Dimmitt Chevrolet goes pink for Breast Cancer Awareness

IMG_3487CLEARWATER, Fla. – Commuters on U.S. 19 might notice something different in Clearwater on Monday. Dimmitt Chevrolet wrapped the front of their new-car building in pink to promote Breast Cancer Awareness month.

A crane arrived at 9 a.m. Friday morning and team members from Jungle Cat Marketing began to wrap the signature blue archway of the 25,000 square foot building in pink.

“This year we wanted to do something big to support Breast Cancer Awareness,” said Scott Collore, general manager of Dimmitt Chevrolet. “There is certainly a need for more awareness and research, as this disease affects hundreds of thousands of people each year, including both men and women.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, breast cancer in the United States is the most common cancer in women, no matter their race or ethnicity. It is the most common cause of death from cancer among Hispanic women and the second most common cause of death from cancer among white, black, Asian/Pacific Islander, and American Indian/Alaskan Native women.

20150925_160230Additionally, the CDC reports that in 2012, there were 224,147 women and 2,125 men in the U.S. who were diagnosed with breast cancer, while 41,150 women and 405 men in the U.S. died from breast cancer.

Dimmitt Chevrolet was established in Clearwater, Florida in 1924 and employs more than 110 people. The car dealership was selected as the best auto dealership for 2015 by Creative Loafing’s Best of the Bay. Dimmitt Chevrolet was also named one of Tampa Bay’s top 100 places to work by the Tampa Bay Times in 2015.


Dimmitt Chevrolet to host 18th annual Corvette show to benefit the Pediatric Cancer Foundation

CLEARWATER, Fla. – T20141018_130738_resizedhe 18th annual Bay Area Corvette Club Show is scheduled to be held at Dimmitt Chevrolet in Clearwater on Oct. 17 from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. with this year’s focus being to benefit children’s cancer research. The show will officially kick off with opening ceremonies at 11 a.m.

Each year the club members select a charity to benefit through America’s patriotic values and the love of classic cars.

“We truly look forward to the Corvette show each year,” said Scott Collore, general manager of Dimmit Chevrolet. “Community events like this are a lot of fun and they serve an important purpose by bringing awareness and fundraising to issues like children’s cancer research.”

20141018_130808_resizedThis year the Pediatric Cancer Foundation will receive 100 percent of the money raised through entry fees, raffle ticket sales, 50/50 raffle and a live auction. Those who wish to donate directly to The Pediatric Cancer Foundation may do so at the event.

“We hold this show once a year with the intent of raising money for a specific charity the club selects early in the year,” explained Jack Tipton, president of the Bay Area Corvette Club.

The event is open to the general public at no cost. Over 100 cars are expected to be on display at this year’s show, providing the public a wide variety of Corvettes to see. There will be eleven classes and they are based on the seven generations of the Corvette (C1-C7), plus a class for modified and custom. The top three cars in each class will be awarded a trophy.

“Being able to come together and have a great time to raise money for charity is what the Bay Area Corvette Club represents,” said Tipton.  “This year it was all about helping the children.”

The Pediatric Cancer Foundation is dedicated to funding research to eliminate childhood cancer through our Sunshine Project.  Our focus is to find less toxic, more targeted therapies by partnering with leading hospitals nationwide.  We have assembled leading doctors and researchers from the country’s finest hospitals, all of whom have unique skill sets.  By agreeing to work together through the Sunshine Project, we have launched four clinical trials at 14 hospitals in eight years, opened the first blood and tissue banking program in Florida, and funded a new laboratory at Moffitt Cancer Center.

For more information on the Bay Area Corvette Club, visit www.baccvette.us

About Bay Area Corvette Club:

The mission of the Bay Area Corvette Club is to promote interest and information about America’s sports car, preserve our country’s patriotic values, and to help those in need with unbiased charitable acts of kindness.  Additionally the club represents a joint social environment, with monthly activities dedicated to the art of Corvette motoring skills and show events, with the accent on fun.


Luxury Italian fashion brand holds seasonal launch in Clearwater

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Sept. 10, 2015 – A fashion model walks the runway at Gioffre’s seasonal fashion launch. Photo by Thanos Genos.

CLEARWATER, Fla. – The luxury Italian fashion brand, GIOFFRÈ, and Villa Bellini restaurant in Clearwater kicked off Gioffre’s seasonal fashion launch with spectacular style Thursday evening. The event was filled with fashion, fine Italian food, wine, cocktails, deserts and live music.

