National Philanthropy Day awards luncheon
"Variety" best describes donations given by David Straz, the 2010 Philanthropist of the Year. His generosity extends from the nation of Liberia to the Lowry Park Zoo, to universities, hospitals and $5 million to the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts.
The Tampa banker was truly touched by the standing ovation at the National Philanthropy Day luncheon hosted by the Suncoast Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. It was the 25th National Philanthropy Day celebrated in AFP's 50 years.
There were seven other award categories: Corporate: Bank of Tampa, accepted by Jerry Divers; Small Business: CGM Services, led by CEO Michael Charles; Youth: David Roth of Land O'Lakes High; Service Organization: Sun City Center volunteer emergency squad, average age 70; Sierens Volunteer of the Year: presented to ubiquitous emcee Jack Harris; and Spirit: Eckerd Family Foundation, represented by Joe Clark.
Consultant Nina Berkheiser of Your Nonprofit Advisor earned the J. Lloyd Horton Lifetime Achievement Award.
Emcee Keith Cate, WFLA-Ch. 8, began the Nov. 17 luncheon at A La Carte Event Pavilion by asking the 500 guests to remember an unrivaled philanthropist, the late George Steinbrenner.
"We're bursting at the seams,'' said Joanne Lighter, director of the Spring of Tampa Bay, reminding guests at the Peace Couture benefit of the phone number at the 24/7 domestic family shelter: 247-SAFE.
More than 100 supporters eyed the models and martinis at Neiman Marcus on Nov. 15. Aakash Patel, Wendy Ryan, Julie Weintraub and Ryan Nece were happy to help select and style the designer fashions modeled during the cocktail party.
Lighter suggested donations of Walmart or Target gift cards this year, rather than clothing and toys. And plan to shop at the Spring boutique, 3418 Swann Ave., from 5 to 9 p.m. on Dec. 6 when social enterprise manager Kat Alley is planning all kinds of holiday specials.
Boys & Girls Clubs Steak Dinner
Back in the day, the Boys & Girls Clubs Steak Dinner served hamburgers to the adults. Steak was strictly for the kids. On Nov. 17, Outback Steakhouse served steak and cheesecake for all 500 guests (including 100 of the most courteous kids you've ever met) in Busch Gardens' Desert Grill. The theme of the 29th annual dinner, "Sing my Soul," came from a song and video produced by Jayme Ivison.
Juggler Jeff Civillico and electronic trivia games arranged by Padgett Communications kept the crowd entertained until the honoree, Tampa Bay Buc legend Lee Roy Selmon, gave his encouraging message.
Actions speak louder than words, he said. Emphasizing "the power of choice until the day we die," the defensive lineman lived up to his reputation as "the gentle giant."
Emcee Beau Zimmer of WTSP-Ch. 10 auctioned a New York trip for $4,500 to Nicholas Reader. Guests also bought $10 chances to win a cruise, airline tickets, Disney vacation and more. Sponsors, who helped net $185,000, were entertained at an October patrons party hosted by Al and Josie Dato at their Harbour Island home.