Tampa, FL – The Children’s Board Heart Gallery of Tampa Bay will host its 2nd annual “Be Mine, A Night in Foreverland” to benefit foster children in need of forever families. The event will be held Thursday, February 6th from 6:30 – 9:30 at the David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Tampa. Tickets are $100 and are now available at www.heartgallerytampabay.org.
“Be Mine, A Night in Foreverland” will celebrate the joy of families found and the hope of those yet to come. Guests will hear moving personal testimonies from adoptive parents and children still waiting to find their forever families. This enchanting evening plays on themes from Peter Pan and will bring to life characters intrinsically rooted in childhood memories and fantasies. The event features a unique, love-inspired auction just in time for Valentine’s Day featuring fine art, exclusive VIP experiences and romantic getaways. Guests will enjoy festive and interactive activities, heavy hors d’oeuvres, open bar and complimentary valet parking.
Event co-chair Katina Markowski adopted a Heart Gallery child in September and wants to make the event a bigger success than its sold-out inaugural year. “Adoption is a great gift and a second chance. “Be Mine” is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the love of families in a way that will stay in your heart long after it is over!”
The mission of the Children’s Board Heart Gallery of Tampa Bay is to raise awareness of Tampa’s waiting foster children, engage the community in their welfare and secure permanent, loving adoptive families. By touring a variety of exhibits and interactive displays, the gallery recruits adoptive families for Tampa’s harder-to-place foster children such as teens, sibling groups, minorities and children with special developmental or physical needs. Through these efforts the Heart Gallery of Tampa has placed over 350 children with adoptive families. Children featured in the Heart Gallery are three times more likely to be adopted.