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May 18, 2018  RSS feed

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Say no to the dress up but yes to wine, jewelry, Utah or a really suite deal

For a non-event, it could prove to be pretty eventful for those who participate by not showing up.

For sports enthusiasts, the no-shows could wind up with Tampa Bay Buccaneers club seats and pre-game field access and an autographed football, or luxury suite tickets to a Tampa Bay Lightning game or an autographed Lightning jersey. For Tampa Bay Rays fans, this is a chance for a Blake Snell autographed baseball or a Wilson Ramos autographed bat.

Not into sports? Then how about tickets to Bern’s Wine Fest, or a week-long stay at a private residence in Utah, or tickets to a variety of local tourist attractions?

All those items and many more will be up for grabs through an online auction from June 1-11 at the No Show Black Tie Gala. This fundraising non-event is being put on by the Tampa JCCs and Federation and will feature an extensive list of items for bid.

The idea behind holding a black-tie event that folks are cordially invited not to attend is to save them the trouble of preparing for yet another big social event and instead to make a donation of the money they would have forked over for tickets, dresses, tuxedos, dry cleaning, babysitters, etc.

The advantage for the event organizers is that the money they would normally spend on a fancy dinner and decorations or entertainment is saved and 100 percent of donations will directly benefit the members and guests that visit the Tampa JCCs. It also means that gala participants are able to enjoy a night off with family and friends while feeling good about supporting their local JCCs.

How does this work? It’s simple. Visit noshowgala and make a donation of your choosing. That same website provides access to the auction, which features loads of items to bid on in addition to the, sports, wine fest, Utah getaway or tourist attractions.

No-shows can bid on fine jewelry, teeth whitening, cosmetic procedures, dance lessons, interior design services, a staycation, a one-day yacht excursion, a party bus trip or private tutoring for SAT/ACT tests, among other items, and there is a wide array of gift cards people can bid on.

Those interested in donating an auction item or sponsoring the gala should contact Michelle Gallagher at (813) 739-1687 or

Who does the Bryan Glazer Family JCC and JCC on the Cohn Campus serve?

• They serve over 5,500 members that have access to health and wellness classes, state-of-the-art fitness centers, the Mezrah Family Aquatic Center and more.

• The JCC on the Cohn Campus and Congregation Rodeph Sholom house the JCC Preschools – schools that serve children of all faiths and are respected for quality early childhood education.

•The Glazer JCC is also home to the Florida-Israel Business Accelerator (FIBA), a Florida-based technology accelerator that is designed to establish and grow successful, high-growth Israeli ventures in the Tampa Bay Area.

• Both JCCs offer arts and cultural programs and experiences, including the Tampa Bay Jewish Film Festival and the Festival of Jewish Books and Conversations.

• The Glazer JCC is home to the Roberta M. Golding Visual Arts Center and offers a wide range of classes including ceramic sculpture, pottery, oil painting, watercolor, drawing, digital, mixed media, small scale metal sculpture, jewelry, glass fusion, stained glass, fiber arts and printmaking.

• The JCCs offer social and fitness programs and lively events.

• They provide #Gather experiences - a mix of social, interactive and hands-on activities designed to help young adults of all faiths and backgrounds in their 20s, 30s and 40s connect with friends, meet new people and have meaningful experiences.

• Each center hosts events for PJ Library – a program that sends books and music about Jewish traditions, values or holidays to families with children ages 6 months through 8 years.

• The Glazer JCC provides enrichment classes for children of all ages.

The JCCs also offer Camp J – a summer camp program for children.

• The Glazer JCC has event space to host community and corporate gatherings, events and celebrations of all kinds.

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