Tis the season for family gatherings, tables full of food, shimmering lights, presents and so much more. Behind the glitz and glam that the holiday season brings, it’s also a time of year where we give thanks for all we have and look for opportunities to give back to others.
Each year around the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday season, Stevens Tree Service never misses an opportunity to serve the community. This year was no different.
The Golfers vs. Brain Cancer event is a yearly golf tournament that helps raise money to find a cure for those battling this detrimental disease. Jay Pittman and his late wife, Melissa, founded this organization after her brain cancer diagnosis. When people would ask what they could do to help, Melissa’s reply would always be to “find a cure.” And they are absolutely helping to find a cure because since its inception, the foundation has raised over $1.1 million dollars.
Stevens Tree Service helped sponsor a “Casino Night” featuring a fun night out for participants of the tournament with various auction items. Proceeds from the auction and the tournament benefit the Golfers vs. Brain Cancer Foundation and their fight to find a cure. Pittman said their current initiatives are funding “cutting-edge research at Moffitt Cancer center as well as aiding in funding a fellow position at Johns Hopkins All Chlldrens in Pediatric Oncology.”
Pittman expressed the importance of their volunteers and how this event was “one of very few events to actually take place in 2020 due to pandemic and we had to change our “norm” as far as our schedule goes. That being said, we were determined to hold the event as we felt that, even if the world had some type of pause- brain cancer did not!”
Stevens Tree Service did not stop there. The tree company also did tree work and sponsored part of the Jan Stephenson’s Crossroads Foundation yearly event. This foundation helps to provide assistance to blind and disabled Veterans and First Responders. Stevens Tree Service donated tree work to remove dead and dangerous trees on the Tarpon Woods Golf Course that is owned by the non-profit Crossroads Foundation.
Bob Dickson, owner of Stevens Tree Service says, “We just like to give back in whatever ways we can. This community is where we live and what we love, so giving back in some way to various foundations is something we enjoy doing every year.”