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Amy Scherzer's Diary: Magnolia Ball raises $3 million for Moffitt Cancer Center

Salvation Army Women's Auxiliary

Accessorize, said Linda Zipkin of the Salvation Army area command, who made $5 outfits found amid family store donations look nearly as chic as the trendy designer fashions modeled at the women's auxiliary's 19th annual luncheon April 16 at the DoubleTree Hotel. Members strutted in summer looks from Ann Taylor and Cache as club president Linda Barker thanked auxiliary volunteers for packing food, collecting toys and helping net $32,500.

64th annual Fashionollia

Happy, angry, prayerful, furious — the 320 guests at Tampa Woman's Club's Fashionollia luncheon felt many emotions meeting the 2008 Bloomingdale Regional Public Library attack survivor, now 22. Members, celebs and the survivor's sister modeled fashions from Deborah Kent's, styled by owner Deborah Skryms and emceed by Linda Zipkin, at the Renaissance Hotel International Plaza on April 14. Auction and Anita Crose's centerpieces proceeds went to Keep Our Angel Home Foundation to help pay for ongoing health care.

Cattle Barons' Ball

Mining for gold at the Cattle Barons' Ball panned out $600,000 for the American Cancer Society, sending yeehaws throughout the Tampa Bay Times Forum where honorary chairs Jeff and Penny Vinik hosted the $500-a-ticket bash April 20. After hoedowns in port terminals, fairgrounds and ballrooms, founder Gloria Giunta branded this one "the best."

Chow wagons, horseshoed between auction goodies, games and tequila bars, offered shrimp, tenderloin, turkey, chili grits, 'gator and crab cakes and deep-fried s'mores and more to 600 booted and blue-jeaned guests, plus 100 volunteers, including Western reenactors mingling as marshals and mavericks.

Rovers with touch pads made it easy to advance silent auction bids even as the live auction brought in big buckaroos. How about $6,500 for two tickets to Times Forum games and concerts for a year? Plus $6,000 from Andrew and Marcia Thompson for credentials to some Republic National Convention events.

Two ROCK campers joined pediatric oncologist Kelly Sawczyn with true grit. Country music star Jo Dee Messina's rockin' tunes didn't quit.

Moffitt Cancer Center's 19th Magnolia Ball

Raising $3 million for Moffitt Cancer Center was no Cheap Trick. At least not until Robin Zander and the '70s rockers heated up the $1,000-a-ticket Magnolia Ball, emceed Saturday by two of the band's biggest fans: ESPN guru Jon Gruden and Moffitt Foundation chairman Ed Droste. Designated "clean-up batter," Monsignor Lawrence Higgins blessed the black-tie benefit, prophesying to 720 guests, "Time to play and pay."

A live auction turned up not-so-cheap tricks, like $15,000 from Bobby Jacobsen for a French bulldog puppy that he gave to friends Lisa and Lt. Col. Chris Goedeke, USMC-Ret. Gruden bid $15,000 for the Washington Redskins trip to watch a game in manager Bruce Allen's suite.

Hearing Plant High teacher Tamara Phillips praise Moffitt care and bone marrow transplant boosted a $500,000 challenge match from Nick Valvano of the V Foundation. Familiar donor names flashed across A La Carte Event Pavilion screens: Ball chairmen Jeff and Julie Wooley, Bob and Peggy Rothman, Les and Pam Muma, Bob and Lorraine Dutkowsky, David and Catherine Straz, Jim and Celia Ferman, Ted and Marty Couch, ending with a surprise $400,000 check from Skanska USA Building.


Today: Sixth annual R.A.C.E. luncheon & Hub Cap Awards benefits Wheels of Success; 11:30 a.m.; A La Carte Event Pavilion; donation requested; wheels or (813) 417-1090.

May 3: Fourth annual LAMPLighters Lights, Fashion, Hope benefits Metropolitan Ministries and Joshua House; 6 to 9 p.m.; Saks Fifth Avenue; $75; (813) 928-5378.

May 4: Go Red For Women luncheon benefits American Heart Association; 10:30 a.m.; A La Carte Pavilion; $250; (727) 563-8112.

May 4: Cocktails for a Cause benefits USF Health Byrd Alzheimer's Institute; 6 to 8 p.m.; Tampa Museum of Art; (813) 974-7733.

May 5: 10th annual Tuxes & Tails benefits Humane Society of Tampa Bay; 6 to 11 p.m.; Tampa Convention Center; $125; humane- or (813) 876-4150.

Amy Scherzer's Diary: Magnolia Ball raises $3 million for Moffitt Cancer Center 04/26/12 [Last modified: Thursday, April 26, 2012 4:30am]
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