Fighting Hunger and the Upcoming Production of Cinderella! Featuring Benito D’Azzo, Nancy Sears, Jessica Rivelli and Lynn Kroesen

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Opening up #ThatBusinessShow today was Benito D’Azzo, Executive Chef with the Trinity Café. Trinity Cafe was established October 15, 2001, and is located at 2801 N Nebraska Ave, Tampa, FL 33602. Trinity Cafe 2 was established April 25, 2016, and is located at 2202 E Busch Blvd, Tampa, FL 33612. They work to serve the hungry and/or homeless and this difference is a key discussion point as Benito says oftentimes the people that come into the Café are not typical transients without homes but rather the working class poor. Oftentimes the meal provided by Trinity Café is the only meal that is provided to them all day. They pride themselves on offering a true restaurant experience for free for anyone in need. Patrons are greeted, seated at a table, and served like in a traditional restaurant. The food is of high quality and provided by a National food bank on top of donations received that also go to covering the costs of food as well as staffing. They rely primarily on volunteers, but they also have a small staff including a few homeless people that were regulars that were given the opportunity to work for Trinity Café. Today they have served over 1.1 Million meals and Benito shares an inspiring story behind the serving of their 1 millionth meal, and yes they truly do count the meals served. That story is that of John, a military veteran, ex-cop and is disabled from a motorcycle accident. John said, “If not for my wife; I’d be dead. She was told by doctor’s I’d never recover and she refused to believe that; she wouldn’t let them disconnect me from machines.” Little by little John began to recover. He spent more than a year in the hospital and a rehab facility regaining brain function and learning to walk again. Soon after he was released and back home, his wife died suddenly. John was devastated, losing his support system. He got behind on bills and was soon living without electricity. John came to Trinity Cafe for a hot meal and goes to the VA for medical help. “I have a new chance in life and I’m working to get back on my feet again,” John says, “I really appreciate the food and kindness here at Trinity Cafe.” The Café is open 365 days a year 24/7 and they open for lunch service only. They are open 365 days a year and serve lunch only each day. They always need volunteers and accept donations so please consider giving to this incredible cause. Learn more at http://www.trinitycafe.org!

The next guest on the program was Nancy Sears, Theater Chair with the Patel Conservatory at the Straz Center. Nancy was in studio to talk about the upcoming production of Cinderella which she is directing. The production is cast by children aged 2nd to 8th grade and she shares her experience and love of working with children on this production as well as in theater classes. Nancy is a graduate of the University of Kansas, where she earned a degree in Theater.  After earning her degree, she moved to Hollywood, California to pursue a career as a performer and writer. She started a children’s entertainment company called Sunshine and Company which was rated by LA Parent Magazine as one of the top 10 Children’s Entertainment Companies in LA. Nancy worked for 21 years as a theater educator for Pinellas County Schools and in 2013, she was recognized with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the state of Florida for Outstanding Contribution to Theatre Education in Secondary Schools.  She and Jamie share some insight on what it takes to be an actress/actor and how she works with people of all ages to develop their skills in her programs. She invites people of all ages and interests out to their production of Cinderella and it is being held Thursday and Friday at 7pm and Saturday and Sunday at 1pm and 4pm from July 28th through the 31st. You can get tickets by calling 813-229-7827 or find them online here http://www.strazcenter.org/Events/Straz/Shows/Patel-Conservatory/Patel-Conservatory-presents-Cinderella-KIDS Learn more about their programs at www.patelconservatory.org!

At 8am we kicked off #WorkingWomenWednesday with a call from Founder of the Working Women of Tampa Bay, Jessica Rivelli. Jessica discussed her new initiative The Young Women’s Leadership Exchange designed to help young professional women engage in the workplace at a younger age. This is up on the calendar of her many events over at www.workingwomenoftampabay.com so be sure and check it out and also keep in mind the Working Women State Conference is being held September 8th and 9th at the Straz Center, get your tickets at www.workingwomenconference.com

My next guest was Lynn Kroesen, Manager of the Entrepreneur Collaborative Center (ECC) in Ybor City. This is a resource for entrepreneurs where they can come and hold meetings and group workshops and is funded by Hillsborough County. Many organizations participate with the ECC including Tampa Bay Business Owners where we hold our new member orientations. The ECC is best known for One Million Cups, a National movement started in 2012, where entrepreneurs can apply to present their pitch in front of a community of peers. Many cities hold these now and many success stories are coming from these events, of which Lynn shares a couple of them with us in this segment. Interested applicants should apply at www.onemillioncups.com and anyone is welcome to attend to watch the pitches free of charge. The event is every Wednesday at 9am too.

Thanks again to all of our listeners/viewers and readers of #ThatBusinessShow and be sure to come out to Christmas in July!

Benito D'AzzoNancy SearsJessica Rivelli (Small)

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