Gala fundraiser: Jesuit High School held its 10th annual Gaudiosa fundraising gala "An Evening in Montserrat" this month with 600 attendees, raising more than $650,000. The money will be used to provide financial assistance to students.
"The school's commitment to instilling the idea of being Men for Others is contagious," said Rosalind Moffett, who along with husband Donald were Blue & White Society ($10,000) supporters of the event. "It has been so much fun. There were no strangers in the room."
Silent Auction bidding was done electronically for the first time, and the live auction included a surprised eighth live auction item — a basketball signed by the state champion Jesuit basketball players and coaches, who won the state title the previous Saturday.
Jesuit senior spoke of how critical financial assistance was to helping him attain a Jesuit education.
"The whole room was silent for Nigel – this is what it's all about,'' said Kathleen Benson, who along with husband Ron were the Gaudiosa Event Patron Chairs and one of four Grand Underwriters ($25,000) for the event at the Tampa Downtown Hilton.
School fundraiser: St. Peter Claver Catholic School will hold its Friendraiser Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday at the Columbia Restaurant, 2117 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. The cost is $45. Tod Leiweke, chief executive officer of Tampa Bay Sports and Entertainment, will be the guest speaker. For more information, call (813) 224-0865.
School festival: The second annual Mana*Fest festival hosted by the Lake Magdalene Elementary School PTA will be held Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the school, 2002 Pine Lake Drive, Tampa. Admission is free. Game, food and drink tickets will be available for purchase. The event will include prizes, bounce houses, a petting zoo and pony rides, music and entertainment.
Florida Blood Services is also offering a free ticket to the Renaissance Festival and a T-shirt to everyone who donates blood during the festival. To schedule an appointment to donate blood, visit tinyurl.com/atksmxq and enter Lake Magdalene Elementary School's code, 05141.
Ride for Education: The Fourth Annual Motorcycle Ride For Education with principal Owen Young will be held April 13 at Middleton High School from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. All bikes, clubs, district employees and community members are welcome. Registration will be from 8 to 10 a.m. The ride will begin at 10:30 a.m. The cost is $15 per motorcycle and includes a free ticket for a flat panel TV give-away. For more information, call (813) 233-3360, ext. 301.
FBLA: The Liberty Middle School Future Business Leaders of America chapter was awarded Chapter of the Year for Hillsborough County and also won 36 awards at a recent competition. The team will compete in the state conference in Orlando in April.