Garden Party
2020 SHINE Mural Festival - Artist: Lili Yuan

The spectacular event will be held on May 7th at the Rutland Mansion beginning at 11am. The award will be presented by Melissa Seixas, Florida State President, Duke Energy, and the first Arts Advocate of the Year. Long known for their interest in the arts, our 2023 Arts Advocates have supported The Dali, the SHINE Mural Festival, Tampa Bay International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, Creative Pinellas and the Gasparilla Music Festival and the Gasparilla Film Festival, to name a few.

“Brian Auld and the Rays and Rowdies keep the arts community in their hearts and in their actions. The St. Petersburg Arts Alliance is grateful for their support and their desire to include the arts, as they work towards adding new and equitable economic opportunities for our community.” –Terry Marks, SPAA CEO.

Join us in this celebration and enjoy special live performances, delicious brunch-inspired delights and champagne toasts, a live auction – supporting the arts and recognizing the impact of the arts on the growth of our city! The party begins with live theatrical performances, movement, and music throughout the beautiful gardens overlooking the bay. Support SPAA’s work for the arts in our community, and most importantly, the honoring of Brian Auld & the Tampa Bay Rays and Rowdies! Have some fun by wearing a fantastic hat that speaks to your own creative genius. Special prizes will be awarded to the “Most Beautiful,” “Most Creative,” and “Most Humorous” hat. 

Enjoy special performances by:

  • Gloria Munoz, St.Petersburg’s Poet Laureate will be reciting “Blue Poem”
  • The Jeremy Carter Group with Ona Kirei
  • projectALCHEMY
  • Harold Simmons
  • Perkins Elementary Steelpan Band

INDIVIDUAL TICKET PRICES are just $175 all inclusive!

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Thank you to our generous sponsors!

Center Stage Partners

The Tampa Bay Rays & Rowdies

Duke Energy

The City of St. Petersburg, Florida

The St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce

Steve & Marie Beaty/Crosslin Technologies

Kelly Lee McFrederick-Rice/Premier Sotheby’s International Realty

Encore Partners

CAN Community Health

Pyper, Inc.

Kelli's Catering & Events

The Mandarin Hide

Kahwa Coffee

Party Partners

Paul Carder & Jacqueline MacNeil

St. Petersburg Downtown Partnership

Landscapes by Randy Lee, Inc.

Barbara Lewis

Thomas & Lynn Family

Bayfront Health

Ziba Mohammadi, Realtor, P.E.

Debbie Storey and Jay Mabrey

Smith & Associates Real Estate

Chris Hackney

Dr. Farhan Malik & Michelene Everett

Audrey McConnell

Bellwether Beach Resort

Star Trolley

The Don Cesar

Charlie Parker Pottery


An investment in SPAA’s Garden Party is ideal for individuals, businesses, or organizations that are established or emerging supporters of the arts and our community. Brand exposure will be amplified through social media outreach and collaborative marketing, among the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance, St. Petersburg’s five arts districts, the City of St. Petersburg, and the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce. Sponsors will receive advance marketing and publicity.

Click here for full sponsorship levels & benefits or contact Terry Marks for more information at

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 Garden Party in the Press

Meet the Arts Advocate of the Year

Brian AuldBrian Auld begins his 19th season with the Rays and his ninth in his current position as President. In his tenure as President, Auld has brought a renewed focus to the Rays mission—to energize the community through the magic of Rays baseball—by redoubling the Rays commitment to its community and to its employees. Under Auld’s leadership, the Rays have developed a thriving workplace culture. In addition to paid parental leave, adoption benefits, paid volunteer time and a wellness initiative, the Rays created a $15 minimum wage for all part-time employees. In 2018, Auld oversaw the Rays purchase of the Tampa Bay Rowdies USL soccer team, based in St. Petersburg.



2022 Garden Party Event Photos


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