Our Littlest Angels

Little 5 year old Blaire was diagnosed with leukemia in 2018. After two and half years of painful chemotherapy and lumbar punctures, her Mom and Dad are rejoicing she is in now remission and able to enjoy her life!

The foundation provided her financial support for utility bills when Mom couldn’t work and Dad’s income was reduced due to Covid19. The family also received fresh vegetables delivered to their home, and provided a new mattress and bunk beds so she could rejoin her little sister and share a room together once her nausea subsided and she was able to sleep all night through.

Westfield Mall Partners with Angel Foundation FL

Thank you to our Angels at Westfield Mall for donating $1500 worth of restaurant gift cards to support Bahama Breeze, PF Chang’s and Cheesecake Factory.

These gift cards have been distributed to families in our community and have lost their jobs or seen their income suffer because of  the Covid-19 pandemic.

In addition, we were able to serve 53 of our healthcare workers at Brandon Regional Hospital.

Life Changed Overnight

Life was going along just fine for Brian until a devastating work accident left him with a fractured pelvis, hip and broken leg. On the day he was discharged from the hospital, Brian’s home was destroyed by a fire and he lost all of his belongs.

The foundation was able to provide him with gift cards for his emergency needs and furniture to help him get back on his feet.

Brandon Rental donates meals to help families affected by Covid-19

When the Corona virus hit in March 2020, the Angel Foundation FL was prepared to support our community. Their long-time partner, Brandon Rental reached out to the Foundation to ask how they could help.  The foundation identified families in crisis due to a loss of job from the pandemic and thanks to Brandon Rental, we partnered with Livy O’s Catering to provide meals for families in crisis right here in our community.

A Cancer Diagnosis and heart condition changed everything.

When Sara, a single mom and Realtor, was diagnosed with colon cancer, her world was turned upside down overnight. She endured surgery to remove a portion of her colon and then developed viral cardiomyopathy.

She suffered heart failure and wore a life vest for 3 months as her heart grew stronger and is now undergoing chemotherapy. The foundation provided Sara gift cards for food and essentials along with financial support to pay her electric bill. She also was blessed at Thanksgiving with a full meal donated by our Junior Angels program.

A Masquerade Ball at its finest!

Individuals stepped onto the red carpet and glanced at the strolling violist while dressed in their most exquisite attire.

The foundation celebrated its 14th annual Evening of Hope on November 1, 2019 with over 400 in attendance at The Regent in Riverview, FL. This event serves as the nonprofit’s annual fundraiser and raises money and awareness about the foundation’s Angel Program and Junior Angels program.

Officials said the event raised $50,000, and awareness of the work of the foundation thanks to stories from those who received assistance through the Angel Program.

Foundation executive director Liz Brewer knows all too well about the emotions expressed by the recipients of the Angel Foundation FL. Evening of Hope came into fruition after she lost her father due to lung cancer in 2006. He passed away within six months after his diagnosis. While Brewer’s father battled with his cancer, the lending hands of others steeled her resolve. Now she aims to continue this work of the Angel Program so others can also receive support, love and encouragement in their greatest times of crisis.

“Honoring the work of the foundation at the annual Evening of Hope demonstrates the power behind this program as it continues to grow strong in the community,” Brewer said.

The foundation established the Angel Program in 2006. It assists families in the Greater Brandon community who experienced a catastrophic event or life-threatening illness. To date, over 1,000 families have received assistance through the program and has over 13 Angel teams.  Angel Teams are made up of two to three volunteers from an organization, church or business and these teams walk through a temporary crisis with a family.  They match them with local Businesses Angels who can meet their practical needs so they can focus on caring for their loved ones.

The effort also spawned the Junior Angel Program, which involves teen student representatives from over 8 local high schools including Bloomingdale and Newsome High Schools. Junior Angel Chairwoman, Millie Aprim says the program hopes to expand and include even more students from area schools. Currently, there are over 100 Junior Angels who perform monthly projects right here in our community.

Channel 10 Newcaster, Candice Aviles emceed the event. Guest speakers for the night included Brandon Regional Hospital’s CFO, Mr. Gary Searls, Interim President of HCC Tampa, Dr. Alessandro Anzalone as well as several families who received support through the Angel Program.

Attendees also had the opportunity to participate in wine and food tastings from various local business sponsors such as Outback Steakhouse, Stonewood, Longhorn Steakhouse, Nothing Bundt Cakes and Leaven Brewing.

“Overall, The Angel Foundation will continue connecting with resources that become available in order to assist our Angel families,” Brewer said.

Since it’s inception in 2003, more than $2,000,000 in grants, goods and services has been distributed to local families in the Greater Brandon area and non profit organizations. “Business Angels”, the group’s name for businesses, organizations and individuals who want to help, are always needed to continue the group’s mission.