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

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On Saturday, October 18, more than 330 guests gathered at the Straz Center for the 2014 Broadway Ball. Guests enjoyed a spectacular night of Motown music in the Straz Center's Carol Morsani Hall, which was decked out in sequins and glitter to represent the soul and glamour of the Motown era.

The evening raised a record $400,000 in net revenue for arts education and artistic programming at the Straz Center.

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The Straz Center would like to thank the Broadway Ball 2014 sponsors:

  • Presenting Sponsor: Don & Erika Wallace Family Foundation
  • Elite Sponsor: Patsy and Gene McNichols and McNichols Co.
  • Marquee Sponsors: The Bank of Tampa, Florida Health Care News/Dr. Barry Levine & Gina d'Angelo, Penny and Jeff Vinik, Rita and Todd Wickner
  • Red Carpet Sponsors: Carlton Fields Jorden Burt, Couch Family Foundation, Florida Blue, MacKinnon Family Foundation, Raymond James, TomCat
  • Encore Sponsors: Toni Everett, Ferman Family/Karen and Mike Urette, Gries Investment Funds/LV Thompson, Inc., Karen and Steven Mezer, MillerCoors, Regions Bank, Hinks and Elaine Shimberg Family, Ruth and Martin Silbiger, Sharon and Bernie Stein, Ambassador and Mrs. David A. Straz, Jr., Susan and John Sykes, Sykes Enterprises, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tampa Bay Lightning, Tampa Bay Rays, TECO Energy,  Wells Fargo
  • Underwriters: Ernst and Young, Greenberg Traurig, P.A.

Best of Tampa Bay

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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

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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