Everything you need to know about this year’s Gala!

Tampa Bay History Center on Water Street at sunset.
Tampa Bay History Center on Water Street at sunset.

Bring out your boots and bolos and mark your calendar for a spectacular evening at the Tampa Bay History Center’s Annual Gala on November 8, 2024, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Duncan and Jessica Belser have taken the helm as Chairs of this year’s Gala, which will celebrate our region’s maritime and agricultural heritage through the theme “Ships and Saddles.”

Duncan and Jessica Belser
Duncan and Jessica Belser

With no speeches, program or auctions, the Gala offers guests and sponsors a full evening of engagement, catching up with friends, exhibits, live music, open bars, terrace views of Tampa’s Riverwalk and lavish food buffets from Tampa’s famed Columbia Cafe.

Attire is Black Tie, with the option to don Boots and Bolos, reflecting the evening’s theme. Ticket options include Patron ($500), Individual ($300), and Visionary ($150 for those under 40), each with varying levels of recognition and charitable donation components. Additionally, sponsorship opportunities range from Lead Sponsor ($25,000) to Silver Sponsor ($2,500), offering exclusive benefits and recognition.

For those unable to attend but wishing to contribute, making a donation is a great way to support the Gala and our Chairs, with 100% of your gift being charitable. Proceeds from the Gala support the History Center’s student and education programs, many of which are offered free to the community thanks to donor support.

This gala is not just an event; it’s a chance to make a lasting impact on our community’s understanding and appreciation of its history. Join us for an unforgettable night that promises to be both meaningful and magical.


Join us and make an impact.

The following opportunities offer exclusive exposure and meaningful community engagement.

  • Exclusive to one sponsor.
  • Logo recognition as Lead Sponsor on the inside of the gala invitation.
  • Premiere logo recognition on event electronic sign.
  • Twenty tickets to the event.
  • Lead sponsor recognition in event communications, press releases, e-blasts, and mailings.
  • Logo recognition in a post-event article in the History Center newsletter.

Email [email protected] for more information.

*Publishing deadlines for recognition apply in all categories.

  • Name recognition inside the gala invitation.
  • Logo recognition on event electronic sign.
  • Ten tickets to the event.
  • Logo recognition in a post-event article in the History Center newsletter.

SPONSOR NOW

  • Name recognition inside the gala invitation.
  • Name recognition on event electronic sign.
  • Ten tickets to the event.
  • Name recognition in a post-event article in the History Center newsletter.

SPONSOR NOW

  • Name recognition on event electronic sign.
  • Six tickets to the event.
  • Name recognition in post-event article in the History Center newsletter.

SPONSOR NOW

The Tampa Bay History Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.