Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Amy Scherzer's Diary

Amy Scherzer's Diary: New York Yankees luncheon, Gasparilla Film Festival

Friends of Plant Park host GreenFest 2011

Perfect weather, 80 vendors and hundreds of eager gardeners roaming the University of Tampa riverfront park gave GreenFest 2011, a (green) thumbs up, said co-chairwoman Peggy Gill. Friends of Plant Park preceded the two-day festival with a luncheon March 24 at the Tampa Yacht Club.

Guest speaker Ian Prosser, owner of Botanical International Design Studio, showed 160 women how he created the tasty centerpieces from fruit and vegetables donated by Publix GreenWise. A day earlier, Prosser was in Las Vegas, where he was named Wedding Innovator of the Year by the RockStar Wedding Planner group.

Tampa Bay Heart Ball

First, DJ Stevie K cranked the volume at the Tampa Bay Heart Ball where he was otherwise known as med school chief Steve Klasko of the University of South Florida. Then gala coach Bryan Glazer of the Tampa Bay Bucs ran the plays, telling 400 guests Saturday that his father, Malcolm's, stroke five years ago was the game-changer that led him to the American Heart Association. WFLA-Ch. 8 anchor Stacie Schaible personalized the benefit, too, recalling her sister's heart attack at 40, "right around the time my dad had a stroke." Both are alive and well, she said.

The 2011 honorees, father-and-son thoracic and cardiovascular surgeons Crayton Pruitt Sr., 79, and Crayton Jr. 54, know heart disease firsthand. Pruitt Sr. is a heart attack survivor and heart transplant recipient. Stroke patient Christian Daigle, 7, also earned a standing ovation.

Auction bids — such as Lee Mezrah's $2,200 to name a sandwich at Datz deli and Duane and Jill Crithfield's $10,000 for Glazer's ritzy Bucs package — pushed the net score to $470,000. EventShow Production stilt-walkers, aerialists and dancers led a Glee-style sing­along before A La Carte Event Pavilion's dance floor filled up.

Boys & Girls Clubs' New York Yankees luncheon

The lure of lunch with A-Rod, Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera and the entire New York Yankees team racked up $310,000 for 18 local Boys & Girls Clubs at the annual benefit begun by George Steinbrenner. To date, the Yanks luncheons have raised $3.7 million, said WTVT-Ch. 13 anchor John Wilson, emcee for the 16th year, sadly noting the loss of the Boss.

Now here's the pitch: About 100 guests paid $1,500 for the first 20 minutes of autograph time. Balls, caps, jerseys, bleacher seats — anything can be signed. Except bats, which could be dangerous if the crowd goes crazy. Many will sell the memorabilia.

Then 500 guests who paid $300 get 25 minutes of signing time before the clock stops.

Sponsors Adele Smithers and PWC did their part, covering the food tab for the 600 fans at the Tampa Marriott Waterside.

Also boosting the net for the March 23 event: sales of Steve Yerrid's $60 book, The Making of a Championship Heart.

Fifth annual Gasparilla Film Festival

Add tease and titillate to the Gasparilla Film Festival's mission to "inform, educate and entertain.'' It started with a jam-packed reception at Tampa Theatre March 24 and ended 80 films later, at Sunday's wild wrap parties along Franklin Street and inside the aging Kress Building, circa 1929. How will they ever top the burlesque peep show next year?

Career awards went to M. Emmet Walsh and Tom Berenger, who seemed to be having as much fun as their fans.


Saturday: Imagination gala benefits Glazer Children's Museum; 7 p.m.; $200; 110 Gasparilla Plaza; 443-3801.

Thursday: Heads and Hearts awards luncheon benefits Ophelia Project & Boys Initiative; 11:15 a.m.; A La Carte Event Pavilion; $50; (813) 514-9555.

Thursday: Judeo-Christian Health Clinic Testimonial Dinner; 6 p.m.; Higgins Hall; $95; (813) 870-3231.

April 9: Leukemia & Lymphoma Suncoast chapter Man and Woman of the Year gala; 6 p.m.; Hyatt Regency Tampa; $125; (813) 963-6461.

Amy Scherzer's Diary: New York Yankees luncheon, Gasparilla Film Festival 03/31/11 [Last modified: Thursday, March 31, 2011 4:30am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Dade City man dies after crashing into county bus, troopers say

    Public Safety

    ZEPHYRHILLS — A 38-year-old man died Tuesday after colliding into the rear of a county bus on U.S. 301, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

  2. Suspicious device at Pinellas Park home was a spent artillery round, police say

    Public Safety

    PINELLAS PARK — Bomb squad investigators determined that a "suspicious device" found at a Pinellas Park home Tuesday afternoon was a spent artillery round, police said.

  3. NFL rewards Tampa Bay's track record, preparation with another Super Bowl


    Tampa Bay got lucky on Tuesday.

    We are getting a Super Bowl. We are getting a Super Bowl that we weren't supposed to get. We're getting a Super Bowl that we once were told we wouldn't get.

    Then came good luck.

    Mike Tomlin celebrates with LaMarr Woodley and Troy Polamalu after the Steelers beat the Cardinals in 

Super Bowl XLIII  on February 1, 2009 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. [Times files (2009)
  4. Baker fundraiser all about "Seamless City"


    Rick Baker kicked off a fundraiser Tuesday night at the Morean Arts Center making light of his 40-minute announcement speech two weeks ago on the steps of City Hall.

    Rick Baker speaks at a fundraiser at the Morean Arts Center Tuesday
  5. How did Florida National Guard miss soldier's neo-Nazi leanings?


    Brandon Russell, a private first class assigned to Company C of the 53rd Brigade Special Troops Battalion in Pinellas Park, has been in the Florida National Guard since February, 2016.

    Brandon Russell, 21, of Tampa, is a Florida National Guardsman accused in a federal complaint of illegal possession of explosives. [From YouTube]