Friendship Around the World is our spring celebration, representing the true meaning of friendship in many languages. Proceeds benefit the entire Friendship Centers organization, which serves over 15,000 clients every year in five counties throughout Southwest Florida.

This year’s event will be held Sunday evening, March 12, 2017 at Michaels on the Bay at Selby Gardens in Sarasota.  In past years it has been held at the Sarasota Friendship Center, but with extensive roof and ceiling repairs underway sometime this winter and spring, we determined a new location to be prudent.  This beautiful, newly renovated space at Selby will suit our needs perfectly, and guests will love the gorgeous bay view and lovely grounds.

Tickets are $175 per person and many sponsorship levels are available, from $500 to $10,000. Sponsors at the $5,000 level and up get the opportunity to decorate the tables to reflect their unique heritage.  Additional funds will be raised through a “Fund-a-Need” pledge drive and a paddle raise for our medical clinics, covering deductibles and co-pays as well as mammograms and lab fees.

We are thrilled this year to be guided by an expanded Event Committee comprising many of the philanthropic “movers and shakers” of our community. Leading the committee is the ever-generous Renée Hamad, whose impeccable style and connections have meant success for many local non-profit organizations over the years.  Her co-chair, Beverly Bartner, has an equal number of relationships and experience.  We are so grateful for this dedicated pool of talent!

The “worldly” entertainment this year promises to be outstanding!  Plans call for “An Evening in Paris with the Friendship Center Band,” a belly dancer, and a troupe of professional actors and singers. The Latin influence will be spotlighted with a Cuban performance artist.

To make sure you receive an invitation, please contact Cheryl Pilch at 556-3205 or email To inquire about sponsorships, contact Jane Icely, 556-3215 or email You can also register for tickets or sponsorships by clicking the link below.

Tickets & Sponsorships