Friday, February 23, 2018

Hillsborough 2013-14 Social Calendar

TAMPA — Assembling the 2013-14 society datebook, the names of celebrity entertainers and guest speakers kept jumping off the page.

Such as Huey Lewis and the News coming to help raise millions of dollars for the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center at the Magnolia Ball on May 3.

And actor, singer and the newest American Idol judge Harry Connick Jr. will surely make a big splash at Florida Hospital Foundation's annual Starlight Gala on Nov. 7.

"Not only will we sell out the 800-seat concert," said special events manager Voncile Anderson, "but Mr. Connick raises our image as health care providers."

Likewise, the Broadway Ball's "Evening in New York with Michael Feinstein reflects the quality of our programming," says Julie Britton, vice president of development for the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts.

"Star power is what we do. It's who we are, what our patrons expect," said Britton, noting Liza Minnelli and Idina Menzel were previous Broadway Ball performers.

The $500 tickets include the best seats in the house Oct. 19 and a Manhattan-themed gala evening at the Straz.

"Celebrities create excitement for guests," said Melissa Johnson, executive director of the DeBartolo Family Foundation. "Sitting at the same table with them is a unique opportunity."

On March 15, Eddie and Candy DeBartolo and daughters Lisa, Nikki and Tiffanie will host dozens of celebs — athletes, actors, musicians, chefs — at their All Star Charity Gala, to be held in an airplane hangar. Wonder how they will top last year's entertainer, John Legend.

Two high-style crowd getters headed to Tampa are Project Runway mentor Tim Gunn and super stylist Carson Kressley. Gunn returns to address the well-dressed United Way Suncoast's annual Art of Giving dinner for the second time. Kressley returns to flirt some more with Pediatric Cancer Foundation supporters as host of Fashion Funds the Cure.

Two strong women are booked for November luncheons. Dee Dee Myers, the first female and the youngest White House press secretary, and author of Why Women Should Rule the World, will speak at the University of South Florida's Women in Leadership and Philanthropy fall symposium.

Kidnap survivor Elizabeth Smart will talk about her ordeal and how to prevent crimes against children as the keynote speaker at Temple Schaarai Zedek's annual sisterhood's Star Event.

More than 100 nonprofit organizations made the deadline for the calendar that appears in this section. Many others are still finalizing plans. We'll add those to an online calendar on

And remember, if you miss a glitzy gala or snazzy speaker, you can get the scoop right here in the Tampa Bay Times.

SEPT. 14

SINGIN' IN THE RAIN: 15th annual Big Brothers Big Sisters Art of Helping Children Gala; 6 p.m.; A La Carte Event Pavilion, $150; (813) 769-3636 or

SEPT. 15

NATIONAL COALITION OF 100 BLACK WOMEN: Tampa Bay Chapter, 25th Anniversary Celebration; 4-8 p.m.; Sheraton Suites Tampa Airport, $35; (813) 334-2887 or

SEPT. 18

SHATTERING BARRIERS: Luncheon benefits MacDonald Training Center; noon; Doubletree by Hilton Tampa Airport; donation requested; (813) 870-1300, ext. 310.

PNC BANK BRINNER OF HOPE: Breakfast for dinner benefits Pediatric Cancer Foundation; 5:30-8 p.m.; A La Carte Event Pavilion; $125; (813) 269-0955 or

SEPT. 19

GAY AND LESBIAN FILM FESTIVAL: Launch party; 6:30-9 p.m.; Tampa Museum of Art; $35 advance; $40 at the door; (813) 837-6028.

SEPT. 20

CITY: FASHION+ART+CULTURE: Benefits Tampa Museum of Art; 7 p.m. VIP admission, $225; 8 p.m. general admission, $125; Neiman Marcus runway show; (813) 421-8370.

SEPT. 21

YBOR CITY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 48TH ANNUAL GALA: Gonzmart Award to J.C. Newman Family; 6:30 p.m.; Columbia restaurant; Ybor City; $100; or $190 per couple; (813) 248-3712, ext. 22.

TAMPA BAY AIR FORCE BALL: The 66th annual event benefits Friends of Military Families; 6 p.m; Hilton Tampa Downtown; guest speaker is retired Air Force Gen. Lloyd "Fig" Newton, $50, civilian;

TEAL TRIUMPHS OVER OVARIAN CANCER: Benefits Ovacome USA; 6 p.m.; Centre Club; $75; (813) 223-9108.

