Foundation Events

Foundation Events

Special events offer an opportunity to support the Foundation by participating in unique and enjoyable fundraisers.  Each of the Foundation events is held annually.  A volunteer event committee plans many of the fundraisers.  For more information, call the Foundation office at 813-757-8478. If you would like to make a secure online donation please click the button below.


Diamonds & Denim Gala
Put on your dressy denim and join guests at the popular Diamonds & Denim Gala, held the fourth Thursday evening in September at the Strawberry Festival Expo Hall.  Each year more than 500 people attend this benefit for South Florida Baptist Hospital. Since its inception in 1997, Diamonds & Denim has raised more than $1,000,000 for the hospital. Guests enjoy live music, dancing, open seating and a catered dinner with six food stations.  There is also a chance to win a diamond ring donated by area jewelers and to participate in a 50/50 raffle, live and silent auction.  Tickets are $60 per person with advance reservations required. Donations for the silent auction are welcomed.  A committee of community volunteers plans and coordinates this premier event.

Lights of Love
The annual tree lighting ceremony at downtown McCall Park in Plant City marks the start of the holiday season.  A 30+ foot live tree is adorned with lights "purchased" by individuals, families and businesses in honor or memory of friends and loved ones.  Proceeds benefit the ICU project of South Florida Baptist Hospital.  The Foundation and the City of Plant City co-sponsor this traditional family event that is open to the community and free of charge. (No tickets are required). Enjoy holiday music by local choirs and photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus.  Lights begin at $25 each and must be purchased in advance to be listed in the printed program.  The event is usually held the first Thursday evening in December, depending on the date of the annual Plant City Christmas Parade.

Be a Sponsor
Sponsorship of Foundation events such as Diamond & Denim, ROMP in the SWAMP, Lights of Love and Strawberry Sundae offer individuals and businesses the opportunity to participate at a higher level.  Sponsors receive the satisfaction of knowing their contribution supports important hospital programs and the benefit of public recognition for their generosity.  Sponsors receive event tickets (when needed) and are listed in the printed event program. For more information on sponsorships, please call The Foundation office at South Florida Baptist Hospital at 813-757-8478.

South Florida Baptist Hospital Foundation provides philanthropic support to South Florida Baptist Hospital. The foundation is a qualified charitable organization under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code, FEID#65-0598653 and is registered with the State of Florida, #SC-06069.