Staff Report

Wear your favorite jeans and cowboy boots or dress in black tie apparel and enjoy the Third Annual Sylvia Thomas Center Gems & Jeans Ball on Saturday, November 14 from 7-10 p.m. This country music award-style party will be hosted by John Thomas of ABC Action News.

The Sylvia Thomas Center is a local non-profit which provides comprehensive post-adoption support to keep the “forever” in forever families. The Gems & Jeans Ball will take place at the Harley-Davidson of Brandon, located at 9841 E. Adamo Dr. in Tampa. Tickets cost $40 per individual and $75 per couple, which includes an evening of great food, a full bar, raffle prizes, silent auction, and 10tcw diamond ring door prize donated by JB Jeweler’s. For the second year, Tony Lima will bring local artists to create one-of-a-kind masterpieces, dancing to live music by Roctopus and an opportunity to glam-it-up in the photo booth for a take home gift.

According to Community Liaison Pearl Chiarenza, “We are excited to be sponsored again by the Krewe of Seven Celtic Nations with Harley-Davidson of Brandon allowing us the use of its stunning facility for this charitable event.”

The Gems & Jeans Ball was created as a unique and classy event meant to be a lot of fun, but affordable for families and friends who would like to attend in support of the Sylvia Thomas Center.

The Center is a supportive, guiding resource for adoptive children and their families in Hillsborough County, helping the entire family cope and adjust as children and teens transition from foster care to their forever homes.
The Sylvia Thomas Center has been helping children and their forever families since 2000.

“Funds from the event enable us to continue our healing services for adopted and foster children and their families. Thanks to our successful services, we have a greater than 99 percent success rate at keeping adoptive families together,” noted Chiarenza.

The Sylvia Thomas Center, a Non-Profit of the Year finalist in 2010, is the only agency in Hillsborough County that provides comprehensive post adoption support. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit or call 651-3150. Visit

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