The Faces of Tampa Bay, a volunteer recruitment campaign by the 2012 Tampa Bay Host Committee for the Republican National Convention, launched today with a press announcement on site at Tampa International Airport. A reflection of the diversity in the region, the Faces of Tampa Bay encourages volunteer support during the days and weeks leading up to the Convention. “The Host Committee’s volunteers are the ‘Faces of Tampa Bay.’ They are the representatives of our region,” said Host Committee Director of Events and Volunteers Amanda Whitelaw. “As a Host Committee, we want our volunteers to reflect the diversity in our community, so we are encouraging everyone from all walks of life to get involved and register to volunteer.” The Faces of Tampa Bay campaign is a 10-day push to recruit volunteers from throughout the Tampa Bay community, featuring 10 registered Host Committee volunteers from the region. One volunteer will be featured on the Host Committee’s Facebook and Twitter pages each day for 10 days, beginning today. “Tampa Bay will be on a national and international stage for the Convention this August, and this is the perfect opportunity to showcase just how great this region is and will continue to be,” said Cody Rickert, Host Committee volunteer. “Warm southern hospitality does not just happen on its own. I feel that it is our responsibility to make it happen, and I am excited to be a part of welcoming our guests in the next few months.” Since the beginning of the year, the Host Committee has been actively recruiting volunteers to fill 7,500 volunteer roles, with more than 50 percent of the roles having been filled already. Volunteers will welcome guests at local airports and hotels throughout the area, as well as support Host Committee programs and a variety of events during the months leading up to the Convention. For more information or to register for the Host Committee’s volunteer program, visit: www.2012tampa.com/get-involved.