Special Event Rooms

Our conference center offers over 6,135 square feet of rental space encompassing five banquet rooms that are ideal for any occasion. Each room is multipurpose and perfectly suited to create any setup you envision. All room rentals include furniture setup and breakdown, various seating options, ample free parking, adjustable lighting, audiovisual and sound capability, as well as flexible catering options. Four of our rooms feature movable wall partitions allowing us to expand into larger room setups to meet any need. Our dedicated and professional on-site staff will go above and beyond to provide you with five- star service, at a fraction of the price! Whether you are planning a lecture for 400 or a brunch for 30, Thrasher-Horne Center is the perfect setting for your next event.

Plan Your Next Special Occasion at Thrasher-Horne Center:

Thrasher-Horne Center


(904) 276-6815 ext. 2
to speak with our Rental Coordinator,
Ellen Hare or email her here.


Venue For All Types Of Occasions


You’ll find the versatility of our rooms along with audiovisual and sound capabilities as a strength to adapt to any required meeting structure, whether it is a professional luncheon setting in our grand room, a workshop and/or training session with room breakouts, or an organization’s annual business meeting. Ask about our non-profit organization discount on room rentals.

Weddings & Receptions

With a contemporary design, and beautiful chandeliers, our grand room can accommodate up to 240 guests with room for dancing. Additionally, our other banquet room is the perfect setting for your wedding ceremony. We also have several picturesque locations for photos including our grand lobby staircase, landscaped waterfall area and professional, lighted dressing rooms (other costs may apply).

Fundraising Events

The conference center is a fantastic location for fundraising events, especially with our Non-Profit rental discount. Fundraising event setups within our five banquet rooms, can include a Gala type evening in our grand room and concurrently use our other rooms for specific fundraising activities, like a silent auction.


For a special day or for a special someone’s day, our rental rooms are wonderful settings for any type of celebration. We host Birthday parties, Baby Showers, Special Anniversaries, Family Reunions, Graduation events and more.


Our 6,135 square feet of rental space offer the ability to configure for large numbers of exhibits and attendees. Whether the goal is to educate the public, showcase products and services, or create networking opportunities, we have the perfect room layouts to ensure a positive experience for your exhibitors and easy strolling for your attendees.

Holiday Parties

Host your company’s holiday party at Thrasher-Horne Center! Our rooms offer the flexibility to adjust to various types of themed events. From small business to large corporations, your team will feel rewarded with a celebration in our space.


The conference center consists of 11,000 square feet and includes:

State-of-the-art A/V equipment
Free wireless network access
Multimedia presentation lectern
Professional, knowledgeable staff
6,135 sq. ft. of meeting space
Ample, free parking
Easy access - low traffic
Peaceful surroundings
Full days or Half days
On-site security
Flexible catering
Warm-up kitchen
Break-out rooms

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Thrasher-Horne Center offers an on-site planning staff with up to five rooms available for rent seven days a week. Rental hours are from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., depending on scheduled events. Room capacities below are examples using typical room layouts. Your capacity may differ depending on additional equipment or setup requirements. Prices are subject to change. Nonprofit Organizations are eligible for a 20% discount on their suite fees.

Rental Chart

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Standard Furniture

All room rental fees include a custom setup of furnishings, furniture breakdown, and free parking. Each room has independently controlled sound and lighting.

Rooms are set up to your specifications with the following furnishing options:

Round tables
5' rounds will seat 6 - 8 guests
6' rounds will seat 8 - 10 guests

Rectangular tables
2' x 6'
2' x 8'

