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Cyber Ohana Project’s 3rd Annual Luau Gala (Saturday, November 11th)

Want to have an elegant evening out, connect with fellow cybersecurity professionals, and support a good cause? Then you’ll want to go to the Cyber Ohana Project’s 3rd Annual Luau Gala, which takes place on Veteran’s Day — Saturday, November 11th — at the Duke Energy Center for the Arts – Mahaffey Theater!

What will happen at the Luau Gala?

The Mahaffey is right by the water in St. Pete, and it’s one of my favorite spots to visit when I’m there. It’s also a great setting for a gala evening out!

Here’s the agenda for the evening:

TimeWhat’s happening
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.Cocktails (silent auction opens)
7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.Opening remarks and buffet opens
8:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.Luau dancers show
8:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.Silent auction, DJ, and dancing
9:30 p.m.Silent auction closes
10:00 p.m.Event ends
(but nothing’s stopping you from checking out some of the great places on Beach Avenue!)

Who’s behind the Luau Gala?

The word Ohana roughly translates from Hawaiian as “family,” but it extends beyond blood relations — think of it as meaning a familial bond between people who aren’t necessarily related, but support each other, or “family” in the way it gets used in the Fast and Furious movies (especially the later ones). Cyber Ohana Project is organizing the gala. Founded and run by Wilson Bautista, Jr., its mission is to help military people and their spouses make the transition to civilian life and apply their leadership and technical skills in the cybersecurity field.

You can find out more about the good causes that proceeds from the gala will go to in the Cyber Ohana Project Gala 2023 message video:

Find out more

Once again, the Cyber Ohana Project’s 3rd Annual Luau Gala takes place on the evening of Saturday, November 11th at the Duke Energy Center for the Arts – Mahaffey Theater!

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