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Society Datebook 2018-19, Tampa style

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The Tampa Bay Times/Tampa Tribune annual Society Datebook, Sept. 2018-May 2019

September

Sept. 7: Imagination: A Gala to benefit Glazer Children’s Museum; 6:30 p.m.; Glazer Children’s Museum; $250, or $125 for ages 21 to 35; (813) 443-3861; glazermuseum.org/imagination

Sept. 8: Tampa Bay Area Chiefs of Police Foundation Gala; 6-10 p.m.; Innisbrook Resorts, Inverness Hall; honoree Tommy Shannon; $250; chiefsfoundations.org

Sept. 11: EmpowerED (formerly Teaching Tools) luncheon benefits Hillsborough Education Foundation; 11:15 a.m. registration; 11:45 a.m. program; Armature Works; $50; educationfoundation.com

Sept. 13: HCC Foundation Presidential Showcase; 5:30 p.m., sponsors; 6 p.m. general; Armature Works, 1910 N Ola Ave.; $175, (813) 253-7116.

Sept. 14: 4th Annual Beer and Bow Ties benefits Crisis Center of Tampa Bay; 6-10 p.m.; The Orlo, 315 Plant Ave.; VIP, $150; general, $100; beerandbowtiestampabay.com

Sept. 15: 12th annual Lions Eye Ball: An Optical Illusion, benefits Lions Eye Institute for Transplant and Research; 6 p.m.; Tampa Airport Marriott Hotel; $250; lionseyeinstitute.org/foundation

Sept. 15: 71st Air Force Ball, Tony Jannus chapter; 5:30 p.m.; Hilton Tampa Downtown; $30 and up, tampaairforceball.com

Sept. 15: A Cause for Courage vintage casino night benefits MGM Friends Charity Partners; Shriners Hospitals for Children and Black Dagger Military Hunt Club; 5:30 p.m.; Rialto Theatre; 617 N Franklin St.; $50 and up; cp.mgmfriends.com

Sept. 15: Making a Difference, A Night of Southern Charm, ninth annual gala to benefit Schools for Haiti; 6 p.m.; Armature Works, 1910 N. Ola Ave.; $150 and up; (813) 505-9851; schoolsforhaiti.com.

Sept. 22: CITY: Art+Fashion+Culture featuring Marc Bouwer benefits Tampa Museum of Art, 120 W Gasparilla Plaza; VIP, 7 p.m., $250; general, 8 p.m.; $125 and up; tampamuseum.org

Sept. 22: Our Big Night in Oz, 20th annual Art of Helping Children gala benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay, 6 p.m. Hilton Tampa Downtown, $300; (813) 769-3636; bbbstampabay.org

Sept. 22: McDonald Training Center Casino Night; 7 -10 p.m.; Holiday Inn Hotel Westshore; $50; (813) 870-1300, ext. 252 or 310.

Sept. 27: 13th 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) 310-5120; noteus.org

Sept. 27: 37th Boys & Girls Clubs Steak Dinner Celebration; 6 p.m.; TPepin’s Hospitality Centre; 4121 N 50th St.; $300 and up; (813) 875-5771; bgctampa.org

Sept. 27: Heart Awards: Rainbow Nation benefits Housing & Education Alliance; 6 p.m.; Glazer Family JCC: $100; (813) 932-HOME; HeaUsa.org

Sept. 27: 22nd annual Diamonds & Denim Gala benefits South Florida Baptist Hospital Foundation; 6:30 p.m.; Florida Strawberry Festival’s Grimes Family Agricultural Center, 2508 Oak Ave., Plant City; $75 and up; SFBHFoundation.org

Sept. 28: Dishes & Wishes Tampa benefits Make-A-Wish Southern Florida; 7-11 p,m.; Armature Works, $150; (813) 288-2600; dishesandwishestampa.com

Sept, 29: FARA Energy Ball benefits Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance and the USF Ataxia Research Center; 5:30 p.m.; Tampa Marriott Waterside; $375 and up; (813) 600-8179 or curefa.org/energyball

Sept. 29: Ybor City Chamber of Commerce Gala, Gonzmart Award honoree Jason Fernandez; 6:30 p.m.; Columbia Restaurant, 2117 E 7th Ave, Ybor City; $100 or $190 per couple; (813) 248-3712.

