Oldsmar, FL, November 1, 2019 – You’ll feel like “the big cheese” at this year’s Oldsmar Cares Gala as we celebrate our 10th anniversary 1920s style. Join Oldsmar Cares for the 10th Annual Wine & Food Gala on Thursday, February 20, 2020, from 6 to 9:30 pm at the Nielsen Ballroom (1 Nielsen Way, Oldsmar). This year’s theme is “Puttin' on the Ritz" and will feature plenty of 1920s themed entertainment; flappers, fedoras and pearls on strings. The event will also include the Bee’s Knees Live and Silent Auction, 50/50 raffle, door prizes, photo booth, best dressed contest and delectable dishes from ten (10) area restaurants as well as all the beer and wine we can pour!

The Oldsmar Cares annual Gala is always a sold out event and this year’s gala buzz has already translated into strong ticket sales, with proceeds, benefiting the local community.

Best-selling author and public speaking expert Topher Morrison will preside over the Gala this year as the Master of Ceremonies. His extensive speaking schedule, spanning over the past 25 years, has taken him throughout the US, UK, Australia, and Singapore and has earned him a global reputation as a mass-communications influencer. Topher has spoken for top executives with American Express, Microsoft & Google, just to name a few. 

Gala Gal, Jenelle Taylor, will again present an exciting live auction with items including a 7-day Holland America Cruise to the Caribbean, 7-night Vidanta Resort vacation at your choice of five locations, Gold & Diamond Source prize package including a $1000 gift certificate, golf foursomes at Tampa Bay’s best golf courses, Wall of Wine and much more.

The area’s best restaurants will be providing scrumptious cuisine and delicious desserts including Amici’s Catered Cuisine, Casa Cosenza, Chantilly Cakes,

Cracker Barrel, Cuban Foodies, Hot Tuna Sushi Bar & Grill and Mother’s Restaurant. Attendees not only drink and dine on the best local gastronomy, they also serve as judges for the coveted annual “Best Of” awards. Last year Amici’s Catered Cuisine won “Best Presentation” and Casa Cosenza won “Best Taste” and “Best Overall.”

Ed’s Fine Wines will also be sponsoring again this year with an extensive wine bar of select vintages to delight your taste buds from big, bright and bold to crisp, creamy and complex. Entertainment will be provided by the smooth jazz stylings of Standard Edition and Barrett School of Music.

Annual attendees rave about the superior auction items, beautiful themed decor, and excellent cuisine and of course, the superb wine, beers and hand-crafted cocktails. “Gala guests are sure to rave about what we have in store for them this year. This group of volunteers puts in their hearts and souls to make the Gala the 'must attend' event of the year. We are looking forward to taking attendees to a new levels with an authentic 1920s experience,” said Pamela Yerkes, owner of Ignite Your Occasion and Gala co-chair.

This year’s Oldsmar Cares Gala sponsors include: City of Oldsmar, MicroLumen, Tampa Bay Downs, Russell and Ruth Anderson Charitable Foundation, Inc., Nielsen, Ignite Your Occasion, The McKnight Family, Linda Norris, John T. Taylor, Eve's Florist, Brenda & Kenny Gaulin, Joan & David Wallace, Point and Pay, Rotary Club of Oldsmar/East Lake, RSM US LLP, StellarNet, M.E. Wilson, Panasonic, Schmalz Insurance, Synovus, Accent Tampa Bay Magazine, Laurel Oaks Nursery & Tree Farm, MIDFLORIDA, MRI Associates, Panasonic, Phoenix Marketing International, Robin Reiss Photography, Sam & Sue Brandon, Southern Chairs and Upper Tampa Bay Chamber.

Sponsorship packages are available and are a fantastic way to show the love for the Oldsmar community and gain some always appreciated visibility. Your sponsorship will include premium seating, wine at every table, inclusion in pre-event promotions, website backlink for the entire year and during event recognition. Visit www.oldsmarcares.org/gala to become a “Puttin’ on the Ritz” gala sponsor.

General admission tickets are $75 per person in advance. For tickets or more info, visit www.oldsmarcares.org/gala.

The gala is always sold-out, so don’t delay, purchase your sponsorship or tickets today!

About Oldsmar Cares: Oldsmar Cares is a 501(c)(3) all-volunteer led organization providing stop-gap financial assistance, food and clothing – all at no cost – to those in need in the greater Oldsmar area. The Oldsmar Cares Wine & Food Gala is the organizations largest fundraising event, raising over $100,000 per year to provide the funding foundation for the organizations sixteen programs including food pantry, Joan & David Wallace Education Grants, Weekend Food for Kids, OldsmarWorks, Patchwork Assistance Fund and Holiday Food Programs.

Oldsmar Cares has received numerous recognitions including:

  • Board Member David Wallace receives Tampa Bay Lightning Community Hero Grant in the amount of $50,000.
  • Fox13 Hometown Hero coverage of Oldsmar Cares
  • WEDU Be More Awards Finalist
  • Tampa Bay Business Journal Nonprofit of the Year Finalist

Press Release


Brenda Gaulin
Oldsmar Cares Vice Chairperson