2015-2016 Hillsborough Society Calendar

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Published September 11 2015

Check out the Times' 2015-2016 Hillsborough Society Calendar, jam-packed with memorable celebrations planned to raise funds and friends for dozens of arts, education and health non-profit organizations. • Use it to chart your way through the year, catch the highlights each week in my Diary and remember the reason for the social season. • As Big Brothers Big Sisters of America CEO Pam Iorio says, "Nonprofit is a terrible name. We better end the year with a profit, or I haven't done my job." • In other words, enjoy the parties but bring your checkbook.

Amy Scherzer, Times Society Columnist

September

Sept. 11: Napoleon Wineamite, 14th annual movie-themed Winefest, benefits Tampa Theatre; premium tasting: 7 p.m., $85; grand tasting: 8 p.m., $50; (813) 274-8982 or tampatheatre.org for related events.

Sept. 12: Fiftieth annual Ybor City Chamber of Commerce Gala; Gonzmart Award presented to the Guagliardo family; 6:30 p.m.; Columbia Restaurant, Ybor City; $100, or $190 per couple; (813) 248-3712, ext. 404.

Sept. 16: Shattering Barriers, annual dinner celebration, benefits MacDonald Training Center; 6 p.m.; $75; A La Carte Event Pavilion; (813) 870-1300, ext 310.

Sept. 17: Tampa Hispanic Heritage Leadership Class of 2015 awards cocktail reception; 6:30 p.m.: Sheraton Suites Tampa Airport Westshore; $60; tampahispanic.org.

Sept. 18: Leadership Brandon 16th annual casino night; 6:30-11:30 p.m.; the Regent, 6437 Watson Road, Riverview; $65; (813) 689-1221.

Sept. 19: CITY: Fashion+Art+ Culture, benefits Tampa Museum of Art; 8 p.m.; $150 and up; 120 W Gasparilla Plaza; fashions from Saks Fifth Avenue Sarasota; (813) 421-8368 or tampamuseum.org.

Sept. 19: FARA Energy Ball benefits Friedreich's Ataxia Research Alliance and the USF Ataxia Research Center; 5:30 p.m.; A La Carte Event Pavilion; $300; (813) 600-8179 or curefa.org.

Sept. 19: An Evening of Wine and Roses, 17th annual Art of Helping Children Gala, benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay; 6 p.m.; Marriott Waterside; $200; (813) 769-3636 or bbbstampabay.org.

Sept. 24: 13th annual Champions Lunch, benefits Champions for Children; 11:30 a.m.; Tampa Marriott Waterside; $50; (813) 673-4646 or cfctb.org.

Sept. 24: Brinner of Hope, benefits Pediatric Cancer Foundation; 6 p.m.; Hilton Tampa Downtown; $125; (813) 269-0955 or fastercure.org.

Sept. 25: The Secret Garden, fourth annual University Area Community Development Corp. Awards Gala; 6 p.m.; 14013 N 22nd St.; $75 or $125 per couple; (813) 558-5212 or uacdc.org.

Sept. 25: Nineteenth annual Night of the Iguana food and wine sampling, benefits Make-A-Wish Foundation; 7 - 11 p.m.; TPepin's Hospitality Centre; $85 advance, $100 at the door; nightofthe iguana.wishcentral.org or (813) 288-2600.

Sept. 25: Imagination: A Gala to Benefit Glazer Children's Museum; 6:30 p.m.; 110 W Gasparilla Plaza; $250; after-party at 9 p.m.; $75; (813) 443-3805.

Sept. 26: Banyan Ball, benefits INDO-US Chamber of Commerce; 7 p.m. Hilton Tampa Downtown; $225; (813) 358-8384.

Sept. 29: Rising Stars: 34th annual Steak Dinner, benefits Boys & Girls Club Tampa Bay; honoree Trudy Carey and family; 6 - 9 p.m.; A La Carte Event Pavilion; $300; (813) 769-7535.

October

Oct. 3: Tampa Bay's Dancing With the Stars, benefits Hands Across the Bay, My Hope Chest, Clothes to Kids and the Cypress Initiative; 6 p.m.; TPepin's Hospitality Centre; $250; (727) 573-7720 or handsacrossthebay.org.

