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Breezin’ Magazine Announces the Official Date and Release Party of its Third Edition, The New Tampa Bay

Breezin’ Magazine is proud to announce its third edition that will launch on October 21, 2019. “The New Tampa Bay” is an in-depth look into the various projects and developments that are happening in the Tampa Bay, St. Pete/Clearwater, and Sarasota areas. It will showcase the leading Tampa Bay charities, event moguls, and key influencers, and industry professionals.

The main event, Half-Century Professional Awards honors the leaders, innovators, and doers in the Tampa Bay community by recognizing individuals that have remained and attributed significant influence in business, social, political, educational, and/or other categories. To see the full list of finalists please visit, https://breezin.com/halfcentury/

Although the nomination period may be over, the fun isn’t over yet. Save the date to attend the Sand, Salsa, and Soul Launch Party of the magazine happening October 21, 2019, at Whisky Joe’s 7720 W Courtney Campbell Cswy, Tampa, FL 33607 from 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM. All proceeds go towards Breezin’ Magazine’s 2019 Charity of the Year, Instruments 4 Life. All are invited to attend. For more information about the event or to RSVP, please visit http://evite.me/5J2SF1fYVf

To learn more about Instruments 4 Life or to make a contribution to the charity, please visit https://www.instruments4life.com/

The New Tampa Bay is thriving because of our community leaders. Editor-in-Chief Dana Blickensderfer, and the entire staff of Breezin’ Magazine, including publisher Hugo D. Aviles and contributing editor Jordan French, would like to thank every person that submitted a nomination to the Half-Century Professional Awards form.

For more information about Breezin’ Magazine Volume 3 or to stay up-to-date please visit https://breezin.com/magazine. Come to attend the release party and celebrate for a good cause.

To read volume one’s digital publication, please visit bit.ly/BreezinMagazineVol1

To read volume two’s digital publication, please visit bit.ly/BreezinMagazineVol2

For media or press inquiries, please contact media relations’ liaison Claudia Tran at claudia@ibossdigital.com.


About Breezin’ Entertainment & Productions

Breezin’ Entertainment & Productions is a wedding, corporate and social entertainment specialist that offers unparalleled entertainment services to its clients. Breezin’ Entertainment’s mission is to create experiences through entertainment. As ambassadors of fun, the team at Breezin’ Entertainment aims to provide a unique level of customer service to ensure that clients are left completely satisfied. Once a client books with Breezin’ Entertainment & Productions, the company will handle the rest.

Founded in 1988 by Cindy Dervech, Breezin’ Entertainment & Productions has been a top-tier entertainment provider in the Tampa Bay area for almost three decades. Specializing in weddings, corporate events, and social functions, Breezin’ tailors their entertainment services to the occasion.
As a licensed, bonded and insured business [License #TA-000378], Breezin’ Entertainment is a company founded on transparency, communication and trust that aims to provide the client with premier customer service that cannot be found elsewhere.

Breezin’ Entertainment provides fast, detailed, organized and reliable entertainment that clients can count on. Book that next event today by calling (813) 701-3523 or by visiting https://www.breezin.com

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Breezin’ Chats Episode 19: Re-Building One Step at a Time (Feat. Stay in Step)

On this episode of Breezin’ Chats, Cindy Dervech and her executive team, Jessie Soplinski and Michael Dervech talk with featured guest, Romy and Gaby Camargo of Stay in Step Spinal Cord Injury Recovery Center. The team covers about the Charity and Romy’s road to recovery, a look inside the program and classes, this year’s Gala event, and what’s to come in the future for Stay in Step. So please give a warm welcome to Romy and Gaby.

Living with a neurological injury is a challenge in itself, but that doesn’t stop Romulo “Romy” Camargo from living his life to the fullest. Stay in Step Spinal Cord Injury Recovery Center is an organization founded by husband and wife Romy and Gabriela Camargo that begun in June of 2015. This recovery center provides critical physical therapy services to victims of neurological injuries. Despite its importance, unfortunately healthcare providers do not provide these recovery centers. But the hardworking couple made it their goal to make this happen for the Tampa Bay area.

In 2008, Romy was injured in combat during his service in the Afghanistan tour, which caused him to be paralyzed from the neck down. Romy’s life changed completely, but the couple faced the long-term challenge to recover together. From this tragic experience, they felt the need to advocate for those who suffer from neurological injuries like Romy.

Stay in Step is a unique program that Romy and Gaby built together from the ground up. The process was difficult due to the descending rates of Medicare and Medicaid, but the organization was still able to receive investments from healthcare.

