Wine Tasting Member Social

bpw-ywca-pcJoin BPW on Friday March 24th from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at American Spirits – 230 3rd St S for member social with proceeds benefiting the YWCA of Tampa Bay. The cost is $10  to attend so please bring your friends, colleagues, clients any anyone who enjoys wine. If you need further details, please email

December’s Philanthropic Endeavor: Christmas Toy Shop

December’s Philanthropic Endeavor: Christmas Toy Shop.

Please bring a brand new unwrapped toy to either BPW Meetings in December 1st or December 15th.

History: The Christmas Toy Shop originated in 1921. It was organized in 1952 at the request of The Community Welfare Council to coordinate the efforts of clubs, agencies, and individuals in toy giving. The Christmas Toy Shop was chartered by the City of St. Petersburg in 1959. Since then, many disadvantaged children in south Pinellas have received gifts to help them experience the excitement and joy of the holiday season.


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Linda Owen and Karen Hale from The Christmas Toy Shop

GUEST SPEAKER for December 15th.

The Christmas Toy Shop originated in 1921. It was organized in 1952 at the request of The Community Welfare Council to coordinate the efforts of clubs, agencies, and individuals in toy giving. The Christmas Toy Shop was chartered by the City of St. Petersburg in 1959. Since then, many disadvantaged children in south Pinellas have received gifts to help them experience the excitement and joy of the holiday season.

Purpose: Our goal is to provide toys during the Christmas holiday to less fortunate children in lower Pinellas County so that they can experience the joy and excitement of the holday season.

The CHRISTMAS TOY SHOP PROJECT, INC. is a non-profit, all volunteer organization with the goal of providing both new and refurbished toys to less fortunate children in South Pinellas County.

Since originating in 1921 the Christmas Toys Shop has served thousands of families in need. In 2011 we served over 2,350 children with toys and gave out over 510 bikes and trikes.

Ways to Help: Volunteers are always welcome during the hours Monday through Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to sort, wash, repair, paint and pack toys. This includes individuals, corporations, churches, community service clubs, students who need community service hours to fulfill Bright Futures requirements and anyone else who is interested. Call 727-898-3962 or email


Please bring new & unwrapped toy. Ages 0-12 years old with a much need for older children between 8 to 12 years old. Books, sports equipment, purses, hair dryers, Fisher Price toys, remote control cars are just suggested items. 

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November’s Philanthropic Endeavor: St. Petersburg Free Clinic

November’s Philanthropic Endeavor: St. Petersburg Free Clinic. Please bring items to the next meeting, November 17th and BPW will deliver. If you would like to drop off directly, below is more information.

Maintaining a healthy diet can be challenging for anyone but when that is paired with low income and a major medical need, it can be a daunting task. Our neighbors in need with diabetes are facing just that challenge. To help serve this need in our community we are seeking donations of diabetic friendly food items to distribute through our We Help Services Food Pantry.

Healthy Food Item Suggestions:
no sugar-added oatmeal
low-fat, no sugar-added, whole grain cereals
low-fat, low-sugar, peanut butter
low-sugar or no sugar-added preserves, jam or jelly
low-fat, low sugar, salad dressings
white tuna in spring water
low-sodium red or black beans
dried beans
brown rice
extra-light olive oil
balsamic vinegar
Donations of all non-perishable food & personal hygiene items are accepted and appreciated.

Donations are accepted at the back loading dock of our main building Monday – Friday, 8am to 3:30pm. If you have donations in a large volume please call prior to drop off so we can make sure there is ample support to unload your donation.

863 3rd Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL 33701


BPW/ST. Petersburg-Pinellas Scholarships – DEADLINE EXTENDED TO OCTOBER 1st!

Are you or a woman you know going to school or continuing or starting a certification program?  The Connie Passmore Scholarship makes awards directly to women, age 21 or over, who live, work or go to school in the Tampa Bay area, who demonstrate achievement, need and well-defined educational goals and who are attending an accredited program or a program recognized by the licensing agency in the certification area. Several awards between $250 and $750 are made each year.

The application deadline is October 1st and all completed forms should be mailed to BPW/St. Petersburg-Pinellas, P.O. Box 1063, St. Petersburg, FL 33731-1063 so as to be received by the deadline. Checks will be distributed in December. Applications for certificate programs allow for non-traditional start times.

Please share this information with anyone you know who might be interested.

Support the BPW Philanthropy Effort

Please join us on December 17th as we hear from Ms. Julie M. Bostick, CFRE Director of Annual Giving, for the St. Pete Free Clinic, on their mission and ever expanding needs to help support our community.

Their current “wish list” for the holidays includes:

♦ Personal hygiene items (soap, toothpaste/brush, deodorant, shampoo, etc.)

