Thomas J. Ellwanger has joined the firm of Gassman Law Associates P.A., 1245 Court St., Suite 102, Clearwater.
Ellwanger, a former shareholder in Fowler, White & Boggs, P.A., is a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. He will be practicing in the areas of tax and estate planning, trust and estate administration, charitable planning and business law.
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Clearwater's Homeless Emergency Project Inc. has announced the addition of Rick Vaughn to its board of directors.
Vaughn has represented the Tampa Bay Rays Major League Baseball team since 1996 and currently serves as its vice president of communications. Before that, he worked 10 years with the Baltimore Orioles public relations office and spent two years as director of communications for the National Football League's Washington Redskins.
In 2003 he received the Robert O. Fishel Award for Public Relations Excellence. Presented to an active, nonuniformed MLB representative, it recognizes an individual with high ethics, character, dedication, service, professionalism and humanitarianism.
"HEP is pleased that Rick has joined the organization as a new board member," said Bruce Fyfe, chairman of the HEP board. "He has established himself at all levels, including internationally, bringing exposure to the various sports leagues he represents. His participation with the HEP board will certainly enhance our efforts in featuring the myriad programs we provide to men, women and children who are homeless. We are excited about Rick's contribution to the organization as we continue to broaden the visibility of the shelter beyond just Pinellas County."
In addition to his new role with HEP, Vaughn also serves on the board of directors for Clearwater for Youth and is an active volunteer for the Miracle League of St. Petersburg.
Vaughn is a graduate of Virginia's George Mason University. He and his wife, Sue, have two daughters.
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