LAMPLighters is a ladies auxiliary working on behalf of the children of Metropolitan Ministries and Joshua House in Tampa. "LAMPLighters" (Ladies Assisting Metropolitan People) focus on the needs of homeless and at-risk children.



The historical focus of LAMPLighters has been to support the children and families in residence at Metropolitan Ministries. In 2002-03, the membership voted to expand the scope to assist other programs supporting children in need. Beginning that year, a portion of the annual funds raised were allocated to Joshua House, a program and shelter for abused and neglected children from the Tampa Bay area.



In 1986, a few caring and dedicated volunteers joined together to form a support group for the Metropolitan Ministries in Tampa. A desire to "light the way" for displaced families led to the selection of the name "LAMPLighters".


2021 Columbia Community Harvest Grant

2020 Columbia Community Harvest Grant

2014 Metropolitan Ministries' E. Earl Jeter, Jr. Volunteer of the Year Award

2014 Finalist for the Metropolitan Ministries' Unity Award

2013 Finalist for WEDU Be More Awards - Small NonProfit of the Year

2012 Bob Thomas Star of Philanthropy Award from the Friends at Joshua House

2003 Philanthropist Service Organization of the Year by Suncoast Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals

2021-2022 Officers
Debbie Trujillo, President

Tina Dumar, President-Elect

Kari Adams, VP Membership

Yolanda Cielo, Treasurer

Debbie Greer, Assistant Treasurer

Ashley Gray, Recording Secretary

Charlene Bleakley, Immediate Past President

Membership Chairs

Kari Adams, Membership Chair

Summer Patterson, Membership Co-Chair

Silvia Wehling, Hospitality

Janice Donica, Bylaws

Kari Bradley, Corresponding Secretary

Outreach Chairs

Cindy Sofarelli, Met Ministries Holiday Tent

Daniela Quast, We Care Kits Program

Deb Zimkus, Met Min Fall Festival

Debbie Greer, Met Min Fall Festival

Stephanie Arnold, Met Min Valentine’s Party

Jessie George, Met Min Valentine’s Party

Kathy Roetzheim, Met Min Easter Party

Sandi Myers, Met Min Easter Party

Jenny Wilwant, Met Min Summer Splash

Cathy Powell, Met Min Summer Splash

Fundraising Event Chairs
Michelle Cappelli, Fall Into Fashion

Laura Maddalon, Silver Coffee Chair

Lisa Wolf, Silver Coffee Co-Chair

Elena Marrero, Kendra Scott Social & Dillard's Shopping Weekend

Amy Hull, Tory Burch Social

Lamplighters Fund Hope Committee

Amy Hull, Advisory

Debbie Trujillo, Fundraising

Charlene Bleakley, Strategy

Deb Zimkus, Administrative

Stephanie Arnold, Sponsorships

Marianne Bondanza, Sponsorships

Tina Dumar, Promotions

Elena Marrero, Member Engagement

Publicity Chairs

Amy Hull, Public Relations

Jessie George, Social Media

Nancy Leach, Website

DeDe Grundel, Digital Newsletter

Summer Patterson, Member Email Communications

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LAMPLighter Past Presidents

1986-87 Sandra Gardner

1987-88 Robin De La Vargne

1988-89 Suzanne Taggart

1989-90 Judy Mitchell

1990-91 Patsy Woodroffe

1991-92 Patsy Caranante

1992-93 Marsha Martin

1993-94 Barbara Simmons

1994-95 Janet Catlett

1995-96 Karen Richardson

1996-97 Marsha Martin

1997-98 Frances Surgenor

1998-99 Bernadette Schurr

1999-00 Lila Mulholland

2000-01 Evelyn Bowles

2001-02 Carolyn Black

2002-03 Susanne Cleckler

2003-04 Sally Ordway

2004-05 Susy (Lienhart) Nelson

2005-06 Veronica Barquero

2006-07 Cleta Alexander

2007-08 Lila Mulholland

2008-09 Valarie Cappello

2009-10 Sally Mabry

2010-11 EJ Gibson

2011-12 Helen Raterman

2012-13 Nancy Leach

2013-14 Tricia Hancock

2014-15 Christine Manley

2015-16 Kelly Breeding

2016-17 Connie Gage

2017-18 Anne Carney

2018-19 Linda Stacy Mills

2019-20 Tracy Bales

2020-21 Charlene Bleakley

2021-22 Debbie Trujillo

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