Purple Playas Foundation
Parker Lentini is the reason that the Purple Playas Foundation was born. He believes in the hope and love that others share. He is always saying, “You’re never fully dressed without a smile.” Parker has a life threatening chronic condition that doesn’t stop him even through all his treatment, pain, and hospital visits.He’s endured many surgeries and multiple medications, including shots and infusions. Through all this, he is always thinking of others. Parker loves community service and advocates for children with chronic illness. Parker continues to raise awareness and funds because he heard about families who had their power/cable turned off or who were struggling to buy food because the cost of travel to treatment was causing major financial difficulties. He just could not bear to think that children may not have electricity or enough food because they were struggling to get to the doctor.
Mission:The mission of the Purple Playas is to provide support and resources in the area of pediatric complex chronic care needs and gifting smiles to children and their families.
- Provide social-emotional resources and information on coping with medical trauma to support families and children impacted by chronic illness.
- Purple Playas SMILE Power - Provide funding and resources to providers/families of children with chronic illness to bring smiles to children’s faces. For example: funding to camps that support children with chronic/complex illness, food/gas cards to get to treatment, gaming systems for hospitals, durable/medical equipment not funded by another means, family fun days to connect families, etc.
- Support fellowships/scholarships in high need pediatric care with a critical shortage, beginning with pediatric rheumatology.
PURPLE PLAYAS FOUNDATION BOARD MEMBERS
Rochelle Lentini, CEO/President
Parker Lentini, Vice President
Michael Lentini, CFO/Treasurer
John Leanes, Secretary
Concierge Realty Group
Parent of two children with chronic illness
Vice President, Market Information Manager
Bank of America
Senior Child Development Associate /VPK Teacher
Hillsborough Community College, Dale Mabry Campus
USF’s Florida Center for Inclusive Communities
Field Operation Consultant
Pinellas County Schools
Stephanie Lewis Cardoza
Nikki Fried Commissioner of Agriculture
AAA Director, Partnership Development, The Auto Club Group
North Florida, Tito’s Handmade Vodka
Early Childhood Educator
Southern Glazer Wine & Spirits
Sass Law Firm
Melissa Elder M.D./Ph.D.
Chief of Division of Allergy, Immunology and Rheumatology
UF Health Shands Hospital
(Honorary PPF Board Member)
Child Life Specialist
Retired pediatric nurse
Pediatric nurse practitioner
Parent of 2 children with JA and EDS
Parent of child with Anglemen’s Syndrome
Retired elementary principal, PPF Editor
Sibling has sJIAand CVID, Sibling Chair
Young Adult Sibling, Flip Fest Camp, Sibling Chair
PPF non-profit advisor, golf committee chair
Teacher, parent of a child cancer survivor
Young adult with polyarticular juvenile arthritis
J. Scott Reed, Esquire, Pilka & Associates, P.A
Parent of 2 children with JA
Child life director