Special Events

Join us for a celebration honoring Florida's DNA exonerees and those who have worked to advance the cause of innocence.

An Evening of Celebration, Dinner & Awards
With Men Who Spent Decades in Prison for Crimes They Did Not Commit

Thursday, May 8, 2014
Mission San Luis
2100 W. Tennessee Street, Tallahassee

VIP Reception for Exonerees, Sponsors, Honorees & Keynote Speaker at 6 p.m.
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Dinner and Program at 7:00 p.m.


Our theme for the evening is “stepping out and moving forward.” Please join us to honor the exonerees who are already moving forward, those who have helped them do so, and the innocent who still wait to take that first step.


Florida DNA Exonerees
14 men who are “stepping out and moving forward” after spending 268 years wrongfully imprisoned

Honorable Nancy Daniels
Talbot “Sandy” D’Alemberte Commitment to Justice Award

Guy Spearman
Innocence Project of Florida Pro Bono Award


Brian Banks
Keynote Speaker, NFL Free-Agent and California Exoneree

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Jackie Pugh, IPF Development Coordinator, 850-561-6767 or Email.

Host a Fundraising Event in Support of IPF

DNA exonerations in Florida and nationwide clearly demonstrate that the criminal justice system is fundamentally flawed and all too often innocent people are wrongfully incarcerated. Raising public awareness of these injustices is a critical component of IPF’s on-going work. You can help free innocent people in Florida’s prison by holding an event in your community to educate your friends and colleagues. If you are interested in hosting an event, check out how to host an IPF house party.

Previous Events

We are very grateful to our friends who have worked tirelessly in support of our efforts to find and free the innocent people in Florida’s prisons. Please check out these past events that provided valuable support to IPF.

  • IPF Honored with the 2013 Gideon Award. Read more.
  • Steppin’ Out 2013. See highlights from the evening.
  • Steppin’ Out 2012. See highlights from the evening.
  • Tri-County Interfaith Alliance. See Highlights.
  • IPF’s Week of Outreach  (Florida Southern College, Rollins College and Stetson University) Learn more.
  • William Dillon sang the national anthem at a Tampa Bay Rays game. See highlights.
  • FACDL June 2012. Learn more.
  • IPF visited Unitarian Universalist Church of Sarasota and the Democratic Club of Sarasota Learn more.
  • IPF was invited to Sarasota to speak at the Selby Library and Plymouth Harbor retirement home. Learn more.
  • Gathering at the Art Center Sarasota, hosted by Harriet & Stan Hendel. See highlights.
  • IPF hosted receptions in association with the movie, Conviction See highlights.
  • Board Chairman Mark Schlakman Summits Mt. Rainier in 2010  Learn more.
  • American Heritage School – Bowl for the Innocent 2010
  • American Heritage School – Bowl for the Innocent 2009  Learn more.
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