Sept. 29: Port Tampa Anchor Ball benefits Tampa Port Ministries and maritime scholarships; 6 p.m.; Glazer Family JCC; 522 N Howard Ave.; $150; (813) 247-5237 or anchorball.org

Sept. 29: Dreamkeeper’s Ball benefits Champions for Children; 6-10 p.m.; The Pavilion @ Steinbrenner Field; $175; cfctb.org/dreamkeepers or (813) 673-4646.

Sept. 29: Latin American Fiesta Association Carnival in the Terrace; 7-11 p.m; Temple Terrace Gold & Country Club, 200 Inverness Ave; $65; (813) 778-8804.

October

Oct. 4: Blackjack Tournament benefits Wheels of Success; 5:30-10: p.m.; "C" House restaurant, 6005 N Florida Ave.; $75, player; $25, guest; (813) 995-5040 or wheelsofsuccess.org

Oct. 6: Tampa Bay’s Dancing With the Stars, British Invasion; benefits Hands Across the Bay plus five local charities; 6 p.m.; TPepin’s Hospitality Centre; 4121 N. 50th St.; $250; (727) 573-7720; handsacrossthebay.org.

Oct. 6: Sixth Annual Havana Nights Gala benefits Freedom To Walk Foundation 6 p.m.; Centre Club, 123 S Westshore Blvd.; $100; FreedomToWalkFoundation.org/Gala-2018

Oct. 10: 20th annual fashion show luncheon to benefit Tampa Bay Dress for Success, 11:30 a.m; Armature Works; $75; (813) 259-1876.

Oct. 11: Lend a Hand luncheon benefits Starting Right, Now; 11:30 a.m.; Higgins Hall; $80 and up: startingrightnow.org

Oct. 11: 2nd annual "Get Down to Business Lunch" benefits Easterseals; 11:30 a.m.; Centre Club; $95; (813) 769-5923; easterseals.com/florida

Oct. 13: Tuxes & Tails: Nordic Nights dinner and adoptables runway show benefits Humane Society of Tampa Bay, 5:30 p.m.; Tampa Convention Center; $225; (813) 876-4150; TuxesTailsTampa.com

Oct. 13: Tampa Hispanic Heritage Woman and Man of the Year Gala; 6:30 p.m.; Hilton Tampa Downtown; $90; (813) 789-4661; TampaHispanic.org

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Oct. 15: Franci Golman Rudolph Star Event benefiting Congregation Schaarai Zedek Sisterhood; keynote speaker Monica Lewinsky; registration 10 a.m.; lunch, 11 a.m.; Renaissance Tampa International Plaza; $118 and up; zedek.org/starevent

Oct. 16: Tampa Bay Food Fight benefits Metropolitan Ministries; Armature Works; 6:30 p.m.; $125; tampabayfoodfight.org

Oct. 18: Tampa Bay Businesses for Culture & the Arts Annual Impact Awards, Armature Works; 6 p.m.; $300; (813) 221-2787; tbbca.org/ImpactAwards2018

Oct. 19: 13th Annual USF Women in Leadership & Philanthropy Fall Symposium and luncheon featuring Jeannette Walls; 8 a.m.- 1:30 p.m.; Hilton Tampa Downtown; $125.; (813) 974-1810; usf.edu/wlp

Oct 19: Night in the Garden of Good and Evil, Fleur de Lis auction celebration benefits Boy Scouts of America Greater Tampa Bay Area Council; 7 p.m.; Higgins Hall; $75 advance; $100 at the door; tampabayscouting.org/auction

Oct. 20: Dining in the Dark benefits Tampa Lighthouse for the Blind; 6 p.m.; Tampa Club, 101 E Kennedy Blvd.; $125; (813) 251-2407; tampalighthouse.org

Oct. 26: Best Buddies Tampa Bay Champion of the Year gala; 6-11 p.m.; Renaissance Hotel Tampa; $200, or $300 per couple; (813) 293-4545; bestbuddieschampion.org/tampabay

Oct. 27: "Hamilton" Broadway Ball benefits Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 6 p.m.; Morsani Hall; $650; Broadway Ball After Dark, 8 p.m.; Riverwalk Tent; $75; (813) 222-1037; strazcenter.org

Oct. 27: JDRF Tampa Bay chapter Roaring Toward A Cure gala benefits juvenile diabetes research, 6 p.m.; Marriott Waterside; $300; (727) 344-2873.

