DAVIS ISLANDS - The Tampa General Hospital Foundation kicked off its first multimillion-dollar capital campaign this week to support the hospital's $120-million expansion project.
The "Building on Excellence" campaign, chaired by Stella Ferguson Thayer and James W. Warren III, seeks to raise $10-million. Tampa General will provide the remaining $110-million through the sale of bonds and hospital operations.
During kickoff activities Wednesday, hospital patrons and community leaders toured mockup patient and procedure rooms at the hospital's warehouse on N 30th Street, viewed a video on the expansion plans and heard comments from Don Wallace, a major foundation contributor.
Scheduled to begin construction in 2005, the expansion will allow TGH to more than double the size of the emergency and trauma center, expand vascular services, provide larger, more comfortable facilities for mothers in labor and women undergoing gynecological surgery, and expand intensive care services.
The project was designed to accommodate the increasing demand for medical services from the more than 4-million people in the 12-county region that TGH serves. For information about the fundraising campaign, call 844-7000 or visit www.tgh.org
County, school offer cheer and dance camps
CARVER CITY/LINCOLN GARDENS - The Hillsborough County Parks, Recreation and Conservation departments have teamed up with Jefferson High School to offer summer cheer and dance camps.
"We are the Heart of Hillsborough" will cater to boys and girls entering grades 1 through 12. Participants will learn two cheers, four chants, one dance, plus jumps, kicks and turns. Older students will also learn stunt basics.
Lessons will also focus on nutrition, team building, spirit, leadership and performance. Cost is $100 per session and campers must bring their own lunch. Weeklong camps will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily at Roland Park Middle School, 1510 N Manhattan Ave.
Session A for all ages runs Monday through June 11; Session B for elementary grades will be June 14-18; Session C for middle school grades will be July 12-16; and Session D for high school grades will be July 19-23. Campers may attend Session A and their grade-appropriate session.
Camp instructors include Sarah Blithe, Jefferson High Dancerette coach, and Kieonna Murdock, Jefferson's varsity cheerleading coach. For information or to register, call Blithe at 843-6776.
Community relations office moving to new site
TAMPA HEIGHTS - The Mayor's Neighborhood and Community Relations Office will move from Union Station to the historic Free Library, 102 E Seventh Ave., north of downtown, between Tampa and Franklin streets.
The move will allow the neighborhood staff to be closer to the community affairs and code enforcement offices, also housed in the Free Library. For information, call Shannon Edge at 274-7835.
Garden club offers free tour, author appearance
DAVIS ISLANDS - The Davis Islands Garden Club is offering a free tour of five local gardens at 10 a.m. Wednesday. Participants will meet at the club, 81 Columbia Drive. After the tour, refreshments will be served.
At 6:30 p.m. Thursday, the club will host a program featuring gardening author Monica Moran-Brandies, who will discuss "Easy Florida Gardening." A reception will follow in the club's waterfront gardens.
At 10 a.m. June 11, the club will plant a tree on the grounds in memory of Marie Rodriguez, a longtime member and former president.
For information about any event, call Connie Urso at 251-3123.