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Abilities Foundation Newsletter
September 2013
Tax-wise Planning Tip...  
Philanthropy through life insurance  

Another tax-wise method of support of the Foundation is a gift of life insurance, which may be an option for people who no longer need the financial protection of an existing policy. Assigning a life insurance policy to or designating the Abilities Foundation as charitable beneficiary is an easy way to make a substantial gift without reducing current assets. Also, you may qualify for an immediate income-tax deduction. For more information, consult your tax advisor or call Frank De Lucia at 727-600-8900 and seek the guidance of professionals on the Foundation's Planned Giving Advisory Council.  


Foundation scores at Jersey Mike's Subs grand opening 

Customers turned out in droves
at the September 4th grand opening of Jersey Mike's Subs at 2687 Roosevelt Boulevard in Clearwater. Lines out the door were a welcome sight, as each patron made a $1 donation to the Foundation in exchange for a free Jersey Mike's sub. "Our pleasure," said franchisee Jamie Connolly when thanked by
Foundation officials. "Imagine 10 more days of this!" Jamie means that if you missed opening day, you can still get a free sub for a $1 donation with a card available at Abilities while supplies last. Call 727-600-8911 for your free sub card valid at the Clearwater store through Septem
ber 15th.
Many thanks to Jamie and Jersey Mike's Subs for a magnificent gesture. Click here for photos.

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Attention gearheads:

Suncoast Charity Car Showcase Sept 21 

Take an eye-popping and scent-filled stroll throu
gh 'Gasoline Alley' at the Suncoast Speed & Custom Cars Charity Car Showcase 9-3pm, Saturday, September 21 at 440 South Pinellas Avenue, Tarpon Springs. Car collectors and enthusiasts alike will marvel at the huge display of classic, antique, and muscle cars, and enjoy music, a 50/50, and prize drawings and food and drink available for purchase. Admission is free, with proceeds benefiting the Abilities Foundation. "It was very kind of Home Depot's Frank Essex to recommend and Suncoast Speed owners Mike Murphy and Glenn Ramdas to name the Foundation as beneficiary," said Frank De Lucia. "Proceeds will help fund our Veterans Mall -- a storeroom of household essentials given for free to wounded veterans transitioning from homelessness to apartment life." Featured sponsors include The Home Depot, Ferrari of Tampa Bay, Family Dollar, Advance Auto Parts, and Tarpon Tavern. Prize drawings will include a gas BBQ grill, cordless power tools, sports memorabilia, and more. Exhibitors can register their cars for $20 per vehicle in advance or $25 at the door. They will receive food, drink, and drawing tickets, and be eligible for trophies. Click here to register or call Mike Murphy at 727-944-4220x6.  

Scott Owens lands dream job      


Scott Owens, an Army infantryman who suffers from the effects of severe mortar wounds and combat-related stress, has parlayed his patriotism and staunch support for disabled veterans into a dream job with the VA. He's leaving his AbilityOne contract closeout work to begin a new chapter as a veteran's job placement specialist at the Bay Pines VA Hospital. "I loved working at ServiceSource and will be forever grateful for the opportunity and experience the Foundation, Guild, and AbilityOne afforded," Scott said, "but now I get to advance my advocacy and place disabled veterans in jobs." Indeed Scott's a compelling and relentless warrior ambassador -- crusading on Capitol Hill for veterans jobs with Congressmen  and local politicians; addressing military officers, AbilityOne contractors, and the Army Corps of Engineers; appearing in TV and radio interviews; and presenting to area nonprofits. His mind constantly churns, thinking of ways to raise money, refine his speeches, and appeal to business leaders. Here's a person who can not only relate to veterans, but also is living proof that despite combat wounds and stress, one can put his military leadership and technical skills to excellent use. Scott (shown here with Senator John McCain) will continue to volunteer for the Foundation and Warrior Bridge. We wish him the best of fortune.    

Mall serves 400th veteran   


Although the Abilities Guild is on summer hiatus, a group of members, including Virginia Meyer, Dan and Sonja Mettee, and Bill and Gloria Hollingsworth, continue to solicit household essentials and distribute them free of charge to homeless veterans referred by the Bay Pines VA Hospital. The Mall has now helped 400 veterans, whose service eras include Vietnam, Gulf War, Dessert Storm, Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation New Dawn. With the holiday season approaching, supplies of durable household essentials such as dishes, coffee mugs, drinking glasses, flatware, Corningware, baking dishes, towels, blankets, bicycles, televisions, lamps, and job-interview clothes and accessories are dwindling. You can help by donating gently-used items, or making a cash contribution, with which we can take advantage of store discounts and bulk- and tax-free purchases. To donate now call 727-600-8900. Thank you!
Foundation Fundraising Event Calendar    

Sept 6-15 -- Grand Opening of Jersey Mike's Subs, Clearwater
Sept 21  -- Suncoast Speed & Custom Car Showcase, Tarpon Springs
Sept 22 -- Bucs vs. Patriots Charity Drawing at Fat Cat Tavern, Clearwater
Oct 3 -- Spanish Winemaker Meet & Greet and Dinner at Sea Dogs Brewing Company, Clearwater

Call 727-600-8911 for information