Contacts:  Gina Morales, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Tampa (813) 627-7771


                 Dan Mackey, Bitner Goodman, (954) 703-7932;


For Immediate Release

                                                                                                        October 12, 2009

AS*I*BE Magazine Launch Party

at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on Oct. 22


New local magazine and part-owner, Ian Beckles, planning public celebration at Floyd’s to benefit Academy Prep Foundation


TAMPA, Fla. – Seminole Hard Rock & Hotel, Tampa will hold a launch party for the new magazine AS*I*BE in Floyd’s nightclub with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Academy Prep Foundation. The public, 21 years and up, is invited. Former Tampa Bay Buccaneer Ian Beckles will host the event on Thursday, Oct 22 at 10 p.m. Admission for women at the door will be $5 from 10 p.m. until midnight; $10 until closing. Price for men is $15 all night.

A live, on-site 93.3 FLZ radio remote broadcast will occur from 11 p.m. until 2 a.m. featuring Rat and Puff.  Drinks are free for the ladies free until midnight followed by $3 drink specials all night. Popular Floyd’s DJ Chris Craze will fill in from 10 p.m. until 11 p.m. before Rat and Puff take to the airways.

 Beckles, a former Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive lineman and currently a radio host on 620 WDAE-AM, co-owns the AS*I*BE clothing line, Fly Jewelry, a retail line of "edgy" pieces for men and women, and AS*I*BE magazine, which will feature stories on sports, nutrition, fashion, trends and events in Tampa. Beckles will also host the sixth annual Blue and White Party on Nov. 21 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino to raise money for the Children's Cancer Center.

About Academy Prep Centers

The Academy Prep Centers educate middle school students who qualify for the federal lunch program. The model is based upon the success of the Nativity Mission Center founded in 1970 in New York City. Academy Prep Centers carry out the Academy Prep model in accordance with the mission and vision established by Academy Prep Foundation, Inc. The Academy Prep Foundation, Inc. is a 501 © (3) charitable organization established in 1996 and is responsible for replicating Academy Prep Centers, overseeing their operations and serving as a funding vehicle for them. The Foundation is the custodian of all unrestricted and restricted funds for the benefit of the Centers and the Foundation. The Centers operate according to an annual budget, and distributions are made from the Foundation to the Centers on a quarterly basis. Unrestricted contributions may be used to fund the operations of the Centers and the Foundation, and to replicate additional Centers. Academy Prep Center of St. Petersburg has been in operation since 1996. Academy Prep Center of Tampa will be accepting students for the summer of 2003. Additional Centers will become operational as local leadership obtains the necessary initial funding.  For more information contact Academy Prep Foundation, Inc., 2301 22nd Ave. South, St. Petersburg, FL 33712; telephone 727-322-0800; fax 727-328-8904, or email

About AS*I*BE Magazine
AS*I*BE is “The Star Power Magazine of Tampa Bay”, showcasing positive, aspiring, driven people and companies that move forward and share their passion for life. It will be the place to go to for everything happening in Tampa Bay. With in-depth interviews, great writing and amazing photography,
AS*I*BE supersedes age, race, religion, socio-economic status and all other demographic barriers. It is an attitude, a mindset and even greater…a way of life, says the publishers. Learn about what is good in Tampa Bay. We know Tampa is watching. See it.  For more information, call 813-443-5831 or visit; 730 S. Sterling Ave., #300, Tampa, FL  33609.

About the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Tampa

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tampa, Fla. is Florida’s ultimate entertainment destination with 178,000 square feet of non-stop gaming action casino featuring Blackjack, Baccarat, Pai Gow Poker, Asia Poker, 3 Card Poker, Let it Ride Poker, Texas Hold ‘Em Bonus and Mini Baccarat now in play along with 3,400 of the most popular slot machines plus Florida’s largest and smoke-free poker room, with 50 live action tables dedicated to Texas Hold ‘em, Omaha Hi-Lo and Seven Card Stud.  For the fourth year in a row, the American Automobile Association (AAA) has awarded this 250-luxury room hotel its prestigious Four Diamond rating.  Enjoy a variety of critically-acclaimed restaurants and bars, including Tampa’s premier steak house Council Oak Steaks & Seafood and Fresh Harvest for a seven live-action kitchen dining experience. Garage parking is free and valet parking is also available. Authentic Native American arts and crafts store Rainmaker now open! The hotel & casino is located off I-4 at North Orient Road and Hillsborough Avenue, between I-75 and I-275, about 10 minutes east of downtown Tampa.  For more information, call 813-627-ROCK (7625), 1-800-937-0010 or visit




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