Martinis for Moffitt
Uber after Uber after Uber spilled hot and handsome passengers hopping out to party at Martinis for Moffitt, the Bay Area Advisors' 12th summer bash known for attracting attractive, young professionals. Go-go dancers shimmered on pedestals flanking DJ Fresh at the Straz Center where 1,100 guests grazed raw, risotto, mashed potato and ice cream sundae bars scattered amid Tito's Vodka bars and four VIP areas July 22.
"Tonight puts our overall donation to Moffitt over $1 million dollars," said co-chairman Eric Rabinovitz, specifically for prostate cancer research and programs for patients ages 15 to 39.
"Financially, logistically and philanthropically, this is our best one yet," added co-chairman Matt Schwartz, noting a silent auction and $100 raffles to win a $4,000 gift certificate donated by Continental Wholesale Diamond's Andy Meyer.
Most impressed guest? Had to be Lee Moffitt, the first legislator to secure funding for the research institute.
Susanne Bartsch: Art-a-Porter opening night
Patrons took a trip through New York club promoter Susanne Bartsch's wild wardrobe exhibition, Art-a-Porter, opening night at Tampa Museum of Art, and what a trip she is. The legendary partier mingled and gossiped July 29, batting her fine feathered eyelashes beneath a towering bouffant-do, a black leather lace bustier over sheer black tights revealing her tiny tush. "I live life in these clothes," said Bartsch, muse to many icons of the fashion industry.
"Take your time... lots to see," said museum director Michael Tomor, encouraging gawking at nearly 40 mannequins outfitted in ensembles made or loaned for Bartsch to entertain NYC's underground club scene. Come meet her Sept 9 when she returns to Tampa to create Bartschland, showing off six "self-couture" designers at CITY, the museum's annual fashion happening.
20th annual Celebrate Sinatra
Romance was in the air and everywhere at Celebrate Sinatra, hosted by impresario Ken Walters at Le Meridien Tampa, a night to be "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered," as you-know-who crooned it. Some guests came early to dine at Le Bizou; some booked rooms and stayed all night. Some threw the dice at Lady Luck, but everybody hit the dance floor July 29, swinging to vocalists Jamie Perlow, Paul Phillips and Andy Stefano and the Summit Jazz Orchestra.