Oldsmar Cares Building Gives Local Community Something to Celebrate
Only 13 months after project approval from its Board of Directors, Oldsmar Cares is hosting the Grand Opening of its new facility at 149 SR 580 West, Oldsmar. The new building is adjacent to Oldsmar Cares’ previous cottage location which now shares a parking lot.
The new 3000 square foot building is home to a food pantry, clothing closet, conference room, OldsmarWorks career counselling and an administrative office. Another important feature of the building is the 400 square feet of dry storage for canned goods overflow. In the past Oldsmar Cares relied heavily on an off-site storage, but this new on-site storage will save money, make tracking inventory and rotating canned goods much more efficient. The official opening of the new Oldsmar Cares office was January 29, 2018, just days before the tremendously successful Oldsmar Cares Wine & Food Gala. “To say we had something to celebrate the night of the Gala is an understatement,” said Brenda Gaulin, vice chairperson, “Our mantra each year, to get the volunteer planning committee psyched is, Best Gala Ever! This year we delivered, by having one of our biggest fundraisers to date, raising over $103,000 for our local community.”
The Oldsmar Cares Board of Directors reached out to key members of the community to support the new building and the response was overwhelming. Three key events made the new building project possible. The City of Oldsmar agreed to a 40 year land lease at a very low cost to Oldsmar Cares. The Russell and Ruth Anderson Charitable Foundation, Inc. made a significant match to our fundraising efforts. “The Foundation is honored and pleased how the community came together to support the important work of Oldsmar Cares. It made our job easy to decide to get involved,” commented George Weiskopf, director, Russell and Ruth Anderson Charitable Foundation, Inc.
The final piece, to make this project happen so quickly was the generosity of corporate and individual donors with gifts of $10,000 or more. These donors include:
- City of Oldsmar
- Russell and Ruth Anderson Charitable Foundation, Inc
- Tampa Bay Downs
- David L. Wallace Architects
- Bollenback Builders
- Laurel Oaks Nursery
- John T. Taylor & Patricia A. Lamphear
- Northside Engineering
- Walter Fitzgerald
- Sue & Sam Brandon
- Jamson Labs / Power Kleen Corporation
- David & Elaine Pearson
- Eric & Amber Seidel
- Sorensen Family
- Joan & David L. Wallace
A sign recognizing this premier group of donors as well as anyone that donated $100 or more to the project will be installed in the main office of the new building shortly after the grand opening.
BUILDING DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION
The building was designed by David L. Wallace Architects, founded by David L. Wallace, Oldsmar Cares board member.
Construction was completed by Bollenback Builders, responsible for numerous local and regional projects include Oldsmar’s United Methodist Church sanctuary building.
BUILDING SERVICES & MAINTENANCE
Other services including landscaping and engineering were provided by Laurel Oaks Nursery, Northside Engineering and Walter Fitzgerald.
I’ve designed many free standing buildings in my career, but I have to say this building for Oldsmar Cares is one of my proudest projects. I have had the opportunity to work side-by-side with the most generous businesses and volunteers over these last 13 months.David L. Wallace, Oldsmar Cares board member
THE GRAND OPENING CELEBRATION
The Grand Opening Celebration will be held on Saturday, March 31,2018 from Noon to 2pm at 149 SR 580 West, Oldsmar.
A tent will be provided by the City of Oldsmar and food will be sponsored by Mother’s, Chick-fil-A Oldsmar, Smallcakes and Famous Pizza. The Kona Ice truck will also be on premises. Erdinger Weissbrau will be donating beer and sponsoring the bar and Entertainment will be provided by Manny Sanfeliz, singer and songwriter. Speedpro Imaging is donating the event signage.
I’m happy to be a part of this exciting time in Oldsmar Cares history. We’ve become known for our events and the grand opening will be a time to celebrate our achievements.Pamela Yerkes, Oldsmar Cares event coordinator and volunteer
The event will be open to the public and members of Oldsmar Board of Directors, Oldsmar City Council and local dignitaries will attend. The Upper Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce will kick-off the event with a ribbon cutting ceremony.
Donations are still needed and brick pavers are available for sale by visiting visit www.oldsmarcares.org or contact Brenda Gaulin at 813-728-6968 or Brenda.Gaulin@oldsmarcares.org.