December 2018

Santa is making His Way From the North Pole
to our neighborhood to put smiles on the many faces of the children we adopt over the Holidays. CHRISTMAS is such an important time of the year to put smiles on the faces of these children who often have little to smile about and thanks to you, and your generous hearts there will be plenty of smiles on Christmas Morning.

Our list was BIG this year and as of this writing, we have all but 10 children out of 200 that have been adopted. That is AMAZING and we are so GRATEFUL….
God Bless Our Angels

A bell’s not a bell ’til you ring it.
A song’s not a song ’til you sing it.
Love in your heart wasn’t put here to stay.
Love isn’t love ’til you give it away
(Oscar Hammerstein)

 

CALLING ALL ANGELS…
ANNUAL CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 12TH 2018

OUR ANNUAL CHRISTMAS GIVING PROGRAM
8:30 am – 10:00 am
Pasadena Community Church, Life Enrichment Center
GYMNASIUM
227 70th Street South
St Petersburg, FL

PLEASE RSVP AND LET US KNOW HOW MANY FROM YOUR AGENCY WILL BE ATTENDING OUR CHRISTMAS PARTY. WE USUALLY HAVE A BIG TURNOUT AND WE WE WANT TO MAKE SURE WE HAVE SEATS FOR EVERYONE. PASADENA COMMUNITY CHURCH WILL BE PROVIDING THE GOODIES SO IT SHOULD BE VERY SPECIAL! THIS IS THE TIME OF YEAR WHEN YOU HEAR FROM OUR COMMUNITY PARTNERS THAT WILL FILL YOUR HEARTS WITH JOY KNOWING THE DIFFERENCE THE ANGELS ARE MAKING IN OUR COMMUNITY. THE ROOM IS FILLED WITH GIFTS AND TOYS FOR ALL THESE CHILDREN AND I PROMISE YOU WILL WALK AWAY WITH JOY IN YOUR HEART!

Please click below to rsvp with a YES or a NO so I can make sure the room is set up.

We look forward to seeing you. Bring a Friend to join in the fun of the MAGIC we make in children’s lives.

For those of you who have adopted a child or a family, please make sure your gifts have the following information so we can make sure all the gifts are distributed to the appropriate agencies. Please wrap your gifts and have them in One Large Bag! I have purchased a lot of bags so if you need some, please let me know or you can purchase them at Home Goods, Marshalls or TJ Max for $.99 cents. They have all kinds of Christmas Bags to choose from. We need the following information on each bag:

  • Name of the Child
  • Name of the Agency

If you are unable to attend and need your gifts picked up, please email me for the arrangements – [email protected] or call 727-804-7710

TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING COMMUNITY HERO SPECIAL NIGHT TO REMEMBER!

Click here for more information!

 

Tampa Bay Lightning Foundation & the Vinik Family Foundation

Dear Tampa Bay Lightning Foundation and the Vinik Family Foundation and also, Elizabeth Frazier, who makes this night happen! There are no words to describe what this honor means to me both personally and for my Angels. This past Wednesday evening will be a memory that I will hold dearly to my heart forever! I knew the night would be special, but never did I think it would be the most special night I could have ever imagined. I have never thought of myself as a Hero to anyone and never was one that liked recognition, but Wednesday night was so special and so meaningful to me that there are no appropriate words to describe how I felt and still feel. From the moment I walked into the Arena until I left, I felt like a princess. Not only was the Lightning Family amazing, but the Jabil staff was so amazing and made all of our guests feel so welcome and so special. Everything about the night was perfect and I know that you, Elizabeth, are the behind the scenes person that pulls it all together.

Mr. Vinik, Thank you so much for all you do for the many Heroes and in our community. It must be so gratifying to help so many people in our community with this amazing award.

From the bottom of my heart, Thank you!

Sandra Lee Kearney, Founder
Angels Against Abuse Inc.

The Tampa Bay Lightning Community Hero Event
Wednesday, November 21st 2018

I would like to thank each and everyone of you for your support and generous hearts over the years to the Angels. Wednesday Night November 21st, 2018, will be a night that I will remember for the rest of my life. It is such an honor to be a recipient of the Tampa Bay Lightning Community Hero and have such an amazing experience that I was given! The true Heroes in our lives are the children and youth we advocate for everyday in hopes of giving them Hope for a better tomorrow. Our amazing team of Angels are my heroes who make the Angels soar and without them we would not be able to impact the lives of these children who need all the love and support that we can give them. So from me to each of you “Thank You” for blessing my life and making such a difference!

NOVEMBER WAS AN AMAZING MONTH FOR THE ANGELS!!

