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Prominent women raising cash for Greenlight Pinellas campaign with Sept.



ST. PETERSBURG -- Some of the Bay area’s most prominent women are working to raise cash for the group backing the Greenlight Pinellas transit plan. 

Women Leaders for Greenlight Pinellas, which bills itself as “a grassroots group formed to support the county’s upcoming transportation referendum,” is holding a fundraising reception next week for the Yes on Greenlight campaign, which is funded by the Friends of Greenlight political committee.

The event slated for Sept. 9 at the Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort and Spa is “designed to galvanize Greenlight support from women in Pinellas” and will focus on “the need for better transportation options,” according to a news release sent Thursday.  Pinellas County Commissioners Susan Latvala, Janet Long and Karen Seel will speak about the Greenlight plan and “how it will improve the quality of life and foster economic development in the county,” the release says.

The event begins at 5:30 p.m. at the hotel, 301 South Gulfview Blvd. General admission tickets are $25, “with higher donation levels available.” Attendees are asked to RSVP to Anne Drake McMullen at by Sept. 3 with name, title and organization. You can make the donation by registering at, or pay at the door.

The group boasts support from more than 50 prominent business and political leaders including Mindy Grossman, CEO and director of HSN Inc.; Liz Smith, chairwoman of the board and CEO of Bloomin’ Brands, Inc.; St. Petersburg deputy mayor Kanika Tomalin; and Mercedes Sanchez Van Woerkom, managing director and equity research of Raymond James Financial

The event will likely give Friends of Greenlight a bump toward its $1 million goal as the campaign enters the last two months.

The opposition group No Tax for Tracks has raised about $46,000 so far.

If approved Nov. 4, the Greenlight plan would increase the county’s sales tax by one penny to 8 cents on the dollar to expand bus service and build a 24-mile light rail system connecting St. Petersburg and Clearwater. The entire project is projected to cost $2.2 billion to build and $130 million annually to operate.

[Last modified: Friday, August 29, 2014 9:47am]


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