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Amy Scherzer's Diary: Great Gatsby Party, Glazer Children's Museum's Imagination Gala, the Centre's Feastival

Great Gatsby Party

New and vintage guests of H.B. Plant Museum dressed as if the calendar said 1922 and they were dining at the glorious Tampa Bay Hotel. Great Gatsby Party co-chairs Joanne Frazier and top-hatted James Judy Jr. and museum director Cynthia Gandee Zinober hosted the illusion Saturday in Fletcher Lounge at University of Tampa. What really set the mood: La France mannequins in Roaring '20s attire, including owner Jill Wax's wedding gown, and UT theater students' surprise Thoroughly Modern Millie flash mob.

Mallory Lykes and David Belcher, Diana Winoker, Del and Irene Acosta, Amy and Nelson Guagliardo looked oh-so Zelda and Nick-ish. Al Page played unflappable to wife Lynn Manos' flapper flair. The $100-gala included casino games, tarot card and fortune telling, backed by the jazzy vocals of Denise Moore and the Helios Swingtet.

Glazer Children's Museum's Imagination Gala

Executive director Al Najjar had much to celebrate at the Glazer Children's Museum's 11th annual Imagination Gala. Like notching 700,000 visitors in the three years since the hands-on museum opened. And launching the traveling exhibit, Dinosaurs: Land of Fire and Ice this week.

Event Show Productions' kicky dances touted all the museum's exhibits between South Town Fever's brassy sets for 450 black-tie guests Saturday. The Hilton Tampa Downtown arrayed a playful buffet of pizza, pasta, sliders and tenderloin, topped off with hot donuts and a colorful candy table.

A Night at the Museum co-chairs Sandy Murman and Hadley Rivera pitched a Golden Ticket drawing: $100 to win any silent auction item, regardless of any bids already on it. Lucky Susan Heyman plucked a diamond ring donated by Mavilo.

Super Bowl tickets were auctioned to Wayne Lee for $8,000; Braulio Colon paid $1,100 to name an entree at Datz. And who says sleepovers are just for kids? Not Shari and Todd Mezrah, who bid $1,600 for a 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. museum party for 50 people, including dinner and breakfast. Definitely BYOB (Bring Your Own (sleeping) Bag).

The Centre's 22nd annual Feastival

Amberjack spread and clam chowder from Copper Fish and conch and black grouper ceviche from 211 Restaurant and flamenco dancers from the Columbia restaurant were some of the tasty bait from 35 restaurants reeling 1,100 supporters to the Centre's annual Gourmet Feastival to support comprehensive programs for women, girls and senior citizens.

Between jars of moonshine, local craft brews and dozens of wines, the hungry horde hushed long enough to hear Centre director Ann Madsen and board president Dee Brown announce TECO Energy's gift to the Helen Gordon Davis Women's Business Center, a one-stop entrepreneurial training and networking resource coming to the Hyde Park Avenue building.

Leading the cheers Sept. 26 at the Hilton Tampa Downtown were committee members Dave Williams and former Rays catcher Toby Hall and the feasting fete emcee, Heather Van Nest, WTSP-Ch. 10 anchor.


Oct. 12: Italian-American Women of Excellence Awards; 11:30 a.m.; Italian Club; $40; (813) 248-3316.

Oct. 12: 13th annual National Hispanic Scientist of the Year gala benefits the Museum of Science and Industry; honoree Dr. Raul Cuero; 7 p.m.; 4801 E Fowler Ave.; $80 or $150 per couple; (813) 987-6030 or

Oct. 17: Lend A Hand luncheon benefits Starting Right, Now; 11:30 a.m.; Higgins Hall; $75 and up;

Oct. 18: 23rd annual Mabel H. Bexley Gift of Peace Brunch benefits the Spring of Tampa Bay; 11 a.m.; Tampa Convention Center; guest speaker Natalie Baird; $50; (813) 247-5433, ext 332 or

Amy Scherzer's Diary: Great Gatsby Party, Glazer Children's Museum's Imagination Gala, the Centre's Feastival 10/02/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, October 2, 2013 2:36pm]
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