Clearwater Man Receives Community Service Award
TAMPA - George LaBanca has been awarded the Egypt Shrine Annual Community Service Award.
LaBanca started volunteering for Hospice after cancer claimed the life of his best friend. After a few years, he saw the need to work with children battling cancer. For 10 years LaBanca volunteered at "Camp Good Days and Special Times," a camp for kids with cancer. In 1993 he was introduced to the Tampa-based Pediatric Cancer Foundation (PCF) and saw they were doing what no other local cancer nonprofits were doing - funding pediatric cancer research. LaBanca began volunteering with PCF and later served as the organization's president and chairman of its Board of Directors. He is currently the longest standing PCF board member.
The event took place Wednesday, September 9, at 7:30 p.m. at Egypt Temple Shrine in Tampa.
LaBanca and his wife, Kim, live with their two children in Clearwater.
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