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Amy Scherzer's Diary: Parties for a cause

DeBartolo Foundation All Star Charity Gala

DeBartolo Foundation fans climbed 10 steep steps to enter "Hotel Hollywood" and gaze down on three tiers of tables set with lush linens and candelabra draped in ivory roses and hydrangeas. Triple-decker seating made A La Carte Event Pavilion barely recognizable at Forever Hollywood, the eighth All Star Charity gala hosted by Eddie and Candy DeBartolo and daughters Lisa and Nikki. Event designer Tiffani Packer forever raised the bar for such gala gatherings.

Waiters wore white dinner jackets to serve lobster and filet mignon; bar hostesses delivered drinks in flirty black halter-top frocks. Iconic movie star photos (Bogart, Bacall, Bergman and 60 others) beamed from digital frames. Classic films starring the likes of Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly danced silently across two huge screens, accompanied by the Cowling Band of Los Angeles and a Jersey Boys tribute.

Lisa DeBartolo Miggs, seven months' pregnant and glowing, saluted the 500 guests, including Jerry Rice and a dozen former San Francisco 49ers, for raising $3 million to date for foundation grants. Joey Fatone did his part, auctioning one-of-a-kind experiences, such as a first-class trip to Montana to the Candy Bar Ranch for the DeBartolo Fourth of July extravaganza. When Bob Gries and Ron Broadrick's bids soared to $34,000, both were invited, raising $68,000.

Paul Anka, revising the lyrics he wrote to My Way for Frank Sinatra, sang "Heaven knows, DeBartolos, you do it your way."

Easter Seals' A Pair to Remember

Need an excuse to buy Jimmy Choo, Manolo Blahnik and Kate Spade? Easter Seals' annual A Pair to Remember packaged designer shoes with fragrances, spa services, Celebrate Sinatra tickets and other fun stuff for a Feb. 25 auction. Ten charming men boosted bids in a sunny waterfront tent at the Tampa Yacht Club, including St. Louis Cardinals' Trever Miller, Tampa Bay Buc Stylez G. White, marketeer Ken Walters and fitness freak Tim Calhoun. Champagne arrived for the buyer's table each time auctioneer Jen Holloway yelled "Sold!" The 185 guests raised $45,000 for special-needs children benefiting from Easter Seals programs.

Handbags & Happy Hour

Sipping martinis and hovering over nail-biting bids, Make-A-Wish Foundation supporters shopped for "arm candy" — think Prada, Louis Vuitton, Coach, Burberry and Tory Burch — auctioned at Handbags & Happy Hour at the Centre Club on Feb. 24. Saks Fifth Avenue, other retailers and local women donated about 100 new or gently used purses valued at nearly $60,000. Proceeds that night topped $38,000 and will fund at least five wishes, according to co-chairs Elaine Sweeney and Wendy Garraty.

One donor, Susan Pancholy, seeing her stunning Gucci bag on the auction table, realized she really liked it and bought it back. Pancholy also agreed to be chairwoman of next year's auction.


Today: 48th annual Chiselers Market preview party and auction; 7-9 p.m.; University of Tampa Plant Hall; $50; (813) 258-0037.

Saturday: 14th annual Cattle Baron's Ball benefits American Cancer Society; 7 p.m.; Florida State Fairgrounds; $350 and up; (813) 319-5904.

Monday: Top Chef of the Year benefits Child Abuse Council; 6 p.m.; Hyatt Regency Tampa; $125; or (813) 673-4646.

Tuesday: Phoenix Houses of Florida's fourth Humanitarian of the Year Award luncheon honors Mayor Pam Iorio; 11:30 a.m.; Higgins Hall; $75; (813) 881-1000, ext. 6606.

Amy Scherzer's Diary: Parties for a cause 03/10/11 [Last modified: Thursday, March 10, 2011 3:30am]
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