City of Tampa, Hillsborough County and Florida Government first responders all gathered, on November 10th, 2019 at the Tampa Convention Center to attend the first annual ‘One Table’ event; a community Thanksgiving to honor our local heroes. 

Since first responders are the heroes of our community, and serve us everyday, we wanted to take one day out of the year where the community could serve them.

Several community members who helped us serve the first responders also shared their personal heartfelt experiences they had with the men and women who protect and serve our great city.

“Being able to personally thank our first responders at One Table was an opportunity I’m so grateful for,” said Jeff Gigante, Co-Founder of Forbici Modern Italian and Ciccio Restaurant Group. 

The Tampa Police Department also connected us with Monique Handa who had a very special thank you to share. Monique’s mother was brutually murdered in a nursing home less than one year ago. The detective working her case, Detective Gady, was present on the night of the event. November 10th would have been her mom’s birthday. When she stood to share her story her gratitude was felt by everyone in the room – it was a moment no one will forget.

One Table was attended by over one hundred local first responders, eighty community volunteers, and twelve sponsors.

“It’s wonderful seeing people from all walks of life come together to show their gratitude for our first responders,” said Mayor Jane Castor. “None of this would be possible without the dedication of our citizens and generosity of our local business owners.”

One Table was sponsored by the following community organizations: Caspers Company, Coca-cola Florida, USAA, Forbici Modern Italian, Tampa Bay EDC, Hillsborough Community College, Traditions Rentals, Joyful Events, Creekside Church, Tampa Foundation, the City of Tampa, and the Tampa Convention Center. 

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