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Diamonds & Denim tickets go on sale Thursday

PLANT CITY Tickets go on sale Thursday for the 17th annual Diamonds & Denim fundraiser.

The gala, sponsored by the South Florida Baptist Hospital Foundation, will be from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Sept. 26. The venue will be the Florida Strawberry Festival expo hall.

Tickets are $50 per person with advance reservations required.

Since its inception in 1997, Diamonds & Denim has raised more than $900,000 for the hospital.

Guests enjoy live music, dancing, a catered dinner with serving stations and more, foundation Executive Director Jana Butler said.

There will also be a drawing for a diamond ring, 50/50 drawing and silent auction.

There are two new features this year, including a live auction and a drawing for special seating and a meal prepared at tableside, Butler said.

Tickets for the drawing for the specially-prepared meal will be $10 each. All the guests sitting at the table with the winning ticket holder will also enjoy the separate seating and meal, she said.

A committee of community volunteers plans and coordinates the event. Kim McElveen and Rebecca Trinkle Rothman are the co-chairs.

For information, contact the foundation at (813) 757-8478.

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