The Wine Women and Shoes event this year blew everyone’s expectations out of the water. The organization raised twice as much their targeted amount and it will be revealed to the public soon. The 13 Ugly Men participated this year with a few members acting as Sole Men catering to the more than 500+ guests. Together they raised close to $5,000 for the Children’s Cancer Center, and David Gunning was the winner for biggest fundraiser with $1,700. Anthony Rickman, Dylan McCandless and Brian Wexler also supported the team effort. It’s always a great cause and when you see the faces of the children that benefit you’ll understand why we’ve been participating for the past several years.
It’s good to be Ugly!
The Seminole Hard Rock Casino recently sold playing cards all summer long courtesy of the Hard Rock Guys. The proceeds were to benefit the 13 Ugly Men; however, both organizations mutually agreed that it would be best to offer the donation to a woman centric organization and selected Junior League of Tampa. At one of the biggest fundraisers for Junior League, the Holiday Gift Market, the two groups presented a $10,000 check. The Junior League of Tampa was founded in 1926, and is an organization of over 2,000 women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.
The 13 Ugly Men recently participated in the Birdies and Brews Charity golf tournament to benefit the Jackson in Action 83 Foundation. The mission of the Jackson in Action 83 Foundation is to provide support to military families, focusing on the educational, emotional, and physical health of the children. The 13 Ugly Men sponsorship included multiple foursomes and a hole sponsorship on the 13th hole. The 13 Ugly Men are very proud to help the Jackson In Action Foundation and their mission of helping our local military families.
On Oct. 7th a group of 13 Ugly Men members joined the Nomad Art Bus to visit a group children’s home to paint with over 25 children. Everyone had a great time and there are definitely some future artists in the Tampa Bay area. The Nomad art bus is a retired bus that has been transformed into a mobile arts studio and supports their mission of “art for ALL” .The kids were able to have fun and express their creative talents by painting the blank bus and transform it into an amazing piece of art. Our little friends were able to use their imaginations while painting and learning the positive mental and physical feelings that art provides. It was a great way for the 13 Ugly Men to continue to support our local Tampa communities that need it most.
The 13 Ugly Men recently made a $2,700 donation to the Pinnacle Academy. The Academy provides a highly specialized, alternative education for students who have been diagnosed with a variety of developmental conditions including Asperger’s Syndrome, Language Impairment, Auditory Processing Disorder, Sensory Processing Disorder, Autism Spectrum, ADHD/ADD, learning differences. The Academy’s small class environment allows children with these disabilities to receive the needed instruction so that they can grow into a normal development cycle and attend regular high school and colleges. The 13 Ugly Men are very proud to help the Academy serve these children.
On July 3rd a group of volunteers from the 13 Ugly Men helped pack 2,200 meals with Feeding Tampa Bay, which is part of the national Feeding America network, focusing on providing food to more than 700,000 hungry in the 10 county area of West Central Florida.
Feeding Tampa Bay is a great organization that helps benefit our Tampa area and the perfect type of organization for the 13 Ugly Men to partner with to make a positive impact within our local community.
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.