SEPT. 20-22

REBEL WITHOUT A CORK: 12th annual movie-themed wine­fest weekend benefits Tampa Theatre, $40 and up; (813) 274-8982 or

SEPT. 26

THE CENTRE'S 22ND ANNUAL GOURMET FEASTIVAL: VIP at 5 p.m.; $75 advance, $100 at the door; general admission 6 p.m.; $50, advance, $60 at the door; Hilton Tampa Downtown; (813) 251-8437, ext 225 or

THOMAS THRASHER AWARDS BANQUET: The eighth annual event benefits National Organization for Transplant Enlightenment 6 p.m.; Palma Ceia Golf & Country Club, $75; (813) 962-6250 or

SEPT. 27

NIGHT OF THE IGUANA: The 17th annual food and wine sampling benefits Make-a-Wish Central and Northern Florida, Suncoast Region; 7-11 p.m.; Mainsail Suites Hotel & Conference Center; $85, advance, $100 at the door; (813) 288-2600.

TAMPA BAY WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL: The sixth annual Southern Charm Wine and Food Gala and Auction benefits Brandon Community Foundation; VIP, 7 p.m., $125; General admission, 8 p.m.; $100; black-tie optional; David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts; (813) 689-6889 or

SEPT. 28

TAMPA BAY WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL: Grand Tasting benefits Brandon Community Foundation; Grand Tasting, 1-5 p.m.; $100; Admission both days, VIP $175 or general, $150; Straz Center; (813) 689-6889 or

IMAGINATION GALA: The 11th annual A Night at the Museum benefits Glazer Children's Museum; Hilton Tampa Downtown; 6:30 p.m.; creative black-tie attire; $250; (813) 443-3802.

LEIGH DITTMAN'S CHARITY EVENT: Benefits Shriners Hospitals for Children; 6 p.m.; India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road; free; (813) 610-4257.

GREAT GATSBY PARTY: Benefits H.B. Plant Museum Society; 7:30 p.m.; Fletcher Lounge at the University of Tampa; $100: (813) 258-7302.

YBOR CITY MUSEUM SOCIETY: 30th anniversary gala; 6-11 p.m.; Italian Club; $75: black-tie optional; (813) 247-1434.

SEPT. 29

SUNTRUST ISLAND NIGHT: Jackson's Bistro, Mad Men theme, buffet, auction and casino party benefits LifePath Hospice; 5-8:30 p.m.; Jackson's Bistro Harbour Island; $100; (813) 871-8141 or [email protected]

OCT. 3

CELEBRATE MORE HEALTH: 7:30 a.m.; Higgins Hall; $500 and up sponsorships; (813) 287-5032 or

ARTEMIS GUILD WINE TASTING & SILENT AUCTION: The seventh annual event benefits Alpha House; 6-8 p.m.; Synovus Bank Atrium, 4488 W Boy Scout Blvd.; $25 advance; $30 at the door; $50 premier;

OCT. 5

DANCING WITH THE STARS TAMPA BAY: Benefits Hands Across the Bay and five other charities; 6 p.m.; TPepin's Hospitality Centre; $250; (727) 573-7720 or

ST. PETER CLAVER SCHOOL GALA: 7 p.m.; Academy of the Holy Names; 3319 Bayshore Blvd; $75 and up;. (813) 224-0865 or

OCT. 12

ITALIAN AMERICAN WOMEN OF EXCELLENCE AWARDS: 11:30 a.m.; Italian Club; $40; (813) 248-3316.

