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Tampa Bay Woman of the Year Candidates Announced

The Westchase Charitable Foundation Announces the Candidates for Ninth Annual Tampa Bay Woman of the Year.

Mark your calendar! The Ninth Annual Tampa Bay Woman of the Year fundraiser to support the Westchase Charitable Foundation (WCF) is taking place on Saturday, March 2 at the Sheltair jet hangar from 6-11 p.m. It will be a “Fire & Ice” theme and feature live music, delicious food from some of the best local restaurants, complimentary drinks all night, free valet service, tour of private jets, networking, exclusive VIP lounges, 50/50 raffle, silent and live auctions, and more!

The 2019 candidates compete for the title “Tampa Bay Woman of the Year” by inviting their friends to attend the event, collecting silent and live auction items, obtaining in-kind donations, selling sponsorships, and hosting their own mini fundraisers over an eight-week period. The top four women who raise the most money and/or donations are announced live on stage in front of 500 attendees. Each woman can say they had a small part in helping WCF raise funds to continue helping deserving families.

WCF is a 501(c)3 non-profit charity that provides financial assistance to Tampa Bay families who have children battling a serious illness or who are facing a devastating family tragedy. The foundation relies completely on fundraising events, like the Tampa Bay Woman of the Year, as well as private and in-kind donations to help raise funds for its mission. The WCF is unique since most of its operating expenses are funded privately, so 100 percent of the net proceeds go directly to helping families most in need. The foundation is run by a board of directors made up of all volunteers.

The foundation began in 2004 to help a local family with an 8-year-old child battling terminal brain cancer, and its growth is due entirely to the countless supporters throughout our region. Since its inception, the WCF has provided over $500,000 in direct financial grants to families across the greater Tampa Bay area. While the foundation has its roots in Westchase, over 90 percent of the actual grant recipients reside outside of the Westchase area.

Here are a few examples of children and their families that we have been fortunate enough to help this year:

• A family with two teenage daughters, who suffer from an undiagnosed immune disease and spend the majority of their time at Johns Hopkins in Maryland.
• A family with an 8-year-old son who has an extremely rare liver tumor and travels to Texas regularly for the required treatment.
• Families of two fallen Tampa Police officers who left behind spouses with young children all under the age of 12.
• A family who has a a 13-year-old daughter suffering from leukemia and who struggles to meet monthly treatment and living expenses.

We have omitted the children and family names for privacy purposes.

Visit more details and to buy your ticket in support of one of these amazing candidates.

If you have any questions, please contact Trey Corish at (813) 545-8122 or

2019 Candidates

Melanie Atkinson
Cady Baer
Beth Bennett
Sony Brown
Sayh Davis
Kathleen Escobio
Sarina Fazan
Bethenie Garcia
Barbara Griffith
Jessica Hayes
Shannon Hofmeister
Trish Kelly
Alexandra Otero
Lisa Patel
Martina Swift
Ashley Wait
Kelcey Yaeger

By Kimberly Wander


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