At Tiger Bay, local mogul Bill Edwards quietly puts his money where his mouth is

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A brief note from yesterday’s Tiger Bay meeting where RNC Host Committee CEO Ken Jones was the guest speaker.

As you may know, during the school year, Tiger Bay invites high school and home-schooled juniors and seniors (and a teacher-chaperone), as well as college students majoring in political science, to be our guests for lunch. The cost of the Young Tigers‘ attendance is subsidized by individual contributions from our members throughout the year.

Generally, these contributions are collected during the meetings, with members throwing a buck or two into a collection bowl in the middle of the table.

Yesterday, one of the guests in attendance was local mogul Bill Edwards. Mr. Edwards has played a significant role raising money for the RNC Host Committee, the non-partisan organization charged with getting the Tampa Bay region ready for the big event.

Without any fanfare, when members were asked to throw in their dollar or two into the collection for the Young Tigers, Bill Edwards put in a $100 bill.

Sure, $100 is probably not a significant amount of money to someone with the resources of Bill Edwards, but it’s still a lot of money. During economic times like this, it’s acts like these which can be all the difference in the world to a non-profit like Tiger Bay.

I don’t know Bill Edwards, I just know what I hear about town and read in the media.  Yet, with one singular act, Edwards demonstrated to me he’s one classy act.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.