Thanksmas Returns to Tampa Bay Shelters for 10th Year
Respect 90 will partner with PDQ for meals; Backpacks, socks will again be distributed to area shelters
TAMPA, FL— Chicago Cubs Manager Joe Maddon’s Respect 90 Foundation will partner with Tampa-based PDQ to bring Maddon’s Thanksmas to homeless shelters in the Tampa Bay area for the tenth year, November 26-30.
For the first time, PDQ will partner with Respect 90 to provide meals at the Thanksmas shelters. Respect 90 has once again partnered with CITYPAK to provide 900 custom designed, versatile, backpacks to the shelters, and Florida-based custom sock maker DivvyUp will provide 1,000 socks.
“We are proud to partner with Joe and his Respect 90 Foundation to make a difference in the Tampa Bay area this holiday season,” said Nick Reader, PDQ CEO and Co-Founder. “Joe continues to do amazing things not only in our community, but all over the country, and our team is honored to give back and help in any way that we can.”
As manager of the Tampa Bay Rays, Maddon hosted Thanksmas for eight years between 2006 and 2013 and provided meals, supplies and grants benefiting thousands of needy citizens from Fort Myers to Orlando. Thanksmas returned last November after a three-year hiatus.
On Monday, November 26, Maddon will return to the site of his first Thanksmas in 2006, the St. Vincent de Paul Shelter in St. Petersburg.
“Thanksmas eventually led to the Respect 90 Foundation where we are now able to help and benefit other groups beyond homelessness — families, pediatric cancer and HIP (Hazleton Integration Project),” said Maddon. “All these different initiatives have spun out of that first lunch that we cooked and served at St. Vincent de Paul in 2006. We have been able to impact a lot of folks since that first lunch with the help of partners like CITYPAK, PDQ and DivvyUp.””
Maddon will also visit the Tampa Salvation Army on Wednesday, November 28. Thanksmas will also take place at shelters in Maddon’s hometown of Hazleton, PA in December and Chicago in January.
The CITYPAK backpacks that will be distributed are manufactured by High Sierra, provider of premier, durable, outdoor gear since 1978. Backpacks will be given to the St. Petersburg Salvation Army, Trinity Café in Tampa, St. Vincent de Paul Society and Clearwater’s Homeless Empowerment Program as well as shelters in Hazleton and Chicago.
“The CITYPAK Project has distributed 54,000 paks in 130 cities in North America. This could only be achieved by working with great partners like Joe Maddon’s Respect 90 Foundation,” said CITYPAK Founder Ron Kaplan.
In addition, grants will be given to the following holiday season programs:
– Tampa Salvation Army’s Doing the Most Good
– St Vincent de Paul Shelter’s Pizza Palooza
– Trinity Café’s Stick a Fork in Hunger
– St. Petersburg YMCA’s Neighbor to Neighbor Christmas program
Joe Maddon’s Tampa Bay Area Thanksmas schedule:
Monday, November 26, 11 a.m.
St. Vincent de Paul
384 15th St N, St. Petersburg, FL
Wednesday, November 28, 4:30 p.m.
Tampa Salvation Army
1603 N. Florida Avenue, Tampa FL
Respect 90 seeks to provide children and families opportunities to develop championship attitudes through sports, academics, and community involvement in all the places the couple calls home: Chicago, IL, Tampa, FL, Mesa, AZ and Joe’s hometown of Hazleton, PA. The Respect 90 Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization as registered with the Internal Revenue Service and gifts are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.
Founded in 2011, award-winning PDQ – short for “People Dedicated to Quality” – offers chef-driven recipes and mindful ingredients typically found in a fine casual restaurant with the value, speed and convenience of the fast food and fast casual segment. Outback Steakhouse co-founder Bob Basham and MVP Holdings CEO Nick Reader are the two principal owners of PDQ. Beloved throughout the Southeast and now beyond for its hand-breaded chicken tenders, PDQ crafts delicious salads, sandwiches and hand-spun milkshakes fresh in store, every day. PDQ is committed to creating deep roots in its local communities and has given millions in dollars and in-kind donations to local charities, schools, and organizations since its inception. On October 30, 2011, the original PDQ restaurant opened its doors in Tampa (FL) and the concept now has grown nationwide throughout Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Nevada, New Jersey, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas and Utah. For more information, visit www.eatPDQ.com.
The CITYPAK Project is a not-for-profit philanthropic organization that works to provide custom designed backpacks to homeless persons in need. Working with exclusive manufacturing partner High Sierra, The CITYPAK Project will have distributed over 42,000+ PAKs to homeless in 99+ cities by years end across North America, including Chicago, Illinois; Tampa, New York City, Boulder, Colorado; Maui, Hawaii; Austin, Texas; Boston, MA, San Francisco and Los Angeles, CA, and international distributions in Toronto and Vancouver. Founded by Chicago businessman and philanthropist Ron Kaplan in 2012, The CITYPAK Project provides a safe, convenient and versatile backpack uniquely designed to meet the constantly changing needs of the homeless.
A division of Samsonite LLC, High Sierra designs feature-rich, versatile outdoor lifestyle gear for adventurers everywhere. Since our founding in 1978, we’ve committed ourselves to creating durable, affordable product with distinctive details, delivering the freedom to go anywhere—near or far, on roads or trails, on mountain ridges or snowy slopes, no matter what form your adventure takes. In 2012, High Sierra formed a design partnership with the Chicago-based CITYPAK Project [501(c)(3)] to create purposeful, utilitarian backpacks for the homeless. High Sierra is also proud to be the Official Bags supplier to the U.S. Ski, U.S. Snowboarding and U.S. Freeskiing teams. High Sierra. Adventure This Way. www.highsierra.com
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