Ryan Nece and other professional athletes among 175 volunteers at University Area Community Center event
400 families in need from the Tampa Bay community will come together at the University Area Community Center to receive a Thanksgiving meal, along with 1,200 boxes of essential food and hygiene items. The Ryan Nece Foundation “Power of Giving Thanksgiving Celebration” provides families the opportunity to be seated and served a restaurant-style dinner so they can enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving dinner together.
Along with the Ryan Nece Foundation and the University Area Community Development Corporation, partners in this event include Sweetbay Supermarket, Metropolitan Ministries, Feed the Children and Shutterbooth. Local band Phase 5 will provide entertainment for the evening. Nece, along with current Buccaneers Andrew Economos, Sammie Stroughter, and Dekoda Watson, are scheduled to attend the celebration during which time they will greet families, sign autographs and take photos.
Holidays are particularly difficult for families in need, especially for the children. The Ryan Nece Foundation “Power of Giving Thanksgiving Celebration” not only provides food and supplies, but also delivers a fun and dignified celebration. UACDC’s partnership in this event is one of the many ways to offer support for families in need throughout the Tampa Bay community.
WHEN: Tuesday, Nov. 13, 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.
WHERE: University Area Community Center – 14013 North 22nd Street; Tampa, FL 33613
WHO: 400 individuals along with their immediate family members.
Individuals and their families that attend are referred by select non-profit organizations and other groups that serve at-risk families. Participants must RSVP and are given a voucher and seating time. Event is NOT open to the public. Members of the media are invited to attend, interview participants, volunteers and celebrity guests.
The University Area Community Development Corporation, Inc. (UACDC) is a 501(c)(3) public/private partnership whose mission is children and family development, crime prevention, and commerce growth. Its primary focus is the redevelopment and sustainability of the at-risk areas surrounding the Tampa campus of the University of South Florida. The UACDC was named nonprofit of the year for public and societal benefit by the Tampa Bay Business Journal in 2011 and 2012. It is headquartered in the University Area Community Center Complex, owned by Hillsborough County and operated by the UACDC, which is located at 14013 North 22nd Street in Tampa. For more information about UACDC, please visit www.uacdc.org or call Sue Hutson at 813-558-5212.