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Tampa Bay Charity Registry 2020-21

Charity events are back in Tampa Bay! Sort of. Tampa Bay-area charities and nonprofits make it easy to do good while having a good time throughout the year with fundraisers of all shapes and sizes — even if they are modified for safety’s sake. We’ve rounded up some of the top charitable events happening around the Bay over the next year on the following pages, along with how you can support local nonprofit organizations.


American Cancer Society 

The American Cancer Society has been leading the fight to end cancer for more than 100 years. The organization funds and conducts research, shares expert information, supports patients and spreads the word about prevention.

Fundraising Event: 2021 Tampa Cattle Baron’s Ball

Date: October 9, 2021

Location: Tampa Marriott Water Street

Chair: Adam Johnson-Weintraub

Honorary Chairs: Julie & Steve Weintraub

Tickets and Sponsorships: $1,000 to $50,000

Contact Info: Debbie Leon, gro.recnac@noel.eibbed


American Heart Association 

The American Heart Association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. The AHA has invested more than $4.5 billion in research and aims to be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives.

Event: 2021 Tampa Bay Heart Walk

Date: November 20, 2021, walk starts at 9:00am

Location: Raymond James Stadium

The American Heart Association, the leading voluntary health organization focused on heart and brain health for all, is inviting Tampa Bay back to its premier event to boost physical and mental health through healthy habits while supporting the lifesaving mission. This year’s theme, Heart Walk Here, invites participants to walk on the event path or to create a path of their own — from parks and parkways to tucked away trails, participants are invited to Heart Walk at any location that inspires their heart health.

Tickets: free

Contact Info: gro.traeh@yabapmat or www.tampabayheartwalk.org


Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay 

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay serves more than 2,500 children in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Polk, Pasco, Citrus, Hernando and Sumter Counties. They connect children with mentors and give them tools to develop lifelong, purposeful relationships.

Fundraising Event: Art of Helping Children Gala

Date: September 11, 2021

Location: Hilton Tampa Downtown

Signature event began as a modest art auction and cocktail party and has evolved into a spectacular evening where 600 community and business leaders network together and are inspired as Big Brothers Big Sisters share the impact their mentoring programs have on children in the community.

Event Chair: Stephen Koch & Brian Auld

Ticket Price: Sponsorships available

Contact Info: Big Brothers Big SIsters of Tampa Bay

Amy Hollington

(813) 769-3636 gro.yabapmatsbbb@hyma


Boys & Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay 

The Great Futures Gala raises funds to provide quality, educational programming for underserved kids, to make up for the learning loss caused by COVID-19.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay Mission Statement is “To enable all young people, especially those who need us the most, to reach their full potential as productive, responsible, caring citizens.”

Fundraising Event: Great Futures Gala

Date: September 18, 2021

Location: Armature Works

Contact Info: Elisa Jackson




Chapters Health Foundation 

Foundation supports charitable care programs including hospice care for uninsured and grief centers for children, teens and adults.

Fundraising Event: Rock the Dock

Date: October 16, 2021

Location: Tampa River Center in Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park

The evening will be the ultimate high energy tribute to Classic Rock N’ Roll and includes chart topping food and beverages, silent and live auctions, and entertainment performing the legendary rock anthems that once ruled the airways.

Ticket price: $150

Sponsorships: start at $1,500

Contact Info: Pauline Navarro



Charity Polo Classic 

The Charity Polo Classic is an annual polo match that benefits a rotating group of local charities each year. The organization has raised over $1.5 million for local Tampa Bay charities since 2011.

Event: Charity Polo Classic

Date: February 26, 2022

Location: Did not provide

You won’t want to miss our biggest and best event yet, our 10th Anniversary!

Tickets: starting at $250 (includes all food and beverages), sponsorships also available

Contact info: Kelly Becker


(813) 601-1244



Children’s Cancer Center 

The Children’s Cancer Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving families of children who have cancer or chronic blood disorders. They have more than 24 support programs and services and have helped more than 1,000 families in the Tampa area.

