Tropicana Field lights up in blue to honor first responders, healthcare providers

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These are difficult times, but the St. Pete community is strong, resilient and united. Across the Sunshine City we’ve seen locals give all of themselves for the betterment of the community. A Food Truck Convoy launched to serve hundreds of families in need.

The St. Pete Free Clinic created a mobile food pantry to provide for Pinellas County residents in need. Pacific Counter has done its part to provide relief for hospitality workers who are out of a job, and Gratzzi has served hundreds of hospitality workers.

St. Pete Meals, a concept launched by Brian Zucker of St. Pete Rising and the EDGE Guide, has raised more than $42,000 and provided meals for countless healthcare providers in the city. One afternoon Zucker brought 160 meals from Greenstock to the Bay Pines VA Hospital. You can donate to the campaign by visiting St. Pete Meals’ website.

Speaking of Greenstock, the restaurant, along with Boyd Construction, Il RitornoHype Group alongside Taylor & Fulton Packing House, donated nearly 400 pounds of tomatoes to the St. Petersburg Free Clinic.

‪We #LightItBlue in support of healthcare, front line, and essential workers around the world.‬‪Thank you. ‬

Posted by Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday, April 9, 2020

Now, Tropicana Field is lighting up to show its support. A recent post from the Rays shows the ‘Burg’s baseball stadium with a blue top to honor the first responders and healthcare providers working exhaustively on behalf of St. Pete residents.

The Rays Baseball Foundation and Rowdies Soccer Fund also announced that they’re donating 1 million meals, and matching up to 1.5 million additional meals with Feeding Tampa Bay. You can learn more and donate here.


Written by Andrew Harlan

Andrew Harlan

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