TAMPA — Early November is typically one of the busiest times of the year for charity fundraisers.
The weather is cooler for dressing in finery for galas or being casual and browsing through outdoor food-tasting stations. Some events offer auction items that can be used for holiday gifts or for travel the next year.
These are just some of the choices in the next eight days.
◆ The Sustany Foundation, Tampa Bay’s facilitator of promoting sustainability on a local level, will have its sixth annual Sustainable Buzz event at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts Downtown Tampa on the Riverwalk.
Food vendors include Alessi Bakeries; Boca; Copperfish Seafood Grill and Oyster Bar, Fruitwood Standup Market and Pizza Fusion. It also will feature wine and craft beer from local brewers and beverage companies.
Tickets are $35 per person or $60 a couple in advance, $40 per person or $75 a couple at the door. For tickets, see www.sustany.org.
◆ Akilah Institute for Women, a school in Rwanda that was co-founded by Tampa native Elizabeth Davis-Hughes, will have its fourth annual Metropolitan Safari on Friday in the Safari Lodge of Lowry Park Zoo.
Two students from the school will speak at the 7 p.m. dinner, which also includes a cocktail hour, an auction and entertainment. Reba and Pete Cardillo are the event chairs.
Tickets are $150 each at www.akilahinstitute.org/events. For information, email [email protected]
◆ The Girl Scouts of West Central Florida will host Dessert First on Friday to benefit the nearly 21,000 girls and 10,000 adult members served by the council in west central Florida.
The 7 p.m. event, at InterContinental Tampa, 4860 W. Kennedy Blvd., will feature Girl Scout Cookie desserts prepared by eight top chefs. They will create one-of-a-kind desserts using Girl Scout Cookie favorites. Dessert First will also feature hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, and live and silent auctions. Auction items include a six-night Royal Caribbean cruise, a five-night stay at the Mainsail Beach Inn on Anna Maria Island, golfing packages and weekend getaways.
Tickets are $100 a person. For tickets, see www.dessertfirsttampa.com.
◆ Gulf Ridge Council of Boy Scouts of America will present a Taste of Ybor on Saturday at The Ritz Ybor, 1503 E. Seventh Ave.
The 7 p.m. event includes samplings from local restaurants and caterers, beer and wine, a cigar bar, dancing to a band and a live and silent auction with fishing trips, golf outings, holiday gift baskets, dinner gift certificates and other items.
Tom and Sung Lee Hochhausler of South Tampa are the chairs with proceeds benefiting the council’s programs.
Tickets are $75 each and tables are $600. For tickets, see www.gulfridgecouncil.org/auction.
◆ Derrick Brooks Charities will present the second Derrick Brooks Leadership Breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday at Mainsail Suites and Conference Center.
Former Florida State University football coach Bobby Bowden will speak about “Faith, Family and Football” at the event at 5108 Eisenhower Blvd. S.
Tickets are $55 each and a table for 10 is $500. For tickets, see www.db55.org.
◆ Kids Charity will sponsor Bash on the Blue, in conjunction with the Gary Nix Memorial Fishing Tournament from Nov. 14-15 at Tampa Harbour, 5200 W. Tyson Ave.
The bash party will be from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Nov. 15 and includes music, food, beverages, and a silent and live auction featuring such items as a week at a luxury mountain home in Snowmass/Aspen, Colo.; a stay at a Key West luxury suite at Florida Marina Clubs; and a box at the Tamp Bay Times Forum for the Jingle Ball Concert on Dec. 18 featuring Robin Thicke, Enrique Iglesias, Miley Cyrus, and others. Tickets are $50.
The fishing tournament, started by Paddy Moses in memory of her grandson, who died at age 16, will be from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 15. Registration starts at $300. For information, call (813) 843-1833 or email [email protected]