Fundraising Event: 10th Annual Fall Stampede

Date: September 11th, 2021 at 8AM

Location: Amalie Arena (401 Channelside Dr, Tampa, FL 33602)

Join the herd in the month of September, Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and walk or run for local kids and families battling pediatric cancer.

Registration: FallStampede.com

Contact Info: Marketing and Event Coordinater, Clare Fleming



Children’s Dream Fund 

The Children’s Dream Fund was founded in 1981 with the single purpose of fulfilling dreams for children ages 3-21 who have been diagnosed with a life-threatening illness, and who live in West Central Florida.

Fundraising Event: 2021 Dreammaker Luncheon

Date: September 30th, 11:30am-1pm

Location: Bryan Glazer Family JCC

Chair: Michael Greene/Sara Louderback

Tickets: $150-$10,000

Contact Info: Pamela Arbisi


(727) 896-6390


Children’s Home Network 

Children’s Home Network is dedicated to improving lives and changing life stories. The CHN unlocks the potential of at-risk children and families by providing compassionate and effective services that create opportunities for success

Fundraising Event: 38th Annual Golf Classic and Auction

Date: November 8

Location: Carrollwood Country Club, Tampa

Golfers are provided complimentary range balls, golfer gifts, boxed lunch, on-course beverages and a catered awards ceremony. Auction items will be available for online bidding prior to the event.

Tickets: $150 (individual) / $600 (foursome)

Contact Info: Lauren Ruiz

(813) 864-1537




Clothes to Kids

Clothes to Kids provides new and quality used clothing to low-income or in crisis school-age children, free of charge. They have 3 locations where Pinellas or Hillsborough County school children can “shop” for a new wardrobe twice a year.

Fundraising Event: Kick One Back

Date: October 21, 2021, 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Location: Hyde House

How can you “Kick One Back” with Clothes To Kids? By joining us for our annual shoe drive Thursday, October 21st at the Hyde House. Clothes to Kids distributes 15,000 pairs of shoes to kids in need in our community. If the shoe fits…donate it!

Tickets: $80

Contact Information: Megan DiBlasi – gro.sdikotsehtolc@dnagem


The Dalí Museum 

The museum cares for and shares an expertly curated collection of Salvador Dalí works and provides unique inspiration for events, programs and special exhibits. The Museum is also an active resource in Tampa Bay’s cultural community.

Fundraising Event: Sueños de Dalí

Held in the fall, our annual surreal soiree transforms the Museum into a dreamlike fantasy with costumes, cocktails & dancing.

Date: Saturday, October 23


Location: Dali Museum

Fundraising Event: Sueños de Dalí

Date: Saturday, October 23

Location: Dali Museum

Held in the fall, the annual surreal soiree transforms the museum into a dreamlike fantasy with costumes, cocktails and dancing.

Tickets: $150/$140 for Museum members

Contact Information: thedali.org/suenos


The Florida Holocaust Museum

The Florida Holocaust Museum honors the memory of the milions of people who suffered or died in the Holocaust and is dedcated to teaching the inherent worth and dignity of human life to prevent future genocides.

Fundraising Event: To Life Annual Benefit for The Florida Holocaust Museum

Date: February 5, 2022

Location: The Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg

The Florida Holocaust Museum’s Annual To Life Benefit supports the multi-faceted educational and outreach programs provided to students and educators, at no cost, throughout Tampa Bay, the entire state of Florida, and the country. Using the lessons of the Holocaust, The FHM encourages people to make a positive change in today’s volatile world through the promotion of acceptance, inclusion, and diversity.

Tickets: $250 and up

Contact Information: Meg Carlone, Donor Relations and Events Manager

gro.MHFehT@enolracm | 727-820-0100


Frameworks of Tampa Bay 

Fundraising Event: 3rd Annual Tampa Oyster Fest

Date: December 12th, 2021

Location: TBD

All-you-can-eat oyster extravaganza for the entire family to enjoy

Chair: John Wakefield

Tickets: $75

Contact Information: gro.skrowemarfym@relytd

Chair: John Wakefield

Tickets: $75

Contact Information: gro.skrowemarfym@relytd


Heart Gallery of Tampa 

The mission of the Heart Gallery of Tampa is to raise awareness of Tampa’s waiting foster children, engage the community in their welfare and secure permanent, loving adoptive families. Heart Gallery children represent those in foster care who need additional support in finding families due to factors of age, race, those part of large sibling groups, and children with special needs.

