Tampa Bay tortoise on the run since June, still missing

DashRewardSAN ANTONIO, Fla. – A tortoise named Dash from the Tampa Bay area has been on the run since the middle of June and his family is looking for the community to help with finding him.

The family of Dash, a 6-year-old Sulcata tortoise, reported him missing to law enforcement back in June. Since then, there have been several sightings near Nugent Road, but the illusive shell-back has managed to evade authorities. Unlike the native gopher tortoise, Dash is larger and weighs in at approximately 30 pounds.DashFirstDay

Tampa residents are used to unique creatures in their back yards. After all, the Mystery Monkey of Tampa Bay grabbed headlines for several years before being captured, but Dash’s family is hoping he can return to his den as soon as possible.DashAndY

He belongs to Ryan and Karyn Pingel. Everyone in their family, including their dogs, is missing the 30-pound reptile. According to the Pingels, Dash is not dangerous. He is friendly and is more likely to approach humans than run
Dash (3)away from them. He also likes strawberries and lettuce.

Italian fashion brand schedules seasonal launch, food, wine event in Clearwater

Gioffre FashionCLEARWATER, Fla. – The luxury Italian fashion brand, GIOFFRÈ, and Villa Bellini restaurant in Clearwater are scheduled to host a fashion, food and wine event this September.

The fashion show and culinary experience, named The Fairest of them All, is scheduled to be held at 7 p.m. at Villa Bellini in Clearwater on Sept., 10. During the event, GIOFFRÈ plans to showcase their autumn and winter collection, with over 40 new styles on the fashion runway.

Attendees will be able to meet and speak with Angela Gioffrè, fashion designer and founder of GIOFFRÈ, sample fine Italian cuisine prepared by Ciro Mancini, executive chef of Villa Bellini, and imbibe hand-selected Italian wine.

villa_bellini_night2-dsc06351“We’re putting together a spectacular evening and are looking forward to launching our autumn and winter line here in the Tampa Bay Area,” said Erika Ceruti, brand manager at GIOFFRÈ. “We’re expecting a big turnout, including several high-profile socialites and celebrities, and we look forward to making this an annual event.”

Individual tickets for the event cost $80. Sponsorships are still available and information can be found by visiting gioffrebellini.com.

Current sponsors include duPont registry, Euro Cycles of Tampa Bay, PureLife medi-spa, A+P Designs, FLöK by Bekim, Dana Dineen Floral Design and Judge Public Relations.

Villa Bellini is located at 2930 Gulf to Bay Boulevard in Clearwater, Florida, in a historic building that was built in 1929 and recently renovated.

GIOFFRÈ was founded in 1977 by Angela Gioffrè in the heart of Milan, Italy. Since the beginning, the brand has focused on combining high quality Italian fabrics with timeless cuts and perfect silhouettes. Because we adhere to impeccable attention to detail, GIOFFRÈ has become internationally renowned for our custom made and bespoke services. Our fashion experts help guide each client through choice of fabric, cut, lengths and fit that are perfect for their wants and desires. GIOFFRÈ has store locations in Milan, Italy, Ponte Tresa, Italy and Clearwater, Florida.


Inaugural Tennis Tournament Being Held to Assist FoHCAS, A Non-Profit Animal Welfare Organization

dogTAMPA, Fla. – A local animal non-profit is taking the love pets have for tennis balls and putting a new spin on it by taking to the tennis court to raise money to help shelter animals at the Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center.

Friends of Hillsborough County Animal Services, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is scheduled to hold a tennis tournament to benefit pets from Sept. 25-27.

In addition to the tennis tournament, a fundraiser including live and silent auctions will also be held.

All activities are scheduled to be held at Buckhorn Springs Tennis and Swim Club in Valrico, Florida. The player and sponsor welcome party will take place on Sept. 25, from 5 to 9 p.m.  The tournament will be held on Sept. 26 and 27, including Men’s & Ladies’ Doubles and Mixed Doubles.

“As a completely volunteer organization, connecting with donors and raising money for these animals is one of the most vital aspects of what we do here,” explained Jackie Osborne, president of FoHCAS.  “We firmly believe treatable medical conditions should never be a death sentence for a shelter animal.”

All proceeds from the tournament will be used to assist with medical care for shelter animals, enrich the shelter environment, reduce euthanasia by assisting in the promotion of adoption and promote the humane treatment and care of cats, dogs and other companion animals through educational venues.

Friends of Hillsborough County Animal Services, Inc.(FoHCAS) is comprised of private citizens and is an entirely volunteer organization whose members do not collect a paycheck.  For more information or to make a donation, please contact us at http://www.friendsofhcas.org/ or directly at (813) 922-8364.