Cushioned Chairs

Equipment Available for Rent

Large Podium with attached microphone $50.00
Small Podium, with cordless microphone on stand $40.00
Small Podium, no microphone $30.00
Cordless Handheld Microphone $20.00
Lapel Microphone $25.00
A/V Cart, includes projector and screen $125.00
Portable Projector $30.00
Pipe & Drape (priced by foot) $32.00
Up-Light (each) $27.50
Stage Platform Riser (3’ X 8’ section) $30.00
Dance floor (15’ X 15’) $300.00
Piano, Baby Grand $150.00
Baby Grand Tuning $100.00
Piano, Upright $75.00
Upright Piano Tuning $80.00
White Linen, Round $14.00
White Linen, Rectangular $14.00
White Linen, Hi Boy Spandex $10.00
Burgundy Skirting (priced per table) $10.00
Warming Kitchen usage fee $175.00

In order to secure the event date, the signed Reservation Agreement and a 50% deposit of the reservation agreement must be received within ten days. All deposits and fees are payable by check (made to SJR State), credit card or money order. The remaining balance is due no later than 30 days prior to the event. If the booking is made within 30 days of the event, the entire amount is due at the time of the booking.

Nonprofit organizations are eligible for a 20% discount on their suite fees by showing documentation provided by the Internal Revenue Service stating their status, for example, Letter 1045. Those patrons who are exempt from paying sales tax must provide a Consumer's Certificate of Exemption, Form DR-14.

Other Applicable Fees:
Non-Refundable Administrative Fee - $95.00
Foyer Usage Fee - $175.00
On-Site Security Fee (when alcohol is served) - $20.00 per hour

Thrasher-Horne Center requires a Lessee to acquire and submit a Special Event Certificate of Liability Insurance to show they have in force bodily injury and property damage liability protection in an amount not less than $1,000,000 combined single limit and indicating St. Johns River State College as an additional insured for the date and duration of the event. Individuals or companies that do not have this insurance may purchase liability insurance directly through the University Risk Management and Insurance Association. Costs vary, depending on the category of the event.

Upon acquiring, the Lessee must deliver a copy of the Special Event Certificate of Liability Insurance to the Thrasher-Horne Center at least twenty-one (21) days prior to the event.

The conference center is available from 7:30 a.m. until 11:30 p.m., Monday through Sunday. All rentals require a base minimum four (4) hour rental block, then an hourly rate is applied over the base for each additional hour based on the total contracted reservation time. Should an event exceed the contracted reservation time, the Lessee agrees to pay double the applicable hourly rate for each hour over the contracted reservation time. If an extension of the contracted reserve time is required, it must be requested in writing five (5) days prior to the event date. Additional space is subject to availability and the ability of the conference center to provide the necessary services.

Enjoy the luxury of choice when it comes to catering!

Thrasher-Horne Center works with a variety of caterers, giving you the flexibility and control as well as competitive pricing to meet your specific needs. Our recommended caterers provide a wide range of services from snacks or light hors d' oeuvres to themed dinners or award-winning barbecues. If you prefer to use your own caterer, all that is necessary is to provide a copy of their business license and a Certificate of Liability Insurance naming St. Johns River State College as an additional insured on the date of your event. In addition, you and your caterer will need to sign our Thrasher-Horne Center Catering Policy.

If alcohol is planned for your event, a copy of the appropriate liquor license and liquor liability insurance is required. You will also need to complete a Thrasher-Horne Center Alcoholic Beverages Policy Application. Upon approval, the Lessee assumes full responsibility for complying with the state of Florida's liquor laws, local ordinances and other laws and regulations as may be applicable to the event.

Thrasher-Horne Center is comprised of a dedicated professional staff eager to make your planned event a memorable and successful one. We realize the importance of an event to our customers and we strive to ensure all your expectations are met. We look forward to working with you!

General Contact Information:
Phone: 904-276-6815 ext. 2
Customer Service Available Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Email: ThrasherConference@sjrstate.edu
Fax: 904-276-6838

Conference Center Contacts:
Bob Olson Director, Thrasher-Horne Conference Center (904) 276-6815 ext. 8
Ellen Hare Rental Coordinator (904) 276-6815 ext. 2

Thrasher-Horne Center
283 College Drive
Orange Park, FL 32065
(Rental Office is located at the south end of the building to the right of the Conference Center entrances.)