 

Stay in Step has the patience for those in recovery, unlike other healthcare providers. Each client is treated with the utmost respect and is never forgotten or left behind during their recovery. They can get as far as they possibly can in the process. Unfortunately, other healthcare providers do not have the same service. Because the couple has been living the same reality as their clients, they fully understand the challenges their clients face every day.

For more information about Stay in Step or to make a small contribution to the charity, please visit https://stayinstep.org/

 

Want to hear more of Romy and Gaby’s story? Tune in to Breezin’ Chats to hear more about Stay in Step.

 

Breezin’ Entertainment launched a spin-off podcast series, called Breezin’ Chats. Breezin’ Chats is a wedding, corporate, and social entertainment podcast channel that offers next-level entertainment and business news to its listeners. Join host, Cindy Dervech and her ambassadors of fun, as they talk about the industry, and even house a few special guests. Breezin’ Chats is now streaming on all major platforms: iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, and YouTube. Download and stream your favorite episode today, only on https://breezin.com/podcast/

 

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Breezin’ Chats Episode 18: Working Women of Florida (Feat. Jessica Rivelli)

On this episode of Breezin’ Chats, the team is talking with featured guest, Jessica Rivelli, the founder of Working Women of Florida, about what it takes to run the fastest growing women’s networking group in Florida, her journey to building her empire, and more. So please give a warm welcome to Jessica Rivelli.

Jessica Rivelli is the founder of Working Women of Florida, which includes Working Women of Tampa Bay & Working Women of Central Florida. The organization is the largest women’s networking group in the state with 850 members and 35,000 social media fans/followers. Jessica launched Working Women of Tampa Bay after leaving a successful career in Television News. She credits her 12 years of multimedia experience for her ability to create dynamic & relevant programming. Since its 2009 launch, Jessica has produced more than 1200 events for women in the Tampa Bay & Central Florida regions. Many of those events include educational workshops designed to help women entrepreneurs follow their dreams of owning their own businesses.

Want to hear more of Jessica’s story? Tune in to Breezin’ Chats to hear more about Jessica Rivelli.

Breezin’ Entertainment launched a spin-off podcast series, called Breezin’ Chats. Breezin’ Chats is a wedding, corporate, and social entertainment podcast channel that offers next-level entertainment and business news to its listeners. Join host, Cindy Dervech and her ambassadors of fun, as they talk about the industry, and even house a few special guests. Breezin’ Chats is now streaming on all major platforms: iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, and YouTube. Download and stream your favorite episode today, only on https://breezin.com/podcast/

 

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Breezin’ Chats Episode 17: The Man with Many Hats (Feat. Jordan French)

On this episode of Breezin’ Chats, the team is talking with featured guest, Jordan French, to talk about his time in Tampa, his involvement in Breezin’ Magazine, and what’s next in his career as a man who wears many hats.

Jordan French is a combination of engineer, intellectual-property attorney, and dynamic creative with a penchant for rolling up his sleeves to market, connect, and build brands. You may also recognize him from last year’s edition of Breezin’ Magazine as a contributing writer for the “40 Under 40 Awards.”

He is an award-winning journalist and the Executive Editor at Grit Daily news. He is also currently working on a new book, The Gritty Entrepreneur. So please give a warm welcome to Jordan French.

Want to hear more of Jordan French’s story? Tune in to Breezin’ Chats to hear more about Jordan French.

Breezin’ Entertainment launched a spin-off podcast series, called Breezin’ Chats. Breezin’ Chats is a wedding, corporate, and social entertainment podcast channel that offers next-level entertainment and business news to its listeners. Join host, Cindy Dervech and her ambassadors of fun, as they talk about the industry, and even house a few special guests. Breezin’ Chats is now streaming on all major platforms: iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, and YouTube. Download and stream your favorite episode today, only on https://breezin.com/podcast/

 

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Breezin’ Chats Episode 16: Networking Around Tampa (Feat. Lauren Ibey)

On this episode of Breezin’ Chats, the team is talking with featured guest, Lauren Ibey, to talk about Tampa’s evolving event and hospitality industry, her career, networking, and starting your own networking events. Lauren Ibey is the Senior Catering Sales Manager at The Godfrey Hotel & Cabanas Tampa. So please give a warm welcome to Lauren Ibey.

