When it comes to the "Power of Giving", the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa is committed to raising money to help non-profits in the Tampa Bay area. This past July, the casino raised money to support the Ryan Nece Foundation and hosted a Power of Giving Fundraising Event on Friday, July 31st in the Hard Rock Cafe. This fun-filled evening featured a Charity Slot Tournament, red carpet ceremony, a benefit concert featuring Eden Shireen and a check presentation to the Ryan Nece Foundation for $6,985!
Founded by Former Tampa Bay Buccaneer Linebacker Ryan Nece, the Ryan Nece Foundation is a Tampa based charity that creates opportunities for teenagers to embrace giving in their communities. The Foundation encourages teenages to "Be the change you want to see in the world" and adopt the Power of Giving through service projects, inspirational programs, and volunteerism.
To raise money for the Foundation, the casino donated 100 percent of the proceeds from sales of the limited edition Ryan Nece Foundation sunglasses as well as proceeds from sales of the 2015 Seminole Hard Rock Girls Calendar. This month's special 4th of July inspired red, white and blue sunglasses sold out faster than any other sunglasses! It's easy to see why:
To further support the Foundation, the casino hosted a Power of Giving Fundraising event. The event kicked off with a Charity Slot Tournament where the casino raised additional money for the Ryan Nece Foundation by donating fifty percenty of the $10 tournament entry fee to the Foundation and 50 percent to the prize pool. Open to the public, everyone had fun playing the slots for the chance to "win big" while also supporting the Foundation.
Hard Rock Calendar Girl Miss July Jasha greeted players and guests on the Red Carpet:
The Power of Giving rocked on with a benefit concert by Eden Shireen, a 19 year old local singing sensation, recently discovered at the Hard Rock Cafe's Tampa Bay Acoustic Music Festival this past June:
Natalie Claro, another local singer discovered at the Hard Rock Cafe's Tampa Bay Acoustic Music Festival, stopped by to show her support of the Ryan Nece Foundation:
The highlight of the night came when the casino showed their true Power of Giving and presented a check to the Ryan Nece Foundation for $6,985.
Kudos to the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa for their support of the Ryan Nece Foundation and thanks for a wonderful Power of Giving evening!
The Power of Giving continues this August as the casino supports Make-A-Wish Central and Northern Florida! Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.
Show your support by rocking the limited edition Make-A-Wish navy blue shades and attending the Charity Slot Tournament on August 28th! For more information, click here.