Seventeen Years of Second Chances Celebrated at Fort Harrison

Clearwater, FL, May 27, 2017 --( On Saturday, May 20th, the non-profit organization Second Chance Life Skills held a banquet at the Fort Harrison, the Church of Scientology’s International religious retreat. Nearly 250 guests supported the organization while enjoying a 5-star quality night in celebration of 17 years of service to the community. The evening finished with a song from Mr. Creed Warner, #5 on the Billboard Charts for Gospel.

Second Chance Life Skills’ mission is to provide life skills to under-privileged youth through educational programs that promote entrepreneurs, the importance of home ownership and keeping up with technology.

Mr. Dylan Pires, the Community Affairs Director for the Church of Scientology in Clearwater opened the event and welcomed the guests to the Fort Harrison.

“The Church of Scientology has been proudly continuing that tradition,” said Mr. Pires referring to the Fort Harrison’s history of community events. “We host hundreds of community events, and our doors are wide open for non-profit organizations and charities to hold their own events.”

Mr. William Vaughn, a founding member of the organization, was the MC for the event. To start, Mr. Vaughn told a bit of Second Chance Life Skills’ background. He mentioned that when they first started, they would meeting in the local Denny’s Restaurant to plan out their projects. Today, Second Chance Life Skills is near completion on acquiring a large facility of their own; a home to provide a dozen programs for veterans and youth.

Motivational speaker, Mr. Pernell Mitchell, was the guest speaker. He spoke about the importance of giving back to the community: “John F. Kennedy said, ‘Ask not what your country can do for you-ask what you can do for your country.’ Well let’s make it a little more personal: ‘Ask not what your community can do for you-ask what you can do for your community.’”

Mr. Al Graham, President of SCLS, gave an update on their current focuses and projects in the St. Petersburg community, including a home renovation program for veterans. Mr. Graham presented certificates and plaques to his strong supporters and Board Members for all of their hard work.

The event closed out with a song from Dove-award winning performer, Creed Warner, followed by a concert with the Church of Scientology’s in-house band.

For more information on holding an event for your non-profit organization in the Fort Harrison, please contact Dylan at (727) 467-6860 or

About the Fort Harrison:

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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