NATIONAL HISPANIC SCIENTIST OF THE YEAR: The 13th annual gala benefits the Museum of Science and Industry; honoree Dr. Raul Cuero; 7 p.m.; 4801 E Fowler Ave.; $80 or $150 per couple; (813) 987-6030 or

OCT. 17

LEND A HAND LUNCHEON: Benefits Starting Right, Now; 11:30 a.m.; Higgins Hall; $75 and up; tickets will not be available at the door;

OCT. 18

MABEL H. BEXLEY GIFT OF PEACE BRUNCH: The 23nd annual event benefits the Spring of Tampa Bay; 11 a.m.; Tampa Convention Center; guest speaker Natalie Baird; $50; (813) 247-5433, ext. 332, or

FRANKIE'S FRIENDS UNLEASHED FOR HOPE: A Speakeasy Affair to benefit emergency and specialty pet care; 6:30 p.m.; Centro Asturiano; $100; (813) 549-6978 or

AN EVENING WITH AMERICAN IDOL FINALIST SCOTT MACINTYRE: Benefits VSA Florida; 8 p.m. concert; $15; 9:30 p.m. reception, $150 or $250 per couple; USF Marshall Center; (813) 974-0715 or

CARS & COUTURE: Benefits Autism Speaks; 6-11 p.m.; Tampa International Jet Center; $50, advance; $65 at the door; (727) 580-9328 or

OCT. 19

BREW HA HA: Benefits Shriners Hospitals for Children; 8 p.m.; Rutland-Farley Mansion, 5030 Sunrise Dr. S, St. Petersburg; $100; (813) 975-7118.

CIGAR CITY GALA, LA FLORIDA!: Benefits Tampa Bay History Center, black-tie or formal guayabera; 7 p.m. Tampa Bay History Center; $250; after-party only, $75; (813) 675-8991.

'AN EVENING IN NEW YORK WITH MICHAEL FEINSTEIN' BROADWAY BALL: Benefits David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts; 6 p.m.; Morsani Hall; $500; (813) 222-1037.

DREAM GALA, MAD FOR A CURE: Benefits JDRF Tampa Bay chapter; formal '60s attire optional; 6:30 p.m.; A La Carte Event Pavilion; $300; (727) 344-2873 or

OCT. 24

USF WOMEN IN PHILANTHROPY & LEADERSHIP FALL SYMPOSIUM: Featuring Dee Dee Myers 8:30 a.m.- 4 p.m.; A La Carte Event Pavilion; $100, members; $125, non-members; (813) 974-6996.

IMPACT AWARDS/SAVE THE ARTS: The 19th annual dinner benefits Tampa Bay Businesses for Culture & the Arts; 6:30 p.m.; Vinoy Resort & Golf Club, 600 Snell Isle Blvd. NE, St. Petersburg; $99 ($110 after Oct. 11); nonprofit/artists, $89 ($99 after Oct. 11); (813) 221-2787 or

NAACP 2013 FREEDOM FUND DINNER: 6 p.m.; DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Tampa Airport; $75 and up; (813) 234-8683 or

OCT. 25

HILLSBOROUGH HEAD START COMMUNITY FOUNDATION: Annual luncheon, guest speaker Dr. Walter Smith; noon; University Club; $50; (813) 545-4496.

FRIENDS OF THE SPRING: Fall luncheon; 11 a.m.; Ruth's Chris Steakhouse; $25;

HOT LATIN NIGHTS GALA: Benefits Bill Edwards Foundation for the Arts; headliner Jon Secada; 7 p.m.; Mahaffey Theater, St Petersburg; $100; (727) 892-5720.

OCT. 26

TAMPA HISPANIC HERITAGE MAN AND WOMAN OF THE YEAR: The 26th annual gala is 6:30 p.m.; Hilton Tampa Downtown; $75; (813) 949-9271.

SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES: Costume party benefits various charities; 8 p.m.; Centre Club, $25; (813) 286-4040.

NOV. 2

ZOOFARI SAMPLING SAFARI: The 27th annual event benefits Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo; 7-11 p.m.; headliner Robert Randolph & the Family Band; $65 and up; or (813) 935-8552, ext. 329.

PAVILION XXVII: Black-tie gala benefits Tampa Museum of Art; 6 p.m. at the Museum; $600 and up; (813) 421-8370 or

NOV. 4

FRANCI G. RUDOLPH STAR EVENT: Benefits Schaarai Zedek Sisterhood; guest speaker Elizabeth Smart; registration, 10 am, luncheon, 11 a.m.; Renaissance Hotel International Plaza; $75; (813) 876-2377.

