Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay seeks LGBTQ mentors

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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Tampa | The Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay will hold a Pride Bowling event on June 9 to simultaneously raise funds for youth and awareness that LGBTQ volunteers are welcome in the non-profit’s mentorship program.

The event follows a nationwide initiative focusing on LGBTQ inclusion for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, which at over 100 years old remains the nation’s largest volunteer-supported mentoring network. The non-profit exists to make meaningful matches between adults and at-risk youth, respectively known as “Bigs” and “Littles.”

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Straz Center gets grant; Over 3,500 students to benefit

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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Tampa | The Straz Center for the Performing Arts has announced its acquisition of a $20,000 grant from The Community Foundation of Tampa Bay to help bring the arts to the area’s disadvantaged students.

The Community Foundation of Tampa Bay is a partnership between donors, nonprofits, community leaders, businesses, volunteers and businesses. During their fiscal year of 2017, they awarded $10.3 million in grants to qualifying organizations in Tampa Bay.

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A Daddy and his Boy

By : Steve Blanchard
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Fourteen years ago, Woodie Barnes saw Jeff McWhirter at the Suncoast Resort during the Drummer contest and knew he wanted to meet the man who, at the time, lived in Pasco County.

“I was with a bunch of other boys cruising daddies, and saw him,” Barnes remembers.

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