LIGHTNING FOUNDATION SPONSORS LAUNCH OF NEW CHILDREN'S BOOK 'MAGGIE AND MAX AT THE MUSEUM'
Maggie and Max at the Museum, a new children's book, will have its kickoff, sponsored by the Lightning Foundation, on Tuesday, October 10th when Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio and author Robin Gonzalez introduce the book to 35 third-graders from Sam Rampello Downtown Partnership School. Gonzalez created an adventure tale for children using the historic Henry B. Plant Museum as its setting.
Mayor Iorio will lead the kickoff, which will take place at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, October 10 at the Henry B. Plant Musueum. Also scheduled to be in attendance are Gonzalez, Lightning & St. Pete Times Forum President Ron Campbell, Lightning Foundation Executive Director Nancy Crane, Henry B. Plant Museum Society member Sarah Jane Rubio and Cynthia Gandee, Executive Director at Henry B. Plant Museum.
The Henry B. Plant Museum Society underwrote Maggie and Max at the Museum to raise the awareness of young children about the Tampa Bay Hotel and the Henry B. Plant Museum. Gonzalez, who wrote a history of the museum, If Our Hotel Could Talk, in 2005, was motivated to write the children's book by Rubio. Proceeds from this book will benefit the preservation and educational programs of the museum.
At the kickoff, Mayor Iorio will interact with the third-graders using paper doll figures from the book as well as life-size cutouts of "Maggie" and "Max". The children will be given gift bags with a copy of the book, a pink parasol, an alligator, a Plant System flag and a magnifying glass; compliments of the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Lightning Foundation.
The Tampa Bay Lightning and Lightning Foundation are dedicated to the support of local organizations that enrich the lives of those living throughout the Tampa Bay community. In gratitude for the support and passion of our community, the Foundation will focus its unique resources to advance amateur hockey and educational enrichment opportunities for children, along with medical research and treatment for those in need. "Maggie and Max" will bring reading alive as children imagine the days of old at the Tampa Bay Hotel.