Abilities Guild Fundraiser Benefits Veterans Mall     

The Abilities Guild hosted its 2nd annual Fashions of Belleair March into Spring Fashion Show & Luncheon at the Belleair Country Club, where guests marveled at Belleair’s latest women’s and men’s fashions, enjoyed a BCC lunch, 50/50, auction, and Grand Finale featuring Nikki’s Glitz & Glam all for $40 per person. Emceeing was Belleair deputy mayor Karla Rettstatt, accompanied by pianist David Lyon.

Net proceeds amounting a whopping $10,600 benefit formerly homeless veterans assisted through the Veterans Mall, which has now served 1,600 veterans.

Our heartfelt thanks to Marsha Uhler, owner of Cassi & Co., for chairing and orchestrating this SOLD-OUT show that attracted 186 patrons in support of the Mall. We also thank participating sponsors, boutiques, and fashion models.




The Abilities Guild was founded in 1980 with a mission to:

Serve as ambassadors broaden community awareness of the value and function of Abilities

Support Abilities in its fund raising events, programs, and services

Serve in any other capacity deemed advisable in assisting Abilities to work on behalf of people with disabilities

The Guild is a volunteer organization consisting of 100+ men and women actively supporting Abilities and its work benefiting Floridians and military veterans with disabilities. Guild members routinely and generously donate their time, amassing upwards of 18,000 volunteer hours annually at and in-kind value of more than $400,000.


Last year the Guild contributed $85,000 to Abilities. Since its inception, the Guild has been credited with donating more than $2 million. Proceeds support the Abilities Guild Veterans Mall, whose founder, Virginia Meyer, is shown below. 


Abilities Guild Veterans Mall

An alarming number of disabled veterans are homeless or living in substandard housing. Even after veterans qualify for subsidized housing assistance from the VA, most don't have basic essentials like coffeemakers, toasters, pots 'n pans, dishes, linens, and towels. Unwilling to accept this reality, the Abilities Guild established the Veterans Mall (shown below), a large storeroom of kitchen, bath, and bedroom items given for free to disabled veterans. To date, 1,600 veterans have been served, but the demand far outweighs the supply. Kindly consider making a tax-deductible contribution to Abilities, Inc. 100% of your gift will be used to purchase products at discount prices and ensure that veterans have the basics they need to successfully transition from homelessness to apartments in the community
. For information, e-mail or call Frank De Lucia at frank.delucia@servicesource.org or 727-600-8900.


2735 Whitney Road
Clearwater, FL 33760-1610
Supporting Abilities, Inc. dba ServiceSource Florida Regional Office Since 1980

For information, e-mail Dan Mettee at dmettee1@aol.com


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