TREASURE ISLAND, FL St. Petersburg entrepreneur and philanthropist Bill Edwards was joined by All Children's Hospital President and CEO Gary Carnes at a September 28 press conference to announce plans that will help shape Treasure Island's future and help current and future All Children's Hospital patients.
"I've been fortunate enough to travel the world, and Treasure Island easily ranks among the most beautiful and special places on this planet to me," said Bill Edwards, a resident of Treasure Island in Pinellas County. "As such, Treasure Island deserves a social nerve-center that will attract world class entertainers, musicians, artists and chefs."
Mr. Edwards then officialy welcomed everyone to The Club at Treasure Island. He explained this facility will quickly become the one-stop social center for all of West Central Florida. It will include world-class entertainment, exclusive events, celebrity chefs, Vegas-style shows and the most thorough concierge service anywhere in Florida. Mr. Edwards announced The Club at Treasure Island's official charity partner is All Children's Hospital.
All Children's will benefit by this partnership in the following ways:
For each new club member, 10% of all proceeds will go directly to All Children's Hospital.
The Club at Treasure Island will plan and produce no less than six events per year with 100% of the proceeds going directly to All Children's Hospital.
Each year The Club at Treasure Isaland will host a holiday celebration exclusively for All Children's Hospital doctors, medical staff and their families.
Every Club event will directly help and elevate All Children's Hospital.
"This partnership will transform the Treasure Island entertainment scene, grow the local economy, and help one of St. Petersburg's most cherished community caretakers, All Children's Hospital," said Mr. Edwards.
In May 2010, Mr. Edwards donated $2.5 million to All Children’s Hospital. The gift endowed the hospital's music therapy program, re-established a music therapy student internship program, and expanded access to the GetWellNetwork patient education and information system at All Children's facilities.
"Mr. Edwards' previous generosity has helped so many children," said All Children's Hospital President and CEO Gary Carnes. "His continued friendship and support of All Children's and the children we care for mean so much to all of us. I was proud to stand by his side on September 28."