THANKS TO

  • THE BREWHAHA FOUNDATION
  • THE WHITE FAMILY FOUNDATION
  • THE TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING FOUNDATION

A BIG SHOUT OUT TO OUR AMAZING SUPPORTERS. THANK YOU FOR HELPING US TO HELP THEM AND GIVING THOSE LESS FORTUNATE HOPE FOR A BETTER TOMORROW….

THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF OUR HEARTS….

FOR ALL YOUR SUPPORT

2018 – YES WE DID IT!

THANK YOU ANGELS FOR WRITING YOUR REVIEWS!
WE DID IT AGAIN! 2018/ TOP RATED NON-PROFIT –
ANGELS AGAINST ABUSE…. GO ANGELS!

PLEASE CLICK ON THE BUTTONS FOR EACH OF THE UPCOMING EVENTS TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE EVENTS GOING ON IN OUR COMMUNITY AND ESPECIALLY THOSE THAT ARE PART OF ANGELS AGAINST ABUSE, INC. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, PLEASE EMAIL ME AT [email protected]

PLEASE SHOW YOUR SUPPORT!

We are looking for volunteers for all of our upcoming events. Please contact Sandy Kearney by clicking on the above link and let us know which of our upcoming events you are available to help volunteer. Please remember that all of these events benefit the Angels and your support will make a difference. Thank you for your support!

BLUE RIBBON GALA 2019
APRIL 27TH 2019
ST PETE YACHT CLUB
6:30 PM TO 11:00 PM

Mark This Date On Your Calendar

Our Annual Blue Ribbon Gala will be doing something a little different in 2019. Our Gala will be a Masquerade Ball! Start your search now for that perfect mask to grace our evening with. As the year unfolds the Angels will provide all the details about next year’s amazing Gala.

YOU WON’T WANT TO MISS THIS EVENT!

PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR UPCOMING EVENTS

December 12th , 2018 – 8:30 am -10:00 am
Angel Christmas Giving Celebration
St Pete Yacht Club
11 Central Avenue, St Pete, FL

April 27th , 2019 – 6:30 pm -11:00 pm
Annual Blue Ribbon Gala, Masquerade Ball
St Pete Yacht Club
Details to Follow

Each of us can look back upon someone who made a great difference in our lives, often a teacher or a volunteer whose wisdom or simple acts of caring made an impression. In all likelihood, it was someone who sought no recognition for their deed other than the joy of knowing that, by their hand, another’s life had been made better. God Bless our Volunteers!

November Meeting Reminders

Santa is making His list and checking it twice
to see who has been naughty or nice …
Yes Angels, it is that time of year that we start putting together the Wish List for the children we advocate for all year long. This is an important time of the year to put smiles on the faces of children who often have little to smile about.
As usual, our list is BIG so we are counting on each of YOU to help us make a difference….

CALLING ALL ANGELS…

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 13TH 2018
ANGEL MEETING
KICK-OFF TO OUR CHRISTMAS GIVING
8:30 am – 9:30 am
Pasadena Community Church, Life Enrichment Center
227 70th Street South
St Petersburg, FL

HELLO ANGELS

Guest Speaker – Dora Starling, Pinellas County Foster and Adoptive Parent Association. They will be continuing our legacy of the Annual Child Advocacy Expo. We look forward to hearing about what they do and their plans for the 2019 Expo….

The Focus for our November Meeting will be gearing up for our Annual Christmas Giving. The Angels make magic for hundreds of children who need a little magic in their lives, the children we advocate for 24/7. For many of these children we give them a day to remember for years to come and HOPE for a better tomorrow. In order for us to accomplish this huge task, we need your help! Christmas is just around the corner and their is a lot of preparation and plans to make this magic happen….We put a lot of smiles on the faces of children in our community who often have little to smile about. We cannot possibly create these special memories and smiles without you, so please set time aside from your busy schedules to attend our November Meeting to see how you can help. Last year we did over 300 children and that is really outstanding but there are so many children who never will get the real meaning of Christmas without our generous hearts.

PLEASE RSVP and try to make our meeting. If anyone has any new business to bring to the meeting, this is a great way to stay connected and keep our members engaged.

Please click below to rsvp with a YES or a NO
so I can make sure the room is set up.

We look forward to seeing you. Bring a Friend to join in the fun of the MAGIC we make in children’s lives.

