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Your daily dose of levity: Vinik Family Foundation crosses the bridge; Trop turns blue; #BurgBiz; John Prine

Megan Holmes



Every day, we’re sharing what we’re reading, watching, doing and listening to … the things that bring levity to our own lives. We’ll also share random things we’re talking about, laughing about and smiling about on social media, in pop culture and beyond. We encourage you to share your daily sources of levity with us in the comments or on social media.


Vinik Family Foundation donates $100,000 to Fighting Chance Fund

The Vinik Family Foundation has crossed the bridge to provide aid to St. Petersburg businesses and employees. Today, the City of St. Petersburg announced that the Vinik Family Foundation donated $100,000 to its small business emergency grant, the Fighting Chance Fund. The fund will help locally-owned independent businesses with less than 25 employees get through the difficult economic times, with $5,000 to businesses and $500 to employees.

“The Vinik Family Foundation has stepped up for our region time and again,” Mayor Rick Kriseman said. “This particular gift will help us to further assist our small business owners and their employees – the backbone of St. Pete’s economy. We are grateful for Jeff and Penny’s generosity during this challenging time.”

While much of billionaire Jeff Vinik’s philanthropic work has been concentrated in Tampa, he’s taking a regional approach to fighting the economic devastation of coronavirus. “Our small business ecosystem is at the heart of who we are as Tampa Bay and will be at the heart of our economic recovery,” the Viniks said in a statement. “We must protect and support the thriving community of small businesses in St. Petersburg and throughout our region during these uncertain times and we are happy to help in Mayor Kriseman’s efforts to do just that.”

The Trop’s dome went blue for healthcare, front line and essential workers of all kinds

The Tampa Bay Rays made a classy move by lighting Tropicana Field blue in honor of the workers keeping this world going. We salute you, too.

The City of St. Petersburg Instagram account continues highlighting #BurgBiz through coronavirus

One of our favorite accounts in the city is – oddly enough – the city’s itself. @StPeteFL has continued its trendy takeovers and #BurgBiz features, this time with business livestreams. Today, Carrington Kilgroe of Sun State Yoga takes local yogis and yogi wannabees for a spin on their mats!

Listening to the late, great John Prine, whose songwriting doesn’t get stale, even after a month in isolation

The man is a true poet. I’ve particularly enjoyed his latest album, The Tree of Forgiveness as of late. I find myself crying to “Summer’s End,” dancing to “When I Go To Heaven,” and listening intently to every song in between.


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    terre tulsiak

    April 11, 2020at4:59 pm

    Do you know what levity means?

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