13th Annual
A Night for Heroes Gala
Presented by Perry-McCall Construction

About A Night For Heroes

UF Health TraumaOne

UF Health TraumaOne is the region’s only Level I adult and pediatric trauma center serving 30 counties in Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia. The unit provides life-saving care to thousands of trauma victims each year, as well as comfort and support for their families.

Unlike other hospitals in the area, surgeons and other health care experts in specialties such as neurosurgery, oral and maxillofacial surgery, orthopaedic trauma surgery and cardiothoracic surgery are available on campus 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This allows us to provide immediate critical care to those in our community with life-threatening injuries or illnesses.

Our highly trained physicians and staff save lives, allowing those who have suffered from traumatic injury or illness to return home to build healthy and strong communities in our region.

TraumaOne Heroes Council

A Night for Heroes was started in 2008 by a few dedicated volunteers with the goal of supporting the men and women at UF Health TraumaOne. Over the past 10 years, the TraumaOne Heroes Council has grown into a dynamic group of volunteers who give their time and energy to raising awareness and support for the trauma program at UF Health Jacksonville through the A Night for Heroes Gala.

The Council assumes a community responsibility in ensuring the services provided by UF Health TraumaOne, vital to the health and well-being of Northeast Florida, remain viable, available, and recognizable to our area.

2020 Council Members

Honorary Chair: Darnell Smith
Market President, North Florida Region Florida Blue

  • AnneMarie Awad
  • Jessica Cummings
  • Anna Dooley
  • Renée Farrell
  • Patti Frykberg
  • Bobbie Gittings
  • Meg Godwin
  • Courtney Hassan
  • Megan R. Heiden
  • Deborah James
  • Ashlea Justice
  • Tammy Kerwin
  • Andy Kerwin, MD, FACS
  • Sarah Lane
  • Amber Mason
  • Lesia May
  • Elise Mecredy
  • Amy P. Meyer
  • Cindy Meysenburg
  • Julia Paul, MSN, RN
  • Anna Poeton
  • Eva Roth
  • Jamie Rood
  • Denda Shields
  • Erin Yorkgitis
  • Angela Young

The Gala


A Night for Heroes is an annual black-tie gala honoring the men and women of our community who care for trauma victims every day and provide support for their families.


Event Details

Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020
Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront

5:30 p.m.
Wine Tasting and Silent Auction Presented by Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits

7:00 p.m.
Dinner and Program

8:30 p.m.
White Tie Rock Ensemble

Attire: Black-Tie Optional


A Night for Heroes 2020 Honorees: Brandon Taylor and Dr. Luis Rios Jr.

Past Honorees

Chris Hemmen

2019 Patient Honoree Video

Robert Ayer

2018 Patient Honoree Video

Brian Lynn

2017 Patient Honoree Video

Mark Taylor

2016 Patient Honoree Video


Photo Gallery 2020

Coming Soon!

Support the Gala

Your donation allows us to make a lasting impact in the lives of the patients we treat each day.


Please click here to view the slient auction for the event.

Donate Auction Items

Please consider supporting A Night for Heroes by making a donation to the silent auction at the event. The silent auction features a wide range of items from businesses all around the First Coast. Click here for the auction donation form.

Sponsor the Gala

Sponsorship and donations for A Night for Heroes have helped raised more than $1.2 million to support TraumaOne. Thank you for your support over the last decade! Click here to sponsor the gala.

Gala Sponsors

Giving Back

10 Years of Giving Back

Pictured above (left to right) are Dr. Skarupa, Dr. Shiber. Dr. Ebler, Dr. Burns, and Dr. Kerwin with the Sonosite X-Porte Kiosk System, purchased in part by proceeds from A Night for Heroes 2014.

Funds raised by the A Night for Heroes gala go to benefit the critical needs of the trauma center. To date, proceeds from the gala have provided funding for the purchase of a new TraumaOne vehicle, monitoring equipment and fluid warmers for TraumaOne helicopters, life-saving equipment for the trauma center, renovations to the TraumaOne communications center, housing accommodations for family members of trauma patients, renovations to family waiting rooms, and support for community education and injury prevention programs.

Contact Us

For more information about A Night for Heroes, please contact:


UF Health Jacksonville Office of Development
580 West 8th Street, # P-20
Jacksonville, FL 32209






For media inquiries, please call 904-244-3268.

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