Oct. 3: Jobsite Theater Gala; honorees Hinks and Elaine Shimberg; 7:30 p.m.; Jaeb Theater at the Straz Center; $100; (813) 476-7378 or jobsitetheater.org/gala.

Oct. 8: Tenth annual Thomas Thrasher Awards and 30th anniversary celebration, benefits National Organization for Transplant Enlightenment; 6 - 9 p.m.; Florida Aquarium; $75, advance; $80 at the door; (813) 629-2973 or noteus.org.

Oct. 9: 10th annual USF Women in Leadership & Philanthropy Fall Symposium, featuring Amelia Rosie Earhart; 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.; A La Carte Event Pavilion; $100 members, $125 nonmembers; (813) 974-6996.

Oct. 9: Tampa Bay History Center Gala; 7 p.m.; 801 Old Water St.; black tie; $250; (813) 675-8991 or tampbayhistorycenter.org.

Oct. 9: Poynter Institute's inaugural Bowtie Ball; honoree Bob Schieffer; 7 p.m.; Hilton Carillion; $125 general reception and dinner; $250 dessert reception (includes general reception and dinner); (727) 553-4676.

Oct. 10: Tampa Hispanic Heritage Man & Woman of the Year Gala; 6:30 p.m.; Hilton Tampa Downtown; $75; (813) 949-9271.

Oct. 10: Fourteenth annual Anchor Ball, benefits Steinbrenner Memorial Scholarship fund and Tampa Port Ministries Seafarers Center; 6:30 p.m.; Port Terminal No. 3; 815 Channelside Drive; $150; (813) 247-5237.

Oct. 10: Great Gatsby Gala, benefits H.B. Plant Museum; 7:30 p.m.; University of Tampa Fletcher Lounge; $100; (813) 254-1891.

Oct. 13: Elegant Evenings soiree, Trio de Minaret, benefits Brighter Tomorrows; 7 p.m.; private residence; $50; or $225 for five soirees; (813) 926-3760 or brightertomorrowstampa.org.

Oct. 15: Lend a Hand luncheon, benefits Starting Right, Now; guest speaker Nikki Johnson-Huston; 11:30 a.m.; Higgins Hall; $75; startingrightnow.org.

Oct. 16: Ybor City Museum Society's Cigar Heritage Party; VIP: 6:30 p.m., $75; general: 7:30 p.m., $45; 1818 E Ninth Ave.; (813) 247-1434 or celebrateybor.com.

Oct. 17: "Kinky Boots" Broadway Ball, benefits the Straz Center; 6 p.m.; Morsani Hall; $500; (813) 222-1037 or strazcenter.org.

Oct. 17: Tuxes & Tails — Moulin Rouge, benefits Humane Society of Tampa Bay; 6 - 11 p.m.; Tampa Convention Center; $150; (813) 876-4150 or tuxesandtailstampa.com.

Oct. 21: Faces annual dinner benefit for Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services; 6 - 8 p.m.; Hilton St. Petersburg Carillion; $125: (727) 479-1805.a

Oct. 22: Twenty-sixth annual Impact Awards dinner, benefits Tampa Bay Businesses for Culture & the Arts; 6:30 - 9:30 p.m., Renaissance Hotel, International Plaza; $225 patrons; $150 students and artists; tbbca.org.

Oct. 24: MOSI National Hispanic Scientist of the Year gala, benefits the Museum of Science and Industry; honorees Modesto Alex Maidique and Miguel Morales-Silva; 7 p.m.; 4801 E Fowler Ave.; $80 each or $150 per couple; (813) 987-6030 or mosi.org.

Oct. 24: Eye Ball gala benefits Lions Eye Institute; black tie optional; 7 p.m.; Mainsail Conference & Event Center; $250; (813) 289-1200 or lionseyeinstitute.org.

Oct, 29: Christmas in October, Red Cross Angels Silver Coffee; 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; Barkett residence, South Tampa; $35 minimum donation; (813) 348-4820.

