Tuesday, September 18, 2018
News Roundup

Glitter, butterflies and Beatles help raise funds for nonprofits

9.29.17

The Glitter Queens were shining Sept. 29 at their sixth annual Royal Ball, which raised thousands of dollars for the Beth Dillinger Foundation. Guests wearing colorful swirls, daisies and go-go boots to go with the "mod '60s" theme packed the St. Petersburg Marriott Clearwater for the event hosted by a group of 31 women who pick a different recipient of the party's proceeds every year.

Bob Dillinger, Pinellas-Pasco public defender, and his wife, Kay, started the Beth Dillinger Foundation in 2007 in honor of their daughter Beth, who died at age 32. The nonprofit supports children in need by providing food, clothing and scholarships through five different programs.

Several of Beth Dillinger's high school friends, including Bobbie Lee and Christina Xenakis, dressed as Pan Am flight attendants complete with blue dresses, white gloves, carry-on bags with the Pan Am logo and handed bags of peanuts to other guests.

The Glitter Queens started with five women six years ago and has raised more than $250,000 through its various parties.

The 2017 Glitter Queens are: Mary Alice Bolline, Lynda Booker, Janet Carroll, Veronica Dunn, Holli Hudson, Therese Johnson, Sandra Kearney, Teresa Kocer, April La Cava, Laura Liebel, Karen Malkiewicz, Rebecca Malowany, Kelly Lee McFrederick, Terri McNally, Myra McShane, Meg Milligan, Bev Mogelnicki, Maria Morrow, Karen Park, Lisa Parsons, Vicki Peksens, Dee Perconti, Melissa Pinnick, Sheila Reilly, Joy Rudnicki, Joyce Shanahan, Pat Smoot, Carla Theophille, Leslie Trevathan-Ritch, Kathy Turcotte and Mary Lynn Wilkins.

9.30.17

Supporters of Alpha House gathered at the Renaissance Vinoy Resort & Golf Club to raise money and awareness for the facility that provides housing and services to homeless pregnant women and teens and new mothers and infants. Alpha stands for acceptance, life, purpose, hope and accomplishment.

The Butterfly Ball fundraiser honored the "significant six" described as people who have demonstrated a unique kindness, care, concern and genuine compassion for their community. The honorees included Mark Sforzini, artistic and executive director for the St. Petersburg Opera; Mary Jane Park, former editor at the Tampa Bay Times and executive director of the Warehouse Arts District Foundation; Beverly Yepes, board member of Resurrection House; Susan Mittermayr, founding partner at Sabal Trust and a chair of the board for the YMCA; Kay Dillinger, president of the Beth Dillinger Foundation and Bob Dillinger, Pinellas-Pasco public defender.

Cheryl Sanchez and Sue Brett headed the "flutter committee" that organized the fundraiser.

10.1.17

It's fitting that Come Together played as guests filed into Ruth Eckerd Hall's Beatles-themed fundraiser. Hundreds of people came together to support the performing arts center's outreach to 35,000 students a year in the theater and at 20 schools.

The gala, named "All You Need is Love" celebrated the upcoming show, Rain, A Tribute to the Beatles and another concert starring Ringo Starr. The main stage featured entertainment— from performers dressed as the Fab Four to young students of Ruth Eckerd Hall's Marcia P. Hoffman School of the Arts.

"I'm going to be upstaged by children all night," said Frank Hibbard, vice chairman of the board of the theater, when he took the stage to welcome guests to the fundraiser, which had been rescheduled because of Hurricane Irma. "If you ever have a party do not invite Irma. She's a terrible party crasher."

The organizing committee was chaired by Susan Benjamin.

Funds raised at the event will go toward a new program called Teach the Teachers, according to Jana Jones, chairman of the REH board and Zev Buffman, president and CEO of the performing arts center. Research shows students who are involved in the arts are less likely to get into disciplinary trouble and more likely to strive for goals.

Comments
Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: What happens when Jameis Winston returns?

Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: What happens when Jameis Winston returns?

Who should start at quarterback for the Bucs in Week 4, when Jameis Winston returns from his three-game suspension?Head coach Dirk Koetter won't talk about it, while DeSean Jackson says, "you can't take the hot man out." But what might most impact th...
Updated: 11 minutes ago
New Papa Johnís ads emphasize Ďthis isnít a single personís brandí

New Papa Johnís ads emphasize Ďthis isnít a single personís brandí

Associated PressNEW YORK ó Papa Johnís, which wants to distance itself from founder John Schnatter, is releasing new ads Tuesday that replace him with a diverse group of franchisees. The commercials show several franchisees looking into the camera a...
Updated: 21 minutes ago
Pumpkin spice haters, back off: Itís okay to crave the seasonal flavor

Pumpkin spice haters, back off: Itís okay to crave the seasonal flavor

All right, okay, enough, I get it: You all hate pumpkin spice. But Iíve got one request as we head into fall: Can you just let us have this?There are many things on which to heap anger and despair right now, but please, that thing does not need to be...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Rays morning after: Choi on an impressive pace

Rays morning after: Choi on an impressive pace

Ji-Man Choi doesn't want to get caught up in the numbers game.In leading the Rays to a 3-0 win over the Rangers on Monday, Choi hit his eighth homer in 43 games/146 at-bats since getting called up.That projects over a full season to roughly 30-plus h...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Road warriors truly define Palm Harbor University volleyball players

Road warriors truly define Palm Harbor University volleyball players

PALM HARBOR — The microphone was put away for the day, so Palm Harbor University volleyball coach Dexter Rogers had to shout. Luckily, the intimate crowd at Carwise Middle School was easily within earshot.It was senior night, and the Hurricanes...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Coca-Cannabis? Coke analyzing cannabis in wellness drinks

Coca-Cannabis? Coke analyzing cannabis in wellness drinks

The Coca-Cola Company said Monday it is "closely watching" the expanding use of a cannabis element in drinks, another sign cannabis and cannabis-infused products are getting more acceptance in mainstream culture and a harder look from long-...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Plenty of sunshine means hot, humid day for Tampa Bay

Plenty of sunshine means hot, humid day for Tampa Bay

Temperatures will rocket into the lower 90s by the late morning to early afternoon Tuesday, while little cloud cover will leave plenty of sunshine to warm up Tampa Bay.Tuesday morning will begin relatively dry with sparse cloud cover and few storms a...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Plenty of sunshine means hot, humid day for Tampa Bay

Plenty of sunshine means hot, humid day for Tampa Bay

Temperatures will rocket into the lower 90s by the late morning to early afternoon Tuesday, while little cloud cover will leave plenty of sunshine to warm up Tampa Bay.Tuesday morning will begin relatively dry with sparse cloud cover and few storms a...
Updated: 2 hours ago
The Daystarter: Red Tide seeps into Pinellas' waterways; Fitzpatrick or Winston? A QB controversy is brewing; Ulele bust removed from Riverwalk

The Daystarter: Red Tide seeps into Pinellas' waterways; Fitzpatrick or Winston? A QB controversy is brewing; Ulele bust removed from Riverwalk

Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what to know today. † • Expect a muggy morning with lows in the 80s before the usual scattered afternoon showers and thunderstorms arrive, according to the National Weather Service. Hot and humid, ...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Police investigating shooting at East Tampa apartment complex

Police investigating shooting at East Tampa apartment complex

TAMPA -- Police are investigating a shooting at an apartment complex in East Tampa early Tuesday morning.The shooting occurred around 2:30 a.m. at the Silver Oaks Apartments, 4200 Kenneth Court, according to the Tampa Police Department.According to p...
Updated: 3 hours ago