Oct. 27: Rock the Dock benefits Chapters Health Foundation; 6-10 p.m.; Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park, 1001 North Blvd.; $100; (813) 871-8431; chaptershealth.org

Oct. 28: Evening Under the Stars, Starlight Gala featuring Styx benefits Florida Hospitals Foundation West Florida Division; 4 p.m.; Amalie Arena; $750 and up; (813) 803-4015.

November

Nov. 3: Passion at Pavilion, Pavilion XXXIII benefits Tampa Museum of Art; 7 p.m.; at the museum; $650; (813) 421-8368; tampamuseum.org

Nov. 3: 20th anniversary gala, A Masquerade Affair, benefits University Area Community Development Corporation 6 p.m.; $75 or $125 per couple; 14013 N 22nd St.; (813) 558-5212; uacdc.org.

Nov. 8: Muscular Dystrophy Association Tampa Toast to Life; 6-10 p.m.; Bryan Glazer Family JCC; $300; (727) 577-1700; tampatoasttolife.org

Nov. 8: Sixth annual Wine, Women and Shoes benefits Children’s Cancer Center; 6:30 p.m.; Armature Works, 1910 N Ola Ave; $125 and up; (813) 367-5437, ext. 7; wwstampa.com

Nov. 8: Red Cross Angels Annual Silver Coffee, 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.; Straz residence; minimum donation $50; (813) 416-4146.

Nov. 8: The Lemon Drop hosted by Northwestern Mutual Greater Tampa Bay benefits Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital and Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation; 6-9 p.m.; the Vault, 611 N. Franklin St.; ages 21 and up; $75; eventbrite.com/e/the-lemon-drop-2018-tickets-48852384798

Nov. 8: Junior League Holiday Gift Market Preview Party; VIP, 6 p.m., $65; general, 7 p.m., $35; Florida State Fairgrounds Expo Hall; (813) 254-1734; jltampa.org

Nov. 9: 34th annual Bridging Generations Breakfast benefiting Seniors in Service, 7:30 a.m.; Centre Club, $50; SeniorsinService.org

Nov. 9: Tampa Bay History Center Gala; "10th Birthday" Celebration; 7 p.m.; 801 Old Water St.; black-tie; $250; (813) 675-8991; tampabayhistorycenter.org/gala

Nov. 10: A Night at the Tropicana benefits Lawrence A. Martucci Benefit Corp.; 6:30 p.m.; Centro Asturiano de Tampa; $100 before Oct. 10, then $125: (813) 541-8293; 501auctions.com/Tropicana

Nov. 10: St. Peter Claver Decades of Excellence gala, 6 p.m.; Academy of the Holy Names, Brady Center; $100; 501auctions.com/2018spcgala

Nov. 14: Doing the Most Good luncheon honors Salvation Army’s 125th anniversary; 11:45 a.m.; Armature Works; $100; salvationarmyflorida.org/tampa

Nov. 14: National Philanthropy Day luncheon benefits Association of Fundraising Professionals Suncoast Chapter; 11:15 a.m.; Glazer Family JCC; $75.; afpsuncoast.org

Nov. 15: 11th annual Sustainable Buzz tasting event benefiting Sustany Foundation, 6:30 p.m.; Straz Center; $40; or $70 per couple; $45 at the door; VIP, $150 or $250 per couple; (813) 507-1111; sustany.org.

Nov. 15: Harvesting Hope (formerly Jingle Jangle Jam) benefits Eckerds Connects; 6 p.m; Nielsen, 501 Brooker Creek Blvd., Oldsmar; $175; (727) 401-2326; eckerd.org

Nov. 15 -17: Stick-A-Fork in Hunger, three nights of culinary events to benefit Trinity Cafe, 2801 N Nebraska Ave.; $500 and up sponsorships; or (813) 865-4825; trinitycafe.org/event

Nov. 15: Lip Sync for Lungs benefits American Lung Association Tampa Bay; 7-10 p.m.; TPepin’s Hospitality Centre; $50 and up; (813) 712-2307; LipSyncForLungsTAMPA.org