Oct. 30: Bridging Generations Breakfast, benefits Seniors in Service of Tampa Bay; 7:30 a.m.; Renaissance Hotel, International Plaza; $50; (813) 932-5228, ext. 22.

Oct. 30: NAACP 2015 Freedom Fund Dinner; 6 p.m.; USF Embassy Suites USF; $75 includes one-year membership; (813) 234-8683 or hillsboroughnaacp.org.

November

Nov. 2: Fourteenth annual Franci G. Rudolph Star Event luncheon, benefits Schaarai Zedek Sisterhood; guest speaker Carol Leifer; VIP reception 9:30 a.m.; lunch program 11:00 a.m.; Renaissance International Plaza Hotel; $75 by Oct. 13; (813) 876-2377; zedek.org/starevent.

Nov. 5: Eighth annual Sustainable Buzz tasting event, benefits Sustany Foundation; 6 - 9 p.m.; Straz Center; $40 each or $70 per couple; $45 at the door; VIP: $150 each or $250 per couple; (813) 507-1111 or sustany.org.

Nov. 5: Lucky Dog Casino Night, benefits Frankie's Friends; VIP: 6 p.m., $200; general: 7 p.m., $100; District 3 Arts & Events, 802 E Whiting St.; (813) 549-6978 or frankiesfriends.org/Florida.

Nov. 6: Taste of Ybor, benefits Boys Scouts of America, Gulf Ridge Council; 7 p.m.; Tampa Garden Club; $75; (813) 872-2691, ext. 118, or gulfridgecouncil.org/auction.

Nov. 7: Pavilion XXX black-tie gala, benefits Tampa Museum of Art; 7 p.m. at the museum; $650 and up; (813) 421-8368 or tampamuseum.org.

Nov. 7: Zoofari food sampling festival, benefits Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo; 7-11 p.m.; $65 and up; (813) 935-8552, ext. 329, or lowryparkzoo.org.

Nov. 7: An Evening in Venice Masquerade Ball, benefits Greater Brandon Community Foundation; VIP, 6 p.m.; general 7-10 p.m.; $85 and up; TPepin's Hospitality Centre; (813) 689-6889 or brandonfoundation.org.

Nov. 12: Twenty-second annual Tree of Lights Breakfast, benefits Salvation Army of Tampa; 7 a.m.; Tampa Convention Center; $125; (813) 224-9207.

Nov. 12: National Philanthropy Day Luncheon; 11:30 a.m.; A La Carte Event Pavilion; $75; afpsuncoast. org.

Nov. 13: JDRF Dream Gala, A Night of Hope, honorees Pam and Les Muma, benefits juvenile diabetes research, 6 p.m.; Marriott Waterside; $300; (727) 344-2873.

Nov.13-15: Holiday Gift Market, benefits the Junior League of Tampa; Florida State Fairgrounds Expo Hall; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; $8; boxofficetickets.com/jlt.

Nov. 14: Macy's Miracle on 7th Fashion Show, benefits Italian Club Ladies Auxiliary; 10:30 a.m.; 1731 E Seventh Ave.; $45; (813) 248-3316.

Nov. 14: Second annual Centro Asturiano de Tampa gala, featuring the Fabulous Rockers; 5:30-11 p.m.; 1913 N Nebraska Ave; $100; (813) 229-2214.

Nov. 15: Island Night, benefits LifePath Hospice; 5 - 8:30 p.m.; Jackson's Bistro Harbour Island; $100; (813) 871-8431 or chaptershealth.org.

Nov. 16: Elegant Evenings, USF Jazz Quartet soiree, benefits Brighter Tomorrows; 7 p.m.; private residence; $50; (813) 926-3760 or brightertomorrowstampa.org.

Nov. 20: Dessert First, benefits Girl Scouts of West Central Florida; 6:30 p.m.; Hilton St. Petersburg, Carillon Park; $100; (813) 262-1688 or dessertfirsttampa.com.

Nov. 20: Wine, Woman & Shoes, benefits Children's Cancer Center; 7 p.m.; Renaissance Hotel International Plaza; $125 and up; (813) 367-5437, ext. 5, or wwstampa.com.