WE ARE PASSING THE TORCH

There is nothing better than to plant a seed and watch it grow. The Angels had a vision 10 years ago to find ways to get to know our community leaders and assess the needs of the children and youth we serve in the child welfare system. We also wanted to bring everyone together in one room and introduce them to the many resources available in our community in an effort to strengthen our partners ability to grow as well with their mission. We felt that working together as a TEAM would benefit the children, youth and families in the child welfare system. Our vision became a reality with the Child Advocacy Expo. This event has been effective in helping our partners network with one another, find ways to combine their efforts, eliminate duplication, identify solutions, and finding common ground that impacts our children in a much bigger way. Over the past 10 years this event has evolved to include not only our community partners, but also includes the organizations and businesses who provide funding by allowing one on one introductions; we have opened our doors to include students who are looking for possible employment opportunities within the system. This Expo has become a valuable resource in our community! After our 10 year journey, we feel we accomplished our goal and we now want to find new ways to make a difference in the community.

October 12th, 2018, was our last Child Advocacy Expo! BUT! Within minutes of this announcement, we were approached by Dora Starling with the Pinellas County Foster and Adoptive Parent Association that they would like to take the Expo over. it was a bitter sweet moment for the Angels, but there is no greater compliment than to have a program continue on with new blood and new excitement! Thank you Dora for keeping our legacy alive and you can count on the Angels to help in any way we can. Sandy Kearney

Special thanks to Nicole Spinelli for chairing this event for 10 years and to all those helping Angels that show up and meet and greet our guests.

FOR ALL YOUR SUPPORT

2018 – YES WE DID IT!

THANK YOU ANGELS FOR WRITING YOUR REVIEWS!
WE DID IT AGAIN! 2018/ TOP RATED NON-PROFIT –
ANGELS AGAINST ABUSE…. GO ANGELS!

PLEASE CLICK ON THE BUTTONS FOR EACH OF THE UPCOMING EVENTS TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE EVENTS GOING ON IN OUR COMMUNITY AND ESPECIALLY THOSE THAT ARE PART OF ANGELS AGAINST ABUSE, INC. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, PLEASE EMAIL ME AT [email protected]

PLEASE SHOW YOUR SUPPORT!

We are looking for volunteers for all of our upcoming events. Please contact Sandy Kearney by clicking on the above link and let us know which of our upcoming events you are available to help volunteer. Please remember that all of these events benefit the Angels and your support will make a difference. Thank you for your support!

BLUE RIBBON GALA 2019
APRIL 27TH 2019
ST PETE YACHT CLUB
6:30 PM TO 11:00 PM

Mark This Date On Your Calendar

Our Annual Blue Ribbon Gala will be doing something a little different in 2019. Our Gala will be a Masquerade Ball! Start your search now for that perfect mask to grace our evening with. As the year unfolds the Angels will provide all the details about next year’s amazing Gala.

YOU WON’T WANT TO MISS THIS EVENT!

PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR UPCOMING EVENTS

Summer Break

November 13th , 2018 – 8:30 am – 2:00 pm
Angel Meeting – Pasadena Community Church
Life Enrichment Center- 227 70th Street So
St Petersburg, FL

December 12th , 2018 – 8:30 am -10:00 am
Angel Christmas Giving Celebration
St Pete Yacht Club
11 Central Avenue, St Pete, FL

April 27th , 2019 – 6:30 pm -11:00 pm
Annual Blue Ribbon Gala, Masquerade Ball
St Pete Yacht Club
Details to Follow

Each of us can look back upon someone who made a great difference in our lives, often a teacher or a volunteer whose wisdom or simple acts of caring made an impression. In all likelihood, it was someone who sought no recognition for their deed other than the joy of knowing that, by their hand, another’s life had been made better. God Bless our Volunteers!

November 2018

THE 10TH ANNUAL CHILD ADVOCACY EXPO WAS A HUGE SUCCESS
THE ANGELS ENDED THEIR FINAL EXPO IN A BIG WAY!
WE ACCOMPLISHED OUR GOAL TO BRING OUR
COMMUNITY PARTNERS TOGETHER
TO WORK AS A TEAM MAKING A BIGGER DIFFERENCE
IN THE LIVES OF THE CHILDREN WE ADVOCATE FOR 24/7
BUT IT GETS BETTER AS YOU READ ON….

WE ARE PASSING THE TORCH

There is nothing better than to plant a seed and watch it grow. The Angels had a vision 10 years ago to find ways to get to know our community leaders and assess the needs of the children and youth we serve in the child welfare system. We also wanted to bring everyone together in one room and introduce them to the many resources available in our community in an effort to strengthen our partners ability to grow as well with their mission. We felt that working together as a TEAM would benefit the children, youth and families in the child welfare system. Our vision became a reality with the Child Advocacy Expo. This event has been effective in helping our partners network with one another, find ways to combine their efforts, eliminate duplication, identify solutions, and finding common ground that impacts our children in a much bigger way. Over the past 10 years this event has evolved to include not only our community partners, but also includes the organizations and businesses who provide funding by allowing one on one introductions; we have opened our doors to include students who are looking for possible employment opportunities within the system. This Expo has become a valuable resource in our community! After our 10 year journey, we feel we accomplished our goal and we now want to find new ways to make a difference in the community.

