TAMPA, Fla. – Some of the Tampa Bay area’s most notable community leaders and sports legends will be honored at the third annual University Area Community Development Corporation Awards Gala on Friday, Sept. 12 from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. at the University Area Community Center, located at 14013 N. 22nd Street.
Following this year’s theme, Leaders and Legends, both legendary sports figures and prominent local leaders will be recognized for demonstrating exceptional commitment to the betterment of the community.
“This year’s gala really puts a spotlight on so many extraordinary individuals and the significant impact they have had on this community, and each in their own way,” said UACDC Executive Director and CEO, Dan Jurman. “We are thrilled to honor so many fascinating people and are truly thankful for the difference they have made in our lives.”
Confirmed Leaders and Legends include: NFL guard Ian Beckles, U.S. Representative Kathy Castor, Tampa Bay Rowdies Club Captain Mike Connell, Continental Basketball Association player DeCarlo Deveaux, NFL linebacker Mason Foster, Vice President of Moffitt Diversity, Public Relations and Strategic Communications Dr. B. Lee Green, NFL professional placekicker Martín Gramática, MLB designated hitter and first baseman Reggie Jefferson, MLB outfielder Ozzie Timmons, NBA player George Tinsley, Sr. and community activist and Founder of the Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival Dr. Samuel Lamar Wright, Sr.
The evening also includes dinner, entertainment, a cash bar, dancing and an extensive silent auction including an autographed Magic Johnson jersey, a Tampa Bay Lightning Hockey Stick signed by Steven Stamkos, round-trip airline tickets, hotel getaway packages, box seats for upcoming sporting events, electronics, fine-dining restaurant baskets and much more.
Proceeds from the annual event are given back to the community through services designed to assist and benefit University Area children, families and residents.
Tickets for the 2014 UACDC Awards Gala are $50 per person or $95 per couple and are available for purchase in advance at www.uacdc.org. For information on sponsorship opportunities or corporate tables, please contact Ronnie Oliver by phone at 813.558.5212 or by email at email@example.com.
About the UACDC
The University Area Community Development Corporation, Inc. (UACDC) is a 501(c)(3) public/private partnership whose mission is children and family development, crime prevention and commerce growth. Its primary focus is the redevelopment and sustainability of the at-risk areas surrounding the Tampa campus of the University of South Florida. The UACDC was named Nonprofit of the Year for Public and Societal Benefit by the Tampa Bay Business Journal in 2011 and 2012. It is headquartered in the University Area Community Center Complex, owned by Hillsborough County and operated by the UACDC, which is located at 14013 North 22nd Street in Tampa. For more information about UACDC, please visit www.uacdc.org, or call Dan Jurman at 813-558-5212, ext. 208.