16th Annual
A Night for Heroes Gala
Thank you for your generous support of UF Health TraumaOne! Join us for the gala on February 18, 2023

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.

2023 Council Members

Event Co-Chairs: Olivia Frick and Jessica Cummings

  • Ann-Marie Awad
  • Jessica Cummings
  • Laura Edgecombe
  • Renée Farrell
  • Olivia Frick
  • Courtney Hassan
  • Pamela Hemmen
  • Megan Heiden
  • Chauntelle Isenbeck
  • Deborah James
  • Ashlea Justice
  • Kristen Knudsen
  • Lesia May
  • Amy Meyer
  • Julia Paul
  • Judy Riggle
  • Karen Robeson
  • Jamie Rood
  • Eva Roth
  • Denda Shields
  • Laura Tuck
  • Anne-Marie Tucker
  • Tracy Williams
  • Katy Wittman
  • Erin Yorkgitis

Congratulations to the TraumaOne Heroes Council on being honored as Outstanding Civic Organization at the AFP Florida First Coast Chapter 2021 National Philanthropy Day awards!

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

When: Saturday, February 18, 2023

The Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront
225 East Coastline Drive
Jacksonville, Florida 32202

6:00 p.m.

7:00 p.m.
Dinner and Program


A Night for Heroes 2022 Honoree: Raqeem Bacon

Past Honorees

Jordan McClinton

2021 Patient Honorees Video

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 2022

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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.


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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

Golden Hour Sponsor

Crothall Healthcare

Dedication Sponsor

Brooks Rehabilitation
W.W. Gay Mechanical Contractors

Champion Sponsor

Danis Construction
Edward Lifescience
Miller Electric Company
Stellar Foundation
Gresham Smith

Hero Sponsor

Century Ambulence
Florida Blue
Phillips Hunt Walker Hanna

LifeSaver Sponsor

Gate Foundation
The Fiorentino Group
Thomson Reuters
TLC Engineering
Dr. Leigh Neumayer
Dr. Brian and Erin Yorkgitis
UF College of Medicine - Jacksonville

Friend of TraumaOne

Beth McCague
McCall Construction Management, LLC
McVeigh & Mangum Engineering, Inc.
Smith, Hulsey & Busey
McKim & Creed

Media Sponsor

Jacksonville Business Journal

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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