As long as we’re talking about events you shouldn’t miss on this page, you might still want to try to grab tickets for the 16th annual “Night of 5000” gala, hosted by the General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC) New Tampa Junior Woman’s Club (NTJWC), which will be held the same evening as the cover date of this issue — Saturday, March 2.

The gala, which will begin at 7 p.m., always features great food, fun and well-dressed New Tampa residents and this year should be no exception, as the Night of 5000 will be held at the beautiful USF Embassy Suites Hotel in front of the University of South Florida’s Tampa Campus entrance on E. Fowler Ave.

This year’s theme will be “All That Jazz,” and the event will again feature wonderful live and silent auction items, casino-style gaming, live entertainment and dance music provided by Gigante Productions.

The Night of 5000 is the NTJWC’s biggest fund raiser each year and it raised $35,000 last year to benefit the Fisher House at the James A. Haley Veterans Hospital on Bruce B. Downs Blvd. This year’s primary beneficiary will be the Tampa Police Department’s “R.I.C.H. (Resources In Community Hope) House, a safe place to play and learn and supervised after-school hangout for youths in the Sulphur Springs neighborhood of North Tampa.

Tickets to the “Night of 5000” cost $85 per person. For more info, visit

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