Joan Lunden to speak at Girl Scout luncheon
Television personality and author Joan Lunden will be the keynote speaker at Tuesday's annual Women of Distinction recognition luncheon presented by the Girl Scouts of West Central Florida. The event begins at 11:30 a.m. at the A La Carte Pavilion, 4050 Dana Shores Drive, Tampa. Honorees are Robin DeLaVergne, Deirdre Dixon, Jean Gibson and Gwin Londrigan. $75. (813) 262-1690.
Five-course fundraiser benefits jobless vets
The Abilities Foundation hosts an intimate dinner at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the wine cellar at Besa Grill, 2542 N McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater, to benefit job placement services for disabled veterans. Executive chef Joe Voller and Zonin Italian wine importer Jim Bodkin will present a five-course meal. $60. (727) 538-7370, ext. 234.
And the Beacon of Light Award goes to …
Fresh Start Mentoring will honor community volunteer Karol Bullard at its annual Beacon of Light Award dinner at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the Feather Sound Country Club, 2201 Feather Sound Drive, Clearwater. The event is a fundraiser for Fresh Start Ministries & Mentoring. $50. (727) 249-6876.
Mr. or Ms. Sun will be unveiled at the Vinoy
"Back to the Future," the 2012 Suncoasters Ball, will begin at 6:30 p.m. Friday in the Grand Ballroom at the Renaissance Vinoy Resort, 501 Fifth Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. The evening includes the announcement of Mr. or Ms. Sun and the 2012 Sungoddess Ambassador. Black-tie optional. $125 Suncoasters, $150 nonmembers. (727) 821-9888.
Battle of the Minds trivia dinner fills up
Battle of the Minds, the annual dinner and trivia competition to benefit the St. Petersburg Free Clinic, starts at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Renaissance Vinoy Resort, 501 Fifth Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. The event is sold out. (727) 821-1200.