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Hillsborough Society Datebook 2017-18

Voila, presenting the annual Tampa Society Datebook, featuring more than 100 nonprofit fundraising and gala events scheduled today through May 2018. Time to start budgeting your time and donations! Compiled by Amy Scherzer


Sept. 8: Imagination: A Gala to benefit Glazer Children's Museum; 6:30 p.m.; Glazer Children's Museum, 110 W Gasparilla Plaza. $125 for ages 21 to 25, other starting at $250; (813) 443-3861 or

Sept.8-10: Wine's World, Tampa Theatre's 16th annual WineFest features premium tasting, wine pairing dinner and screening of Wayne's World;

Sept. 9: CITY, Art-A-Porter fashion evening featuring Susanne Bartsch benefits Tampa Museum of Art; VIP, 7 p.m., $250; general admission, 8 p.m., $125; Bartschland after-party, $50; 120 W Gasparilla Plaza; (813) 274-8130 or

Sept. 14: 40th Anniversary Luncheon benefiting Champions for Children; 11:30 a.m.; Higgins Hall; $60; (813) 673-4646 or

Sept. 14: Shattering Barriers annual dinner benefits MacDonald Training Center; 6 p.m.; Tampa Sheraton Riverwalk; $75: (813) 870-1300, ext 310.

Sept. 16: FARA Energy Ball benefits Friedreich's Ataxia Research Alliance and the USF Ataxia Research Center; 5:30 p.m.; Marriott Waterside; $375 and up; (813) 600-8179 or ball.

Sept. 19: Teaching Tools luncheon benefits Hillsborough Education Foundation; 11:30 a.m.; Hilton Tampa Downtown Tampa; $50;

Sept. 21: 26th annual "Feastival" benefits Helen Gordon Davis Centre for Women; A La Carte Shriners Pavilion, 4050 Dana Shores Dr.; $40; (813) 886-6154 or

Sept. 21: Boys & Girls Clubs Steak Dinner, 35th anniversary; community hero Luis Garcia and family; TPepin's Hospitality Centre; $300 and up; (813) 769-7535 or

Sept. 22: Dishes and Wishes benefits Make-A-Wish Southern Florida; 7-11 p.m.; TPepin's Hospitality Centre; $150; dishesandwishes or (813) 288-2600.

Sept. 22: Burgert Brothers 100th Anniversary Gala, benefits the Henry B. Plant Museum and the Friends of the Library of Tampa-Hillsborough County, 6 p.m.; Grand Salon, University of Tampa; $150;

Sept. 22: Night on the BizTown; 7 p.m.; JA BizTown, $100 or $150 per couple; (813) 539-3029 or

Sept. 23: Art on the Boulevard cocktail party and auction to benefit Scarfone/Hartley gallery; honoree Joe Testa-Secca; 7-10 p.m.; $40, or $100 per couple; (813) 253-6217 or hartleygallery.

Sept. 23: Ybor City Chamber of Commerce Gala, Gonzmart Award presented to Daryl Shaw; 6:30 p.m.; Columbia Restaurant Ybor City; $100 or $190 per couple; (813) 248-3712.

Sept. 27: Bridging Generations Breakfast benefiting Seniors in Service, 7:30 a.m.; Centre Club, $50;

Sept. 28: 12th annual Thomas Thrasher Awards benefit for National Organization for Transplant Enlightenment, 6 p.m.; Palma Ceia Country Club; $60 advance; $70 at the door; (813) 629-2973 or


Oct. 6: 70th Air Force Ball; 5:30 p.m.; Hilton Tampa Downtown Tampa; $30 and up; tampa

Oct. 7: Tampa Bay's Dancing With the Stars, Bollywood edition, benefits Hands Across the Bay, 6 p.m.; TPepin's Hospitality Centre; $250; (727) 573-7720 or

Oct. 7: Tampa Hispanic Heritage Man and Woman of the Year Gala; 6:30 p.m.; Hilton Tampa Downtown; $80; (813) 789-4661.

Oct. 7: 15th annual Port Tampa Anchor Ball benefits Tampa Port Ministries and maritime scholarships; 6 p.m.; Port Terminal No. 6; 815 Channelside Dr.; $150; (813) 247-5237 or tampaport

Oct. 7: 50 Shades of Roaring Pink gala benefits Florida Cancer Specialists Foundation; 6 p.m.; Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay; $175 and up; (941) 677-7192.

