Around the World with St. Jude Gala

Presented by Florida Cancer Specialists


We appreciate your attendance at the sixth annual Around the World with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Gala. This signature evening celebrated St. Jude and our St. Jude Global Pediatrics program. For more than 20 years, St. Jude has been working to improve global survival rates for children with cancer and other life-threatening diseases.

Guests learned about about the Global Pediatrics mission while enjoying cocktails, dinner, live and silent auctions, dancing and live entertainment. The magic of St. Jude came to life with inspiration from a St. Jude patient speaker and a Give to Live event.

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Contact: Veena Shrestha Combs
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Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for anything — because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.

Thank you to our committee



Mike & Gennie Swenson

Ben Powers
Bill & Kristen Perusek
Brian & Erica Brink
Brian Leto
Cara Tolzman
Dr. Christopher George
Cylie Svartoien

Deana Wallace
Debbie Lazzara
Don and Kathy Schreyer
Eric Soncrant
Hank & Kelly Malouf
Jerry and Terri Warnke
Kara DeGraff

Kari Hanson
Katie Bidlack
Marty Koscso
Michelle Wasielewski
Monica Mirza
Richard & Jule Salem
Tiffany Rix

Tina Anderson
Tom & Holly Malouf
Tye & Colleen Swenson
Tyler Gordon
Valerie Younes
Wendy Williams
Yainis Burgos


2017 Around the World with St. Jude Gala

Swenson and Malouf families

Swenson and Malouf families

(Left to right) Tom and Holly Malouf, Around the World committee members; and Gennie and Mike Swenson, event chairs. 

The fifth annual Around the World with St. Jude gala took place April 8 at the Tampa Marriott Waterside in Tampa, Florida. The 500 guests who attended raised $363,427, helping to ensure that families never receive a bill from St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for treatment, travel, housing or food — because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.

In its five-year history, the gala has raised more than $1 million for St. Jude. A highlight this year was Give to Live, which raised over $122,000, an increase of $75,000 over last year.

Another highlight was a special appearance by St. Jude patient Ayden, who moved guests with his speech followed by an a cappella version of Rachel Platten’s “Fight Song.”

Event chairs Mike and Gennie Swenson were joined at the gala by committee members, and Gennie’s parents, Tom and Holly Malouf, and St. Jude board member Dr. Christopher George. The night’s emcees were Denis Phillips and Wendy Ryan of WFTS-TV.

Thank you to our sponsors



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Home Performance Alliance
Angels Senior Living
Swenson Construction


American Aviation

First Citrus Bank

Northern Trust

Sam & Laurice Hachem Foundation

Tampa Bay Business Journal

Triton Construction


For 2019 event and sponsorship information, contact:

Veena Shrestha Combs
Regional Event Specialist: Dinners, Galas & Golf
(813) 868-2703

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