Saturday, December 31, 2022
Thursday, December 29, 2022
Wednesday, December 28, 2022
Join us on January 15th ...It's more than a remembrance; it's a TRIBUTE! ...It's not mourning a death; it's CELEBRATING A LIFE!
...It's not mourning a death; it's CELEBRATING A LIFE!
....Join us on January 15th
Join us on January 15th (on a Sunday) at 2pm at Indian Rocks Baptist Church in Largo, Florida as we CELEBRATE Margaret Ann Garner (also known as: Ann, Annie, Auntie, Gauntie, Birddog, Babes, VegetariANN, Mrs Ambassador, Mamacita, & Mom... and how did we miss out on calling her "SavANNah"?!?!). Wear something green because Mom was born on St Patrick's Day (or St "Annie's" Day as I like to say). Mom went to Heaven on December 15th after living a fun, beautiful, & full 91.75 years of life. We miss her greatly, and at the same time we rejoice over her new Heavenly ZIP code. Her tribute is developing day by day, but will include butter pecan ice cream (her favorite), bag pipes, a few of her favorite worship songs, funny stories, edibles, pictures thru the decades, video highlights, display of her hANNdmade quilts, and more. Mom loved to laugh and have fun so we are going to put the F-U-N in FUNeral ;) ... ALL ARE WELCOME! The more the merrier! Please come if you can :) :) :)
The last 2 weeks have been very full - especially with Christmas & Dad's birthday. I still haven't had a chance to read any of the loving comments, condolences, and well wishes left on my last few posts. I look forward to reading them and thank you in advance for your love and outreach to our family. We have been very blessed by each card, note, phone call, text message, meal, and acts of love by family & friends. Each one helps comfort us in our huge loss of the most significant person in our lives.
Below is the obituary that my Sister wrote for Mom. It's phenomenal!! Traci did such a great job at a very difficult task. My only contribution to it was asking her to add a reference to me as Mom's mini-me & Traci as Mom's best friend.
Margaret Ann Ward Garner, 91 of Seminole, Florida, passed peacefully on December 15, 2022 surrounded by her loving family at Season’s Memory Care Facility in Belleair and is now with her Lord & Savior Jesus Christ. She was born March 17, 1931 in Waycross, Georgia to Samuel Joseph Ward & Frankie Lee Inez Ward but called Savannah her home. She attended Savannah High School & worked at Southern Bell as an operator. She also worked at the US Army Corps of Engineers in Cocoa Beach, Florida & worked as a Receptionist for mortgage companies in Pinellas County where she got the nickname “Birddog”. She was a strong woman of faith, and a member of Indian Rocks Baptist Church in Largo, for more than 30+ years. She was involved with MOPS, Super 60’s, Esther Sunday school class and the quilting group with her friends. She enjoyed going to the Tampa Bay Rays baseball games, quilting, music, family trips, watching her grandson play sports, roses, butter pecan ice cream and joking around and laughing. She also enjoyed helping others, especially her son, Doug and his ministry, GTD. She is survived by her loving husband of 57 years, retired Air Force TSGT Jearld “Jerry” D. Garner, and her devoted, loving children; son, Douglas Garner; her “mini-me” and daughter & best friend Traci Vescovi. Her son-in-law David Vescovi and her # 1 grandson, Carson Vescovi. She also had many loving nieces, nephews, and friends.
A Celebration of her Life is scheduled for Sunday, January 15th at 2:00pm at Indian Rocks Baptist Church, 12685 Ulmerton Road, Largo, 33774 and all are welcome to attend. Her final resting place will be at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, Florida a few days later for her immediate family.
In lieu of flowers, Ann would want donations made to Going the Distance Adventure Ministry (P.O. Box 7523, Seminole, FL. 33775).
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at https://www.taylorfamilyfuneralhome.com and on Facebook; taylorfuneralhomepinellaspark.
Thursday, December 15, 2022
Wednesday, December 14, 2022
Tuesday, December 13, 2022
Wednesday, December 7, 2022
Monday, December 5, 2022
Thursday, December 1, 2022
THE BANQUET WAS AWESOME! $65,000 RAISED SO FAR!!! ...PLUS A $5000 DONOR MATCH CHALLENGE HAS BEEN ISSUED!!
Much more to share including pics from our special night :)
Monday, November 28, 2022
I [Laurie] started working with GTD back in 2008. I have served as the Prosperity Director and Costa Rica Missions Director, in addition, up until 2018 I attended almost every event as support staff. My specialty on most trips has always been cooking, the kitchen is my happy place!!
Before I began working for GTD I was a Realtor. Through the years that I've worked for GTD I maintained my Real Estate license and returned to it 3 years ago. While wearing many hats with GTD my passion has always been on the mission field in Costa Rica and our Destination Trips. Because of this, it has been my dream to transition out of a full time position with GTD by supporting myself financially to allow GTD the freedom to hire others who can help support the demands of the ministry. In return, I can focus on what I do best in this ministry which is missions and maybe a little cooking on the side! Now that I am in a very part time role, I am able to contribute more to the ministry as a Financial Ministry Partner. As a Real Estate Agent, I work with one of the Top Teams in the area. Just this past month I was ranked #6 in our office out of 435 realtors and our team was ranked #2! In many ways it has been a true blessing to work with the Vanessa Leonard Group at Keller Williams. No matter whether a client is looking to upsize, downsize, invest, relocate, buy, sell, purchase a second home, refer a friend, or just needs advice we are here to help.
