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PROLOG Press Release TARPON SPRINGS, FL - Aug. 14, 2017 by JoLynn Wright, Cole Link Foundation
Cole Link Foundation's Benefit Bash Launched Tarpon Springs Nonprofit to Begin Charity Programs.
Local business owners, music lovers, community dignitaries and charity supporters were joined by Founder and Chairwoman, Myra J. Cole-Baucom, Board members and staff to celebrate Cole Link Foundation's grand opening at the 2017 Inaugural Benefit Bash at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater on Thursday, Aug. 3rd. The event was filled to capacity with 250 attendees who helped to raise funds for charitable programs in educational awareness, health & wellness and the arts. The following day, Mayor Chris Alahouzos honored Cole Link Foundation with the keys to the city and participated in the official ribbon cutting of the Foundation's new headquarters located at 871 E. Klosterman Road in Tarpon Springs.
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 an announcement was made 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," Foundation Founder and Chairwoman, Myra J. Cole-Baucom, said.
The Foundation strives to saves lives with their national Car Seats for Kids program and is working diligently on their upcoming House to Home Apprenticeship program designed to train unskilled workers as homes are repaired or renovated for low income residents. The Golden Linkettes dance troupe, the Foundation's local community youth program, performed at the event and has been invited back to perform at Clearwater's Downtown Block Party.
PROLOG Press Release TARPON SPRINGS, FL - July 10, 2017 by JoLynn Wright, Cole Link Foundation
Cole Link Foundation announces its 2017 Inaugural Benefit Bash to celebrate grand opening.
Newcomer, Cole Link Foundation will host its 2017 Inaugural Benefit Bash at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater on Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017 at 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. to raise needed funds for charitable programs in educational awareness, health & wellness and the arts. The following day at noon, Tarpon Springs Mayor Chris Alahouzos will cut the ribbon at the official grand opening of the nonprofit's new headquarters located at 871 E. Klosterman Road in Tarpon Springs, a free event. The Cole Link Foundation team would like to invite the public and members of the press to attend both grand opening events.
Performing at the Benefit Bash will be the Black Honkeys, voted Best Local Band in the Tampa Bay Area, jazz musician, Kelly Rhodes and jazz singer, Belinda Womack-Christy. The doors open at 5 p.m. with a silent auction. There will be a cash bar and a photo booth available throughout the evening.
"We look forward to welcoming everyone to our Inaugural Benefit Bash for a wonderful evening of food, music, fun and dancing," Foundation Founder and Chairwoman, Myra J. Cole-Baucom, said. "By the grace of God, and with our donor's generous financial support for our causes, the doors of our Foundation will never close."
As the first nonprofit in Tarpons Springs to develop self-help job training programs for the Pueblo Indians in Taos, New Mexico, Cole Link Foundation is working hard to raise needed funds for its House to Home and Apprenticeship programs. Aimed at home repair and renovation for low income residents, the program also trains unskilled workers in home repair to help move people from unemployment to work. The program will launch at the Pueblo Indian reservation in Taos, New Mexico with plans for expansion into other communities.
To honor the brave men and women in our nation's emergency services, the Foundation will host its highly anticipated 911 Hero Salute Charity Golf Tournament in Tracy, CA on Sept. 11, 2017 with plans to expand the tournament to other states each year. A portion of the proceeds will go toward local firefighter charity programs. In addition, the nonprofit strives to saves lives with their national Car Seats for Kids program and has plans to host its first Jazzy Sassy Expo for local senior citizen entertainment and education. Already launched, The Golden Linkettes dance troupe, the Foundation's local youth outreach program, will also perform at the Benefit Bash.