Proving they are a team hooked on a good cause, the folks from Tampa Electric’s Energy Supply Services and their families sunk their fishing lines in the water June 6 at E.G. Simmons Park in Ruskin, Fla., to raise money in a charity event.
All proceeds from the group’s second annual fishing tournament went to the Mary & Martha House, a nonprofit Ruskin-based organization that helps abused and homeless women and their children regain control of their lives.
“The charity event was plenty of work, but was very rewarding when we were able to tell the representatives from the organization that we raised more than $4,000,” said Chip Whitworth, manager of Coalfield and Byproducts Operations. “The fellowship with all of the Tampa Electric team members throughout the day also was very enjoyable.”
A committee of TECO team members from Big Bend Power Station organized the fundraiser, which included breakfast, lunch and a raffle with prizes. Working alongside Whitworth to make the event happen were Mike Maggiacomo and Tracy Mclellan, both supervisors of Generation Maintenance; Vivian Atkinson and Sharon Beck, both senior administrative specialists; Eddie Kline, field equipment operator; Edwin Parrish, materials specialist; CJ Scott, maintenance mechanic; and Christine West, safety and industrial health specialist.
Lyndel Mclellan, wife of Tracy, won the tournament. She took home the “2013 Biggest Fish” trophy for the 28-inch snook she caught from the shore.
A family that currently lives in the Mary & Martha House also attended the event, and the mother described their family’s situation in an emotional speech of thanks.
Whitworth said it was one more reminder of how much value team members can bring the community.
“My favorite moment was when I handed a trophy to the family’s youngest daughter, who was around six-years-old and had been diagnosed with cystic fibrosis,” Whitworth said. “I told her she was the best catch of the day.”
TECO’s Energy Supply Services plans to host the tournament again in 2014 and hopes to expand the friendly competition to other areas within the company.
“The charity event was a great way to get team members’ families together, contribute to a great cause and enjoy the gift of giving,” Whitworth said.