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2009-2010 Hillsborough social calendar

SEPTEMBER

18 Ybor City Chamber of Commerce Gala annual Cesar Gonzmart Award honors Frank de la Grana; 6:30 p.m.; Columbia Restaurant; $95 or $175 per couple; black-tie optional; (813) 248-3712, ext. 22.

19 The Grapefather benefits Tampa Theatre; 7-8 p.m. Premium wine tasting, $85 in advance, $100 day of event; 8-10 p.m. Grand wine tasting, $50 in advance, $65 day of event; (813) 274-8982.

20 Tampa Tailgate benefits Cystic Fibrosis Foundation; 2:30 p.m.; Raymond James Stadium East Club Level; $100 and up; (813) 374-9041.

24 Tampa Museum of Art Gold Patron party; 6-8 p.m.; Neiman Marcus International Plaza; (813) 259-1734.

24 Photo Mojo benefits Florida Museum of Photographic Arts and American Institute of Architects Tampa Bay; 6 p.m.; Element rooftop lounge; 801 N Franklin St.; $50 in advance; $60 at the door; (813) 221-2222.

25 Diamonds in the Rough Ball benefits AMIKids; 7 p.m.; Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay; $75; (813) 887-3300.

26 12th annual All That Glitters Beyond the Grape Bash benefits MacDonald Training Center; 7-10 p.m.; TPepin Hospitality Centre; $60, or two for $100; (VIP $100 at 6 p.m.); (813) 870-1300, ext. 283.

26 Out of Africa 19th annual Starlight Ball benefits University Community Hospital Foundation; 6:30 p.m.; Lowry Park Zoo Safari Lodge; $250; benefits Wound Healing Institute; safari casual attire; (813) 615-7663.

26 Dancing with the Stars Tampa Bay benefits Heartbeat International; 6 p.m.; Tampa Marriott Waterside; $150; dwtstb.com; (813) 259-1213.

28 Jules Burt's Glam Ball benefits Generation Rescue; Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino; 8 p.m.; $75, advance; $95 at the door; (813) 541-3248.

30 An Evening Affair with SHARE benefits the SHARE Florida Food Network; 6:30 p.m. A La Carte Pavilion; $60; (813) 248-3379.

OCTOBER

1 19th annual Gift of Peace breakfast benefits the Spring of Tampa Bay; 7 a.m.; A La Carte Pavilion; $50; (813) 247-5433, ext. 325.

1 Le Cirque, eighth annual Champion for Children honors three pediatric cardiologists to benefit Voices for Children; 6:30 p.m.; Renaissance Hotel International Plaza; $75, advance; $90 at the door; (813) 275-9300.

1 Ducks Unlimited dinner and auction benefits wildlife conservation; 5:30 p.m.; Higgins Hall; $65 and up; (813) 251-0961.

3 Brews by the Bay Oktoberfest beer and food festival benefits Florida Aquarium; $50 in advance; $60 at the door; (813) 273-4568.

3 WTVT-Ch. 13 anchor John Wilson Roast to benefit Master Chorale of Tampa Bay; 6 p.m.; Westshore Hotel, 1200 N West Shore Blvd.; $125; (813) 974-7726.

3 African Ambassadors sixth annual Sankofa; 6 p.m.; Hyatt Regency Tampa; $50; (813) 878-2223 or (813) 789-9658.

3 Fifth annual Saturday Night Lights benefits New Tampa Family YMCA; 7-11 p.m.; 16221 Compton Drive; dinner, dancing and football, $50 advance; $60 at the door; (813) 866-9622.

4 Power of Pink, a light breakfast, benefits the Florida Breast Cancer Foundation; 9-11:30 a.m.; Brighton Collectibles in International Plaza; donations welcome; (813) 353-6969.

6 Flavor of Jazz features restaurant samplings and music by the Rippingtons to benefit Ruth Eckerd Hall and Clearwater Jazz Holiday Foundation; VIP at 5 p.m. for $90; general at 6 p.m. for $45; 1111 N McMullen Booth Road; (727) 791-7400.

