Race Gala: Culinary Tasting, Live & Silent Auction

March 13, 2020!

Due to the recent updates on cancellation of events in and around our city, state, and country, and out of growing concern for the well-being of our members, guests, community members, volunteers and sponsors, this year’s Race Gala has been canceled.   As part of the kick off to the 12 Hours of Sebring race festivities, our “throwback” Race Gala has been for several years an opportunity to celebrate the week, celebrate art while raising money for our Children’s Art Camp, and to support and recognize the work of local artists. It was to  take place on Wednesday, March 18 at the Sebring Civic Center. Attendees were invited to celebrate the city’s internationally-acclaimed sports event and experience the race gala like many members of the Sebring community remember with good, old-fashioned community fun! 

“The Race Gala has always been the race event for Sebring to celebrate the races and the exciting time in our community,” said Sebring Mayor John Shoop. “The Art League has done a great job carrying on the tradition of the Race Gala, and we are thrilled to bring the event back to its Wednesday night (before the race) date.”

Wondering what a non-profit does when their biggest fundraiser of the year is canceled? We go into planning mode – in this case with the blessing of our generous sponsors and auction donors to plan two upcoming events – one virtual and one blow-out party when the air has cleared and we are safe to resume our normal daily lives. Watch our website and facebook pages for:

HAL’s Auction for the Arts 

(watch for our online auction coming soon)


The Derby Party

May 2, 2020

Both will feature great one-of-a-kind art work, gift baskets, gift certificates, vacation packages, food, music, and fun! Please join us as we keep the ball rolling on the organization that has been a mainstay of the Arts community in Sebring for 55 years. 

Did you know?
Some HAL memberships receive complimentary Race Gala and Derby Party tickets. All HAL members now receive discounted ticket pricing for these events. If you are a member, please call to reserve your ticket over the phone. It’s easy and applies your discount to your ticket purchase.  Click here to check out our membership levels and join HAL today.

Is your membership current? Call our office if you aren’t sure of your status. Memberships now run 1-year from the date of membership regardless of time of year you join. 

Thank you to our 2020 Sponsors!

Paddock Sponsor
First Southern Bank                                                                                         Denver and Helen Ferry
Marmer Construction Inc.                                                                            David Marley Roofing Contractor, Inc.         Excavation Point Inc.                                                                                                                          

Tasting Sponsors
Bufalucca Sports N’ Wings
Caddyshack Bar & Grill
Cang Tong Japanese Steakhouse
Dee’s Place                                                                                                                                                                                                           Nutmeg’s Cafe
Bernie Little Budweiser Distributors
Sugar Sand Distillery                                                                                                                                                                                       

In-Kind Sponsors and Supporters
The City of Sebring
Palmer Rental                                                                                                                                                                                                    The Palms of Sebring                    
Robbins Nursery
Creative Printing

Are you interested in Sponsorship availability for this event? What about donations to our amazing silent and live auction? Contact our office at (863)385-5312 or manager@highlandsartleague.org for additional information and benefits!

To view the complete 2016 Photo Gallery – Click Here
To view the complete 2015 Photo Gallery – Click Here


Gala Goals:
1.  Value community by seeking a sense of pride through Highlands County, rallying around our community’s signature event, the 12 Hours of Sebring Race.
2.  Campaign for funding to continue HAL’s mission and to enhance Art programs and activities for Highlands County and the surrounding areas.
3.  Promote community socialization and networking through an entertaining and enlightening environment.  Offering an outlet for both the young adults through the young at heart adults in the community to enjoy an evening out for networking and supporting an important cause within the community, Arts and Culture.