October 12th, 2018, was our last Child Advocacy Expo! BUT! Within minutes of this announcement, we were approached by Dora Starling with the Pinellas County Foster and Adoptive Parent Association that they would like to take the Expo over. it was a bittersweet moment for the Angels, but there is no greater compliment than to have a program continue on with new blood and new excitement! Thank you Dora for keeping our legacy alive and you can count on the Angels to help in any way we can. Sandy Kearney

Special thanks to Nicole Spinelli for chairing this event for 10 years and to all those helping Angels that show up and meet and greet our guests.

ANOTHER FANTASTIC BREWHAHA!!

WHAT A NIGHT OF ENJOYMENT AND ENTERTAINMENT HOSTED BY THE AMAZING BREWHAHA FOUNDATION. THEY CAST THEIR FINAL SPELL WITH A NIGHT TO REMEMBER FOR YEARS TO COME. ON BEHALF OF ANGELS AGAINST ABUSE, INC. WE WANT TO THANK EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU FOR YOUR YEARS OF SUPPORT TO THE ANGELS AND SELECTING THE ANGELS AS YOUR CHARITY OF CHOICE FOR THE PAST THREE YEARS, RIGHT TO THE END… WE ARE ANXIOUSLY AWAITING THE FINAL NUMBERS AND WILL KEEP EVERYONE POSTED! SPECIAL THANKS TO PHIL AND MICHELE FARLEY FOR HOSTING THIS EVENT AT THEIR BEAUTIFUL MANSION MAKING THIS EVENT SPECTACULAR.

THANK YOU BREWHAHA FOR TOUCHING SO MANY LIVES FOR THE PAST 11 YEARS. THERE ARE NO WORDS FOR YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS TO THIS COMMUNITY.

CALLING ALL ANGELS…

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 13TH 2018
ANGEL MEETING
KICK-OFF TO OUR CHRISTMAS GIVING
8:30 am – 9:30 am
Pasadena Community Church, Life Enrichment Center
227 70th Street South
St Petersburg, FL

HELLO ANGELS

Dear Angels, our October Meeting was a great meeting in spite of Hurricane Michael. WE had a lot of last minute cancellations, but we had a lot of new faces that filled the room. The Angels are thriving and growing every day. Thank you so much for helping us make a difference in the lives of the children we serve.

The Focus for our November Meeting will be gearing up for our Annual Christmas Giving. The Angels make magic for hundreds of children who need a little magic in their lives, the children we advocate for 24/7. For many of these children we give them a day to remember for years to come and HOPE for a better tomorrow. In order for us to accomplish this huge task, we need your help! Christmas is just around the corner and their is a lot of preparation and plans to make this magic happen….We put a lot of smiles on the faces of children in our community who often have little to smile about. We cannot possibly create these special memories and smiles without you, so please set time aside from your busy schedules to attend our November Meeting to see how you can help. Last year we did over 300 children and that is really outstanding but there are so many children who never will get the real meaning of Christmas without our generous hearts.

PLEASE RSVP and try to make our meeting. If anyone has any new business to bring to the meeting, this is a great way to stay connected and keep our members engaged.

Please click below to rsvp with a YES or a NO
so I can make sure the room is set up.

We look forward to seeing you. Bring a Friend to join in the fun of the MAGIC we make in children’s lives.

ANGELS CHRISTMAS GIVING

ANGELS ON THE MOVE

ANGEL CORNER
EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT BABY COURT
PINELLAS COUNTY COURTHOUSE

To: Angels Against Abuse

From: The Honorable Judge Todd, Early Childhood Court

Angels Against Abuse wanted to give back by creating a space for children and families within Early Childhood Court to have positive interactions while at court waiting for hearings and Family Team Meetings. The Angel’s Corner will allow families to have a warm, safe, fun environment to see and play with their children. Equipped with movies, books, and sensory toys as well as beautiful colors and an inspirational theme and the Angel’s Corner helps to encourage this positive interaction. Early Childhood Court is a specialty court within the 6th Judicial Circuit, that serves families involved in the Dependency System with children ages 0-5, using a trauma informed, child centered approach. Early Childhood Court recognizes that any opportunity for children to have a quality interaction with their parent works to secure the bond and attachment that they share and increases the likelihood for reunification and timely permanency for the children that we serve. Thank you so much to the Angels for sprinkling your dust over the children and families at the Courthouse

ANGEL MAKING MAGIC
DIRECTIONS FOR LIVING – TAMPA LOCATION

A message from April – I felt more excited than I anticipated – it is simply beautiful. It is even more than I had hoped for and accomplished my goal of the room feeling like there were several different spaces to visit all with in the same room!

