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Calendar of Events

Events hosted by Florida Baptist Children’s Homes:

Gainesville – Foster Family Home Open House

September 20
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Is God calling you to be a foster parent to one of the hundreds of children in need of foster homes in Florida? Are you ready to show God’s love to these children? Come learn about a wonderful opportunity, especially for you, in the Gainesville area!  


Florida Baptist Children’s Homes
17224 N State Rd 121, Gainesville, FL  32653

For more information, please contact us at (386) 418-0147 or

Bradenton/Sarasota – Foster Family Fun Day

September 6
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.


Florida Baptist Children’s Homes
3410 Bouwer Court, Palmetto, FL  7970

For more information, click here.  If you still have questions, please contact Tricia Sadler at (941) 357-7970 or

Shine a Light – The Porch Light Weekend

October 24-25

Shine a Light, The Porch Light weekend includes the spectacular events listed below.  Click on the links to learn more as well as register for the 5k and purchase tickets for the gala event!

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Shine a Light – 5K
Friday, October 24, 6:30pm
Lake Hollingsworth
175 Lake Hollingsworth Dr., Lakeland

$25 – by October 3 (guaranteed a dri-fit t-shirt)
$30 – after October 3


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Shine a Light – Festival
Saturday, October 25, 10:00am – 1:00pm
First Presbyterian Church of Lakeland
175 Lake Hollingsworth Dr., Lakeland



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Shine a Light Gala presented by Advanced Drying Systems
Saturday, October 25, 6:00pm
Florida Southern College Branscomb Auditorium
111 Lake Hollingsworth Dr., Lakeland

$50 – tickets include a performance featuring internationally-renowned recording artist Jason Castro, a former contestant on American Idol.



Events supporting Florida Baptist Children’s Homes:

Thank you for making a difference in the lives of so many special children!  If you are hosting an event to support a program of Florida Baptist Children’s Homes or Orphan’s Heart, please submit your event here!

The Dream Maker’s Pit

September 9
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

A theater production benefiting The Porch Light.
Location: First Baptist Church at the Mall, 1010 E Memorial Blvd, Lakeland, FL 33801, NOW Auditorium.
Cost: $10.00 (Kids 16 and under FREE)
For more information, call First Baptist Church at the Mall at 863-529-6626 or visit