Monday, May 21, 2018
News Roundup

Amy Scherzer's Diary: Hands Across the Bay delivers with Dancing With the Stars

Dancing With the Stars Tampa Bay

John Neglio twirled into two categories — People's Choice and Most Online Votes — just months after a double knee replacement. Rhonda Shear earned Best Female; Steve Chamberland won Best Male; and Brian Artze is Grand Champion of the fourth Dancing With the Stars Tampa Bay staged by Hands Across the Bay founder Julie Weintraub and director Kirsten Thomas.

Fred Astaire Studio dancers spent two months teaching their finest moves to 13 local celebs, who kicked it for $10 a vote Oct. 5 at TPepin's Hospitality Centre.

WFTS-Ch. 28's Linda Hurtado and Jamison Uler emceed the $250 gala as WTVT-Ch. 13's Charley Belcher and Ashley Glass interviewed the contestants, all dressed to sparkle by Designs to Shine. TV pitchman Anthony Sullivan "pitch-hitted" with auctioneer Don Germaise, helping to net $250,000 for Hands Across the Bay and six other charities. The crowd of nearly 600 cheered four domestic violence survivors who were aided by Weintraub, especially when Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri pledged $15,000 in matching funds. Beer baron Tom Pepin added another $10,000 and suddenly everyone was dancing.

17th annual Night of the Iguana

Enthusiastic Make-a-Wish Foundation friends, led by David and Allison Singer, came out for drinks and dinner bites at Night of the Iguana, a tasting party named for its founding sponsor, the Green Iguana Bar and Grill. Samples from 30 restaurants fulfilled 400 guests' wishes, including Hula Bay tuna nachos, Oystercatchers' bay scallops ceviche and Mainsail Suites' peanut butter fondue. More than a few wore Afro wigs and bell bottoms for a "Funky Soul 1970s" theme.

Meanwhile, auction bids fulfilled wishes for seriously ill kids, such as $2,000 from Aggie and Manny Fernandez for a Disney visit, and $1,300 from Jennifer Pullara for an itty-bitty Havanese puppy.

That's how Make-a-Wish Central and Northern Florida, Suncoast Region Board chairman David Pearlman and Wish Child Chloe raised $70,000 before the Black Honkeys took over at Mainsail Suites Hotel on Sept. 27.

Island Night for LifePath Hospice

Oh, What a Night, sang Let's Hang On, a local Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons tribute band, setting an infectious beat for LifePath Hospice supporters at Island Night on Sept. 29.

Guests bopped to Sherry, Big Girls Don't Cry, Walk Like a Man and other '60s faves, played casino games and ate a colossal buffet at Jackson's Bistro Harbour Island. Some bought boutique donations from three Life's Treasure thrift stores, and others bought live auction packages, like Andy May, who bid $3,500 for a Holland America cruise plus two Southwest Airline tickets. Cathy and Bob Smith bid $2,500 for a dinner for six prepared by Edison Food + Drink Lab chef Jeannie Pierola and wine expert Michael Rugers. A heartwarming appeal for Camp Circle of Love raised more than $39,000 for grieving children.

     
Comments
Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Sunday’s Rays-Angels game

Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Sunday’s Rays-Angels game

* It's always interesting to think of how many amazing plays you see made in a game, then often a simple one — such as the fourth-inning comebacker to Rays RHP Matt Andriese — gets messed up and costs teams heavily, as that led to two run...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Rays journal: Pitching plan works, until Sergio Romo leaves in second inning

Rays journal: Pitching plan works, until Sergio Romo leaves in second inning

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Doubling down on their innovativeness and starting veteran reliever Sergio Romo for a second straight day worked out fine Sunday for the Rays.It was the less-effective pitchers who followed, plus the ineffectiveness of their h...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Expansion Vegas advances to Stanley Cup final

Expansion Vegas advances to Stanley Cup final

WINNIPEG — The Vegas Golden Knights are going to the Stanley Cup final — with a chip on their shoulder."Everybody on this team has something to prove," forward Ryan Reaves said. "We call ourselves 'The Golden Misfits' for a reason. We're ...
Updated: 5 hours ago
What a long, strange and winning road trip it was for Rays

What a long, strange and winning road trip it was for Rays

ANAHEIM, Calif. — The nearly Yanny-vs.-Laurel level national debate over their latest pitching strategy innovation of starting relievers isn't quite as entertaining today. The In-N-Out burgers in the clubhouse after the game weren't as tasty. T...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Chief US hurricane forecaster: Education key to storm prep

Chief US hurricane forecaster: Education key to storm prep

WEST PALM BEACH — The new U.S. National Hurricane Center director says learning about specific storm hazards is key to preparing for the upcoming Atlantic hurricane season. Ken Graham leads the U.S. government’s hurricane forecasting hub in Miami. At...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Unveiling for

Unveiling for "Fortune Taylor Bridge" marker rained out, but celebration continues indoors

TAMPA — There’s a saying that everyone dies twice, Tampa City Council member Guido Maniscalco said Sunday: Once when they take their last breath. And again the last time someone mentions their name.So in this case, he said, the name "Fortune Taylor" ...
Updated: 8 hours ago

TALLAHASSEEFlorida districts fight charter school lawEleven school districts in Florida are refusing to give up their legal battle over an education law that steered more money to charter schools. A Leon County circuit judge in April threw out the la...
Updated: 8 hours ago
Taggart delivers a bolt to area

Taggart delivers a bolt to area

TAMPA — After spending four years as USF’s football coach, Willie Taggart knows what to expect this time of year in the area, so it’s no surprise how he began a chat with reporters Sunday before a booster stop at Armature Works."Go Lightning," he sai...
Updated: 8 hours ago
Willie Taggart: ‘Pretty cool’ to be back in Tampa as FSU coach

Willie Taggart: ‘Pretty cool’ to be back in Tampa as FSU coach

TAMPA – After spending four years as USF's football coach, Willie Taggart knows what to expect this time of year in the area, so it's no surprise how he began a chat with reporters Sunday before a booster stop at Armature Works."Go Lightning," ...
Updated: 8 hours ago
Venezuela elections draw protests

Venezuela elections draw protests

Photos by Joe Raedle/Getty ImagesMarcos Carbono, center, joins with others in front of the Consulate General of Venezuela in Miami to protest the Venezuelan elections taking place on Sunday. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro seems to be set to win ...
Updated: 8 hours ago