Fundraising Event: Be Mine 2022 “Oh the Places You’ll Go”

Date: February 10, 2022, 6 p.m.

Location: Palma Ceia Country Club

Be Mine is an incredible and unique event that always has a festive theme! Join the Heart Gallery of Tampa for an unforgettable Silent Auction, Photo Scenes, Food, Drinks, and inspiring program sharing stories of adoption and the power of love.

Tickets: Individual tickets – $150, VIP (limited availability, includes seating on stage during program presentation) – $250

Contact Information: https://heartgallerytampa.org/bemine/


Humane Society of Tampa Bay 

For more than 100 years the Humane Society of Tampa Bay has been dedicated to ending animal homelessness and providing care and comfort for companion animals in need. Their services include adoption programs, affordable veterinary care and community outreach programs.

Fundraising Event: Tuxes & Tails

Date: October 23, 2021, 5:30PM  to 11:59PM

Location: Tampa Convention Center, 333 S Franklin St. Tampa, 33602

Contact Information: Ornella Varchi

(813) 876-4150 | HumaneSocietyTampa.org


The Junior League of Tampa

An organization of more than 2,000 women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving communities through effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.

Fundraising Event: Holiday Gift Market

Date: November 11-14, 2021

Time: TBA

Location: Florida State Fairgrounds Expo & Entertainment Halls

The Holiday Gift Market is The Junior League of Tampa’s largest fundraiser bringing together merchants and shoppers for a unique shopping event. Attracting over 20,000 attendees every year, the Holiday Gift Market raises vital funds for our community projects and programs.

Tickets: start at $10

Contact Info: www.JLTampa.org/HGM


Lion’s Eye Institute 

The Lion’s Eye Institute is home to the world’s largest eye bank, a cutting-edge ocular research center and a foundation that, together, create the leading institution for ocular science. Lion’s Eye advocates for the 45 million blind and visually impaired people around the world.

Fundraising Event: 2021 Eye Ball

Date: November 13 (Time TBD)

Location: TBD

The Eye Ball is the annual fundraising gala for Lions Eye Institute Foundation. Proceeds support sight-saving surgeries, vision screenings, and other sight-related programs.

Tickets: $250

Contact Info: Holly Moon, gro.etutitsnieyesnoil@noomh, 813-289-1200


Make-A-Wish Southern Florida 

Make-A-Wish Southern Florida grants life-changing wishes to children with critical illnesses. Whether a child chooses to go somewhere exotic, meet an adored celebrity, have a treasured gift or be a dream occupation for the day, each wish experience is tailor-made to exceed all expectations. The Southern Florida chapter grants a wish every 14 hours and has granted more than 12,000 wishes since its inception in 1983.

Fundraising Event: 2021 Make-A-Wish Dishes and Wishes

Date: October 15, 2021, 7 p.m.

Location: Armature Works

Make-A-Wish Southern Florida is excited to announce the return of their annual Dishes and Wishes event on October 15, 2021 at Armature Works. Each year, Dishes and Wishes

Tickets: $150

Contact info: Kelsey Makowski – gro.hsiw.alfs@ikswokamk – 813-288-2600 x303


Mary Lee’s House 

Join us for an evening that will include a great band, delicious food, libations, and golf…all while raising money to help Hillsborough’s most vulnerable children.

Fundraising Event: Mary Lee’s House Masters Classic

Date: April 2022 (date TBA)

Location: Topgolf Tampa at 5PM

Tickets: Range $100 – $25,000

Contact Information: Kim Chavez, Development Manager

gro.esuohseelyram@zevahck | (813) 250-6652


Moffitt Cancer Center Foundation 

The Moffitt Cancer Center Foundation was founded in 1994 to support Moffitt Cancer Center’s cancer research, patient care and education initiatives. Since then, they have worked to fund breakthroughs for the future that promise greater progress in saving lives and reducing cancer to a highly treatable illness.