Oct. 7: Freedom To Walk Foundation Fifth Annual Gala, 6 p.m.; Centre Club, 123 S Westshore Blvd.; $75; freedomtowalk

Oct. 7: Dining in the Dark benefits Tampa Lighthouse for the Blind; 6 p.m.; Tampa Club, 101 E Kennedy Blvd.; $125; (813) 251-2407;

Oct. 11: Boys & Girls Club "Great Girls to Great Women" luncheon; 11:30 a.m.; Rialto Theatre; $135; (813) 769-7535.

Oct. 13: "Big," 19th annual Art of Helping Children gala benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay, 6 p.m. Hilton Tampa Downtown; $300; (813) 769-3636 or

Oct. 13: Fleur de Lis celebration auction benefits Boy Scouts of America and Learning for Life, 7 p.m.; Higgins Hall; $75; (813) 872-2691 or

Oct. 14: Tuxes & Tails: Rio Carnaval dinner and adoptables runway show benefits Humane Society of Tampa Bay, 5:30 p.m.; Tampa Convention Center; $175; (813) 876-4150 or

Oct. 14: Eye Ball, A Gala With International Vision benefits Lions Eye Institute, honoree Stuart Sternberg; 6 p.m.; TPepin's Hospitality Centre; $250;

Oct. 17: Tampa Bay Businesses for Culture & the Arts Annual Impact Awards, 6:30 p.m.; Renaissance Hotel International Plaza; $300 and up; Awards2017.

Oct. 19: Opening Doors, 19th annual fashion show luncheon to benefit Tampa Bay Dress for Success, 11:30 a.m; Bryan Glazer Family JCC; $75; (813) 259-1876.

Oct. 20: 12th annual USF Women in Leadership & Philanthropy Fall Symposium and luncheon, featuring Grace Byers; 8 a.m.- 1:30 p.m.; Hilton Tampa Downtown: $150; (813) 974-1810 or

Oct. 20: Ghoulwill Bash benefits Goodwill Industries-Suncoast, 8 p.m.; Yacht StarShip, Channelside Plaza; $80 ($90 after Oct. 13);

Oct. 21: Conga!, Broadway Ball benefits Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 6 p.m.; Morsani Hall; $550; (813) 222-1037 or straz

Oct. 21: JDRF Tampa Bay chapter Night of Hope Gala benefits juvenile diabetes research, 6 p.m.; Marriott Waterside; $300; (727) 344-2873.

Oct. 21: St. Peter Claver Decades of Excellence gala, 6:30 p.m.; Academy of the Holy Names, Brady Center: $100; stpeterclaver

Oct. 23: Franci G. Rudolph Star Event luncheon benefits Schaarai Zedek Sisterhood; guest speaker Nancy Spielberg; registration 10 a.m.; lunch, 11 a.m.; Renaissance Hotel International Plaza; $90 and up; (813) 876-2377;

Oct. 25: Gift of Peace Lunch benefits The Spring of Tampa Bay; 11:30 a.m.; Tampa Convention Center; $50; (813) 247-5433, ext. 332 or

Oct. 26: Red Cross Silver Coffee; 11 a.m.- 1 p.m; Lindell residence; 4940 W Saint Croix, $50; (813) 348-4820.

Oct. 26: March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction, 6:30 p.m.; TPepin's Hospitality Centre; $150; (813) 898-4954 or


Nov. 2: Cirque du Pepin Academies: Journey of Learning gala benefits Pepin Academies Foundation; 5:30 p.m.; TPepin's Hospitality Centre; $300; 863-397-5859;

Nov. 3: Doing the Most Good luncheon honors Salvation Army's 125th anniversary; 11:30 a.m.; Bryan Glazer Family JCC; $100;

Nov. 3: Sixth annual Art in the Park... After Dark Gala benefits University Area Community Development Corporation and Prodigy Cultural Arts; 6 p.m.; $75 or $125 per couple; 14013 N 22nd St.; (813) 558-5212 or

Nov. 4: Bowtie Ball benefits Poynter Institute, Lifetime Achievement honoree Judy Woodruff; 6 p.m.; Hilton Carillon, St. Petersburg; $150; (727) 553-4676 or

Nov. 4: Made in Tampa Bay, Pavilion XXXII benefits Tampa Museum of Art; 6:30 p.m.; at the museum; $650; (813) 421-8368 or

Nov. 5: Lightning Strikes Island Night benefits LifePath Hospice, 5:30 p.m.; Jackson's Bistro, Harbour Island; $150; (813) 871-8431 or

Nov. 9: Muscular Dystrophy Association Muscle Team dinner and auction; Bryan Glazer Family JCC; 5:30 p.m., VIP; 6:30 p.m., general admission; (727) 577-1700.

