15th Annual
A Night for Heroes Gala
Coming soon February 2022!

About A Night For Heroes

The A Night for Heroes gala is a black-tie fundraiser supporting trauma and critical care at UF Health Jacksonville.

UF Health TraumaOne

Since 1983, UF Health Jacksonville has been home to the TraumaOne trauma program, the only state-approved adult and pediatric Level I trauma center in Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia. University of Florida trauma surgeons and specially trained support staff are available to help severely injured patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The American College of Surgeons-verified TraumaOne Trauma Center has five resuscitation beds that allow for immediate evaluation and resuscitation of injured patients by the trauma team.

Our team provides life-saving care to thousands of trauma victims each year, as well as comfort and support for their families.

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 15 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 trauma and critical care 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.

2021 Council Members

Event Co-Chairs: Amy P. Meyer and Erin Yorkgitis

  • AnneMarie Awad
  • Jessica Cummings
  • Renée Farrell
  • Meg Godwin
  • Courtney Hassan
  • Megan R. Heiden
  • Deborah James
  • Ashlea Justice
  • Tammy Kerwin
  • Andy Kerwin, MD, FACS
  • Sarah Lane
  • Lesia May
  • Elise Mecredy
  • Cindy Meysenburg
  • Julia Paul, MSN, RN
  • Anna Poeton
  • Eva Roth
  • Jamie Rood
  • Denda Shields
  • 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

Coming Soon February 2022


Video: 14th Annual A Night for Heroes Gala

A Night for Heroes 2021 Honoree: Jordan McClinton

Past Honorees

Brandon Taylor and Dr. Luis Rios Jr.

2020 Patient Honorees Video

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

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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 silent 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 $2 million to support TraumaOne. Thank you for your support over the last decade! Click here to sponsor the gala.

Gala Sponsors

Proceeds for A Night For Heroes

Proceeds from A Night for Heroes are an investment in vital, lifesaving work at UF Health Jacksonville, in our community and across the region.

In May 2021, UF Health Jacksonville and Century Ambulance unveiled two new critical care ground transport vehicles. The new cutting-edge ambulances are large enough to transport two patients and the trauma care team and allow for transmitting information back to the hospital while on location and en route, all of which leads to better patient outcomes.

Level I trauma centers, like UF Health TraumaOne, have technology and equipment Level II trauma centers don’t. The ECMO machine is a prime example. ECMO, which stands for extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, is the technique of taking blood from the vein, adding oxygen and removing carbon dioxide, warming the blood, and then pumping it through the body. This is essential when a patient has suffered severe lung or chest wall injuries and has lost lung function. Event donations support life-saving equipment such as ECMO, and other life support services.

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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