Press Release – 2019 Mayoral Inaugural Ball

TAMPA, FL (March 8, 2019) – Every four years, The Economic Club of Tampa hosts the Mayoral Inaugural Ball celebrating the newly elected Tampa Mayor. This year’s black-tie event takes place on Wednesday, May 8th, from 7 to 10 p.m. at Armature Works, 1910 N Ola Ave, Tampa, FL 33602.

The Ball is honoring former Mayors Bob Martinez, Dick Greco, Sandy Freedman, Pam Iorio, and Bob Buckhorn for their passion in leading the City of Tampa, the nation’s 51st largest city. The winner of the runoff election between Jane Castor and David Straz will be sworn in as the 59th Mayor of Tampa, on May 1st, 2019.

In 132 years since its founding, this will be the 2nd time in the city’s history that the newly elected Mayor will be celebrated and all living former Mayors honored. From the Ball’s first event in 2015 to today, the Economic Club of Tampa has funded 29 college scholarships through the Hillsborough Education Foundation (HEF).

“We are celebrating the City of Tampa’s 59th Mayor”, stated Betsey Hapner, co-chair of the 2019 Mayoral Inaugural Ball. “Our goal is to fund at least 20 more college scholarships for academically achieving Hillsborough County students but at-risk financially.”

The Ball will follow the official swearing in ceremony and all net proceeds will benefit HEF. Thanks to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for becoming the presenting sponsors of the Ball, there has been a record amount of money raised so far. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers also plans to send players to the Ball to pose for pictures and sign autographs.

“We are very excited to have the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as our presenting sponsor and thrilled to have several players at the black-tie event to pose for photos”, says Dr. Sebastian ‘Buster’ Castellano, co-chair of the 2019 Mayoral Inaugural Ball.

Tickets are available now and there are several levels of corporate and table sponsorships. More information about tickets and sponsorships can be found on HEF’s website at

About The Economic Club of Tampa

The Economic Club of Tampa includes an exclusive yet diverse group of business, professional, and community thought leaders who share a vital interest in our local, state, national, and global economies.

Each week, immediately following lunch, nationally recognized industry leaders, politicians, and thought leaders offer their perspectives on a variety of economic topics and pertinent issues. The club works to identify and assist upcoming leaders as the torch passes from one generation to the next.

For more information, visit

About the Hillsborough Education Foundation

The Hillsborough Education Foundation (HEF) provides educational resources and financial assistance to help give every Hillsborough County Public School student the opportunity to achieve personal success. Regardless of background, family structure or economic status, HEF believes every student can reach his or her potential through public education.

We work in partnership with the community to bring critical resources that are not funded by normal tax revenues to help students succeed in their academic and personal achievements through scholarships, mentoring, dropout prevention programs, free school supplies, classroom grants and recognition for education professionals.

For more information on how you can donate and get involved visit

About the Take Stock in Children (TSIC) Scholarship Program

HEF provides deserving low-income students the opportunity to escape the cycle of poverty through our TSIC scholarship program.  We offer our students college scholarships, caring volunteer mentors and hope for a better life.

Our multi-year commitment to providing comprehensive services starts in middle school, continues through high school and includes transition into college. Take Stock in Children Scholarships are matched dollar for dollar by the Stanley G. Tate Florida Prepaid College Foundation.

Our goal is to continue to reduce the high school drop-out rate in Hillsborough County Public Schools and to increase the number of students who finish college and successfully enter the workforce.

For more information visit

© 2019 Copyright Economic Club of Tampa.