Dancing Through the Decades Delights and Delivers
All-volunteer fundraiser nets $27,000
crowd of 140 patrons?many new to ServiceSource?revived dance crazes from the
50s, 60s, 70s, and 80s with lively, rhythmic renditions of the Stroll, Bop,
Cha-Cha, Conga Line, Twist, Limbo, Calypso, Disco, YMCA, and more at Friday
evening’s Dancing Through the Decades,
Abilities Guild’s Annual Gala.
cocktails, silent auction bidding, and a steak dinner at the Belleair Country
Club, guests wasted no time swarming the dance-floor and struttin’ their stuff
dressed as Arthur Murray, Pink Ladies, Go-go girls, hippies, and Disco Deney
Terrio, and dancing to the electrifying sounds of Sequel and DJ Jeff.
“I still got
it!” shouted one guest. “I’II be back next year with friends,” pledged another.
news, because DTTD benefits military veterans with disabilities served by the
And best news: It netted a record $27,000. Outstanding!
Much of the
credit for this achievement rests with first-time chairwoman Jodi Martino (shown
below with former Guild president Dan Mettee) and her event committee.
leadership, DTTD’s planning, graphic design, sponsor solicitation, invitations,
entertainment, promotion, and night-of execution was handled in turn-key
fashion with aplomb by volunteers.
gratifying to see people so passionate about your mission,” said program
development executive Frank De Lucia, “that they take it upon themselves to
recruit their friends, secure major sponsors, assume responsibility for every
phase of operation, and do so with utmost transparency and accountability.”
to Martino and committee members Judy Belsito, JoAnn Benware, Barbara Busch, Joni
Cleary, Bonnie Dondiego, Marie Gage, Margie Geraci, Laura Heric, Barb
Hoskinson, Bobbi Huntington, Debbie Jordan, Kathy Martino, Tia Martino, Sonja
and Dan Mettee, Jake Mowrey, Jean Rascher, and Marsha Uhler for soliciting a wide range of financial and in-kind sponsors, underwriters, auction donors, and patrons.
Mark your calendars for Saturday, November 3, 2018 when DTTD encores at the
Abilities Guild Fundraiser Benefits Veterans
Abilities Guild hosted its 2nd annual Fashions of Belleair March
into Spring Fashion Show & Luncheon at the Belleair Country Club, where guests marveled at Belleair’s latest
women’s and men’s fashions, enjoyed a BCC lunch, 50/50, auction, and Grand
Finale featuring Nikki’s Glitz & Glam all for $40 per person. Emceeing was Belleair deputy mayor Karla Rettstatt, accompanied by pianist David Lyon.
Net proceeds amounting a whopping $10,600 benefit formerly homeless veterans assisted through the Veterans Mall,
which has now served 1,600 veterans.
Our heartfelt thanks to Marsha Uhler, owner of
Cassi & Co., for chairing and orchestrating this SOLD-OUT show that attracted 186
patrons in support of the Mall. We also thank
participating sponsors, boutiques, and fashion models.
The Abilities Guild was founded in 1980 with a mission to:
Serve as ambassadors broaden community awareness of the value and function of Abilities
Support Abilities in its fund raising events, programs, and services
Serve in any other capacity deemed advisable in assisting Abilities to work on behalf of people with disabilities
The Guild is a volunteer organization consisting of 100+ men and women actively supporting Abilities and its work benefiting Floridians and military veterans with disabilities. Guild members routinely and generously donate their time, amassing upwards of 18,000 volunteer hours annually at and in-kind value of more than $400,000.
Last year the Guild contributed $85,000 to Abilities. Since its inception, the Guild has been credited with donating more than $2 million. Proceeds support the Abilities Guild Veterans Mall, whose founder, Virginia Meyer, is shown below.
Abilities Guild Veterans Mall
An alarming number of disabled veterans are homeless or living in substandard
housing. Even after veterans qualify for subsidized housing assistance from the
VA, most don't have basic essentials like coffeemakers, toasters, pots 'n
pans, dishes, linens, and towels. Unwilling to accept this reality, the
Abilities Guild established the Veterans Mall (shown below), a large storeroom of kitchen, bath, and bedroom items given for free to disabled veterans. To date, 1,600 veterans have been served, but the demand far outweighs the supply.
Kindly consider making a tax-deductible contribution to Abilities, Inc. 100% of your
gift will be used to purchase products at discount prices
and ensure that veterans have the basics they need to successfully transition from homelessness to apartments in the community. For information, e-mail or call Frank De Lucia at firstname.lastname@example.org or 727-600-8900.
For information, e-mail Dan Mettee at email@example.com
2735 Whitney Road
Clearwater, FL 33760-1610
Supporting Abilities, Inc. dba ServiceSource Florida Regional Office Since 1980