The 13 Ugly Men Foundation, Inc recently donated $25,000 to the Gasparilla Music Foundation. The donation was based on the proceeds of the successful 2018 Derby Party. The party was a huge success with over 1,000 people in attendance. With multiple live bands, DJ’s, cigars, mint juleps, carnival game, large outdoor screen, and a live horse – there was no shortage of entertainment. This is the second time the 13 Ugly Men has thrown the Derby Party, and event chair, Jason Downey, has seen attendance and the popularity grow.
The 13 Ugly Men selected GMF to help support the local music and arts of the Tampa Bay community. The donation specifically is helping fund the Recycled Tunes Program which provides instruments for schools and education programs. “We are excited to see the children in Tampa have the ability to learn music with the instruments we are able to provide”, Jason Downey.
The 13 Ugly Men Foundation, Inc are pleased to support local non-profits as they bring joy to little faces. The Foundation recently donated $500 to Savvy Giving by Design. The mission of Savvy Giving by Design is to provide comfort, support and healing to families with a child facing medical crisis by transforming the interior spaces of their homes at no cost to them.
On Monday, April 9th, members from the 13 Ugly Men prepared a delicious dinner for families staying at the Ronald McDonald House of Tampa Bay. The house provides a temporary home for pediatric families of hospitalized children from all over the world. It was a wonderful experience to see the happy faces of the children and families being able to enjoy a delicious home cooked meal while they are going through a difficult time.
The 13 Ugly Men made a $500 donation matching a member’s donation for a $1,000 total that went to help supply over 500 back packs, filled with notebooks, pens, pencils, crayons and other school supplies for children to help get them ready for the upcoming school year. We were proud to be able to assist children with the tools they need to be successful in the classroom. A new backpack filled with school supplies can help make the difference for a child excited to go back to school and relieve their parents of an expense that may not be possible. It was great to be able to continue to make a difference for children in the Tampa Bay area.
The 13 Ugly Men were proud to donate $13,000 from the proceeds of their Ugly Sweater Party to the Ryan Nece Foundation to help support their Student Service Program. The program helps mentor and shape high school students through their 2 year program where they will learn the power of giving to help make a positive impact in our community. We are happy to contribute to the development of our future Tampa Bay leaders.
The 13 Ugly Men support the Jackson in Action Foundation (JIA83) with a $4,000 donation by sponsoring their 1st Annual Birdies for Brews. They also had 5 military families from the Jackson in Action Foundation participate in the 2017 Gasparilla Children’s Parade by inviting them on the 13 Ugly Men’s float. It was a great afternoon for all involved. The JIA83 provides support to military families focusing on education, emotional and physical health of children.
The 13 Ugly Men continued their Philanthropic tradition of Partying with a Purpose to help donate $25,000 to the Redefining Refuge Safehouse Program with their annual Halloween party. The event took place at the historic Cuban Club in Ybor City. Over 2,500 people attended the party. There were amazing costumes, indoor and outdoor dance floors with bar areas and an unbelievable outdoor electric show with DJ’s to make for an awesome evening.
The Redefining Refuge Safehouse Program helps raise awareness of the unfortunate plights of trafficked children. The 13 Ugly Men were honored to be able to donate to an organization that supports such and important cause. With this contribution they continued their legacy of helping raise money for local charities in Tampa Bay Area.
Hurricane Irma was headed towards Tampa Bay and took a last minute turn. We are thankful that so many people dodged a terrible storm, but it still made a dent here locally. The 13 Ugly Men aimed to help any of those that needed hands with the aftermath in the Bay area.
The group found 2 people, one in East Tampa and the other in St. Petersburg. They offered to move broken tree limbs, branches, and clean up the homes and yards from the storm.
The first couple was located in St. Petersburg. One of their first dates was at a White Party years ago. They had several trees get uprooted and fall to the ground, barely missing houses and cars, but left a significant mess. The guys got to work, and helped clear the property.
The other was a retired woman in East Tampa. Her yard was a wreck from all the debris and such that the storm brought. Our team once again spent a few hours, and made sure the home was back to how it was before the storm.
The 13 Ugly Men Foundation, Inc. parties for a purpose all year long; creating the best theme events benefitting local charities in Tampa Bay. This year they decided to focus attention on a new concept, The Derby Party, where guests wore fascinators, sundresses, bow ties, seersuckers, and enjoyed a beautiful Saturday day in one of South Tampa’s best restaurants/bars at Cask Social. The party had a real horse, a horse themed carnival game, live band, best hat contest, cigars, DJ, and speciality cocktails like the Mint Julep.
The 13 Ugly Men were able to donate $20,000 to the benefiting charity, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay. The Big Brothers Big Sisters mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.
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The 13 Ugly Men sponsored and donated $2,000 to the Children’s Cancer Center at the 5th annual Gelatin Plunge. Many of the 13 Ugly Members participated and made the plunge for children and family members they knew. The event was extremely well attended, and everyone got soaked in orange jello for a good cause. We will remember next time to not stand up on the slide!