At the January 22 annual State of the Port event, Port Tampa Bay President and CEO Paul Anderson (third from left) presents checks of $10,000 each to some local charities. The checks represent proceeds from the ‘Run the Connector’ 5K race, which took place December 28, 2013.
TAMPA, Fla.—Port Tampa Bay is very pleased to announce that several local charities were presented with checks of $10,000 each, at the annual State of the Port event January 22, which was attended by a standing room only crowd of more than 300 port stakeholders and elected officials, at Cruise Terminal 2, in Tampa.
The checks were presented by Paul Anderson, port president and CEO, to the Palmetto Beach Community Association, Support the Troops Inc., the Suncoast Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and to United Way’s Early Learning Initiative. The “Run the Connector” 5K race, which took place on the new, elevated I-4/Selmon Expressway Connector, was a project of Port Tampa Bay and the Florida Department of Transportation, with 1,000 runners.
“This generous gift means so much to the residents of Palmetto Beach. It will go a long way to help address our community’s needs. We thank our neighbor Port Tampa Bay for coordinating this benefit for us,” Jennifer Willman, president of the Palmetto Beach Community Association, said.
“We are so thankful to the sponsors who participated in the very successful ‘Run the Connector’ 5K race, and it is because of their engagement in this event that we are able to present meaningful contributions to some of our area’s most worthy causes,” Paul Anderson, port president and CEO, said.
For information about the Dec. 28, 2013, Run the Connector 5K race and sponsors who participated, visit http://www.runtheconnector5k.com.
Port Tampa Bay supports nearly 80,000 jobs and generates almost $15 billion in annual economic impact. In addition to being a top 10 U.S. cruise port, the port handles a wide array of bulk, break bulk, containers and roll-on/roll-off cargoes, and is a major shipbuilding and repair center. Port Tampa Bay was recently voted “Simply the Best” for world-class customer service in a Logistics Management Magazine reader poll. For more information, visit www.portTB.com. Follow the port @portTampaBay on Twitter and Port Tampa Bay on Facebook.