TAMPA (FOX 13) - Tucked away in one of the least visible spots of Metropolitan Ministries is Tony March — and that’s exactly the way he wants it.
"I just want to be in the back. No one knows who I am, no one knows what I’m doing, I’m just doing my part," March told Fox 13.
March has been volunteering at Metropolitan Ministries since 1985, washing dishes, cutting meat—whatever is needed. But all this time, only a handful of people knew the real story of who he is and why he volunteers there.
"I'm the second largest African American owner of car dealerships in the country. At one time, [I owned] 21 car dealerships in 6 states along the east coast," March says, humbly.
For fun, March plays professional poker. March's success in dealerships has put him in the top one-percent financially, so he donates all of his winnings to charity.
It all comes back to charity; there was a time when he was on the other end.
"I used to be one of them. I was hungry every single day of my life up until I went to college. Anyone who says, ‘No one eats out of garbage cans’ has never been hungry. When you're hungry, food in a garbage can is still food. Behind a restaurant when someone eats half a steak, and you can get to it before the flies and the maggots, it's still food," March said.
Now, he uses his experiences to try and motivate others — those with the most and those with the least.
March explained, “Where they are now, it’s their beginning and not their end. I want to inspire them to look at me and say ‘look at his stand.’ That’s the other part of what I’m doing, is to inspire the top one-percent. What you do for the least of these brothers and sisters, you do for me; I used to be the least of these.”