Breezin’ Entertainment, a premier Tampa event agency, launched a spin-off podcast series, called Breezin’ Chats. Breezin’ Chats is a wedding, corporate, and social entertainment podcast channel that offers next-level Tampa event entertainment and business news to its listeners. Join host, Cindy Dervech, and her ambassadors of fun as they talk about the industry and even house a few special guests.

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Website: https://breezin.com/podcast/

 

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Breezin’ Chats Episode 15: Making Life More Musical (Feat. Instruments 4 Life)

On this episode of Breezin’ Chats, the team is talking with featured guests, David Diaz, Bri Brokaw, and Jon Soler, to discuss their united mission to make life more musical for the Tampa Bay youth through Instruments 4 Life. David and Jon are native residents to Tampa, and Bri has a background in world travel. Together they share a strong passion for music and community outreach that is making kids lives better each day.

David, one of the founding members, has most enjoyed the journey of seeing Instruments 4 Life come together after years of hard work and seeing the kids grow with the program. Jon, a local musician and founding member, calls the organization a family that uplifts each other. He believes this powerful quality gives Instruments 4 Life a competitive advantage against lots of factors. Bri originally came into the program to assist with fundraising, but after a break in which she worked for the Peace Corps and became a teacher abroad, she brought the skills she learned back to Instruments 4 Life and continued to grow the program to what it is today.

 

The idea of Instruments 4 Life came to fruition at a band practice eight years ago. The band was brainstorming ideas on how they could help local kids, and, being musicians, they decided to practice what they already know; music. The band agreed that even for those who aren’t musicians, music helps people get through difficult times. As Bri said, “The best way we know how to give back is to start with our youth… because they are our future.” Thus, Instruments 4 Life was born.

 

The program provides beginner and intermediate lessons in guitar, ukulele, piano, and arts for kids in second through twelfth grade. It runs in eight to ten-week increments that coincide with school semesters and quarters. Following the completion of a cycle of music, the students are awarded their own instruments to keep.

 

The ultimate goal is to create lasting, positive changes in the lives of youth in at-risk communities. Instruments 4 Life students come from schools that have either no music programs or the existing programs have been severely cut. As a result of their hard work and commitment to the kids, Instruments 4 Life was named the Breezin’ Entertainment 2019 Charity of the Year.

Tune in to Breezin’ Chats to hear more about David, Bri, and Jon’s passion for musical outreach and how Instruments 4 Life is continuously improving the lives of children in the Tampa Bay community.

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Breezin’ Entertainment, a premier Tampa event agency, launched a spin-off podcast series, called Breezin’ Chats. Breezin’ Chats is a wedding, corporate, and social entertainment podcast channel that offers next-level Tampa event entertainment and business news to its listeners. Join host, Cindy Dervech, and her ambassadors of fun as they talk about the industry and even house a few special guests.

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Website: https://breezin.com/podcast/

 

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Breezin’ Chats Episode 14: The Runway to Tampa’s Future (Feat. Danny Cooper)

On this episode of Breezin’ Chats, the team is talking with featured guest, Danny Cooper, to answer the question, “What is flying people to the Tampa Bay area?” Danny is a nine-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force and currently works as the Senior Manager of Marketing at Tampa International Airport.

Danny is a proud Florida native. Following his graduation at Kathleen High School in Lakeland, he attended college at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on a full-ride scholarship from the U.S. Air Force. Danny began his collegiate years as a computer science major with pilot training as the end goal, but ended up graduating in 1997 with a degree in English Literature and working as a Public Affairs officer at the MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa. Following his work in the Air Force, Danny worked as the Assistant Vice President of Communication and Public Relations at Lanier Upshaw and later as the Associate Director of the University of South Florida Alumni Association. He most enjoyed reconnecting alumni to a university that is completely different from when they visited and working outside the Tampa market.

 

Danny recalls a vivid memory of thinking that working at a university or airport someday would be cool, and the later half of that dream came true not long after the first. In 2014, he began work at the Tampa International Airport while also attending The University of Tampa to obtain his MBA. Danny works with the mindset that the airport should never be the reason people don’t come to the market, and has had undeniable success in ensuring the airport provides the best experience for its visitors.

 

The team comments how he has come full-circle doing work in the aerospace field, and Danny encourages any interested listeners to get into the field sooner in their career than he did. He believes that if you put into the universe what you want, it will happen.

 

Tune in to Breezin’ Chats to hear more about Danny’s career, his insight on marketing, expansions, and improvements at Tampa International, and where the future of Tampa Bay is headed.