December

Dec. 3: Ryan's Rockin' Holiday Party, benefits the Power of Giving programs; 6-10 p.m.; TPepin's Hospitality Centre; $50; (813) 438-2310 or ryannecefoundation.com.

Dec. 4: Twenty-seventh annual Georgette's/St. Joseph's Hospitals Holiday Fashion Show, benefits St. Joseph's Women's Urgent Care Center; 10:30 a.m.; Hilton Downtown Tampa; $100 and up; (813) 872-0879 or sjhfoundation.org.

Dec. 4: LAMPLighters 26th annual Christmas Silver Coffee, benefits Metropolitan Ministries; 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.; private home; $35 minimum suggested donation; (813) 928-5378 or lamplighters tampa.org.

Dec. 4: Evening of Hope, benefits Greater Brandon Community Foundation; 6 p.m.; the Regent; $50 and up; (813) 689-6889 or brandonfoundation.org.

Dec. 5: H.B. Plant Museum Society Victorian Christmas Stroll Preview Party; 7 - 9 p.m.; 401 W Kennedy Blvd.; $75; (813) 254-1891.

Dec. 8: Elegant Evenings holiday musical soiree with Melissa Misener, benefits Brighter Tomorrows; 7 p.m.; private residence; $50; (813) 926-3760 or brighter tomorrowstampa.org.

Dec. 9: Eighth annual Jingle Jangle Jam, benefits Eckerd Youth Alternatives; 6 - 9 p.m.; Tampa Airport Marriott; special guest Chef Jeff Henderson; $150; (727) 461-2990 or eckerd.org/jjj

Dec. 31: Aqua-Eve at the Florida Aquarium; 9 p.m. - 1 a.m.; $90 and up; (813) 273-4030 or flaquarium.org.

Jan. 7: Tampa General Hospital Foundation's 24th annual Night at the Circus, benefits TGH Children's Medical Center; 7:30 p.m.; $500; $2,500 sponsors and up invited to Patrons' Party at 5:30 p.m.; Amalie Arena; (813) 844-7273.

Jan. 13: Person of Vision dinner, benefits Prevent Blindness Florida; honoree Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn; 6 - 9 p.m.; Marriott Waterside; $150; (813) 874-2020, ext. 4026; preventblindness florida.org.

Jan. 16: Stageworks Theatre annual gala; 7 - 11 p.m.; District 3 802 E Whiting St.; $200; (813) 374-2416 or stageworkstheatre.org.

Jan. 24: An Evening with Alan Cumming, benefits Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida; 5:30 p.m. "cocktail meet and greet" prior to performance, $150 and up; Straz Center for the Performing Arts; myplannedparenthood.org.

Jan. 26: Elegant Evenings soiree, St. Petersburg Opera, benefits Brighter Tomorrows; private residence; 7 p.m.; $50; (813) 926-3760 or brightertomorrowstampa.org.

Jan. 30: Gasparilla Day parade and festivities on Bayshore Boulevard and downtown Tampa.

Jan. 30: The Florida Orchestra Gala featuring Michael Feinstein; 7 p.m.; Mahaffey Theater; price/tickets at floridaorchestra.org

Jan. 31: Annual President's Dinner, benefits Tampa Jewish Federation; 6:30 p.m.; Hilton Downtown Tampa; $180; $75 for 30 and younger; (813) 264-9000.

February

Feb. 4: Eleventh annual WEDU Be More Awards Luncheon; 11 a.m.; Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg; $60, includes annual membership; (813) 739-2949 or wedu.org/bemore.

Feb. 6: Fashion Funds the Cure, benefits Pediatric Cancer Foundation; fashions from Saks Fifth Avenue Sarasota; 7 p.m.; Tampa Jet Center Hangar No. 4; $100; (813) 269-0955 or fastercure.org.

Feb. 8: Elegant Evenings, Florida Orchestra Woodwind Quintet soiree, benefits Brighter Tomorrows; 7 p.m.; Davis Islands Garden Club; $50; (813) 926-3760 or brighter tomorrowstampa.org.

Feb. 14: For Love of a Garden benefits Tampa Garden Club; 6:30 - 10 p.m.; 2629 Bayshore Blvd.; $75; (813) 251-5059.

