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.


Neighborhood Mixer & Art Party Held for Residents

Your voice will shape Tampa’s future.

The Howard Johnson Plaza Tampa opened their outdoor pool deck doors on Tuesday, May 8, for Uptown Tampa’s residents, business owners and Downtown Tampa Partnership members and involved staff. With complimentary food and/or drinks provided by Pizza Fusion, WaterWorks Bar & Grill, Kahawa Coffee and the Howard Johnson Plaza Tampa, guests enjoyed a networking opportunity to discuss the social matters and development of the Uptown area.


The Uptown area is a subdistrict located at the western end of Downtown Tampa. Notable attractions include The Tampa Theatre, Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, the Straz Center for the Performing Arts and the Tampa Museum of Art. The district is bordered by Hillsborough River to the west, Kennedy Boulevard to the south, Palm Avenue to the north and Morgan Street to the east.

The theme at the May 8th event was “Local Artists of Tampa.” Featured artists included Nicole Abbett (Multi-Medium Artistic Photographer), Todd McDonald (Black & White Architectural Photographer), Ray Paul (Fine Artist), Charles Schwartz (Fine Artist) and Dominique Martinez (Owner and Artist of Rustic Steel Creations).


Randy Goers, of InVision Tampa, spoke about Downtown Tampa’s cause and future, sharing details of the ongoing InVision Tampa campaign. Donna Chen, Downtown Tampa Partnership’s newly-elected Director of Marketing and Communications, was also present discussing ideas about the Republican National Convention in August 2012 with locals of Tampa.

This is the first of many neighborhood mixers to be hosted in venues of the Uptown Tampa area. More details are listed at the Uptown Tampa Council’s website. The Uptown District Tampa Neighborhood Association’s goal is to find and solve issues and develop opportunities to benefit all of Uptown Tampa members — harnessing the passion and skill sets to approach and achieve real results.


What is InVisiona Tampa? Using federal grant dollars, InVision Tampa will create a master plan for the City Center of Tampa, Fla., spanning from downtown to Ybor City on the east, Armenia Avenue on the west, and north along historic Nebraska Avenue to Hillsborough Avenue. Working closely with Mayor Buckhorn, experts and scholars with worldwide experience and insight will walk, talk, photograph, map and — most importantly — listen to you about the nuances of your neighborhood as well as the things that matter to you and your families now and in our future. And when we are finished, together, we will have written a community master plan that will catalyze prosperity and a high quality of life for all of Tampa and Hillsborough County.