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2017 Celebrity Golf Classic

Mary Lee’s House celebrated its 6th annual Celebrity Golf Classic on Monday, February 27th at Avila Golf & Country Club. Gorgeous weather, a beautiful course, generous supporters, celebrities and volunteers made for an outstanding event!

Over $350,000 was raised to support Hillsborough County’s Child Advocacy and Protection center. The funds collected at this annual event enable Mary Lee’s House to continue to provide a warm, child-friendly environment for victims of abuse and neglect and their families, as well as ensure the co-location of the five partner agencies focusing on child abuse prevention and treatment.

The day began with a welcome reception complete with a bloody mary bar, hot buffet lunch and cigar rollers. Golfers spent time on the practice green before a prayer led by Kathy Connor, Mary Lee’s House Board member and Pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Tampa. Mary Lee’s House Board Chairman, Rex Farrior spoke on the generosity of the local community and supporters such as those attending the tournament, who are the reason Mary Lee’s House was able to open in 2008 and who are vital to our continuance in Hillsborough County. Executive Director Kim Miller shared that it is because of our community’s support that Mary Lee’s House can provide a loving place for abused and neglected children to begin their healing.

The theme of this year’s tournament was Brews, Blues and Brats, featuring craft beers and snacks at tents stationed around the course. Games included a $10,000 putting contest, hole in one and closest to the pin. The event concluded with a BBQ style hot buffet, live music and tournament prizes ranging from craft beer sets to Yeti coolers. A few lucky raffle winners also walked away with a Tiffany bracelet, Yankee Spring Season box seats, a signed Tampa Bay Lightning Hockey stick, Tampa Bay Lightning Club seats and a range finder.

Columbia Community Harvest

The Columbia Restaurant group is hosting its 19th annual Community Harvest and Mary Lee's House is honored to be one of the organizations chosen as a recipient for donations. Dine at any of the three Tampa locations in September and select Mary Lee's House on your Community Harvest ballot. The Columbia will then donate 5% of the check to Mary Lee's House.

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Governor Rick Scott Visits MLH

Mary Lee’s House was honored to host Governor Rick Scott and Attorney General Pam Bondi on June 27th for a news conference on the issue of human trafficking. The Governor and Attorney General spoke on the prevalence of human trafficking in our state and the importance of service providers committed to assisting victims. 

Mandatory Reporter Training

Mary Lee’s House partnered with the Department of Children and Families to host an annual training on mandatory child abuse reporting. In June, over 325 attendees gathered at Stetson University College of Law’s Tampa Law Center for an education presented by the Florida Abuse Hotline.

Safe Baby Symposium

Mary Lee’s House was a proud sponsor of this year’s Safe Baby Symposium, presented by the Healthy Start Coalition of Hillsborough County. The symposium provided information and education on lowering infant mortality through well renowned guests Michael H. Goodstein, author of Working Together to Reduce Infant Sleep Deaths, and Harvey Karp, author of The Happiest Baby on the Block.

Every child deserves a safe haven. Join us in the fight against child abuse and the care of its innocent victims.