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Energy Ball

Join us for this year's Energy Experience September 17-19, 2015!

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Sponsorship Opportunities

2015 FARA Energy Ball Sponsorship Opportunities are now available.  Scroll below to view.

If you have questions regarding sponsorship, please contact:
Event Coordinator - Ava Forney at:  (813) 600-8179

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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
Anna Maria Oyster Bar
Rick & Dixie Berman
Kier & Lauren Cooper
I Plan It, Inc.
Bob & Katina Johnston
Joe & Teresa Kadow
Vic & Lisa Lafita
Raymond James Financial
SunTrust Banks
Thomas Financial
Tower Radiology Centers
Trinchero Family Estates
USF Foundation
Lou & Kelly Varsames
Steve & Lisa Zaritsky/ Mr. & Dr. Mark & Michele Fleeter Miller
Dr. Theresa Zesiewicz & Dr. Joseph Staffetti
Zmithrovitch- Rattner Family


Academic Alliance in Dermatology
Tom & Dede Bradley
Brown & Brown Insurance
Central Florida Press
Dr. Robert Dean
Jason & Sara Foglia
Kevin & Dawn Lambert Family
Michael & Nicole Mezrah
The Patron Spirits Company
Premier Beverage Company
Jim & Kaye Pollard
Quarles & Brady, LLP
Rick & Lisa Silva
Thomas Jefferson University and Hospitals
Paul & Avery Zaristsky
Nick & Justine Zembillas

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.

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Honorary Chair Council

Suzanne and Paul Avery
Ron Bartek
, President, FARA
Judy Genshaft, PhD, President, USF
Charles J. Lockwood, M.D., M.H.C.M.  Senior Vice President, USF Health
Sandi and Chris Sullivan

Honorary Chairs

Tod & Tara Leiweke

Honorary Committee Members

Anna Alfano
Seth Appelbaum
Michael Barbaro
Lori & Anthony Barkett
Debbie & Bob Basham
Joanna Bernaldo
Steve Blair
Cindy Boss
Denise & Tom Bradley
Beth Brown
Sandy Callaghan
Laurie & Bruce Champion
Maureen Chase
Lauren Cooper
Laurie Cruley
Janey DePew
Tanya & Herman Fernandez
Sarah & Jason Foglia
Suzanne & Paul Gabos
Misha Hart
Charlotte & Bill Horne
Amy & Kurt Hull
Mary & Paul Jacobs
Deborah Karam
Pamela & Chris Kelsch
Lisa & Vic Lafita
Dawn & Kevin Lambert
Amy & Tom Leobold
Susan McLaughlin
Pastor Jane McDonough
Jill Mitchell
Lucille O’Neal
Beth Piekarczyk
Kaye & Jim Pollard
Susie & Mitchell Rice
Mary Ridgeway
Julie Robertson
Kathy & Doug Rothschild
Wendy Ryan
Liz Smith & Chip Newton
Sheree' & Jeff Smith
Susie Snowdon
Marie Stone
Ashley Sullivan
Sandi & Chris Sullivan
Georgette Tsavoussis
Kelly & Lou Varsames
Richard Verrecchia
Jennifer Vickery
Avery Lowry Zaritsky
Theresa Zesiewicz, MD FAAN
Martha Korman Zumwalt
Carin Zwiebel


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