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10/20/2020 Member News


St. Petersburg, Fla. (October 12, 2020)—PARC, Inc. (Providing Advocacy and Recognizing Capabilities) has pivoted its long-standing Black Tie Gala to a Virtual Black Tie event.

The socially distanced free event kicks off Friday, December 4, 7 p.m. with a premiere showing of the Virtual Black Tie video. Available on PARC’s website, and on PARC’s Facebook page,, the video will feature Black Tie Master of Ceremonies, Dick Crippen, Senior Advisor, Tampa Bay Rays. Crippen will help highlight how PARC’s programs and services have changed the lives of children and adults with developmental disabilities. There will be stories from the families served by PARC, music, a silent virtual auction and even a signature drink.

Guests are invited to dress up or dress down and gather around their computer, phone or tablet to celebrate and support PARC. Following the premiere showing, the video and silent auction links will be available through Friday, December 11, 9:30 p.m. so that guests can watch and bid on auction items at their convenience.

Despite the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, PARC has worked diligently to continue supporting our participants in exercising their independence and experiencing life to the fullest. PARC needs the support of the community now more than ever to continue this important mission.

PARC’s Virtual Black Tie Event Committee includes Tonya Corder, Chair, Lorene Dolan, Rose Lampert, Vanessa Manings, Catherine McGarry, Melody Mendoza-Auslander and Estelia Mesimer.

For more information on becoming a sponsor or donating auction items, contact Brooke Fairman, Chief Advancement Officer,, (727) 341-6961.

Founded in 1953, PARC (Providing Advocacy and Recognizing Capabilities) provides advocacy, housing, education and community engagement to give children and adults with developmental disabilities the opportunity to exercise their independence and experience life to the fullest. To learn more, visit their website at