Fundraising Event: Magnolia Ball

Date: October 16, 2021 at 6pm

Location: JW Marriott Tampa Water Street

Magnolia is Moffitt Cancer Center’s signature gala event of the year, and one of the highlights of Tampa Bay’s social calendar that raises funds to support cancer research, bringing us even closer to treatments and cures.

Tickets: $1500

For sponsorships contact:

Kathy Werner

Philanthropic Advisor Magnolia Ball



For ticket and misc. event details contact:

Liz Howard

Manager of Special Events




PARC, Inc. 

Founded in 1953, PARC (Providing Advocacy and Recognizing Capabilities) provides advocacy, housing, education and community engagement to give children and adults with developmental disabilities the opportunity to exercise their independence and experience life to the fullest.

Fundraising Event: Evening of Elegance at The West Events

Date: Dec. 10, 2021

Location: 13435 Gulf Blvd, Madeira Beach, FL 33708

Gather your friends and enjoy live music, drinks, hors d’oeuvres, auctions, and more at PARC’s Evening of Elegance to raise funds for individuals with developmental disabilities in your community.

Tickets: TBA

Contact info: Emery Johannes, Events Director



NephCure Kidney International 

NephCure is the only nonprofit organization committed to supporting research, improving treatment and finding a cure for the kidney disease FSGS (focal segmental glomerulosclerosis) and nephrotic syndrome. The disease can cause scarring in the kidneys and eventually end-stage renal disease, requiring dialysis or transplantation.

Fundraising Event: 10th Annual Tampa Pig Jig

Date: October 23

Location: Julian B. Lane Park

One of Tampa Bay’s premier philanthropic community events, Tampa Pig Jig, will return with its tenth-anniversary celebration when it welcomes three-time GRAMMY Award winner Darius Rucker. Multi-Platinum recording artist Brett Young will join the lineup, along with alternative and folk artists Judah & the Lion and Wilderado. Additional local acts will be announced soon.

Tickets: Start at $40, sponsorships start at $3,000

Contact Info: Tampa Pig Jig

(813) 251-4336 | Tampapigjig.com


Ronald McDonald House Charities Tampa Bay 

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Tampa Bay provides a “home-away-from-home” for families with children receiving medical treatment in Bay area hospitals. The organization comprises four Houses, three in St. Petersburg, and one in Tampa, offering a total of 80 bedrooms with private baths.

Fundraising Event: Storybook Ball, Beauty & The Beast

Date: May 21, 2022, 6pm-midnight

Location: The Coliseum, St. Pete

Our signature event is themed after the beloved children’s book, Beauty and the Beast. This black-tie event features entertainment, dining, dancing, silent and live auctions, to raise funds for the operations of our four local Ronald McDonald Houses.

Tickets and Sponsorships: $1000/couple, Tables of Ten $4000-$25,000

Contact Info: (813) 258-6430, ext. 3



St. Joseph’s Hospitals Foundation 

The Foundation secures, manages and stewards philanthropic support to benefit the healthcare mission of St. Joseph’s Hospital, St. Joseph’s Women’s Hospital, St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital, St. Joseph’s Hospital-North and St. Joseph’s Hospital-South. St. Joseph’s Hospitals have an 85-year history of medical excellence and compassionate care for families in Tampa Bay during some of life’s most important moments.

Fundraising Event: 2021 Heros Ball

Date: Saturday, September 11, 2021

Location: JW Marriott Water Street

The 2021 Heroes Ball, an annual black tie event to benefit St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital, is chaired by Howard and Deanna Bayless and will recognize Community Hero the Thaddeus Bullard, aka WWE Superstar Titus O’Neil. This year’s elegant evening featuring dinner, entertainment and auction will raise support for our Cancer Institute.

