Tampa Pride kicks off 2019 fundraising, highlights Tampa mayoral candidates

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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(L-R) Tampa Pride President Carrie West and Tampa mayoral candidates David Straz, Ed Turanchik, Jane Castor and Topher Morrison outline their vision for Tampa Nov. 17. PHOTO BY RYAN WILLIAMS-JENT

TAMPA | Tampa Pride held its first 2019 fundraiser at ZooTampa Nov. 17 to highlight the organization’s fifth year and introduce Tampa mayoral candidates Jane Castor, Topher Morrison, David Straz and Ed Turanchik.

“You’re just seeing the beginning of what our new Tampa Pride is going to be all about,” Tampa Pride President Carrie West shared with those gathered for Pride-Zoo-La, stressing the celebration’s climbing attendance. “We thought we’d have 10,000 our first year and had over 20,000. Our second year, we said we’ll have 20,000 and we had 30,000.

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PHOTOS: Tampa Pride gets wild for inaugural Pride-Zoo-La

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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TAMPA | Tampa Pride kicked off fundraising for its fifth year with the organization’s inaugural Pride-Zoo-La at ZooTampa at Lowry Park Nov. 17.

The evening began with a performance by the Tampa Bay Pride Band. Guests subsequently moved to an artists’ showcase highlighting local talent, participated in over 50 raffles and were given the opportunity to participate in a giraffe feeding with ZooTampa staff.

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Watermark’s Most Remarkable People 2017: Sandi Hulon, Tampa Bay documentarian/filmmaker

By : Topher Morrison, Professional speaker and Professor of Practice at The University of Tampa
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In my career I get to meet thousands of people each year. But in 2017, there was one person who stood out beyond all the others: Sandi Hulon, the founder of St. Pete Productions. She is an award-winning producer who has Clios, Addys, and even a Silver Lion from the Cannes Film Festival to boast of.

But if you ask Sandi, that’s not what she will say are her greatest accomplishments. For her, she takes greater pride in knowing that she fed a homeless person, or transported a drug addict across the country to be admitted into a drug treatment facility, or helped support the life of a horse at the RVR Horse Rescue.

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