Nov. 17: Table in the Park benefits MacDonald Training Center; 6 p.m.; Curtis Hixon Park; Kiley Garden; $50 advance, $75 walk up; macdonaldcenter.org

Nov. 29: Victorian Christmas Stroll Preview Party benefits H.B. Plant Museum Society; 6:30 p.m.; 401 W Kennedy Blvd.; $100; (813) 254-1891; Plantmuseum.com

December

Dec. 1: Dessert First benefits Girl Scouts of West Central Florida: 6:30 p.m.; Tampa Airport Marriott; $150; (813) 262-1774; dessertfirsttampa.org

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Dec. 4: 30th Annual Awards Breakfast benefits Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful; 7:30 a.m.; TPepin’s Hospitality Centre; $30; (813) 221-8733; KeepTampaBayBeautiful.org

Dec. 6: 10th annual Ryan’s Power of Giving Holiday Party benefits Ryan Nece Foundation; 7 -11 p.m.; TPepin’s Hospitality Centre; $100 advance; $125 at the door; (813) 438-2310; ryannecefoundation.com

Dec. 7: 30th Annual Georgette’s Celebrity Holiday Fashion Show benefits St. Joseph’s Women’s Hospital; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Hilton Downtown Tampa; sponsorships starting at $1,500; (813) 872-0979; sjh foundation.org/events

Dec. 7: "Home Is Where the Heart Is" Holiday Stroll benefits A Kid’s Place of Tampa Bay; 6:30-10:30 p.m.; Davis Islands residences; $100; (813) 381-3839; akidsplacetb.org

Dec. 7: Bow Ties & Clutches benefits Friends of Joshua House; 8 p.m.; the Vault; 611 N Franklin St.; $50; (813) 863-1710; bowtiesandclutches.com

Dec. 8: Bowtie Ball benefits Poynter Institute, honorees Lester Holt and Arthur Sulzberger, Jr.; 6 p.m.; Tradewinds Island Grand Pavilion, St. Pete Beach; $150; (727) 553-4701; poynter.org/Bowtie

Dec. 14: LAMPLighters 29th annual Christmas Silver Coffee benefits Metropolitan Ministries and Joshua House, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; private south Tampa home; $50 minimum donation; (813) 505-0719; LAMPLightersTampa.org

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

Dec. 31: New Year’s Eve Wrap Party2018 benefits Tampa Theatre: 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.; $99, general; $80 members; tampatheatre.org

January

Jan. 26: Junior League of Tampa Gasparilla Invasion Party; 9 a.m.; 87 Columbia Dr.; $80; (813) 254-1735; jltampa.org

Jan. 27: 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.

February

Feb. 2: A Stageworks Space Odyssey, 12th annual Stageworks Gala; 6:30 p.m.; Bryan Glazer Family JCC; $250 and up; (813) 374-2416.

Feb. 8: Art on the Boulevard cocktail party and auction to benefit Scarfone/Hartley gallery; 7-9 p.m.; $50 includes membership; (813) 253-6217; ut.edu/scarfone hartleygallery

Feb. 9: Annual To Life gala benefits The Florida Holocaust Museum; 6 p.m.; Vinoy® Renaissance hotel; $250 and up; (727) 820-0100; flholocaustmuseum.org/support/to-life-annual-benefit.org

Feb. 15: Tampa Bay Go Red For Women Luncheon benefits American Heart Association; 10:30 a.m., Renaissance Tampa International Plaza; $150; (727) 563-8106; tampabaygoredluncheon.heart.org;

Feb. 16: An Evening in Paris, Fostering Hope Black Tie Gala benefits A Kid’s Place of Tampa Bay; 7 p.m.; Tampa Museum of Art; $300; (813) 381-3839; akidsplacetb.org

Feb. 22-23: Vino Royale, Tampa Theatre’s 17th annual WineFest; $55-$275; TampaTheatre.org/WineFest

Feb. 23: American Cancer Society’s Cattle Baron’s Ball; 6 p.m.; Armature Works: $1,000 per couple; (813) 319-5906; cattlebaronsballtampa.org

Feb. 23: Equality Florida Tampa Gala; 7:30 p.m.; TPepin’s Hospitality Centre; $125; (407) 462-9692; eqfl.org/tampagala.

