SPONSORED BY BILL EDWARDS
WE WILL BE POSTING PICTURES OFTEN:
The start to the 2006 season showed that Clayton had returned to his healthy past of 2004. Clayton looked good with 3 receptions and 34 yards despite the Buccaneers offensive struggles on September 10 in a 27-0 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. Continuing his return to his 2004 form, he caught 6 passes for 55 yards and a touchdown against the Cincinnati Bengals on October 15, 2006. His touchdown, thrown by Bruce Gradkowski, came with seconds left and gave the Tampa Bay Buccaneers the go ahead lead for their first win of the 2006 season. Unfortunately, following an undisclosed injury, the Buccaneers placed him on injured reserve, ending his season with four games remaining.
He followed that overall performance with a forgettable 2007 season, although he did come on strong down the stretch. He made the most of his opportunities at the end, when the Buccaneers were resting many of their starters (which many analysts considered a mistake). He caught 22 passes during his 14-game season, 16 of those came in the last four contests and 10 coming in the last two. He also amassed 192 of his 301 yards in those four games.
Clayton got to play in his first post-season contest on January 6, 2008 against the eventual Super Bowl-champion New York Giants. He caught 3 passes for 39 yards.
After the 2008 season Clayton became a free agent, but re-signed with the Buccaneers to a new five-year deal. After signing the deal he made the famous “check is in the bank” quote. The Bucs released Clayton on September 4, 2010.
In 2006, Tarver starred as Mason “The Line” Dixon, the heavyweight champion in the film Rocky Balboa.
I grew up poor. There’s no way around that. During my early childhood, my family and I (I am the middle child of three girls) lived in everything from a school bus to a 1956 milk truck. Experiencing life the way that I did, I understand that no matter what hand life has dealt you, it’s up to you to decide what you will do with it.
In the summer of 2013, I found the Facebook page for The Shade Tree, a homeless shelter in Las Vegas, Nevada that my family and I lived in when I was five years old. Looking at the pictures of all of the children, and remembering being there with my family… it all just hit me at once. It had been 20 years since I was one of those children, and life had already brought me to many places… and so many accomplishments… and I know it’s just the beginning. When I realized that, I understood that I HAVE to make a difference in the world, for these children and for so many others that feel like they are without hope… and I can’t wait. I have to do it now.
Today, I am a singer, songwriter and a musician, but most importantly I am an “Advocate for Humanity”. This means that I will fight so that all people can have the opportunity to live the life they have always dreamed of, regardless of their age, sex, race, upbringing, sexual preference or mental state. I love people. I believe that every single person on the planet is unique and created for a very special purpose. I feel strongly that we should all treat each other with respect and kindness, regardless of our differences, because each person is equally important. I believe that love can change the world, and I live every day with the goal in mind of changing someone’s world by sharing love with them.
The purpose of my music is to wake people up to the injustices going on in our world today, but also to give hope and inspiration to those that feel like they are helpless and can’t go on another minute. I want each person that hears my music to understand that they are incredibly important, and that the possibilities that you can accomplish with your life are absolutely limitless. My prayer is that you would be just a little bit different after listening to my music, and my heart; that you would have a higher value for your own life, and see a brand new world that is waiting just for you. Also, that you would take a look at your life and re-evaluate the way you treat people, and begin to be intentional about living a life of kindness and encouragement. When I die one day, I want the world to be literally transformed because of the difference I was able to make. I want to be the next Mother Teresa, and I want others to understand that they have the power to make a huge impact with their own lives. I am ready to make a HUGE difference in this world. Who will join me?
Before joining the Rays full time, Neil was the radio voice of the Durham Bulls from 2004–11, and filled in on the Rays pre- and postgame show from 2010–11. While with Durham, he broadcast the Triple-A All-Star Game and the Triple-A National Championship game to a nationwide audience. Before the Bulls, Solondz broadcast minor league games for the Class-A Lakewood BlueClaws (Phillies) and Class-A Quad City River Bandits (Twins).
He also does freelance play-by-play of college football, basketball and Olympic sports for a variety of regional networks, and has worked for the North Carolina State University, Rutgers University and Delaware State University radio networks. Solondz attended Rutgers University. He and his wife, Sari, reside in Palm Harbor with their daughters, Emily (9) and Abby (8).
