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Tampa Bay Charity Coalition Awards Volunteers and Celebrates Five Years of Community Collaboration

The Tampa Bay Charity Coalition celebrated its 5th Anniversary on September 14, in the Auditorium of the Historic Fort Harrison. Over 100 different charities from across the Tampa Bay area were represented.

Clearwater, FL, September 20, 2019 --( On September 14, more than two hundred people gathered in the Historic Fort Harrison to celebrate the 5th Anniversary of the Tampa Bay Charity Coalition. One hundred charities were represented, including Toastmasters, Children with a Vision, Global Community Tennis and the PACE Center for Girls.

“The Charity Coalition is a network of non-profits that fosters collaboration, thereby creating a better community for all,” said Clemence Chevrot, the Community Affairs Director for the Church of Scientology Flag Service Organization and the organizer of the event.

In addition to performances by a student from Clearwater Academy International performing the song “Flashlight” and members of Groupo Folklorico Mahetzi performing traditional Mexican folk dances, awards were presented to non-profit volunteers.

“Charity Coalition members are making a huge difference,” said Ms. Chevrot. “Whether they feed the hungry, tutor kids or provide shelter for those who need a break, they are out there providing that selfless service. This has not escaped the notice of our nation, as evidenced by the fact that in the United States, Tampa Bay now ranks 4th in charity production.”

The first award, the Certified Smile Maker, was dedicated to youth who are creating a change in our community. Five youth, between the ages of 4 and 13 were acknowledged. All of the youth had volunteered over 50 hours in the past year. The next awards were the Bronze, Silver, Gold and Diamond Making the Difference Awards. They were based on volunteers hours as well. In 31 total awards were given.

Recipient of the Gold Making the Difference Award, Dr. Veronica Walters, founder of the Walters Academy of Entrepreneurship said: “We, as volunteers work for the simple goals of making a better community. We do not expect anything in return. This award means a lot to me and I am very proud to be part of the Charity Coalition.”

As Scientology’s founder L. Ron Hubbard wrote: “What is important is how much service you can give the world and how much you can get done and how much better you can make things. These are important things. These are all that are important.”

The next Charity Coalition meeting will be held on Wednesday November 30th in the Fort Harrison Crystal Ballroom at 11:30AM. To RSVP for the event or to have an event in the Fort Harrison please contact Clemence Chevrot at

About the Church of Scientology:

The Scientology religion was founded by humanitarian and philosopher, L. Ron Hubbard. The first Church of Scientology was formed in the United States in 1954 and has expanded to more than 11,000 churches, missions and affiliated groups, with millions of members in 165 nations. Scientologists are optimistic about life and believe there is hope for a saner world and better civilization, and actively do all they can to help achieve this. The Church of Scientology regularly engages in many humanitarian programs, such as anti-drug campaigns, human rights campaigns and global education programs. To learn more, visit

The doors of The Fort Harrison, the Church of Scientology Flag Service Organization’s signature retreat, are open for non-profit organizations and charities to hold their own events.
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