NOV. 7

STARLIGHT GALA: Presents Harry Connick Jr. to benefit Florida Hospital Foundation; 6 p.m.; black-tie optional; Tampa Marriott Waterside; $500 and up; (813) 615-7663 or

SUSTAINABLE BUZZ: The sixth annual event benefits the Sustany Foundation; 6-10 p.m. Straz Center RiverWalk; $35 or $60 per couple; VIP, $150 or $250 per couple;

NOV. 8

DUELING CHEFS COMPETITION: The seventh annual event benefits Children's Cancer Center; 6 p.m.; Centre Club; $75 or $125 per couple; (813) 286-4040 or

DESSERT FIRST: Benefits Girl Scouts of West Central Florida; 7 p.m.; InterContinental Hotel; $80; (800) 881-4475, ext. 1688, or

AKILAH'S METROPOLITAN SAFARI: Benefits Akilah Institute for Women; 7 p.m. Lowry Park Zoo Safari Lodge; $150; (813) 205-3404 or

NOV. 8-10

HOLIDAY GIFT MARKET: The 10th annual shopping event benefits the Junior League of Tampa; Florida State Fairgrounds Expo Hall; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; $8 admission;

NOV. 9

EYE BALL: Benefits Lions Eye Institute; black-tie optional; 7 p.m.; TPepin's Hospitality Centre; $200; (813) 289-1200 or

TASTE OF YBOR: Third annual event benefits Boys Scouts of America, Gulf Ridge Council; 7 p.m.; Ritz Ybor; $75; (813) 872-2691, ext. 118.

NOV. 13

NATIONAL PHILANTHROPY DAY LUNCHEON: 11:30 a.m.; A La Carte Event Pavilion; $75;

NOV. 15

TREE OF LIGHTS: 20th annual breakfast benefits Salvation Army; 7:30 a.m.; Tampa Convention Center; $100; (813) 224-9119 or

PUTTIN' ON THE GLITZ: Night in Vegas dinner and auction. The 26th annual event benefits Northside Mental Health Center Phone Friends; 6-10 p.m.; TPepin's Hospitality Centre; $75: (813) 985-1652.

NOV. 16

ITALIAN CLUB LADIES AUXILIARY FASHION SHOW: 10 a.m.; 1731 E Seventh Ave., (813) 248-3316.

NOV. 19

RED CROSS ANGELS SILVER COFFEE: 11 a.m -1 p.m.; South Tampa residence; minimum donation $35; (813) 348-4820.

BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF TAMPA BAY STEAK DINNER: 32nd annual; 6 p.m.; A La Carte Event Pavilion; $300; or (813) 769-7535.

NOV. 20

SIGNATURE CHEFS AUCTION: Benefits March of Dimes; 6:30-10 p.m.; Westin Harbour Island; $150; (813) 898-4953 or

NOV. 21

WINE, WOMEN & SHOES: Benefits Children's Cancer Center; Renaissance Hotel International Plaza 6:30 p.m.;

SAKS & CIGARS: Fourth annual event benefits Cigar Family Charitable Foundation; 6-9 p.m.; Westin Tampa Bay; $75; (813) 248-2124.

NOV. 22

H.B. PLANT MUSEUM SOCIETY: Holiday Cocktail Buffet and Victorian Christmas Stroll Party; 7-9 p.m.; University of Tampa; $75; (813) 258-7302.

NOV. 27

YE MYSTIC KREWE GASPARILLA DEBUTANTE BALL: 9 p.m.; Marriott Waterside; invitation-only.

NOV. 29

KREWE OF VENUS DEBUTANTE GRAND BALL: 6 p.m.; Carrollwood Country Club; $100; (813) 289-9310 or

DEC. 4

RYAN'S ROCKIN' HOLIDAY PARTY: To benefit Power of Giving Holiday Celebration, 6-9 p.m.; Aqua at the Westin Tampa Bay; $25 donation at the door; no advance tickets; (813) 785-9249 or

DEC. 6

LAMPLIGHTERS' CHRISTMAS SILVER COFFEE: 24th annual event benefits Metropolitan Ministries; location to be announced; 11 a.m.-1 p.m., minimum donation $35; (813) 928-5378.

DEC. 7

ST. ANDREW'S SOCIETY'S ANNUAL FEAST OF THE HAGGIS: Palma Ceia Golf & Country Club; 6:30 p.m.; invitation-only.