I will never be able to thank the Angels enough for what they have done and for being such a wonderful support to me and the children we serve. I have asked myself “what have I done to deserve the angels?” And I have asked myself “where have the Angels been all my life”.

Your Angels are true angels – and I am grateful everyday for all your organization does for children!:

April Lott
President/CEO
Directions For Living

FOR ALL YOUR SUPPORT

ANGEL WALL OF FAME DONATIONS

Thank you Derby Lane, Richard Winning and Steve Hlas for your continued support to our organization. Thanks to your support we can continue to give the children and youth we advocate for 24/7 HOPE for a better tomorrow. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for helping us to help them!

Sandy Kearney, Founder
Angels Against Abuse, Inc.

Thank you to The Broadrick Family Foundation for your support to the Angels. It is only thanks to your generosity that the Angel Resource Room is stocked for the many requests that come our way for the children and youth we advocate for every day. The Angels give HOPE for a better tomorrow and if it weren’t for individuals and organizations like the Broadrick Family Foundation, we would be unable to make the difference that we make. Thank you for helping us to help them!

Sandy Kearney, Founder
Angels Against Abuse, Inc.

A BIG THANK YOU FROM THE PINELLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE, CPI DIVISION, FOR PROVIDING TABLETS TO OUR CHILDREN. THIS HAS BEEN SUCH A TREAT FOR THE TIME THESE CHILDREN HAVE TO BE IN TRANSIT WITH NOTHING TO DO. FROM THE BOTTOM OF OUR HEARTS, THANK YOU…

The tablets Angels donated have been so helpful. We had to transport a child to a relative in Miami yesterday and it kept her happy and entertained during the 4 hour drive. We also have a low functioning autistic child on another case who loves to use it during visits. Before bringing out the tablet, he was hitting the walls and himself, part of his typical behaviors. Please let Sandy know they are going to good use. J

Sarah Anthony
Family Support Worker Supervisor
Child Protection Investigator Supervisor
Child Protection Investigation Division
Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office

2018 – YES WE DID IT!

THANK YOU ANGELS FOR WRITING YOUR REVIEWS!
WE DID IT AGAIN! 2018/ TOP RATED NON-PROFIT –
ANGELS AGAINST ABUSE…. GO ANGELS!

PLEASE CLICK ON THE BUTTONS FOR EACH OF THE UPCOMING EVENTS TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE EVENTS GOING ON IN OUR COMMUNITY AND ESPECIALLY THOSE THAT ARE PART OF ANGELS AGAINST ABUSE, INC. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, PLEASE EMAIL ME AT [email protected]

PLEASE SHOW YOUR SUPPORT!

We are looking for volunteers for all of our upcoming events. Please contact Sandy Kearney by clicking on the above link and let us know which of our upcoming events you are available to help volunteer. Please remember that all of these events benefit the Angels and your support will make a difference. Thank you for your support!

BLUE RIBBON GALA 2019
APRIL 27TH 2019
ST PETE YACHT CLUB
6:30 PM TO 11:00 PM

Mark This Date On Your Calendar

Our Annual Blue Ribbon Gala will be doing something a little different in 2019. Our Gala will be a Masquerade Ball! Start your search now for that perfect mask to grace our evening with. As the year unfolds the Angels will provide all the details about next year’s amazing Gala.

YOU WON’T WANT TO MISS THIS EVENT!

PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR UPCOMING EVENTS

Summer Break

November 13th , 2018 – 8:30 am – 2:00 pm
Angel Meeting – Pasadena Community Church
Life Enrichment Center- 227 70th Street So
St Petersburg, FL

December 12th , 2018 – 8:30 am -10:00 am
Angel Christmas Giving Celebration
St Pete Yacht Club
11 Central Avenue, St Pete, FL

April 27th , 2019 – 6:30 pm -11:00 pm
Annual Blue Ribbon Gala, Masquerade Ball
St Pete Yacht Club
Details to Follow

Each of us can look back upon someone who made a great difference in our lives, often a teacher or a volunteer whose wisdom or simple acts of caring made an impression. In all likelihood, it was someone who sought no recognition for their deed other than the joy of knowing that, by their hand, another’s life had been made better. God Bless our Volunteers!