CLEARWATER — At a recent reception in the Murray Theatre at Ruth Eckerd Hall, Nancy and David Bilheimer were honored for their $2.5 million gift as part of Ruth Eckerd Hall’s ongoing Expanding the Experience fundraising campaign.

In recognition of the donation, the Capitol Theatre in downtown Clearwater will be named the Nancy and David Bilheimer Capitol Theatre.

The gift will enable the Marcia P. Hoffman School of the Arts at Ruth Eckerd Hall to expand and secure its arts education programs, laying the foundation to build an education endowment for future generations through further fundraising efforts in the community.

“Nancy and I understand the importance of arts education for children and we are thrilled to be a part of the Marcia P. Hoffman School of the Arts,” said David Bilheimer. “Education and access are vital for our community.”

“This generous gift from Nancy and David will be the cornerstone to ensure the children of our community has access to quality arts education for years to come,” said Susan Crockett, Ruth Eckerd Hall acting president and CEO. “On behalf of the entire staff at Ruth Eckerd Hall and our Board of Directors, we are deeply grateful and humbled by their example.”

“The Bilheimers personify all that is good and kind and generous in our community. We are extremely thankful to Nancy and David for their generosity and commitment to The Marcia P. Hoffman School of the Arts and to children across the entire Tampa Bay area,” said Suzanne Delaney, chief development officer and vice president of development.

For information and to make a donation, visit www.RuthEckerdHall.com or call 727-791-7400.

Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber names Tourism Person of the Year

ST. PETE BEACH — The Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce celebrated its annual Tourism Luncheon on May 10 at the TradeWinds Island Grand Resort. During the event, Dannette Lynch was announced as the 2019 Tourism Person of the Year.

Dannette is the director of membership for the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association and has worked with FRLA for 12 years. Prior to her position with FRLA, she served as the hospitality education director at the St. Petersburg/Clearwater Area Convention and Visitors Bureau for eight years where she developed training and hospitality programs for the tourism industry throughout Pinellas County.

Previous Tourism Person of the Year Award winners include Commissioner John Morroni, Brian Aungst Sr., Tony Satterfield, Tim Bogott, Clyde Smith, Keith Overton, Gregg Nicklaus, Steve Westphal, Frank Chivas, Nicklaus Family and Maryann Ferenc.

For information, email Jessica Morrow at jessica@tampabaybeaches.com or visit TampaBayBeaches.com.

American House Senior Living Communities holds groundbreaking

ST. PETERSBURG — Michigan-based American House Senior Living Communities, in partnership with Prevarian Senior Living, recently broke ground for its newest community at the northeast corner of Ninth Avenue and 66th Street in St. Petersburg.

When completed, the facility will feature 165 units and be the eighth American House Senior Living property in the state of Florida.

Burlington opens new location in Clearwater

CLEARWATER — Burlington Stores, a national off-price retailer, will open a brand new store May 24 at Clearwater Mall, 2669 Gulf to Bay Blvd., Clearwater.

The store will offer brand-name merchandise for the entire family and home, all at amazing everyday low prices.

“We are thrilled to open a new Burlington in Clearwater,” said Tom Kingsbury, CEO and chairman of Burlington. “This new location brings jobs to the community, and provides a great shopping experience for the entire family. Whether they’re looking for brand-name clothing, stylish home décor items, or anything for baby, customers will enjoy significant savings and discover new merchandise arrivals each week.”

A ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place Friday, May 24, 8:45 a.m. At 9 a.m., the store will open to the public. On Saturday, May 25, the store will open at 9 a.m. and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., customers are invited to take part in a grand opening event featuring gift card giveaways, kids’ activities, a DJ and more.

This new Burlington store has hired approximately 75 associates.

Nickel Ride to relaunch electric car fleet

ST. PETERSBURG — The Nickel Ride, a free on-demand electric rideshare company, recently announced its plan to relaunch its fleet of six electric cars in its St. Petersburg location and replace them with 2019 Nissan LEAFs.

