NEW PORT RICHEY — Local business and social leaders from throughout Pasco and Pinellas counties gathered for the first 2014 West Florida Community Honors Ceremony.
The ceremony was presented by a young organization, PriorityPeace, which according to its website is a “not-for-profit consulting company that provides research and community liaison services to assist communities in need of peace.”
Members “utilize business appraisal techniques, communication management and modern technologies to increase productivity and peace for progressive and compassionate start-ups, established businesses and private individuals.”
The group also strives to “donate Peace Packs, which are inexpensive backpacks filled with basic living necessities and a letter of love to homeless and other under-served populations by hand. This brings greater peace to those most in need and inspires communal compassion through peaceful action.”
Pasco, in comparison to other counties in the state, have a disproportionately high percentage of residents who meet criteria to be considered part of the homeless population, organizers pointed out.
Included in the ceremony were business leaders from ABC Music, Nutrition Club, Immediate Tech Support, City Sleekers, Debbie Plotkin’s Qigong and I-TAP, Rio Salons, Skinny Fiber, Custom Embroidery, and Taylor Lewis’ Film and Photography.
All nominees were celebrated and honored with certificates and gift bags for their efforts to both “think and act critically as business leaders striving to propel society forward through their work in and for the community.”
The 2014 Most Purposeful, Most Ingenious and Most Compassionate Business of the Year were accepted by the owners of Rio Salons, City Sleekers and Debbie Plotkin’s Qigong and I-TAP.
The final award, the Most Compassionate Business went to Plotkin’s Qigong and I-TAP. The award came with gift items, such as a coffee cup, Starbuck’s Tazo tea blend and a vanilla scented candle.
Further information about the ceremony, future events and PriorityPeace can be discovered online at facebook.com/prioritypeace or on the Pasco County Library System website, www.pascolibraries.org.