On Saturday, April 21, 2012, over 2500 volunteers painted 100 houses of low-income, elderly Tampa residents in the twenty fourth annual “Paint Your Heart Out Tampa!”. This was the 22nd consecutive year of participation in PYHOT for the Hillsborough Community College Team.
“Every year I am amazed at the growing HCC turnout for this project. This year we had 81 students, faculty and staff who joined our group!” said team captain and Dale Mabry Mathematics Professor, Kathryn Pantelis.
In addition to the many student volunteers from the Dale Mabry campus, faculty and staff stepped up to join the team including Mark Switzer, Eric Joost, Kathryn Pantelis, Sherry Sippel, Mara Manis, Diego Grilli, Rachel DeSanto, Darwin Driggers, Hatem Ali, and DMSGA Advisor Chris McDermott along with retired DMSGA Advisor Ken Turley. Paul Rocha, president of the Criminal Justice Student Association at the Ybor City Campus, also participated along with many student club members.
With all of its generous volunteers and through the financial support of the Dale Mabry Student Government Association, the HCC PYHOT Team year after year has been sharing their time and talent to assist those who are in need. HCC’s team has helped Tampa demonstrate to the world that this city can and does put forth its best effort to show that they care about one another. These efforts add up to more than just a fresh coat of paint. Paint Your Heart Out improves the homeowners’ property and renews their faith in community spirit. It beautifies our city’s neighborhoods and creates a sense of pride on the volunteers and sponsors who make it happen. The fact that they were there and put forth the additional effort reflects the type of people who live and work in our community.
Thank you to the entire Dale Mabry Paint Your Heart Out Team for being a part of this wonderful, warm, and successful program. The pride of being able to help someone less fortunate than yourself is something that helps make Tampa the great city that it is.
To sign up to paint with our HCC team next year, contact Kathryn Pantelis at 253-7261 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Article written by: Dale Mabry Staff