Bridge Builders 2022

Celebrating 50 years of hope!

A Message from Tim

Listen to this kind message from our President & CEO Tim Marks thanking you for a special night of hope.


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Our Honorary Chair Couple

Jeff and Penny Vinik

We are thrilled to have Jeff and Penny Vinik as this year’s Honorary Chair Couple for Bridge Builders. The Viniks are known for many outstanding community initiatives, elevating the quality of life in our region for all.  We are grateful for the Viniks philanthropic leadership, and honored to have them as 50th Anniversary Hope Partners.

Vinik Family Foundation is a private foundation created and managed by Jeff and Penny Vinik. Since 2007, the Vinik Family Foundation has donated over $128 million to nonprofits working in the areas of education, human services, healthcare, and the arts – including 600 local nonprofits through the Tampa Bay Lightning Community Hero program. The Vinik Family Foundation is especially dedicated to broadening the public’s understanding of art through inclusive, interactive exhibits and installations.

Metropolitan Ministries was pleased to present Penny Vinik with the Bridge Builder award in 2017. How appropriate that she and Jeff “do the honors” as we celebrate 50 years of HOPE with our entire community. We express our deepest gratitude to Jeff and Penny Vinik and the Vinik Family Foundation for Changing Tomorrow Today with Metropolitan Ministries.

2022 Exclusive Anniversary Partnership Opportunities

Exclusive opportunities are available for partners and sponsors of the event. PDF available here.


For more information, please contact Cindy Sofarelli at or (813) 209-1020.

group of polaroid photos of various Metropolitan Ministries events in history