Trevor Burgess and Gary Hess donate $250,000 to St. Pete charities

Trevor Burgess and Gary Hess donate $250,000 to St. Pete charities

Trevor Burgess and Gary Hess are committed to supporting nonprofits here in St. Petersburg. In celebration of their 25th Anniversary, the pair have pledged $25,000 donations to 10 different charities in the Tampa Bay region.

“25 years ago today, we met at a gay pride block party in Boston. We have called Boston, New York, Los Angeles, London, and now St. Petersburg home,” wrote Burgess in an announcement on Facebook. “In celebration of our silver 25th anniversary, we are announcing gifts of $25,000 to each of ten local charities.”


Supporting nonprofits here in St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg Free Clinic to help with food insecurity as our community recovers from the devastating impact of COVID-192.

Metro Inclusive Health to help improve health outcomes in the LGBTQ+ community

Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum to their new building capital campaign so that the story of St Petersburg’s Black community can be further celebrated.


Shorecrest Preparatory School towards diversity focused materials for the new Hess Library and Media Center, named in memory of Gary’s father, Gerald Hess, himself a former school librarian.

ACT St Pete and their afterschool programs focused on under-served at-risk communities in Pinellas County.

Florida Holocaust Museum for building improvements to educate future generations about the dangers of antisemitism and hatred.

The Dalí Museum, Florida’s preeminent arts museum.

Academy Prep Center of St. Petersburg, FL in support of their mission to educate high achieving middle school children in St Petersburg.

Equality Florida towards their passionate fight for equal rights for the LGBTQ+ citizens of Florida

Thestudio@620, St Petersburg’s home for the arts, social justice, and community issues.

Organizations performing vital work here in the ‘Burg

“These ten gifts totaling $250,000 are our way of saying thank you, and to celebrate our love with St Pete,” wrote Burgess. “Please join us in supporting these amazing organizations or one of many other highly deserving charities that help the social fabric of our communities.”

This is a tremendous reminder to support the nonprofit organizations doing imperative work right here in St. Pete.

Other nonprofits worth supporting here in the ‘Burg:

Tampa Bay Collard Green Festival

Cultured Books

Reach St. Pete

Keep Pinellas Beautiful


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