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‘Tis the Season to Spread Cheer (and Icing) for a Sweet Cause

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With the holidays quickly approaching, the American Red Cross of Central Florida invites the community to join in the time-honored tradition of gingerbread house decorating while supporting a sweet cause at the annual Red Cross Gingerbread House events in Tampa (Dec. 10) and St. Petersburg (Dec. 15).

For more than two decades, families and friends have gathered together at the annual Red Cross Gingerbread House events to celebrate the season with a spirited decorating challenge -- creating the ultimate gingerbread gem. Participants are presented with fully-assembled gingerbread houses, perfectly prepared by Alessi Bakery, along with royal icing and embellishments. They have two fun-filled hours to create the cheerful confections while enjoying brunch, entertainment and auctions.

“Year after year, we marvel at the generations of families and groups of friends who have made our Gingerbread events part of their personal holiday traditions” said Linda Jorge Carbone, CEO of the American Red Cross Central Florida Region and the Tampa Bay Chapter. “We are thankful for so many of our neighbors who celebrate with us, turning compassion into action right here in Tampa Bay.”

Fundraisers like the Gingerbread events support the humanitarian services and programs of the Red Cross of Central Florida, helping hundreds of families in Greater Tampa Bay and beyond. The Red Cross responds on the scene of emergencies to help provide for the urgent needs of disaster victims, teaches health and safety skills that save lives, and supports military members and their families.

Red Cross Gingerbread Event at the University of Tampa
Saturday, December 10 * 10:30 am – 1:30 pm
This timeless holiday tradition is a sweet treat for the whole family! The scent of the classic confections and sounds of the season fill the air as adults and children of all ages use their talents to make a masterpiece (and a merry mess). Admission to the event includes the gingerbread house and embellishments, gourmet brunch, silent auction, and the chance to win fantastic prizes in numerous categories. To register or learn more, visit

Red Cross Gingerbread Event at the Loews Don CeSar Hotel

Thursday, December 15 * 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Neighbors and groups of friends come together to make this festive event one of the area’s most celebrated and competitive holiday traditions. Channel your inner designer and celebrate the season in this friendly holiday challenge. Admission to the signature event includes the gingerbread house and embellishments, champagne brunch, exciting silent and live auctions, and the chance to be crowned champion in numerous categories of showmanship. To register or learn more, visit

The American Red Cross of Central Florida gratefully acknowledges the donors, volunteers and partners who make the Gingerbread House events possible, including: Table 6 Productions, Alessi Bakery, the University of Tampa, Loews Don CeSar Hotel, Clearwater Gas, Duke Energy and The Lightning Foundation.

IMAGES & VIDEO from the 2015 Red Cross Gingerbread House events are available for download.
Imagery by Maureen Taylor, VHVIDEO.COM

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