Nov. 9: The Lemon Drop hosted by Northwestern Mutual Greater Tampa Bay benefits Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation children's cancer research; 6-9 p.m.; the Vault, 611 N. Franklin St.; ages 21 and up; $75; (813) 875-2005.

Nov. 9: Junior League Holiday Gift Market Preview Party; VIP reception, 6 p.m.; $65; general, 7 p.m.; $35; Florida State Fairgrounds Expo Hall, (813) 254-1734;

Nov, 9: Faces dinner celebration benefits Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services; 6 p.m.; Hilton St. Petersburg Carillion Park; $125; (727) 479-1805.

Nov. 10: Tampa Bay History Center Gala: Treasure Seekers; 7 p.m.; 801 Old Water St.; black-tie; $250; (813) 675-8991 or tampabay

Nov. 10: Best Buddies Tampa Bay Champion of the Year gala; 6:30 p.m.; Tampa Marriott Waterside; $200, or $300 per couple; (813) 293-4545;

Nov. 11: Great Gatsby Party benefits Henry B. Plant Museum; 7:30 p.m.; Fletcher Lounge at University of Tampa, $100; (813) 258-7302.

Nov. 11: Turquoise Tango Affair Gala benefits American Lung Association Florida; 6:30 p.m.; TPepin's Hospitality Centre;

Nov. 12: Let's Groove, Starlight Ball featuring Earth, Wind & Fire benefits Florida Hospitals Foundation West Florida Division; 5 p.m.; Marriott Waterside; $750 and up; (813) 803-4015.

Nov. 14: Harvesting Hope (formerly Jingle Jangle Jam) benefiting Eckerd Kids; honorees Stewart & Linda Turley; 6 p.m.; Ruth Eckerd Hall; $150: (727) 461-1236 or

Nov. 15: HCC Foundation Presidential Showcase; 6:30 p.m.; Port Tampa Bay Terminal 2; $175; (813) 253-7671.

Nov. 15: National Philanthropy Day Awards Luncheon hosted by Suncoast Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, 11 a.m.; Bryan Glazer Family JCC; $75;

Nov. 16: Wine, Woman & Shoes benefits Children's Cancer Center; 6-10 p.m.; Tampa Armature Works; $100 and up; (813) 367-5437, ext. 5 or

Nov. 16: 10th annual Sustainable Buzz tasting event benefiting Sustany Foundation, 6-9 p.m.; Straz Center; $40; or $70 per couple; $45 at the door; VIP, $150 or $250 per couple; (813) 507-1111 or

Nov. 16-18: Stick-A-Fork in Hunger, three nights of culinary events to benefit Trinity Cafe, 2801 N Nebraska Ave.; $1,000 and up sponsorships; or (813) 865-4825 or .

Nov. 17: Dessert First benefits Girl Scouts of West Central Florida: 6:30 p.m.; Tampa Airport Marriott; $125; (813) 262-1774 or dessert

Nov. 18: Table in the Park benefits MacDonald Training Center; 6 p.m.; Curtis Hixon Park; $50 advance, $75 walk up;


Dec. 1: Georgette's 29th annual Holiday Fashion Show Luncheon to benefit St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, 10 a.m.; Hilton Tampa Downtown Tampa; $150; sjh or (813) 872-0979.

Dec. 1: Bow Ties & Clutches benefits Friends of Joshua House; 9 p.m.; the Vault; 611 N Franklin St.; (813) 863-1710 or friendsofjoshua

Dec. 7: 9th annual Ryan's Rockin' Holiday Party benefits the Ryan Nece Foundation's Power of Giving programs; 7 to 11 p.m.; TPepin's Hospitality Centre; $85 advance; $100 at the door; (813) 438-2310 or

Dec. 9: Florida Orchestra 50th anniversary gala concert featuring Sting; Mahaffey Theater, $75 and up, not including gala reception or dinner; or (727) 892-3337.

Dec. 7: Beach Park Women's Club annual Silver Coffee, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Beach Park residence; $40 minimum donation; benefits Academy Prep and clubhouse preservation; (813) 774-2778.

