Giving back to our community...
Westchase Thanksgiving Food Drive
Join us for our 2019 Thanksgiving Food Drive on Sunday, Nov. 24 at Westchase Elementary from 1-3 p.m. You can participate by donating the items from the list appearing to the right. Click on the image to open a printable PDF of the shopping list!
In 2018 WOW was recognized by ABC Action News as one of 12 Tampa Bay Game Changer for hosting the largest community food drive in Tampa Bay, involving residents across eight Northwest Hillsborough County communities. The drive included or produced:
- 8 Communities
- 6 Business Matchers
- 1,428 Participating Homes
- 5 Tons of Food Collected
- 826 Turkeys Donated
The Great West Chase
The Great West Chase is a popular event hosting a 5K, 10K and Children’s Fun Run on the last Saturday in October. Thousands of runners and scores of generous volunteers and race sponsors come together to raise funds to help local schools with struggling kids.
- $31,000 for Davis Elementary (Title I), 2017
- $26,000 for Davidsen Middle’s ESE and ELE students, 2018
- $33,000 for Woodbridge Elementary (Title 1), 2019
WOW has awarded $305,000 in Great West Chase funds since 2002.
WOW Spring Egg Hunt
The 2019 WOW Spring Egg Hunt raised approximately $3,000 for the Westchase Charitable Foundation while providing a fun afternoon of games and egg hunting for Westchase residents.
WOW is a 501(c)3 charity that publishes the WOW newsmagazine, builds a stronger community by hosting important Westchase events, and supports local scholarships and school grants and makes other charitable contributions
WOW 2018 Charitable Contributions
Over $70,000 Contributed in 2018:
- $12,000 to WOW Sylvester Scholarships
- $10,000 to Lowry Elementary
- $10,000 to Westchase Elementary
- $10,000 to Davidsen Middle School
- $10,000 to Alonso High School
- $9,000 in In-Kind Advertising for Charitable Groups
- $5,000 to Westchase Charitable Foundation (Santa Parade)
- $2,500 to Robinson IB High School
- $2,500 to Walker IB Middle School
- $2,500 to Tampa Jewish Family Services Food Bank
- $2,500 to Hillsborough Education Foundation’s School Supplies for Disadvantaged Classrooms
- $1,300 to Davidsen/Westchase Elementary’s Angel Tree Gifts and Holiday Meals for Disadvantaged Families
- $1,200 to YMCA for Memberships for Disadvantaged Families
- $500 to Boy Scouts for Support of Disadvantaged Troops
- $250 to Jacob’s Touch
Since 2004 WOW has given over $1 million in direct donations to local schools and charities.