DEC. 13

GEORGETTE'S BOUTIQUE AND SHOE SALON'S CELEBRITY HOLIDAY FASHION SHOW: 25th annual event for St. Joseph's Women's Hospital; 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Tampa Hilton Downtown; $75 and up; (813) 872-0979 or (813) 254-1141.

DEC. 30

METLIFE AND MERCEDES-BENZ GRIDIRON GALA: Benefits Outback Bowl; 7-10 p.m.; A La Carte Event Pavilion; invitation-only; (813) 874-2695.

DEC. 31

AQUA EVE: Celebration benefits Florida Aquarium; must be 21 or older; 9 p.m.-1 a.m.; at the aquarium; $90 and up; (813) 273-4030 or

NEW YEAR'S EVE GALA: Benefits the Italian Club; 8 p.m to 1 a.m.; 1731 E Seventh Ave.; $100; (813) 248-3316.

JAN. 2, 2014

TAMPA GENERAL HOSPITAL FOUNDATION NIGHT AT THE CIRCUS: The 23rd annual event benefits Tampa General Hospital Children's Medical Center; 7:30 p.m.; $500 ($2,500 packages and up include tickets to Patrons' Party at 5:30 p.m.); Tampa Bay Times Forum; (813) 844-7273.

JAN. 11

XLIX KREWE OF VENUS CORONATION BALL: 6:30 p.m.; Marriott Waterside; $125; (813) 289-9310 or

JAN. 25

YE MYSTIC KREWE OF GASPARILLA INVASION: Parade and parties along Bayshore Boulevard;

JAN. 26

TAMPA JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER & FEDERATION'S PRESIDENT'S DINNER: 11th annual dinner features guest speaker Ehud Barak, Israel's 10th prime minister, 5 p.m.; A La Carte Event Pavilion; $150 and up; (813) 264-9000.

FEB. 1

EINSTEIN ON FOOD AND WINE: Tasting benefits Museum of Science and Industry, 4801 E Fowler Ave.; VIP entry at 6 p.m., $125; general admission, 7 p.m.; $60, members, $70, nonmembers; $80 day of the event; (813) 987-6000 or (Jan. 31: Annus Mirabilis patron's dinner; $250 or $450 per couple; (813) 987-6030.)

FEB. 4

A CHOICE AFFAIR LUNCHEON: Benefits Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida; 11:30 a.m.; Maestro's at David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts; $60; under age 25, $30; (941) 365-3913, ext. 1115.

FEB. 6

CUP OF COMPASSION BREAKFAST: Benefits the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay; 7:30-8:30 a.m.; A La Carte Event Pavilion; invitation-only; (813) 969-4987.

FEB. 8

PEACE COUTURE GALA: Benefits the Spring of Tampa Bay; location and ticket price to be announced; (813) 247-4322, ext. 332, or

FEB. 14

ANNUAL VALENTINE'S DINNER GALA: Benefits Florida Hospital Tampa/Pepin Heart Institute; 6 p.m.; TPepin's Hospitality Centre, ticket price to be announced; (813) 615-7886.

GLO KICK-OFF PARTY FOR ROOSEVELT ROWING REGATTA: Portion of proceeds benefits Children's Dream Fund; 7-11 p.m.; next to Jackson's Bistro Harbour Island; (813) 251-0500 or

FOR THE LOVE OF A GARDEN: Benefits Tampa Garden Club; 6:30-10 p.m.; 2629 Bayshore Blvd.; $75; (813) 251-5059.

FEB. 14-16

KEN WALTERS' ROOSEVELT ROWING REGATTA: The third annual event is 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; next to Jackson's Bistro Harbour Island; portion of proceeds benefits Stewards Foundation; (813) 251-0500 or

FEB. 20

WEDU BE MORE AWARDS: Ninth annual luncheon; 11 a.m.; A La Carte Event Pavilion; $50; (813) 254-9338, ext. 2241.

FEB. 22

FASHION FUNDS THE CURE: Benefits Pediatric Cancer Foundation; 6 p.m.; Tampa International Jet Center, 4751 Jim Walter Blvd., Hangar No. 4, $100; (813) 269-0955 or

EQUALITY FLORIDA TAMPA GALA: 7 -9:30 p.m.; the Vault; $100;

CHAINE DES ROTISSEURS INDUCTION GALA: 6 p.m., Centre Club; Prices to be announced. (813) 831-2299.

