By: admin

During life’s most difficult moments, Suncoast Hospice has been there for the Tampa Bay community, as caregivers and compassionate friends.

As a member of Empath Health, the non-profit provides an integrated network of care supporting those challenged by chronic and advanced illness, something Power Design Training and Development Manager Whisper Wiseman experienced first-hand when her mother, Linda, was under their care from 2016 to 2017 and again in 2019.

“I’m so thankful that with their help, I was able to enjoy spending time with my mom during her last moments on Earth. It’s something you can never get back,” Whisper said. “That’s why I nominated them as my charity of choice during Power Design’s #PDIShines campaign.”

From September through December, PDI asked everyone in our community (including employees) who spotted the Power Design trolley in Downtown St. Petersburg to snap and post a pic of it on social media, tagging us, and their favorite charity. All for the chance to win a donation from our Project V5 program to their charity of choice!

Since both our philanthropic efforts and project footprint spans coast to coast, we also created an Instagram sticker of the trolley so that charities in the communities where we work and live across the country could also be nominated, and employees all over the nation could participate.

On Giving Tuesday, we collected all of the nominated charities and randomly selected a winner. Given the impact Suncoast Hospice had on Whisper’s family and how hard this year has been for so many – especially those in the healthcare industry – we were more than thrilled to donate $5,000 to Suncoast Hospice through our #PDIShines Campaign!

“Suncoast Hospice knows that being a caretaker is one of the hardest challenges anyone will face, both physically and emotionally, said Kathy Rabon, Suncoast Hospice Chief Philanthropy and Marketing Officer. The organization leads by providing services that help alleviate stress and allow families to focus on what matters most.

“Having a support system around the person suffering from a chronic or advanced illness is important in helping to comfort and aid that person through their journey, and we understand that the journey is not done individually. It’s done together,” Rabon said. “The more we can keep that family together, and the more support we can provide, the better that journey can be. That is our mission.”

Special thank you to Whisper, our #PDIFamily and community friends for participating in our first-ever #PDIShines Campaign! We’ve been helping St. Pete shine since 1989 and we’re so proud of how far our city has come! Whether it’s a view from a Power Design high-rise like The ONE or from the new awe-inspiring St. Pete Pier, the skyline and our future look bright.

P.S. The trolley will still be up and running through March 1 – so if you spot it, we’d love to see it! Just tag @PowerDesignInc on Instagram!