Barrymore Hotel Honored with Scull Christening at Mayor’s Cup Rowing Regatta

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This past weekend at the prestigious Tampa Mayor’s Cup Rowing Regatta, The Barrymore Hotel Tampa Riverwalk received the honor of having a rowing scull christened in their honor, displaying the hotel’s logo. The Barrymore Hotel is a host hotel for many rowing teams across the country and is a proud sponsor and supporter of The Stewards Foundation/Row Tampa.

“While Tampa has long been the home to rowing with The University of Tampa beginning its program in 1941, as well as many top collegiate, and Olympic crews making Tampa their home for spring training, this spectator oriented event presents a unique opportunity for the local business community, future collegiate athletes and sports enthusiasts to participate in and witness competition at its highest level.”

Source: USrowing.com

Going the Extra Mile at the MIA Hotel

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Last week, Harve Rosenthal, General Manager of the Miami International Airport Hotel was proud to present Howard Rosenheck, Executive Housekeeper, with the “R & R” Award (Reward and Recognition Program) for outstanding customer service. Howard went above and beyond when a very unusual situation arose regarding a child, aged 10, was traveling through the Miami International Airport on his way to St. Croix to visit family. The child missed his flight from Miami to St. Croix, leaving him essentially “stranded.” The child’s mother learned he was at the Miami airport and contacted the hotel immediately, reaching Howard.

“Howard was calming, supportive, and went above and beyond to not only provide assurances that he would be there [at the MIA Hotel] but made the extra effort to personally locate [my son] and let me talk to him on his personal cell phone. He also called me back that night when [he] was at the hotel and talked to me the next morning to assure me he was on the flight…Howard was my lifeline,” explained the mother.

All of us at H.I. Development and the MIA Hotel are proud to call Howard one of our employees and thank him for his extreme dedication in such an incident that could otherwise have ended up without such a happy end.

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Gainesville Hotel Hosts Terry McMillen and the 10,000 Horsepower InstiGator Dragster

The above video definitely doesn’t do the sound of the engine much justice, that’s for sure. Earplugs, anyone?

Last week the Hoilday Inn Gainesville University Center and Piesanos Pints & Pies, adjacent to the hotel, was the site of some pretty powerful stuff – the insanely powerful and fast engine of the InstiGator Dragster, all for the NHRA Gatornationals last week. Terry McMillen and his team put on quite the display, with the highlight of the day – firing up the engine on that beast of a racecar.

More photos of the event from NHRA

Barrymore Hotel Ranked as a Top Hotel in Tampa Bay Business Journal

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In a letter from the Governor, The Barrymore Hotel was commended for recently being included in the Tampa Bay Business Journal‘s list of top hotels. “Floridians like you are helping make your state the best place in the world to raise a family, have a great career and welcome visitors from around the world,” stated the letter. As a company that strives for only the highest standards, we are pleased to have earned a spot on this list.

About the Tampa Bay Business Journal
“The TBBJ features local people and decision makers who are leaders in their business communities. In print every Friday and online daily, we report on local and national issues that impact subscribers’ businesses and assist them in growing their companies. Each week, the TBBJ features a special report, an in-depth look at a specific industry or topic. Various special publications and recognition programs cover topics such as Best Places to Work, Green Business, Nonprofit of the Year, and Business Woman of the Year. Our newspapers boast an average renewal rate of more than 80 percent, unparalleled in the newspaper industry.”

– More about the Tampa Bay Business Journal from  bizjournals.com/tampabay.

Donate or Volunteer at These 5 Great Local Tampa Bay Charities

We compiled a quick list of 5 charities we know and love in the Tampa Bay area. The holiday season is a time of giving and receiving, but we prefer the giving part. Each charity’s volunteer and donation needs vary, so please check with them first to help you get started.

cropped-feedingamerica-tampabay-logo_cmyk_w_tagFeeding America Tampa BayFeeding America Tampa Bay serves the 700,000 hungry people in our region. For every $1 you donate, we can provide 7 meals. The Food Bank also provides food for shelters, residential group homes, and the Kids Cafe after-school programs. The Food Bank is in effect, a distributor and central supply point that procures the food, sorts it, stores it, and efficiently matches it to those in need according to need.

kidsplaceA Kids Place Tampa BayOur purpose at A Kid’s Place is to provide superior residential services to children of all ages who have been removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect or abandonment.  We provide a variety of services which meet the social, educational, medical and psychological needs of the child.

C+A Logo - Outreach InitiativeMetropolitan Ministries  – Metropolitan Ministries cares for the homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless in our community through services that alleviate suffering, promote dignity and instill self-sufficiency. One meal costs $1.76. A night of shelter, $36.55. We’ve used disciplined financial controls and smart decisions about efficiency to ensure that every dollar we receive achieves its maximum potential.

springlogoThe Spring of Tampa Bay  - To prevent domestic violence, protect victims and promote change in lives, families, and communities. Our program philosophy is to provide a safe haven for families utilizing an empowerment-based approach. We give victims safe refuge, time to heal, and encouragement and support to move toward a self-determined life. Participants have time to consider options and make an independent choice about how to move toward a peaceful life.

pawlicious_logoPawlicious Poochie Pet Rescue Animals need love and support too! Pawlicious Poochie Pet Rescue specializes in saving the lives of neglected and abused senior pups, providing rehabilitation, getting them the best veterinary care  and placing them in warm, loving homes. Give the gift of a second chance to a furry soul in need this holiday season. Please contact this charity for information on donation or volunteer opportunities.

The Barrymore Hotel Wins Best Signature Seafood Dish at Tampa Seaboard Seafood Festival

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Crowds gathered in Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park this past Saturday and Sunday to sample some of Tampa’s best local restaurants and their seafood specialties at Ken Walters‘ Seaboard Seafood Festival. Each restaurant was eyeing the top spot, but Waterworks Bar and Grill at The Barrymore Hotel Tampa Riverwalk took home not only the award for Best Signature Seafood Dish, as determined by a panel of local celebrities judges, but they also won the People’s Choice Award.

Executive Chef Rusty Evers and her professional team toiled for days and weeks ahead of time planning and preparing for the event. Rusty and her team served three exquisite creations, exclusive to Waterworks Bar and Grill: Gulf Shrimp with Habanero Glaze served atop Coconut Rice topped with Twice-Smoked Bacon; and her signature Clam Andouille Chowder with Fresh Leeks and Louisiana Andouille Sausage. Rusty also presented guests with her signature KoKo Nuts – a spicy, sweet flavor experience to be reckoned with.

Congratulations to The Barrymore Hotel Tampa Riverwalk and Waterworks Bar and Grill on your hard work and fantastic job on winning BOTH competitions!

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John Lennon Statue Arrives at The Barrymore Hotel Tampa Riverwalk

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October 30, 2014: The Barrymore Hotel Tampa Riverwalk installed a life-size statue of the late John Lennon in front of the downtown Tampa Arts District hotel yesterday. The statue, which depicts Lennon in stride, coat and hair flowing in the wind, stands at the west front end of the hotel, within direct view of the David A. Straz Center for the Performing Arts. The installment of this work coincides with the arts ambiance The Barrymore Hotel embodies – a passion for culture, creativity and most importantly, art.

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