This one has been rumored for a while, but new details are beginning to trickle out: Jenny McCarthy, Carmen Electra and Kim Kardashian are in line to host the annual Leather and Laces Super Bowl Party on Friday, Jan. 30 at Jackson's Bistro on Harbour Island.
The party will be open to the public — tickets to last season's party sold for $500, according to the Arizona Republic — and will reportedly benefit autism, a cause near and dear to McCarthy's heart. On Oct. 4, the actor, who has an autistic son, hosted a party at the Playboy Mansion called "Leather Meets Lace," benefitting Generation Rescue, a global autism research coalition.
As an added bonus, McCarthy's main man is Jim Carrey, another autism research supporter, who will be in the middle of promoting two movies: Yes Man (scheduled for release Dec. 19) and I Love You Phillip Morris (around Valentine's Day). So he might very well be on the guest list.
The Jenny-Carmen-Kim co-host trifecta isn't carved in stone just yet; everyone involved was trying to finalize all the details on Thursday afternoon. But you can get a glimpse of the 2008's Leather and Laces party at leatherandlaces.com.
Eagles performing at Forum
The Eagles may have missed out on this year's halftime show gig, but that's not stopping them from coming to Tampa during Super Bowl week.
The easy-listenin' supergroup will perform Jan. 29 at the St. Pete Times Forum. Tickets are $49.50, $69.50, $99.50 and $150; they go on sale Oct. 20 at 10 a.m., with a pre-sale Oct. 13-19 through Ticketmaster.com.
This means the St. Pete Times Forum's lineup for Super Bowl week is pretty much set — and what a week it is: Jan. 27, Lightning vs. Montreal Canadiens; Jan. 28, Celine Dion; Jan. 29, the Eagles; Jan. 30, Lightning vs. Philadelphia Flyers; and Jan. 31, Dane Cook.
Phew. Let's see any venue try to top that.
Snap up cheap VIP party tix
Considering the price of tickets to some Super Bowl parties, this could be a steal: Two passes to a pair of sweet invite-only parties for as little as $300.
The Tampa Bay Super Bowl Host Committee is auctioning off two passes to the official Media Party on Jan. 27 and the official Host Committee VIP Party on Jan. 30. The money benefits Tee Off for Tourism, Tampa Bay & Co.'s annual charity golf tournament that raises scholarship money for hospitality students.
We can't vouch for the Host Committee Party, but we've been to a Media Party, and trust us: Nothing beats the sight of watching hundreds of international sports writers gobbling up free food and dancing to the likes of Gin Blossoms (Glendale, 2008) or Hootie and the Blowfish (Jacksonville, 2005).
The opening bid is $300, and the auction ends Oct. 27. To bid, visit biddingforgood and search for "Tampa Bay Super Bowl."
NFL alums prep pricey bashes
Want to hobnob with some NFL legends? Got loads of cash lying around? Sign up for a party sponsored by the NFL Alumni. Here's what you can get for a fat stack of Benjamins:
$4,500: For this, you and three friends can shoot clay pigeons with NFL players and Olympic shooting medalists at the ninth annual Sporting Clays Team Challenge. Don't worry, lunch, gun training and a celebrity host are all included. It's Jan. 31 at Deer Creek Sporting Clays, 10514 Ehren Cutoff, Land O'Lakes.
$7,500: This'll get you a foursome in the Jan. 30 Super Bowl of Golf Showcase, a celebrity pro-am with NFL stars at Hunter's Green Country Club in Tampa.
$12,500: A host of heavy hitters will hang out at the NFL Alumni Player of the Year Awards Dinner, held on the eve of the Super Bowl at the Hyatt Regency Tampa. Current NFL players will receive their awards from an NFL Hall of Famer. The price of admission gets you a table of eight, plus your own NFL star for the night.
Each event benefits Caring for Kids. For more info, call (800) 878-5437, Ext. 212, or visit nflalumni.org.
More party tidbits
Three free Super Bowl tickets could be yours, if you're a student willing to pledge to be active for 60 minutes every day and answer two questions about health and fitness. The winner of the NFL Super Kid Contest will get to hand off the ball before the opening kickoff, and appear on boxes of Frosted Flakes. Students ages 6 to 15 can enter the contest at nflrush.com.
Want to spend Super Bowl week commiserating with a higher power (and we don't mean Roger Goodell)? Check out Super Bowl Outreach '09, a four-day evangelism retreat at the Tampa Bay Baptist Conference Center, 15601 Lake Magdalene Blvd., Tampa. For details, call 1-866-646-5683 or visit superbowloutreach.org.
And finally, we recently told you about the Joyner-Walker Foundation's Par & Poker Celebrity Challenge for Charity tournament at TPC of Tampa Bay in Lutz, featuring appearances by Ozzie Smith, Lawrence Taylor and other athletes. Well, we'd be remiss if we didn't also tell you that Alfonso Ribeiro will also be on hand. That's right — Carlton is in the house! Cue up the Tom Jones and start dancing!
— Jay Cridlin, Luis Santana, Janet Zink