Art of Giving

Thursday, May 19, 2016 / 5:00pm – 9:30pm
A La Carte Shrine Pavilion / 4050 Dana Shores Drive, Tampa Google Map

Erin Gruwell, Keynote speaker Art of Giving 2016
Erin Gruwell, Keynote speaker Art of Giving 2016

You won’t want to miss the 12th Annual United Way Suncoast Art of Giving. It will be an incredibly powerful and entertaining evening with keynote speaker, Erin Gruwell.


You may recognize her name from the Paramount Pictures film Freedom Writers, starring two-time Oscar winner Hilary Swank as Erin. The film is based on The Freedom Writers Diary, the New York Times bestseller that chronicles Erin’s extraordinary journey with her 150 high school students. By fostering an educational philosophy that valued and promoted diversity, she transformed her students’ lives. She encouraged them to re-think rigid beliefs about themselves and others, reconsider their own daily decisions, and ultimately, re-chart their future. With Gruwell’s support, they went on to become aspiring college students, published writers, and citizens for change. This incredible story was also captured in the documentary Voices Unbound: The Story of the Freedom Writers.

160419RD_ArtOfGiving_SponsorBanner_0421In addition to this inspiring speaker, there will be:
  • Unique entertainment
  • Exclusive live and silent auctions
  • Delectable tapas, desserts and drinks
  • Network with influential leaders
  • Plus, an exclusive book signing with Erin

United Way Suncoast’s Art of Giving is presented by Bank of America and benefits United Way Suncoast Youth Education Initiatives which help keep children on the path to graduation and career readiness.

Various sponsorship opportunities are available. Click here to download the Sponsorship Package (attached). For more information please contact Susan Ivins at or at 813-274-0943.

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