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Amy Scherzer's Diary: Shoppers raise money for Key to the Cure 2009

Hunter's Green Country Club charity weekend

Alliance Francaise de Tampa

Key to the Cure

Sign of the times: About 100 women and a couple of dozen men kicked off Key to the Cure 2009, a four-day national fundraiser sponsored by Saks Fifth Avenue. A year ago, some 300 shoppers turned out for a night of cocktails and discounts. Saks and OFF 5th stores donated 2 percent of sales from Oct. 15 to 18 to Moffitt Cancer Center for women's reproductive cancer research. • Capital Grille catered the Oct. 14 gathering at Saks, the 11th year of the charity shopping party. Tickets were $75, or $150 for patrons who were also invited to a swanky get-together the following week at the home of Cheryl and Harvey Adams. One guest, noting some key Moffitt supporters were missing, suggested they would emerge for the Magnolia Ball featuring the Doobie Brothers on April 24. • Becky Weightman left with a big smile, having won the $1,000 Saks gift certificate raffle.

Happy 40th anniversary to the Alliance Francaise de Tampa. The local Francophiles share a love of French culture and language, said Arlene Lewis, organizer of the Oct. 14 fete at Rusty Pelican restaurant. Special guests included Brig. Gen. Gilles LeMoine, who represents the French Air Force at U.S. CENTcom at MacDill Air Force Base.

Besides sharing four decades of photos and news clippings with club president Yves Hamard, guests sang along with chanteuse Judy London in the style of French singer Edith Piaf. London also had the crowd swaying to her favorite songs by Charles Aznavor and Jacques Brel.

For the 11th year, Hunter's Green Country Club members staged three days of events for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure fund. Organizer Amanda Fink started the weekend on Oct. 9 with a casino party where 50 guests played blackjack and roulette and bid up a silent auction.

The next day, a mother-daughter high tea fashion show starred members modeling fall styles from Dillard's at the Shops at Wiregrass. Youngsters sipped Shirley Temples and made sundaes as guest speaker John Kiluk, a Moffitt Cancer Center surgeon, updated the 90 guests on breast cancer treatment.

Day three brought 105 golfers out to play. Winners got Capital Grille gift certificates. The last place foursome won golf lessons from pro Shawn Nadolski.

"We made more than $15,000, thanks to title sponsors Terry and Kathy Huston of Complete Care Landscape Services," said Fink, noting the club has raised more than $170,000 for the Komen fund in a decade.

Clerk of the Court Pat "in the Hat" Frank popped up at daughter Courtney Frank's early Halloween benefit for the Humane Society of Tampa Bay on Saturday. The Franks share concerns for the overcrowded shelter, as the number of abandoned pets correlates with foreclosed homes. They howled with glee, collecting $3,000 to save the animals.

Justin Schuver and John Harr, owners of Davis Islands' new Anchor Bar, donated the beer. San Rafael Wines came courtesy of Dan Whittaker. Village Health Market sent crunchy veggies and Jay Singletary cooked up jambalaya for 100 partiers in Courtney's Davis Islands courtyard.

Humane Society Howl


Saturday: Let's Have a Ball, A Night in Old Ybor City benefits

Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA; 7 p.m.; Lion's Eye Institute, 1410 N 21st Ave.; $70 ($125 a couple); or (813) 839-0210.

Nov. 2: Peace Couture fashion show benefits the Spring of Tampa Bay; 6-9 p.m.; Saks Fifth Avenue; $75 and up; (813) 247-5433, ext. 325.

Nov. 5: 28th annual Steak

Dinner benefits Boys & Girls Clubs; Tony Dungy honoree; 6:45 p.m.; Desert Grill Busch Gardens; $300 or $500 per couple; (813) 769-7536.

Nov. 6: Dessert First Adventure Bash benefits Girl Scouts of West Central Florida; 7 p.m.; Intercontinental Hotel; $65

or $100 per couple; 1-800-

881-4475, ext. 1792.

Amy Scherzer's Diary: Shoppers raise money for Key to the Cure 2009 10/22/09 [Last modified: Thursday, October 22, 2009 4:30am]
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