Tails Wag at St. Augustine Resort’s “Santa Paws” Holiday Party to Benefit Local No-Kill Rescue

Dog lovers from all around the St. Augustine area gathered at Guy Harvey Oceanfront Resort for the “Santa Paws Holidog Party” to benefit Ayla’s Acres No-Kill Animal Rescue. The event ended up with a total of 64 “Santa dogs” in attendance and will be applying to the Guinness World Records in hopes of setting the record for most dogs at one event dressed as Old Saint Nick – and trying for even more at next year’s event.

Pets and their humans had the opportunity for photo-ops with Santa Claus himself and photos taken by the event photographers. All attendees enjoyed a complimentary cocktail featuring Papa’s Pilar Rum mixed up by Santiago’s Florida Kitchen and Craft Bar, the new on-site restaurant at the Guy Harvey Oceanfront Resort. Furry guests also received a complimentary Santa hat as a welcome gift. The $10 entry fee was donated to Ayla’s Acres and in-kind donations of food and pet supplies were actively being taken in during the event.

Like any good costume event, there was a contest for best dressed and 3 pooches and their humans took home the prize. The winners included a basket full of chihuahuas known as the Therapy Dogs all donning their holiday best, an adorable white lab covered in a tinsel-trimmed Santa costume and shih-tzu with an elf riding on her back. The resort also held a Facebook photo contest preceding the event in which followers submitted photos of their pets in holiday costumes and a winner was selected at random.

Special thanks to the sponsors, Papa’s Pilar Rum and local Faux Paws on St. George Street in historic St. Augustine.

See the full photo album on Facebook



St. Augustine Resort Makes a Splash to Benefit Give Kids the World at Annual Fundraiser

_DSC8259webEvery August, the weather is nothing but balmy and hot but the new Guy Harvey Oceanfront Resort St. Augustine Beach knows how to beat the heat – and support local charities at the same time. The long-standing fundraising event is open to the public as well as hotel guests, offering an opportunity to enjoy a pool party and some beachside family fun for a great cause.

postimg32At the 21st Annual Give Kids the World Fundraiser Beach Party and Poolside BBQ, guests made a splash in the pool with live music setting the ambiance alongside some special guests that included mermaids, pirates, and of course, Mayor Clayton from Give Kids the World. Attendees also participated in silent auctions and raffles for prizes donated by local businesses as well as the resort’s corporate office. 100% of the proceeds raised at this yearly event benefit Give Kids the World.


Give Kids the World is a non-profit organization in Central Florida that provides week-long cost-free vacations to children with critical illnesses and their families. GKTW is where happiness inspires hope! The resort’s fundraiser is typically held at the end of August each year.

Barrymore Hotel Hosts Jazz Night to Benefit Puerto Rico


We would like to commend our downtown Tampa hotel, The Barrymore Hotel Tampa Riverwalk, for turning their once-monthly Art Meets Jazz into a special event to benefit Puerto Rico. Last night’s event will benefit the families and neighbors of the families at our at two of our properties in Ponce and Mayaguez. One hundred percent of net proceeds from the dinner will be used to purchase provisions which will be personally delivered to the island by members of the Barrymore’s staff.

Attendees of the event included H.I. Development‘s senior leadership and owners, University of Tampa administrators, and leadership from the Straz Center for the Performing Arts next door, among other local dignitaries.

We would like to graciously thank everyone who came to the event and enjoyed the live art demo by local Tampa artist, Francine J. Bauer. Francine auctioned off two pieces of art of which 50% of the proceeds will benefit this cause.

Waterworks Bar and Grill, located adjacent to the Barrymore Hotel, provided a full buffet of traditional Puerto Rican cuisine featuring arroz con gandules, tostones, fried sweet plantains, roast pork and chicken, and brandy cake.

A relaxing atmosphere filled the room courtesy of a smooth jazz saxophone performance by Johnny Magnuson, also know as Johnny Mag Sax, and talented vocalist Carmen Harrell. Johnny is a professional saxophone musician hailing from Orlando, Florida and has opened for many high profile acts, including Kenny G.

The Barrymore Hotel hosts “Art Meets Jazz” once a month from 6:00-9:00PM and features a full buffet plus drink specials. Guests enjoy a “chill” break from the hectic work week while listening to live music as someone else does the cooking (and cleaning!). The hotel is located in downtown Tampa along the scenic Riverwalk, features an art-gallery atmosphere and comfortable accommodations suitable for any traveler.

Waterworks Bar and Grill features a casual dining experience with American cuisine favorites. Guests enjoy a daily happy hour, plus a Late Night menu, also served daily. The restaurant keeps a rotating a variety of local craft beers on tap including Motorworks Brewing, Tampa Bay Brewing, Cigar City and many more for an experience that shows off Tampa Bay’s noteworthy microbrewery scene.

The season of giving starts with Giving Tuesday


With Black Friday and Cyber Monday’s exorbitant consumerism behind us, it’s time to focus on what the holiday season should truly be about – giving. Giving Tuesday is a social media movement meant to foster collaboration and charity within our own communities. However, it’s much more than just a hashtag for two of our Tampa Bay hotels.

The Barrymore Hotel in downtown Tampa just received their donation drop-off boxes today to benefit Metropolitan Ministries and Holiday Inn Clearwater has been collecting donations to benefit The Kind Mouse, an organization that combats hunger in the Tampa Bay area, since before Thanksgiving.

The Barrymore is looking motivate guests and anyone in the Tampa Bay community to drop by with their non-perishable food items for Metro Min with a giveaway. The hotel is offering a chance to win a one-room one-night stay when you bring at least 3 non-perishable food items to the bins. But here’s the catch (and it’s a good one): The more you donate, the more chances you have to win – just fill out an entry form for every 3 items you bring and leave it with the Front Desk. Learn more about how the giveaway works. Donations/entries accepted 11/29/16 through 12/13/16.

Clearwater’s Holiday Inn located in the business district is once again a drop-off location for the Kind Mouse food drive. This charity does some incredible things within the Tampa Bay area to combat hunger. The organization provides programs to help those in need year round, not just during the holiday season. Their Family Assistance program is a 90 day program that offers food, housewares, pet food and career coaching to displaced career individuals while they get back on their feet. The “Mouse Nibbles” program feeds the “hungriest of hungry” children in Tampa Bay, delivering non-perishable food items to schools each week for children to bring home on the weekends. This program even provides school supplies twice a year to students. Donations accepted 11/21/16 through 12/12/16.

The Barrymore Hotel is located at 111 West Fortune St, Tampa FL 33602 and is situated directly across the street from the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Tampa. If you’re in Pinellas County near St. Pete/Clearwater International Airport, drop your donations at Holiday Inn Clearwater, located at 3535 Ulmerton Road, near the Gold & Diamond Source.