Faces of Courage's Boobalishes
Bras adorned in feathers, covered in sparkling crystals and festooned with plastic milk jugs made wildly creative fashion statements at Faces of Courage's fourth annual luncheon and fashion show, Boobalishes.
"Swarovski crystal bras … Angry Birds bras … Wizard of Oz bras …," said Peggie Sherry, founder of the support group for cancer survivors, describing some of the handiwork sold for $50 for guests to wear over their clothing May 12 at the Crowne Plaza. "It was hilarious."
Hypnotist Cindy Parker-Katz also had the crowd roaring with her Vegas-style show. Every time she said "charity," one guest followed suggestions to remove and donate a piece of clothing. Off went his shirt, socks and shoes …
WFLA-Ch. 8 anchor Gayle Guyardo and talk show host Dan Maduri (in pink crocs) emceed as 10 cancer survivors modeled La France's vintage fashion, including WFTS-Ch. 28's Linda Hurtado and Wendy Stevens.
Faces of Courage's board president, radiologist Howard Kahen, ran the live auction, which helped get net proceeds up to $15,000 to subsidize free camps for women and children touched by cancer and blood disorders.
Junior League of Tampa annual dinner
Way to end your year, Junior League president Allison Burden, with accolades for fund development from the Association of Junior Leagues International and a dinner fashion show at Renaissance Hotel International Plaza on May 8.
Members convened for cocktails, boutique browsing and a Tory Burch runway show. Also to applaud several award winners, including Provisional of the Year Erin Greco and Active of the Year Melissa Guinta.
The first Committee of the Year award went to the cookbook crew. Suzy Mendelson, who oversaw the provisional education, was named Inspiring Leader of the Year.
The Martha Ferman Spirit Award was presented to Wendy Brill by the namesake's granddaughter, Laura Ferman Farrior. Surprising Joy Bell with the Sustainer of the Year award gave her good friend, Sarah Jane Rubio, great joy.
Burden wrapped up the evening and her tenure, passing the gavel to new president Stephanie Wiendl.
Cocktails for a Cause: the Centre
Welcome, said supporters of the Centre, swarming to meet new executive director Ann Madsen at Mise en Place's monthly "Cocktails for a Cause" on June 1. The former reporter, editor and most recently, director of institutional advancement at the Poynter Institute, took the reins Monday as Beth Ficquette heads into retirement after 24 1/2 years leading what was originally named the Centre for Women.
"I'm going to rest, catch up on chores and the yard and get a library card," said Ficquette, who will say goodbye June 29.
Happy hour pot stickers, risotto and pizza were on the house while the restaurant contributed a portion of bar sales to the Centre's individual and family counseling and employment prep and placement programs for men and women.
Spotted mingling in the crowd: Centre founder Helen Gordon Davis, board members Bill Shorrock, Jana Snyder and retired judge Charlotte Anderson and nonprofit gurus Maggie Osborne and Marion Yongue.
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Man & Woman 2012
Keep an eye out for 20 billboards featuring Dr. Rahul Mehra and Tazine Jaffer, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Suncoast Chapter 2012 Man & Woman of the Year. Pictured with them are Sean Covais, 7, and Paige Trotman, 11, the courageous kids who motivated them to raise $90,000.
In less than 10 weeks, Jaffer brought in $43,000 and Mehra nearly $47,000. They bested seven other candidates, each earning one vote for every dollar collected.
Results were announced April 28 at the black-tie Grand Finale gala at the Hyatt Regency Tampa. The final tally included live bids as auctioneer Vincent Gepp revved up 450 guests. Top item: $4,000 for a New York Yankees package, credited to Ash Elalem, and helping executive director Julie Wills net $192,000.