ANNUAL PROGRAMS & EVENTS
SUPPORTING THE ENTIRE U.S. ARMY FAMILY
IN THE TAMPA BAY AREA AND WEST CENTRAL FLORIDA.
ANNUAL PROGRAMS & EVENTS
Army Birthday Ball
For nineteen years now, the signature event of the Suncoast Chapter of AUSA is the annual U.S. Army Birthday Ball which is held in Tampa. While the chapter is the host of the Ball, US CENTCOM and US SOCOM share the responsibility of supporting the birthday ball on alternate years. The Ball offers a wonderful opportunity for the military community to interact with the local communities of the Tampa Bay area. In addition to being a celebration of the Army birthday, the ball offers an opportunity for a family gathering of the entire Army family, and the chapter ensures that the following members of the Army family are invited to participate in each ball:
• JROTC and ROTC
• Gold Star Families
• Wounded Warriors
• Army Recruiting Command
• AUSA Community and National Partners
• Local Veterans Groups
• Military History Groups
The 245th Army Birthday Ball will be held on Saturday, 13 June, 2020 at the Hilton Downtown in Tampa with support of CENTCOM. Tickets will be available beginning in April, 2020. Interested sponsors and supporters can find sponsor information displayed on our website.
Hooah Classic Golf Fundraiser
All of our chapter leaders are unpaid volunteers, however, operating the chapter costs money. In order to cover operating expenses and have funds to support our community programs, our chapter holds an annual golf fundraiser known as the Hooah Classic. Traditionally, this event is held during Springtime at the Bay Palms Golf Complex at MacDill AFB. The golf scramble offers a wonderful networking opportunity for the military community as well as a chance for community and national partners to showcase their support of the Army.
Independence Day Dinner at the Fisher Houses
At the James A.Haley Veterans Hospital , there are two Fisher Houses that support families of Wounded Warriors 365 days each year. Each year, our chapter hosts a complimentary Independence Day Dinner at both Fisher Houses. Our chapter is blessed to have longtime community partner, Vino E Pasta Restaurant, whose owner, Luis Zamora Bulla,
provides homemade gourmet Italian cuisine for this annual celebration.
Support for Army Recruiting Command
For several years now, one of the main efforts of the Third Region of AUSA has been to support Army recruiting efforts at the local level through our chapters. This includes active duty, Army Reserve and Army National Guard recruiting. Our chapter actively supports the Tampa Recruiting Battalion and seeks to provide opportunities for recruiters to interact with the community and build the future of the Army