We’re grateful for the continual support of our clients and neighbors who have helped us achieve success. It’s our honor and privilege to return the favor as active members of our community. Here are some of the initiatives that are most important to us.
As an active member of his community, Mark is involved with the Friends of the First Tee of Tampa Bay, and for ten years has co-chaired the Chi Chi Rodriguez Youth Foundation Annual Pro Am golf tournament. This event has generated net proceeds of over $1,500,000 helping at risk children in the Academy's public partnership school. Other organizations also receive philanthropic support from the Cynthia & Mark Carron Family Foundation.
Mark has dedicated significant time over the years to a myriad of civic causes. As a founding board member, he was twice instrumental in establishing patrons groups sustaining the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center (now known as the Straz Center) and the Tampa Museum of Art. As a two time mayoral appointee to the City of Tampa General Employees' Pension Fund, he served as Vice Chairman.
The Chi Chi Rodriguez Youth Foundation is a not for profit 501(c) 3 organization created to help at-risk youth achieve academic, social and economic success by remaining engaged in their education and acquiring the practical skills to excel.
Since 1972, the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay has been committed to bringing help, hope and healing to people facing serious life challenges including sexual assault or abuse, domestic violence, financial distress, substance abuse, medical emergency, suicidal thoughts and other emotional or situational problems. They provide a range of programs and services to ensure that no one in our community has to face crisis alone.
This organization helps individuals and families work toward increased education, income stability and healthy lives. With nearly 1,800 locations in 45 countries and territories, United Way is dedicated to advancing the common good and mobilizing the caring power of communities around the world.
The origin of the program dates back to 1991, when it began as Urban Junior Golf at Rogers Park Golf Course in Tampa. The concept was to offer affordable and accessible golf opportunities to children from moderate socio-economic backgrounds, and to use the inherent social and recreational values associated with the game to shape the lives of each participant. Urban Junior Golf became an official program of the Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA in January 1998. This provided much needed administrative support and marketability. The First Tee was announced at approximately the same time, and immediate efforts were made to become an official Chapter.
Officially formed in 1999, The First Tee of Tampa Bay now provides more than 65,000 children each year with hands-on, interactive golf experiences along with introducing them to The First Tee’s Nine Core Values. In 2017, The First Tee of Tampa Bay ranked in the top 10% within The First Tee network in both the number of certifying participants (5th out of 174 chapters: 4,854 children) and number of outreach participants (14th out of 174 chapters: 65,000 children.) Besides being a program branch of the Tampa YMCA, The First Tee of Tampa Bay also partners with community members such as the Tampa Sports Authority, and the City of Tampa.
The First Tee program uses the game of golf to provide young people with the chance to develop life-enhancing values like confidence, perseverance and judgment. The First Tee teaches a series of life skills (such as goal setting, how to meet new people, and staying healthy) in all of its programs. Whether through introductory programs in 75+ Hillsborough County public schools, afterschool programs at several local courses, or week-long summer camp experiences, The First Tee shows children that golf is more than a game – it’s an opportunity to become the very best they can be.
The purpose of the Museum of Fine Arts is to increase and diffuse knowledge and appreciation of art, to collect and preserve objects of artistic interest and merit, to protect works of art, to provide facilities for research, and to offer instruction and opportunities for aesthetic enjoyment of art.
The Tampa Museum of Art will gather, study, discuss, and present the finest visual arts for a curious public. Our vision is to create an environment for exploring new ideas and innovative experiences.
Our mission is to support and enrich the continuity of Jewish life and values in our community, in Israel, and worldwide.
To help people achieve their full potential through the dignity and power of work. This mission is accomplished through employment services, training programs and affordable housing. The sale of donated and new goods at Goodwill stores enables the agency to offer a variety of employment and training services, promote self-sufficiency, and contribute to community conservation through recycling.
The Florida Holocaust Museum honors the memory of millions of innocent men, women and children who suffered or died in the Holocaust. The Museum is dedicated to teaching the members of all races and cultures the inherent worth and dignity of human life in order to prevent future genocides.
Raymond James is not affiliated with the above organizations and/or charitable causes.