For the safety and well-being of all of our friends in the community, we are opting to go virtual with this year’s event! Please visit www.runsignup.com/boleyjbr to learn more about this year’s Jingle Bell Run!
We are looking for artists to submit design ideas for this year’s Jingle Bell Run! Hop on over to the Jingle Bell Run page to read more.
Boley Centers turns 50 this year and we are celebrating in a big way! First party – meet us at the ball…
The Queen of Hearts Ball is one of St. Petersburg’s most anticipated charitable events of the season. The Ball is an evening of glamour and excitement. The gala includes a cocktail hour, dinner, dancing, live music, silent and live auctions, and an elegant program honoring our two selected charities and many of St. Petersburg’s most philanthropic and honorable women.
This is the Queen’s Court’s only fundraiser. Since the Queen’s Court is operated solely by volunteers, 100% of all proceeds raised by the ball are distributed directly to the two selected charities. We look forward to you joining us and the 2020 Queen’s Royal Court at this year’s event. All proceeds raised will benefit Boley Centers Inc. and the Celma Mastry Ovarian Cancer Foundation.
Please consider becoming a sponsor, underwriter, or advertising in our event program. For more information, click here.
Jack Humburg, Executive Vice President of Housing, Development, and ADA Services and Boley Centers were honored by the Florida Housing Coalition at the annual Statewide Affordable Housing Conference. Chosen as a Sadowski Success Story for the development of Sally Poynter Preserves and the Ranch at Pinellas Park, Jack Humburg received an award for the development of affordable housing for people most in need.
Jack’s presentation showcased the partnerships that Boley Centers and Pinellas Affordable Living, Inc. (Boley’s Community Housing Development Organization), have developed with the Florida Housing Finance Corporation, Pinellas County, the City of St. Petersburg and many other private funders which have enabled the on-going growth of affordable housing in our community.
The Boley Angels generously donated funds for small appliance packages at the 16 newly opened units at the Sally Poynter Preserves. The leftover funds were used to create 16 housewarming baskets for the residents which were presented by the Angels on March 18, 2019.
These 16 units of permanent supported housing now provide a home for individuals who have been homeless with eight units set aside for Veterans. The property is named in honor of loyal and longtime Boley Board Member and Boley Angel, Sally Poynter.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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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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.
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
Vocational Employment, Youth & Veterans Services
Residential & Supported Housing
Esther Thorp – Employee Choice / Team Spirit Award Winner
AGENCY SUPERVISOR OF THE YEAR
2018 AGENCY EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR