Press Release
For Immediate Release
February 2, 2017
For More Information contact:
Ariel DeWitt

Metropolitan Ministries Honors Dr. Martin Silbiger

Metropolitan Ministries’ Foundation Honors
Dr. Martin and Ruth Silbiger as 2017 Legacy Champions

Announces Dr. Martin and Ruth Silbiger Educational Fund


(February 2, 2017 - Tampa, FL)  This week Metropolitan Ministries’ honored board member and MiraclePlace® capital campaign chair Dr. Martin Silbiger and his wife Ruth as 2017 Legacy Champions and announced the establishment of an educational fund in their name.  The event was held in the Vinik Family Activity Center on the Metropolitan Ministries MiraclePlace® campus and attended by past and present Metropolitan Ministries’ board members and major supporters.


The Legacy and Metropolitan Ministries Foundation celebrates the leadership of past and present champions and focuses on the future needs of poor and homeless families traumatized by abuse, abandonment, and fear. 


Through the Ministries’ partnership with the Hillsborough Education Foundation, Dr. and Mrs. Silbiger have sponsored five children with scholarships in the Take Stock in Children® program and have committed to five more children this year. From these scholarships to the ongoing classes offered by the Patel Conservatory, the children who call Metropolitan Ministries their temporary home have Martin and Ruth to thank for many life-changing opportunities.  While Dr. Silbiger served as Chairman of the Board at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, now the David A. Straz Center for the Performing Arts, he joined their president, Judy Lisi, to make certain all children receive performing arts training regardless of their ability to pay.  They believe this training enhances the child’s ability to learn, earn better grades in math and science, learn the value of collaboration, become innovators, and gain self-esteem.  Metropolitan Ministries’ children participate in performing arts classes twice a week from Patel instructors who visit the campus.




Dr. Silbiger’s leadership for the MiraclePlace® campaign doubled the Ministries’ capacity to serve homeless families on campus and increased their impact to serve in the community fivefold.  No one could have imagined that a humble goal forty-five years ago to provide food assistance and clothing would blossom into a ministry active in four surrounding counties (Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, and Polk).  It’s now a vibrant transformational program providing housing, nutritious meals, case management, trauma counseling, education, youth enrichment, job training, health and wellness, and spiritual formation for 130 families and 300 children daily on the main Tampa and Holiday campuses and for as many as 31,000 families through daily outreach and holiday assistance programs.  


Dr. Martin and Ruth Silbiger’s legacy will live on not only through their own children and grandchildren, but through the Dr. Martin and Ruth Silbiger Educational Fund and all the children of Metropolitan Ministries who have felt their love. 


Past Legacy Champions:  The Ferman Families and the Ferman Moto Car Companies, Bob and Suzanne Thomas, Outback Steakhouse-OSI Restaurant Partners Bob Basham, Chris Sullivan, and Tim Gannon, Byrne and Elaine Litschgi, Stan and Frankie Harrell, Bretta and Don Sullivan, Tom and Dixie Arthur, and Morris and Paula Hintzman.





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