Tampa, FL- The Children’s Cancer Center held it’s Grand Remodel Reveal on Tuesday, September 22. The Children’s Cancer Center has been serving children with cancer or chronic blood disorders and their families in Tampa Bay area for 41 years. Covelli Family Limited Partnership, franchisee of Panera, LLC, Leo and Anne Albert Charitable Trust, and 13 Ugly Men were honored as valued partners in the renovation of the Children Cancer Center’s building. Over 150 local partners and supporters were in attendance.
Covelli Family Limited Partnership donated $250,000 collected through their Operation Dough-Nation® Community Breadbox™ Program towards the remodel. “This renovation is extremely special to us because it is a gift from our Tampa community of Panera Bread customers” said Kevin Ricci, owner of Covelli Family Limited Partnership. Since 2009, Covelli Family Limited Partnership has contributed $664,074.18 to the Children’s Cancer Center. In 2012, the Panera Bread Knead for Knowledge Scholarship Program was created in an effort to bring a passion for learning to the Children’s Cancer Center by fulfilling 3 different areas of support: College Scholarships, the S.A.I.L. Program (Students Achieving through Integrated Learning) and Transportation needs.
The Leo and Anne Albert Charitable Trust was created by Leo Albert in October, 2007, The Trust mission is “To Help People”. Leo and Anne Albert were longtime residents of Palm Beach, Florida. They were philanthropists and provided support to a number of organizations. Anne Albert died in May, 2005 of bladder cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. Leo Albert died in November, 2007 of prostate cancer that had spread to his spine. The Trust has research projects seeking cures and treatments for the causes of their deaths. Since 2015, Anne and Leo N. Albert Charitable Trust has contributed $100,000 to the Children’s Cancer Center.
13 Ugly Men was created to raise money for local charities through various events, parties, and entertaining planned activities. The 13 Ugly Men first appeared in the Tampa area in the 1990’s as a group of 13 Founding Members who hosted fantastic parties, and wanted to improve our community by giving back. By encouraging Tampa Bay to “Party With a Purpose”, the reputation of the original 13 grew steadily, and by the late 90’s, they were ready to take the next step. Since 2014, 13 Ugly Men has donated $25,000 for the renovation of the basketball court/outdoor area.
About the Children’s Cancer Center
Helping children and families cope. That is the mission of the Children’s Cancer Center, a local non-profit organization dedicated to serving Tampa Bay families of children with cancer or chronic blood disorders. “When a child is diagnosed, the whole family is diagnosed,” explains Children’s Cancer Center Executive Director., Patty O’Leary. “Our mission is to provide these children and their families with the educational, emotional and financial relief necessary to cope with the illnesses which threaten to tear their lives apart.” With 24 programs and services currently helping over 950 families, support is offered to all members of the family and is available throughout every step of their difficult journey – from diagnosis and treatment, to survivorship . . . and sadly, too often, bereavement. While other organizations are committed to finding a cure tomorrow, the Children’s Cancer Center is committed to helping families cope today. They are dedicated solely to being there for each family through this devastating experience. One day at a time. To learn more about the Children’s Cancer Center, its mission, or how you may become part of this important support for Tampa Bay families devastated by Cancer or Chronic Blood Disorders, please visit www.childrenscancercenter.org or contact Kristen Seeley @ Kseeley@childrenscancercenter.org.