“Fire & Ice” Collector’s Gala to Feature Exotic & Luxury Cars, Fashion Show, and Silent Auction Benefiting Autism Speaks 


Tampa Bay, FLA (November 6th, 2023) – Cars & Couture is the ultimate luxury lifestyle event with a goal of giving back. The Collector’s Gala is back for the 13th year and once again will be raising funds and awareness for Autism Speaks. The gala will take place on Saturday, November 18th from 6:00pm – 10:00pm. 


Embracing the theme of Fire & Ice, this year’s event will unfold in the heart of Downtown Tampa, at the Tampa Museum of Art. The museum’s terrace will be transformed into a mesmerizing display of rare and exotic cars, adding a touch of allure to the ambiance. 


Upon arrival, guests will be greeted by a grand red carpet leading them to the breathtaking terrace overlooking the shimmering waters, illuminated by enchanting blue and red lights that perfectly embody the Fire & Ice theme. In addition to the captivating automotive display, attendees can explore sponsor booths, strike a pose on the red carpet for a memorable photograph, and immerse themselves in the soulful melodies of a live jazz band. 


The fashion show promises to be a spectacle of elegance, showcasing the finest evening and formal wear from six of Tampa Bay’s most extravagant luxury fashion designers. Each creation will exude sophistication and style, leaving guests in awe of the local talent.


Inside the gallery, guests will have the chance to bid on a range of exclusive items in a charity auction. All the proceeds from this auction will go towards supporting our beneficiary, adding a philanthropic element to the event. Cars & Couture is also partnering with Buddy Baseball, a non-competitive recreational league serving the Tampa Bay community for boys and girls ages 8 to 22 with special needs. The youth players will be honored with their own runway moment as they walk alongside models during the fashion show. 


For those seeking an elevated experience, VIP dinner guests will relish in a fully catered dinner and an open bar within the gallery’s refined setting. Afterward, they can retreat to the exclusive VIP terrace for post-dinner cocktails, savoring the enchanting atmosphere. 


To honor the occasion, guests are kindly requested to dress in black tie attire, with a special invitation for ladies to embrace the Fire & Ice theme by donning elegant red or blue gowns. This will undoubtedly add a touch of glamour and unity to the evening, creating a visual spectacle that mirrors the grandeur of the event itself.


As the night unfolds, Cars & Couture will not only provide an unforgettable experience for luxury enthusiasts but also contribute to the noble cause of Autism Speaks. With its fusion of opulence, fashion, and philanthropy, this event promises to be a celebration of both style and compassion, leaving a lasting impact on the Tampa Bay community.


For tickets and more information please visit www.carscouture.com 


Cars & Couture Title Sponsors: Titan Medical Center, Lamborghini Sarasota, Ferrari of Tampa Bay, Toy Barn, 7th Gear Exotics, The Accident Advisors, REM Motorsports, 360 Orthro and Spine, Dirty Dog Detailing, and Jesse James Law Firm


Cars & Couture Fashion Brands: X.A.N Official, Jacka Saldana, Lotus Linen Designs, Cupani Fashion, House of Dani B, Dorothy Zudora, Dé Johnea Bianca, and Riccardo’s Menswear.


ABOUT AUTISM SPEAKS: Autism Speaks seeks to change the future for all who struggle with autism spectrum disorders. They are dedicated to funding global biomedical research into the causes, prevention, treatments, and cure for autism and raising public awareness about autism and its effects on families. www.autismspeaks.org 


ABOUT BUDDY BASEBALL: A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Buddy Baseball is a non-competitive recreational league serving the Tampa Bay community for boys and girls ages 8 to 22 with special needs. The league fosters friendships and breaks down barriers giving special needs children the opportunity to play an organized sport. Not only do the players experience the thrill of participating in a baseball game, they also experience team play and camaraderie. https://buddybaseball.org/ 


ABOUT CARS & COUTURE: Cars & Couture Motorfest Weekend was founded and created by Tampa Bay resident and owner of Luxe Fashion Group, Dona Crowley in collaboration with William Waters founder of the Vintage Motor Classic. https://www.coutureandcars.com/ 


EVOLVE & CO: Evolve & Co is a full-service advertising agency located in downtown St. Petersburg, Florida. The company is a collective of brand strategists and creatives, specializing in the lifestyle vertical. The firm is located at 475 Central Avenue Suite M7, St. Petersburg, Florida 33701. www.evolveandco.com 


Editors: For details, or to schedule an interview contact Lisa Williams lisa@evolveandco.com or 727.490.9835.


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