Networking Event Celebrates Tampa Bay Charities

As a non-profit in the trenches, sometimes you don’t see that you are winning the war – a monthly luncheon hopes to change that.

Online PR News – 11-September-2014 – Clearwater, FL – CLEARWATER: Filling up backpacks to help children get ready to go back to school, feeding a family in need, providing art instruction for an eager mind – all of these are united by a purpose to help others.

That purpose will be celebrated at the Fort Harrison on Wednesday, September 24th, when area charities will attend a luncheon at the Church of Scientology’s Fort Harrison Religious Retreat. This is the kick-off to a series of monthly luncheons to facilitate networking between the diverse charitable groups in the area.

“From talking to different non-profit groups, they have a lot of the same concerns and problems,” said Church spokesperson Pat Harney. “We are establishing this series of events to provide educational opportunities to the leaders of our area non-profits, so that they are better able to reach their goals.”

Ms. Harney anticipates the speakers will come from all over the Tampa Bay community, covering topics such as marketing, creating an effective board of directors and grant writing.

This month’s event will begin with socializing from 11:30 until 12, and a three-course lunch will be served shortly thereafter. This month’s program includes a key note address by a celebrity speaker.

The Fort Harrison has been a site for charitable support since construction completed in late 1926. Since the Church of Scientology’s top to bottom restoration and renovation of the Fort Harrison in 2009, more than 12,000 people have attended fundraising activities and community events at the historic property.

Charitable events have benefitted Nourish to Flourish (feeding chronically hungry children in Pinellas County), the Shriners’ Hospital of Tampa, Ruth Eckerd Hall, the Clearwater Free Clinic, the Make a Wish Foundation, the Clearwater Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center, the Sunscreen Festival and more.

The Church of Scientology is based on the works of humanitarian and philosopher L. Ron Hubbard.

The event is open to staff or board members from a non-profit. There is no cost to attend.

If you are interested in receiving an invitation to the event, please contact Pat Harney or Lisa Mansell at 727-467-6860.