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Abilities Foundation Newsletter

                                      December 2013


Santa Dollars are perfect stocking stuffers! 

Ask for them at your local Publix Super Markets 

The Foundation has teamed again with 270 local Publix Stores to sell Santa Dollars. These are actual $1 bills with a 'Santa' seal that covers George Washington's face. The seal is removable, so that the dollar is spendable and bankable, or can be kept as a collectible. It comes with an envelope, colorful Christmas gift card that changes each year, and a real dollar bill. They cost $2.50 plus tax, with $1 going to the Foundation to support veterans services, $1 to the purchaser, and $.50 to cover printing and promotion. The net cost to you is about $1.50, but the reaction you'll get is priceless, as kids of all ages love them. Click here for more info. Since its inception Santa Dollars sales at Publix has netted the Foundation $516,000! 

Event Calendar

Now through December 26
Santa Dollar Sales

270 Local Publix Supermarkets 

December 12
Guild Poinsettia Brunch
Belleair Country Club 

February 22

Queen of Hearts Ball    

St. Petersburg Hilton


May 24
25th Annual Abilities Wine Tasting

Armed Forces History Museum

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

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VOTE on Facebook to help Foundation win up to $40,000


Help us win up to $40,000 by voting on Facebook in Bright House Networks' 12 Days of Giving contest once each day through Dec 13. It's simple: Click here to vote. You must 'Like' the site, allow access to the Vote Contest app to your Facebook profile and enter your e-mail address to ensure that each voter is unique. Bright House will not sell or use any personal information, data and/or email addresses for any purposes other than to ensure you're a unique voter. Please find and vote for the Abilities Foundation, and encourage friends to Send, Share, +1, Tweet, and Like the contest. Many thanks to Bright House and Brian Aungst and Susan Juhl for a great funding opportunity.

24th Home renovation a gem  

Thanks to 60 Team Depot volunteers wor
king non-stop on their day off, a totally and permanently disabled Hispanic female U.S. Army Major with brain injury and her service and therapy dogs now have a safe and wheelchair-accessible home, and can perform activities of daily living with greater independence and dignity. "So many volunteers coming together to work like this on their day off to help a veteran... it's a miracle!," said Nidia Avi´┐Żo (shown here with service dog Lolita). It was a pleasure to partner with The Home Depot Foundation and volunteers from  the Seminole, St. Petersburg, Largo, Pinellas Park, Clearwater, Holiday, Tarpon Springs, and Spring Hill stores in the 2013 Home Depot 9/11-11/11 National Celebration of Service and renovate our 24th home. Special thanks to Behr for donating the paint and Jersey Mike's Subs for donating lunch. Click here for photos. Next up: a home renovation in Pinellas Park for a female U. S. Air Force veteran.    

Queen of Hearts Ball Feb 22  

The Foundation is one of three nonprofits to benefit from the February 22, 2014 Queen of Hearts Ball at the St. Petersburg Hilton. We'll share proceeds with Academy Prep Center and Daystar Life Center from an event that has raised more than $1 million for charities. To expand its base of support and raise more awareness and funds for the Veterans Mall, the Abilities Guild is taking a prominent role in  promoting the Ball, selling tickets, tables, and program ads, donating auction items, and providing volunteers. Watch for your invitation to support this wonderful evening of food, drink, dancing, and pageantry, and be sure to join us. Click here to learn how the Queen's Court honors women who exemplify service, leadership, and heart. For ticket information and sponsor and auction donor opportunities, call Lisa Johnson at 727-600-8911. For information about The Queen's Court, which presents the Queen of Hearts Ball, call Elise Minkoff at 727-422-3301. 
Tax-wise planning tip... 



Gifts of
Cash vs.


We hope you'll consider a year-end gift to the Foundation. Gifts of cash are fully deductible up to a maximum of 50% of your adjusted gross income. And we always welcome cash contributions. However, if you donate stocks or other assets that have gone up in value and you've owned them for longer than 12 months, it's generally more beneficial to contribute stocks than cash. This is because a gift of appreciated stock offers a two-fold tax-savings: first, you avoid paying any capital-gains tax on the increase in value of the stock; second, you receive an income-tax charitable deduction for the full fair-market value of the stock at the time of the gift. For more information consult your tax advisor or call 727-600-8900.