NEW TAMPA – The ladies of the New Tampa Junior Women’s Club are combing their closets for cocktail attire and formulating their special evening-out coiffures in anticipation of the organization’s biggest fundraising event of the year.
The 17th annual Night of 5000 Charity Gala – which began with the club’s far surpassed goal of aiding 5,000 people in need – is happening April 12 at the University Area Community Center at 14013 N. 22nd St., Tampa.
From 7 to 10 p.m., guests will be treated to hors d’oeuvres, an array of silent and live auction items plus an evening of casino games and dancing. They will also be entertained with a special presentation by members of the Collective Soles Dance Company, an affiliate of the Jansen Dance Project.
Tickets are $65 per person and can be purchased by clicking here.
Proceeds benefit the organization’s multiple service projects throughout the greater Tampa community and beyond. The charities include the R.I.C.H. House, an after-school program for at-risk children in Sulphur Springs; The Spring, a shelter for victims of domestic violence; Joshua House, a home for abused, neglected and abandoned children; the University Area Community Center, which serves residents in the surrounding low-income neighborhood with a variety of educational and recreation activities; and OASIS, Outreach Assisting Students in School, which provides underprivileged children throughout the county with basic necessities.
Some of the funds raised also will go to Mort Elementary School and MOSI Partnership schools; Hillsborough Education Foundation; Feeding America Tampa Bay; Canines for Companions; My Hope Chest, an organization that finances reconstruction surgery for uninsured breast cancer survivors; Hacienda Girls Ranch, a shelter in Melbourne for homeless girls; as well as several other charities.
“We are really excited about this year’s event … it should be a lot of fun,” said Club President Candice Melton. “We are really grateful for the entire community supporting our club for the last 17 years and in turn, we enjoy helping organizations through the Tampa Bay area and beyond.”
First Vice President Margaret Andrade is also appreciative of the community’s generosity over the years. The club’s wellbeing, she added, depends on the loyalty of its donors.
“The success of this event actually sets the stage for how much we can give back over the next 12 months,” Andrade said.
Contact event chairwoman April Simons at [email protected] for more information.
Joyce McKenzie can be reached at [email protected]