Hats, Hearts, & Handbags

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Thank you so much for your support in 2024!

Our Hats, Hearts & Handbags (HHH) event celebrates the mission of Girls Place and generates the financial resources needed to provide girls with critical programming, while bringing the community together for an afternoon of fun and friendship.

Each year, hundreds of people support Girls Place at the Annual Hats, Hearts, and Handbags by reserving a table and decorating it with their friends to compete for awards, wearing their best hat and grabbing their most fashionable handbag to support the girls of Girls Place.

We are returning to Valley View in Alachua!

To support the efforts this year, please call 352-373-4475 or email

Thank you to our sponsors!

UF Health
Total Homes

Blackadder Brewing

Campus USA

First Federal

Gainesville City Lifestyle

Hugh Cain, Allstate

IQ Fiber

Jim and Marilyn Islam

Moxie Media Alachua


HHH | April 11, 2024!


2:00-4:00 Table Decorating

4:00-5:00 Social Hour

5:00 View Tables

5:30-7:00 Dinner and Program


Kickoff | January 17, 2024


5:30-6:00 Mingling, hor dourves, and beverages

6:00-7:00 Program: Learn about GP, HHH, ask questions, and build connections!

7:30 Event concludes



Marks Table Captain Luncheon

Coming March 2024 with committed Table Captains.

Tori Penso Headshot

Tori Penso, Soccer Referee

Tori Penso led her team to officiate the 2023 Women’s World Cup Final in Australia and New Zealand; the first from the U.S. to referee a FIFA World Cup final and the first Women’s World Cup final referee from the Americas, man or woman. She has served US Soccer as a Referee for 23 years, starting at the young age of 14 years old. She currently serves on the FIFA Panel and has since 2021. In this role, Tori is a trailblazer for women officials, in the US, Concacaf and globally.

As the first female referee to officiate an MLS match in two decades following legends like Kari Seitz, Sandy Hunt and Nancy Lay to becoming the first woman to referee a Men’s World Cup Qualifier in Concacaf, she continues to set a new standard for officials within our region and globally. Tori has worked her way through the professional ranks in the US, having been selected to join PRO2, serving in the NPSL, USL, NWSL, and MLS leagues. She is currently the only female full-time Professional Referee with PRO (Professional Referee Organization) and you can catch her on the pitch working MLS matches regularly. Most recently, Tori has returned home from Saudi Arabia as the first female to work a professional match when she was selected for the Opening Match of the 2023 Men’s FIFA Club World Cup this past December.

Tori Penso is excited about the opportunities ahead as the game continues to demand more officials at all levels of the game – there is so much opportunity in officiating!

Nathan Whitaker


I now spend my days writing and speaking. Not at the same time.

It’s been a circuitous path to here. After winning a Super Bowl ring with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and witnessing teamwork and leadership from my time in the scouting departments of the Bucs and Jacksonville Jaguars, I talked Tony Dungy into writing a book. (I may have been unemployed for three years while I wore him down.)

That book, my first, was the #1 New York Times bestseller, Quiet Strength, and I have gone on to write numerous other books (eight of which have become NYT bestsellers, by my count – which may be skewed, since math wasn’t my thing), including The Mentor LeaderUncommonUncommon MarriageThrough My Eyes (with Tim Tebow), Snap DecisionThe One Year Impact For Living Men’s DevotionalRole of a Lifetime (with James Brown), and The One Year Uncommon Life Daily Challenge.

When I speak to corporations, teams, churches or non-profits, I draw on lessons learned from coaching friends Tony Dungy, Mike Tomlin, Billy Donovan, Clint Hurdle and Tom Coughlin, as well as my college coach, Steve Spurrier.

Nathan Whitaker

2024 Table

Cost: $800 (8 seats)

2024 Individual Ticket 

Cost: $125

We invite you to support our girls by sponsoring our 2024 Hats, Hearts, and Handbags Your sponsorship will provide the funding that makes our mission possible while promoting your business or organization.

Your company can reach 350+ movers and shakers in Gainesville, while supporting a great cause through Hats, Hearts, and Handbags.  Check out our sponsorship packet for more information.

Please email if you would like to contribute this year.