Belt Buckle Ball raises more than $17,000 for Shands Hospital for Children at UF

Published: November 18th, 2012

Category: Announcements

The smell of Southern barbecure and the sound of down-home country music rang through The Space at Feather Oaks in Tallahassee on Nov. 2 as more than 200 community members gathered fro the third annual Belt Buckle Ball. The event, which included dinner followed by a silent auction as well as games like funny-money poker, raised more than $17,000 for Children’s Miracle Network at Shands Hospital for Children at the University of Florida.

Tallahassee commissioner Gil Ziffer emceed the event while the Kahn family shared its incredible story of how twin daughters, Eva and Megan, received specialized care from UF&Shands Congenital Heart Center in Gainesville, treatment that ultimately saved their daughters’ lives.

The evening culminated in a live auction in which attendees eagerly bid on country paraphernalia like boots signed by famed country music star Tim McGraw and a hat signed by Luke Bryant, while attendees danced and sang along to music selected by D.J. Bob.

Funds raised at the Belt Buckle Ball ensure Tallahassee-area residents have access to specialized pediatric care otherwise unavailable to them locally. Campus USA Credit Union, AT&T, 850 and Tallahassee Magazine, EXP, Clear Channel Radio, and the Tallahassee Democrat were among the many sponsors that made this event possible.