Update on Race Cancellation

Now that the unfortunate news is out about the cancellation of the Jingle Bell Run, we want to address the questions and concerns that we have been getting regarding refunds for the event.
Boley Centers’ Jingle Bell Run is a fundraiser and the registration fee that is paid by participants is 100% tax deductible. Our organization relies on these funds each year to help provide adequate housing, clothing, furniture, and access to employment for individuals and families suffering from various mental health conditions and homelessness. Boley Centers is a non-profit organization that has been providing services to vulnerable populations for over 45 years. There is a significant amount of time, effort, & expense that goes into the Jingle Bell Run even in light of our cancellation.
This is the first time in 36 years that we have had to cancel the event and this decision was truly a last resort based on circumstances beyond our control. We attempted to reschedule the event, however with the City Event Calendar, the new ice rink at Albert Whitted Park and the coordination of over 150 volunteers, the logistics to reschedule were too difficult.
We are still offering t-shirts to all registrants and although we understand people’s disappointment, we are hopeful that most people will understand the circumstances and realize that the proceeds are going to a meaningful cause in our community. We have two options to offer to our loyal Jingle Bell Run registrants:
  • Do nothing and consider the fee paid as a donation that helps a local non-profit to provide essential resources to people in the community suffering from mental health conditions and homelessness.
  • If you would still like a refund, we are asking that you email us at boleyjbr@icloud.com no later than Monday, January 14 with the following information:
    • Name of all Adult Registrants
    • Name of all Child Registrants
    • Mailing Address
We are grateful for the support already shown by so many of you through your positive feedback through email and social media…we look forward to seeing all of you next year!
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Boley Centers’ 36th Annual Jingle Bell Run CANCELLED

Late Thursday (12/13) afternoon, we received word from City officials that Pinellas County has put out a severe weather alert for the evening of Friday, December 14.  This severe weather alert includes lightning and winds of 60+ mph.  In the interest of the safety of all of our volunteers and all those who would have participated in Boley Centers’36th Annual Jingle Bell Run, we have made the tough decision to cancel the event.   Unfortunately, due to scheduling &permitting challenges along with the coordination of over 100 volunteers, there is not enough time to reschedule the event this year.  This is the first time in 36 years that we have been forced to cancel the Jingle Bell Run but we hope that everyone understands and will join us again next year. If you have not already picked up your t-shirts, we will have them available at our main building located at: 445 31st Street North as well as our Thrift Store located at: 6163 9th Avenue North, both in St. Petersburg.

Boley Centers first began the Jingle Bell Run 36 years ago as a fundraiser to help support the mission of our local non-profit organization.  Over the years, with the help of this event, Boley has been able to provide affordable housing, employment, and mental health services to thousands of vulnerable individuals and families in our community.  All of the money raised for this event goes directly back to the people in our community that need it the most.  On behalf of all of those that we served we want to thank you for helping us to end the stigma of mental illness & homelessness and making a difference in people’s lives.  


2018 Boley Centers’ Staff Appreciation Dinner – AWARD WINNERS!

This past weekend gave staff at Boley Centers an opportunity to relax and enjoy our annual staff recognition dinner at the St. Petersburg Country Club. We love all of our staff members and would not be the strong service and housing provider we are today without them. Please join us in recognizing this year’s award winners…

2018 DEPARTMENTAL EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR WINNERS

Administration
Luz Nolasco-Warfield

Support Services
Jeffrey Dancil

Vocational Employment, Youth & Veterans Services
Gregory Lewis-Seals
Tasheika Rivera
Denise Szulis

Residential & Supported Housing
Dorothy Burbank
Donathan Cook
Christopher VanDuesen

Supported Living
Elizabeth Tolli

Day Services
John Pate

Homeless Services
Diane Harrell
Bernard Roof
Joan Walter

FACT
Eric Intravaia

Accounting
Joy Coleman

Housing
John German

YNS
Robert Parks

Esther Thorp – Employee Choice / Team Spirit Award Winner
Angela Levak

AGENCY SUPERVISOR OF THE YEAR
Tracey Smith

2018 AGENCY EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR
DENISE SZULIS!!!




You Spoke, We Listened! Boley Centers’ YOUR Neighborhood Store to Remain Open…

Boley Centers’ YOUR Neighborhood Store was slated to close on June 30th but we have one more chance to keep the store in the community so PLEASE help us spread the word about the store by LIKING and SHARING the page below.  We also really need your donations right now!  Please donate your gently used items!  YOUR Neighborhood Store was opened 15 years ago to help Boley with our mission to serve and support some of the most vulnerable individuals and families in our community.  We need your help to get the word out about this great store that helps so many people in our community, so please link to our Facebook Page below and help us spread the word and the love!

https://www.facebook.com/yourneighborhoodstore


Penny for Pinellas at Work

Penny for Pinellas is hard at work in our community and is helping Boley Centers to provide more affordable housing for individuals who are homeless, including Veterans.  Penny for Pinellas funds the Pinellas County Land Assembly Fund which paid for the land where we currently have 16 units under construction on Clam Bayou in St. Petersburg.  Construction is expected to be complete toward the end of the year and the new units will be called Poynter Preserves.  To learn more about Penny for Pinellas, visit http://www.pinellascounty.org/penny/.


Florida Governor Rick Scott Appoints Jack Humburg to Task Force on Affordable Housing

We are pleased to announce that Florida Governor Rick Scott has appointed five people to his Task Force on Affordable Housing.

One of those five is Jack Humburg who is Boley Centers’ Executive Vice President of Housing, Development, and ADA Services. Jack received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Ball State University. He fills a vacant seat and is appointed for a term beginning August 25, 2017, and ending January 1, 2018.

Congratulations Jack!


Be a Good ‘Burger!

We are honored and excited to be nominated for a #GoodBurgerStPete award in the “Community Conscious” category.  The Good ‘Burger Awards celebrate and recognize outstanding organizations that are making a positive impact on the St. Petersburg community.

Please be a Good ‘Burger yourself and cast your vote for Boley Centers and other well-deserving #GoodBurgerStPete nominees at stpete.com/GoodBurger between July 24 and August 18, 2017.