Ryan Callahan Foundation Joins Forces With Shortino, Whitestone, And Christa Families For A Check Presentation At Apella On Newport In Tampa As Part Of A New Fundraising Campaign

Event to Begin at 12:30 p.m. ET; Tampa Mayor Jane Castor to Attend and Address the Audience at 1 p.m. ET

TAMPA, FL (October 23, 2023) – The Ryan Callahan Foundation (RCF) will accept a check presented by the Shortino, Whitestone, and Christa Families, with Tampa Mayor Jane Castor joining in support of the new campaign partnership with Apella on Newport, a thriving student-living community designed to enhance the University of Tampa experience. The presentation will take place on November 3, 2023 at 12:30 p.m. ET and promises to be a significant moment for both the community and the city of Tampa.


“We are incredibly grateful for the partnership with Dave Christa and Apella,” said Kyla Callahan, Ryan Callahan Foundation Director. “Their unwavering commitment to community involvement aligns perfectly with our mission. Together, we are making a profound impact on the lives of pediatric cancer families and the Tampa community as a whole. This collaboration represents not only the power of working together but also the strength of compassion and dedication in creating positive change.”


“This collaboration exemplifies the power of compassion and gathering with a shared purpose. I commend the Shortino, Whitestone, and Christa Families for their commitment to creating positive change for our local children and families as they go through one of the toughest battles of their lives, fighting cancer,” said Tampa Mayor Jane Castor. “The partnership between Apella on Newport and RCF is a shining example of what we can achieve when we work together.”


The campaign was built with the core mission of educating each new student leasing a unit at the Apella on the Ryan Callahan Foundation through shared materials. The goal is to bring awareness to the pediatric cancer community within the Tampa Bay Region and beyond. The hope of RCF is that, with shared awareness, and Apella leading by example showing their support of the foundation, the students will feel as passionate as the Apella investors to help change the lives of pediatric cancer patients and their families. Together, the Apella community can provide the families of RCF with moments to bring change for a brighter tomorrow. 


Christa Development, renowned for its unwavering commitment to community involvement, has played a pivotal role in the foundation’s story. Their dedication to community enrichment is a testament to their ethos of fostering stronger, more vibrant neighborhoods. Apella on Newport exemplifies their dedication to creating spaces that enhance the lives of students and the community at large.


Additionally, the Ryan Callahan Foundation is proud to announce its 10th-anniversary annual fundraiser gala, scheduled for Thursday, March 28, 2024, at Armature Works. This gala will be a night of celebration, reflection, and fundraising, bringing together supporters, donors, and partners to continue the foundation’s vital work for another decade. More details on the event will be shared in the coming months.


The Ryan Callahan Foundation and Apella are dedicated to making a positive impact on the Tampa community, whether it’s through supporting pediatric cancer families or creating exceptional living spaces for students. We invite the community to join us in celebrating this significant milestone for RCF and Apella on Newport, which is set to open in Summer ’24, and look forward to facilitating a brighter future for Tampa families and students alike.



The Ryan Callahan Foundation, established in 2014 by former NHL player Ryan Callahan and his wife, is dedicated to supporting pediatric cancer families in their journey toward healing and recovery. The foundation focuses on the family unit as a whole, providing moments of escape to strengthen a family’s bond, allowing them to persevere through the stressors pediatric cancer has forced their family to endure. For more information, visit



Apella on Newport is a vibrant student-living community designed to enhance the University of Tampa experience. With modern amenities and a focus on creating a supportive and engaging living environment, Apella on Newport is committed to helping students thrive academically and personally. For more information, visit


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