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MEDIA ADVISORY:  St. Pete Gears Up for CareFest 2016 -- Saturday, September 24

St. Petersburg, Fla. (September 23, 2016) – Hundreds of volunteers will participate in various projects, yard work, painting, minor home repairs, neighborhood cleanups and more throughout St. Petersburg neighborhoods on Saturday, September 24, 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

CareFest St. Pete 2016 starts and ends at Lake Vista Park, 1401 62nd Ave. S., with group captain check-in and light morning refreshments at 7:30 a.m., followed by projects conducted from 8 a.m. to Noon. Once finished at project sites, participants are invited back to Lake Vista Park for volunteer recognition, lunch and entertainment between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. The event wraps up with CareFest organizers presenting certificates to all volunteer groups, starting at noon.

Presented by Somebody Cares Tampa Bay under the umbrella of CareFest USA, the annual week of compassion-related activities culminates with a day of service that gives back to the community – benefitting individual homeowners, neighborhoods, parks, and non-profit organizations.

The city’s Community Services Department spearheads the day of service activities in St. Petersburg, where 85 groups and more than 1,000 volunteers are pre-registered and ready to take on 91 projects.  For a list of projects, visit or and click on "St. Petersburg CareFest."

In addition to registration at 7:30 a.m. and the wrap-up celebration/lunch at 12 Noon at Lake Vista Park, a few PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES between 8 and 11 a.m. include:

1. Sanderlin Center, 2335 22nd Ave S: Adopted by Lowe’s; Lowe’s team members are volunteering to mulch, trim trees, paint several rooms and areas.  

2. Historic Roser Park Neighborhood:  NE corner of Ingleside (11th) Ave S & Dr. Martin Luther King Jr St. S. Historic Greenwood Cemetery cleanup by Boy Scout Troop, Historic Roser Park Neighborhood Association and Dr. MLK Business District.

3. Palmetto Park Neighborhood:  2700 Third Ave S. Painting of single family home. Adopted by Historic Kenwood, The Foundry, First United Methodist Church with assistance from the City’s N-Team.  

4. Lincoln Cemetery, 600 58th St S:  Cleanup of the Historic Lincoln Cemetery. Adopted by Greater Mount Zion AME/Cross and Anvil, St. Raphael’s Catholic Church and Lincoln Cemetery Society.  

5. Crescent Lake Park, 1320 Fifth St N:  Lake cleanup and water lettuce removal. Adopted by Lutheran Church of the Cross and Friends of Crescent Lake.

In addition to the city of St. Petersburg and Somebody Cares Tampa Bay, CareFest partners include Keep Pinellas Beautiful Inc., Friends of Crescent Lake, James B. Sanderlin Center and Daystar Life Center, Pinellas Hope, and Florida Dream Center. 

St. Petersburg CareFest 2016 is possible through generous sponsors including:  Somebody Cares Tampa Bay, Duke Energy, Walmart Foundation, Chik-fil-A Fourth Street, The Fresh Market, Papa John’s, Dunkin’ Donuts, Salvation Army, Trader Joe’s, GFS St. Pete, Westshore Pizza, Firehouse Subs, Earl of Sandwich, BB&T Bank, Domino’s,Frays Donut House, St. Pete Bagel, and Carrabba's Italian Grill.

This year’s CareFest theme is “Party Ready” throughout the year. The one-day citywide work effort involves some advance prep work at various project sites and homes and CareFest St. Pete involves several auxiliary projects over several weeks in September and October.

Starting with the Friends of Crescent Lake event rededicating the water tower on September 17th, CareFest continues the tradition of projects on other days in addition to the annual event. For the first time, schools within the Catholic Diocese of St. Petersburg participated in a Week of Caring. Additional, upcoming CareFest St. Pete activities include the 49th Street Cleanup with the City of Gulfport on October 1, as well as events on October 7 and October 22.

For eight years running, St. Petersburg has captured the 'City of Compassion' Care Cup trophy for having the most volunteers among participating bay area communities. Organizers believe CareFest St. Pete succeeds because of the collaborative effort that brings together our neighborhood and community-based groups, houses of worship, corporate teams, school clubs, businesses and individuals.

Visit for more details about ongoing programs.

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