On a side note, I met Vanessa on a GTD trip in Utah where she and her husband hiked one of the most rigorous hikes in and through the Virgin River!
2022 ZSOM COSTA RICA
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If you’re looking to buy or sell or know someone who is, please reach out, I’d love to help. From every commission I earn I always give back to the ministry. You can contact me here: email@example.com
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Sunday, November 27, 2022
Thank you Alberto and Maria of Alberto’s Auto Repair for your Silver Table Sponsorship at this year's GTD banquet! We are grateful to you for helping to make this event happen! It’s a true blessing.
They say a good mechanic is hard to find…. look no further…. Doug’s Dad highly recommends Albertos! Alberto’s Auto Repair is located on 82nd Ave in Pinellas Park. Be sure to check out their Google reviews to see all the great things customers are saying!
2022 CCF ZEAL MS ZAMP*****
WOW! A platinum table sponsorship from Mark and Terezia Smith of Go Green Reglazing! From participating, to volunteering, to donating, this family has done it all….even hiking through the Everglades! From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for your love and involvement in GTD over the years!
Go Green Reglazing is the only Certified Green Reglazer in the Tampa Bay area and on the Gulf Coast of Florida. We not only make your kitchen or bath more beautiful, we make it a healthier place for you , your family or your customers to enjoy for years to come. That makes us feel good and we think it will make you feel good, too.
We offer a variety of color changes for old and outdated tile, bathtubs, showers and vanities. (Say goodbye to your Pink and Seafoam Green Bathroom!).
We also offer color changes for kitchen and bath cabinets, as well as counter top patterns (for example,the Corian look) in over 85 color schemes.
To learn more about Go Green ReGlazing CLICK HERE.
2022 BIOLUMINESCENCE PADDLING TOUR
If you'd like to sponsor a table at GTD's Annual Fundraiser Banquet or register for this event please CLICK HERE.
Fredrick James Accounting
Thank you Fred & Crystal Daus for your incredible support, generosity and commitment to GTD. We are blessed beyond measure by you and your amazing staff at Fredrick James.
We could never thank you enough for all you do to help GTD with all our accounting and tax needs. Thank you for sharing your gifts and talents with us year after year, and thank you for serving on the GTD Board. [Platinum Table Sponsor]
2022 Adventure Trip - CSCC
At Fredrick James Accounting,
our vision is to bring innovative financial services to the world.
Our mission is to create a better life and endless possibilities for our clients. We strive to build solid, long term relationships with our clients by consistently exceeding expectations, delivering the highest quality financial services, providing exceptional customer service, and giving each client the individualized personal attention needed to deliver the results that are critical to our mutual success.
To learn more about Fredrick James Accounting CLICK HERE
If you'd like to sponsor a table at GTD's Annual Fundraiser Banquet or register for this event please CLICK HERE
Saturday, November 26, 2022
Each year we have a few generous table sponsors that live out of the area that want to offer their banquet tickets to anyone that wants to come to our Annual Banquet and enjoy a night of celebration along with a delicious Carrabba's dinner. This year we have 32 FREE TICKETS AVAILABLE! Yayyyyy!!
Come join us for a fun night as we celebrate 26 years of ministry as well as prepare for our 27th year!
Nov 29, 2022 (Tues Night)
6:30pm - 9:00pm
Pinellas Park Performing Arts Center
4951 78th Ave N, Pinellas Park, FL 33781
CATERED BY CARRABBA'S!!!!!
CLICK HERE FOR Website & Details!
Chris & Stacie Yates
Thank you so much to the Yates Family for sponsoring a table at GTD’s Annual Fundraiser Banquet this year! Stacie attended a GTD even many years ago and introduced her husband and son to it just this year. Together they attended one of our largest events to date in Ocala just last month, our FALL CAMPING RETREAT and instantly became fans of GTD! [BRONZE TABLE SPONSOR] We look forward to more family events with you and your family! Thank you for your generosity! *** PHOTO 2022 FALL RETREAT
To learn more about GTD, to attend the banquet, sponsor a table or make a donation CLICK HERE.
Every year I am deeply touched by Lisa and her family for sponsoring a table at the GTD banquet. It’s very touching to have a friend of over 20 years… who you haven’t seen in over 20 years… invest in a ministry you’ve poured your heart into for 13 years although they’ve never been on a trip! [SILVER TABLE SPONSOR]
If you'd like attend the banquet, sponsor a table, make a one time donation or become monthly ministry partner CLICK HERE.
PEOPLE HELPING PEOPLE
People Helping People is a non-profit organization with goals aimed at helping low income, elderly, or disabled Pinellas Park homeowners improve their property when in need.
People Helping People
"Ordinary People Working Together To Accomplish Extraordinary Things!"
If you'd like attend the banquet, sponsor a table, make a one time donation or become monthly ministry parter click HERE