Academy Prep St. Petersburg focuses on educating children of low-income families, and guests at the second annual Friends and Flowers event — held in a large white tent at the TradeWinds Island Grand Resort in St. Pete Beach — had the opportunity to learn as well.
After the meal, Beach Papery and Gifts' Yun Stanton and helpers demonstrated floral techniques that involved arranging ferns, magnolia branches, sunflowers, lemons, apples, grapes and curly willow in moss-lined wire urns.
Event chairwomen Anje Bogott and Darlene Grayson and board of trustees chairwoman Linda Marcelli spoke briefly about the school, whose intensive programs focus on children in grades 5-8.
The crowd included Academy Prep head of school Keturah Mills, development director Gillian Barnes, and board members Carol Holland and Connie Kone.
The fifth annual A Good Night's Sleep luncheon, which drew more than 350 supporters to the grand ballroom at the Renaissance Vinoy Resort in St. Petersburg, raised more than $50,000 for Community Action Stops Abuse, better known as CASA.
The money will benefit the women and children in CASA's shelter and transitional housing.
Brenda Griffin, who volunteers with the charity, is a survivor of domestic violence and told her personal story in the keynote speech at the event. Poet Venus Jones read her composition Fly.
Mary Shuh led the event committee, which included Bob Barnum, Julia Sorbo, Brian Pelfrey, Tuesdi Dyer, Katherine Lenel, Wendy Wesley, Audrey Wood, Ed McCann, Don Culpepper and Patti Mugica.
With a Western theme that included handmade white and dark chocolate Stetsons and boots as centerpieces, the annual New Beginnings breakfast to support Florida Resurrection House celebrated the theme "Blazing a Trail for 20 Years."
A crowd of more than 550 gathered at St. Petersburg's Coliseum and raised $175,000 for the organization, which serves homeless families with children, helping them to become self-sufficient.
Guests included Bronson Alexander, Bill Emerson, Bill and Kally Harvard, Hadley Heindel, Judy Holland, Gordon and Gwen Johnson, Larry Morgan and Katie Pemble.