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5,500+ lbs of Food Collected For Domestic Violence Survivors

5,500+ Pounds of Food Collected For Domestic Violence Survivors During CASA’s 2017 Soup-er Bowl

Food Drive Estimated to Provide 5 Months of Non-Perishable Food for CASA

March 14, 2017, St. Petersburg, FL – CASA (Community Action Stops Abuse) held its second annual “Soup-er Bowl Food Drive for a Safe Home” in January and February 2017 to collect non-perishable food for domestic violence survivors in need. What happened when the Tampa Bay community learned about this was amazing.

CASA carries a great responsibility on its shoulders. As the official domestic violence center for southern Pinellas County, Florida, it is a vital safety net for people either trapped in abusive relationships or dealing with the hardships, trauma and danger that may exist even after leaving an abuser. Many people in these difficult situations, including more than 100 children and adults living in CASA’s domestic violence shelter, rely on short-term assistance from CASA to provide nutritious meals for their family.

It is not hard to imagine how incredibly expensive providing for all those people can be. Seeing this difficulty, the generous Tampa Bay community banded together to support CASA’s Soup-er Bowl Food Drive. The result? More than 50 organizations volunteered to help, eventually filling over 200 large boxes with food! They collected enough non-perishable food estimated to last CASA’s domestic violence shelter five full months.

CASA acknowledges the many participating organizations listed below for their tremendous efforts. Among the most generous were CASA’s Soup-er Bowl 2017 sponsors Bare Board Group, Rotary International and media sponsor Tampa Bay Times. Major supporters included Allen Collins Realty, Eagle Asset Management, H&R Block, Pinellas County “Volunteers in Pinellas,” Raymond James, SPC Women on the Way, UF/IFAS Extension Family Nutrition Program, United Way Suncoast and West Pharmaceutical Services.

Of the 50+ supporting organizations, which was the very top contributor of food and volunteers? By CASA’s final count, the 2017 CASA Soup-er Bowl MVP is…. the Raymond James/Eagle Asset Management team led by Sheila King and Carrie Gill!

“Everyone involved has made a huge difference to survivors of domestic violence with their donation of time, food, money and effort,” said John Biesinger, CASA’s Manager of Major Gifts. “Along with all the parents and kids who are enjoying the ‘food security’ they provided, we thank our supporters for their generosity and enthusiasm.”

This year marks CASA’s 40th anniversary serving the community. To learn about CASA’s programs and initiatives, please visit www.casa-stpete.org, email info@casa-stpete.org or call 727-895-4912. For assistance with domestic violence-related issues, please call CASA’s 24-hour hotline: 727-895-4912 (TTY: 727-828-1269). To donate or learn how your financial sponsorship in CASA can provide fresh food to children and adults in need, please visit www.casa-stpete.org/SouperBowl.



Bare Board Group
Rotary International
Tampa Bay Times



Rena Bello, St. Petersburg College Women on the Way
Allen Collins, Rotary Club District Governance & Allen Collins Realty
Nancy Gonzalez, Mustard Seed Bags of Courage
Darlene Gragg, Bikers Against Domestic Violence
Mike Lewallen, United Way Suncoast
Barry Rubin, Gulfport Area Chamber of Commerce
Mark Trujillo, University of Florida IFAS Family Nutrition Program


Allen Collins Realty
Anytime Fitness of South Pasadena
Anytime Fitness of South St Petersburg
Argosy University
Azalea Middle School
Bare Board Group
Bikers Against Domestic Violence
Mrs. Donna Chisholm
Mr. Allen Collins
Comfort Inn & Suites of Clearwater
Dolphin Dental Group
Eagle Asset Management
Eckerd College Service-Learning Office
Fabric Smart
Flanagan's Irish Pub
Mr. Douglas Fisher
Friends of CASA (Anonymous)
Gulfport Chamber of Commerce
Gulfport Welcome Center
H&R Block
Ms. Sharon Harris
Hofbrauhause St. Petersburg
Iberian Rooster
IREP-Independent Real Estate Professionals
Ladies of Tech Data
Ms. Theresa Mathews
Mr. Jay Natkow
Mustard Seed Bags of Courage
Northeast Little League
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Eta Rho Chapter
Pinellas County Attorney's Office
Pinellas County Emergency Management
Pinellas County Sheriff's Office
Ms. Sada Premo
PSC Women of Friendship Community Church
Ms. Roberta Quesnell
Raymond James
Right Around the Corner
Rotary International
Running for Brews
Ms. Desiree Serrano
Sisterhood of Temple Beth El
St. Charles Row Apartments
St. Pete Brewing Company
St. Pete Moving & Storage
St. Petersburg College Women on the Way
Studio Physique
Tampa Bay Times
The 727 Real Estate Team
The Ale and The Witch
The Dentist Place
The Carpet Store
UF IFAS Family Nutrition Program
United Way Suncoast
Volunteers in Pinellas / Pinellas County Human Resources & Volunteer Services
Ms. Judy Wells
Wallace, Welch & Willingham
West Pharmaceutical Services
Working Women of Tampa Bay


Mo Venouziou, mvenouziou@casa-stpete.org

CASA (Community Action Stops Abuse)
www.casa-stpete.org  |  info@casa-stpete.org  |  727-895-4912



  Event Page

  Articles, Press Releases and TV Interviews

  - Article: Soup-er Bowl Results Are In... (March 14, 2017 Press Release)

  - FOX 13 News Video: H&R Block collecting food for CASA Soup-er Bowl food drive (Feb 17, 2017)

  - FOX13 News Video: CASA's 'Soup-er-Bowl' to feed hungry in Pinellas Co (Feb 9, 2017)

  - TBN Weekly Article: Pinellas County food drive set for Jan. 9-Feb. 28 (Jan 6, 2017)

  - Article: First Locations Announced! (Dec. 16, 2016 Press Release)


This year marks the 40th Anniversary for CASA, the official domestic violence center for southern Pinellas County. CASA operates the area’s 24-hour hotline and 100-bed emergency shelter, offers community support groups, provides courtroom advocacy (ex. support navigating the restraining order process), assists the Child Protective Investigative team and conducts community and corporate training. In addition, CASA’s Peacemakers teach anti-bullying and healthy relationship curriculum throughout the Pinellas County school system to end the generational cycle of violence.
CASA’s vision is a community without domestic violence so that home is a safe place. CASA’s mission is to raise our voices against violence through advocacy, empowerment and social change. To learn more visit www.casa-stpete.org, find us on Facebook at facebook.com/CASAStPete or contact us at info@casa-stpete.org / 727-895-4912. For assistance with domestic violence-related issues, please call CASA’s 24-hour hotlines: 727-895-4912 and TTY: 727-828-1269.

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