The Nickel Ride has operated in St. Pete since August 2018. Since the launch, the company has received support from a multitude of local organizations, include Car Free Living St. Pete and the PSTA, who have helped increase the awareness of the free rideshare service. After 10 successful months, the company has experienced a significant increase in ridership, which was a driving factor behind enhancing its fleet of Nickel Rides. This strategic decision will ensure that The Nickel Ride can keep up with the growing ridership demands as well as improve the ROI of its Advertisers who leverage the company for its unique digital platform and out of home advertising business model.

“St. Pete is our highest performing markets and the growth we’ve experiences these past 10 months has proven that we needed to scale our operations to keep pace with the growing demands from our Riders and Advertisers” said Judah Longgrear, founder and CEO of The Nickel Ride. “My team and I decided it was time to make additional investments into the city that has supported our mission and vision since the day we launched. We’re very excited to bring a better rideshare for all to the St. Pete community.”

DEP presents Recycling Recognition Award to C&D Printing and Packaging

ST. PETERSBURG — The Florida Department of Environmental Protection recently presented a Recycling Recognition Award to C&D Printing and Packaging, recognizing the company's outstanding reuse efforts and commitment to Florida's environment and recycling goals.

Mary Yeargen, DEP Southwest district director, visited the C&D office to present the award and to commend the company's 76% recycling rate.

"DEP’s vision is to create strong community partnerships, to safeguard Florida’s natural resources and enhance its ecosystems," said Yeargen in a press release. "DEP cannot protect the environment alone. We need support and service from businesses, citizens, community groups, etc. C&D Printing and Packaging is an example of a community partner dedicated to helping us and all of Florida achieve a shared vision for a healthy, sustainable environment."

Maintaining an environmentally sustainable business is one of C&D Printing and Packaging's core values. The company's waste reduction efforts include recycling 100% of all paper, cardboard, aluminum and plastics at their facility. Additionally, the company utilizes vegetable-based inks and the printing industry's most environmentally friendly printing press.

"We only get one planet, and it’s our job to take care of it," said Bill Serata, owner of C&D Printing and Packaging. "We know the impact the environment endures from waste that ends up in our waterways and landfills, so we want to be a part of the solution.”

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa to host job fair

TAMPA — Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa will host an open-call Job Fair Tuesday and Wednesday, June 4-5, with the goal of hiring as many as 1,200 new full-time, part-time and on-call team members.

The new positions are the result of the $700 million expansion of Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa, which is already Florida’s largest casino, set for completion in October.

Check-in for the open call job fair will begin at 9 a.m. on both days and continue until 2 p.m. Applicants will check-in at an air-conditioned tent located on the north parking lot of the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa complex at East Hillsborough Avenue and Orient Road. Candidates may participate in on-the-spot interviews and receive immediate job offers.

Positions will include cooks, restaurant staff, beverage servers, custodial staff, security officers, casino and hotel staff, and more. Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa offers a benefits package, including health care benefits, complimentary team member meals, 401k and advancement opportunities. A complete list of available positions can be viewed online at seminolehardrocktampa.com/nowhiring.

Applicants are encouraged to submit applications before the job fair online or by texting the word CASINO to 97211. Candidates should dress for success and bring their resumes plus a valid ID.

The job fair is the first of several planned during the summer, as the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa expansion project nears completion. Candidates who are unable to attend June 4 or June 5 should monitor the website for future hiring event dates.

Fuccillo Automotive Group celebrates new location

CLEARWATER — Fuccillo Automotive Group recently relocated its Fuccillo Nissan of Clearwater dealership to a new location at 15232 U.S. 19 N., Clearwater.

To mark the official grand opening of the new state-of-the-art NREDI 2.0 facility, Fuccillo hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony May 17. Festivities continued May 18-19.

“We’re excited to celebrate the grand opening of our new facility with everyone in Clearwater and the greater Tampa region,” said Billy Fuccillo Jr., owner of Fuccillo Nissan of Clearwater. “We look forward to continually exceeding our clients’ expectations in pricing, technology, amenities, speed and convenience.”

Fuccillo Nissan of Clearwater first opened in March 2017 at 15299 U.S. 19 N., Clearwater, FL – across the highway from its new location. The new 45,000-square-foot facility is one of a few in the nation made under the Nissan Retail Environment Design Initiative.

For information, visit www.nissanofclearwater.com.

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