8 Festival of Fashions celebrity model fashion show benefits Hillsborough Achievement and Resource Centers; sponsored by Georgette's of Hyde Park; silent auction, 10 a.m.; luncheon at noon; Hyatt Regency Tampa; $75; (813) 273-6364.

8 Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce 2009 Women of Influence Luncheon; guest author Elizabeth Gilbert; 11 a.m.; $60, members; $70, potential members (813) 276-9440.

9 USF Women in Leadership and Philanthropy annual symposium; guest speaker Dr. Susan Blumenthal; 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; Tampa Convention Center; $150; (813) 974-9535.

9 10th annual Fur Ball benefits Big Cat Rescue; 6:30 p.m.; A La Carte Pavilion; $150; safari, cat or formal attire; (813) 850-7052.

9 11th annual Hunter's Green Country Club Susan G. Komen Casino & Auction: 7 p.m.; 18101 Longwater Run Drive; $75; (813) 817-5468.

10 Italian-American Women of Excellence Awards; 11:30 a.m.; Italian Club; 1731 E Seventh Ave.; $40; (813) 935-6653.

10 Hunter's Green Country Club Susan G. Komen Luncheon & Fashion Show featuring Dillards; noon; 18101 Longwater Run Drive; $30; (813) 817-5468.

10 National Hispanic Scientist of the Year Gala honors Dr. Nils J. Diaz to benefit MOSI YES team; 7 p.m.; Museum of Science and Industry; $80; or $150 per couple;(813) 987-6321.

10 Seventh annual Hearts of Fire Gala benefits Muscular Dystrophy Association; 6 p.m.; A La Carte Pavilion; $250; (727) 712-8200.

14 Key to the Cure kick-off party benefits women's reproductive cancer research at Moffitt Cancer Center; 5:30-8:30 p.m.; Saks Fifth Avenue donates 2 percent of sales; $75; (813) 745-4860.

16 Wings, Wheels and Wishes benefits Make-A-Wish Foundation; 6 p.m.; Avantair hangar, St. Petersburg/Clearwater Airport; $85 until Sept. 25; $95 through Oct. 15; $100 at the door; (813) 288-2600 (respondents will be sent directions).

17 Vine to Wine tasting and auction benefits Kids Charity of Tampa Bay; 6:30 p.m.; Palmetto Club at FishHawk Ranch, 17004 Dorman Road, Lithia; $50; kidscharitytb.com/events or (813) 843-1833.

21 Champions for Children Breakfast benefits Child Abuse Council; 7 a.m.; Hyatt Regency Tampa; donation welcome; (813) 673 4646, ext. 225.

23 Tampa Vegas Night benefits Boy Scouts of America and Learning for Life.; 7 p.m.; Hyatt Regency Tampa; $100; (813) 872-2691.

23 Fourth annual Fall Grape Harvest wine party benefits Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health; 7 p.m.; Lion's Eye Institute, 1410 N 21st St.; $35 or two for $60; (813) 974-6571 or federationoffamilies.org.

24 Cheval Women's Club Murder Mystery dance benefits Child Abuse Council; Roaring '20s attire optional; 7 p.m.; TPC Tampa Bay, 5300 W Lutz-Lake Fern Road; $50; (813) 948-2250.

24 Masquerade Ball benefits Carrollwood Cultural Center; 7 p.m.; 4537 Lowell Road; costumes or semiformal; $20, members; $30, guests; (813) 269-1310.

25 Island Night at Jackson Bistro benefits LifePath Hospice; 5:30-8:30 p.m; $100; (813) 877-2200.

29 Junior League of Tampa Holiday Gift Market patrons party for donors of $1,000 and up; 7 p.m.; home of Lisa and Michael Trentalange; (813) 254-1734. (The Holiday Gift Market itself is Nov. 6-8 at the Florida State Fairgrounds.)

NOVEMBER

2 I Will Survive fashion show benefits the Spring of Tampa Bay; 6-9 p.m.; Saks Fifth Avenue; $75 and up; (813) 247-5433, ext. 325.

