On February 24th, we invite you to honor local Tampa Bay and Florida area paratroopers who have served in all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces.
The inaugural charity event, HEAVENDROPt Honors Angels of the Sky, will help HEAVENDROPt and our parent organization, Evergreen Life Services, support our mission of providing people with disabilities and wounded warriors with specific but transferable, job training and employment opportunities.
HEAVENDROPt has created jobs that provide competitive wages for individuals with intellectual disabilities, physical disabilities and veterans with disabilities through partnerships with other organizations such as the Louise Graham Regeneration Center in St. Petersburg, Florida.
The event will be on February 24, 2017, from 5:30pm to 9pm. It will be held at the Bayou Club (7979 Bayou Club Blvd, Largo, FL). The event will feature a cocktail reception (free drink with your dinner ticket) beginning at 5:30 p.m. offering hors d’ oeuvres and a cash bar. There will be networking, silent auction, fun activities and most of all the chance to meet our honorees. Dinner and the event program will follow to recognize the paratrooper honorees and will include a live auction.
The 2017 Paratrooper Honorees
- Sergeant Paul Ameida, U.S. Army, Veteran
- Capt. Norm Bild, U.S. Air Force, Retired
- Specialist Ingrid Brown, U.S. Army, Veteran
- PFC Pat Czwartacki, U.S. Army, Veteran
- Sergeant Herb Hawkins, U.S. Army, Veteran
- Corporal Keith Hutcheson, U. S. Army, Veteran
- Sergeant First Class Patrick Ramirez, U. S. Army, Retired
- Senior Chief Leonard Waugh, U.S. Navy Seal, Retired
Special Presentation on Andrew H. Hines, Jr.
Hear the story of this World War II hero, shared by his son, Brad Hines.
Andrew H. Hines Jr. is a World War II veteran, former president of Florida Power Corporation, and retired chairman of Progress Energy, Inc. Raised in Lake City, the son of a sawmill operator, he attended the University of Florida graduating with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. During World War II he served as a commissioned Army Air Force officer flying missions in Europe. Shot down over Hungary, Hines was a prisoner of war in several German prison camps known as “Stalags.”
Ways to Support the Fundraiser
Buy a ticket or purchase a table:
You and your family, friends and/or colleagues can come meet the veterans we are honoring enjoy networking, happy hour, dinner and a program of events.
Your business or organization will receive recognition at the event, media promotion, complimentary tickets or table(s) to the event, and more! Please review the Sponsorship Packet for more details on the levels and their benefits.
Opportunities are available in the planning phases and day of the event.
Your support means that we can provide meaningful jobs to more people with intellectual disabilities, physical disabilities and veterans with disabilities. While we don’t disclose the disabilities of any individual worker, you are providing support for people with Down syndrome, Fragile X syndrome, Autism, blindness/visual impairment, PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injury and many others.
Feel free to CONTACT US with any questions regarding tickets, sponsorship options for supporting our mission and honoring veterans, volunteering, and/or media inquiries/press packets.