Ann-Ventures 

Denali’s Story

  • 4:10 am Wednesday, September 19th, 2018 by Ann Kelly

Denali’s story is not an easy one to hear or to actually see. It’s beyond my comprehension how someone could allegedly set two dogs on fire in a house and just leave them there. But that’s not how Denali’s story ends thanks to the Suncoast Animal League.

The first post I saw on social media from Executive Director Rick Chaboudy carried a warning on how graphic the pictures of Denali were and I hope to never see animal abuse like this again.  We all cried when we saw them and prayed that the wonderful folks like Dr. Lee at [More]

A 20 Year Ann-Venture With TSO

  • 4:45 am Thursday, September 13th, 2018 by Ann Kelly

The numbers are impressive for Trans-Siberian Orchestra – 20 years, over 2,000 shows and more that $15 million dollars donated to charity. It’s always a pleasure to have TSO back for the holidays and to talk with original member Al Pitrelli. who handles double-duty as musical director and plays guitar. When TSO takes the stage on December 16th at Amalie Arena it will be for two shows; the first at 3 pm, the second at 7 pm. The group donates $1-$2 from every ticket sold for those two shows to charity.

This season TSO will head out on the road [More]

Irma Memories, Active Tropics

  • 4:45 pm Saturday, September 8th, 2018 by Ann Kelly

Like so many of you there’s one emotion I can’t shake from Hurricane Irma. Fear. From the time we first started watching the storm to the minute I walked out of the Hillsborough County Emergency Operations Center it was always there. Would I have a home to come back to, would my friends be safe and what would it be like walking out the doors of the EOC when it was safe enough to leave.

I blogged live from the EOC starting at 10 am Saturday, September 9th at 10 with my final entry posted Monday, September 11th at 4 [More]