Bridge Party Raises 140,000 for Florida Theatre.

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Its good to be the King.

Jacksonville, FL (May 2, 2013) -- The inaugural Rock the Bridge gala held on the iconic Main Street Bridge in downtown Jacksonville on Saturday, April 20, 2013 raised $140,000 to benefit the historic Florida Theatre. The platinum presenting sponsor was Haskell, and the gold sponsors were BB&T, Irene & Gasper Lazzara, and J. Wayne & Delores Barr Weaver. More than 240 guests enjoyed a memorable evening including a fabulous outdoor cocktail reception and elegant dinner on an active drawbridge, followed by a performance by The O’Jays at the Florida Theatre.
Many of the city’s philanthropic leaders lined up behind the event, and the result was a hugely successful celebration for one Jacksonville’s premiere arts and entertainment organizations. Says Director of Development Angela Gieras, who relentlessly shepherded the event forward over an almost two year period, “For our inaugural gala event, it had to be a memorable and one of a kind experience, because people rally around big ideas.”

The Rock the Bridge gala was undeniably one of the city’s most unique and exciting social affairs to date. The Florida Theatre would like to acknowledge the generosity of the inaugural table sponsors including Acosta, Arizona Chemical, Bank of America, Cecil W. Powell Company, CSX, Kelly & Mike Diaz and Kellie & Drew Prusiecki, Eisman & Russo, Florida Blue, The Jacksonville Jaguars, The LBA Group, Perdue, RPC General Contractors, Sally & Ross Singletary, and Winn-Dixie.

Additional partners of this unforgettable event were Bailey Publishing, Mayor Alvin Brown, Brumos Motor Cars and Mercedes-Benz of Orange Park, Champion Brands, Coppola Diamond Collection, Department of Transportation, The Florida Times-Union, Heineken, Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, Al Letson, Main Street Winery, On Ideas, Southern Wine & Spirits, Team Black, United States Coast Guard, Urban Events & Rentals, and Yuengling.

If you missed your opportunity to attend this sold out event, highlights from the Rock the Bridge gala and the Florida Theatre will be featured on Amy West’s “Like Love Want Need” television series Saturday, May 18th at 8:30 pm on the CW 17 network.
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The Florida Theatre is a nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing the North Florida community’s quality of life by providing diverse and memorable arts and entertainment experiences, and by preserving a unique historic landmark. Since 1927, the Florida Theatre has been an anchor to downtown development and the cultural legacy of Jacksonville; drawing more than 140,000 visitors to the city each year. For ticket information, call 355.2787 or visit