FEB. 27

TO LIFE: Dinner and awards gala benefits Florida Holocaust Museum; 6:30 p.m.; Mahaffey Theater, St. Petersburg; $200; (727) 820-0100, ext. 251.

FEB. 28

A PAIR TO REMEMBER: Luncheon and shoe auction to benefit Easter Seals; 11 a.m.; Tampa Garden Club; $125; (813) 769-5923 or

CATTLE BARONS' BALL: The 17th annual event benefits American Cancer Society; 7 p.m.; Tampa Bay Times Forum; $500; (813) 319-5904 or cattlebaronsball


YE MYSTIC KREWE OF GASPARILLA CORONATION BALL: Tampa Convention Center; 8:30 p.m.; invitation-only.


HOLLYWOOD RED CARPET FESTIVITIES: Benefits Tampa Theatre; ticket prices to be announced; (813) 274-5507 or


OPERA GALA: Benefits Opera Tampa, presentation of Anton Coppola Excellence in the Arts award; Morsani Hall stage; 6 p.m.; $350; (813) 222-1037.


CHISELERS AUCTION PREVIEW PARTY: 51st annual event is 7-9 p.m.; Plant Hall, University of Tampa; $65; (813) 257-3776 or (March 15: Chiseler's Market Day).


DEBARTOLO FAMILY FOUNDATION ALL STAR CHARITY GALA: 11th annual event is 6 p.m.; Peter O. Knight Airport, Davis Islands; $400; (813) 964-8302.

AROUND THE WORLD TASTING EXPERIENCE: Second annual event benefits St. Jude Children's Research Hospital; 7 p.m.; Straz Center; $125; (813) 868-2700 or


WOMEN OF DISTINCTION/WOMAN OF PROMISE: 13th annual luncheon benefits Girl Scouts of West Central Florida; 11:30 a.m.; A La Carte Event Pavilion; $75; toll-free 1-800-881-4475, ext. 1688, or

MARCH 19-23

GASPARILLA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: Various locations throughout Tampa Bay. Ticket prices vary; (813) 260-(4433) or


NEW YORK YANKEES LUNCHEON: Benefits Boys & Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay; 11:30 a.m.; Tampa Marriott Waterside; $300 to $1,500; (813) 769-7530 or


SALVATION ARMY WOMEN'S AUXILIARY FASHION SHOW: 10:30 a.m.; Doubletree Tampa Airport; $55; (813) 224-9119.


GREENFEST LUNCHEON: Benefits Friends of Plant Park; 11 a.m.; Tampa Yacht & Country Club; $60;


FASHIONALLIA '66: Sponsored by Tampa Woman's Club to benefit Bridging Freedom; fashions from Dillards; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Renaissance Hotel International Plaza, $60; (813) 839-7457.

STEPPING OUT GALA: Benefits St. Joseph's Hospitals Foundation; 7 p.m.; A La Carte Event Pavilion; headliners Midtown Men; $300; (813) 872-0979 or

WISHMAKER'S BALL: Fifth annual event benefits Make-a-Wish Central and Northern Florida, Suncoast Region; 6:30 p.m.; Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay; $150; (813) 288-2600.

MARCH 29-30

GREENFEST: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Plant Park at University of Tampa.


FASHION TAKES FLIGHT ANNUAL ART OF GIVING DINNER: Benefits United Way Suncoast; guest speaker: Tim Gunn; ExecuJet at Tampa Jet Center, 4751 Jim Walter Blvd.; $150; (813) 274-0901.


HEART BALL: Benefits American Heart Association; 6 p.m.; A La Carte Event Pavilion; $500; (727) 563-8112 or

BEST OF TAMPA BAY WINE AND RESTAURANT SAMPLING: Benefits Straz Center education/outreach; 7 p.m.; 1010 N MacInnes Place; prices to be announced; (813) 229-7827 or

TAMPA GENERAL HOSPITAL FOUNDATION MOMENTS IN TIME GALA: 17th annual event benefits Tampa General Hospital's Fund for the Future; 7:30 p.m.; $250 (Patrons' Party at 6:30 p.m. for sponsors at $750 and up); location to be announced; (813) 844-7273.


