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Decennial Gala / Tampa, Florida


  • Armature Works 1910 North Ola Avenue Tampa, FL, 33602 United States (map)
Join us as we celebrate 10 incredible years of impact in East Africa.

Our Gala Chair, Merrin Jenkins, is generously sponsoring all event costs. Your sponsorship funds will directly support our Decennial Campaign. 


For 10 years, Akilah has had a consistent presence in the Tampa community and our sponsors make a lasting impression through banners, media and messaging.

This ambitious campaign will fuel our global expansion and exponentially increase our impact on young people around the world. We are engaging the support of our entire community: alumni, parents, foundations, corporate partners, faculty, staff, students, and friends.




Whitney Holtzman
Elizabeth & Ben Mackie
Mark & Mindy Mclaughlin
Linda & Dan O’Connell
Hank & Sarah Pariseau
Cynthia A. Phillips
Su Lee & Bill Place
Jenn Sasso
Molly Carey Smith
Mark & Lennie Stern
Lorna Taylor
Toni Thompson
Louisa Van Eepoel
Mary Kay Vona

Tampa Event Committee

Merrin Jenkins, Chair

Clay Biddinger & Kathleen Freeman
Thomas Biddinger & Margaux Andrews
Tifi & Jack Bierley
Whitney Walker Brewer
Gerard & Teresa Caddick
Betty Castor
Jim Davis
Beth, Caroline & Cody Davis
Pat & Jerry Donohoe
Mary Patton & Matt Eisen
Aaron & Kara Feldman
Susan & Tom Freeman
Kathy Heiss

Sponsorship Opportunities

Presenting Sponsor - $250,000

  • Premium Sponsorship Recognition

  • Twenty tickets (two tables) to the event

  • Twenty tickets to after party

  • Recognition on all event promotional materials

  • Full page advertisement in event program

  • Twenty tickets to private VIP event on Thursday, October 3rd with Akilah’s leadership and Rwandan alumnae

  • Gift of appreciation from Rwanda

Diamond Sponsor - $100,000

  • Twenty tickets (two tables) to the event

  • Twenty tickets to after party

  • Recognition on all event promotional materials

  • Full page advertisement in event program

  • Twenty tickets to private VIP event on Thursday, October 3rd with Akilah’s leadership and Rwandan alumnae

  • Gift of appreciation from Rwanda

Platinum Sponsor - $50,000

  • Twenty tickets (two tables) to the event

  • Twenty tickets to after party

  • Twenty tickets to private VIP event on Thursday, October 3rd with Akilah’s leadership and Rwandan alumnae

  • Recognition on all event promotional materials

  • Full page advertisement in event program

  • Gift of appreciation from Rwanda

Gold Sponsor - $25,000

  • Ten tickets (one table) to the event

  • Ten tickets to after party

  • Five tickets to private VIP event on Thursday, October 3rd with Akilah’s leadership and Rwandan alumnae

  • Recognition on all event promotional materials

  • Full-page advertisement in event program

  • Gift of appreciation from Rwanda

Silver Sponsor - $10,000

  • Ten tickets (one table) to the event

  • Ten tickets to after party

  • Recognition on all event promotional materials

  • Half-page advertisement in event program

  • Gift of appreciation from Rwanda

Bronze Sponsor - $5,000

  • Ten tickets (one table) to the event

  • Ten tickets to after party

  • Recognition on all event promotional materials

  • Quarter-page advertisement in event program

  • Gift of appreciation from Rwanda

Patron Sponsor - $2,500

  • Ten tickets (one table) to the event

  • Ten tickets to after party

  • Recognition on all event promotional materials

  • Gift of appreciation from Rwanda