Our annual gala is held in the spring to help raise funds for Somebody Cares Tampa Bay. This year we will be have the gala at the Doubletree Hilton on Friday, April 20th. The evening brings people together from around the Tampa Bay for fine dining, silent auction, and an inspirational message from our guest speaker.
This year our speaker is Ken Whitten, Senior Pastor of Idlewild Baptist Church.
Pastor Whitten has been privileged to serve in various local, state, and national capacities including the SBC International Mission Board, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Florida State Board of Missions, Florida Baptist Witness Board and others. He loves Pastors and has served as President of the Florida Baptist Convention, on the Conservative Resurgence Task Force, as Chairman of the SBC Committee on Order of Business, President of the SBC Pastors' Conference, and as Moderator of the Tampa Bay Baptist Association. Pastor Whitten has been privileged to preach many times at SBC Conventions, State Conventions, Pastors' Conferences, Bible Conferences, Men's Conferences, and others.
What marks and motivates Pastor Whitten the most is the high honor of being Idlewild's Senior Pastor these past 25 years and being on mission with God in West Africa, China, Brazil, Dominican Republic, Romania, England, Paraguay, Panama, and Guatemala.From 1982-1989, Whitten was privileged to serve at Bellevue Baptist Church, Memphis, TN, under the leadership of Dr. Adrian Rogers, whom he considers his spiritual father.
Proceeds from this event helps to sustain the programs of Somebody Cares Tampa Bay. Our Back to School program provides 16,000 children with backpacks filled with school supplies both locally and nationally. CareFest mobilizes thousands of volunteers to complete over 350 home projects for the disabled, elderly, and low-income families. Also, our food program distributes over 1 million pounds of food each year! Lastly, we strive to unite the churches to work together through our pastor's meetings to fellowship and discuss ways to eradicate problems in our communities.
For more information about this upcoming event, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 727-536-2273.
Special thanks to AmFund for providing the luxury vacations for this years auction.