5 things you need to know happening in Florida on Thursday, July 18

TAMPA - Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Thursday, July 17.

(1) United Way Suncoast donation

The estate of Katherine Kinnicutt will donate more than $2 million dollars to United Way Suncoast on Thursday.

Kinnicutt lived modestly in Safety Harbor and worked at Raymond James Financial for more than 25 years. She was inspired by the Raymond James' giving culture.

Upon her death in August 2012, it was discovered she left the vast majority of her estate to United Way Suncoast.

"United Way Suncoast is honored to be the recipient of such a generous gift," said Diana Baker, President and CEO of United Way Suncoast. "Katherine's contribution is a legacy that will serve tens of thousands of deserving people for many years."

The gift of $2,049,499.97 is the largest ever made to United Way Suncoast from an individual donor.

Tom James, CEO of Raymond James, will make the check presentation on behalf of Kinnicutt at the United Way offices in Tampa's West Shore district at 8:45 a.m.

(2) 33rd annual National Veteran Wheelchair Games

The 33rd annual National Veteran Wheelchair Games will conclude on Thursday.

Over 600 veterans have been competing in the world's largest annual multi-sport wheelchair event since Saturday. Athletes come from across the United States, Great Britain and Puerto Rico.

Today's events include at the Tampa Convention Center include boccia, softball, super "G", power soccer, basketball and quad rugby. The archery competition will take place at Raymond James Stadium.

Admission to all events are free and open to the public.

A complete list of event times can be found at www.va.gov/opa/speceven/wcg/docs/Tampa_2013_Events_Schedule.pdf.

(3) Home renovation for disabled Iraq War veteran

Injured Iraq War veteran Anthony Smith will have his Weeki Wachee home renovated on Thursday.

Smith was severely injured by a roadside bomb explosion in Iraq in 2008. He continues to experience post-traumatic stress, vertigo, and short-term memory loss.

Chase and the Military Warriors Support Foundation donated their three-bedroom home to Smith and his wife, Heather, in March.

The Abilities Foundation and Home Depot will add accessibility and security features to their home so Anthony, Heather and their three daughters can play safely in their backyard.

The renovation work is scheduled to occur from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

For information on how you can help The Abilities Foundation help veterans, visit www.abilitiesfoundation.com.

(4) Beach Boys

Mike Love's version of the Beach Boys will perform in concert at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Tampa on Thursday.

Love was a founding member of the band along with his cousins, Brian, Carl and Dennis Wilson. He is best known for being the group's primary lyricist.

Last September, Love announced he would continue touring as the Beach Boys without Brian Wilson.

Tonight's concert is part of the casino's Hard Rock Heatwave series. Tickets are $69. The concert begins at 8:30 p.m.

For more information, call (813) 627-7625 or visit www.seminolehardrocktampa.com.

(5) Buccaneers rookies first practice

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookies and first year players will conduct their first training camp practice of 2013 on Thursday.

According to rules set in the collective bargaining agreement, only to non-padded practices will be allowed today and tomorrow.

The Buccaneers veterans will report to training camp on Wednesday, July 24. The team will hold its first full-scale camp practice on July 25.

For more information on the 2013 training camp, visit www.buccaneers.com/trainingcamp/.

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