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Cross & Shield Gala


We're Moving to a new venue - Marriott Waterside Hotel and Marina.

In honor of our biggest fundraiser's 10th anniversary, the Cross and Shield Gala is moving to a spring date - Saturday, March 11, 2017 from 6:00 - 11:00 PM - and to the beautiful Marriott Waterside Hotel and Marina overlooking the Tampa Riverwalk and downtown waterfront. Register today at this link.

If you are interested in helping with the Cross and Shield or becoming one of our sponsors, contact 2017 Chair Debbie Jackson P’17 at crossandshield@tampacatholic.org or deb.jax@verizon.net

Proceeds from the Cross and Shield provides critical funds that are used now in educating and forming today's students - young men and women who are strong in our traditions of Faith, Excellence & Family.

Make it a weekend with the special Cross and Shield room rate

The Marriott Waterside has blocked a limited number of rooms for gala attendees the evening of March 11, 2017. Mention Tampa Catholic when you reserve your room and get a special rate of $222. Contact the Marriott Waterside at 813-221-4900. Don't delay as the number of rooms are limited.

Gingras_square.pngMeet Michelle Gingras ’08

Our emcee and host for the 2017 Cross and Shield Gala took her foundation as an athlete at TC and has crafted a career as a successful and knowledgeable broadcaster. Michelle spent the past three years as the hockey reporter for the Tampa Bay Lightning and Fox Sports Sun Network.

In late 2016, Michelle decided to move to New York City to take the next step in her career and is currently freelancing in the city and is currently a sports host/anchor for premium digital sports content provider, OneUp Sports

After graduating from TC, Michelle attended Loyola University New Orleans, majoring in Mass Communications. Stints as a multimedia reporter in New Orleans and San Diego has given Michelle extensive experience in covering a wide range of sports and sporting events. Those include the Stanley Cup Playoffs and Stanley Cup Final, The World Cup, the NCAA Women's Basketball Final Four, the Poinsettia Bowl, the San Diego Padres and San Diego State Athletics.

We are thrilled to have Michelle back in Tampa for the 2017 Cross and Shield Gala!


aaIMG_5326_Latimer_WEB.jpgOrder of the Crusader Templar

Craig Latimer ’70 will be awarded the Order of the Crusader Templar at the 2017 Cross and Shield. The Order of the Crusader Templar is the highest honor bestowed by Tampa Catholic and honors the accomplishments of the inductees and their service to the community.

Craig has served Tampa Catholic High School and the Tampa community in many ways since graduating from TC in 1970. After completing his degree at the University of South Florida he joined the Hillsborough County Sheriffs’ office where he served and protected the community for 35 years in law enforcement, retiring as a Major from the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office in 2008. Craig also serves our community as a volunteer. He is on the board of A Kid's Place, Inc., the Central Florida Behavioral Health Network, BAYS Florida, and he is an Honorary Commander for the 6th Medical Group at MacDill Air Force Base. 

At Tampa Catholic, Craig has served as a member of the Tampa Catholic, Inc. Board of Trustees, as a member of the TC Consultative Board. He has also served on school strategic and facility master planning committees.

Since 2009, he has led a turnaround in the elections office, restoring integrity, efficiency and confidence in the elections process. His contributions to the office include leadership and accountability, timely and accurate reporting of results, impartiality and nonpartisanship, a renewed commitment to ethics and professionalism, excellent customer service, and responsible and conservative stewardship of taxpayers' funds. Craig is the first Supervisor of Elections in the state to earn the prestigious Governor's Sterling Award for performance excellence, and was recently re-elected to a second term as Supervisor of Elections.

Welcome BidPal!

For the first time, we be using BidPal to make your Cross and Shield silent auction experience more enjoyable. By using the BidPal app on your smartphone or iPad, you may view each item’s description and photo, place a bid, and receive instant out-bid alerts. No more chasing after bid sheets and getting shut out on that “have to have” item. To learn more about the BidPal experience, watch this short video.

Watch the BidPal introductory video


Thank You!
2017 Cross and Shield
Patrons and Sponsors





  • Barton and Kathy Cobb
  • Prida-Guida & Company - George Guida '82, P'15
  • Ken '80 and Stacy Saladino '80 Leikam P'18



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