Friday, August 17, 2018
News Roundup

Amy Scherzer's Diary: Peace Couture, Taste of Ybor, Hadassah Centennial gala, Tree of Lights lunch

A Taste of Ybor

Boy Scouts of America's Gulf Ridge Council supporters climbed three flights at the Cuban Club for bites and bids at A Taste of Ybor auction Nov. 9. Make that plural: silent, live and Chinese auctions. For the latter, guests bought 20 tickets for $20, dropped them into boxes beside desired items and hoped one of theirs was the lucky draw.

Auctioneer Tony Morejon pitched vacations and an elephant footprint, one of 50 created at Busch Gardens for Republican National Convention bigwigs. This one sold for $700 to Gregg Hilferding.

The 300 guests helped themselves to food stations wrapping one wall, donated by Jimmy Johns, Spaghetti Warehouse, Carne Chophouse, Bernini's and La Teresita, among others. They danced to Dave Perri Band, attempted the salsa with instructor Grace Badillo and puffed hand-rolled cigars on the balcony, all while raising $40,000 for Boy Scouts in eight counties, and character education offshoot Learning for Life.

Peace Couture

A creative mashup — original music blasted by Zulu Wave and original fashions from local designers — rocked the Peace Couture runway, staged by Vertical Tampa Bay with Mod Productions on behalf of the Spring of Tampa Bay.

Wicked Betty Designs dressed up black and white satin, lace, vinyl, tulle and feathers. Spathose sculpted purses of palm spathe. Sandra Hagen channeled Chanel a la Edward Scissorhands. Monstrusite styled Moulin Rouge and kinky boots. And the finale: vintage chic from La France and the latest from the Spring's own thrift shop. Between each collection, original artwork, all for sale, spelled out horrifying domestic violence stats.

The Nov. 9 party of mostly 20- and 30-somethings started and ended on the second floor of the Italian Club, beginning with boutiques and nail artists and ending with the band Guiltmaker.

"And everyone donated their time tonight," said grateful CEO Mindy Murphy, thanking designers, choreographers, models, hair and makeup stylists, and musicians.

Salvation Army Tree of Lights luncheon

Elfon John and the cast of Holiday Inc. kicked off the season of giving and the Salvation Army's Red Kettle Campaign with joyous selections at the 19th annual Tree of Lights luncheon. Behind them, a giant video backdrop at the Tampa Convention Center alternated between snowscapes and testimonials from some of the 17,000 homeless residents. (Don't miss the holiday musical Dec. 13-22 at the Jaeb Theater at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts.)

More musical entertainment at the Nov. 9 benefit came from Cambridge Christian School's Christmas carolers, led by Matt Stenberg. Belinda Womack sang the national anthem.

Majs. Dan and Dawn Heard, area commanders, asked for help to provide meals, housing, life skills, nursing home visits and emergency assistance of all kinds.

Hadassah Centennial Gala

Never underestimate the power of organized women, especially 360,000 Hadassah members, one of the largest women's volunteer organizations in the world.

"We're like a Zionist junior league," said Joyce H. Karpay, a four-generation Hadassah family, and emcee of the Centennial Gala on Sunday at the Tampa Airport Marriott.

A schmoozy crowd of 200-plus danced between courses and guest speakers, including national board member Maureen "Miki" Schulman, who described Jerusalem's newly completed Davidson Tower Medical Center, "open to all — Arabs, Jews and Christians," with five underground floors in case of attack.

Former Florida chief financial officer Alex Sink tallied women's recent political advances as well as her impressions of Israel after a visit. Guests applauded a parade of past presidents and honored dermatologist Rob Norman for humanitarian work.

Preseason football: Clearwater Central Catholic 24, Wiregrass Ranch 14

Preseason football: Clearwater Central Catholic 24, Wiregrass Ranch 14

WESLEY CHAPEL — Clearwater Central Catholic, held to 11 yards rushing in the first half, turned on the power game behind senior Casey Levy, whose 120-yard performance helped carry the visiting Marauders to a 24-14 win at Wiregrass Ranch.Levy’s lone t...
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Preseason football: Tampa Bay Tech 54, Brandon 6

TAMPA — Tampa Bay Tech earned all the momentum it needed heading into next week’s sizable test at Armwood.The Titans powered by visiting Brandon 54-6 in a preseason classic on Friday night. The game was cruising along until a 20-minute lightning dela...
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Preseason football: Tampa Catholic 36, Robinson 15

TAMPA — First-year Tampa Catholic coach Jeris McIntyre hasn’t named a starting quarterback yet, but Dylan McCain shined in his job interview Friday, running a Crusader offense that scored 22 points in the second half on the way to a 36-15 preseason v...
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Preseason football: Jefferson 53, Newsome 0

LITHIA — Jefferson’s Tyler Thomas needed less than a quarter to throw down a challenge to the area teams: Catch him if you can.Unsuspecting Newsome, playing host to the preseason classic, never had a chance in the 53-0 loss on Friday.Thomas, a senior...
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Preseason football: Sunlake 22, Lakewood 20 (one half)

ST. PETERSBURG — Following two lengthy lightning delays, Sunlake used two blocked punts and several key defensive stops to knock off Lakewood in an abbreviated preseason game, 22-20.Matt Paduani led the way for the Seahawks, notching two touchdown ca...
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Preseason football: Alonso 7, Countryside 6

TAMPA — The end result was a one-point decision — a 7-6 victory for Alonso over Countryside on Friday in a preseason game.First-year coach Ron Perisee preferred to dig deeper into his Ravens’ performance than the final score."I am just proud of the f...
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Preseason football: Land O’Lakes 26, Wesley Chapel 0

LAND O’LAKES — From the very first play Friday night, Land O’Lakes asserted its presence over Wesley Chapel in preseason action.A botched snap, recovered by the Gators, set up a 27-yard flea-flicker touchdown from quarterback Ethan Forrester to Jacob...
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Preseason football: St. Petersburg 10, Northeast 0

ST. PETERSBURG — Tonio Shavers rushed for a short touchdown as the St. Petersburg defeated Northeast, 10-0, in a shortened preseason game Friday.Lightning caused an hour-long delay at the end of the first quarter and when the teams returned they deci...
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Preseason football: River Ridge 44, Pasco 24

NEW PORT RICHEY — River Ridge rode the arms of quarterbacks Kyle St. John and Travis Hawks on Friday night en route to a 44-24 preseason win over Pasco."(St. John and Hawks) both played really well tonight," River Ridge coach Ryan Benjamin said. "The...
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Rays journal: A 3-0 first-inning lead turns into a loss to powerful Red Sox

Rays journal: A 3-0 first-inning lead turns into a loss to powerful Red Sox

BOSTON — Scoring three runs in the top of the first inning is typically a good start toward a victory.But not so much at cozy Fenway Park.And definitely not against these red-hot Red Sox.Facing their AL East rivals for the first time since late...
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