Tickets: individual reservations start at $500, sponsorships available

Contact Info: St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital Foundation

(813) 872-0979

gro.eracyab@noitadnuofhjs or www.give2stjoeskids.org or gro.eracyab@naiw.aniroc

Special Events Officer: Corina Wian


Straz Center for the Performing Arts 

One of the largest performing arts complexes in the country, the Straz Center boasts one of the nation’s leading Broadway series and is nationally respected for producing grand opera, as well as presenting a wide variety of concerts, performances and events. The Straz is also home to the Patel Conservatory which annually serves nearly 65,000 students with a variety of educational activities and classes.

Fundraising Event: Broadway Ball 2021

Date: October 23, 6 p.m.

Location: David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts

The Straz Center’s most significant annual fundraiser, hosted by the Board of Trustees, returns to an onsite event, and features delectable cocktails, a gourmet dinner on Morsani stage, an enticing auction and show-stopping entertainment, followed by desserts and dancing.

Tickets: $650

Contact Info: (813) 222-1037 | Strazcenter.org


Tampa Bay History Center 

The History Center focuses on 12,000 years of Florida’s history. The Center’s hands-on exhibit galleries, educational programs and community events offer a fun, entertaining and educational experience for visitors and locals of all ages.  The Center is also home to one of the most comprehensive collections of Florida cartography in the world, with holdings spanning five centuries.

Fundraising event: Tampa Bay History Center Annual Gala

Date: Friday, November 12, 2021

Time: 7 – 11pm

Location: Tampa Bay History Center, 801 Water St., Tampa, FL, 33602

Tickets: $250 per person

A black-tie affair, the History Center Gala is hosted in an open cocktail party format and includes a lavish spread from the Columbia Cafe, open bars and live entertainment – all with stunning views of the Tampa Riverwalk and Cotanchobee Park; funds raised support the preservation of our region’s rich cultural heritage and the History Center’s education programs.

Contact Info: Lisa-Perry Richardson

(813) 675-8991 | TampaBayHistoryCenter.org


Tampa Museum of Art 

The Tampa Museum of Art provides innovative programs with a focus on ancient, modern and contemporary art. The region’s largest institution devoted to the art of our time, the museum is dedicated to providing quality education to students and adults, with many programs offered free of charge.

Fundraising Event: CITY: Fashion + Art + Culture

Date: Saturday, September 25, 2021

8PM – 11PM

Location: Tampa Museum of Art

Contact Info: Email or call Bernadette Casey, Special Events Manager at gro.muesumapmat@yesac.ettedanreb or (813) 421-8368



Westchase Charitable Foundation 

The Westchase Charitable Foundation gives financial assistance to Tampa Bay families going through a devastating tragedy or that have children or parents battling a serious illness.

Fundraising Event: Tampa Bay Woman of the Year

Date: March 2022

Location: TBD

Featuring live and silent auctions, food from the area’s best restaurants and the crowning of the Tampa Bay Woman of the Year, this event has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to help children and families in need around the Bay area.

Contact Info: Trey Corish

(813) 855-0343



Wheelchairs 4 Kids 

Wheelchairs 4 Kids provides well-fitted and well-equipped wheelchairs to disabled children and assists with ramps, wheelchair lifts and other home modifications to help them live their lives to the fullest.

Fundraising Event: 11th Annual Wheely Good Time

Date: November 13, 2021

Location: Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater

Enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, music, and family testimonials alongside the ongoing silent and live auctions.

Tickets: $80, sponsorships available

Contact Info: Wheelchairs 4 Kids

(727) 946-0963




ZooTampa at Lowry Park, voted one of the country’s most family friendly zoos, offers guests unforgettable up-close adventures with endangered and unique animals from Florida and around the globe. ZooTampa provides natural connections inspiring guests to join their mission to preserve and protect wildlife.

Fundraising Event: Karamu XXXIII

Date: September 10, 2021

Location: ZooTampa at Lowry Park

This annual event moved to September for one year only and will feature an 80s theme and casual vibe with all proceeds benefiting conservation programs at ZooTampa and around the world.

Tickets: Table for $7500

Contact Info: gro.apmatooz@stfig

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