Tampa, FL – The 13 Ugly Men Foundation, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization, is proud to hold their 3rd Annual “Derby Party” at American Social on Harbour Island on Saturday, May 4th, with doors opening at 3 PM. This year’s event proceeds will benefit Community Action Stops Abuse (CASA), the certified domestic violence organization in Pinellas County. CASA provides residential and non-residential services to survivors of domestic violence through their dynamic array of programs which include a 24-hour shelter, legal advocacy, and their Childhood “Peacemaker” Violence Prevention Programs. The event will feature multiple live bands, DJ, TV screens for airing of the race, party tents, live horse, winner’s circle photo booth, food, and more on the beautiful waterfront property of American Social.
WHO: The 13 Ugly Men Foundation choose CASA, Pinellas County’s Certified Domestic Violence Center, as benefiting charity for the men’s organization’s 3rdAnnual Derby Party.
WHAT: The 13 Ugly Men present “The Derby Party”
WHERE: American Social, 601 S. Harbour Island Blvd #107, Tampa FL 33602
WHEN: Saturday, May 4th at 3 PM
“The rapid growth of this event in only its third year really propelled us to elevate the experience for our attendees to make this the best Derby-themed event in the Southeast. American Social really embraced the idea of partnering with us with their entire venue and we are really excited to work together with them,” said Jason Downey, who is the chair of the event. “We have really been embraced by the local community and our sponsors this year such as Jerry Ulm Jeep Dodge, Castellano Cosmetic Surgery, Seminole Hard Rock Casino, and so many others that it’s overwhelming,” said Downey.
“The benefiting charity is always an integral part of the success of the events and as a group of men in this community we feel it is very important for us to partner with organizations like CASA to assist them in fulfilling their mission to ‘Stand up to Silence’ and speak out again domestic violence,” said David Moyer, the foundation’s President.
THE HISTORY OF THE “13 UGLY MEN”
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. In December of 1998, The “13 Ugly Men” Foundation was incorporated in the State of Florida as a 501(c)3 not-for- profit organization. Over the subsequent years, the Foundation has raised in excess of $2,000,000 dollars for deserving charities and causes around Tampa Bay. The Foundation is an ardent supporter of charities and organizations that benefit children’s issues, women’s issues, crisis intervention, law enforcement and our military men and women.
Currently comprised of thirty-three (33) members, the Foundation is led by its Board of Directors, currently numbering seven (7), including the President. The “13 Ugly Men” are proud to operate the Foundation with a 0% administrative over-head, which greatly assisted in the group donating $100,000 to local charities in 2018.
The “13 Ugly Men” have been honored with numerous awards throughout the years, including the Champions for Children Award (2009), presented by Voices for Children, the Business Partner of the Year Award (2012), presented by the Tampa Police Department, and the Tampa Bay Lightning Community Hero Honor (2015).
ABOUT CASA (COMMUNITY ACTION STOPS ABUSE)
CASA provides safety, empowerment and prevention programs to Stand Up To Silence and end domestic violence. It is the 501c3 certified domestic violence center based in Pinellas County, Florida.
CASA operates the area’s 24-hour hotline and emergency shelter, non-residential programs such as support groups, economic empowerment and legal advocacy, Child Protective Investigative Team support and community and corporate training. In addition, CASA’s Peacemakers teach anti-bullying and healthy relationship curriculum to thousands of children each year in the Pinellas County school system.