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Amy Scherzer's Diary: JA Decks the Hall with Commerce; Home is Where the Heart strolls

Feast of the Haggis

A boisterous parade of swordsmen and bagpipers opened the 37th annual Feast of the Haggis, an evening of "food, drink, drink and drink in fine Scottish tradition," said Steve Miller, outgoing president of the St. Andrew's Society of Tampa Bay, in his hearty welcome to 165 guests Saturday. Some of the members, like Annie Kate Carpenter, Ruth Anne McLean and Les and Phyllis Chisholm, have been coming for years, while Chicago newlyweds Sean and Alyson Greig enjoyed their first feast. His father, club historian Ian Greig, led the ceremonial presentation of the haggis in Scottish, the first of many toasts: To the chef, to the piper, to the tartan, to the "bonnie lassies and braw laddies." Holiday evergreens and red roses throughout Palma Ceia Golf & Country Club complemented the variety of tartans on kilt-wearing guests dancing to the Ocean Road Orchestra.

Home Is Where the Heart Is

Three Davis Islands homes brimmed with holiday hospitality at Home Is Where the Heart Is, a strolling dinner party hosted on behalf of Kids Charity of Tampa Bay, which provides extra TLC for foster children, especially those sheltered at the five emergency homes run by A Kid's Place.

First stop: Elaine and Bob Engelman's bayfront home, showcasing the lush landscaping he planted himself. Guitarist Tom Jemmott strummed on the verandah as Pane Rustica catered the first course. Next, saxophonist Ric Santiago played the way to Randy and Debbie Zomermaand's tree-lit home and cozy back yard. Jake Samuels of Tastes of Tampa Bay served Thai meatballs and mojo pork.

Two blocks away, at Elizabeth and Chuck Harris' ivy-covered estate, strollers found a feasting table of cheeses, fruits and jams, plus bananas Foster and cinnamon ice cream, from Tampa Yacht Club chef Jean-Christophe Setin. Desserts inspired impromtu poolside dancing for guests who didn't want the evening to end.

Feast of the Haggis

A boisterous parade of swordsmen and bagpipers opened the 37th annual Feast of the Haggis, an evening of "food, drink, drink and drink in fine Scottish tradition," said Steve Miller, outgoing president of the St. Andrew's Society of Tampa Bay, in his hearty welcome to 165 guests Saturday. Some of the members, such as Annie Kate Carpenter, Ruth Anne McLean and Les and Phyllis Chisholm, have been coming for years, while Chicago newlyweds Sean and Alyson Greig enjoyed their first feast. His father, club historian Ian Greig, led the ceremonial presentation of the haggis, speaking in Scots, followed by toasts to the chef, to the piper, to the tartan, to the bonnie lassies and the braw laddies. Holiday evergreens and red roses adorning Palma Ceia Golf & Country Club complemented the variety of tartans on kilt-wearing guests dancing to the Ocean Road Orchestra.

Deck the Halls for Kids in Commerce

Entrepreneurs, execs and enterprising guests gathered to Deck the Halls for Kids in Commerce, a dressy holiday benefit for Junior Achievement of Tampa Bay. They arrived at Oxford Exchange to chocolate martinis, lobster BLTs and adorable Deer Park Elementary carolers Dec. 6. Also spreading the charm: Wharton High seniors, JA ambassadors and future tycoons Olivier Millour and Jonathan Nieves.

Emcee/board chairman Robert Mossbacher worked the crowd, opening wallets for auctioneer Blake Kennedy to get bids like $4,300 for Super Bowl tickets from Alan Bertsch (donated by Bright House exec Mike Robertson) and $6,000 from Judy Genshaft for a Charleston, S.C., getaway trip, donated by Pam and Les Muma. The power couple sponsor Muma JA BizTown, a minibusiness district used to teach economic principles to bay area students. The Yob Family Foundation, led by JA alum Lisa Yob, donated tickets to Barry Manilow and Andrea Bocelli concerts and the Grammy Awards, also helping the event net more than $100,000.

Deck the Halls for Kids in Commerce

Entrepreneurs, execs and enterprising guests gathered to Deck the Halls for Kids in Commerce, a dressy holiday benefit for Junior Achievement of Tampa Bay. They arrived at Oxford Exchange to chocolate martinis, lobster BLTs and adorable Deer Park Elementary carollers Dec, 6. Also spreading the charm: Wharton High seniors, JA ambassadors and future tycoons Olivier Millour and Jonathan Nieves.

Emcee/board chairman Robert Mossbacher worked the crowd, opening wallets for auctioneer Blake Kennedy to get bids like $4,300 for Super Bowl tickets from Alan Bertsch (donated by Bright House exec Mike Robertson) and $6,000 from Judy Genshaft for a Charleston getaway trip, donated by Pam and Les Muma. The power couple sponsor of Muma JA BizTown, a mini-business district used to teach economic principles to bay area students. The Yob Family Foundation, led by JA alum Lisa Yob, donated tickets to Barry Manilow and Andrea Bocelli concerts and the Grammy awards, also helping the event net more than $100,000.

Events

Friday: Georgette's Boutique and Shoe Salon's 25th annual Celebrity Holiday Fashion Show benefits St. Joseph's Women's Hospital; 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Tampa Hilton Downtown; $75 and up; (813) 872-0979 or (813) 254-1141.

Saturday: Highwayman artist Robert Butler art show benefits Community Stepping Stones environmental art program for at-risk teens; 1-5 p.m.; Mann Wagnon Park, $55 advance, $65 at the door; communitysteppingstones.org

Dec. 17: Colombia restaurant 110th anniversary celebration, 7 p.m.; $110; a portion of the proceeds benefit the Advanced Prostate Cancer Collaboration at Moffitt Cancer Center; (813) 248-4961.

Dec. 30: MetLife and Mercedes-Benz Girdiron Gala benefits Outback Bowl; 7-10 p.m.; A La Carte Event Pavilion; invitation-only; (813) 874-2695.

Amy Scherzer's Diary: JA Decks the Hall with Commerce; Home is Where the Heart strolls 12/12/13 [Last modified: Thursday, December 12, 2013 11:35am]
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