5 Mental Health Care Inc. Foundation Breakfast benefits Mental Health Care's, Children's Crisis Center; 7 a.m.; Hyatt Regency Tampa; $50; (813) 239-8172.

5 Tampa Bay Businesses for Culture and the Arts (formerly Tampa Bay Business Committee for the Arts) awards dinner; 6:30 p.m., $85 and up; $75 for nonprofits. The Florida Aquarium; (813) 221-2787.

5 28th annual Steak Dinner benefits Boys & Girls Clubs; Tony Dungy honoree; 6:45 p.m.; Desert Grill Busch Gardens; $300 or $500 per couple; (813) 769-7536.

6 Dessert First Adventure Bash benefits Girl Scouts of West Central Florida; 7 p.m.; Intercontinental Hotel, 4860 W Kennedy Blvd; $65 or $100 per couple; toll-free 1-800-881-4475, ext. 1792.

6 Puttin' On the Glitz; Starry, Starry Night, 22nd annual dinner and fashion show to benefit Northside Mental Health Auxiliary and PhoneFriends; 6 p.m.; TPepin Hospitality Centre; $75; (813) 988-1290.

6 Celebrating Life - A Night in Spain benefits USF division of geriatric medicine; 6 p.m.; Tampa Yacht Club; $125; (813) 837-1212.

7 23rd annual Zoofari sampling benefits Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo; 7-11 p.m.; $75 online in advance, $80 by phone in advance, $85 at the door; LowryParkZoo.com or (813) 935-8552, ext. 276.

7 Evening in the Park benefits Tampa Museum of Art; 6 p.m.; University of Tampa riverfront lawn; $250 to bring your own picnic; $350 to order dinner; (813) 259-1718.

7 Eye Ball to benefit Lions Eye Institute for Transplant & Research, 6 p.m.; 1410 N. 21st St.; $150; black-tie; (813) 289-1200.

8 Cruising to a Cure luncheon and chef competition benefits Children's Cancer Research Group at St. Joseph's Children's Hospital; 10 a.m.; aboard MS Ryndam, Port of Tampa Cruise Terminal 3; $75; (813) 872-0979.

10 Music Reborn II: Forbidden and Forgotten benefits Ameet Chapter of Hadassah and the Carrollwood Cultural Center; 7:30 p.m.; 4537 Lowell Road; $18 and up; (813) 982-1480.

12 HandBags & Happy Hour cocktail party auction benefits Make-A-Wish Foundation; 6:30 p.m.; Neiman Marcus International Plaza; $50, in advance; $60 at the door; (813) 288-2600.

18 National Philanthropy Day awards luncheon sponsored by Suncoast Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals; 11:30 a.m. A La Carte Pavilion; $50; (813) 251-9172.

25 Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla Debutante Ball; Tampa Marriott Waterside, invitation-only.

27 Krewe of Venus Debutante Ball; Hilton St. Petersburg Carillon Park; invitation-only.

28 WonderlandMad Hatter Tea Party benefits Joshua House and Kids Charity of Tampa Bay; 2:30 p.m.; Ferguson Hall; $50 Wonderland matinee only; $100 matinee and party; (813) 263-3469.

DECEMBER

3 H.B. Plant Museum Society Victorian Stroll party; 7-9 p.m.; University of Tampa; $75; (813) 258-7302.

4 20th annual LAMPlighters Christmas Silver Coffee benefits Metropolitan Ministries; 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; home of Cheryl and Harvey Adams; $25 suggested donation; (813) 928-5378.

5 Red Cross Angels Gingerbread House decorating brunch; 10:30 a.m.; University of Tampa Plant Hall; $75, adults; $55, child; (813) 348-4820, ext. 7665.

5 Wonderland World Premiere benefits Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center; pre- and post-performance festivities; 6 p.m.; Morsani Hall; $250 and up; (813) 222-1037.

5 St. Andrew's Society Feast of the Haggis; 6:30 p.m.; Palma Ceia Golf and Country Club; invitation-only; (813) 227-8171.

