For Marc and Devin Pappas, giving back is a labor of love. While Marc is more behind the scenes and quiet, Devin is most definitely out in front and active in so many charitable organizations in our community. For years she has emceed many philanthropic events for Hope Villages of America, Central Park Performing Arts Center, and others. She has also chaired events such as the first annual RCS Grand Gala which raised nearly $250,000 to feed, shelter, and assist those in need in Pinellas County. For many years she has chaired the Faces of Domestic Violence event and founded and continues to chair the Denim and Diamonds Gala which has raised over $500,00 for those in need. In addition to raising money, Devin is a Domestic Violence Advocate and Volunteer at Hope Villages of America's domestic violence shelter "The Haven".
In 2015 Devin founded a program known as Pathways to Business Fundamentals in which she sought gently used women's clothing from local women groups, friends, and neighbors. She approached local retailers to become drop-off centers for these donations. The clothing was used in her program which sought to provide for the women in the shelter who often fled with only the clothes on their backs.
In 2021 we put into motion the organization of a Charitable Foundation that would be 100% volunteer-run, and that ALL money raised would go directly to the charitable organizations in most need in our community. Only with the partnership of past committee members, friends, and magazine sponsors were we able to create the Raising Relief Foundation.
To learn more about The Foundation, the amazing team of volunteers, and upcoming events, please visit www.raisingrelieffoundation.org or click below to be taken to the site.