Feb. 18: To Life: To the Arts annual gala, benefits the Florida Holocaust Museum; 6 p.m.; Mahaffey Theater; $200; (727) 820-0100, ext. 274, or flholocaustmuseum.org.

Feb. 20: Equality Florida Tampa Gala; 7:30 p.m.; TPepin's Hospitality Centre; $125; (813) 870-3735 or eqfl.org/tampagala.

Feb. 20: Cattle Baron's Ball of Tampa Bay, benefits American Cancer Society; 6- 11 p.m.; Water Works Park; $500 and up; (813) 319-5904 or [email protected] cancer.org.

Feb. 26: Easter Seals' seventh annual A Pair to Remember luncheon; 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.; Straz Center for the Performing Arts; $125; (813) 769-5923 or easterseals.com/florida.

Feb. 20: Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla coronation ball; invitation only; 8:30 p.m.; Tampa Convention Center.

March

March 3: Junior Achievement Hall of Fame annual dinner; 6:30 p.m.; Busch Gardens Dragon Fire Grill; $500; (813) 490-4496 or jatampabay.org.

March 5: Opera Tampa gala; presentation of Anton Coppola Excellence in the Arts award; 6 p.m.; Straz Center for the Performing Arts; $250; (813) 222-1037 or operatampa.org.

March 11: Salvation Army Women's Auxiliary fashion show luncheon; 11 a.m.; Doubletree Airport Hotel, 4500 W Cypress St.; $55; (813) 226-0055.

March 11: The Chiselers Market Auction Preview Party; 6:30 p.m.; Plant Hall, University of Tampa; $75; (813) 254-2530 or chiselersinc.org. March 12: Chiselers Annual Market.

March 12: Fourth annual Around the World tasting experience, benefits St. Jude Children's Research Hospital; 7 p.m.; Marriott Waterside; ticket price to be advised; (813) 868-2700 or stjude.org/tampadinner.

March 22: New York Yankees luncheon, benefits Boys & Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay; 11:30 a.m.; Tampa Convention Center; $300 - $1,500 online only; (813) 769-7530 or bgctampa.org.

March 31: GreenFest luncheon, benefits Friends of Plant Park; 11 a.m.; Tampa Yacht Club; $$; (813) 335-0694 or tampagreen fest.com. April 2-3: GreenFest, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Plant Park at University of Tampa.

March 29: Twenty-fifth annual Women of Distinction/Woman of Promise luncheon, benefits Girl Scouts of West Central Florida; guest speaker Leeza Gibbons; noon; Hilton Downtown Tampa; $75; toll-free 1-800-881-4475, ext. 1688, or gswcf.org/wod.

April

April 1: Child Abuse Awareness Luncheon, benefits Friends of Joshua House Foundation; 11:50 a.m.; Hilton Tampa Downtown; $50; (813) 263-3469 or friendsofjoshuahouse.org.

April 2: DeBartolo Family Foundation 13th All Star Charity Gala; 5:30 - 11 p.m.; Marriott Waterside; $400; (813) 964-8302 or debartolofamilyfoundation.com.

April 2: Junior League of Tampa 90th Anniversary Gala; location and price to be advised; (813) 254-1734.

April 5: Choice Affair Tampa Bay, benefits Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida; 11:30 a.m.; Maestro's at the Straz Center; $65, students, $30; myplannedparenthood.org.

April 9: Twenty-third annual Magnolia Ball, benefits Moffitt Cancer Center; 5:30 p.m.; Marriott Waterside hotel; $1,000; black tie; (813) 745-4860 or moffitt.org/ magnoliaball.

April 9: Seventh annual Wishmaker's Ball, benefits Make-A-Wish; 6:30 p.m.; Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay; black-tie; $200; (813) 288-2600 or wishmakersball.wishcentral.org.

April 14: Judeo-Christian Health Clinic Testimonial Dinner; 6 p.m.; Higgins Hall; $100; (813) 870-3231.

April 15: Tropical Nights gala, benefits Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful; 7 - 11 p.m.; TPepin's Hospitality Centre; $100; (813) 221-8733 or keeptampabaybeautiful.org.

