Metro Wellness & Community Centers Celebrate 25th Anniversary

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25 years of serving the Tampa Bay community calls for a celebration! Metro Wellness & Community Centers are celebrating their silver anniversary this Saturday during their annual fundraising gala. Celebrate 25 Gala is taking place at Gatsby’s Bistro (13355 49th St. North, Clearwater.)

Enjoy an open bar, dinner, and an evening of live entertainment with host and comedian, Christine O’Leary. Dance, drink, and dine as your ticket funds so many of the services and programs that LGBTQ+ youth, seniors, and transgender community rely on.

Click HERE to purchase your ticket.

A quarter century of serving Tampa Bay

The early days for Metro Charities were rough with too few clients, little revenue, yet plenty of work. Fundraisers were always important in keeping Metropolitan Charities afloat, and the members of King of Peace church were very supportive.

Space in the church was provided to Metropolitan Charities, but it was very small and soon became extremely over crowded. It was clear that more space was greatly needed in order for the organization to grow.

Today, Metropolitan Charities is a comprehensive social service agency that meets the needs of the HIV-affected, GLBT and other at–risk communities of Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties. They serve over 2,000 people at any one time, through substance abuse treatment and prevention, counseling, case management, prevention services, a thrift store, and social and recreational programs. Metropolitan Charities employs over 50 dedicated staff members that serve the community with dignity and compassion.

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Written by Brian Bailey


Brian Bailey is the founder of I Love the Burg and That's So Tampa. In addition to regular contributions to each blog, he's been featured as a commentator to Bay New 9, The Tampa Tribune, The Tampa Bay Times, The Tampa Bay Business Journal and The Business Observer as well as national outlets including The Huffington Post and The Wall Street Journal. Brian is currently the Chief Marketing & Experience Officer for Metro Inclusive Health.