themed vendors during this free event.

The day’s events will also include storytelling by various children’s authors, custom “selfie” stops, book signings, giveaways and more.

For more information about and the line-up for the On Point Book Fair, please visit www.facebook.com/onpointbookfair.


Working Women Conferences Promises Dynamic Speakers

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A synopsis of keynote speakers for the 2017 Working Women Conference, from the WWTB website:


Dr. Williams earned a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from


Emily Ley is a dreamer. Her bestselling Simplified Planner® and hugely successful line of Emily Ley Paper & Gifts that are sold worldwide, began with a dream to help women simplify their lives. Now the proud bookworm and woman who majored in English and creative writing in college has another dream coming true – writing a book. In her highly anticipated first book Grace, Not Perfection: Embracing Simplicity, Celebrating Joy, entrepreneur, mother, wife, and Gerber and Shipt spokesperson Emily Ley is giving women the permission they so desperately desire to let go of the guilt and chase of perfection, in order to embrace the good.



Dawna Stone is an author of 5 books, entrepreneur, self-made millionaire and motivational speaker. Dawna believes her Wall Street finance experience and Fortune 500 Consulting background helped catapult her entrepreneurial success. Dawna launched the award-winning national magazine, Women’s Running, in 2004 and the Women’s Half Marathon Series (5 events across the country—San Diego, CA; Nashville, TN; St. Petersburg, FL; Minneapolis, MN and Scottsdale, AZ) in 2009. She sold both companies to the industry leader in 2012.

In 2015 Dawna launched the St. Pete Wine & Food Festival and LocalsDISH magazine. The festival became a huge success with over 10,000 participants and local and national sponsors.



Secily is the mother of 2 daughters, a Telly Award winning broadcast journalist, media communications professional, Mrs. Florida International 1999 and founder of her own non-profit WOW Legacy Group Inc. its mission is to educate, empower and educate women facing life adversities to live life to it’s fullest potential mind, body and spirit. For more than 20 years Secily delivered hard hitting, inspiring and entertaining reports in news, lifestyle, art and entertainment. She covered the Bay Area as a Fox 13 News  anchor and reporter.  Over the years, Secily has interviewed notables like Oprah, Civil Rights icon Andrew Young, former NFL coach Tony Dungy, former CNN anchor Soladad O’Brien and many others.



Dr. Tonjua Williams became St. Petersburg College’s seventh president on July 3, 2017. A St. Petersburg native, Dr. Williams began her tenure with the college in 1986, rising through the ranks in a variety of academic and administrative roles.

Prior to becoming President, Dr. Williams was Senior Vice President for Student Services from 2013 to 2017. She has served in nearly every area of the college: Provost, Associate Provost, Director of Special Programs, Program Coordinator, Academic Advisor, Recruiter, Senior Accounting Clerk and Adjunct Faculty.


Sierra Bender is the best-selling author of Goddess to the Core, an internationally renowned speaker and presenter, and creator of Boot Camp for Goddesses—a women’s fitness and empowerment event—and the Sierra Bender Method for Personal & Professional Empowerment.

She is also an award-winning nonprofit advocate and a leader in the female empowerment movement for more than 25 years. She presents workshops at internationally renowned institutions such as Kripalu Center and Omega Institute and has been featured across the media, including on Oprah Radio and CBS, as well as in USA Today, Marie Claire, Shape, Yoga Journal, Fit Yoga, Destiny, and Natural Awakenings.



Darcie Glazer Kassewitz has been the driving force behind many of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ innovative, forward-thinking fan engagement and community outreach initiatives, retail activation, and facility design. She is focused on ensuring that the Buccaneers and the Glazer Family Foundation create a lasting positive impact on the Tampa Bay community.


Dress For Success Fashion Show Raises $$ for Good

Dress For Success Fashion Show Raises $$ for Good

Dress for Success Tampa Bay Presents Spring Shopping Soiree and Fashion Show at Dillard’s International Plaza, April 13

TAMPA, FL (March 31, 2017) – Dress for Success Tampa Bay will present its Spring Shopping Soiree and Fashion Show at Dillard’s International Plaza on Thursday, April 13 from 6-8 p.m., to benefit local women.
Proceeds raised from this fundraiser will help provide the economic independence for women by providing professional attire, career development tools and a network of support to help them thrive in both work and in life.
In its 19th year, Dress for Success Tampa Bay has stood for empowering women and giving the tools to be successful when entering or re-entering the workforce.
In a celebration of spring, Dress for Success Tampa Bay will partner with Dillard’s to present “A Pop of Color” with spring and summer fashion trends. Guests will be treated to swag bags and hors d’oeuvres.
Tickets are $35. To register, please visit DFSTB Spring Soiree and Fashion Show.
This is the perfect excuse for a Girls Night Out while supporting a fantastic cause. One hundred percent of the charitable dollars raised at this event will provide programs and services to women in the Tampa Bay community.
For more information on sponsorships, please email success@dfstampabay.org or call (813) 259-1876.

About Dress for Success Tampa Bay
The Mission of Dress for Success is to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.

