Summer is a time when charities can use a little TLC.  Otherwise occupied with countless activities, summer is a time when we focus on family and fun, forgetting the needs of those who for one reason or another are not able, or capable of sharing similar experiences.  Below is The BIG List of Local Charity Events in Tampa for Summer 2016.  Please look through the many opportunities we have this summer to give back and pay it forward as we celebrate fun and sun.

The tender loving care of human beings will never become obsolete. People even more than things have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed and redeemed and redeemed. Never throw out anybody. ~ Sam Levenson

The BIG List of Local Charity Events in Tampa for Summer 2016

June 28

#WeAreOrlando Charity Benefit at  Proof Cocktail Club  For $20 you get to sample the best Mixologist's in Tampa Bay and taste delicious dishes from favorite restaurants like Datz, The Mill Restaurant, The Station House and swah-rey Dessert Place. Entertainment  provided by 260's own DJ Spindiana Jones and the lovely and Talented Jaeda Fuentes and Monica Moore! Tickets are $20 drinks are $5.

June 29th

Rays on The Runway @ Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront is SOLD OUT but you can still donate to a great cause - the Children's Dream Fund.  Granting dreams to children, the 10th annual Rays on The Runway benefit buys smiles.

June 30th

Social Media Day 2016 BenefitFerg's Live Social Media Influencers, gather! Thursday is the day this year when we recognize and celebrate social media's impact on global communication. Though every day is Social Media Day, June 30th, 2016 marks a global celebration. Thanks to Reeves VW, Ferg's Live, JJ Taylor, Second Flight Consultancy, Green Bar Labs, Social Garnish, Hype Group, Yelp and Tampa Bay Startup Week we are excited to take part and raise funds for Where Love Grows this year!  Join the fun, network and celebrate all things social media. Eat, drink and meet like-minded professionals in Tampa Bay, enjoy social contests and giveaways and engage via #SMDayTampa. A suggested donation of $5 at the door will support Where Love Grows and their mission to end childhood hunger in our community.

July 3rd

Independence Day Blast at Quaker Steak and Lube Support the High Point Neighborhood Family Center and 50 Legs with Wings, Beer and more.  Provide laptops for the community center and prosthetics for amputees through this wonderful charity event taking place Sunday the 3rd! There will be raffles, live entertainment and more.

July 14th

10th annual Back to School Fundraiser at  Syd Entel Galleries. The gallery once again offers up delicious food and libations donated by local businesses, as we bid on auction items. Money raised stuffs backpacks for needy children in Safety Harbor, Oldsmar, and Eastern Clearwater. Last year the gallery provided 513 backpacks with everything a kid could want or need on the first day of school. Let's see if we can double that number this year!  Plan to attend, view the gallery, mix and mingle for a great cause! It's something so simple, yet so needed.  Tickets are $15 each, or 2 for $25, and can be purchased online.

July 16th

Love McKinley Charity Golf Tournament at The Bayou Club  This is the 2nd annual tournament.  The first, held last year, was put together by friends and family after McKinley was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Thankful for the blessing of support from friends, family, and complete strangers, McKinley's parents decided to continue the event, raising money for Johns Hopkins Children's Hospital and children battling cancer. Their goal is the direct financial support to local families who have recently had a child diagnosed with pediatric cancer, support of cancer research organizations and a partnership with Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg, that will allow expansion of the Child Life services provided to patients at the hospital. 

August 6th

Martinis for Moffitt 2016 at Straz Center for Performing Arts will once again hoist a glass to raise money for cancer research! Buy your tickets now to take advantage of the Early-Bird pricing to what has become summer's hottest party!  “Martini’s for Moffitt!” supports Moffitt Cancer Center’s efforts in researching a cure to fight Cancer.  Guests get an opportunity to enjoy martinis, food, networking, live music, a raffle, and silent auction. Don't miss the fun!

August 18th

White Hot Summer Night Party at  Eddie V's Prime Seafood is a celebrity dinner to close out summer while raising funds for the DeBartolo Family Foundation. Enjoy prime food, drinks, entertainment and company at this exclusive event, sure to sell out.  Buy your tickets today to in support of everything the DeBartolo Family Foundation does for our community!

August 31st

Beer & Bow Ties at The RITZ Ybor supports The Crisis Center of Tampa Bay, your first stop for help, hope and healing when you are in crisis as the result of sexual assault or abuse, domestic violence, financial distress, substance abuse, medical emergency, suicidal thoughts, emotional or situational problems. 
24 hours a day, 365 days a year they are here for us and our loved ones, now we have an opportunity to be there for them! Go :-)

September 10th

Big Brothers Big Sisters Jungle Book Gala  at  Hilton Tampa Downtown VIP Sponsor Tables start at $5,000 and limited tables of 10 are available for $3,500
-Individual tickets cost $250. Go to the DONATION page and enter your amount - adding the word "Gala" in the comment section or contact Amy @  for additional information about the largest annual fundraiser featuring a black tie- optional seated dinner, full open bar, inspiring program, live and silent auctions, and dazzling entertainment. Join 600 of Tampa's elite philanthropists, business and community leaders to celebrate and give back to the community. Proceeds serve children across Tampa Bay by giving them the tools and guidance they need to be successful in school and in life.

Please let us know of any events we may have overlooked, we are happy to add and advertise your event to our subscribers and social media followers! Comment below!