11 Georgette's & the Shoe Salon Celebrity Holiday Fashion Show benefits St. Joseph's Women's Hospital; 10 a.m.; fashion show at noon; Hyatt Regency Tampa; $75; (813) 254-1141.

11 Home is Where the Heart Is annual Davis Islands holiday stroll benefits Kids Charity of Tampa Bay; 7 p.m.; $150; (813) 263-3469.

19 Krewe of Venus Coronation Ball; Busch Gardens Desert Grill; invitation-only; (813) 289-9310.

31 Aqua Eve celebration benefits Florida Aquarium; 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.; downtown chic attire; at the aquarium, $80 until Dec. 9; $90 until Dec. 23; $100 after that; (813) 273-4568.

31 Mad Hatter's New Year's Eve Gala benefits the Children's Home; 7:30 p.m.; Morsani Hall, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center; $100; tickets to Wonderland not included; (813) 864-1532.

JANUARY

7 Tampa General Hospital Foundation's 19th annual Night at the Circus featuring Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey benefits neonatal intensive care unit; 7:30 p.m.; St. Pete Times Forum; $500 and up; (813) 844-7273.

9 Tye Dye Black-Tie, Masquerade Ball IV benefits Stageworks Theatre; 6:30 p.m.; Centro Asturiano; $125;(813) 784-6832.

9 Krewe of the Knights of Sant' Yago Coronation Ball; A La Carte Pavilion; invitation only; (813) 248-3088.

14 WEDU Be More Awards celebrates nonprofits; 11 a.m.; $50; A La Carte Event Pavilion, wedu.org/bemore or (813) 254-9338, ext. 2240.

16 St. Joseph's Hospital-North grand opening black-tie gala; 4211 Van Dyke Road, Lutz ; invitation-only; (813) 872-0979.

22 Tampa Bay History Center annual black-tie gala; 7 p.m.; 801 Old Water St.; $250; (813) 228-0097.

24 Annual President's Dinner benefits Tampa Jewish Federation; 6:30 p.m.; $150; A La Carte Pavilion; (813) 264-9000.

28 A Choice Affair luncheon benefits Planned Parenthood; 11:30 a.m.; Maestro's at the Straz Center for Performing Arts; $50, general; $20, student; (941) 365-3913, ext. 1105.

30 Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla Invasion, parade and parties along Bayshore Boulevard.

FEBRUARY

11 Florida Holocaust Museum's annual To Life dinner benefits the museum; guest speaker Lisa Ling; Mahaffey Theater; time and ticket price to be advised; (727) 820-0100, ext. 242.

12 Ebony Fashion Fair , 8 p.m.; Tampa Theatre; $45; benefits Derrick Brooks Charities; (813) 389-8746. CANCELLED

13 WEDU Sojourn fifth annual black-tie gala celebrates Italy, 6 p.m.; A La Carte Pavilion, $200; wedu.org/sojourn or (813) 254-9338, ext. 2240.

14 Love of a Garden auction and dinner benefits Tampa Garden Club, honorees Margo and Gary Harrod; 2629 Bayshore Blvd; 6 p.m.; $50; (813) 251-5059.

14 Red Hot dinner dance benefits Pepin Heart Hospital and K.C. Patel Research Institute; 6 p.m.; TPepin Hospitality Centre; $250 and up; (813) 615-7663.

20 Einstein on Wine tasting benefits Museum of Science and Industry; 4801 E Fowler Ave.; VIP entry at 6 p.m. $125; general admission at 7 p.m., $70 in advance, $80 at the door; $60 for members; (813) 987-6077.

20 Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla Coronation Ball; 8 p.m.; Tampa Convention Center; invitation only.

26 A Pair to Remember benefits Easter Seals Florida; luncheon and shoe auction; 11 a.m.; Tampa Yacht Club; $50; (813) 769-5923.

MARCH

4 Bowling Ball benefits prostate cancer research at Moffitt Cancer Center; 5 p.m.; Splitsville in Channelside; $75; moffitt.org/giving or (813) 745-4860.