Dec. 8: LAMPLighters 28th annual Christmas Silver Coffee benefits Metropolitan Ministries, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; private home; $50 minimum suggested donation; (813) 966-2520 or lamplighters

Dec. 8: Home is Where The Heart is Holiday Stroll benefits A Kid's Place of Tampa Bay; 6:30 p.m.; Davis Islands; $100; (813) 381-3839 or

Dec. 30: Outback Bowl Gridiron Gala; 7-10 p.m.; Marriott Waterside; invitation-only;

Dec. 31: Tampa Theatre New Year's Eve Wrap Party 2017; 9 p.m.; $99;

Dec. 31: Aqua-Eve at the Florida Aquarium, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.; $90 and up; ages 21 and up; (813) 273-4030 or


Jan. 13: Neon, A Night of Illumination, 11th annual Stageworks Gala celebrating 35th anniversary; 6:30 p.m.; Bryan Glazer Family JCC; $250; (813) 784-6832.

Jan. 27: Gasparilla Day parade and festivities on Bayshore Boulevard and downtown Tampa.


Feb. 3: Night of a Thousand Thieves gala auction party benefits DACCO; 6:30 p.m.; Glazer Family JCC; $85;

Feb. 10: Annual To Life gala benefits The Florida Holocaust Museum; guest speaker Mossad agent Avner Avraham; 6 p.m.; Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay; $250 and up; or (727) 820-0100.

Feb. 16: American Heart Association Go Red For Women Luncheon; 10:30 a.m.; Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel; $150; (727) 563-8106 or tampa

Feb. 17: "Fostering Hope" Black Tie Gala benefits A Kid's Place of Tampa Bay, 7 p.m.; Glazer Children's Museum; $250; akids or (813) 381-3839.

Feb. 22: Thirteenth annual WEDU Be More Awards Luncheon, 11 a.m.; Glazer Family JCC; $65, includes WEDU annual membership; (813) 739-2949 or

Feb. 24: Cattle Baron's Ball of Tampa Bay benefits American Cancer Society; 6-11 p.m.; Armature Works; $500 and up; (813) 319-5902 or cattlebarons

Feb. 24: Equality Florida Tampa Gala; 7:30 p.m.; TPepin's Hospitality Centre; $125; (813) 870-3735;

Feb. 24: Charity Polo Classic benefits Children's Cancer Center, Ryan Nece Foundation, Clothes to Kids; noon-5 p.m.; DI Polo Tour, Plant City; $225 and up; (813) 601.1244;

Feb. 25: Annual President's Dinner benefits Tampa Jewish Federation; 5:30 p.m.; Bryan Glazer Family JCC; $180; $90 for 35 and younger; (813) 264-9000.


March 1: Boy Scouts of America Distinguished Citizen Award luncheon, honoree Mayor Bob Buckhorn; 11:30 a.m.; Marriott Waterside; $250 minimum donation; (813) 872-2691, ext. 109.

March 3: Firehouse Gala benefits Firehouse Cultural Center; 6 p.m.; Dickman Island, Ruskin; $175 or $250 per couple; (813) 645-7651 or

March 4: Hollywood Awards Night benefits Tampa Theatre; 7 p.m.; red carpet reception followed by live telecast of the Oscars; $75 backstage pass or $20, general admission; tampa

March 7: Junior Achievement Hall of Fame annual dinner, 6:30 p.m.; Busch Gardens Dragon Fire Grill; $500; (813) 539-3029 or

March 8: Women of Distinction/Woman of Promise luncheon benefits Girl Scouts of West Central Florida, guest speaker Soledad O'Brien; noon; Hilton Tampa Downtown; $75; (813) 262-1688, or

March 9: The Chiselers Market Auction Preview Party; 6:30 p.m.; Plant Hall, University of Tampa; $75; (813) 254-2530.

