The Laxer Family Foundation is founded and led by David & Christina Laxer working together with various local, state and national organizations to build a strong basis for charitable giving. Our mission is to support and enhance the lives of at risk and aspiring youth as well as our honored US veterans in a personal and professional manner. Our vision and focus surrounds those in need through personal giving and public assistance via fund raising events. Our causes are centered on supporting initiatives that promote culinary education, hunger awareness, pediatric charitable causes, wounded and disabled veterans, as well as the development of youth through athletics.



Whisk(E)y Tampa Foxtrot

November 11 – 16, 2024.
Enjoy a series of exclusive dinners hosted by Bern’s Steak House and Haven led by industry experts and guest chefs; as well as our amazing tasting, “The Grand Pour” at the Epicurean Hotel.

Other Dinners & Events

Stay tuned for other dinners & events that support the initiatives of the Laxer Family Foundation

Bern’s Winefest

April 21-27, 2025.
Presented by Bern’s Steak House, Haven and Bern’s Fine Wines and Spirits. Our annual event of food and wine. A full week to indulge in all your wildest culinary and wine fantasies.

Meet Bern & Gert

The puppies Bern and Gert posing for a photo

We think you'll fall in love with Bern and Gert! These friendly puppies will warm your heart. The Laxer Family Foundation has sponsored both puppies for the duration of their training journey so they can become talented working dogs that will transform someone's life.

Southeastern Guide Dogs  began in 1982 with a single vision: to help those who cannot see. Today, they also serve veterans with disabilities and children with significant challenges. Bern and Gert will spend two years going through Puppy Academy, puppy raisers' homes, Canine University, and alumni homes. We will support them through their training and are confident that Bern and Gert will change the world for their future favorite human.