Our charity spotlight for April is for a cause close to my heart. It is also one that we've highlighted before! The STANO Foundation was founded to support our Armed Forces, Veterans, and their families through program-based initiatives focused on enhancing their comfort and quality of life by providing them with a piece of home.
I had the pleasure of speaking with the founder, Paula Stano. She is a single mom of a US Marine who is the inspiration behind this organization. After his enlistment, she quickly learned of how many of our military troops didn’t have any or much support from back home. With her son being stationed overseas, it became painstakingly apparent during the holiday season that these men and women would have to celebrate in either their barracks or maybe a local USO and not with their families. Paula would like to incorporate a program here in the Tampa Bay area where anyone stationed here without family would be able to sign up for a program where they could spend holidays with host families so they didn’t feel so alone. Paula has a great passion of helping others and wants to help our soldiers feel closer to home even when stationed far from their families.
The STANO Foundation is best known for their personalized care packages that they send overseas. They focus on providing a personal, heart felt touch into every package. This is done by asking “what can we do better?” And “what would you like in your care package?” They send out these packages throughout the year, with particularly large shipments during July and before Christmas time. The packages are made possible by item and shipping cost donations from the community. You can view the entire list of requested donation items on their website.
This Thursday, April 4th, Tampa Housewives in the City will be collecting items needed for upcoming care packages: beef jerky, men’s deodorant, or puzzle books at our Ladies Night Out at The Brass Tap - Wiregrass from 5 - 8 pm.
Please visit The Stano Foundation's website for a full overview of their programs and opportunities to support them.
I received tickets to attend Monster Jam World Finals in exchange for this promotion.
As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Monster Jam®, the unexpected, unscripted and unforgettable larger-than-life sport, is proud to announce Orlando, Florida as the first host city in Monster Jam World Finals® new schedule! World class drivers compete in both monster truck racing and freestyle competitions. Monster Jam features the most recognizable trucks in the world including Grave Digger® , Max-D, El Toro Loco® , Monster Mutt® and many more. Monster Jam, City of Orlando and Orange County Officials announced plans for Monster Jam World Finals XX in 2019 and XXI in 2020.
“We are thrilled to announce the next step in the evolution of the Monster Jam franchise as we embark on a new chapter. Like other major sporting events, such as the Super Bowl and the NCAA Final Four, Feld Entertainment will bring our marquee event to world class destinations across the U.S., starting here in Orlando with our 20th Anniversary Monster Jam World Finals,” said Kenneth Feld, Chairman & CEO, Feld Entertainment. “Orlando is a city that is not only a premier sports destination, but it’s a city synonymous with family entertainment. We’re excited to make Monster Jam World Finals accessible to even more fans, with the anticipation of over 50,000 fans from around the world converging on “The City Beautiful.”
“Bringing the Monster Jam World Finals to Camping World Stadium next year is a big deal for Orlando and further proof we are one of the country's premier sports event destinations,” said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. “We’re grateful for our longstanding partnership with Feld Entertainment and can’t wait to see our stadium packed with fans of Monster Jam's premier event.”
"We are thrilled to host the Monster Jam World Finals in Central Florida,” said Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs. “There’s simply no place like Orlando when it comes to a family and fan-friendly environment. We welcome fans from around the world to our great community for this action-packed event.”
“On behalf of our board of directors and community partners, we are looking forward to hosting Monster Jam World Finals in 2019 and 2020,” said Jason Siegel, CEO of the Central Florida Sports Commission. “We want to thank the Feld family for the opportunity to welcome one of their premier events to Camping World Stadium, and we know their fans and athletes will have a tremendous experience here in Central Florida.“
Monster Jam World Finals XX will be held at Camping World Stadium May 10–11, 2019 featuring all-new competition formats, including an elevated starting line above the seats and seven championship crowning moments. The championship weekend will deliver unprecedented access to the most Monster Jam athletes and the larger-than-life Monster Jam trucks they drive. Receive 20% off select seats with code BLOG20. Not valid on VIP seating. Hurry for the best available seats! Code expires May 9, 2019.
For more information, visit MonsterJam.com
Our spotlight non-profit this month is Spark The Way. This Tampa charity sees, serves, and supports young adults, age 18-39, and their families who are affected by cancer. They provide a community that walks alongside fighters, survivors, and caregivers by funding medical bills and living expenses, providing connections and emotional support from their care team, and raising awareness through outreach events. They are not just a resource, but a relationship.
Spark the Way began after founder, Madison Miller, was put into remission from lymphoma. She was diagnosed with cancer at 20 years old, and in that same month, also lost her Grandpa to the disease. Not soon after, her Grandma was diagnosed and is still fighting to this day. Her life was surrounded by cancer, but also by the community she found in her church. Her faith in Jesus and life-giving community was her strength in battle, and were also the parts of the story that gave her the ability to be victorious from the first day of diagnosis. Spark the Way ignites the same faith in the young adult generation that equips them to be fearless and Light-bearing in the face of darkness.
“Young adult” is not usually a thought that comes to mind when someone hears the word cancer, but the world needs to know that a diagnosis is spoken over the life of a young adult every 8 minutes. One of Spark the Way's biggest goals is to create awareness of the young adult cancer generation. They strive to have a presence at every event and festival they can find, as well as host their own night of awareness, the Ignite the Light Gala.
Ignite the Light Gala
Fri, April 26, 2019, 6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
The 4th Annual Ignite the Light Gala is going to be an impactful, empowering night as they share their mission and vision for the young adult cancer community. Come out and enjoy great food and a fancy, fun evening!
To get some sneak previews of the Behind-the-Scenes of Spark the Way's ITL Gala, follow their Instagram or Facebook page.
• 72,000 adolescents and young adults aged 15-39 are diagnosed with cancer, that's one every eight minutes.
• 10,000 young adults die annually due to cancer, that's one every hour.
There are 1M young adult cancer survivors in the United States.
• Of the 14M cancer survivors in the United States, one in 5 is under 40.
• One in 100 US college students is a cancer survivor.
Hi! I'm Diana. I love the beach, my family, chocolate, coffee, and meeting new people. I host monthly events in the Tampa area and cannot wait to meet all of you!