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Abilities Foundation Newsletter

                                       February 2014 


1 Keystroke = $1! 


Abilities Foundation trustee Ted Corless has an EASY way to raise money for us, and it will cost you only ONE KEYSTROKE! Click here and 'Like' News Munchies with Ted Corless just once! For every new 'Like,' Ted will give the Foundation $1. He just eclipsed 1,000 'Likes' in his quest to raise $2,500. The campaign ends February 14, so please share this with your friends immediately. You'll love Ted's proactive approach to finding practical solutions to polarizing problems. His musings are fuel for your soul, even if the nourishment ingested is explosive. Click here and take a bite out of News Munchies.  



In Memoriam  

and Prayers


It is with sadness that we note the passing of Dorothy Edmunds. Although active and supportive of many charitable organizations and having served as president of the Clearwater Junior League and Fine Arts Society, Dorothy was especially fond of the Abilities Guild, serving as its president from 2000-2001. Click here to read her obituary in the Tampa Bay Times... 


Kindly keep the health of the following friends in your thoughts and prayers: Sonja and Dan Mettee, Gloria Hollingsworth, Eddie Jordan, Nan Tower, Carol Cummings, Marie Kotsch, Kevin Southcott, Darlene Sullivan, Maryellen De Lucia, Lee and Sara Neal, and Tom Pritchard...

Welcome the newest member of the Foun
dation: 7-pound, 6-ounce
Sarah Jean Owens, the third daughter of Scott and Shannon Owens. Mommy and baby are doin
g fine.
Wounded in the Iraq W
ar, Scott's been a valued Foundation spokesman who found employment through the Warrior Bridge Veteran's Job Placement program. He was named a 'Community Hero' by the Tampa Bay Lightning Foundation and designated the $50,000 award to the Abilities Foundation.    

GE Aviation Volunteers Impress

Three teams of GE Aviation volun
teers showed their mettle over the past two weeks, braving all sorts of weather to erect an Armed Forces Flag Salute and lay the foundation for a 26-foot square pavilion at the Abilities Guild Veterans Victory Garden. It began with a groundbreaking ceremony attended by sponsors, Guild officials, and local dignitaries that was captured by TV 10 News, after which volunteers dug holes for five flag poles and eight pavilion posts. They returned two days later to remove sod, frame the pad, mix concrete, and plumb and set the poles and posts. The following week, volunteers redistributed 27 yards of fill dirt for the base of the pavilion using long-handle shovels, iron rakes, and a power plate compactor and set and tied re-bars and wire mesh, all under the watchful eye of a Class-A general contractor. Two days later, volunteers and craftsmen poured and finished 13 yards of concrete, setting the stage for GE Aviation volunteers to notch and affix pressure-treated roof rafters this week. In addition to fielding the labor force for the flag salute and pavilion, the GE Volunteer Foundation awarded us a $5,000 grant for building materials and equipment rentals. We tip our hard hats to the project's volunteers and in-kind donors, including GE employees (many of whom are shown here), JoAnn Catanzaro, Dana Noeske, Patty Horst, Joe Mobley, Bruce Houghton, James Mehltretter, Ceasar lopez, Jon Gotwald, Peter Drouin, Tom Keating, and Deb Jordan. Click here to view photo albums from all four days, and stay tuned for updates.  


February 22nd
Queen of Hearts Ball
poised to delight

All indications are that the 56th annual Queen of Hearts Ball February 22nd at the St. Petersburg Hilton will be a splendid
evening of food, drink, dancing, and pageantry. There is still time to purchase tickets and help the Abilities Guild raise friends and funds for the Veterans Mall in greater St. Petersburg. For information, call Elise Minkoff at 727-422-3301. Click here to learn how the Queen's Court honors women who exemplify service, leadership, and heart. See you there!
Foundation Event Calendar
February 22 
Kid & Kubs Three-Quarter Century Softball Game, North Shore Park 


February 22

Queen of Hearts Ball, St. Petersburg Hilton


April 27

Abilities Guild Installation Brunch

Belleair Country Club 


May 24
Quarter-Century Abilities Wine Tasting & Silent Auction  

Armed Forces History Museum  

To RSVP or volunteer for these events, call Lisa Johnson at 727-600-8911.

Tax-wise planning tip...

Tips on Deducting


You must have a written record of your donation in order to deduct any cash gift, regardless of the amount. That record can be a written statement from the organization or a bank or payroll deduction record that substantiates your donation. The documentation should include the name of the organization, the date, and amount of the contribution. To claim a deduction for gifts of $250 or more, you must have a written statement from the qualified organization that shows the amount of the cash gift or a description of any property given. It must also state whether the qualified organization provided any goods or services in exchange for the gift. Click here for guidelines from the IRS, or call Frank De Lucia at 727-600-8900.