Friday, August 17, 2018
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Amy Scherzer's Diary: weekly wrapup of the Tampa social scene

Art of Helping Children Gala

Former Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio, now CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, gladly presented local "Bigs" and "Littles" of the year at the 16th annual Art of Helping Children Gala on Saturday. Sponsor Rod Broadrick, smiling like a Cheshire cat, ran down the math: With expenses to match a child with a mentor running $1,000, the 600 guests raised enough to get 400 kids off the waiting list in the seven counties served by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay.

A Mad Hatter emcee and WFLA-AM 970 radio host Corey Dylan lent their charm to An Evening in Wonderland, featuring a 50-year retrospective video, the adorably talented Entertainment Revue and the Lucky Penny band at A La Carte Event Pavilion. Milliners Lina Teixeira and Monstruosite's tea party hats enlivened the auction block, as did a Sonoma Valley package with dinner at famed French Laundry.

Monty Python and the Holy Grape

Tampa Theatre lovers spouted hilarious favorite lines through a four-event Monty Python and the Holy Grape winefest. With the Brits' 1975 flick on the big screen, supporters sipped dozens of wines Sept. 12 while sampling from nine restaurants, plus Busch Gardens chef Ron DeBonis’ sneak preview of their spring Food and Wine Festival. Cru Cellar chef Brad Sobo got the most grins for his sausage-stuffed rabbit and Spam pate.

On Sept. 13, coconut shell-clapping "knights" led guests onto the extended stage for Mise en Place's five-course wine dinner. Two more tastings — a Sunday wine brunch and Barry Levine's exclusive 95-Point+ pouring at the Tampa Club (eight wines ranked 95 or higher) — pushed net proceeds past $95,000, the most ever, for ongoing restoration.

23rd annual Gourmet 'Feastival'

Birchwood Hotel's lamb balls, CharAnn's steak subs and Roux's duck gumbo — every kind of appetite was pleased at the 23rd Gourmet Feastival organized by the Centre for Women, (yes, they've gone back to the original name). Devoted board member Dave Williams emceed Sept. 4 between samples from 30 vendors, the Columbia Restaurant flamenco dancers, music by the Southern Train band and a fast auction. A La Carte Event Pavilion easily accommodated 1,000 guests and 75 volunteers raising $80,000 for teen, adult and senior skills training and entrepreneurial development.

Boys & Girls Clubs' Steak Dinner

His motto, "Caring … made tangible," linebacker Derrick Brooks said, led him to the NFL Hall of Fame and to be named the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay's 2014 Community Hero at the 33rd annual Steak Dinner.

When former Tampa Bay Bucs coach Tony Dungy told the team to "change the community," Brooks began showing up at the College Hill club, forming the Brooks Bunch, which now counts 65 college grads and 100 currently attending. Mentoring "kept me from bad influences, too," he told the club kids eating Outback Steakhouse filet and cheesecake with the grownups Sept. 9 at A La Carte Event Pavilion.

The Star Divas step team and dancer Tyra Plummer, all from the Belmont Heights club, entertained 500 guests and four outstanding youth spoke.

     
     
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Preseason football: Berkeley Prep passing game on point in weather-shortened win

TAMPA — Berkeley Prep did some strange things on offense Thursday night.Instead of wheeling around to hand off, quarterback Josh Youngblood was firing the ball down the field.The Bucs becoming more of passing team?Believe it.By shucking its run...
Updated: 5 hours ago
The Rays finally won a series in Yankee Stadium. Now for some perspective.

The Rays finally won a series in Yankee Stadium. Now for some perspective.

NEW YORK — After the Rays exhaled following Thursday's tense-as-they come 3-1 win, they were able to appreciate the significance of what they'd done.For now.And, more importantly, for the future.Really, it shouldn't be that hard. They make thre...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Rays journal: Rookie Adam Kolarek picks good time for first career save

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Updated: 5 hours ago
Preseason football: Springstead rolls over Hudson 55-0

Preseason football: Springstead rolls over Hudson 55-0

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Updated: 5 hours ago
Pasco deputies arrest 21-year-old in deadly Hudson gunfight

Pasco deputies arrest 21-year-old in deadly Hudson gunfight

HUDSON — A 21-year-old man was arrested on a murder charge Thursday night, according to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office, 24 hours after a drug deal turned into a deadly gunfight in an apartment complex parking lot.Anthony Blount of 12424 Hicks Road...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Deputies: Boy, 13, who once brought a gun to school made threats

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The 13-year-old Clair-Mel boy who was arrested for bringing a loaded handgun to Dowdell Middle School back in April now faces even more trouble: He is accused of threatening to conduct a shooting attack against the same school on social media, accord...
Updated: 7 hours ago
He listed a degree he doesn’t have, lacked stated requirements. Still got Clearwater police job.

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Updated: 7 hours ago
Florida Bar investigating one of stand your ground shooter's lawyers

Florida Bar investigating one of stand your ground shooter's lawyers

The Florida Bar has opened an investigation into one of the lawyers who signed on this week to represent Michael Drejka, the man who shot and killed Markeis McGlockton in what authorities at first called a stand your ground case. A spokeswoman for t...
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‘I need help now!’ pleads woman in 911 tape from Florida stand your ground shooting

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Updated: 8 hours ago
Deputies: Wesley Chapel man drowns near Gandy Beach

Deputies: Wesley Chapel man drowns near Gandy Beach

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Updated: 8 hours ago