Lisa here,  back with another one of the many Tampa Bay Area Events happening soon! This one is sure to take off...it's time for ExTRAVELganza 2010! Tampa Bay Hospitality Alliance is joining with the Hillsborough County Hotel and Motel Association, and the Pinellas Chapter of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association, for their 17th annual ExTRAVELganza!

This event is the main fundraiser for scholarships that are awarded to full-time, four year, University or Community College students in Florida, majoring in Hospitality or the Culinary Arts.

This year ExTRAVELganza is going to take place in Hanger 44 at the Tampa Jet Port Center, behind International Mall. The event is on November 5th, from 7-10pm. It is $60 per person with wine, spirits and the food tasting included. They also have corporate tables or corporate sponsorships available that have more included. The RSVP deadline is November 1st. Food for the evening will be Tours of Taste, a culinary showcase of Bay Area Chef experts, wine and spirits will also be served.

For all of you bitten by the travel bug, this next item should perk your interest. They are doing a raffle for a "Ready to go for a surprise getaway." The tickets are $100 each, and if you win, it's a surprise trip to a destination that has yet to be revealed. I guess I better pack my bags now! Have no fear, if leaving at the drop of a hat for vacation isn't your thing, they will also have live and silent auctions full of other fun items.

Again all of the proceeds go to students in Florida who are majoring in either Hospitality or the Culinary Arts. So if you can't figure out what to do on Friday November 5th, this is the perfect evening event, and what a great way to support local students, as well as, fellow partners!

Stay tuned for more on how our partners help Tampa Tourism grow!