PORT RICHEY — From 1996 to today. Tina Farrell and her husband Steve went from a small shop and cramped office in their backyard to a multimillion-dollar roofing business. Now, Tina is running for Honorary Governor of West Pasco, an election fundraising campaign through the West Pasco Chamber of Commerce. The winner is the participating chamber member whogarners the highest amount of “votes.” A vote is equal to $1 raised to benefit the chamber and candidate's choice of charity. Farrell, a chamber Ambassador, chose the Good Samaritan Clinic, a nonprofit organization that provides nonemergency medical and dental services free-of-charge to medically indigent residents in Pasco. “Melissa Fay is the CEO and the woman's heart is so big,” Farrell said. “She's puts her whole heart and soul into it so it makes you want to be a part of it.”
Farrell's final fundraiser through the campaign is May 10 at the Verizon Center, 8717 Trouble Creek Road, New Port Richey. “Divas & Diamonds: A Cocktail Affair” will feature unlimited drinks and appetizers from several bars at the event, including a chocolate martini bar, sangria bar, champagne bar, and more. The event will also have a DJ, photo booth and jewelry vendors selling a range of jewelry from costume to premium. Tickets are $75 and can be purchased at Farrell Roofing, 6836 Commerce Ave.. Previous fundraisers included a clay shoot, spaghetti dinner, candy grams for Valentine's Day, a night at Trinity's Painting With A Twist, and partnering with local businesses to get a percentage of a day's sale. In exchange, Farrell helped promote their business and event spent the fundraising day there working. At HoneyBaked Ham, she made sandwiches. “I had them pick a day that would normally be a little slow,” Farrell said. “What's nice is they all made a little extra money that day. I didn't want it to be just all about the charity and the chamber, not that they're not a great cause, but as a local business owner you need to spread the love in this community.” Farrell Roofing is also raffling off an iPad mini for $20 a ticket. Tickets can still be purchased at their office and the winning ticket will be chosen on May 26. Farrell speaks highly of her opponent, Paul Friedlander, who chose Pasco Kids First for his fundraising beneficiary. “No matter what ,we both are raising money for charity and at the end of the day, both charities and the chamber get the money so we are both winners,” Farrell said. You can follow Daylina Miller on Twitter at @DaylinaMiller.