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TGH Foundation's 21st Annual Gala

The 21st Annual Gala was held Saturday, May 12, 2018 at the Tampa Marriott Waterside

Gala Committee Chairs

Dr. Tom Bernasek & Tammy King and Joe & Laura Williams

Honorary Chairs

Gene & Patsy McNichols

TGH Foundation’s 21st Annual Gala

The Tampa General Hospital Foundation’s 21st Annual Gala, “Alice in Wonderland: Mad About TGH!”, was held on May 12, 2018 at the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina. Guests at the exclusive Patrons’ Party were escorted through beautiful gates, which opened to an English garden, where Alice was seen chasing the White Rabbit and gala co-chairs Dr. Tom Bernasek & Tammy King and Joe & Laura Williams were on hand to greet guests.  While sipping on the Cheshire Cocktail, guests enjoyed music by TGH employee Natasha Cash, played “Guess the Keys” for a prize, and had their commemorative photos taken.

At 7:00 pm sharp, guests ventured through rabbit holes into our very own Wonderland.  The room was filled with red, black, and white, and vibrant flowers and top hats adorned each centerpiece.  With the tables set, guests were surrounded by a larger than life stage, a black and white checkered dancefloor, and greeted by characters from the beloved tale and movie – who were all towering over little Alice!

Throughout the night, guests had the opportunity to give back by purchasing “Healthy Hares” that will be donated to the children in the Children’s Medical Center and Health Park Clinic. They also enjoyed a Wine Pull and Queen of Diamonds and More jewelry game.  WFLA TV news anchor Josh Benson served as the emcee and introduced Foundation Board Chairman, Drew Graham, who was accompanied by gala co-chairs Dr. Tom Bernasek & Tammy King and Joe & Laura Williams, and honorary chairs Gene & Patsy McNichols. 

Charity auctioneer Rick Gallo led the live auction and had paddles in the air with packages ranging from trips to Green Turtle Cay, Bahamas and Anna Maria Island, to VIP Shania Twain Concert package and a dinner for six with New York Times Best-Selling author Michael Connelly, which sold for $15,500!  Our guests proved to be bonkers after the grateful patient testimonial video, featuring Kym and Riley Baylosis, tugged at their heartstrings, raising over $96,000 for the TGH Children’s Medical Center!

TGH’s CEO John Couris and Skanska’s Michael Brown pulled the winning ticket and announced the winner of this year’s $10,000 chance drawing, Dr. Patti Emmanuel. Music by the Bay Kings Band kept the dancefloor bustling before and after the seated program.  The lively band, as well as the amazing dessert provided by Norman Love Confections, welcomed our 6th Annual After-Party guests, who arrived at 9:30 pm.  The Tampa Bay Ray’s DJ Kitty danced along with guests and posed for photos. The After Party was chaired by Nick Buchanan, Mary Katherine & Ray Charles, and Mary Erwin.

This year’s gala, under the guidance of Dr. Tom Bernasek & Tammy King and Joe & Laura Williams and honorary chairs Gene and Patsy McNichols, raised a record-breaking $915,000 in net proceeds for Tampa General Hospital’s Children’s Medical Center and the Tampa General Hospital Foundation’s Fund for the Future.