Tuesday, September 18, 2018
News Roundup

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

FARA Energy Ball

Familiar faces - researchers, scientists, hospitality honchos and 20 Friedreich's Ataxia "warriors" inched closer to a cure for the progressive neurodegenerative disease as the FARA Energy Ball advanced the FA Research Alliance and USF Ataxia Research Center by $1.75 million Saturday, thanks to some bodacious auction bids and $600,000 texted-donations.

The Rocky theme song thundered across Knock Out FA co-chaired again this year by Janell and Tampa Bay Lightning CEO Steve Griggs. "FARA is family and you really fight when it's family," he said, following emcee Wendy Ryan, WFTS-Ch. 28 anchor, up to a boxing ring podium. Hot pink, turquoise and orange boxing glove centerpieces brightened the Marriott Waterside ballroom.

"Don't say annual," said Suzanne Avery, hosting the ninth gala with husband Paul, CEO of World of Beer franchising, ever hopeful this will be the last one as clinical trials achieve significant results. Daughters Alison and Laurel thanked the 650 guests "who will help them walk again."

Chatting in a video, then on stage, FA fighters Sam Bridgman, 26, and Gavin Lambert, 12, won the crowd. "My smile still works," Sam told the sixth-grader. "My laugh still works."

And with that, party band Blonde Ambition rocked the room.

Beer & Bowties

Wear a bow tie, get a free beer and help us break the stigma of suicide, that's what we want, said Beer & Bowties hosts Brent Kraus and Kim Randall who founded the annual benefit for the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay after both tragically lost a loved one. The beer-guzzling crowd learned sobering statistics while raising $20,000 and sampling bites from local restaurants, including Roux, Taziki's, Burger Monger and District Tavern, on a rainy Aug. 25 at the Cuban Club.

"If you hear anything I say tonight, hear 211," said Crisis Center CEO Clara Reynolds shouting the emergency phone number for interventional and emotional support across the lively ballroom. "Out of 250 calls they get a day, 10 are suicidal."

Happy Birthday, Vince

Friends and family enjoyed a "Holy Moley Vince Naimoli" trivia game and the winners' prizes were baseballs signed by Tampa Bay Rays players, past and present. A huge fan club gathered to celebrate the 80th birthday of the original team owner, well known for his philanthropy, including millions to the University of South Florida and the University of Tampa athletic programs, neither of which he attended, by the way.

His wife Lenda Naimoli and his sister-in-law, Glenda Young, dressed identically from head-to-toe as always, entertained 200 guests at Saturday's luncheon with champagne, music and a giant birthday cake at Angels Senior Living at the Lodges in Lutz.

Weeki Wachee smoothie shop promises healthy meal in 30 seconds

Weeki Wachee smoothie shop promises healthy meal in 30 seconds

By Beth N. GrayTimes CorrespondentWEEKI WACHEE — For kitchen klutzes, dieters and health loyalists, relief is at hand under the sign: “The best meal of your day is right here. It will take 30 seconds.”The slogan is the first eye-...
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Hernando Events for Sept. 21

Events21 FridayAcademia Hernando Fall 2018 Lecture Series event: The Legendary Women of Broadway Musicals, by Joy Katzen-Guthrie. Academia Hernando is a nonprofit organization that offers a lecture series for adult life-long learning. The series incl...
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Hernando briefs for Sept. 21

BriefsCOUNTYWIDEPHSC to host Peace Week celebrationsPasco-Hernando State College will host its 11th annual Peace Week celebration Sept. 24-28 at its North Campus, 11415 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Brooksville, and its Spring Hill Campus, 450 Beverly Court, ...
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Hernando Business Digest for Sept. 21

Briefly EMPLOYERS NEEDED FOR JOB FAIR: Pasco-Hernando State College, CareerSource Pasco Hernando, the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce and Hernando County Office of Economic Development are seeking employers to participate in the Open for...
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Hernando Pet of the Week for Sept. 21

PET OF THE WEEK Sheba is a 3-year-old black and tan female German shepherd. She is sweet, but exceptionally timid, and will need a calm, quiet home with no children. Sheba has been spayed, microchipped, vaccinated and has a one-year county animal lic...
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Derrick Brooks among Hall of Famers threatening to boycott induction ceremonies

Derrick Brooks among Hall of Famers threatening to boycott induction ceremonies

Former Bucs linebacker Derrick Brooks is among several Pro Football Hall of Famers who signed a letter today saying they would not attend the Hall's annual induction ceremony until they receive health insurance and an annual salary that includes...
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Pasco Business Digest for Sept. 21

Pasco Business Digest for Sept. 21

Business digest BrieflyOPEN HOUSE, RIBBON-CUTTING: On Aug. 29, the West Pasco Women’s Wellness & Pregnancy Center, 8125 U.S. 19, Port Richey, celebrated its new facility with an open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony. The center provides c...
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Deputies: Pasco woman escapes attacker after death threats, sexual assault

Deputies: Pasco woman escapes attacker after death threats, sexual assault

PORT RICHEY — She was home doing laundry when he asked to come over. A few hours later she was running from his house, scared for her life after being raped, robbed and kidnapped, according to the Pasco Sheriff’s Office.Tyler Edward Pot...
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