The Firehouse Cultural Center in Ruskin held its annual gala fundraising event March 4 at Diehl Farms in Wimauma. About 250 guests were in attendance to celebrate and uphold the work being done at the center.
The Spurs & Bling event was hosted by Frank and Ora Diehl at their ranch facility. Along with the elegant dining arrangement, there were demonstrations by Diehl Farms’ cowboys and a local horseback square-dancing group.
Honored guests included the new executive director of the Hillsborough Arts Council Martine Collier; CFO of the Straz Center for the Performing Arts Lorrin Shepard; and Hillsborough County Commissioner Sandra Murman.
“Best event in my decade in this region. You can quote me on that,” said Dr. Allen Witt, of Hillsborough Community College–SouthShore.
Firehouse Cultural Center Executive Director Georgia Vahue would like to thank everyone who attended and especially those who bid on the live and silent auction items. All proceeds benefit programming and scholarships at the nonprofit cultural center. Thank you to Frank and Ora Diehl, Glenn and Danita Dickman (honorary chairs for the event), Commissioner Sandra Murman, Tom Cook, Ray and Patti Beckett, Patti Halloway, Harriet’s Flowers, Nola Moon, photographers Theresa Nesmith and Todd Wilson, and FCC staff Frances Hereford, Rudy Ortiz and Beth Ann Stein.
Diehl Farms iis available for weddings and event rental. For more information, call 813-634-5455 or visit diehlfarmsevents.com.
The Firehouse Cultural Center is at 101 1st Ave. NE, Ruskin. Visit firehouseculturalcenter.org, or call 813-645-7651 for more information about programs and entertainment. The center is a nonprofit 501(c)3 multiuse, cultural and educational facility offering quality programming with a focus on a full spectrum of the arts and education for all ages.