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Energy Ball

To purchase sponsorship or tickets, click HERE to reserve online or
contact our Event Coordinator - Ava Forney at:
(813) 600-8179

PO Box 26454
Tampa, FL 33623-6454

2018 Invitation and Sponsorship Opportunities

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Thank you considering a donation to support FARA. Personal and corporate donations can be designated in honor of a particular person or in support of the FARA Energy Ball.


You can donate by credit card online by clicking the button below. Your transaction is safe, secure, and private. The online credit card processor charges 3.3% of your donation for their processing fee.



By Phone

You can donate over the phone by calling Ava Forney at the FARA Energy Ball, (813) 600-8179, (includes international donations). We will need your name, address and credit card information. The credit card user fee charged to FARA is 2.6% of your donation.

By Mail or Fax

You can download the Credit Card Authorization form and mail it in or fax it to (813) 387-8102 (includes international donations). You can send a check or money order to FARA at:

PO Box 26454
Tampa, FL 33623-6454

The Friedreich's Ataxia Research Alliance (FARA) is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization.
Donations to FARA are tax deductible. FARA's tax ID number is 52-2122720.


Energy Ball Presenting Sponsors

Energy Ball Platinum Sponsors

Energy Ball Diamond Sponsors

Energy Ball Gold Sponsors

Energy Ball Media Sponsors

Amalie Oil Company
Berman & Company
The Burrows Hill Foundation
Connie Gage, Realtor. The Toni Everett Co
Mike and Sheila Ingram/ El Dorado Holdings, Inc.
Mr. & Mrs. Joe & Teresa Kadow
Pernod Ricard USA
Pfizer, Inc.
RMC Property Group
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Trinchero Family Estates
USF Foundation
Vanguard Protex Global
Louis and Kelly Varsames
Mr. W. Dan Wright
Dr. Paul and Mrs. Avery Zaritsky

908 Group
Adrian Fernandez Insurance, Inc.
Frank and Anna Alfano
Berkeley Preparatory School
Beveridge Medical Associates, Inc and Patel Brothers Inc.
Brown & Brown Insurance
Dr. Robert Dean
East Lake Pediatrics
Jason and Sarah Foglia
Friends of Sam Bob and Katina Johnston
Mike and Lori Kosloske
Victor and Lisa Lafita
Michael and Nicole Mezrah
Quarles & Brady, LLP
Riley Education Foundation
Joe and Deanne Smith
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Award winning Auctioneer Scott Robertson will be our auctioneer for this event.
For more information on Scott go to

For a summary of research progress made possible by proceeds from the Energy Ball, Click Here.

To support FARA by donating to our auction, please click here (or see below).

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Honorary Chair Council

Suzanne and Paul Avery, Chairman, FARA Board of Directors
Ron Bartek
, President, FARA
Judy Genshaft, PhD, President, USF
Tara and Tod Leiweke, National Football League COO
Charles J. Lockwood, M.D., M.H.C.M.  Senior Vice President, USF Health
Sandi & Chris Sullivan, Entrepreneur

Honorary Chairs

Janell and Steve Griggs, Tampa Bay Lightning CEO

Honorary Committee Members

Anna & Frank Alfano
Seth Appelbaum
Alison Avery
Michael Barbaro
Lexi Barkett
Lori & Anthony Barkett
Debbie & Bob Basham
Scott Blackburn
Steve Blair
Cindy Boss
Denise & Tom Bradley
Beth Brown
Sandy Callaghan
Laurie & Bruce Champion
Sophia Chang
Lauren Cooper
Trudy & John Cooper
Lynn Cristina
Janey DePew
Caroline DuProt
Anthony Everett
Tanya & Herman Fernandez
Sarah & Jason Foglia
Suzanne & Paul Gabos
Lori & Matt Hill
Bill Horne
Amy & Kurt Hull
Mary & Paul Jacobs
Pamela & Chris Kelsch
Lisa & Vic Lafita
Dawn & Kevin Lambert
Amy & Tom Leobold
Susan McLaughlin
Pastor Jane McDonough
Aarti Patel
Beth Piekarczyk
Kaye & Jim Pollard
Nancy & Brad Rex
Susie & Mitchell Rice
Mary Ridgeway
Julie Robertson
Kathy & Doug Rothschild
Wendy Ryan
Liz Smith 
Sheree' & Jeff Smith
Susie Snowdon
Nicole Strothman
Georgette & Chris Tsavoussis
Kelly & Lou Varsames
Richard Verrecchia
Jennifer Vickery
Gail Wilson
Heidi & Bill Wright
Avery Lowry Zaritsky
Theresa Zesiewicz, MD FAAN
Carin Zwiebel


Friedreich’s ataxia (FA) is a debilitating, life-shortening, degenerative neuro-muscular disorder. About one in 50,000 people in the United States have Friedreich's ataxia. Most individuals have onset of symptoms of FA between the ages of 5 and 18 years. Adult or late onset FA is less common, <25% of diagnosed individuals, and can occur anytime during adulthood. FARA is supporting research that will improve the quality and length of life for those diagnosed with Friedreich's ataxia and will lead to treatments that eliminate its symptoms.

For a summary of research progress made possible by proceeds from the Energy Ball, Click Here.


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