PRSA Tampa Bay Donates 46 Gifts to Charity

By Jessica Butzier and Joseph Priest

A lot of Tampa Bay kids and teens will be having a little bit brighter holiday this year thanks to our members. On Dec. 15, our chapter hosted its end-of-year holiday mixer at Bonefish Grill in South Tampa, and, for the second year in a row, the Public Service Committee held a toy drive to raise donations for the Metropolitan Ministries Holiday Tent.

Members enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at Bonefish Grill.

Metropolitan Ministries expects to serve nearly 20,000 families in need for Thanksgiving and Christmas this year, and our chapter has been eager to help. To spur even more donations, for the past two years, we’ve added a prize drawing to randomly award a few contributors with special prizes.

To participate, members had to bring a new, unwrapped gift, which would be collected with the other gifts and dropped off at Metropolitan Ministries the next day. At the end of the mixer, we ended up collecting 46 gifts, including toys, dolls, books, and games, and gift cards totaling over $150.

Each gift donated earned the contributor one ticket that was entered in a drawing for three prizes, which included two special prizes of $25 gift cards to Publix and one grand prize of a $50 gift card to Roy’s Restaurant. Congratulations to Mary Haban, APR, for winning the grand prize this year!

Our gift donations. Thank you, contributors!

The mixer was our last event for the year and was preceded by a farewell message earlier in the week by our 2016 president, Jennifer Dunn, APR. 

The Public Service Committee thanks everyone who donated to the toy drive and helped our chapter give back to the community through our activities this year. Stay tuned to the PRSA Tampa Bay website for more ways you can help us serve in 2017. 

The mixer is the chapter’s last event for the year. Stay posted for an announcement on our January event soon. 


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