Saturday, September 22, 2018
News Roundup

Amy Scherzer's Diary: Weekly wrap-up of the Tampa social scene

DeBartolo Family Foundation All Star Charity Gala

Abracadabra… the DeBartolo family magically raised $1 million at its 12th All Star Charity Gala. This year's benefit starred illusionist David Blaine, a surprise kept from the 800 guests and even super-host Eddie DeBartolo, said daughter Lisa DeBartolo Miggs as she introduced some of the 50 celebrities at the gala. There were "too many Hall of Famers to name them all," she said, waving to NFL legends Jim Brown, Jerry Rice and Charles Haley, actor Adrian Zmed and Matchbox 20's Kyle Cook, who were among those dining at glittering banquet tables in an unrecognizable hangar at Peter O. Knight Airport. Eddie V's brought the antipasto and ceviche hors d'oeuvres and s'mores desserts; Puff n' Stuff catered the grilled pork chop dinner.

Saturday's live auction proceeds soared to $200,000 for foundation scholarships and grants, with a $42,000 bid for Mayweather vs Pacquiao fight tickets. Several trips sold twice: Super Bowl 50 ($17,000); Candy Bar Ranch ($21,000) and a feast by chefs Tyler Florence and Scott Conant ($21,000). Blaine amazed again at the after-bash with DJ Samantha Ronson spinning in an adjacent tent.

Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla 102nd Coronation Ball

Pirates let loose with DJ Joey Jam in "Club Jose" and Off the Cuff in a "Pirates Cove" jazz lounge at Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla's 102nd coronation ball. But first, tradition reigned with the ceremonial crowning of King James Von Thron, a Tampa obstetrician/gynecologist and Queen Anne Kelley, a paralegal at the Akin Gump law firm in Washington, D.C. More than 1,000 guests attended Saturday's coronation at the Tampa Convention Center.

Capt. Rex Farrior III and Lord Chamberlain Robert Gough III, in black leather waistcoats and plumed hats, bid adieu to abdicating Queen Sara Ennis and King Joseph Taggart, "the best of any king north of Kennedy Boulevard." To which Joe admitted: "And the only one."

The krewe applauded Jim Ferman, Henry Ennis and Frank Cooper for 50-year memberships and chased an interloper off the throne: Mayor Bob Buckhorn, who confessed he'd "rather be king than governor." American Idol finalist Shannon Magrane sang an original ballad before a Grand March conclusion segued into dual after-parties.

To Life: To Justice

His mission "tolerance, memory and accountability" — like the Florida Holocaust Museum's — earned Nazi hunter Eli Rosenbaum the 2015 Loebenberg Humanitarian Award for a 35-year career with the U.S. Department of Justice. Of 137 criminals he helped prosecute, 22 were found in Florida, he told 500 guests during To Life: To Justice, the Feb. 26 gala buffet benefit at Mahaffey Theater.

Museum director Beth Gelman thanked honorary co-chairs Zena Lansky and Warren Rodgers; board president Nat Doliner saluted survivors and liberators and Sandy Loebenberg Mermelstein honored her parents for founding the St. Petersburg museum in 1989.

Lynn's Catering served Italian, Spanish, Asian and New York deli specialities throughout the theater lobby.

     
                 
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