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Tampa Community Unites for 8th Annual FARA Energy Ball Friedreich’s Ataxia (FA) is a debilitating multi-system disease and the most common cause of inherited ataxia; 1 in 100 people are carriers of the FA Gene. What begins as difficulty with balance and coordination, progresses over a short period of time to a life altering loss of mobility, energy, speech and hearing, robbing children and young adults of the ability to live active and independent lives. In the pursuit of treatments and a cure for FA, the Tampa community will unite with scientists and patient families on September 15-17 at the Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance (FARA), eighth annual Scientific Symposium and Energy Ball Gala. At the symposium, guests will receive updates on progress on FA research from the bench to the bedside. The symposium can be attended in person with an RSVP at www.usf.edu/ua/RSVP or streamed online at

www.ustream.tv/channel/curefa. Wendy Ryan, ABC Action News Anchor, will emcee the event and Steve Griggs, Tampa Bay Lightning CEO, will chair the event with his wife Janell. There will be a live auction featuring exclusive getaways, cocktails and dinner, and a live performance by Blonde Ambition. Funds from the event benefit FARA and the USF Ataxia Research Center. Last year, FARA funded over $4.5 million in drug development and clinical research worldwide. Visit curefa.org/energyball to learn more. Photo Captions: Dr. Judy Genshaft, Ron Bartek, Suzanne Avery, Paul Avery and Dr. Cliff Gooch at the USF Scientific Symposium. Energy Ball Sponsors and FARA Community Supporters, Kurt and Amy Hull (Event Co-Auction Chair). Emcee Wendy Ryan and Auctioneer Scott Robertson receive an anonymous pledge during the Fund a Cure.

Tampa Prep Shares Sneak Peek Of 4 Million Dollar Renovations Tampa Preparatory School unveiled the 47,000 sq. ft. renovation of its Upper School at a Sneak Peek event for donors who funded the project. Attendees convened in Mitchell Lobby to hear from several school representatives before exploring the three-story, tech-forward space. Guests explored the new Smith Arts Wing, featuring a full video production suite with two studios, rehearsal rooms for student recording and other custom components. In the Fredlake Humanities Wing, donors saw the benefits of study nooks for small group collaboration and the strategic use of sound, light and technology in the Active Learning Environment (ALE) classrooms. In an ALE, multiple projectors and movable furniture provide a front-row seat for every student. With completion of this renovation, Tampa Prep proudly becomes one of the few schools in the nation to boast Active Learning Environments in Middle School and Upper School classrooms. The final phase of the expansion will outfit science labs and lecture halls with custom educational technology. Photos: (L - R) Mike Circle, Carl Carlson, Debbie & Peter Hepner, Bruce Burdge, Mike Montecalvo, Kevin M. Plummer, Robert Healy, Santiago Chang Cathy & Bob Smith Kevin M. Plummer, Carl C. Carlson Carrie White, Laurel Fredlake, Jeff Mitchell

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