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Amy Scherzer's Diary: CITY: Fashion + Art + Culture, Air Force Ball and Night of the Iguana

65th annual Air Force Ball

Raise a glass to the 65th anniversary of the Air Force, celebrated with honor and tradition by 900 staunch supporters Saturday at the Air Force Ball, hosted by the Airlift Tanker Association, with entertainment by country music singer Darryl Worley.

"Tampa is an Air Force town," said Col. Scott De- Thomas, commander, 6th Air Mobility Wing, marking 71 years since MacDill Air Force Base was dedicated. Many in the dressy, highly medaled crowd at the Tampa Convention Center belong to Friends of MacDill, the group creating a business plan for Monroe Middle School. Funds from the ball will further their goal of raising $100,000 to match a Partnership to Advance Schools Success (PASS) grant to bring its D rating up to a B.

In his last official speech after almost 40 years of service, Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz traced Tampa's military-civilian teamwork to the 1820s, applauding the "indispensable air, space and cyber service of airmen who exemplify integrity, excellence and inspire more of the same."

Night of the Iguana

In the 16 years since Night of the Iguana was first celebrated at the Green Iguana bar in Ybor City, about 145 children dealing with life-threatening medical illnesses have had a wish granted, says Lisa Andrews, regional director of Make-A-Wish Central and Northern Florida.

The lively restaurant sampling party has raised $1 million to date, and now $73,000 more from the Sept. 28 bash at Mainsail Suites Hotel. WDAE-620AM host Ian Beckles auctioned an English bulldog puppy and two sports packages. Blues musician "Blind" Willie James jammed to a New Orleans theme for 425 guests who dedicated the evening to the late wish recipient Brooke Pasch, who passed away in May, a week before her Blake High graduation.

65th Air Force Ball

Raise a glass to the 65th anniversary of the Air Force, celebrated with honor and tradition by 900 staunch supporters Saturday at the Air Force Ball, hosted by the Airlift Tanker Association, with entertainment by country music singer Darryl Worley.

"Tampa is an Air Force town," said Col. Scott DeThomas, Commander, 6th Air Mobility Wing, marking 71 years since MacDill Air Force Base was dedicated. Many in the dressy, highly-medaled crowd at the Tampa Convention Center belong to Friends of MacDill, the group creating a business plan for Monroe Middle School. Funds from the ball will further their goal of raising $100,000 to match a Partnership to Advance Schools Success(PASS) grant to bring its D rating up to a B.

In his last official speech after almost 40 years of service, Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz traced Tampa's military-civilian teamwork to the 1820s, applauding the "indispensable air, space and cyber service of airmen who exemplify integrity, excellence and inspire more of the same."

CITY: Fashion + Art + Culture at Tampa Museum of Art

Never been a better excuse to step into 5-inch-heeled Jimmy Choos or zip up J. Mendel than CITY: Fashion + Art + Culture. As if the style-setters organizing the benefit need a reason to "have fun, be seen, be sexy,'' chairwoman Barbara Keskiner's stated goals for Tampa Museum of Art's Sept. 28 fashion frenzy.

The setting was open, yet intimate, arranged inside and parkside in minilounges with butlers tending minibars.

SideBern's passed gravlox, beef tartare, oysters (raw or baked), crabcakes and duck "ham." Chocolate Pi's posh macarons, dipped marshmallows and s'mores pudding stopped any notion of calorie counting.

DJ Papi spun on the museum terrace, where Neiman Marcus' stunning fall collection tempted from a runway running parallel to the exterior glass wall. The 400-fashionista sellout — 250 VIPs paid $225 and 150 chic-sters arrived an hour later for $125 — funds education programs for "the one-third of our visitors who come for free," said museum director Todd Smith.

Trendy guests turning heads included Tampa Bay & Co.'s communications director Liana Lopez in fiery red; AT&T's Andrew Hall in Dsquared2's slick safety pin blazer and surgeon Brian "Doyle" Maiocco, soon to compete in Doctor Idol.

Events

Saturday: Eye Ball benefits Lions Eye Institute; 7 p.m.; TPepin's Hospitality Centre; $150 and up; (813) 289-1200.

Saturday: 25th Tampa Hispanic Heritage Man and Woman of the Year gala: 6:30 p.m.; Hyatt Regency Tampa; $75; (813) 949-9271.

Thursday: Lend A Hand luncheon benefits Starting Right, Now; 11:30 a.m.; TPepin's Hospitality Centre; guest speaker Laura Schroff; $75; startingrightnow.org.

Oct. 13: Tampa Bay's Dancing with the Stars benefits Hands Across the Bay and five other charities; 6 p.m.; TPepin's Hospitality Centre; $250; (727) 573-7720 or handsacrossthebay.org.

Oct. 14: SunTrust Island Night auction buffet benefits LifePath Hospice; 5 p.m.; Jackson's Bistro on Harbour Island; $100; (813) 871-8111.

Amy Scherzer's Diary: CITY: Fashion + Art + Culture, Air Force Ball and Night of the Iguana 10/04/12 [Last modified: Friday, October 5, 2012 4:33pm]

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