Girls Incorporated of Pinellas will honor Pinellas County Commissioner, Kathleen Peters, and Director of Urban Affairs for the City of St. Petersburg, Nikki Capehart, at their signature fundraiser, the 2019 Champion Spotlight Gala on March 29 at The Club at Treasure Island.
Commissioner Kathleen Peters was elected to the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners in 2018. She served southwest Pinellas County in the Florida House of Representatives from 2012 – 2018, and as Mayor of South Pasadena from 2009 – 2012. As a legislator, and now County Commissioner, her policy focus is fighting for mental health and substance abuse treatment reform. Peters spent years touring jails across the state and meeting with sheriffs, judges, and mental health experts to implement policy to stop the criminalization of these vulnerable populations and encourage access to proactive treatment with wrap-around services. Nikki Gaskin-Capehart is a native of St. Petersburg and was appointed by Mayor Rick Kriseman to serve as the Director of Urban Affairs for the City of St. Petersburg. She is a change agent leading the City’s plans on behalf of the Mayor in the urban core. Her focus on the South St. Petersburg Community Redevelopment Area helps to leverage existing community resources and direct new investments in people, programs, and purpose in a way that will be impactful and sustainable.
The Urban Affair’s strategic plan focuses on four areas of investment; opportunity creation, nurturing neighborhoods and families, connecting through cultural affairs, and being a catalyst for commerce. This strategy is deeply rooted in the City’s vision to be a “City of Opportunity” where the sun shines on all who come to live, work and play.
“As our community’s only organization focused on providing high-level academic enrichment activities aimed at giving our girls the skills necessary to be successful, we are thrilled to honor two extraordinary women who embody our values and we can highlight as role models for the girls we serve,” said Yvonne Ulmer, Executive Director of Girls Incorporated of Pinellas. “This event is our premier fundraiser that allows us to continue our programming and expand our services.”
Tickets and additional information about the event can be found at https://girlsinc-pinellas.org/champion-spotlight-gala-2019. ###
ABOUT GIRLS INCORPORATED OF PINELLAS Girls Incorporated of Pinellas is a Florida 501(c)(3) with the mission of inspiring all girls to be strong, smart and bold. They achieve this through the Girls Inc. Experience which equips girls to navigate gender, economic and social barriers and grow into healthy, educated and independent adults. The curriculum includes education in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), literacy, creative arts, healthy living and life skills.
For more information about Girls Inc of Pinellas please visit their website www.girlsinc-pinellas.org or call 727-544-6230.