 

Breezin’ Entertainment launched a spin-off podcast series, called Breezin’ Chats. Breezin’ Chats is a wedding, corporate, and social entertainment podcast channel that offers next-level entertainment and business news to its listeners. Join host, Cindy Dervech and her ambassadors of fun, as they talk about the industry, and even house a few special guests. Breezin’ Chats is now streaming on all major platforms: iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, and YouTube. Download and stream your favorite episode today, only on https://breezin.com/podcast/

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How to Choose the Perfect Venue for an Event feat. The Westshore Yacht Club

Choosing a venue may get lost in importance when planning an event – a bride and groom may choose a Pinterest-perfect venue instead of following their style, or the venue may be chosen before a guest list is finalized, unknowingly choosing a much bigger or smaller venue than what is needed. To get focused, here are four key tips to consider before booking a venue for your next wedding or corporate event.

1. Ensure that you choose a venue with the ambiance and style you are looking for
The ambiance of a venue sets the mood for the rest of the event. A venue can be minimalistic and easily transformed with lots of décor and entertainment, or it may have a strong style on its own that simply needs to be accented with personalized pieces. Choosing a style such as rustic, fairytale, beachy, or glam before looking at venues will help narrow your options more efficiently and ensures the event will complete your vision.

2. Check out what is included and what is not included in the venue
Some venues offer full-service packages that may include set-up and minimal decorations, while at other venues you must rent and bring your own. This will make the venue costs change greatly, so be sure to get quotes from rental companies and check all of the boxes before locking in a venue.

They may also have catering, blocks of rooms for out-of-town guests available if the venue is a hotel or various amenities such as a spa or a pool. If there is a certain element or convenience you are looking for, be sure to ask the venue what all of your options are.

Even if the venue doesn’t have everything you need, working with an event entertainment agency can fill in the gaps seamlessly. Breezin’ Entertainment offers a wide variety of entertainment for your any type of event. To see the full list of services, please visit https://breezin.com/

3. Consider the experience you want your guests to have
It is important to decide what kind of experience you want to give your guests. There is an infinite number of ways to do this, such as unique and impressive entertainment, having various activities and amenities available, and great music.

For example, if you are thinking about creating a hashtag for guests to use at your wedding or event, be sure your venue has elements that encourage guests to take pictures to post and to look back on fondly. Having a scenic view and a photo booth or a wall backdrop with props would help guests take memorable photos that they’ll want to share.

If your guests are coming from out of town, create a plan that will give them a place to stay and have ways to enjoy themselves and relax outside of attending the event.

4. Choose a venue that meets your needs and expectations for the event
Finalizing a guest list before you book a venue will make sure you are choosing the correct sized space for the size of the event. Ask the venue manager about how much parking is available, and decide how guests will travel to the venue. Making these important decisions will help your event be as perfect as possible.

Welcome to The Bay Club at Westshore Yacht Club – a full banquet facility located in historic South Tampa for all your event needs. This event space can hold any event from an intimate ten-person luncheon to a lavish 300 guest waterfront wedding. They offer onsite catering, a full liquor bar, a bridal room & a groom room to get ready for the special day, sunsets on the bay every day, and the comfort that it will all be taken care of for your special event. For more information, please visit http://webvesta.com/wyc/home.asp

Please contact the Event Coordinator, Amy Winkleman, at (813) 489-1415 or amy.winkleman@vestaforyou.com

Breezin’ Entertainment and Productions offers premier service that is sure to both relieve the stress of the event planning process and guarantee that the entertainment that is provided exceeds all expectations. To book your next event contact a Breezin’ representative at 813-463-2272 today or visit https://breezin.com/

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Breezin’ Chats Episode 13: Visit Tampa Bay (Feat. Santiago Corrada)

On this episode of Breezin’ Chats, the team is talking with featured guest, Santiago Corrada, about tourism in Tampa. Santiago has dedicated over 25 years of his life to public service and is a long-time hospitality specialist. Now, he is the President and CEO of Visit Tampa Bay, a program that has greatly improved Tampa’s tourism industry.

Born and raised in Paterson, New Jersey into a hard-working immigrant family, Santiago has always valued education. He was a musician in high school, participating in marching band, jazz band, and concert band, playing multiple instruments. Santiago worked hard to earn as much scholarships as possible to attend the University of Miami as a pre-med student. Ultimately, he decided to major in education, graduating Magna Cum Laude, and began teaching third through fifth-grade children with disabilities post-graduation. He later got his master’s in educational leadership and spent many years as a high school principal.