JUDEO-CHRISTIAN HEALTH CLINIC TESTIMONIAL DINNER: 6 p.m.; Higgins Hall; $100; (813) 870-3231.


CHILD ABUSE AWARENESS LUNCHEON: Benefits Friends of Joshua House Foundation: 11:45 a.m.; Hilton Tampa Downtown; $50; (813) 263-3469 or


KARAMU XXVI BLACK-TIE GALA: Benefits Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo; 6:30 p.m.; $250 and up; (813) 935-8552, ext. 225.


HILLSBOROUGH COMMUNITY COLLEGE FOUNDATION PRESIDENT'S SHOWCASE: 6:30 p.m.; Renaissance Hotel International Plaza; $175; (813) 253-7116.


CIRCLE OF FRIENDS DINNER: Benefits Friends of Joshua House Foundation; 7 p.m.; Grand Estate in Avila; $275; (813) 263-3469.

NIGHT AT THE COPA: Benefits Florida Medical Clinic Foundation of Caring; 7-11 p.m.; TPepin's Hospitality Cente; $200; (813) 783-9932.


A TRIBUTE TO MOMS LUNCHEON FASHION SHOW: Benefits Brighter Tomorrows; 11 a.m.; Palma Ceia Country Club; $50; (813) 868-7705.

MAGNOLIA BALL: 21st annual event benefits H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center; headliners Huey Lewis & the News; 5:30 p.m.; A La Carte Event Pavilion; $1,000; black-tie; (813) 745-4860.

MAN & WOMAN OF THE YEAR GALA: Benefits Leukemia & Lymphoma Society; 6 p.m.; Tampa Hilton Downtown; $150; (813) 963-6461 or

SEA GRAPES FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL: Benefits the Florida Aquarium; 8-11 p.m.; VIP at 7 p.m., $85 through April 27, $95 April 28-May 3, VIP $225, night of event $105; (813) 273-4568 or


GO RED FOR WOMEN LUNCHEON: Benefits American Heart Association; 10:30 a.m.; A La Carte Event Pavilion; $150; (727) 563-8106 or


TROPICAL NIGHTS GALA AUCTION: Benefits Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful; 7-11 p.m.; Tampa Port Authority Cruise Terminal No. 3; $100; (813) 221-8733 or keep

MAY 17

MADAGASCAR, STORYBOOK BALL: Benefits Ronald McDonald House Charities of Tampa Bay; 6 p.m.; location to be announced; black-tie; $700 per couple; (813) 258-6430, ext. 2, or

PRIDE & PASSION: Benefits Tampa Museum of Art exhibitions; 8 p.m.; 120 Gasparilla Plaza; $85, includes one-year museum membership; (813) 421-8370.

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Extreme Monster Energy Supercross Championship: The action-packed dirt bike stunts and racing returns to Tampa for the first time in two decades. Each track in the 16-city series is different, so competitors will ride between 15 and 20 laps around t...
Published: 02/21/18
Updated: 02/22/18
As spring approaches, parties, food festivals bloom at Florida’s theme parks

As spring approaches, parties, food festivals bloom at Florida’s theme parks

Can you feel it? The air is gradually thickening with humidity and the layers of clothes are getting thinner. Spring has almost sprung and with it brings a bumper crop of festivals in Florida’s theme parks full of food, wine, concerts and parades. Th...
Published: 02/21/18
An original clarinet and bassoon composition highlights Tampa Bay Symphony concert

An original clarinet and bassoon composition highlights Tampa Bay Symphony concert

ST. PETERSBURG — After the National Anthem and some introductory remarks by the maestro, a teacher from Chattanooga, Tenn., addressed a crowd at the Palladium Tuesday about the short work they were about to hear from the Tampa Bay Symphony."This piec...
Published: 02/21/18
Innovative artist Toni Dove’s Embodied Machines and Bekky Buekes’ Black. White. Gold.

Innovative artist Toni Dove’s Embodied Machines and Bekky Buekes’ Black. White. Gold.

Toni Dove: Embodied MachinesIf you were feeling like your art viewing experiences haven’t been high-tech enough lately, the "Embodied Machines" exhibition opening at the Ringling Museum on Sunday will fill that void. It’s the first survey exhibition ...
Published: 02/21/18