Be prepared to be transported around the world to Italy for the 12th Annual Art of Helping Children Gala, benefiting Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay, Saturday, October 2, 2010. The Italian-inspired theme is based on the annual Carnevale in Venice, a celebration that inlcuded people from all walks of life. Called 'the party with a purpose', guests enjoyed wearing masquarade masks, which provided anonymity and equality. The Art of Helping Children Gala is also a party with a purpose--a chance to reach more at-risk children in our community.
The theme this year will also focus on the muscial arts; several young musicians will be featured throught the program, including 12-year-old voacalist Destiny Torres and the PRIDE Show Choir and Chamber Orchestra from King High School. The four-course meal will be followed by a live auction, with WFLA/News Channel 8's Alicia Roberts (former Big Sister!) as emcee. Bidders will have plenty of unique vacation experiences to choose from, including a mountain retreat trip to Asheville, North Carolina to an exclusive tour of several wineries in Napa Valley, California. Artwork, exciting sports packages and jewerly will also be up for bid in the silent auction. The event will end with dancing and music from the popular area band, Pocket Change.
Right now, there are more than 600 children waiting to be matched with a caring mentor. And every dollar raised at the Art of Helping Children Gala will mean more children who want--and need--a Big Brother or Big Sister will have one.
What: 12th Annual Art of Helping Children Gala
When: Saturday, October 2, 2010
Where: A La Carte EVent Pavilion, 4500 Dana Shores Drive, Tampa
Time: 6pm Cocktails, and silent auction, program begins at 7:30pm
Tickets are $150 per person and can be purchased on-line at http://www.bbbsfl.org/ or by contacing Amy Neff, 813.769.3636 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay, Inc. provides mentors to at-risk children in Hillsborough, Pasco and Polk counties. Last year, more than 2,100 children were paired with a mentor. As a donor-supported volunteer agency, funding is used to complete background checks on volunteers to ensure child safety and provide ongoing support for children and families in our program. Statistics show children paired with a mentor are less likely to be involved in the juvenile justice system and more likely to graduate to th next grade level. Call 813.769.3600 or visit http://www.bbbsfl.org/ for more information.