 

Due to his high level of success as a principal and a leader, after spending 17 years in the school system, the mayor of Miami recruited Santiago to run the park and recreation department. From there, he caught the eye of the Tampa mayor and was then recruited to work in Tampa. Santiago has worked in a variety of positions, from the chief of staff for the city of Tampa, to the Tourism, Recreation, and Cultural Arts Administrator at the Tampa Convention Center, to his current position at Visit Tampa Bay.

 

Santiago credits his success to staying open-minded. He says, “You never know what life has in store for you, and if you limit yourself to this one thing, you may be passing up on a universe of different experiences.” He is considered to be the main spokesperson for tourism and hospitality in the Tampa area and is affiliated with over ten local boards. He received HSMAI’s top 25 award for Extraordinary Minds in Hospitality, Sales, and Marketing and was the 2013 Hillsborough County Hispanic Man of the Year, in addition to the numerous marketing awards presented to Visit Tampa Bay under his leadership.

 

To hear more of Santiago’s story and how his hard work is bringing people to our slice of paradise, tune in to episode 13 of Breezin’ Chats. And don’t forget to hit the subscribe button.

 

Breezin’ Entertainment launched a spin-off podcast series, called Breezin’ Chats. Breezin’ Chats is a wedding, corporate, and social entertainment podcast channel that offers next-level entertainment and business news to its listeners. Join host, Cindy Dervech and her ambassadors of fun, as they talk about the industry, and even house a few special guests. Breezin’ Chats is now streaming on all major platforms: iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, and YouTube. Download and stream your favorite episode today, only on https://breezin.com/podcast/

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5 Essentials You Might Miss When Choosing a Venue Feat. Wyndham Grand Hotel

There are many things to consider when planning, organizing and hosting an event whether it’s a corporate event or a wedding. However, many people miss the importance of taking time to choose a venue. This is the place where your guests should feel comfortable and enjoy themselves from start to finish. Here are five essential things you might not think about when choosing an event venue.

1. Acoustics and Sound

Try to find a venue with a fine balance between lower ceilings, which amplify sound, and large open rooms that cause echoes. Sound that is overbearingly loud or too low might cause guests to feel unengaged, bored or even annoyed. No one wants to have to yell over the volume or squeeze their way closer to the speakers.

2. Ambiance

Throwing a fun and engaging event for your guests means creating an environment that is appealing and relates to the theme. The ambiance includes everything from decorations to music to entertainment, which is something that Tampa entertainment agency, Breezin’ Entertainment, can assist you with.

Creating the appropriate mood for your guests with the right venue can be difficult to achieve. For a venue that sets the perfect mood for any occasion, you can have your event at the Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach. This is the ideal location for a Florida destination wedding, a fun-filled, beach-themed corporate event, or even a holiday party. In fact, Breezin’ Entertainment has done wedding and corporate events with the Wyndham Grand featuring all kinds of entertainment including an electric violinist, DJ karaoke, Cirque acts, and more.

3. Wifi Access

Having a stable internet connection in the entire venue is going to be critical. Many of your guests may need to complete certain tasks where they might need wifi like checking their email, texting friends, and family, and of course, posting on social media during the event, which is what you want to try and get your guests to do.

It’s best to test the wifi connection a few days before the event and the day of to make sure all your guests have access in the entire venue. You don’t want your guests having to walk outside of the event trying to find a strong connection.

4. Parking

Many of your guests are obviously going to need a place to leave their car, and you want to make parking as convenient as possible for them. Make sure to make parking arrangements at the venue even if there might be an extra charge. The venue should have its own garage or parking lot.

5. Insurance

There are some venues that might refuse to work with you if you don’t have the proper insurance. Discuss with the venue about what their insurance policy is and which side is expected to have it.

If there is insurance to provide on your side, remember to contact your general liability agent as soon as possible to help you.

Welcome to the Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach – the newest AAA 4 Diamond resort on America’s #1 Beach! Offering 343 guest rooms, including limited edition Winter the Dolphin & Friends suites, we’re the ideal backdrop for your Summer stay-cation. Located steps from the beach, experience award-winning dining at Ocean Hai, relax and unwind at Pallavi Luxury Spa and soak in all our family-friendly amenities like morning yoga poolside or drive-in movies. For more information on booking a GRAND vacation, visit www.wyndhamgrandclearwater.com or call 727-281-9500.

Breezin’ Entertainment & Productions offers premier service that is sure to both relieve the stress of the event planning process and guarantee that the entertainment that is provided exceeds all expectations. To book your next event contact a Breezin’ representative at 813-463-2272 today or visit https://breezin.com/

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