F. E. Lykes Foundation crew serving delicious boxed lunches from Inside the Box as part of Tampa's Downtown week in Lykes Gaslight Park. Norma Gene Lykes (in the hat), Kristen Knecht Chittenden and Ed Chittenden (Board Member), talking to a member of the Sarasota Opera (left) and Rachel Radawec of Tampa Downtown Partnership (right). A beautiful day in the park!
"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 selected City of Tampa Parks & Recreation programs.
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 were shown in conjunction with Holiday events in Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. Eight movies will be shown throughout 2019, in a variety of neighborhood city parks, beginning Feb 2 with “Black Panther.” For the line-up details see our parkCINEMA page HERE.
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.