Sometimes all you need is a “can do” spirit.

One local non-profit supported by the 4th Annual Tampa Bay International Curry Festival believes this so much, that it’s in their name: The Caribbean American National Development Organization Inc. or CANDO.

CANDO is “an independent 501(c) 3 non-profit organization with the mission to create a sustainable state of the art facility for culture, education, entertainment and economic development, which will enhance the quality of life for residents in the Tampa Bay Community.”

They hope to accomplish this by developing and supporting activities of high quality in order to “attract and sustain the interest and attention of Tampa Bay residents” by delivering a “functioning, self sustaining Caribbean American Development Institute and a Caribbean Hall of Fame Center that provides economic development assistance, promote cultural, and provide educational and social support to the Tampa Bay community” and by being a destination for schools, individuals in the community, and tourists, to learn about Caribbean cultures.

At CANDO, the belief is that there is power in diversity. Because of this, CANDO focuses its efforts on unity of various cultures via an education and economic development center that focuses on assisting Caribbean Americans and the Tampa Bay region at-large.

The programs at the center will be centered on skill building, arts, business, sports, cultural exchange, community development and outreach, offering the Bay Area a venue for enculturation, excitement, and understanding unlike any other.

Featured Charity at the Tampa Bay International Curry Festival

If you haven’t already, be sure to purchase your tickets to the Tampa Bay International Curry Festival to enjoy some tantalizing curry-based cuisine and live entertainment all while supporting remarkable organizations as CANDO.

The festival’s premiere charity event will be the “Friday Night VIP Party” on September 18th from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Bayanihan Arts & Events Center in Tampa, click here! This is an exclusive event that will include access to an open bar, lively entertainment, and endless cuisine as part of a fundraising event that will feature an auction to benefit CANDO as well as other medical, educational, and children-centered charities.

For tickets to this event, click here!

To purchase tickets for the Tampa Bay International Curry Festival on September 19th at Vinoy Park in downtown St. Petersburg, click here.


To give a tax-deductible donation directly to CANDO, click here.