TAMPA – Thanks to the caring spirits of Shells owner David Canady and the volunteers who not only took food and drink orders but also donated their tips for a cause they believed in, Celebrity Server Night was a success.
Nearly $3,000 was raised in the minifundraiser at the restaurant, 2101 E. Fowler Ave., and will go toward the purchase of a new air conditioner at the Liberty Manor for Veterans in Tampa. It provides temporary housing and resources toward self-sufficiency to homeless, honorably discharged veterans who have fallen on hard times.
Celebrity servers included Cheri Donohue, retired Greater Temple Terrace Chamber of Commerce executive director; Temple Terrace Mayor Frank Chillura; Captain Al (Taylor), morning traffic reporter for ABC Action News; Mark Cotney, No. 33 and safety on the 1976 original Tampa Bay Buccaneers; and Daniel Ruth, a Tampa Bay Times columnist.
“The support has been phenomenal. Some people gave $100 tips and others wrote some good-sized checks,” said David Long, who spearheaded a campaign last month to raise money toward the purchase a new AC system for the manor, estimated to cost $12,000.
Contributions to date amount to about $8,000. Donations, made payable to Liberty Manor, can be mailed to P.O. Box 274081, Tampa, FL 33688 or sent in care of David Long to 8834 N. 56th St., Suite C, Temple Terrace, FL 33617.
To learn more about the nonprofit organization, visit www.libertymanor.org or call Long at (813) 988-4656.