Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Amy Scherzer's Diary

Amy Scherzer's Diary: Historic Hyde Park Neighborhood Association Home Tour Patrons Party

Ninth annual Fashion Funds the Cure

Chad Harrod, Dan Doyle Jr. and Alex Sullivan would eat hot coals, stand on nails and tango with scorpions if it meant children would never get cancer again. But instead of attempting reality-show-like high jinks, the chairmen of the Pediatric Cancer Foundation's annual runway cocktail party, Fashion Funds the Cure, dug deep to raise a jaw-dropping $750,000 to speed up research grants.

You read that right. Sponsorships totaled a half-million dollars before four dozen young girls, all fighting cancer or in remission, modeled courage with every twirl at Neiman Marcus on Feb. 29.

Another $300,000 came from a plea for 20 people to sponsor $13,000 clinical trials. Done. Plus another $50,000 from lawyer Steve Yerrid, who served as an escort along with assorted Tampa Bay Bucs, Rays and Lightning players.

The athletes made handsome foils for reality show fashionista Carson Kressley, emcee for the fourth year, aglow in a turquoise shirt and magenta tie.

"You can't quit me,'' he teased. Eyeing former Florida State quarterback Drew Weatherford, who unfortunately was not up for auction, Kressley pined, "I'd totally be his highest bidder."

Before jostling for seats or a place to stand, the 700 guests found mini-bars and restaurant buffets scattered about, ranging from Boca's organic pesto crabmeat to 717 South's Szechuan duck to Chic Sweets treats.

Historic Hyde Park Neighborhood Association Home Tour Patrons Party

Greta Garbo, Humphrey Bogart, Jean Harlow and other 1930s notables toasted the Historic Hyde Park Neighborhood Association Saturday night. At least, those were among the aliases on 200 guests' name tags at the Home Tour Patrons Party.

Margo and Gary Harrod's Bayshore Boulevard home, circa 1925, provided the post-Prohibition setting. Parking a 1930 Cadillac LaSalle and 1931 Ford Phaeton in the courtyard helped set the scene. Sweetbay hors d'oeuvres and Ciro's manhattans, martinis and cassis royal punch served poolside added flair.

Looking dapper: Peter Dawson in a straw boater; Cheryl Davidson in vintage Chanel and preservationist Del Acosta wearing an Abe Maas name tag. "And I bought this white dinner jacket at Maas Brothers about 50 years ago," he said. His book, Tampa's Hyde Park, due out May 7, includes the history of some of the craftsman bungalows on the March 17 home tour.

Gasparilla Festival of the Arts GalaRE:

The artists were easy to spot at the first GalaRE: (pronounced Gallery) party hosted by the Gasparilla Festival of the Arts board of directors. They were invited to "come as you are" Saturday, right from their booths in Curtis Hixon Park to the Tampa Museum of Art. There, 300 guests browsed the "best of the best" selected by juror Doug Dreishpoon.

"We want to see red 'sold' tags on everything," said festival committee member Jennifer Malin as VIPs and sponsors chatted up artists before the dressed-up crowd swarmed in for hors d'oeuvres and one-stop shopping. "We've made it really easy to invest in art in a gala atmosphere," Malin said.

Events

Today: 49th annual Chiselers Market preview party and auction; 7-9 p.m.; University of Tampa Plant Hall; $50; (813) 258-0037.

Saturday: Delta Sigma Theta's 54th biennial Queen of Hearts Charity Ball benefits Tampa alumnae chapter's scholarship fund; 6 p.m.; A La Carte Event Pavilion; $65; (813) 684-1302.

Tuesday: 2012 Women of Distinction luncheon benefits Girl Scouts of West Central Florida; 11:45 a.m.; A La Carte Event Pavilion; guest speaker Joan Lunden; $75; www.gswcf.org or (813) 262-1690.

March 17: Jazz Art Auction benefits Tampa chapter of the Links Inc.; 6 p.m.; InterContinental Hotel; $50; (813) 215-8955.

March 22: GreenFest luncheon benefits Friends of Plant Park; 11 a.m.; Tampa Yacht & Country Club; $60; tampagreenfest.com or (813) 254-4950.

Amy Scherzer's Diary: Historic Hyde Park Neighborhood Association Home Tour Patrons Party 03/08/12 [Last modified: Thursday, March 8, 2012 3:30am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Lutz driver dead after crash with semi on Dale Mabry Highway

    Accidents

    LUTZ — A 68-year-old driver died Saturday night in a crash with a semitrailer truck on Dale Mabry Highway, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

  2. Toddler, 1, drowns in spa at birthday party in Trinity

    Accidents

    TRINITY — A toddler drowned at a birthday party Saturday evening and died at the hospital, authorities say, after his parents found him in a spa.

  3. Review: Kenny Loggins, Michael McDonald team up to cool down the Clearwater Jazz Holiday

    Blogs

    A cool breeze swept through Coachman Park Saturday night. Couple of them, actually.

    Kenny Loggins performed at the Clearwater Jazz Holiday on Oct. 21, 2017.
  4. No. 16 USF hangs on at Tulane, off to first 7-0 start

    College

    NEW ORLEANS — After half a season of mismatches, USF found itself in a grudge match Saturday night.

    USF quarterback Quinton Flowers (9) runs for a touchdown against Tulane during the first half of an NCAA college football game in New Orleans, La., Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Derick E. Hingle) LADH103
  5. Lightning buries Penguins (w/video)

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — Ryan Callahan spent a lot of time last season rehabilitating his injured hip alongside Steven Stamkos, who was rehabbing a knee after season-ending surgery. During those hours, Callahan noticed two things about Stamkos: his hunger and his excitement to return this season.

    Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Slater Koekkoek (29) advances the puck through the neutral zone during the first period of Saturday???‚??„?s (10/21/17) game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Pittsburgh Penguins at Amalie Arena in Tampa.