Building the Love!


Chris Machen & Danette Good invite you to attend the 2nd annual Building the Love! fundraising event to benefit UF Baby Gator Child Development Centers, including the completion of “natural” playgrounds and the development of another Baby Gator Center to better serve the needs of UF families.

When: Thursday, February 13, 2014
Time: 5:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Where: UF President’s House
What: An evening of food, drinks and live and silent auctions with UF soccer coach Becky Burleigh as Master of Ceremonies.
Tickets: $50 per person (online ticket purchase will be available soon!)
*Reserved childcare will be available at Baby Gator at Lake Alice.


To purchase tickets or make a donation online.




To purchase tickets or make a donation by mail.


Last year’s Digging the Love! event exceeded expectations! Over 200 guests enjoyed fine dining and beverages at the UF President’s house while engaging in some good natured bidding wars. Over 50 silent and live auction items including works from local artists, luxury vacations, dining certificates, health and fitness packages, and Gator items were auctioned off by Master of Ceremonies, UF soccer coach, Becky Burleigh. The generous donations of families, friends and community partners exceeded our goal of $20,000. That, coupled with the $20,000 donated by the Rosengren family, provided a nice budget to begin the playground renovation work. Baby Gator teachers, staff, and children thank everyone for their support.

Click Here to view last year’s event photographs! (press enter or the space bar on your computer to advance to the next slide).

Our heartfelt thanks to the following businesses whose generous donations have made our event possible.

Event Sponsors:

Alta Printing
Cacciatore Catering
Cakes by Brenda
Crevasse Florist
Fresh Market
Gordon Food Service
Innovative Design and Events
Mildred’s Big City Food
Sakara Sweets
Simply Delightful Confections
Thornebrook Chocolates