March 10: The Chiselers Market 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Plant Hall, University of Tampa;

March 21: Tampa Bay Jewish Film Festival opening night reception; 7 p.m.; Bryan Glazer Family JCC; $36; (813) 769-4725 or

March 22: Tampa General Hospital Foundation's Night at Disney on Ice benefits TGH Children's Medical Center; 7:30 p.m.; $500; Amalie Arena; (813) 844-7262 or

March 23: Ninth annual "A Pair to Remember" benefits Easterseals; 10:30 a.m.; Straz Center; $200; (813) 769-5923 or apairto

March 23: 27th Annual Tropical Nights Gala benefits Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful; 7:00 p.m.; TPepin's Hospitality Centre; $100 a ticket; 813-221-8733; KeepTampaBay

March 24: DeBartolo Family Foundation All Star Charity Gala, 6 p.m.; Marriott Waterside; $500; (813) 964-8302 or debartolo

March 28: New York Yankees luncheon benefits Boys & Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay; 11:30 a.m.; Marriott Waterside; $300-$1,500; (813) 769-7530 or


April 6: Child Abuse Awareness Luncheon benefits Friends of Joshua House Foundation, 11:45 a.m.; Tampa Marriott Waterside; $50; (813) 263-3469 or

April 7: Opera Tampa Gala; 6 p.m.; Straz Center; $400; (813) 222-1037 or

April 7: St. Joseph's Children's Hospital Foundation's Heroes Ball, 6:30 p.m.; Marriott Waterside; (813) 872-0979 or sjh

April 8: Sunday in the Arts exhibition party benefits Las Damas de Arte; 5:30 p.m. Scarfone/Hartley Gallery, University of Tampa, $50, advance; $60 at the door; (813) 620-8021 or

April 10: Tampa Bay Choice Affair Luncheon benefits Planned Parenthood of Southwest & Central Florida; guest speaker Dr. Willie Parker; 11 a.m.; Bryan Glazer Family JCC; $75; myplanned

April 14: Fashionollia 69, "Anchors Aweigh" luncheon fashion show benefits charities of GFWC Tampa Woman's Club; 10 a.m.; Tampa Yacht Club; $65; (813) 839-7457.

April 14: Magnolia Ball benefits Moffitt Cancer Center; 6 p.m.; Marriott Waterside; $1,500 and up; black-tie; (813) 745-4860 or

April 14: Pride & Passion benefits Tampa Museum of Art, 8 p.m.; $85; (813) 421-8368.

April 19: Handbags & Happy Hour benefits The Spring of Tampa Bay; 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.; Glazer Family JCC; $60: (813) 247-5433, ext 332 or

April 19: LAMPLighters' Lights Fashion Hope benefits Metropolitan Ministries and Joshua House; 6 - 10 p.m. Straz Center; $100; (517) 282-7898 or

April 20: Island Paws Party benefits Humane Society of Tampa Bay, 6 p.m.; Tampa Garden Club; $150; (813) 876-4150 or island

April 21: American Heart Association Heart Ball, 6 p.m.; Tampa Marriott Waterside; $500; 727-563-8112;

April 21: Best of Tampa Bay beer, wine and restaurant sampling benefits Straz Center; 7 p.m.; 1010 N MacInnes Place; $75 and up; (813) 229-7827 or

April 21: Friends of Joshua House Foundation Circle of Friends Dinner, 7 p.m.; Avila residence: $375; (813) 263-3469 or friendsof

April 28: Around the World with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Gala; 6 p.m.; Armature Works; $175 until March 1, then $200; (813) 868-2703 or

April 28: SeaGrapes Wine & Food Festival benefits the Florida Aquarium; 8 p.m.; $85 and up ; (813) 221-8070 or


May 3: Fork Fight 2018 benefits Feeding Tampa Bay, 6 p.m.; Marriott Waterside; $300; (813) 254-1190 or

May 10: 3rd annual Power Plate Leadership Luncheon, 11 a.m., Bryan Glazer Family JCC: $100; (813) 438-2310 or ryannece

May 10: That's the Spirit dinner benefits Straz Center; 6:30 p.m.; Maestro's at the Straz Center; $100; (813) 229-7827 or straz

May 11: Junior League of Tampa Luminaries Award Luncheon in partnership with WEDU; 11:30 a.m.; Bryan Glazer Family JCC; $60; (813) 254 - 1734;

May 12: Tampa General Hospital Foundation's 21st annual Gala benefits the TGH Children's Medical Center; 7 p.m.; Marriott Waterside; $500; (813) 844-7262 or

May 12: Ninth annual Wishmaker's Ball benefits Make-A-Wish Southern Florida; 6 p.m.; Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay; $250; (813) 288-2600.

May 19: Storybook Ball, "Mary Poppins," benefits Ronald McDonald House Charities of Tampa Bay; 6 p.m.; Tampa Convention Center; $500 and up; (813) 258-6430 or rmhc

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