Simply Suncoast

Fun in the Community From Celebrities to County Fairs

Erin Palmer

May 10, 2017

Fun in the community

Giving back to the community is as fun as it is rewarding! At Suncoast, we love to sponsor the local events that make our communities so special.

We’ve had such a blast in the last few months at our community events that we had to share a few of our favorite moments. If you missed out on these events, no worries! Our community events calendar can help you find upcoming events. Don’t forget to stop by and see us!

Celebrity Spotting at Gasparilla International Film Festival

The Suncoast Credit Union Gasparilla International Film Festival (GIFF) is always a fabulous time! Beautiful films, talented filmmakers and a ton of fun events were crammed into this week-long festival.

It was a wonderful time from start to finish, but one of the standout moments for us was watching Patrick Wilson receive the Career Achievement Award. The actor has starred in movies like “Watchmen” and the upcoming “Aquaman” film. Not only is he incredibly talented, but he grew up right in St. Petersburg, FL!

Fun in the community

Actor Patrick Wilson and Suncoast’s Community Relations Director Mary McDonald.


Watching Zootopia with Real Zoo Animals and DJ Kitty at GIFF Family Fun Day

Another reason we love GIFF so much is because of Family Fun Day, where we offer a free screening of a family-friendly movie along with a ton of fun things to do. This year we watched “Zootopia” and had live zoo animals from the Lowry Park Zoo!

Live zoo animals at GIFF

What a cutie! Lowry Park Zoo did a great job teaching the kids about all of the animals they brought.

Our pal DJ Kitty from the Tampa Bay Rays stopped by Family Fun Day to play with the kids, help color our panels and of course, bust some sweet dance moves. He always knows how to get the party started!

DJ Kitty at the Family Fun Day

Everyone loved our coloring panels at GIFF Family Fun Day… even DJ Kitty!


Listening to Live Music at the Bonita Blues Festival

There is nothing like listening to live music on a beautiful day! We had so much fun at the Bonita Blues Festival Presented by Suncoast Credit Union. It was such a lovely day that even the blues musicians had a smile on their faces!

Bonita springs blues festival

No wonder he’s smiling, the crowd at the Bonita Blues Festival was fantastic!


Flipping for the Deliciousness at the Parrish Florida Chili Cook Off

If only these photos could demonstrate how heavenly this event smelled! There were so many tasty chili options to choose from, we could have eaten for a week.

Parrish Florida Chili Cook Off

Soooo yummy!

Possibly more impressive than the chili was this girl’s flipping skills. We still don’t know how she could flip so well while we were so full we could barely move!

Parrish Florida Chili Cook Off

Think they’ll let us get one of these at Suncoast if we ask extra nicely? You could celebrate a new checking account with a flip!

We have a bunch of events coming up, so come out and join us! For more photos and videos from our community events, connect with us on Facebook.

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