Coalition in The Fort Harrison Brings Charities Together for Common Purpose

CLEARWATER, Fla., June 30, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- On Wednesday, June 29th, 95 guests from 40 charities and non-profits came together in the Fort Harrison’s Crystal Ballroom for the Church of Scientology’s bi-monthly Charity Coalition.

Over 100 guests from some 50 non-profit organizations enjoy a luncheon and networking at the Church of Scientology’s Fort Harrison ballroom in downtown Clearwater on Wednesday 29th June

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They gathered that afternoon for a luncheon to network and learn something they might not have previously known. The Charity Coalitions feature a spotlight charity to explain what they do as well as feature an educational guest speaker.

Before the featured speakers took the podium, Lisa Mansell, the Public Affairs Director for the Church of Scientology in Clearwater, invited all non-profits and charities to hold their own events in the Fort Harrison. Ms. Mansell’s presentation included photos of the Church’s partnerships with local charities for their fundraising and special events.

The featured charity was the Clearwater Jazz Holiday Foundation. Mr. Steve Weinberger, CEO, talked about how the Clearwater Jazz Holiday Foundation is bringing educational, cultural and an economic impact to the Tampa Bay Area.

Clearwater Jazz Holiday Festival originally started as a gimmick to keep European visitors in town. Since its 1980 inception, Clearwater Jazz Holiday has expanded into, not just an internationally renowned series of concerts, but includes events and education opportunities year-round.

The educational speaker was Ms. Jewel McKeon from P3 Agency, a PR and marketing agency. Ms. McKeon spoke about communicating the proper message to the right people to increase funds, volunteers and visibility.

“We care about what happens in the community,” said Lisa Mansell, Public Affairs Director for the Church of Scientology in Clearwater. “That’s why we like to support the charities and non-profit organizations that want to help, their success is important to us.”

The guests enjoyed the luncheon and were interested to learn that they could hold their own events in the Fort Harrison; in its Auditorium for larger events and shows, or in its Crystal Ballroom for brunches and luncheons.

“What an incredible event,” said Claudia, a luncheon guest, “Every time I come to these events, they just get better and better. Not only with the quality of the space, but I also learn more and more from the guest speakers. I will definitely continue coming to the Charity Coalition events!”

About the Fort Harrison Religious Retreat:

Since its construction in 1927, the Fort Harrison has been the home to many charitable events and community organizations. The Fort Harrison’s current owner, the Church of Scientology, has hosted over 500 community events there since its top-to-bottom restoration in 2009. The Scientology religion was founded by humanitarian and philosopher, L. Ron Hubbard and incorporated in 1954. It has since expanded to more than 11,000 churches, missions and affiliated groups in 167 nations. To learn more, visit

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Source:Church of Scientology Flag Service Organization