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Partnerships Make the Best Business

The Tropical Smoothie Cafe crew was out at Amalie Arena for the Tampa Bay Lightning game against the Red Wings. Not only were area developers and owners there, but CEO Mike Rotondo was there as well. Tropical Smoothie Cafe is a sponsor of the Lightning this season and was the official smoothie of the TB Lightning!IMG_0843

Prime Medical Donates Special Scrubs to Tebow Philippines Hospital

Prime Medical Donates Special Scrubs to Tebow Philipines

Prime Medical Donates Chlorine-Shielded Scrubs to the Tebow CURE Hospital in the Southern Philippines

Mar 14, 2017, 8:30am EDT

LARGO, Fla., March 14, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Prime Medical, producer of SAF-T™ textiles for healthcare, has donated 117 sets of chlorine-shielded scrubs for the surgical team at Tebow CURE Hospital in Davao City, Philippines. The hospital specializes in pediatric orthopedic care and is part of the CURE International network of hospitals and specialty programs that operate around the world. In recognition of Tim Tebow’s longstanding ties to the Philippines and his commitment to helping the less fortunate through his foundation, CURE has partnered with the Tim Tebow Foundation for this project.

“TEBOW CURE Hospital is proud to provide the highest quality care to children with serious but treatable conditions,” said Leron Lehman, CURE Philippines Executive Director. “We are fortunate to have the support of Prime Medical to outfit our operating room staff in these specialized scrubs that provide an extra measure of protection against pathogens.”

Prime Medical’s SAF-T scrubs are made with a patented technology for textiles that binds chlorine to the surface of fabric. Utilizing this next-gen fabric technology is an important innovation to help protect patients and staff, as studies show that nearly 60% of clinician uniforms are regularly contaminated with harmful bacteria and viruses that can lead to healthcare acquired infections. When laundered per directions using EPA-registered bleach, the retained chlorine molecules can continuously kill bacteria and viruses on the fabric while the garments are in use, with no irritation or sensitivity to skin, and without fading the fabric.

As part of its Made to be More™ initiative, Prime Medical has donated more than 600 sets of bactericidal scrubs since 2014 to CURE International hospitals in Zambia and Zimbabwe. “We founded our business three years ago on the concept of ‘Made to be More,’ a philosophy that represents our products’ intrinsic capabilities and our guiding principle that every individual has the ability to contribute to a better world,” said Jim Sampey, CEO of Prime Medical.  “By sharing our innovative medical apparel with organizations like CURE International, we proudly honor that commitment,” said Sampey.

Utilizing textiles that can continuously kill germs is not only ground-breaking, but a much-needed method to fight infections in healthcare. Around the globe, the prevalence of multi-drug resistant organisms (MDROs) is on the rise. In February, the World Health Organization (WHO) released the first ever list of antibiotic-resistant “priority pathogens” that pose the greatest threat to human health. Along with the need to develop new antibiotics to combat superbugs, the WHO has called for better infection prevention methods. The WHO website states: “Without urgent action, we are headed for a post-antibiotic era, in which common infections and minor injuries can once again kill.”

About Prime Medical
Prime Medical is the parent company and producer of SAF-T™ brand products including privacy curtains, bed linens, patient gowns, scrubs, lab coats and towels. Proudly made in the USA, Prime Medical products can contribute to a safer healthcare environment by harnessing the safe, trusted power of EPA-registered bleach. For more information, visit www.primemedical.com or www.saf-t-scrubs.com.

About CURE International
CURE International is a Christian health care network that operates charitable hospitals and programs in 30 countries worldwide where patients experience the life-changing message of God’s love for them, receiving surgical treatment regardless of gender, religion, or ethnicity. Since 1998, CURE has had over 2.5 million patient visits, provided over 180,000 life-changing surgeries, and trained over 7,200 medical professionals.

Media Contacts:
Wendy Brady: (727) 999-2070
Marsha Strickhouser (727) 242-0770


Cruising at Ultimate Speed: Indy Car St. Pete

I got the IndyCar bug three years ago while working at a company who sponsored an IndyCar team. It was a fluke. I didn’t know the difference between IndyCar and Nascar (like so many others).

But as soon as I arrived to downtown St. Petersburg, something came over me – I heard those engines. And then I saw the track. And then I saw the speed!

I was hooked.

Three seasons ago, I was honored to be able to go into the driver paddocks, as well as pit lane to see Graham Rahal with RLL Racing.

Last year I was able to go to St. Pete Grand Prix again, and once again, I got to see Graham Rahal and the other drivers close up.

By pure chance last fall, I happened to meet someone through PRSA who had been in charge of media for GPSP for more than 20 years. Bart Graham asked me if I wanted to volunteer in the media center.

Of course — yes!! I signed up for all four days.

The experience was intense, close up look at the behind the scenes.  It started with being stationed at the Vinoy for the drivers media interviews. The local PRSA chapter held a talk with St Pete Chamber of Commerce CEO.

We were stationed in the Mahaffey Theater and had an amazing – and air-conditioned – view of the track. We could also go on the parking garage where there was another great view. The top three winners held press conferences in the Mahaffey where 400 members of media from around the world were gathered to report on the event.

Sharing a few photos here now.

It was an incredible opportunity.


Cally Makes Fans’ Day at Tropical Smoothie Cafe

As sponsors of Tampa Bay Lightning this season, Tropical Smoothie Cafe was thrilled to have Lightning player Ryan Callahan for a meet and greet to one of its locations in January. The line was long, fast, as fans came from several different counties to have their paraphernalia signed, and to get photos with Callahan.



Fans were there extra early


VIP Tour of Channel 10 with WWTB

VIP Tour of Channel 10 with Working Women of Tampa Bay

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United Way Suncoast Makes a Run For It

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United Way Suncoast Crew

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