Category Archives: Fundraising

Paint for Paws raises $3,000 for family pet sheltering at CASA

by ZontaDoris

Feedback on our Paint for Paws fundraiser is ALL positive!

In case you missed our fabulous fundraiser,our purpose was to help CASA, the domestic violence shelter in St. Petersburg, start its family pet sheltering program onsite to keep loving family members–including canines and felines–FULLY together and safe from abuse.

Friday night, two Paint for Paws artists told me, again, more than four weeks after the event, how much they enjoyed the evening. The friends of other Zonta Club members are giving similar praise for the event on October 5 at Painting with a Twist

Here is what we are cheering about: 

  • We sold out Painting with a Twist. The capacity is 55 guests. We actually had more than 55 people there because some of us organizers gave our easels to guests to use.
  • The crew at Painting with a Twist–owner Marvin Gay, manager Joshua French, and art instructor Adrianna Auriemma are wonderful hosts and partners for this kind of event. They kept us informed of our growing reservations list. They helped us plan pre-event how we would set up our food and auction tables. They gave us early access to set up our 25+ auction baskets and food and they adjusted quickly to keep things moving well during the event. Joshua and Adrianna, equipped with different instructional styles, each came across well to the guests.
  • Kathy Scott from CASA spoke to the crowd. She explained that the pet sheltering had been a dream of Linda Osmundson, the former ED who passed away in January 2016 as the new CASA state-of-the-art domestic violence shelter came into being. Room had been set aside for a kennel to be built on the site. The catch was that new money had to be raised apart from the funds for sheltering human survivors of domestic violence.
  • So many businesses and individuals helped underwrite the event with donations of items and services for auction baskets. (See our slider on the home page for the logos of sponsors, supporters, and pals.) We also had plenty of tasty food and wine. Cicis delivered pizza–savory and cinnamon-sweet–and Subway donated sandwiches. We even had a special chocolate cake baked by cake artist Jazmin Demerjian to raise even more money and eat by the end of the evening.
  • We raised over $3,000 for the Zonta Foundation through our raffle sales, silent auction, and donations on our website with our new donations button. Now we are talking with John Biesinger at CASA (Community Action Stops Abuse) to find a good time to present a $3,000 check to CASA to keep domestic violence survivors’ families intact while they are living in the CASA shelter. CASA will become only the 8th DV shelter in Florida to house pets onsite with their families.  
  • We are thrilled with the outcomes we achieved. Thank you to everyone who contributed their time, energy, and money to make it successful. We could not have done it without you!

Picture of brushes from Pixabay

Views expressed in this blog post are mine and may not reflect the stance of the Zonta Club of Pinellas County or Zonta International. — Doris Reeves-Lipscomb


Club = Team this Fall

by ZontaDoris

Back in the humid, hot days of summer we did some strategic planning. But unlike planning efforts that many of us have been subjected to in our work, church, or other activities, our planning paid off!  We produced results!  Continue reading

How Dancing Feet Enabled Hands Across the Bay

Our Pinellas Club experienced a new area of community involvement in October. We sent one of our members to participate in the dance competition (yes, it was Dancing With the Stars) in the annual fundraising event known as Hands Across the Bay.

Hands Across the Bay was developed to positively impact the lives of as many Tampa Bay residents as possible. They assist and mentor hardworking families in need, advocate for change, support other organizations, and spread love with various acts of kindness. Through their work, they inspire our community to become more compassionate, empathetic, and charitable. This year’s beneficiaries were: Kimberly Home of Clearwater, Pinellas Safe Harbor, A Kid’s Place, and the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay.

Our very own Dr. Carole Medvesky was one of ten celebrity dancers. She and her dance pro Richard Roberts worked tirelessly for 8 weeks prior to the October 1, 2016 program to create and rehearse a dynamic hustle routine to the popular tune, “Can’t Stop the Feeling” (Justin Timberlake). We were so proud of her impressive performance as she represented us well.




In addition to the practice sessions, Dr Carole who has her own dentistry practice in Clearwater, FL, asked her patients, friends, colleagues, and family members to VOTE! VOTE! VOTE! Online, that is, FOR HER! Yes, these were votes that could be purchased at $1 each. She raised over $3000 for HATB in this online part of the competition alone. Other means were donations made during the evening of the program and a silent auction. The total amount of funds raised for this year’s event was $270,000.

Dr Carole has expressed her gratitude to all who supported her in this cause. “I feel so blessed, humbled, and grateful to have been a part of this. I loved every minute of the journey. It was a unique opportunity that few people are able to experience. We celebrity dancers bonded with each other, our instructors, and with the wonderful coordinators of the event. There is a great deal of good that this event spreads to our community and I was honored to be involved. I look forward to next year’s program, but hopefully from the audience perspective!”


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Picture of Children Dancing courtesy of OpenClipart-Vectors at Pixabay

Pictures of Dr. Carole Medvesky courtesy of Hands Across the Bay