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Hometown Hillsborough for Oct. 3

Skoda Minotti

Skoda Minotti welcomes new staff:

Skoda Minotti recently announced the following professionals have joined the Tampa area CPA, financial and business advisory firm: Gladys Marquess, staff accountant, accounting and audit group and Brandon Powers, manager, tax group.

Fifth Third Bank

Fifth Third Bank partners with customers and community to fight cancer:

Fifth Third Bank recently partnered with customers and the community to help fight cancer and fund research this fall. The bank's recently launched "Pay To The Order Of," a program in which consumers who open a new checking account with direct deposit and make three online bill payments receive $150, with Fifth Third also giving $150 to Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C). The previous campaign helped the bank and its customers raise more than $2.3 million in donations to help fight cancer. Additionally, there is a social media component where Fifth Third will donate $1 to SU2C for each eligible photo shared using the hashtag #PayToTheOrderOf on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Vine. Caption for banner photo: Fifth Third Tampa employees stand with their "Pay to the Order of" banner.

Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful

Bud Light joins Keep America Beautiful's local affiliate, Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful, for improvent efforts:

Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful was recently chosen to be a part of a national community improvement effort sponsored by Bud Light. Volunteers came from all over the Tampa Bay area to the "Do Good. Have Fun" event. Enhancements were made to the Courtney Campbell Causeway trail, including environmental education signage installed, dunes created, gardens planted, shelters spruced up and monofilament recycling stations and cigarette butt collection receptacles were installed. After completion of the projects, volunteers celebrated their accomplishments at Hogan's Beach with a picnic lunch and live music hosted by Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful, Pepin Distributing and Bud Light. The community improvement event was part of Bud Light Volunteering Series in more than 50 other communities across the country. From left: Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful volunteers Nathaniel Hayes, Victor Chapman, Mason St. Martin, Alissa Johnson, Stephanie Kindberg and Justin Smith, helped stencil the shower tower and shelters at the Courtney Campbell Causeway Trail at the Bud Light "Do Good. Have Fun" event.

Metropolitan Ministries

JP Morgan Chase awards $100,000 to culinary arts program for Metropolitan Ministries:

For the second year, the culinary arts training program at Metropolitan Ministries received major funding from JP Morgan Chase to train and mentor clients interested in becoming chefs or culinary trained employees at some of the best restaurants in the Tampa Bay area. In 2013, JP Morgan Chase provided the Ministries with a $90,000 grant. This year it increased the amount to $100,000 to provide additional case management services for the students to assist them in recovering from the trauma they have experienced, navigating their careers and reaching self-sufficiency as they graduate from the program. As prep or station cooks, graduates have the opportunity to earn 25 percent greater income than if they were not to receive this experience. The culinary arts program accepts 32 students for the 16-week training classes. Upon graduation, the students received a Food Handling Certificate and a MM Culinary Arts Certificate. Metropolitan Ministries has two Inside the Box Cafés in Tampa, where every meal purchased provides a meal for someone who is hungry in the community. From left: Christine Long, senior director of programs, Metropolitan Ministries; Daniela Bemme-Mora, administrative assist.-client center manager JP Morgan Chase; Dan Borasch, president - Middle Market Banking West Florida, Commercial Banking JP Morgan Chase; Tim Marks, president/CEO Metropolitan Ministries; Cliff Barsi, director of food services Metropolitan Ministries; April Monteith, vice president, West Florida Middle Market - Commercial Banking JP Morgan Chase.

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