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St. Anthony's Hospital Foundation Announces Leadership, Philanthropy Award Winners

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (March 23, 2010) –St. Anthony’s Hospital Foundation has named the winners of the 2010 Roy G. Harrell Jr. Leadership Award and the Helen D. Roberts Philanthropy Awards: Bill Tapp and Betty Allen.

Each award publicly acknowledges the commitment and vision of those who are true models of philanthropy or service. The Roy G. Harrell Jr. Leadership Award recognizes an individual who demonstrates vision, initiative, motivation, selflessness and commitment through outstanding community service and leadership benefiting the community. The Helen D. Roberts Award recognizes an individual’s generosity in giving of his/her time, talent or monetary contributions to not-for-profit organizations devoted to educational, cultural, and social or public health concerns.

Roy G. Harrell Jr. Leadership Award

Bill Tapp is managing shareholder of Kirkland, Russ, Murphy & Tapp, P.A. (KRMT)., and serves on the Diocese of St. Petersburg Finance Council and has an active leadership role with St. Paul’s Catholic School and the St. Paul Parish. His distinguished service to the church has earned him the Holy Cross Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice award from the Roman Catholic Church. Known as the "Cross of Honor," the medal is the highest medal that can be awarded to the laity by the Papacy. Tapp was chosen for the Roy G. Harrell Jr. Leadership Award for his outstanding leadership in helping establish the Child’s Park YMCA, a 15,000 square foot community center focused on education and academic programs for at-risks kids and adults in St. Petersburg. In addition, he also is treasurer of the Board of Trustees for BayCare Health System and has been actively involved in and has served on the boards of many charitable organizations in the Tampa Bay area, including the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce; St. Anthony’s Hospital Foundation; St. Anthony’s Hospital; the Police Athletic League; the Florida International Museum; the University of South Florida School of Accountancy Advisory Council; Junior Achievement of Pinellas County; St. Petersburg Catholic High School; and the YMCA of Greater St. Petersburg.

Helen D. Roberts Philanthropy Award

For most of her life, Betty Allen has quietly given back to the community. She has served on the board of the SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) for 28 years and was chairman for four of those years. Allen also is a contributor to the Community Police Center; the Police Athletic League; Junior League of St. Petersburg; the Christmas Toy Shop Project; Academy Prep; Duke University; and St. Anthony’s Hospital. Allen is a member of Women in Philanthropy Society at St. Anthony’s Hospital, and for more than 11 years, she has served as a volunteer nurses aid at St. Anthony’s Hospital. In May 2004, Allen was awarded the Keys to the City of St. Petersburg for her years of volunteer work and financial contributions in making our community a better place.

The winners were honored at the annual St. Anthony’s Hospital Foundation Legacy Dinner in February, at the Renaissance Vinoy Resort & Golf Club, in St. Petersburg. For more information, please visit StAnthonysFoundation.org or call (727) 825-1086.

About St. Anthony’s Hospital

St. Anthony’s Hospital is a 395-bed hospital founded in 1931 as a ministry of the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany and is the first and only faith-based hospital in Pinellas County. In 1997, St. Anthony’s became part of BayCare Health System, a joint operating agreement between the Tampa Bay areas’s leading not-for-profit hospitals. St. Anthony’s has a rich history dedicated to improving the health of the community by providing high-quality, innovative and compassionate care.

About BayCare Health System

BayCare Health System is the largest community-based health system in the region, providing expert medical care for a patient’s lifetime. Composed of hospitals and numerous affiliated services, the system connects patients to a complete range of services throughout the Tampa Bay area. Together, BayCare organizations seek to advance the health of their patients and their communities.

Member hospitals are Mease Countryside, Mease Dunedin, Morton Plant, Morton Plant North Bay, St. Anthony’s, St. Joseph’s, St. Joseph’s Children’s, St. Joseph’s Women’s, St. Joseph’s Hospital North and South Florida Baptist. On the Web: www.BayCare.org.

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