April 16: Fashionollia 68, sponsored by Tampa Woman's Club benefits various charities; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel, $65 and up; (813) 839-7457.

April 16: Karamu XXVII black-tie gala, benefits Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo; 6 p.m. at the zoo; $250 and up; (813) 935-8552, ext. 225.

April 16: Best of Tampa Bay beer, wine and restaurant sampling, benefits the Straz Center; 7 p.m.; 1010 N MacInnes Place; $70 and up (813) 229-7827 or strazcenter.org.

April 21: Metropolitan Safari, benefits Akilah Institute; noon; Tampa Museum of Art; $25; akilah institute.org.

April 21: Head & Heart awards luncheon, benefits Frameworks of Tampa Bay; 11:15 a.m.; TPepin's Hospitality Centre; $60; (813) 574-6924 or myframeworks.org.

April 21: Tampa Palms Women's Club annual Spring Fashion show featuring Accessories & More; 10:30 a.m.; Tampa Palms Golf and Country Club; $35; (813) 766-3403.

April 21: LAMPLighters Lights Fashion Hope, benefits Metropolitan Ministries and Joshua House; 6 p.m., location to be advised; $100; (813) 928-5378 or lamplighterstampa.org.

April 23: Celebration of Caring, Sea into the Future benefits FMC Foundation of Caring; 7-11 p.m.; Port Tampa Bay Cruise Terminal 2; $200; (813) 406-4499 or fmcfoundationofcaring.org.

April 24: Sunday in the Arts, benefits Las Damas de Arte; 6 p.m.; Scarfone/Hartley Gallery, University of Tampa; $50; (813) 786-3473.

April 23: Pride & Passion in Technicolor, benefits Tampa Museum of Art exhibitions; 8 p.m.; 120 Gasparilla Plaza; $85 advance, $100 at the door, includes one-year museum membership; (813) 421-8370.

April 28: Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce annual Women of Influence luncheon; 11:30 a.m.; Hilton Tampa Downtown; $75; tampachamber.com/events/ signature-events/women-of- influence-luncheon.aspx.

April 29: Circle of Friends Dinner, benefits Friends of Joshua House Foundation; 7 p.m.; Brynjolfssons' residence, Avila; $275; (813) 263-3469.

April 30: Tampa Bay Heart Ball, benefits American Heart Association; 6 p.m.; Marriott Waterside; $500; (727) 563-8112 or [email protected]

April 30: Sea Grapes wine and food festival, benefits the Florida Aquarium; 7 - 11 p.m.; $85 and up; (813) 273-4030.

May

May 6: Junior League of Tampa annual Luminaries Awards Luncheon; 11:30 a.m.; Tampa Downtown Hilton; price to be advised; (813) 254-1734.

May 7: St. Joseph's Hospital Hero's Ball; 7 p.m.; Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay; black tie optional; $300; (813) 872-0979 or sjhfoundation.org.

May 7: Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Man and Woman of the Year Grand Finale Gala; 6-11 p.m.: Hilton Downtown Tampa; $200; (813) 251-3154 or mwoy.org/sun.

May 13: Every Child Needs a Place to Call Home luncheon, benefits A Kid's Place; noon; TPepin's Hospitality Centre; $50; (813) 924-7510 or akidsplacetb.org.

May 14: Tampa General Hospital Foundation 19th annual gala, benefits TGH Children's Medical Center; 7:30 p.m.; $250; Tampa Convention Center; (813) 844-7273.

May 19: Go Red for Women Luncheon, benefits American Heart Association; 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m.; Double Tree by Hilton, 4500 W Cypress St.; $150; (727) 563-8106 or tampabaygoredluncheon.ahaevents.org.

May 21: Frozen, Storybook Ball, benefits Ronald McDonald House Charities of Tampa Bay; 6 p.m.; location to be advised; $500; (813) 258-6430 or rmhctampabay.com.

May 26: Fork Fight 2016, benefits Feeding America Tampa Bay; 6 p.m.; Marriott Waterside; $300; (813) 254-1190 or feeding americatampabay.org

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