Larry J. Biddle
Since moving to Florida’s Tampa Bay area in 2004, Larry Biddle has been deeply involved through his company, PlanningWorks, in the cultural and political life of Tampa and St. Petersburg, and in recent years has played a major role in the area’s LGBT community. As a leading national fundraiser for more than 47 years, he has raised more than $380 million for a wide variety of nonprofit organizations and political purposes, including a U. S. presidential campaign (2004). PlanningWorks has been engaged by many local and national nonprofits for board and staff trainings and for the development of multi-year organizational strategic planning.
Larry’s company was most recently engaged by the St. Petersburg Warehouse Arts District’s ArtsXchange project. In three months he raised the $350,000 necessary to purchase 50,000 square feet of vacant warehouse space on 22nd St. South. Once renovated, the facility will make available sustainable and affordable studios for rent by artists, performers and arts educators. In 2015, Larry chaired the record-breaking Greater St. Petersburg Equality Florida Gala, raising $288,000.
In 2013-2014, PlanningWorks was engaged to direct resource development for Metro Charities’ LGBT Welcome Center. Larry raised $120,000 to establish the Welcome Center into one of only three such facilities in the U.S. providing event space, a safe space for youth, travel resources, and diversity training. Prior to his position with Metro, Larry, through PlanningWorks, was engaged for two years as the executive director of the Tampa Bay International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival.
From 2010 to 2012, PlanningWorks was retained by the Woodcock Foundation (New York City) to evaluate eight of its grantees’ communication practices. Recommendations were provided to each grantee, suggesting specific methods to improve and engage constituencies and expand their brand.
Larry also designed a unique social media campaign for USF St. Petersburg’s new online Digital Journalism and Design masters degree program. Larry was a co-founder of the Philadelphia Foundation’s Delaware Valley Legacy Fund at the Philadelphia Foundation. As development director at Philadelphia’s ActionAIDS, he co-founded the annual AIDS fundraiser, Dining Out for Life. Larry played a key role in making the event available to HIV/AIDS nonprofits in cities throughout the U.S.
Larry has a degree in organizational management from the University of Delaware and is an E-Commerce Fellow at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. In 2004 Wired magazine deemed him "the arbiter of the new hotness" for his leadership in ground-breaking Internet fundraising. A resident of St. Petersburg’s Historic Roser Park Neighborhood, he was president of the neighborhood’s association for five years. He lives with his partner of 23 years, David Warner, editor-in-chief of Tampa’s Creative Loafing.
Cindy Stovall is the host of Beauty & The ‘Burg, a popular local podcast in St. Petersburg, FL where she gets to promote the arts in the city she loves so much.
She is a native of New York City, but has called downtown St. Petersburg home since 1991. In addition to being a St Pete entrepreneur and pediatric nurse educator at All Children’s Hospital , Cindy has always been an active community servant and avid patron of the arts. While a downtown business owner for six years, she was secretary of the Downtown Business Association. During this time Cindy won "The President's Award" for her contributions, specifically in fundraising. During her tenure at All Children's Hospital she twice won "The Daisy Award," a national nursing excellence award. She has been an award-winning corporate trainer and sales representative for two Fortune 500 companies.
Cindy's son, Jordan, is pursuing an acting career in New York City. She is unapologetically his biggest fan.City.
A native of Florida, Jenna grew up in Pinellas County and attended the University of South Florida and Florida Atlantic University earning Bachelors and Masters degrees in communication. With a desire to make a difference upon graduating, she started her journey working for non-profit organizations with the American Cancer Society where she managed Relay For Life and the Reach to Recovery Fashion Show. Serving her Tampa alma mater followed, where she had the pleasure of working as the Director of Special Events & Ceremonies for President Judy Genshaft for nearly nine years. USF was also a training ground for work in Resource Development and working with Foundations.
A desire for something different resulted in a move to St. Petersburg in 2011, where she has had the privilege of working with organizations that make tremendous impact in the community including the Morean Arts Center and Boys & Girls Clubs of The Suncoast. Time spent working for Progress Energy afforded her the opportunity to be on the grant-making side of the aisle where she learned about leadership development, corporate culture and communications, and how large companies provide much-needed dollars to support their local communities. In recent years, she has found enjoyment in the creative side of strategic planning including graphic design and video production. She is passionate about helping tell stories in an authentic and organized way.
In 2013, after being diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 38, she decided it was time for a lifestyle change. She is now working to carve her own niche in the community by helping organizations lay strategic frameworks for long term success by providing what so many organizations need …. another set of eyes/hands/brain to help dig into the day-to-day work, move the needle and just generally get “stuff” done.
Jenna lives in St. Petersburg with her boyfriend, Gavin and their dog, Riley. She is close with her parents and sister, who also live in St. Pete. She is a member of the local long-form improv comedy troupe, As Per Usual, and regularly takes classes at American Stage.