Feb. 23: Bollywood Nights, Cirque du Bollywood benefits Children Across Borders; 6:30 p.m.; Tampa Museum of Art; $600; (813) 280-8547 or childrenacrossborders.com

Feb. 24: Hollywood Awards Night benefits Tampa Theatre; 7 p.m. red carpet reception and live Academy Award telecast; $150 VIP lounge on-stage, $50 mezzanine or $20 balcony; TampaTheatre.org/annual-event/hollywood-awards-night/

Feb. 28: Fourteenth annual WEDU PBS Be More Awards Luncheon, 11 a.m.; Glazer Family JCC; $65, includes WEDU PBS annual membership; (813) 739-2949 or wedu.org/bemore

March

March 2: Firehouse Gala "Bourbon on the Bayou & the Big Easy Revue" benefits Firehouse Cultural Center; 6 p.m.; 1st Avenue NE at Shell Point Road, Ruskin; $150; (813) 645-7651; firehouseculturalcenter.org.

March 2: Passion for Pepin 20th anniversary gala: benefits Pepin Academies Foundation; 6 p.m.; TPepin’s Hospitality Centre; $300; (863) 397-5859; pepinacademies.com

March 2: Community Catalysts Gala benefits Tampa Heights Junior Civic Association; black-tie; 7 p.m.; 2005 N Lamar Ave.; $55; (813) 468-9887.

March 7: Women of Distinction/Woman of Promise luncheon benefits Girl Scouts of West Central Florida, guest speaker Cathy Bessant; noon; Hilton Tampa Downtown ; $75; (813) 262-1688; gswcf.org/wod

March 7: Junior Achievement Hall of Fame Dinner; Busch Gardens, Dragon Fire Grill; $500 and up; (813) 631-1410, ext. 244; jatampabay.org

March 7: An Evening of Champions benefits Academy Prep Center of Tampa Student Scholarship Fund; 1407 E Columbus Dr.; $300 or $500 per couple: (813) 248-5600, ext. 1130; academyprep.org/tampa

March 9: Night of a Thousand Thieves gala auction party benefits DACCO; 6:30 p.m.; River Center, Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park; $125; (813) 384-4214; nightofathousandthieves.com/

March 10: Latin American Fiesta Association 92nd coronation brunch; noon - 4 p.m.; Columbia Restaurant, 2117 E. 7th Ave; $65; (813) 778-8804.

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March 15: The Chiselers Market Auction Preview Party; 6:30 p.m.; Plant Hall, University of Tampa; $75.

March 16: The Chiselers Market 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Plant Hall, University of Tampa; (813) 254-2530; chiselersinc.org

March 17: Tampa Bay Jewish Film Festival Opening Night Masquerade Gala reception; 7 p.m.; Glazer Family JCC; $36; (813) 769-4725; tbjff.org

March 21: Tampa General Hospital Foundation’s Night at Disney on Ice benefits TGH Children’s Medical Center; 7 p.m.; $500; Amalie Arena; (813) 844-7262; tgh.org/foundation/events

March 23: 7th annual Around the World with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital; 5:30 p.m.; Armature Works; $200 until Jan. 31, then $250; (813) 868-2703; stjude.org/tampadinner.

March 28: Shattering Barriers art show and auction benefits MacDonald Training Center, 5 p.m.; Armature Works; $75; macdonaldcenter.org

March 29: 28th annual Tropical Nights Gala benefits Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful; 7 p.m.; TPepin’s Hospitality Centre; $100; (813) 221-8733; KeepTampaBayBeautiful.org

March 29: 10th annual "A Pair to Remember" benefits Easterseals; 10:30 a.m.; Straz Center; $200; (813) 769-5923; apairtoremember.com

March 30: American Heart Association Tampa Bay Heart Ball; 6 p.m., Tampa Marriott Waterside; $500; tampabayheartball.heart.org; (727) 563-8033.