At 7 p.m. on Thursday, traffic on Gulf to Bay Boulevard in Clearwater between U.S. 19 and McMullen Booth Road nearly came to a halt as limousines and exotic cars pulled into the parking lot of the beautifully remodeled 1929 building, which used to house Tio Pepe.

More than 300 guests wearing suits, tuxedos and gowns for the “creative black tie” dress code waited briefly in line next to Ferraris and Ducati motorcycles for the fashion show and culinary experience, named The Fairest of Them All. During the event, GIOFFRÈ showcased their autumn and winter collection, with over 40 new styles on a white-carpet fashion runway.

Attendees met with Angela Gioffrè, fashion designer and founder of GIOFFRÈ, and sampled fine Italian cuisine prepared by Ciro Mancini, executive chef of Villa Bellini.

Additionally, the renowned artist, Dick Zimmerman was on hand to exhibit his paintings. Zimmerman has painted portraits for Salvador Dali, Michael Jackson, Arnold Schwarzenegger, John Travolta, Tom Cruise and many others. His newest art features exquisite jewels mixed into his paintings, but he is perhaps best known for creating the album cover to Michael Jackson’s Thriller.

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Sept. 10, 2015 – Ciro Mancini, owner of Villa Bellini and Angela Gioffre, fashion designer and owner of Gioffre, take a lap around the fashion runway following the exhibition. Photo by Thanos Genos.

“The event went extremely well and we received positive feedback from the attendees,” said Erika Ceruti, brand manager at GIOFFRÈ. “We want to thank all of those who made the event possible and are looking forward to putting on more events like this.”

The event was sponsored by duPont registry, Euro Cycles of Tampa Bay, PureLife medi-spa, A+P Designs, FLöK by Bekim, Dana Dineen Floral Design, NARACAMICIE, OKYANOS Cell Therapy, Sir Dudley’s Custom Clothier, Brian James Gallery Photography, LED PRO event services and Judge Public Relations.



Sept. 10, 2015 – Models prepare before taking to the runway. Photo by Thanos Genos.

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.


New rifle designed to never be used by Muslim terrorists

Spikes_Tactical_Crusader_RifleAPOPKA, Fla. – A new assault rifle manufactured by Spike’s Tactical in Apopka, Florida is scheduled to become available for public purchase Wednesday morning.

The Spike’s Tactical Crusader is a new version of the AR-15 assault rifle and is designed with the purpose that it will not be able to be used by Muslim terrorists.

On the right side of the rifle, the Bible verse, Psalm 144:1 is laser etched into the magazine well. The Bible verse says, “Blessed be the Lord my Rock, who trains my hands for war, my fingers for battle.”

“Right now and as it has been for quite some time, one of the biggest threats in the world is and remains Islamic DSC_0427 (2)terrorism,” said Ben “Mookie” Thomas, spokesman for Spike’s Tactical, who is a former Navy Seal and former Blackwater security contractor. “We wanted to make sure we built a weapon that would never be able to be used by Muslim terrorists to kill innocent people or advance their radical agenda.”

The Crusader features a shield with a cross on the left side of the lower unit, while the safety selector markings feature the words, “Peace” for safe, “War” for semi-automatic, and “God wills it.” On the reverse side of the safety selector are the Latin translations of those words, Pax Pacis, Bellum, and Deus Vult.DSC_0437-Edit-Edit

The rifle shoots standard .223 or 5.56 ammunition, but can be modified to shoot 300 AAC Blackout ammunition by simply changing the barrel.

The Crusader retails for $1,395, and like all Spike’s Tactical products, has a manufacturer’s lifetime warranty.

For a list of full specifications and to learn more about purchasing the Crusader rifle, click here.

About Spike’s Tactical

Spike’s Tactical was founded the day before 9/11 by Mike and Angela Register and is headquartered in Apopka, Florida. The family-owned business employs more than 40 people and all products are made exclusively in the USA DSC_0432and assembled in Florida. Spike’s Tactical is regarded as one of the premier AR-15 manufacturers in the world. Their mission is to build the highest quality products and offer them at the best possible price to the consumer. Spike’s Tactical weapons are designed to military specifications for civilian, law enforcement and military use. All products manufactured by Spike’s Tactical feature a manufacturer’s lifetime warranty.DSC_0418