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Amy Scherzer's Diary: DeBartolo family hosts All-Star Charity Gala

Oscar Night America

Stars came out Sunday at Tampa Theatre's red carpet benefit, Oscar Night America-Tampa Bay. Only these 500 sequined and furred stars were local movie buffs, enthusiastically emerging from huge, honking limos to be greeted by screaming volunteer fans, paparazzi and talent agent Pat Fenda as "Roan Jivers." Spotted before the telecast of the 82nd Academy Awards: emcees Brendan McLaughlin and Wendy Ryan of WFTS-Ch. 28; Enrique Crespo, Belinda Dumont, Mindy Murphy, Gary Caloroso and Meg and Rudy Fernandez.

Vendors — set up between the popcorn, Pizzaiolo Bavaro pasta and cash bar — included Lending Luxury, a Web service that rents gowns, starting at $50, including shipping and dry cleaning.

Cattle Barons' Ball

No bull. That was a real, 2,000-pound longhorn named Sancho posing with Cattle Barons' Ball guests outside Port Authority Cruise Terminal 6. And no bull, it was Gloria Giunta's 13th year steering the blue-jeans-and-boots benefit for the American Cancer Society's Tampa unit.

Carlino's Catering ran the hearty chow line Saturday. Jack Harris and Col. Joe Jernigan herded the live auction, with passionate pediatric oncologist Kelly Sawczyn helping raise funds to send 85 patients to Reach Out to Cancer Kids camp.

Racing toy ponies sponsored for $1,000 each raised another $10,000. Winners Don and Erin Phillips of Phillips Development also hosted the patrons party.

Another $450 came from Karen Trzcinka for a private serenade by two-steppin' country western singer Ryan Weaver. Donating the band for the second year helped chairmen/business partners Casey Ellison, Jimbo Woodroffe and Anthony Italiano, and honorary chairs Debra and Ron Weisser lasso net proceeds of $450,000.

All-Star Charity Gala

Superhosts Eddie and Candy DeBartolo and daughters Lisa and newlywed Nikki seated "greats" among guests at the family foundation's seventh All-Star Charity Gala. No Prohibition laws noted at this Roaring '20s bash, with A La Carte Pavilion draped speakeasy-style in red and black. Miami-based New Century Dance Company snapped to the Charleston; West Coast Music from Los Angeles covered Sinatra to Queen to the Black Eyed Peas, filling the dance floor faster than Jerry Rice (greatly missed this year) could run a touchdown. A dozen other San Francisco 49er retirees made it though, including Freddie Solomon, Randy Cross, Dwight Clark and Bill Romanowski.

Lisa (Happy birthday to son Milo, who turns 1 today ) presented a $25,000 Spirit of Humanity award to the Wunsch Family Foundation as waiters in black fedoras served cornish hen and lamb medallions. Then with a mighty roar, Baseball Hall of Famer Wade Boggs took over as auctioneer. With an assist from Joanne Petrella, he scored $16,000 from Shawna and Michael Metcalf for Super Bowl XLV tickets, airfare and hotel.

Eight guests will spend July Fourth partying at the DeBartolo ranch in Kalispell, Mont. Tami and Ron Broadrick, Cindy and Henri Jean, Stephanie and Keith Gibson and Courtney and Will Weatherford anted up $20,000 total for that trip.


Today: Chiselers Market Preview Party and Auction; 7-9 p.m.; University of Tampa Plant Hall; $50; (813) 253-0037.

Saturday: Wishmakers' Ball to benefit Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central and Northern Florida; 6:30 p.m.; Renaissance Hotel International Plaza; $200 and up; (813) 288-2600.

Saturday: New Tampa Junior Woman's Club, 13th annual Night of 5000 Charity Gala; 7 p.m.; Ritz Ybor; $5,000 drawing benefits Camp Hopetake; $100 and up; (813) 784-3064.

Amy Scherzer's Diary: DeBartolo family hosts All-Star Charity Gala

03/11/10 [Last modified: Saturday, March 13, 2010 2:24pm]
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