Thursday, November 15, 2018
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Amy Scherzer’s Diary: Weekly Wrap-Up of the Tampa Social Scene

Power of Giving

A very merry crowd turned out for the Ryan Nece Foundation’s Power of Giving holiday party, drinking Jingle Juice cocktails and having a jolly time supporting the former NFL linebacker’s student service programs. Bay area teens make two-year commitments to volunteer work, their mantra: "If not you, then who?" The students have traveled to Flint, New Orleans and throughout Tampa, gaining leadership skills and principles "to shape their life outlook," Nece said.

Josh Walters and the Phase 5 band played for 350 partiers while Pipo’s, Eddie V’s, Ford’s Garage, the Mini Donut Factory and Chef Inspired Popcorn served Dec. 7 at TPepin’s Hospitality Centre. A silent auction, wine pull and Plinko (with prizes no matter where the disc dropped) helped net $25,000 for future programming.

Home is Where The Heart Is

From drinks around the firepit to ice cream sundaes on the rooftop, Home is Where The Heart is Holiday Stroll-ers admired waterfront vistas and an unusual car collection at the annual progressive dinner for A Kid’s Place of Tampa Bay. They didn’t stroll very far, neighboring Davis Islanders Gail and Jim Norman and Vera Muzzillo (husband Greg was under the weather and greatly missed) extended their hospitality to the non-profit Dec. 8 to provide further services and loving care to children removed from their family homes due to abuse, neglect or abandonment.

LAMPLighters’ 28th Christmas Silver Coffee

A lovely mix of new and longtime LAMPLighters lit up the auxiliary’s 28th annual Christmas Silver Coffee, chatting over a buffet of homemade goodies at the Beach Park home of Tracy and John Bales where they were also treated to Christmas carols sung by a few dozen Santa-capped Metropolitan Ministries school children on a sunny Dec. 8.

"Way too much cuteness," said CEO Tim Marks, thanking the women for helping the shelter provide toys for 20,000 kids in Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco counties this month.

LAMPLighter president Anne Carney announced two new initiatives: Build a Library, overseen by Kate Wilson, will spend $1,000 to buy books, in both English and Spanish, for Met Min’s day care center. And a teen group called Flashlights (get it?) led by Ashley Gray will organize student volunteer service projects.

With a $50 minimum donation suggested, the coffee klatsch added $12,000 to the $1.2 million they’ve raised over 30 years. Two-decade member Renee Furlong was honorary chairwoman.

     
                 
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