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Arts Conservatory for Teens joins the Impact Council

The Arts Conservatory for Teens improves lives by providing arts education to under-served young adults. After 10 successful years making strong progress in the realms of art, equity and education,  ACT brings powerful insight and experience to the council which will help us make 2022 the most impactful year yet. 

The Florida Holocaust Museum joins the Impact Council

The Florida Holocaust Museum honors the memory of those who died in the Holocaust. Founded by Walter P. Loebenberg, the museum teaches community members of all races and cultures the inherent worth and dignity of human life in order to prevent future genocides.  The Impact Council looks forward to sharing ideas and furthering the organization's mission. 

New Studio @ 620 show debuts today on Catalyst

Studio @ 620 presents R & B featuring Richard Santora and Bob Devin Jones.  Watch episode 1 here. 

STEAM Dream TV debuts today on the Catalyst

The St Pete Innovation District brings you STEAM Dream TV, where student hosts interview local science, tech, engineering, art and math professionals. Episode 1 offers guaranteed smiles as you get to know the excellent studio hosts, through some fun and creative questions.  

Boley, Volunteers of America get federal grants

U.S. Representative Charlie Crist (D-St. Petersburg) announced two major grants from the U.S. Department of Labor aimed at ending veteran homelessness and reintegrating American servicemembers back into the workforce following periods of unemployment and financial hardship. St. Petersburg-based Volunteers of America of Florida will received $391,080 to continue ongoing work to end veteran homelessness, and $339,039 will be awarded to Boley Centers to support veteran services across Pinellas County and Tampa Bay. Homeless Veterans' Reintegration Program grants are part of a nationwide $52 million investment by the Department of Labor to help homeless veterans return to meaningful employment and address the complex problems facing homeless veterans.

Florida Department of Health will halt daily COVID-19 reports

Citing positivity rates below 5%, the Florida Department of Health will no longer issue a COVID-19 daily report, nor will it update the COVID-19 Data and Surveillance Dashboard. Instead it will issue a weekly situation report summary each Friday.

Patrick Brett Foundation to donate $100,000 to Fresh Start Scholarship at SPC

The Patrick Brett Foundation will donate $100,000 to St. Petersburg College to provide students the opportunity for a second chance through the Fresh Start Scholarship. This donation matches a similar $100,000 donation given to SPC in 2020. Terry and Kim Brett created the foundation in 2016 in memory of their son, Patrick, who passed away in a car accident in 2005. Its mission is to offer guidance, nurture ambition, promote leadership and encourage positive change in the community. Over the years, the foundation has donated more than $375,000 to SPC in support of scholarships for individuals seeking to improve their lives through education. Scholarship applicants can contact Caity Carter, SPC Scholarship Manager, at or (727) 614-7220.

The Florida Orchestra celebrates Janet Paroo

Friends of The Florida Orchestra and outgoing TFO board chair Janet Paroo gathered at the Mahaffey Theater Saturday night to celebrate her years of service in the role.  Conductor Michael Francis lead a socially distanced group of musicians through a collection of Paroo's favorites. The evening ended with a special request - an orchestral version of Neil Young's "Harvest Moon," with guest vocals by Alex Harris. 

Johns Hopkins All Children’s strengthens financials

Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital reported $23.3 million in net income from operations for the three months ended March 31, compared to a $14.2 million loss in the same period a year ago. The turnaround at the 259-bed St. Petersburg pediatric hospital was due in part to an increase in federal CARES Act funding and increased net patient revenues due to a higher collection rate, according to a report from parent organization Johns Hopkins Health System.. The report also cited lower personnel costs due to a reduction in full-time equivalent workers and lower medical supply costs due to decreased volumes. Operating revenue for the three months ended March 31, the third quarter of the fiscal year, was $141.9 million, compared to $122.6 million a year ago.

BayCare revenue and income improve in Q1 2021

BayCare Health System, the largest nonprofit healthcare provider in the Tampa-St. Petersburg area, posted gains in operating revenue and income in the first quarter of 2021. BayCare reported $1.18 billion in total operating revenue for the three months ended March 31, an 8.8 percent increase from the same quarter in 2020. The company reported $119.4 in operating income for Q1 2021, a 139 percent increase from the year-ago quarter. The total surplus, including non-operating revenue such as investment income, for Q1 2021 was $256.1 million, compared to a $656 million loss in the year-ago quarter, when the Covid-19 pandemic started to take a toll on the system. BayCare, headquartered in Clearwater, includes 15 hospitals, including St. Anthony's Hospital in St. Petersburg, as well as hundreds of other healthcare locations throughout the Tampa-St. Pete area and central Florida.

Stetson Law opens applications for civic education program for teens

Applications are now open for a new summer program aimed at training underrepresented teenagers to advocate for themselves and others. The weeklong course is hosted by Stetson University College of Law, in partnership with Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg. The course is designed for Pinellas County teenagers, between the ages of 15-17, considered underrepresented because of race, sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic status, or school performance.The class will be virtual due to the pandemic. It will be highly interactive and feature Stetson Law faculty and students, as well as local judges and attorney volunteers, a news release from Stetson said. The program will run from July 19- July 24, and applications are available at: The deadline to apply is May 31.  All student participants in the summer program will receive a financial stipend to facilitate their participation.

Stetson Law gets $10 million gift

A Stetson University College of Law alumnus and his wife have donated $10 million to the Gulfport school. Steven Overly, a member of the class of 1982, and his wife, Donna Overly, committed the funds to establish the Steven and Donna Overly Distinguished Scholars Program. The program will provide 10 annual full-tuition scholarships with the goal of attracting student scholars with financial need whose intelligence, attitude, character, communication skills, and drive give them the potential for leadership at Stetson and beyond, a news release from the school said. The gift will offer opportunities to talented and driven students and advance Stetson Law’s mission to mold outstanding lawyers and leaders who will serve the profession and society, said Dean Michèle Alexandre. Steven Overly has served as general counsel, chief financial officer and chief executive officer for public and private companies, and currently is senior counsel with Rogers Towers Attorneys at Law in Jacksonville. Donna Overly is a painter and published novelist.

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