F. E. Lykes Foundation


"Public spaces reflect the way a city feels about itself..."    Norma Gene Lykes

A sampling of F. E. Lykes Foundation projects and community support.

The F. E. Lykes Foundation (formerly the Frederick E. & Velma Lykes Foundation) was established in 1974 as an independent family foundation focused on charitable giving primarily in the Tampa Bay area. 

The current focus of the Foundation is to enhance public spaces and community environments. Staying true to that mission, the Foundation has concentrated on several city parks to provide more seating, shade trees, landscaping, recreational and entertainment options. Additional areas of support have included public art projects, neighborhood improvements, and City of Tampa Parks & Recreation programs.

This Fall the Foundation has been working with the historic Tampa Theatre, and their traveling large-scale portable screen, to bring movies to public parks, free and open to all. The first two are underway, in conjunction with Holiday events in Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. Stay tuned for additional movie programming across several public park locations in 2019.

The Foundation is lead by Norma Gene Lykes, President, and governed by Ms. Lykes and her Board of Directors.

 Inquiries about the Foundation or letters of interest may be sent to: 301 W. Platt Street #407, Tampa FL 33606.