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 2016
When: Oct. 29, 2016
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 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 live music from 5 bands 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.

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Opera Tampa Gala

Photo of patrons enjoying the Opera Gala

Save the Date: March 25, 2017

This year’s Opera Tampa Gala celebrates Maestro Anton Coppola’s 100th birthday and pays homage to his illustrious career and his status as opera’s oldest working conductor and composer. This historic evening begins with the Centennial Celebration featuring Maestro Anton Coppola, a concert of his compositions and favorite works.
Afterwards, gala guests enjoy a post-concert gourmet dinner, live auction and the presentation of the Anton Coppola Excellence in the Arts Award. All opera lovers are invited to join us for our glittering, golden gala honoring his birthday. To learn more about the Gala, contact the Straz Center Special Events Office at 813.222.1275. All proceeds benefit Opera Tampa.

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