Women’s center lands Wells Fargo grant
The Centre for Women has been awarded the highly competitive National Wells Fargo Open for Business Grant. The grant will allow the organization to continue to support and expand on the engagement of female entrepreneurs across Tampa Bay. At left is Ann W. Madsen, executive director of The Centre for Women in Tampa and founder of the Tampa Bay Women's Business Centre, with Machelle Maner, Wells Fargo vice president and community relations officer for west Florida.
Spooky fun at Mustang Madness on Oct. 30
WESLEY CHAPEL — The Bay Area Mustangs, a 501(c)(3) charity organization, is hosting a Halloween-themed car show at Parks Ford of Wesley Chapel, 28739 State Road 54, on Saturday, Oct. 30, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. It will feature food trucks, costume contests with cash prizes, games, 50/50 raffles, silent auction, and a DJ. Proceeds will go to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay to support their one-to-one mentoring programs.
There will be prizes for best boys’ and girls’ costumes.
Cars may pre-register by Oct. 22 at https://www.bayareamustangs.com/show for $20. Day of show registration is $25 if space allows.
USF receives $1.2 million gift
TAMPA — The University of South Florida has received a $1.2 million gift from Andrew and Eileen Hafer to benefit UMatter, an innovative, inclusive postsecondary education program in the USF College of Education created to provide young people with intellectual disabilities the opportunity to experience higher education and campus life.
The gift, made to the USF Foundation, will name the program after the donors and help fund its operations and year-round initiatives for participating students.
“The University of South Florida is proud to host the Eileen Hoffman Hafer UMatter Program and to provide opportunities for students with intellectual disabilities to excel in a university setting,” USF President Rhea Law said. “We are incredibly grateful to Andrew and Eileen Hafer for their generous support of this program and the students who will benefit from this life-changing experience.”
Grant will help HCFR to hire 47 firefighters
Hillsborough County Fire Rescue will hire 47 new firefighters after securing a federal grant of almost $12 million from Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Department of Homeland Security. The firefighter positions will help to staff two new fire stations coming online in the next year in Central Brandon and in Riverview.
Firefighters staffing the two new fire stations will alleviate pressure on existing stations nearby. The stations in Brandon and Riverview will decrease response times for emergency calls so that rescue personnel can get to residents more quickly.
Fire Rescue staff wrote the application for the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant, and the county was awarded the fourth-largest grant among 300 departments across the nation.
Arts council aligns with county
Aiming for better efficiencies and cost savings, the Arts Council of Hillsborough County has officially transitioned to a new Arts Council division under county government and will serve as an advisory body to the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners as of Oct. 1.
The Arts Council will continue to serve a leadership role as Hillsborough County's umbrella organization for arts and culture, and it is committed to providing cultural equity and access to arts and culture for all.
Earlier this year, the Arts Council of Hillsborough County and the BOCC approved restructuring the Arts Council from an Independent Special District in order to provide a more efficient use of resources to support the performing and visual arts in Hillsborough County.
Library to hold Family Heritage Festival
TAMPA — If you’ve been interested in researching your family tree, the Hillsborough County Library might be able to help you.
Celebrate the 7th Annual Family Heritage Festival with events led by library staff and a genealogy expert starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 23. Visit https://hcplc.org/FamilyHeritage to register to attend the various events.
Subjects will include “A Librarian's Carpetbag of Tips and Tricks,” “How to Discover the History of a House” and “Researching Women: Community Cookbooks and What They Tell Us About Our Ancestors.”
HCC to host Hawk Run
TAMPA — The Hillsborough Community College AMSA Pre-Health Chapter and the HCC Brandon Campus will host the sixth annual Hawk Run, a 5K and 1 mile glow-in-the-dark race, held on the HCC Brandon campus.
Participants can choose to attend the in-person event on Saturday, Oct. 16, or complete the virtual run on their own time anytime between Saturday, Oct. 16, and Saturday, Oct. 23, by submitting their results via the RaceJoy App.
The family-friendly event is open to the public and people of all ages. Registration is $20 through Oct. 15, and same-day, in-person registration is $25. All proceeds go to the HCC Foundation for student scholarships. The entry fee includes a race bag, race t-shirt, glow accessory, post-race food and participant medal.
For more event information, visit the registration page at https://runsignup.com/Race/Info/FL/Tampa/HCCHawkRun5K, or contact Beth McCullough at email@example.com.