The Big Easy raises big money for Florida Theatre

The Big Easy raises big money for Florida Theatre
Heather Schatz with Jason Roth, Heather Shoup and Liz Grebe

The historic Florida Theatre held its annual fundraiser, The Florida Ball: Big Easy Style, presented by Dex Imaging, on Saturday, May 20, 2023.  The signature fundraiser raised $200,000 in support of the arts and culture in downtown Jacksonville.

Since its creation, the event has raised $1,684,000 since 2013 for the almost 100-year-old Florida Theatre venue.

“Running and booking a historic theatre like the Florida Theatre is, in part, a labor of love by the whole community, and we appreciate the community showing up in record numbers and showing their support for the nonprofit Florida Theatre,” said Numa Saisselin, president of the Florida Theatre.

 “I have been given so many opportunities in my life that have revolved around performing arts and I am truly grateful for every opportunity,” said Dex Imaging’s Angela Ward Merritt.  “Many often forget that our historic Florida Theatre is a nonprofit organization.  Venues like the Florida Theatre are an important part of having a healthy community.  Art is good for mental health and is a universal form of communication.  It helps to create a shared community.”

In addition to Dex Imaging, top sponsors for the event included Auld & White Constructors, Eisman & Russo Consulting Engineers, VyStar Credit Union and Dr. Gasper and Irene Lazzara. 

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