March 30: DeBartolo Family Foundation All Star Charity Gala, 6 p.m.; The Rooftop - Ft. Brooke Parking Garage; $500; (813) 964-8302; debartolofamilyfoundation.com

April

April 6: Best of Tampa Bay (a beer, wine and restaurant sampling event that benefits the Straz Center for the Performing Arts); 7 p.m.; 1010 N MacInnes Place; $75 and up; (813) 229-7827; strazcenter.org

April 7: Sunday in the Arts exhibition benefits Las Damas de Arte, 5:30-8:30 p.m.; Scarfone-Hartley Gallery, University of Tampa; $50 advance, $60 at door; (813) 732-1654); lasdamasdearte.com

April 13: St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital Foundation’s Heroes Ball, 6:30 p.m.; Hilton Downtown Tampa; $500; (813) 872-0979; sjhfoundation.org/events

April 13: Karamu, black-tie gala to benefit ZooTampa; 6:30 p.m., 1101 W Sligh Avenue; $1,000; (813) 933-8005 or zootampa.org/events/karamu/

April 17: Tampa Bay Choice Affair Luncheon benefits Planned Parenthood of Southwest & Central Florida; guest speaker Irin Carmon; 11:30 a.m.; Bryan Glazer Family JCC; $85; myplannedparenthood.org/events

April 18: Tampa Chamber of Commerce 13th Annual Women of Influence Luncheon; guest speaker Anne Geddes; 11 a.m.; Tampa Convention Center; ticket price to be advised; tampachamber.com

April 20: Pride & Passion benefits Tampa Museum of Art, 8 p.m.; $85; (813) 421-8368

April 20: Greater Seder benefits Tampa Jewish Family Services Community Food Bank; 6:30 p.m.; Glazer Family JCC; ages 21 and up: $55 and up; greaterseder.com

April 25: LAMPLighters’ Lights Fashion Hope benefits Metropolitan Ministries and Joshua House; 6 - 10 p.m. Straz Center; $100; (813) 205-2010; LAMPLightersTampa.org

April 26: Child Abuse Awareness Luncheon benefits Friends of Joshua House Foundation, 11:45 a.m.; Tampa Armature Works; $50; (813) 263-3469; friendsofjoshuahouse.org

April 26: A Night to Remember, Motown Magic benefits the Children’s Home Network; 7 p.m.; Glazer Family JCC; $125; (813) 864-1537; childrenshomenetwork.org/events

April 27: Magnolia Ball benefits Moffitt Cancer Center; 6 p.m.; Marriott Waterside; sponsorships start at $15,000; (813) 745-4176; moffitt.org/magnoliaball.

May

May 2: Economic Club of Tampa’s Mayoral Inaugural Ball benefits Hillsborough Education Foundation scholarship fund; VIP 6 p.m.; general 7 p.m.; Armature Works; $250; black-tie; EconClubTampa.org

May 3: Island Paws benefits Humane Society of Tampa Bay; 6 p.m.; Tampa Garden Club; $150; (813) 876-4150; IslandPawsParty.com

May 4: Eighth Annual Kentucky Derby Party benefits The Outreach Clinic of Brandon, 5 p.m.; The Regent, 6437 Watson Rd., Riverview $100; (813) 654-1388; theoutreachclinic.com

May 4: Opera Tampa Gala; 6 p.m.; Morsani Hall; Straz Center; ticket price to be advised; (813) 222-1037; strazcenter.org

May 9: Fourth annual Power Plate Leadership Luncheon benefits Ryan Nece Foundation; 11:30 a.m.; Glazer Family JCC, $100, (813) 428-2310; ryannecefoundation.com

May 11: Tampa General Hospital Foundation’s 22nd Annual Gala; 7 p.m.; Tampa Convention Center; $750; (813) 844-7262; tgh.org/gala

May 18: Storybook Ball, "Lady & The Tramp," benefits Ronald McDonald House Charities of Tampa Bay; 6 p.m.; Tampa Marriott Waterside; $500 and up; (813) 258-6430 ext. 3; rmhctampabay.org/storybook-ball

May 18: 10th annual Wishmaker’s Ball benefits Make-A-Wish Southern Florida; 6: p.m.; Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay, 2900 Bayport Dr.; $5,000 for a table of 10; (813) 288-2600; wishmakersballtampa.net

May 30: That’s the Spirit, sampling benefit for the Straz Center. 6:30 p.m.; 1010 N MacInnes Pl.; $100: (813) 229-7827; strazcenter.org

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