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2013-2014 Special Events

Ruth Eckerd Hall offers a dazzling array of fundraising and community events.  Participation in the fundraising events helps provide need-based tuition assistance, work-study and talent-based scholarships for students of the Marcia P. Hoffman Performing Arts Institute and to support Ruth Eckerd Hall’s commitment to present quality programming.

Fashion Takes Center Stage

Live Like You’re On Stage presented by Dillard's
Friday, May 2, 2014 at 8:30 am

Westfield’s Countryside Mall, 27001 US Highway 19 North, Clearwater, FL

Join us for the fashion event of the season!  You’ll enjoy breakfast followed by a designer fashion show in front of Dillard’s indoor mall entrance (over the ice rink).  Then, spend the day receiving personalized beauty consultations, makeovers, selected gifts with purchase, shopping discounts, door prizes and much more!  We will also have an Opportunity Drawing for a $1,000 Dillard’s Shopping Spree.  (Chance Tickets are one for $10 or three for $20).  This event benefits the education programs offered at the Marcia P. Hoffman School of the Arts at Ruth Eckerd Hall.

$75 tickets include VIP seating for breakfast, fashion show and a $25 Dillard’s Gift Certificate valid May 2 only.  $35 tickets for breakfast and fashion show.  Note:  Tables seat ten guests each.

Call Ruth Eckerd Hall’s Ticket Office at 727.791.7400 to purchase your tickets or BUY NOW button. 

Landon Korabek OneLove Memorial JamFest

Landon Korabek OneLove Memorial JamFest
Saturday, May 10, 2014, 1-7 pm,
Thirsty Marlin, 1023 Florida Avenue, Palm Harbor, Florida

Spend the afternoon listening to great bands, including Guru 2, Six Volt Rodeo, The Horny Toads, and the Shenanigans, enjoying delicious food and visiting with friends while celebrating the life of Landon Korabek. Other festivities include a silent auction, 50/50 and chance drawings.

Landon died May 7, 2010 at the young age of 17 from an accidental overdose of prescription drugs. Proceeds from this event benefit the Marcia P. Hoffman School of the Arts at Ruth Eckerd Hall and Narcotics Overdose Prevention and Education (NOPE) Task Force of Pinellas County. Parents Susan and Greg Korabek established the Landon Korabek Memorial Fund to provide musical scholarships to honor Landon's passion for music and to promote education about the dangers of prescription drug abuse.

In addition to attending this event, you can show your support by purchasing ad space in the program book or include your company logo on the commemorative T-Shirt. Ad space ranges from $150 to $25 and T-Shirt space ranges from $500 to $100. For more information, please contact Susan Korabek at 727.638.3920 or email

Nearly 500 people attended the 2013 OneLove JamFest. Bands featured included Six Volt Rodeo, Horny Toads, Shenanigans and the Uncle John's Band.

Congratulations to Susan Korabek for being selected by Bay News9 for their "Everyday Hero" Award!

To view the video that aired on Bay News9, click here.

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9th Annual Ruth Eckerd Hall Gala
Friday, September 19, 2014, 6:30 pm

Spring Gala is moving to the fall! Experience a festive evening of superb live performances, delicious food and beverages, exciting live and silent auction items and fabulous dancing on Ruth Eckerd Hall's Main Stage all to benefit the arts education programs of the Marcia P. Hoffman School of the Arts at Ruth Eckerd Hall. This event attracts approximately 400 guests, including many prominent leaders in our community. Space is limited. Individual tickets are $350 and $250 and sponsorship opportunities range from $15,000 to $3,500.

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The April 2013 Spring Gala, Rio Carnaval, was an evening of fun, fantasy and mystique inspired by one of the greatest parties in the world…Carvanal in Rio De Janeiro.  Guests enjoyed a seated dinner catered by Café Ponte and dancing to the music of the Southtown Fever Band.  Major sponsors included the Cantonis Family Foundation, Clearwater Cardiovascular Consultants and DEX Imaging, Inc. 

To learn more about Ruth Eckerd Hall’s Special Events, contact Nancy Dietrich, Director of Special Events, at 727.712.2760 or by email at

2013-14 Special Events Committee Members

Susan Benjamin, Chair
Glenn Bergoffen
Dawn Cooper
Melissa Egozi
Lee Ellen Hooper
Joan Kline
Charlane Martin
Jeannette Renfrow
Barbara Schmitz
Debbie Stone

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