Annual Awards Breakfast Awards

Save the date: Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful hosted the 28th Annual Awards Breakfast on January 19, 2017 at the TPepin Hospitality Centre where we recognized groups, organizations, businesses, residents and schools for their commitment to our environment and community.

Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful hosts the Annual Awards Breakfast to recognize our amazing volunteers, sponsors and supporters. Sponsors, public officials and volunteers come together to acknowledge those who have made a positive impact in our environment.  We appreciate the passion of our volunteers and the investment from our sponsors who support our programs and events. This distinguished event is a way for Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful to salute the hard work, time and dedication spent to support our mission.


Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful accepts public nominations for our Sustainable Partner Awards. We also award competitive scholarships to exceptional students participating in our youth programs.

Sustainable Partner Awards

These publicly nominated awards are hosted by Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful to recognize residents, businesses, groups and schools for their commitment to our environment and community. Nominations are reviewed by a panel of judges. Individual nominees must reside in Hillsborough County and groups, schools & businesses must be located within Hillsborough County. All nominees are recognized for their service at the Annual Awards Breakfast.

Areas of Focus



Waste Reduction




Green Initiatives




Youth Scholarships

High school seniors who are Ambassadors of Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful are eligible to apply for a scholarship. Scholarships can be applied toward tuition or books.

Please contact us for more information on nominating a Treasure of Tampa Bay, participating as a sponsor or attending our Annual Awards Breakfast.

Visit our FACEBOOK page for past pictures of the event. Photo credit: Mike Ruso

Jim Ellis at the Annual Awards Breakfast
HART at Annual Awards Breakfast
Rubio's Coastal Grill at the Annual Awards Breakfast
Scholarship recipient at Awards Breakfast

For more information on this event please contact us

Thank you to our 2017 Sponsors:

Award Breakfast Sponsors
Tropical Nights Logo





ice sculptor



Save the Date: Friday, March 23, 2018




Tickets are $100.00 each and can be purchased here.



From its humble beginning in 1991, Tropical Nights has been our premier fundraising event, providing critical funding needed to continue our programs. Join us for this fun, tropical-themed annual gala featuring an incredible silent auction, great food from local Tampa Bay restaurants, and premium open bars.  All proceeds from this tropical themed cocktail party benefit Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful!


Event tickets are $100 a person and sponsorship levels range from $500 to $20,000.  Tropical Nights serves as the organization’s signature fundraiser. All proceeds from Tropical Nights remain right here in the Tampa Bay area!


Immerse yourself in a tropical luau atmosphere

Sample foods from various Tampa Bay area restaurants

Enjoy a premium open bar

Live music

Bid at the “You Must See It To Believe It” silent auction

Have your picture drawn by caricature artists

Participate in our Special Drawing 


Thank you to our Tropical Nights 2017 Food & Beverage Sponsors:




Fuzzy's Taco Shop


Olive Garden


Panera Bread


Pepin Distributing Co.




Puff n' Stuff


Rubio's Coastal Grill


Saddlebrook Resort


Southern Wine & Spirits


Square 1 Burgers


Working Cow Homemade Ice Cream





Become a sponsor for the 26th annual Tropical Nights Gala.


Become a restaurant partner today for the 26th annual Tropical Nights Gala.


Donate an auction item.



For information contact us.



Honorary Chair Sue House and her family at Tropical Nights
Barefoot Wine sampling at Tropical Nights
Guests playing games at Tropical Nights
Shula's provides food at Tropical Nights
Guests at Tropical Nights
Guests enjoying Tropical Nights
Aqua provides food for Tropical Nights
Rob Irie performs at Tropical Nights
Artists Terry and Dori Klaaren pose with friends at Tropical Nights

All proceeds benefit Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful!

For more information on this event please contact us

Thank you to our current 2017 Sponsors:

Sponsors for Tropical Nights 2017

Save the date: Saturday, April 28, 2018


Great American Cleanup Group Photo

Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful recruits volunteers, Site Captains, Area Managers and local sponsors to foster unity and strengthen community bonds through beautification and improvement efforts across Hillsborough County. For more than twenty years, this locally activated community improvement program brings the power of volunteers and sponsors together to inspire change and build sustainable, vibrant communities.


The theme – Clean Your Block Party– is a call to action to create more sustainable communities by focusing volunteer efforts on activities that impact individuals in need, aesthetic community improvements and environmental impact. Volunteers of all ages are welcome and any individual, family, school, group, place of worship, business or government entity can coordinate or participate in an average of 80 simultaneous projects around the area.


Projects may include:

                             Community gardens (butterfly, sensory, vegetable)

                            Habitat restoration

                            Invasive plant removal

                            Litter Free Events

                            Litter cleanups (waterways, roadways, shorelines, parks and underwater dives)

                            Landscape maintenance and planting (weeding, trimming, etc.)

                            Playground/park equipment restoration (painting, mulching, etc.)

                            Storm drain marking

                            Tree plantings


To help do something beautiful, contact Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful at (813) 221-8733 to lead a community location..


