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Rock The Bridge Gala
The inaugural Rock the Bridge gala held on the iconic Main Street Bridge in downtown Jacksonville on Saturday, April 20, 2013 raised $140,000 to benefit the historic Florida Theatre. The platinum presenting sponsor was Haskell, and the gold sponsors were BB&T, Irene & Gasper Lazzara, and J. Wayne & Delores Barr Weaver. More than 240 guests enjoyed a memorable evening including a fabulous outdoor cocktail reception and elegant dinner on an active drawbridge, followed by a performance by The O’Jays at the Florida Theatre.
Many of the city’s philanthropic leaders lined up behind the event, and the result was a hugely successful celebration for one Jacksonville’s premiere arts and entertainment organizations. Says Director of Development Angela Gieras, who relentlessly shepherded the event forward over an almost two year period, “For our inaugural gala event, it had to be a memorable and one of a kind experience, because people rally around big ideas.”