AT&T donates $25K to Lakeland Regional Health

AT&T’s charitable arm sent $25,000 to Lakeland Regional Health on Tuesday to help it secure personal protective equipment for frontline workers.

“We have been committed to Florida for 140 years, and when the communities we live and work in need us most, we are honored to give back and support Florida’s families and small businesses as they work to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Matt Mucci, AT&T Florida’s regional director for external and legislative affairs.

Lakeland Regional Health VP of development Timothy J. Boynton added, “The AT&T Foundation recognizes through this thoughtful grant the exceptional work we provide at Lakeland Regional Health, particularly during this COVID-19 pandemic.

“These much-needed funds will be directly applied to our ongoing COVID-19 efforts. As a not-for-profit organization, we are grateful to be part of a community of such giving and supportive individuals and businesses.”

Those looking to follow AT&T’s lead and lend a hand to Lakeland Regional Health can do so online.

The donation is part of a comprehensive effort undertaken by the communications giant to support healthcare workers. This month, it has announced grants for the Orlando Health Team Member Relief Fund,  Baptist Health in Jacksonville and Jackson Health in South Florida. Further, AT&T has hooked up physicians and nurses across the country with three months of free wireless service through on the FirstNet network, which prioritizes call and data use for first responders.

Also on Tuesday, the AT&T Foundation announced it would provide 1,000 meals to healthcare workers in Hillsborough and Polk counties through a $10,000 contribution to Project FRONTLINE.

So far, 800 meals have been delivered to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa, AdventHealth in Carrollwood and AdventHealth Heart of Florida in Davenport.

The balance will be sent to St. Joseph’s tomorrow on Wednesday. The meals were prepared by Eddie V’s Prime Seafood in Tampa and Nineteen61 in Lakeland, allowing the donation to double as a boost to struggling local businesses.


June 2nd from 4-9PM, Fuzzy’s Taco Shops will be partnering with @feedingtampabay to donate 15% of food sales



?? 15% SALES GIVEBACK! ??On Tuesday, June 2nd from 4-9PM, Fuzzy’s Taco Shops will be partnering with @feedingtampabay to donate 15% of food sales from all of our stores (Brandon, Riverview, Temple Terrace and Lakeland) to feed hungry families. Every dollar equals 10 meals for those in need! Help us give back to those who need it most??



SPCA Florida Receives Banfield Foundation COVID-19 Grant



Lakeland FL – SPCA Florida was awarded a $5,000 Banfield Foundation COVID-19 Grant for “veterinary assistance expenses”. The Banfield Foundation believes every owned pet deserves a forever home with continued medical care.


The Banfield Foundation Grant will save the lives of owned and loved animals who would otherwise not receive medical care. Funding will be used for owned pets whose families qualify financially for the veterinary assistance program. Qualifying criteria include valid proof of government assistance in the form of food stamps, WIC, Disability, or SSI. SPCA Florida is grateful for the opportunity to give our communities animals a long life of unconditional love with the families who care for them.


For more information, visit SPCA Florida Animal Hospital at spcamedical.org or call 863/646-4647.


About Banfield Foundation

At the core of the Banfield Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is the belief that all pets deserve access to veterinary care. In support of this belief, the foundation funds programs that enable veterinary care, elevate the power of the human-animal bond, provide disaster relief for pets, and advance the science of veterinary medicine through fostering innovation and education. It also leverages the expertise and passion of Banfield Pet Hospital associates to care for pets in need. At the Banfield Foundation, we are committed to making a better world for pets because they make a better world for us.



About SPCA Florida

Founded in 1979, SPCA Florida is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization headquartered in Lakeland, serving all of Polk County and the surrounding communities. Dedicated to improving the lives of pets and people, SPCA Florida provides caring, compassion and hope to more than 4,300 homeless animals entering our doors each year.

 Open to the public, our Reva McClurg Animal Medical Center is a state-of-the-art veterinary facility that heals and helps 50,000 patients annually. Thousands more pets and people are served through our community outreach and education programs.

 Simplistically, every $100 donated to SPCA Florida, or essentially the cost of an average adoption, equates to $3,000 worth of positive economic impact throughout Polk County, Central Florida, and the state.  Additionally, we are proud of the fact that 92% of every dollar goes to program resources and helping homeless animals.



Achievement Academy Honors Staff Members

LAKELAND, FL (May 26, 2020) – Achievement Academy staff members were honored by their colleagues Thursday, May 21, 2020.

Grace Doran, a Lakeland teacher, was honored as Teacher of the Year.  Doran has been a teacher for 34 years, the past 11 years employed at the Achievement Academy.  This recognition was especially memorable as she recently announced her retirement scheduled for the end of this school year.  Doran’s classroom consists of ten students and two paraprofessionals. The small class size is important as a large number of her students are considered medically fragile.  Some of her students have frequent seizures and a few of her students are fed through a gastrostomy tube (G-tube).  Through it all, the unflappable Doran manages her classroom with calm and grace.  “Achievement Academy’s mission and commitment to children and their families, has been my passion throughout my teaching career, and the rewards I gain are from seeing these children blossom,” states Doran.

The Development Department, including Stacy Williams-Myers, CFRE, Development Director, Ashlee Cofer, Development Coordinator, and Marivette Aguilera, Development Assistant, was awarded the Support Department of the Year.  The recipient’s dedication to “go above and beyond” with such optimistic attitudes are recognized and celebrated.

About the Achievement Academy

The Achievement Academy serves children from birth through age five with various developmental delays and disabilities. The Achievement Academy offers two programs, each provided at no cost to the child or family. The first program is a Charter School that offers specialized instruction by certified teachers; small class sizes; individual speech, occupational and physical therapies; and assistive technologies that enable each student to reach his or her full potential at one of the Achievement Academy’s three campus locations (Lakeland, Winter Haven and Bartow). The second is a Birth to Three Program that provides early intervention services to infants and toddlers who are “at-risk” for developmental delays and/or have been identified with a specific delay. Professional Early Interventionists serve these children and their families.