Frank Sanchez

Daily Point of Light # 3180 Apr 13, 2006

Frank Sanchez is extremely active in his Tampa, Florida community. From a local standpoint his service is diverse reaching all facets of the community and widespread throughout Hillsborough County. Sanchez is a Board Member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay, The Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, The Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, The Foundation of St. Joseph’s Hospitals, The Community Development Corporation of Tampa and The ChairScholars Foundation. In addition, he serves on the Advisory Boards of the Crisis Center, Habitat For Humanity, Heartbeat International, Wheels for Success, Community Tampa Bay and the Earth Charter. He has also served as a mentor for the Hillsborough Education Association.

Sanchez is the chief negotiator for the Community Development Corporation (CDC) of Tampa. The East Tampa neighborhood has, for years, been a poverty striken, crime-ridden neglected part of town. Through the work of dedicated leaders like Sanchez, the CDC is committed to revitalizing this area bringing businesses, jobs and affordable housing for residents. The economic boost that thriving businesses provide will reduce crime and bring this community back to the proud neighborhood it once was.

Recently, Mr. Sanchez was elected President of the Patel Foundation for Global Understanding. It is perhaps because of his professional work in more than thirty countries around the world and his commitment to serve others, regardless of race, ethnicity or religious background, that he works on health, education and cultural initiatives in the U.S., India and countries in Africa through the Patel Foundation.

His love of children is what drives him to volunteer countless hours to Tampa’s youth. Sanchez is an active Board Member of The Boys and Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay. This organization has been committed to provide a safe place for youth to learn and grow, and has had Sanchez’s heart, money and time for many years. Mr. Sanchez recently completed three years as a mentor at his alma mater, Hillsborough High School, on behalf of the Hillsborough Education Foundation. In 2003, he became involved with the quest for a bone marrow donor for a young Hispanic leukemia victim. Frank donated his time to this effort by making pleas in the local Hispanic media to encourage Hispanics to become part of the donor bank.