♦ Low fat/no sugar foods such as oatmeal, whole grain cereals, peanut butter, preserves, jam or jelly, and salad dressings

♦Additional food items such as white tuna in spring water, low-sodium red or black beans, lentils, dried beans, brown rice, extra-light olive oil, and  balsamic vinegar.

♦ Donations of any other non-perishable foods

Ms. Bostick has been working in the nonprofit sector for over 14 years working in environmental conservation, higher education, and health and human services. Examples are positions in fundraising at the Ocean Conservancy in Washington, DC and St. Petersburg, FL, The University of Tampa, and she is currently Director of Annual Giving at St. Petersburg Free Clinic.

She graduated with a degree in history from the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, VA and holds certificates in Nonprofit Management from The University of Tampa and in Fundraising Management from the Indiana University School of Philanthropy. She has also earned the credential of Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE).

She previously lived in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Virginia, and now resides in Largo, Florida with her husband, stepdaughter and infant son.

Let’s all show our support and welcome Julie to tell us about how we can all contribute towards a successful community Free Clinic!


CASA Kicks off Domestic Violence Month

Please join us for our regular membership meeting on October 1st as we direct our attention to Domestic Violence Month while welcoming the interim director of CASA, Shandra Riffey. CASA (Community Action Stops Violence) exists to help those in need by offering a safe place for all genders and families in southern Pinellas County.

Providing services such as safety, crisis intervention, advocacy, training, and prevention, the ultimate goal is to eliminate domestic violence forever by brining hope, independence, and peace to families.

Her program this month will focusing on CASA as much more than a shelter, and will include the history of the organization, the multitude of services they provide, and will highlight how you can help in a variety of ways.

Shandra previously served as Executive Director of Lee Conlee House, a domestic violence shelter in Putnam County, Florida from 2001-7 and Executive Director of Micah’s Place, a domestic violence center in Nassau County, Florida from 2007 – 2014. Ms. Riffey has served on the Executive Committee of the Florida Coalition against Domestic Violence (FCADV) Board of Directors since 2007 and served as Chairperson from 2009 -2011. She has also served as FCADV’s Legislative Committee Chair and Standards’ Committee Co-chair. Shandra has extensive experience in non profit organizational re-structuring, fundraising and building collaborations.

Don’t miss this important and enlightening program!

Shandra Riffey

Transitions: From NFL Tough Guy to Community Patron

John Gilmore, Jr. has always been driven to succeed. Making it to the NFL as a professional football player is a testament to his talent, drive, and ambition. Yet he was smart enough to know that he needed to be prepared for life after football.

As a result, he successfully transitioned from pro sports to entrepreneur, philanthropist, and coach for other professional athletes, helping them to prepare for their own successful transition from the field to a lifetime of community involvement. For John, giving back is a lifestyle.

Join us on Thursday, August 20th to hear John tell us a bit about his own transition, while focusing on one of the many organizations he plays a major role in-the Centre for Women in Tampa. As Director, John is passionate about the Centre’s mission of helping women, girls, families, and seniors in need.

John is an active board member of Family-Resources and Bridgilance, and he also co-established the Gilmore-Henne Community Fund, building recreational facilities in his native Berks County, PA. When he’s not giving back across the country, he leads his business team at Gilmore Brands. A parent for several individual companies, he focuses on sports memorabilia and wearables, and creates a lifelong brand for the professional athletes he serves. John helps others use their celebrity for the good of the communities they live in, and shows them how to secure their own future beyond professional sports.

We’re excited to have our first-ever professional football player turned businessman tell us a little about his life and the organizations he supports. You won’t want to miss this one!

John Gilmore, Jr.

Support the Girls!

Each year at state conference there is a bra decorating contest to raise awareness and funds for the Louise Miller Breast Cancer fund. BPW St. Petersburg-Pinellas has won a few awards in years past for the beauty and creativity of our entries. This year, we’ll meet a the offices of Janssen and Igar 1626 38th Ave N, St Petersburg, FL 33713 to decorate on Sunday, June 7th at 11 AM. We’ll bring supplies but feel free to bring any thing that might help including glue/glue guns, sequins, feathers, silk flowers, buttons, findings, and beads.

Add to the BPW/St. Petersburg-Pinellas Gift Basket

One of the highlights of this year’s BPW State Conference is the Saturday Night installation Banquet which includes a silent auction to raise money for our education foundation. Each local organization will donate a gift basket for the silent auction that is full of local “flavor” from our various communities around the state. We have a basket and some items to start but we need more. If you have items or are willing to collect some for the basket, please email Amy at and we’ll make arrangements to get the items from you.  If you’d like to make your own donation to the foundation, click here to visit and donate.