Women with Purpose founder receives grant: Royal Neighbors, one of the oldest, female-led life insurers in the country, and Women With Purpose joined forces to help women with cancer. Jane Morse-Swett, founder of Women With Purpose, was a recipient of a $10,000 grant from Royal Neighbors' Nation of Neighbors program. These grants provide financial support to empower women to achieve their full potential, realize a sense of renewed personal growth and give back to their communities. Morse-Swett was one was 10 women in the country given grants.
Clearwater realtor honored for service: Tom Gaspari, property manager with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Properties Group, was recognized with a Distinguished Service Award from the Pinellas Realtor Organization. Gaspari is with the firm's Countryside office in Clearwater. Gaspari earned the award for his work as a committee chair of the Pinellas Realtor Organization Leasing and Property Management Council. He is responsible for the direction of council activities and meets with the council regularly to discuss educational programs and service the council provides to more than 6,000 members.
Belle of the Ball honors Sun Country Cleaners for dress donations: Belle of the Ball, the leading Tampa Bay area homecoming and prom dress provider to girls in need, honored Sun Country Cleaners for the company's outstanding support. Sun Country Cleaners collects dresses and accessories for Belle of the Ball at all 39 of its locations. It also dry-cleaned all the dresses before donating them to Belle of the Ball, which in turn distributed the dresses to girls in the area for their high school dances. Since 2003, almost 4,500 dresses have been given to girls in need in 11 counties.