.7:00 pm: Cocktail Reception & Silent Auction
7:45 pm: Dinner & Celebrity Presentation
9:15 pm: Dancing
2019 Event Preview
On Saturday, November 2nd, 2019, Help Us Gather requests the pleasure of your presence at the second annual Celebrity Event. This glamorous black-tie gala is held at the Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach hotel in sunny Clearwater, Florida. Guests are treated to a high-end silent auction, a delicious catered dinner, an entertaining and engaging presentation, drinks and dancing.
All proceeds from this elegant evening will go directly to support the mission of Help Us Gather or HUG, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded by local resident Robin Lally. HUG advocates for inclusion and connects individuals with disabilities to social events and activities. HUG’s Celebrity Event is the charity’s only large-scale fundraiser of the year. Your support at this event allows HUG to engage with thousands of people in person and tens of thousands online, enriching the lives of people with special needs and improving our local community.
HUG’s Celebrity Event is a chance for supporters to see how the nonprofit is impacting local lives and creating important social change throughout the year. This year’s HUG Celebrities are also featured at this one-of-a-kind affair. You will get to meet 2019’s Inspirational, Charitable, Powerful and Fearless titleholders, seeing firsthand how these individuals with disabilities are improving the world around them. Attendees learn about the HUG Celebrities’ backgrounds, see their 2019 celebrity appearances in the community and get the chance to personally interact with these motivating and dynamic adults.
Your support of this event is a vital step towards social inclusion of people with special needs. As our dear friend Rachel Barcellona, Miss Manatee River 2019, said: “Acceptance is being asked to participate. Inclusion means valuing you and why you are there.”
Thank you for supporting Help Us Gather and for valuing the people with special needs in our community. Together, we can continue improving the lives of families in Tampa Bay and beyond.