Year’s Final Luncheon Provides Inspiration for Local Area Charities

Clearwater, FL, December 15, 2016 --( On December 7, 2016, the final Charity Coalition Luncheon of the year was held in the Downtown Clearwater Fort Harrison’s Crystal Ballroom with 86 guests in attendance. This month, the featured charity was The Refuge Outreach Church and the educational segment was led by Dr. Greg Winteregg on fundraising.

Arriving at 11:30am, the guests signed in and helped themselves to the 5-star buffet. Dylan Pires, The Community Affairs Director for the Church of Scientology Flag Service Organization, opened the event by having a representative from each organization, over 50 in all, stand up and introduce themselves. Mr. Pires spoke about giving to the community.

“During the holidays, all of us look for ways to give back to the community. We look for those opportunities to reach out to our fellow man. We do this because everyone has their own individual rights. Their human rights,” said Mr. Pires.

“No matter their color, creed or background, everyone has human rights. But the problem is: Not everyone knows their rights. It isn’t taught in schools, so the next generation isn’t even thinking with it,” continued Mr. Pires. “Fighting this problem is an organization called United for Human Rights.”

United for Human Rights is an international non-profit, non-religious educational program based off of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Its purpose is to teach youth their human rights to create valuable advocates for tolerance and peace.

This led right into the next speaker, Shaun Powers with the Refuge Outreach Church. He explained how the church started in a bus, bringing clothes and food to the homeless in need. As they got bigger, they obtained a property and worked from there. He spoke about their efforts to help the homeless get on their feet and most importantly, get them productive. Some of their initiatives include a laundry day where the homeless can clean their clothes, helping them get jobs and getting bikes so they have transportation to the jobs.

Dr. Greg Winteregg spoke next about fundraising. He covered a lot of different points about doing a fundraising interview. A few things he talked about included doing your research before getting into the interview; finding out what their “go buttons” are and arriving with the intention of leaving with the donation.

He also spoke about acknowledging the person after the donation, even if they don’t donate. At the end of his presentation, he said that no matter what, those trying to get donations should persist, stay passionate and not get discouraged.

The Church of Scientology makes the Fort Harrison available for charities and non-profit organizations to hold their own event. If you are interested in holding your own event, please contact Dylan Pires at (727) 467-6860 or

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Since its construction in 1927, the Fort Harrison has been the home for many community events and charitable organizations. The Fort Harrison's current owner, the Church of Scientology, has hosted over 500 community events there since a top-to-bottom restoration in 2009. The Scientology religion was founded by humanitarian and philosopher, L. Ron Hubbard, and incorporated in 1954. To learn more, visit
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