We are so unbelievably excited to tell you about May First Friday!
Save the date : May 2, 2014
First, we will be offering a Clayton Gray Home Mother’s Day registry. Come in Friday night, shop and create your list. Share with your special someone that you have created a registry, or we can contact them for you. When they come in to shop from the registry, they will receive a special discount. We have so many wonderful NEW items to see and ADD to your list!
Next, the ever popular celeb bartender, Nick Peterson will be serving up light and lovely Hibiscus Margaritas in honor of Cinco de Mayo. Yum!
Give Day Tampa Bay is May 6th. Perhaps you have heard of this? A “little” event that has been locally promoted by the likes of, oh.…say, Kevin Bacon and Tim Gunn?! Give Day Tampa Bay is a big, bold opportunity for our community. A partnership between the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay, Florida Next Foundation, and local nonprofits, hundreds (if not thousands) of donors from every neighborhood in our community will come together on a single day to raise significant funds for local needs. Local impact with a national twist. Be a part of the largest giving event in history. Tampa is joining more than 100 communities across the country to raise millions of dollars for the greater good—all on a single day (May 6th) through Give Local America. Everyone can be a philanthropist. Give Day Tampa Bay is asking every person in the community to get behind this effort. Large and small gifts will combine for big impact. It’s time to think big. It’s time to be bold. A single day. Lasting impact. Representatives from Give Day Tampa Bay will be on hand to answer any questions that you may have about the day and how you can help. You definitely want to be a part of this exciting history making event!
Local hero spotlight : Come and meet one of the strongest, toughest and most beautiful women in Tampa. Named one of the Tampa Business Journals 2012 Up & Comers and a member of the Board of Directors for High Hopes in High Heels, she is destined for greatness and to do good. Michelle Boyd DeJong is a young woman with a purpose and a plan. On March 14, 2014, Michelle’s whirlwind “take life by the horns” lifestyle and ambitions came to a screeching halt. Diagnosed with an inoperable AA3 brain tumor, Anaplastic Astroctoma, life suddenly moved in slow motion. Instead of drowning in the sorrows of this diagnosis, Michelle did what she does best, set out to turn this situation into something positive and as a way to give back…to #bethegood. Together, the newlywed duo of Ryan and Michelle DeJong created a Miles For Moffitt race team. This is an annual race dedicated to raising funds for research at the Moffitt Cancer Center. Ryan and Michelle have logged a “few” miles together throughout their dating and married life, so to use their “sport” to benefit the place where Michelle is receiving treatment…it seemed only fitting that this was how she would #bethegood. We will share more about Michelle’s story later in the week. If you are in the Tampa area, you can watch a personal interview with Michelle on WFLA News Channel 8 — Tuesday, April 29th at 6 and 11pm. Come meet Michelle and Ryan at First Friday and learn more about joining and supporting their Miles For Moffitt team — Too Inspired by What’s Transpired. Michelle also has a Facebook author page that you can follow in addition to her webpage On March 14. Michelle is truly an inspiration to us all. #bethegood .
Michael Trefry of michaelJon Photography will be on hand to photograph our event. Michael is a local photographer who has an amazing artistic eye and flare. Specializing in portraits and event photography, his Facebook page and website are full of amazing examples of his work. Check out his “People of Tampa Bay” section of his website for the amazing photographs he has captured of strangers (and some friends) in their natural “habitat”. His albums on Facebook are also incredible. Michael has a way of preserving the natural love and beauty seen in people in every day life. We are thrilled to have Michael at First Friday to document what will be a most amazing evening.
Look forward to seeing you all this Friday, May 2nd!