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Carey Kleinmetz

Carey was a preschool teacher for 10 years at three highly rated schools in the area. She loved the opportunity to work with children and assist in their growth and development.  As her own children grew, she was able to pursue a lifelong passion to build a business from the ground up.  She founded a children’s and maternity resale boutique that served as much more than a for-profit business. Her intent was always to build a community around the local families she served and cultivate a spirit of giving within the close group of people she was lucky enough to have as customers. She sponsored fundraising events, hosted drives, and raised awareness about the needs of children in our community. In the 6 years She was sole proprietor, she was able to serve in numerous capacities with local non-profits including Great Explorations Children’s Museum, The Mr. Strong Foundation, Babycycle, Alpha House, Foster Florida, and the Junior League of St. Petersburg. Those experiences provided her the opportunity to raise funds for worthwhile causes benefiting children. You will quickly learn that Carey is outgoing, full of energy and truly enjoys connecting the charitable interests and passions of individuals with the overwhelming needs in our community.

Carey was born and raised in St. Petersburg, and it is still where her family calls home. She and her husband, Charlie, have four children in their blended family – Alexis, Cameron, Jessica, and Andrew.  Andrew was diagnosed with Epilepsy about 5 years ago and has residual neurological issues as well. Due to these conditions, he has short-term memory loss, scaring on the brain, and slowed cognitive function too.  Carey has always been drawn to education and organizations related to the welfare and support of the children in our community, but she also has the unique perspective of living with and caring for a child who now has neurological differences. She knows how important LiFT is to the families and children we serve. Every child in our community deserves the opportunity to reach their greatest potential and lead fulfilling lives. We are doing that at LiFT!