This year TRD is proud to have provided sponsorship to an eclectic list of charities. From Labradors to veteran support to books for literacy,TRD has utilized the resources of its large membership to provide help for these organizations. In addition to charitable sponsorship, TRD has striven to make itself a known presence in Tampa Bay by appearance in several community events. Here is a monthly summary of this year's derby deeds.
February, TRD provided an information booth for the Labrador Retriever Rescue of Florida at its pre-season Bruise Crew bout.
March, TRD collected clothing, toiletries, and other household items for The Spring which provides support to victims of domestic abuse.
April, TRD collected school supplies and toiletries for PACE of Pasco county which provides an educational center for girls.
May, TRD collected office and cleaning supplies for the Deaf and Hearing Connection of Tampa Bay's community center.
June, TRD collected books for Blue Bird Book's literacy program.
July, TRD provided an information booth at it's July bout for the Be The Match Foundation to sign up potential blood marrow donors.
August, TRD collected school supplies for the Kids Charity of Tampa Bay which provides school supplies to foster children in Hillsborough County.
September, TRD collected toiletries, clothing, and household linens for the Athena House which provides support for female veterans.
In addition, TRD also raised over $700 and several hundred pounds of food for the Humane Society of Tampa Bay.
TRD's 2012 community appearances included:
St.Pete Pride Parade 2012
Temple Terrace 2012 July 4th Parade
USF 2012 Children's Festival
And this month, TRD will be participating in the groundbreaking ceremony for the Habitat for Humanity!
This was a great year for Derby Deeds and next year is sure to bring more exciting news in community outreach, stay tuned!