Celebrating Tampa Catholic Excellence -
Cross & Shield Gala Tops Records

Dear Tampa Catholic Parents, Alumni and Friends,

Thank you to the many guest, patrons, underwriters, and volunteers who helped make the 2019 Cross and Shield - Celebrating Crusader Excellence - a record-setting evening for the Tampa Catholic Family.

The 400 parents, alumni, and friends of TC who attended the gala were the largest crowd in Cross and Shield’s 12 year history and they enjoyed an elegant evening of fellowship, fun and celebration of the Excellence of Tampa Catholic. 

Not only the signature social evening for the school year, the Cross and Shield Gala is the largest fundraising event and this year was our most successful gala in its 12 year history. The evening raised $351,220 - the most ever raised at a Tampa Catholic event - which will be directed towards the renovation of our Crusader Gymnasium locker rooms as well as the addition of meeting space and a 3,000 square foot Student Wellness Center. 

Our special gratitude is offered to the lead patrons - Edmund Rice Patrons, the Betts Family - Dr. Leslie Giglio Betts ’90 and Dr. Marc Betts P’17, 20; Francesca Betts ’17; Rosalia ’20; Platinum Patrons Mike ’01 and Dana Levin; and Gold Patrons Ernie ’80 and Patricia Sims ’82 Garcia.

Please mark your calendars for Saturday, February 29, 2020
and join the Tampa Catholic Family as they gather again at the Marriott Water Street for the 2020 Cross & Shield Gala.

2019 Volunteers & Chairpersons

This event would not happen each year were it not for the dedication and countless hours put in by our parent and alumni volunteers. Our very special thanks are extended to the devoted volunteers who served as committee chairs. We couldn't have done it without you! Your EXCELLENCE shows through! Thank you.

The 2019 Cross and Shield was led by Gala Chair

Yasmeen Neuman P’21, 22

Assistant Chairperson

Elena Garcia Lazaro ’94 P’21


Event Day Coordinator 

Jessie Wilcox Soplinski ’03


Sponsorship Chairperson

Leslie Giglio Betts ’90 P ’17, 20


Procurement Chairperson

Celia Docobo P’11, 16, 22

Décor Co-Chairpersons

Natalie Gauci P’20 

Gidget LeflerP’19, 22


BidPal Chairperson

Linda Berardi P’19, 21


Wine Pull Chairperson

Yvonne Greif P’20


Sports/Club Basket Chairperson

Debra Huseby P’22

Gala Program Chairperson

Debbi Owen P’21


Silent Auction Signage Chairperson

Alexandra Lehman P’22


Check-in/Check-Out Co-Chairpersons

Erin Sheehan Miller ’95, P’21

Cheri Cress P’21


Volunteer Chairperson

Jamie McGrogan P’20

2019 Patrons & Sponsors

You've shown us your CRUSADER EXCELLENCE! Thank you so much for your support.

Blessed Edmund Rice Patron

Marc, Leslie (Giglio) ’90,
Francesca ’17, Rosalia ’20
& Lucia ‘24

Platinum Patron

Michael Levin '01

Gold Patron

Ernie '80 & Patty (Sims)
Garcia '82

Silver Patron

Barton & Kathy Cobb

Silver Patron

Michael & Laura (Alessi) ’79 DeLucia

Bronze Patron

Kelly Barcia Nunez '84

Bronze Patron

Derek '88 & Yvette
(Tamargo) '89 Gil

Bronze Patron

Bronze Patron

Andrew M. Hayes P ’01

Bronze Patron

John Oliva, Sr.

Bronze Patron

George K. Guida '82

Bronze Patron

Michael & Julie Villa P ’15, '21

Bronze Patron

Fr. Dan Kayajan &
Fr. Chuck Dornquast

Bronze Patron

Shield of Excellence Patron

Jose & Martha Barreiro P ’13, '21

Shield of Excellence Patron

Mark & Marie Cannon Burnard

Shield of Excellence Patron

Shield of Excellence Patron

Shield of Excellence Patron

Shield of Excellence Patron

Shield of Excellence Patron

Angela Rodante '84

BidPal Sponsor

Dan & Catherine Martucci
P ’19, '22

Cocktail Sponsor

Jennifer B. Osgood

Decor Sponsor

Entertainment Sponsor

Entertainment Sponsor

Ken ’80, Stacey (Saladino) ’80
& Joseph ’18

Favor Sponsor

Program Sponsor

Michael & Stacey
Gonzalez P ’20

Program Sponsor

Jenifer (Zambito) ’76, Juan ’76, Rachel (Prado) Millan ’06
and JC ’11

Valet Sponsor

VIP Reception Sponsor

Now is the Best Time to Get
On-Board for the 2020
Cross & Shield Gala

For more information on Sponsorships and Patron giving, please contact Courtney Frisch.

(813) 870-0860, ext. 230