TAMPA BAY, Florida - Ronald McDonald House Charities of Tampa Bay is pleased to announce that Tampa Bay Lightning star Steven Stamkos has been selected as the recipient of the 2012 Award of Excellence. The presentation will take place at the 13th annual Storybook Ball "The Cat in the Hat" on Saturday, May 19 at A La Carte Event Pavilion in Tampa. This award pays tribute to outstanding role models who give of their time to charitable causes.
This year's sold-out gala, presented by Walgreens, features Busch Gardens Tampa Bay as entertainment sponsor and longtime event designer and sponsor Gold Productions whose breathtaking displays amaze attendees every year. This year's event will feature numerous themed surprises, activities and dcor in keeping with this fun theme.
"The Storybook Ball has become a highlight in our community, raising significant funds to support our four Ronald McDonald Houses" explains Executive Director & CEO Janice Davis. "Our ball features fine dining and dancing and a variety of exclusive silent and live auction packages using the latest technology in electronic bidding. All of our guests look forward to this favored event of the year!" Davis remarks, "We are so thankful to our individual and corporate sponsors who help make this gala such a big success. This year we are at our capacity with record-breaking sponsorships and guests."
The support of our community through sponsorships and the donation of creative and high end items for our silent auction are of utmost importance for this event's success. This year an array of items will have guests digging deep into their pockets for fabulous jewels, unique sports memorabilia and impressive travel packages.
Janice Davis, CEO comments, "We would like to extend our gratitude to presenting sponsor Walgreens, a company that knows all about caring for families." Their partnership with RMH includes the recent launch of donation boxes in Pinellas County Walgreens stores, helping us underwrite family stays at our local Houses.
The Ronald McDonald House of Tampa Bay provides a safe and affordable "home-away-from-home" for families with children receiving medical treatment at bay area hospitals. The four area Houses provide comfort and care to more than 2,000 families annually, having served more than 40,000 families since opening its doors in 1980. It is the cornerstone program of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Tampa Bay.