Singer/Songwriter, Jay Rosenberg, also known to many as “Jay R” or “Jay Ro” , grew up performing in both the Miami and Tampa Bay areas. Coming from a musical family, Jay sang in the Sunday school choir at church, in the schools he attended growing up and even in the corner when his mother put him there for a ‘time out’. It shouldn’t be a surprise that he ended up a TOP FINALIST on American Idol or at age nineteen, won the competition for the Tampa Bay Idol, and came in the top 25 in the nation for the “City Jam Vocal Competition”. He received a great deal of local media attention for years and 2008, Jay was asked to perform the national anthem at a Tampa Bay Bucaneers football game, a Tampa Bay Lightning hockey game, as well as a Tampa Bay Devil Rays baseball game. A great honor for a any hard workingl artist. Jay’s songs have been heard on radio stations Nationwide with some songs topping and holding position on local charts. Jay has already hit the road, touring and opening for multi-platinum artists Bone Thugs N Harmony, Naughty By Nature and Trina to name a few. Jay still volunteers at All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, Fl and other local venues where he sings as often as he can. He believes that his gift is his voice. A gift he cannot ignore. A gift he wants to share with as many people as possible. Jay is well on his way to turning this early success in to gold and platinum.
In the third preseason game against the New England Patriots in 2012, Joseph hurt his knee when teammate Donald Penn blocked defensive end Chandler Jones into his knee. Joseph was later placed on injured reserve, ending his season.
When plans for a new professional soccer team in the area were announced in 2008, the club planned to be called the “Tampa Bay Rowdies”, the same name used from 1975 to 1993 by Tampa’s franchise in the old North American Soccer League. Before taking the pitch, however, licensing issues forced the club to officially call itself FC Tampa Bay until December 2011, when it gained full rights to the Rowdies name. The current club uses the same green and yellow color scheme and the iconic hoops of the original team, and did so even when they could not yet use the Rowdies name.
The Rowdies captured the NASL championship in 2012 with a win in the Soccer Bowl. They have a long-standing rivalry with the Fort Lauderdale Strikers, with whom they have contested the Florida Derby since 1977.
Jamie Meloni is one of Tampa Bay’s leading Real Estate Sales Professionals and has sold over 100 Million Dollars in Real Estate and sold over 1300 properties since 2007. Jamie is a foreclosure sales specialist and has relationships with over 45 different bank and asset management company clients.
Jamie is a 2007 graduate of the University of South Florida where he graduated with a B.S. Degree in Finance with a 4.0 GPA and oversees the marketing and billing operations of the TampaBayREO sales group in the Coldwell Banker South Tampa Real Estate Office. Guided by his leadership, the TampaBayREO Sales Group has sold nearly 3000 properties total and regularly carries an inventory of over 200 listings. Jamie takes his wealth of knowledge and experience to the airwaves weekdays at 8am on 1250 WHNZ where he hosts That Business Show that promotes the entrepreneurial spirit by talking with local business owners and entrepreneurs in and around the Tampa Bay Region.
Jamie Meloni, a West Virginia Native, has been a resident of the Tampa Bay region for the past 20 years and was featured on the Wall Street Journal top 100 sales associates nationwide by transaction sides in 2012 and 2013. This distinctive honor is no doubt as a result of dedicated work practices and standards that sets him out amongst his competition.
Jamie was awarded the Society of Excellence Award in 2014, Coldwell Banker’s highest award level and was awarded the International President Premier sales designation by Coldwell Banker in 2013. Going back to his start at Coldwell Banker in 2007, he has held this designation in 4 other years and achieved the Society of Excellence award in 2010. Jamie was a sought after contributor for the Bloomberg Television Network as well on two separate pieces on the housing market in the Tampa Bay region.
Balzer was an analyst on ESPN’s initial broadcast of the NFL Draft in 1980, and continued in that role through 1988. He has won six writing awards in the Professional Football Writers of America competition, and also won an Emmy for commentaries on KPLR-TV in 1986. He has also provided football analysis for KTVI-TV, Fox Sports Midwest and KMOV-TV in St. Louis. This season, he has done weekly reports as an NFL Insider for Tampa’s WDAE Radio.
Currently, in addition to his work with The Sports Xchange and KFNS Radio in St. Louis, Balzer is the senior editor for Lindy’s pro football magazine, a position he has held since 1993 and a contributor to lindyssports.com; and a talk-show host for SiriusXM NFL Radio. He is one of 46 voting members on the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee and a member of the nine-person contributor’s committee.
During Commissioner Gerard’s tenure with Largo, the city built Pinellas County’s first Platinum LEED certified building and streamlined the permit application process, allowing small businesses to grow and create new jobs during the economic downturn. Under her leadership, the city commission cut $12 million from the city budget in five years, keeping tax rates low.
Pat Gerard began her 31 year professional career in the mental health field, working with the chronically mentally ill in a community-based rehabilitation program. She has served as Victim Advocate for the Largo Police Department, Director of the Spouse Abuse Shelter of Religious Community Services. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of South Florida.
In 1980, Janet served as the Assistant to the Pinellas County Legislative Delegation until 1986 when she was appointed by Commissioner Bill Gunter as the Deputy Insurance Commissioner for the Florida Department of Insurance with primary day to day management and oversight of the Regional Office located in Pinellas County. She was reappointed by Commissioner Tom Gallagher and again by Commissioner Bill Nelson.
