Inaugural Benefit Bash

Cole Link Foundation's Inaugural Benefit Bash: a good time for a good cause.

Benefit Bash Raised Funds and Launched Tarpon Springs Nonprofit to Begin Charity Programs

Thank you for joining us and making our nonprofit fundraiser a success!


Local business owners, music lovers, community dignitaries and charity supporters came together to celebrate our grand opening at the 2017 Inaugural Benefit Bash at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater on Thursday, Aug. 3rd. Our event was a success—filled to capacity with 250 attendees who helped to raise funds for our charitable programs in educational awareness, health & wellness and the arts. 


Performing at the Benefit Bash was the popular local band, The Black Honkeys along with jazz musician, Kelly Rhodes and jazz singer, Belinda Womack-Christy. The doors opened at 5 p.m. with a silent auction. The excitement began when we announced that the top donor would win a signed football by Joe Namath and Earl Christy, New York Jets 1969 Super Bowl III champs. The signed football was kindly donated by Earl Christy who attended the fundraiser and presented it to Greg and Doreen Columbo for their generous donation. The event was also attended by Dr. Marvin L. Bright, provost of St. Petersburg College Tarpon Springs Campus, Cary Stiff, CFRE and chief executive officer of Chi Chi Rodriguez Youth Foundation and Grammy winner Ralph Farris.

“The entire evening was a dream come true. I am truly thankful for the generosity of our donors and event sponsors during and after our event. It’s always been a passion of mine to help as many people in need as I possibly can. And now, after this successful fundraiser, we are on our way. Our Foundation doors are now open and we intend to spread the word, continue to get support for our programs and make a difference in people’s lives.” 


~ Myra J. Cole-Baucom, Founder/Chairwoman

VIDEO: Excerpts from the Benefit Bash event.

VIDEO: Signed football by Joe Namath and Earl Christy, New York Jets 1969 Super Bowl III champs, kindly donated by Earl Christy who attended the fundraiser and presented it to Greg and Doreen Columbo for their generous donation.

VIDEO: Jean Hungiville from the Tarpon Springs Chamber of Commerce speaking at event.

VIDEO: Excerpts from the Benefit Bash event.

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