Local HEP Chair to be recognized for humanitarian efforts
CLEARWATER – Out of hundreds of applications across the country, local HEP Board Chairman Bruce Fyfe is one of three finalists for his community service by “Invest in Others,” an organization that honors the philanthropic and volunteer activities of financial advisors in their local community.
Fyfe is Executive Vice President of Provise Management Group, a nationally recognized financial planning and investment management group based in Clearwater. He became Chairman of Home Emergency Project (HEP) in 1992. In addition to his service for HEP, he also serves on the Board of Directors for BayCare and the Morton Plant Mease Foundation, and is a past president of Habitat for Humanity.
For the past 21 years, Fyfe has advocated for and acted on behalf of homeless individuals and families in the Tampa Bay area, ensuring most have a safe place to live and resources to get back on their feet. One accomplishment is the establishment of HEP West Apartment Community, a 32-unit complex for homeless veterans returning home from the Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts – many of whom suffer with PTSD and the devastating side effects of war.
His son, Brendan Macdonald Fyfe, was a combat Marine serving three tours and experienced severe PTSD upon returning home. He lost his life to a drug overdose in 2009 at 24 years old. Along with his wife, Wanda, Fyfe began a memorial fund in his son's name to aid other men and women who were returning home to similar circumstances. The community rallied behind Brendan's cause, and in October of 2012 HEP began accepting applications for residency.
Fyfe will attend the Community Leadership Awards Ceremony in New York City on Sept. 19 where they will announce the winners of each category. Finalists receive a $5,000 donation to their charity, and honorees receive a $20,000 donation to their charity.