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Amy Scherzer's Diary: Weekly Wrap-Up of the Tampa Social Scene

13 Ugly Men '80s Party

Skaters in spandex, Miami Vice pastels and Top Gun flight suits, parachute pants and fanny packs, some 1,200 MC Hammer and Madonna wannabees dressed to play at the 13 Ugly Men's timestopping '80s party, packing Pattini's Bistro and Skate all night Saturday. DJ Mat the Brat and MTV videos made singalong millennials yearn for the good old days. At midnight, Debbie Deb performed her '80s skating rink jams, Look Out Weekend and When I Hear Music. All that partying raised more than $10,000 for High Risk Hope programs helping families with high risk pregnancies and premature babies.

GiGi's Playhouse Tampa

Plans to open Gigi's Playhouse Tampa have moved swiftly since Ye Loyal Krewe of Grace O'Malley adopted the national Down's Syndrome achievement center as their charity-of-the-year. Team leader Nicki Rawlings will soon offer 40 therapeutic-based language, math, motor and social programs for all ages, even mothers with a prenatal diagnosis, delivered by volunteers for no charge.

On Monday, the krewe sold out a private screening of The Infiltrator at CineBistro Hyde Park, followed by a Q & A with Robert Mazur a retired federal drug agent, as is Rawlings. His undercover investigation inspired the film starring Bryan Cranston who signed a DVD, poster and a copy of Mazur's book for a silent auction, sold to top bidders Bill and O'Malley '08 Connie Hogan.

Women in Red

Football loving females flaunting red Tampa Bay Buccaneers jerseys rushed through the doors of Raymond James Stadium's East Club, excitedly testing training equipment, vying for signed jerseys and tickets and crushing on players like center Ali Marpet, defensive tackle Clinton McDonald and rookie tight end O.J. Howard. Former WFLA anchor Gayle Sierens drilled teammates on the upcoming season and NFL broadcasting manager Charlotte Carey described scheduling challenges as hundreds of Women in Red bonded Aug. 18 over a love of Bucs football.

Epic Chef

The eight-week Epic Chef Showdown came down to Noble Crust and Mise En Place, and Noble Crust's Colin Reinsmith emerged victorious over Mise's Paul Boucher at the Epicurean Hotel on Monday. He dazzled by turning his entree into a surf and turf delight with lobster and aged ribeye. Topher Morrison emceed the fundraiser for Feeding Tampa Bay.


Sept. 8: Imagination: A Gala to benefit Glazer Children's Museum; 6:30 p.m.; Glazer Children's Museum, 110 W Gasparilla Plaza. $125 for ages 21 to 25, others starting at $250; (813) 443-3861 or

Sept.8-10: Wine's World, Tampa Theatre's 16th annual WineFest and screening of Wayne's World; 7 p.m., premium tasting, $90; 8 p.m. grand tasting, $55; Wine Pairing Dinner, $275 or $250 per couple;

This week's contributors: Katelyn Massarelli and Ernest Hooper.

Amy Scherzer's Diary: Weekly Wrap-Up of the Tampa Social Scene 08/25/17 [Last modified: Friday, August 25, 2017 11:37am]
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