5 DeBartolo Family Foundation seventh All Star Charity Gala; 6:30 p.m.; A La Carte Pavilion; $300; (813) 964-8302.

5 Fourth annual Andrea's Sip for Life wine and tapas tasting benefits Moffitt Cancer Center pediatric sarcoma research; 7-10 p.m.; Tampa Bay History Center; $100; (813) 248-3000, ext. 17.

6 Cattle Barons' Ball benefits American Cancer Society; 7 p.m.; Tampa Port Authority Cruise Terminal 6; $350 and up; (813) 319-5904.

6 Italian Club ladies auxiliary fashion show; 1731 E Seventh Ave.; time and ticket price to be advised; (813) 248-3316.

7 Oscar Night America-Tampa Bay annual Academy Awards ceremony party benefits Tampa Theatre, 711 N Franklin St.; 6-7:30 p.m. VIP reception; 6-8 p.m. Red Carpet Festivities; 8 p.m. live telecast; $30 and up; (813) 274-5507.

9 Fashion Funds the Cure benefits Pediatric Cancer Foundation; celebrity host Carson Kressley; 6 p.m.; Saks Fifth Avenue; $100; (813) 269-0955.

12 Chiselers Market Preview Party and Auction; 7-9 p.m.; University of Tampa Plant Hall; $50; (813) 253-0037.

13 Wishmakers' Ball to benefit Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central and Northern Florida; 6:30 p.m.; black-tie; Renaissance Hotel International Plaza; $200 and up; (813) 288-2600.

13 New Tampa Junior Woman's Club, 13th annual Night of 5000 Charity Gala; 7 p.m.; Ritz Ybor; $5,000 drawing benefits Camp Hopetake; $100 and up; (813) 784-3064.

23 Women of Distinction luncheon benefits Girl Scouts of West Central Florida; noon; A La Carte Pavilion; $75; (813) 262-1792.

24 Boys & Girls Club of Tampa Bay annual New York Yankees Luncheon; 11:30 a.m.; Tampa Marriott Waterside; $300; (813) 769-7536.

25 GreenFest luncheon benefits Friends of Plant Park; guest speaker Maryon Marsh; 11 a.m.; Tampa Yacht Club; $60; tampagreenfest.com; (813) 902-0750.

26 Forever Young, adult circus party benefits: 1Voice Foundation; 6 p.m.; Saks Fifth Avenue; $50; (813) 371-5203.

27 Fashionollia '62 luncheon and fashion show sponsored by Tampa Woman's Club; 10 a.m.; Hilton Tampa Airport Westshore, 2225 N Lois Ave; $50 to benefit Support Our Troops; fashions provided by Apropos; (813) 839-7457.

27 Tampa Bay Heart Ball; black-tie dinner benefits the American Heart Association; 6 p.m.; A La Carte Pavilion; $500 and up; (727) 563-8112.

APRIL

3 Friends of Joshua House Foundation Circle of Friends dinner; Avila home of Mary Ann Stiles and Barry Smith; 7 p.m.; $500; (813) 263-3469.

10 Karamu, 22nd annual black-tie gala benefits Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo; 6:30 p.m.; $275 and up; (813) 935-8552, ext 235.

10 KO Breast Cancerblack-tie boxing gala benefits St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, St. Anthony's Hospital and Morton Plant Mease Hospital foundations; 6 p.m.; A La Carte Pavilion; $120; (727) 667-3167.

15 Judeo-Christian Health Clinic Testimonial Dinner; 6 p.m.; Higgins Hall; $95; (813) 870-3231.

17 25th anniversary Best of Tampa Bay; 7 p.m.; David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts; $40 and up; (813) 229-7827.

23 Wheels of Success R.A.C.E. Luncheon and Hub Cap Awards; 11:30 a.m.; A La Carte Pavilion; donations welcome; (813) 490-9443.

24 17th annual Magnolia Ball features the Doobie Brothers to benefit Moffitt Cancer Center; 5:30 p.m.; A La Carte Pavilion; sponsorships start at $8,500; MagnoliaBall.com or (813) 745-4860.

