Georgette's Celebrity Holiday Fashion Show
Raggedy Ann, G.I. Joe, sexy green-wigged elves and dancing Nutcrackers bopped down the runway to open Georgette's glitzy holiday fashion show, the 25th production staged by the boutique owners, Georgette Diaz and daughter Tashia Diaz-Walker for St. Joseph's Hospitals Foundation.
Catchy choreography by Event Show Productions segued into playwear, graphic prints, cocktail styles and a glitzy palette of evening gowns.
The mostly media celebrity model lineup starred Bay News 9's Veronica Cintron, WFLA-Ch. 8 meteorologist Steve Jerve, WTVT-Ch. 13's Chris Fields and a dozen others Dec. 13 at the Tampa Hilton Downtown. Emcee Jack Harris anchored the luncheon and live auction for a sold-out audience of 780 women, pulling Glenda Parker's name to split the raffle jackpot.
Co-chairs Cherie Schon- brun and Amber Schonbrun McDonnell reported a record-setting net of $90,000 for the new Steinbrenner Children's Emergency/Trauma Center.
Joe Maddon's Thanksmas Dinner
Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon's spaghetti and meatballs, sausage and pierogis made at 717 South for paying customers helped make Thanksmas dinner (a Thanksgiving-Christmas combo) possible at several homeless shelters. Maddon, 717 South owner Michael Stewart and chef Robert Mossan cooked those family recipes for their $75 prix-fixe feast Dec. 13. The next day, Maddon prepared the same meal at the Trop and helped deliver it to hundreds of homeless people.
Maddon bulked up charity proceeds by recruiting Rays to pinch-hit as bartenders: Rookie Wil Myers, Sean Rodriguez, Brandon Gomes, Jake McGee and David Price. Senior adviser Don Zimmer and coaches Tom Foley and Jim Hickey added their tips to help raise $20,000 for the homeless project. The first of the 400 arriving at 717 South might have ordered from third base "bartender" Evan Longoria before he dashed over to open Ducky's Sports Lounge on Kennedy Boulevard. Maddon and his wife, Jaye, ducked out to Ducky's for a peek, too.
Next year, Maddon and Stewart will also host Thanksmas at Ava, their 718 S Howard Ave. restaurant venture, opening in July.
LAMPLighters' 24th annual Christmas Silver Coffee
What could be sweeter than home-baked treats and holiday songs from Metropolitan Ministries' Children's Chorus?
Those LAMPLighters' year-end traditions brought 150 women to the homeless shelter's auxiliary's 24th Christmas Silver Coffee. Michael and Susan Scannon's home buzzed with good cheer Dec. 6, especially as the crowd discovered the array of desserts on the waterfront patio.
President Tricia Hancock dedicated the benefit to the late Joan Schabacker, one of the first LAMPLighters, who was instrumental in starting a school at Metropolitan Ministries. Her daughter Shelley Jakes was moved by the group's tribute.
A requested donation of $35 and up, "Mostly up," said Linda Mills, chairwoman for the third year, raised more than $11,000.