“An Evening at the Derby” – 2023 Sacred Heart Gala

Sacred Heart is excited to announce the return of our annual fundraising gala on Friday, April 14, 2023, as we cruise along Tampa Bay on the Yacht StarShip. This tent-pole event for our parish will be raising funds through live and silent auction, with proceeds going to the renovation of the North Campus kitchen. Contests, dinner, and dancing will be themed to “An Evening at the Derby,” so get your fascinators and seersucker suits ready!

Tickets are on sale now, with early bird pricing and group packages available!

 We can’t wait to see you there!

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Coming Soon: Sign Up For and Explore Our Silent Auction!
Our Gala will have both a live and silent auction again this year, with a sneak peek at our auction items coming in February.

Even if you can’t attend our Gala, you will still have the chance to bid!  All proceeds go to benefit the renovation of the North Campus kitchen. Thank you for your support!


Interested in Becoming a Sponsor?
We’re looking for businesses and organizations to support our renovation of the North Campus kitchen by sponsoring our Gala. You can support our parish while at the same time receive community recognition through various opportunities (digital marketing, bulletin, social media, event signage and more). Contact Angela Erb for details.

How much do the tickets cost?

Tickets are priced as follows:
– January 20 – February 20: $100/each
– February 21 – April 2: $125/each
– April 3 – April 14 (if available): $150/each

“First Out The Gate” Bundle:
– January 20 – February 13: Four (4) tickets for $350

Get your tickets early and save!
Processing fees apply

What does my ticket include?

Each ticket includes a 3-hour cruise on the Yacht StarShip, passed hors d’oeuvres, food stations, drink tickets, and dancing.

Do I need to print out my ticket?

No. Simply download the Eventbrite app (Apple | Google Play) to your smartphone and show your phone to one of our volunteers before boarding the Yacht StarShip.

Can I purchase tickets at the door?

Yes. If tickets are still available, they can be purchased until we sail.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

There are no scheduled events at Amalie Arena on the night of our event. Parking is available in the Garrison Street Parking Lot at a fee of $2/hour. Parking will also be available at the Tampa Port Authority Parking Garage 369 South 12th Street, Tampa, Florida, 33602. Please note that prices are subject to change.

What should I wear?

Wear your dancing shoes and cocktail attire with a derby twist!

What is the refund policy?

There are no refunds, but tickets are transferrable.

How do I bid on the silent auction items?

Our silent auction will be online, with bidding beginning in February.

How can I help with planning and sponsorship?

You are encouraged to join our Parish Event Committee at their meeting on Sunday, January 22, at 11:45 a.m. in the North Campus Auditorium. The committee is looking for volunteers who can assist with sponsorship and the silent auction. For more information, please contact Angela Erb.