29 Sixth annual Art of Giving dinner benefits United Way of Tampa Bay Summer Care programs, HGTV designer Vern Yip; 5:30 p.m.; A La Carte Pavilion; $100; (813) 274-0901.

MAY

1 Ninth annual Sea Grapes wine and food festival benefits the Florida Aquarium; VIP Club, $150 includes 7 p.m. entry to the aquarium; general admission, $85 at 8 p.m.; (813) 273-4568.

2 Sunday in the Arts exhibition and sale benefits Las Damas de Arte scholarships; 5 p.m.; Scarfone-Hartley Gallery at the University of Tampa; price to be advised; (727) 510-7656.

7 Silverspoons & Sandcastle's XVIII benefits Mayor's Beautification Program; 7-11 p.m.; Tampa Port Authority Cruise Terminal 3; $120, advance; $125 at the door; (813) 221-8733.

8 Tampa General Hospital Foundation 13th annual Moments in Time Gala, 7:30 p.m.; Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay; $250 and up; (813) 844-7273.

13 Go Red For Women luncheon benefits the American Heart Association; 10:30 a.m.; Tampa Marriott Waterside; $150; (727) 563- 8112.

15 11th annual Storybook Ball benefits Ronald McDonald House Charities; black-tie; 6 p.m.; A La Carte Pavilion; $350; (813) 258-6430.

15 Tuxes and Tails celebrity and pet fashion show and dinner benefits Humane Society of Tampa Bay; 6 p.m.; Tampa Convention Center; $125; (813) 876-4150.

16 15th anniversary Opera Tampa benefit gala; 6 p.m.; David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts; $250; (813) 222-1037.

22 Imagination gala benefits Glazer Children's Museum; 6:30 p.m.; 110 Gasparilla Plaza; $175; (813) 277-3199.

22 Suncoast Leukemia & Lymphoma Man and Woman of the Year Gala; 6-10 p.m.; TPepin Hospitality Centre, $125; (813) 963-6461.

JUNE

5 A Night in Havana gala benefits American Red Cross; 7 p.m.; Renaissance Hotel at International Plaza; $175; (813) 348-4820, ext. 7665.

13 Krewe of Zingaro's fifth annual Uncork The Cure benefits Children's Cancer Research Group at St. Joseph's Children's Hospital; 4 -7 p.m.; Tampa Club; $50; (813) 872-0979.

18 Army Ball featuring Gen. Ann Dunwoody; 6 p.m; A La Carte Pavilion; $25 and up; (813) 827-6933.

19 4th Annual Night with the Stars gala benefits Ryan Nece Foundation; 8:30 p.m.; TPepin Hospitality Centre; $85; (813) 251-3624.

24 Rays on the Runway benefits Children's Dream Fund; 7 p.m.; Nordstrom's International Plaza; $75 advance; $100 at the door; $50 under age 16; (813) 490-9970.

26 14th annual Celebrating Faces of Hope award banquet to benefit Tampa Bay Academy of Hope; 5 p.m.; A La Carte Pavilion, ticket price to be advised; (813) 277-0464.

JULY

31 Celebrate Sinatra; 9 p.m..; Ritz Ybor, 1503 East 7th Ave.; Tom Tiratto and the 13 piece Joe Stagi Big Band Orchestra; $50 through midnight on July 27th; $60 per person after July 27. Pre-pay at www.CelebrateSinatra.com.

AUGUST

28: Second Annual FARA Energy Ball to benefit Friedreich's Ataxia Research Alliance (FARA) and the University of South Florida Ataxia Research Center (USF ARC); 6 p..m.; A La Carte Pavilion; $250 includes admission to the ball and a related scientific symposium at USF Marshall Center on August 26; (813) 600-8179.

SEPTEMBER

19 Island Night at Jackson's Bistro buffet, auction and casino party benefits LifePath Hospice 5:30-8:30 p.m.; Jackson Bistro's on Harbour Island; $100; (813) 871-8111.

2009-2010 Hillsborough social calendar 10/02/09 [Last modified: Monday, May 24, 2010 4:38pm]
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