In 2002, Commissioner Long was elected to the Seminole City Council and elected again in 2004 without opposition. In 2006, she was elected as a Democrat to the Florida House of Representatives from District 51 and served through 2010. In her first year of office, she managed to pass five out of her six bills. She has created an electronic newsletter which keeps her constituents abreast of her activities and those of the legislature. In an effort to ensure that her constituents have a voice, she has held various town hall meetings in her district and around Pinellas County on property taxes, the Lealman fire district and the Pinellas Park Water Management District.
While a member of the Florida Legislature she served on the Military & Veterans Affairs Policy Committee; the Economic Development & Community Affairs Policy Council; the General Government Policy Council; the Insurance, Business & Financial Affairs Policy Committee; the Education K-12 Committee and the Transportation & Economic Development Appropriations Committee.
Janet Long was elected countywide to a seat on the Pinellas County Commission in 2012. Commissioner Long serves on the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority (TBARTA) Board of Directors, the 2016 Pinellas County Charter review Committee, the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA), the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council and the Health and Human Services Leadership board. In addition to her Pinellas County Board of County Commissioner appointments; she also serves as Vice President for the Suncoast Tiger Bay Club, and is on the Largo Medical Center Board of Trustees and the Clearwater Central Catholic Advisory Board.
Janet has been married to her husband, Richard, a retired officer with the Seminole Fire Department, for 37 years. Her daughter is a nurse. Her oldest son was a United States Army Captain and Apache Pilot who recently returned from combat duty in Afghanistan. He now flies for a private company. Her youngest son is a police officer with the City of Clearwater and an Army veteran. She has a daughter-in-law who is a police officer with the City of Clearwater and a Navy veteran and another daughter-in-law who was a state prosecutor for seven years and now works in a private law firm in St. Petersburg. Commissioner Long also has three grandchildren.
Nick attended Florida State University from 1982 – 1985, graduating with a double major in Psychology and Communications. He was the captain of the FSU football team for two years and received the All American designation two years in a row during his time under Coach Bobby Bowden. He went on to a ten year career in the NFL, which included time with the New York Jets, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Miami Dolphins, Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Red Skins. Nick was honored to be chosen as the President of the Players Association for the Southeast region while also serving as the Vice President for the alumni association.
During his development career he has designed various elements within golf courses including, large scale commercial and residential developments as well as resort amenities, town centers and clubhouses. He has a long standing relationship with Greg Norman on course design, both nationally and internationally.
His operational experiences have covered, golf, food and beverage, catering, extended stay and hospitality services in standalone facilities as well as within a resort or country club framework. As an owner and operator of several businesses, including a lumber & construction supply company and a digital lighting distributorship.
Nick has a long, successful track record of capital formation in both traditional and alternative financing. Capital projects funded include personal developments as well as representation for third party developers.
Nick is actively involved in his community, having served as the chair person for the Boys & Girls Club of Sarasota, on the Executive Board for Florida Sheriff’s Ranch and Fire Fighters Benevolent Association. He is currently serving on the Altar Guild and as a Lay Eucharist Minister within the Church of the Redeemer. Nick had the privilege of being a founding member of a cancer foundation on Long Island, NY and is currently working to establish an organization which assists other charities.
Pool Lounge & Prefunction Area
Main Ballroom ~ VIP Lounge
Complimentary Beer, Wine and Premium Specialty Drinks
VIP Stations by Brio, Anise Global and Moe’s
Celebrity / Guest Games (Pool, Black Jack, Craps)
Silent Auction with amazing items
Celebrity Photo Opportunities and Meet & Greet
Complimentary Beer, Wine and Specialty Drinks
Performances by Woody & The Woodtones
Dance Music & Karaoke
Celebrity Meet & Greet
Food stations by Brio, Anise Global, Gaspar’s Patio Bar,
LeeRoy Selmons, Brocato’s, and Moe’s
Dance Music & Karaoke
Auction bidders make final bids on amazing items
More amazing karaoke singers perform
(Other singers are gaining their courage . . .)
Woody & The Woodtones return to the stage
Click above for sponsorship opportunities and below for tickets.
Every ticket purchase receives 2 FREE FOUR (4) WEEK CAMPS TO CAMP GLADIATOR! Being a CG Camper is your ticket to award-winning fitness camps led by expert trainers. Your link and promo code will be sent to you after ticket purchase. Register today!
See below for tickets! For pictures of last year’s event, visit our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/FamilyResourcesTampaBay
Credit card purchases below.
Click VIP Reception Ticket button below to see sponsorship levels and options before purchase. Sponsorships start at only $500 for a VIP ticket for two!
Ticket Benefits: $100
Ticket Benefits: $75