Support the Belleview Biltmore
Friends of the Belleview Biltmore was formed to preserve the Belleview Biltmore and help it flourish. Many people in the Tampa Bay area rallied to save the hotel from the wrecking ball now it's time to make sure the business flourishes. You can help in many ways.
The hotel has lost most of their historical memorabilia. Friends of the Belleview Biltmore is on a drive to replace these items. If you or your family held an event there, you are the Belleview's history. Please send us your story and any photos you may have from these festivities, include the date, event and names of people in the photo. If you have photos, postcards, programs, news articles or other memorabilia, we would appreciate having them donated or an opportunity to make copies of any printed materials.
As many of you know, the hotel has been neglected for many years; and now there is much to do. The design and construction of the Belleview Biltmore makes it very costly to operate. To offset the unusual overhead Friends of the Belleview Biltmore takes on projects that help the hotel. Volunteers are need to pick up roof debris and spruce up the grounds on Sunday, April 27.
Friends holds activities at the hotel to attract local residents. There's a Roaring 20s Party on Saturday, April 12th with a 19-piece big band orchestra playing music from the 30's and 40's. For details see www.biltmorespeakeasy.org.
By frequenting the hotel often, especially in the off season, you will be helping most of all. The tour is great, the dining room is vastly improved and the prices are reasonable. They have buffets four nights a week, breakfast buffets and early bird specials daily, and brunch on Sundays. On special occasions they serenade you with a three-piece combo and brunch in the Tiffany Room. Stop by and check them out - you'll be glad you did. Mother's Day is coming!
A web page (www.friendsofthebelleviewbiltmore.com) will be up soon, in the mean time if you have memorabilia, want to volunteer, or need information on any of the upcoming activities please contact Rae Claire Johnson at 727-581-5171 or the hotel at 727-373-3000 (ask for Sharon). Our goal is to help the hotel be the best it can be - we look forward to you joining us.
- Rae Claire Johnson, Friends of the Belleview Biltmore
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