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25 Years - $3.7 Million Raised

In 1990 the Abilities Wine Tasting debuted under a tent at the ICOT Center and set the gold standard for wine and food events. Few charities can sustain and spawn events for a quarter century, and even fewer can report they've raised millions during that span. On Memorial Day weekend, hundreds of patrons attended the 25th annual Abilities Wine Tasting at the Armed Forces History Museum and helped boost our total net proceeds to $3.7 million! Thank you for keeping this perennial powerhouse Florida's longest-running and most prosperous one-night tasting. And thanks for generously supporting Floridians and veterans with disabilities.


Mall Serves 740th Military Veteran

Mall organizers eclipsed a significant milestone this month when they distributed their 740th 'home-starter kit' to a U. S. Navy veteran transitioning from homelessness to apartment life. Replete with kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom essentials and job-interview clothes, these kits help ensure that veterans referred from Bay Pines and Tampa VA Hospitals have a favorable chance of remaining in apartments and avoiding a return to homelessness. Hats off to Mall founder Virginia Meyer, Guild members, donors, military groups, and volunteers who support those who sacrificed so much to defend our many freedoms.

 

TB Lightning 'Community Hero' Scott Owens

In recognition of his military service and advocacy for hiring disabled veterans, Scott Owens was honored as a Community Hero by the Tampa Bay Lightning Foundation, which salutes unsung heroes and donates $50,000 to the charity of their choice. In recognition of our role in transforming him from a wounded, combat-stressed infantryman contemplating suicide to a job placement specialist with VA and celebrated warrior ambassador, Scott directed the $50,000 to the Abilities Foundation. Click here to view photos and here to watch the Tampa Bay Lightning game video.  


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Te Abilities Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that has helped thousands of Floridians and military veterans with all types of disabilities obtain mainstream jobs and affordable housing. The Foundation is the support organization for Abilities, Inc. of Florida d.b.a. the ServiceSource Florida Regional Office, a Clearwater, Florida-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit that has provided exceptional programs and services to individuals with disabilities since 1959.
 

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