Leadership Pinellas Hosts Event to Benefit Youth Program; Proceeds Will Serve to Develop Leadership Skills of Young Adults

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Leadership Pinellas Class of 2014 is hosting a fundraiser to benefit many high school-aged youth of Pinellas County in order to foster community involvement through their Youth Leadership Pinellas program.

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Leadership Pinellas, a community-focused program involved in the development of local leaders, will be hosting a fundraiser on September 4, 2014, to benefit Youth Leadership Pinellas, a fully sponsored program through Pinellas County schools. The upcoming event, called “Leaders: Compass in a Storm,” strives to make Youth Leadership Pinellas financially feasible for at least 10 teens who attend a Pinellas County high school. Youth Leadership Pinellas operates from October through May, and participants engage in six full-day sessions plus an orientation retreat and graduation event. Leaders: Compass in a Storm will be held at Clearwater’s Harborview Center in the Winter’s Dolphin Tale Adventure, located at 300 Cleveland Street, Clearwater, Florida, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Executive Director of EasyLiving, Inc. and former Youth Leadership Pinellas graduate, Alex Chamberlain, will be the guest speaker, and the event will be emceed by Bay News 9’s Meteorologist, Diane Kacmarik.

Leadership Pinellas has a commitment to assisting youth in the county, including many of whom may not otherwise be in a position to participate in a program that further develops their confidence and leadership abilities. As a result, the Leadership Pinellas Class of 2014 created Leaders: Compass in a Storm to raise funds for the cause. The theme of the event is hurricane-related and is meant to signify the belief that the importance of good leadership—whether at the approach of a storm or in our daily business and personal lives—is often the factor in success or failure. For those looking to support the Youth Leadership Pinellas event, sponsorship opportunities are available at the following levels:

1.    Cat 4 Sponsor: $1,000
Title Sponsor: Receives name recognition, including logo placement on all printed materials, banners and in all press releases, in addition to six complimentary tickets to event.

2.    Cat 3 Sponsor: $750
Auction Sponsor: Receives name recognition, including logo placement on all auction bid sheets, banners and in press releases, in addition to four complimentary tickets to event.

3.    Cat 2 Sponsor: $500
Food & Wine Sponsor: Receives name recognition, including logo placement on banners and in press releases, in addition to two complimentary tickets to event.

4.    Cat 1 Sponsor: $250
Ticket Sponsor: Receives name recognition, including logo placement on banner, in addition to one complimentary ticket to event.

5.    Tropical Storm Sponsor: $100
Business Sponsor: Receives name recognition, including logo placement on banner.

During the event, attendees will be able to view rebuilt scenes from Dolphin Tale, movie images, and a variety of actual props used in Dolphin Tale.

Cocktails and heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served, and there will be live music. Admission costs are $45 per person, or $80 per couple.

Since the inception of Youth Leadership Pinellas in 1998, hundreds of Pinellas County students have graduated from the program, taking valuable life lessons to college and from there, into the workplace.

For more information about Leadership Pinellas, visit http://www.leadershippinellas.com.

About Leadership Pinellas:

Leadership Pinellas provides a variety of venues by which interested citizens can better understand important community functions—some current or impending—and how they can become involved in helping to find solutions. The program offers the community a continual source of men and women who are motivated to assume leadership positions in civic, social, professional and charitable institutions. The mission of Leadership Pinellas is to develop and enhance community leadership by providing a diverse group of emerging and existing leaders with the opportunity to increase their community knowledge and civic network, and perpetuate their service to the community. Visit http://www.leadershippinellas.com.

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