Gala 2015: A Great Time and a Success


On Saturday, March 7th supporters of the Firehouse enjoyed an enchanting elegant evening “Under the Stars, Beside the Little Manatee River, Among the Azaleas.” Hosted by Ross and Vicki Elsberry, the Firehouse Cultural Center Gala 2015 celebrated  its achievements and its substantial growth in a few short years. As guests arrived they were greeted by the silk acrobatics of the Aerial Dragons  serving sparkling wine. Before a moonlit dinner, guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres while strolling the grounds viewing a beautiful sunset, bidding on silent auction items and listening to the jazz finesse of the Tony Castellano  Trio.   At dinner, Board President, W. Tom Grimm welcomed guests, Gala Honorary Chair and advocate for South Hillsborough County, Commissioner Sandra Murman . Commissioner Murman spoke about the Cultural Center and its role in the exciting changes taking place in South County stating “We’re on Fire!” Executive Director, Georgia Vahue, thanked Gala Hosts and Sponsors: Vicki & Ross Elsberry; The Dickman Families; The Mosaic Company; BMO Harris Bank; the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay, South Shore Council. The evening culminated with illuminating Sky Lanterns floating skyward across the Little Manatee River. Funds raised go to support the Cultural Center’s  quality programs  in arts and education for all ages. Thank You to Scattered Pics Photography for the amazing photos!