60th Birthday Roast of Jon RENO LaBudde

60th Birthday Roast of Jon RENO LaBudde

Growing up here in sunny St. Pete, Florida was a treat. I was lucky enough to live on the west side of town, near park street and Abercrombie Park, just south of the Garden Drive-In. After graduating from Bogie in 1986, I found myself out and about, doing the normal guy stuff. Drinking beers, chasing the ladies, riding bikes all over town, playing video games at Aladdin’s Castle, hanging at the TI Fun Center and of course, at some point we all ended up at The BIG CATCH. And that’s where I, like most everyone else of those days, ended up meeting Jon. The Jon LaBudde. Jon RENO LaBudde, our Buddy. The birthday boy, who tonight, April 29, 2017, at historic venue NOVA 535 in beautiful Downtown St. Pete, aka DTSP, we gathered to shower with love, to honor and thank him for all that he’s done for us! How did we thank him? That’s the fun part! Read on and enjoy the 60th Birthday Roast of Jon RENO LaBudde!

60th Birthday Roast of Jon RENO LaBudde

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50th Birthday with Friends Family and Fire

Growing up here in sunny St. Petersburg, Florida was certainly a treat. I was lucky enough to live on the west side of town, near park street and Abercrombie Park, just south of the Garden Drive-In. When I was 11 years old, another Michael moved into our neighborhood, and soon we were best of friends. Our neighborhood was filled with several families, so we always had plenty of playmates, for hide and go seek freeze-tag, kickball, Frisbee, soccer, tree climbing and lots and lots of bike riding. Mike was older and stronger and fell into the role of big brother and friend. We spent a ton of time together, certainly some of the best years of our lives. Fast Forward to tonight, as we celebrate with Friends Family and Fire!

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Griffin Retirement Party

Tonight daughter Erin Griffin brought together friends, family and fellow educators to celebrate the amazing educational career of her mother, during what we’ve titled the Ann Griffin Retirement Party…although Ann really doesn’t want to retire. She LOVES teaching others. Ann has dedicated 30+ years of her life helping educate…which takes an enormous amount of patience and fortitude….so a BIG congratulations (and much more) is due you Ann, bravo!!2016 0520 AnnGriffin-Retirement-NOVA535-DTSP-44

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Publix is where shopping and working is a pleasure

Publix is where shopping and working is a pleasure. This I’ve experienced, from every angle, as Publix hosted their annual awards banquet here last Monday, April 20th, 2015. See as a young man I had the pleasure of working at our local Publix here in St. Petersburg, Florida for a bit more than a year. I bagged groceries, cleaned the store and learned how a great organization that is focused on customer service get’s it right. I also made pals with another young man named Jeff. Well I went on into real estate and am now running my own customer service based company, NOVA 535 Unique Event Space, here in downtown St. Pete, Florida, and Jeff, well he stayed at Publix. Fast forward about 30 years later and here we are.2015 04-20 Publix-at-venue-NOVA535-downtown-StPete-69

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Dueling Pianos during Kevin’s 50th Birthday

Ten minutes into our first meeting, I knew this was going to be another epic NOVA 535 party! Jeanne was so laid back and easy to work with, a perfect client. A decision maker, who knows how to throw a great party, has the budget to produce it properly yet isn’t spending money on anything frivolous. Her concern is throwing her hubby Kevin an EPIC 50th! And that ladies and gentlemen, she did –¬†Dueling Pianos during Kevin’s 50th Birthday Party!

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Brian’s 40th Birthday Party Blowout

Brian’s 40th Birthday Party Blowout
NOVA 535 Saturday May 3, 2014

Brian’s 40th Birthday Party Blowout, and I mean blowout, was held recently at Tampa Bay’s favorite private event venue NOVA 535, found here in beautiful downtown St. Pete, Florida…

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