Since ticket sales alone do not cover the cost of operating a not-for-profit facility like the Straz Center, it is through generous contributions and fundraising events that we continue to succeed in making the best of the performing arts available to the entire community.

The Straz Center hosts multiple significant fund raising events every year. For more information or to place your name on the events mailing list, please contact the Special Events Department at 813.222.1275 or

Broadway Ball


Broadway Ball 2015
When: October 17, 2015
Where: Carol Morsani Hall
Time: 6pm

Kick off the fabulous new season in style — join us for the Straz Center’s spectacular fall fundraiser hosted by the Board of Trustees. This black-tie event features live and silent auctions, a gourmet dinner on Morsani Hall stage and show-stopping entertainment. The evening culminates in the lobby with desserts and dancing at the hip and fresh Broadway Ball After Dark. MORE INFO

Best of Tampa Bay

Photo of people enjoying Best of Tampa Bay at night

This year we celebrate the 30th anniversary of “Tampa’s Best Party.” This all-you-can-eat food and drink extravaganza boasts more than 40 of Tampa Bay’s finest restaurant and caterers, full open bars with specialty wine tasting, local craft microbrews and four stages of live music for one all-inclusive price! Since its inception, Best of Tampa Bay, the Straz Center’s signature fundraising event, has generated more than $2 million for arts education programs.

To view photos from the event, please visit

Opera Gala

Photo of patrons enjoying the Opera Gala

Save the Date: March 5, 2016

Join fellow opera lovers for the highlight event of the Florida Opera Festival’s season, the Opera Tampa Gala.

This black-tie affair begins with an on-set cocktail reception followed by an elegant dinner with Maestro Daniel Lipton in the Ruth Silbiger Lobby of Carol Morsani Hall.  An exciting live auction followed by live music and the presentation of the Coppola award cap off an unforgettable evening.

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