All volunteers must provide their own transportation.

*Locations of sites and event dates vary*



Contact us for more information on how to get involved or become a site captain.


Volunteers help remove litter during the Great American Cleanup
Ruskin Residents participate in the Great American Cleanup

For more information on this event please contact us

Thank you to our current 2017 Sponsors:

Sponsors of the 2017 Great American Cleanup



Saturday, September 16, 2017



Thank you to our Presenting Sponsor:





Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful presents the Hillsborough River & Coastal Cleanup as part of the International Coastal Cleanup at various sites along the waterways throughout Hillsborough County. Unlike a typical litter removal event, the annual Hillsborough River & Coastal Cleanup offers the opportunity for volunteers to engage in vital international research activities by taking on the role of “Scientist for a Day.”


With a specific focus on water-based natural resource protection and activism, volunteers collect items and record the data to identify the number and type of littered items, the overall tonnage of debris removed from each site and the amount of recyclable materials diverted from ending up in our landfills. This information is used to determine future requirements for cleanup initiatives, assess projects that are needed in the area and develop awareness of these needs within the local communities who share these waterways. Data is shared with Keep America Beautiful, the Ocean Conservancy as well as local officials to help provide a local and global perspective.


Thank you to all our volunteers sponsors and partners for helping to make this event a huge success! In 2016, 4,773 volunteers removed 128,265 pounds of litter and debris from our waterways. Join the movement to protect our waterways.



Volunteers from Invictus and EPC remove litter along the Hillsborough River

Volunteer groups remove litter to keep our oceans clean

Tampa Bay Dragon Boat team volunteers to remove litter from our waterway

father and son volunteers remove litter with their kayak along the Hillsborough River


Youth thinks litter is yucky
Teens with Adventure Outfitters volunteer to dive to clean the Hillsborough River



For more information on this event please contact us

Thank you to our 2017 Sponsors:

Sponsors for the 2017 Hillsborough River & Coastal Cleanup

styrofoam, chicken wire, plastic tarp, water bottles





America Recycles Day is a Keep America Beautiful national initiative to promote and celebrate recycling. America Recycles Day educates people about the importance of recycling to our economy and environmental well-being.

Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful celebrates this initiative with the Recycle Regatta or the Trashy Flashy Fashion Show.



Recycle Regatta


In honor of America Recycles Day on Saturday, June 9, 2018, Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful is hosting its Annual Recycle Regatta. The Recycle Regatta challenges participants to construct a watercraft from at least 70% recycled materials. Teams will launch on the Hillsborough River and paddle across a 50-yard course providing a hilarious competition for the spectators to enjoy. This head to head race will be a competition between high school groups, colleges and corporations. Boats will be created through techniques such as upcycling and repurposing while learning about the "Three R's" of waste management (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle).


To participate, please register.


Students raced in the Hillsborough River as part of the Recycle Regatta

JC Newman Cigar Company wins the Recycle Regatta































Trashy Flashy Fashion Show


Thank you to all of our sponsors, designers, models, Paul Mitchell students and all who helped to make the 4th annual Trashy Flashy Fashion Show a success. We had 53 amazing designs walk down the runway showing how trendy trash can be.


Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful is proud to present the Trashy Flashy Fashion Show in honor of America Recycles Day. The Trashy Flashy Fashion Show is a hands-on educational experience that encourages students/designers to integrate waste reduction practices into wearable fashion. This artistic expression combines environmental learning with fashion concepts and techniques. The environmentally sustainable high fashion designs featured in the show are made from at least 75% recycled materials and illustrate to the audience how trendy trash can be. The fashion show will challenge individuals to think outside the bin.


The Trashy Flashy Fashion Show focuses on the importance of waste reduction through “Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.” These waste reduction concepts are incorporated into the designs through the use of upcycling and repurposing. The objective of this fashion show is to allow students to take what they have learned either in their classroom or through the education presentations of Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful and upcycle their waste into a wearable piece of art to be showcased down the runway. These high fashion pieces result when students intertwine fashion and art with sustainability.


This fashion show not only promotes recycling, upcycling and repurposing but it gives the students and the audience the opportunity to reduce their carbon footprint through the realization of how much refuse they leave behind. Local designers, artists, residents and students in an art or design program as well as environmental and science courses participate in this annual event. This fashion show intrigues the audience through the creativity and uniqueness that go into these wearable works of art. The Trashy Flashy Fashion Show allows students to see how trash impacts their everyday lifestyle, only the designs do not show the disgust of trash but the beauty of something new and innovative.


Photo credit: Michael Rusó


Trashy Flashy Fashion Show runway
Trashy Flashy Fashion Show design

For more information on this event please contact us










Thank you to our 2016 Sponsors:

Sponsors for the 2015 Trashy Flashy Fashion

Florida Learning Garden at the Florida State Fair - February, 2017

Visit the Garden just inside Gate 3 of the Florida State Fair from February 9th to February 20th.


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