Children’s Home Network Hosts The 36th Annual Golf Classic and Luau Benefitting at-risk Children and Families in Tampa Bay and Surrounding Communities

The Children’s Home Network is hosting The 36th Annual Golf Classic and Luau presented by Advanced Drying Systems on November 4-5, 2018 at the Feather Sound Country Club located at 2201 Feather Sound Drive in Clearwater, Florida.  All golf spots have been filled, but tickets to the Luau are still available. Event proceeds will benefit local children who are victims of abuse, neglect and abandonment.

The 36th Annual Golf Classic and Luau is one of the organization’s biggest annual events, positively impacting the lives of nearly 25,000 at-risk children and families in Tampa Bay and surrounding communities. This year’s top sponsors include Advanced Drying Systems, Publix, Absolutely Amazing Refinishing, Karl Flammer Ford, Hooters, Sunshine Health, and Dex Imaging. 

The event kick-off will take place on November 4th with a tropical themed Luau. Guests will enjoy an unforgettable evening of entertainment, delicious food, complimentary cocktails and great silent and live auction items. The event continues on November 5th,  as participants tee off on the green for a fun day benefitting the children and families served by the Children’s Home Network.

The Luau will take place on November 4th from 5:00-8:30 pm at the Feather Sound Country Club in Clearwater. Individual tickets may be purchased for $50 by visiting the following link:

Children’s Home Network Receives a Grant as Part of Cultivating Healthy Communities Program

Program to address the self-care of Kinship grandparents and caregivers utilizing the $100,000 awarded through the Aetna Foundation

The Children’s Home Network has been selected as a grantee in the Aetna Foundation’s Cultivating Healthy Communities program and was awarded a $100,000 grant to implement self-care support for Kinship grandparents and caregivers who are raising children that are not their own.

The Cultivating Healthy Communities program awarded more than $2 million in grants to 23 nonprofit organizations to advance the Aetna Foundation’s mission to improve health at the local level. Grants will support projects that will address social determinants of health such as improving access to healthy foods, promoting safe public spaces, and reducing exposure to air contaminants. The grantees were chosen based on the strength of their strategies to improve the health of their communities, with an emphasis on resident-led and policy focused initiatives.

The Kinship program at the Children’s Home Network is open to families in Hillsborough, Orange, Osceola, Pasco, Pinellas, and Seminole Counties who are grandparents or other relative caregivers raising a family member's child(ren). Kinship offers support by helping families connect to resources, expand family support systems, and reduce stress to promote family stability. The project comes at a critical time for Kinship caregivers, when approximately 6 million children are raised by relatives in the United States (4.5 million with grandparents).  Thanks to the Aetna Foundation, the 24 month grant will implement a Peer to Peer approach to promote self-care goals for grandparents whose needs are often neglected due to their caregiver duties.

Larry Cooper, Chief of Intervention and Preventative Services at the Children’s Home Network states, “Grandparents and caregivers are stepping in to raise children that would otherwise be placed into foster care. These grandparents are immediately overwhelmed and faced with obstacles and challenges that they don’t know how to navigate. They wonder what’s going to happen next, how do they keep the children safe, what are their rights and how should we handle certain situations. During these difficult times are when the Kinship program is there to offer support and guidance.”

“The Aetna Foundation is committed to addressing the social determinants of health in order to reduce health disparities,” said Dr. Garth Graham, president of the Aetna Foundation. “By identifying community-specific challenges, and unique ways to combat them, this year’s grantees are a shining example of organizations who strive to make a measurable and positive local health impact. We are honored to contribute to the great work they are doing in pursuit of health equity.”

This funding addresses the need to improve opportunities for all Americans—regardless of income, education or ethnic background—to take an active role in living healthier lives. For more information on the Cultivating Healthy Communities program visit, visit


About the Aetna Foundation

The Aetna Foundation is the independent charitable and philanthropic arm of Aetna (NYSE:AET). As a national health foundation, we promote wellness, health, and access to high-quality health care for everyone. This work is enhanced by the time and commitment of Aetna employees, who volunteered 520,000 hours in 2017 alone. For more information, visit



Columbus, OH—(September 17, 2018)—Big Lots announced today it is celebrating the grand opening of its Tampa store in its new location on Friday, October 5, 2018. This store will reflect a new format, which is part of a broader initiative to re-position the brand as a community retailer offering trustworthy value and friendly service. As part of the celebration, Big Lots will host a grand opening ribbon cutting ceremony at 8:30 a.m. on October 5. The first 50 shoppers entering the store on October 5 and October 6 will receive a reusable shopping bag filled with tasty treats from Big Lots. In addition, the company will kick off donation program benefiting the Children’s Home Network. Big Lots will donate five dollars to the local charitable organization each time a BIG Rewards loyalty member redeems their rewards at the Tampa store over a six-week period (October 5-November 17).

“We are excited to introduce our new store format to Tampa,” stated Steve Haffer, senior vice president chief customer officer of Big Lots. “It brings to life our new brand traits and showcases our product assortments of affordable solutions in Furniture, Seasonal, Home, Food, and Consumables. We are also very proud to serve alongside the Tampa community with our support of the Children’s Home Network.”

The new store, located at 12601 Citrus Plaza, Tampa, FL 33625, will be a showcase for the continued roll out of a new store layout and design across all Big Lots stores, both in new builds as well as in redesigns at existing locations. Big Lots will host local dignitaries, representatives from the Children’s Home Network and other community guests at the ribbon cutting.

To learn more about Big Lots or set up an interview with a company representative, please contact Shannan Bunting, (312) 493-0479.

About Big Lots, Inc.

Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Big Lots, Inc. (NYSE: BIG) is a community retailer operating more than 1,400 BIG LOTS stores in 47 states, dedicated to friendly service, trustworthy value, and affordable solutions in every season and category – furniture, food, décor, and more. We exist to serve everyone like family, providing a better shopping experience for our customers, valuing and developing our associates, and creating growth for our shareholders. Big Lots supports the communities it serves through the Big Lots Foundation, a charitable organization focused on four areas of need: hunger, housing, healthcare, and education. For more information about the Company, visit


Record Year for Bay Area Apartment Association’s Annual Volleyball Tournament Benefiting the Children’s Home Network

St. Pete Beach, Fla., April 13, 2018 – Fifty teams competed for first place at the Bay Area Apartment Association’s 8th Annual Spikes for Tykes Volleyball Tournament on Friday, April 13th, at Post Card Inn on St. Pete Beach, benefitting the Children’s Home Network in Tampa.

The Children’s Home Network is Tampa’s oldest, and continuously running non-profit that is improving lives and changing life stories of abused, neglected and abandoned children. At its residential campus on Memorial Highway, the Children’s Home Network provides a safe, healing environment to help boys and girls who have experienced trauma. More than 25,000 children and families benefit each year through Children’s Home Network programs.

The Bay Area Apartment Association is committed to giving back to children and families in the Tampa Bay community. Sponsors, players and spectators collaboratively raised over $11,000 in support of the Children’s Home Network.  

 The Bay Area Apartment Association’s 9th Annual Spikes for Tykes Volleyball Tournament expected to take place on April 12, 2019. Details will be confirmed in the near future. Visit for more information.

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