Chiselers Market Preview Party
The Chiselers, the hardest working women in town, reaped the fruits of their year-round labor at the 49th annual Chiselers Market, a giant garage sale that helps fund restoration work at the University of Tampa.
A preview party March 9 preceded the bargain blowout, drawing 550 guests to browse buffets and nab early buys at twice the market price. The evening was dedicated to the late Martha Ferman, a founder and past president, who left a houseful of treasures to the Chiselers.
Appreciation for honorary chairmen and sponsors, David and Catherine Straz, led to a live auction featuring Eugenia Lavery's mink coat; dinner for eight cooked by 5-Alarm Chef Jamie Urso and a diamond brooch from Grace Weller.
Market co-chair Barbara Pennington was delighted to have artist Terry Klaaren paint the scene and donate his finished work for a chance drawing.
DeBartolo Family Foundation All Star Charity Gala
Sumptuous describes the DeBartolo Family Foundation's ninth All Star Charity Gala, from luscious Della Robbia fruit-and-cheese centerpieces to a witty masquerade silhouette dance to charming superstar Tim Tebow to music by the Midtown Men, the original cast of Jersey Boys.
Eddie and Candy DeBartolo, daughters Lisa and Nikki and sons-in-law Don Miggs and Chad Chronister feted 500 fans March 9 in a candlelit "castle," the ballroom at A La Carte Event Pavilion cloaked in deep purple.
Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon drove up in his 1956 Chevy Bel Air. A dozen San Francisco 49ers included Jerry Rice, Charles Haley, Bill Romanowski and Randy Cross. Also in the mix: astrologer Terry Nazon, Grammy-nominated Taylor Dayne and brain tumor survivor Jackson Kiser, 7, who sang for the crowd.
Greatly missed was the late football legend Freddie Solomon, who inspired the family's donations of $500,000 last year.
Auction buys ranged from Linda and Chuck Saulino's $5,000 for Tebow's Denver Broncos jersey to a $50,000 bid to party with the family on July 4 in Kalispell, Mont., split between Tami and Rod Broderick (their third annual bid) and Cindy and Henri Jean.
Black, White & Brilliant Gala
Moving the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts into the Cube at Rivergate Tower, and opening with a Warhol & Friends exhibition, earned board members way more than 15 minutes of fame.
From "a shoebox to the Cube," said co-founder Chuck Levin at Saturday's Black, White & Brilliant gala. Event director Carol Gaynor had neighboring Malio's Prime passing hors d'oeuvres and Kahwa Coffee steaming cappuccino. Photo League members snapped photos of the 300 mostly black-tie guests, then "Warholized" them to make pop art souvenirs. Auctioning works by local photographers Suzanne Williamson, Bud Lee, Clyde Butcher, David Audet and others boosted proceeds.
"Tampa's alive tonight,'' said volunteer Jan Robison, eyeing the city lights framed by the Cube alongside the tower affectionately known as the Beer Can building. "As if it was just waiting for the museum to move in."